Vitali Kalesnik leads the Equity Research team and its investigations into equity return predictability, timing of equity factor returns, efficient portfolio construction techniques, smart beta strategy analysis, and other aspects of equity investing.
Articles he has co-authored with others have been recognized with two Graham and Dodd Scroll Awards, a Financial Analysts Journal Readers’ Choice Award, a William F. Sharpe Indexing Achievement Award, and a Bernstein Fabozzi/Jacobs Levy Award. His research strengthens and expands Research Affiliates’ products—in particular, RAFI™ Fundamental Index™ strategies— and supports our global tactical asset allocation products.
Vitali earned his PhD in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he was a winner of the UCLA Graduate Division Fellowship for 2001–2005. He speaks fluent English, Russian, and French.