Samantha Kappagoda

Samantha Kappagoda

Samantha Kappagoda is Chief Economist and co-founder of Risk Economics, Inc.

Risk Economics®  is a New York City based advisory firm that provides consulting services and research and development of rigorous analytics applied to large-scale, real-world modeling and surveillance for geopolitics and socioeconomics involving population, demographics and macroeconomics. Samantha’s areas of expertise include econometric time-series and longitudinal analyses of consumer behavior, labor supply, wealth and income distribution, housing, population and immigration, political risk and international trade, resource allocation, environment, health, aging and retirement, as well as currency, commodity and capital markets activity.

Samantha is also co-lead investigator at the RiskEcon® Lab for Decision Metrics, and Visiting Scholar at Courant Institute for Mathematical Sciences at New York University (NYU).

Previously, she was Senior Economist at Caxton Associates LP, a hedge fund established in 1983, investing in global fixed income, currencies, commodities and equities. She was a key member of Caxton Global, the firm’s flagship global macro fund, which, at its peak, had approximately $12 billion of assets under management. Her macroeconomic and demographic analytics and development of proprietary econometric models of markets and the global economy guided the firm’s senior decision makers during her thirteen year tenure there. Prior to entering the financial markets, Samantha was an Economist in the Operations Evaluation Department of The World Bank in Washington D.C., working on the evaluation of structural adjustment lending programs and dynamic stochastic general equilibrium (DSGE) modeling, with a primary focus on the outcome, impact and sustainability of these programs in developing countries.

Samantha pursues her broader research interests by serving as a senior editorial advisory board member of The Journal of Risk Finance (JRF), an Emerald Publications journal which provides a rigorous forum for the publication, both by academics and practitioners, of theoretical and empirical research related to the financing of risk, with a long-standing focus on issues of market convergence. She was originally the founding Managing Editor of JRF in 1999, initially published by Institutional Investor Journals/Euromoney, before its successful sale to its current publisher. She has also served as Special Editor, Risk Management, for The Journal of Alternative Investments, another Institutional Investor journal.

Samantha received an M.B.A. in Analytic Finance and Statistics from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She also holds an M.A. in Economics from the University of Toronto, and graduated with a B.Sc. (Honors) in Mathematics from Imperial College, London. Her biography has been published in the Marquis’ Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Finance and Business (formerly Finance and Industry), Who’s Who of Emerging LeadersWho’s Who of American Women, and Canadian Who’s Who (University of Toronto Press). In 2013, she was honored by the Girl Scouts of Greater New York as a Woman of Distinction, for her activities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Samantha currently serves as a member of the board of directors of four not-for-profit organizations: Council for Economic Education, an organization that delivers economic education and financial literacy to K-12 students by educating the educators; Glynwood, which focuses on sustainable agriculture and regional food systems; Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, the premier Shakespeare company in the region; and subsequent to being honored by the Girl Scouts of Greater New York, she has joined their board. Samantha is also a member of the leadership council of Black Rock Forest Consortium, a 4,000-acre natural living laboratory for field-based scientific research and education, operated by a consortium of twenty-three colleges and universities, public and independent schools, and scientific and cultural institutions.

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David K.A. Mordecai has been appointed as the first Scientist-in-Residence at FinTech Innovation Lab (The Partnership for NYC)

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Samantha Kappagoda was honored by the Girl Scouts as a STEM Woman of Distinction

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David K.A. Mordecai was invited to speak on Opportunities and Challenges in Cybertech

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David K.A. Mordecai was invited to participate on a panel of experts to discuss the application of financial techniques during the financial crisis

David K.A. Mordecai, President of Risk Economics, Inc.,  was invited to participate on a panel of experts to discuss the […]

Risk Economics, Inc. presented at a conference sponsored by the Department of Treasury’s Office of Financial Research and Financial Stability Oversight Council

David K.A. Mordecai, President of Risk Economics, Inc., presented at The Macroprudental Toolkit: Measurement and Analysis Conference sponsored by the Department […]

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