Raša Karapandža (born January 4, 1978) is a professor of finance at European Business School. He serves as an academic director of Master in Finance program and holds a chair of finance at EBS Business School. He holds a PhD degree in economics and finance from Barcelona Graduate School of Economics – University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona. He was a visiting research scholar at the NYU and at UC Berkeley.
The general focus of his research and teaching activities are investments, empirical asset pricing and portfolio management. In his recent papers, he studies return predictability of equities, new methods to test return predictability, the role of information on return predictability, and the use of big data to generate robustly predictable portfolio alphas. His work appeared in top finance and physics journals and was also featured in top media outlets like the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and Der Spiegel.
Currently he is teaching an undergraduate class in Investments, MBA class in Finance, Executive MBA course in Corporate finance and a graduate class in Asset Pricing and Derivatives. He was elected favorite professor by the EBS business school’s student body for his teaching many years now – in 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15 and again in 2015/16. What makes him really proud is that he was elected an honorary member of the EBS student body association. In his teaching he has successfully used various formats – classic ex-cathedra, inverted classroom, case studies, business simulation games, Bloomberg and Matlab computer labs. He is passionate about blended learning techniques and for his students he has created an iPad e-book with more than 10 hours of video lectures, interactive quizzes, problem sets and lots of additional learning material.
He is married to Tamara. They have one child, a son named Filip.