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Dr. Ronald Kahn
Global Head of Systematic Equity Research

Ronald Kahn is Global Head of Scientific Equity Research at BlackRock in San Francisco. He is responsible for the research underpinning BlackRock's Scientific Active Equity products.

His service with the firm dates back to 1998, including his years with Barclays Global Investors (BGI), which merged with BlackRock in 2009. He is a well-known expert on portfolio management, risk modeling, and quantitative analysis. He was Director of Research at Barra for many years, and ran the Barra Research Seminars.

With Richard Grinold, he authored Active Portfolio Management: Quantitative Theory and Applications. The two of them are the 2013 winners of James R. Vertin award, presented periodically by the CFA Institute to recognize individuals who have produced a body of research notable for its relevance and enduring value to investment professionals. In 2016, he presented the biannual Thys Vissser Memorial Lecture Series at Stellenbosch University. He is a 2007 winner of the Bernstein Fabozzi/Jacobs Levy award for best article in the Journal of Portfolio Management. He serves on the editorial advisory boards of the Financial Analysts Journal, the Journal of Portfolio Management and the Journal of Investment Consulting. The 2007 book How I Became a Quant includes his essay describing his transition from physics to finance. He teaches the equities half of the course, “International Equity and Currency Markets” (MFE 230G) in UC Berkeley’s Master of Financial Engineering Program.

He received an AB in Physics, summa cum laude, from Princeton University, and a PhD in Physics from Harvard University. He won an AAAS Mass Media Science Fellowship at Newsweek during the summer of 1983. His other activities include membership on the Board of Trustees of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, the Advisory Board of Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth, and the board of the French-American International School.

Current/Future Committee Membership
Name Office Start Date End Date
Board of Trustees Mar 01, 2013 Feb 28, 2021
Investment Committee Mar 07, 2013 Feb 28, 2021

Past Committee Membership
Name Office Start Date End Date
Committee on Trustees Aug 12, 2013 Feb 28, 2014
Committee on Trustees Apr 25, 2014 Feb 28, 2015
Committee on Trustees Mar 01, 2016 Mar 01, 2017