Dr. Henry Kaufman

The Henry Kaufman Initiative in Financial History is named for Dr. Henry Kaufman (ARTS '48, PhD '58), president of Henry Kaufman & Company, Inc., an investment management and economic and financial consulting firm, and a generous supporter of NYU Stern who holds a steadfast belief in the power of research and teaching. 


Dr. Kaufman is chairman emeritus and a current member of the NYU Stern School of Business Executive Board. He is chairman emeritus and a member of the Institute of International Education Board of Trustees, a member of the Board of Governors of Tel-Aviv University, a fellow at the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, former treasurer of the Economic Club of New York, honorary trustee and former president of the Animal Medical Center, and life trustee at the Jewish Museum.


For 26 years, he worked for Wall Street investment bank Salomon Brothers, where he was managing director, a member of the executive committee and ran the firm’s research departments. Prior, he was an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Dr. Kaufman received a BA from NYU, an MS from Columbia University, and a PhD in banking and finance from NYU Stern.


A prolific writer, Dr. Kaufman has published several books, and in 1987, was awarded the first George S. Eccles Prize for excellence in economic writing from the Columbia Business School for his book, Interest Rates, the Markets, and the New Financial World. He then went on to publish The Road to Financial Reformation; Tectonic Shifts in Financial Markets: People, Policies, and Institutions and On Money and Markets: A Wall Street Memoir to critical acclaim. Stern’s Center for Global Business and Economy hosted Dr. Kaufman in 2021 to discuss his newest book, The Day the Markets Roared: How a 1982 Forecast Sparked a Global Bull Market.