Research Symposium | London
| May 23, 2019
Top industry experts and practitioners debated the future of big data monetization, issues surrounding data privacy, and data protection strategies in capital markets. You may watch highlight clips below and request access to slides and full videos.
While data monetization becomes a crucial part of their strategy, financial institutions must address the risks associated with data privacy, the sourcing of alternative data, data leaks and security breaches, and learn how to mitigate those risks.
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Lately the question of privacy has taken on a whole new significance: namely, the economic imperative for data managers and companies to balance the commercial benefits of exploiting personal data with the commercial loss of developing a reputation as an unreliable guardian of users' privacy.
Computer security expert Graham Cluley offers practical insights on how financial firms are being targeted, and shines some light on a mysterious and elusive global crime ring.
Panelists discuss how governments and corporations go about harvesting information about you, what they do with it, who they provide it to, whether it is right or wrong and even how much money is being made from your personal data.
Peter presents a real case study showcasing how a fundamental asset management firm is leveraging RavenPack technology to transform their own emails, messages, and files into trading signals.
Robert discusses the benefits of using machine learning to forecast equity beta. In addition to common fundamental variables and historical beta he also incorporates equity sentiment data into the set of predictor variables.
Salman discusses an approach to harness big data and improve an existing nowcasting framework in order to better understand the risks and potentially enhancing the performance of investments decisions.
Chris discusses how alternative data can be integrated into a systematic investment process and give an overview of some of the techniques that Cantab uses to enhance the value that alternative data can contribute to a portfolio.
Speakers discuss how financial institutions are going about monetizing big data sources and touch on some of the difficulties and challenges faced by the industry in generating real monetary returns from these efforts.
In this talk, Tony reviews some of the main misperceptions and wrong assumptions about applications of ML in systematic investments.
Panelists talk about the implications of living in a data-driven economy, dominated by those who have access to data and artificial intelligence, and how this paradigm shift will affect the future of business and finance.
Jason reviews a few software architecture concepts and explained how using the cloud can be a big win.
Matthew provides an overview of existing DTCC Kinetics offerings as well as a preview of exciting new products.
Kevin shows how to use the RavenPack platform functionalities (Search, Datasets, Dashboards, Alerts, Portfolio Ranking) for both quants and fundamental investors.
Best-Selling Author & Journalist
Glenn Greenwald is a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist, and the author of several bestsellers
including “No Place to Hide,” based on the U.S. surveillance state and his experiences reporting
on the Edward Snowden documents around the world. He is acclaimed as one of the 25 most
influential political commentators by The Atlantic and one of America's top 10 opinion writers
by Newsweek. He is a frequent guest on CNN, MSNBC, and various other television and radio
outlets. Greenwald is also a former constitutional and civil rights litigator.
Head of Quantitative Research
Robert joined Unigestion while maintaining his role at Imperial College
School, where he is Associate Professor of Finance. Robert is also a
fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and an associate
of the Oxford-Man Institute of Quantitative Finance at Oxford University.
is on the editorial board of the Journal of Alternative Investments and a
of AIMA’s research committee.
Dr. Chris Longworth
Cantab Capital Partners
Dr Chris Longworth is a senior scientist at Cantab Capital Partners, which
became part of GAM Systematic in October 2016. Since joining Cantab in 2010,
Chris's focus has been on the development and improvement of Cantab's
strategies. Chris leads Cantab’s big data and machine learning research team
is also the lead scientist for the GAM Systematic Discovery fund, which
on trading exotic or less liquid markets.
Independent Computer Security Analyst
Graham started his career in the computer security industry
as a programmer at British anti-virus firm S&S International where he wrote the first Windows
version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit. In 2011, he was honored to be inducted into the
Infosecurity Europe Hall of Fame. Graham has made thousands of international media appearances
on TV, radio and print, including NPR, BBC, Sky, Fox, CNN, Mashable, and TechCrunch, as well as
written columns on computer security for publications such as The Telegraph, IT Week, Computer
Weekly, VNUNet and the BBC College of Journalism.
