EOTM’s 2012-13 Graduate Fellowship Recipient

zubairDear All,
I am happy to announce that Economics On The Move (EOTM) has awarded Zubair Edrees Akbar the 2012-2013 Graduate Fellowship award. EOTM’s Graduate Fellowship supports recent graduates in revising their papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals and presenting their work at professional conferences.

Last month Zubair successfully completed the oral defense of his thesis “The Performance of Islamic Equity Indexes Global Capital Markets” for a Master in Science (MSc) degree in Finance from EDHEC (Ecole Des Hautes Etudes Commerciales du Nord) in Nice, France (see message below).

EDHEC is a highly selective and top-ranking business school; the Financial Times of London ranked EDHEC’s MSc Program in Finance 6th worldwide.

I was honored and privileged to have served as Zubair’s thesis advisor.

Zubair has made many important contributions to Economics On The Move. He was an EOTM instructor for ‘Exploration’at Yale University in 2011. Exploration is an enrichment program that introduces to high school juniors and seniors to the rigors of college academics. Zubair taught two courses: “Investment Methods” and “Business Management.” Zubair developed these courses himself employing many of the hands-on learning and interactive teaching techniques that have helped to make EOTM a success. Students rated his courses amongst the top four courses out of all courses offered (see attached pictures of Zubair teaching at Yale’s Summer Exploration).

Zubair brings with him many extraordinary talents that will help support our project with Citibank on replicating their ‘Future Focus’ program in Nigeria. Future Focus is a program that grooms young people for careers in financial services. Zubair’s experience, passion and dedication to excellence make him an ideal role model for this project.

Economics On The Move is grateful to have played a role in Zubair’s success and we are happy to award him the 2012-2013 Graduate Research Fellowship Award. With the help of private foundations, EOTM plans to increase the number of Graduate Research Fellowships we award.

Please join me in congratulating Zubair Akbar on his remarkable achievements.

Daniel Barkley, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Economics On The Move

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