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Davide Accomazzo | Instructor of Finance | Pepperdine Graziadio Business School

Davide Accomazzo

Instructor of Finance
Graziadio Business School


Davide Accomazzo has been trading professionally since the mid-nineties. He started his career on Wall Street as a Euro-convertible bond and international equities trader for Jefferies and Company in New York. He left in 1998 to start a boutique hedge fund and a Commodity Trading Advisor practice (CTA). He focused on trading equities long/short, index options, and currency futures. In 2004 and 2005 he engaged in private banking/wealth management first with a partnership in the Principality of Monaco and then with UBS. In 2006, Mr. Accomazzo co-founded Cervino Capital Management LLC where he was Managing Director and Head of Trading until October 2012. In 2007, he also joined the Pepperdine Graziadio School of Business as an Adjunct Professor of Finance where he is still currently teaching courses on Global Finance, Portfolio Management, and Derivatives. Since 2011 he is the Chief Investment Officer of Thalassa Capital LLC.

Mr. Accomazzo is the author of the investment manual “Market Faith.” He is also one of the contributors to the book Alternative Investment: Instruments, Performance, Benchmarks, and Strategies, part of the Robert W. Kolb Series in Finance. In 2017, Mr. Accomazzo launched MEET ITALY, a networking and Think Tank platform for the Italian American community. MEET ITALY is dedicated to providing a forum for the exchange of ideas, knowledge, opportunities, and creative passion. Mr. Accomazzo holds a Laurea from the Universita’ Degli Studi, Genova with a dissertation on corporate communication in the post-industrial society, an MBA from Pepperdine University with specialization in Finance, and an MA in Journalism from California State University, Northridge.

Mr. Accomazzo is the current President of Comites LA, an official organization that supports relationships between Italian residents in Southern California, Arizona, Nevada, Mexico, and the Italian General Consulate.


  • Certificate in Financial Management for the Family Office – Graziadio School of Business and Management, Pepperdine University, Malibu, December 2012
  • MBA – Finance. School of Business and Management, Pepperdine University, Malibu. April 1996
  • Master of Arts in Mass-Communication. California State University, Northridge. December 1992
  • Laurea – International Relations. Universita’ degli Studi di Genova, July 1990 (grade: 110/110)



  • Outstanding Supporting Faculty - Teaching Award - PGSB 2021


Areas of Expertise

  • Investment/economic analysis

  • Business strategy/client development

  • Securities and derivatives trading

  • Money management operations

  • Capital markets risk management

  • Family Office Financial Management


  • Global Capital Markets
  • Derivatives
  • Business Valuation
  • Portfolio Management
  • Alternative Investments


  • FINC 667
  • FINC 634
  • FINC 668
  • FINC 623
  • FINC 624
  • FINC 669