A native of Philadelphia, an Engineer and Economist by training, Ardavan spent 25 years on Wall Street rising to the executive ranks of leading global investment banking and insurance companies before moving to Virginia with his family in 2017. He is presently a Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of ACIMA Private Wealth, a Richmond based registered investment advisor. Despite knowing of its traffic difficulties, Ardavan settled in Fairfax County because of the strength of its schools, demographic diversity, and the unique sense of community amongst its residents. Ardavan is also a career educator. Since 2003 he has been an Adjunct Professor of Economics, Finance, History, Risk Management, Strategy, and Statistics at such schools as Fairfield University, City University of New York, Seton Hall University, and Kean University. He joined the Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond in the Spring of 2017 as an adjunct Professor.
He is married to Azita Moosavian, herself a lifelong educator and graduate of Teachers College-Columbia University specializing in English as a Second Language and Linguistics. Azita and Ardavan have two children; Nika, a rising 8th grader at Cooper Middle School in McLean, and Neev, a future Forestville Elementary School student. For 16 years, Ardavan has taught students whose K-12 education ranged from elite private schools to inner city schools, to rural public schools with limited funding, as well as students from gifted and talented programs across the country and internationally. This extensive experience has provided Ardavan the unique opportunity to appreciate and understand different perspectives, technology, methodology and innovation in education which he hopes to bring to the school board. Ardavan pursued his doctoral studies in Economics at the Graduate Center-City University of New York, has an M.A. in economics from Queens College, an M.S. in financial engineering from New York University and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University. He frequently speaks at industry and academic conferences, events, and symposiums, on such topics as macroeconomic trends, inflation, emerging markets, and evolving financial markets. Ardavan was previously a member of the advisory board of Virginia International University and is presently a member of the board of the ACLU of Virginia where he is Vice-Chair of the Finance Committee and Chairs the Investment Sub-Committee.
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