Roni Michaely is the Rudd Family professor of finance at the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University and also affiliated with the Interdisciplinary Center.
His research is in the areas of corporate finance, capital markets, and valuation. Currently, his research is focused on conflict of interest in capital markets, corporate payout policy, and securities’ valuation. He was recently recognized as one of the most cited people in finance, and serves an associate editor for the Journal of Finance.
His research has appeared in many journals and news publications. Professor Michaely has given over 200 invited research talks and presentations worldwide. His research has also received many awards and honors. He was also the director of the Israeli Securities Authority (1998-2003) and the chairman of Tachlit investment committee. He consults on restructuring and trading strategies and is currently on the board of Tipranks, an Israeli start-up firm.
The Tech MBA program is notable for students’ proactive and practical learning experiences through projects and interactions with start-ups, large tech companies, and companies that implement disruptive technologies. The trek to Israel falls within this realm. The trek's main objective is to engage students in an active and meaningful way with firms in the digital economy; to understand the challenges they face; to interact and experience working with people and startups from different culture; and to gain insight that will help students in their professional life. Leading up to the trek, students work in teams on a consulting project with an Israeli startup to help solve some of the challenges the firm faces. During the trek itself, students visit the companies and present their solution to the startup, others in the iTrek class, and outside guests such VCs, angel investors, and bankers.