Speakers

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Nicholas Silitch

Chief Risk Officer

PRUDENTIAL

Nick Silitch is senior vice president, chief risk officer of Prudential Financial, Inc. In this role, Silitch oversees Prudential’s risk management infrastructure and risk profile across all business lines and risk types. Under his direction, his team develops models, metrics, frameworks and governance to manage risk, and works with internal corporate partners and business groups to identify, assess and prioritize risk across the company. He is chairman of the organization’s Enterprise Risk Committee that evaluates current and emerging risks relevant to the company, and is a member of Prudential’s Senior Management Council.

Silitch also works with external stakeholder groups to forward industry interests. He is head of the International Affairs Committee for the North American Chief Risk Officers’ Council, and is a member of the Advisory Council for the International Association of Credit Portfolio Managers.

Silitch joined Prudential in 2010 as chief credit officer and head of investment risk management, overseeing Prudential’s general account and other proprietary investment risks globally, as well as maintaining and approving Delegations of Authority and Investment Policy Statements.

Prior to joining Prudential, Silitch held the position of chief risk officer of the Alternative Investment Services, Broker Dealer Services and Pershing businesses within Bank of New York Mellon. He also served on the Pershing Executive Committee.

Silitch joined Bank of New York Mellon in 1983 as a credit trainee. Throughout his career at the bank, he held senior positions in client management, investor relations, risk management, loan restructuring, credit portfolio management and Basel compliance.

He received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Colby College.

Michael Ashton

Managing principal

Enduring Investments LLC

Mr. Ashton is a pioneer in the U.S. inflation derivatives market. Prior to founding Enduring Investments, Mr. Ashton worked in research, sales and trading for several large investment banks including Bankers Trust, Barclays Capital, and J.P. Morgan. Since 2003, when he traded the first interbank U.S. CPI swaps, and 2004 when he was the lead market maker for the CME’s CPI Futures contract, he has played an integral role in developing new instruments and methods for accessing and hedging various inflation exposures. In 2016, Mr. Ashton publishedWhat’s Wrong With Money? The Biggest Bubble of All. He is a graduate of Trinity University and lives in Morristown, New Jersey.

Nicholas Westray

Head of execution research

Alliance Bernstein

Nick is currently Head of Execution Research in the Multi-Asset Solutions group at Alliance Bernstein, where he focusses on  automating and improving execution across Equities, Futures and FX. He is also a visiting researcher in Financial Machine Learning at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at NYU working on problems at the intersection of optimal execution, market microstructure and deep learning. Previously he was a Senior Quant Researcher in the Equity Execution group at Citadel focusing on block trading and market Impact. Prior to that he was at Deutsche Bank involved in the Central Risk Book and Algorithmic Trading. He holds a PhD from Imperial College London and was a Postdoctoral Research fellow at Humboldt Universitaet zu Berlin.

Eva Helene Yazhari

Co-founder and CEO

Beyond Capital

Eva Yazhari is a seasoned investor, conscious entrepreneur, author, and the General Partner of Beyond Capital Ventures, an early-stage impact venture capital fund offering a diversified portfolio of early-stage purpose-driven companies in "need-to-have" sectors in emerging markets. Previously, Eva was Vice President at EnTrust Capital Inc. Her team invested over $5 billion into top hedge funds. She specialized in due diligence, underlying fund portfolio analysis, and shareholder activism. 

Eva is an active investor and is pioneering equity and power transformation in venture capital at Beyond Capital Ventures, giving ownership to every founder in the portfolio. She is a member of YPO and co-chairs the YPO Impact Investing Initiative, in addition to serving on the executive committee of the Personal Investing Network. She serves on corporate boards including Viebeg Medical, Karma Healthcare, Redwing Labs, and Frontier Markets, along with the Barnard Athena Center. Eva is also the co-host of the Beyond Capital Podcast, founder of The Conscious Investor online magazine, and author of ‘The Good Your Money Can Do.’

Petter Kolm

Clinical professor & director of the mathematics in finance

Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University

Petter Kolm is the Director of the Mathematics in Finance Master’s Program and Clinical Professor at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University and Partner at CorePoint-Partners.com. Previously, Petter worked in the Quantitative Strategies Group at Goldman Sachs Asset Management.  Petter has coauthored four books: Financial Modeling of the Equity Market: From CAPM to Cointegration (Wiley, 2006), Trends in Quantitative Finance (CFA Research Institute, 2006), Robust Portfolio Management and Optimization (Wiley, 2007), and Quantitative Equity Investing: Techniques and Strategies (Wiley, 2010). He holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Yale, an M.Phil. in Applied Mathematics from the Royal Institute of Technology, and an M.S. in Mathematics from ETH Zurich. 

 

Petter is a member of the editorial boards of the International Journal of Portfolio Analysis and Management (IJPAM), Journal of Financial Data Science (JFDS), Journal of Investment Strategies (JoIS), and Journal of Portfolio Management (JPM). He is an Advisory Board Member of Alternative Data Group (AltDG), AISignals and Operations in Trading (Aisot), Betterment (one of the largest robo-advisors) and Volatility and Risk Institute at NYU Stern (VRI). Petter is also on the Board of Directors of the International Association for Quantitative Finance (IAQF) and Scientific Advisory Board Member of Artificial Intelligence Finance Institute (AIFI).

