Our People

At SOFR Academy, our people are our greatest asset. Our team is a combination of experienced professionals who have excelled in their chosen fields spanning across academia, technology and financial services. We are united in our mission to empower clients, businesses and communities with the knowledge and skills required to transition away from LIBOR.
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David A. Shore

David A. Shore, PhD is a former Associate Dean at Harvard University where he continues to teach and lead executive education seminars. He is on the External Advisory Board of McKinsey & Company focused on the implementation of innovations. Shore is Adjunct Professor of Organizational Development and Change, School of Business, University of Monterrey (Mexico) and the former Distinguished Professor of Innovation and Change, Tianjin University of Finance and Economics (China).

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Marcus A. Burnett

Marcus is a former interest rate derivatives trader and recognized LIBOR Transition industry leader in the United States and United Kingdom assisting industry working groups, trade associations and financial market participants in planning and execution of LIBOR transition programs. Marcus holds degrees in Philosophy and Finance as well as executive leadership certifications from Harvard and Columbia Universities respectively. Marcus founded SOFR Academy to help build leaders in a SOFR-based financial ecosystem for clients, businesses and communities.

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Chris Babu

Chris brings 19 years of experience in financial services, most recently as Managing Director and Head of Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities trading at Deutsche Bank. Previously a derivatives trader at Bank of America, with experience in whole loans, ABS, and nonagency mortgages. Chris is a speaker and published author through Permuted Press/Simon & Schuster. Chris earned a BS in Mathematics from MIT.

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James Sanford

James is 30-year veteran of financial services having held Managing Director positions at both JP Morgan and Credit Suisse USA. James possesses deep knowledge of global debt and credit products as well as the Commercial Real Estate finance market. James is a contributing columnist to TheStreet and has appeared on CNBC.

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Jorge A. Cosano-Martinez

Jorge is a former technology and consumer goods executive and McKinsey & Company consultant turned venture capitalist who specializes in identifying new business opportunities and models that disrupt traditional industries. Jorge previously held leadership positions at L’Oreal, LVMH and IBM. Jorge earned his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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David A. Shore

David A. Shore, PhD is a former Associate Dean at Harvard University where he continues to teach and lead executive education seminars. He is on the External Advisory Board of McKinsey & Company focused on the implementation of innovations. Shore is Adjunct Professor of Organizational Development and Change, School of Business, University of Monterrey (Mexico) and the former Distinguished Professor of Innovation and Change, Tianjin University of Finance and Economics (China).

Haoxiang Zhu

Haoxiang Zhu

Haoxiang Zhu is an Associate Professor of Finance at the MIT Sloan School of Management and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He has widely published on asset pricing, market structure, and market design, and won several research awards. He has previously served as an academic expert for the CFTC and the BIS, and is currently a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago's Working Group on Financial Markets. He holds a BA in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Oxford and a PhD in Finance from Stanford.

Marcus Burnett

Marcus A. Burnett

Marcus is a former interest rate derivatives trader and recognized LIBOR Transition industry leader in the United States and United Kingdom assisting industry working groups, trade associations and financial market participants in planning and execution of LIBOR transition programs. Marcus holds degrees in Philosophy and Finance as well as executive leadership certifications from Harvard and Columbia Universities respectively. Marcus founded SOFR Academy to help build leaders in a SOFR-based financial ecosystem for clients, businesses and communities.

Chris Babu

Chris Babu

Chris brings 19 years of experience in financial services, most recently as Managing Director and Head of Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities trading at Deutsche Bank. Previously a derivatives trader at Bank of America, with experience in whole loans, ABS, and nonagency mortgages. Chris is a speaker and published author through Permuted Press/Simon & Schuster. Chris earned a BS in Mathematics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

James Sanford​

James A. Sanford

James is 30-year veteran of financial services having held Managing Director positions at both JP Morgan and Credit Suisse USA. James possesses deep knowledge of global debt and credit products as well as the Commercial Real Estate finance market. James is a contributing columnist to TheStreet and has appeared on CNBC.

Jorge A. Cosano-Martinez

Jorge A. Cosano-Martinez

Jorge is a former technology and consumer goods executive and McKinsey & Company consultant turned venture capitalist who specializes in identifying new business opportunities and models that disrupt traditional industries. Jorge previously held leadership positions at L’Oreal, LVMH and IBM. Jorge earned his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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