Rasiel appointed as Eads Professor of the Practice in Energy

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Thursday, Nov 15, 2018 - 2:59 pm

The Duke University Energy Initiative and Fuqua School of Business have appointed Dr. Emma Rasiel as the Eads Professor of the Practice in Energy.

She is a Professor of the Practice in the Finance Area at Fuqua, Teaching Director of the Duke Financial Economics Center, Associate Chair and Professor of Economics at Duke, and Faculty Fellow of the Duke University Energy Initiative. 

As the Eads Professor of the Practice in Energy, Rasiel will further assume responsibility for teaching and advising students in energy finance. She will also help the Energy Initiative cultivate more internship opportunities for undergraduates in energy. 

 “Emma Rasiel is just the perfect person for the job,” says Brian Murray, Director of the Duke University Energy Initiative. “She has extensive expertise in finance as a practitioner and in the classroom. She has developed a first-rate internship program for undergraduates that we are thrilled will now include a greater emphasis on energy. I thank Emma for agreeing to join us and the Eads family for their generosity in supporting her professorship.”       

Rasiel regularly teaches Practical Financial Markets, Intermediate Finance, Equity Research, and Behavioral Finance (available to anyone as an online course via Coursera).

She has spearheaded a range of curricular and extra-curricular programs preparing Duke undergraduates for careers in business and finance. Among them are bank-sponsored case study competitions; an alumni-student mentoring program for 80 students each year; and January Networking Days, which annually connect more than 100 students with 40+ visiting alumni for mock interviews in investment banking.

Rasiel is also Director of Graduate Studies for the new MS in Quantitative Financial Economics Program.

Rasiel holds bachelor's and master's degrees in mathematics from Oxford University (1986) and an MBA from the Wharton School (1990). In 1990, she joined Goldman Sachs, working in the New York office two years before spending five years trading European bond options in London. Promoted to Executive Director in 1994, she left Goldman in 1997 to pursue further graduate study. She earned her PhD in finance at the Fuqua School of Business in 2003.

The Eads Professor of the Practice in Energy is supported by a gift from Duke trustee Ralph Eads (T’81) and his wife Lisa to the Duke University Energy Initiative. Eads, who earned an undergraduate degree in economics at Duke, is vice chairman of Jefferies, LLC, where he leads the firm's global energy section.