Director of the Centre for Global Finance and Technology
Andrei Kirilenko is the Director of the Centre for Global Finance and Technology.
Prior to joining Imperial College Business School, Andrei was Professor of the Practice of Finance at the MIT Sloan School of Management and co-director of the MIT Center for Finance and Policy. Prior to MIT, he was Chief Economist of US Commodity Futures Trading Commission, where he was a part of the post-global financial crisis regulatory effort.
His work earned him the highest honorary award given at the CFTC – the Chairman’s Award for Excellence.
Anne Louise Burnett
Centre Manager for Global Finance and Technology
Anne Louise Burnett
Anne Louise is the Manager of the Centre for Global Finance and Technology.
Prior to Imperial College Business School, Anne Louise worked in finance, most recently at JPMorgan where she was a Managing Director in Foreign Exchange & Options. She also has an extensive background in fixed income, emerging markets and hedge fund sales. Anne Louise holds a B.A. in Economics from Vassar College, where she serves on the President’s International Advisory Council.
An advocate for women’s education and development, Anne Louise is a Board Member of The Consortium for Street Children (CSC), the leading international network dedicated to realising the rights of street children, and also sits on North London Collegiate School’s Development Board.
Md Sadek Ferdous
Md Sadek Ferdous
Md Sadek Ferdous is a Research Associate in the Centre of the Centre for Global Finance and Technology at Imperial College Business School investigating how the distribute ledger technology can be leveraged for self-sovereign identity. He has worked as a Technology Fellow at the Cabinet Office of the UK Government to explore how distributed ledger technology can be leveraged for securing digital evidence. He did his PhD on Identity Management from the University of Glasgow. He has several years of experience of working as a post-doctoral researcher in different universities in different European and UK-funded research projects. His current research interests include distributed ledger, identity management, trust management and security and privacy issues in cloud computing and social networks.
Dr Silvia Bartolucci
Research Associate of the Centre for Global Finance and Technology
Dr. Silvia Bartolucci is a Research Associate of the Centre for Global Finance and Technology.
Silvia has worked as a Research and Development Specialist in Blockchain Technologies at a London-based fintech startup, focusing on the design of new protocols to improve users’ anonymity, security and network scalability. Prior to entering the fintech sector, she was a researcher in Complex Systems working on applications of Statistical Mechanics to biological systems.
She holds a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from King’s College London and a M.Sc. in Theoretical Physics from Sapienza University of Rome.
Alfonso Delgado De Molina Rius
PhD student at Imperial College London
Alfonso Delgado De Molina Rius is a PhD student at Imperial College London, where he studies the intersection of law, economics and distributed computing. His most recent research focuses on contracts that are governed by both natural language and smart contract code. Alfonso has given talks on blockchain, smart contracts and the regulation of initial coin offerings. He is currently an advisor to regulatory bodies, investment funds and start-ups working on the DLT space. He is also a Blockchain Instructor at the Uinspire Digital Academy, a social venture that aims to equip underprivileged young people with digital skills. Prior to this, Alfonso obtained an MSc in Law and Finance from the University of Oxford, where he set up the Fintech & SmartLaw Society.
PhD student at Imperial College London
Engin is a PhD candidate in Finance at Imperial College Business School and is supported by President’s PhD Scholarship since 2014. He also continues his research at the Centre for Global Finance and Technology at Imperial College Business School. His research interests include blockchain based digital currencies, decentralized market structures, and algorithmic trading models. He taught Financial Engineering, Fintech, and Algorithmic Trading courses at Imperial College Business School. He holds a BSc in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Bilkent University, and MA in Economics from Koc University. Previously, Engin worked as a visiting researcher at CERN.
PhD Student at Imperial College London
Kumushoy is a Finance PhD student at Imperial College Business School. Her research interests lie in systemic risk, financial contagion, networks, and blockchain. She teaches Financial Econometrics and Risk Management for Financial Institutions at Business School under the Graduate Teaching Studentship Scheme. Kumushoy has been an academic visitor at Bank of England, Financial Stability Strategy and Risk department, since 2016. She holds MSc Risk Management and Financial Engineering from Imperial College Business School and BSc Economics and Finance from Westminster International University in Tashkent.
