Distinguished Speaker Series

October 27, 2022

Anant Agarwal

Chief Open Education Officer

Anant Agarwal is the Chief Open Education Officer of 2U/edX. He was the Founder and CEO of edX, an online learning destination founded by Harvard and MIT. He has served as the director of CSAIL and is a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT. He is a successful serial entrepreneur, having co-founded several companies including Tilera Corporation, which created the Tile multicore processor, and Virtual Machine Works.
Anant won the Maurice Wilkes prize for computer architecture, the Yidan Prize for Education Development, and MIT’s Smullin and Jamieson prizes for teaching. He holds a Guinness World Record for the largest microphone array. His work on Organic Computing was selected by Scientific American as one of 10 World-Changing Ideas in 2011, and he was named in Forbes’ list of top 15 education innovators in 2012.


Anant holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University and a bachelor’s from IIT Madras.

June 30, 2022

Elena Avesani

Global Sustainability Director
Oracle Corporation
Elena Avesani is Global Sustainability Director at Oracle. She works with a global team of internal and external stakeholders to drive Oracle’s sustainability programs and to pioneer technology solutions for global social and environmental challenges. In her former position, Elena has worked as product manager designing Supply Chain Management, Customer Relationship Management, and eCommerce software applications.


Elena holds a master’s degree in International and Public Affairs from Columbia University and a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Politecnico of Milan, Italy.
Jeff Feingold
October 13, 2022

Rostin Benham

U.S Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Rostin Behnam is the CFTC’s 15th Chairman. Prior to joining the CFTC, Mr. Behnam served as senior counsel to U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, focusing on policy and legislation related to the CFTC and the Department of Agriculture. Prior to serving Senator Stabenow, Mr. Behnam practiced law in New York City and worked at the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General. Since joining the CFTC, Mr. Behnam has individually and as sponsor of the CFTC’s Market Risk Advisory Committee (MRAC) advocated for the CFTC to use its authority and expertise to ensure the derivatives markets operate transparently and fairly for participants and customers.


Benham received a BA from Georgetown University and a JD from the Syracuse University College of Law.
Jeff Feingold

April 27, 2022

David Baldwin

Senior Political Scientist
Princeton University

David A. Baldwin is a Senior Political Scientist in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and Wallach Professor of Political Science Emeritus at Columbia University where he was also Director of the Institute of War and Peace Studies. He held appointments at Dartmouth College (1965-85) before returning to Princeton in 2005. His book Economic Statecraft received the Gladys M. Kammerer Award for best political science publication in 1985 on U.S. national policy from the American Political Science Association. He has also served as a research fellow at Brookings Institution.


Baldwin received an A.B. in Economics from Indiana University, an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Princeton University.
Jeff Feingold

December 9, 2020

Robert Barro

Paul M. Warburg Professor of Economics
Harvard University

Robert Barro is considered one of the founders of new classical macroeconomics, along with Nobel laureates Robert Lucas, Jr. (1995) and Thomas J. Sargent (2011). He is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. Barro has been President of the Western Economic Association and Vice President of the American Economic Association. He is currently a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and co-editor of the influential Quarterly Journal of Economics. He was a viewpoint columnist for Business Week from 1998 to 2006 and a contributing editor of The Wall Street Journal from 1991 to 1998. He has written extensively on macroeconomics and economic growth.


Barro received his Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University and B.S. in physics from Caltech.
Jeff Feingold

January 13, 2020

Robert B. Baker

Assistant Regional Director
Asset Management Unit, Securities and Exchange Commission

Robert B. Baker supervises a staff of seven attorneys at the AMU, a nationwide unit of attorneys and industry experts responsible for investigating sophisticated and complex issues through the asset management space that affect advisers to private funds, mutual funds, and retail accounts. Before becoming an Assistant Director, Robert was the Senior Adviser to the AMU where he coordinated the work of the AMU’s industry experts and developed and executed the AMU’s risk analytic initiatives. Prior to joining the SEC in 2007, Robert was a litigation associate at Bingham McCutchen LLP in Boston, MA.


