Sayla Siddiqui

Sayla Siddiqui


Research School of Finance, Actuarial Studies & Statistics

PhD Candidate
Phone number
+61 2 612 57384
Room 3.38, CBE Bld (26C)
Research areas
  • Banking and Finance
  • Corporate Finance
  • Merger and acquisitions

Sayla is a PhD Candidate in Finance as well as a Casual Academic at RSFAS, ANU. She completed her Master of Business Research (MRes) from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) with high distinction in 2013. Sayla was awarded with the prestigious Endeavour Postgraduate Award/2012 by Australian Government to pursue her MRes. Prior to that, she completed her graducation from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. She has teaching experience in ANU, QUT and corporate experiences in financial sectors in Bangladesh.

Sayla is the Winner of the CBE Three Minute Thesis Competition 2019. She received AUD 1750 as a research grant for representing CBE at the ANU Three Minute Thesis Final ( as the CBE 3MT Finalist'2019.

She is highly passionate about public speaking, painting and swimming.


Research publications


  • Siddiqui, S. S. (2015), “The Association between Corporate Governance and Firm Performance - A Meta-Analysis”, International Journal of Accounting and Information Management, Vol. 23, No. 3, pp. 218-237.
  • Siddiqui, S. S. (2012), “Capital Structure Determinants of Non-Bank Financial Institutions (NBFIs) in Bangladesh”, World Review of Business Research, Vol. 2, No. 1, Pp. 60-78.

 Working papers at ANU:

  • The spillover effect of merger and acquisition on the local labor market (with Nhan Le)
  • Do patent trolls cause high-tech firms to delist (sole paper)
  • NPE opportunisim (sole paper)

Research grants and awards

  • ANU Three Minute Thesis Research Grant 2019
  • ANU Postgraduate Research Scholarship & HDR Fee Remission Merit Scholarship,    July 2016-till date
  • Endeavour Postgraduate Award’2012, February, 2012- August, 2013

Research engagement and outreach


  • CBE representative in University HDR Student Consultative Committee 2020-21
  • Secretary, Canberra City Toastmasters Club
  • Education Officer, Unilodge@ANU Residential Committe (Semester 1, 2019)
  • Member, Canberra Art Workshop
  • Member, Australia Awards Alumni Association Bangladesh (A4B), Bangladesh.


  • FINM 2003 - Investments
  • FINM 3005 - Corporate Valuation
  • FINM 7008 - Applied Investments