The fourth annual, San Francisco

 Behavioral Finance Symposium

  November 5, 2016

 Hosted by:
Golden Gate University



2016 Speaker Bios

Ludwig Chincarini, PhD

Professor, USF

Dr. Ludwig Chincarini is the author of one of the classic books in the field of portfolio management entitled Quantitative Equity Portfolio Management and he has just released a new book explaining the causes of the financial crisis entitled The Crisis of Crowding.  He has published numerous articles in finance and economics.

Dr. Chincarini is currently a professor of finance at the School of Management of the University of San Francisco and on the academic council of IndexIQ.  Prior to that, he was a professor of finance at the McDonough School of Business of Georgetown University teaching both MBAs, Executive MBAs, and undergraduates.  He has also taught at MIT. 

Outside of academia, Dr. Chincarini has held many different high level roles in finance including Head of Research for Rydex Global Advisors, Head of Research and New Products at Foliofn (the first basket trading firm) and he has worked for the Bank for International Settlements (known commonly as “the Central Bank of Central Banks”).

Ph.D., Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1995
B.A., Economics (Summa Cum Laude), University of California at Berkeley, 1991

Daniel Crosby, PhD

President, Nocturne Capital

Educated at Brigham Young and Emory Universities, Dr. Daniel Crosby is a psychologist, behavioral finance expert and asset manager who applies his study of market psychology to everything from financial product design to security selection. He is co-author of the New York Times bestseller Personal Benchmark: Integrating Behavioral Finance and Investment Management and founder of Nocturne Capital. He is at the forefront of "behavioralizing" finance. His ideas have appeared in the Huffington Post and Risk Management Magazine, as well as his monthly columns for and Investment News.

Daniel was named one of the "12 Thinkers to Watch" by, a "Financial Blogger You Should Be Reading" by AARP and in the "Top 40 Under 40" by Investment News. When he is not consulting around market psychology, Daniel enjoys independent films, fanatically following St. Louis Cardinals baseball, and spending time with his wife and three children.      

Stephen Duneier

CEO, Bija Advisors

For nearly thirty years, Stephen Duneier has applied cognitive science to investment and business management. The result has been the turnaround of numerous institutional trading businesses, career best returns for experienced portfolio managers who have adopted his methods, the development of a $1.25 billion dollar hedge fund and 20.3% average annualized returns as a global macro portfolio manager.

Mr. Duneier teaches graduate courses on Decision´╗┐ Analysis and Behavioral Investing in the College of Engineering at the University of California. His book, AlphaBrain: How Investors Can Use Cognitive Science to Gain a Competitive Advantage, is due for release in early 2017 (Wiley & Sons). Through Bija Advisors' coaching, workshops and publications, he helps the world's most successful and experienced investment managers improve performance by applying proven, proprietary decision-making methods to their own processes.

Stephen Duneier was formerly Global Head of Currency Option Trading at Bank of America, Managing Director in charge of Emerging Markets at AIG International and founding partner of award winning hedge funds, Grant Capital Partners and Bija Capital Management. His artwork has been featured in international publications and on television programs around the world, is represented by the renowned gallery, Sullivan Goss and earned him more than 50,000 followers across social media. As Commissioner of the League of Professional Educators, Duneier is using cognitive science to alter the landscape of American K-12 education. He received his master's degree in finance and economics from New York University's Stern School of Business.

David H. Freedman

Author and Journalist

David H. Freedman is a contributing editor at The Atlantic, and a contributor to Scientific American. He has at various times written regularly for The New York Times, Science, Newsweek, Discover, Forbes and Inc. He is the author of five books, the most recent of which is WRONG, about the problems with the published findings of scientists and other experts. WRONG explores the forces that push experts, be they top scientists, high-powered consultants, pop gurus, financial whizzes or journalistic pundits, into misleading us with flawed advice, and discusses ways to tell good expert advice from the dubious stuff. Much of his current work is related to the roles of policy, industry and journalism in guiding behavior change. He is also involved in efforts to improve global healthcare, and has served as a consultant to major academic medical centers including Johns Hopkins, Harvard's Brigham Hospital, NYU and McGill University. He is the founding editor of a forthcoming global healthcare information resource.

David studied Journalism at Northwestern University and graduated from Oberlin College with a BA in Physics.

Susan Menke, PhD

Lead Researcher
Abintra Research

Susan Menke received her Ph.D. in the year 2000 from The Ohio State University, and has been researching, teaching and writing about financial topics ever since. She was at the forefront of research in behavioral finance and economics when she studied the decision making processes of investors in the Shanghai Stock Market in 1998 for her Ph.D. dissertation. Since then, she has published numerous reports and white papers on the topic, and has taught finance as an adjunct professor at Boston College. She has also served on the advisory board of several academic organizations related to behavioral finance and economics.

