New faculty members welcomed

This academic year the ICMA Centre is very pleased to welcome three new members of faculty – Dr Nadia Kappou, Ogonna Nneji and Miriam Marra.

Staff from the ICMA Centre

Dr Nadia Kappou

After having worked in the finance industry for seven years, Nadia joined the ICMA Centre on a full time basis in July 2012.

In the City, Nadia has worked as an equity derivatives trader for Credit Suisse, London and also as a commodity derivatives marketer for Credit Suisse-Glencore Alliance.

After studying Banking and Financial Management at the University of Piraeus in Greece, Nadia went on to gain an MSc in International Securities, Investment and Banking from the ICMA Centre followed by a PhD in Finance. She has taught on commodity and shipping derivatives on postgraduate programmes for a number of years.

Nadia has been involved in various projects within the shipping industry and has carried out research focusing on index tracking strategies and ETF’s which has been published in established financial journals as well as been presented at conferences worldwide.

Ogonna Nneji

After studying Economics and Finance at the University of Bristol and gaining an MSc in Finance and Investment from the University of Exeter, Ogonna studied for a PhD in Finance at the ICMA Centre where he has now been appointed as a Lecturer in Finance.

Ogonna has taught at a postgraduate level in Real Estate Finance and Securities, Futures and Options and is now convenor of the module Quantitative Methods for Finance at the ICMA Centre.

His experience in the finance industry includes working as an M&A Summer Analyst in HSBC Global Banking & Markets, a Research Summer Analyst in Olympia Capital Management and a Quantitative Summer Analyst in CQS Management.

His primary research interests include applied financial econometrics, asset bubbles and real estate finance/economics. He has presented his work at numerous leading finance and real estate conferences around the world, including the 2012 Financial Management Association (FMA) in Istanbul. His most recent work has focused on bubble contagion and spillovers across markets and regions.

Miriam Marra

Prior to joining the ICMA Centre as Lecturer in Finance, Miriam was a Teaching Fellow at Warwick Business School where she taught in Corporate Finance as well as acting as Tutor to several other finance modules.

She holds a BSc in Economics and an MA in International Economics from the University of Tor Vergata (Rome) as well as an MSc in Economics and Finance from Warwick Business School.

Her research interests are primarily in the areas of Asset Pricing and Liquidity, Credit Risk, Empirical Finance, Financial Crisis and Contagion, and Market Microstructure.

Miriam has presented her work on “Illiquidity Commonality across Equity and Credit Markets” in several workshops and conferences throughout Europe. She is also working on detecting illiquidity effects on credit default swaps and synthetic CDOs, testing structural models for default risk in credit derivative markets, developing the research on debt and credit derivative microstructure, and investigating issues related to downside risk and investors’ uncertainty in financial markets.

Published 1st October 2012

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