Yuval Bar-Or Biography

Dr. Yuval Bar-Or, Ph.D.

Yuval is a leading expert in decision-making in the context of risk. He is the founder and president of the Light Brigade LLC (a management consulting company), and an Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University’s Carey Business School, where he primarily teaches investments, corporate finance, wealth management, and risk and accountability courses. He is the author of seven books, including the Pillars of Wealth series for medical professionals (dentists and physicians), Crazy Little Risk Called Love, the Play to Prosper investing series, Leveraging People for a Corporate Turnaround, and Is a PhD for Me?

Prior to launching The Light Brigade, Yuval held senior strategy and operations roles with some of the world’s leading risk management firms, including KMV and Algorithmics. His roles have included managerial responsibilities in New York, San Francisco, Toronto, London, Singapore, and Sydney. His risk management expertise has assisted companies in management of over a trillion dollars in assets.

Yuval has lectured extensively in academic and professional settings on the subjects of decision making, risk management, and financial literacy. He has been a contributor on Forbes.com and has been quoted in various media, including The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, The Baltimore Sun, TheStreet.com, American Public Media, Bankrate.com, Washingtonian, Investopedia.com, AdvisorOne.com, InvestmentNews.com, The Arizona Republic, Consumers Digest, FoxBusiness.com, US News & World Report, Treasury & Risk, Morningstar.com, RIABiz.com, cdtv.net, and The Journal of Risk Management in Financial Institutions.

Yuval holds Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, as well as an engineering degree (B.Eng.) and two economics degrees (B.A. summa cum laude, M.A.) from Canada’s McMaster University. As a college student he was a member of the varsity wrestling and rugby teams, and prior to that a provincially ranked gymnast.

Yuval was born in the USA and spent over a decade in Israel and Canada. Recently, he qualified for a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, and enjoys jogging and kayaking, as well as scuba diving and playing in MTG card tournaments with his son.