Reena Aggarwal


McDonough Professor of Business Administration
Robert E. McDonough Professor of Business Administration and Professor of Finance; Director, Georgetown Center for Financial Markets and Policy Twitter: @ProfAggarwal @GUFinPolicy


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Professor Aggarwal specializes in global financial markets, securities market regulation, capital raising, initial public offerings, institutional investors, private equity, valuation, stock exchange structure, and corporate governance. In 2015, her researchwas recognized for addressing global governance challenges and received the prestigious BlackRock-National Association of Corporate Directors Award. She was honored with the Allan N. Nash Distinguished Doctoral Graduate Award by University of Maryland. She serves on the editorial boards of major journals. She regularly presents her work to government agencies and at academic conferences. Dr. Aggarwal has previously held various positions including Interim Dean and Deputy Dean of Georgetown's McDonough School of Business; Visiting Professor of Finance at MIT's Sloan School of Management; FINRA Academic Fellow; Academic Fellow at the U.S. SEC; Visiting Research Scholar at the International Monetary Fund; and Fulbright Scholar to Brazil. Currently, she serves on the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Future of Financing and Capital; and as a Distinguished Scholar at the Reserve Bank of India’s CAFRAL. Dr. Aggarwal has consulted for governments, law firms, companies, and for organizations including the IMF, World Bank, UN, IFC, OPIC, IADB, and OECD. She has provided advice to financial institutions, stock exchanges, and securities commissions in several countries, including India, China, Mexico, Peru, Vietnam, Ecuador and United States. Dr. Aggarwal serves on the Board of FBR & Co., IndexIQ, Brightwood Capital, and REAN Cloud. Her research and analysis is regularly cited in Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, CNBC, BusinessWeek, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and Forbes among others. She received a Ph.D. in finance from the University of Maryland and M.M.S. from BITS, India.


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  • Ph.D. () University of Maryland, Finance
  • M.M.S. () B.I.T.S., Business Management


  • Hindi (speak, read, write)