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Dr. Lemma W. Senbet

Chair Professor of Finance at the Smith School of the University of Maryland

Dr. Lemma W. Senbet is the William E. Mayer Chair Professor of Finance at the Smith School of the University of Maryland and Director of the Center for Financial Policy. Prior to his arrival at the University of Maryland, he held an endowed chair at the University of Wisconsin and taught as a visiting professor at Northwestern University, University of California – Berkeley, and New York University. He was also a distinguished research visitor at the London School of Economics.

Dr. Senbet has been an influential member of the global community of finance scholars for over 30 years. His chief research interests are in the areas of corporate finance, international finance, agency, and financial contracting. He has advised the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the United Nations, African Economic Research Consortium, and other international institutions on issues of financial sector reform and capital market development.

He also served as an independent director for the Fortis Funds and currently is an independent director for The Hartford Funds. He was inducted as Fellow of the Financial Management Association International for his career-long distinguished scholarship and professional service. Professor Senbet has been elected (twice) director of the American Finance Association and is a past president of the Western Finance Association. He holds a Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo, a Doctor of Letters (Honorary) from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia and a MBA from UCLA.