Kenneth A. Froot is the André R. Jakurski Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus, at Harvard University's Graduate School of Business Administration. His prior appointments at Harvard include HBS Director of Research, the Industrial Bank of Japan Professorship in Finance and the Thomas Henry Carroll-Ford Foundation Visitor's Chair. Prior to coming to Harvard, he held the Ford International Development Chair at MIT, where he joined the faculty in 1986. He has taught numerous courses in economics and finance, including more recently Capital Markets, International Finance, and Risk Management.
Professor Froot received his B.A. from Stanford University and his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. He spent the 1988-1989 academic year as an Olin Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, where he is Research Associate and served as Chair of the NBER’s Insurance Group. His research on a wide range of topics in finance, risk management, and international markets has been published in many journals and books.
Professor Froot is a founding partner of State Street Associates and MKT MediaStats, which produce investment and knowledge resources for investors, and of HDAI, which generates mortality, morbidity and health-care-related information. Covering a range of international and financial policy, risk and investment management issues, Froot has worked with companies, countries, and held appointments at official institutions, including the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve. He served as Financial Adviser to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia and the Finance Minister of Poland and also served on the Economic Advisory Board of the Export-Import Bank of the US and on the staff of the US President's Council of Economic Advisers.