Raman Uppal appointed as new chairman of the SFS Council

Written on 21 Sep 2018.

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Raman Uppal, Professor of Finance at EDHEC Business School and Member of EDHEC-Risk Institute, has been appointed as new chairman of the Society for Financial Studies (SFS) Council, succeeding Adlai Fisher, Professor of Finance, Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia.

The Society for Financial Studies (SFS) is a nonprofit, academic society in the field of finance. It owns and runs three academic journals: the Review of Financial Studies, the Review of Asset Pricing Studies, and the Review of Corporate Finance Studies. It organizes the SFS Cavalcade North America and the SFS Cavalcade Asia-Pacific, which are annual academic conferences.

The association's officers and councilors assist in key decisions:


  • President: Laura Starks, University of Texas at Austin (2017 – 2020)
  • Vice President: Josef Zechner, Vienna University of Economics and Business (2017 – 2020)
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Craig W. Holden, Indiana University (2012 – 2020)


  • Raman Uppal (Chair), EDHEC Business School (2013 – 2019)
  • Renee Adams, University of Oxford (2017 – 2021)
  • Alon Brav, Duke University (2018-2021)
  • Allaudeen Hameed, National University of Singapore (2017– 2020)
  • Kai Li, UBC Sauder School of Business (2018-2021)
  • Tarun Ramadorai, Imperial College London (2017 – 2020)
  • Karin Thorburn, Norwegian School of Economics (2017– 2019)

Furthermore, EDHEC Business School, the Fama-Miller Center at Chicago Booth, and the Review of Financial Studies organize a conference on September 28, 2018 that will take place at the Gleacher Center of the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. The conference theme is “New Methods for the Cross Section of Returns.”

This conference will gather eminent experts in Asset Pricing such as John Cochrane, who will deliver the keynote speech, Nobel Prize laureate Eugene Fama, Kenneth French, and Kerry Back.

Professors Raman Uppal (EDHEC Business School) and Michael Weber (Chicago booth) are the conference co-chairs. Programme is available here.


Raman Uppal, PhD, is Professor of Finance at Edhec Business School. He holds a bachelors degree in Economics (Honors) from St. Stephen's College, Delhi University, and M.A., M.B.A and Ph.D. degrees from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to working at Edhec Business School, he was at London Business School and the University of British Columbia. He has held visiting positions at Catholic University (Leuven), the MIT Sloan School of Management, and the London School of Economics and Political Science. His research focuses on optimal portfolio selection and asset allocation in dynamic environments, valuation of securities in capital markets, risk management, and exchange rates. This research has been published in The Journal of Finance, The Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Economic Theory, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of International Money and Finance, and Management Science. He is currently an editor of The Review of Asset Pricing Studies and an associate editor of The Critical Finance Review. In the past, he has served as an editor of the The Review of Financial Studies and the Review of Finance, and as an associate editor of Management Science. With Piet Sercu, he is the author of the textbook, ''International Financial Markets and the Firm,'' (1995, South-Western Publishing) and of the research monograph, ''Exchange Rate Volatility, Trade and Capital Flows under Alternative Exchange Rate Regimes,'' (2000, Cambridge University Press), which received the Sanwa Monograph Award from New York University.He has taught courses on Portfolio Choice and Asset Pricing, International Financial Markets, Multinational Financial Management, Risk Management, and Corporate Finance to students in undergraduate, masters, doctoral and executive programs. He is the recipient of the Dean's Advisory Board's Outstanding Teaching Award for 1988 at The Wharton School, the Teaching Excellence Award for undergraduate teaching in 2000 at the Sauder School of Business at The University of British Columbia, the General Excellence Teaching Award for 2001/2002 at London Business School, the inaugural Excellence in Teaching Award in 2008 at London Business School, the Prize for Pedagogical Excellence at EDHEC Business School in 2015, and numerous other prizes for his teaching and research.