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Suborna Barua is an Assistant Professor with specialization in Finance at the University of Dhaka in the Department of International Business. Prior to joining the University of Dhaka, he worked in the capacity of a full-time faculty and researcher in finance and economics for over a six years in different universities and research institutes including Jagannath University, United International University and the Institute of Inclusive Finance and Development (InM).

Suborna is currently on leave, pursuing Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in economics and finance at the Federation Business School, Federation University Australia, where he is also lecturing courses on economics and finance in a sessional capacity. He is a recipient of the prestigious International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) and Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) combined scholarship. Suborna’s PhD research is on the topic of climate change and international trade and investment impacts.

Suborna is also the Founder and Coordinator of the One Belt One Road (OBOR) Research Group based in Australia.

Other academic profiles at:  Google Scholar |  ORCID | Federation University Australia | ResearchGate | Academia | LinkedIn

 

QUALIFICATIONS

2019 (est. completion) Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Finance and Economics, Federation Business School, Federation University Australia.

2007 Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, with Dean’s Honour Award for outstanding result.

2005 Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Finance, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Climate change and international trade and investment
  • Finance and sustainable development
  • Financial development and inequality
  • Economic integration and connectivity
  • Machine learning/Artificial Intelligence applications in finance and economics

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Suborna has over seven years’ experience of teaching both postgraduate and undergraduate level courses, including principles of finance, principles of accounting, international financial management, project management, international investment, foreign exchange and international banking, international financial markets and institutions, financial statement analysis, financial derivatives, and merger and acquisition, microeconomics, macroeconomics, managerial Economics, and energy economics.

 

QUANTITATIVE AND TECHNICAL EXPERTISE

Panel data static and dynamic modelling including Panel VAR, VECM, GMM, and ARDL, time series econometrics including VAR, VECM, ARDL and NARDL, and Dynamic Stochastic General Equilibrium (DSGE) macroeconomic modelling; utilizing STATA, MATLAB, EVIEWS, SPSS, AMOS, and SmartPLS.

 

TRAINING EXPERTISE

Apart from academic experiences, Suborna has also provided professional training on financial markets, financial management, project management and research methodology to more 10 institutions including financial intermediaries and development organizations including Institute of Microfinance, Radius Centre, LankaBangla Securities Limited, HR Securities Limited, FINVEST Securities Limited, Chittagong Capital Limited, and Eastern Shares and Securities Limited.

He is also a national level trainer on Advanced Financial Analysis and Modelling Using Microsoft Excel, having delivered training to more than 500 participants over four years in Bangladesh at the Institute of Business and Economic Research (IBER), United International University.

 

FINANCIAL AND MANAGEMENT CONSULTING

Suborna has provided financial and marketing consultancy services in different areas including project assessment, feasibility study, project planning and management to more than 15 local and multinational enterprises and investors in Bangladesh.

He has also served as a Research Consultant to the Strengthening Parliamentary Oversight (SPO) Project funded by the World Bank and implemented by the Bangladesh National Parliament.

 

ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Suborna worked as a team member in seven professional research projects led by the World Bank, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Plan International, John Hopkins University School of Public Health, University of Dhaka and Department for International Development (DFID) related to finance and banking, microfinance, microinsurance, microenterprise, public health and poverty issues:

- An Evaluation of Microfinance Program of Plan Bangladesh: Effectiveness and Efficiency to Reach the Extreme Poor, 2010, Plan Bangladesh.

- Inventory Analysis of Microinsurance Products, 2009, United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

- Microinsurance through Microfinance Institutions in Bangladesh: Present State and Future Challenges, 2008, The World Bank.

- Impact of Social Safety Net on Reducing Vulnerability in Seasonal Deprivation in Bangladesh, 2008, Palli Karma Shahayak Foundation (PKSF) and Institute of Microfinance (InM).

- Coping Strategies of the Poor in Greater Rangpur: What Matters Most? 2008, Palli Karma Shahayak Foundation (PKSF) and Institute of Microfinance (InM).

- Sustainability of Microfinance Institutions in Bangladesh, 2007, Institute of Microfinance (InM).

- Is Lending Interest Rate Too High? – Addressing the Interest Rate Issues of Microfinance Institutions in Bangladesh, 2007, Institute of Microfinance (InM).

 

FINANCIAL MARKET RESEARCH

Suborna served as chief consultant of research to more than three stock market intermediaries in Bangladesh for over three years, including LankaBangla Securities Limited, Chittagong Capital Limited, and Royal Capital Limited.

He has served as editor and sub-editor of several financial market publications in Bangladesh including Market Pulse at LankaBangla Securities Limited and The ValueGen at Chittagong Capital Limited.

 

PROJECT SUPERVISIONS

Suborna supervised several honours and masters level student research projects at the University of Dhaka. In addition, key external research projects supervised are:

  • “Trade-off between the Informal Economy of Tobacco and Tobacco Control Policy in Bangladesh”, Awarded by: Bangladesh Centre for Communication Programs (BCCP) with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Award Value: USD 5000, Duration: 9 Months, Year: 2013.
  • “Green Banking Policy and Practice in Bangladesh: Current Status and Required Measures”, Awarded by: Department of International Business, Award Value: N/A, University of Dhaka, Duration: 1 year, Year: 2013.

