About Lemma Senbet

Lemma W. Senbet is the William Mayer Chair Professor of Finance at the University of Maryland and a former ED/CEO of African Economic Research Consortium, the oldest and largest economic research and training network in Africa. Prior to Maryland and AERC, he held endowed chaired professorship at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Prof. Senbet has achieved global recognition for his widely cited contributions to corporate finance, international finance, and finance in a public domain. He has received numerous recognitions for his impact on the profession. He has been elected twice as Director of the American Finance Association and is a past President of the Western Finance Association. In 2000, he was inducted into the Financial Economists Roundtable, a distinguished group of world-wide financial economists. In 2006, he was inducted Fellow of the Financial Management Association. In 2005, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia). In 2022 he was inducted AIB Fellow.

Prof. Senbet has been editor and associate editor at over a dozen journals, including JF and JIBS. Moreover, he has supervised numerous doctoral students and placed them at leading institutions. He has also advised World Bank, IMF, UN, and other agencies globally on financial sector reforms and development. He is a member of:  Brookings AGI Distinguished Advisory Group; Advisory Panel of the G20 Compact with Africa; Independent Council of Economic Advisors (appointed by the Prime Minister of Ethiopia).  Regarding his role in the US financial industry, Prof. Senbet was a Director of Fortis Funds and has been an independent Director for the Hartford Funds.