Dr Paolo Tasca, Director, Centre for Blockchain Technologies, University College London
Paolo Tasca is a FinTech economist specialising in P2P Financial System. An advisor for different international organisations including the EU Parliament on blockchain technologies, Paolo recently joined the University College London as Director of the Centre for Blockchain Technologies. Prior to that, he has been a senior research economist at Deutsche Bundesbank working on digital currencies and P2P lending. Paolo is the co-author of the bestseller “FINTECH Book” and the co-editor of the book “Banking Beyond Banks and Money”. He holds an M.A in Politics and Economics (summa cum laude) from the University of Padua and a M.Sc. in Economics and Finance from Ca’ Foscari, Venice. He did his PhD studies in Business between Ca’ Foscari Venice and ETH, Zürich. Other current appointments: Research Fellow at CFS, Goethe University, Research Associate at the Systemic Risk Centre of the London School of Economics, Research Associate of the Institut de Recherche Interdisciplinaire Internet et Société and Senior Advisor of the Beihang Blockchain & Digital Society Laboratory in Beijing.
Prof. Dr. Anna Calamia - University of Cambridge - Senior Teaching Associate
Anna Calamia holds a PhD in Finance from the London School of Economics and a Doctorate in Economics from the University of Rome, La Sapienza. Since March 2012 she has been Associate Researcher, GREDEG – CNRS, Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis and since September 2014 she teaches at Skema Business School, in the MSc Corporate Financial Management. Since October 2015 she is Senior Teaching Associate at the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Economics.
Her research interests are in the area of market microstructure. She has worked on commodities and derivatives markets. At present she is working on the efficiency and liquidity of ETF markets
Prof. Dr. Ruggero Bertelli - University of Siena - Associate Professor. Ruggero Bertelli, 57, he has been teaching Banking and Finance at graduate and post-graduate level in Italy and in Latin America. Member of the Financial Management Association (www.fma.org), He has been member of the FMA Board of Directors as Program Co-Chairs, 2005 European Conferences in Siena and 2009 European Conferences in Torino. His major fields are Asset Management, Financial Portfolio Performance Attribution and Analysis, Banking Management, Private Banking, Credit Risk management. Current research fields: Credit Risk Models and Corporate Bond Portfolio Management. Quantitative Portfolio Strategies and Techniques.
Prof. Dr. Peter Scholz, Hamburg School of Business Administration - Professor
Peter Scholz has more than ten years of practical work experience with Deka Investment and Deutsche Bank where he worked in capital market related divisions: Asset Management, Global Markets, Risk Management, Private- and Retail Banking. Since 2013, he is professor for business sciences, especially for Banking & Finance at Hamburg School of Business Administration. His research interest is focused on the performance of active asset management and equity derivatives, especially on retail certificates and technical timing strategies; and on the impact of FinTechs on the banking sector.
Andrew L. Kumiega, Ph.D. - Illinois Institute of Technology - Adjunct Facility Member
Andrew L. Kumiega, is the co-author of "Quality Money Management: Process Engineering and Best Practices for Systematic Trading and Investment" along with multiple journal articles. Dr. Kumiega holds a Ph.D.in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois, Chicago and a M.Sc. Finance from Illinois Institute of Technology. Dr. Kumiega has applied his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering to research positions in both the manufacturing and the financial industry over the last 20 years. He has held multiple Director level positions in financial trading firms responsible for front office financial engineering. He currently works for proprietary trading firm. Dr Kumiega is also an Adjunct Facility member at Illinois Institute of Technology.
Ralph Karels, Lecturer, Frankfurt School of Finance and Management
Ralph Karels is lecturing quantitative finance and asset management courses for Bachelor and Master students at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management since 2007. His papers were published in various research articles and international publications. In parallel, Ralph Karels serves as a Director Systematic Equity at Allianz Global Investors. Previously he was a Vice President in the EMEA Consultant Team at MSCI Inc, a global provider of investment decision tools from 2009 to 2016. In this role Mr. Karels focused on portfolio management and risk related topics for asset managers. He started his professional career as a quantitative equity portfolio manager at INVESCO Global Quantitative Equity Group and as a multi asset class quantitative product manager at DEKA Investment in Frankfurt. Mr. Karels holds a diploma in theoretical mathematics from the Technical University of Munich (TU München) and a Master of Arts in Banking and Finance from the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management. Ralph Karels is a regular speaker at international conferences on portfolio management and optimization topics.
