Keynote Speakers


Dr. Lei Xu
University of South Australia, Australia

Editor-in-Chief of Economics & Politics


Dr. Lei Xu is a Senior Lecturer in Finance within University of South Australia, Australia (UniSA) Business. In addition to his academic roles, Lei is an active member on boards and committees across the University of South Australia. This includes current positions on the University of South Australia Research Integrity Committee, University of South Australia, Australia (UniSA) Business Academic Unit Board, and University of South Australia, Australia (UniSA) Business Safety and Wellness. His broader community contributions are as an Executive of the Association of Overseas Chinese Professionals in South Australia, and as a Justice of Peace for South Australia. He is also an Editor-in-Chief of Economics & Politics, an ABDC A-ranked journal.
His research interests cover banking, financial markets, financial systems, and Fin-tech. His recent research has focused on both theoretical and empirical examination of emerging financial issues in China. His continuous research efforts have led to impactful publications in prestigious international and national journals and conferences.


Dr. George Shan

The University of Western Australia, Australia


Dr. George Shan is the Associate Professor in the Accounting and Finance Discipline of the Business School at The University of Western Australia. He holds Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Applied Finance, Master of Commerce (Accounting) and completed his PhD in Accounting and Corporate Governance. George is CA, CPA, MIPA and CMA. Previously, he has worked at several Australian and international universities including University of South Australia, University of Ballarat, the University of Adelaide and University of Rome Tor Vergata. Among them the University of Adelaide and the University of Western Australia are ranked the top universities in the world and Group of Eight in Australia, where he taught Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, Corporate Accounting, Accounting Concepts & Practices, Corporate Governance & Accountability, Investment Banking & Project Finance, Portfolio & Fund Management, Applied Financial Management and Financial Risk Analysis. His current research areas and interests include corporate governance and its related topics within accounting and finance. He has published over 30 academic journal and conference papers based in recent years, including Corporate Governance: An International Review, Journal of Business Ethics, Australian Journal of Management, Pacific-Basin Finance Journal, International Journal of Managerial Finance, Journal of Contemporary Accounting and Economics, Emerging Markets Review, Family Business Review, Modern Asian Studies, and Journal of Computer Information Systems. George is an Associate Editor for The Japanese Accounting Review.