Quant Summit Asia - Key Topics

Key Themes of Quant Summit Asia

David Androsoni



David is the President and Managing Director of the Board of SAPIAT, a leading Investment Intelligence company, where he is responsible for SAPIAT's organization and corporate development across its business strategy, partnerships and M&A. Prior to SAPIAT David spent 18 years implementing advanced investment decision analytics at asset managers, asset owners and their consultants across the UK, Europe and Asia - driving technological change and innovation of many of the leading investment management institutions globally. David is a thought leader and frequent speaker in Quantitative Finance on topics of Market Risk and Portfolio Management.

George Hong

Head of Asia-Pacific Quantitative Strategies and Global Product Head for Equities Modelling

Credit Suisse

Michael Steliaros

Global Head of Quantitative Execution Services

Goldman Sachs

Romanos Piperakis

Head of Quantitative Execution Services, Asia Pacific

Goldman Sachs

Rodney Hoskinson

Director, Quant Analyst, Strategic Trading and Funding

ANZ Global Markets

Rodney Hoskinson is a frequent speaker at international quantitative finance conferences and a Director in the front office quantitative team for the ANZ Banking Group’s Global Markets business. In this role based in Singapore, he is responsible for XVA development and support for the Group's in-house Sky trading and risk platform. Before joining ANZ he was manager, KVA desk quantitative analysis in Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities at National Australia Bank in Sydney. Previously he was a Director at PwC Australia focussed on financial services consulting and audit support in market risk and economic capital. He holds a PhD in Finance from EDHEC Business School.

Alex Cohen

Head of APAC Equity Derivatives Quantitative Analytics


Alex Cohen is currently APAC Head for Equities Derivatives Quantitative Analytics at UBS Investment Bank, based in Hong Kong. He has been working as an equities derivatives quantitative analyst at UBS since 2010, with roles in EMEA and APAC. His focus has been on developing and enhancing equities models at UBS, collaborating with global counterparts, focusing particularly on stochastic volatility models (pure stochastic volatility and stochastic local volatility) and light exotics derivatives on variance and volatility.

In terms of academics, he studied in France at ENSIMAG engineering school for Finance, Mathematics and Computer Science, followed by a Probability and Finance Master at Paris 6 University.

Mauro Cesa

Quantitative Finance Editor


Mauro Cesa is quantitative finance editor for Risk.net, based in London. He leads the team responsible for the publication of quantitative research across all brands of the division. The section of Risk.net he manages, Cutting Edge, publishes peer-reviewed papers on derivatives, asset and risk management, and commodities.
Mauro holds a degree in economics from the university of Trieste and a masters in quant finance from the University of Brescia.

Puneet Singh

Head of APAC Quant

Societe Generale Corporate and Investment Banking

Ben Dunn

Chief Investment Officer, Quantitative Strategies


Olivier Alvarez

Managing Director

Aquanthus Capital Management

Lu Yan

Head of quantitative and alternative investment department


Mr. Lu Yan is currently the head of Quantitative and Alternative Investment Department at CSOP and managing the firm’s equity funds. He has more than twelve years of investment management and trading experience. Mr. Lu's views are frequently featured in industry periodicals and the press, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Reuters and Bloomberg. Mr. Lu earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance at Tsinghua University. He also holds the designation of CFA.

Marko Weber

Assistant Professor in Mathematical Finance

National University of Singapore

Sofiane Rinaz

Head of AeJ fixed income quantitative research


Sofiane graduated in 2001 from the University of Michigan with a MS in Financial Engineering, followed by a PhD in Economics from Kyoto University in 2006 on zero-interest rate modelling. Since 2006, he has held various roles in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore, focusing on exotic hybrid derivatives pricing.

