Dr Ian Kwan

Dr Ian Kwan

Senior Lecturer
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Business), University of Navarra, Spain
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China
  • Master of Business Administration, Australian Graduate School of Management, University of New South Wales
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical), University of New South Wales, Australia
Business School
School of Banking and Finance

Ian is a Senior Lecturer and Education Focussed academic in Finance at UNSW’s School of Banking and Finance. He holds a PhD in Business Administration (Finance) from the University of Navarra, a Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, a Master of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Business at the University of New South Wales, and a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) also from the University of New South Wales.

As an Education Focussed Academic, Ian is an enthusiastic educator in finance with almost 15 years of experience teaching finance at a tertiary level. He currently teaches FINS2615 Intermediate Business Finance, one of the gateway undergraduate courses to careers in Finance and FINS5511 Corporate Finance, the equivalent postgraduate course. He is the academic in-charge of the UNSW Finance Career Showcase, an internal stock pitch competition between UNSW students and judged by finance investment professionals. While education focussed, Ian continues research interests in strategic alliances between companies and how these alliances create value and affect the risk of firms. 

Prior to working at UNSW, Ian was an Assistant Professor at the University of Navarra’s School of Economics and Business where he taught undergraduate subjects in Finance and trained high performing students the skills of case competition. In 2016, he was awarded a Teaching Excellence Award. Prior to entering academia, Ian worked as an Engineer, as an equities research analyst, as a venture capital buy-side analyst, and as an administrator for a secondary school.


+61 2 9065 7529
UNSW Business School - Ref E12 Level 3, Office 314

School Grants:

  • 2020 FINS1613 Stack Development: $15,000

PVCESE Grants:

  • 2022 PVCESE Career Development Grant: $1,200
  • 2022 PVCESE Teaching Support Grant: $3,000
  • 2021 PVCESE Career Development Grant: $3,600
  • 2020 Career Development Grant: $3,400
  • 2020 PVCE Education Initiatives Funding for Stack Training: $30,000

Corporate Sponsorships:

  • 2023 Finance Career Showcase: $3,000 (up to Term 1)
  • 2022 Finance Career Showcase: $7,000 (full year)

  • 2022 4 Nominations for UNSW Students' Choice Teaching Award
  • 2021 1 Nomination for UNSW Students' Choice Teaching Award
  • 2016 Teaching Excellence Award, University of Navarra, School of Economics & Business
  • 2011 Runner-up for Best Paper, EIASM Interdisciplinary Workshop on Intangibles, Intellectual Capital, & Extra-Financial Information
  • 2008 PhD Scholarship, Asociación de Amigos, University of Navarra

Managing Risk Spillovers and Alliance Relational Capability. 2021. Book Chapter in Organizational Change and Relational Resources (pp. 213-227). doi:10.4324/9781003172604-13

Strategic Alliances in the Organizational Learning & Financial Valuation Literatures: A Review. 2017, Book Chapter in Mergers & Acquisitions in Practice, Routlege, p. 254-286. Ed. Shlomo Y. Tarba, Sir Cary L. Cooper, et al. ISBN 978-1-138-78778-0 Link

Bond Investor Value Creation through Strategic Alliances. 2014, Accepted papers, European Financial Management Association, 2014 Annual Meetings, June 25-28, Rome. Link

Do strategic alliances create value for bond investors? 2014, Academy of Management Proceedings. Link

  • Academic Advisor
    • FMAA (Financial Management Association of Australia), UNSW 
  • International Finance competitions
    • McGill International Portfolio Challenge 2021 - 2nd place
    • McGill International Portfolio Challenge 2022 - 3rd place
  • UNSW Finance Career Showcase
    • 2021 Term 1, 2, 3
    • 2022 Term 1, 2, 3
    • 2023 Term 1
  • Corporate Sponsors
    • Paradice Investment Management
    • SIG (Susquehanna International Group)
    • Challenger Group
    • William Buck Wealth Management
    • UBS
  • Investment Managers as judges at Showcase:
    • Simon-Kucher & Partners, Principal Invest, PwC Australia, Westpac Group Finance, Questas Group, Apostle Funds Management
    • Samach Financial Services, HSBC Security Services, eInvest, Stryker, Perennial Partners
    • SIG, CBA Consumer Finance, HBF, CPE Capital, CitiBank
    • L1 Capital, PwC Financial Advisory, ROC Partners, Futurity Investment Group, Volt Bank, ING, AMP Capital,
    • Samuel Terry Asset Management, Striver Careers, Morphic Asset Management, Macquarie Asset Management

My Teaching


  • FINS1612 Capital Markets & Institutions
  • FINS1613 Business Finance
  • FINS2615 Intermediate Business Finance


  • FINS5511 Corporate Finance