Antoinette Schoar is the Stewart C. Myers-Horn Family Professor of Finance, MIT Sloan School of Management. She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago and an undergraduate degree from Germany. Her research interests span from entrepreneurial finance to fintech, consumer finance and financial intermediation. She received several awards including the Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship and the Brattle Prize for best paper in the Journal of Finance.  She is the co-chair of the NBER Corporate Finance group. She previously was the chair of the MIT finance department and co-chair of the Entrepreneurship Working Group at the NBER. She has served as an associate editor of The Journal of Finance, The American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, and the Journal of Economic Perspectives. She also is the cofounder of ideas42 a non-profit organization that uses insights from behavioral economics and psychology to solve social problems.


Known as #CryptoDad for his celebrated call on the U.S. Congress to respect a new generation’s interest in cryptocurrency, the Honorable J. Christopher Giancarlo served as 13th Chairperson of the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Considered one of the most influential individuals in the field of financial regulation, Giancarlo has also been a member of the U.S. Financial Stability Oversight Committee, the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets, and the Executive Board of the International Organization of Securities Commissions.