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Ian D'Souza

Ian D'Souza

Joined Stern 2006

Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Kaufman Management Center
44 West Fourth Street,
New York, NY 10012



Ian D'Souza joined New York University's Stern School of Business in 2006 and is an Adjunct Professor of Finance teaching behavioral & experimental finance and venture capital. He is also a founding member of the NYU Stern Family Office Council which in its first 3 years has grown to over 200 members.

Professor D'Souza has over 15 years of experience investing in liquid financial asset classes and structuring transactions for infrastructure assets such as telecommunications, roads and utilities. He has led teams in applied research, corporate finance and principal investments in Australia, Hong Kong, Western Europe and North America. He combines behavioral and fundamental factors (regulatory frameworks, macro cycles and micro sector themes, governance and public policy dynamics) when advising on corporate & government transactions, structuring GP-LP investments, and making investment & portfolio decisions.

Professor D'Souza is a senior advisor to several family office investment committees and acting Chief Operating Officer of Tegris LLC. He was the Chief Investment Officer, Telecoms & Managing Director at the family office of Luminus Management LLC, an infrastructure-focused fund and the Co-Founder & Portfolio Manager of Tri-Ring Capital LLC, a long-short TMT equity fund focused on fundamental and behavioral analysis. Previously, he was an Executive Director at Rothschild North America where he advised on cross-border M&A and US-based restructuring for real assets. Professor D'Souza held several management positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, including Head of Corporate Finance Research in Australia, with a focus on regulatory frameworks for infrastructure investments and was integral in the completion of several PIPE, BOOT, rate base, privatization and IPO transactions.

Professor D'Souza has presented before the White House OMB, the Federal Communications Commission, numerous corporate Board of Directors and his work was cited by the District Court of New York. Areas of focus include identifying key psychological, liquidity and arbitrage frictions, non-normal distributions (tail events) and cleansing noise from real-time data sets (for emerging business models) to complement traditional valuation and statistical methodologies.

Professor D'Souza holds a Master's degree in Applied Finance from Melbourne University, Australia, summa cum laude, a Bachelor's degree in Information Systems from Monash University, Australia (full scholarship) and is a Chartered Accountant in Australia (national award winner). He also holds a number of US patents.

Research Interests

  • Market Psychology
  • Alternative Asset Classes
  • Liquidity Shocks
  • Non-Normal Return Distributions

Courses Taught

  • Behavioral and Experimental Finance
  • Venture Capital Financing

Academic Background

M.A., Applied Finance, 1997
Melbourne University

B.A., Information Systems, 1991
Monash University