 

As a consultant and expert witness, Petter provides services in areas including alternative data, data science, econometrics, forecasting models, high-frequency trading, machine learning, portfolio optimization with transaction costs and taxes, quantitative and systematic trading, risk management, robo-advisory, smart beta strategies, tax-aware investing, and transaction costs.

 

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Nicholas Silitch

Chief Risk Officer

PRUDENTIAL

Nick Silitch is senior vice president, chief risk officer of Prudential Financial, Inc. In this role, Silitch oversees Prudential’s risk management infrastructure and risk profile across all business lines and risk types. Under his direction, his team develops models, metrics, frameworks and governance to manage risk, and works with internal corporate partners and business groups to identify, assess and prioritize risk across the company. He is chairman of the organization’s Enterprise Risk Committee that evaluates current and emerging risks relevant to the company, and is a member of Prudential’s Senior Management Council.

Silitch also works with external stakeholder groups to forward industry interests. He is head of the International Affairs Committee for the North American Chief Risk Officers’ Council, and is a member of the Advisory Council for the International Association of Credit Portfolio Managers.

Silitch joined Prudential in 2010 as chief credit officer and head of investment risk management, overseeing Prudential’s general account and other proprietary investment risks globally, as well as maintaining and approving Delegations of Authority and Investment Policy Statements.

Prior to joining Prudential, Silitch held the position of chief risk officer of the Alternative Investment Services, Broker Dealer Services and Pershing businesses within Bank of New York Mellon. He also served on the Pershing Executive Committee.

Silitch joined Bank of New York Mellon in 1983 as a credit trainee. Throughout his career at the bank, he held senior positions in client management, investor relations, risk management, loan restructuring, credit portfolio management and Basel compliance.

He received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Colby College.

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Jay Newberry

Risk management executive and consultant; managing director, operational risk management

Citigroup (Retired)

Jay Newberry has over thirty years of experience in risk management. 

Currently, he is engaged as Principal, Greenwich Risk Management Consulting, focused on Enterprise Risk Management and Operational Risk Management in the financial services industry.

Recently, Jay also served as an adjunct Lecturer in the Enterprise Risk Management Program at Columbia University teaching courses in Operational Risk Management, and Traditional Risk and ERM Practices.

Jay retired from Citigroup where he was responsible for the global Operational Risk Policy and Framework for identifying, assessing, monitoring, and communicating operational risk and the overall effectiveness of the control environment.

His responsibilities included standards for Risk Identification and Monitoring, spanning risk appetite, key operational risks and key indicators, and concentration risk.  He was also responsible for standards for Scenario Analysis and related stress loss forecasting processes.

In addition, Jay established and oversaw the independent verification processes for operational risk covering Basel AMA and CCAR and has facilitated a number of key global operational risk management governance committees.

Jay led U.S. regulatory relations for operational risk and partnered across Citi on global regulatory matters.

In his most recent role, he had responsibility for developing Citi’s Lessons Learned Policy and program, spanning all risk types.

Jay’s prior experience at Citi included leadership positions in developing and executing credit risk analytics, portfolio derivatives, risk capital, and credit portfolio management tools.  He began his banking career as Senior Analyst in Citi’s Corporate Finance Analysis Department where he engaged in marketing initiatives and credit approvals for the large corporate market.

Jay earned his BA degree in Economics from Middlebury College and his MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth.

 

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Fabrice Fiol

Managing director, deputy head of enterprise risk management, Americas

Societe Generale

Fabrice Fiol is a Managing Director and Deputy Head of the Enterprise Risk Management Americas division. In this capacity, he co-manages a team responsible for risk appetite statement and reporting, risk identification, enterprise wide stress testing and governance including regulatory oversight for the Americas.

He was previously in charge of the market risk cross-asset team overseeing regional limit framework, Market Risk Stress Testing and various regulatory market risk initiatives. His prior role was heading the Equity/Fixed Income/Commodity market risk teams for SG in the Americas, including NY, Canada and Brazil trading platforms.

Fabrice Fiol joined Societe Generale NY in 2009. Prior to SG, Mr. Fiol was a Senior Vice President at Natixis-NY in charge of Trading Risk Management on a U.S Agency MBS portfolio.  Prior to Natixis, Mr. Fiol was a Vice President at the reinsurance company SwissRe-NY where he was in charge of front-office quantitative pricing and subsequently joined the U.S Rates Derivative Desk trading.

He graduated from ENSAE (National School of Statistics and Economics) in 1998 and holds an Advanced Studies Degree (DEA) from Paris VII University. 

Fabrice Fiol has participated as a speaker and panelist at various risk conferences (Bloomberg, Risk.Net, Cefpro) . He has co-authored an article in the RMA Journal in 2017 “Risk Appetite: How Banks are responding to risk in a new regulatory environment”, and in 2019 published “Enterprise Risk Management: Towards a comprehensive yet practical enterprise risk function” in the Journal of Risk Management in Financial Institutions.

