Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers for ICEFR 2019

Prof. Sérgio Dominique-Ferreira

Polytechnic Institute of Cavado and Ave, Portugal

Sérgio Dominique-Ferreira is Professor of Marketing at the Polytechnic Institute of Cavado and Ave. He holds a PhD degree in Business and Management Studies - Marketing and Strategy from the Faculty of Economics of Universidade do Porto. Previously, he has been a researcher in the Department of Methodologies of the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain), as well as researcher in the Department of Business Organizations and Marketing, Faculty of Business, University of Vigo (Spain). His main research topics are: price sensitivity, bundling strategies, customer satisfaction and loyalty, brand image and supply chain management.

Speech Title: Artificial Intelligence and Emotional Intelligence: Are they competitors or cooperators?

Abstract: On the one hand, Emotional Intelligence plays a key role in human contact. It’s often used as a tactic to engage consumers in a way that drives sales performance (Homburg, Muller and Klarmann, 2011, as cited in Xie and Kahle, 2014). On the other hand, Artificial Intelligence is perceived has more rational, more logic, associated with concepts such as machine learning, algorithms, big data, computers, chat bots, etc.. The amount of information collected on consumers and analyzed is enormous. So, it seems that it will be all about Artificial Intelligence for companies. However, some clusters (of consumers) will continue to give great importance to customer relationship management (CRM) and high levels of Emotional Intelligence. Therefore, it seems that managers will have to find a way to integrate the use of Emotional Intelligence and the use of Artificial Intelligence solutions.









Prof. Sabri Boubaker

South Champagne Business School, France

Sabri Boubaker is a Professor of Finance at South Champagne Business School (Groupe ESC Troyes, Troyes, France) and Research Fellow at the Institut de Recherche en Gestion (University of Paris Est). He holds a Ph.D. in Finance from University of Paris Est (2006) and a HDR degree (Habilitation for Supervising Doctoral Research) in 2010 from the same university. He was/is visiting professor/researcher at Cass Business School (London, UK), University of Birmingham (United Kingdom), IESEG School of Management (Lille, France), IAE Gustave Eiffel (Paris, France), Hanoi School of Business (Hanoi, Vietnam), University of Portsmouth (United Kingdom), and the Vietnam National University (VNU-IS, Hanoi, Vietnam). Sabri Boubaker has taught various finance courses for undergraduate, graduate and executives at many universities and business schools. He also supervises many PhD students from different nationalities among which Wael Rouatbi (now assistant professor at Montpellier Business School, France), winner of the International "2017 Emerald/EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development) Outstanding Doctoral Research Award" in Finance.

Sabri Boubaker has recently published many academic papers (+70 papers) in international refereed journals including Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of International Money and Finance, Financial Management, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, International Review of Financial Analysis, European Financial Management Journal, Review of Quantitative Accounting and Finance, and Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money. Dr. Boubaker has also edited eleven books on corporate finance, corporate governance, board of directors and corporate social responsibility (Emerald Group Publishing, Springer Verlag, World Scientific Publishing, Palgrave Macmillan, Elsevier, Hermes International Publishing, Edward Elgar) and many special issues (Emerging Markets Review, International Review of Financial Analysis, Research in International Business and Finance, Thunderbird International Business Review, Journal of Management and Governance, etc.). He serves on editorial boards of several peer-reviewed accounting and finance journals such as Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions & Money (Subject Editor), Emerging Markets Review (Subject Editor), Economic Modeling (Subject Editor), Global Finance Journal, and Finance Contrôle & Stratégie (in French), among many others.

Sabri Boubaker was involved in the organization (founder, chair and member of the scientific committee) of more than 30 conferences during the recent years. He is the co-founder and cochair of the annual Paris Financial Management Conference (2013– ) (+700 submissions per year) and of the Vietnam Symposium in Banking and Finance (VSBF) series (2016– ) (+200 submissions per year). He is also the President of the International Society for the Advancement of Financial Economics (ISAFE).

