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The Raj & Kamla Gupta Governance Institute held its 17th Annual Corporate Governance Conference. Academics and Practitioners were invited to submit their papers to this annual, in-person conference in any area related to corporate governance, which includes (but is not restricted to) topics such as boards of directors, compensation, shareholder activism, mergers, debt as a form of governance, ESG-related issues, political influences on governance, etc. The conference took place on Friday, April 12, with a pre-conference dinner the preceding Thursday evening.

The Raj & Kamla Governance Institute at Drexel University hosted the conference in collaboration with the European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI). The conference highlighted the profound research by top professors around the world on issues related to corporate governance and the boardroom.

In-Person conference date and time: Friday, 12 April 2024 | 08:30 - 17:00 EDT


  • 11 April | Dinner Reception: Drexel University LeBow College of Business, Gerri C. LeBow Hall, Room 220 (2nd floor), 3220 Market Street, Philadelphia PA, 19104

  • 12 April | Conference Location: Drexel University LeBow College of Business, Gerri C. LeBow Hall, Room 722 (7th floor), 3220 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104


  • Hotel accommodations at reduced rates for this conference have been arranged at The Study at University City. To book a room, please follow the link. Reserve.
  • Please reserve your room by March 11, 2024; after which time the room block will be released to the public.



  • Mirela Hima, Assistant Director, Raj & Kamla Gupta Governance Institute, at

Program Committee:

David Becher (Drexel University)
Jay Cai (Drexel University)
Jeffrey Coles (University of Utah)
Naveen Daniel (Drexel University)
Diane Del Guercio (University of Oregon and ECGI)
David Denis (Pittsburgh University)
Daniel Dorn (Drexel University)
Eli Fich (Drexel University and ECGI)
Laura Field (University of Delaware and ECGI)
Nick Gantchev (University of Warwick and ECGI)
Todd Gormley (Washington University in St. Louis and ECGI)
Tom Griffin (Villanova University)
Jarrad Harford (University of Washington and ECGI)
Peter Iliev (Pennsylvania State University State)
Wei Jiang (Emory University and ECGI)
Dalida Kadyrzhanova (Federal Reserve Board)
Joseph Kalmenovitz (University of Rochester)
Jonathan Karpoff (University of Washington and ECGI)
Tanja Kirmse (Miami University)
Michelle Lowry (Drexel University and ECGI)
Nadya Malenko (Boston College and ECGI)
Lalitha Naveen (Temple University and ECGI)
Ed Nelling (Drexel University)
Greg Nini (Drexel University)
Micah Officer (Loyola Marymount University and ECGI)
Gordon Phillips (Dartmouth College)
Anil Shivdasani (University of North Carolina)
Anh Tran (City University of London)
Paolo Volpin (Drexel University and ECGI) [lead]
Michael S. Weisbach (Ohio State University and ECGI)
Jared Wilson (Indiana University)
Tracie Woidtke (University of Tennessee)
Yuhai Xuan (University of California, Irvine)
Ke Yang (Lehigh University)
David L. Yermack (New York University and ECGI)


THURSDAY, 11 APRIL 2024 | 17:30 EDT

Cocktail Reception and Dinner

FRIDAY, 12 APRIL 2023 | 08:30 EDT

Registration and Breakfast

Coffee Break

Lunch Break

Session III: New Ideas | Chaired by


Mergers & Acquisitions

Coffee Break

Session IV: Mergers & Acquisitions (continued) | Chaired by


WRDS Best Paper Announcement


Alex Edmans

Professor of Finance
London Business School
Fellow, Research Member

Todd Gormley

Professor of Finance
Washington University in St. Louis
Research Member

David Yermack

Chairman, Finance Department, Stern School of Business
New York University
Research Member

Pedro Matos

James A. & Stacy Cooper Bicentennial Professor of Business Administration (Finance)
Darden School of Business, University of Virginia
Research Member

Fei Xie

Chaplin Tyler Professor of Finance & Iannaccone Faculty Fellow
University of Delaware, Lerner College of Business and Economics
Research Member


Mirela Hima
LeBow College of Business
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