Dr. Charles-Albert Lehalle
Senior Research Advisor
Capital Fund Management (Paris) and Imperial College (London)
Charles-Albert is a leading expert in market microstructure and optimal trading. He provided
research and expertise on this topic to investors and intermediaries, and is often heard by
regulators and policy-makers like the European Commission, the French Senate, and the UK
Foresight Committee. Charles-Albert received the 2016 Best Paper Award in Finance from Europlace
Institute for Finance (EIF) and published more than fifty academic papers and book
Executive Director - Senior Quant Research
RAM Active Investments
Tony Guida works together with the equity Portfolio Managers to develop systematic
investment strategies. Tony’s work is focused primarily on extracting market
inefficiencies from different sources from traditional fundamentals, market signals,
alternative data, and machine learning. His expertise is in mid to low frequency in
Amazon Web Services
Ricardo is an enterprise evangelist at Amazon Web Services; he works with enterprise executives and technology leaders to help them adopt the cloud and transform their businesses. He has over twenty years of experience leading emerging technology and innovation programmes and has been working with cloud technologies since 2008. He is passionate about cloud, innovation and open source and is excited about how cloud accelerates and amplifies customers’ ability to innovate.
Senior Vice President
Salman Baig, PhD, is a Portfolio Manager and works across all of
cross-asset portfolios, with a primary focus on its flagship Cross-Asset
Navigator strategy. Salman holds a Bachelor in Mathematics and a Master in
Finance both from Princeton University and a PhD in Mathematics from the
University of Texas.
Head of Data Sourcing and Strategy
Olga is responsible for proactive sourcing of traditional and alternative data sets, building
strategic data partnerships and managing full cycle of data acquisition. Olga joined
Quantstellation in 2015 from ITI Group where she was head of a multi-manager hedge fund platform
focusing on quantitative investment strategies. Before that she held a variety of senior roles
in the alternative investments industry including Head of Operations and Investor Relations at
Da Vinci Capital.
Writer, Editor and Consultant
Monica is a freelance writer, editor and consultant, with a focus on asset and wealth management and a keen interest in everything fintech and ESG. She is the former Global Head of Content at Legg Mason Global Asset Management, and the Editorial Director of Thought Leadership at the Economist Group.
Head of Equity Research
Frederic Desobry is with Systematica Investments where he
leads the quantitative equity research effort for market neutral and alternative risk premia
products. He has spent over a decade researching and trading global markets through the
systematic lens and has previously worked at BlueCrest Capital Management amongst others.
Matthew Bergerman joined the DTCC Data Products team in July of 2015 as a Director charged with
the development of solutions in the Equity, Fixed Income, and Reference Data space. He has
worked in the Financial Information industry for over 20 years. He has worked on the vendor side
previously in the production of data and the development of data applications at Thomson
Financial and Pershing.
Andreas Zagos is founder and Managing Partner of the Bonn based InTraCoM Group (Germany). He was participating in the first standard for patent valuation and is doing research in patent valuation for more than 24 years. He is guest professor at the Technical
University of Cluj-Napoca in the field of innovation management and internationally recognized patent valuation expert.
Co-Founder and CEO
Tim is a co-founder and CEO of BattleFin Group Inc. BattleFin is made up of 3 businesses; Events, Technology and Asset Management. He has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. Tim was the President and a Partner at Lion's Path Capital, a hedge fund strategy incubator where he allocated capital to 30 fundamental portfolio managers since the launch in 2009.
Armando Gonzalez is President & CEO of RavenPack, the leading provider of
analytics for financial institutions. Armando is an expert in applied big
artificial intelligence technologies. He has designed systems that turn
content into structured data, primarily for financial trading applications.
is widely regarded as one of the most knowledgeable authorities on automated
and sentiment analysis.
Chief Technology Officer
Jason is responsible for the design and implementation of
the RavenPack software platform. He is a hands-on technology leader, with a consistent record of
delivering break-through products. A Silicon Valley start-up veteran with 20 years of
professional experience, Jason combines technical know-how with an understanding of business
needs to turn vision into reality.
Chief Product Officer
Kevin is responsible for the team that maintains and enhances RavenPack's market-leading news analytics products. Kevin joined RavenPack in 2003 as a software developer and, prior to assuming responsibility for product, he was one of RavenPack´s senior developers and sales support engineers. As such, he has detailed knowledge of RavenPack's clients and technology and has been a major contributor to the evolving News Analytics industry.
Chief Data Scientist
Peter is a pioneer in the field of applied news analytics, bringing
data to banks and hedge funds. He has more than 15 years of experience in
quantitative finance with companies such as Standard & Poor's, Credit Suisse
First Boston, and Saxo Bank.
Thursday, May 23rd, 2019
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM GMT
A cocktail reception will be held at the conference venue from 5:00 PM.
De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms
61-65 Great Queen St, London, UK
The closest tube stations are Covent Garden (Piccadilly line) and Holborn on the
line, both within easy walking distance.
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with its grand Georgian architecture and art-deco interiors.
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