Janet Tavakoli is the president of Tavakoli Structured Finance, a derivatives risk consulting firm for financial institutions. She has worked as a chemical engineer, earned her MBA from the University of Chicago, taught derivatives as an adjunct associate professor of finance at the University of Chicago's Booth Business School (Graduate School of Business), and worked for Wall Street firms in New York and London. She was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, lived in Iran during the Islamic revolution, lived in New York for a decade, lived in London for several years, and has traveled extensively for business and pleasure in Europe and Japan.
She is the author of Risk (Lyons McNamara 2016), Decisions: Life and Death on Wall Street (Lyons McNamara 2015), Credit Derivatives & Synthetic Structures, 2nd ed. (Wiley 1998, 2001), Structured Finance & Collateralized Debt Obligations, 2nd ed. (Wiley 2003, 2008), and Dear Mr. Buffett: What an Investor Learns 1,269 Miles from Wall Street, (Wiley 2009).
The New Robber Barons (Lyons McNamara, 2013), is a compilation of her web-based commentaries since the September 2008 financial crisis.
Archangels: Rise of the Jesuits (Lyons McNamara, 2013) is her fiction debut thriller.
Unveiled Threat: A Personal Experience of Fundamentalist Islam and the Roots of Terrorism (Lyons McNamara, 2014) is a non-fiction thriller and commentary.
Ms. Tavakoli is frequently published and quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, New York Times, Business Week, Bloomberg News, and more. She is also a frequent front page writer at the Huffington Post. Frequent television appearances include CBS's 60 Minutes, CNN, C-Span, CNBC, BNN, CBS Evening News, Bloomberg TV, Fox, ABC, and BBC.