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Brooklyn, NY 11201

Phone: 718-260-5773

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Advisory Committee


Dr. Andrew Kalotay (, president of Andrew Kalotay Associates, is a leading authority on debt management. He has written widely on the valuation of bonds, interest rate derivatives, and mortgage-backed securities. His innovations include refunding efficiency (a widely used tool for managing callable debt), the Ratchet Bond (a surrogate for conventional callable bonds), and the Volatility Reduction Measure (for testing hedge effectiveness). Before founding AKA in 1990, Dr. Kalotay was with Salomon Brothers in the Bond Portfolio Analysis Group. Prior to that he was at Bell Laboratories and AT&T. On the academic side, he directed the first Financial Engineering program in the U.S. at Polytechnic University, from 1995 to 1997. Previously he taught at Wharton, Columbia and Fordham University. Apart from his academic publications in finance, operations research and statistics, he writes the “Topics in Fixed Income” column in Financial Engineering News. Dr. Kalotay holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. from Queen's University and a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, all in mathematics. In 1997 he was inducted into the Fixed Income Analyst Society’s "Hall of Fame". Dr. Kalotay teaches Advanced Topics in Fixed Income on a regular basis.

Dr. Connie X. Mao ( is a Professor of Finance at Temple University’s School of Business and Management. She holds a doctorate in Finance from The Johnson School of Management at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY), and a doctorate in Biomedical Science from Cornell University Medical School (New York, NY). Professor Mao is specialized in studying the effect of ‘agency’ conflicts on the financing decisions of firms and analyzing how the resolution of these conflicts influences the efficiency of security markets. Her research has been published in several national premier journals including the Journal of Finance and Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis. Professor Mao is a member of the American Finance Association and Financial Management Association.

Chika Okereke ( is a Founding Principal of Tenbrook Management LLC a firm focused on Emerging Market investments. Prior to Tenbrook, he was co-head of Fortress Investment Group‘s Emerging Markets illiquid investments business. Prior to Fortress, Mr. Okereke worked in the Energy Group at Bank of America Securities where he arranged debt and equity financings for exploration & production, midstream, refining and utility clients. Before Bank of America, Mr. Okereke worked in the Mergers & Acquisitions Department of Goldman, Sachs & Co. where he executed various domestic and international transactions in the industrial, service and manufacturing sectors.
Mr. Okereke has served on creditor steering committees for various issuers as well as on the Advisory Board of an Emerging Markets focused Carbon Credit Opportunities Fund. He also has been an Advisory Member of the City Tech, City University of New York‘s Business Faculty since 2010. Mr. Okereke graduated from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine with an Honors Degree in Mechanical Engineering and received an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Andrew J. Taddei ( is currently the Coordinator of Hedge Fund Sales for EAM Partners, L.P., a money manager and CTA headquartered in Southlake, TX. Prior to joining EAM Partners in 2006, Mr. Taddei was a Senior Managing Director of Bear, Stearns & Co. As a member of the Debt Capital Markets Group, he was responsible for development and distribution of funding agreement-backed securities and global Capital Securities product development. He designed the Bear Stearns capital structuring model, a proprietary model that takes a probabilistic portfolio approach to capital structure analysis. Prior to 2001, he was responsible for regulatory, accounting and reporting research in fixed income at Bear Stearns. His responsibilities included monitoring regulatory and reporting issues for the fixed income markets and developing attendant portfolio and balance sheet management strategies. Mr. Taddei is a graduate of New York University and holds an M.B.A. in Finance from Bernard Baruch College.

Fashion Marketing

Elena Kirioukhina ( is a Senior Executive with over twenty years of global managerial experience in high performance fashion companies. She has top-level managerial background in both retail and wholesale in national and international markets. She is a proven leader, driving organizational change, building and leading effective teams, and establishing productive relationships with partners.
She's been working as a Department Manager in Saks Fifth Ave San Francisco, Floor Director in Saks Fifth Ave, NY and currently she works as the Director of Sales for Issey Miyake, USA - the advanced Japanese fashion designer company, running the Wholesale Department and overseeing the sales in two NYC boutiques.
She has the deepest knowledge of the fashion business, keeps informed on all the new trends and developments in the industry and travels extensively all over the world for high fashion markets and shows. She graduated from St. Petersburg University in St. Petersburg, Russia with M.A. in Liberal Arts and Cultural Studies. She lives in New York.

Rebecca Kurland ( works for Jones Apparel Group as a product development manager, supervising and directing a number of clothing lines from design to delivery. She serves on the JAG committee for Corporate Excellence at Jones New York, whose goal is to create and maintain a positive work environment for all employees.
Ms. Kurland attended Cornell University as a Presidential Research Scholar and graduated from Cornell with honors in Human Development. Her research focused on child development amidst rural poverty. Ms. Kurland was director of Camp Ramah Berkshires Waterfront for several summers and still keeps busy in her spare time by teaching American Red Cross Lifeguarding and CPR. In conjunction with her close ties with Camp Ramah, she is co-chair of the Labor Day Retreat Committee and sits on the board of the Ramah Berkshires Alumni Association.