Rady School, UC San Diego
Rossen Valkanov is the co-director of the Master of Finance program and a professor of finance at the Rady School of Management University of California San Diego. He is an expert in the fields of empirical asset pricing, financial econometrics, and monetary policy. His research has been published in various distinguished academic journals, including the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, and Review of Financial Studies. His work has also been featured on Forbes, CNN and Yahoo Finance. He is also a member of the American Finance Association, the American Economic Association, and the Urban Economics Association. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University.
University of Melbourne
Peter Bossaerts is a professor of experimental finance and decision neuroscience at the University of Melbourne. With over four decades of academic experience, Bossaerts is a pioneer in the fields of neuroeconomics and decision neuroscience, and is an expert in the fields of financial econometrics, game theory, and asset pricing. He has been published in academic journals, including the Journal of Financial Markets, the Journal of Finance, and the Journal of Financial Econometrics. Bossaerts also serves as the co-director for the Brain, Mind, and Markets Laboratory at the University of Melbourne, a research laboratory examining individual decision-making on economic markets. Outside his academic career, Bossaerts has also served on the advisory board for forecasting software company Dysrupt Labs as well as served on the Scientific Committee for the Geneva Institute for Wealth Management. He holds a Ph.D. in management from UCLA.
University of Pennsylvania
Xu Cheng is an associate professor of economics at the University of Pennsylvania. She serves as the associate undergraduate chair and is the recipient of the 2012 Kravis Award for outstanding undergraduate teaching in economics. Her research interests include econometric theory and applied econometrics. Cheng serves as an editor on several academic journals, including the Journal of Econometrics, the Journal of Business Economics and Statistics, and the Econometrics Journal. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University.
Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley
Martin Lettau is a professor of finance at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. His research is focused in the areas of financial economics, asset pricing, investments, and mutual funds. In addition to his academic work, Lettau serves as a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a research fellow at the Center of Economic Policy Research. His works have been published in the Journal of Economic Perspectives, the Journal of Financial Economics, and the Journal of Monetary Economics. Lettau also holds several editorial positions, including as a member of the editorial board in the German Economic Review, an associate editor role at the Critical Finance Review and associate editor role at the Journal of Business and Economic statistics. He holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University.
Matt Taddy is vice president of economic technology and chief economist for North America at Amazon. Until 2018, Taddy was a professor of econometrics and statistics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he developed their data science curriculum. Prior to and while at Chicago Booth, he worked in a variety of industry positions including as a principal researcher at Microsoft and a research fellow at eBay. He is the author of Business Data Science: Combining Machine Learning and Economics to Optimize, Automate, and Accelerate Business Decisions (2019). Taddy received his Ph.D. in applied mathematics and statistics from the University of California Santa Cruz.
Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
Viktor Todorov is a professor of risk management, professor of finance, and co-chair of faculty research at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. His research interests lie in the fields of asset pricing, theoretical and applied economics, and applied probability. His work has been published in the Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, the Journal of the American Statistical Association, and the Journal of Econometrics. Todorov also serves as an editor on several other journals, including the Journal of Econometrics, Econometric Theory, and Econometrica. He is a member of the Econometric Society and the Western Finance Association. He holds a Ph.D in economics from Duke University.
Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley
Annette Vissing-Jorgensen is the chair in finance and management at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. Her research interests lie in the field of empirical asset pricing, monetary policy, household finance, and entrepreneurship. In addition to her position at UC Berkeley, Jorgensen serves as a research associate at the NBER Asset Pricing Program, Monetary Economics Program, and Economic Fluctuations and Growth Program. She is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Finance and the director of both the American Finance Association and the European Finance Association. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from MIT.
Halbert White Jr. Memorial JFEC Invited Lecture
Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
Toni Whited is a professor of finance at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. Her research includes the effects of financial frictions on corporate investment, econometrics, and corporate cash policy. She has been awarded the Jensen Price for her research work in corporate finance by the Journal of Financial Economics and serves as the co-editor for the Journal of Financial Economics. Her work has been published in the Journal of Political Economy, the Journal of Finance, and the Journal of Financial Economics. She holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University.
Halbert White Jr. Memorial JFEC Invited Lecture
Xiaohong Chen is the Malcolm K. Brachman professor of economics and professor of management and of statistics & data science at Yale University. She is a fellow of the Econometric Society and a laureate of the China Economics Prize. As one of the leading experts in econometrics, her researches focus on econometric theory, semi/nonparametric estimation and inference methods, sieve methods, nonlinear time series, and semi/nonparametric models. Chen is an International Fellow of the Centre for Microdata Methods and Practice, an elected fellow of the Econometric Society, and an elected fellow of the Journal of Econometrics. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2019. Chen holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California San Diego.
University of Surrey
Valentina Corradi is a professor of econometrics at the University of Surrey. Corradi’s current research interests include modelling and testing for jumps in financial assets, evaluation of trading strategies, financial analysts bias, bandwidth selection for non-stationary processes, heaping and measurement error in child mortality data. Her work has been published on Journal of Econometrics, Econometric Theory, the Journal of the American Statistical Association, the Review of Economic Studies, International Economic Review and the Journal of Monetary Economics. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California San Diego.
Sílvia Gonçalves is a professor of economics at McGill University. Her research is focused on econometrics, time series analysis, and financial econometrics. She serves in an editorial capacity at the Journal of Financial Econometrics, Journal of Econometrics, Journal of Time Series Analysis, Journal of Business and Economics Statistics, Econometrics Journal, and the Portuguese Economic Journal. Gonçalves is a 2016 fellow of the Society for Financial Econometrics. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California San Diego.
Gala Dinner Speaker
NYU Tandon School of Engineering
Peter Carr is the chair of the Finance and Risk Engineering department at NYU Tandon School of Engineering. He has headed various quant groups in the financial industry for the last 20 years. He also presently serves as a trustee for the National Museum of Mathematics and WorldQuant University. Prior to joining the financial industry, Carr was a finance professor at Cornell University. He has over 85 publications in academic and industry-oriented journals and serves as an associate editor for eight journals related to mathematical finance. He was selected as Quant of the Year by Risk Magazine in 2003 and Financial Engineer of the Year by IAQF/Sungard in 2010. From 2011 to 2014, Carr was included in Institutional Investor’s Tech 50, an annual listing of the 50 most influential people in financial technology. He holds a Ph.D. from UCLA.