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Mandy Tham


Mandy Tham is the Curriculum Director at Wealth Management Institute (WMI) which was set up by GIC and Temasek in 2003 as Asia's first centre of excellence for wealth management education. Her current role involves consulting, design and delivery of training solutions for the wealth industry in Singapore and overseas.

Prior to this, she served as a faculty with the Banking and Finance division at Nanyang Business School of the Nanyang Technological University from 2008-2016. She won the NTU Business Teacher of the Year award in 2014 and was further awarded the Teaching Excellence Award (Banking and Finance) in 2015. Her teaching interests lie in Stochastic Asset Pricing, Options and Structured Products, and Investments.  In her earlier days, she has also taught at University of Michigan and NUS.  She will also teach in the Master of Wealth Management Programme at Singapore Management University.

Besides teaching, Mandy enjoys working on academic research.  Her research interests span from investments to CEO leadership and she has won best paper awards at international conferences and published in top journals such as the Management Science.

At NBS, Mandy also served as the Assistant Dean of Nanyang Business School Alumni Affairs from 2014-2016 and was closely involved in outreach initiatives with the school’s alumni. Concurrently, she was the CFA program director for Nanyang Technological University where she managed the University’s partnership with the CFA Institute.  She was also the faculty advisor of the School's Investment Banking Club from 2013-2016.  She has coached and mentored students for various competitions.  She has also served as a speaker, discussion panelist and judge at various events in both English and Mandarin.

Mandy graduated with Ph.D (Finance) and M.A. (Applied Economics) degrees from the University of Michigan. She also holds Master and Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (First class honors) degrees from the National University of Singapore. She has won various academic excellence awards.


Selected Academic Papers:
1. Spillover Effects in Mutual Fund Companies, 2015. Joint with Clemens Sialm. Management Science 62 (5), page 1472-1486.
2. Executive overconfidence and securities class actions, 2016. Joint with Suman Banerjee, Mark Humphery-Jenner and Vikram Nanda. Revise & Resubmit, JFQA
3. Are overconfident CEOs good leaders? Evidence from stakeholder commitments, 2016. Joint with Chishen Wei and Kenny Phua. Revise & Resubmit, JFE 

Selected Awards: 
(A) Research Awards:
   •  CFA Institute Best Paper Award at the 2016 Asian Finance Conference, Thailand.
   •  Outstanding Paper Award at the 2015 Conference on Asia-Pacific Financial Markets by Korean Securities Association, S. Korea.
   •  Best Paper Award (First prize) at the 23rd Securities and Financial Markets Conference (2015), Taiwan
   •  TCW Best Paper Award at the 2011 China International Conference in Finance (CICF), China

(B) Teaching Awards:
   •  Nanyang Business School Teaching Excellence Award (Banking & Finance Dept), 2015.
   •  Nominee for NTU Business Teacher of the Year Award, 2015.
   •  NTU Business Teacher of the Year Award, 2014.

(C) Academic Excellence Awards:
  •  Alumni-Alumnae Award, University of Michigan, 2007-2008
  •  Mitsui Life Award, Mitsui Financial Center at Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, 2004 and 2005
  •  Senior Tutorship Award, Nanyang Technological University, 2003
  •  Tan Kah Kee Postgraduate Scholarship, 2000


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