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Samah Issa

Dr Samah Issa PhD, MSc, BSc, FHEA

Senior Lecturer in Banking and Finance & Postgraduate Research Tutor (SERI)


I am a Senior Lecturer in Banking and Finance at Sheffield Business School. I hold a PhD degree in Banking and Finance from Essex Business School, MSc in International Finance and BSc in Economics.

I am the collaborative leader for the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) managing the delivery of the programme at Munich Business School and Zagreb School of Economics and Management.

I am also Postgraduate Research Tutor (PGRT) for the Social and Economic Research Institute (SERI) providing leadership and support to the delivery of postgraduate research and offering supervisor mentoring and training.

I am a member of the University's Research Degrees Committee and Race Equity Group contributing to policy and strategy development across several areas.

My teaching expertise involve Banking, Global Financial Markets and Research Ethics in which I've lead several modules. My research interests include Behavioural Economics and Finance, Cultural Economics, Crowdfunding and Access to Finance, and Banking Performance and Risks.

I have supervised several Master, PhD and DBA students through to completion in these areas and beyond and am currently supervising several others.

I have a proven track record of delivering on key pieces of work and have been recognised by the University for performance that exceeded expectations on several occasions. I have also received several nominations for the University Inspirational Research Supervisor and Inspirational Student Support Awards.

I am Chief External Examiner for Finance at Westminster Business School and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and the Euro-Mediterranean Network for Economic Studies (EMNES).



  • 2016: Post Graduate Certificate (PgCert) Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
  • 2014: PhD Banking and Finance, University of Essex, United Kingdom
  • 2009: MSc International Finance, University of Essex, United Kingdom

Teaching expertise

  • Finance and Banking


Department of Finance, Accounting and Business Systems

Sheffield Business School

Finance, Banking and Economics


Modules taught:

  • Global Financial Markets at UG and PG levels
  • Research Ethics at Doctoral level


Banking Competition and Market Structure
Banking in Emerging Markets
Behavioural Finance and Economics (Decision Making and Fraud)
Social Capital and Cultural Economics



Journal articles

Issa, S., Girardone, C., & Snaith, S. (2020). Banking competition, convergence and growth across macro-regions of MENA. The Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance.

Conference papers

Breese, R., Issa, S., & Tresidder, R. (2021). Impact on Management Practice after Completing the DBA. In 2021 Engaged Management Scholarship (EMS) Conference, Miami, FL, 9 September 2021 - 12 September 2021. ttps://

Issa, S., Girardone, C., & Snaith, S. (2017). Banking competition, convergence and economic growth across macro-regions of MENA. In Annual conference of the British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA), Edinburgh, 10 April 2017 - 12 April 2017. British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA)

Issa, S., Girardone, C., & Snaith, S. (2013). Market conditions and soundness: Islamic and conventional banks in MENA. In XXII International Conference on Money, Banking and Finance, Rome.

Issa, S., Girardone, C., & Snaith, S. (2012). Contagion in the MENA region. In Annual Conference of the European Association of University Teachers in Banking and Finance, Malta.


Issa, S., Girardone, C., & Snaith, S. (2022). Banking competition, convergence and growth across macro-regions of MENA. Elsevier BV.

Theses / Dissertations

Shojaei, S.A. (2021). The impacts of diversification strategy on the financial performance of insurers. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Issa, S.

Hofinger, J. (2021). Regulatory risk disclosure in the banking industry:a scoring model approach. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Garrow, N., Issa, S., & Stumpfegger, E.


Patterson, E., Matthias, O., Issa, S., & Wagner, D. (2019). The Use of a Decision Support System (DSS) in the Surety Pre-qualification Process: A Multi-level Framework. Presented at: 79th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM), Boston, Massachusetts

Other activities

Chief External Examiner for Westminster Business School

Postgraduate supervision

I have supervised several doctoral researchers through to completions, this notably includes:

- Regulatory Risk Disclosure in the Banking Industry: A Scoring Model Approach; Johannes Hofinger

- Home-Bias in Online Fundraising: An Analysis of International Reward-Based Crowdfunding; George Filatov

- Diversification Strategy and Financial Performance of Iranian Insurance Companies; Amir Shojaei

Currently supervising the following projects:

- The Influence of Workplace Relationships on Neutralization Techniques by White-collar Criminals

- Cultural Intelligence and Social Capital: Investigating Expatriates’ Working Relationships in Malaysia

- Firm performance, Organizational Culture and Innovation: The Case of Jordanian banks

- Mobile Banking Usage in Croatia: Empirical Evidence from the UTAUT2 Model

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