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Viral Acharya

New York University, Stern School of Business - Viral V. Acharya is Professor of Finance at New York University Stern School of Business, Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) in Corporate Finance, Research Affiliate of the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) in Financial Economics, Research Associate of the European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI), and an Academic Advisor to the Federal Reserve Banks of Cleveland, New York and Philadelphia. He completed his Ph.D. in Finance from Stern School of Business and Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science and Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai. His research interests are in the regulation of banks and financial institutions, corporate finance, credit risk and valuation of corporate debt, and asset pricing with a focus on the effects of liquidity risk. He has published articles in the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Business, Rand Journal of Economics, Journal of Financial Intermediation, Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, and Financial Analysts Journal. He is editor of the Journal of Financial Intermediation and associate editor of several journals, especially on banking and financial intermediation. He is the recipient of Best Paper Award in Corporate Finance - Journal of Financial Economics, 2000, Best Paper Award in Equity Trading - Western Finance Association Meetings, 2003, Outstanding Referee Award for the Review of Financial Studies, 2003, the inaugural Lawrence G. Goldberg Prize for the Best Ph.D. in Financial Intermediation, Best Paper Award in Capital Markets and Asset Pricing - Journal of Financial Economics, 2005 (First Prize) and 2007 (Second Prize), the inaugural Rising Star in Finance (one of four) Award, 2008, European Corporate Governance Institute's Best Paper on Corporate Governance, 2008, III Jaime Fernandez de Araoz Award in Corporate Finance, 2009 and Viz Risk Management Prize for the Best Paper on Energy Markets, Securities, and Prices at the European Finance Association Meetings, 2009. He was the Academic Director of the Coller Institute of Private Equity at London Business School during 2008-09 and a Senior Houblon-Normal Research Fellow at the Bank of England for summer 2008. He has co-edited the book "Restoring Financial Stability: How to Repair a Failed System", with Matthew Richardson, NYU-Stern and John Wiley and Sons, March 2009, and also co-edited the forthcoming "Regulating Wall Street:The New Architecture of Global Finance", releasing May 2010.


Robert Engle

New York University, Stern School of Business - Robert Engle, the Michael Armellino Professor of Finance at New York University Stern School of Business, was awarded the 2003 Nobel Prize in Economics for his research on the concept of autoregressive conditional heteroskedasticity (ARCH). He developed this method for statistical modeling of time-varying volatility and demonstrated that these techniques accurately capture the properties of many time series. Professor Engle shared the prize with Clive W. J. Granger of the University of California at San Diego. Professor Engle is an expert in time series analysis with a long-standing interest in the analysis of financial markets. His ARCH model and its generalizations have become indispensable tools not only for researchers, but also for analysts of financial markets, who use them in asset pricing and in evaluating portfolio risk. His research has also produced such innovative statistical methods as cointegration, common features, autoregressive conditional duration (ACD), CAViaR and now dynamic conditional correlation (DCC) models. He is currently the Director of the newly created NYU Stern Volatility Institute and is the Co-Founding President of the Society for Financial Econometrics (SoFiE), a global non-profit organization housed at NYU. Before joining NYU Stern in 2000, Professor Engle was Chancellor's Associates Professor and Economics Department Chair at the University of California, San Diego, and Associate Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his bachelor of science in physics from Williams College and his master of science in physics and doctor of philosophy in economics from Cornell University. Born in Syracuse, NY, he grew up in Media, Pennsylvania, spent 25 years in San Diego, and now lives in New York.


Stephen Figlewski

New York University, Stern School of Business - Stephen Figlewski is a Professor of Finance at the New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business, where he has been since 1976. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Princeton University and a Ph.D in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has published extensively in academic journals, especially in the area of financial futures and options. He is the founding Editor of The Journal of Derivatives and he also edits the Financial Economics Network's two "Derivatives" series published over the Internet. He is the director of the NASDAQ OMX Derivatives Research Project, which is a research initiative at the Stern School that supports applied and theoretical research on derivatives and promotes intellectual interchange between academics and practitioners in derivatives, risk management, and financial engineering. Professor Figlewski has also worked on Wall Street. Recently he took a leave of absence to work on margin setting for credit-sensitive securities at Citigroup. Previously, he spent a year at the First Boston Corporation, in charge of research on equity derivative products, and was at one time a member of the New York Futures Exchange and a Competitive Options Trader at the New York Stock Exchange.


Eric Ghysels

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill - Eric Ghysels is the Bernstein Distinguished Professor of Economics at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill and Professor of Finance at the Kenan-Flagler Business School. His main research interests are time series econometrics and finance. He obtained his Ph.D. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. He has been a visiting professor or scholar at several major U.S., European and Asian universities. He gave invited lectures, including at the World Congress of the Econometric Society, the American Statistical Association Meetings, and several (EC)2 Conferences, among many others. He serves on the editorial boards of several academic journals and was co-editor of the Journal of Business and Economic Statistics (2000-2003) and is currently co-editor of the Journal of Financial Econometrics. He has published in the leading economics, finance and statistics journals and has published several books. He is a fellow of the American Statistical Association and The Journal of Econometrics. He is also the Founding Co-President of the Society for Financial Econometrics (SoFiE). His most recent research focuses on MIDAS (mixed data sampling) regression models and related econometric methods, Quality Control for Risk Management, and asset pricing with heterogeneous agents and model uncertainty.


Peter Hooper

Deutsche Bank Securities - Peter Hooper is currently Managing Director and Chief Economist for Deutsche Bank Securities. He joined Deutsche Bank Securities in the fall of 1999, first as Chief International Economist and shortly thereafter as Chief US Economist. He became Chief Economist and co-head of global economics in 2006. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Hooper enjoyed a distinguished 26-year career at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C. While rising to senior levels of the Fed staff, he held numerous positions, including as an economist on the FOMC and as Deputy Director of the Division of International Finance. Hooper produces weekly and quarterly publications for Deutsche Bank and often comments on US and global economic and financial developments in the news media. He is currently a member of the Economic Advisory Panel of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, a member of the Economic Leadership Council for the University of Michigan, and a member of the Forecasters' Club of New York. Hooper earned a BA in Economics (cum laude) from Princeton University and an MA and Ph.D. in Economics from University of Michigan. He has published numerous books, journal articles, and reviews on economics and policy analysis.


Matthew Richardson

New York University, Stern School of Business - Matthew Richardson is a Professor of Finance at the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University, and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He has also held the title of Assistant Professor of Finance at The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Richardson received his Ph.D in Finance from Stanford University and his MA and BA in Economics concurrently from University of California at Los Angeles. Professor Richardson teaches classes at the MBA, executive and PhD level. His MBA classes cover Debt Instruments and Markets and International Fixed Income. He is serving or has served as associate editor for the Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Finance and Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis. He has been a referee for over 20 academic journals, including Econometrica, Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies and American Economic Review. In 1997 Professor Richardson was awarded the Rosenthal Award for Financial Innovation. Professor Richardson has published papers in a variety of top academic journals, including, among others, Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, and the American Economic Review. His work has also appeared in practitioner journals and books such as Advanced Tools for the Fixed Income Professional, Emerging Market Capital Flows, and VAR: Understanding and Applying Value-at-Risk.