Dimitrios Kavvathas graduated in 1995 as valedictorian from the Department of Economics at the Athens University of Economics and Business with his B.Sc. in Economics and earned his PhD in Economics at the Department of Economics at the University of Chicago in 2001 with concentrations in Finance as well as Money & Banking, where he also earned his MA in Economics in 1997 and worked as Lecturer, Teaching Assistant and Research Assistant at the School of Social Sciences and the Business School. His dissertation on applying time varying infinitesimal generator techniques in examining how economy wide state variables improve the forecasting of the credit rating transition probability matrix has been cited in the academic literature and the canonical reference publications on credit risk modeling.
Dr. Kavvathas joined Goldman Sachs in London in January 2001. He served in various senior positions during his career, being closely involved with the European credit derivatives, high yield and structured finance business, the hedge fund coverage effort, while being responsible for the European credit sales franchise. Having been accepted to the Goldman Sachs partnership in 2008, he moved to Hong Kong in 2009, where he was co-heading the Asia Pacific Securities Division Distribution and served on the Asia Pacific Securities Division Operating Committee as well the Board of Directors of Goldman Sachs, Asia LLC, until his retirement in January 2013.
Dr. Kavvathas's focus will be to help students to be effective interlocutors and intelligent participants in the economic policy debates and financial market questions of our times, utilizing the analytical thinking tools employed at the forefront of academic research, while sharing his perspective on current topics in macroeconomics and finance, drawing lessons from an analytical approach honed in academia, as well as one of the premier financial institutions.