Sudheer Chava

Professor of Finance, Georgia Institute of Technology | Chief Economist, CDL-Atlanta

Role: Economist

Site: CDL-Atlanta

Stream: FinTech

Sudheer Chava is the Alton M. Costley Chair, a professor of finance at Scheller College of Business at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta and leads the Financial Services Innovation Lab. He also serves as finance area coordinator at Scheller and as the director of the nationally top 10 ranked Masters in Quantitative and Computational Finance (QCF) program at Georgia Tech (a joint program of School of Mathematics, Industrial and Systems Engineering and Scheller College of Business).

Sudheer received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 2003. Before that, he earned an MBA degree from the Indian Institute of Management – Bangalore, an undergraduate degree in computer science engineering and worked as a fixed-income analyst at a leading investment bank in India. He joined Georgia Tech in 2010.

Sudheer has taught various courses at the undergraduate and master’s levels, including FinTech Ventures, Derivatives, Risk Analytics, Valuation, Cases in Financial Crisis, Management of Financial Institutions, Computational Finance and Credit Risk Analytics. He has also taught theoretical and empirical finance courses at the doctoral level.

Sudheer’s research interests are credit risk, banking, fintech, household finance, empirical asset pricing and corporate finance. He has published extensively in the top journals in finance, including the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, Management Science, Review of Finance, Journal of Monetary Economics and Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis. His research has won a Ross award for the best paper published in Finance Research Letters in 2008, was a finalist for Brattle Prize for the best paper published in Journal of Finance in 2008 and was nominated for the Goldman Sachs award for the best paper published in Review of Finance during 2004. Sudheer is the recipient of multiple external research grants such as FDIC-CFR Fellowship, Morgan Stanley Research grant, Blackrock Prize for the best paper at the Australasian Finance Conference, Financial Service Exchange Research grant, Q group research award (2010, 2012) and GARP research award. He has presented his work at numerous finance conferences such as AFA, WFA, EFA, FDIC and Federal Reserve Banks and at many universities in the U.S. and abroad.