Lena Booth, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Finance
Areas of Expertise: 

Corporate Finance, Capital Raising, Investment Banking, Financial Markets


Finance From a Global Perspective, Finance Fundamentals, Financial Management, Global Financial Management, Global Private Equity

Professional Bio: 

Dr. Lena Booth is an Associate Professor of Finance in the Department of Global Business at Thunderbird School of Global Management, U.S.A., where she teaches Corporate Finance, Global Financial Management, and Advanced Topics in Finance such as Global Private Equity. She served as the first executive director of the Thunderbird Private Equity Center. Born in Malaysia and educated in Singapore and the U.S., Dr. Booth speaks and writes English, Chinese, and Malay, and speaks a few Chinese dialects.

Dr. Booth’s teaching and research interests have taken her all over the world. She travels frequently to many cities in the United States and Canada, and to Asia and Europe. She has presented her research and taught executives in France, Switzerland, Ireland, Italy, Czech Republic, China, Hong Kong, Taipei, Korea, Japan, Singapore, and Malaysia. Dr. Booth’s excellence and dedication in teaching had earned her several recognitions. She was voted by the Thunderbird MBA Graduating class as the outstanding core faculty member in 2006. In 2007, she was voted as the best professor in the Thunderbird Global MBA On-Demand program by its graduating class. In 2008, she was voted by the EMBA class of LG executives as their best professor.

Besides teaching in the MBA and EMBA programs at Thunderbird, Dr. Booth also teaches in the executive education programs. She has participated in programs with multinational companies such as Exxon Mobil, LG Electronics (Korea), and SK Corp. (Korea). She has also taught in the Project Artemis program, a unique business-skills training program that aims to build the entrepreneurial skills of promising Afghanistan businesswomen.

Dr. Booth’s research interests lie mainly on capital raising and security issuance by firms. Her primary focus is on capital raising through initial public offerings and through commercial banks. Her research has appeared in several distinguished peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Economic Review, Review of Financial Economics, Journal of Financial Research, Journal of Applied Finance, Financial Review, and Journal of Applied Management and Entrepreneurship. She won the Thunderbird Faculty Research Award in 2005. She is currently serving on the editorial review board of the Thunderbird International Business Review.

Dr. Booth holds a Ph.D in Finance from Arizona State University, an MBA from Northern Arizona University and Bachelor of Business Administration from the National University of Singapore. She has been a faculty member at Thunderbird since 1995.