Prof. Issouf SOUMARÉ is a professor of Finance and the Director of the Laboratory for Financial Engineering of Université Laval (LABIFUL) in Canada. From 2012 to 2020, he was the Director of International Relations at the Faculty of Business Administration at Université Laval in Canada. From 2011-2012, he was the Director of the PhD and MSc research programs of the Université Laval Business School. He worked for the African Development Bank (AfDB) at the former Risk Management Unit from 1996 to 1998, and he is the president of the Scientific Council of ENSEA (Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire).
He is a Resource Person for the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), a member of the Scientific Council of the Moroccan Financial Market Authority (AMMC), a member of the Programme Steering Committee (PSC) of FSD WAEMU and a member of the Scientific Committee of the “Revue Économique et Monétaire” of the Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO). His research and teaching interests include international finance, financial inclusion, risk management, financial engineering, and quantitative finance.
Prof. Issouf SOUMARÉ is the President-Founder of SOUMARÉ UNIVERSITY in Ivory Coast. He is a financial economist with more than 20 years of experience, specialising in financial engineering, international finance, sustainable finance, financial inclusion, and risk management. He regularly provides advisory services and capacity-building seminars for African public and private administrations. Prof. SOUMARÉ is the author of the book “Commodity Exchanges: Concepts, Tools and Guidelines” published by Edward Elgar in January 2022, and “Prise de Décision Financière” published by the Presses de l’Université Laval (Quebec, Canada) in 2021.
He also co-authored the book “Foreign Direct Investment and Economic Development in Africa” published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing in 2018. He co-authored “Simulations Stochastiques et Applications en Finance avec Programmes Matlab,” published by Economica (French version) in 2006, and “Stochastic Simulation and Applications in Finance with Matlab Programs” which was published by Wiley (English version) in 2009. In addition, his theoretical and applied financial and economic works have been published in leading international economics and finance journals.
Prof. SOUMARE has also been a speaker and/or facilitator at several international conferences around the World. Prof. SOUMARÉ holds a PhD in Business Administration in Finance from the University of British Columbia (UBC, Canada), MSc in Financial Engineering from Université Laval (Canada), MSc in Statistics and Quantitative Economic (Ingénieur Statisticien Économiste) from ENSEA and MSc & BSc in Applied Mathematics from Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny (Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire).
Prof. SOUMARÉ is also a certified PRM (Professional Risk Manager) and FRM (Financial Risk Manager). He is ASC (Chartered Director) from the College des Administrateurs de Sociétés (Directors’ College) of Université Laval.