Professor Manolis G. Kavussanos is a faculty member of the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB), Greece. He holds a BSc and MSc (Economics) from the University of London and a PhD (Applied Economics) from City University Cass Business School (Cass), London. He is the Director, since inception, of the MSc in International Shipping, Finance and Management, of the Laboratory for Applied Finance, member of the steering committee of the MSc program in Accounting and Finance and of the Athens MBA program, has been for 5 years the Director of the MSc and PhD programs in Accounting and Finance at AUEB, the coordinator of the BSc in Finance course team at the Hellenic Open University and the MSc in Banking and Finance team at the Open University of Cyprus. He launched and Directed the MSc in Trade, Logistics and Finance at Cass until he joined AUEB. He is the elected vice-president of the Hellenic Association of Maritime Economists, is or has been a member of the editorial board of major international scientific journals, member of award committees for prestigious academic and professional prizes (e.g. Hanjin prize, Hellenic Shipping Hall of Fame, etc.). He has been the recipient of several awards and scholarships, including the Hanjin prize for best paper award and the Propontis foundation post-doc scholarship.
Various posts held in the past include: Reader in Shipping Economics and Finance at Cass Business School (UK); Visiting Professor at National University of Singapore (Singapore), Erasmus University (Rotterdam), University of Antwerp (Belgium), Euromed Marseille (France), World Maritime University (Malmoe, Sweden), Shanghai Maritime University (China), Tor-Vergata (Roma II) University (Italy), the Hellenic Open University (Greece), the University of Piraeus (Greece), Open University of Cyprus (Cyprus), Cyprus International Institute of Management (Cyprus), LUISS university (Rome, Italy); expert evaluator and consultant in financial economics and transportation issues for organizations, like the Commission of the European Communities and other public and private sector companies.
He has written extensively in the areas of finance, shipping and applied economics and has been the author of numerous pieces of academic work published in top international refereed journals and conference proceedings (e.g. Journal of Banking & Finance, European Financial Management, J. of Futures Markets, Review of Derivatives Research, Transportation Research Part E, J. of Transport Economics and Policy, etc.), including monographs, books and journal guest volumes. This work has been presented in international conferences and professional meetings around the world, gaining awards for its quality (e.g. Hanjin prize for best paper award), being sponsored by both public and private sector companies and foundations (e.g. Propontis foundation) and being cited extensively by other researchers in the area. A number of PhD students have successfully completed their PhD thesis under his supervision.
Past lecturing experience includes both postgraduate (PhD, MBA, MSc) and undergraduate levels (BSc, BA), in subject areas such as Financial Derivatives, Investments and Portfolio Management, Financial Management, Corporate Finance, Shipping Investments & Finance, Maritime Business, Freight Derivatives and Risk Management in Shipping, Economic Modeling (Applied Econometrics) and Quantitative Methods (Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research for Business). He has gained membership of the UK Institute for Learning and Teaching, and has received the best lecturer annual award at Cass Business School, London.
Since 1992 he has worked in developing the area of risk analysis and management in shipping and is the co-author of three books in this area: "Derivatives and Risk Management in Shipping", "Theory and Practice of Shipping Freight Derivatives" and "Risk and return in transportation and other US and global industries". Further research interests include futures, forwards and option derivatives, credit risk, asset valuation, the market microstructure of financial and shipping markets, seasonality and forecasting.