MFA DATA 2020
September 15 – September 17, 2020
September 15-17, 2020 – Virtual Conference Experience
MFA DATA 2020 Conference Speakers
Millard E Gladfelter Professor of Statistics, Data Science, and Finance, Fox Data Science Center, Temple University
Edoardo M. Airoldi is the Millard E. Gladfelter Professor of Statistics and Data Science, and a Professor of Finance (by courtesy), in the Fox School of Business, at Temple University. He also serves as Director of the Fox School’s Data Science Center. Prior to joining Fox, Airoldi was on the faculty in the Department of Statistics at Harvard University, where he founded and directed the Harvard Laboratory for Applied Statistics & Data Science, until 2018. Additionally, he held visiting positions at MIT and Yale. His current research focuses on statistical theory and methods for designing and analyzing experiments on large networks and, more generally, on modeling and inferential issues that arise in analyses that leverage network data. His work has appeared in journals across statistics, computer science, and general science, including Annals of Statistics, Journal of the American Statistical Association, Journal of Machine Learning Research, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Nature. Airoldi has received a Sloan Fellowship, the Shutzer Fellowship from the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Studies, an NSF CAREER Award, and an ONR Young Investigator Program Award, among other honors. He has delivered a plenary talk at the National Academy of Sciences Sackler Colloquium on “Causal Inference and Big Data,” in 2015, and he has given an IMS Medallion Lecture at the Joint Statistical Meetings, in 2017. He is an elected Fellow of the Institute for Mathematical Statistics, since 2019, and of the American Statistical Association, since 2020.
Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Peter Altman represents investment management firms, private and public companies, and individuals in white collar and other government enforcement and regulatory matters, securities class litigation and internal investigations. He also advises investment advisers on day-to-day risk management issues related to topics including securities trading, compliance with the Investment Advisers Act, and the use of big data and alternative forms of electronic communication.
Peter’s experience serving at the SEC provides him with a deep familiarity of the federal securities and commodities laws and the processes of the SEC. He routinely provides advice in investigations and enforcement proceedings involving issues including alleged insider trading and other trading-related matters, and disclosure-related and regulatory compliance issues, including broker-dealer and advertising-related regulations. He also represents multiple clients in government enforcement matters involving cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings, closely tracking the regulatory trajectory of this quickly evolving field.
Co-Chief Technology Officer, GoldenTree Asset Management
Chris Beels is Co-CTO of GoldenTree Asset Management and manages Applications and Data for the firm. Chris joined GoldenTree in 2011 and has led the Data Warehousing, Regulatory Reporting, and other data-centric initiatives at the firm. He has been at GoldenTree since 2011. Chris is an active member of the AITEC group of Asset Management technology executives and a regular judge of the HFM Hedge Fund Technology Awards.
Chris has over 20 years of experience in managing financial systems and IT teams. Prior to GoldenTree, he was a Director in the Fixed Income Systems group at Millennium Management and one of the founding employees of RiskMetrics. Chris holds a BA in Economics from Stanford University and is a CFA Charterholder.
Chief Data Officer, Balyasny Asset Management, L.P.
Carson Boneck, CFA, is the Chief Data Officer at Balyasny Asset Management(BAM) where he is responsible for data sourcing, data science, webscraping, and data engineering across all of the firm’s strategies. Carson joined BAM as a Director of Quantitative Research in 2016, leading a research team which creates systematic strategies for the firm’s discretionary L/S investors. Prior to BAM, Carson was the Global Head of Investment Management & Quantitative Research at S&P Global Market Intelligence (formerly Capital IQ) for eight years and founded the Capital IQ’s Quantamental Research team. For ten years prior, Carson was a Quantitative Researcher, specializing in listed equities, at several sell-side firms. He began his career in management consulting specializing in company valuation, corporate finance, and M&A advisory. Carson is an Indiana University graduate and a CFA Charterholder.
Chief Executive Officer, Crux Informatics
Philip Brittan is the founder and CEO of Crux Informatics, Inc., helping companies simplify their data delivery. He has over 30 years experience as a technology and business leader, primarily in FinTech. In addition to founding four start-ups, he served as CTO and Global Head of Platform for Thomson Reuters’ Financial & Risk division, headed up Google Finance, and ran Bloomberg’s foreign exchange business. Philip grew up on a ranch in Montana, holds a degree in Computer Science from Harvard, and loves making music and spending time outdoors.
