ACBES Keynote Speakers

GARCOMBS Doctoral Colloquium & Workshops

Prof. Gabriel S. Lee

University of Regensburg, Germany
Co-Editor of Journal of Asian Business and Economic Studies

Gabriel S. Lee studied mathematics and economics at the University of Alberta (B.Sc.) and economics at the University of Western Ontario (M.A. Economics). He then obtained his Ph.D. (Economics) at the University of Chicago with the dissertation titled `Housing Investment under Time to Build and Adjustment Costs”. Before joining the University of Regensburg, he held positions at various institutions such as at the University of Pittsburgh, the University of California, Davis, the University of Vienna and Innsbruck, and at the Intitute for Advanced Studies in Vienna. Since april 2004, he holds the chair professorship for real estate economics at the University of Regensburg. Professor Lee’s main research focuses on real estate topics in the context of macroeconomics.

Dr. Dong Nguyen

Durham University, United Kingdom

Dong Nguyen is an Associate Professor in Leadership Management and Change (in Education) at Durham University where he leads the MA Programme in Educational Leadership and Change. Dong Nguyen has 15 years of international professional experience across many countries. Prior to joining Durham University, he was a Lecturer at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Dong has been leading and conducting research projects across countries such as Rwanda, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and Vietnam. His areas of research interests include leadership & management across sectors, professional development, and diffusion of innovations. Dong Nguyen is currently Co-Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Educational Management (IJEM). IJEM is one of the core journals in the field of educational leadership, management, and administration.

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Prof. Subal C. Kumbhakar

Binghamton University, United States
Co-Editor of Empirical Economics

Subal C. Kumbhakar received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Southern California in 1986. He started teaching at the University of Texas in 1986 as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Professor in 2000. He joined Binghamton University, SUNY in 2001. He was awarded University Distinguished Professor in Economics in December 2005.  He teaches graduate econometrics (both theory and applied), and undergraduate microeconomics, statistics, and econometrics courses. He also taught at the Burdwan University, India as a Lecturer in Economics from 1977-1981.

Subal’s main area of research is applied microeconomics with a focus on the estimation of efficiency in production. He uses production, cost, and profit function approaches to estimate economic efficiency. He has formulated a variety of panel data models to measure efficiency, which he has applied to a wide variety of topics covering agriculture, manufacturing, banking, airlines, electricity generation/distribution, public sector enterprises, etc. His recent works include environmental efficiency, modeling undesirable outputs. Some of his other research areas include: corruption and economic growth, foreign direct investment, adverse selection and moral hazards, risk and risk preference in agriculture and aquaculture. His current research includes semi and nonparametric panel data models with and without efficiency.
Subal is a Fellow of Journal of Econometrics (1998). He holds an Honorary Doctorate degree (Doctor Honoris Causa) from Gothenburg University, Sweden (1997).  

Subal is currently a co-editor of Empirical Economics. He is serving as a Board of Editors and/or associate editors of Journal of Productivity Analysis since 1998, Technological Forecasting and Social Change: An International Journal since 1991, International Journal of Business and Economics since 2002, Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics since 2014, Journal of Regulatory Economics since 2015, Macroeconomics and Finance in Emerging Market Economies since 2007, Applied Econometrics since 2016, Ecos de Economia: A Latin American Journal of Applied Economics since 2016.

Prof. Michelle Greenwood

Monash University, Australia

Michelle Greenwood is a Professor at Monash University Australia. Michelle’s research is in critical business ethics, which she has developed conceptually and qualitatively in the areas of ethics and HRM/employment, critical approaches to stakeholder theory and CSR, organizational visuals, and technological mediations. Michelle has published more than 50 articles, book chapters and books, including in a variety of international journals, including Human Relations, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Management Studies, and Organizational Research Methods.  Michelle currently serves as Co-Editor in Chief of the Journal of Business Ethics.  

Prof. Rebecca Thornton

Baylor University, United States

Rebecca Thornton is a Professor in the Department of Economics in the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University. Prior to that she was an Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan in the Department of Economics and Population Studies Center. Dr. Thornton’s research focuses on health, education, and gender. Across these topics, her work addresses core issues within Economics, including the role of subjective beliefs in decision-making and how social networks influence behavior and beliefs. Dr. Thornton has led studies in India, Ghana, Jordan, Malawi, Nicaragua, Nepal, and Uganda to collect longitudinal data and conduct field experiments to understand important development issues such as HIV prevention, family planning uptake, enrollment in health insurance, effects of merit-based scholarships, and effective ways to improve early grade literacy.


Her work has received national and international recognition with papers published in top general interest and field journals. She has received funding from agencies such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, ESRC-DFID, the International Growth Centre, and the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie). Dr. Thornton is an affiliate with the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and BREAD (Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development) and received her Ph.D. in Political Economy and Government, a joint degree in Economics and Public Policy, from the J.F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.