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WQF Testimonials

A remarkable scientific event, unusually dedicated to Women in Quantitative Finance , that was very well attended by all genders but had most talks beautifully delivered by women.

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

The WQF conference was organised very well, it was good to meet people working on emerging technologies and share similar ideas.

Priti Sinha:

Head of SAF Analytics, NatWest Markets

Priti Sinha: Head of SAF Analytics, NatWest Markets

Dr Priti Sinha is a PhD in Pure Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science. She has over 12 years’ experience as a Fixed Income and Hybrids Quant at NatWest Markets. Over the years, she has developed several models for these divisions and she now heads the SAF Analytics team at NWM. Priti is responsible for core analytics, the curves and algorithms used in pricing, hedging and risk management across all asset classes in NWM.

Automation is her big focus; she and her team are engaged in a range of automation initiatives across the Bank. She is making Quant skills available beyond the traditional trading floor, to other non-trading sections of the bank.

Outside her work Priti enjoys spending time with her 6 year old twins and brainstorming with her husband, who is a founder of an IOT & Tech start-up.

It was great to finally see an event which not only highlighted the hurdles for women in quant finance but also invited thought provoking discussion and philosophies from some of the leaders in the industry.

Natalie Basiratpour:

Director, Octavius Finance

Natalie Basiratpour: Director, Octavius Finance

Head of Model Validation, Tier 1 Investment Bank

Just want to say, it was a great event. Thanks very much for organising it. Please let me know if there are other upcoming events like this!

Senior Quant, Tier 1 Investment Bank

Thank you! I’m also really glad I attended this event.

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