Vice President and Head of Data Research and Operations, Tudor Investment Corporation
President, Ward Ferry Management
Daphne Chester, Partner & President, joined Ward Ferry Management in November 2013. Prior to joining Ward Ferry, Daphne was a Portfolio Specialist at Neuberger Berman working for the Quantitative Investment Group and the Greater China Equity Team from 2010 until 2011. Before that, Daphne was an Associate in the Alternatives Advisory & Placement Group at Neuberger Berman from 2009 until 2010. Previously, Daphne was an Analyst in the Client Development Team of the Absolute Return Strategies Group of the Lehman Brothers Investment Management Division from 2007 until 2009. Daphne began her career as Investor Relations at U.S. Shipping Partners from 2005 until 2007. She graduated with an A.B. from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology.
Head of Enterprise Engineering, Managing Director, Two Sigma Investments, LP
Zach Cohen joined Two Sigma in 2009 and currently serves as the Head of Enterprise Engineering. Mr. Cohen leads the engineering teams responsible for building tools and platforms that support post trade processing, finance, risk management, and human resources as well as the internal collaboration and productivity ecosystem. Mr. Cohen previously served as Co-Head of Modeling Engineering and Head of Data Engineering at Two Sigma where he led the engineering teams focused on data discovery and harvesting, analysis platforms, and the trading system. Prior to joining Two Sigma, Mr. Cohen worked at Bloomberg, L.P. where he served in a number of roles including Head of Bloomberg Valuations and Head of Fixed Income and Derivatives Engineering. Mr. Cohen received a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Cornell University.
Chief Technology Officer, Man Alpha Technology
Gary is CTO of Man Group Alpha Technology, with responsibility for all front office technology used across Man Group’s investment managers. He is also a member of the Man Group Executive Committee.
Gary was formerly Co-CTO of Man AHL, and prior to this, Technology Manager, responsible for Man AHL’s research and trading technology platforms with a particular focus on market data, trading strategies and signal generation.
Gary joined Man AHL in 2001, having previously developed software systems across various finance, telecomms and defence arenas.
He holds a Masters in Physics and Theoretical Physics from the University of Cambridge.
Senior Advisor, Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
Patrick Corrigan is a Senior Advisor at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) focusing on the Office of Federal Financial Management.
Prior to joining OMB, Patrick worked for over 25 years at large international investment banks (i.e. Bankers Trust, Deutsche Bank and Barclays Investment Bank) in a variety of roles within Operations, Trading and Risk. Most recently, he was the Chief Operating Officer / Business Manager for the US Rates business at Barclays Investment Bank.
Prior to his Investment Banking experience, Patrick was an Auditor with Ernst & Young where he audited the New York City Housing Authority and a variety of financial services companies.
Patrick is a graduate of the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he was the President of Beta Alpha Psi (Honor Society for Accounting, Finance and Information Systems Students). He is a Certified Public Accountant, Chartered Financial Analyst and Certified Financial Planner™ as well as a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
When he is not in Washington, DC, Patrick resides with his wife and four children in Garden City, NY. Patrick likes to spend his free time volunteering as a youth sports coach in Garden City and is an Honorary Usher at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.
Chief Technology Officer, Crux Informatics
Mark is the Chief Technology Officer of Crux Informatics, overseeing Platform Engineering, Data Engineering, Operations, and Information Technology initiatives. Mark started his career at Logica, a UK software house, and later worked at J.P. Morgan, where he built major systems across the firm as well as headed their distributed computing group globally. Joining Goldman Sachs in the mid 2000’s, Mark led their infrastructure group in EMEA prior to leading the Application Systems Infrastructure group that established virtualization within the firm and led to the development of the Goldman private cloud. Leaving the firm in 2015 to help bring a trading spin-off to market, Mark joined Thomson Reuters through acquisition in 2017. Prior to joining Crux, he was the Global Head of Trading Technology at Refinitiv. Mark lives in New York with his wife Louise, has three children, and loves travel and skiing.
Caitlin Farrell-Starbuck, Global Chief Compliance Officer, ExodusPoint Capital Management, LP
Caitlin Farrell-Starbuck is the Global Chief Compliance Officer at ExodusPoint Capital Management LLP. Caitlin joined ExodusPoint in 2018. Prior to joining ExodusPoint, she was the Global Head of Compliance for AHL Partners, LLP for Man Group plc based in London. Prior to joining Man Group in 2015, Caitlin was the Head of Research and Trading Compliance for Two Sigma Investments, LLC in New York. She began her career in financial services at Lek Securities Corp. Caitlin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from American University.
