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Janet Tavakoli

Author of Mysteries and Science Fiction

Janet Tavakoli, author of Archangels: Rise of the JesuitsBusiness Week called internationally renowned finance expert Janet Tavakoli the “Cassandra of Credit Derivatives” for predicting the financial crisis. Now she shocks again with Archangels: Rise of the Jesuits, her prescient debut financial fiction thriller. Pope Benedict XVI resigned and a Jesuit was elected Pope, after she published her novel.

Ms. Tavakoli uses her expertise to in her financial fiction murder mysteries. She also writes science fiction thrillers and fantasy under her pen name, Michael K. Clancy.

She was born and raised in the USA, a Catholic of Northern European ancestry, and lived in Iran during the Islamic Republic of Iran’s overthrow of the Shah. Unveiled Threat: A Personal Experience of Fundamental Islam and the Roots of Terrorism, is her brief autobiography of the Islamic Revolution that toppled the Shah, and ongoing terrorism in the Middle East that came to the shore of the USA when she lived and worked in New York.

She earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and an MBA in finance from the University of Chicago where she was also an adjunct associate professor of finance. She worked for top Wall Street firms for 20 years before founding a consulting firm. Her brief memoir, Decisions: Life and Death on Wall Street is a commentary on the pressures that led to financial crises and personal crises and suicides for some of the men who participated in them. Decisions was unanimously chosen by Amazon’s editors for its Kindle Singles program.

Ms. Tavakoli is the founder and President of Tavakoli Structured Finance. She is the author of several peer reviewed finance articles, and several trade finance books that are best sellers in their respective genres. She is frequently interviewed in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, New York Times, Bloomberg News, and more. She is also an occasional front-page blogger at the Huffington Post. Frequent television appearances include CBS’s 60 Minutes, CNN, and BBC.

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