NYU Stern School of Business | Groups


Non-Equities Competition Judges

Navin Belani
Analyst, Corporate Credit Research Putnam Investments

Mr. Belani is an Analyst in the Corporate Credit Research group, focusing on high-grade and high-yield companies in the telecommunications, cable, and utilities sectors. He is responsible for conducting fundamental analysis and valuation of the companies in these industries, and making buy/sell recommendations. Mr. Belani joined Putnam in 2003 and has been in the investment industry since 2000.

Mark Puccia
Managing Director, Corporate Ratings | Standard & Poors
Mark Puccia is a Managing Director and Chief Credit Officer Americas for Corporates and Governments Criteria, overseeing the Criteria development and approval for Corporates, Governments, and Financial Services entities.
Before assuming his current position, Mark was the Chief Criteria Officer of Corporate Ratings worldwide at Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services. In that role, he was responsible for establishing ratings criteria for industrial companies, utilities, and infrastructure globally. Mark has also served as the Chief Criteria Officer for Insurance Ratings and the Chief Criteria Officer for Funds Ratings. He has significant international experience, having had primary analytic responsibility for ratings in the United Kingdom, Bermuda, the Netherlands, Japan, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.  Mark was also a member of Standard & Poor’s Analytic Policy Board, which oversaw criteria for all of Ratings Services.

Before joining Standard & Poor’s, Mark’s work experience included several years with Chase Manhattan Bank's insurance lending group arranging multi-million dollar credit facilities for several large insurers. He arranged the first foreign financing for the country's largest stock-owned diversified financial services institution. He previously served as a senior management analyst with Connecticut General Corp.'s group pension operations.
Mark holds a bachelor of arts degree in Economics from Cornell University and a master of business administration degree from the Wharton Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Pennsylvania.

Zayd Hammam
Founder and CIO | Gansett Companies

Zayd Hammam is the Founder and CIO of Gansett Companies, a New York-based distressed private credit investment firm.  Prior to founding Gansett, Zayd was a Principal at Atalaya Capital Management, a $3 billion credit opportunity fund. He began his financial career as a special situations analyst at Mentor Partners and Société Générale Asset Management.  Zayd is also a Partner at Rhino Investment Management, a London-based specialized real estate debt investment firm.  Zayd graduated from the University of Pennsylvania where he received degrees in Electrical Engineering (Moore School) and Finance (Wharton).

Sumit Roy
Magnetar Capital

Sumit Roy works in the Fixed Income business at Magnetar Capital, a multi-strategy alternatives asset manager headquartered in Evanston, IL with more than USD 13 billion in AUM.  Prior to joining Magnetar Capital in 2012, Mr. Roy was a Portfolio Manager in charge of global macro strategies (in rates, credit, currency and equity markets) at Mizuho Alternative Investments (MAI), a subsidiary of the Mizuho Financial Group.  Prior to joining MAI in 2009, he was a Principal at JWM Partners from 2005 to 2008, where he was responsible for relative value and directional strategies in credit and structured credit (including ABS and ABS related CDOs). Mr. Roy was Head of Global Credit Derivatives and co-Head of Global Structured Credit Products at Citigroup from 2000 to 2005, where he was responsible for global CDS trading, corporate credit and ABS correlation businesses, hybrid CDOs in ABS and leveraged loans, repackaging and miscellaneous structuring.  Prior to this, Mr. Roy founded and ran the Global Emerging Markets Derivatives business at Salomon Brothers/Citigroup, which pioneered the use of credit derivatives as risk transfer instruments.  He joined the interest rate derivatives group at Salomon Brothers in 1992 after spending five years at Deutsche Bank, where he structured and traded interest rate derivatives. He serves on the Board of Managers of ICE Clear Credit, LLC, an institution set up to provide a central clearing facility for credit default swaps.

Mr. Roy holds a BA (Honours) in Economics from St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi and an MBA (with Distinction) from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School.

Michael Weinberg
Chief Investment Strategist | Protégé Partner
For more than two decades Michael has invested directly at the security level and indirectly as an asset allocator in traditional and alternative asset classes. 

He is the Chief Investment Strategist at Protege Partners, where he is a Senior Managing Director, and on the investment, risk and management committees. Michael is also an adjunct Associate Professor of Economics and Finance at Columbia Business School, where he teaches Institutional Investing: Alternatives in Pension Plans, an advanced MBA course that he created. 

He spent nine years at FRM, a multi-strategy hedge fund solutions provider where he was a portfolio manager and headed the global equity business. Prior to that, Michael was a portfolio manager at Soros, the macro fund and family office, and at Credit Suisse First Boston. Before that he was a Real Estate analyst at Dean Witter.

Michael is an advisory board member for the NYU Stern Investment Management and Research Society, Woodlake Group, PeerIQ and YJP, a young professional organization. He is a member of AIMA's Research Committee and will join its board in September 2016. Michael is a member of The Economic Club of New York, the NYU Family Office Council and the Money Marketeers. He is a volunteer at the Columbia Business School Hermes Society, and the Chair of the Value Investing Committee at NYSSA. 

Michael is a published author, having written articles for The New York Times, Institutional Investor, CFA Institute and CAIA. He has been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, CNBC, Bloomberg and Reuters. Michael is a frequent panelist, moderator and lecturer for investment banks, institutional and family office organizations and business schools including Institutional Investor, Pensions & Investments, SALT, Harvard and The London School of Economics. He has a BS from New York University, an MBA from Columbia Business School and is a CFA.

Nestor D. Dominguez
Co-Head and Portfolio Manager, Credit Relative Value | Carlson Capital, LP.

Mr. Dominguez joined Carlson Capital, a global multi-strategy investment management firm, in 2008 after spending 15 years with Salomon Brothers and Citigroup.

From 1997 through 2007, he was the co-head of the global CDO business at Citigroup within the Structured Credit Department running Secondary Trading, Syndication, and Origination. During 1996 and 1997, Mr. Dominguez worked on corporate debt syndication at Salomon Brothers specializing in the debt of financial companies. From 1993 to 1995, he traded interest rate derivative products and was responsible for Salomon’s structured interest rate derivative effort. Prior to joining Salomon Brothers in 1993, Mr. Dominguez spent time at Credit Suisse First Boston as a quantitative analyst and OTC options trader, and at Bear Stearns as an OTC derivative trader.

Mr. Dominguez began his career working as an Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Mr. Dominguez was a research fellow at the Brookings Institution for Advanced Study in Washington D.C prior to joining the Federal Reserve.

He received a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Maryland, and a BS and M.S. from the University of Wisconsin.