Scott Helfstein

Scott Helfstein

Vice President – Global Market Strategy, BNY Mellon Investment Management


Scott Helfstein, Ph.D. is Vice President of Global Market Strategy at BNY Mellon Investment Management. He currently focuses on multi-asset class investing, global equities, and geopolitical investment opportunities. Scott is also a Non-Resident Fellow at West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center and a Senior Fellow at George Washington University’s Center of Cyber and Homeland Security.

Prior to joining BNY Mellon, Scott served as the Director of Research and Strategic Initiatives at West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center and as Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Science at the United States Military Academy from 2008 to 2014. In that capacity, he helped run a small entrepreneurial organization focused on geopolitical strategy and global threats. Scott frequently briefed flag officers and civilian equivalents, and he served as primary relationship manager for over five dozen intergovernmental partnerships. Scott was awarded the Superior Civilian Service Medal for his contributions to the Army and Department of Defense.

Scott has published numerous articles and reports addressing the intersection of economics, technology, and national security. He has also presented at places such as Cambridge, Harvard, the University of Michigan, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the New York Police Department on topics such as financial intelligence, geopolitical risk, counterterrorism technology, and cybersecurity.

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. From 1999 to 2002, he worked as an investment banker focusing on mergers and acquisitions at Credit Suisse First Boston. Prior to that, from 1997 to 1999, Scott worked at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors researching capital structure and interest rate risk for financial institutions. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from The George Washington University. Scott is a Term Member in the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), a member of the CFR Term Member Advisory Committee, and a member of the Economic Club of New York.

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