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Abena Owusu

Assistant Professor, Accounting and Finance

School of Business 361
BS, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
MS, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
PhD, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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Dr. Abena Owusu holds a PhD in Finance from the Lally School of Management at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). Before joining RPI, she got her BS in Actuarial Science with a minor in Statistics from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana. Her primary research interests are in financial institutions, risk governance, big data and application of machine learning in Finance.


Corporate Governance
Risk Management
Big Data Analytics
Machine Learning in Finance


  • Adding Stress in Banking: Transparency Disclosures and Corporate Risk Culture - with Raffi Garcia and Jyothsna Harithsa
  • Assessing and Attributing Climate Change Response of U.S. Insurance Firms - with Aparna Gupta and Jue Wang
  • Corporate Board Structure and Climate Change Governance - with Francis Bilson Darku
  • Identifying the Risk Culture of Banks Using Machine Learning - with Aparna Gupta
  • Regulating Risk Culture in the Insurance Industry - with Aparna Gupta

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor of Finance, Montclair State University (2020 - Present)
  • Teaching Assistant, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2016 - 2020)

Honors & Awards

  • Best Paper Award, 17th Finance, Risk and Accounting Perspectives (FRAP) Conference (September 2019)
  • Spring 2014 GARP Research Fellowship, Global Association of Risk Professionals (May 2014)
  • Masters’ Scholars Research Program Award, Lally School of Management, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (August 2013)

Refereed Published Articles

  • A. Gupta, A. Owusu, L. Zou (2021). Identifying board of director network influence for firm characteristics. PHYSICA A-STATISTICAL MECHANICS AND ITS APPLICATIONS
  • S. Bhattacharya, A. Gupta, K. Kar, A. Owusu (2020). Risk management of renewable power producers from co-dependencies in cash flows. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF OPERATIONAL RESEARCH