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Dr Samuel Salia

Job: Senior Lecturer in Accounting and Finance

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Leicester Castle Business School

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: 0116 366 4296




Personal profile

Dr Samuel Salia has held various academic roles both within the UK and abroad (for over 9 years) before joining De Montfort University in July 2019. He has also worked as a Management Consultant at the Management Development and Productivity Institute, under the Ghana Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations. Samuel has supervised PhDs in the area of finance. His research interest is multidisciplinary with specific focus on diaspora finance, entrepreneurial finance and financial market development. Other research areas include AI investment, entrepreneurship skills development and green finance.

Research group affiliations

The Finance and Banking Research Centre (FiBRe)

Publications and outputs

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Research interests/expertise

  • Diaspora finance
  • Entrepreneurial finance
  • Financial market development

Areas of teaching

  • International Finance
  • International Financial Investment and Portfolio Management
  • International Financial Institutions and Markets
  • Financial Economics
  • Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Business Finance


  • PhD Finance, Birmingham City University
  • MSc Financial and Legal Management, University of West London
  • PG Dip Management Studies, City Business College
  • PG Cert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Birmingham City University
  • HND Purchasing and Supply, Accra Polytechnic

Courses taught

ACFI5021 International Finance; ACFI3422 Liquidity and Financial Risk Management; ACFI2393 Corporate Finance

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Member of The Institute of Consulting (UK)
  • Fellow of The Higher Education Academy

Conference attendance

1. Karimu, A., Salia, S. Javed, G. H. and Tingbani, I. “Are competitive microfinance institutions worth regulating? Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa”. Paper presented at Africa Microfinance Week, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. October, 2019 and published in the conference proceedings.

2. Salia, S., Gyamfi, K.S., Benin, I. W., Naab, G. Z., and Tingbani, I. “Motivational dynamics of diaspora bonds during debt market uncertainty: Evidence from linear discriminant analysis”. Paper presented at the Global Research Alliance for Sustainable Finance and Investment, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK. September 2019.

3. Karimu, A., Salia, S. Javed, G. H. and Tingbani, I. “Are Competitive Financial Services worth Regulating? Evidence from Microfinance Institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa.” Paper presented at ISBE/BCU Entrepreneurial Finance Conference, Birmingham City University, UK. March 2018.

4. Salia, S., Hussain, J. G., Tingbani, I., and, Kolade, S. “Is Women Empowerment a Zero Sum Game?”, Paper presented at Africa Microfinance Week, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. October, 2017 and published in the conference proceedings.

5. Salia, S., Hussain, J. G. and, Tinbgani, I. “Unintended Consequences of Microfinance for Women`s Empowerment”, Paper presented at ESRC SME Finance Seminar Series, Haydn Green Institute, University of Nottingham, UK. September 2015.

6. Salia, S. (2012) “Using Social Networks to Unlock Business Opportunities – A Pilot Study”, Paper presented in Research Conference, RESCON, Birmingham City University, UK. June 2013.

7. Salia, S. (2012) “The Impact of Microfinance on Microenterprise Development in Ghana”, Paper accepted in International Conference on Economics and Administration, Bucharest, Romania. June 2012.

Recent research outputs

1. Karimu, A., Salia, S. Javed, G. H. and Tingbani, I. (2019). “Are Competitive Microfinance Services Worth Regulating? Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa.” International Journal of Finance and Economics, DOI: 10.1002/ijfe.1800

2. Kolade, O., Obembe, D., & Salia, S. (2019). Technological constraints to firm performance: the moderating effects of firm linkages and cooperation. Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, 26(1), 85-104.

3. Salia, S., Hussain, J., Tingbani, I., & Kolade, O. (2018). Is women empowerment a zero sum game? Unintended consequences of microfinance for women’s empowerment in Ghana. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, 24(1), 273-289.

4. Hussain, J., Salia, S., & Karim, A. (2018). Is knowledge that powerful? Financial literacy and access to finance: An analysis of enterprises in the UK. Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, 25(6), 985-1003.

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