Rainford M. Knight, MBA, Ph.D.
Dr. Knight’s experience spans both academia and industry. His academic career started as an Assistant Professor of Finance at Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) in Madison, New Jersey and then as a mergers and acquisitions analyst in the financial services industry.
Dr. Knight has over 15 years of practical experience in financial/investment analysis including portfolio construction and analytics, mortgage analytics, asset allocation model development, Investment management education, and mergers and acquisitions. As an advisor to CEOs of small to midsize companies on a variety of issues, some of Dr. Knight’s CEO clients do business with some of the biggest corporations in the world including Boeing, Walmart and Target, Shell Oil and Petrobras. He has been a valuation consultant to the venture capital industry working with individual start-ups, as well as an incubator/accelerator. Also, Dr. Knight has been a co-founder or partner in several companies in industries as diverse as software development, real estate distressed debt, hospitality, investment management, and educational training.
Internationally, Dr. Knight was part of the consulting team advising a sovereign government on the restructuring of its financial sector after a financial crisis. He helped to manage the sale of a $1billion non-performing loan portfolio. Dr. Knight has also made presentations regarding financial sector restructuring to central banks and state-owned banks in Latin America and the Caribbean including world organizations such as the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB).
Dr. Knight is a co-founder of the Florida Institute of Finance (FIF). Over the years, FIF has developed and delivered a number of customized educational and training programs in finance to individuals and corporations – both publicly traded and private firms. In partnership with FAU’s Executive Education programs, FIF’s seminar attendees have come from some of the world's largest corporations.
In the hedge fund industry, Dr. Knight has acted as a consultant Chief Investment Officer (CIO) for a fund of managed accounts hedge fund; he has also been the chief investment officer for a fund of hedge funds. In both of these roles, Dr. Knight was responsible for portfolio construction, manager selection, and due diligence. He developed an approach to hedge fund due diligence and manager selection called the “Due Diligence DNA process.” He was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Alexander Capital, LLC a global macro hedge fund.
As a consultant, Dr. Knight provides advice to funds of funds and hedge funds in the areas of operational risk assessment, infrastructure institutionalization and investment risk management. Dr. Knight has been a speaker or moderator at a number of hedge fund industry conferences covering a wide range of topics from institutional due diligence to counterparty risk. He has been quoted in finance publications such as Institutional Investor.
Academically, Dr. Knight is a member of the finance faculty at the Florida Atlantic University (FAU). He was a member of the finance faculty at the University of Miami for 13 years. He has been an instructor for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and the creator of the Financial Analyst Program (FAP) at Florida Atlantic University – where he has trained and placed number of financial analysts at firms such as Goldman Sachs, PricewaterhouseCoopers ,
JP Morgan, etc.
Dr. Knight holds a Ph.D. in Finance from Florida Atlantic University with a doctoral thesis in the area of initial public offerings (IPOs) – pricing, performance and structure. He is a board member of the Florida Alternative Investment Association ( FLAIA) – a membership organization for hedge funds, private equity funds and family offices in Miami, a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of South Florida, a board member of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County - Financial Advisory Task Force and a board member of the Nat King Cole Foundation – a charity founded by the daughters of the legendary Nat King Cole.