Baker is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and Harvard Law School and is a CFA Charterholder.
Jeff Feingold

March 17, 2021

Colin Campbell

Managing Director & Head of Partnership Strategies
Bain Capital
When Campbell first joined Bain Capital in 2000, he worked on the Bain Capital Public Equity investment team as a stock-picker where he covered Technology and Consumer companies from 2000 until 2008. Since 2008, Campbell has led Bain Capital’s Partnership Strategies team, where he has invested globally across geographies, asset classes, and structures, leading investments that deployed over $3 billion. Prior to joining Bain Capital, Campbell worked at the Walt Disney Company where he was in the Corporate Strategic Planning department. At Disney, Campbell focused on strategy, acquisitions, and new ventures for the broadcasting and cable TV divisions, including ABC and ESPN, and worked on the team researching locations for the next Disneyland.


Campbell graduated with an A.B. in Politics and a Certificate in Economics from Princeton University, with High Honors.

Jeff Feingold

July 7, 2022

David Card (Nobel Prize ‘2021)

Class of 1950 Professor of Economics
University of California, Berkeley

2021 Nobel Laureate David Card is the Class of 1950 Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley, and Director of the Center for Labor Economics and the Econometric Lab. Before joining Berkeley he taught at University of Chicago in 1982-83 and Princeton University from 1983 to 1996. He has held visiting appointments at Columbia University, Harvard University, UCLA, and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. He was President of the American Economic Association in 2021 and in 1995 received the AEA’s John Bates Clark Prize. From 2012 to 2017 he was Director of the Labor Studies Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He co-authored the 1995 book Myth and Measurement: The New Economics of the Minimum Wage, co-edited eight additional titles, and has published over 100 journal articles and book chapters.


Card received a B.A. degree from Queen’s University and a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University.

February 2, 2023

Steven A. Cohen

Chairman and CEO
Point72 Asset Management

Steven A. Cohen is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Point72 Asset Management, a hedge fund with over $24 billion in assets under management. In 2020, Mr. Cohen bought the iconic New York Mets major league baseball team and serves as Chairman and CEO of the team. Mr. Cohen has leveraged his lengthy career in the public markets to found Point72 Ventures, a global venture capital strategy, and Point72 Hyperscale, a private equity strategy that seeks to drive value creation through applied AI. Mr. Cohen and his wife, Alexandra, founded the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation in 2001, which is committed to achieving lasting and meaningful change through commitments to children’s health, education, veterans, and the arts.


Mr. Cohen received a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

June 22, 2023

Srikant Datar

Dean; George F Baker Professor of Administration
Harvard Business School

Srikant M. Datar is the eleventh dean of Harvard Business School and George F Baker Professor of Administration. During his tenure at the School, he has served as Senior Associate Dean for University Affairs (including Faculty Chair of the Harvard Innovation Lab), for Research, for Executive Education, for Faculty Development, and for Faculty Recruiting. Datar serves on the Board of Directors of ICF International, Novartis AG, Stryker Corporation, and T-Mobile US, and has worked with many corporations on consulting and field-based projects. He was honored by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) as the Public Company Director for 2020.


A graduate from the University of Bombay, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India, Datar also holds two masters degrees and a Ph.D. from Stanford University.
Jeff Feingold

November 4, 2020

Jeff Feingold

Former Portfolio Manager
Fidelity Research and Management, Equity Division

Jeff Feingold was portfolio manager of the Fidelity Magellan Fund, Fidelity’s flagship fund, from 2011-2019, where he oversaw the fund’s $17 billion of assets. He founded Hope & Comfort in 2011 in an effort to teach his two young children the importance of giving back to the community and to ensure that all people have access to basic and essential personal hygiene products. In addition to his professional experience, Jeff has participated in dozens of philanthropic and volunteer activities over the last 20 years, including teaching classes to Boston inner-city and youth on topics such as kindness and journalism. He also led hundreds of his co-workers at Fidelity Investments to help rebuild inner-city schools and organized numerous food and clothing drives for the homeless.


Feingold received a B.A. from Brown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School

Jeff Feingold

May 18, 2023

Robert Fauber

President; Chief Executive Officer
Moody’s Corporation
Robert Fauber is CEO of Moody’s Corporation and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors. Previously, he was Moody’s Chief Operating Officer and President of Moody’s Investors Services. He was also Head of Moody’s Investors Service’s Global Commercial Group from 2013 to 2016, overseeing relationship management, product development, and strategy for the rating agency. Fauber has also served as Head of Moody’s Corporate Development. Prior to Moody’s, he held roles in alternative investments, corporate strategy & business development, and investment banking at Citi.


