Specialties: Objectivism (the philosophy of Ayn Rand), Middle Eastern history, U.S. foreign policy, terrorism, finance, business ethics, venture capital, economics.
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Dr. Yaron Brook (MBA, University of Texas at Austin; PhD, Finance,
University of Texas at Austin) is the executive director of the Ayn Rand
Institute. He is a columnist at Forbes.com,
and his articles have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, USA
Today, Investor’s Business Daily, and many other publications. He is
a frequent guest on national radio and television programs and is a
contributing author to both Neoconservatism: An Obituary for an Idea and
Winning the Unwinnable War: America’s Self-Crippled Response to Islamic
Totalitarianism. Dr. Brook is co-author with ARI fellow Don Watkins of the
national best-seller Free
Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand’s Ideas Can End Big Government. A
former finance professor, he speaks internationally on such topics as the
causes of the financial crisis, the morality of capitalism, ending the growth
of the state, and U.S. foreign policy.
Dr. Brook was born and raised in Israel. He served as a first sergeant in Israeli military intelligence and earned a BSc in civil engineering from Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel. In 1987 he moved to the United States, where he received his MBA and Ph.D. in finance from the University of Texas at Austin; he became an American citizen in 2003. For seven years he was an award-winning finance professor at Santa Clara University, and in 1998 he cofounded a financial advisory firm, BH Equity Research, of which he is presently managing director and chairman.
1994 PhD in Finance, University of Texas at Austin
1989 Master of Business Administration, University of Texas at Austin
1986 Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel
1/00 to present President and Executive Director, The Ayn Rand Institute, Irvine California
1/98 to present Founder, Managing Director and Chairman, BH Equity Research (a financial advisory firm specializing in market neutral strategies for public markets and in private equity), San Jose, California
9/93 to 8/00 Assistant Professor, Santa Clara University, Department of Finance
1/88 to 8/93 Assistant Instructor, University of Texas at Austin, Finance Department, Austin, Texas
1979—1982 First Sergeant, Israeli Armed Forces, Military Intelligence
Board of Directors of:
College America, Inc.
The Ayn Rand Institute
BH Equity Research
The Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism
Leavey Faculty Achievement Award for Teaching, Santa Clara University, 1997
Dean’s Teaching and Innovation Award, Santa Clara University, 1997
Leavey Research Grant, Santa Clara University, 1996, 1997
Leavey Grant for Teaching, Santa Clara University, 1994
Santa Clara University Presidential Research Grant, 1994, 1995
The University of Texas Graduate Fellowship, 1989—1991
Robert B. Williamson Memorial Scholarship, 1991
Gus S. Wortham Scholarship, 1988—1992
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