Chief Technology Officer, Abrams Capital
Head of Information Technology, Element Capital Management LLC
Mr. Fishbein joined Element in January 2013. His primary responsibilities include managing the firm’s infrastructure, disaster recovery, cybersecurity, and technology vendors.
Prior to joining Element Capital, Mr. Fishbein was Director of IT at The Raine Group, a technology and media focused Investment Bank/Private Equity fund. Mr. Fishbein also designed and built the infrastructure for Talpion Fund Management, a start-up hedge fund. Prior to 2011, Mr. Fishbein spent 5 years at Glenview Capital Management, where he served as infrastructure manager overseeing Glenview trading and operations technology.
Mr. Fishbein holds an M.B.A and a B.S. in Computer Science from Rutgers University.
Chief Technology Officer, Laurion Capital Management
Rajiv Garg is the CTO of Laurion Capital Management, where he is responsible for the firm’s technology infrastructure. He has over 20 years of experience as a hedge fund technologist, including roles at Highbridge Capital Management, where he managed the technology infrastructure of Highbridge’s Hong Kong and Tokyo offices, and D.E. Shaw, where he started his career as a Systems Engineer. Rajiv graduated from the Management and Technology Program at the University of Pennslyvania with a BS in Biomedical Engineering and a BS in Economics.
Chief Information Officer, Viking Global Investors LP
Mr. Godino is the Chief Information Officer responsible for leading the software development and technology infrastructure teams. Prior to joining Viking, Mr. Godino was the Chief Technology Officer at Carlson Capital from 2011 to 2014, where he managed all aspects of technology including application development and infrastructure. For the three years prior to joining Carlson, Mr. Godino was the Chief Information Officer of Shumway Capital, where his team focused on trading and portfolio management technology. From 2006 to 2008, he managed software development for the JP Morgan Hedge Fund Administration unit. Mr. Godino joined JP Morgan when it acquired the staff and systems of Paloma Partners, where Mr. Godino worked for 12 years and served as the head of software development. Mr. Godino received his BS in Math and Computer Science from the University of Notre Dame and his JD from Pace University.
Chief Technologist and Security Officer, Empyrean Capital Partners LP
Cary Goldstein has 25 years of experience in the global financial technology sector, with experience in the implementation of mission critical infrastructure, portfolio management tools, trading systems, and cybersecurity. Mr. Goldstein joined Empyrean as Chief Technologist and Security Officer in 2015. Prior to joining Empyrean, Mr. Goldstein worked as a Managing Director at ConceptONE, LLC, delivering risk and regulatory reporting solutions to alternative investment managers, and as a Director of the Prime Brokerage Hedge Fund Consulting team at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Mr. Goldstein also worked for Goldman Sachs from 1998-2005 where he was the Head of IT for the Principal Strategies (GSPS) desk. Mr. Goldstein earned his BS in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis in 1995, his Master of Science in Information Systems from New York University in 2001, and a Certificate in Advanced Computer Security from Stanford University in 2015.
Partner and Chief Operating Officer, Summit Rock Advisors
William Hedden is a partner and chief operating officer of Summit Rock Advisors. He oversees the firm’s non-investment operations including accounting, legal and compliance, reporting, technology, office management and human resources. Bill also oversees the operational risk management function.
Bill previously held positions at Blackstone Alternative Asset Management involved in performing operational due diligence on hedge fund managers. He worked in New York and London and helped with manager negotiations, building out the infrastructures for seed investments and performing transactional due diligence for acquisitions.
Bill is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Master of Science in Accounting from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Business from Lafayette College.
Managing Director, Chief Operating Officer, Two Sigma Investments, LP
Mr. Hitchon joined Two Sigma in October 2014 as a Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer.
Mr. Hitchon is vice chair of the board of directors of the Managed Funds Association (MFA), an organization that advocates for sound alternative investment industry practices and public policies.
Prior to joining Two Sigma, Mr. Hitchon spent 15 years at Deutsche Bank, most recently as Co-Global Head of Markets Prime Finance from 2005 through 2013. From 2004 through 2005, he was the Chief Operating Officer of Deutsche Bank Alternative Trading, which included multiple proprietary trading groups. From 2001 to 2003, Mr. Hitchon was Co-Head of Global Prime Finance at Deutsche Bank. From 1998 to 2001, he was Chief Operating Officer of Deutsche Bank’s Global Equity Derivatives Business.
Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, he held several senior finance roles at NatWest Markets and Schroders in the UK. Mr. Hitchon served on the DTCC Board from 2011 through 2013 and chaired the New Business and Products Committee. Mr. Hitchon received his BSc from Sheffield University in Chemical Engineering and is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants.
