Speaker Biographies – New York, Fall 2018

Edouard Alligand, CEO, QuasarDB.
With a background in mathematics and computer science, Edouard started his career in software security with a focus on C++, kernel programming, and system programming, topics on which he contributed articles and books. In 2008, Edouard shifted his career towards financial markets, building trading systems for equity derivatives firms. He is the founder and CEO of quasarDB since 2014.

Olivier Baetz, COO, NovaSparks.
Olivier is the COO of NovaSparks, a company he joined in 2011 and is a recognized expert in ultra-low latency market data and trading solutions. Prior to NovaSparks, Olivier ran the sales engineering function for BT Radianz in North America. He spent the first half his career in telecoms, designing and selling managed corporate network solutions for large multinationals. Olivier holds a MS in Telecom Engineering from ENST Paris and an MBA from Wharton with a major in Finance. When he is not working, Olivier enjoys kiteboarding, surfing, skiing and all the good wines from around the world.

Keith Bazarnick, Master Engineer, Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
Keith has 22 years in designing and deploying complex high performance computing solutions across multiple industries. Prior to solution design Keith worked in Finance designing and supporting decision support systems for Fund Managers and research department at a major Mutual Fund Company.

Hollis Beall, Director of Performance Engineering, Axellio.
With almost 20 years in the data storage field, Hollis has worked in roles from hardware qualification testing, replication solutions design, proof of concept testing, and technical marketing. As the director of performance engineering, Hollis is responsible for benchmark testing, performance data analysis and visualization, and performance troubleshooting. Hollis holds a B.S. in Engineering from Louisiana Tech University.

Shimon Ben-David, Director of Sales Engineering & Support, WekaIO.
A seasoned technical leader, experienced in planning and building organizations to answer the needs of startups or corporates. with over 20 years of experience in various industries with a focus on storage and networking. In the past lead the XIV world wide support organization which was purchased by IBM and grew to more than $500M in revenues, Following that lead support and professional services for XtremIO which was purchased by EMC, and currently leading the Support and Sales Engineering for WekaIO. Based in the Bay area.

Chase Boyle, Director, Product Management - Blockchain, Zayo Group.
Chase is the Director of Product Management for Spread Networks by Zayo and the Director of Blockchain Business Development at Zayo Group. Zayo is focused on understanding the impact that blockchain technology will have on the network infrastructure, specifically as it relates to today’s traditional financial exchanges and how new cryptocurrency exchanges will set the standard for the future of technology used in financial markets. Chase has been trading cryptocurrencies in his personal portfolio for more than 8 years and has held multiple roles within Zayo, across Mobile Infrastructure, Dark Fiber and Finance, over the past 5 years.

Thomas Bollaert, Senior Director, Xilinx.
Thomas is responsible software acceleration products at Xilinx and is passionate about realizing the full potential of FPGAs as acceleration platforms, in the cloud as well as on-premise. Thomas has a deep background in hardware design flows, including more than 10 years of experience with High-Level Synthesis. He has accumulated experience in technology, marketing and management and has a track record of helping companies worldwide move through strategic changes to increase competitiveness. Prior to Xilinx Thomas was a VP of Application Engineering at an EDA startup and began his career as a hardware designer.

Laurent de Barry, Co-founder & Chief Sales Officer, Enyx.
Laurent has worked in Ultra Low Latency Technology for close to 10 years and co-founded Enyx in 2011 at the age of 23. As Managing Director of Enyx’s trading solutions, Laurent leads the development and commercialization of the next generation FPGA-enabled market access technology. A hardware engineer by training, Laurent is passionate about high performance computing and bringing cutting-edge technology to market. Prior to co-founding Enyx, he worked on critical hardware components for the aeronautical and military industries.