Pooja Rahman

CRO

Protective Life

In June 2021, Pooja Rahman was named Chief Risk Officer at Protective Life Corporation. She is responsible for leading the Company’s Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) program and overseeing implementation of the Company’s strategic risk appetite.

Prior to joining Protective, Ms. Rahman served as Head of Financial Risk at New York Life. Prior to New York Life, she worked in international policy and analysis at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Ms. Rahman’s previous experience also includes Director & Senior Corporate Counsel at Aviva, In-house Counsel at Iowa Insurance Division and Lead Technical Analyst at Principal Financial Group.

Ms. Rahman earned her JD from Drake University Law School, her MBA from the University of New Orleans, and her Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Mumbai.

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Brenda Boultwood

Senior Vice President of Industry Solutions

METRICSTREAM

Brenda Boultwood is responsible for a portfolio of key industry verticals, including Energy and Utilities, Federal Agencies, and strategic Banking and Financial Services customers. She also currently serves on the Board of the Committee of Chief Risk Officers (CCRO).
Brenda has a rich career in Risk Management. Most recently she served as Senior Vice President and Chief Risk Officer at Constellation Energy. Prior to that, she served as Global Head of Strategy, Alternative Investment Services at J.P. Morgan Chase & Company, where she developed the strategy for the company's Hedge Fund Services, Private Equity Fund Services, Leveraged Loan Services, and Global Derivative Services. During her tenure at J.P. Morgan Chase, Brenda also served as Global Head of Strategic Risk Management for its Treasury Services Group, and Global Business Head of Global Derivative Services for its Alternative Investment Services Group.
At Bank One Corporation, she served as Head, Corporate Market Risk Management and Counterparty Credit, and Head of Corporate Operational Risk Management, before advancing to Head, Global Risk Management for the company's Global Treasury Services Group.

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Hany Farag

Senior director and head of risk methodology and analytics

CIBC

Hany Farag is Senior Director and Head of Risk Modelling and Methodology at CIBC. Prior to his current position he was a partner at Eastmoor Capital Partners, LLP; Managing Director and Head of FX Statistical Arbitrage at CIBC; and Head of Quantitative Research at OANDA Corporation. Prior to his industry positions he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Caltech and at Rice University. He holds a PhD in Mathematical Analysis from Yale, a MS in Theoretical Physics from Yale, and a BSC in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Ain Shams.

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Phil Ohana

Executive director

UBS

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Philip Alexander

Regulation Editor

Risk.net

Philip Alexander is the regulation desk editor for Risk.net, overseeing a team of journalists in the UK, US and Asia. He was previously senior editor at The Banker magazine, covering financial regulation, capital markets, derivatives and central and eastern Europe. Prior to entering journalism, he edited sovereign credit research for rating agency Standard & Poor’s in London. He was awarded a PhD in modern history by the University of Cambridge for a thesis on Britain and European integration

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Sven Sandow

Global head of credit and operational risk analytics

Morgan Stanley

Sven Sandow is the Global Head of Credit and Operational Risk Analytics at Morgan Stanley. During his 20-year career in the financial industry, Sven has worked in various quantitative modeling, risk management, and capital management capacities. Prior to Morgan Stanley, he worked at Merrill Lynch and Standard & Poor’s. Before he joined the financial industry, Sven worked as a physicist at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and the Weizmann Institute of Science. He has been an active researcher in physics, finance, and machine learning. His research has been published in academic journals, and he coauthored a book on learning from data. Sven holds a Ph.D. in physics from the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg in Germany.

Yury Dubrovsky

Chief risk officer

Lazard Ltd.

Ramakrishnan Chirayathumadom

Chief model risk officer, Goldman Sachs Bank USA

Goldman Sachs

Rama Chirayathumadom is Chief Model Risk Officer of GS Bank and global head of model validation for consumer, credit risk and compliance models at Goldman Sachs. Over the last five years as Chief Model Risk Officer of GS Bank, Rama has overseen the model risk management of the bank’s retail expansion through notable product launches including Marcus loans and Apple Card.

Over his 16-year career at the firm, Rama has held roles in model development and validation across Global Markets, Controllers and Risk divisions.

Rama holds an MS in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras.

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Liming Brotcke

Model validation executive

Ally

Liming Brotcke leads the model validation group of the MRM function at Ally. Before joining Ally Liming was the functional head of MRM for six large and foreign banks in the 7th district and led the Risk Modeling and Analytics at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. She has years of CCAR experience and participated in the LISCC supervision as the quantitative lead of the retail credit card portfolio. Prior to Chicago Fed, Liming has extensive quantitative skills and business knowledge due to her experience at Citi Group and Discover as a portfolio manager and model developer for various business lines. Liming holds a Ph.D. degree in Economics from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Mandar Rege

Managing director, operational risk management, technology and cybersecurity

Citi

Mandar has over 20 years of engineering and risk management experience across Technology Operations, Governance and Audit, helping organizations meet business objectives through technology. Currently he is serving as a Managing Director at Citigroup in the Operational Risk group. Prior to Citi, Mandar was the Global CTRO at TD Bank Group, before which he served as the CTRO and CISO at the Bank of Montreal. In his prior career, Mandar has worked extensively with financial institutions globally through leadership roles at Cisco Systems, Inc., Accenture LLC, Alvarez & Marsal LLP,  KPMG LLP and Ernst & Young LLP.

