Prof Rasha Alsakka

Professor in Banking & Finance

Contact info

Location: Room 1.04, Hen Goleg

Telephone: 01248 38 3571

Email: r.alsakka@bangor.ac.uk

Contact Info

Location: Room 1.04, Hen Goleg

Telephone: 01248 38 3571

Email: r.alsakka@bangor.ac.uk

Overview

Rasha Alsakka is a Professor of Banking and Finance at Bangor Business School. Rasha was appointed at Bangor in January 2010. Previously she taught at Aberystwyth University. Rasha has a portfolio of high-quality research outputs and has developed an international reputation, with her work appearing in many internationally recognized journals such as Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of International Money and Finance, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, British Accounting Review, and European Journal of Finance.

Rasha is  the joint leader of the Credit Ratings Research group at Bangor, which has a reputation for high quality research in the UK. The research group includes three other BBS staff and several current and former PhD students. Rasha has also supervised several PhD students to completion and has acted as an external examiner at PhD, PGT and UG levels at many UK Universities. She has a wide teaching experience in the areas of Finance, Investment and Banking and has taught subjects linked with students’ employability and transferable skills, with a strong research-led teaching strategy.

 

Roles within Bangor Business School

  • BBS Senior Tutor (Aug 2018 - Present)
  • BBS Disability Tutor (2012 - Present)
  • Member of the Knowledge Group (responisble for driving innovative thinking at Bangor University - Nov 2019 - Presnt).
  • BBS Ethics Officer (2014 - Oct 2018)
  • Member of CAHB (previously CBLESS) Ethics committee (2014 - 2018)
  • Personal tutor
  • Teaching Advisor and Mentor, PGCertHE
  • Supervision of PG & UG dissertations

Teaching and Supervision

Teaching

Undergraduate Teaching:

  • Investment (ASB/ADB-2217 & ASB/ADB-3217)

Postgraduate Teaching:

  • Investment Strategy and Portfolio Management (ASB-4125)
  • Capital Markets & Treasury Management (ASB-9040)

  • Current Issues in International Finance (ASB-4441)

Doctoral workshop

  • Credit Ratings
  • Research Methods - Limited dependent variables
  • Research design and strategy: Ethics and Research

PhD Students Supervisor

  • Phuc Lam Thy Nguyen (2015 – present).
  • Andrea Martin (Completed in April 2020 - Minor corrections).
  • Anh Quang Nguyen (Completed in Jan 2020 - Minor corrections).
  • Laurence Jones (Completed in Jan 2019 – No corrections).
  • Irfan Sahibzada (Completed in July 2016 - substantive amendments within 6 months).
  • Patrycja Karolina Klusak (Completed in May 2016 - Minor corrections).
  • Vu Tran (Completed in Jan 2015 - Minor corrections).
  • Huong Thi Vu (Completed in Dec 2014 - No corrections).
  • Gwion Williams (Completed in March 2013 - Minor corrections).

Grant Awards and Projects

Outstanding reviewer status for Journal of Banking and Finance in Aug 2017 in recognition of the contributions I made to the quality of the journal.

Center for the Enhancement of Learning: CELT Associate Award (2016).

Charted Banker Research Funding: Project ‘European Banking Union and its consequences for bank behaviour and bank credit ratings’. £1500- Dec 2017-Jan 2020

ESRC & BBS PhD Studentship in Financial Economics starting in September 2015 for three years. Full awards consist of a stipend of approximately £14,168 per annum and a fee contribution of approximately £4,084. Students will also be eligible to apply for a research allowance (£750 per annum).

ESRC & BBS PhD Studentship in Financial Economics started in September 2012 for three years. Full awards consist of: a stipend of approximately £13,590 per annum and a fee contribution of approximately £3,807.

Research

Research Interest: Credit risk and credit ratings, Political economy, Emerging markets, European sovereign debt crisis, Credit and uncertainty.

