Global Conference in the Middle East 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates 

After careful consideration of the current circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic around the world, the Financial Management Association International (FMA) and Zayed University have decided to further postpone the FMA’s first Global Conference in the Middle East to late 2022. We believe that postponing the conference will allow us to safely hold an in-person conference and to put together a strong program for this inaugural conference in Dubai, UAE.

A reopened call for papers and other essential information will be announced on our website, social media, and by email by early 2022. All papers that were previously submitted will be automatically rolled over. If you previously submitted a paper but would like to submit a different paper when the call for papers reopens in 2022, you may do so by emailing Karen Wright at [email protected]

We look forward to a successful inaugural FMA conference in the Middle East in 2022.

FMA International is pleased to announce its inaugural Global Finance Conference in the Middle East, hosted by Zayed University, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. As part of FMA’s Global Series, this conference will bring together academicians and practitioners with interests in financial decision-making and provides a forum for presenting new research and discussing current issues in financial management and related topics. 

Presentations of research papers, panel discussions, tutorials and exhibits will begin Wednesday morning and end Thursday afternoon. The Doctoral Student Consortium (by application) will be held on Tuesday preceding the conference. 

Program Co-Chairs

Thorsten Beck, Professor of Banking and Finance
Cass Business School, City University of London

Rwan El-Khatib,  Associate Professor of Finance and the Al Dhaheri Chair in Islamic Finance,
Zayed University

Marc Lipson, Robert F. Vandell Professor of Business Administration
Darden School of Business, University of Virginia

Paper Submissions

A call for papers will be published in early 2022.  


Doctoral Student Consortium

The Doctoral Student Consortium includes a panel session with distinguished scholars discussing the latest advances in research and offering career advice. The afternoon breakout sessions give participants the opportunity to present job market papers or dissertation proposals and receive feedback from the faculty and panelists. Accepted participants receive complimentary conference registration.

The application period for the Doctoral Student Consortium will open in early 2022. 

Formal Participant Letters & Invitations

For participants seeking a formal invitation from FMA for either institution support or visa requirements, please contact Karen Wright at +1.813.974.2084 or [email protected]. Participants must be registered for the conference in order to receive a requested letter. 

Please click here for information on visa requirements.


About the Zayed University 

Founded in 1998 and proudly bearing the name of the Founder of the Nation – the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Zayed University (ZU) has positioned itself amongst the leading higher education institutions locally and globally. Through its two modern campuses in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the University thrives to provide educational leadership, expand opportunities, and disseminate knowledge to local, regional and global communities using research, scholarship, creative activities and outreach. The College of Business at Zayed University (AACSB accredited) offers an undergraduate Bachelors of Science Program, with four different majors (Accounting, Finance, Human Resource Management, and Marketing & Entrepreneurship), alongside three graduate programs; an Executive MBA Program, a Masters in Finance and a Masters in International Business.

About Dubai

Dubai is the second largest emirate in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It has emerged as one of the world’s leading international business centers and regional hubs. This cosmopolitan city of diversity is a popular touristic destination, well known for its rich traditions and its modern iconic landmarks such as the world's tallest skyscraper Burj Khalifa.