Mandar is an active member of the professional community and has presented at industry forums like Risk.Net, RSA and IAPP Conferences. Additionally, he is active in various profesional organizations such as ISACA, IAPP and ISC2 and has served as the Chair of the Canadian Banking Association’s CIRT (CISO Forum). He holds the CISSP, CIPP, CISA, and PMP certifications.

 

Jonah Platt

U.S. head of government & regulatory policy

Citadel

Jonah Platt is U.S. Head of Government & Regulatory Policy, helping to lead the firm’s engagement on legislative and regulatory initiatives across the full rang of asset classes, including fixed income, credit, commodities, and equities.

Prior to joining Citadel, Mr. Platt was an Executive Director for Sales and Trading Legal at UBS Investment Bank.  Previously, he was a Derivatives and Capital Markets Associate at Allen & Overy LLP.

Mr. Platt received a bachelor’s degree with high distinction from the University of Michigan and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School.

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Andrew Auslander

Managing principal

Agile Financial LLC

Andrew Auslander has over 20 years of experience in the global financial markets. He has spent half his career as an enterprise risk manager experienced in developing risk frameworks to support overall business strategy for asset management, private banking, and investment banking. During this time, he managed market, traded credit, counterparty credit, liquidity, operational, vendor, and model risks. He has taught the benefits of risk culture in various countries. He is effective at communicating risks and mitigators to senior management, internal audit, and regulators.  Previously, Andrew was the Head of Risk Governance and Disclosure at AIG and led the risk management and trading teams at international banks and asset managers.

Andrew earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Merchant Marine Academy. He holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Science and Information Systems from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and studied Finance at New York University's Stern School of Business. Andrew is a CFA Charterholder and a Financial Risk Manager (FRM) certified by the Global Association of Risk Professionals. Mr. Auslander holds FINRA Series 7, 24, and 63 licenses.

 

Priya Misra

Head, global rates research

TD Securities

Michael Ashton

Managing principal

Enduring Investments LLC

Mr. Ashton is a pioneer in the U.S. inflation derivatives market. Prior to founding Enduring Investments, Mr. Ashton worked in research, sales and trading for several large investment banks including Bankers Trust, Barclays Capital, and J.P. Morgan. Since 2003, when he traded the first interbank U.S. CPI swaps, and 2004 when he was the lead market maker for the CME’s CPI Futures contract, he has played an integral role in developing new instruments and methods for accessing and hedging various inflation exposures. In 2016, Mr. Ashton publishedWhat’s Wrong With Money? The Biggest Bubble of All. He is a graduate of Trinity University and lives in Morristown, New Jersey.

Jumana Poonawala

Senior vice president, chief program officer - LIBOR

US Bank

Jumana Poonawala, Senior Vice President, Chief Program Officer for the LIBOR Transition Office, U.S. Bank. The LTO is charged with the execution of a coordinated strategy to manage the transition away from LIBOR by end 2021. Jumana has 18+ years of financial advisory and operations experience, including ETF sub-advisory, in the asset management space.

She was an Investment Officer and Co-Head of the Global Trade & Supply Finance group at International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank. She has also held positions at Chatham Financial, an interest rate and currency hedging advisory firm based out of Pennsylvania and Deloitte Consulting in the Financial Services Group in New York. Jumana holds a BA in Economics from Brandeis University and an MPA in International Development Economics from Harvard University, where her research included publications on the analysis of the forward rate as a predictor of the future change in the spot exchange rate.

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Helen Bartholomew

Editor-at-large

Risk.net

Helen Bartholomew is editor-at-Large for Risk.net, based in London. Prior to joining Risk, she was derivatives editor for International Financing Review, part of Thomson Reuters, where she previously reported on debt and equity capital markets. Helen holds a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Durham, UK.

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Jing Zou

Managing director, model risk management

Royal Bank of Canada

As Managing Director in Enterprise Model Risk Management (EMRM), Jing Zou is responsible for validating models in Securitized Products, Pre-Provision Net Revenue, Retail Credit models, and interest rate derivatives models. She also developed Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review (CCAR) model fragility analysis, which identifies the impact of model uncertainty on capital ratios. She is an invited speaker for many industry model risk management training courses.

Jing joined RBC in 2014 as a Director in local model risk manager, where she was responsible of engaging the business about model risks. Later on, she was promoted to Senior Director and then Managing Director and has expanded the scope to cover the validation of 40% of CCAR models. Prior to joining RBC, Jing worked at Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo, and Fannie Mae in various quantitative analytics roles covering front office quant, market risk, and model risk areas.