Jan F. Baldeaux

Model validation quant - core model development

ANZ Banking Group

Paul Sandhu

Head of multi-assets quant solutions and client advisory, Asia Pacific

BNP Paribas Asset Management

Paul Sandhu is the Head of Multi-Assets Quant Solutions (MAQS) and Client Advisory Asia Pacific.  Based in Hong Kong, he leads the region’s MAQS business to further deepen the firm’s existing broad range of investment capabilities in this space; and is responsible for the development and implementation of customized investment strategies and solutions for institutional investors and wholesale distribution channels in the region.

Paul’s remit also includes developing and managing multi-asset quantitative strategies and structured solutions utilizing cutting edge investment science in their portfolio construction, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning.  He manages a team of investment professionals, solution structurers and quantitative analysts to build customized investment solutions aligned with client objectives and adhering to local requirements. 

Prior to joining BNPP AM, he was Head Investment Solutions at a global asset manager and responsible for building the firms third party asset management and consulting business in Asia Pacific.  Utilizing a solutions oriented approach Paul led the company to expansion in markets such as Japan, China, Australia, as well as South East Asia.

Paul graduated from the University of British Columbia with a specialization in Theoretical Physics.  He focused his research on the theory of black holes, where he created and analyzed simulations of a stars evolution by solving Einstein’s equations using numerical techniques. He is also an Associate of the Society of Actuaries.

Olaf Torne

APAC Head of structured products and strategies quantitative analytics


Masaki Nakabayashi

Quantitative analyst, risk management

Mizuho Securities

Masaki Nakabayashi is quantitative analyst in risk management department at Mizuho securities, base in Tokyo. His focus has been on model validation, development of risk methodology and recently on data science approach in risk management. He engages in establishing model risk governance framework. He is also responsible for designing business process automation. Prior to joining Mizuho, he experienced trading of US treasuries in Nomura securities Tokyo.

Olivier D'Assier

Head of applied research, APAC


Olivier d’Assier is Head of Applied Research, APAC for Qontigo, responsible for generating unique regional insights into risk trends by leveraging and analyzing Axioma's vast data on market and portfolio risk. d’Assier’s research helps clients and prospects better understand and adapt to the evolving risk environment in Asia Pacific. The author of periodic special reports, d’Assier produces regional and global research on market and portfolio risk.

Previously Managing Director of APAC, Olivier was responsible for the performance, strategy, and commercial success of Axioma’s operations in Asia Pacific. Upon joining in 2006, d’Assier brought Axioma’s key innovations to the Asia Pacific marketplace via the development of Asian-centric products.

Prior to joining Qontigo, d’Assier spent seven years at Barra Inc. as VP for Asia Pacific and President of Barra Japan before servings as Executive Director for Asia Pacific for MSCIBarra.

In addition to his experience managing quantitative solutions, d’Assier spent nine years in investment banking as a sales trader in Europe and Asia for Nikko Securities and SMI Securities. He is a sought-out public speaker and regular guest on business and financial news programs with CNBC and Bl oomberg TV, providing expert commentary on investment performance, risk management, and industry challenges.

d’Assier has lived in Asia since 1996 and has worked in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Tokyo.

Sebastien Hitier | Moderator

Global head of credit quantitative modelling

BNP Paribas

Sebastien Hitier is the global head of credit quantitative modelling at BNP Paribas.

Since 2006, he creates models for the pricing, risk management and relative value of financial instruments and the development of the infrastructure required to provide such services.

Prior to this, he did similar work for JPMorgan. Sebastien studied applied mathematics at Ecole Centrale Paris.

Rahul Kapoor

Global head of commodity analytics & research, maritime & trade

IHS Markit

Rahul Kapoor is the Global Head of Commodity Analytics Research Maritime Trade at IHS Markit Based in Singapore, he leads an integrated commodity analytics research, data science and product management teams With subject matter expertise in the maritime industry and financial markets, Rahul is a thought leader with proven credentials in market analysis forecasting, shipping economics and commodity market developments He is a regular speaker at major conferences and client events globally, and is frequently interviewed by both print and visual media Most recently, he was at Bloomberg Intelligence and earlier headed Drewry Financial Research Services Ltd He has also worked as senior equities analyst at RS Platou Markets and Nomura Rahul holds a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering from BITS, Pilani and a Postgraduate in Management from IMI, New Delhi, India

Alexandre Antonov

Chief analyst

Danske Bank

Alexei Kondratyev

Managing director, global head of data analytics, CCIB

Standard Chartered Bank

In his role as Managing Director and Global Head of Data Analytics, Alexei is responsible for providing data analytics services to Corporate, Commercial and Institutional Banking division of Standard Chartered Bank.