 

EDITORIAL ROLES

- Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Finance and Banking Research.

- Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities.

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

Book chapters:

- Barua, S. and Barua, B. (forthcoming, 2018), ‘Internationalization of Bangladesh Banking Sector: Lessons from an Emerging Economy’, in Sikdar, A. (ed.), Cases on the Uniqueness of South Asian Business and Management Practices, Palgrave Macmillan.

- Barua, S. (forthcoming, 2018), ‘Environmental Risk and Green banking’, in Choudhry, M. (forthcoming), Principles of Banking, Second Edition, Wiley.

 

Refereed journal articles:

- Barua, B., Barua, S. and Rana, R.H. (forthcoming, 2018) “Determining the Financial Performance of Non-Life Insurers: Static and Dynamic Panel Evidence from an Emerging Economy”, The Journal of Developing Areas, Forthcoming.

- Barua, S., Naym, J. and Hazera-Tun-Nessa (2017) “Economic Climate, Infrastructure and FDI: Global Evidence with New Dimensions”, International Journal of Business and Economics 16(1): 31-48.

- Barua, S., Khan, T. and Barua, B. (2017) “Internationalization and Performance: Evidence from Bangladeshi Banks”, The Journal of Developing Areas 51(2): 105-118.

- Akter, H. and Barua, S. (2016) “International Trade Financing: A Comparative Study on the Performance of State-owned and Private Commercial Banks of Bangladesh” International Journal of Monetary Economics and Finance 9(2): 164-186.

- Rahman, S.M. and Barua, S. (2016) “The Design and Adoption of Green Banking Framework for Environment Protection: Lessons from Bangladesh”, Australian Journal of Sustainable Business and Society 2(1): 1-19.

- Rana, R.H. and Barua, B. (2015) “Financial Development and Economic Growth: Evidence from A Panel Study on South Asian Countries”, Asian Economic and Financial Review 5(10): 1159-1173.

- Barua, S. and Saha, A.K. (2015) “Traditional Ratios vs. Cash Flow based Ratios: Which One is Better Performance Indicator?” Advances in Economics and Business 3(6): 232 - 251.

- Barua, S., Arefin, S. and Rahman, M.R. (2014) ‘The Bangladesh Stock Market Crisis of 2010-11: An Economic and Socio- Behavioral Impact Assessment”, Bangladesh Journal of Management Information Systems 6 (2): 75-88.

- Ahsan, S.M., Khalily, M.A.B., Hamid, S.A., Barua, S. and Barua, S. (2013) “The Microinsurance Market in Bangladesh: An Analytical Overview”, The Bangladesh Development Studies XXXVI (1): 1-54.

- Barua, S. and Rana, R.H. (2013) “Regionalism: Contraction or Expansion of Globalization? The Case of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)”, Dhaka University Journal of Business Studies XXXIV (3): 155-196.

- Barua, S. and Rana, R.H. (2013) “A Comparative Analysis of the Economic Growth of China and India: Implications for Bangladesh”, Social Science Review (The Dhaka University Studies, Part-D), December.

- Barua, S., Shams, A. and Khayer, A. (2013) “Development of Microenterprises in Bangladesh: Determinants and Policies Required”, Bangladesh Journal of Management Information Systems (MIS) December.

- Rahman, A., Qiang, F. and Barua, S. (2012) “Mutual Fund Performance: An Analysis of Monthly Returns of an Emerging Market”, Research Journal of Finance and Accounting 3(4): 34-46.

- Barua, S. and Talukder, J.H. (2012) “Remittance Inflow through Banking Channel in Bangladesh: A Demand Side Evaluation”, The Bangladesh Accountant April – June.

- Barua, S. and Nath, S.D. (2011) “The Impact of Credit Product Line Expansion and Growth on Profitability: Evidence from Bangladesh Banking Sector”, Journal of Finance and Banking 9(1).

- Deb, S.K., Barua, S. and Asraf, H. (2011) “Impact of IMC Tools on Consumer Preference: A Case of Bangladesh Cement Industry", Dhaka University Journal of Business Studies 32(1): 213-238.

- Talukder, J.H. and Barua, S. (2010) “A Study on Determining Factor Influencing Segment Base of Mobile Internet Users in Bangladesh”, Jagannath University Journal of Business Studies 1(1).

- Chowdhury, A., Barua, S. and Chowdhury, S.P. (2010) “An Empirical Model for Optimal Deposit Contracts; Liquidity and Bank–Runs”, IST Journal of Business and Technology 1(1).

- Barua S., Mridha, A.M.A. and Khan, R.H. (2010) “Housing Real Estate Sector in Bangladesh Present Status and Policies Implications”, ASA University Review 4(1): January-June.

- Chowdhury, A. and Barua, S. (2009) “Rationalities of Z-category Shares in Dhaka Stock Exchange: are they in financial Distress risk?” Brac University Journal 6(1): 45-58.

