Bernard S. Donefer

Bernard  S.  Donefer

Joined Stern 2003

Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Kaufman Management Center
44 West Fourth Street, 8-171
New York, NY 10012

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Bernard Donefer joined New York University Stern School of Business as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Information Systems in 2003 and is a Fellow of the Center for Digital Economy Research.

Professor Donefer enjoyed a 35-year career in the international financial services industry, working with banks, securities firms and exchanges in the US, Europe and Asia. Previously, as SVP and Head of Capital Markets Systems for Fidelity Investments, he was responsible for their equity, fixed-income, forex, market making, algorithmic trading, mid-office, connectivity and risk management systems. Prior to that, as US CIO of Dai Ichi Kangyo Bank, (now Mizuho Bank), he engineered the organization's recovery after the first WTC attack. He also served as President of two international capital markets software businesses and has consulted to the New York and Milan Stock Exchanges, Lehman Brothers and Citigroup among others.

He serves as principal of Conatum Consulting LLC and works with Sponsors for Economic Opportunity (SEO). Additionally, he teaches the popular seminars "Capital Markets Bootcamp" and "Risk Management for Non-Quants" in public forums and for corporate clients in the US, Canada and Europe.

Professor Donefer earned his M.B.A. from NYU Stern.

Courses Taught

  • Financial Information Systems
  • Risk Management Systems

Academic Background

M.B.A., 1977
New York University Stern School of Business

Areas of Expertise


  • Fixed Income
  • High Frequency Trading
  • Risk Management