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Dr Samar Gad

Job: Senior Lecturer in Accounting and Finance

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Leicester Castle Business School

Address: Hugh Aston Building, De Montfort University

T: +44 (0)116 201 3911




Personal profile

I am a lecturer and researcher since 2008. My research interest includes Islamic banking and finance, financial system stability and resilience, financial networks analysis and learning analytics.

I have carried out research-led teaching to incorporate the recent developments in academic literature in my lectures. This has benefited my students and provided them with the best possible learning experience.

Alongside my academic career, I am a certified professional trainer since June 2013 and I served as an external speaker for several public events about i) youth empowerment, ii) accounting for non-accountants, and iii) directing various psychological games to assist the participants in understanding cognitive and psychological concepts from the field of behavioural finance.


Research group affiliations

Finance and Banking Research Group (FiBRe)

Key research outputs

Gad, S. & Andrikopoulos, P. (2019), Diversification benefits of Shari'ah compliant equity ETFs in emerging markets, Pacific-Basin Finance Journal. 53, p. 133-144

Gad, S., Andrikopoulos, P., Cui, Y. and Kallinterakis, V. (2019) Feedback Trading and the Ramadan Effect in Frontier Markets, Research in International Business and Finance. 51.

Research interests/expertise

Islamic finance and banking

Financial stability and resilience

Financial networks analysis

Learning Analytics

Areas of teaching

Financial data analytics

Financial econometrics

Business intelligence using Excel


PGCert Learning and Teaching, De Montfort University - 2018

PhD in Finance, De Montfort University - 2017

Courses taught


ACFI2424 Business Intelligence Using Excel

ACFI3425 Advanced Business Intelligence Using Excel

Honours and awards

Best Paper Award  - British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA) Accounting Education Special Interest Group Annual Conference, Belgium, May 2019

Leadership Award – Square Mile, De Montfort University, May 2015.

Faculty of Business and Law Conference Award - De Montfort University, August 2016

Faculty of Business and Law Conference Award - De Montfort University, December 2014.

Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship -De Montfort University, 2013-2017.

Best Paper Award - Academy of Business Research, USA, September 2012.

Membership of external committees

External examiner for BSc/MFin (Hons) Finance and Investment programme Birmingham City University 2018 - Present

Reviewer - World Finance Conference held in July 2016, St. Jones University, New York, United States

Membership of professional associations and societies

CFA society, UK

British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA)

Conference attendance

I participated in the following conferences as a speaker:

May 2019 - British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA) Accounting Education Special Interest Group Annual Conference, Ghent, Belgium

June 2018  -  8th International Conference of the Financial Engineering and Banking Society, Università di Roma Tre, Rome, Italy

April 2018  - British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA) Annual Conference, Westminster, London, UK

August 2017 - The 24th Nordic Academy of Management Conference at Nord University Business School, Bodo, Norway.

April 2017 - British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA) Annual Conference at Heriot-Watt University, UK.

September 2016  - Portsmouth- Fordham conference on Banking and Finance at Portsmouth Business School, UK.

April 2015  - International Conference on Islamic Perspective of Accounting, Finance, Economics and Management (IPAFEM) at Adam Smith Business School, Glasgow University.

March 2015  - British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA) Annual Conference at University of Manchester, UK.

September 2012 - Academy of Business Research (ABR) Conference held in Atlantic City-NJ, USA

Current research students


Dalia Sharaf. Thesis title: performance of venture capital -backed firms in an emerging market context. (2nd supervisor)



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