Paul Habibi is a tenured lecturer of finance and real estate at UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management and UCLA School of Law. He has consistently been a top finalist for the Teacher of the Year Award. He began his teaching career at UCLA in 2004.
Widely quoted, he has appeared on BBC World News, Bloomberg, CNN, FOX News, NBC's The Today Show, NPR, and all major dailies including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Financial Times. A highly sought-after speaker, he regularly presents to leading business, government, and nonprofit organizations. For the past three years, he has authored and presented the centerpiece studies for the Los Angeles Mayoral Housing, Transportation and Jobs Summit.
Outside of campus, Professor Habibi is Principal and Co-Founder of Habibi Properties, LLC, which owns and manages three divisions: (1) multi-family apartments in the Los Angeles area; (2) single-family homes in Kansas City, Missouri (Arrowhead Residential Funds); and, (3) almond and pistachio orchards in California's San Joaquin Valley.
He is also Principal of Grayslake Advisors, LLC, which provides expert witness and litigation support services. The firm's clients include Goldman Sachs, McKinsey & Company, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Attorney's Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
He previously worked as an Investment Banking Associate at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, Manager of Transaction Support with The Walt Disney Company, and Audit Manager with Arthur Andersen LLP.
He holds an MBA with Highest Distinction, under merit scholarship, from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, where he received the David T. Shelby Award. He also holds a BA in Economics and Accounting from UCSB. He is a licensed CPA and Real Estate Salesperson in the State of California.
He serves as an Industrial Advisor for EQT Partners, a Swedish private equity group of 18 funds with $30 billion in capital. Active in the community, he is a member of the Board of Directors of Pacific Charter School Development, and the founding Board of Trustees of Beacon School for Boys.