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Sharath Sury is the Founder, Executive Director, and Chairman of the Sury Initiative for Financial Innovation and Risk Management (SIFIRM) at Santa Clara University, where he is also Dean's Executive Professor of Finance and the recipient of the institution's ACE Outstanding Faculty Award. At present, Professor Sury commits most of his energy to research and teaching, though his many professional accomplishments span the financial and high technology industries and encompass executive-level positions with the country's leading investment firms.

In addition to his appointment at Santa Clara University, Professor Sury also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Economics at the University of California.  He exhibited the analytic insight he now places at his students' disposal at an early age. After learning computer programming languages as a boy, he accepted a position at Lockheed Missiles & Space Co. when he was only 15. When Professor Sury turned his attention to finance several years later, he had already demonstrated his aptitude for developing mathematical models and predictive analysis, having earned his degree in Economics with High Honors from the University of California.

Professor Sury quickly became an expert in asset allocation and risk budgeting, including managing hedge funds, equities, and fixed income portfolios. Professor Sury is now a sought-after speaker on those topics as well as on portfolio theory and has spoken at the Association for Investment Management & Research (AIMR-CFA Institute), Financial Research Associates, FinanceIQ, and the University of Chicago. In the fall of 2009, Professor Sury's expert opinion was featured in an article on SEC violations and insider trading in the Hedge Fund Law Report, and he is a contributor to the books "Efficient Portfolio Management for Institutions" and "Essential Readings in Advanced Portfolio Management."

In the past, Professor Sury has also served as CEO of S4 Capital and as a Vice President at Goldman Sachs. At both firms, Professor Sury handled accounts worth several billion dollars with characteristic finesse and insight. Professor Sury had also filled key advisory roles in federal and local government agencies, including serving as an investigator of white collar crime.

Sharath Sury holds an MBA in Finance and Statistics from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. In his spare time, Professor Sury serves on the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Advisory Board and on the Executive Committee of the San Jose Police Association's Charitable Foundation.  He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Medical Research Council of Children's Memorial Hospital. Professor Sury takes pleasure in supporting additional causes including Habitat for Humanity, Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation, and the South Shore Drill Team.

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Adjunct Professor of Economics

University of California

Dean’s Executive Professor of Finance

Santa Clara University

Adjunct Professor of Finance

DePaul University, College of Commerce



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University of Chicago