Jim Liew

Jim Kyung-Soo Liew, PhD

Associate Professor of Practice
Academic AreaFinance
Academic AreaInnovation & Entrepreneurship
Areas of InterestBig Data Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Advance Hedge Fund Strategies, Leading Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Dr. Jim Kyung-Soo Liew is an Associate Professor of Finance at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and revels in pushing the boundaries of financial knowledge and product development both as an academic and FinTech entrepreneur. He has published pioneering research in the intersection of social media big data, blockchain, and financial markets.

He currently teaches "Big Data Machine Learning AI," "Crypto-Currencies and Blockchain,” “Advanced Hedge Fund Strategies," and "Leading Entrepreneurship and Innovation" at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. Additionally, he serves as the Chairman of the Johns Hopkins Innovation Factory and has received the Dean’s Award for Faculty Excellence 2015-2019. He serves on the Editorial Board of The Journal of the British Blockchain Association, Journal of Alternative Investments and the Journal of Portfolio Management where he co-authored the most read Invited Editorial "iGDP?".

About SoKat Consulting, LLC 

Dr. Liew co-founded SoKat Consulting, LLC. SoKat creates award-winning, world-class Machine Learning / AI and Blockchain products and services primarily servicing institutional investors, government agencies, academic institutions and select-startups. SoKat unlocks the hidden value of data through thoughtful and creative solutions, comprising of actionable business intelligence, transparent data analytics, bold predictive models, and next-generation investment products.

Previously, Dr. Liew has been with the Carlyle Asset Management Group, Campbell and Company, and Morgan Stanley. He holds a BA in Mathematics from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Finance from Columbia University.

He currently lives just outside of Baltimore with his wife and two daughters, who he plans to raise as the next generation disruptors.


  • Ph.D., Finance and Economics, Columbia Business School
  • M.Phil., Finance and Economics, Columbia Business School
  • B.A., Mathematics, University of Chicago


Selected publications
  • Liew, J., Mayster, B. (2018). Forecasting ETFs with Machine Learning Algorithms. The Journal of Alternative Investments, Winter, 20 (3), pp. 58-78.
  • Liew, J., Budavari T. (2017). The 'Sixth' Factor -- Social Media Factor Derived Directly from Tweet Sentiments. The Journal of Portfolio Management, Spring, 43 (3), pp. 102-111. 
  • Liew, J., Guo, S., Zhang, T. (2017). Tweet Sentiments and Crowd-Sourced Earnings Estimates as Valuable Sources of Information around Earnings Releases. The Journal of Alternative Investing, Winter, 19 (3), pp. 7-26. 
  • Liew, J., Wang, G. (2016). Twitter Sentiment and IPO Performance: A Cross-Sectional Examination. The Journal of Portfolio Management, Summer, 42 (4), pp. 129-135. 
  • Liew, J. (2003). Hedge Fund Index Investing Examined. The Journal of Portfolio Management, Winter, 29 (2), pp. 113-123.
  • Liew, J., Vassalou, M. (2000). Can Book-to-Market, Size and Momentum Be Risk Factors That Predict Economic Growth? Journal of Financial Economics, August, 57 (2), pp 221-245.
  • Edwards, F., Liew, J. (1999). Hedge Funds versus Managed Futures as Asset Classes. Journal of Derivatives, Summer, 6 (4), pp. 45-64.
Working papers


  • Cryptos and Blockchain
  • Big Data Machine Learning
  • Advanced Hedge Fund Strategies
  • Advanced Portfolio Management
  • Corporate Finance
  • Entrepreneurial Finance

Honors and distinctions

Honors and Awards
  • The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School Dean’s Award for Faculty Excellence. 2015-2018.
  • IDIES Seed Grant 2017-2018, $25,000
Editorial Boards
  • Member of Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Portfolio Management, November 2011 to Present
  • Editorial Board, The Journal Alternative Investments, 2017 to Present
  • Editorial Board, The Journal of the British Blockchain Association, 2018 to Present
  • IEEE Computer Society -- IT Professional's Editorial Board Member, March 2019 to Present

Impact and engagement

At Carey Business School
  • Faculty Adviser: Innovation Factory, 2015 to Present
  • Faculty Adviser: Private Equity, Angel Investing & Venture Capital Club, 2014 to Present
  • Faculty Adviser: FinTech, 2015 to Present 
At Johns Hopkins University
  • IDIES Annual Symposium 2016, 2018 Speaker
  • US Department of State -- US Speaker Program -- Emerging Technologies: AI, Machine Learning and Blockchain
  • Active Member ACT-IAC
  • Chamber of Digital Commerce 2018 President’s Circle
  • Editorial Board, The Journal of the British Blockchain Association, 2018 to present 
  • Chamber of Digital Commerce 2018 President’s Circle