Amir Amel-Zadeh is Associate Professor of Accounting at Saïd Business School and Research Fellow at Green Templeton College, Oxford. His research interests encompass the economic effects of financial accounting and disclosure as well as accounting and regulatory issues at financial institutions.
Prior to joining Saïd Business School, Amir held a position as University Lecturer at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, and prior to that worked for the fixed income structured solutions group at Lehman Brothers in London. He received his PhD and MPhil in Finance from the University of Cambridge.
Amir held visiting positions at Harvard Business School, at New York University Stern School of Business, at Columbia Business School, and at the University of Bologna. Amir sat on the Board of Directors of the European Financial Management Association and on the Advisory Board of the Pension Investments Academy. He is the 2010 recipient of the Salje Medal for the best PhD in the Social Sciences, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, and received the Judge Business School teaching award in 2011.
During his time at Cambridge, he has taught finance and accounting courses to MBA and Masters Programmes as well as on executive programmes for entrepreneurs, engineers, lawyers, finance and medical professionals. He has taught or consulted for the financial services industry in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Amir’s research is broadly focused on firms' information environment in capital markets. His research generally examines the economic consequences of voluntary and mandatory corporate reporting and forensic accounting (reporting quality) issues. He is particularly interested in firms' information environment and disclosure choices during major corporate events such as mergers & acquisitions. His research in banking focuses on the effects of accounting - in particular fair value accounting - and of regulatory risk-based capital requirements on banks' economic choices (capital management and leverage, risk and liquidity management) and the wider economic consequences thereof. Further research interests include non-financial reporting, such as environmental, social and governance reporting, and the intersection of accounting with corporate finance and investment problems.
Amir maintains a close involvement with the business and financial services community. He has taught or consulted for the financial services industry in Europe, Asia and the Middle East and has been keynote speaker on industry conferences such as on the future of banking and on structured products.
Currently, Amir is the lead investigator on a multi-year research project on “The Materiality of Non-Financial Information: The Market’s Evolving View of the Relevance of ESG Disclosures” funded by a Bank of New York Mellon Research Grant and in collaboration with the Newton Centre of Endowment Asset Management at Cambridge Judge Business School (CJBS).
Amir has held several Board positions on industry associations and companies. He sat on the Board of Directors of the European Financial Management Association, on the Advisory Board of the Pension Investments Academy and on the Supervisory Board of New Medical Enzymes AG.
Prior to his career in academia, Amir worked for the fixed income structured solutions group at Lehman Brothers in London.
Amir teaches Accounting to EMBA students and Financial Statement Analysis/Value Investing to MBA and MFE students.
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