Monday 2nd November: Day 1 WQF
The Importance of Soft Skills in a Quantitative World
Quantitative finance often requires substantial “hard skills”–programming, machine learning, data science, AI. But what about the “soft skills” required to collaborate with others, obtain buy-in for ideas, and lead cross-functional teams?
This fast-paced workshop will highlight the importance of these skills within the industry. Attendees will learn:
- What the DISC personality assessment tool is and how can it improve self-awareness
- Ways to improve communication skills to increase your influence
- How to obtain support for your ideas
- Steps to build effective business relationships
- How to work with “difficult” people
Founder and CEO, Section 810 Communications, LLC,
Jeff Scott: Founder and CEO, Section 810 Communications, LLC,
Jeff Scott is the Founder and CEO of Section 810 Communications, LLC, a global training firm focused on communications, leadership and sales skills. Prior to founding Section 810, Jeff’s diverse experience included leading a global crowdsourcing initiative in quantitative finance that grew to 130,000 participants in just five years. During this time he also provided leadership and communication training to hundreds of leaders in quantitative finance.
An internationally recognized speaker, certified DISC personality consultant and published author, Jeff has spoken to tens of thousands of people across dozens of countries. Section 810 Communications has one primary goal: to help people increase their level of influence through improved communication and greater self-awareness.
Honorary Lecturer, Department of Mathematics, Imperial College London
Blanka Horvath: Honorary Lecturer, Department of Mathematics, Imperial College London
Blanka is a Honorary Lecturer in the Department of Mathematics at Imperial College London and a Lecturer at King’s College London. Her research interests are in the area of Stochastic Analysis and Mathematical Finance.
Her interests include asymptotic and numerical methods for option pricing, smile asymptotics for local- and stochastic volatility models (the SABR model and fractional volatility models in particular), Laplace methods on Wiener space and heat kernel expansions.
Blanka completed her PhD in Financial Mathematics at ETHZürich with Josef Teichmann and Johannes Muhle-Karbe. She holds a Diploma in Mathematics from the University of Bonn and an MSc in Economics from the University of Hong Kong.
Model Risk Oversight, ING Groep N.V.
Flavia Barsotti: Model Risk Oversight, ING Groep N.V.
Flavia is working for ING Bank in Model Risk Oversight. She has joined ING Bank in January 2019 in Model Validation.
Before ING, Flavia has been working for UniCredit Group as quantitative analyst, on design and development of internal models on the trading book side (Counterparty Credit Risk) and stress tests for behavioural models (Interest Rate Risk) on the banking book side.
Before joining the banking sector, Flavia has worked as Maître de Conférences at University of Lyon (Mathematics and Mathematical Applications), after a 1 year Post-Doc position in quantitative finance and applied mathematics at University of Florence. She is still active in scientific research. Flavia holds a PhD in Mathematics for Economic Decisions obtained through a joint program between University of Pisa & University of Toulouse. She believes that research and risk modeling can benefit from synergies between science and business to meet the challenging demands for ‘’future banking’’.