Robert M. Anderson

Robert M. Anderson is a Co-Director of the Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk at UC Berkeley.  He is also Professor of the Graduate School, Coleman Fung Professor Emeritus of Risk Management, and Professor Emeritus of Economics and Mathematics at UC Berkeley.  He received his B.Sc. in Mathematics from the University of Toronto in 1973 and his Ph.D. from Yale University in Mathematics in 1977, under the supervision of Shizuo Kakutani.  He spent a year as McMaster Fellow at McMaster University in 1977-78, and then went to Princeton as Assistant Professor of Economics of Mathematics from 1978 to 1982 and Associate Professor of Economics in 1982-83.  He has been at Berkeley since 1983.  He was named an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in 1982 and a Fellow of the Econometric Society in 1988.  His research has ranged from the intersection between probability theory and logic, to general equilibrium theory, to mathematical finance.  His current research focuses on the determination of portfolio returns.  He has been active in University governance, having served as President of the Student’s Administrative Council at the University of Toronto in 1973-74, as Chair of the Economics Department at Berkeley, and as Parliamentarian of the Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate.  He has taken on numerous assignments for the University of California system Academic Senate, including Vice Chair and Chair of the UC Academic Senate and Faculty Representative to the Board of Regents in 2010-12.  He received the Berkeley Faculty Service Award in 2009 and the Berkeley Social Science Service Award in 2013.

Lisa R. Goldberg

Lisa R. Goldberg is Co-Director of the Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk and Adjunct Professor of Economics and Statistics at University of California, Berkeley.  She serves as Director of Research at Aperio Group. Lisa received a B.A. in Mathematics from University of Rochester in 1978 and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Brandeis University in 1984, under the supervision of Edgar Brown, Jr. Lisa was Einstein Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor of Mathematics at City University of New York between 1982 and 1993. She was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley in 1986 and a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton from 1986 to 1987. In 1991-1992, Lisa was a Visiting Professor of Mathematics at University of California, Berkeley, and in 1992-1993, she returned to the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute as a Research Professor.

In 1993, Lisa left academia to join Barra, the leading provider of quantitative risk management tools to the financial services industry. At Barra, Lisa was principal scientist for industry standard fixed income and multi-asset class risk models, mentor to junior researchers, and corporate spokesperson to clients, to the media and to the research community. In 2004, Barra merged with MSCI and Lisa became Executive Director of Research. After the merger, Lisa’s research focused on credit, risk due to extreme events and asset allocation.

Lisa has been awarded numerous research grants including an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship and an NSF Visiting Professorship for Women. Lisa is an inventor on five patents; she is the author of more than forty articles in peer-reviewed journals and a book, Portfolio Risk Analysis, which was published by Princeton University Press in 2010. Lisa is on the Editorial Board of Financial Analysts Journal and she is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Investment Strategies. She is an expert judge for the Moskowitz Prize for Socially Responsible Investing.


John Arabadjis
CDAR Board Member

John is a managing director and Head of GX Labs, State Street Corporation’s center for R&D in risk management and data science in San Francisco, where he manages the group’s research program in multi-asset portfolio risk and sustainable investing. Before joining GX Labs he led the behavioral research group at State Street Associates in Cambridge, Massachusetts, developing models of market participant behavior and applying these to quantitative asset management. Prior to joining State Street in 2005 John was an astrophysicist at MIT, and he has also held research and teaching positions at Emmanuel College, the University of Michigan and the University of Massachusetts. He has taught courses in physics, astrophysics, applied mathematics, environmental impact of energy production and climate change, and has authored/coauthored roughly 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings, including the Journal of Portfolio Management, the Astrophysical Journal, Advances in Space Research, Nuclear Physics B and the Astronomical Journal. His research has been profiled in media outlets including the New York Times, Science, and Discover. John has a PhD in astrophysics from the University of Michigan.

Jeffrey Bohn
Affiliated Researcher/Board Member

Jeffrey R. Bohn received his M.S. in 1997 and Ph.D. in 1999 in Finance from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. His dissertation on corporate bond pricing was written under the guidance of Terry Marsh, Mark Rubinstein and Thomas Rothenberg. His research has been incorporated into quantitative tools regularly used in financial risk management applications at many global financial institutions. He received his B.A. in Economics from Brigham Young University in 1990, graduating with University Honors and Honors in Economics. On occasion, he teaches seminars and courses on financial engineering, investments and asset pricing in the MFE program at UC Berkeley, the Center for Advanced Research in Finance at the University of Tokyo, and the Risk Management Institute at the National University of Singapore (where he is also an affiliated researcher.) Jeff is Director of the Swiss Re Institute, driving research, data collection, and market insights for insurance and reinsurance professionals and academics.