Speech Title: The Governance Role of Multiple Large Shareholders

Abstract: There is so far no consensus on the governance role played by multiple large shareholders (MLS) in listed and private firms alike. They are deemed to have strong incentives in monitoring the LCS and restraining its possible egregious behavior as they hold substantial interest stakes in the firm they control. By doing so, MLS mitigate agency problems, reduce the consumption of private benefits and enhance firm value. However, they may have incentives to divert corporate resources for their personal consumption and extract divisible private benefits of control at the expense of minority shareholders when they find it interesting to collude together with the largest controlling shareholder. The keynote will present and discuss the recent theoretical and empirical findings on the topic.

Prof. Jean-Michell

IDRAC Business School Lyon, France

Dr. Jean-Michel SAHUT is a Professor at IDRAC Business School Lyon (Fr). He teaches Corporate Finance, Financial Accounting and Serious Game for engineering and management students. Previously, he was a Professor at Geneva School of Business Administration, University of Applied Sciences (Ch), an Associate Dean for Research at Amiens School of Management (Fr), a Professor of Finance at Telecom & Management Paris Sud (Fr) and the director of the RESFIN Laboratory. He has published more than 90 articles about finance, governance, CSR and entrepreneurship in international peer review journals and five books.

Speech Title: Dividend Policy & Governance in Emerging Markets during Financial Crises

Abstract: This paper examines the impact of ownership structure and corporate governance on dividend policy in emerging markets. We test whether the effects of board governance on dividend policy change during crisis periods. Using a sample of 362 non-financial listed firms from East Asian and Gulf Cooperation Council countries, this study provides evidence that the decision to pay dividend increases with institutional ownership and board size. We also find that in emerging countries, the dividend policies of firms with CEO duality and without CEO duality do not depend on the same set of factors. Another important finding is that ownership concentration and board independence significantly affect the dividend policy of firms with CEO duality. Moreover, we show that during financial crisis, a stronger commitment of directors performing their duties results in higher dividend payouts.

Invited Speaker


Assoc. Prof. Mitsunori Hirogaki

Ehime University, Japan

Mitsunori Hirogaki is an Associate Professor of Marketing Research and Consumer behavior at Ehime University, Japan, where he teaches Marketing Research, Data Analysis, Quantitative Research Methods, Statistics and Mathematics for Business and Economics. He received his PhD from the Graduate School of Business Administration, Kobe University. Previously, he was an Associate Professor at Hiroshima University of Economics and Kushiro Public University of Economics.

He has been involved in big data analysis projects, as a member of a research group at the Center for the Study of the Creative Economy (Doshisha Univeristy), he works with big data analysis to construct systems that identify seeds of innovation.

Speech Title: Different Culture, Different Campaign: Cross-Cultural Marketing in Europe and Asia

Abstract: I will discuss how to understand and market to multicultural consumers. The growth of emerging markets and changes in trade agreements has transformed the business environment of multinational enterprises. The conclusion of any trade agreement, such as those between the European Union and Japan, is an important business opportunity for companies in both countries. However, the extent of consumers’ perceptions and evaluations of products, price, advertisement, and sales channels are tightly coupled with the unique consumer characteristics and culture of each country. Therefore, highly successful marketing approaches do not always get the same results in other countries or other cultural spheres. I derive important implications for further study from the latest empirical research focused on European and Asian consumer behavior and reports of multinational marketing campaign failures and successes. We conclude that culture affects the way consumers focus, feel, remember, and make decisions when they are exposed to products and promotions. However, the interests of younger generations are headed toward a global style. The shrinking of difference and the possibility of fusion must be considered as the influence of the internet on consumers continues to increase.

Keynote Speakers on ICEFR History

Prof. Jiří Strouhal

Škoda Auto University Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic

Prof. Donald Chang

Metropolitan State University of Denver, USA

Prof. Hitoshi Takehara

Waseda University, Japan