Chief Technology Officer and Information Officer, Partner, Brigade Capital Management LP
Mr. Honneus is a Partner of the firm and the Chief Technology & Information Officer as well as a member of the Risk Committee. He manages a team of 15 technology professionals in both the infrastructure and software development.
Prior to joining Brigade, Mr. Honneus led the Technology Team at Highland Financial Holdings Group, an alternative asset management firm specializing in fixed income securities. Earlier in his career, Mr. Honneus was a Senior Software Developer for leading technology companies, including Monster Worldwide and Terra Lycos.
Additionally, Mr. Honneus created his own web development and data hosting company, Solucian Networking, which he sold in 1999. Mr. Honneus received a BA in Computer Science and Mathematics from Colgate University.
Director of Data Science, Man Group
Hinesh Kalian is Director of Data Science at Man Group. He is responsible for data strategy, data acquisition, data science and data science engineering across Man Group’s investment managers
Hinesh was formerly Head of Data Science and Investment Implementation for Man AHL, where he was responsible for monitoring and verifying activity on the Man AHL trading system, new data acquisition and strategy, data management and portfolio implementation. Prior to joining Man Group in 2010, Hinesh spent six years at JPMorgan.
Hinesh holds an MSc in Finance from the University of London.
Managing Director, D. E. Shaw & Co., L.P.
Neil Katz is a managing director of D. E. Shaw & Co., L.P. and oversees the hardware and software systems that constitute the D. E. Shaw group’s trading platform and information technology infrastructure. Mr. Katz joined the D. E. Shaw group in 1994 and during his tenure at the firm has been instrumental in developing and refining the proprietary software and other technologies that facilitate trade management and execution across a range of asset classes and markets. Mr. Katz received a B.S. in electrical engineering and B.A. in economics, each with distinction, from Stanford University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Chief Data Scientist for Research, Barclays
Adam Kelleher is the Chief Data Scientist for Research. He runs a group of data scientists with expertise in sourcing, normalising, and utilising alternative data sets used to enhance our analysts’ ability to deliver differentiated, thought-leading research. In his role at Buzzfeed, Adam was responsible for advancing Buzzfeed’s machine learning and alternative data capabilities, with particular focus on enhancing their data pipelines, research methodology, and advertising effectiveness.
Chief Economist and Director, Division of Economic and Risk Analysis, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
S.P. Kothari was named the Chief Economist and Director of the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis (DERA) in March 2019. In this role, he oversees economists, data scientists, and other professionals who provide financial economics and data science in support of the SEC’s mission.
Dr. Kothari joined the SEC from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he was a professor of accounting and finance and a former Deputy Dean.
Dr. Kothari spent nearly two decades at MIT, both as a professor and as an administrator. His research interests include financial reporting, valuation, asset allocation, international accounting practices, executive compensation, investment performance, and derivatives.
Dr. Kothari has served as the Co-Chair of the Board of Governors Asia School of Business, Kuala Lumpur, faculty director of the MIT-India Program, and editor of the academic publication Journal of Accounting & Economics. In 2008, he served as global head of equity research for Barclays Global Investors, where he was responsible for research supporting the firm’s active equity strategies and for managing a team of approximately 50 PhDs based around the world.
Dr. Kothari received his B.S. in Engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology & Science and his MBA from the Indian Institute of Management. Dr. Kothari earned his PhD from the University of Iowa.
Robert G. Leonard
Robert G. Leonard is a partner in the Hedge Funds Group at Proskauer. For more than 25 years Rob has been structuring, organizing and representing hedge funds, funds of funds and other private investment funds (both domestic and offshore) and investment advisers. He has structured and organized numerous master-feeder, side-by-side and mini-master-feeder funds for hedge fund managers engaged in myriad strategies, including long/short equity, multi-strat, credit, distressed credit, mortgage-backed securities, risk arb, emerging markets, global macro, stat arb, relative value and event driven.
Rob has advised managers on seed deals, founder’s classes, funds of one and placement agreements and develops innovative ways of building asset bases. He also has worked with managers on bringing in and retaining talent through structuring employment, “phantom” equity and true equity arrangements.
Rob has handled a variety of regulatory and other compliance matters, including registrations with the SEC, CFTC and state regulators, filing Form PF and filings with the Treasury Department and Bureau of Economic Analysis. In addition, he works on SEC and other regulatory examinations and investigations, as well as investor and third-party actions.
