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 been a top finalist for the Teacher of the Year Award every year he has taught. While he began teaching at UCLA in 2004, his passion for teaching was sparked a decade earlier when, at the age of 20, he served as Head Coach of Men's Varsity Crew at UCSB while completing his undergraduate studies.
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 two 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, pistachio and citrus 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 current clients include Goldman Sachs, McKinsey & Company, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Attorney's Office, and star attorney David Boies.
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. Active in the community, he serves on the Board of Directors of Pacific Charter School Development.