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H.S. Bob Kostakopoulos

Deputy Program Director and Lecturer, MS in Enterprise Risk Management Program

Bob Kostakopoulos is a 30+ years career banker with first-hand experience in dealing with regulators over various regulatory regimes, including the current regulatory framework as defined by Basel III and Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act that arose as a response to the 2007-2009 financial crisis. His experience and expertise span the areas of systemic risk, strategic risk management, financial risk management, operational risk, and enterprise risk management.

Kostakopoulos has served as president, CEO, and director of three community banks, as well as head of quantitative research at Merrill Lynch Economics, the research arm of Merrill Lynch Capital Markets Group. His current research relates to measuring the impact of financial interconnectedness on Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review, Dodd-Frank Act Stress Test, Liquidity Coverage Ratios, Net Stable Funding Ratios, and leverage ratios.

Kostakopoulos teaches MBA courses in International Risk Analysis, which focuses on global systemic risk and the role of IMF and Bank of International Settlements (BIS); Managerial Economics, with emphasis on industry structure; Financial Strategy and Business Decisions, which incorporates strategic risk management, financial risk analysis, hedging, and Value at Risk; Macroeconomics in a Global Economy, which focuses on systemic risk emanating from the institutional set-up of the European Union; International Economics - Theory & Policy; Risk Management; Corporate Finance; and International Corporate Finance.

Kostakopoulos is fluent in Greek.


  • Ph.D., Columbia University
  • M.Phil., Columbia University
  • M.A., Columbia University
  • B.B.A., Pace University