World-Renowned Speaker List
AI Research Associate, Fidelity Investments
Igor Halperin: AI Research Associate, Fidelity Investments
Igor Halperin is an AI Research Associate at Fidelity Investments. His research focuses on using methods of reinforcement learning, information theory, neuroscience and physics for financial problems such as portfolio optimization, dynamic risk management, and inference of sequential decision-making processes of financial agents. Igor has an extensive industrial and academic experience in statistical and financial modeling, in particular in the areas of option pricing, credit portfolio risk modeling, portfolio optimization, and operational risk modeling. Prior to joining Fidelity, Igor worked as a Research Professor of Financial Machine Learning at NYU Tandon School of Engineering. Before that, Igor was an Executive Director of Quantitative Research at JPMorgan, and a quantitative researcher at Bloomberg LP. Igor has published numerous articles in finance and physics journals, and is a frequent speaker at financial conferences. He has co-authored the books “Machine Learning in Finance: From Theory to Practice” (Springer 2020) and “Credit Risk Frontiers” (Bloomberg LP, 2012). Igor has a Ph.D. in theoretical high energy physics from Tel Aviv University, and a M.Sc. in nuclear physics from St. Petersburg State Technical University.
MD, Head of Quantitative Analytics and Quantitative Development, NatWest Markets
Vladimir Piterbarg: MD, Head of Quantitative Analytics and Quantitative Development at NatWest Markets
Chief Analyst, Danske Bank
Alexandre Antonov: Chief Analyst, Danske Bank
Alexandre Antonov received his PhD degree from the Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics in 1997. He worked for Numerix during 1998-2017 and recently he has joined Danske Bank as the Chief Analyst in Copenhagen.
His activity is concentrated on modeling and numerical methods for interest rates, cross currency, hybrid, credit and CVA/FVA/MVA. AA is a published author for multiple publications in mathematical finance and a frequent speaker at financial conferences.
He has received a Quant of Year Award of Risk magazine in 2016.
I have a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Purdue University. In addition, I have completed graduate coursework in Financial Mathematics at NYU and Big Data at Harvard University. Prior to joining Citadel, I was a Director in the Global Markets Division at BNP Paribas where I managed the Interest Rate Options & Inflation quantitative research team. Before transitioning into Finance, I was a research staff member at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center.
Executive Chairman and Head of Quant Research, CompatibL
Alexander Sokol: Executive Chairman and Head of Quant Research, CompatibL
Alexander Sokol is the founder, Executive Chairman, and Head of Quant Research at CompatibL, a trading and risk technology company. He is also the co-founder of Numerix, where he served as CTO from 1996 to 2003, and the co-founder of Duality Group, where he served as CTO from 2017 to 2020.
Alexander won the Quant of the Year Award in 2018 together with Leif Andersen and Michael Pykhtin, for their joint work revealing the true scale of the settlement gap risk that remains even in the presence of initial margin. Alexander’s other notable research contributions include systemic wrong-way risk (with Michael Pykhtin, Risk Magazine), joint measure models, and the local price of risk (with John Hull and Alan White, Risk Magazine), and mean reversion skew (Risk Books, 2014).
Alexander earned his BA from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology at the age of 18, and a PhD from the L. D. Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics at the age of 22. He was the winner of the USSR Academy of Sciences Medal for Best Student Research of the Year in 1988.
Quantitative Research & Development Lead, ADIA
Alexei Kondratyev: Quantitative Research & Development Lead, ADIA
Alexei Kondratyev is Quantitative Research and Development Lead at Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA). Prior to joining ADIA in July 2021, he held quantitative research and data analytics positions at Standard Chartered, Barclays Capital and Dresdner Bank. Alexei holds MSc in Theoretical Physics from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kiev and PhD in Mathematical Physics from the Institute for Mathematics, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. He was the recipient of 2019 Risk magazine Quant of the Year award.
Associate Professor in Mathematical and Computational Finance, University of Oxford
Blanka Horvath: Associate Professor in Mathematical and Computational Finance, University of Oxford and Researcher, The Alan Turing Institute
Blanka research interests are in the area of Stochastic Analysis and Mathematical Finance.
Including 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.
Managing Director, Global Head of Markets Quantitative Analysis, Citi
Youssef Elouerkhaoui: Managing Director, Global Head of Markets Quantitative Analysis, Citi
Youssed Elouerkhaoui is the global Head of Credit Quantitive Analysis at Citi. His group supports all aspects of modelling and product development across desks, thais includes: Flow Credit Trading, Correlation Trading, CDOs, Exotics and Emering Markets.
He also supports CVA, Funding and Regulatory Capital for Credit Markets. Prior to this, he was a Director in the Fixed Income Derivatives Quantitative Research Group at UBS, where he was in charge of developing and implementing models for the Structured Credit Desk. Before joining UBS, Youssef was a Quantitative Research Analyst at Credit Lyonnais supporting the Interest Rates Exotics business. He has also worked as a Senior Consultant in the Risk Analytics and Research Group at Ernst & Young. He is a graduate of Ecole Centrale Paris and he holds a PhD in Mathematics from Paris-Dauphine University.