Previously, Jeff was head of State Street Global Exchange’s Portfolio Analytics and Valuation Division, responsible for strategic client development in Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East. Before joining State Street, Dr. Bohn developed PWC Japan’s Risk and Regulatory Financial Services consulting practice in Japan and Asia. Prior to his engagement at PWC, Dr. Bohn was CEO and co-founder of Soliton Financial Analytics, Head of Portfolio Analytics and Economic Capital at Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore, General Manager and head of the Financial Strategies Group at Shinsei Bank in Tokyo. Dr. Bohn spent ten years at Moody’s KMV leading their Global Research Group and their Credit Strategies Group. He was part of the original KMV team that developed credit-risk assessment and portfolio risk management tools that have become the industry standard at commercial banks and insurance companies. He served for several years as a board member for the International Association of Credit Portfolio Managers.

Dr. Bohn often conducts seminars on topics ranging from credit instrument valuation to multi-asset-class, portfolio-risk management. He has published widely in the area of credit risk. He co-authored with Roger Stein Active Credit Portfolio Management in Practice (Wiley, 2009) and he is fluent in Japanese.

Kay Giesecke
CDAR Board Member

Kay Giesecke is Professor of Management Science & Engineering at Stanford University. He is the Director of the Advanced Financial Technologies Laboratory and the Director of the Mathematical and Computational Finance Program. Kay is a member of the Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering. He serves on the Governing Board and Scientific Advisory Board of the Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk.

Kay is a financial engineer. He develops stochastic financial models, designs statistical methods for analyzing financial data, examines simulation and other numerical algorithms for solving the associated computational problems, and performs empirical analyses. Much of Kay's work is driven by important applications in areas such as credit risk management, investment management, and, most recently, housing finance. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, JP Morgan, State Street, Morgan Stanley, American Express, and several other organizations.

Kay has published numerous articles in operations research, probability, and finance journals. He has coauthored five United States patents. He is an Editor of Management Science in the Finance Area and an Associate Editor for Mathematical Finance, Operations Research, SIAM Journal on Financial Mathematics, Finance and Stochastics, Mathematics and Financial Economics, Journal of Credit Risk, and Journal of Risk.

Kay's papers have won the SIAM Financial Mathematics and Engineering Conference Paper Prize (2014), the Fama/DFA Prize for the Best Asset Pricing Paper in the Journal of Financial Economics (2011)and the Gauss Prize of the Society for Actuarial and Financial Mathematics of Germany (2003). Kay is the recipient of the Management Science & Engineering Graduate Teaching Award (2007), a DFG Postdoctoral Fellowship (2002-03), and a Deutsche Bundesbank Fellowship (2002).

Kay advises several financial technology startups and has been a consultant to banks, investment and risk management firms, governmental agencies, and supranational organizations.

Kathleen Houssels

Kathleen is the Global Chief Investment Officer (CIO) at AXA Investment Managers Rosenberg Equities, a pioneer in quantitative equity investing and ESG integration.  As Global CIO, she leads Rosenberg’s investment and research organization.  Kathleen joined Rosenberg Equities in 1999 and has held a number of investment leadership roles including Head of Investment Modelling, Deputy Chief Investment Officer for the Americas, and most recently Head of Research and Investment.  She received her B.A. in Economics from Harvard University in 1999 and an MBA from Duke University in 2006.  She is a CFA charterholder.

Qizhi Tao
CDAR Member

Qizhi TAO is a Professor and the Director of the BSc in Finance Program, School of Finance, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics. His research focus is on Corporate Finance (M&A, dividends policy and capital structures). He has published several research papers in journals including International Review of Economics and Finance, and North American Journal of Economics and Finance. He has also published two books: Mergers and Acquisitions by Peking University Press and A Guidebook on How to Conduct Financial Research by Tsinghua University Press. He is a consultant for the financial authorities for Chengdu regulators and Sichuan Provincial regulators. He is also a visiting professor at Nagasaki University in Japan. He is responsible for international collaborations in the School of Finance, and is especially responsible for the collaborations with State Street, CDAR and the CFA Institute. He received his PhD in Finance from the University of Edinburgh, MSc in Money, Banking and Finance from the University of Birmingham, and BSc in International Economics from the China Foreign Affairs University (Beijing).

Jingmei Zhao
CDAR member

Professor ZHAO Jingmei joined the School of Finance, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, in 2003 as a Lecturer, Associate Professor in 2005, Professor in 2009 and Vice Dean in 2007. She was appointed Executive Dean of the School of Finance in 2016. Prof. Zhao served as Primary Secretary of the Chinese Embassy in France from 2012 to 2016. She won a Fulbright Scholarship in 2008 and lectured at Benedictine University. She obtained Humboldt Research Fellowships and did Post-Doctoral research at the University of Mannheim. Her research fields involve international economics, monetary policy, asset pricing and behavioral finance.


Xubin Cao

Xubin Cao is Director of the Economic Management Experimental Teaching Center at Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE). He joined SWUFE in 1995 and has long been responsible for the campus IT strategy and laboratory management. He is also a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE, 2000) and an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE, 2005).  He was a Visiting Scholar at Marrietta College (2001-2002) and Texas Tech University (2012-2013). He obtained his Masters (2006) and Ph.D. (2013) in the School of Information at SWUFE. His research fields involve Fintech, Business Intelligence, and Social Network Analysis.

