Ananth Madhavan, PhD, Managing Director is Head of Academic Engagement for BlackRock’s External Affairs division. He is the author of an Oxford University Press book on ETFs and Index Investing and has published over 60 articles in academic and practitioner journals. Previously, he was Global Head of Research for BlackRock’s ETF and Index division. Dr. Madhavan’s service with the firm dates to 2003, including his years with Barclays Global Investors (BGI), which merged with BlackRock in 2009. At BGI, he was the Global Head of Trading Research and Transitions and CEO of BGI’s affiliate broker.

Prior to joining BGI, Dr. Madhavan was a Managing Director of Research at ITG and a member of the firm’s management and executive committees. Previously, he was the Charles B. Thorton Professor of Finance at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California and an Assistant Professor of Finance at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Madhavan earned a BA degree from the University of Delhi, MA degree from Boston University, and a PhD in economics from Cornell University.

Expertise and Research Interests

  • Financial Innovation
  • Trading and Markets
  • ETFs