Prof. Hussein A. Abdou

Prof. Hussein A. Abdou

Faculty Director of Research; Professor of Banking & Finance

Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise

Greenbank Building, GR302

+44 (0) 1772 89 4700

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.

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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.


  • PhD Banking & Finance titled 'Credit scoring models for Egyptian banks: neural nets and genetic programming versus conventional techniques', The University of Plymouth Management School, Plymouth, Devon, UK, April, 2009.
  • BCom (Hons) Business Administration, Very Good with Honour, The University of Mansoura Business School, May 1997.
  • PGCert. in Higher Education.
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK

Words of wisdom

'Work in Silence and Let the Success Make the Noise'

Membership of professional associations

  • Professional Member of The Financial Management Association (FMA), USA
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK. 
  • Islamic Studies Network, the Higher Education Academy in the UK. 
  • Member of the British Accounting and Finance Association. 
  • Member of the European Accounting Association
  • Member of the African Accounting and Finance Association. 
  • Member of the International Finance and Banking Society. 
  • Affiliated with the Centre for Maritime Logistics, Economics and Finance (CEMLEF); previously called Economics and Finance Research Unit of the Peninsula Centre for Sustainable Governance (PCSG) at The University of Plymouth Business School, UK.
  • The American Finance Association, Publisher of the Journal of Finance. 
  • The Risk Management Association (RMA) USA. 


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.

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Hussein’s research interests cut across Banking and Finance

Primary Research Interests:

  • Credit scoring modelling techniques
  • Credit rating and rating agencies
  • Credit risk management in financial institutions, especially applications of non-parametric techniques such as neural networks and genetic programming in banking and finance
  • Islamic banking and finance

Secondary Research interests:

  • Capital structure, especially for financial institutions
  • SMEs failure prediction
  • Corporate governance, especially in relation to banking risks and rating issues
  • Value relevance of accounting information

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.

Recent achievements

Affiliations and Roles

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:

  • European Journal of Operational Research
  • Knowledge-Based Systems
  • Journal of Empirical Finance
  • The European Journal of Finance
  • Quantitative Finance
  • International Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Finance and Management
  • Banks and Bank Systems
  • Journal of Risk Finance
  • The Journal of Credit Risk

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:

  • Frontiers in Management Research.
  • Journal of Economics & Administration Science.
  • Journal of Financial Risk Management.
  • Journal of Money, Banking and Finance.
  • Global Islamic Finance Magazine.
  • International Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Finance and Management.
  • Journal of Banks & Bank Systems.
  • Journal of Banking & Finance Letters.


Programme Development

Development of:

  • MSc Islamic Banking & Finance, The University of Salford Business School, UK, 2010;
  • MSc Islamic Finance & Economics, The University of Huddersfield Business School, UK, 2016; and
  • MSc FinTech, The Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, UK, 2018.

Academic Enterprise: involvement and achievement

  • Invited as a keynote speaker in a number of international events and conferences including:

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).

  • Invited workshop on ‘The Future of Fintech in the Financial industry’, 6th DIFC, Doha, Qatar. 26th February, 2020.
  • Invited guest lecture on ‘Non-parametric Modelling Techniques as a Superior Alternative Methodology in Finance and Accounting: A Practical Approach’ Portsmouth University, UK, 21st November, 2018.
  • Invited guest lecture on ‘How to Publish in International Refereed Journals’ University of Manouba, Tunis, Tunisia, 14th July, 2018
  • Invited guest lecture on ‘Non-parametric Modelling Techniques as a Superior Alternative Methodology in Finance and Accounting: A Practical Approach’ University of Manouba, Tunis, Tunisia, 14th July, 2018.
  • Invited guest lecture/training on ‘Disruption of the Financial Industry by Fintech’ BIBF Leading Excellence, Coventry University, UK, 11th July, 2018.
  • Invited guest lecture on ‘How to Publish in International Refereed Journals’ in Mansoura University, Egypt, 6th November, 2016.

Industry links

Media appearances or involvement

  1. Manchester Evening News – 14th December, 2009.
  2. BBC Radio Asian Network Reports – 27th January, 2010.
  3. Islamic Finance Education in Manchester - MEDIAPLANET LTD – 12th January 2012.
  4. Interest grows in Islamic Banking by Jennifer Taylor - THE TIMES Wednesday May 2nd 2012.
  5. Global Banking & Finance Review – Friday 29th January, 2016
  6. Yorkshire Post Main – Islamic Finance MSc Thought First in UK - Monday 1st February, 2016
  7. Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Kirklees Business News), Banking on success of Islamic University course, Tuesday 2nd 2016.
  8. IFN Education – Islamic Finance & Economics - Friday 12th February, 2016.
  9. Professor Hussein Abdou on Finance and the impact of FinTech on HE and the industry
  10. The Future of FinTech, Qatar TV, 26th February, 2020
  11. Future of Islamic Investment Opportunities in Artificial Intelligence, CNBC Arabia, 26th February, 2020.


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.