Chief Technology Officer, GCM Grosvenor
Mr. Levin serves as the firm’s Chief Technology Officer. He is responsible for overseeing the strategic implementation of technology and information systems for the firm. Prior to joining GCM Grosvenor, Mr. Levin spent 13 years at PEAK6 Investments, most recently serving as Chief Information Officer of Apex Clearing, PEAK6’s clearing, custody and execution business. He was also an Operating Principal on the firm’s Strategic Capital team and served on the Investment Committee which was responsible for strategic investments made across financial services, technology services, and FinTech. He joined PEAK6 as Chief Security Officer and also served as the IT Director for several years. Previously, Mr. Levin led product management at Qualys, Inc. He began his career at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu where he was a member of the Global Information Security Office. Mr. Levin received his Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from Miami University. He serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the Information System and Analytics Department of Miami University.
Chief Technology Officer, HBK Capital Management
Ross Levinsky has been associated with HBK since 2014 and is a Managing Director. Ross serves as HBK’s Chief Technology Officer, with responsibility for software development and IT infrastructure. From 2011 to 2014, Ross was a Managing Director at Goldman, Sachs & Co., responsible for the electronic trading of credit. Prior to that, Ross held technical and managerial positions at Google, Bridgewater Associates and D.E. Shaw. Ross received a B.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics (1989), M.S. in Mechanical Engineering (1992) and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (1995), all from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Managing Director, Goldman Sachs & Co.
Raj is global head of the firm’s systematic client franchise. Previously, he was co-head of Securities Division Engineering. Before that, Raj was global co-head of Equities Execution Services. He first joined Goldman Sachs in 1996 as an analyst in the firm’s commodities business and rejoined the firm as a partner in 2015. Prior to rejoining the firm, Raj served as chief executive officer of Allston Trading, a Chicago-based market making firm. Earlier in his career, he was president of global trading at SunGard, which he joined in 2004 after SunGard acquired Kiodex, the commodities trading technology company that Raj co-founded in 2000. Raj serves on the boards of the Members Exchange and the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation. A recipient of a Ford Foundation Fellowship, Raj earned an MPA with an emphasis on Economics and Public Policy from Princeton University and a BA in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.
Head of Modeling and Technology, Element Capital Management LLC
Mr. Mangum joined Element Capital in May 2013 and serves as Head of Modeling and Technology. His team’s primary responsibilities include the development of all of Element Capital’s technology and quantitative components, as well as the management of the Firm’s infrastructure.
Prior to joining Element Capital, Mr. Mangum worked for nearly 12 years in the Quantitative Strategy team at Credit Suisse, most recently as head of the interest rate products modeling group in New York. Before joining Credit Suisse and the financial industry, Mr. Mangum held an Assistant Professorship in the Columbia University Mathematics Department, conducting research in pure mathematics and teaching and advising graduate and undergraduate students.
Mr. Mangum earned a PhD and Masters of Arts in Mathematics from the University of California and graduated from Duke University with Bachelor of Science degrees in Mathematics and Physics.
Managing Director, Associate General Counsel, Two Sigma Investments, LP
Steve H. Metzger is Managing Director, Associate General Counsel of Two Sigma Investments, LP, an investment manager specializing in algorithmic investing across a broad range of asset classes and countries. Two Sigma and its affiliates currently manage private funds and accounts with over $59 billion in assets under management. Mr. Metzger is responsible for many of the firm’s legal, regulatory and compliance matters. He supervises a team of attorneys who handle data, research, trading, securities and regulatory matters across the firm. Mr. Metzger joined Two Sigma in February 2008.
Prior to joining Two Sigma, Mr. Metzger was an associate in the Investment Management Group of Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, a New York City-headquartered law firm with an industry-leading hedge fund and private equity fund practice. At Schulte Roth, Mr. Metzger specialized in the formation and structuring of hedge funds and private equity funds, represented registered and unregistered investment advisers, advised clients on regulatory matters, prepared SEC and CFTC filings, and provided overall corporate and securities advice.
Mr. Metzger graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University in 2002 with a B.A. in Political Science and American Studies. In 2005, Mr. Metzger earned a J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law, where he was an editor on the Law Review.
US Head of Business Consulting Services, UBS Securities LLC.
Bryant Morse is currently the US Head of Business Consulting Services at UBS. Most recently, Bryant was Chief Technology Officer at Kingdon Capital where as a member of the Operating Committee, he was responsible for the firm’s Technology vision with oversight of Infrastructure, Cybersecurity, Enterprise Data and Application Development. Previously, Bryant was Chief Information Officer for two separate start up hedge funds, Nexus Asset Management (Global Energy/Utilities) and Tourmalet Advisors (Global L/S Equity). He also spent nine years as Senior Vice President at Pequot Capital, where he was the Head of Data Management.
