Pragmatic Economics and Sustainable Finance

Building solutions for a better world

Short Bio

I strive to generate value to society. Some examples of that are my research on Sustainable Finance, in which I helped design a risk management tool to identify sustainable companies; and on Financial Management, in which I guided a large company to more than USD 1 billion in free cash flow from improved management of its cash conversion cycle. I also try to bring the best in my students and have built an unique teaching portfolio that includes most courses in Economics and Finance for distinct audiences, from undergraduates and MBAs to top executives.  I am currently Associate Professor of Practice, Business & Finance at New York University Shanghai. I am also AssoIMG_5691ciate Editor of the Journal of Sustainable Finance & Investment and Senior Scholar at the Center for Sustainable Business at NYU Stern. I combine all of that with my positions as affiliated professor at Fundação Dom Cabral in Brazil and external lecturer at Copenhagen Business School. In this website, you will find my writings, research, and ideas on how to improve the world.

Today, at New York University Shanghai, I am delivering courses in macroeconomics, and derivatives to the next generation of business and political leaders. I have a forthcoming book by MIT Press, called Economics of Global Business; the goal of this project is to have the standard text on macroeconomics for a business audience. In executive education, I consult and design projects for companies ranging from medium sized Brazilian firms to large multinational corporations, while helping the development of a new generation of shareholders in family-owned firms. My lectures and courses are related to current issues in Finance and Economics, including development economics; financial management of growth opportunities; and design of personal finance strategies and trust funds for family-owned companies.

My research interests are diverse but their common theme is on improved decision making for value creation, in private and public settings. Specific examples (most of my work is available here) can be found in the Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Business Ethics, Economic Letters, International Journal of Production Economics, Economic Modelling, Applied Financial Economics, and European Journal of Health Economics, as well as many book chapters, newspaper, and magazine articles. My teaching and research areas include: Corporate Finance, Corporate Governance, Industrial Economics, International Economics, Development Economics and Sustainable Finance. I have written three books in Portuguese, all in Corporate Finance and Financial Management, such as the Dynamic Model of Financial Management 

My current research projects are on Sustainable Finance, Working Capital Management, Trade and Development Economics.

I have significant teaching experience at all levels, from undergraduate to international MBAs, in South America, Europe, and Asia. Some of the companies I work with are Kraft Foods, Johnson & Johnson, Santander, Skanska, L’Oreal, RCI Banque, Vale, Queiroz Galvão, Itaú Bank, and Petrobras, as well as government agencies. I have taught over 100 courses for undergraduates, 20 for post-graduates, and 2,000 hours of Executive Education. My consulting jobs are usually related to Valuation, M&A, Cash Conversion Cycle Management, Personal Finance and Trust Funds, and involve companies with revenue ranging from U$10 million – U$200 million a year. One of the EMBA projects I supervised generated savings of US$1 billion for a listed company and became an academic article at the Journal of Corporate Finance.

You can contact me or download my Curriculum vitae. My twitter is @RodZeidan.

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