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MSGF Faculty

Jerome Wong

Program Director

Jerome Wong had established successful careers in global finance and technology. His last corporate position was as Managing Director of Credit Structuring & Advisory at BNP Paribas in NY, where he was able to successfully expand his business during the height of the financial crisis. Previously he held similar roles at Citibank, UBS and Chase Manhattan Bank working in New York, London and Hong Kong where he managed groups creating financial products and solutions for banks, insurance companies and asset management firms. He began his finance career in credit derivatives and structured credit products in the mid 1990's and is well-regarded in the industry.  Prior to graduating with an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School, he worked in the greater Boston area in engineering and technical sales positions in digital image processing, software and defense companies. He had also received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University.

Mr. Wong is currently the CFO for Molon Labe LLC, a portfolio company of the angel group he co-founded, Angelus Funding LLC. The group’s portfolio includes investments in advanced materials, medical devices, Blockchain technology, software, drones, nano satellites, and several other sectors. His accomplishments include writing a career development book for college students, “Landing Internships and Your First Job: Why Qualifications Are Not Enough”


Gayane Hovakimian, PhD

Associate Professor

Dr. Hovakimian’s main area of research is corporate finance, focusing on financial constraints and their impact on firm investment, internal capital markets, capital structure, corporate restructurings, and diversification. She is also doing research on topics of corporate governance. Her work has been published in the Journal of Financial Economics; Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking; Journal of Financial Intermediation; Journal of Banking and Finance; Financial Management; and European Financial Management.

Dr. Hovakimian has taught a variety of courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including Introductory Finance, Corporate Finance, and Investments. Before coming to the Gabelli School, Dr. Hovakimian worked as a visiting professor at Baruch College.

She earned her BS in economics at the Armenian State University of Economics, her MA in economics from the University of Southern California, and her PhD in finance from Boston College.


Lin Tong, PhD

Assistant Professor

Dr. Tong's research interests include institutional investors, high-frequency trading, mutual funds, and behavioral finance. Her research has been presented at high-level gatherings in America and Europe, among them annual meetings of the American Finance Association, European Finance Association, and Financial Management Association, as well as the NYU Stern Conference on Market Microstructure. Dr. Tong’s work has been mentioned in several media outlets, including The Economist and Barron’s.

She earned her BA in mathematics at Nanjing University in China, her MS in mathematics from Iowa State University, and her PhD in finance from the University of Iowa.


An Yan, PhD

Professor; Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development; Co-Director, Center for Research in Contemporary Finance

Dr. Yan’s main research interest is in theoretical and empirical corporate finance. His research has been published in the Journal of Financial Economics, the Review of Financial Studies, the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and other significant academic outlets.

He received his BS from Tsinghua University in China, and his MA and PhD from Boston College.


Anthony Palma

Adjunct Instructor

Mr. Palma’s 35-year career has spanned investment management, public accounting, and financial services internal auditing and compliance. He is a member of the Gabelli School of Business Advisory Board, the board of directors of the Fiduciary and Investment Risk Management Association (FIRMA), the executive committee of the Internal Auditors Society of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), the financial services committee of the American Chamber of Commerce representative office in Singapore, and the Christian Brothers Academy Alumni board of trustees. He is a frequent speaker at financial services industry conferences and is a Certified Financial Services Auditor (CFSA) and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).

He received his bachelor’s degree in economics and his master’s degree in accounting from Fordham University, and did postgraduate study at New York University’s New School for Social Research, as well as at Monmouth University.


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