Jing has a Ph.D. in Applied and Computational Mathematics from Princeton University and a B.S. and M.S. in Computational Mathematics in Xi’an Jiaotong University.

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Andrew McClelland

Director of quantitative research

Numerix

Andrew McClelland's work at Numerix focuses on counterparty credit risk issues including valuation adjustments and counterparty exposure production for structured products. He also works on numerical methods for efficient production of risk profiles under real-world measures.
Andrew received his Ph.D. in finance at the Queensland University of Technology in financial econometrics. His research involved markets exhibiting crash feedback, option pricing, and parameter estimation using particle filtering methods. His work has been published in the Journal of Banking and Finance, the Journal of Econometrics, and the Journal of Business and Economic Statistics.

Alec Crawford

Partner and chief investment risk officer

Lord, Abbett & Co. LLC

Alec Crawford manages the team responsible for developing and monitoring portfolio risk protocols for all Lord Abbett investment strategies.

Mr. Crawford joined Lord Abbett in 2012 and was named Partner in 2013. His previous experience includes serving as Managing Director and Global Head of Risk Management at Ziff Brothers Investments; Managing Director and Head of Agency MBS Strategy at RBS Greenwich Capital; Managing Director and Head of Mortgage and Cross-Rates Strategy at Deutsche Bank Securities; Vice President and Head of Mortgage Strategy at Morgan Stanley; Vice President, Research Liaison at Goldman Sachs; and Vice President, Research Liaison at CS First Boston. He has worked in the financial services industry since 1988.

Mr. Crawford has contributed to publications, including the Guide to Fixed Income Securities, Volume 9, by Frank Fabozzi. Mr. Crawford also has received awards from Institutional Investor for his research on mortgaged-backed securities.

He earned an AB in computer science from Harvard College.

Navin Sharma

Global fixed income risk management lead

T. Rowe Price

Courtney Garcia

Managing director, head of market risk

Apollo Global Management

Ms. Garcia joined Apollo in 2021 as the Head of Market Risk.  Prior to joining Apollo, Ms. Garcia was an Executive Vice President and Portfolio Risk Manager at PIMCO from 2007-2021.  While at PIMCO she served on various management committees, oversaw investment and counterparty risk, and led firm planning for LIBOR transition.  Prior to PIMCO, Ms. Garcia was employed by Barclays Capital within the CDO Structuring group.  She graduated from University of California, Berkeley with a Masters of Financial Engineering and Columbia University with a BS in Applied Mathematics.

Ying Murdoch

Head of North America fixed income risk

Columbia Threadneedle Investments

Andrew Beer

Managing member

Dynamic Beta Investments

Eugene Shuster

Head of risk management

Nomura Asset Management

Dr. Eugene Shuster, Managing Director, and Head of Risk Management, joined Nomura Asset Management U.S.A. Inc. in December 2012.  Previously, he was Head of Quantitative Analytics within the Market Risk Management Group at PNC, where his team was responsible for providing a centralized solution center for all quantitative modeling efforts, research, development, documentation, and implementation across all the asset classes, products, and books that Market Risk Management oversees.  Prior to PNC, Eugene spent 5 years with Deutsche Bank as a Fixed Income Portfolio Manager leading a small team which invested in a large spectrum of fixed income assets using both quantitative and non-systematic strategies (i.e., black box semi-automated Treasury bonds book, new issue Agency and Corporate bonds book, bullet and callable relative value strategy, etc.). Prior to Deutsche Bank, he spent 3 years as a Fixed Income Quantitative Analyst at Putnam Investments creating predictive, pricing and risk, term structure and default, and portfolio construction models for asset classes ranging from Treasury and Agency bonds, to IG and HY bonds, to structured securities such as MBS, ABS, and CMBS.  Dr. Shuster earned his Bachelor of Science degrees in Physics and Theoretical Mathematics and his Ph.D. degree in Theoretical Physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Chris Callies

Interim CRO/CIO

Consultant

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Gordon Liu

Executive vice president, US head of global risk analytics

HSBC

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Oliver Jakob

International chief risk officer

Mitsubishi UFJ

Oliver joined MUFG from UBS' Investment Bank, where he was the Global Head of Market Risk. Prior to UBS, Oliver held various risk management positions in New York and Toronto over the last 17 years. He started his career in Bankers Trust's Market Risk Department.

Oliver graduated from Karlsruhe University (Germany) with a diploma in Industrial Engineering. Oliver holds a CFA designation.

 

Sudar Purushothaman

Managing director

Foundation Credit

Sudar Purushothaman is a Partner and Portfolio Manager for the FCO strategy and a member of Foundation’s Executive Committee.  Sudar’s responsibilities include developing and executing investment strategies, as well as risk management and analysis for the FCO strategy.  Prior to joining FCO in 2012, Sudar spent four years as a trader at Goldman Sachs on the municipal desk, focusing on high yield and high grade bond trading. Sudar received his Bachelors of Science from Stanford University and his Masters in Mathematics in Finance from New York University.

