DCM Academic Advisory Council


The academic advisory board is an integral part of the DCM process. The academic advisory board serves to generate new research ideas, vet the existing quantitative modeling, and help the firm stay abreast of developments in the academic literature. In essence, the academic advisory board provides an intellectual oversight of the firm’s investment process. The board was initially implemented in 2007 and meets on regularly basis at the firm’s office.


Vikas Agarwal, Ph.D

Professor of Finance
H. Talmage Dobbs, Jr. Chair and Professor of Finance J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University

Vikas Agarwal is a Professor of Finance at Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business. Vikas received his Ph.D. in finance from the London Business School. He is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Financial Research, University of Cologne, Germany. He also holds a Research Associate position at EDHEC Risk and Asset Management Center, France.

His broad areas of research interest include investments and asset pricing. His current research focuses on various issues related to hedge funds including characterization of risks, performance evaluation, determinants of money flows and risk-taking behavior, and impact of managerial incentives on performance in the hedge fund industry. His research has been published both in academic and practitioner journals including Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Investment Management, Journal of Alternative Investments, Foundations and Trends in Finance, and Journal of Asset Management. His research has been cited and discussed in the financial press and magazines including Euromoney, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.


Siva Nathan, Ph.D

Associate Professor, School of Accountancy
J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University

Siva Nathan is an Associate Professor at the Robinson College of Business. Siva received his Ph.D in accounting from SUNY at Buffalo. Nathan’s teaching interest focuses on financial accounting. His research interests include studying the effects of accounting numbers on stock prices, and financial analysts’ earnings forecasts and investment recommendations.

He has published numerous articles in publications such as the Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting Research and Contemporary Accounting Research.

Nathan is a recipient of the American Accounting Association Competitive Manuscript Award, and he has been widely cited in the business press for his research on the behavior of financial analysts.