He joined Standard Chartered Bank in 2010 from Barclays Capital where he managed a model development team within Credit Risk Analytics. Prior to joining Barclays Capital in 2004, he was a senior quantitative analyst at Dresdner Bank in Frankfurt.

Alexei holds MSc in Theoretical Nuclear Physics from the University of Kiev and PhD in Mathematical Physics from the Institute for Mathematics, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.

He was the recipient of the 2019 Quant of the Year award from Risk magazine.

Andrew Chin

CRO and head of quantitative research


Andrew Y. Chin is the Chief Risk Officer and Head of Quantitative Research for AB. As the Chief Risk Officer, Chin oversees all aspects of risk management to ensure that the risks being taken are well understood and appropriately managed.  In the Quantitative Research role, he is responsible for the firm’s data science strategy and for optimizing the quantitative research infrastructure, tools and resources across the firm’s investing platforms. He joined the firm in 1997 and held various quantitative research roles in New York and London.  In 2004, Chin became a senior portfolio manager for Style Blend Equities. In 2005, he was named director of Quantitative Research for Value Equities. Prior to joining the firm, Chin was a project manager and business analyst in Global Investment Management at Bankers Trust from 1994 to 1997.

Chin teaches in the School of Operations Research and Information Engineering (Master of Financial Engineering Program) at Cornell University.  He also leads teams of students on capstone projects utilizing quantitative and data science skills to address investment issues.

Chin earned a BA and an MBA from Cornell University.

Antonia Lim

Head of quantamental investments


Antonia joined Schroders in 2019 to lead their new initiative in quantamental investments, melding quantitative techniques with fundamental expertise and insight. Prior to Schroders, Antonia was Global Head of Quantitative Research for Barclays UK, designing its asset allocation policy, products and investment tools. She has two decades of experience in investment management, is a CFA charterholder and is on the management committee of the not-for-profit organization London Quant Group. Antonia holds a Masters in Physics from the University of Oxford where she was awarded an academic scholarship. Happy lending intuition, pragmatism and curiosity to the real, abstract and complex, Antonia enjoys cross-disciplinary ideas and making those ideas useful.

Daniel Giamouridis

Global head of scientific implementation

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Daniel Giamouridis, PhD, is the Global Head of Scientific Implementation (Scientific Implementation Group, SIG), Global Portfolio Products at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in London. He heads a Team of primarily PhD-trained scientists.

Daniel joined Bank of America Merrill Lynch in January 2016, in Global Portfolio Products in EMEA. He was instrumental in conceptualizing and launching the SIG, and Headed EMEA SIG until August 2017, when he assumed the role of Global Head. Prior to joining Bank of America Merrill Lynch Daniel was an Associate Professor of Finance at the Athens University of Economics and Business and had worked closely for over 10 years with institutional investors, investments banks and asset management organizations in Europe and in the United States in areas covering quantitative equity research, hedge fund replication, pension asset management, and derivatives valuation. His research has appeared in academic and practitioner journals like the Journal of Banking and Finance, European Financial Management, Journal of Financial Research, Journal of Asset Management, Journal of Futures Markets, Journal of Risk, Journal of Derivatives, Journal of Alternative Investments, Journal of Portfolio Management.  Daniel’s research has also received grants from professional organizations such as Amundi and the Institute for Quantitative Investment Research (INQUIRE UK) as well as from academic institutions such as CAREFIN-Bocconi and AUEB.

