André Perold is a Founder, Managing Partner, and Chief Investment Officer of HighVista Strategies, a Boston-based endowment management firm. HighVista employs an approach based on broad diversification and risk management across global asset classes and alternative investments. Perold is also the George Gund Professor of Finance and Banking, Emeritus at the Harvard Business School, where he had a distinguished career over more than three decades before assuming his current role at HighVista in mid-2011. He had previously served as Chairman of HighVista’s Investment Committee while he was still at Harvard.
Perold is the author and co-author of numerous articles, cases, and two books, all relating to investment management, capital markets, and the financial system. At Harvard Business School, he developed popular courses in Investment Management and Capital Markets, including a recent course focused on investing in real assets. Perold has received numerous awards for teaching excellence, and he was voted the School’s most outstanding professor in a Business Week student survey. He also served in senior roles at Harvard Business School, including as a Senior Associate Dean and Chair of the Finance Faculty.
In addition to his work at Harvard and HighVista, Perold has served as a director, trustee and advisory board member of a variety of not-for-profit and other organizations. He is presently a director of The Vanguard Group and Rand Merchant Bank, and is an Overseer of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and a member of the Investment Committee of the Partners Healthcare. He also serves on a number of advisory boards, including the Advisory Council of the Financial Analysts Journal. Perold received his Bachelor's degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and his Masters and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University.