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Executive Team

Student Analysts and Strategists at Desautels Capital Management are supported by experienced faculty members from McGill’s Desautels Faculty of Management. Professor Vadim di Pietro acts as the firm’s Chief Investment Officer and advising representative and must approve all trades.

Morty Yalovsky



Professor Morty Yalovsky is the President of Desautels Capital Management. He joined the faculty in 1974, and in addition to his academic responsibilities, he has assumed several senior administrative roles, including Vice-Principal (Administration and Finance) at the University level. Professor Yalovsky's research interests include Statistical Methodology, Forecasting Methods, and Modeling. He has also consulted in the areas of Applied Statistics and Information Technology for several leading Canadian corporations


Vadim di Pietro

Co-Chief Investment Officer


Professor di Pietro is Chief Investment Officer, Chief Compliance Officer, and registered Advising Representative for Desautels Capital Management. He joined the Desautels Faculty of Management in 2009. Prior to Desautels, Vadim was an investment strategist at J.P. Morgan in London from 2007 to 2009. He holds a B.Eng. from McGill University, a Master's in Mathematical Finance from the University of Toronto, and a PhD in Finance from the Kellogg School of Management. Vadim is also a CFA charterholder.


Jiro Kondo

Co-Chief Investment Officer and HIM Program Director

Professor Kondo joined the Finance group at the Desautels Faculty of Management in 2012 after having served on the faculty at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Prior to becoming an academic, he was a proprietary trader at Goldman Sachs. He holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from Princeton University and a PhD in Financial Economics from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

Jan Ericsson

MMF Program Director


Professor Ericsson joined the Desautels Faculty of Management in 1999 with a PhD from the Stockholm School of Economics. Professor Ericsson's current research focuses on risk premia in corporate bond and credit derivative markets, and has been published in, among others, the Journal of Business and the Journal of Finance. He is a frequent guest speaker at industry conferences and has carried out consulting projects for a Nordic real estate investment firm, the Swedish National Debt Office, as well as for a hedge fund startup in Scandinavia.

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Russ Goyenko

Program Mentor: Quant and AI Strategies

Russ Goyenko is an Associate Professor of Finance at McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management. He also held faculty appointments at the University of Toronto, Notre Dame University, and most recently a visiting position at the Yale School of Management. His industry experience includes consultant appointments with KPMG’s risk management group, private asset management companies, and equity options market making firms. Russ has more than 20 years of quantitative research experience in financial markets and his research has been published in the most prestigious finance peer-reviewed journals. He is also a founder and scientific director of AI in Finance initiative: Financial Innovations and Risk Management Labs – FIRM Labs – a research tank bridging the gap between financial economics and computer science. Its objective is to develop fundamental and practical applications of ML/AI in Asset Management and finance in general.

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