risk, and financial markets. He is President of Tilman & Company, a strategic advisory firm that serves corporations, financial institutions, governments, and institutional investors worldwide. Additionally, he is Executive Chairman of Capitol Peak Asset Management (capitol-peak.com). Through thought leadership and actionable solutions, Tilman & Company helps its clients create lasting value for the benefit of all stakeholders. Prior to founding the firm, he held senior positions with BlackRock and Bear Stearns, where he was Chief Institutional Strategist and Senior Managing Director.
Leo teaches finance at Columbia University and is the author of three books translated into foreign languages: Financial Darwinism (2009), Asset/Liability Management (2003), and Risk Management (2000). In 2010, in collaboration with the Nobel economist Edmund Phelps, he co-authored a Harvard Business Review proposal to create the First National Bank of Innovation – a novel financial institution dedicated to financing innovative entrepreneurial projects and fostering economic dynamism. In a more recent European Financial Review article, he redefined “risk intelligence” and designated it a new essential competence for companies and investors who aspire to contribute to economies and societies.
Leo has been profiled as a Business Visionary by Forbes, a distinction given to “influential authors, decision makers, and thought leaders in the field of business.” He is a contributing editor of The Journal of Risk Finance and serves on the board of directors of Atlantic Partnership and advisory boards of the Center on Capitalism and Society at Columbia University and British American Business. Leo was honored by the World Economic Forum among a select group of executives, public figures and intellectuals recognized for “their professional accomplishments, commitment to society and potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world.” He received B.A. and M.A. degrees in mathematics at Columbia University and executive education in leadership and public policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.