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Meet Our 2019 Symposium Speakers

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Mandy Chiu, CFA
State Street Global Advisors

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Kristina Karnovsky
FactSet

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Sebastian Ceria, PhD
Axioma

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Roberto Lazzarotto
STOXX

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Neil Mackay
Aberdeen Standard Investments

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Boryana Racheva-Iotova, PhD
FactSet

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Nikolas Gerlich, CFA
Union Investment Institutional GmbH

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Danilo Chiono
RepRisk

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Rob Powell, CFA
BlackRock

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Louise Head
Hermes Investment Management

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Mandy Chiu, CFA

State Street Global Advisors

Mandy Chiu is the head of EMEA and APAC ETF Product at State Street Global Advisors (SSGA). Prior to joining SSGA in 2016, Mandy was responsible for product and business strategy at ETF Securities in Europe and Asia Pacific. Prior to that, she was responsible for product research and development at HSBC Global Banking & Markets in London, and worked as a futures and options broker at Yuanta Securities in Taiwan. Mandy holds an MSc Finance degree with distinction from Cass Business School. She is a CFA charterholder.

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Kristina Karnovsky

FactSet

Kristina Karnovsky leads the Research business unit, delivering solutions for Investment Banking, Buy and Sell-Side Research, Private Equity, Corporate and other workflows. In this role, she oversees global teams responsible for the strategy, product development, engineering and quality assurance for FactSet’s core Workstation applications and Research Management Solutions (RMS) suite. Kristina began her FactSet career in 2001 as a Consultant and spent over a decade building FactSet’s sell-side business in various sales leadership roles. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Scranton.

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Sebastian Ceria, PhD

Axioma

Sebastian Ceria is Chief Executive Officer of Axioma and founded the company in 1998. Prior to Axioma, Sebastian was an Associate Professor of Decision, Risk and Operations at Columbia Business School from 1993 to 1998.

Sebastian has worked extensively in the area of robust optimization and its application to portfolio management. He is the author of many articles in publications including Management Science, Mathematical Programming, Optima and Operations Research. He has co-authored numerous papers on the topic, including, “Incorporating Estimation Errors into Portfolio Selection: Robust Portfolio Construction,” published in the Journal of Asset Management, “To Optimize or Not to Optimize: Is That the Question?” published in the Oxford Handbook of Quantitative Management, and “Factor Alignment Problems and Quantitative Portfolio Management,” published in the Journal of Portfolio Management. He is a recipient of the Career Award for Operations Research from the National Science Foundation.

Sebastian completed his PhD in Operations Research at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business and his undergraduate degree in Applied Math at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Roberto Lazzarotto

STOXX

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Neil Mackay

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Neil has worked in the Investment Management sector for over 30 years in a variety of roles. As well as his current role, managing the provision of Performance Measurement & Investment Analytics globally at Aberdeen Standard Investments, he has previously held senior positions at several major international investment management companies. Neil has also worked in consultancy, training and software design, all with a focus on performance, reporting and investment analytics.

Neil is a serving member of the Investment Association - Investment Performance Working Committee, the GIPS Investment Management sub-committee and the UK Investment Performance Committee of which he is currently chair.

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Boryana Racheva-Iotova, PhD

FactSet

Boryana Racheva-Iotova, co-founder of FinAnalytica and former Global Head of Risk at BISAM is now Senior Vice President in charge of Quantitative Research at FactSet. She has over 15 years of experience in building risk and quant portfolio management software solutions. Before founding FinAnalytica, Boryana led the implementation of a Monte-Carlo based VaR calculation to meet the Basel II requirements at SGZ Bank, as well as the development of six patented methodologies for FinAnalytica.

In 2018, Boryana received Risk Professional of the Year Award from Waters Technology based on her achievements building risk management software solutions and translating the latest academic advancements in practical applications to meet the needs of financial industry practitioners. 

Boryana holds a Master of Science in Probability and Statistics at Sofia University, and a Doctor of Science, magna cum laude from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.

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Nikolas Gerlich, CFA

Union Investment Institutional GmbH

Nikolas Gerlich joined Union Investment as a Quantitative Analyst in August 2014, where he developed systematic investment strategies for equity funds. Since 2016, he has been responsible for building the data science capabilities within the portfolio management division at Union Investment. This includes integrating new data sources and employing novel quantitative methods to enhance investment decision making.

Nikolas holds a masters degree in economics from the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen. Furthermore, he completed an MSc. in Applied Statistics at the University of Oxford and is a CFA charterholder.

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Danilo Chiono

RepRisk

Danilo Chiono is a Sales Manager at RepRisk, based at the company’s headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. He manages a team of Sales Executives operating in four continents. RepRisk Sales team supports several of the world’s leading institutional investors in integrating ESG risk factors into quantitative investment strategies, portfolio risk monitoring, pre-investment due diligence and post investment compliance to internal norms, external commitments or international standards. Danilo’s task is to make sure that RepRisk bespoke solutions are indeed the best fit for the specific needs of RepRisk’s clients.

Prior to RepRisk, Danilo worked for almost ten years at Italy’s leading financial media group, IlSole24Ore: first in the marketing department in Milan and thereafter in charge of international Sales in London, where he came to work together with leading banks and asset managers in the roll-out of multimedia communications campaigns. Danilo also had stints in technology companies supporting financial clients in the area of customer satisfaction and marketing.

Danilo earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics & Banking from the University of Siena (Italy). He further studied Corporate Finance and Marketing at the Aarhus Business School (Denmark).

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Rob Powell, CFA

BlackRock

Rob is an investment strategist in the iShares Capital Markets Team. He is the lead strategist for the iShares Thematic Fund range, his role encompasses business development, product strategy and client communications. He is also responsible for EMEA ETP flows communications strategy for iShares, providing insight and content around the global ETP landscape. 

Rob joined BlackRock in January 2015 from Legal & General Investment Management, where he was Product Specialist for the fundamental active equity business focusing on Asian and UK equity income strategies. Prior to this, he was a member of the sales team at hedge fund provider, Gartmore. 

Rob earned a degree in Modern Languages from Newcastle University, and is a CFA charterholder.

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Louise Head

Hermes Investment Management

Louise Head has over 20 years of experience in the asset management industry. She first joined Hermes in 2002 working for the activist manager Hermes Focus Funds as Head of Investment Administration. Louise then moved into the Performance Analytics team in 2010 as Head of Performance. She is currently responsible for the provision of all performance analytics across all Hermes asset classes along with ensuring Hermes maintains GIPS compliance. Prior to Hermes, Louise worked for both RBC and Aviva in Melbourne Australia. 

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