Marcin T Kacperczyk
Professor of Finance
Marcin T Kacperczyk
Marcin Kacperczyk is a Professor of Finance at Imperial College London with research interests in the areas of investments, information economics, financial intermediation, and financial econometrics. His research has been published in leading academic and practitioner journals, including Econometrica, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, and Review of Financial Studies.
His teaching interests include asset management, investments, machine learning, and market risk management. He has extensively taught courses at the undergraduate, masters, doctoral, and executive levels. Most recently he has taught at New York University Stern School of Business, Imperial College, and London School of Economics. He has received numerous teaching prizes for his efforts.
Marcin has completed his PhD in finance at University of Michigan and holds a Master in Banking & Finance from Warsaw School of Economics. He has previously worked at NYU Stern School of Business and UBC Sauder School of Business. He is a Research Associate at the Center for Economic Policy Research, a former Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and Associate Editor for Financial Management, the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Review of Financial Studies, Review of Finance, and Management Science.
Marcin’s work has been widely covered by media, such as CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg, WSJ, FT, NYT, Business Week, U.S. News, and Washington Post. Two of his papers have been nominated for the Smith Breeden Prize, and one received the Spaengler IQAM Award for the best paper published in the Review of Finance. He is a current holder of the European Research Council research grant, Vice President of the European Finance Association, and the chair of the European Finance Association 2018 Meetings.
Associate Professor fo Finance
Robert Kosowski is Associate Professor in the Finance Group of Imperial College Business School, Imperial College London. He is also a resea rch fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and an associate member of the Oxford-Man Institute of Quantitative Finance at Oxford University. Robert is on the editorial board of the Journal of Alternative Investments and a member of AIMA‘s research committee. Link to CV Link to CV.
Robert Kosowski’s research interests include asset management, risk management, hedge funds, mutual funds, performance measurement, business cycles, derivative trading strategies and economic forecasting.
Robert holds a BA (First Class Honours) and MA in Economics from Trinity College, Cambridge University, and a MSc in Economics and PhD from the London School of Economics.
Professor of Finance
Gilles is a Professor of Finance at Imperial College Business School, a research fellow at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, a research fellow at Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), a programme director at CEPREMAP (a French equivalent to CEPR), and a member of the American Finance Association, American Economic Association, Western Finance Association, and European Finance Association. He has also worked in corporate finance at BNP Paribas, as an independent consultant for a variety of corporate, financial, and governmental institutions and professional and international organisations, and as an Assistant Professor of Finance at the Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia. Gilles holds a PhD in economics from the London School of Economics, an MSc in economics from the Paris School of Economics, a degree in mathematics from the University Paris-Diderot, and is a graduate engineer from the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées
Assistant Professor of Finance
Dr Katrin Tinn is an Assistant Professor of Finance at Imperial College Business School. Her research focuses on applied theory in technological innovation, financial economics, information economics. Her particular research interests include interaction between financial markets and innovation, financing innovation, economic growth, Fintech, and quantitative trading. Her most recent work is on reward-based crowdfunding, and on smart financing contracts on Blockchain. Her research has been published in the American Economic Review.
In addition to academic positions, she has also worked in commercial banking and asset management, the European Central Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. She holds a PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics.
Tram Anh Nguyen
Co-founder of CFTE, The Centre for Finance, Technology and Entrepreneurship
Tram Anh Nguyen
Tram Anh started her career on a trading floor in New York where she was a trader and main market maker for Standard Chartered. She then moved to Dresdner Kleinwort London before joining UBS Wealth Management where she worked with UHNW families in London. She has navigated between the corporate and entrepreneurial world, and knows the excitement and challenges of entrepreneurship.
Tram Anh strongly believes that in a world dominated by technology, people must remain at the centre of society and organisations, and that education and training are key to help individuals adapt to a fast changing world. That motivation drove her to launch CFTE, an education platform supported by senior leaders from the largest institutions, startups and universities. CFTE helps finance professionals upskill, find more opportunities, build better finance and be part of the Future of Finance. She mentors entrepreneurs. She is a frequent speaker in universities and organisations and likes to share about the importance of lifelong learning in a fast changing job market.