Fauber earned his B.A. in economics from the University of Virginia and his M.B.A. from the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University.

April 6, 2023

Glenn Hubbard

Dean Emeritus; Russell L. Carson Professor of Finance and Economics
Columbia Business School
Glenn Hubbard is the former Chair of the U.S. Council of Economic Advisers, Director, Jerome A. Chazen Institute for Global Business, dean emeritus, and Russell L. Carson Professor of Finance and Economics at Columbia Business School. Hubbard has applied his research interests in business (as a corporate director consultant on taxation and corporate finance), in government (as a former Chair of the OECD Economic Policy Committee, as well as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury Department and as a consultant to the Federal Reserve Board, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and many government agencies) and in academia (in faculty collaboration or visiting appointments at Columbia, University of Chicago and Harvard).


Hubbard received his BA and BS degrees summa cum laude from the University of Central Florida and also holds AM and PhD degrees in economics from Harvard University.
Jeff Feingold
October 6, 2022

Oliver Hart (Nobel Prize ‘2016)

Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor
Harvard University

Oliver Hart is the Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard University. He is the 2016 co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics. Hart’s research centers on the roles that ownership structure and contractual arrangements play in the governance and boundaries of corporations. His recent work focuses on how parties can write better contracts, and on the social responsibility of business. He has published a book (Firms, Contracts, and Financial Structure, Oxford University Press, 1995) and numerous journal articles. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association. He has been president of the American Law and Economics Association and a vice president of the American Economic Association.


Hart received his BA from King’s College, Cambridge, his MA from the University of Warwick, and his PhD from Princeton University.
Jeff Feingold

April 14, 2021

Seth A. Klarman

CEO and Portfolio Manager
The Baupost Group

​​Seth Klarman is the CEO and portfolio manager of The Baupost Group, L.L.C., which currently manages approximately $29 billion on behalf of individual and institutional clients. He has had primary responsibility for managing the investments of Baupost since the company was formed in May 1982. Baupost uses a value discipline with an event-driven bias to find global opportunities in such diverse areas as publicly traded and private equities, bankrupt and financially distressed debt, and real estate. Known as the “Oracle of Boston,” Klarman’s investing philosophy has often been compared to Warren Buffet. He is the author of “Margin of Safety,” a book that goes for as much as $4,000 for a new copy and outlines his value investment philosophy. Warren Buffett is also known to have a copy of Klarman’s book on his bookshelf.


Klarman is a graduate of Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar, and received his BA in Economics from Cornell University.
Jeff Feingold
December 15, 2022

Kenneth Miranda

Chief Investment Officer
Cornell University Investment Office

Kenneth M. Miranda is the Chief Investment Officer of the Cornell University Investment Office where he oversees the University’s $10 billion endowment. Prior to this role, he was the Director of the International Monetary Fund’s Investment Office, where he oversaw the investment of approximately $11.5 billion of assets. Previously, Ken held numerous policy roles within the International Monetary Fund, including Deputy Division Chief for Japan and senior roles in both the Asia and Pacific Department and Fiscal Affairs Department. Formerly, he was the President of the Board of Directors of the Bank-Fund Staff Federal Credit Union (one of the 50 largest credit unions in the United States by assets), and has served as President, Treasurer, and Chair of the Finance Committee.


Miranda holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago, a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, and is a CFA charter holder.
Jeff Feingold

Paul Milgrom (Nobel Prize ‘2020)

Shirley R. and Leonard W. Ely Jr. Professor of Humanities and Sciences
Stanford University

Milgrom is the Shirley and Leonard Ely professor of Humanities and Sciences in the department of economics and professor by courtesy at Stanford Graduate School of Business. In 2020 Milgrom received the Nobel Prize in Economics “for improvements to auction theory and inventions of new auction formats.” Milgrom taught at Northwestern University and Yale before returning to Stanford. He has made well-known contributions to many areas of economics, and was the main academic contributor to the original FCC spectrum auction design — the simultaneous ascending auction. This design has been copied and adapted for dozens of auctions of radio spectrum, electricity, and natural gas involving hundreds of billion dollars worldwide. Milgrom has advised Microsoft Networks, Google’s IPO, the Oregon Public Utilities Commission, and the Government of Mexico.


