Team


Leading minds have collided to deliver this game changing service.

 

TEAM

Isaac Babani, CFA, FRM – Quantitative Strategies, Algorithmic trading & research
15 years of experience designing and implementing algorithmic trading strategies and risk management models across several asset classes. Masters in Financial Mathematics with expertise in factor analysis, probability theory, and time series analysis.
Karen Bertoli – Founding Member & Special Advisor to CEO

Proven Marketing Communications and Strategic growth company success covering multiple sectors including Financial Markets, Law, Telecommunications, Healthcare, Cybersecurity and Disruptive Technologies (IOT)Former Chief Marketing Officer of Perseus (Goldman Sachs infused for $30Mio), Fixnetix (sold for $150Mio), and Head of Communications Strategy for 7ticks (sold to Interactive Data Corp now owned by the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and Mirus Futures (sold to Ninja Brokers).

She is Acting Chief Marketing Officer to ZENEDGE, Advisor to Manoj Narang, Noble Markets and OneChronos and sits on the Traders Fulcrum Advisory Board in Chicago. Karen holds an MBA from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA and splits her time between London, Hermosa Beach and Miami Beach.

Bastian Czogallik – Data scientist
Data scientist with expertise in statistical modeling and machine learning,
particularly in natural-language processing, and a background in both
mathematics, economics and computer science.

Thomas Forss – NLP developer
Thomas has an M.Sc. in Software Engineering and is a PhD student in Information Systems at IAMSR, Åbo Akademi University. Thomas’ interests range from finance and investments to data classifications, sentiment analysis and analytics. Thomas has worked as a researcher in several different projects and has taught bachelor-level programming courses in six different programming languages. Thomas’ focus is on the natural-language processing engine.

Marcus Hassler, PhD – Chief Technology Officer
Expert in large-scale software systems and artificial intelligence in the financial domain.
He is the founder of a leading European natural language processing company that focuses on automated processing of digital text information, where semantic intelligence and machine learning algorithms are used extensively. He has longstanding experience in applied semantic technologies and artificial intelligence.

All of his financial domain experience, language technology and semantic know-how, and large-scale software systems expertise come to fruition in the development of the Almax Analytics platform. Marcus holds a PhD in Computer Science, Computational Linguistics, a Master of Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, and a Master of Mathematics and Informatics Didactics.

Balázs Klemm, CFA – Founder & Chief Executive

Former Portfolio Manager Axa Rosenberg, Balazs traded as one of the few traders successfully on news analysis. He has also held roles at Fidelity Investments and as a private proprietary trader. Balázs founded Almax Analytics to address one of the greatest challenges facing capital market practitioners and one that he encountered himself while running an investment fund: the inability for humans to read and process the sheer quantity of news available.

He leads overall company vision and product strategy and is a current member of GLG Council Member at GLG – Gerson Lehrman Group, The Thalesians think tank and actively involved in the London Fintech, German Fintech, Paris Fintech and Luxembourg Innovations communities.

Marcelo Sardelich – Chief Data Science Officer
PhD candidate in Artificial Intelligence Group at University of York. Expert in quantitative Portfolio Management and Machine Learning. Former Head of Quantitative Trading Desk, Banco Votorantim.

Peter Sarlin, PhD – Co-Founder & Chief Research Officer
  • Associate Professor at Hanken School of Economics
  • Expert in deep learning and network analysis in finance
  • Over 60 published papers, advisor to several central banks

Peter is an Associate Professor of Economics at Hanken School of Economics (Helsinki, Finland), and Director of RiskLab Finland. He is also a research associate with the Systemic Risk Center at London School of Economics, IWH Halle Institute for Economic Research and the Systemic Risk Hub, as well as a board member of the IEEE Analytics and Risk Technical Committee and the IEEE Computational Finance and Economics Technical Committee. Moreover, he is an Associate Editor of Journal of Network Theory in Finance and Intelligent Systems in Accounting, Finance & Management. Peter received his PhD (Econ) from the Department of IT at Åbo Akademi University (Turku, Finland) in 2013. He has also studied at London School of Economics, Stockholm School of Economics and Stockholm University, and has been a Financial Stability Expert and external consultant among others with the European Central Bank, Bank of Finland, Deutsche Bundesbank and De Nederlandsche Bank. Peter’s book “Mapping Financial Stability” was published by Springer in May 2014 and his current research interests include machine learning and visual analytics in finance.

VISITING RESEARCHERS

Naman Mitruka, Master of Technology (MTech)
PhD candidate in Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering at IIT Kharagpur. Past projects include design algorithms for different sharing schemes in the field of visual cryptography, designed the analog circuitry for an autonomous Underwater Vehicle.

Giancarlo Nicola, Master of Engineering (MEng)
PhD candidate in Economics focused on Data Science and Big Data Analytics applied to Financial Institutions at Università di Pavia. Former Roland Berger Analyst.

Samuel Rönnqvist, Master of Science in Computer Science (MSc)
PhD candidate in Computer Sciences, research focus on Text analytics for finance at Åbo Akademi University. Visiting researcher at the Applied Computational Linguistics lab (Dept. of Computer Science), working on deep learning and semantic technologies.

ADVISORY BOARD

Susanne Chishti – CEO & Founder of FINTECH Circle
Susanne is an entrepreneur and investor with strong FINTECH expertise. Recognised in the European Digital Financial Services ‘Power 50’ 2015, selected as one of the 100 leading Women in FINTECH she has more than 14 years’ experience across Deutsche Bank, Lloyds Banking Group, Morgan Stanley and Accenture in London and Hong Kong.

Jonas Dromberg – Fintech Investor & Former Bloomberg Bureau Chief
Based in Helsinki, has almost 20 years within the financial services and investment management industries, where he has obtained a unique combination of high- profile business development and research experience.

Mark Higton – Managing Director Higton Associates
Quantitative and Asset Management Advisory, 20 years of Fin-Tech experience with top tier Funds and Investment Banks. Ex Partner, R&D Associates, Founding Member, NMG, late IBM Consulting. The LSE (MSc., Econ) & Nottingham (BSc,. Comp. Science). Based in London.

Alan Laubsch – Founding Partner of RiskMetrics
Risk & Ecosystems researcher, former JP Morgan. Proponent of Systematic Risk approach in the entire ecosystem of business. Stanford University Alumni based in Thailand.

Fernand Lendoye – Managing Director Aviva Ventures
Fernand is actively engaged in advising, mentoring and investing in innovative start-ups. MBA from The University of Chicago – Booth School of Business. Based in London, UK.

Dr. Bertrand Maillet – Professor of Finance
Former Head of Research at ABN AMRO and CEO / Quantitative Team at ABN AMRO. Professor in Quantitative Finance at EMLyon Business School (Paris Campus) and at the University of Paris. Based in Paris.

Ralf Roth – Former Thomson Reuters Global Head of Elektron
Before Global Head of Equity Product Development Deutsche Bank. Universität des Saarlandes. Masters, Computer Science based in Greenwich, CT/ New York.

Connor Sillery – Founder & CEO of Delphian Consulting LLC
Founder & CEO of a head-hunting and consultancy firm covering systematic trading, research & technology globally.

Dr. Volker Stümpflen – Expert in Big Data
Pioneer in the development of new cognitive search systems. Background in ICT and Bioinformatics. Successful creation and sale of multiple award winning analytics firm (Clueda AG). Based in Munich.