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Dr. Haileslasie Tadele

Title:  Assistant Professor – Finance
School: School of Business 
Department: Accounting and Finance Department
Office:  Bldg. H 316
Phone: +971 7 246 8768

Dr. Haileslasie is an Assistant Professor of Finance of the Accounting and Finance Department. He has broad teaching experience in financial management, financial accounting, business finance, financial statement analysis, personal finance, and corporate finance, and previously taught at Mekelle University, Ethiopia and, the University of Otago and Canterbury University, New Zealand. From September 2006 until September 2007 he served as an auditor for the Bureau of Finance and Economic Development in Tigray Regional State, Ethiopia.

He completed his PhD in Finance at the University of Otago, New Zealand in 2017, his M.Sc. in Microfinance at the University Libre de Brussels, Belgium in 2012, and his M.Sc. in Finance and Investment at Mekelle University, Ethiopia in 2010. He has received several awards. The Université Libre de Bruxelles awarded him the Belgian Development Cooperation Scholarship of 21,000 Euro and tuition fee waiver to earn his Master’s degree from September 2011 through October 2012, the Marie Curie Research Travel Grant of 600 Euros in May of 2012, and a Master’s Study Field Research Grant of 1,500 Euros in July of 2012. The University of Otago awarded him the “Alan MacGregor Prize” of 1,000 USD for  the Best Postgraduate Student Research Award in 2016 and a scholarship of 75,000 NZD and tuition fee waiver between September 2014 and August 2017 to undertake his PhD study. His PhD thesis was recognized as an Exceptional Thesis in 2017. He has undergone various trainings such as “The Challenges of Global Poverty,” “Community Based Microfinance Program,” “Financial Product Development,” and “Research Methodology.”


The Otago Business School has recognized his thesis as exceptional quality. Dr. Haileslasie’s main research interests focus on microfinance, development finance, financial innovation, financial literacy, and corporate finance including corporate governance, risk and capital structure. His research has been published in reputable international journals including Applied Economics, Pacific-Basin Finance Journal, and International Journal of Corporate Governance. He is a reviewer for International Journal of Emerging Markets.

He has received research grants for three projects. Mekelle University awarded him annual research funding of 1,500 USD for research entitled ‘‘Members’ Entrepreneurship orientation and growth of entrepreneurial Cooperative societies in Tigray” in 2012-2013, 2,000 USD to conduct a
research project over “the role of Cooperatives in promoting the socioeconomic empowerment of women: Evidence from Multipurpose Cooperative Societies in the South-eastern Zone of Tigray, Ethiopia” in 2010-2011, and 2,000 USD to conduct a research project on “Financial performance analysis of Multipurpose Cooperative Societies, the case of south eastern zone of Tigray” in 2009-2010.


  • Haileslasie, T. & Baliira, K. (2020). CEO power and Bank risk in the UAE. Banks and Bank systems, 15(3), 117-128 (SCOPUS – Q3).
  • Haileslasie, T. (2020). Microfinance Institutions’ Board Structure and Default Risk in Sub-Saharan Africa. African Journal of Economic and Management studies (SCOPUS – Q2), Forthcoming.
  • Haileslasie, T. (2020). Social entrepreneurship and microfinance in Kenya. Journal of Advanced Research in Law and Economics, 11(1), 256-266 (SCOPUS – Q2).
  • Tadele, H., Roberts, H. and Whiting. R., H. (2018). Microfinance institutions’ website accessibility. Pacific Basin Finance Journal, 50, 279-293 (ABDC-A).
  • Tadele, H., Roberts, H. and Whiting. R., H. (2018). Transparency and Microfinance institutions’ risk in Sub-Saharan Africa. International Journal of Corporate Governance, 9(2), 201-226 (ABDC -B).
  • Tadele, H., Roberts, H. and Whiting. R., H. (2018). Microfinance institutions’ transparency in Sub-Saharan Africa. Applied Economics, 50(14), 1601-1616 (ABDC – A).
  • Haileslasie, T., (2014). Corporate governance and financial performance of Microfinance Institutions: Evidence from Empirical studies. ZENITH International Journal of Business Economics & Management Research, 4 (4), pp. 34-41
  • Haileslasie, T., and Madhu Sudana Rao (2014). Corporate governance and ethical issues in Microfinance institutions: A study of Microfinance crisis in Andhra Pradesh, India. Journal of Business Management and Social sciences Research, 3(1), PP.21-26.
  • Haileslasie, T. (2013). Financial structure analysis of private limited manufacturing companies: Evidence from manufacturing companies in Mekelle, Ethiopia. International Journal of African and Asian Studies, 2, pp.90-96.
  • Haileslasie, T. (2013). Sustainable competitive advantage and risk management. In Rao, M., S. (Eds), Sustainable Competitive advantage (pp. 90-99).com (Ventus Publishing ApS).
  • Aregawi, T. & Haileslasie, T., (2013). The role of Cooperatives in promoting socio-economic Empowerment of women: Evidence from Multipurpose cooperative societies in South-eastern Zone of Tigray, Ethiopia. International Journal of Community development, 1, (1), PP: 1-11.
  • Haileslasie, T., (2013). ‘Does capital structure affect performance of Microfinance institutions? Evidence from Microfinance institutions in Africa. ZENITH International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research, 3, PP: 1-16.

Conference and Seminar participation

  • ‘‘Microfinance Institutions’ website accessibility’’ presented at the 7th Financial Markets and Corporate Governance conference, organized by Department of Banking and Finance, Monash University, March 31-April 1, 2016, Melbourne.
  • ‘‘Microfinance Institutions’ risk, governance and transparency’’ presented at the 7th Financial Markets and Corporate Governance conference, PhD symposium, organized by Department of Banking and Finance, Monash University, March 30, 2016, Melbourne.
  • Several seminars and PhD workshops organized by the department of Accountancy and Finance, University of Otago.



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