Staff & Board

Staff

Dr. Kara Tan Bhala

President and Founder

Dr. Kara Tan Bhala

President and Founder

Education

PhD (Philosophy) University of Kansas
MA (Philosophy) University of Kansas
MA (Liberal Studies) New York University
MPhil (Management Studies) Oxford University
BS (Systems and Management) City, University of London

Dr. Kara Tan Bhala has a rare combination of professional training and extensive experience in both global finance and moral philosophy. She has over twenty-three years of experience in global finance, much of which was gained through working on Wall Street. She has been a sell-side equity analyst, a sell-side equity sales person, a buy-side equity analyst, and a portfolio manager. From 1992-2001, Dr. Tan Bhala was a Managing Director of Merrill Lynch and the Senior Portfolio Manager of the Merrill Lynch Dragon Fund and Emerging Tigers Fund. At its height, the Merrill Lynch Dragon Fund was the second largest Asian ex-Japan mutual fund in the world, with assets over $1 billion. Before running the Dragon Fund and Emerging Tigers Funds, Dr. Tan Bhala was a portfolio manager with Fiduciary Trust International in New York, where she ran the Far East equity portion of the United Nations Pension Fund. She was a lecturer at the University of Kansas School of Business where she taught Global Finance and Ethics.

Dr. Tan Bhala is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Regulation and Ethics at Queen Mary University of London. She is an Advisor for IntegTree Compliance Consulting. She runs her own international financial markets consulting firm and has been a consultant for hedge and mutual funds based in Kansas City.

Dr. Tan Bhala is the lead author of International Investment Management: Theory, Ethics and Practice published by Routledge in 2016 and a contributor of a chapter, “The Decline and Rise of Financial Ethics” to The Business of Ethics (Asian Institute of Finance, 2016). She has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Business Week, The Far East Economic Review, and other prominent publications, and has been interviewed on Adam Smith’s Money World. Her published articles are in The Harvard International Review, The Journal of the Royal Society of Asian Affairs, among others and has contributed to The Handbook of Portfolio Management. Dr. Tan Bhala has lived and worked in London, Oxford, Singapore, Hong Kong, New York, and Washington, D.C.

Dr. Tan Bhala is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)
, a Member of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs
, a Board Member of the Friends of Johnson County Disability Services. In 2017, she was named by Ingram’s Magazine as one of the “50 Kansas You Should Know.” Dr. Tan Bhala was formerly a Trustee at Bishop Seabury Academy, Lawrence, Kansas
, and a Treasurer on the Friends of the Lied Board, Lied Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas.

Christian Dimitriu

Institute Fellow

Christian Dimitriu

Institute Fellow

BA in Philosophy at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. PhD in Philosophy at the University of Toronto, Canada. Cristian was a lecturer at the Department of Philosophy and Humanities and Western Civilization Program, University of Kansas. He is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. He specializes in Global Justice and Analytic Political Philosophy. He is currently doing research on the ethics of international debts, international fair trade, human rights and other topics.

Eric Witmer

Editor

Eric Witmer

Editor

Eric Witmer lives in Kansas City, Missouri and received his JD from the University of Kansas School of Law. He earned his BA in Film and Video from Pennsylvania State University and also has a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Interests: Dog-walking and nature

Nicola Bilotta

Institute Fellow

Nicola Bilotta

Institute Fellow

Nicola Bilotta is a junior analyst at The Banker Research Team, Financial Times. He holds a BA in History, a MA in Historical Science, both from the University of Milan, and a MSC in Economic History from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He collaborates with ISAG (Istituto di Alti Studi di Geopolitica e Scienze Ausiliare) and with GRI (Global Risk Insights). Interests: Water Polo

Shazia K. Afghan

Institute Fellow

Shazia K. Afghan

Institute Fellow

LLM in Banking and Finance Law, Queen Mary University of London, England
Visiting Research Fellow, Institute for Regulation and Ethics, Queen Mary University of London, England
Consultant for the Banking Standards Board, UK

Myles Bayliss

Research Associate

Myles Bayliss

Research Associate

Research Associate (myles.bayliss@griffithuni.edu.au)

LLB and B. Comm (Commerce), Griffith University, Australia

Interests: Sports, Japanese language, and culture

David Charlwood

Research Associate

David Charlwood

Research Associate

Research Associate (charlwood.david@gmail.com)