Susan has been frequent spokesperson with the media on both topics, including the Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Bloomberg, and the Huffington Post, among others. She has also appeared on Fox Business News and CNBC. Currently, she consults with companies on a number of relevant topics, such as financial literacy initiatives, market psychology, and development of financial personality profiles. Her particular area of expertise is the impact of behavioral finance and cultural psychology in international investment initiatives.

Richard Lehman

Adjunct Professor, GGU and UC Berkeley Ext.

Rick’s financial career spans more than thirty years, beginning with an eleven-year stint on Wall Street with EF Hutton and the New York Stock Exchange, migrating later to California where he worked at CDA/Thomson, Mechanics Bank, and start-up Avenue Technologies. Currently, Rick is an Adjunct Professor of Behavioral Finance at UC Berkeley Extension and at Golden Gate University.

Rick is an avid market technician and a subject expert in behavioral finance and options. He has published two books on Options and a third on the relationship between technical analysis and behavioral finance. In 1984, Rick was named “Top Broker” in the US Trading Championships – Options Division, sponsored by Barron’s Magazine (finishing second in the overall contest to Robert Prechter). In addition, he has independently produced the San Francisco Behavioral Finance Symposium for the last three years.

Rick holds a BS in Management Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy New York and an MBA in Finance from the State University of New York at Albany.

Thomas Oberlechner, PhD

Founder and Partner
FinPsy, LLC

Thomas Oberlechner is an expert on behavioral aspects of financial decision-making and the founder of San Francisco based consultancy FinPsy. He provides psychological expertise to financial and investment decision-makers and helps them integrate behavioral science into their products and decisions.

In his previous role as Chief Science Officer and Head of Behavioral Science at iMatchative/AltX, a Silicon Valley financial technology startup, he developed decision support systems for investors and fund managers that add novel behavioral indicators to the financial fund data traditionally available. His groundbreaking research on psychological dynamics in financial markets led him into the trading floors of the world’s leading banks. The Psychology of the Foreign Exchange Market (Wiley Publishers) and award-winning The Psychology of Ethics in the Finance and Investment Industry (CFA Institute) reflect the insights he gained from his work with these financial leaders.

Thomas Oberlechner has researched and taught at Harvard University, MIT, University of Cologne, University of Vienna, and other research institutions. In Vienna, he was a full university professor and the Psychology Department Head at Webster University. The results of his research have appeared in numerous academic and professional journals. Trained as clinical and organizational psychologist, Thomas Oberlechner is an expert coach for professionals. He has held numerous executive seminars for teams and organizations such as Ernst & Young, Master Foods, and the UN, on topics ranging from leadership to teamwork, communication, creativity, ethics, motivation, and organizational behavior.

Andrew Menaker, PhD
Professional Trading Coach

Dr. Menaker has been a high performance coach and psychological consultant for traders and money managers since 1995.  His clients are among the top traders in the world.  Prior to 1995 he was a consultant for the U.S. Department of Defense providing stress management training, threat assessment and behavioral profiling.
As a licensed clinical psychologist with a PhD and extensive experience in performance enhancement techniques, Andrew effectively translates recent behavioral finance and neuroscience research into actionable steps that improve performance.

Recognized as an expert in emotion management and intuitive development, Andrew has been profiled as both a trader and a coach in several books and the Wall street Journal, he is also a contributing author in the behavioral finance textbook, ”Investor Behavior: The Psychology of Financial Planning and Investing" (Wiley Finance).
Rich Friesen

CEO, Mind Muscles Academy
Richard Friesen works with independent and professional traders who want to increase their consistent profits. His neuroscience based Mind Muscles™ model gives his clients the opportunity to reach their goals with online training, simulations, interactive exercises, group support and real time decision processes.

Richard has been a futures broker for Merrill Lynch, a floor trader on the CME, CBOT and the options floor of the Pacific Exchange where he built and sold a successful options trading firm and served on the board of directors. He also founded and built a financial software company and is the inventor of ten significant trading interface patents. This combined with his Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology, Neurolinguistic Programming certification and neuroscience focus, brings a unique framework to trading success.

He is currently building the Mind Muscles Academy for traders and investors who want to increase their profits by expanding their mental game.

 Henry Pruden, PhD

Author and Finance Professor at Golden Gate University

Henry ("Hank") Pruden, PhD is an accomplished academic professional who currently serves in his 40th year as a Finance Professor at Golden Gate University. Prior to that, he was a tenured professor at University of Texas. His subject expertise, which  includes Technical Market Analysis, Wycoff Method, and Behavioral Finance, enabled him to develop much of the curriculum for GGU's well-known Technical Analysis and Behavioral Program of study.

In addition to numerous papers and articles, Hank authored The Three Skills of Top Trading (Wiley, 2007). He is also an active member in MTA, IFTA, TSAASF, and AAPTA professional organizations, having received the IFTA Life Time Achievement Award in 2013 among others.

Hank has a BS in Business from CSU Chico, an MBA from UC Berkeley, and a PhD from University of Oregon.

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