Dr. Ari Bergmann is the founder and Managing Principal of Penso Advisors, LLC, a New York-based global macro and advisory boutique specializing in derivatives structuring/trading and systemic risk management. Prior to founding the firm in 1997, Dr. Bergmann was a Senior Managing Director at Bankers Trust. Ari received a BTL from Ner Israel Rabbinical College in 1981 and furthered his graduate studies at many prestigious Yeshivot in Israel. He holds an MA and Ph.D. in Comparative Religion from Columbia University, where he studied with Professors Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi and David Weiss Halivni. Ari is an Adjunct Professor at Yeshiva University and before coming to YU, he taught at Columbia University and at the University of Pennsylvania. At present, he is working on a book, The Talmud between Scholarship and Politics: Y. I. Halevy and the Formation of the Orthodox Talmud, to be published in 2020. Ari lectures extensively in Israel, Brazil, Europe and the US on topics of Finance, Talmud and Jewish Thought.