Keynote Speakers

Prof. Gabriel S. Lee, University of Regensburg

Speech title: Land Price Estimation and Agglomeration Spillover Effects for German Housing Markets

Professor Gabriel S. Lee studied mathematics and economics at the University of Alberta (B.Sc.) and economics at the University of Western Ontario (M.A. Economics). He then obtained his Ph.D. (Economics) at the University of Chicago with the dissertation titled “Housing Investment under Time to Build and Adjustment Costs”. Following completion of his PhD in Economics at the University of Chicago (1997), he held positions at various institutions such as at the University of Pittsburgh, the University of California, Davis, the University of Vienna and Innsbruck, and at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna before joining the University of Regensburg. Since April 2004, he holds the chair professorship for real estate economics at the University of Regensburg.

Professor Lee’s main research focuses on real estate topics in the context of macroeconomics with the focuses on Dynamic Stochastic Macroeconomic Models with Housing Markets, Uncertainty Risk, Agency Costs, Housing and Business Cycles, and Zero Lower Bound and Long Run Uncertainty Risk. He published more than 20 papers in peer-reviewed journal, which include several A* publications in Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control and Economic Theory. He also has several editorial\reviewer roles, and he is the conference organizer of one of the best conferences in Macroeconomics (name is Vienna Macro conference – This conference is financially supported by European Economic Review, an A* journal.


Associate Professor Vikash Ramiah, University of Wollongong in Dubai, UAE

Speech title: Measuring the Effectiveness and Impact of COVID-19 Health Policies on Firms: Evidence from China 

Dr Vikash Ramiah is an Associate Professor in Finance at University of Wollongong in Dubai. Vikash has been teaching economics and finance courses at the University of South Australia, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, University of Melbourne, La Trobe University and Australian Catholic University since 1999. He has published in reputable academic journals and supervises numerous PhD students. His industry experience involves ANZ investment banking, the Australian Stock Exchange, Finance and Treasury Association of Australia, Glomacs and the Australian Centre for Financial Studies. Other services to the community includes being a research fellow for Institute of Global Business and Society, Cologne University of Applied Sciences and Tianjin Academy of Environmental Science. He has established his leadership both domestically and internationally as he is appointed as a Professorial Research Associate at Victoria University, Adjunct Professor at Ton Duc Thang University, Adjunct Associate Professor at UniSA and Professor at Global Humanistic University. He specialises in Applied Finance and his research areas are financial markets, behavioural finance and environmental/sustainable finance.

Associate Professor Thai Nguyen, RMIT University, Vietnam

Speech title: Bitcoin as a Treasury Reserve Asset: Implications from Monetary Policy Perspective

Dr Thai Nguyen earned his B.A. (Honours) and PhD degrees from the University of Nottingham (UK). His research interests include monetary policies, banking performance, financial technology and cryptocurrencies. He worked for HSBC Bank as a strategist before joining academia.