Beyond her professional career, she is a keen supporter of EPIC Foundation, a new model of disruption in the philanthropy sector and is part of their London Chapter. Of Vietnamese origin, Tram Anh was born in France, lived in Paris and New York, and is now settled in London.
Founder and Managing Director of Turner Group
Elena Tarasenko is the founder and managing director of Turner Group, an international reinsurance broker, risk management, claims handling and actuarial advisory firm. Ms. Tarasenko is an investor and advisor to global Fintech companies, helping to scale up businesses and to establish operations in overseas markets. Ms. Tarasenko was a national finalist of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year program in the Finance category, and the winner of Entrepreneurial Winning Woman program in 2014. Ms. Tarasenko has frequently authored articles and spoken to a wide range of audiences worldwide on risk management, corporate governance and leadership. Ms. Tarasenko holds a masters degree in Applied Mathematics from Moscow State University and an MBA from TRIUM EMBA, jointly conferred by New York University Stern School of Business, London School of Economics and HEC Paris School of Management.
CEO of The Disruptive Group
Huy Nguyen Trieu
Huy Nguyen Trieu is the CEO of The Disruptive Group, a business builder in innovation and finance. He has navigated between startups and large organizations, from tech CEO to MD in international banks. He is fascinated by the changes happening around us, the impact of technology on many industries, and the changing dynamics between small and large organizations.
He also believes that in a world led by technology, we shouldn’t forget the importance of people. He is the co-founder of CFTE, the Centre for Finance, Technology and Entrepreneurship, whose objective is to help people improve their skills and find opportunities.
In 1999, he co-founded Ukibi, a precursor of Linkedin. After 5 intense years, he fell by coincidence into banking and was fortunate to be an intrapreneur in international banks where he helped to build high growth businesses, with his last position as Head of Insurance Structuring at Citi in London.
He writes Disruptive Finance, is an Associate Fellow at Oxford, a member of ESMA’s CWG for financial innovation, and a founding member of the Asian SuperCharger.
He is a frequent keynote speaker in Europe and Asia, likes to teach and share with students and entrepreneurs, and is regularly quoted in articles on innovation and finance.
Huy is a graduate from MIT (US), École Polytechnique (France) and ENPC (France). He is married and a happy father of 3 daughters.
Alternative Investment Fund (AIF)
Demelza Hays is a manager for an Alternative Investment Fund (AIF) regulated cryptocurrency fund in Liechtenstein and a PhD student in Business Economics at the University of Liechtenstein. Before commencing her doctoral studies, Ms. Hays completed her Master’s degree in Economics at the Toulouse School of Economics. Prior to that, Ms. Hays was a U.S. Department of State Fulbright Scholar. Under the auspices of the Fulbright program, Ms. Hays researched microfinance and Self-Help Groups (SHGs) in Punjab. Ms. Hays teaches one of the first university courses in the world on cryptocurrencies to bachelors and masters students at the University of Liechtenstein. She operates a Bitcoin ATM in Liechtenstein and co-organizes the quarterly blockchain Meetup in Vaduz. She also publishes—in collaboration with Incrementum AG—a quarterly research report on cryptocurrencies called the Crypto Research Report (CryptoResearch.report).
CNRS directeur de recherche
Bruno Biais holds a PHD in finance from HEC (for which he received the paris Bourse dissertation award). He is directeur de recherche at CNRS and received the CNRS bronze medal. He taught at HEC, Toulouse, Oxford, Carnegie Mellon, Oxford, Imperial College and LSE. His research on corporate finance, financial markets, contract theory and experimental economics has been published in Econometrica, the JPE, the American Economic Review, the Review of Economic Studies, the Journal of Finance, the Review of Financial Studies and the Journal of Financial Economics. He has been an editor of the Review of Economic Studies and co-editor of the Journal of Finance. Bruno Biais is a fellow of the Econometric Society and the Finance Theory group. He has been a scientific adviser to the NYSE, Euronext, the European Central Bank and the Bank of England.
