Ira Kawaller Ph.D.

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Ira G. Kawaller is the President of Kawaller & Co., LLC, a financial consulting company based in Brooklyn, NY, specializing in assisting commercial enterprises in their use of derivative instruments in managing their financial risk.   His work also includes litigation support and expert witness testimony.  He is a sitting board member of Hatteras Financial Corporation, a publicly traded REIT; and from 2004 – 2011, he was the Managing Partner of the Kawaller Fund. 
 
Prior to founding Kawaller & Co. and the Kawaller Fund, Mr. Kawaller was the Vice President-Director of the New York Office of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.  As such, he functioned as an exchange spokesman.  He promoted exchange offerings to the professional financial community and represented exchange interests before a host of institutional audiences and regulatory authorities.  Before the CME, he held positions at J. Aron & Company, AT&T, and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.   
     
A prolific author, Mr. Kawaller has written articles that have appeared in Derivatives Quarterly, Derivatives: Tax/Regulation/Finance, The Financial Analysts Journal, The Journal of Derivatives, The Journal of Finance, The Journal of the International Association of Financial Engineers, AFP Express, and Risk Magazine
     
Past professional involvement includes participation as a member of the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s Derivatives Implementation Group (DIG) and the Government Accounting Standards Board’s Derivative Instrument Task force on Derivatives and Hedging.  He has served as a trustee of both the Futures Industry Institute and the Securities Industry Institute and also served as a member of the board of directors of the International Association of Financial Engineers. 
     
Mr. Kawaller has held adjunct professorships at Columbia University and Polytechnic University.  He received a Ph.D. in Economics, from Purdue University.  

Education:
Ph.D., Economics, Purdue University

Bloomberg BNA Tax Management Portfolios:
5112 T.M., Accounting and Disclosure for Derivative Instruments (co-author)