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The following members of the Value Investing Community serve as the Advisory Board for the Ben Graham Centre for Value Investing:

George Athanassakos

Advisory Board Chair

Founder & Managing Director, Ben Graham Centre for Value Investing, Ivey Business School, Western University

Read Dr. George Athanassakos' Bio

William H. Browne

Managing Director, Tweedy, Browne Company LLC

Mr. Browne has been with Tweedy, Browne Company LLC, a registered investment advisor, since 1978 and is a member of the firm's Management Committee and Investment Committee. He is a Managing Director of Tweedy, Browne Company LLC, and Chairman of the Board of Directors and Vice President of Tweedy, Browne Fund Inc., a US-based mutual fund group, and is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Tweedy, Browne Value Funds SICAV, domiciled in Luxembourg. Founded in 1920, and serving originally as a broker to Benjamin Graham and other highly noted value investors, Tweedy, Browne began managing money for clients in 1968, and today manages approximately $18B in value portfolios for individuals, family groups and institutions. Mr. Browne is a Trustee Emeritus of Colgate University, and holds the degrees of B.A. from Colgate University and M.B.A. from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. Additionally, he is a Member of the Executive Advisory Board of the Heilbrunn Center for Graham & Dodd Investing. Mr. Browne has over 40 years of experience in the investment management business, and is a frequent speaker on value investing, investment theory, and behavioral finance.

Lawrence A. Cunningham

Scholar and Author, George Washington University; Director and Vice-Chairman, Constellation Software Inc.

Mr. Cunningham is an expert on corporate governance, culture, and structure. Since 2007, he has been the Tucker Research Professor at The George Washington University Law School in Washington D.C. He is the Founding Director of GW’s Business Law Program in New York City (GWNY) and the Faculty Director of the Center for Law, Economics and Finance (C-LEAF) and head of its Quality Shareholders Initiative. Cunningham has written extensively on corporate affairs in university journals and periodicals. He has published many influential books, including The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America, in collaboration with Mr. Buffett; The AIG Story, with Hank Greenberg; and Quality Shareholders: How the Best Managers Attract and Keep Them. Cunningham is Vice Chairman of the Board of Constellation Software Inc., a Toronto Stock Exchange company, and Director and former Treasurer of Ocean Colony LLC, a private resort in East Hampton, New York. Cunningham is a Trustee of the Museum of American Finance; a Member of the Dean’s Council of Lerner College of Business at the University of Delaware; and a Member of the Editorial Board of Financial History. Cunningham has served on the Boards of Directors of Ashford Hospitality Prime, an NYSE investor in luxury hotels; Pearl West Group, a private investment company in Vancouver; and Strata, a private technology company in Silicon Valley. A former Corporate Associate of Cravath, Swaine & Moore, Cunningham consults for public and private corporations and advises management and boards of directors. He has received numerous awards, including the 2018 B. Kenneth West Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).  

LaceRoger Lace

President, Hamblin Watsa Investment Counsel Ltd.

Mr. Lace is currently President of Hamblin Watsa Investment Counsel Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited, a publicly listed insurance holding company. In this capacity, he and his team are responsible for managing Fairfax’s global investment assets. He leads the equity management group in uncovering investment opportunities worldwide using the value investing approach. He has served in the investment industry since 1975, initially receiving his training as a research analyst at Confederation Life under the tutelage of value investing specialist John H. Watson (cofounder of Sprucegrove Investment Management Ltd.) He subsequently worked in portfolio management at Scotia McLeod and has been a portfolio manager and principal at Hamblin Watsa since 1986. He received his SB in management from the Alfred P. Sloan School, MIT in 1973, his MBA from Ivey in 1975, and CFA in 1979.

