Dr. Lau joined the Faculty upon completing his doctoral studies in Japan. Having served as the Deputy Dean (Postgraduate) for the past one year, he is currently the Head of Department, Applied Statistics. He previously served the same capacity in 2013-14. Before joining academia, Dr. Lau worked for several years in financial institutions before being awarded the Monbusho Scholarship (MEXT) by the Japanese Government. He pursued his postgraduate study at the Graduate School of Economics, Osaka University where he was supervised by Emeritus Professor Kazuhiko Nishina, former Dean of Graduate School of Economics and Vice President of Osaka University. In addition to presenting his work at Nippon Finance Association Conference in Tokyo (2004 & 2005), he was selected twice for the Asian FA / FMA Doctoral Student award for the Asian Finance Association Conference in Taipei (2004), Kuala Lumpur (2005) and Auckland (2006).
Apart from lecturing Statistics and Econometrics at FEA, he was also invited to teach International Finance and Financial Econometrics at both the Faculty and Graduate School of Business (GSB), the University of Malaya, between 2009 and 2010. From Sept 2012 to May 2013, he was a Visiting Scholar at the Risk Management Institute, National University of Singapore (NUS), where he was a research group member in credit rating dynamics. He also attended the Executive Education Program in Portfolio Management, Asset Allocation and Behavioral Finance conducted by Emeritus Professor Burton Malkiel, Yacine Ait-Shalia, Harrison Hong and colleagues at the Bendheim Center for Finance, Princeton University in June 2013. He was invited to contribute to Malaysia's Business Optimism Index (BOI) study by Dun & Bradstreet and authoring a professional text for the Malaysian Insurance Institute (MII) in 2014-2015.
He has worked and supervised students in the field of applied finance, financial economics, econometrics and capital market. 11 of his Ph.D. students have passed their viva voce, 51 Master's degree students and 12 undergraduate students have completed their research papers. His earlier work confirms the relationship between equity style and fund performance (MF, 2007). His later work establishes economic content and information transmission in equity style indices as leading economic indicators (Ekonomie a Mgmt, 2015). His joint work with his PhD student has new findings for spot futures relation in Crude Palm Oil Market (Resources Policy, 2017; J. Commodity Markets, 2020; NAJEF, 2021). His recent work explores market participants' trading behaviour in the Japanese Stock Market during QE tapering (APFM, 2019). He has been invited to present his work at BNM Economics Research Workshop, Malaysian Finance Association Conference, Malaysian Statistics Conference, FAEA Conference, ISI Regional Conference, BMEB Conference by Bank Indonesia Institute, 13th NCTU International Finance Conference (National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan), ISBIS Conference in Barcelona, Piraeus, and Kuala Lumpur.
He is the Associate Research Fellow of MIER and the Honorary Secretary to the Malaysian Economic Association (MEA). He also actively reviews ISI and Scopus-indexed journals like Applied Economics, Investment Analyst Journal and Singapore Economic Review (Source: https://publons.com/). Beyond academia, he served as Officer Cadet (1992-95) of PALAPES USM and was commissioned by HM The King as Reserve Officer (Lt M.) on 17 June 1995. He has also been associated with the Malaysian Finance Association (MFA) activities, having served as the Honorary Secretary of MFA (2015-2019) and Hon. Auditor (2019-2021). He was a founding member of the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) Malaysian chapter in 2008. He is also a life member of the Japan Graduates' Association of Malaysia (JAGAM).
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