• SOAS University of London appoints the AXA Chair in Global Finance

    April 27th 2017. Posted in Group

    Professor Victor Murinde has been appointed to the AXA Professor in Global Finance in the School of Finance and Management at SOAS University of London.

    The AXA Chair in Global Finance is a new full-time permanent academic position, created by SOAS and endowed by the AXA Research Fund. 

    Baroness Valerie Amos CH, Director of SOAS, said “SOAS is delighted to be awarded the AXA Chair in Global Finance; it is a great opportunity to make a significant long-term investment in partnership with AXA to appoint Professor Victor Murinde to the AXA Chair in Global Finance and to establish the Research Centre for Global Finance. The investment will facilitate a long-term research programme and disseminate the research findings via the Centre’s global academic and policy-related networks consistent with SOAS’ research strategy.” 

    Professor Victor Murinde said: “I am honoured to accept the position of AXA Chair in Global Finance and founding Director of the Research Centre in Global Finance. The research programme will significantly extend the existing body of knowledge on finance, stability and growth by systematically exploring the role of price and non-price factors in shaping global trends in flow of funds, and by mainstreaming the study of finance in Africa and Asia within global financial analysis.”  

    Christian Thimann, Director of the AXA Research Fund, said: “This long-term research programme, headed by Professor Murinde, promises to improve the understanding of major structural shifts in the world’s financial and economic systems – or mega trends. This can help identify the drivers of growth in emerging economies, and the issues that lead to financial crashes. The AXA Research Fund is delighted to be able to support this important work.” 

    The investment of Euro 1 million from AXA Research Fund, along with equivalent funding from SOAS University of London, plus funding from other sources, will finance a ten-year research programme and the Research Centre for Global Finance.  The Research Programme includes the appointment of a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Global Finance and the creation of two full-time PhD Scholarships – one home and one overseas – every three years.

    Professor Reinhard Bachmann, Head of the School of Finance and Management, said: “The AXA Chair in Global Finance reinforces the School of Finance and Management at SOAS as a world-leading centre for global finance research, in a unique institution that combines disciplinary expertise in finance, management and wider social science with research on Arts and Humanities, Languages and Culture of Asia and Africa in a global context.”

    Professor Christine Oughton, who led the bid from SOAS, said: “The creation of the AXA Chair in Global Finance marks a step change in the evolution of the School of Financial and Management studies that will have far reaching impact on the discipline of finance and on society.” 

    Professor Victor Murinde, the AXA Professor in Global Finance, is a financial economist, with more than 25 years’ expertise, post-PhD, mainly involving university research and teaching, but also including senior-level stints at practitioner, policy and consultancy roles for governments and leading international organisations. He is currently the Principal Investigator (PI) of a large research project (Euro 2.6 million) on “Delivering Inclusive Financial Development and Growth”, funded under the DFID-ESRC Growth Research Programme.

    AXA, through its AXA Research Fund, encourages and supports research relating to major changes in modern-day society and the associated risks. The AXA Chair is a highly competitive scheme, designed to support research excellence involving significant advancement in a research field within a host institution. Only 13 Chairs have been awarded globally in socio-economic risks and the AXA Chair in Global Finance held by Professor Murinde is the first AXA Chair in socio-economic risks in the UK. Professor Jean Tirole, the AXA supported chair at Toulouse School of Economics, won the Nobel Prize for Economics in 2014.

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    Notes for Editors 
    • The Centre for Financial and Management Studies was founded in 1992 before its establishment as an academic Department in 2001 and its evolution to the SOAS School of Finance and Management in 2016. Over this time the School has more than doubled in size reflecting its success in research and scholarship in the fields of finance and management. 


    • The School’s research record is outstanding: in the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework the School was ranked in the top 20 UK Schools for Business and Management (ranked 18th out of 101 Schools) on Research Intensity Grade Point Average.  The School has also had significant success in attracting external funding from the UK’s national research council – The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).



    • SOAS celebrates its Centenary this year. SOAS was founded as the School of Oriental Studies in 1916 and over the last century we have built a strong academic reputation throughout the world and especially in research and scholarship on Asia, Africa and the Middle East. To find out about the people and events that have made the School what it is today, explore the Centenary Timeline, SOAS story and the Centenary Blog and visit our alumni profiles.


    • SOAS University of London is among the world’s elite university institutions:
      • SOAS has been ranked in the top 10 for Arts and Humanities in the UK and 14th in Europe in the 2016 QS World University Rankings and fourth in London in the Guardian University Guide 2016.
      • TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk league tables for 2016 ranked SOAS in the UK top 10 for Middle Eastern and African studies and for East and South Asian studies. SOAS provides resources and knowledge about Asia, Africa and the Middle East to equip people for a global economy and a multicultural world.

    • The AXA Research Fund was created in 2007 by the AXA Group to boost scientific knowledge and discoveries that contribute to the progress of human societies. With a commitment of EURO 200 million, the Fund has already supported 531 projects led by researchers of 55 nationalities, in 34 countries. The AXA Research Fund also helps scientists share their knowledge with a wider audience, in order to inform decision-making and actively engage people in transformative actions to better life today and tomorrow.


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