MWI Adjunct Scholar
Scott Helfstein, PhD most recently served as Senior Investment Strategist in a small global markets team at BNY Mellon Investment Management. The group provided multi-asset investment guidance, integrating quantitative investment approaches like factor analysis with thematic macro analysis to formulate strategic and tactical asset allocation strategies. Prior to joining BNY, Scott served as Director of Research (2010–2013) at West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center helping to set the research agenda and manage resources. He then assumed an outward facing role as Director of Strategic Initiatives (2013–2014) at the center maintaining over sixty interdepartmental and interganecy partnerships to include the State Department, Treasury, Special Operations Command, and the National Security Council Staff. During his tenure, Scott published over thirty works that included center reports, peer reviewed articles, policy pieces, and op-eds. He frequently briefed findings to flag officers and their civilian equivalents. Scott holds a Joint Doctorate in Public Policy and Political Science from the University of Michigan and a Master’s Degree in War Studies from King’s College London. His research focused on behavioral economics and complexity theory. From 1999 to 2002, Scott was an investment banker at Credit Suisse First Boston. He also worked at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors from 1997 to 1999. Scott holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from The George Washington University, was a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), is a member of the Economic Club of New York, and is a Senior Fellow at George Washington’s Center for Cyber and Homeland Security.