About the Center


Our Team

Reena Aggarwal

Reena Aggarwal

Founding Director

Reena Aggarwal is the Robert E. McDonough Professor of Business Administration and Finance; and director, Georgetown Center for Financial Markets and Policy. Aggarwal specializes in international stock markets, initial public offerings, and corporate governance. She has worked on major consulting projects sponsored by Credit Suisse, Wachovia, the World Bank, IMF, Nasdaq, United Nations, and USAID. Aggarwal obtained an MMS from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, India, and her Ph.D. in finance from the University of Maryland.


John Jacobs

John Jacobs

Executive Director

John Jacobs is the executive director and distinguished fellow of the Center for Financial Markets and Policy. Prior to this role, he served more than 30 years at Nasdaq where he worked with institutional investors, IPOs, and top global public companies, including most recently in his roles as executive vice president of global information services and chief marketing officer. Currently, he serves as an executive advisor and principal consultant to Nasdaq’s CEO, president, and the executive vice president of global information services. Jacobs earned an MBA from Loyola University of Maryland and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Maryland.


Alberto Rossi

Associate Director

Alberto Rossi is an Associate Professor of Finance at the McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University. His research interests include FinTech, Household Finance, Machine Learning and Asset Pricing. His recent work studies how robo-advisors can help individuals make better financial decisions and how to predict stock market returns using machine learning algorithms. He has worked extensively in analyzing big data, has collaborated with major brokerage houses, FinTech firms and asset managers around the world.

Professor Rossi’s work has been published in leading academic journals such as the Journal of Finance, the Review of Financial Studies, the Journal of Financial Economics and Management Science.

Before McDonough, he was an Associate Professor at the R.H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland. He also worked as an economist at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington DC. He received his PhD in Economics from the University of California, San Diego.


Lee Pinkowitz

Lee Pinkowitz

Associate Director of Student Engagement

Lee Pinkowitz is Associate Professor of Finance at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. Professor Pinkowitz arrived at Georgetown in 1999 after receiving his Ph.D from The Ohio State University. Professor Pinkowitz is an award winning researcher in the areas of corporate cash holdings and corporate governance. His research has been published in top finance journals and is widely cited. Along with co-authors, he has won the Jensen prize for best paper published in the Journal of Financial Economics and the William F. Sharpe Award for Scholarship in Financial Research, for the best paper published in the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis. Professor Pinkowitz has won the annual MBA Distinguished Teaching Award four times and the Joseph F. LeMoine Award for Undergraduate and Graduate Teaching Excellence twice.


Anna Kormis

Anna Kormis

Assistant Director

Anna Kormis is the assistant director of the Center for Financial Markets and Policy. She is responsible for the center’s digital and printed communications, website, social media, and planning and executing events. In addition, Kormis manages the center’s undergraduate and graduate student staff. Previously, she worked with students and faculty at Georgetown University’s Law Center as part of the Records Office. Kormis graduated from Emory & Henry College in 2016 with dual degrees in mass communications and environmental studies with supplemental studies in England and Belize.

Research Assistants

Spring 2021:
Anastasia Nesterova
Jacob Werden

Our Fellows

Perianne Boring

Perianne Boring

Fellow


Yusuke Ikeno

Fellow


Mark Makepeace

Mark Makepeace

Distinguished Fellow


Mike Piwowar

Michael Piwowar

Distinguished Policy Fellow


Stephen Utkus

Stephen Utkus

Fellow


Priya Sahu

Fellow


Ryosuke Ushida

Fellow


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