Daniel holds a PhD in Finance from Cass Business School and a MEng in Mechanical Engineering from NTUA. He is currently affiliated as a Visiting/Associate member of staff with Cass Business School (City University), Lancaster University Management School (Lancaster University) and EDHEC-Risk Institute (EDHEC Business School).  Daniel is a member of the Governing Board of the Institute for Quantitative Investment Research (INQUIRE) UK and also a Co-Editor of the Financial Analysts Journal, the Journal of the CFA Institute.

Fabio Mercurio

Global head of quantitative analytics


Fabio is global head of Quantitative Analytics at Bloomberg LP, New York. His team is responsible for the research on and implementation of cross-asset analytics for derivatives pricing, XVA valuations and credit and market risk. Fabio is also adjunct professor at NYU, and a former CME risk committee member. He has jointly authored the book 'Interest rate models: theory and practice' and published extensively in books and international journals, including 16 cutting-edge articles in Risk Magazine. Fabio holds a BSc in Applied Mathematics from the University of Padua, Italy, and a PhD in Mathematical Finance from the Erasmus University of Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Gordon Ritter

Founder & professor

Ritter Alpha & NYU Courant, Tandon, Baruch College & Rutgers University

Gordon Ritter is a Professor at NYU Courant and Tandon, Baruch College, and Rutgers, and an elite buy-side quantitative trader / portfolio manager (selected as Buy-Side Quant of the Year, 2019). His scholarly research papers have 10,000+ downloads; he is an expert in statistical machine learning and its applications in finance. Most recently Gordon founded his own quantitative trading firm; before that he was a senior portfolio manager at GSA Capital where he designed, built, and managed statistical arbitrage strategies in multiple geographies and asset classes, and directed research in GSA's New York office. (GSA won the Equity Market Neutral & Quantitative Strategies category at the Eurohedge awards four times, with numerous other awards.) Prior to GSA, Gordon was a Vice President of Highbridge Capital and a core member of the firm's statistical arbitrage group. Gordon is frequently an invited speaker and typically speaks at 20+ conferences per year. Prior to entering the hedge fund industry in 2007, Gordon completed his PhD in mathematical physics at Harvard University, where he worked with Arthur Jaffe and published papers in international journals across the fields of quantum computation, quantum field theory, and abstract algebra. He earned his Bachelor's degree with honours in Mathematics from the University of Chicago.

Hans Buehler

Global head of equities analytics, automation and optimisation

JP Morgan

Hans Buehler heads Analytics, Automation and Optimization in Equities and runs the Equities and Investor Services Data Analytics and Quantitative Research teams. His mandate is data-driven business transformation across derivatives, cash equity, electronic trading, prime, and securities services using both modern machine learning and classic analytical methods. Specific focus in the machine learning space is on AI-driven electronic execution and derivative risk management, and the use of modern machine learning techniques for engaging with our clients. His team is behind JP Morgan’s LOXM AI effort in electronic trading and the recently published “Deep Hedging” research on AI derivative management.

Hans is a Managing Director, having joined JP Morgan in Hong Kong in 2008. Before that, he worked for seven years at Deutsche Bank, also in Equities. He has a PhD from Technical University in Berlin in Financial Mathematics, and a MSc from Humboldt University in Stochastic Analysis.

Hans is based in London.

Mauro Cesa

Quantitative finance editor


Mauro Cesa is quantitative finance editor for Risk.net, based in London. He leads the team responsible for the publication of quantitative research across all brands of the division. The section of Risk.net he manages, Cutting Edge, publishes peer-reviewed papers on derivatives, asset and risk management, and commodities.

Mauro holds a degree in economics from the university of Trieste and a masters in quant finance from the University of Brescia.

Michael Steliaros

Global head of quantitative execution services

Goldman Sachs

Michael is the global head of Quantitative Execution Services at Goldman Sachs. He is responsible for the research, development and implementation of quantitative processes for portfolio and electronic trading, as well as the management of the firm's relationships with the quantitative client-base across regions. Michael manages a variety of teams globally, spanning algorithmic research, portfolio quants, client solutions, analytics and quantitative content generation. He joined the firm as a managing director in 2017.

