American Univesity of Beirut

Dr. Wassim Dbouk

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Dr. Wassim Dbouk​

Founding Member​

Associate Professor of Finance
Founding Member and Lead in Empirical Finance ​

Bio

Dr. Dbouk is a lead figure in teaching and scholarship with a focus on finance and banking. His research focuses on the fields of equity, fixed income investments, banking, and supply chain finance. His main teaching interests evolve around corporate finance, valuation, financial modelling, and commercial bank management courses. He draws on this research to advance inclusive business systems for women's economic participation and overcoming challenges to women's careers in the Arab Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Dr. Dbouk is an expert in advanced quantitative skills and forecasting tools that allows him to delve into analysis of financial markets of the Arab MENA region as well as into US financial markets. This gives him unique insight into the holistic systemic changes that the Arab MENA economies need in order to become more inclusive of women and marginalized groups. Dr. Dbouk's research has been published in reputable journals such as “International Journal of Production Economics" ,"Journal of Financial Stability" , "Journal of Futures Markets", “The European Journal of Finance", and “International Review of Financial Analysis". His expertise in corporate bond markets, liquidity creation in banking, finance, and financial modeling enables CIBL for Women to adopt a gendered lens into finance and business. Dr. Dbouk applies this expertise and experience to transform policies and structures that are acting as barriers for women's careers in the sectors including Banking, STEM, healthcare, and education.

Dr. Dbouk is the Founding Coordinator for AUB's Master of Finance Program. Under his leadership, the program attracted a wide pool of talented students and mid-career professionals who went on to lead key positions in banking and finance across the region. His mentoring and coaching efforts contributed to CFA Research Challenge teams that were local winners in 2012 and 2013.

Dr.  Dbouk has been instrumental in designing and launching the Investment Management Program (IMP) at AUB . Currently, he serves as the director of the program and supervises elite students to gain a holistic and thorough understanding of investment management, asset allocation, security selection, trading and reporting by investing a 1 million dollar endowment in the financial markets. Graduates of the IMP embarked on careers at leading financial organizations in the world and are highly sought by the most prestigious financial organizations in recognition of their practical know-how, maturity, technical skills and analytical abilities. Under his directorship ,the program earned international recognition by competing with 160+ universities and getting awarded at Quinnipiac Game competition for the value investing category for two years in a row the 2nd and 3rd prizes.

He is current spearheading the Arab MENA's first efforts towards Gender Lens Investing by exploring the nexus of gender-inclusive systems, research, and financial trends in the region. Beyond the bottom line, Gender Lens Investing will allow the region's economy to recover while being inclusive and untapping the full potential of women and marginalized communities. ​

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