Director of the UCT Financial Innovation Lab
Co-Pierre Georg is an Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and Director of the UCT Financial Innovation Lab. He also is a research economist at Deutsche Bundesbank. His research focuses on the nexus of financial stability and financial innovation. Co-Pierre is the course convener of the first Fintech Master’s program in Africa and strives to enable innovation in Cape Town’s fintech ecosystem. His research has been published in scholarly journals in finance as well as in interdisciplinary journals. He is a Research Associate at the Oxford Martin School for the 21st Century and at Columbia’s Center for Global Legal Transformation.
Dr Emiliano Pagnotta
Assistant Professor of Finance at Imperial College Business School
Dr Emiliano Pagnotta
Dr Emiliano Pagnotta is an Assistant Professor of Finance at Imperial College Business School. His research focuses on the exchange of financial assets and the organization and evolution of the markets where those assets trade in. Recent work by Dr. Pagnotta analyzes the role of technology and speed in stock and derivatives markets and the valuation of Bitcoin and other blockchain assets. His research is regularly presented in leading academic and professional conferences and published in academic journals such as Econometrica. He holds a PhD in Economics from Northwestern University.
Executive Chairman and Chief Scientist of Silo.AI
Peter Sarlin is the Executive Chairman and Chief Scientist of Silo.AI, leading the company’s AI platform initiative. Sarlin is also Professor of Practice at Hanken School of Economics in machine learning and artificial intelligence, with a special focus on applications in financial, economic, and societal disciplines. Sarlin is a research associate with London School of Economics, Halle Institute for Economic Research and University of Cape Town, and has previously worked for the ECB and IMF among others.
Investment Executive at XIO Group
Alexej Pikovsky is an Investment Executive at XIO Group, a large cap Private Equity firm in London where he started in the summer 2017. Prior to that, Alexej spent two and a half years developing venture capital operations at Delin Capital, a family office in London. During that time he invested in several early stage technology companies, including Import.io, Vidsy, ThePlumGuide, Satchel, Context Scout and Lingumi, as well as several VC funds such as Local Globe, Entrepreneur First and IQ Capital. Between mid-2014 and 2015, Alexej was with at Knight Vinke, a leading activist hedge fund, pushing E.ON, the largest German utility company, to spin off their generation assets. Prior to switching to buyside, Alexej worked for several years as an investment banking analyst at Nomura. Alexej holds a MSc in Metals and Energy Finance (Merit) from Imperial College and a BSc (Hons) International Business (First Class Honours) from Loughborough University. He is a German Academic Foundation Scholar and holds the Loughborough University Development Trust Prize and the International Business Gold Prize. His particular research interests include interaction between fundamental analysis and quantitative implementation.
Professor of Management of Technology at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
Christopher L. Tucci is Professor of Management of Technology at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), where he holds the Chair in Corporate Strategy & Innovation. He received the degrees of Ph.D. in Management from the Sloan School of Management, MIT; SM (Technology & Policy) from MIT; and BS (Mathematical Sciences), AB (Music), and MS (Computer Science) from Stanford University. Before returning for his PhD, he was an industrial computer scientist involved in developing Internet protocols and applying artificial intelligence tools to solve industrial problems. Professor Tucci joined EPFL in 2003 where he teaches courses in Design Thinking, Digital Strategy, Innovation Management, and Research Methods. His primary area of interest is in how firms make transitions to new business models, technologies, and organizational forms. He is also studying crowdsourcing, Internetworking, and other digital innovations. He has published articles in, among others, Academy of Management Review (AMR), Strategic Management Journal, Management Science, Research Policy, Communications of the ACM, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Academy of Management Annals, and Journal of Product Innovation Management. His 2012 article with Allan Afuah, “Crowdsourcing as solution to distant search,” won the Best Paper of 2012 for AMR, the #1 ranked journal in the fields of business and management in that year. He was the Technology & Innovation Management (TIM) Department Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management and was on the Editorial Board of Organization Science. He is currently an Associate Editor of Academy of Management Discoveries. In 2004, he was elected to the five-year division leadership track of the Academy of Management’s (AOM) TIM Division. In 2010, he was elected to the leadership track of the SMS’ Strategy & Entrepreneurship Interest Group. In 2013, he was elected to the AOM’s Board of Governors.