Prior to this, Michael spent eight years at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in a variety of senior roles in London and New York, including the centralisation of risk for the bank’s equities flow, quantitative liquidity management processes and in the last few years running the global agency portfolio trading and quantitative equity businesses. Earlier in his career, he spent more than a decade on the buy-side (most notably BGI and Winton) building quant stock-selection models and managing global market neutral equity portfolios. Before that, Michael was a Financial Econometrics lecturer at City University (CASS) Business School in London. He has a wide range of academic, peer-reviewed and practitioner journal and book publications on a host of finance topics, as well as numerous presentations in global quant and industry conferences.

Michael received a bachelor's degree in Economics & Econometrics from the University of Nottingham, a master's degree in Finance and a PhD in Behavioural Finance from City University (CASS) Business School in London.

Peter Carr

Chair of the finance and risk engineering department

NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Professor Peter Carr is the Chair of the Finance and Risk Engineering Department at NYU's Tandon School He has headed various quant groups in the nancial industry for the last twenty years. He also presently serves as a trustee for the National Museum of Mathematics and WorldQuant University. Prior to joining the nancial industry, Dr. Carr was a finance professor for 8 years at Cornell University, after obtaining his PhD from UCLA in 1989. He has over 85 publications in academic and industry-
oriented journals and serves as an associate editor for 8 journals related to mathematical nance. He was selected as Quant of the Year by Risk Magazine in 2003 and Financial Engineer of the Year by IAQF/Sungard in 2010. From 2011 to 2014, Dr. Carr was included in Institutional Investor's Tech 50, an annual listing of the 50 most inuential people in financial technology.

Roel Oomen

Head of FIC quantitative trading

Deutsche Bank

Roel is the head of FIC quantitative trading at Deutsche Bank. He started his industry career as a quant in cash equity algo trading in 2006, and subsequently held various roles in electronic FX spot trading, including co-head of the business. Roel holds a PhD in econometrics, is a senior research fellow at the London School of Economics, and has published widely on the econometric analysis of high frequency data and FX trading.

Sandrine Ungari

Deputy head of the global quantitative research

Societe Generale

Sandrine Ungari is currently Head of Cross-Asset Quantitative Research team and Deputy Head of the Global Quantitative Research team at Société Générale. The Quantitative Research team is active in risk premia strategies, derivatives and structured products, portfolio risk modelling, and provides research to investors worldwide. The group has been recognised as a market leader in quantitative research, and was ranked #1 in the Extel survey in the Quantitative Strategies category. Sandrine joined Société Générale in 2006. Prior to that, she worked as a quantitative analyst at HBOS Treasury and at Reech Sungard in London. She is a graduate of ENSTA (Paris) and hold a Master's in Quantitative Finance from Paris VI University. She is a guest lecturer at University Paris Diderot.

Youssef Elouerkhaoui

Managing director, global head of credit and commodities quantitative analysis


Youssef Elouerkhaoui is a Managing Director and the Global Head of Credit and Commodities Quantitative Analysis at Citi. His group supports all modelling and product development activities across businesses. He is also in charge of CVA, Funding and Regulatory Capital for his businesses. Prior to this, he was a Director in the Fixed Income Derivatives Quantitative Research Group at UBS, where he was in charge of model development for the Structured Credit Desk. Before joining UBS, Youssef was a Quantitative Research Analyst at Credit Lyonnais supporting Interest Rates Exotics. He is a graduate of Ecole Centrale Paris and he holds a PhD in Mathematics from Paris-Dauphine University.

Machine Learning
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  • Risk management
  • Asset management
  • Interpretability issues
  • Natural language programming (NLP)
  • Quantum computing
Portfolio construction
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  • Factor investing
  • LIBOR reform
  • Autocallable products
  • Quanto derivatives
  • Model risk
  • Volatility modelling
  • Volatility products 
  • MVA
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