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Rock Center Program for Journalists

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Joseph A. Grundfest

Anat R. Admati

Anat R. Admati

George G.C. Parker Professor of Finance and Economics, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University

Anat Admati is the George G.C. Parker Professor of Finance and Economics at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University. She has written extensively on information dissemination in financial markets, trading mechanisms, portfolio management, financial contracting, and, most recently, on corporate governance and banking.

Since 2010, she has been active in the policy debate on financial regulation, particularly capital regulation, writing research and policy papers and commentary. She is a coauthor of the book, The Bankers’ New Clothes: What’s Wrong with Banking and What to Do about It. She was also named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world and by Foreign Policy Magazine as one of the 100 global thinkers in 2014.

Professor Admati received her BS from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and her MA, MPhil and PhD from Yale University. She is the recipient of a Sloan Research Fellowship, a Batterymarch Fellowship, and multiple research grants. She is a fellow of the Econometric Society, and has served as a board member of the American Finance Association and on multiple editorial boards. She also serves on the FDIC Systemic Resolution Advisory Committee.

Cole

G. Marcus Cole

G. Marcus Cole

Wm. Benjamin Scott and Luna M. Scott Professor of Law, Stanford Law School

Marcus Cole is a leading scholar of the empirical law and economics of commerce and finance, and teaches courses in the areas of Bankruptcy, Banking, Contracts, and Venture Capital. Professor Cole’s writings have explored questions such as why corporate bankruptcies are increasingly filed in Delaware, and what drives the financial structure of firms backed by venture capital. His current research interests involve the ways in which the world’s poor are using technology to solve their own problems, often in the face of government restrictions hindering such solutions. Professor Cole has served as a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution, and is a Fellow at the University of Amsterdam Center for Law and Economics. He has been a Visiting Professor at a number of institutions around the world, including the University of Amsterdam, the University of Vienna, the University of Leiden, Bucerius University in Hamburg, Germany, Northwestern University, Korea University, and Peking University School of Transnational Law in Shenzhen. Professor Cole has also served on the boards of several civic and charitable organizations, including that of the Central Pacific Region of the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, and Businesses United in Lending and Development (“BUILD”). He currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Cato Supreme Court Review, the Academic Advisory Board of Bar-Bri, the Advisory Board of the Independent Institute’s Center on Culture and Civil Society, and is President of the Board of Directors of Rocketship Education, a national, non-profit charter school network, operating California’s most successful charter schools for low-income children. Before joining the Stanford Law faculty in 1997, Professor Cole was an associate with the Chicago law firm of Mayer Brown, and he clerked for Judge Morris Sheppard Arnold of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Joseph A. Grundfest

Joseph A. Grundfest

Joseph A. Grundfest

W.A. Franke Professor of Law and Business, Stanford Law School; Senior Faculty, The Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance; Co-founder and Director, Financial Engines; Co-director, Stanford Directors’ College

Joseph A. Grundfest ’78 is a nationally prominent expert on capital markets, corporate governance, and securities litigation. His scholarship has been published in the Harvard, Yale, and Stanford law reviews, and he has been recognized as one of the most influential attorneys in the United States. Professor Grundfest founded the award-winning Stanford Securities Class Action Clearinghouse, which provides detailed, online information about the prosecution, defense, and settlement of federal class action securities fraud litigation. He also launched Stanford Law School’s executive education programs and continues to co-direct Directors’ College, the nation’s leading venue for the continuing professional education of directors of publicly traded corporations. In addition, he is a senior affiliated faculty member with the Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance.

Before joining the Stanford Law School faculty in 1990, Professor Grundfest was a commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission, served on the staff of the President’s Council of Economic Advisors as counsel and senior economist for legal and regulatory matters, and was an associate at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering. Early in his career he was a research associate at the Brookings Institution and an economist and consultant with the RAND Corporation.

Simon M. Lorne

F. Daniel Siciliano

F. Daniel Siciliano

Professor and Associate Dean for Executive Education and Special Programs, Stanford Law School; Faculty Director, The Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance; Co-director, Stanford Directors’ College

F. Daniel Siciliano is a legal scholar and entrepreneur with expertise in corporate governance, corporate finance, and immigration law. He is the faculty director of the Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance, associate dean for executive education and special programs and co-director of Stanford’s Directors’ College. He is the senior research fellow with the Immigration Policy Center and a frequent commentator on the long-term economic impact of immigration policy and reform. His work has included expert testimony in front of both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Prior to joining Stanford Law School, Siciliano co-founded and led LawLogix Group—named three times to the Inc. 500/5000 list. Siciliano serves as a governance consultant and trainer to board directors of several Fortune 500 companies and is a member of the Academic Council of Corporate Board Member magazine. 

 

Roman Weil

Roman L. Weil

Roman L. Weil

V. Duane Rath Professor of Accounting Emeritus at the Chicago Booth School of Business; Program Fellow, Stanford Law School; Visiting Professor of Accounting, Taxation, and Law, Stern School of Business, New York University; Co-Director, Directors’ Consortium

Roman L. Weil is an emeritus faculty member, teaching in 2013-14 at Johns Hopkins University and the University of California, San Diego. Additionally, Weil studies financial literacy and corporate governance, an issue that arose in response to the many recent accounting scandals. His preliminary work suggested, correctly it turned out, that the financial literacy that corporate board audit committee members have is surprisingly weak and that the gains in shareholder wealth accompanying improvement in such financial literacy are both significant and large.

His approach to teaching emphasizes a fundamental understanding of the building blocks in accounting (asset, liability, revenue, and expense) that will enable students to keep learning and understanding as the world of business transactions changes over time. “In 20 years, they’ll have to understand new transactions and the accounting for them, which haven’t been conceived yet.”

Weil is director of the Chicago/Stanford/Tuck Directors’ Consortium, which he co-founded. Weil has also designed and implemented continuing education programs for partners at the accounting firms of Andersen and PricewaterhouseCoopers as well as for employees at Goldman Sachs, Montgomery Wards, Merck, and William Blair and for business executives in Great Britain, Singapore, and Hong Kong. He also has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, Princeton Economics Department, and NYU Stern School.