Joe Hong Zou graduated in Statistics from Fudan University, completed a Master degree in insurance & accounting in 1998 with distinction (sponsored by UK insurer Aviva) and received a PhD in Finance from University of Wales (UK) in 2003. Dr Zou has four-year working experience as a statistician in the government and two-year experience in an investment bank, and he qualified the CPA exam. He previously taught at City University of Hong Kong and Cardiff University, UK. Dr Zou's research interests include corporate finance, corporate governance, risk management, financial services, and the Chinese financial market. He is a two-time joint winner of the 2002 and 2003 Shin Research Excellence Award and a co-winner of the 2012 CICF best paper award. His research work appears in Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Financial Intermediation, Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Risk and Insurance, Financial Management, Journal of Business Finance & Accounting, Journal of Financial Research, Financial Review, and other journals. He also published 17 articles in Economic Research and other premier Chinese academic journals. He is a research fellow of the Center of China Insurance and Social Security Research (CCISSR, Peking University). He serves as an associate editor of British Accounting Review and on the editorial board of Frontiers of Business Research in China (published by Springer).