Keynote Speakers

Hemant Merchant

Professor, Kate Tiedemann College of Business, University of South Florida St. Petersburg.  Editor in Chief, Journal of Asia Business Studies

Dr. Hemant Merchant is a professor of International Management in the Kate Tiedemann College of Business. He earned a Ph.D. at Purdue University and has taught in prestigious universities in North America, Europe and Asia. His academic appointments include professor of International Strategy and the Dean’s Endowed Research Fellow at Simon Fraser University (Canada).

An award-winning researcher, he ranks as the 10th most prolific International Management scholar in the world. He wrote Competing in Emerging Markets; co-edited the Handbook of International Strategic Management; and is currently editing the Handbook of Contemporary Research on Emerging Markets. He serves on seven editorial boards and is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Asia Business Studies.

Dr. Merchant has consulted with multinational companies, providing guidance on emerging markets strategy formulation; alliance creation and management; and strategy development and training. Prior to joining academia, he worked for a unit of Reliance Industries Limited, which is now a Fortune Global 500 company and the largest private sector company in India.

Othman Yong

Professor, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Othman Yong is a Professor of Investments at UKM-Graduate School of Business. He received his bachelor’s degree in Statistics from California State University, his MBA from Missouri State University, and his doctorate in Finance from Mississippi State University. His current research interest is in the area of Initial Public Offerings (IPOs).  He is currently the Chief Editor of Journal Pengurusan, and a reviewer for international journals such as Journal of Banking and Finance (JBF), Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money (JIFMIM), and Pacific-Basin Finance Journal (PBFJ).  To date, he has authored, co-authored and edited more than 30 books.  He is listed in the Marquis Who’s Who in the World, Marquis Who’s Who in Asia, as well as 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century.