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    Klaas Baks
    Associate Professor in the Practice of Finance
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    Roy Black
    Professor in the Practice of Finance
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    Mark Bell
    Founding Partner, Ethos Capital Partners
    Mark R. Bell, D.Phil., M.St., is a founding partner of Ethos Capital Partners, a growth orientated private equity firm focused on opportunities in the Southeast. Dr. Bell serves on the board of Ethos portfolio companies including Izenda, United Sciences and CRH Healthcare. In 2015, Ethos was acquired by BlueArc Capital, a leading alternative asset manager, with over a half billion of AUM, and proprietary products across hedge funds, fund of funds, private equity, mezzanine, and special situations. At that time, Dr. Bell became Chief Investment Officer for BlueArc. Prior to Ethos, he was the Chief Investment Officer of Brand Group Holdings, an Atlanta based family office. He also served as the Chief Strategy Officer and Vice Chairman at the Brand Banking Company. In this capacity, Dr. Bell organized a $200 million dollar recapitalization of the Bank during the Great Recession. This recap was led by the Carlyle Group, the Stephens Group, and Tom Cousin’s Atlanta family office. Prior to Brand, he was the director of strategy and a private equity investor at D. E. Shaw & Co., one of the world’s largest hedge funds. Dr. Bell oversaw the fund’s rapid expansion into illiquid realms of investing--he played an integral role in establishing a “side pocket” in the fund, which became an engine for investing in alternative energy assets, international real estate, and traditional private equity and venture capital deals. He also helped to launch the firm’s efforts in reinsurance. Subsequently he joined the growth equity investing group where alongside Goldman Sachs PIA he made substantial equity commitments to the areas of clean goal (gasification) and wind energy. Dr. Bell also worked at McKinsey & Co. where he specialized in the then rapidly deregulating energy industry. Dr. Bell was the valedictorian of his Stanford Class and received a Marshall Scholarship to study at Oxford University where he received his doctorate and masters degree and served as a college lecturer at Balliol and Christ Church Colleges for three years. He is also the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship. He is the author of one scholarly monograph, six peer-reviewed articles, and several book chapters. He is on the Board of Councilors of the Carter Center and on the Board of Oxford University’s Bodleian Library as well as MAP International and the Visitors Board of Emory University, as well as the alumni board of Trinity School. Dr. Bell has been noted as a Wall Street Journal opinion leader and named as “40 Under 40” by both the Atlanta Business Chronicle and Georgia Trend magazine.
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    Jeffrey A. Busse
    Associate Professor of Finance
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    Kevin M. Crowley
    Adjunct Lecturer of Finance
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    Narasimhan Jegadeesh
    Dean's Distinguished Chair of Finance
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    Kathryn Furman
    PartnerinKing & Spalding¿s Corporate Practice
    Kathryn Furman is a partner in King & Spalding’s Corporate Practice. Her primary practice areas include fund formation and mergers and acquisitions. Ms. Furman advises fund sponsors in the structuring and formation of investment funds and fund investors in reviewing and negotiating the terms of their investments. She routinely counsels such clients on exemptions and other compliance matters under the Investment Company Act of 1940 and the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. She also has extensive experience in a variety of M&A transactions, including public and private company mergers, leveraged buyouts, going private transactions, joint ventures and strategic investments. Her experience includes the representation of clients in a number of industries, including the real estate, technology, and healthcare industries. Ms. Furman speaks frequently on mergers and acquisitions and fund formation related topics. She was recently named as one of the top fourteen young Atlanta lawyers “On the Rise” in 2006 by The Fulton County Daily Report. Ms. Furman also serves as the Co-Chairman of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee, responsible for transactional matters. Ms. Furman graduated, magna cum laude, from Davidson College in 1991 with a B.A. in economics and a concentration in international studies. She spent her junior year in college at the Bayerische Julius-Maximilians Universitaet Wuerzburg studying German history and European politics. Ms. Furman is fluent in German. She received her J.D., cum laude, from the Harvard Law School in 1994. Ms. Furman is a member of the State Bar of Georgia.
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    Roman Kraeussl
    Associate Professor of FinanceatVU University Amsterdam
    Roman Kraeussl is Associate Professor at the Luxembourg School of Finance. He studied Economics at the University of Bielefeld and got his PhD in Financial Economics at the Center for Financial Studies (CFS) at Goethe-University Frankfurt/Main. As the Head of Quantitative Research at Cognitrend GmbH, a spin-off from Deutsche Bank specialized in behavioural finance and the development of mathematical trading models, he was closely involved with the financial industry. Apart from his position at VU University, Dr. Kraeussl currently also holds a position as research fellow at CFS and the Emory Center for Alternative Investments (CAI) within Goizueta Business School, Emory University. He has published, among others, in the Journal of Empirical Finance, Journal of International Money and Finance, Journal of Financial Stability, and co-authored the 2007 book on “Venture Capital in Europe”. He has taught numerous (executive) MBA courses at the Amsterdam School of Finance, Corvinus University of Budapest, Goizueta Business School, Nyenrode Business University, and VU University Amsterdam. His current research interests include Alternative Investments, Private Equity and Venture Capital financing, and Art & Finance. He established the Web site www.art-finance.com, where he publishes some of his recent work on art as an alternative asset class, mostly on building liquid art investment indices in order to evaluate optimal portfolio allocation decisions into art.
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    J.B. Kurish
    Professor in the Practice of Finance
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    Nicholas Valerio III
    Professor in the Practice of Finance
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