Gabor Gurbacs

Director, digital asset strategy

VanEck

Sebastian Bea

President

One River Digital

Sebastian Pedro Bea, OLY, is the President of One River Digital.  Sebastian, in concert with the team, develops and executes the One River Digital strategic plan.  Sebastian is focused on building ORD’s investment platform and global client base.  Sebastian also serves as the Head of Sales and Strategy for One River Asset Management.  Sebastian and his team help global clients understand, access, and stay connected to the investment capabilities of One River, across both Alternative strategies and Digital assets.  Sebastian has 20 years of experience across liquid public markets and institutional investing.

Prior to joining One River, Sebastian worked at BlackRock, beginning in 2012.  Sebastian was most recently a Managing Director at BlackRock, co-leading investment strategy globally for BlackRock Systematic Active Equity.  Prior to BlackRock, Sebastian worked at Credit Suisse, beginning in 2001.  Sebastian built relationships with institutional investors, delivering the firm’s proprietary data, capital markets product, and firmwide capabilities. 

Sebastian holds a double major in English and Economics from The University of California, Berkeley. Sebastian is a World Champion and Olympic Silver Medalist, in rowing, for the United States of America.

Daniel Tenengauzer

Managing director, head of markets strategy

BNY Mellon

Daniel Tenengauzer is Head of Markets Strategy at BNY Mellon and leader of the Aerial View market commentary platform. In this role, Daniel heads strategy efforts for our clients, providing them with original insights into the world's asset and currency flows, equipped by the firm's unique position at the center of the global financial system. He also acts as a media spokesperson for BNY Mellon on global macroeconomic and geopolitical issues.

Boasting more than 20 years of cross-asset experience on both the buy and sell sides, Daniel is a seasoned global macro researcher with unparalleled knowledge of international markets, informed by lengthy periods working on four continents. He joined BNY Mellon from Tse Capital Management, a New York-based hedge fund, where he was director of research, overseeing currencies and fixed income exposures globally.

Before Tse, Daniel supported foreign exchange and fixed income sales and trading at some of the world's largest banks, from emerging market debt and FX at Goldman Sachs, to G10 research at Lehman Brothers, and emerging markets fixed income strategy at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. More recently, Daniel led global FX strategy for RBC Capital Markets.

He holds a master's degree in Finance and Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has also been published in a wide variety of academic journals and speaks several languages, including Portuguese, Hebrew and Spanish.

Nicholas Westray

Head of execution research

Alliance Bernstein

Nick is currently Head of Execution Research in the Multi-Asset Solutions group at Alliance Bernstein, where he focusses on  automating and improving execution across Equities, Futures and FX. He is also a visiting researcher in Financial Machine Learning at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at NYU working on problems at the intersection of optimal execution, market microstructure and deep learning. Previously he was a Senior Quant Researcher in the Equity Execution group at Citadel focusing on block trading and market Impact. Prior to that he was at Deutsche Bank involved in the Central Risk Book and Algorithmic Trading. He holds a PhD from Imperial College London and was a Postdoctoral Research fellow at Humboldt Universitaet zu Berlin.

Will Hadfield

Investing editor

Risk.net

Will Hadfield runs the investing team for Risk.net, overseeing coverage of hedge funds, conventional asset managers and insurance companies. He previously covered market structure for Bloomberg News in London, both as a reporter and an editor. He studied History at the University of Durham and is a French speaker.

Lakshmi Murthy

Global lead - climate risk, ESG, sustainability analytics

Credit Suisse

Lakshmi Murthy is the Global lead for Climate Risk Strategy and ESG Analytics at Credit Suisse.

 

She is an experienced Financial Services leader with a passion for building scalable data-enabled products to solve business problems using advanced analytics.

 

Lakshmi has a Master’s degree in Computer Science from India, and an Master’s degree in Business Analytics from NYU Stern School of Business

Todd Arthur Bridges

Global head of sustainable investing and ESG research

Arabesque

Dr Todd Arthur Bridges joins Arabesque S-Ray GmbH from State Street Global Advisors, where he was Head of ESG Research and Development. Dr Bridges previously worked as Head of ESG Research at Ethic, and held the position of Research Managing Director at Cornell University. He is a member of the Sustainable Finance Advisory Committee of the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), and holds a PhD in Socioeconomics, Organizational Behaviour and Research Methods from Brown University.

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Geoffrey Yu

FX and macro strategist for EMEA

BNY Mellon

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Judith Hilton

MD, CRO

DWS Americas

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Rajat Baijal

Managing director, global head of enterprise risk

Cantor Fitzgerald

Rajat Baijal is the Managing Director – Global Head of Enterprise Risk at Cantor Fitzgerald. In this role, he is responsible for designing and embedding a robust Risk Framework across the firm. This includes articulating and implementing a robust Risk & Control Self-Assessment (RCSA), Risk Event Management, Key Risk Indicators etc. and ensuring that the Board is suitably informed about all material issues.

Rajat has an MBA in Finance and has previously worked for Kensington Mortgages, Lloyds Banking Group and Aviva specialising in global implementation of their Risk Framework. Rajat is a regular speaker at risk conferences across London and New York and has authored a number of articles for risk journals/textbooks.

