McDonough School of Business

Reena Aggarwal

Professor Aggarwal is a globally renowned expert in the field of finance, with a focus on global financial markets; market regulation; short term funding markets; IPOs; capital raising; ETFs; corporate governance including proxy voting, executive compensation, and director elections; role of institutional investors; ESG attributes of firms; and FinTech, digital assets, and Central Bank Digital Currencies. Dr. Aggarwal has had tremendous impact at the intersection of financial markets and policy both through her research and also by leading the Georgetown Psaros Center for Financial Markets and Policy. She combines rigorous data-driven scholarship with deep knowledge of the institutional workings and regulation of financial markets. She is a globally renowned scholar, her work is very well-cited, and she has served on the editorial boards of several finance journals. Her research has received prestigious awards including the BlackRock-National Association of Corporate Directors Award. Her research and analysis are frequently cited in the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, CNBC, and CNN among others.

Professor Aggarwal is an award-winning teacher and has been named among "Outstanding Faculty" in the Business Week Guide to the Best Business Schools; voted as the Outstanding Professor by EMBA students; and described as the Favorite Professors of the ‘Best & Brightest’ Executive MBAs, Poets and Quants. She was honored with the Allan N. Nash Distinguished Doctoral Graduate Award by University of Maryland, and the Distinguished Alumnus Award by BITS Pilani.

In addition to her academic achievements, Dr. Aggarwal has an impressive track record of serving in leadership roles including Vice Provost for Faculty for all the schools on Georgetown's Main Campus, Interim Dean, and Deputy Dean of the McDonough School of Business. Furthermore, she has been a Visiting Professor of Finance at MIT's Sloan School of Management, a FINRA Academic Fellow, an Academic Fellow at the U.S. SEC, and a Visiting Research Scholar at the IMF, World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Future of Financing and Capital; Fulbright Scholar to Brazil; and Distinguished Scholar at the Reserve Bank of India’s CAFRAL. She served on the Biden-Harris Transition Team. She has served in several leadership roles for professional associations including President of Financial Management Association International; board of Western Finance Association; and board of ECGI.

Dr. Aggarwal's expertise extends beyond academia, she has consulted for governments, companies, and organizations such as the IMF, World Bank, UN, IFC, OPIC, IADB, and OECD. She has provided valuable advice to financial institutions, stock exchanges, and securities commissions in several countries. She serves on the boards of for-profit financial firms.

She received a Ph.D. in finance from the University of Maryland and M.M.S. from BITS, India.

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Academic Appointment(s)

Professor, McDonough School of Business
Director, Georgetown Center for Financial Markets and Policy, McDonough School of Business