Scott H. Moss
Partner, Co-chair, Fund Regulatory and Compliance, Lowenstein Sandler LLP
Highly respected by industry peers for his depth of regulatory knowledge, Scott has counseled hundreds of investment management clients in the implementation of compliance programs, as well as in the development of plans to ensure ongoing adherence to emerging regulatory standards.
He possesses a thorough knowledge of the entire panoply of the overlapping securities and commodities laws, rules, and regulations affecting his clients. Scott is part of a team that “always understands the issues at hand, responds very quickly and is able to suggest creative solutions to issues that are often very complicated.” (The Legal 500)
Scott’s extensive experience includes representing offshore and U.S.-based funds, investment advisors, broker-dealers, commodity pool operators, and commodity trading advisors in formation and structuring, securities and commodities regulation, mergers and acquisitions, and other financial transactions.
Scott is also a prominent author and lecturer on corporate law, securities transactions, and investment management. His advisory roles include:
– Adjunct Professor at Rutgers Law School, “Hedge Funds and Investment Adviser Seminar” (2008-2017)
-Lawyers’ Advisory Committee and Conference Committee for the Managed Funds Association
-IA Legal and Regulatory Subcommittee and Speaking Faculty of the National Society of Compliance Professionals
Jeffrey D. Neuburger
Jeff Neuburger is a Partner at Proskauer Rose, where he serves as co-head of the Technology, Media & Telecommunications Group and a member of the Privacy & Cybersecurity Group. He works with a variety of asset managers in a wide range of matters associated with technology, intellectual property and privacy, including the utilization of emerging technology and the data it generates. Among other things, Jeff works with many hedge fund managers on alternative data matters, including building policies relating to alternative data, and gets involved in diligence of data providers as well as contract negotiations with those providers. He also represents many organizations in large infrastructure-related projects, such as cloud-based services arrangements, technology acquisitions, and other complex services agreements.
Prior to practicing law, Jeff began his career working in the information technology field for GE Capital. His undergraduate degree is in computer science and applied mathematics. Jeff is an Adjunct Professor at Fordham University School of Law teaching E-Commerce Law, and is co-author of two books, Doing Business on the Internet and Emerging Technologies and the Law and is co-editor of a blog that addesses many of these issues, Proskauer’s Technology and New Media blog, https://newmedialaw.proskauer.com/
Global Head of Technology Infrastructure, Millennium Management LLC
Rob Newton is Global Head of Technology Infrastructure and is responsible for driving the strategic and tactical planning for the global Technology Infrastructure organization covering engineering, data centers, networks, cloud, compute, desktops, servers, telecommunications, and voice technologies.
Prior to joining Millennium in 2015, Rob was with VTB Capital as the London and International CIO, where he led teams across London and various international locations. Prior to VTB Capital, he worked at CIBC World Markets where he had global responsibility for derivatives technology, as well as heading up the Europe and Asia technology teams. Prior to CIBC, he worked at various international banks in technology.
Rob received a BA in European Business Studies from Brunel University.
Chief Technology Officer, Elliott Management Corporation
Oleg Olovyannikov is the Chief Technology Officer of Elliott Management Corporation where he is responsible for all aspects of Technology of the firm, including Application Development, Infrastructure, Cyber Security, and Technical Operations. Oleg joined Elliott in August of 2016. Prior to joining Elliott, Oleg was the Chief Technology Officer and an equity partner at Tudor Investment Corporation, responsible for all aspects of technology, data, infrastructure, security, and governance. Prior to joining Tudor, Mr. Olovyannikov was the VP of Engineering at Cerberus Capital Management, where he was responsible for all aspects of corporate technology and security. Before joining Cerberus, Mr. Olovyannikov was the Director of High Frequency Trading Technology at the Citadel Investment Group in Chicago, where he was responsible for designing and building the infrastructure to support low-latency and high-frequency trading and market-making. Prior to his experience at Citadel, Mr. Olovyannikov was the CTO of Adirondack Electronic Markets, one of the earliest, all-electronic options market makers. Prior to AEM, Mr. Olovyannikov spent twelve years working at Deutsche Bank, J.P. Morgan, Pfizer, and AT&T Bell Laboratories in a variety of engineering and management roles. Oleg holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. in Computer Science, both from NYU Tandon School of Engineering.
