World Business StrategiesServing the Global Financial Community since 2000

Arik Ben Dor:

Managing Director and Head of Quantitative Equity Research, Barclays

Arik Ben Dor: Managing Director and Head of Quantitative Equity Research, Barclays

Over the past 15 years, Dr. Ben Dor oversaw large scale research projects in rates, credit, equities, and hedge funds used by the largest institutional investors globally, including central banks, Sovereign wealth funds, asset managers, insurance companies, pensions and hedge funds. He co-authored two books on quantitative investing in credit securities and over a dozen articles in leading industry journals such as the Journal of Portfolio Management, Journal of Fixed Income, Journal of Investment Management, and Journal of Alternative Investments. One of his articles received the Martello award for the 2007 best practitioner paper.

Dr. Ben Dor research on ‘DTS (Duration Times Spread)’, a new approach to measuring the spread risk of corporate bonds and credit default swaps changed industry practices and was widely adopted by credit investors globally. In 2018, he was ranked 1st in the II All-America Fixed Income Research survey in the Quantitative Analysis category. Dr. Ben Dor also conducted research on ‘cloning’ hedge funds was the basis for several products and was awarded a U.S. patent.

His work on exploring the cross-asset relation between stocks and bonds was the basis for constructing systematic equity strategies such as momentum and ‘value’ based on credit signals, and the usage of equity derivatives for hedging high-yield bonds. His systematic strategies were adopted by some of the most prominent quantitative hedge funds and ‘long-only’ asset managers and were presented in leading industry conferences.

Prior to Barclays, Dr. Ben Dor worked at Lehman Brothers and Morgan Stanley. He holds a PhD in Finance from the Kellogg Business School at Northwestern University, and completed his B.A. and M.A. in Economics from Tel Aviv University, Cum Laude.

Thierry Roncalli:

Head of Quantitative Research at Amundi Asset Management

Thierry Roncalli: Head of Quantitative Research at Amundi Asset Management
Thierry Roncalli is Head of Quantitative Research at Amundi Asset Management, Professor of Finance at the University of Paris-Saclay/Evry and member of the AMF’s Scientific Advisory Board (French Securities & Financial Markets Regulator).

Helyette Geman:

Professor of Mathematical Finance, Birkbeck – University of London & Johns Hopkins

Helyette Geman, PhD, PhD: Professor of Mathematical Finance, Birkbeck – University of London & Johns Hopkins

Helyette GEMAN is a Professor of Mathematical Finance at Birkbeck – University of London and at Johns Hopkins University. She is a Graduate of Ecole Normale Supérieure in Mathematics, holds a Masters degree in Theoretical Physics, a PhD in Probability from the University Pierre et Marie Curie and a PhD in Finance from the University Pantheon Sorbonne.
She has been a scientific advisor to a number of major energy and mining companies for the last 20 years, covering the trading of crude oil, natural gas, electricity as well as metals in companies such as EDF Trading, Louis Dreyfus or BHP Billiton and was named in 2004 in the Hall of Fame of Energy Risk.
Prof Geman was previously the head of Research and Development at Caisse des Depots. She has published more than 140 papers in major finance journals including the Journal of Finance, Mathematical Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Banking and Finance and Journal of Business. She has also written the book entitled Insurance and Weather Derivatives and is a Member of Honor of the French Society of Actuaries.
Her research includes exotic option pricing for which she got the first prize of the Merrill Lynch awards, asset price modeling through the introduction of transaction time (JOF, 2000); she is one of the authors of the CGMY pure jump Levy model (2002). Prof Geman had organized in 2000 at College de France the first meeting of the Bachelier Finance Society, with Paul Samuelson, Robert Merton and Henry McKean as keynote speakers.
Her book, ‘Commodities and Commodity Derivatives’ is the reference in the field. She was a Scientific Expert on Agriculture for the European Commission and is on the Board of the Bloomberg Commodity Index.
She counts among her numerous PhD students Nassim Taleb, author of the Black Swan

Monica Filkova:

