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Professor Hussein A. Abdou is the Faculty Director of Research within the Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise; and Professor of Banking & Finance. Hussein’s academic background is in Finance and Banking, where he is widely published in international peer reviewed journals, resulting in more than 30 referred journal articles during the last 8 years. His professional background is in building scoring models for banks in a number of developing countries; FinTech applications; Business Analytics and evaluating software packages for the financial industry in the US.
Hussein joined UCLan’s Lancashire School of Business & Enterprise from The Manchester Metropolitan Business School where he was a Professor of Banking & Finance and RKE lead. Prior to that, he was a Professor of Finance and Banking, and Director of Graduate Education in The Huddersfield University Business School. He held various positions prior to joining Huddersfield, including a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader at the University of Salford Business School. He previously worked at The University of Plymouth Management School, where he completed his PhD in Banking and Finance; and Mansoura University, Egypt.
Hussein’s Academic background is in Banking and Finance, including credit scoring modelling techniques, risk management in financial institutions, Islamic banking and finance, and applications of non-parametric modelling techniques such as neural networks and genetic algorithms in banking and finance. His professional background is in building scoring models for banks in a number of developing and emerging markets including Egypt, Cameroon, Vietnam, Libya and India; and evaluating software packages for financial applications. He is also a professional trainer who has extensive experience in delivering professional training courses worldwide in various areas including Business Analytics; Islamic Banking, Finance and Economics; Risk Management, Big Data Analytics in Banking and Finance; Scoring Modelling Techniques and Innovative Management.
Hussein has extensive experience of teaching at all levels in higher education and has significant strengths in all relevant areas including curriculum development, module leadership, programme management and administration, team management, quality assurance, teaching, learning and assessment, innovation and reflective practice. His leadership skills have been ably demonstrated through the development and management of various modules and programmes. As a result, he has successfully developed both MSc Islamic Banking & Finance at Salford University, UK; and MSc Islamic Finance & Economics at Huddersfield University.
Hussein’s teaching interests cut across Banking, Finance, Accounting and Risk Issues, having taught several modules including Corporate Finance; Bank Management; Applied Banking & Financial Modelling; Issues in Islamic Finance & Economics; Quantitative Finance and Methods; Financial Risk Analysis; Business Accounting; Management Accounting; and Research Methods to undergraduate, postgraduate and professional banking, finance and accounting students.
Hussein’s principle research interests lie in the field of banking and finance. In particular, credit risk, credit rating and credit scoring modelling techniques. Further research areas include Islamic banking and finance, capital structure, value relevance, merger and acquisition in banking, SMEs failure prediction, and e-banking. He has published widely in international peer reviewed journals including Knowledge-Based Systems; International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money; Expert Systems with Applications; International Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Taxation; and Intelligent Systems in Accounting, Finance and Management.
Hussein’s is the Editor of Cogent Banking & Finance Section, Taylor & Francis Group. He is on several Editorial Boards, including Journal of Money, Banking and Finance; International Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Finance and Management; Journal of Economics & Administration Science; and Journal of Financial Risk Management.
He has presented his research at a number of national and international conferences, workshops, and seminars in various countries.
Words of wisdom
'Work in Silence and Let the Success Make the Noise'
Membership of professional associations
Abdou, Hussein, A., Mitra, Shatarupa, Fry, John and Elamer, Ahmed, A. (2019) Would two-stage scoring models alleviate bank exposure to bad debt? Expert Systems with Applications. 128, pp. 1-13. ISSN 0957-4174.
Elamer, Ahmed A., Ntim, Collins G., Abdou, Hussein, A., Zalata, Alaa and Elmagrhi, Mohamed (2019) The Impact of Multi-Layer Governance on Bank Risk Disclosure in Emerging Markets: The Case of Middle East and North Africa. Accounting Forum. 43 (2), pp.246–281. ISSN 0155-9982.
J. Mulkeen, Abdou, Hussein, A., J. Leigh, P. Ward (2019). Degree and Higher Level Apprenticeships: An Empirical Investigation of Stakeholder Perceptions of Challenges and Opportunities. Studies in Higher Education. 44(2), pp. 333-346.
Elmagrhi, Mohamed H., Ntim, Collins G., Wang, Yan, Abdou, Hussein A. and Zalata, Alaa M. (2018) Corporate Governance Disclosure Index-Executive Pay Nexus: The Moderating Effect of Governance Mechanisms. European Management Review. ISSN 1740-4754
Abdou, Hussein, A., W. Abdallah, J. Mulkeen, C. Ntim, Y. Wang (2017). Prediction of financial strength ratings using machine learning and conventional techniques. Investment Management and Financial Innovations. 14(4), pp.194-211.
A. Elamer, C. Ntim, Abdou, Hussein, A. (2018). Islamic Governance, National Governance, and Bank Risk Management and Disclosure in MENA Countries. Business and Society. pp.1-42.
A. Alnabsha, Abdou, Hussein, A., CG. Ntim, AA. Elamer (2017). Corporate Boards, Ownership Structures and Corporate Disclosures: Evidence from a Developing Country. Journal of Applied Accounting Research. 19(1), pp.20-41.
CG. Ntim, S. Lindop, DA. Thomas, Abdou, Hussein, A., KK. Opong (2017). Executive pay and performance: the moderating effect of CEO power and governance structure. The International Journal of Human Resource Management.
AE. Elbakry, JC. Nwachukwu, Abdou, Hussein, A., T. Elshandidy (2017). Comparative evidence on the value relevance of IFRS-based accounting information in Germany and the UK. Journal of International Accounting, Auditing and Taxation. 28, pp.10-30.
