Baruch College's Zicklin School of Business is home to a renowned faculty and industry experts who shape business practices and advances worldwide. The New York City campus is located in the heart of Manhattan, where numerous multinational corporations are based. Within easy reach of Midtown and Wall Street and the Financial District, Zicklin is integrated practically and philosophically into the fabric of New York City's global business community.
In the modular EMSF program, Zicklin's New York City‒based faculty teach two consecutive weekends in the classroom in both Mumbai and New York City. All additional coursework takes place before and after the classroom sessions, supported by an online platform that allows faculty-supervised individual and group work.
Erin Crockett, PhD
Erin Crockett is a lecturer in the Bert W. Wasserman Department of Economics and Finance at Baruch's Zicklin School of Business. Dr. Crockett has experience teaching a wide variety of courses in economics and finance, including specialization in econometrics. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in economics from Drexel University and PhD and MA degrees in economics from Temple University. Just prior to completing her doctorate, she entered the private sector as a litigation consultant, providing expertise in matters involving securities fraud, financial markets, and intellectual property. She has also supported several top-tier law firms in a number of high-profile matters that have had major implications for the financial services industry, including the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy and the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme. Dr. Crockett also founded Crockett Consulting, which is regularly engaged to perform advanced econometric analyses and draft comprehensive reports for bellwether litigations in intellectual property and fraud matters.
Christos Giannikos, PhD
Christos Giannikos is a professor of finance at the Bert W. Wasserman Department of Economics and Finance in the Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College, and at the Economics Department of the Graduate Center, The City University of New York. He has taught at various other institutions, including Columbia University; University of California, Berkeley; Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece; and Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), Russia. He has a Diploma in mechanical engineering from National Technical University of Athens, Greece, and several graduate degrees, including a PhD in finance from Columbia University, New York. His field of expertise is investments and asset pricing. He has published his research in several major journals and has presented at conferences around the globe. He has received several research grants and is an associate editor for the International Journal of Economics and Business and the Journal of Housing Research. Dr. Giannikos has consulted for several governments, institutions, and firms, including the governments of Greece and Russia, the World Bank, CNL Financial Group, and Marcus & Millichap Company and has held executive and administrative positions in both business and education.
Sonali Hazarika, PhD
Sonali Hazarika is an associate professor of finance in the Bert W. Wasserman Department of Economics and Finance at the Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College. She has taught finance courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels and has also taught in the school's Executive Master's and MBA Programs. Dr. Hazarika's diverse research interests encompass corporate governance, earnings management, market microstructure, and mutual funds. Her current work focuses on syndicated bank loans and international mutual fund investing. Dr. Hazarika's research has been published in leading finance and management journals, including the Journal of Financial Economics, Management Science, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Financial Management, and Journal of Portfolio Management. She has been awarded several grants for her research and won recognition for research excellence. Prior to earning her PhD, she worked as a business analyst in the Economic Consulting Division of Tata Consultancy Services in Delhi, India. She holds an MA in economics from the Delhi School of Economics and a PhD in finance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Armen Hovakimian, PhD
Armen Hovakimian is a professor of finance and chairman of the Bert W. Wasserman Department of Economics and Finance at the Zicklin School of Business. Dr. Hovakimian's research involves analyses of various aspects of corporate finance and financial institutions, including corporate capital structure, credit ratings, seasoned and initial debt and equity offerings, mergers and acquisitions, financial analyst forecasts, deposit insurance, and commercial banks' risk-taking behavior. He has presented at a number of international conferences and has been published in top academic and practitioner finance journals, including the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Management Science, Journal of Business, Journal of Portfolio Management, and Financial Analysts Journal. He has received an Institute for New Economic Thinking Research Grant, an FDIC Center for Financial Research Award, and a Eugene M. Lang Fellowship. Dr. Hovakimian has also worked with the UBS Investment Bank in New York City as a visiting scholar. He holds a BS in computer engineering from Yerevan Polytechnic Institute, an MBA from American University of Armenia, and a PhD in finance from Boston College.
