Departmental Season Greetings
Dear colleagues, students, alumni, partners, and friends. As 2016 is coming to an end, we are proudly looking back at an eventful and exciting year.
We had a record year of scientific publications, including three articles in the top three finance journals in the world.
We are also proud of delivering high-quality teaching in NHH’s full-time and executive programs. Francisco Santos won the Masters students’ Award for Excellence in teaching at NHH, while Karin Thorburn won a teaching award at Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.
We arranged four PhD courses and workshops taught by highly achieved researchers, such as Murillo Campello (Cornell), David Easley (Cornell), Espen Eckbo (Dartmouth), Lars A. Løchstøer (UCLA), and Maureen O'Hara, (Cornell).
In collaboration with the Norwegian Society of Financial Analysts, our department organized 25 research seminars held by internationally recognized scholars.
Through Argentum Centre of Private Equity and Finans|Bergen, we hosted several seminars and round-table discussions, connecting researchers, students, and professionals in the financial services industry. In August, we arranged the Jan Mossin Memorial Symposium on high frequency trading, bringing together academics and practitioners. In October, Kristin Halvorsen joined Karin Thorburn for a discussion of the Mork Committee’s recommendation on the asset allocation of the Government’s Pension Fund Global.
Two of our faculty members contributed to government white papers (NOUs): Karin Thorburn on the equity share of the Government Pension Fund Global and Aksel Mjøs on the Foundations Act.
We welcomed a new colleague, Darya Yuferova from the Rotterdam School of Management, while Tyler Hull moved on to the University of Massachusetts in Boston. We congratulate Konrad Raff and Francisco Santos on their promotions to Associate Professor and Nils Friewald on his promotion to Full Professor. Our PhD student Chunbo Liu started as an Assistant Professor at the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, China.
Thore Johnsen, a legend in finance in Norway, turned 70 in December. We hope that he will continue his work and high activity level as an emeritus professor.
We would like to thank our sponsors, partners, and colleagues for all your important support. We are looking forward to welcoming you in 2017 to our conferences, seminars, and other faculty events. In the meantime, we wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
On behalf of the Department of Finance
Jøril Mæland, Head of Department