About the Center

Offering innovative and influential thought leadership, the Georgetown Center for Financial Markets and Policy fosters discussion on critical policy and regulatory issues related to global financial markets. The center works to:

  • Provide thought leadership for global finance
  • Develop innovative solutions to challenges facing the financial sector
  • Devise frameworks for financial regulation and policy
  • Facilitate thoughtful, open discussions among leading scholars, practitioners, and policy makers


Reena Aggarwal


Reena Aggarwal is the vice provost for faculty; 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

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.


Simon Persico
Graduate Assistant (MBA’19) 

Benjamin Perry
Graduate Assistant (MBA’19) 

Alessandra Romano
Undergraduate Research Assistant (B’20)

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