Klaas Baks, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of the Emory Center for Alternative Investments and an Assistant Professor of Finance at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. His research and teaching focuses on issues in venture capital, private equity, entrepreneurial finance and investment management, and he has published papers in a number of academic and business journals. Prior to joining Emory University, Mr. Baks held positions at Fuji Bank in Tokyo, Japan and Deutsche Bank in Hong Kong.
A doctoral graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in finance, Mr. Baks also holds a M.A. degree in economics from Brown University, a master’s degree in econometrics from Groningen University, The Netherlands and a diploma in Japanese language and business studies from Leiden University, The Netherlands. Mr. Baks serves on the board of Triton Value Partners, an Atlanta-based private equity firm as well as on the board of a number of start-ups.
Lawrence M. Benveniste, Ph.D., is Dean of Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. He also holds the academic position of the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Finance.
Prior to his current role, Benveniste served as Dean of the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. He rose to the rank of dean from his faculty position as the U.S. Bancorp Professor of Finance. He also served on the faculties of Boston College, Northwestern University, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Rochester.
Benveniste worked as a staff economist for the Board of Governors to the Federal Reserve System in Washington, D.C., where he helped to develop several significant regulatory initiatives, including risk-based capital, which monitors the equity value of commercial banks to protect the deposit insurance system.
Roy T. Black, who has taught part-time at Goizueta since 1999, joined the Goizueta faculty full-time in Summer 2007 to spearhead the Real Estate program. During his tenure at Goizueta, Black has seen his typical class size of 30 students and his load of one or two courses a year swell to the establishment of a program. He has a J.D. from Woodrow Wilson College of Law, an M.S. in Real Estate from Georgia State University, and a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Georgia. Prior to entering academia, he spent 15 years as a real estate attorney.