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Woon Sau Leung

Senior Lecturer in Finance

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Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

Education/Academic qualification

2014Doctor in Philosophy, Cardiff University
2010Master in Science, Cardiff University

Professional Qualifications

2014CFA charterholder, CFA


Woon Sau Leung is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Finance at The University of Edinburgh. He is a fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy and was previously a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Finance at Cardiff Business School and a visiting scholar at Fordham University in the US. He holds an integrated BBA degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and MSc and PhD in Finance from Cardiff University.

Woon Sau's work has been published in international, peer-reviewed business and finance journals, including Journal of International Business Studies (ABS 4*; FT50), Production Operations and Management (ABS 4; FT50), Journal of Corporate Finance (ABS 4), Journal of Banking and Finance (ABS 3), Journal of Empirical Finance (ABS 3), etc. Some of his papers were featured by the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Regulation, the Columbia Law School Blue Sky Blog, Reuters, Bloomberg, Institutional Investor, and other media. His research has been presented in major finance conferences, including the European Finance Association (EFA) annual conference, the FMA annual and regional conferences, among others. In 2016, he received Best Paper Award in Financial Institutions at the FMA annual conference in Las Vegas, US. His research interests encompass banking, corporate finance, asset pricing, corporate social responsibility, mutual fund investment, and the financial implications of supply-chain management.

Highlighted research outputs

  1. When women are on boards, male CEOs are less overconfident

    Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

  2. Labor unionization and supply-chain partners’ performance

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  3. Corporate social responsibility and profit shifting

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

  4. Female board representation, corporate innovation, and firm performance

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  5. The impact of board gender composition on dividend payouts

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  6. Are employee-friendly workplaces conducive to innovation?

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Highlighted research activities & awards

  1. National Tax Association (NTA) 112th Annual Conference on Taxation

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

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