Selected Conference and seminar presentations

  • 6th Conference on Credit Analysis and Risk Management Basel Workshop on Credit Risk Sep 2019. 
  • Wolpertinger Conference, Modena- Italy, August 2018.
  • BAFA – Corporate Finance and Asset Pricing Symposium, Manchester, UK, July 2018.
  • BAFA- Northern Area Group Conference, Bangor, 2017, 14-15 Sept. 
  • INFINITI Conference on International Finance, Dublin – Ireland (2016)
  • XXIV InternationalRome Conference on Money, Banking and Finance. Rome - Italy (2015)
  • Wolpertinger Conference - Granada, Spain (2015)
  • European Financial Management Association - Reading (2013)
  • International Conference on the Global Financial Crisis - Southampton (2013)
  • Emerging Markets Group Conference- Cass Business School (2011)
  • Financial Sector Performance & Risk (Post-Crisis) Conference, Bangor Business School (2011)
  • British Accounting and Finance Association Annual Conference, Birmingham (2011), Cardiff (2010), Dundee (2009)
  • Wolpertinger conference, Bangor, UK (2010)
  • Emerging Markets Conference, Turkey (2010)
  • Newcastle Economics seminar, Newcastle University, UK (2010)
  • University of Wales Accounting & Finance Colloquium, Gregynog (2008)
  • School of Management & Business, Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth (2006)

Other

PhD examination: Hull University Business School, Bangor Business School.

External examiner:

  • Bristol University - UK (September 2018 - Present)
  • Newcastle University - UK (September 2016 – Present)
  • University of Hertfordshire UK & INTI University - Malaysia (Nov 2015 - Nov 2019)
  • External module marker and auditor for the London School of Economics and Political Science LSE (2009-2013)

Ah-hoc Refereeing

Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Bank of Spain, Journal of Banking and FinanceJournal of Empirical Finance, Journal of International Money and Finance,European Journal of FinanceJournal of Economic Behavior and Organization, International Review of Financial Analysis;Emerging market Review, Journal of Financial Stability,  Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, International Journal of Finance and Economics, Pacific-Basin Finance Journal.

 

Postgraduate Project Opportunities

Research interests include:

Credit ratings, Credit risk and default probability, Financial regulatory reforms, Political economy and financial stability, Investment management.

Postgraduate Project Opportunities

Credit rating agencies and political economy

The US sub-prime crisis followed by the European debt crisis as well as covid 19 pandemic brought mounting criticism of the credit rating agencies (CRAs) for their role amid deteriorating economic conditions. Several regulatory reforms to monitor CRAs have been approved in Europe and the US, yet little is known about their effectiveness in improving the quality of ratings in the corporate rating sector. Rating quality is of utmost importance as ratings are strongly embedded into regulations and affect the welfare of both borrowers and investors. Credit ratings are a major concern for corporate managers; they affect a firm’s access to the bond market, and impact employee and customer relationships as well as business operations. Negative rating actions can trigger events such as bond covenant violations, increases in bond coupons or loan interest rates, and forced bond repurchases.

Many countries in Europe and the USA have experienced degrees of political turmoil following the recent financial crises and covid 19 pandemic. Therefore, the voting preferences in these countries have moved toward more extremist and populist parties, and caused shifts in the ideology and policies of several countries. These have enormous negative influence on the level and cost of public and private debt, credit risk, swings in capital flows, currency valuation and economic growth.

This PhD research project aims to fill a clear void in the literature by investigating various aspects of the link between credit risk and political economy in light of the current developments during the global financial crisis and post-crisis periods. The project aims to investigate the effects of political impairments upon financial markets and real economic activity. It will explore the consequences of increased political and sovereign risk for firms’ ratings, cost of capital, investment, and financing decisions. The project also aims to investigate whether the recent regulatory reforms of the credit rating industry have been successful in improving the quality of corporate credit ratings taking into account the major issue of political uncertainty in many countries.

This project aims to apply empirical and theoretical frameworks to analyse the performance of corporate ratings, focusing on the effects of the recent regulatory reforms and political uncertainty. The project has the potential to deliver findings of relevance to a range of market participants, as well as credit rating agencies, regulators and policy makers.

Education / academic qualifications

  • BSc , Economics
  • Other , Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting
  • MSc , Econ in Accounting and Finance
  • PhD , Accounting and Finance
  • Professional , Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCertHE) , Bangor University

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