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Burik, Paul

Professor of Practice
Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance


Educational Background

Professor Burik earned a B.A. in Economics from Northwestern University and a M.S. in Management and a Ph.D. in Finance from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.


Prof. Burik served as managing director in the asset management division at Germany’s Commerzbank. Professor Burik has over 25 years practice of international financial market experience, including leadership roles in business management, fund management, investment program design and implementation, product development and risk management.

Honors / Achievements

Professor Burik is known for his research, innovative problem-solving and leadership skills.  His experience includes strategy, corporate governance, asset/wealth management, risk management, financial innovation and market regulation.  His research has won the CFA Institute’s Graham and Dodd Award.  Professor Burik is a member of National Business Economic Issues Council and American Finance Association.

Short BIO

During his 30+ years in global financial services, Dr. Burik held senior executive positions, including Chief Investment Officer, Managing Director of Business Development and Strategy and Joint Chief Executive of businesses in the Commerzbank Group.  He has done cross-border M&A in Europe, the U.S. and Asia both as buyer and seller.  Dr. Burik has served as both an executive and non-executive board member.  Before entering money management, Dr. Burik advised U.S. pension funds, endowments and family offices as a Partner and Director of Research for Ennis Knupp & Associates (now part of Aon Hewitt).  He began his career at the Federal Reserve Board (Washington, D.C.) and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. 


  • Paul Burik (2005), Mischfonds neuer Praegung: Attraktivitaet durch Flexibilitaet, Die Bank.

    Paul Burik (2002), Strukturen in Fondsgeschaeft: Chance für Spezialisten, Bank und Markt.

    Paul Burik (1991), The Influence of Non-Risk Factors on Real Estate Holdings of Pension Funds, Financial Analysts Journal.

    Paul Burik (1991), Pension Fund Real Estate Investment under a Simple Equilibrium Pricing Model, Financial Analysts Journal.

    Paul Burik (1990), Foreign Bonds in Diversified Portfolios, Financial Analysts Journal.