John D'Agostino (financial services)

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John D'Agostino
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Residence New York, United States
Alma mater Harvard Business School, Oxford University, Williams College
Occupation Founder, Dagger Consulting LLC

John Joseph D'Agostino is an American entrepreneur, and globally recognized leader in exchanges, asset management and market structure.[1][2] John is currently managing director at Alkeon Capital Management, a multi-billion New York-based investment manager with offices in New York, Boston and Hong Kong.[1] As head of strategy for the New York Mercantile Exchange, he was responsible for originating the Dubai Mercantile Exchange, the first Middle East commodity derivatives exchange.[3][4] John was featured in ‘The Startup of You” by Reid Hoffman in 2012.[5] He is the founder of Dagger LLC, a strategic consulting and advisory services. John has keynoted over 30 global events on such topics as Negotiation, Markets, Hedge Funds and other business and global economic/political issues and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Television, Barron’s, Fox, CNBC and many other financial and non-financial media.[6][7]

Early life[edit]

John grew up in a working-class family in Brooklyn, New York. He earned a scholarship to attend Regis High School and subsequently Williams College, Oxford University, and Harvard Business School.[1][6]


After graduating from Harvard Business School, John joined the New York Mercantile Exchange where he helped transition floor to electronic trading.[8] He quickly became the exchange's youngest Head of Strategy and led the effort to create the Dubai Mercantile Exchange in partnership with the Dubai Government.[1][2] John's work laid the foundations for accelerating the development of capital markets in the region.[1][4]

In 2007, John's story was the focus of the New York Times Bestseller, “Rigged, the True Story of an Ivy League Kid who Changed the World of Oil,” by Ben Mezrich.[1][8] Rigged has been optioned for movie production by Summit Entertainment.[9]

Due to exposure through his work and the novel based on his life, John has taken a public role through lectures and media appearances to promote the unique message that global finance can be a conduit for improved geo-political stability and cooperation.[1] He has written case studies used by Harvard University and has been a guest lecturer for INSEAD University.[10] In 2012, John was a speaker at the Australian Davos Forum in Hayman Island, Australia.[11] He also guest lectured for the United States Navy on the topic of "financial exchange expansion as an indicator of shifting political power" and advised the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing on its successful $1.3 billion acquisition of the London Metal Exchange.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Evolving Markets from Brooklyn to Dubai". BB Publications. June 18, 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  2. ^ a b "Dubai School of Government". Government of Dubai. June 18, 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  3. ^ "Dagger Consulting LLC". Dagger LLC. March 15, 2008. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  4. ^ a b "Energy Risk Asia Awards 2008, Exchange of the Year - Dubai Mercantile Exchange". Energy Risk. March 15, 2008. Retrieved 2012-06-19. 
  5. ^ "Reid Hoffman". March 15, 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-10. 
  6. ^ a b "Harvard Kid Bets on Oil, Builds Dubai Exchange, Guzzles Cristal". Bloomberg. November 27, 2007. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  7. ^ "Ben Mezrich: Based on a True Story". Boston Magazine. March 15, 2008. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  8. ^ a b "KPMG". June 2013. Retrieved 2012-06-19. 
  9. ^ "Summit acquires Mezrich’s ‘Rigged’". Variety (magazine). June 18, 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  10. ^ "John D’Agostino". USC Center on Public Diplomacy. November 27, 2007. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  11. ^ "Speaker Announcement". Australia Davos Forum. July 16, 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-24.