Dr. Saad Alsunbul

Assistant Professor of Finance


Dr. Saad Alsunbul is an Assistant Professor of Finance, the faculty advisor for the CFA Challenge, and the Freshmen Supervisor at Al Yamamah University. Dr. Saad is a member of the following committes at Al Yamamah University:

  • Accreditation and Quality Assurance Committee
  • Undergraduate program restructuring committee
  • Community Outreach Committee

Before joining Al Yamamah University, Dr. Saad was a lecturer and a research assistant at The University of New Orleans, Lousiana, United States. While at The University of New Orleans, he taught finance courses and worked on research projects.

Besides his academic experience, Dr. Saad worked in the insurance industry, where he severed as a Senior Insurance Operations Supervisor, then as a Branch manager, and finally as a Deputy Area Manager for the Central Region at AICC. While at AICC, Dr. Saad developed solid risk management skills through close monitoring of the global insurance market as well as through daily underwriting and facultative reinsurance process, settling claims, and handling various insurance-related issues for Property, Marine, General Accident, and Engineering policies.

Dr. Saad’s expertise can be summarized in the following areas:

  • Asset pricing and Investment
  • Portfolio Management
  • Financial Modeling
  • Insurance Underwriting and risk management
  • Banks Stress Testing
  • Market Micro-Structure
  • Financial Risk Management
  • Personal Financial Planning

Dr. Saad holds a Ph.D in Finance and Master of Science in Finance from The University of New Orleans. He also holds an MBA with a concentration in Finance from Oklahoma City University. He earned his Bachelor of Administrative Science from King Saud University. Dr.Saad is a certified insurance professional who holds the IFCE certification.



Research in Progress:

  1. The Impact of Static and Dynamic Interruptions Mechanism on Idiosyncratic Volatility.
  2. Stock Return and the Volatility Guards.
  3. The Role of Price Limits on Stock Illiquidity and Volatility.
  4. IPOs Underpricing from a Price Limits Prospective.
  5. Macro Stress Testing on Saudi Commercial Banks
  6. The 10 Year Anniversary of the Global Financial Crisis: a look at Financial Regulation Impact on the Efficiency of U.S. Commercial Banks.
  7. The Determinations of Sovereign Debt Issuance Choice: Sukuk vs. Conventional Bonds.

Areas of Research Interest:

  • Asset Pricing and Investment
  • Price limits and volatility Interruptions
  • Stock Return Predictability
  • Illiquidity Measures
  • Behavioral finance (Momentum Effect, Overreaction and underreaction)
  • Insurance
  • Earning manipulations
  • Corporate Governance

Honors and Awards:

  • Privateer Graduate Award, 2015, The University of New Orleans.
  • Full Doctoral Scholarship, 2014 -2019 (the Government of Saudi Arabia)
  • Graduated with honors, 2009,Oklahoma City University. 
  • Selected to represent Oklahoma City University at the World Business Forum, NYC, NY, September 2008.
  • Full Master Scholarship, 2006-2009 (the Government of Saudi Arabia)




Conferences and Workshops:

  • Eastern Finance Association (EFA) Conference, Jacksonville, FL, April 5 -8, 2017
  • Eastern Finance Association (EFA) Conference, New Orleans, LA, April 8 -11, 2015
  • Specialized training workshop on Islamic Banking and Finance, University of New Orleans October 6 – 7, 2014
  • KPMG Fraud Awareness Workshop, Certificate of Participation, Riyadh Saudi Arabia, March 21, 2011
  • Insurance Market Code of conduct Regulations and Implementing: Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) Regulations, Certificate of Participation and Attendance, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia October 03,2010
  • Maximum Impact: Simulcast – Leadership Event, Atlanta, GA, May 2009
  • Corporate Directors Conference, Board Conference: In the Face of Heightened Uncertainties, Oklahoma City University, April 2009
  • Metro Technology Centers – Strategic Management System, Certificate of Graduation, Oklahoma City, OK   March 2009
  • World Business Forum, Certificate of Attendance, New York City, NY   September 22-25, 2008


Current Teaching:

  • BUS 493: Principles of Finance for MBA
  • FIN 418: International Finance
  • FIN 311: Investments
  • FIN 202: Introduction to finance

Undergraduate Teaching:

  • FIN 3302: Investments
  • FIN 3300: Principle of Financial Management

Areas of Teaching Interest:

  • Asset Pricing and Investments
  • Mathematical Finance
  • Financial Derivatives
  • Financial Modeling
  • Corporate finance
  • Money and Banking
  • International Finance
  • Financial Markets & Institutions
  • Financial Management
  • Risk management & Insurance
  • Business Statistics