2020 Global Conference in the Middle East 

10 - 12 November 2020 | Dubai, United Arab Emirates 

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, 10 November. 

The 2020 FMA Global Conference will coincide with Expo 2020 Dubai. "Expo 2020 Dubai will host the world for 173 days, each one brimming with new experiences. It’ll be a time to create, collaborate and innovate. And it’s going to be fun. We’re talking eye-catching, mind-bending, taste bud-tickling, grin-inducing, good-weird, did-that-really-just-happen fun." 

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

The paper submission fee is $25 USD for members and $35 USD for non-members. The deadline to submit a paper is Friday, 15 May 2020. 

Click here to submit your paper.

Paper Acceptances

Acceptance letters for the 2020 Conference will be sent (electronically) to each paper’s presenting author in July 2020. The presenting author will be required to register within one (1) week to confirm his/her attendance. 


Program Participation Applications

Click here for the Call For Papers.


Conference Program

Featuring Keynote Speaker

Manju Puri 
J. B. Fuqua Professor
Duke University

Manju Puri is the J. B. Fuqua Professor of Finance at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University. She was earlier Associate Professor of Finance at Stanford Business School, which she joined after earning her Ph.D in finance at New York University and MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Professor Puri is an authority in the field of empirical corporate finance and has particular expertise in financial intermediation.  Her published work spans the areas of commercial banks, investment banks, venture capital, entrepreneurship, behavioral finance, and FinTech. Her research has appeared in publications such as American Economic Review, Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, and Review of Financial Studies. She has been the recipient of the Sloan Research Fellowship as well as multiple awards from the National Science Foundation. Her publication record includes over 30 refereed papers in the top finance and economic journals.  Her research has won many awards including four best paper awards at the FMA Annual Meetings, two Western Finance Association best paper awards, an All-Star award from Journal of Financial Economicsand three Fama-DFA /Jenson best paper awards in the Journal of Financial Economics.

Professor Puri serves as Editor of Review of Financial Studies.  She earlier served as Editor of the Journal of Financial Intermediation, as well as on the editorial boards of several journals including Journal of Finance, Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Journal of Empirical Finance, Journal of Financial Research, and Journal of Financial Services Research.


Doctoral Student Consortium on Tuesday, 10 November 2020

Led by Dr. Sunil WahalJack D. Furst Professor of Finance at Arizona State University, 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 deadline is Friday, 12 June 2020. 

Click here to apply for the Consortium.


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.


#FMADubai2020 - Follow the Conversation

During the conference, use the hashtag #FMADubai2020 to follow the conversation on Twitter (@finmgmtassoc) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/FMA.org).


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. On October 20, 2020, Dubai will be welcoming 190 participating countries for a period of 6 months in the largest event ever staged in the Middle East; the EXPO 2020. Millions of visitors from across the globe are going to visit this remarkable event to celebrate culture, collaboration, and innovation, and to experience warm Emirati hospitality at its finest, as well as the UAE’s values of inclusion, tolerance and cooperation.