R.A. Farrokhnia, recipient of the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence, is the founding executive director of the Advanced Projects and Applied Research in Fintech Initiative at Columbia Business School (fintech.gsb.columbia.edu), centered on innovation and research in financial services. He teaches at both Columbia Business and Engineering Schools and is a lecturer and board member of the Knight-Bagehot Program at the Columbia School of Journalism. He is also the founder and managing principal of a research, development, and deployment development lab with a focus on new ventures in fintech, data/AI, and enterprise software.
Being at the intersection of academia and practice, his teaching, research, and professional endeavors center on innovation and integration of industrial, operational, and business analyses with practical ideation and implementation of agile, inventive, and design-centric tech solutions—with special focus in the financial services, technology, and transport/mobility industries. Having earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Columbia University, he has extensive global professional experience and collaborates often in numerous capacities with Tier 1 multinationals. His programs and commentary have been featured in bestselling books and leading publications such as the New York Times, Barron’s, and Wired.