Dessislava Pachamanova is an associate professor in the Mathematics and Sciences Division of Babson College. She holds an A.B. in Mathematics (magna cum laude) from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in Operations Research from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Pachamanova's research and consulting span multiple fields, including financial modeling, robust optimization, operations, predictive analytics, and simulation. She has authored and coauthored dozens of articles in operations research, finance, engineering, marketing and management journals, numerous book chapters, as well as two books in computational finance and risk management: Robust Portfolio Optimization and Management (2007) and Simulation and Optimization in Finance: Modeling with MATLAB, @RISK, or VBA (2010), both part of The Frank J. Fabozzi Series in Finance, J. Wiley & Sons.

Dr. Pachamanova teaches in the undergraduate, full time MBA and evening MBA programs, and co-designed Babson's undergraduate and MBA business analytics concentration curricula. She also serves as the faculty director of an open enrollment business analytics program at Babson Executive Education.

Dessislava grew up in Sofia, Bulgaria, and attended the Bulgarian National High School of Mathematics and Sciences. At age 16, she was one of five Bulgarians to win a scholarship to study at the system of United World Colleges. She attended the United World College of the Adriatic in Italy, where she received the International Baccalaureate. She then graduated from Princeton University, where, in addition to receiving an A.B. in Mathematics, she obtained a certificate in Public and International Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School. While completing her Ph.D. studies at MIT, Dessislava worked for Goldman Sachs (New York, USA) and WestLB (Duesseldorf, Germany). She has also worked for Creditanstalt-Bankverein (Vienna, Austria), now part of BankAustria, and Bulbank (Sofia, Bulgaria), now part of the UniCredit Group, and continues consulting for companies as a professor at Babson.

A copy of Dr. Pachamanova's CV can be found here.

Last updated: 18 June 2014