Online Business Faculty
The faculty at the Sy Syms School of Business are defined by their steadfast belief in maintaining a collegial atmosphere of connection and collaboration with their students and by their unwavering support for your career development. They bring years of experience at leading corporations and successful start-up ventures to the courses they teach in our online business programs, and they are motivated by a strong desire to share their hard-earned skills and knowledge with the next generation of business leaders.
Learn more about the expertise and accomplishments of the Syms business faculty, and discover all they have to offer.
Online Faculty Support
Choosing an online program doesn’t mean sacrificing the engagement of an in-person course. Find the same caliber of education as on-campus students, no matter where you live. Our faculty are connected across the industries that define New York City, from real estate to tech, finance and beyond. They bring their real-world knowledge to their work with each of our online students.
Dr. Andreas D. Christopoulos
Assistant Professor of Finance and Real Estate
PhD, Rutgers Business School, Rutgers University, 2014
MBA, Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University, 1997
BA, Vassar College, 1989
In November 2019, Dr. Andreas Christopoulos was appointed as the academic director of the newly formed MS in Real Estate program at Yeshiva University’s Sy Syms School of Business. He has served as a visiting assistant professor of finance and real estate at Sy Syms since 2017 and will continue in that role actively teaching, engaging in scholarly research activities, crafting the MS in Real Estate curriculum, building the faculty team and creating the capstone experience. Helping him do so, and helping him teach the core courses, will be the co-chairs of the Sy Syms finance department, Dr. Avri Ravid and Dr. Archishman Chakraborty.
Dr. Christopoulos joined Yeshiva after having positions at Rice University, University of Texas at Austin and the University of Scranton. He earned his PhD in Quantitative Finance from Rutgers University in 2014 under the direction of Robert Jarrow, Douglas Jones, S. Abraham Ravid and Andrejz Ruszczńyski. He has an MBA from Cornell University and a BA from Vassar College.
Prior to academia, Dr. Christopoulos served in a number of senior executive roles in the securitization industry. He is the former head of CMBS risk management of Nomura where he successfully managed the credit, liquidity and market risks of a $3B portfolio of CMBS, CRE CDOs and CRE whole loans during the financial crisis in 2007-2008. Those strategies were informed by experiences hedging, trading and researching CMBS at JP Morgan Chase from 1997-2001 where he served as head of CMBS research and through his role as the co-founder and CEO of the CMBS risk-management software company WOTN. Dr. Christopoulos began his professional career at Lehman Brothers in mortgage securitization.
Dr. Christopoulos’ research interests focus on asset pricing and valuation of liquidity and default risks for CRE loans and related real estate derivatives with particular focus on credit-sensitive securitized products. His work has been broadly reviewed across the globe by academic peers and professionals alike. He is an active speaker at many national and international academic conferences and industry seminars hosted by thought leaders in the financial community. His recent work includes the projection of synthetic cap rates from macroeconomic variables, loan and bond risk premia decomposition, and the price microstructure of CMBS.
Clinical Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship
JD, University of California (Managing Editor, Law Review)
MBA, New York University
BA, Oberlin College
Mark Finkel has been deeply involved in early-stage entrepreneurial enterprises for the past 25 years. Over that time, Mark has worked as an executive or active board member of numerous high-growth technology companies on the east coast, in Silicon Valley and in Israel. Mark has significant international operational experience, having set up distribution channels and operations in both Europe and Asia. He was also the founder and chairman of RightAnswers, an enterprise software company, which was sold to Upland Software in 2017.
Many of the companies he has been involved with have had successful exits. He has taken four companies public as chief financial officer and many other companies have had M&A exits. Most recently, Mark served at the board level for JUMP Bikes, which was bought by Uber in May 2018.
Mark has been involved in numerous social entrepreneurship ventures as well. As chairman of the Special Kids Fund, he has pioneered the concept of a charity gift card. He has also been involved in economic development work overseas.
Mark’s academic interests revolve around helping students understand and apply the skills and concepts underlying successful entrepreneurship. These include understanding the dynamics of nascent markets, as well as those of disruptive entrants into existing markets. Of particular interest to Mark are the management skills needed to scale the entrepreneurial venture through its growth phases. Also important to Mark is understanding the characteristics of the products or services offered by the early stage enterprise that are more likely to lead to success.
Mark serves on the board of directors or advisory board of a number of companies and nonprofit organizations.
Dr. Avi Giloni
Chair of Information and Decision Sciences Department
Professor of Operations Management and Statistics
PhD, Stern School of Business, NYU, 2000
MPhil, Stern School of Business, NYU, 1998
MS, Stern School of Business, NYU, 1997
BA, College of Arts and Sciences, NYU, 1994
Dr. Avi Giloni received his PhD in statistics and operations research from the Leonard Stern School of Business at New York University. He is associate dean and an associate professor of operations management and statistics at Sy Syms School of Business. He is also the school's area coordinator for Information and Decision Sciences.
He teaches various courses, including Operations Management and Statistics, in which he stresses students' understanding and modeling of randomness and risk. His areas of research include robust forecasting, optimization, and stochastic system designs and their applications to supply chain management.
He is the coauthor of articles such as “Neo-Rawlsian Fringes: A New Approach to Market Segmentation and New Product Development,” “Mathematical Programming Approach for Improving the Robustness of LAD Regression,” “Robust Weighted LAD Regression,” “Robust Analysis of Variance: Process Design and Quality Improvement,” and “Information Sharing in a Supply Chain Under ARMA Demand.”
Dr. Noam Wasserman
PhD, Graduate School of Business Administration, Harvard University, 2002
MA, Sociology, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University, 2001
MBA, Graduate School of Business Administration, Harvard University, 1999
BS, Finance/Strategy, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, 1992
BSE, Engineering, Moore School of Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, 1992
Dean Noam Wasserman was an award-winning professor at Harvard Business School (HBS) and the founder of a center at the University of Southern California. He has written two bestselling and award-winning books, The Founder's Dilemmas and Life Is a Startup, and a dozen bestselling HBS case studies.
At Syms, he has focused on strengthening the undergraduate program by growing the tenure-track faculty 25 percent in his first year, focusing on teaching and research excellence, making significant enhancements to the Honors program, and adding a minor in Real Estate. He has also consolidated and scaled the graduate program, including launching an MS in Real Estate and founding post-graduation bootcamps for alumni and others. He leads the university-wide Presidential Task Force on Entrepreneurship and Innovation.