Raša Karapandža (born January 4, 1978) is a professor of finance and Vice Dean Education at ebs.edu.He serves as an academic director of Master in Finance program and head of chair of finance. He received a PhD degree in economics and finance from Barcelona Graduate School of Economics, University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona. He has been a visiting research scholar at NYU and at UC Berkeley. He also serves as a Visiting professor at nyuad.nyu.edu.
The general focus of Karapandža’s research and teaching activities is investments, empirical asset pricing, and portfolio management. In his recent papers, he studies return predictability of equities, new methods to test return predictability, the role of information on return predictability, and the use of big data to generate robustly predictable portfolio alphas.
Karapandža’s work has been featured in top media outlets like The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Der Spiegel. He advised members of the US congress on the topics of regulating cryptocurrencies and other blockchain related technologies. He was elected favorite professor by the EBS business school’s student body for his teaching nine years in a row — in 2009 through 2018. What makes him really proud is that he was elected an honorary member of the EBS student-body association.
Currently at EBS Karapandža is teaching an undergraduate class in Investments, MBA class in Finance, Executive MBA course in Corporate finance and a graduate classes in Asset Pricing/Derivatives and Fintech class. At NYU AD Raša is teaching a Fintech course as well as NYU Stern course on Foundation of Financial Markets.
Karapandža serves on the board of directors of www.rs2.com. A Global Payments Software and Managed Services Provider RS2 is a publicly listed company trusted by Banks, Processors and Payments Service Providers to process over USD$235 billion worth of payments transactions per year. RS2’s BankWORKS is a comprehensive modular payment system used by more than 130 institutions and some of the world’s most innovative and successful payments companies like Barclays and First Data.
Karapandža serves as a mentor at Plug and Play accelerator.
Areas of Research
- Asset Pricing
- Investment Strategies
- Applied Game Theory
- Big Data and Computational Finance and Economics
- Asset Pricing and Derivatives
- FinTech Innovation
- Mergers and Acquisitions
- Risk Management in Financial Institutions