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Utpal Bhattacharya

Professor of Finance, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong

Professor Bhattacharya received his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, in 1980; an M.B.A. from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, in 1982; and his Ph.D. in Finance from Columbia University in 1990. He joined HKUST in 2014.

Professor Bhattacharya’s research is about the dark side of financial markets. He believes, with apologies to Thomas Jefferson, that “the price of capitalism is eternal vigilance.”

Professor Bhattacharya is the Executive Editor of Financial Management, and was an Associate Editor of the Review of Financial Studies and the Journal of Financial Markets. His publications have appeared in top-tier finance journals like the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, The Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis and the Journal of Business, top-tier accounting journals like The Accounting Review, and top-tier economics journals like the Journal of Economic Theory, Journal of Law and Economics and the Journal of Monetary Economics.

Professor Bhattacharya’s research has been featured in full-length stories more than a hundred times in various media across the world, including five times in the Economist . He wrote a satire about the legendary fraudster Madoff in the New York Times . He has been invited to present his research in more than 200 institutions in 32 countries in 5 continents. He wrote a report for and served as a member of the “Task Force to Modernize Securities Regulation in Canada” in 2006. He and his report were featured in a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation investigative story titled “Who Is Guarding Your Money” on November 23, 2008. On December 2, 2008, legislators in Ontario, Canada, discussed this report. On May 16, 2012, the Securities and Exchange Commission of the U.S. invited him to present the findings of his Journal of Finance paper that documents cross-subsidies in mutual fund families. He is now an official whistleblower.

Prof. Bhattacharya is an excellent teacher. He has been nominated for the Trustee Teaching Award by Indiana University five years in a row. He won in 2004 and 2008. In 2006, Business Week recognized him as a “prominent faculty.” Prof. Bhattacharya teaches in a different country every summer. He has taught at top universities in Argentina, Brazil, China, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, Slovenia, South Korea, Russia, Taiwan, Turkey and the USA (Chicago, Duke and MIT.)

Prof. Bhattacharya’s goal is to spread the gospel of honest finance to every corner of the globe.


Vikrant Vig

Professor of Finance, London Business School

Dr Vikrant Vig’s research interests lie in the area of financial contracting and include: financial intermediation, firm’s choice of optimal debt structure, corporate governance, and law and finance. His current research focuses on the sub-prime mortgage market in the US where he investigates how securitisation affects the incentives of different agents in the supply-chain of credit.

Vikrant has won several awards for his research on Securitisation. In 2008, his paper titled Did Securitisation Lead to Lax Screening: Evidence from Subprime Loans, won the best paper award at the European Finance Association meetings. The paper also won several other awards, such as the Mitsui Best Paper Award at the University of Michigan conference.

Dr Vig’s research on securitisation was cited in a number of congressional hearings in the US on the optimal policy response to the current housing crisis. More recently, his paper on the effect of labour regulations on capital structure, won the best paper award at the European Finance Association 2010 meetings.

At the London Business School, Vikrant teaches the Investments (core) course to full-time Masters in Finance students and a specialised Financial Economics course to PhD students. In 2009 and 2011, Vikrant was the runner-up for the best teaching award in the Masters in Finance programme.


Carlo Acerbi 
Managing Director and Head of Risk Management, MSCI Group

Carlo Acerbi received a PhD in Theoretical Physics (SISSA Trieste , Italy). He turned to Finance in 1997, to join Caboto (Banca Intesa, Milan) as a Risk Manager. Since then he has worked in the industry covering different roles, such as Head of Financial Engineering (Abaxbank, Milan) and Senior Expert in the Risk Practice of McKinsey & co. In 2010 he joined Riskmetrics (now part of MSCI group) as an Executive Director, where he currently leads the research initiative on Liquidity Risk aiming to design an industry methodological standard.

He paralleled his job activity with autonomous research in mathematical finance, especially in the fields of risk theory foundations and derivatives pricing. He achieved major contributions such as the coherent definition of Expected Shortfall in 2001 which has become nowadays the standard one, and the introduction of Spectral Measures of Risk.

Since 2008, he has published a number of works on the extension of portfolio theory and coherent measures of risk to illiquid markets, paving the ground for a quantitative comprehensive approach to Liquidity Risk. He also taught “Advanced Derivatives” in Bocconi University, Milan and is an Executive Fellow of the Essex Business school (UK).