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sfft2018@ed.ac.uk 29 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9JS, UK

The University of Edinburgh Business School is pleased to be hosting a World Class Workshop on Social Finance and Financial Technology on 16-17 May 2018.

We hope to bring together insights from academic research and practical knowledge from companies driving change in the industry.

About the conference

In a 2015 paper 'Behavioural Finance', David Hirshleifer, former director of the American Finance Association, concluded by saying that "there is a need to move from behavioural finance to social finance", which includes information flow, the impact of cultural factors and social norms on financial decision-making. It also analyses how ideas spread through our social network.

This conference supports this move from behavioural finance to social finance and provides a platform for researchers to discuss and present their current work on social finance topics and financial technology. This conference will bring together academics and executives of leading Fintechs to discuss novel environments generated by disruptive financial technology and how future collaboration between theory and practice can be established.

We look forward to seeing you in Edinburgh in May 2018!

Marcel Lukas, Augusto Rocha and the Organising Committee

Organising Committee

Marcel Lukas

Marcel joined the University of Edinburgh Business School as a Doctoral Researcher in the Accounting and Finance group in 2015. He joined the University after completing a MSc in Finance and Management at the University of St Andrews. Prior to that, Marcel worked as a project manager and strategy consultant for IBM and Volkswagen for more than six years.

His research is focused on the impact of innovative technologies on financial decision-making of traders and consumers. The goal of his research is to help individuals reduce their biases when making investments and consumption decisions.


Augusto Rocha

Augusto joined the University of Edinburgh Business School as a Doctoral Researcher in the Entrepreneurship and Innovation group in September 2015. Prior to that, he did his MSc on Entrepreneurship and Business Creation in Portugal and was a Fintech entrepreneur in Brazil. Augusto used his previous experience as a Computer Scientist to start a Fintech enterprise developing software for the Brazilian Stock Exchange Market (B3 - formerly BM&FBOVESPA).

Augusto has been conducting research on entrepreneurial ecosystems, social contexts, technology based companies and innovation.


Jo Danbolt

Jo Danbolt joined the University of Edinburgh Business School in 2012. He holds the Baillie Gifford Chair in Financial Markets. He is a qualified Sivil√łkonom (a Norwegian business qualification), and he holds a BA (Hons) in Business Organisation and a PhD in Finance, both from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.

Jo's research interests include shareholder wealth effects of mergers and acquisitions, capital structure determinants, corporate governance and firm value, and the measurement of growth opportunities.


Arman Eshraghi

Arman is Senior Lecturer in Finance and Accounting and Director of the MSc Finance at the University of Edinburgh Business School, and has held visiting positions at Manchester Business School and University College London. He joined Edinburgh following completion of his PhD in 2012, and was promoted to Assistant Professor in 2013 and Associate Professor in 2016. He holds BEng (Electrical) and MBA with distinction from Sharif University in Tehran, and PhD in Finance from Edinburgh. Prior to academia, Arman was a management consultant for several years in the banking and telecom sectors.

Arman's research spans finance, accounting and psychology. His interests include behavioural finance, interdisciplinary accounting, banking, investment management, corporate governance and fintech.