Milgrom received an AB from the University of Michigan, an MA (Honors) from Yale University, and MS in Statistics and PhD in Business from Stanford University.
Jeff Feingold

November 25, 2020

John O’Connor

CEO & Chief Investment Officer
Battery Global Advisors

John O’Connor partnered with the leaders of Battery Ventures to establish BGA (Battery Global Advisors) in 2005. He directs the investment team and is responsible for decisions across a broad range of public and private markets. His investment knowledge spans global equity and credit markets, hedge funds, alternative investments, private equity, and real estate. John has developed a highly specialized expertise in tax, estate, and investment planning for families with exposure to concentrated carried interest positions. He has grown BGA from an internal team serving five families to a family office serving over 25 families around the globe. John previously advised clients on tax and investment matters while at RINET, a financial consulting firm. He volunteers on the boards of Hope and Comfort and Weston Little League, and he coaches youth athletics.


O’Connor earned his BS in Accounting from Bryant University and was a licensed CPA.
Jeff Feingold
October 27, 2022

Steve Pagliuca

Bain Capital

Steve Pagliuca is Co-Chair of Bain Capital, a leading global private investment firm with approximately $160 billion in assets under management. Prior to joining Bain Capital, Mr. Pagliuca was at Bain & Company where he advised many Fortune 500 companies on business strategy and growth initiatives. Mr. Pagliuca is a Managing General Partner and co-owner of the Boston Celtics. Mr. Pagliuca is also President of the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation, Chairman of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC), and is a board member of Bain Capital Children’s Charity. Mr. Pagliuca is a member of the Harvard Business School Board of Dean’s Advisors. He is also a member of the Duke University Board of Trustees.


Mr. Pagliuca received a B.A. from Duke University and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.
Jeff Feingold

July 14, 2022

Robert D Putnam

Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy, Emeritus
Harvard Kennedy School

Robert D. Putnam is the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor Emeritus of Public Policy at Harvard University. In 2006 Putnam received the Skytte Prize, the world’s highest accolade for a political scientist, and in 2013 President Barack Obama awarded him the National Humanities Medal, the nation’s highest honor for contributions to the humanities, for “deepening our understanding of community in America.” Before Harvard, Putnam served on the staff of the US National Security Council. In addition to his Professorship at Harvard, he has served as Dean of the Kennedy School and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. He is past president of the American Political Science Association. He has consulted for the last three American presidents and the last three British prime ministers. One of his most recent books, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, was published in March 2015 and is a New York Times bestseller.


Putnam received a BA from Swarthmore College, attended the University of Oxford as a Fulbright Fellow, and earned an MA and PhD from Yale University.

Alice Ruth

Dartmouth College Investment Office

Alice A. Ruth, CEO of the Investment Office, oversees the DCIO and the management of the College’s endowment and other investments. Previously, she served as CIO for Willett Advisors, the investment adviser for former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Bloomberg Family Office and the Bloomberg Family Foundation. Prior to Willett, she was CIO for the $6 billion Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Prior to Moore, she spent 12 years at Montgomery Securities as a senior managing director and co-director of equity research. Alice started her career at Morgan Stanley as an economic analyst, focused primarily on Federal Reserve and monetary policy. She is a trustee of Deerfield Academy and of the U.S. Ski Team Foundation.


Ruth received a BA in economics form Dartmouth College.
Jeff Feingold
September 29, 2022

Roman Regelman

Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Executive Officer of Securities Services and Digital
BNY Mellon

Roman Regelman is Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of Securities Services and Digital. He is a member of BNY Mellon’s Executive Committee. As CEO of Securities Services, Roman focuses on product strategy and development to accelerate the transformation of Securities Services into a more data- and analytics-led business. As Head of Digital, Roman sets the direction for BNY Mellon’s digital future and drives investments in the firm’s digital capabilities, including data management, analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics. Prior to joining BNY Mellon, Roman took on senior leadership roles that spanned Chief Operating Officer, Chief Digital Officer, Head of Transformation and Head of Customer Journeys. He was a partner and managing director of Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where he co-led its Financial Institutions Digital business.