Clinical Full Professor and Director, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, NYU
Petter Kolm: Clinical Full Professor and Director of the M.S. in Mathematics in Finance Program, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University & Partner, CorePoint-Partners.com
Petter Kolm is Clinical Full Professor and Director of the M.S. in Mathematics in Finance Program at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University, since 2007. He is also Partner at CorePoint-Partners.com. Previously, Petter worked in the Quantitative Strategies group at Goldman Sachs Asset Management, developing proprietary investment strategies, portfolio and risk analytics in equities, fixed income and commodities.
Petter is the co-author of numerous academic journal articles and several well-known finance books including, 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).
Petter is a frequent speaker, panelist and moderator at academic and industry conferences and events. He 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). Petter is an Advisory Board Member of Alternative Data Group (ADG), AISignals and Operations in Trading (Aisot), Betterment (one of the largest robo-advisors) and Volatility and Risk Institute at NYU Stern. He is also on the Board of Directors of the International Association for Quantitative Finance (IAQF) and Scientific Advisory Board Member of the Artificial Intelligence Finance Institute (AIFI).
As an advisory board member, consultant, and expert witness, Petter has provided services in areas including alternative data, data science, econometrics, forecasting models, high frequency trading, machine learning, portfolio optimization with transaction costs, quantitative and systematic trading, risk management, robo-advisory, smart beta strategies, trading strategies, transaction costs, and tax-aware investing.
He holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Yale University; an M.Phil. in Applied Mathematics from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden; and an M.S. in Mathematics from ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Head Systematic Solutions and Portfolio Construction, Sygnum Bank
Artur Sepp: Head Systematic Solutions and Portfolio Construction, Sygnum Bank
Artur Sepp is Head Systematic Solutions and Portfolio Construction at Sygnum Bank’s Asset Management in Zurich, specializing in crypto assets and decentralized finance. Prior, Artur led quantitative research at a systematic hedge fund (Quantica Capital) focusing on data-driven investment strategies and asset allocation in global managed futures. In previous roles, Artur worked as front office Quant Strategist on the implementation of systematic solutions in private banking (Julius Baer), and on the full-cycle development of quantitative solutions and derivatives in investment banking (Merrill Lynch/BofA).
Artur is dedicated to connecting financial applications with science and technology. His expertise covers quantitative investing and asset allocation, modeling of financial markets and instruments, statistical and Machine Learning methods, modern computational and programming tools. His 14 years professional experience includes performing in leading roles at top quant teams in New-York, London, and Zurich.
Artur has a PhD in Mathematical Statistics from University of Tartu, an MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences from Northwestern University, and a BA cum laude in Mathematical Economics from Tallinn University of Technology. He is the author and co-author of several research articles on quantitative finance published in key journals. Artur is known for contributions to stochastic volatility and credit risk modelling with an H-index of 16. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Computational Finance. Artur loves martial arts, water, and mountain sports.
Head of Counterparty Credit Risk Measurement and Analytics, Scotiabank
Ignacio Ruiz: Head of Counterparty Credit Risk Measurement and Analytics, Scotiabank
Ignacio Ruiz has been the head strategist for Counterparty Credit Risk, exposure measurement, for Credit Suisse, as well as the Head of Risk Methodology, equities, for BNP Paribas. In 2010, Ignacio set up iRuiz Consulting as an independent advisory business in this field. In 2014, Ignacio founded iRuiz Technologies to develop and commercialise MoCaX Intelligence.
He holds a PhD in nano-physics from Cambridge University.
Vice President, Morgan Stanley
Harsh Prasad: Vice President, Morgan Stanley
Harsh currently works with Morgan Stanley in Quant Analytics Group. He started his career as a programmer focussed on developing data driven algos in the areas of speech recognition, image processing and bioinformatics. He then moved to financial risk management and over the last 12 years has worked in various roles through the life cycle of models. In these roles, he has been continuously enthusiastic to applying machine learning in problems related to behavioural assumptions, data quality, recommender systems, model benchmarking and text analytics. His current role requires him reviewing all Machine Learning models used by the firm and providing direction to shaping AIML governance framework and strategy. He is also a visiting lecturer with universities and training institutions.
Founder & CEO, Riskfuel
Ryan Ferguson: Founder & CEO, Riskfuel
Ryan is Founder and CEO at Riskfuel, a capital markets focused startup that is developing ultra-fast AI-based valuation technologies.Previously, Ryan was Managing Director and Head of Securitization, Credit Derivatives and XVA at Scotiabank. Prior roles have included credit correlation trading and managing the equity derivatives trading desk. Ryan began his career with positions in risk management and financial engineering. Ryan has a PhD in Physics from Imperial College, and a BASc and MASc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.