BA/BSc Mathematical Modeling/History, Deakin University, Australia

Interests: Hiking/Backpacking and cinema

Joshua Copeland

Research Associate

Joshua Copeland

Research Associate

Research Associate (joshua.liamcopeland@gmail.com)

BA in Economics and Political Economy, University of Sydney, Australia

Interests: Heterodox Economics

Jiayu He

Research Associate

Jiayu He

Research Associate

Research Associate (mdjjiayu@gmail.com)
MA Human Resources Management, University of Sydney, Australia
BA Japanese Literature, Beijing Forestry University, China
BA Social Studies, Josai International University, Japan
Interests: Cycling, tennis, surfing

Gopal Kumar

Research Associate

Gopal Kumar

Research Associate

Research Associate (gopalk398@hotmail.com)

B.A. English, B.A. Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California at Berkeley

Interests: Cryptography and World Languages

Francesco Mascadri

Research Associate

Francesco Mascadri

Research Associate

Research Associate (francescomascadri@icloud.com)
BCom Finance and Marketing, University of Melbourne, Australia
BEng (Hons) Product Design Engineering, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
BSc Computer Science, University of Melbourne, Australia
Interests: Spirited debates for their own sake and using technology to make the world a better place

Tharisheka Mohan

Research Associate

Tharisheka Mohan

Research Associate

Research Associate (mohanthar@myvuw.ac.nz)

BA Finance and Statistics, Victoria University of Wellington

Interests: Netball and dancing

Tom Rochford

Research Associate

Tom Rochford

Research Associate

Research Associate (tcrochfo@deakin.edu.au)

Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science), Deakin University, Australia
Interests: Breeding Exchequer Leghorn Chickens and watching AFL

Annabelle Simpson

Research Associate

Annabelle Simpson

Research Associate

Research Associate (annabelle.j.simpson@outlook.com)

Bachelor of Economics/Bachelor of Laws (Hons), University of Queensland, Australia


Board

Debbie Cheng

Debbie Cheng

Debbie Cheng is an Information Technology specialist. She has over 30 years experience in banking and financial services in Singapore and Australia. Debbie has volunteered in several non-profits, and her last role was Technology Program Manager in Mission Australia, a not-for-profit organization. She managed project delivery of applications and technology paramount to service workers in the field, who provided support to the homeless, victims of domestic violence, and people with mental disabilities.

Working with Mission Australia gave Debbie an appreciation of community contribution to her strong sense of values and her belief in promoting innovative, healthy and ethical progress. She also is a keen observer of how corporates and governments create and use technology for their short-term gain, with corollary impacts on society’s well-being, particularly on the elderly, who have low technology skills.

Born in Malaysia, Debbie graduated from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia with a Bachelor of Computer Science (with Distinction) in 1981. She worked at the National Australia Bank for 18 years and MLC Wealth Management for six years. She also has worked as an IT PMO Consultant and Project Manager. Debbie lives and enjoys the environs of Sydney, golfing, traveling, and caring for her elderly parents.

Yeow-Choy Choong

Yeow-Choy Choong

Choong Yeow Choy is Professor and former Dean at the Faculty of Law, University of Malaya. He is currently a member of the Judicial Appointments Commission of Malaysia. Yeow Choy obtained his Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the University of Malaya, his Master of Laws (LLM) degree from Harvard Law School and his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree from the University of Melbourne. He is also an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya.

He is an Executive Council Member of the ASEAN Law Association of Malaysia and the Inns of Court Malaysia. He is also a member of the Disciplinary Committee of the Advocates and Solicitors Disciplinary Board, the founder member of the Malaysian National Committee of the International Academy of Comparative Law and a member of the Governing Council of the ASEAN Legal Information Centre.

Yeow Choy’s primary areas of research include transnational civil litigation, international commercial arbitration and the administration of the civil justice system. His books have been published by Butterworths and LexisNexis and his articles have been published in international journals such as the Civil Justice Quarterly, the Australian Journal of Asian Law, the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, the Hong Kong Law Journal, the KLRI Journal of Law and Legislation and the Commonwealth Judicial Journal.

Yeow Choy travels extensively and collaborates with scholars and academics from around the globe and has taught courses in similar areas in the Duke Law School Summer Program, Chulalongkorn University, Kyushu University, the University of Hong Kong, the National University of Singapore and the University of Tokyo.

