Researcher biography

Rumi Masih’s experience in the financial industry extends almost 30 years. He is an Industry Professor of Finance at the University of Queensland Business School in Australia and also serves as Chief Investment Officer and a Partner at Leinster Capital, London, U.K., and a Partner and Director of Infrastructure Financing at Infrencia SL in Barcelona, Spain. He was most recently head of the private equity fund business incorporating infrastructure and renewable power funds across Asia for ARCH Emerging Market Partners, U.K. Prior to this, he was Senior Investment Advisor in the investment department at the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA). He has held senior executive management and strategy positions at the Bank of New York Mellon, JP Morgan Asset Management, and over a decade at Goldman Sachs. As part of his industry achievements, Rumi was part of the team that was ranked first in emerging markets currency strategy by the Institutional Investor in 1998, 1999, and 2000 and was ranked second in the Extel Broker Survey by European equity clients in 2004. Rumi was most recently awarded the 2023 Outstanding Industry Leadership Award at More Conferences, Las Vegas, USA.

Prior to joining Goldman Sachs in 1997, Rumi worked in several government research departments in Australia for over a decade. He holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from the Australian National University, an M.Phil. in economics /econometrics, and a Ph.D. in Financial Econometrics from the University of Cambridge, UK. He has published widely with over 90 papers in peer-reviewed journals predominantly in areas of macroeconomics and empirical finance. In 1998, Rumi was admitted as a fellow to the Financial Management Association, and the Royal Statistical Society. He has been the recipient of several ‘best paper’ prizes at internationally reputed annual finance conferences sponsored by the Chicago Stock Exchange, Financial Management Association, and the South Western Finance Association, respectively.

His research interests span a broad area across industry and investment policy, including portfolio and investment management, asset allocation, risk management, and empirical finance. A specific focus of his work has addressed how causal factors impact decision-making in investment management and asset price fluctuations that impact global capital market changes.