Senior Editor at The Economist
Kenneth Cukier is a Senior Editor at The Economist, and host of its weekly podcast on technology. He is the coauthor of “Big Data: A Revolution That Transforms How We Live, Work, and Think,” a NYT Bestseller translated in over 20 languages. He is an associate fellow at Said Business School at Oxford researching artificial intelligence.
Previously Kenn was a foreign correspondent for two decades in Asia, Europe and America. In 2002-04 he was a research fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Kenn is a board director of The Open String Foundation, which provides classical instruments to disadvantaged children. He is a trustee of Chatham House and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Director for Partnerships and Training, Cybertonica Ltd
Ekaterina Safonova is an Associate Professor with 20 years of experience in technical sciences research and lecturing, 10+ years of experience in cyber security, combining deep technical expertise with vital business and leadership skills.
She joined Cybertonica to lead the Cybersecurity segment as a Board Technical Advisor as well as Director for Partnerships and Training.
Ekaterina has a PhD. in Technical Sciences from Kazan State Technical University, where she remains as a visiting professor. Recently Ekaterina Safonova has developed and launched a specialised Cybersecurity course for the payments industry – Fraud and Fraud Prevention that was certified by CPD Certification Service at Emerging Payments Association. She also organised the highly successful Cybersecurity and GDPR evenings at Level39 that professionals described as “the best GDPR event for the last year”.
Her strong technical background includes a PhD and 35 publications including 5 books. Ekaterina has adjunct teaching experience in the UK, where she resides, and
Global Head of Systematic Strategies at Norges Bank Investment Management
Yazid M. Sharaiha
Yazid M. Sharaiha is the Global Head of Systematic Strategies at Norges Bank Investment Management, the firm responsible for the management of the Norwegian Government Pensions Fund Global. Prior to his current role, he was Managing Director and global head of Quantitative and Derivative Strategies at Morgan Stanley. Previously, he was a University Lecturer in Information Management at Imperial College Business School. He has published numerous academic and industry articles in the fields of Operations Research, Quantitative Finance and Market Structure. His current research interests in asset management are in the areas of factor-based investing, portfolio design and risk management, trade planning and market structure.
Yazid holds a BSc in Engineering from Imperial College London (1st Class Hon), Masters’ degrees in Engineering and Management Science from UC Berkeley and Imperial College (respectively), and a PhD in Operations Research from Imperial College, London.
Co-founder of Catallactic Labs
Paul is a co-founder of Catallactic Labs, which provides a blockchain analytics engine for finance, focusing on market intelligence and regulatory compliance.
Catallact is an Imperial College DSI spin-out, which has completed Imperial’s Techcelerate program and now is participating in the SOSV dLab accelerator in NYC.
After working in finance, Paul re-skilled with a MEng in computer science at Cornell Tech, NYC, with an interest in machine learning and blockchain. He since has worked as an advisor to blockchain start-ups, such as ConJoule, a P2P energy blockchain start-up, and has worked on blockchain application proposals at the DSI.
He believes in the potential of DLT to revolutionise legacy financial products using on-chain smart contracts to efficiently replicate instruments such as equity and derivatives.
Prior to this, Paul had a thirteen-year career trading financial derivatives, specialising in options, variance and correlation risk in equity markets, working for banks in London and Hong Kong.
Paul’s undergrad degree was Physics at Imperial, with an Erasmus year in Padua, Italy, and a focus on particle physics.
Research fellow at Imperial’s Data Science Institute
Dan McGinn is a research fellow at Imperial’s Data Science Institute with special interests in machine learning techniques for pattern recognition and anomaly detection across big data sets, particularly public blockchains.
Prior to rejoining Imperial, Dan was for 12 years a structured credit derivatives trader at US and European investment banks in the City of London.
He holds from Imperial a BEng in Mechanical Engineering and a MSc in Computing Science. Through the Imperial spin-out Catallact Inc., Dan is now applying his research to help regulated financial
institutions derive additional layers of intelligence in the crypto-currency markets to increase trading revenues and reduce reputational risk.