Partner, Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Regulatory Counsel, Perella Weinberg Partners
Mark Polemeni is Chief Compliance Officer, Chief Regulatory Counsel and Partner at Perella Weinberg Partners. Mr. Polemeni is responsible for overseeing the Firm’s compliance programs globally, and managing all regulatory matters globally that impact the Firm.
Mark has more than 20 years of compliance experience in the investment industry. Prior to joining PWP in 2017, Mr. Polemeni was Chief Compliance Officer at Citadel, LLC, where he managed its asset management compliance program globally. Prior to joining Citadel in 2011, he was the Chief Legal and Chief Compliance Officer for Odyssey Investment Management and earlier for Alexandra Investment Management.
Mr. Polemeni was named one of the “20 Rising Stars of Compliance” throughout the United States and the United Kingdom in the 2007 edition of Institutional Investor News. He is a Steering Committee member of the Managed Funds Association’s Investment Adviser Committee, and a member of the Speaking Faculty of the Regulatory Compliance Association. Mr. Polemeni earned Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees from Georgetown University.
Head of Infrastructure, Viking Global Investors LP
Mr. Prendergast is the Head of Infrastructure at Viking Global Investors, responsible for all technology and security operations. Prior to Viking, Mr. Prendergast was the Co-Chief Technology Officer for Fort LP from 2017-2019 and Co-Chief Technology Officer for Eton Park Capital Managament from 2005 to 2016. Mr. Prendergast has also held IT leadership roles at Andor Capital and Pequot Capital. Mr. Prendergast received his BA in Communications from Fordham University.
Chief Security Officer, Two Sigma Investments, LP
Matt Rathbun serves as Chief Security Officer (CSO) for Two Sigma. In his capacity as CSO, Matt oversees a team charged with protecting the company against technical and physical threats to its global infrastructure. Previously, he worked at Microsoft as the Chief Security Officer for Azure Global where he was responsible for security strategy and implementation across the full suite of Azure products and services globally. Before Microsoft, Matt worked in leadership roles at First Information Technology Services and at the Bank of Washington. Matt holds a Bachelors of Science in Political Science from Kansas State University
Head of Information Security, Magnetar Capital LLC
Al Restivo is the head of Information Security at Magnetar Capital, a leading alternative asset manager based in Evanston, Ill.
Al oversees all firm information security initiatives and is responsible for human awareness training, cybersecurity risk management, incident response, security operations and third party vendor risk assessment.
Prior to joining Magnetar more than a decade ago, Al worked at Citadel Investment Group, where he focused on large scale systems automation, configuration and security.
Al earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Networking Communications Management from DeVry University. He is ISC2 CISSP certified and is a member of AITEC and the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC).
Senior Policy Analyst, Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
Natalie Rico is a Policy Analyst with the Office of Federal Financial Management at OMB. She contributes to government-wide initiatives to improve federal financial policies, processes, and systems. Specifically, Natalie supports government-wide financial data transformation and transparency efforts. In this role, she engages federal and non-federal stakeholders on key issues to foster a more efficient and effective federal management.
Chief Technology Officer and Managing Director, Tudor Investment Corporation
Miriam joined Tudor in August 1996 and is based in the Stamford office. Prior to her appointment as Chief Technology Officer in August 2016, she held several key IT positions of increasing responsibility; (i) Head of the Office of the CTO (2013-2016); (ii) Head of Project Management (2010-2013); (iii) Director of Financial Data (1999-2010); (iv) Manager of Data Research (1997-1999); (v) Programmer Analyst (1996-1997). Prior to joining Tudor, Miriam was a Programmer/Analyst for Science Systems and Applications Incorporated, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (1991-1996). Miriam holds a B.S. in Computational Mathematics from Brooklyn College (1991) and a M.S. in Computer Science from Columbia University (1996).
Head of Infrastructure and Information Security, Moore Capital Management
Executive Vice President, Global Client Management, BNY Mellon
Lee Stephens currently leads BNY Mellon’s strategic business development efforts with U.S. public sector clients, including the Federal government and its, departments, agencies and government-sponsored enterprises. As a member of the U.S. Client Management leadership team, he is responsible for ensuring that business solutions from across the BNY Mellon enterprise are delivered to clients and prospects in the sector.
He assumed his current responsibilities in June 2010 after returning from a posting in the BNY Mellon’s Hong Kong offices where he served as Chief Administrative Officer for the Asia Pacific Region since October 2008. There he oversaw the build-out of shared-services and infrastructure in the region, which is comprised of sixteen offices in twelve countries. His duties included coordinating the application of consistent policy and practice in the Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Corporate Communications, Risk Management & Compliance, Marketing and Legal disciplines serving the country offices and lines of business represented in the region.
