Raj Aggarwal

Affiliation: The University of Akron

Bio: Currently, Raj Aggarwal is with the Kent State University Foundation serving as a member of its Board of Directors. In addition to a mechanical engineering degree from the Indian Institute of Technology and an MBA and a PhD in Business from Kent State University, Raj is also a holder of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. He is a graduate of Leadership Cleveland, class of 2004 and is an experienced academic, executive, and board member. His career includes successful stints both in business and academia.

He has won many awards for his teaching and scholarly work. In addition to his excellence in teaching, he has published twelve books and over a hundred scholarly papers in the leading finance and international business scholarly journals. He was awarded a Fulbright Research Fellowship to Singapore and won a Larosier Award for the best international finance essay at the World Bank/IMF annual meetings in Prague.

Based on the impact of his scholarship, Raj is included in the Nature/Stanford University list of the top 2% scientists globally in Finance and Economics. He has been cited and quoted over 9000 times by other scholars (h index of 50). He is a Fellow of the Academy of International Business and a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, the SEC, and the Comptroller of the Currency. Aggarwal is also widely quoted in the local, national, and international print and broadcast media.

He has been the business dean at the University of Akron and an Endowed Chaired Professor at three Universities, John Carroll University, the University of Akron, Kent State University. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard, Michigan, South Carolina, University of Hawaii, and overseas at Lund (Sweden), IUJ (Japan), Trinity College (Ireland), Griffith (Australia), and NUS (Singapore).

He has been elected or appointed to many leadership positions serving as President or Vice President of the Eastern Finance Association, Financial Management Association, Academy of International Business, Financial Executives Research Foundation, and Financial Executives International’s Northeast Ohio Chapter. He has served as the Editor in Chief for Corporate Finance Review, FMA’s Financial Practice and Education, Journal of Teaching International Business, and the Finance and Accounting Editor for the Journal of International Business Studies. In addition, he serves or has served as Associate Editor for many scholarly journals.

He serves on or has served on many business boards that include (until change of control) Manco/Henkle DIY Inc. (Duck, LePage, and Loctite brands) for a quarter century, and Ancora Trust/Mutual Funds and predecessor Maxxus Investments, also for a quarter century. He has also served on the boards of the Flood Company (CWF and Penetrol Brands) and ERC Inc. He has worked at Dana Corporation (International Finance) and Owens-Illinois Inc. (International Strategy). Raj has been a consultant to the UN, the World Bank, and Fortune 100 companies and Commercial Banks. His non-profit board service includes the Kent State University Foundation, Goodwill Industries, Financial Executives Research Foundation, Hawken School, and the Cleveland Council on World Affairs.

Last Updated: February 2022