World Business StrategiesServing the Global Financial Community since 2000

Irene Perdomo:

Managing Director at Gresham Investment Management

Irene Perdomo: Managing Director at Gresham Investment Management

Irene Perdomo is a Managing Director for Systematic Macro Strategies at Gresham Investment Management. Prior to joining Gresham, Irene was CEO and Managing Partner of Devet Capital, a boutique commodities-focused quant firm. Prior to co-founding Devet, she traded base metals at Noble Resources in Singapore after being Co-Head of European Commodities Product Development at Barclays in London.

She is the co-author of “Pricing and hedging financial derivatives: a guide for practitioners” (Wiley, 2013), and has been a guest lecturer in Mathematics and Finance at Queen Mary University and at Imperial College London.

Irene holds an MBA from IESE Barcelona, studied finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and has a degree in Computer Science Engineering from Uruguay.

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

Blanka Horvath:

Lecturer, King’s College London and Researcher, The Alan Turing Institute

Blanka Horvath: Lecturer, King’s College London and Researcher, The Alan Turing Institute

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.

Katia Babbar:

University of Oxford”, Academic Visitor & “QuantBright” Consultant

Katia Babbar: University of Oxford”, Academic Visitor & “QuantBright” Consultant

Svetlana Borovkova:

Head of Quantitative Modelling, Probability & Partners and Associate Prof, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Svetlana Borovkova: Head of Quantitative Modelling, Probability & Partners and Associate Professor, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Currently Head of Quantitative Modelling at Probability & Partners and Associate Professor at Vrije University Amsterdam, Dr Svetlana Borovkova has specialized in applying mathematical and statistical methods to problems within quantitative finance and risk management.

Dr Borovkova’s research extends in many areas, such as news analytics for finance, derivatives pricing, commodity markets and risk management in the face of new regulation. She is also a consultant for the Dutch Central Bank and the founder and principal consultant of DataDecisions: Financial Risk Consultancy.

Dr Borovkova is a frequent speaker on international conferences, such as Global Derivatives, Risk Minds, Bachelier Congress for Mathematical Finance, Sentiment Analysis and Behavioural Finance and others.

Previously she held an assistant professor position in Delft University of Technology and a trading analyst position in Shell Trading, London.

She got her PhD in 1998 from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, and Oregon State University, USA and MSc degree in applied mathematics and computer science from Moscow and Utrecht.

Diana Ribeiro: 

Deputy Head of Pricing Models Quantitative Research, Lloyds Banking Group

Diana Ribeiro: Deputy Head of Pricing Models Quantitative Research, Lloyds Banking Group

Laura Ballotta:

Reader, Financial Mathematics, Cass Business School

Laura Ballotta: Reader, Financial Mathematics, Cass Business School

Dr Ballotta works in the areas of quantitative finance and risk management. She has written on topics including stochastic modelling for financial valuation and risk management, numerical methods aimed at supporting financial applications, and the interplay between finance and insurance.

Recent major contributions have appeared in Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, European Journal of Operational Research and Quantitative Finance among others.
She serves as associate editor and referee for a number of international journals in the field.

Laura Ballotta obtained her PhD in Mathematical and Computational Methods for Economics and Finance from the Università degli Studi di Bergamo (Italy), following her BSc in Economics from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Piacenza (Italy), and MSc in Financial Mathematics from the University of Edinburgh – jointly awarded with Heriot-Watt University (UK). Laura has previously held positions at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Piacenza (Italy), and Department of Actuarial Science and Statistics, City University London (UK).

Jessica James: 

Managing Director, Senior Quantitative Researcher, Commerzbank

Jessica James: Managing Director, Senior Quantitative Researcher, Commerzbank

Jessica James is the Senior Quantitative Researcher in the Rates Research team at Commerzbank., where she covers foreign exchange and fixed income.  She joined Commerzbank from Citigroup where she was Global Head of the Quantitative Investor Solutions Group. Previously, she lectured in physics at Trinity College, Oxford.

Significant publications include ‘FX Option Performance’,  ‘Handbook of Foreign Exchange’ (Wiley), ‘Interest Rate Modelling’ (Wiley), and ‘Currency Management’ (Risk books). She is on the Board of the Journal of Quantitative Finance, a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, and is a Visiting Professor at UCL and Cass Business School.

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