Asian Finance Association International Conference 2009
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Welcome to the Asian FA 2009 International Conference. On behalf of the Asian Finance Association (Asian FA), I would like to take this opportunity to welcome all the participants to Brisbane in Queensland, Australia.
The Asian FA was founded in 2003 with the merger of the Asia Pacific Finance Association and Pacific Basin Financial Management Association. Over the last few years, the Asian FA has jointly organised the conferences with the Financial Management Association (FMA). This is the first time that the Asian FA solely organises the conference. As one can imagine, it is not easy to organise an international conference of this scale, especially in the midst of the current global economic turmoil. I would like to express sincere appreciation to the UQ Business School for devoting both manpower and financial resources to organising this conference. I would also thank the donations from the various conference sponsors. Without their generous support the conference would not be possible.
This conference could not have taken place without the contributions of many individuals who put in the time and efforts. Special thanks go to the Conference Co-Chairs Karen Benson and David Ding who have worked tirelessly to make the conference a successful one. The academic program co-chairs Vidhan Goyal and Philip Gray are commended for taking on the difficult task reviewing numerous papers, with the assistance of a long list of reviewers. I must also record the valuable services rendered by the colleagues and student helpers from the UQ Business School and JK Connections in the conference administration and local arrangements.
Just like previous years, the conference organising committee has put in a program that is intellectually invigorating. We have the pleasure to listening to the stimulating talk of the two keynote speakers, Professor Hendrik Bessembinder of the University of Utah and Professor Alexander Ljungqvist of NYU Stern. The theme of the conference is “New knowledge .... for finance”. As the global financial crisis illustrates, there are both outstanding and new issues for the finance academics to explore, ranging from financial regulation, credit products, valuation techniques, risk management, financial market design, compensation policy, to financial market contagion. I expect many papers presented in the conference will shed light on some of the above issues.
I hope that every participant enjoy the fruitful exchange of ideas and the opportunity to meet old friends and new ones. Please also do not forget to take some time to tour the beautiful city of Brisbane.