Roman earned a B.S in Mathematics from St. Petersburg State Technical University, St. Petersburg, Russia and an MBA from Olin Graduate Business School at Babson College, Wellesley, Mass.
Jeff Feingold

Lawrence H. Summers

Charles W. Eliot University Professor
Harvard Kennedy School

Lawrence H. Summers is Charles W. Eliot University Professor at Harvard University, one of only 25 University professors at Harvard. He is the 71st Secretary of the United States Treasury, he served as President of Harvard University, as Director of the White House National Economic Council during the Obama Administration, and as the Chief Economist of the World Bank. In 2005 he was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world. At 28 years old, he became one of the youngest individuals in recent history to be named as a tenured member of the Harvard faculty. In 1987 Professor Summers became the first social scientist ever to receive the annual Alan T. Waterman Award of the National Science Foundation and in 1993, he was awarded the John Bates Clark Medal, given every two years to the most outstanding American economist under the age of 40.


Summers received a bachelor of science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1975 and was awarded a Ph.D. from Harvard in 1982.
Jeff Feingold

March 10, 2022

Michael Spence (Nobel Prize ‘2001)

William R. Berkley Professor in Economics & Business
NYU Stern School of Business

Michael A. Spence joined New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business as a professor of economics in September 2010. He is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. From 1990 to 1999, Professor Spence served as Philip H. Knight Professor and Dean of Stanford Business School. Prior to joining Stanford, he was the George Gund Professor of Economics and Business Administration at Harvard University, chairman of the economics department, and dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Spence was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 2001 and the John Bates Clark Medal from the American Economics Association in 1981. Spence is a member of the board of the Stanford Management Company, General Mills, Siebel Systems, Nike, and Exult, and a number of private companies.


Spence earned a Ph.D. from Harvard University, a B.A./M.A. from Oxford University (Rhodes Scholar), and a B.A. (summa cum laude) from Princeton University.
Jeff Feingold

June 2, 2022

Robert Sweeney

Executive Director
Boston Bruins Foundation

Bob Sweeney is the Executive Director and former Director of Development for the Boston Bruins Foundation. The Bruins drafted Bob Sweeney out of Acton-Boxboro high school. Sweeney joined the Bruins in 1986-87 and went on to play six seasons with the club, appearing in a pair of Stanley Cup Finals (1988 and 1990). Bob also had NHL stints with the NY Islanders and Buffalo Sabres.


Mr. Sweeney received a B.A. from Boston College
Jeff Feingold

February 24, 2021

Andrew W. Lo

Charles E. and Susan T. Harris Professor of Finance
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management

Andrew W. Lo is a Professor of Finance and the Director of the Laboratory for Financial Engineering at the MIT Sloan School of Management. His awards include one of TIME’s “100 most influential people in the world”; Batterymarch, Guggenheim, and Sloan Fellowships; the Paul A. Samuelson Award; and awards for teaching excellence from both the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and MIT. Lo’s current research spans five areas: evolutionary models of investor behavior and adaptive markets, systemic risk and financial regulation, quantitative models of financial markets, financial applications of machine-learning techniques and secure multi-party computation, and healthcare finance. Recent projects include: deriving risk aversion, loss aversion, probability matching, and other behaviors as emergent properties of evolution in stochastic environments; and constructing new measures of systemic risk and comparing them across time and systemic events.


Lo holds a BA in economics from Yale University and an AM and PhD in economics from Harvard University.

Jeff Feingold

July 28, 2022

Gerri Walsh

FINRA Investor Education Foundation

Gerri Walsh is President of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation and Senior Vice President of Investor Education at FINRA, where she manages the Foundation’s strategic initiatives to educate and protect investors and to benchmark and foster financial capability for all Americans. She serves on the Advisory Council to the Stanford University Center on Longevity and represents FINRA on the Wharton Pension Research Council. Prior to joining FINRA, Ms. Walsh was Deputy Director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Investor Education and Assistance (OIEA) and, before that, Special Counsel to the Director of OIEA. She also served as a senior attorney in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement.


Ms. Walsh received her J.D. from N.Y.U. School of Law and her B.A., magna cum laude, from Amherst College.