Gabriele Susinno, PhD, Senior Client Portfolio Manager, Pictet Asset Management
Dr Gabriele Susinno joined Pictet in 2015 and is a Senior Client Portfolio Manager for the Quantitative Equities team. Before joining Pictet Asset Management, Gabriele spent the previous eight years at Unigestion where he was heading the Quantitative Research and Risk Management group at the Funds of Hedge Funds Unit. Previously he worked at Banque Cantonale de Lausanne as head of Market Risk Management. Gabriele started his career in finance in 1997 and gained various professional experiences working as quantitative analyst at the London Business School Software House (MONIS), as responsible for the ALM modeling at INA - Assitalia, and as a funding partner and senior advisor for Institutional Investors at Capital Management Advisors/Deloitte. Gabriele holds a Master's Degree in Astrophysics and a Ph.D. in Experimental Particle Physics from the University of Geneva and CERN.
Alessandro Fonzi, CFA, Country Head Italy and Deputy Head Institutional Sales International at Degroof Petercam AM
Born in 1964, he obtained his degree with honors in Economics from the LUISS University of Rome in 1987. In 1999 he obtained his MBA degree from IMD in Lausanne and the CFA Charter in 2003.
He began working in finance at Monte dei Paschi di Siena in 1990, working first in the dealing room and managing part of the proprietary bond portfolio in Milan and then in the Beijing Representative Office until October 1996. After a period at UBS until end 1998, he moved back to asset management in 2000 by opening Fidelity Investments office in Italy. From 2005 he dealt with alternative investments; in 2008 he moved to Lombard Odier and opened its office in Italy in 2011. In Degroof Petercam since mid-2012, he opened the Italian branch in 2013.
Married with two daughters.
Giancarlo Sandrin, CFA, Director - BlackRock
Mr Sandrin holds a degree in Economics and Management of Institutions and Financial Markets at Bocconi University in Milan. He started his professional career at Goldman Sachs and later worked in the Unicredit group focusing on the project related to the launch of the trading platform TLX. Since 2006 he worked at HSBC Asset Management taking care of wholesale customers. In 2008 Giancarlo joined iShares / BlackRock. He is a CFA® charterholder. Mr Sandrin is a board member, and from November 2016 President, of the Italian CFA Society.
Zura Kakushadze received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Cornell University at 23, was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University, and an Assistant Professor at the C.N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics at Stony Brook. Dr. Kakushadze received the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship in 2001. After expanding into quantitative finance, he was a Director at RBC Capital Markets, Managing Director at WorldQuant, Executive Vice President and substantial shareholder at Revere Data, Adjunct Professor at UConn, and currently is the President at Quantigic Solutions and a Full Professor at Free University of Tbilisi. He has 115+ publications in physics, finance and other fields, 3,300+ citations and h-index 30+ (physics), 67,000+ downloads on SSRN (finance), and 260,000+ followers on LinkedIn.
Lucia Feyles is a member of the EII Product Research and Innovation team in Blackrock. In this role Lucia has been working on the development of rule based investment strategies, working on fixed income, thematic investing and portfolio solutions. Prior to joining BlackRock, Lucia was a Risk Manager at Carthesio SA in Switzerland, where she also worked as quantitative analyst supporting fund managers and conducting due diligence on selected Hedge Funds for managed accounts. Previously she worked on structured products in the Global Equities and Commodities Derivatives department of BNP Paribas in Milan. Lucia graduated with a MSc in Financial Markets from EDHEC Business School in France and a Bachelor Degree in Mathematics from the University of Turin in Italy.
Marcello Chelli, Head of Lyxor ETF Italy
Since August 2005 Chelli is Head of Lyxor ETF (Italy) and Head of Listed Products (Italy) of Sociét Générale with a mandate on ETFs, ETCs, Certificates and Warrants.
For 7 years (May 1998 – August 2005) he has been Business Analyst in Borsa Italiana (Italian Stock Exchange) where,among other projects, he launched and managed the Italian regulated market for ETFs. For 1 year (April 1997 - April 1998) he had an experience in Bank of America (Milan branch) acting as repo trader on Italian government bonds (both on OTC and MTS on-screen market) and as MID Operator (Interbank Depo Market). In April 1997 he graduated in Business Management, specialisation in “Capital Markets”, at Bocconi University in Milan.
Mauro Giangrande - Head of Passive Distribution for Southern Europe of Deutsche Asset Management. Since June 2007 works for Deutsche Bank where he was first in charge of db x-trackers for Italy, the platform of index tracking investment solutions from Deutsche Bank and then became also Head of sales & marketing of X-markets Italy, the team responsible for the distribution of securitised derivatives (certificates & warrants). Today Mauro is head of Passive Distribution of Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management in Italy. In this function he looks over the sales activities of all exchange traded products, systematic funds and passive mandates. Prior to work within Deutsche Bank, he was responsible for the listing and development of delta 1 financial products (ETF&ETC) in Borsa Italiana S.p.A. He holds a degree in “Economics of the financial markets and institutions” from the Bocconi University.
