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Patrik Edsparr, PhD ’94
Patrik Edsparr has over 20 years of direct finance and investment management experienceHe has spent most of his professional career at JP Morgan Chase & Co., running and building the Principal Investments and Proprietary Trading Division. At JP Morgan, his investing activities included a number of distressed and special-situations investments across Europe, Asia and North America. Patrik was a long-serving member of the Executive Committee and the Investment Bank’s Management Committee. In addition, he served on the Capital and Risk Committees. Previous roles at JP Morgan include Co-head of North American Markets (2004–2006) and Global Co-head of Fixed Income (2006–2008).
In 2008 Patrik joined Citadel Investment Group as the Global Head of Fixed Income and CEO of Citadel Europe. From 2010-2011, he spent a year as Visiting Fellow at the Bank of England providing advice on a variety of market-structure and capital issues.
Patrik holds a PhD in Financial Economics from MIT, where he was a Fulbright Scholar. He received a BA from Uppsala University, an MSc in Applied Mathematics from the Royal Institute of Technology, and an MBA from the Stockholm School of Economics.
He was a lieutenant in the Swedish Army, where he served at the Swedish Defence Language School.
Andrei Kirilenko, Professor of the Practice of Finance
Prior to joining MIT, Kirilenko spent four years at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) where he served as chief economist between December 2010 and December 2012. In his capacity as chief economist, Kirilenko has been instrumental in building capacity on cost benefit considerations for the Commission's rules. He has also been instrumental in using modern analytical tools and methods to improve the Commission's ability to develop and enforce an effective regulatory regime in automated financial markets. Kirilenko has been very active in engaging with other regulatory agencies, the academic community, markets participants, and the general public on key regulatory and policy matters. He chaired two subcommittees of the CFTC Technology Advisory Committee: the Subcommittee on Data Standardization and the Subcommittee on the Automated and High Frequency Trading. He also represented the CFTC at the Systemic Risk Committee and the Systemic Data Committee of the Financial Stability Oversight Council. In 2010, Kirilenko was the recipient of the CFTC Chairman's Award for Excellence (highest honor). Prior to joining the CFTC, Kirilenko spent twelve years at the International Monetary Fund working on global capital markets issues. His scholarly work has appeared in a number of peer refereed journals and received multiple best-paper awards.
Kirilenko received his PhD in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, where he specialized in Finance.
S.P. Kothari, Deputy Dean and Gordon Y Billard Professor of Management, MIT Sloan School of Management
Andrew W. Lo, Charles E. and Susan T. Harris Professor of Finance, MIT Sloan School of Management
Saman Majd, PhD ’85, Retired Vice Chairman of Deutsche Asset Management, Deutsche Bank
Prior to Deutsche Bank, he was global head of Derivatives & Fixed Income Government Bond Trading in the Global Markets Division. Before joining Deutsche Bank in 1995, he was managing director at Salomon Brothers, responsible for derivatives in North America.
He was Assistant Professor of Finance at the Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania for two years, and at the School of Management at Yale University for one year before joining Salomon Brothers in 1987.
Majd was a member of the Dean’s Advisory council at MIT Sloan School for eight years and is a member of the school’s North America Executive Board. He also is a member of Sloan’s Finance Group Advisory Board and the Advisory Committee for the Math Finance Program at NYU Courant.
Saman Majd has a BA/MA in physics from Oxford University and an MS and PhD in finance from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Robert C. Merton, School of Management Distinguished Professor of Finance, MIT Sloan School of Management
Merton is the University Professor Emeritus at Harvard University, and was the George Fisher Baker Professor of Business Administration (1988–1998) and the John and Natty McArthur University Professor (1998–2010) at Harvard Business School. He previously served on the finance faculty of MIT Sloan from 1970 to 1988. Merton co-founded Long-Term Capital Management. He is currently resident scientist at Dimensional Fund Advisors, where he is developing a next-generation, integrated pension-management solution system that addresses the deficiencies associated with traditional defined-benefit and defined-contribution plans.
Merton received the Alfred Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1997 for a new method to determine the value of derivatives. He is past president of the American Finance Association, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Merton’s research focuses on finance theory, including lifecycle finance, optimal inter-temporal portfolio selection, capital asset pricing, pricing of options, risky corporate debt, loan guarantees, and other complex derivative securities. He also has written on the operation and regulation of financial institutions. Merton’s current academic interests include financial innovation and the dynamics of institutional change, controlling the propagation of macro-financial risk and improving the methods of measuring and managing sovereign risk.