Climate and Sustainable Finance Advisor

Monica Filkova: Climate and Sustainable Finance Advisor

Monica Filkova is a debt finance professional with a focus on climate and sustainable finance strategy, research and criteria definition. Between 2017-2020 was Head of Market Intelligence at climate finance NGO Climate Bonds Initiative, and then Director, Sustainable Finance at Fitch Ratings. She chairs the Certificate in Climate and Investing Panel, convened in 2020 to advise CFA UK on the development of a climate and investing qualification, and is a member of the ESG Panel, which is responsible for the Certificate in ESG Investing, launched by CFA UK in 2019.

Prior to pivoting to sustainable finance, Monica’s focus was in property finance and debt capital markets, including roles as Head of Structuring, Debt Capital Markets at Eurohypo AG, senior credit research analyst at Chalkhill Partners, and real estate investment banking with Deutsche Bank. Monica is a CFA charterholder. She holds a Master of Management degree from Cornell University, USA, and a BBA from the American University in Bulgaria.

Marie-Josée Privyk:

Head of ESG Innovation, Novisto

Marie-Josée Privyk: Head of ESG Innovation, Novisto

Yannick Pape:

Consultant, South Pole

Yannick Pape: Consultant, South Pole

Navin Rauniar:

Advisory Partner focusing on LIBOR, ESG, Climate Risk & TCFD, HSBC

Navin Rauniar: Advisory Partner focusing on LIBOR, ESG, Climate Risk & TCFD, HSBC

Navin is a Risk Director with 17 years’ experience in advising the sell side on the delivery of prudential regulation such as IBOR Transition, FRTB, IRRBB, Basel III, CRR 2 and CRD V. Navin is currently leading the IBOR workstream for a Tier One bank.

Prior to this, he worked as a Senior Manager at a leading global advisory firm, where he led the analysis of the impact of the IBOR Transition on financial institutions. Additionally, Navin has spent 15 years in the industry working in global run-the-bank and change-the-bank roles for Credit Suisse, RBS, Commerzbank and JP Morgan across Front Office, Risk and Operations.

Navin is a steering committee member of the Professional Risk Managers Association where he represents the Risk Management industry on regulatory initiatives, mentoring of capital markets professionals, and a frequent speaker at banking & thought leadership events.

Alexandria Fisher:

Senior Strategic Analyst, Government of Alberta

Alexandria Fisher: Senior Strategic Analyst, Government of Alberta

Alexandria is an environmental, social, and governance (ESG) specialist with over a decade of experience integrating data to shape opportunities and mitigate risks to inform the investment decision process across institutional investors, government, and the energy sector. She specializes in translating ESG data into actionable insights. At the Government of Alberta, she is a Senior Strategic Analyst with the Ministry of Energy and was previously with the CoLab (a public innovation lab.)

Prior to joining the government, Alexandria served as a Responsible Investment Analyst with the Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo) and an Associate with Canadian Business for Social Responsibility. She is regularly named a top global social influencer in green finance and was previously a Public member of the Board of Governors (Investment and Audit Committees) at MacEwan University.

Alexandria holds a Master of Science in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo.

Simone Kramer:

Manager, ESG Product Management and Development, S&P Global

Simone Kramer: Manager, ESG Product Management and Development, S&P Global

Simone Kramer is a Manager for the ESG Product Development team at S&P Global where she focuses on the delivery of ESG, Climate Analytics, and Environmental data solutions on strategic platforms. Prior to this, she worked as a quantitative energy analyst at S&P Global Platts where she specialized in Non-OPEC oil supply and production forecasting, as well as in the analysis of environmental and emissions focused regulations and their net impact on the oil & gas sector. Before joining S&P Global, Simone worked in a product management function addressing carbon market and commodity focused financial data products at IHS Markit. She also has project experience in the solar industry in the Dominican Republic, and has done sustainability focused research for the Linden Trust for Conservation and Columbia University. Simone has a B.A in Political Science from Columbia University, as well as a Master of International Affairs degree in Global Energy Management & Policy from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.