Mohnish Pabrai

Managing Partner, Pabrai Investment Funds

Mr. Pabrai is the Managing Partner of the Pabrai Investment Funds. Since inception in 1999 with $1 million in assets under management, Pabrai Investment Funds has grown to over $549 million in assets under management in 2019. The funds invest in public equities utilizing the Munger/Buffett Focused Value investing approach. Since inception, the funds have widely outperformed market indices and most investment managers. A $100,000 investment in Pabrai Funds at inception in 1999 would have been worth almost $1.3 million as of December 31, 2019 – an annualized gain of 13.2%. Pabrai was the Founder/CEO of TransTech, Inc. - an IT Consulting and Systems Integration company. Founded in his home in 1990, Pabrai bootstrapped the company to over $20 million in revenue when it was sold in 2000. TransTech was recognized as an Inc. 500 company in 1996. Pabrai has been profiled by Forbes and Barron’s and appeared frequently on CNN, PBS, CNBC, Bloomberg TV and Bloomberg Radio. He has been quoted by various leading newspapers including USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, The Economic Times and The Times of India. He is the author of two books on value investing, The Dhandho Investor and Mosaic: Perspectives on Investing. The Dhandho Investor has been translated into German, Mandarin, Japanese, Thai, Korean, Vietnamese, and Spanish. Pabrai is the winner of the 1999 KPMG Illinois High Tech Entrepreneur award given by KPMG, The State of Illinois, and The City of Chicago. He is a member of the Young President's Organization. He is the Founder and Chairman of the Dakshana Foundation. Dakshana Foundation is focused on providing world-class educational opportunities to economically and socially disadvantaged gifted children worldwide.

Robert Robotti

Founder and Chief Investment Officer, Robotti & Company Advisors LLC.

Mr. Robotti is the Founder and CIO of Robotti & Company Advisors LLC, a registered investment adviser, and president of Robotti & Company LLC, a registered broker-dealer. He started his career as an accountant and CPA, and served as CFO of Gabelli & Company. Building on his exposure to other prominent value investors, Bob founded Robotti & Company in 1983. The firm’s success over time has been due to his and his team’s ability to identify companies trading at a significant discount to intrinsic value. While investing across a wide range of industries, Bob has been particularly active in the energy industry for his entire career. Bob currently serves on the boards of Panhandle Oil & Gas Inc. (NYSE:PHX) and Pulse Seismic Inc. (TSX:PSD). He was a member of the Securities and Exchange Commission's Advisory Committee on Smaller Public Companies, established to examine the impact of Sarbanes-Oxley Act and other aspects of the federal securities law. Bob graduated from Bucknell University and holds an MBA from Pace University.

RooneyRichard Rooney

President, Burgundy Asset Management Ltd.

Mr. Rooney is the President and Chief Investment Officer of Burgundy Asset Management Ltd. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto in 1977 and an MBA from the Ivey Business School, Western University in 1981. Mr. Rooney began his career in Price Waterhouse in 1981 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1984. In 1984, he joined Sun Life as an Investment Analyst and, in 1986, he became investment officer of Sunimco, a subsidiary of Sun Life. In 1989, he joined AMI partners where he had extensive responsibilities for investment research and portfolio management in the Canadian Equities group. Burgundy, Mr. Rooney, joined in 1995 as a Senior Vice President and in 1997 he was appointed president of Burgundy Asset Management Ltd. Under his leadership, Burgundy has been ranked as one of Canada’s 50 best managed companies. In 2002, Mr. Rooney completed a three-year term on the Accounting Standards Board of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants. Mr. Rooney is President and a Trustee of The Art Gallery of Ontario Foundation, a Director of Empire Life Insurance, a Director of the Historica-Dominion Institute and Past Chair of the Stratford Festival of Canada. In 2009, he was honoured by his peers and received the designation of Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Kim Shannon

President and Chief Investment Officer, Sionna Investment Managers

Ms. Shannon founded Sionna in 2002 and has more than 35 years of industry experience. She is the president and co-chief investment officer at Sionna, and was previously chief investment officer and senior vice president at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers Canada. Kim serves as a board member with the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance and is the Chair of its Governance Committee. She is also on the board for the Brandes Institute, the Ontario Arts Foundation, United Corporation (a listed closed-end fund), a member of the C.D. Howe Institute’s National Council and the CFA Institute Board of Regents (she previously served as its chair). Kim is also a past president of the CFA Society Toronto. She was awarded Morningstar Fund Manager of the Year (2005), the RBC Canadian Woman Entrepreneur Award, the Women’s Executive Network’s Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award (2007, 2017), continuously listed as one of Profit Magazine’s Top 100 Female Entrepreneurs over the last several years and a recipient of the 2015 Rotman Women in Management Association Top 10 Awards (Entrepreneur Category).

WatsaPrem Watsa

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd.

Mr. Watsa is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd., a financial services holding company, which he took over in 1985. The company, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in property and casualty insurance and reinsurance, as well as investment management. Mr. Watsa is a Chartered Financial Analyst, a graduate of the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology with a degree in Chemical Engineering and a holder of an MBA from the Ivey Business School at Western University. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Hospital for Sick Children, a member of the Advisory Board for the Ivey Business School and a member of the Board of Directors of the Royal Ontario Museum Foundation, as well as Chairman of the Investment Committee of St. Paul’s Anglican Church.