R.A. Farrokhnia is an award-winning Columbia University professor whose multidisciplinary teaching and research take place in the Business, Engineering, and Journalism Schools. In addition, he is the founding executive director of Columbia’s initiative focused on fintech, officially entitled Advanced Projects and Applied Research in Fintech (fintech. gsb.columbia.edu). His research and work focus on fintech, blockchain/crypto, machine learning and AI, data analytics, and enterprise software. He has extensive global professional experience and collaborates often in numerous capacities with tier-1 multinationals, venture funds, and start-ups in New York and Silicon Valley. His programs and commentary have been featured in best-selling books and leading publications such as the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, CNN, and CNBC.