About us

About Us


About the Light Brigade

Established in 1998, The Light Brigade draws on founder Dr. Yuval Bar-Or’s expert knowledge of business and finance. We believe that enlightened decisions – those made with better knowledge of facts and consequences – result in lower personal and corporate risk exposures and better outcomes.

Our mission is to …

  • empower individuals through focused education to make better decisions that increase their success and the success of their organizations or households
  • do so without bias

… and so enable our clients to reach their personal and business goals.


About the Company's Founder: Yuval D. Bar-Or, Ph.D.

Yuval is an award winning associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School where he primarily teaches investments, wealth management, and corporate finance courses. He is the author of seven books, including the Pillars of Wealth series for medical professionals and Leveraging People for a Corporate Turnaround

Prior to joining the JHU faculty Yuval held senior strategy and operations roles with some of the world’s leading risk management firms. His roles included managerial responsibilities in New York, San Francisco, Toronto, London, Singapore, and Sydney, Australia. His risk management expertise assisted banks in managing over a trillion dollars in assets. He currently serves on the investment committee of a venture capital fund.

Yuval has been a contributor on Forbes.com and has been quoted in various media, including The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Reuters, USA Today, The Baltimore Sun, Hopkins Medicine Magazine, Consumers Digest, US News & World Report, The Los Angeles Times, and The Baltimore Sun. He holds Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, as well as an engineering degree (B.Eng.) and two economics degrees (B.A. summa cum laude, M.A.) from Canada’s McMaster University.

As a college student Yuval was a member of the varsity wrestling and rugby teams, and prior to that a provincially ranked gymnast. He was born in the USA and spent over a decade each in Israel and Canada. He enjoys ballroom dancing, jogging and kayaking, as well as scuba diving.