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Albert MENSAH

Assistant Professor

Accounting and Management Control

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Biography

Albert received his Ph.D. in Accounting from the City University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong), his Master of Management Science (Accounting) degree from Xiamen University (China), and his Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting & Finance) degree from the University of Cape Coast (Ghana). Before his academic appointment at HEC, Albert worked as a principal research assistant and course instructor at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. He has also previously worked in the corporate setting (in Ghana) as a hotel accounts officer and acting accountant and currently serves as a financial accounting consultant (in France), board member (in Hong Kong) and managing director (inter absentes) to a Ghanaian tech-based startup. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Chartered Economist (Ch.E) and a Chartered Financial Economist (Ch.FE).

Albert teaches the Financial Accounting course on the MBA program and has been recently included on Poets&Quants' list of "Top 10 MBA Professors to Watch in 2022," as well as Poets&Quants' list of "2023 Best 40-Under-40 MBA Professors."  As regards his research activities, Albert conducts archival financial empirical research, investigating: (i) how firms' mandatory reporting and/or disclosure policies affect the decision-making behavior of capital market participants; (ii) how anti-corruption laws that seek to limit the influence of money in politics affect the behavior of firms and politicians; (iii) how capital market participants (e.g., investors [including asset managers], creditors, analysts, suppliers) are making use of alternative sources of financial data (e.g., big data) in their decision-making; (iv) how machine learning tools can help flag firms that are likely suspects of earnings manipulation; and (v) how discrimination in the mortgage lending market can be alleviated. Away from research, he is a tennis fanatic. 

Scientific articles

Foreign Institutional Ownership and the Choice between Public and Private Debt

Journal of International Accounting Research, Summer 2019, vol. 18, n° 2, pp 31-64, (in coll. with Jinshuai HU, Albert TSANG)

Working papers

Scientific articles

Foreign Institutional Ownership and the Choice between Public and Private Debt

Journal of International Accounting Research, Summer 2019, vol. 18, n° 2, pp 31-64, (in coll. with Jinshuai HU, Albert TSANG)

Working papers

Education

  • Ph.D. in Accountancy, City University of Hong Kong - China
  • Master of Management Science (Accounting), Xiamen University - China

Academic appointments

Academic Responsibilities at HEC

  • 2020- Member of GREGHEC, the joint research laboratory CNRS-HEC Paris HEC Paris
  • 2019- Assistant Professor, Accounting and Management Control HEC Paris

External Academic Responsibilities

  • 2016-2018 Tutor, Teaching Assistant City University of Hong Kong

Scientific Activities

Membership in Academic or Professional Organisation

  • American Accounting Association (AAA), Canadian Academic Accounting Association (CAAA), European Accounting Association (EAA), Institute of Chartered Accountants Ghana (ICAG), American Academy of Financial Management (AAFM)

Editorial activities

  • Ad hoc Reviewer: Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis; Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Accounting Research, The Accounting Review, Review of Accounting Studies, European Accounting Review, Asia-Pacific Journal of Accounting and Economics, China Journal of Accounting Research
  • Conference Reviewer: CAAA Annual Conferences , AAA FARS Mid-Year Meeting

  • Awards & honors

    • 2023 Poets Quants 2023 Best 40-Under-40 MBA Professors