Manning School, Fulbright Program Co-host Conference at Vietnam National University

Manning faculty members at the CIFBA conference Image by courtesy
Manning School faculty, from left, Hieu Phan, Steven Freund, Dean Sandra Richtermeyer and Chan-Wung Kim, right, join Vietnam National University's Tu Tran, second from right, at the CIFBA 2020 in Hanoi.

By Ed Brennen

Three Finance Department faculty members joined Manning School of Business Dean Sandra Richtermeyer in Hanoi, Vietnam, over winter break at the International Conference on Contemporary Issues in Finance, Banking and Accounting for Sustainable Development (CIFBA 2020).

Assoc. Prof. Steven Freund, chair of the finance department, presented research at the conference along with Assist. Teaching Prof. Chan-Wung Kim and Assoc. Prof. Hieu Phan. Finance Prof. Dev Prasad also participated via a remote presentation.

The Manning School of Business co-hosted the three-day conference with host Vietnam National University (VNU) and the Fulbright Program.

The collaboration came together last year when Tu Tran, an associate professor of finance and head of the Department of Finance and Banking at VNU, conducted her postdoctoral research on bank governance at the Manning School as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar.

The CIFBA 2020 conference brought together scholars and practitioners from around the world to discuss financial market development, banking supervision, insurance and pension fund management, and the need for the adoption of common global accounting practices.

Manning Dean Sandra Richtermeyer with CIFBA colleagues Image by courtesy
Manning School Dean Sandra Richtermeyer, center, with Vietnam National University's Tu Tran, left, and Dean Nguyen Thi Hong Thuy, right.

“It was nice to have the themes of finance, accounting and sustainability brought together, because oftentimes at U.S.-based conferences they are not all integrated,” says Richtermeyer, who kicked off the conference with a keynote presentation on the critical trends for accounting and finance in the area of risk management.

Freund and Phan chaired sessions on capital markets and investment, and Freund also chaired a session on fund management strategy.

“The faculty were very involved in chairing sessions and presenting papers,” Richtermeyer says. “It was a great experience and our hosts in Vietnam were tremendous.”

While there, Richtermeyer says she spoke with two other universities about connecting their students with the Manning School’s master of science in finance program.