Christopher Richey, CFA

Christopher Richey, CFA

Chris Richey has 28 years of investment and securities experience. He is a Partner at Neosho Capital, a registered investment advisory firm located in La Jolla, California. Before founding Neosho Capital in 2004, Chris worked at Brandes Investment Partners (1996-2003) as Director of Mutual Fund Portfolio Management. Prior to Brandes, Chris was an Associate in Securities Law at Cooley Godward Huddleson and Tatum (1993-1996). He was a Credit Officer in Leveraged Buy-Outs at Union Bank of Switzerland (1989-1990) and at Marine Midland Bank (1986 – 1989).

Chris received his Juris Doctor from Stanford University Law School (1993), a Master of Philosophy in Management Studies from Oxford University (1986) and a Bachelor in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University (1983). Chris is also a CFA Charterholder (2000).

Dr. Constanza Russo

Dr. Constanza Russo

Dr Costanza Russo is Lecturer in International Banking Law and Business Ethics at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS), Queen Mary University of London.

Costanza is also Visiting Professor at New York University in London and Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Commercial Law and Financial Regulation, University of Reading, UK. Before moving to London she held teaching and research positions at the Universities of Bologna and Trento, Italy; and Zurich, Switzerland.

Costanza holds a Masters Degree in Law and a Ph.D. in Economics . She is a qualified solicitor in Italy where she practiced in the area of commercial law. Her main fields of expertise include cross border bank insolvency, international banking regulation and finance, company law and business ethics, on which she has extensively presented and published in academic and practitioner journals.

Dr. Kara Tan Bhala

Dr. Kara Tan Bhala

Education

PhD (Philosophy) University of Kansas
MA (Philosophy) University of Kansas
MA (Liberal Studies) New York University
MPhil (Management Studies) Oxford University
BS (Systems and Management) City, University of London

Dr. Kara Tan Bhala has a rare combination of professional training and extensive experience in both global finance and moral philosophy. She has over twenty-three years of experience in global finance, much of which was gained through working on Wall Street. She has been a sell-side equity analyst, a sell-side equity sales person, a buy-side equity analyst, and a portfolio manager. From 1992-2001, Dr. Tan Bhala was a Managing Director of Merrill Lynch and the Senior Portfolio Manager of the Merrill Lynch Dragon Fund and Emerging Tigers Fund. At its height, the Merrill Lynch Dragon Fund was the second largest Asian ex-Japan mutual fund in the world, with assets over $1 billion. Before running the Dragon Fund and Emerging Tigers Funds, Dr. Tan Bhala was a portfolio manager with Fiduciary Trust International in New York, where she ran the Far East equity portion of the United Nations Pension Fund. She was a lecturer at the University of Kansas School of Business where she taught Global Finance and Ethics.

Dr. Tan Bhala is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Regulation and Ethics at Queen Mary University of London. She is an Advisor for IntegTree Compliance Consulting. She runs her own international financial markets consulting firm and has been a consultant for hedge and mutual funds based in Kansas City.

Dr. Tan Bhala has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Business Week, The Far East Economic Review, and other prominent publications, and has been interviewed on Adam Smith’s Money World. She has published articles in The Harvard International Review, The Journal of the Royal Society of Asian Affairs, among others and has contributed to The Handbook of Portfolio Management. Dr. Tan Bhala has lived and worked in London, Oxford, Singapore, Hong Kong, New York, and Washington, D.C.

Dr. Tan Bhala is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)
, a Member of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs
 and a Board Member of the Friends of Johnson County Disability Services. She was a Trustee at Bishop Seabury Academy, Lawrence, Kansas
, and a Treasurer on the Friends of the Lied Board, Lied Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas.

Warren Yeh

Warren Yeh

Mr. Yeh is currently Head of US Business Development for Smartkarma, Asia’s leading provider of independent research for institutional investors. Prior to joining Smartkarma, he was Co-founder and Managing Partner of Adapa Partners, LLC a long/short Asian equity hedge fund (2000-2017). Before founding Adapa, he was Managing Director of Vickers Ballas (USA) Inc., and was responsible for opening Vickers’ New York office and expanding the North American institutional client base. From 1987 to 1991, Mr. Yeh managed the Japanese and Asian equity investments for the USAA International Fund. From 1985 to 1987, he was a credit analyst for InterFirst Bank Dallas and subsequently an equity investment analyst for InterFirst Investment Management. Mr. Yeh was born in Taiwan, has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Rice University (1983) and an MBA from the University of Texas, Arlington (1985). He is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

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