Prior to October 2008, Lee managed the BNY Mellon’s Public Sector Banking practice, which included client management and public finance activities for U.S. – based tax exempt institutions. His executive duties included oversight of the sales, marketing, corporate finance and relationship management functions directed towards public funds, government agencies and other municipalities, endowments, foundations and nonprofit hospital/healthcare entities. Prior to that role, Lee held successive senior managerial positions in the National Government Banking, Fund Managers, Mutual Funds and Securities Industries divisions of the Bank.
Lee has 38 years of commercial banking and securities industry experience. He joined The Bank of New York in 1990. Before joining BNY Mellon, Lee served in senior official positions with Continental Illinois Bank and Chemical Bank, where his experiences included deployments in Taxable Fixed Income Securities Sales & Trading, as well as Corporate Banking.
Lee received his M.B.A. degree in Finance in 1997 from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and his undergraduate degree from Morehouse College in 1981. Lee currently serves as the Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Johns Hopkins University, Center for Talented Youth. He also serves as Chairman of the Africa Institutional Investors Advisory Council of the NASP – USAID Investment Partnership. Lee is a member of the national Board of Trustees for National Association of Securities Professionals (NASP), as well as the Board of the NASP New York Chapter. Lee also serves on the Board (as Treasurer) of the Friends of Seamen’s Society for Children and Families on Staten Island, New York. He is a former board member of the Lower Eastside Service Center, Inc. (a nonprofit community service organization serving lower Manhattan) and The Seamen’s Society for Children and Families.
Chief Technology Officer, Värde Partners
Managing Director, Head of Data Engineering, AQR Capital Management, LLC
John is a managing director and heads data engineering at AQR Capital Management. Prior to working at AQR he held engineering positions at D. E. Shaw & Co., Lehman Brothers, and Deephaven Capital Management. Before that he was an assistant professor in computer science at the University of Virginia and a research scientist at Caltech. John has a Ph.D. in computer science (parallel computing) from Caltech and M.Sc. and B.Sc. degrees in computer science from the University of Auckland in New Zealand.
Chief Information Officer, Millennium Management LLC
Mr. Torgovnik is Chief Information Officer. Mr. Torgovnik is responsible for Millennium’s technology infrastructure, operations and middle office functions. Prior to joining Millennium, he was at Bank of America where he was most recently Managing Director and CIO of the Consumer Technology & Operations, Home Loans & Insurance Technology Group, overseeing the largest technology infrastructure within the bank. In addition, he previously held various Chief Information Officer positions within both the investment and consumer bank. In 2006, he was recognized as the Capital Markets CIO of the Year by Bankers Magazine. From 1992-2001, Mr. Torgovnik was with JPMorgan in a variety of technology roles within their Fixed Income Derivatives business including Global Head of Fixed Income Derivatives Technology and Founder and President of a JP Morgan derivatives technology spin-out. He holds an MS in Computer Science from Columbia University and a BS in Math and Computer Science from New York University.
Vice President and Head of Global Client Services, Tudor Investment Corporation
Chief Technology Officer, Ionic Capital Management, LLC
Arthur Vaccarino is responsible for Information Technology development, and infrastructure design and management. For 28 years Mr. Vaccarino has held various leadership roles in Information Technology. Prior to Ionic Mr. Vaccarino was CTO at Sandell Asset Management Corp. and Perry Capital, LLC. He began his career in the United States Navy and was founder and CEO of Savant Solutions, Inc. a Hedge Fund technology consultancy and Internet Service Provider.
Chief Information Security Officer, Elliott Management Corporation
Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer, Tudor Investment Corporation
Head of Equities Engineering & Technology, Citadel LLC
Michael R. Weiner
Senior Deputy General Counsel, Citadel LLC
Michael Weiner is a Managing Director and Senior Deputy General Counsel at Citadel. He is responsible for global matters relating to Employment, Litigation, Mergers & Acquisitions, Intellectual Property and Technology, Real Estate and Compliance.
Mr. Weiner joined Citadel in 2002. From 2007-2011, he served as General Counsel and Head of Compliance for Citadel’s fund administration business. Prior to joining Citadel, he served as Senior Counsel at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.
Mr. Weiner has been a member of the Illinois Bar since 1995. He serves on the Board of Trustees for Lawrence Hall Youth Services.
Mr. Weiner received a bachelor’s degree with Honors from Vassar College, a Juris Doctor degree with Honors from the George Washington University Law School, and an MBA in Finance from Northwestern University.