About the 7th AES

AES | Where Excellent Researchers Meet

A warm welcome to the official website of the 7th Annual ECOFI Symposium 2021 (AES2021). The symposium will be held virtually (via Zoom) on Wednesday, 28 July 2021.

The AES provides a scholarly platform for presenting and publishing the latest research findings related to the topics of economics, finance, banking, and risk management. The AES has managed to provide opportunities for researchers to share and advance their scholarly work, as well as to establish potential research links for further collaboration. Each submission will be reviewed by the AES scientific committee who have been carefully selected based on their track records in research and top-tier publications.

Organised by the Economic and Financial Policy Institute (ECOFI) under the School of Economics, Finance and Banking, Universiti Utara Malaysia, the AES began its first symposium in 2014. After the exceptionally successful AES2019, AES2018, AES2017, AES2016, AES2015 and AES2014, AES2021 now returns with the theme “Covid-19 Health Crisis: Strengthening Governance and Integrity for Swift Economic Recovery”.

The Covid-19 pandemic has triggered one of the biggest economic challenges faced by global communities in recent memory. As nations around the world, including Malaysia, now enter into the critical economic phase of recovery and policy strategies, the current theme is not only timely, but is expected to be vibrant, educative, and filled with intense scholarly ideas and debates.

The following are some possible avenues for consideration:

  • Integrity and public governance

  • Industrial and international economics

  • Public and monetary economics

  • Development economics

  • Digital economy and fintech

  • Agricultural economics and food security

  • Environmental and natural resources economics

  • Corporate finance and corporate governance

  • International finance

  • Real estate, property development and financing

  • Risk management and insurance

  • Banking

  • Any other related topics on economics, finance, banking and risk management

This year, we are delighted to co-organise with Institut Tadbiran Awam Negara (INTAN) and Labuan Bulletin of International Business and Finance (LBIBF), who will help to ensure the symposium is relevant for both academics and practitioners alike. The AES2021 will be held as follows:


Date: 28 July 2021 (Wednesday)

Venue: Virtual (Video conferencing via Zoom)


Keynote Speech from Special Guest, Parallel Sessions, and Networking

The symposium will feature two reputable keynote speakers.

  1. Dato’ Sri Akhbar Satar, CFE, (Affiliate, AICB) - Founder and President of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) - Malaysia Chapter

  2. Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr. Sulaiman Mahbob - Chairman of Malaysian Institute of Economic Research (MIER)

Two separate parallel sessions on five tracks:

  • Integrity and Public Governance

  • Agricultural and Environmental Economics

  • Public and Monetary Economics

  • Accounting, Finance and Risk

  • Developmental Economics and Finance

During the networking session, participants will have the opportunity to meet and share ideas with new and experienced researchers in their respective fields, developing social and professional networks and agendas for future research.

Publication Opportunities (Subject to Review)

Subject to the standard reviewing process, papers accepted in the symposium are given opportunities to publish in the following journals;

  • Journal of Economics and Sustainability

  • International Journal of Banking and Finance

  • Asian Academy of Management

  • Journal of Accounting and Finance

  • Malaysian Management Journal

  • Capital Markets Review

  • Labuan Bulletin of International Business and Finance (LBIBF)

  • and others

Best Paper Awards

There will be best paper awards for both student and non-student presenters to be given at the end of the symposium.



When will the conference take place? Where it will be held?

AES2021 will take place on Wednesday, 28 July 2021 via  virtual platform using video conferencing applications.

How do I submit my paper?

Before submitting your paper, please read carefully our submission guidelines. Once you are clear with the guidelines, you may submit your abstract/paper through OpenConf before the stipulated deadlines.

How do I register? How much does it cost to participate?

To register for the symposium, please go to our registration form and fill up your details. Participants are required to pay the registration fees before the deadline as a show of their commitment. Fees vary in accordance with different categories of participation and can be viewed here.

Is the symposium schedule available?

