Samantha Kappagoda is Chief Economist and co-founder of Risk Economics, Inc., a New York City based advisory firm. She provides advisory services as well as research and development (R&D) of rigorous analytics with applications to large-scale, real-world modeling and surveillance of global macroeconomic trends, socioeconomic and demographic conditions, and geopolitical events. As lead for the RiskEcon® macroeconomic and portfolio strategy advisory practice, Samantha’s areas of expertise include currency, fixed income, commodity and capital markets activity, as well as business cycle dynamics, econometric time-series and longitudinal analyses of consumer behavior, labor markets, wealth and income distribution, housing, population and immigration, political risk and international trade, resource allocation, environment, health, aging and retirement.
Samantha is also co-lead investigator at RiskEcon® Lab for Decision Metrics, established in 2011 at NYU Courant Institute for Mathematical Sciences, in order to
apply a range of computational methods to analyze commercial, consumer and population-related societal trends. She is also Visiting Scholar at Courant Institute, and associated with the Social Media and Political Participation Lab (SMaPP) at NYU, an interdisciplinary collaboration that investigates the relationships between social media and political behavior. Previously, she was Senior Economist at Caxton Associates LP, a hedge fund established in 1983. She was a key member of Caxton Global, the firm’s flagship global macro fund, which, at its peak, had approximately $12 billion of assets under management.
Samantha serves as a senior editorial advisory board member of The Journal of Risk Finance (JRF), an Emerald Publications journal which provides a rigorous forum for the publication, both by academics and practitioners, of theoretical and empirical research related to the financing of risk, with a long-standing focus on issues of market convergence. She was originally the founding Managing Editor of JRF in 1999, initially published by Institutional Investor Journals/Euromoney, before its successful sale to its current publisher. She has also served as Special Editor for Risk Management, for The Journal of Alternative Investments, another Institutional Investor journal.
Samantha holds an M.B.A. in Analytic Finance and Statistics from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She also holds an M.A. in Economics from the University of Toronto, and graduated with a B.Sc. (Honors) in Mathematics from Imperial College, London. In addition to Glynwood, Samantha currently serves as a member of the board of directors of two other not-for-profit organizations: Council for Economic Education, an organization that delivers economic education and financial literacy to K12 students by educating the educators; and the Girl Scouts of Greater New York . Samantha is also a member of the leadership council of Black Rock Forest Consortium , a 4,000-acre natural living laboratory for field-based scientific research and education, operated by a consortium of twenty-three colleges and universities, public and independent schools, and scientific and cultural institutions.