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Wharton Faculty

Peter Conti-Brown
Philadelphia, PA
Peter Conti-Brown
Class of 1965 Associate Professor of Financial Regulation | Associate Professor of Legal Studies & Business Ethics, The Wharton School
A financial historian and a legal scholar, I study central banking, financial regulation, and public finance, with a particular focus on the history and policies of the U.S. Federal Reserve System. I am the author of the book "The Power and Independence of the Federal Reserve" (Princeton University Press 2016), co-author of a leading textbook on financial regulation ("The Law of Financial Institutions"), and author and editor of several other books and articles on central banking, financial regulation and bank corporate governance. I received a law degree from Stanford Law School and a PhD in history from Princeton.
Mauro Guillén
England, United Kingdom
Mauro Guillén
Dr. Felix Zandman Professor Emeritus of Management, The Wharton School
I am the Dean of Cambridge Judge Business School and a former Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellow. I combine my training as a sociologist at Yale and as a business economist in my native Spain to methodically identify and quantify the most promising opportunities at the intersection of demographic, economic and technological developments. My research, op-eds, and commentary have been featured in numerous outlets, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, the Economist and Financial Times. I am also the author of the bestselling book "2030: How Today's Biggest Trends Will Collide and Reshape the Future of Everything" (August 2020).
Sarah Hammer
New York, NY
Sarah Hammer
Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School | Managing Director, Stevens Center for Innovation in Finance | Senior Director, Harris Family Alternative Investments Program
In my current roles, I focus on private capital investments and financial technology. Previously, I served as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions and Director of the Office of Financial Institutions Policy at the United States Department of the Treasury. I also served on the board of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC). I have held various leadership positions throughout financial services in general management, portfolio management, trading, marketing, research and analytics. I have a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an MSt from Oxford University. I am a Harry S. Truman Scholar and a member of the American Law Institute.
David Musto
Philadelphia, PA
David Musto
Ronald O. Perelman Professor in Finance, The Wharton School | Director, Stevens Center for Innovation in Finance
I have been a faculty member of the Wharton School since 1995 and served as Senior Financial Economist at the Securities Exchange Commission from 2005 to 2007. I have a BA from Yale University and a PhD from the University of Chicago. Most of my work, both theoretical and empirical, is in the area of consumer financial services, mutual funds and consumer credit. I have also published work on corporate and political voting, option pricing, short selling and cross-border taxation.
Lyle Ungar
Philadelphia, PA
Lyle Ungar
Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions, The Wharton School | Professor of Computer and Information Science, University of Pennsylvania
I am a Professor of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania, where I also hold appointments in multiple departments in the Wharton School and the Schools of Medicine, Arts and Sciences, and Engineering and Applied Science. I have published over 300 articles, supervised two dozen PhD students, and am a co-inventor on patents. My current research focuses on developing scalable machine-learning methods for data mining and text mining, including deep-learning methods for natural language processing and analysis of cell phone data and social media to better understand the drivers of physical and mental well-being.