Simone Rosti, 37, is Executive Director and Head of UBS ETFs Italy since 2012. Simone is a member of the Country Heads Team of UBS ETFs Europe and acting Deputy Head of Europe. Prior to join UBS he has been Senior ETF Sales, responsible for wealth clients, for iShares/BlackRock Italy since 2010. From 2007 to 2010 Simone has been Head of Marketing and Co-Head of Distribution, iShares Italy, based in London within Barclays Global Investors. Previously, he has worked for UBI Pramerica, one of the largest Italian asset manager, and for Anasf, the Italian association of financial advisors. Simone graduated in 2001 at Catholic University in Milan. He holds a Master in Economics and International Relations.
Saeed Amen - Cuemacro - Founder
Saeed Amen is the founder of Cuemacro. Over the past decade, Saeed Amen has developed systematic trading strategies at major investment banks including Lehman Brothers and Nomura. Independently, he is also a systematic FX trader, running a proprietary trading book trading liquid G10 FX, which has had a Sharpe ratio over 1.5 since 2013. He is also the author of Trading Thalesians: What the ancient world can teach us about trading today (Palgrave Macmillan). Through Cuemacro, he now consults and publishes research for clients in the area of systematic trading. His clients have included major quant funds and data companies such as RavenPack and TIM Group. He is also a co-founder of the Thalesians.
Alessandro Guzzini Chief Executive Officer of FinLABO SIM
Alessandro Guzzini is the Chief Executive Officer of FinLABO SIM and member of the investments committee. He is graduated cum laude in Engineering and has an MBA from the ISTAO business school. He worked as a business consultant and co-founded Finlabo in 2005 with Anselmo Pallotta. He is a member of AIAF (Italian Association of Financial Analysts) and is part of the board of directors of several companies such as Fimag SPA, Iguzzini SPA, MARCAP and Finlabo Investments Sicav SA. He was an adjunct professor at the University of Macerata.
Steeve Brument Head of Systematic Funds at Candriam Investors Group
Steeve Brument has been Head of Systematic Funds at Candriam Investors Group since 2007. He joined Candriam in 2001 as a Fund Manager. After spending 5 years working both on researching new models as well as on improving operational efficiency, he took responsibility of the Systematic Funds department. In 2007, he built a new CTA program for Candriam aiming to provide investors with the main characteristics of CTAs while being more resilient during market turn around and consolidation phase. The new program included new allocation techniques, inclusion of non-trend following models, and dynamic risk management frame work. More recently Steeve leveraged on his latest research and experience to launch a new systematic strategy providing investor with a directional long short equity program trading solely futures contracts.
William Samedy, The Highcrown Group LLC, Owner
William is a Researcher and Entrepreneur; constantly working on new solutions to solve problems in a systematic way. His main area of expertise is Process Driven Investing for illiquid and liquid assets. The understanding that innovation and innovation funding can accelerate man’s evolutionary path on earth pushed him to contribute in that space. His recent research efforts focused on new approaches to value innovation type investments for private equity deals, using option-type models. William has an Industrial Engineering Degree from UTN in Argentina and studied Mergers & Acquisitions at the Wharton School - University of Pennsylvania. He is fluent in French, English and Spanish.
Vincenzo Sagone is Head of ETF, Indexing and Smart Beta Business Unit in Amundi sgr Italy. He works with Italian clients on ETF and Index Fund products. In 2010, he joined Credit Agricole Group in his broker firm Cheuvreux where he first set up the Execution ETF desk, then he launched the Delta One business for the Italian institutional Clients. Prior to joining Amundi ETF team, Vincenzo was working at Banca IMI as Institutional Sales in charge of the ETF and Fund Derivatives Business. In 2004, he set up Abaxbank Securities Derivatives business. He began his career in the Financial Engineering desk at Unicredit Group. Vincenzo is graduated in Physics at the Astronomical Observatory of the Università degli Studi of Palermo.
Matteo Tesser holds a master degree in Computer Science from the University of Padua, and Ph.D. degree in operation research from the Technical University of Catalonia where he focused in applying stochastic programming and game theory to energy markets modelling. After some experiences in other consulting companies in 2008 he co-founded Fairmat and from 2011 he is Fairmat’s CEO leading the transition of the company to a fintech/regtech solutions provider. In Fairmat is also supervising the development of the quantitative models underlying the Fairmat solutions. Recently leveraging Fairmat’s market wise retail structured products database, he is working on quantitative methods for generating optimal structured products portfolios.