International Council Member, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Dean LeBaron is an alumnus of Harvard University and graduated as a Baker Scholar at the Harvard Business School, Dean LeBaron is founder and former chairman of Batterymarch Financial Management. One of the inventors of index funds and a pioneer of quantitative investing and computerized trading, Dean's contrarian instincts-in the investment field you should be where everyone else is not-led him to become an early, and sometimes first, institutional investor in the emerging markets of Latin America, India, China, and Russia, and was invited by the Gorbachev government to help privatize the Soviet military industrial complex. Philosophically, Dean is a staunch advocate of sharing and sunshine-transparency, openness, and full disclosure-and the vigorous observance of corporate governance policies.
Dean earned his CFA charter in 1967 and, in 2001, was the seventh recipient of the Association for Investment Management and Research's highest honor, the Award for Professional Excellence. This award, established by the AIMR in 1991, is "periodically presented to an investment practitioner whose exemplary achievement, excellence of practice and true leadership have inspired and reflected honor upon the profession."
Sparked 25 years ago by his study of the application of quantum physics and other physical sciences to investment strategy, Dean continues to pursue his interest in complexity as founding publisher of Complexity Digest [www.comdig.com], exploring the linkage of complex adaptive systems to dynamic social systems, including investments. His website [www.deanlebaron.com] provides a platform for his musings, experiments with new technologies and financial innovations, video commentary, articles, and speeches.
Published together with Treasury of Investment Wisdom and Book of Investment Quotations, Dean most recently authored Mao, Marx & the Market, a recount of his experiences during the conversion to market of the command economies of China and the former Soviet Union.
Living in New England, Florida and Switzerland, Dean strives to be the scholar and gentleman envisioned by his parents and teachers.