Jasim Al-Ajmi is a Professor of Finance and Corporate Governance, and the Chairperson of the Department of Banking and Finance at the College of Business and Finance, Ahlia University.

Prior to AU, Prof. Jassim taught at the University of Bahrain at which he served as an Assistant Professor and Associate Professor before being promoted to the rank of Professor, and University of Maryland – European Section. Prior to moving to the field of academia, Prof. Al-Ajmi worked in the banking industry, mainly in Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait (BBK) and Arab Banking Corporation (ABC).

Al-Ajmi has published numerous articles in Finance, Accounting, Business and Economic Journals. His articles are in the areas of divided policy, capital structure, corporate finance, risk management, Islamic finance and corporate governance.

A former board member of Eskan (Housing) bank upon the appointment of His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa, the prime minister, he is currently a board member of the MENA Investment Center. Al-Ajmi was a member of the committee the was formed by His Royal Highness Prince Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the crown prince to draft the government procurement law. He also Served in the steering committee that developed the Corporate Governance Code and the chair of the code’s implementation Committee.

Al-Ajmi holds a B.Com in Managerial Statistics from Kuwait University, a Postgraduate Diploma in Business and Analysis from University of Lancaster, as well as an MA in Economics and Finance and a PhD in Accounting from University of Exeter.

His current research interests fall into four areas: capital market, corporate finance, corporate governance and Islamic finance.


  1. Capital markets
  2. Corporate finance
  3. Corporate governance
  4. Islamic finance




  1. Corporate Finance
  2. Investment
  3. Portfolio management


Supply chain in banking, the impact of ESG on performance of telecommunication companies, the role of ESG on earning management of Oil and gas companies, determinants of dividend policy of non-financial firms.


  • Intellectual contributions as required by AACSB
  • Investor reactions to dividend announcements in a unique institutional setting



  1. Fadel, S. and Al-Ajmi, J. (2017). Risk Management of Islamic Banks: a Search for Empirical Evidences. Corporate Ownership & Control, Vol. 14, No. 2, pp. 8-16.

  2. Al-Saleh, Nadhem, and Al-Ajmi, Jasim, Weak-Form Efficiency of the Saudi Stock Market, co-Authored with Dr. Nadhem Al -Saleh, Finance India, 2013, pp. 845-868.

  3. Al-Ajmi, Jasim, and Jasim, Hameeda, Risk management practices of conventional and Islamic banks in Bahrain, Journal of Risk Finance, 2012, Vol. No.: 3, pp.215 – 239

  4. Al-Ajmi, Jasim, and Kim, J., Are Gulf Stock Markets Efficient? Evidence from New Multiple Variance Ratio Tests, Applied Economics, 2012, Vol. 44, No. 14, pp.1737-1747.

  5. Al-Ajmi, Jasim, Abu Hussain, Hameeda, and Al-Saleh, Nadhem, Investment Appraisal Practices: A Comparative Study of Conventional and Islamic Financial Institutions, Advances in Accounting,b2011, Vol. 27, No 1, pp. 111-124.

  6. Joshi, P. L., Kumar, R., and Jasim Al-Ajmi, Jasim, An empirical study of the use and usefulness of financial, non-financial and subjective measures for performance evaluation in industrial companies in Bahrain, Int. J. Managerial and Financial Accounting, Vol. 3, No. 2, 2011, pp. 140 -169.

  7. Al-Ajmi, Jasim, Do the stock prices of Islamic financial institutions follow a Martingale difference sequence?, Finance India, 2010, Volume XXIV No. 3, pp. 777 -793.

  8. Joshi, P.L., Des hmukh, A., and Al-Ajmi, Jasim, A study of compliance with international auditing standards by auditors in Bahrain, International Journal of Applied Decision Sciences, 2010, Vol. 3,No. 3, pp. 259 – 279.

  9. Al-Ajmi, Jasim, Modelling the dividend policy of banks in Gulf Cooperation Council countries, Applied Economic Letters, 2010, Vol. 17, Issue 14, 1423–1428.

  10. Al-Ajmi, Jasim, Abu Hussain, Hameeda, and Al-Saleh, Nadhem, Decisions on Capital Structure in a Zakat Environment with Prohibition of Riba: The Case of Saudi Arabia, Journal of Risk Finance, 2009, Vol. 10, Issue 5, pp. 460 -476.

  11. Al-Ajmi, Jasim, Abu Hussain, Hameeda, and Al-Saleh, Nadhem, Clients of Conventional and Islamic Banks in Bahrain: How they choose which bank to patronize, International Journal of Social Economics, 2009, Vol. 36, Issue 11, pp.1086 -112.

  12. Al-Ajmi, Jasim, Audit firm, corporate governance, and audit quality: Evidence from Bahrain, Advances in Accounting, 2009, Vol. 25, Issue 2, pp. 64-74. Al-Ajmi, Jasim, Investors’ use of corporate reports in Bahrain, Managerial Auditing Journal, 2009, Vol. 24, Issue 3, 266-289.

  13. Al-Ajmi, Jasim, Audit and reporting delays: Evidence from an emerging market, Advances in Accounting, 2008, Vol. 24 Issue 2, pp. 217-226.

  14. Joshi, P.L., Bremser, Wayne G., and Al -Ajmi, Jasim, Perceptions of accounting professionals in the adoption and implementation of a single set of global accounting standards: Evidence from Bahrain, Advances in Accounting, 2008, Vol. 24 Issue 1, pp. 41 -48.