Zvi Bodie, Boston University
Zvi Bodie is a consultant and Professor Emeritus at Boston University. He holds a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has served on the finance faculty at the Harvard Business School and MIT’s Sloan School of Management. His textbook, Investments, coauthored by Alex Kane and Alan Marcus is the market leader. In 2007 the Retirement Income Industry Association gave him their Lifetime Achievement Award for applied research. He has authored and edited many books and articles on pensions and investing for retirement. Currently he serves on the curriculum committee of the Investments and Wealth Institute.
Will Cong, University of Chicago
Will Cong’s research focuses on financial technology and innovation, entrepreneurial finance, information design, statistical learning, and China’s financial system. He is a recipient of multiple best paper awards, is a member of associations such as the Econometric Society, and advises non-profit organizations and startups such as the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance and String Labs (Dfinity). Cong earned a Ph.D. in finance and a MS in statistics from Stanford. He also received from Harvard an A.M. in physics, an A.B. in math & physics (top in the Physics department), a minor in economics, and a language citation in French.
Kathryn Kaminski, AlphaSimplex Group LLC
As Chief Research Strategist at AlphaSimplex, Dr. Kaminski conducts applied research, leads strategic research initiatives, focuses on portfolio construction and risk management, and engages in product development. She also serves as a co-portfolio manager for the AlphaSimplex Managed Futures Strategy.Dr. Kaminski joined AlphaSimplex in 2018 after being a visiting scientist at the MIT Laboratory for Financial Engineering. Prior to this, she held portfolio management positions as a director, investment strategies at Campbell and Company and as a senior investment analyst at RPM, a CTA fund of funds.
Dr. Kaminski co-authored the book Trend Following with Managed Futures: The Search for Crisis Alpha (2014). Her research and industry commentary have been published in a wide range of industry publications as well as academic journals. She is a contributory author for both the CAIA and CFA reading materials. Dr. Kaminski has taught at the MIT Sloan School of Management, the Stockholm School of Economics and the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology, KTH. She is currently a senior lecturer at MIT Sloan in the Finance Group.
Dr. Kaminski earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Ph.D. in Operations Research from MIT. Dr. Kaminski is also a CAIA® Charterholder.
Sanjiv Das, Santa Clara University
Sanjiv Das is the William and Janice Terry Professor of Finance and Data Science at Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business. He previously held faculty appointments as Associate Professor at Harvard Business School and UC Berkeley. He holds post-graduate degrees in Finance (M.Phil and Ph.D. from New York University), Computer Science (M.S. from UC Berkeley), an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, B.Com in Accounting and Economics (University of Bombay, Sydenham College), and is also a qualified Cost and Works Accountant (AICWA). He is a senior editor of The Journal of Investment Management, co-editor of The Journal of Derivatives and The Journal of Financial Services Research, and Associate Editor of other academic journals. Prior to being an academic, he worked in the derivatives business in the Asia-Pacific region as a Vice-President at Citibank. His current research interests include machine learning, social networks, derivatives pricing models, portfolio theory, the modeling of default risk, systemic risk, and venture capital. He has published over ninety articles in academic journals. He currently also serves as a Senior Fellow at the FDIC Center for Financial Research.
Full bio: http://srdas.github.io/
Seoyoung Kim, Santa Clara University
Seoyoung Kim currently holds a faculty appointment at Santa Clara University, where she teaches FinTech and Financial Engineering. Her research agenda is focused on innovative financial assets, with her earlier work in this arena centered on structured financial instruments and distressed debt. Along this regard, she has provided consulting expertise and litigation support with regard to the structuring, management and liquidation of various special purpose vehicles issuing collateralized debt obligations. Prior to joining Santa Clara University, Prof. Kim held a faculty appointment at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.
Alex “Sandy” Pentland, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Alex “Sandy” Pentland directs MIT’s Human Dynamics Laboratory and the MIT Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program, co-leads the World Economic Forum Big Data and Personal Data initiatives, and is a founding member of the Advisory Boards for Nissan, Motorola Mobility, Telefonica, and a variety of start-up firms. He has previously helped create and direct MIT’s Media Laboratory, the Media Lab Asia laboratories at the Indian Institutes of Technology, and Strong Hospital’s Center for Future Health.
In 2012 Forbes named Sandy one of the `seven most powerful data scientists in the world’, along with Google founders and the CTO of the United States, and in 2013 he won the McKinsey Award from Harvard Business Review. He is among the most-cited computational scientists in the world, and a pioneer in computational social science, organizational engineering, wearable computing(Google Glass), image understanding, and modern biometrics. His research has been featured in Nature, Science, and Harvard Business Review, as well as being the focus of TV features on BBC World, Discover and Science channels. His most recent book is `Honest Signals,’ published by MIT Press.