- Khan, M.S. and Barua, S. (2009) “The Dynamics of Residential Real Estate Sector in Bangladesh: Challenges Faced and Policies Sought”, Journal of Management Studies December.

- Khan, M.S. and Barua, S. (2009) “The Status and Threats of Information Security in the Banking Sector of Bangladesh: Policies Required”, Journal of Management and Information Systems December.

- Khan, R.H., Mridha, A.H.A.M. and Barua, S. (2009) “Higher Education in Private Universities of Bangladesh: A Study on Female Students’ Enrollment Behavior”, Brac University Journal VI (2): 33-48.

 

Peer reviewed conference proceedings:

- Barua, S. and Rana, R.H. (2016) “Do Banking Sector Development Reduce Inequality? A Global Evidence”, Proceedings of the International Conference for Bankers and Academics (held on September 25-26, Dhaka).

- Barua, S., Khan, T. and Barua, B. (2016) “Internationalization and Performance: Evidence from Bangladeshi Banks”, Proceedings of the International Conference for Bankers and Academics (held on September 25-26, Dhaka).

- Akter, H. and Barua, S. (2014) “International Trade Financing: A Comparative Study on the Performance of State-owned and Private Commercial Banks of Bangladesh”, Proceedings of the International Conference on Interdisciplinary Business and Economics Research (held on September 27-28, Hong Kong)

- Chowdhury, A. and Barua, S. (2009), “Investors’ Confidence Index as an Investment Determinant in Dhaka Stock Exchange”, Peer Reviewed Journal Proceedings at 2009 International Conference on Economics, Business Management and Marketing (held on October 09 -11, Singapore).

- Barua, S. and Chowdhury, A. (2009), “General Characteristics and Investment Determinants in Bangladesh Capital Markets: Evidence from Dhaka Stock Exchange”, World Congress Journal 54.

 

CONFERENCE PARTICIPATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

-Federation University Australia Annual HDR Conference 2017, Ballarat, Australia, July 27. Presented a poster titled, “How Does Climate Change Alter International Investment Flows?”

- Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (AARES) Annual Conference 2017, Brisbane, Australia in February 07-10, 2017. Presented a poster titled “Climate Change and Agricultural Trade Patterns: Five Decades Assessment”.

- International Conference for Bankers and Academics 2016, Dhaka, September 25-26. Presented two papers titled - “Do Banking Sector Development Reduce Inequality? A Global Evidence”, and “Internationalization and Performance: Evidence from Bangladeshi Banks”.

- New Zealand Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (NZARES) Annual Conference 2016, Nelson, New Zealand in January 16-18, 2016. Presented a paper titled “Climate Change and Agricultural Trade Patterns: Assessment of Five Decades”.

- Federation University Australia Annual HDR Conference 2016, Ballarat, Australia, July 21. Presented on research compendium titled “Trade and Finance, Environmental considerations of Sustainable Development”.

- 5th Asian Management Research and Case Conference 2016, Dubai, January 16-18, organized by a consortium of 5 universities across 5 nations led by the University of Wollongong, Australia. Presented a paper titled “Internationalization and Performance: Evidence from Bangladesh Banking Sector”.

- Annual Banking Conference 2014, December 7-8, Dhaka, Bangladesh, Presented Paper on “Green Banking in Bangladesh: Current Practices and A Few Observations”.

- International Conference on Interdisciplinary Business and Economics Research, September 27-28, 2014 Hong Kong, organized by Society of Interdisciplinary Business Research (SIBR) and Research & Development Institute of Nakhon Ratchasima Rajabhat University (RDINRRU).  Presented a paper titled “International Trade Financing: A Comparative Study on the Performance of State-owned and Private Commercial Banks of Bangladesh”.

- Annual Banking Conference 2012, December 23-24, Dhaka, Bangladesh, Presented Paper titled "The Impact of Credit Product Line Expansion and Growth on Profitability: Evidence from Bangladesh Banking Sector”.

- CBFTM 2009; International Conference on Business, Finance and Tourism Management, Paris, France, June 24-26, 2009. Presented a paper titled “General Characteristics and Investment Determinants in Bangladesh Capital Markets: Evidence from Dhaka Stock Exchange”.

- 2009 International Conference on Economics, Business Management and Marketing (EBMM 2009), October 09 -11, Singapore. Presented a paper titled "Investors’ Confidence Index as an Investment Determinant in Dhaka Stock Exchange”.

- Participated in the International Conference on Corporate Governance in Bangladesh, With Center for Corporate Governance in Bangladesh, Dhaka Stock Exchange, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Asia Foundation in Dhaka Sheraton Hotel, in July 2005.

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

- Member, American Economic Association (AEA)

- Member, American Finance Association (AFA)

- Member, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (AARES)

- Member, Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA)

- Member, Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA)

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Suborna can be reached at:

- Department of International Business, Faculty of Business Studies, University of Dhaka, Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh; OR

- Room 5N-156C, Federation Business School, Federation University Australia, 1 Northways Road, Churchill, Victoria 3842, Australia.

  Email: sbarua@du.ac.bd or sbarua.du@gmail.com