He is the author of Continuous-Time Finance and a co-author of Cases in Financial Engineering: Applied Studies of Financial Innovation; The Global Financial System: A Functional Perspective; Finance; and Financial Economics. Merton also has been recognized for translating finance science into practice. He received the inaugural Financial Engineer of the Year Award from the International Association of Financial Engineers in 1993, which also elected him a Senior Fellow. Derivatives Strategy magazine named him to its Derivatives Hall of Fame as did Risk magazine to its Risk Hall of Fame. He also received Risk’s Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to the field of risk management. A Distinguished Fellow of the Institute for Quantitative Research in Finance and a Fellow of the Financial Management Association, Merton received the Nicholas Molodovsky Award from the CFA Institute.
Merton holds a BS in engineering mathematics from Columbia University, an MS in applied mathematics from the California Institute of Technology, and a PhD in economics from MIT.
Stewart C. Myers, Robert C. Merton (1970) Professor of Finance, MIT Sloan School of Management
Heidi V. Pickett, Director of the MIT Sloan Master of Finance program, MIT Sloan School of Management
Heidi V. Pickett is the Director of the MIT Sloan Master of Finance program. In collaboration with finance faculty and functional leads across MIT Sloan, Ms. Pickett is responsible for developing the strategic direction, engaging external stakeholders, and executing strategies to deliver a world class Master of Finance program.
With over 20 years in finance services, Ms. Pickett has deep experience across a broad range of responsibilities in finance. She most recently served as Senior Managing Director of Global Business Integration for State Street Global Markets, where she managed the implementation of strategic and tactical business plans. Ms. Pickett’s global responsibilities required that she work with business lines across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific to create and implement a distinct and competitive value proposition for sophisticated institutional investors. Initiatives included business development, innovative research programs, academic partnerships and operational excellence. Ms. Pickett was a member of State Street Global Markets’ Executive Management Group, State Street Associates, LLC Management Committee, Canada Executive Strategy Group and China Management Board. She also held a position on the board of State Street Global Markets, LLC, State Street’s broker-dealer. Prior to joining Global Markets, Ms. Pickett held senior positions in the Office of the CFO and Corporate Management at State Street.
Ms. Pickett’s global and local community interests focus on the education and well-being of women and girls. She is the recipient of the 2011 Malone Fellowship in Arab and Islamic Studies and the President of the Verrill Foundation.
Sadeq Sayeed, SM ’85, Chairman of Metage Capital Limited, an investment firm based in London
Prior to this, Mr. Sayeed was CEO of Nomura Europe in 2008 having joined the company in 2000 as Special Advisor. This appointment followed the acquisition of the Lehman Brothers businesses in EMEA and Asia in which Mr. Sayeed played a key role. In addition, he was Chairman of both the European Management Committee and the European Capital Commitments Committee at Nomura. In 2010, Mr. Sayeed retired as CEO of Nomura.
Previously Mr. Sayeed has been responsible for a number of key strategic projects globally including the creation of Terra Firma Capital Partners, a £2 billion private equity fund. He was also responsible for creating the joint venture between Rothschild and Nomura in respect of their global investment banking activities. Mr. Sayeed has over 30 years of experience in investment banking including arbitrage trading, structured finance, fund management and financial advice. He previously served as Managing Director of Credit Suisse First Boston where he spent 15 years and served as a member of the Operating Committee. Prior to his global investment banking career he was Consultant to the World Bank in Washington DC.
Mr. Sayeed holds an undergraduate degree in economics with concentration in electrical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), as well as a master’s degree in finance from MIT’s Sloan School. Mr Sayeed is a visiting Associate Scholar at Pembroke College, Cambridge and he is also Adjunct Professor at Imperial College Business School in London. He currently serves in the following organisations: Partner, Sinthos Capital Advisors LLP and Director, Silkbank Limited.
Antoinette Schoar, Michael M. Koerner (1949) Professor of Entrepreneurial Finance, MIT Sloan School of Management
André Stern, Founding Partner and Principal of OxFORD Asset Management
André Stern is the Founding Partner and Principal of OxFORD Asset Management, which is the investment adviser to a process-driven, quantitative multi-strategy fund. Dr. Stern has been developing mathematical models for use in financial markets since 1996 and has been active in the alternative investment sector since 1989, advising on portfolio investments including hedge funds. He holds a D.Phil. in Mathematical Sciences from the University of Oxford. Dr. Stern is a non-executive director of three funds of hedge funds and serves on the investment committee of a charitable foundation. He also serves on the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Development Board of the University of Oxford.
Gillian Tett, Markets and Finance Commentator, and Assistant Editor, Financial Times
An award-winning journalist and preeminent authority on capital markets, she is widely credited with being the first to cover the credit crunch in the mainstream press. Her awards include the UK Speechwriters’ Guild Business Communicator of the Year (2012), Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards (2009), British Business Journalist of the Year (2008), and the Wincott Prize, the premier British award for financial journalism (2007). In 2011, she received the British Academy President’s Medal, which rewards service to the cause of humanities and social sciences, for her insightful journalism contributing to public understanding.
Dr. Tett has a PhD in social anthropology from Cambridge University.