Over the years Sandy has advised more than 50 PhD students. Almost half are now tenured faculty at leading institutions, with another one-quarter leading industry research groups and a final quarter founders of their own companies.
Sandy’s research group and entrepreneurship program have spun off more than 30 companies to date, three of which are publicly listed and several that serve millions of poor in Africa and South Asia. Recent spin-offs have been featured in publications such as the Economist and the New York Times, as well as winning a variety of prizes from international development organizations.
Roberto Rigobon, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Roberto Rigobon is the Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Management and a Professor of Applied Economics at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is also a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a member of the Census Bureau’s Scientific Advisory Committee, and a visiting professor at IESA.
Roberto is a Venezuelan economist whose areas of research are international economics, monetary economics, and development economics. Roberto focuses on the causes of balance-of-payments crises, financial crises, and the propagation of them across countries—the phenomenon that has been identified in the literature as contagion. Currently he studies properties of international pricing practices, trying to produce alternative measures of inflation. He is one of the two founding members of the Billion Prices Project, and a co-founder of PriceStats.
Roberto joined the business school in 1997 and has won both the “Teacher of the Year” award and the “Excellence in Teaching” award at MIT three times. He received his PhD in economics from MIT in 1997, an MBA from IESA (Venezuela) in 1991, and his BS in Electrical Engineer from Universidad Simon Bolivar (Venezuela) in 1984.
Antoinette Schoar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Antoinette Schoar is the Michael M. Koerner (49’) Professor of Entrepreneurial Finance at the MIT Sloan School of Management. She holds a PhD is in Economics from the University of Chicago and an undergraduate degree from the University of Cologne, Germany. She is an associate editor of the Journal of Finance and the co-chair of the NBER Corporate Finance group. Her research interests span from entrepreneurship and financing of small businesses in emerging markets to household finance and intermediation in retail financial markets. She received several awards including the Brattle Prize for best paper in the Journal of finance and the Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship. She has published numerous papers in the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economic, the Quarterly Journal of Economics and others. Her work has been featured in the Economist, the Financial Times, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. She also is the cofounder of ideas42 a non-profit organization that uses insights from behavioral economics and psychology to solve social problems.
Roger M. Stein, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Roger Stein is currently Adjunct Professor of Finance at NYU’s Stern School, Research Affiliate, MIT Laboratory for Financial Engineering and Affiliated Researcher, Center for Risk Management Research, UC, Berkeley. He was previously Senior Lecturer in finance at the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Stein has held senior positions in industry including: Chief Analytics Officer, State Street GX; Managing Director of Research & Academic Relations, Moody’s Corporation; and President of Moody’s Research Labs. He has 60+ articles, is on the editorial boards of several finance and data science journals and has co-authored two full-length analytics texts.
Stein’s TED talk has almost 1,000,000 views. More info at: www.rogermstein.com
Edward Woodford, Seed
Edward Woodford is the CEO of Seed, a US-based crypto spot market and CFTC-registered derivatives execution venue. Seed offers an institutional trading venue with FIX and binary connectivity as well as a robust compliance eco-system. Edward co-founded Seed Futures, which was acquired by Dough, Inc. in early 2017. Edward has led the development of multiple certified derivative products and is a specialist in market micro-structure. He has been named one of Chicago’s 20 in their 20s by Crain’s.
Edward previously gained experience at the Mayfair-based hedge fund Lansdowne Partners in the European Strategies Fund and also at Muddy Waters Research, the options trading and short-focused research group founded by Carson Block. Edward graduated with First Class Honors from the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom, with a triple major in politics, economics and philosophy. Edward completed his Master of Finance at MIT in 2015, specializing in commodities. During his time, Woodford completed a research paper under the supervision of Professor Joseph Doyle and a West Point lecturer analyzing the role of agriculture on insurgent attacks in Afghanistan.
David L. Yermack, New York University
David L. Yermack is the Albert Fingerhut Professor of Finance and Business Transformation at New York University Stern School of Business. He serves as Chairman of the Finance Department and Director of the NYU Pollack Center for Law and Business. Professor Yermack teaches joint MBA – Law School courses in Restructuring Firms & Industries and Bitcoin & Cryptocurrencies, as well as PhD research courses in corporate governance, executive compensation, and distress and restructuring.
Professor Yermack has been with NYU Stern since 1994. His primary research areas include boards of directors, executive compensation, and corporate finance. Professor Yermack has published more than 25 articles in leading academic journals in Finance, Accounting, Economics, and Law. He is a Faculty Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and has been a Visiting Scholar at the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank.
Professor Yermack received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics (1985), Master of Business Administration (1991), Juris Doctor (1991), Master of Arts in Business Economics (1993), and Doctor of Philosophy in Business Economics (1994) from Harvard University.