David Bard

David Bard
  • Senior Fellow & Lecturer

Contact Information

  • office Address:

    Room 2429
    2323 Steinberg-Dietrich Hall
    3620 Locust Walk
    Philadelphia, PA 19104-6360


  • Education
    • MBA, Wharton, 2011
    • MPhil in Economics, University of Cambridge, 2004
    • BSE in Economics, Wharton, 2002
    • BAS in Systems Engineering, Penn Engineering, 2002
  • Academic Positions Held
    • Wharton, 2015 – Present
  • Other Positions
    • The Halifax Group, 2018 – Present
    • American Securities, 2015 – 2018
    • Bain Capital, Private Equity, 2006 – 2015
    • McKinsey & Company, 2004 – 2006
    • Internships with the Council of Economic Advisors and the U.S. Treasury
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  • FNCE 884: Advanced Topics in Private Equity: Anatomy of a Deal
  • FNCE 884: Advanced Topics in Private Equity: Advanced Topics in Private Equity:  Funding, Sourcing, and Creating Value
  • PVEQ2362: Private Equity: Investing and Creating Value

Past Courses


    This course is for second year MBA students. Please Note: Students cannot receive credit for both FNCE 884 and FNCE 888.....This course will address a variety of topics in private equity (PE) leveraging a highly practical and real-world approach. It will focus on growth and later-stage buyout transactions (venture capital is not explicitly addressed in this course), and a primarily U.S.-centric view that should be largely applicable in other markets. The course will focus on several key areas outside the private equity transaction: fundraising, sourcing investment opportunities, and creating value under PE ownership. The goal of this course is to educate students about these aspects of PE investing through the lens of the investment professionals, consultants, counterparties and advisors that live them each day. Students will be expected to actively engage in classroom discussions, challenging one another and the lecturers about how to think through these issues in an ever-evolving investment world. In addition, throughout the course, students will be expected participate actively with their teams as they proceed with at home assignments.

Awards and Honors

2017-2018: Wharton MBA Excellence in Teaching Award

2018: Wharton Teaching Excellence Award


    Investing in ‘Rockstars’: How One Fund Is Building Businesses with Women of Color

    Wharton’s Katherine Klein speaks with Gayle Jennings-O’Byrne and Pialy Aditya, who are using their early-stage investment fund to boost tech startups owned by women of color.

    Knowledge @ Wharton - 2020/07/28
    Leading Diversity: Why Listening and Learning Come Before Strategy

    As part of a new series called “Leading Diversity at Work,” Wharton’s Stephanie Creary and global diversity expert Rohini Anand discuss what it takes to create an inclusive culture.

    Knowledge @ Wharton - 2020/07/28
    Taiwan’s Tech-savvy Citizens Helped Flatten Its COVID-19 Curve

    Taiwan’s government cannot take sole credit for flattening the curve during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. A case study by Wharton’s Steven O. Kimbrough and Christine Chou of National Dong Hwa University explains how citizens banded together to help.

    Knowledge @ Wharton - 2020/07/27