Visa Leaders

Carolina Barcenas
Austin, TX
Carolina Barcenas
(Former) SVP, Visa Research, Visa
At Visa, I lead a research team that drives innovation in areas such as artificial intelligence, security and the future of payments, focusing in blockchain and digital currencies. I work closely with academia to advance the science of payments and with Visa’s product management and engineering teams to incorporate research breakthroughs into Visa commercial offerings. I have always been fascinated with discovering models that captured physical phenomenon and have spent most of my professional career building models in fintech and trying to increase the number of women in tech.
Wayne Best
San Francisco, CA
Wayne Best
SVP, Chief Economist, Visa
Combining a passion for business with an engineer's logic, I have a knack for translating econometric analyses into plain English. I travel the world explaining the economic forces shaping the future, consulting with client executives and presenting at conferences from London to Singapore and throughout the United States.
Matt Dill
Arlington, VA
Matt Dill
Global Head, Strategic Partnerships and Ventures, Visa
I serve as the Global Head of Business Development for Visa's Emerging Products Organization. My team focuses on identifying, developing and commercializing relationships with strategic non-financial institution (non-FI) partners capable of extending the reach and utility of Visa's payment network on behalf of consumers, issuers and acquirers globally. Throughout my 20-year career, I have held a variety of strategic development and hands-on operating roles in the financial services, consumer technology and media fields.
Todd Fox
San Francisco, CA
Todd Fox
VP, Global Government Engagement, Visa
I work in partnership with public authorities and international organizations to accelerate financial access and inclusion, including partnering with government officials around the world to advance policies that foster the growth of electronic payments. I have held several positions at the United States Department of Commerce and Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington, D.C. I have a BA from LeMoyne College and an MA from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. In 2001, I was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study the North American Free Trade Agreement at McGill University.
Juan Gorricho
Arlington, VA
Juan Gorricho
VP, Data Products and Solutions, Visa
I have more than 20 years of experience leading data and analytics teams for multiple organizations. Currently, I serve as Vice President of Global Data and Business Intelligence at Visa, where I oversee the use of data at Visa to foster a data-driven culture. Prior to joining Visa, I spent 10 years at Disney leading several different teams in the data and analytics space.
Charlotte Hogg
England, United Kingdom
Charlotte Hogg
Chief Executive Officer, Europe, Visa
I am the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer for Visa’s European operations and have more than 30 years of experience in financial services, bank operations and management consulting. Prior to joining Visa, I served as Chief Operating Officer for the Bank of England and held leadership roles with Santander UK, Experian, Discover Financial Services, Morgan Stanley and McKinsey & Company. I graduated from the University of Oxford with a BA in economics and history. I am a Kennedy Memorial Trust Scholar from Harvard University and have an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Warwick University.
Michael Jabbara
San Francisco, CA
Michael Jabbara
VP, Global Risk, Visa
As Global Head of Risk Strategy and Operation, I assess how key security trends are transforming the payments landscape, determine the technology, processes and analytics necessary for Visa and its partners to keep pace and develop the roadmap necessary to realize our mission to be the most trusted payments network in the world. Previously, I have led initiatives within Visa's Global Product Commercialization group, providing insights on emerging payments trends and delivering innovative solutions that enable our partners to deliver seamless and secure payment experiences to their customers.
Barbara Kotschwar
Washington, D.C.
Barbara Kotschwar
Executive Director, Visa Economic Empowerment Institute, Visa
I lead a team of experts in the fields of payments, economic policy, technology and security working to advance digital equity and inclusion, unlocking growth through trade and fostering an open future for payments. I represent Visa on the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council (GFC) on Economic Growth and Recovery and am a past member of the GFC on Trade and Investment. Prior to joining Visa, I led the World Bank’s investment policy portfolio on international investment agreements (IIAs), regional integration and services, and was a coordinator for investment policy in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa. I have a PhD and Master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and hold a Bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from McGill University.
Melissa McSherry
Arlington, VA
Melissa McSherry
(Former) SVP, Global Data, Security and Identity Products, Visa
I oversee the Global Data, Security and Identity Products team, which provides Visa clients and partners with products to drive higher authorizations, lower fraud, more customer engagement, better underwriting and greater marketing return on investment. My team is especially focused on making insights responsibly available where and when our clients need it, through application programming interfaces (APIs), web applications and execution engines, and providing easy-to-use applications that leverage the scope and power of the Visa network. I have spoken internationally on topics including data science in business applications and women in data science and technology, and have an MBA from Stanford and a BA from Harvard.
Chuck Mortimore
San Francisco, CA
Chuck Mortimore
(Former) VP, Data Products and Solutions, Visa
I have spent the last two decades building some of the world’s most successful identify and security products, platforms and standards. At Visa, I led the fraud detection and prevention, payment authentication and AI platforms with a focus on using machine learning to drive better customer outcomes and minimal friction. I hold a Bachelor of Business from the University of Madison and a Master’s Degree from the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University.
Sunil Seshadri
San Francisco, CA
Sunil Seshadri
(Former) Chief Information Security Officer, Visa
I oversee Visa’s global cybersecurity programs and the teams responsible for security architecture, product security engineering, software security, cyber defense and engineering, identity and access management, governance, risk and compliance. I have more than 20 years of experience in assessing, designing, building and operating large-scale and cutting-edge security platforms in complex and fast-paced environments. Throughout my career, I have successfully formed and guided highly efficient, cohesive, and global teams in both start-ups and mature organizations.