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The Department of Finance

Finance PhD Students

Doctoral Programme (PhD)

Meet our current PhD Students

Click on one of our PhD students names to read about them....

  • Yimei Man
  • Sujani Thrikawala
  • Sanjeev Acharya
  • Abhishek Mukherjee
  • Vijay Kumar
  • Hamza Ajmal
  • Samir Harith
  • Abidin Ali Alhassan
  • Ploypailin Kijkasiwat

Yimei Man

Yimei Man

I am a Ph.D. student in Finance at Management School, the University of Waikato. I obtained MSc in International Accounting and Finance from Stirling University, UK and BSc in Finance and Economics from Shandong University, China. My research interests are in earnings management, agency costs, stock market anomalies, capital markets and behavioural finance. My current Ph.D. study is on earnings management practices in Chinese listed companies. China is the largest emerging market, but Chinese markets opened only about 35 years ago. The rest of the World still does not have full knowledge of China and the Chinese companies. My PhD study will help to explore earning management practices of Chinese companies so that the World knows more about them, which might help both foreign and local investors to invest in these companies.

I believe I will be able to accomplish my research goal here in Waikato with the help of my supervisors, Professor Stuart Locke and Dr. Nirosha Hewallage and the advanced facilities provided by the university.

Sujani Thrikawala

Sujani Thrikawala

In my thesis I investigate the relationship between corporate governance practices and the performance of microfinance intuitions in India and Sri Lanka. My current research interests focus on microfinance, corporate governance, corporate finance, entrepreneurship, and small to medium business management. I have a Bachelor of Commerce with First Class Honours from the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka and a Master of Science in Management and Information Technology with a merit pass from the same university.

Waikato Management School at the University of Waikato is one of the leading business schools in New Zealand. It provides tremendous resources and facilities for PhD students, such as access to thousands of books and electronic journals, databases, internet and computer facilities, office space, seminars, workshops and scholarships. My supervisors and all the academic and non-academic staff in the Finance Department are exceptionally supportive and inspire me to reach my destination.

Sanjeev Acharya

Sanjeev Acharya

I am very fortunate and blessed to have my doctoral study at the University of Waikato-one of the highly ranked university for management studies and New Zealand - a best place to live. My dreams will come true when I will be able to complete my contemporary research comparing the impact of corporate governance practice on the financial performance of financial institutions in Nepal (a small emerging developing economy) and New Zealand (a small well-developed economy).

I am very pleased to have the admirable facilities, proper guidance and homely environment by the various faculties, supervisors and colleagues away from home. The monthly finance staff and student seminar and the fortnightly supervisors meeting have facilitated me to develop and nurture my research skills.

I completed my MBA from Banaras Hindu University, India, after completing by earlier studies in my home country. I worked as a lecturer at college affiliated to Purbanchal University, Nepal for more than 3 years.

Abhishek Mukherjee

Abhishek Mukherjee

My PhD research investigates the impact of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) on Indian firm performance. The focal thrust of the study is to look at the influence of CSR expenditure on firms' market valuation, financial performance and senior managers' attitude toward such expenses.

Before starting my PhD, I have worked in the Commercial Insurance Industry in India and then as a researcher in the Institute of Business Research (IBR), New Zealand. Currently, I am engaged in academic research and tutoring with the Finance Department of Waikato Management School (WMS).

The University of Waikato is highly ranked in the world; the institution provides advanced resources and facilities for conducting my research and the PhD supervisors are vastly experienced and extremely supportive.

Vijay Kumar

Vijay Kumar

I was born and grew up in Gambat which is a small town in Pakistan. The first position in college opened many doors for me and I made my way to Karachi for higher studies. I completed MBA with flying colours and started my career as Management Trainee in one of the leading banks in Pakistan. I climbed the ladders of success quickly and achieved managerial position in short span of time. After five years of successful banking career, I got an opportunity to pursue Masters in Finance from Bradford University School of Management. Upon completion of my Master’s degree, I joined Barclays Bank Plc., Leeds, UK.

After an exciting academic and professional journey, I decided to join the Waikato Management School to undertake PhD in the area of Finance. I believe my extensive experience in the banking industry provides a suitable platform for pursuing my PhD research. My research focuses on the profitability and contribution of banking sector in the Asia-Pacific region. This comparative study will help policymakers in the selected economies to make important decisions related to the structure and size of the banking system.

Hamza Ajmal

Hamza Ajmal

Hamza joined the Department of Finance in 2014 as a PhD candidate. He also tutors in a number of different finance courses for the department. He holds an MSc in Finance from Swansea University, United Kingdom and an MBA with Finance majors from University of Central Punjab, Pakistan. Before moving to New Zealand, Hamza worked as a consultant in the United Kingdom and as an academic in Imperial College of Business Studies, Pakistan. He has also worked as a researcher in public funded projects.

Hamza’s doctoral research focuses on examining price behaviour of the Initial Public Offerings (IPOs). Some of the research questions that he is trying to explore are: how do the IPOs price behaviour differ across economies? How do the cross sectional institutional and regulatory differences impact the short-run price behaviour of the IPOs? How do the IPO participants influence the price behaviour? How does the investment in IPOs represent efficient use of capital?

Hamza has been involved in a variety of projects for event management firms, non-profit organizations, social welfare institutions and banking in different capacities. He is an avid traveller, enjoys reading, poetry and sufi music.

Samir Harith

Samir Harith

Samir has a BSc in Applied Accounting from Oxford Brookes University and an MBA from the University of Malaya. He has previously taught accounting and auditing subjects in the University of Malaya and KDU University. His current research interests include entrepreneurship, small business finance, business education, accounting and finance.

His PhD thesis focuses on the use of the cost of capital to value the risk associated with investments made by small businesses. I believe that the findings of this study will assist policymakers and small business owners alike in evaluating small business risk.

Abidin Ali Alhassan

Abidin Ali Alhassan

I am a social entrepreneur and enjoy life by helping others achieve the best in life. My PhD research is on financial inclusion in West Africa. That is, finding the best modalities to make access to financial services available to all income groups. I had my MA in business planning and microfinance management from the University for Development Studies, Tamale Ghana and my BA in sociology and information studies from the University of Ghana.

Prior to joining Waikato Management School, I have been a manager of a number of microfinance institutions in Ghana and strongly involved in entrepreneurship training and workshops for the youth and vulnerable groups across Ghana.

I am much enthused by the friendly nature of all staff at the department of finance and the entire University of Waikato. The experience is great……

Ploypailin Kijkasiwat

Ploypailin Kijkasiwat

My PhD research examines impacts of symbiotic relationship on risk and return position of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). By using a qualitative research framework, the concept of symbiosis will be investigated in order to be used as a strategic tool which can improve MSMEs survival rate, growth potential, as well as reduce potential risk caused by limitation of firm size. I will adopt financial theories and use computer software to visualise and map linking nodes before generating good signalling models for MSMEs. The research contribution can be used in practical ways in the business community.

I have a Bachelor degree in Finance with 2nd class honour, and a Master degree in Business Administration from Khon Kaen University, Thailand. Before studying PhD at the University of Waikato, I worked in my family business, then worked as a lecturer in the same university. I am glad to study PhD and work with my supervisors; Prof Stuart Locke and Dr. Nirosha who are experienced and supportive supervisors. As a Triple Crown university and supporting facilities, I am very happy to study PhD here.

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