Dr Abdul Latif Alhassan (Ph.D.) is a Senior Lecturer in Development Finance and Insurance at the Development Finance Centre (DEFIC), University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business, Cape Town where he teaches the Research Methodology Module on the Master of Commerce in Development Finance programme since August 2016. He also has academic oversight over the dissertation component of the degree as the Head of Minor Dissertation and provides ‘round-the-clock’ support system for students during the research year of the programme. Dr Latif Alhassan holds a BSc in Banking and Finance (2009) and MPhil in Risk Management and Insurance (2012) from the University of Ghana Business School and a PhD (2016) at the UCT Graduate School of Business.
His research outputs on the industrial organisation of the financial services industry (Insurance and Banking Markets) have provided insights on firm behaviour (performance, efficiency, competition and stability), operational and regulatory environment in South Africa, Ghana and Mauritius. They have been published in international peer reviewed journals ranked in the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS) journal quality guide and indexed in the Social Science Citation index (ISI). Dr Latif Alhassan acts as an ad hoc referee for several international journals in the CABS academic journal guide list and ISI, Scopus, IBSS indexed journals.
Dr Latif Alhassan has consulting experience which includes the implementation of a capacity building programme for farmer-based organizations in selected African countries; a study on informal cross-border trade in selected Western and Southern African countries and the development of an index to track youth employment in Africa. Since 2013, he has been the Associate Editor of the Development Finance Agenda (DEFA) and AfricaGrowth Agenda (AGA) magazines.