Professor Farrokhnia's entrepreneurial and multi-disciplinary career encompasses principal investments, M&A in investment banking, operations management, and turnaround/restructuring of established and startup ventures, with an emphasis on financial services, banking, and technology firms. He currently leads the Ventures division of StoneCastle Partners, a $3 billion asset management and finance firm, where he is responsible for deal origination, investment, and execution of various startup ventures in banking and financial services. He previously served as the Managing Principal of 1776 Capital, an international private equity fund, the CFO of a financial technology company acquired by NYSE Group, and the co-Founding and Managing Partner of an emerging-markets' focused private equity fund. Prof. Farrokhnia earned both his Bachelor and MBA degrees from Columbia University in New York, and remains active in various teaching and mentorship capacities at Columbia Business School. He has an extensive global professional experience, including long-term residency abroad and fluency in several languages.