Mikhail Samonov

CEO

Two Centuries Investments

Mikhail has been a portfolio manager for over 15 years with a demonstrated track record of innovation and performance. His prior roles included managing more than $5 billion in systematic equities for PineBridge Investments, including $1 billion in a Socially Responsible strategy, and managing $1+billion in multi-asset and alternative factor strategies for Forefront Analytics. Mikhail is a published author and a frequent speaker on the topics of factor investing, asset allocation, quantitative innovation and sustainable investing. His work has been quoted by leading media organizations, academics and book authors. Mikhail is a creative thinker and an educator frequently involved in helping investors and asset managers transform, innovate and grow. Mikhail is an honors graduate of Brown University with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics and Economics, and holds an MBA degree from the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania. Mikhail is a CFA Charterholder.

Nicole Sandford

Executive vice president

Ellig Group

Eva Helene Yazhari

Co-founder and CEO

Beyond Capital

Eva Yazhari is a seasoned investor, conscious entrepreneur, author, and the General Partner of Beyond Capital Ventures, an early-stage impact venture capital fund offering a diversified portfolio of early-stage purpose-driven companies in "need-to-have" sectors in emerging markets. Previously, Eva was Vice President at EnTrust Capital Inc. Her team invested over $5 billion into top hedge funds. She specialized in due diligence, underlying fund portfolio analysis, and shareholder activism. 

Eva is an active investor and is pioneering equity and power transformation in venture capital at Beyond Capital Ventures, giving ownership to every founder in the portfolio. She is a member of YPO and co-chairs the YPO Impact Investing Initiative, in addition to serving on the executive committee of the Personal Investing Network. She serves on corporate boards including Viebeg Medical, Karma Healthcare, Redwing Labs, and Frontier Markets, along with the Barnard Athena Center. Eva is also the co-host of the Beyond Capital Podcast, founder of The Conscious Investor online magazine, and author of ‘The Good Your Money Can Do.’

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Mike Chen, PhD

Director portfolio management and sustainable investing

PanAgora Asset Management

Dr. Chen is a Director of Portfolio Management at PanAgora, and the lead portfolio manager for Global Sustainable Strategy. In this role, he is responsible for leading the development of PanAgora’s ESG strategy, including alpha research, portfolio management, and model and product development. He is also responsible for novel ML alpha research and model development in the Dynamic team and across the wider Equity group, and daily management of firm’s Dynamic portfolios. Dr. Chen’s research interests are in the areas of machine learning, ESG, and alternative datasets. In this capacity, Dr. Chen developed a novel ESG portfolio construction framework for which patent has been filed. Previously, he was a portfolio manager at PanAgora’s Stock Selector team.

Prior to joining PanAgora, Dr. Chen was a Portfolio Manager at BlackRock’s Scientific Active Equity (SAE) team, where his responsibilities include portfolio management and research into alpha insights for use across the entire SAE platform. While at SAE, Dr. Chen won “Signal of the Year” award for an alternative data signal he researched and developed. Prior to BlackRock, Dr. Chen worked at Google where he was a member of the team that managed Google’s fixed income investment portfolio. Dr. Chen started his career at Morgan Stanley in New York where he traded exotic US rates derivatives. While at Morgan Stanley, Dr. Chen researched, developed and patented a framework that allowed for pricing of derivatives based on two rate curves with dynamic multiplicative spread, one of the first such models on the street. 

Dr. Chen graduated from the University of Illinois in 2005 with a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and has 14 years of financial industry experience. He has published in leading engineering and applied mathematics journals, and had been invited to talk at numerous academic and industry conferences.

Julie Gorte

SVP, sustainable investing

Impax Asset Management

Julie Gorte is Senior Vice President for Sustainable Investing at Impax Asset Management LLC, the North American division of Impax Asset Management Group and investment adviser to Pax World Funds.


She oversees environmental, social and governance-related research on prospective and current investments as well as the firm’s shareholder engagement and public policy advocacy. Julie is also a member of the Impax Gender Analytics team.


Prior to joining the firm, Julie served as Vice President and Chief Social Investment Strategist at Calvert. Her experience before she joined the investment world in 1999 includes a various number of roles. Julie spent nearly 14 years as Senior Associate and Project Director at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment. Additionally, she has held the roles of Vice President for Economic and Environmental Research at The Wilderness Society, and Program Manager for Technology Programs in the Environmental Protection Agency’s policy office and Senior Associate at the Northeast-Midwest Institute.


Julie serves on the boards of the Endangered Species Coalition, E4theFuture, Clean Production Action and is the board chair of the Sustainable Investments Institute.
Julie received a Ph.D. and Master of Science in resource economics from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Science in forest management at Northern Arizona University.