I have two papers to be presented in the symposium. How do I register?

If you have two papers to be presented, you can pay for both papers together. For example, if you are a non-student presenter, your fees will be RM100 (for presenter) plus RM50 (second paper). You can make a single payment of RM150 and register as one participant. Click here to see the fees structure and here to make an online payment. Please read carefully the payment guidelines before making your payment.

I'm a presenter - is there a PowerPoint template I should be using?

Our tentative program can be viewed here. Preparations regarding the symposium are ongoing and the schedule will be updated in the weeks before the event. Keep an eye on our website for news and updates.

Will I receive a certificate of attendance?

Yes, participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

Is there funding available for travel/registration costs?

We are flexible in this regard. You can use your own template as long as your presentation conforms to the time limit.

Is there a cancellation policy available?

We are finalising our policies and will provide an update on this matter soon.

I have additional questions. How do I contact you?

Participants are expected to fund their own travel and registration costs. The AES2021 is not able to support the expenses of all presenters and participants. Please enquire with your department chair or equivalent about funds to support your participation in research events.

Please direct your questions to aes@uum.edu.my or  call us at 04-9286890/6801 and we will answer/publish it here.


Past Events


6th AES 2019

October 31, 2019

This AES was held at HIG Hotel, Pulau Langkawi, Kedah and was co-organized with Kedah Economic Planning Division. 42 papers were presented in six parallel sessions. Half of the papers were published in AES proceedings and 8 papers were published in indexed journals.


5th AES 2018

December 18, 2018

The 5th AES was held at EDC Hotel, UUM in collaboration with Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB). The selected theme was “Commodity-Led Growth: Recent Development & Challenges”. 39 papers were successfully presented in this AES.


4th AES 2017

October 2017

AES2017 was funded by the Japan Foundation Kuala Lumpur (JFKL). To commemorate the 60th Year Anniversary of Malaysia-Japan Relationship, we had with us two distinguished academicians who were specially invited to join the celebration: Dr. Oizumi Keiichiro, who spoke on the “"Ageing society in Asia", and Professor Moriyama Mikihiro who gave a talk entitled, “10 years of learning Bahasa Melayu in Japan: A history of friendship between Malaysia and Japan".


3rd AES 2016

December 18-19,  2016

Held in UUM, this symposium had two workshops on "Behavioral Economics" and "How to get Published" organized by Professor Dr. Masao Ogaki, who is a professor at Department of Economics, Keio Universiti, Japan.


2nd AES 2015

December 20-21, 2015

This AES was held at TH Hotel and Convention Center, Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia. From 38 papers presented, 27 were selected for proceeding publication and 6 were forwarded for publication in International Journal of Management Studies (IJMS).


1st AES 2014

December 21, 2014

The very first AES was held at Holiday Villa Hotel, Alor Setar, Kedah. This first AES attracted 44 papers and 21 were selected in proceedings publication.

AES2021 Organising Committee

Our exceptional teamwork delivers the best symposium experience to you


Professor Dr. Russayani Ismail



Assoc. Prof. Dr. Shamzaeffa Samsudin



Dr. Juhaida Abu Bakar



Dr. Nazliatul Aniza Abdul Aziz



Dr. Nur Marina Abdul Manap


Dr. Edie Erman Che Johari

Promotion and Publicity


Dr. Nur Hafizah Mohammad Ismail

Promotion and Publicity


Amar Yasier Razli

Promotion and Publicity


Assoc. Prof. Dr. Cheah Yong Kang

Publication & Scientific Committee


Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mukaramah Harun

Publication & Scientific Committee


Assoc. Prof. Dr. Md. Mahmudul Alam

Publication & Scientific Committee


Dr. Ooi Chai Aun

Publication & Scientific Committee


Shahril Shafie

Logistic and Technical


Ahmad Shukri Harun

Logistic and Technical


Dr. Ruhaida Saidon

Special Task


Dr. Zunarni Kosim

Special Task