George Athanassakos

Dr. George Athanassakos is a Professor of Finance and the Ben Graham Chair in Value Investing at Ivey Business School, which he joined in July 2004. He is also the Founder & Managing Director of The Ben Graham Centre for Value Investing

Prior to joining Ivey, Dr. Athanassakos spent a number of years at various research-related positions with banking and trust companies in Canada and Greece, and taught at York University and Wilfrid Laurier University. He has a BA in Economics and Business Administration from The School of Industrial Studies of Thessalonica, Greece, and an MA in Economics, an MBA and a PhD in Finance from York University.

The Financial Planning Standards Council has bestowed Dr.  Athanassakos with the Fellow of FPSC™ distinction for his outstanding contribution to furthering FPSC’s mission and for advancing the financial planning profession. 

Dr. Athanassakos has been ranked among the top 10 researchers in Canada by research published in Financial Management and among the top 10 Canadian professors by the Globe and Mail. He has published in numerous academic journals including Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, Journal of Financial Research, Financial Analysts’ Journal, Journal of Economics and Business, and others. 

His books include Derivatives Fundamentals and Equity Valuation: A Guide to Discounted Cash Flow and Relative Valuation Methods. Dr. Athanassakos has also written articles for the Financial Post and currently writes, as a guest columnist, about investments and economic and financial topics in The Globe and Mail, Canada’s largest daily newspaper, and the Canadian Investment Review.