Meet Our Team

Yifei Mao

Cornell University

Yifei Mao is an assistant professor of finance at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration (SHA). Her research interests focus on issues in empirical corporate finance, particularly topics related to venture capital, entrepreneurship, and innovation. Her research has been published in Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Accounting and Economics, and Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis. She has given presentations and held discussions at conferences such as the NBER Summer Institute, the Western Finance Association (WFA) meetings, the American Finance Association (AFA) meetings, the SFS Calvacade Conference, and others. Mao received her BA in economics from School of Economics and Management in Tsinghua University, her master's degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and her PhD in finance from Kelly School of Business in Indiana University.

Martin Schmalz

University of Oxford

Martin Schmalz Professor of Finance and Economics   Martin is a tenured Professor of Finance and Economics at Oxford Saïd. He is also a Research Affiliate with the Centre for Economic Policy Research (London) and CESIfo (Münich), and a Research Member with the European Corporate Governance Institute (Brussels). Martin previously served as the NBD Bancorp Assistant Professor in Business Administration, Harry H. Jones Research Scholar, and as an Assistant Professor of Finance at the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business and a Faculty Affiliate of the Center on Finance, Law and Policy at the University of Michigan. He has taught PhD courses in corporate financial theory, the finance core for BBA and EMBA, and won a Teaching Excellence Award for his case-based 'Valuation' elective in Michigan’s daytime MBA curriculum. He now teaches an elective for Oxford’s MBAs, MFEs, and MLFs on Big Data and Machine Learning in Finance. He holds a graduate degree (Dipl-Ing) in mechanical engineering from the Universität Stuttgart (Germany) and a MA and PhD in Economics from Princeton University (USA). Martin has published papers on entrepreneurship, corporate finance and governance, behavioural finance and asset pricing and various studies of the asset management industry. His research on how the ownership structure of firms affects firm behaviour and market outcomes has affected policy-making and antitrust enforcement worldwide. His research has been published in The Journal of FinanceJournal of Financial Economics, and Review of Financial Studies and has won various awards, including a Brattle Group Distinguished Paper Prize for one of the best papers published in The Journal of Finance in 2017. It has been covered, among others, by The New York TimesThe EconomistWall Street JournalFinancial TimesBloombergThe New YorkerThe AtlanticForbesFortuneFrankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. He was invited to present to regulators and policy makers across the globe, including the US Department of Justice, The White House Council of Economic Advisers, European Commission, European Parliament, OECD, various central banks, and at universities across America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. In 2019 Martin received a Jerry S. Cohen Memorial Fund Writing Award for his paper 'Anticompetitive effects of common ownership'. To find out more about Martin's work, visit his personal website

Andrew Stark

University of Toronto

Andrew Stark is a professor of strategic management and political science at the University of Toronto. He has been a policy advisor in the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada, a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution, a Fellow at the Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard, a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington and a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He is the author of four books: Conflict of Interest in American Public Life (Harvard University Press, 2000), The Limits of Medicine (Cambridge University Press, 2006), Drawing the Line: Public and Private in America (Brookings Institution Press, 2010) and The Consolations of Mortality: Making Sense of Death (Yale University Press, 2016). His articles have appeared in American Political Science Review, Ethics, Political Theory, Dissent, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Times Literary SupplementNew York Review of Books, The Atlantic, and other publications.