Research promotors

Jan Annaert is a full professor at the University of Antwerp and at the Antwerp Management School. His research focuses on asset pricing, portfolio theory, financial history and financial risk management, and he teaches courses on financial econometrics and investment analysis. Jan has been the driving force in obtaining funding for establishing SCOB (a research centre on enterprise and stock exchange). He is also a co-founder of the Belgian Financial Research Forum and a member of the international steering group at Heuristock, organizing workshops in the field of financial–economic history.

Kris Hardies is a lecturer at the University of Antwerp where his research interest are external auditing, assurance services, financial reporting, gender relations in professional service firms, and social media use by corporations. He teaches on current topics in accounting. His PhD won two scientific awards, namely the 2012 KPMG Outstanding Dissertation Award Gender Section issued by the American Accounting Association and the 2012 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards (Highly Commended).

Walter Aerts is full professor in the field of accountancy at the University of Antwerp, as well as part-time professor at Tilburg University and at the Antwerp Management School, and associate director of the Centre for Impression Management in Accounting Communication (CIMAC) at Bangor University. His research interests cover narrative impression management, internal control and corporate governance, IPOs, media effects on business, institutional perspectives on accounting and international comparative disclosure research and he teaches financial accounting, financial reporting and analysis, and international financial reporting standards. Walter is a member of the IFRS committee of the Belgian Accounting Standards Board (CBN) and of the CBN committee revising current accounting standards. He is an associate editor of the British Accounting Review and editorial board member of Accounting and Business Research and Accountancy & Bedrijfskunde.

Marc De Ceuster is a full professor of finance at the department whose research interests include financial markets and institutions, investment analysis, behavioural finance, financial and risk management, and real estate appraisal and finance. He is also active in the SCOB research centre. At the University of Antwerp he teaches introductory course to financial markets, earning him 5 best teaching awards. He is also the academic Director of the master of finance, the master of personal financial planning and the master of real estate at the Antwerp Management School. Marc furthermore serves as an associate editor to Studies in Economics and Finance, is co-founder of the Belgian Research Forum and a member of the international steering group at Heuristock presenting research in the field of financial–economic history. Finally, he is a board member of IDDR (International Diamond Data Research).

Marc Deloof is a full professor of finance at the University of Antwerp and the Antwerp Management School where his main research focuses on entrepreneurial finance, (multinational) business group finance and financial history. He is furthermore associated to the SCOB research centre. He teaches courses on financial management, corporate finance and governance, and raising capital and financing in global financial markets. He is a member of the academic board of GUBERNA, a governance network for and by company directors, is the co-founder of the yearly Corporate Finance Day and a former director of the Flemish Economic Association (VVE). Furthermore, he is a member of the editorial board of the Asian Journal of Accounting and Finance.

Ann De Schepper is a full professor at ACF who specializes in insurance and financial mathematics, more specifically her research topics include exact distributions and upper and lower bounds for financial and actuarial quantities with stochastic interest rates, and dependence measures and copula models for dependent risks. She teaches mathematics with applications in (business) economics. Ann is a member of EAG (European Affinity Group - AACSB network), WAME (Women Administrators in Management Education - AACSB network), the working group "Computational and Methodological Statistics" and the specialized team "Dependence models and copulas" of ERCIM (European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics), the organizing committee of the annual International Actuarial and Financial Mathematics Conference in Brussels, and was part of the steering committee and of the organizing committee of the biennial Bachelier Finance World Conference in Brussels in 2014.

Bart Heijnen is professor at ACF where he does research within the field of insurance and financial mathematics. He also teaches financial mathematics. Bart currently serves as the chair of the board of administration of the University of Antwerp, responsible for the general coordination of the daily management of the institution and specifically in charge of infrastructure, ICT and external relations.

Ann Jorissen is full professor at the  University of Antwerp, where her research interests lie in the area of international accounting, management control and corporate governance. She teaches (advanced) management accounting and control, financial and management accounting, and financial statement analysis. Ann is a board member and former president of the European Accounting Association (EAA), as well as a member of the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Advisory Council, where she liaisons between the academic world and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), which develops accounting standards applied by more than 120 countries worldwide. She is moreover a member of the academic board of GUBERNA, a governance network for and by company directors. She is also a member of the editorial review board of Family Business Review and member of the editorial board of the Spanish Journal of Accounting and Finance.

Eddy Laveren is full professor at the University of Antwerp, where he is  performing research in the field of financial management, and performance and the transfer of businesses, particularly focusing on family businesses and SMEs. He teaches financial governance of (innovative) SMEs and financial management. Eddy is also the academic director of the competence centre Family Businesses of the Antwerp Management School and is a member of the review board of the Family Business Review and associate editor of the Journal of Small Business Management. He is moreover a board member of the European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ECSB), a board member of the Antwerp Tax Academy and a member of the scientific committee of the RENT-conference, chair of the Family Business Track at the EURAM Conference and co-founder of the Belgian Entrepreneurship Research Day (BERD).

Ine Paeleman is an Assistant Professor at the University of Antwerp. She received her Ph.D. in Business Administration from Ghent University in 2015. She was a visiting scholar at the Carlson School of Management (University of Minnesota) and did an internship at the National Bank of Belgium. Prior to joining the University of Antwerp in October 2018, she was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow of the Flemish Fund for Scientific Research (FWO) at Ghent University.