Simona Zambelli is Full Professor of Finance at the University of FLORENCE (School of Economics), specialized in Venture Capital & Entrepreneurial Finance. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics of Financial Intermediation, from the University of Siena (Italy); a degree in Economics with a legal focus from University of Bologna (Italy); and a second-level postgraduate degree in Finance, with a Mathematical Finance specialization, from University of London, Birkbeck College (London).
After specializing in financing of innovation & venture capital at Harvard University, Harvard Business School (as post-doctoral Research Fellow) and Massachussets Institute of Technology-MIT (as guest post doctoral student), she worked as visiting researcher and visiting professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute –RPI (NY, USA) and York University-Schulich School of Business (Toronto, CA), where she specialized in Private Equity Impact of Financial Regulation. She also was visiting professor at University of Leicester (UK), Westminster University (UK), and IPAG Business School (Paris), where she periodically taught modules related to Investments, and Finance. She is currently engaged in various international research projects with York University (Toronto, Canada).
Her main research interests refer to Entrepreneurial Finance, Neurofinance and Gender Diversity, especially in the following areas: Venture Capital, Private Equity, Angel Investing; Financial Regulation Impact, Gender Entrepreneurship, Crowdfunding; Impact Investing, and Securitization. Her research approach is empirical, and she especially enjoys dealing with Law & Finance interaction, perspectives, and implications. She has published several articles in international Journals, including: Journal of Banking and Finance, European Financial Management, International Journal of Management Reviews, as well as books with high rating publishers (such as Oxford University Press). Her international research cooperation includes various venture capital projects with prof. Douglas Cumming (York University, CA). She has written several international publications on: Private Equity Financing, Leveraged Acquisitions, and Corporate Governance in Private Equity.
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