CIHM Academics at the University of Leeds: 
Kevin Keasey

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Kevin Keasey is Professor of Financial Services, Director of the International Institute of Banking and Financial Services and Director of the Centre for Advanced Studies in Finance, Leeds University Business School, The University of Leeds. He obtained his first chair at the age of 33 (Professor of Finance and Accounting at The University of Leeds) and was previously Reader in Finance and Accounting at The University of Warwick.


Since leaving Warwick in 1989, Professor Keasey developed the Finance and Accounting group within Leeds University Business School from a 1 rating in 1989, to a 4 rating in 1992 and to a recognised 5 rating in 1996 and 2001. Furthermore, he established and developed the International Institute of Banking and Financial Services with substantial sponsorship (in excess of £1.5m) from the Halifax, BT, Wang Global and Unisys.

In addition, he was specifically recruited in 1989 to help establish and develop Leeds University Business School from a set of merged academic departments. This has been achieved with the School receiving an excellent teaching rating and a 5 research rating in 2001. Most recently, he has established, with funding provided by The University of Leeds, the Centre for Advanced Studies in Finance (CASIF) which is a doctoral school specialising in a small number of advanced subjects in finance. CASIF benefits from links with the world’s best universities such as Tsinghua in China.


Professor Keasey is an author of 10 books, monographs and edited volumes on corporate governance, financial regulation and financial services, small firm finance and financial markets, and behavioural finance, and is the author of over 90 refereed articles in leading international journals and over 80 other publications (book chapters, reports, etc.). His research covers a range of methodologies from the empirical to the experimental and in his chosen areas of specialism, he has received international recognition. For example, in small firm research, the 1997 Journal of Management survey ranked him joint 7th most published author globally.

In addition, he is the joint editor of a series of edited volumes by leading international authors on specific themes within the corporate governance literature and is an editor, deputy editor and on the editorial board of a number of academic journals. He has directed a number of research projects for funding bodies such as the ESRC, ICAEW, CIMA, the Nuffield Foundation, etc.


He has taught across the range of his research interests and more general accounting and finance topics in a number of leading institutions. He has initiated a range of successful MBA and MA programmes at home and overseas, and, most recently, he has built extensive networks in China culminating in an agreement with Tsinghua University in Beijing.


Professor Keasey is an established teacher of executive programmes and he jointly directed the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Financial Sector Scheme for managers from the former Soviet Union (a £2 million plus scheme). He has extensive experience as a director and his non-executive positions have included a hi-tech holding company, a fast growth care company, a venture capital company and a plc in the IT sector. In addition, he founded Ecom Group Ltd and is a founder and chairman of Aquilo plc (AIM listed – £30m turnover).  He is (has been) a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, the CEO Circle (a group of the leading CEO’s in the UK) and the Northern Region Advisory panel of the Stock Exchange.

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