Emre Kazim:

Research Fellow at UCL and Co-Founder of Holistic AI

Emre Kazim: Research Fellow at UCL and Co-Founder of Holistic AI

Research Fellow in the Computer Science department of University College London, working in the field of AI ethics. His research interests include – public awareness of AI and the moral and legal issues that arise within this context.

Erik Vynckier:

Interim Chief Executive, Foresters Friendly Society

Erik Vynckier: Interim Chief Executive, Foresters Friendly Society

Erik Vynckier is Board member of Foresters Friendly Society since 2016, for whom he also chairs the Investment and Unit-Linked Committees following a career in banking, insurance, asset management and petrochemical industry. Erik restructured Foresters as Interim CEO in 2019. Erik was Chief Investment Officer (Europe) for private equity group Eli Global LLC, partner, Chief Investment Officer at InsurTech Venture Partners and Chief Investment Officer for European insurance clients at Alliance Bernstein. Before, Erik managed with-profits and annuity funds at Scottish Widows Investment Partnership (Aberdeen Standard Life) after managing the Group Risk Hub of Standard Life. Erik started in finance at Credit Suisse First Boston and HSBC, in equity program trading, quantitative development and asset-liability management for client balance sheets.

Erik was Chair of Research and Thought Leadership Board at the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries from 2018 until 2021. Erik has founded and served as board member of www.hpcfinance.eu and www.bigdatafinance.eu, the European initiatives from 2011 until 2019 on high performance computing and big data analytics in financial services.

Erik graduated as Chemical Engineer at Universiteit Gent (Belgium) and completed his MBA at London Business School in 2000. Prior to his MBA, Erik held R&D, production and strategy positions in the petrochemical industry in France, Belgium, Germany, the US and the UK. He is adviser to the Chemical Engineering Department of University College London on research and education.

Gerhard Mulder:

CEO, Climate Risk Services

Gerhard Mulder: CEO, Climate Risk Services

Gerhard brings a 25-year career in climate finance, spanning both the public and private sector, from consulting in Washington DC, environmental markets on Wall Street, and for the Dutch government (Netherlands Enterprise Agency) to implement the Kyoto Protocol. In 2005 he set up the climate finance desk at ABN AMRO Bank and positioned the bank as one of the first global banks in the carbon market. In 2010 he joined a subsidiary of Rabobank International to develop an electronic trading platform for environmental commodities such as carbon credits and renewable energy certificates. In 2014 he switched back to the public sector and joined a leading non-profit (IUCN) in the Netherlands. At IUCN he advised the Netherlands government on developing financial instruments to attract private sector climate finance. Gerhard completed his MBA (distinction) at the University of Oxford in 2018. He studied environmental economics and international affairs at Columbia University in New York, and Public Policy at the University of Amsterdam. Gerhard is co-founder and CEO of Climate Risk Services.

Jeroen Bos:

Head of Specialised Equity & Responsible Investing, NN Investment Partners

Jeroen Bos: Head of Specialised Equity & Responsible Investing, NN Investment Partners

Miquel Noguer Alonso:

Co – Founder and Chief Science Officer, Artificial Intelligence Finance Institute – AIFI

Miquel Noguer Alonso: Co – Founder and Chief Science Officer, Artificial Intelligence Finance Institute – AIFI

Miquel Noguer is a financial markets practitioner with more than 20 years of experience in asset management, he is currently Head of Development at Global AI ( Big Data Artificial Intelligence in Finance company ) and Head on Innovation and Technology at IEF.

He worked for UBS AG (Switzerland) as Executive Director.for the last 10 years. He worked as a Chief Investment Office and CIO for Andbank from 2000 to 2006.

He is professor of Big Data in Finace at ESADE and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University teaching Asset Allocation, Big Data in Finance and Fintech. He received an MBA and a Degree in business administration and economics in ESADE in 1993. In 2010 he earned a PhD in quantitative finance with a Summa Cum Laude distinction (UNED – Madrid Spain).

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