Rosanna Pezzo-Brizio

Director, investment consulting group

New York Life Investments

Petter Kolm

Clinical professor & director of the mathematics in finance

Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University

Petter Kolm is the Director of the Mathematics in Finance Master’s Program and Clinical Professor at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University and Partner at CorePoint-Partners.com. Previously, Petter worked in the Quantitative Strategies Group at Goldman Sachs Asset Management.  Petter has coauthored four books: Financial Modeling of the Equity Market: From CAPM to Cointegration (Wiley, 2006), Trends in Quantitative Finance (CFA Research Institute, 2006), Robust Portfolio Management and Optimization (Wiley, 2007), and Quantitative Equity Investing: Techniques and Strategies (Wiley, 2010). He holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Yale, an M.Phil. in Applied Mathematics from the Royal Institute of Technology, and an M.S. in Mathematics from ETH Zurich. 

 

Petter is a member of the editorial boards of the International Journal of Portfolio Analysis and Management (IJPAM), Journal of Financial Data Science (JFDS), Journal of Investment Strategies (JoIS), and Journal of Portfolio Management (JPM). He is an Advisory Board Member of Alternative Data Group (AltDG), AISignals and Operations in Trading (Aisot), Betterment (one of the largest robo-advisors) and Volatility and Risk Institute at NYU Stern (VRI). Petter is also on the Board of Directors of the International Association for Quantitative Finance (IAQF) and Scientific Advisory Board Member of Artificial Intelligence Finance Institute (AIFI).

 

As a consultant and expert witness, Petter provides services in areas including alternative data, data science, econometrics, forecasting models, high-frequency trading, machine learning, portfolio optimization with transaction costs and taxes, quantitative and systematic trading, risk management, robo-advisory, smart beta strategies, tax-aware investing, and transaction costs.

 

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Rob Mannix

Editor, quant investing

Risk.net

Rob Mannix is the desk editor for investment, covering systematic investment strategies from quant funds to factor investing. He was previously responsible for Risk.net’s insurance coverage.

Based in the London office, Rob is interested in developments in the use of new types of data, the application of machine learning in investment, and research into systematic sources of return in markets. 

Rob joined Infopro Digital (then Incisive Media) in 2008, having previously worked at Euromoney Institutional Investor, covering legal and regulatory issues affecting capital markets.

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Andrew Chin

Chief Risk Officer and Head of Quantitative Research

AllianceBernstein

Andrew Y. Chin is the Chief Risk Officer and Head of Quantitative Research for AB. As the Chief Risk Officer, Chin oversees all aspects of risk management to ensure that the risks being taken are well understood and appropriately managed.  In the Quantitative Research role, he is responsible for the firm’s data science strategy and for optimizing the quantitative research infrastructure, tools and resources across the firm’s investing platforms. He joined the firm in 1997 and held various quantitative research roles in New York and London.  In 2004, Chin became a senior portfolio manager for Style Blend Equities. In 2005, he was named director of Quantitative Research for Value Equities. Prior to joining the firm, Chin was a project manager and business analyst in Global Investment Management at Bankers Trust from 1994 to 1997.

Chin teaches in the School of Operations Research and Information Engineering (Master of Financial Engineering Program) at Cornell University.  He also leads teams of students on capstone projects utilizing quantitative and data science skills to address investment issues.

Chin earned a BA and an MBA from Cornell University.

Sayee Srinivasan

Chief economist & head of research

American Bankers Association

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Ben Steiner

Chief-of-staff, global fixed income

BNP Paribas Asset Management

Ben handles business management and chief-of-staff responsibilities for the CIO of the Global Fixed Income division of BNP Paribas Asset Management.

He has over 18 years of industry experience with hedge funds and investment managers in London and New York.

Over his career, he has been a Head of Model Development, Portfolio Manager for Absolute Return, Research Manager & Senior Quantitative Researcher. His experience covers multiple asset classes: from default and loss models in the less liquid markets  (Private Debt and Real Estate) to alpha models in the more liquid (Non-traditional Bond; Managed Futures; Global Macro and Equity Long/Short).

He holds a BA (Hons) in Economics from The University of Manchester and an MSc in Mathematical Finance from Imperial College London. Since 2013, Ben has served on the Board of Directors of the Society of Quantitative Analysts (SQA).

Despite now being a reformed quant, he’s still invited to present on deep learning and model risk management topics at Columbia & NYU, as well as industry events.

Sri Krishnamurthy

Founder

QuantUniversity

Sri Krishnamurthy, CFA, is the founder of QuantUniversity, a data and quantitative analysis company, and the creator of the Machine Learning for Model Risk Management Certificate program. He has more than 20 years of experience in analytics, quantitative analysis, statistical modeling, and designing large-scale applications. He has also consulted with many organizations in establishing model governance practices. Previously, Mr. Krishnamurthy has worked for Citigroup, Endeca, and MathWorks and has consulted with more than 25 customers in the financial services and energy industries. He has trained more than 1,000 students in quantitative methods, analytics, and big data in the industry and at Babson College, Northeastern University, and Hult International Business School, many of whom work in data science roles at financial services firms. 

Mr. Krishnamurthy earned an MS in computer systems engineering and an MS in computer science from Northeastern University and an MBA with a focus on investments from Babson College. Sri serves on the QWAFAFEW steerage committee and is a reviewer for the Journal of Asset Management.

Max Gokhman

CIO

AlphaTrAI