XVA and Credit Derivative Quant, Daiwa Capital Markets
Assad Bouayoun: XVA and Credit Derivative Quant, Daiwa Capital Markets
Assad Bouayoun is a senior XVA Quantitative Analyst with more than 15 years’ experience in leading banks. He has designed industry standard hedging and pricing systems, first in equity derivative at Commerzbank, then in credit derivatives at Credit Agricole, in XVA at Lloyds in Model Validation at RBS in Model Development. Assad has an extensive experience in developing enterprise wide analytics to improve the financial management of derivative portfolios, in particular large scale hybrid Monte-Carlo and Exposure computation. Assad is currently building the prototype of a new XVA platform integrating cutting-edge technologies (GPU, Cloud computing) and numerical methods (AAD) to enable fast and accurate XVA and sensitivities computation. He holds a MSc in Mathematical Trading and Finance from CASS business school and a Master in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from Université de Technologie de Compiegne (France).
CEO, Thalesians, Visiting Professor, Imperial College
Paul Bilokon: CEO, Thalesians, Visiting Professor, Imperial College
Dr. Paul Bilokon is CEO and Founder of Thalesians Ltd and an expert in electronic and algorithmic trading across multiple asset classes, having helped build such businesses at Deutsche Bank and Citigroup. Before focussing on electronic trading, Paul worked on derivatives and has served in quantitative roles at Nomura, Lehman Brothers, and Morgan Stanley. Paul has been educated at Christ Church College, Oxford, and Imperial College. Apart from mathematical and computational finance, his academic interests include machine learning and mathematical logic.
Saeed Amen: Turnleaf Analytics / Cuemacro / Visiting Lecturer at QMUL
Saeed has a decade of experience creating and successfully running systematic trading models at Lehman Brothers and Nomura. He is the founder of Cuemacro, Cuemacro is a company focused on understanding macro markets from a quantitative perspective. He is the author of ‘Trading Thalesians – What the ancient world can teach us about trading today’ (Palgrave Macmillan), and graduated with a first class honours master’s degree from Imperial College in Mathematics& Computer Science.
Associate Director, Quantitative Analyst, Model Validation, Banco Santander
Ángel Rodríguez-Rozas: Associate Director, Quantitative Analyst, Model Validation, Banco Santander
Ángel Rodríguez Rozas holds a Ph.D. in Computational and Applied Mathematics from the University of Lisbon and an M.Sc. in Artificial Intelligence from the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). He has authored more than 20 research articles in international peer-reviewed journals in many different areas, including artificial intelligence, numerical methods for PDEs, high-performance computing, plasma physics, the finite element method, seismic wave propagation, and oil&gas simulation and inversion of petrophysical measurements.
Ángel joined Banco Santander in 2018 where he is working as a Quant Analyst in the Internal Validation team, within the Risk Department. As part of his role, Ángel is responsible for leading the design and development of a numerical library for the internal validation of pricing models, including interest rates, FX, credit, commodities, equity, inflation, and xVA. His research efforts are currently focusing on the finance industry, investigating efficient numerical methods (Quasi- and Monte Carlo methods, Finite Elements) and quantum computing algorithms (digital and analog) for the pricing of financial derivatives.
Lead Data Scientist, Applied R&D, Barclays
Dimitrios Emmanoulopoulos: Lead Data Scientist, Applied R&D, Barclays
Principal Researcher, NEC Australia
David Garvin: Principal Researcher, NEC Australia
David focusses on researching, developing and implementing financial industry applications of quantum computing.
David has over 20 years experience as a Front-Office Quant in the Finance Industry. Previously, he has been the Global Head of Quantitative Analysis at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Prior to that, he was a Director at Deutsche Bank and a Quant Analyst at Morgan Grenfell. He has covered all asset classes and been involved in management, modelling, risk and analytics, derivatives and structured products, machine learning and electronic trading.
David holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from Cambridge University and an MBA (Exec) from the Australian Graduate School of Management. He has authored articles in finance, computing, physics and engineering.
Quantitative Researcher, Outremont Technologies
Vladyslav Ivanov: Quantitative Researcher, Outremont Technologies
Vladyslav Ivanov is a Quantitative Researcher with proven experience in leading systematic trading strategies research and applying statistical learning to problems in quantitative finance. Prior to joining Outremont Technologies, Vladyslav worked at a Chicago Proprietary Trading firm, where he conducted alternative data strategies research and was a product owner of the research framework. He also worked in Quantitative Research at a leading New York Hedge Fund, where he designed and implemented a market regimes analysis system, collaborated with the portfolio manager on alpha strategies, and built large-scale data processing systems.
Vladyslav holds a Bachelor’s degree in Financial Economics with a sequence in Data Science from Claremont McKenna College.
Associate Professor, Florida State University
Lingjiong Zhu: Associate Professor, Florida State University
Lingjiong Zhu got his BA from University of Cambridge in 2008 and PhD from New York University in 2013. He worked at Morgan Stanley and University of Minnesota before joining the faculty at Florida State University in 2015. His research interests include applied probability, data science, financial engineering and operations research. His works have been published in many high-profile conferences and journals including NeurIPS, ICML, Journal of Machine Learning Research, Annals of Applied Probability, Finance and Stochastics, SIAM Journal on Financial Mathematics and Operations Research.