Michel Debiche, Guest Analyst, STAC.
Michel is both quant and technologist, whose passion is making data science actually work for financial firms. He is currently leading the expansion of the STAC community to include more buyside firms looking to leapfrog to the best technologies and Analytics Ops processes for quant/quantamental investing. Prior to STAC, Michel re-engineered strategy development and implementation at numerous firms, first as a quant, then as a consultant. Employers include CSFB, Daiwa, First New York, CIBC, and Think Big Analytics, where he led the financial services practice. Michel has BS, MS, and PhD degrees in geophysics from Stanford and Princeton Universities.

Paul Famighetti, Global Head of Exchange Technology, DRW.
Paul is the Global Head of Exchange Technology at Cumberland –a global leader in cryptoassets, specializing in institutional-sized liquidity. Paul joined the Cumberland team with more than 20 years of experience in electronic trading. He was previously the CIO and Managing Director at RGM Advisors before joining DRW through the acquisition in 2017. He is responsible for managing relationships with exchanges and overseeing Cumberland’s external trading technology. He holds a BA from Villanova University.

Davor Frank, Director, WW Sales Engineering, Solarflare Communications.
Davor is the Director of WW Sales Engineering, Solarflare. Having joined in October of 2011, he brings to Solarflare over a decade of experience in Investment Banking technology. Davor is currently responsible for application and systems consulting, providing architecture guidance to customers looking to implement Solarflare technologies in their infrastructure. Previously, Davor had worked as a systems engineer at Deutsche Bank on the Enterprise UNIX infrastructure, more recently focusing on design, implementation and operational support of ultra-low latency systems.

Roop Ganguly, Solution Architect, Bigstream.
Bishwa Roop Ganguly is Chief Solution Architect at Bigstream Solutions. He has a PhD in Electrical Engineering from MIT, and an MS and BS in Computer Science from University of Illinois and University of California at Berkeley, respectively. He has published extensively in the field of parallel processing and computer networks. He also has 5 years experience as a Data Scientist using Hadoop, Spark and SQL.

Derek Gillespie, Senior Vice President, Global Finance & Professional Services, Zayo.
Derek is a transformative sales executive with 20+ years of experience building and leading global sales organizations in the information technology industry. His specialties span data center, managed hosting/cloud computing, SaaS/IaaS and consultative IT outsourcing segments. As the global leader for Zayo's Finance & Professional Services business unit, Derek is dedicated to developing and executing innovative technology solutions to support the core infrastructure and global trading platforms that enable massive rebuilding efforts and high-priority, revenue-generating initiatives.

Francisco Girela López, Senior FPGA Engineer, Seven Solutions.
Francisco obtained his Master on Telecommunications Engineering degree in the University of Granada. Before ending these studies, he started working as a technical consultant in an international company. After some time, he went back to the University where he accepted a job as a researcher. During his research, he specialized in ultra-accurate time transfer systems and he focused on the development of the White Rabbit technology. Nowadays he works for Seven Solutions where he is a Senior FPGA engineer and the technical responsible for business support for North America clients. Simultaneously, he is carrying out his PhD in telecommunication engineering.

Dr Matthew Grosvenor, Senior Systems Engineer, Exablaze.
Matthew is a Senior Systems Engineer at Exablaze. He's been working with the Exablaze family of companies for over 8 years. In that time, he has been involved in trading strategy development, market data acquisition, FPGA acceleration, systems optimisation, and measurement and analytics. Matthew holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge. His research work focused on techniques for managing and mitigating latency variance in hyper-scale datacenter networks. He continues to publish widely in the fields of big-data, hyperscale datacenters, networks, latency and network measurement.

Pritam Kandel, Applications Engineer, Orolia.
Pritam is an Applications Engineer at Orolia. He has more than 15 years of experience in design, assessment, and implementation of TCP/IP network and communication infrastructure for various enterprise and service provider markets. At Orolia he focuses in providing network and timing solutions for Time Sensitive Networks (TSN), supporting the enterprise product line and helping customers to deploy precise timing systems. Pritam holds an executive MBA from Rochester Institute of Technology and a BE in Information Technology from Pokhara University.

