Professorial Lecture Series 2017-18: Professor Atsede Wolde

20 February 2018 6pm to 7pm

Location: Conference Centre, Treforest Campus, CF37 1DL

Audience: Public

Cost: Free of charge, although registration required

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The University is pleased to extend invitation to alumni for the latest lecture in the 2018 Professorial Inaugural Lectures Series. 

The latest lecture introduces Professor Atsede Wolde, Professor of Banking and Finance, Faculty of Business and Society 

Promoting economic growth through financing Small Businesses: a Sub-Saharan perspective

Access to finance is a pre-requisite to start and grow enterprises. There is a considerable evidence that suggests start up and growing businesses face finance constraint especially for economies with underdeveloped financial institutions. In this Inaugural lecture, Professor Atsede Woldie examines the landscape for financing small enterprises in Sub-Saharan Africa. Firstly, the lecture will explore the Economic environment and challenges for African small businesses using examples from selected African countries. Secondly, Professor Woldie will explore barriers to access finance in the context of Sub-Saharan Africa. And finally the lecture will consider a way forward for effective support to small and medium sized enterprises for a sustainable economic growth and prosperity.

Professor Atsede Woldie PhD is Professor of Banking and Finance at USW. She has a BA in Accounting and M.Soc.Sci in Development Finance and a PhD in Finance from the University of Birmingham. She is an international scholar who has delivered guest lectures and conference papers in New Zealand, Ghana, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Poland, Hungary, Indonesia and Swaziland.

The University of South Wales' Inaugural  Lecture Series profiles the academic excellence of the University’s professorial staff, and brings leading research and thinking to the wider community. All lectures are free to attend and open to all, and an informal light buffet and refreshments are provided after each lecture, giving guests the chance to network.

If you would like to attend this or future Inaugural Lectures, please RSVP to Mrs Carol Hopkins or telephone Mrs Carol Hopkins, Tel: 01443 482 763 or e-mail: