Best 40-Under-40 Professor Asaf Manela by: Andrea Carter on February 12, 2014 | 1,820 Views February 12, 2014 Copy Link Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Email Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Share on Reddit Asaf Manela of Washington University’s Olin School of Business Asaf Manela Assistant Professor of Finance Age: 34 Institution: Washington University in St. Louis, Olin Business School Since: 2011 Before current institution: PhD student of finance at Chicago Booth Hometown: Nahariya, Israel Marital status: Married Children: 1 Education: University of Chicago, PhD, Finance Boston University, BA, Economics and Computer Science Courses currently teaching: Options, Futures, and Derivative Securities Fun facts: While in college, I started and eventually sold a software startup that helps students register for classes. I also enjoy sailing and scuba diving. Professor you most admire: Douglas Diamond, a visionary in financial intermediation research and a genuinely nice person. Most memorable moment as a professor: When a student in my class told me he had just nailed a job interview because of something I taught the previous week. “If I weren’t a b-school professor…” I would start a software company. Twitter: @AsafManela Only two years removed from his PhD program at Chicago’s Booth School, this 34-year-old finance professor is already producing fantastic academic research. He has won several “Best Paper” awards for his research in asset pricing, financial intermediation, and information economics. In his dissertation, he studied how the speed by which information diffuses affects its value to a stock market investor. A paper based on this dissertation is forthcoming in a leading academic publication, Journal of Financial Economics. Asaf Manela is among “The World’s 40 Best B-School Profs Under the Age of 40“ Comments or questions about this article? Email us.