= Siddhartha Ghosh Dastidar

Siddhartha Ghosh DastidarEmail: sid.readinglightpubs[AT]gmail.com, sgd2002[AT]columbia.edu

About Me

Siddhartha Ghosh Dastidar

Dr. Siddhartha Ghosh Dastidar is an Associate Professor (adjunct) at Columbia University, and has taught at the Graduate School of Business and the Department of Industrial Engineering & Operations Research. He teaches courses on capital markets and investments to full-time graduate and undergraduate students, and also in the executive education program.

Sid has nearly two decades of experience in the financial services industry, both buy-side and sell-side, across asset classes and regions. As part of the Quantitative Portfolio Strategy team at Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital in New York, he has advised large institutional clients on portfolio construction, management and risk budgeting issues. He was also the chief US equity derivatives strategist at Newedge, part of Societe Generale. He then worked as a risk manager in Brigade Capital, a USD32 billion credit alternatives asset manager, where he was responsible for coming up with portfolio construction, risk and quantitative frameworks. Sid is currently Managing Director and Head of Risk Modeling at Oaktree Capital, a USD150 billion alternatives asset manager, invested in both private and public markets. He has also worked in emerging market private equity for three years.

Sid received a Ph.D. in Finance & Economics from Columbia Business School in New York, a MBA from Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad and an undergraduate degree in economics from Presidency College Kolkata (both in India). He holds the CFA charter and has published in top journals such as the Journal of Financial Economics and the Journal of Portfolio Management. He has presented at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Boston and at top universities globally. He is a member of the Economic Club of New York.

 Sid's Capital Markets  Textbook


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Garud N. Iyengar, Chair and Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, Columbia University, New York

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Mikhail Chernov, Professor of Finance, Anderson School of Management, UCLA

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