D. Sykes Wilford holds the W. Frank Hipp Distinguished Chair in Business Administration at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina and Senior Advisor to Access Corporate Finance, London. With a primary interest in financial economics and global economic trends, his academic focus is diverse, ranging from specific asset allocation and hedge fund risk management techniques, to longer-term economic and global financial market trends. Over the past few years, he has been active in consulting for hedge funds, foundations, corporations and banks, as well as, multi-lateral organizations. He is a frequently invited speaker for various entities such as the CME Foundation and the CFA Society. In these speaking roles, he has provided presentations on various subjects in Australia, Asia and Europe, as well as the United States. In addition, Sykes sits on several boards.
Since the completion of his Ph.D. in Economics from Tulane University in 1976, Sykes has held several positions in academia and business. He was an Economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York as well as Chief International Fixed-Income Strategist for Drexel in London. Sykes was also responsible for Chase Manhattan Bank’s interest rate and foreign exchange forecasting activities within the Economics Group, developing and leading the Bank’s central bank relationship program, and its Advanced Financial Risk Analysis (AFRA) program in London and New York.
Subsequent to his forecasting activities with The Chase Manhattan Bank, Sykes transitioned to trading and derivatives at Chase in London, developing various business lines related to risk management and financial engineering. Later, he instituted and nurtured capabilities concerned with Global Commodity Risk Management and with European Index-linked Derivative Products, as head of these divisions of Chase Manhattan Limited. Sykes also founded and managed the Portfolio Strategies Group in London, which created the market’s first portfolio swap. In doing so, he oversaw the development of the funds management capability (hedge fund) embedded in the portfolio swaps products. Following his career at Chase, Sykes focused more on asset management in his role as Chief Investment Officer of Bankers Trust Private Bank and later CDC Investment Management, a hedge fund.
Sykes has written in both the academic and professional press. His articles have appeared in research journals such as the American Economic Review, the Journal of Applied Finance, The Review of Financial Economics and the Journal of Finance. He has authored, co-authored and edited five books, ranging from economic policy in developing countries to Managing Financial Risk. While pursuing his career in the City and on Wall Street, he has maintained academic relationships along the way with several universities, including Pace University, New York University, L’Université de Saint-Louis in Brussels, The College of Charleston, KEDGE in Bordeaux, Tulane University and The University of New Orleans. He was named Honorary Professor of Finance at the City University of London (Cass School of Business).
- Ph.D. Tulane University
- M.A. Vanderbilt University
- B.A. University of Tennessee