Team Academic

Our Academic Advisors


Acreditus collaborates with our academic advisors on thought-leading research in the banking and Islamic finance sectors. With our extensive industry experience and deep regional insights we are able to provide real-world input and explore their application with our consulting partners at Baton | Global for the benefit of our clients.
Kavilash Chawla

Kavilash Chawla

Kavi Chawla has over seventeen years of sector experience as a financial services and strategy professional most recently focussed on the ethical finance industry and impact investing.
He is currently a Founding Partner in Bâton Global, a research based advisory firm and a Partner at Impact Investment Partners in addition to his Senior Advisor role for Acreditus. Previously he was in the Investment Banking Group at Deutsche Bank in London

Kavi’s expertise is primarily in financial services and energy sectors, with over ten years as an innovator and thought leader in the increasingly important ethical finance industry.  This includes advisory and research mandates in Islamic finance, impact investing, and ESG/SRI focused strategies.  His regional expertise is focused in high growth markets, especially the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa.

In addition to supporting private and public sector organizations on the development and execution of their global growth strategies, Kavi is a Visiting Scholar in the International Business Program at the College of Business and Public Administration at Drake University. His research interests are at the intersection of faith, finance and impact, with a specific focus on asset management for faith and values based investors.

His role at Impact Investment Partners, LLP – a London based FCA regulated asset management and advisory firm – is actively supporting several fintech startups in the social finance space. Prior to establishing his own firm Kavi was in the Investment Banking Group with Deutsche Bank in London, where he helped lead equity capital market business development efforts and manage client mandates in emerging markets.

Education

  • M.B.A. in Management: The University of Chicago – Booth School of Business
  • MSc in International Affairs: The School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University
  • B.A. in Economics, History, and Political Science: Drake University.
Dr Walid Hejazi

Dr Walid Hejazi

Walid Hejazi is an Associate Professor of Business Economics, and Academic Director, at the Rotman School of Management where he regularly teaches Canada’s current and future business leaders in the MBA, EMBA, and custom Executive programs.

Walid has researched, advised, and testified extensively on global competitiveness, and is currently working on a series of studies which shed light on the competitiveness and productivity of Canadian firms. He teaches Macro and Global Economics in Rotman’s MBA and EMBA programs, and has also delivered lectures in over 30 countries. Walid has also developed and teaches a successful MBA course in Islamic Finance, the first such course in Canada. He is extensively involved in enhancing the prevalence of Islamic Finance in Canada and is currently writing a book on Islamic project finance, and has several ongoing research projects in the area.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Financial Economics: University of Toronto
  • MSc, Economics: University of Toronto
  • B.A., Economics, University Of Western Ontario
Dr Matthew Mitchell

Dr Matthew Mitchell

Dr. Mitchell is an author, consultant, and assistant professor of international business and strategy at Drake University. He also serves as the executive editor of the journal International Business: Research, Teaching, and Practice and is the chair of the largest national chapter of the Academy of International Business. 

Dr. Mitchell is an author, consultant, and assistant professor of international business and strategy at Drake University. He also serves as the executive editor of the journal International Business: Research, Teaching, and Practice and is the chair of the largest national chapter of the Academy of International Business.

He holds a B.S. and M.B.A. from Rollins College and a Ph.D. in International Business from the University of South Carolina—the world’s leading program in international business. His research investigates the relationship between firm strategy politics and religion in different global markets. He has written many conference papers, book chapters, and journal articles on these topics.

His most recent research projects have investigated 1) the returns of conventional vs. Sharia-compliant stock indices, 2) the interpretation of intellectual property protection efforts by religious communities in East Asia, and 3) the evolution of the life insurance industries in India and China among others. Matthew has traveled, lived, and worked in more than 75 countries and has been invited as a consultant and guest lecturer at companies, NGOs, and universities around the world.

Education

  • Ph.D., International Business:  University of South Carolina
  • M.B.A., Management:  Crummer Graduate School of Business
  • B.A., Physics and Mathematics:  Rollins College
Dr Jeff Kappen

Dr Jeff Kappen

Dr. Kappen holds a bachelor’s degree cum laude from Beloit College in International Relations and Modern Languages, an MBA in International Business and Marketing from the University of Wisconsin and a PhD in Organization Studies from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts.

He has spent ten years working with companies from start-ups to the Fortune 100, which included over three years working and studying in Europe and South America. An assistant professor at Drake University, he is currently working on research examining integration efforts among emerging markets such as the BRICS, transnational institutions and governance, and the role of language and conflict resolution in multinational firms.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Business Administration: University of Massachusetts
  • M.B.A., Business Administration: University of Wisconsin
  • B.A., International Relations, French, and Russian: Beloit College