Sebastiano Manzan, PhD
Sebastiano Manzan is an associate professor of economics in the Bert W. Wasserman Department of Economics and Finance at Baruch College's Zicklin School of Business. His research interests are primarily focused on the development of flexible methods with applications to macroeconomic forecasting, financial econometrics, and empirical finance. His work has been published in leading journals, including the Journal of Business and Economic Statistics; Journal of Money, Credit and Banking; Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control; International Journal of Forecasting; and Econometric Reviews. Dr. Manzan has taught courses in introductory econometrics, financial econometrics, financial risk management, and international finance at several institutions and teaches quantitative tools for finance in the Zicklin Executive MS in Finance program. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Amsterdam and was formerly an assistant professor at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom.
Raj Nahata, PhD
Raj Nahata is an associate professor of finance in the Bert W. Wasserman Department of Economics and Finance at the Zicklin School of Business. His research interests are in empirical corporate finance, with particular focus on venture capital, private equity, and entrepreneurial finance. Dr. Nahata is published in top-tier journals, including the Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of International Business Studies, and Journal of Financial Intermediation. He teaches courses in corporate finance, financial decision making, venture capital, and private equity and has taught several executive program courses for students from China, France, Singapore, and Taiwan. He earned a Bachelor of Engineering in computer science from the MS University of Baroda, India; an MBA from the University of Bombay; and a PhD in finance from Vanderbilt University.
Joseph Onochie, PhD
Joseph Onochie is an associate professor of finance in the Bert W. Wasserman Department of Economics and Finance at the Zicklin School of Business. Dr. Onochie has taught courses in corporate finance, derivative securities, investments, managerial finance, financial risk management, and health care finance. His current research interests can be broadly classified into four topical areas: the structure of financial asset prices; the impact of commodity price changes on the macro-economy; the study of financial systems; and the nexus of entrepreneurship and finance. His work has been published in both academic journals and practitioner outlets, including the Journal of Futures Markets, Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, Journal of Small Business Management, Analyse Financiere (France), and Revue Banque (France). Recently his co-authored paper won the Burkhead Award for the Best Article Published in 2013 in Public Budgeting & Finance. His degrees include an MBA in finance from Tulane University, an MS in engineering management from University of Louisiana, and an MA in economics and a PhD in financial economics from the University of New Orleans.
Ameet Padnani, EMBA
Ameet Padnani is a lecturer in the Bert W. Wasserman Department of Economics and Finance at Baruch's Zicklin School of Business. He teaches international finance, corporate finance, financial modeling, and investments at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Prior to joining Baruch College, he was a senior analyst with the New York Stock Exchange and a consultant to the financial industry. Mr. Padnani has provided services to such organizations as the New York Stock Exchange, Citigroup, and the City of New York. He earned his Executive MBA through Baruch College's Executive Programs in Business and additionally holds a master's degree in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University.
Jun Wang, PhD
Jun "Jonathan" Wang is professor of finance in the Bert W. Wasserman Department of Economics and Finance at Baruch's Zicklin School of Business. His research interests are corporate finance, financial markets, risk management, econometric modeling, and quantitative investment analysis. His work has been published in leading journals, including the Journal of Finance, Review of Financial Studies, Review of Economic Studies, Game and Economic Behavior, Journal of Risk and Insurance, and Journal of Law, Economics and Organization. Dr. Wang teaches at both the undergraduate and the master's levels. He teaches courses in corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions for Zicklin's Executive MS in Finance program as well as doctoral-level corporate finance theory at Baruch. Dr. Wang holds a bachelor's degree in physics from Fudan University and a PhD in finance from Georgia State University.
Gwendolyn Webb, PhD
Gwendolyn Webb is a professor in the Bert W. Wasserman Department of Economics and Finance and the associate dean of Executive Programs at the Zicklin School of Business, where she is responsible for developing customized programs designed to meet the educational needs of corporate executives. She also serves as the academic director of the Executive MS in Finance program and helped develop Zicklin's MS in Financial Risk Management degree program. Dr. Webb teaches corporate finance and financial risk management courses at the undergraduate and MBA levels in both domestic and international Executive Programs. Her research interests focus on empirical tests of the effects of corporate actions, the role of derivatives in enhancing market efficiency, and exchange listings. Her work has been published in the Journal of Finance, Journal of Derivatives, Journal of Banking and Finance, Financial Review, Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, and Journal of Applied Finance, among others. She earned an MA in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and MBA, MPhil, and PhD degrees from New York University. Previously, she worked as a senior economist for Texaco Inc. and as a consultant in management education for International Paper.