Abdou, Hussein, A., MDD. Tsafack, CG. Ntim, RD. Baker (2016). Predicting creditworthiness in retail banking with limited scoring data. Knowledge-Based Systems. 103, pp.89-103.
Abdou, Hussein, A., O. Agbeyo, K. Jones, K. Sorour (2016). The impact of M&A on the Nigerian financial market: a pre-post analysis. Investment Management and Financial Innovations. 13(1), pp.138-150.
Abdou, Hussein, A., Y. Wang, X. Li, C. Nitm (2015). Financial development and economic growth in China. Investment Management and Financial Innovations. 12(3), pp.8-18.
Abdou, Hussein, A., OA. Muslem, R. Ismal (2014). Risk Management Practices in the Republic of Yemen : Are Islamic Banks Different? Journal of Islamic Economics Banking and Finance. 10(3), pp.46-73.
Abdou, Hussein, A., S. T Alam, J. Mulkeen (2014). Would credit scoring work for Islamic finance? A neural network approach. International Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Finance and Management.7(1), pp.112-125.
Primary Research Interests:
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Additionally, Hussein is engaged in a number of multidisciplinary research work and activities in different areas such as dividend policy; shipping finance; credit card fraud; exchange rate risk; e-baking; CRM in banking; behavioural finance; ethics and internet gambling; and value relevance of accounting information.
In addition, during the past 5 years, Hussein has supervised more than 7 PhD students to completion and examined over 20 PhD theses and DBA, focusing on topics in banking, finance and accounting in different universities worldwide. He is currently supervising a number of PhD students at different stages, conducting their research on topics across his current research interests.
Hussein will consider research proposals that are associated with any of his current research interests in banking, finance and accounting from prospective PhD students with strong research potential for example, excellent quantitative research and writing skills. Particularly, PhD proposals focusing on cross-country or regional studies rather than single country studies are highly recommended.
Expert reviewer for journals and publishers
Reviewer of ESRC, and member of ESRC Advanced Quantitative Methods (AQM) assessment panel for two years. External reviewer and marker for CIMA Certificate in Islamic Finance. Also, academic reviewer in a number of international academic refereed journals including, for example:
Editorial board membership
Editor of Cogent Banking & Finance Journal, Taylor & Francis Group.
Member of the EDITORIAL BOARD of a number of international peer reviewed journals including:
Academic Enterprise: involvement and achievement
a) Future of Islamic Investment Opportunities in Artificial Intelligence, 6th DIFC, Doha, Qatar. 25th February, 2020.
b) Discussant of the FMA 2018 Annual Meeting ‘Bank Reporting Issues’, San Diego, California, USA.
c) Member of the Scientific Committee at the 3rd International Conference on Business, Economics and Social Sciences (ICBESS); Kuta, Bali - Indonesia, 10 - 11 of August 2016.
d) Innovation Arabia 9 (IA9), 7th-9th March, 2016, Dubai, UAE, Jumeirah Beach Hotel. Member of the Panel Discussion on Islamic Financial Landscape: Current Development.
e) The ICI, the 14th International Conference on Information Development, 7th-8th November, 2015, Egypt (Applications of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning).
Media appearances or involvement
1. A. Elamer, HAH. Abdou, C. Ntim (2017). Islamic Governance, National Governance, and Bank Risk Management and Disclosure in MENA Countries. Edinburgh, UK, 10/4/2017.
2. A. Elamer, HAH. Abdou, C. Ntim Are Risk and Governance Disclosures Informative? Evidence from MENA banks’ credit ratings. Newcastle, UK, 1/3/2017.
3. HAH. Abdou (2015). Forecasting creditworthiness in retail banking: a comparison of cascade correlation neural networks, CART and logistic regression scoring models. Amsterdam, Netherlands, 12/2/2015.
4. A. Elbakry, HAH. Abdou The impact of the compulsory adoption of IFRSs in Europe: a comparative study between Germany and the UK. Athens, Greece, 26/5/2014.
5. W. Mostafa, HAH. Abdou The Effect of Bank Capital Structure and Financial Indicators on CI's Financial Strength Ratings: The Case of the Middle East. Capital IC, Rhodes, Greece, 15/6/2011.
6. HAH. Abdou Sample size selection in credit scoring models and banks' credit decisions. Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, 2/10/2008.
7. HAH. Abdou (2008). Sample size selection in credit scoring models and banks' credit decisions. In: Proceedings of the School of Law & Social Sciences with The Business School & School of Geography. 1/5/2008.
8. HAH. Abdou Neural Net Credit Scoring Models for Egyptian Banks: An Evaluation of Consumer Loans. The University of Edinburgh Management School, Credit Research Centre, 29/8/2007.
9. HAH. Abdou (2007). An Evaluation of Alternative Credit Scoring Models in the Egyptian Banking Sector. In: Proceedings of the Plymouth Business School, School of Law & Social Science and School of Geography Postgraduate Symposium. Plymouth Business School, 1/3/2007.
10. HAH. Abdou Credit Scoring Models for Personal Loans in the Egyptian Banking Sector. Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, 15/10/2006.
11. HAH. Abdou Credit Scoring Models in Egyptian Banks. Plymouth, UK, 8/9/2006.
12. HAH. Abdou (2006). Credit Risk in Egyptian Banks. In: Proceedings of The Plymouth Business School and School of Sociology, Politics and Law Postgraduate Symposium. University of Plymouth, Plymouth, UK, 1/1/2006.