Patrick Schena

Patrick Schena

Research/Areas of Interest:

Finance and banking in East Asia


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, USA, 2000


Patrick J. Schena, PhD, is BLR Professor of Practice in the Department of Economics, Tufts University and Director of Tufts' Finance Minor. He is also Adj Professor of International Business at The Fletcher School, where for 20 years he has taught courses on finance, investment management, and private equity. Since 2009, he has served as Co-Head of SovereigNet, The Fletcher Network for Sovereign Wealth and Global Capital. In addition, he is an Associate-in-Research at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University. In parallel to his academic work in finance, which has included teaching in several Boston-area MBA programs, Dr. Schena has 30 years of industry experience in finance, investments, operations, and technology management with a disciplinary focus in asset management. His professional work has included finance and consultancy positions at Fortune 500 firms, as well as co-founding and serving in executive roles – including CFO, COO, and CEO - in several start-up businesses servicing the global asset management industry. He recently served as Chairman of the advisory committee of a World Bank - PIAFF study on the evolution and role of strategic investment funds. Dr Schena holds a PhD from the Fletcher School, Tufts University with a disciplinary concentration in international finance and capital markets, a MA in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School, and MA and BA degrees from Boston College.
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Selected Publications

JAVIER. DIXON CAPAPE (ADAM D.. SCHENA, P. J., Dixon, A. D. M. U., Schena, P. J. T. U., & Javier (IE University Capape, M. (2022). Sovereign Wealth Funds Between the State and Markets. Finance Matters.

Schena, P., & Ali, A. (2017). Sovereign Wealth Fund Investment in Economic Transformation: Toward an Institutional Framework. World Economics Journal, 18.

Ali, A., & Schena, P. (2018). Look before you leap: Harvesting oil wealth in Guyana via a Sovereign wealth fund. Harvard International Review, 39(2), 62-63.

Schena, P. J., Braunstein, J., & Ali, A. (2018). The Case for Economic Development Through Sovereign Investment: A Paradox of Scarcity?. Global Policy, 9(3), 365-376. doi:10.1111/1758-5899.12549

Schena, P. (2014). Asian Banking and Finance. In International Corporate Finance Value Creation with Currency Derivatives in Global Capital Markets. Wiley.

Kalter, E., & Schena, P. (2013). “The Role of Emerging Markets’ Sovereign Wealth Funds”. Investing in Emerging and Frontier Markets.

Schena, P. (2007). Measuring and Managing the Foreign Exchange Exposure of Chinese Companies. International Finance Review.