Nicholas L. Gunther
Affiliated Researcher

Nicholas L. Gunther received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Harvard in 1982 and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1986. Nick worked as an associate specializing in tax matters at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton until 1992. From 1992 until the present, Nick has worked on the development, structuring and execution of financial products with a tax, accounting or regulatory emphasis, at AIG Financial Products, Goldman, Sachs & Co., Sosin & Co. LLC and other prominent investment banking firms. In 2005, with one of his colleagues, Nick founded GH Group LLC, a registered broker-dealer that conducts an investment banking business. In 2009, Nick sold the firm to another investment bank. Since then, Nick has pursued both investment banking transactions, including student-loan securitizations, and computer and internet-based business, including automatic grading and financial data and analytics distribution. He is the founder of the startup OpenAnalytics, and one of the founding partners of Visible Market, a company dedicated to providing new visual approaches to understanding financial markets. Visible Market is the developer of StockTouch, one of the most popular financial apps in the Apple App Store in 2012.

Alec Kercheval
Affiliated Researcher

Alec Kercheval is a Professor of Mathematics at Florida State University, where he has been Director of the Financial Mathematics MS and Ph.D. programs.   Prior to that, he was a Senior Research Consultant from 1999 to 2001 at Barra, a leading provider of quantitative risk management tools, where he worked in fixed income risk modeling.  He was Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the University of Texas at Austin from 1989 to 1998, where he was supported by a National Science Foundation mathematical sciences postdoctoral research fellowship and two single-PI NSF research grants.    He obtained his Ph.D. in Mathematics from UC Berkeley in 1987 and BA, MA in Mathematics from the University of Oxford in 1982 as a Marshall Scholar. He graduated with distinction and first in the class of 1980 from Harvey Mudd College.

Alec has published numerous research articles, co-authored a book on asset pricing, and given numerous invited talks around the world. As of 2018, he has directed 17 Ph.D. dissertations, whose authors have gone on to positions in academia and as quants in the financial industry.  His research interests include stochastic analysis, dynamical systems, geometric analysis, mathematical and financial economics, portfolio risk, credit risk, high-frequency models of the limit order book, and machine learning applications to finance.

Qing Li
CDAR member

Qing Li is Associate Dean of the Information School at Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE). He is a professor at SWUFE and an adjunct professor at the University of Arizona. Prior to that, he worked at the Eller Business School at the University of Arizona, the Computer Department of Arizona State University, and the Information School at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). Li’s research interests lie primarily in financial intelligence: advanced intelligent information processing techniques to solve the challenges in finance. He has served on the editorial board of Electronic Commerce Research and Applications, Journal of Database Management, and Journal of Global Information Management, and the program committees or co-chairs of various international conferences including PACIS, SIGIR, CIKM, ACL. He is also the co-founder of HealthDirect, a one-hour fresh food delivery e-platform (

Ola Mahmoud
Affiliated Researcher

Ola Mahmoud obtained her Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge in 2011, a Master of Advanced Study in Mathematics (also known as Part III of the Mathematical Tripos) from the Department of Pure Mathematics at the University of Cambridge in 2005, and a B.Sc. in Mathematics from the American University in Cairo in 2004. Currently, Ola is a Postdoctoral Researcher and Lecturer at the Faculty of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. Previously, she was a Quantitative Investment Strategist at the Swiss private bank Pictet & Cie and a researcher at MSCI Inc. under a fellowship sponsored by the Marie Curie Initial Training Network on Risk Management and Risk Reporting. Her current research interests include the theory of quantitative risk and the development of mathematical paradigms of risk diversification.

Sang Oum
Chief Administrative Officer

Sang earned a B.S. in Managerial Economics from UC Davis in 2001. She started her career in the Information Services and Technology department at UC Berkeley. She then moved into Central payroll and later to Civil and Environmental Engineering. She's currently an operations manager for three centers on campus. She has earned three staff awards and a certificate in Event Planning.

Alex Papanicolaou
CDAR Postdoctoral Fellow

Alex Papanicolaou completed his Ph.D. from the Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering at Stanford University in 2013 and obtained a B.Sc. in Applied Mathematics and B.A. in Economics from UCLA in 2007. At Stanford, Alex developed statistical testing methods for volatility models under Kay Giesecke, Professor in Management Science and Engineering. From 2013 to 2016, Alex was a Senior Data Scientist at Integral Development Corporation working on applied statistical and machine learning problems for electronic trading and market microstructure in OTC FX. His current research interests include OTC FX market microstructure, pattern recognition for electronic markets, and computational and statistical methods for diffusion processes.

Alex Shkolnik
Affiliated Researcher

Alex Shkolnik obtained his Ph.D. in Computational Mathematics & Engineering from Stanford University in 2015. His thesis work centered on computational methods for models used in the quantification and management of credit risk. Alex's expertise lies in transform and Monte Carlo methods for the estimation and prediction of these risks. In particular, his ongoing focus is on the development of importance sampling techniques for complex systems encountered in finance and other research areas. Alex is currently a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Center for Risk Management Research and the Department of Statistics at UC, Berkeley. There, his research concentrates on building models for financial markets like Repo and CDS and applying modern statistical data analysis tools to identify risk factors in global equity markets.