Amit Kaushik, Head Of Research and Portfolio Management, Blockseed Investments.
Amit'sAmit is an investment professional with over twelve years of Wall Street Sell Side and Buy Side experience. He is a successful quantitative researcher with extensive experience in modeling and development of Interest Rate Structured Products, Commodities Exotics, and Cross Currency Correlation Options. His experience includes quantitative strategist/researcher/analyst roles with the structured products trading desk at the Bank of America, commodities and rates exotics derivatives at the Barclays, and commodities and FX at the Millennium Management. Amit received an MS focused on quantitative research in Business from the Penn State and an MS and BS in Engineering from IIT Bombay. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® and the Certificate in Quantitative Finance® designations.

John Kissane, Area Vice President, North America Sales, Arista.
Serving with Arista since May 2012, John previously held numerous senior roles engaging with Fortune 1000 clients to improve their datacenter networking. Prior to Arista, John was Vice President of HP Networking for the Americas. At Cisco, John was a Senior Sales Director - Datacenter products for US & Canada. Prior to Cisco, John was at IBM, where he engaged with Fortune 500 clients building out new datacenters with the latest cost-effective compute and storage technologies. John is a graduate of the State University of New York, Oswego where he majored in Computer Science.

Peter Lankford, Founder & Director, Securities Technology Analysis Center.
Peter leads STAC®, which provides hands-on technology research and testing tools to the finance industry and facilitates the STAC Benchmark Council™, a group of leading financial institutions and vendors that engages in technical dialog and specifies standard ways to assess technologies used in finance. Prior to STAC, Peter was SVP of the $240M market data technology business at Reuters. Prior to Reuters, Peter held management positions at Citibank, First Chicago Corp., and operating-system maker IGC. Peter has an MBA, Masters in International Relations, and Bachelors in Chemistry from the University of Chicago.

John Lockwood, CEO, Algo-Logic.
John is the founder and CEO of Algo-Logic and has over 30 years of experience of mapping algorithms into FPGA logic. He served as a Professor at Stanford University, was tenured at Washington University in Saint Louis, and holds a PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. John has engineered high-speed networks for the National Center for Supercomputing Appilcations (NCSA), designed high-speed datalink controllers at IBM, deployed multicast networks at AT&T Bell Laboratories, and served as the PI on grants from NSF, Xilinx, Altera, and SAIC. He has published over 100 papers and patents related to networks and FPGA applications.

Matt Meinel, SVP Solutions Engineering, Sales and Business Development, Levyx.
Matt is a veteran innovator / entrepreneur in Capital Markets financial technology. He has been a key player at several successful, innovative financial technology firms including:Co-founder at startup 29West (low latency messaging technology) which exited to Informatica; RedHat CIO during transition period to the now popular subscription business model; Principal at O’Connor & Associates (bought by Swiss Bank which was acquired by UBS Investment Bank). At Swiss Bank he served as co-CIO and later at UBS Investment bank was Global Head of IT for the Fixed Income & Treasury Division.

Luigi Mercone, MD, Cloud & Distributed Compute Hosting, BNY Mellon.
Cornerstone career skill is driving excellence as a principled and believable enablement and transformation partner to the front office—consistently and successfully enabling front office strategy and innovation through technology. Extensive tenure in senior-level technology architecture, engineering, operations and business strategy enablement leadership roles—including senior engineering, research, execution and operations roles with global experience—having lived/worked/traveled throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia (US and EU passport holder.) People strengths are having excellent leadership, motivational, written and spoken communication skills. Frequently serve as a mentor, a public speaker and evangelist though constructively bringing to bear a high EQ awareness of organizational and social constructs to individual and group interactions. Technical strengths include enterprise-scale distributed and elastic computing, semantic technologies, predictive analytics, high performance, latency sensitive computing, large-scale in-memory computing.

Travis Oliphant, founder of NumFOCUS, Anaconda, and Quansight.
Travis is a co-founder of Quansight, a services firm that helps companies take advantage of the explosion of Open Source Software (OSS) for obtaining QUANtitative inSIGHT on their data. Prior to that, Travis co-founded Anaconda Inc. NumFOCUS. Since 1997, he has worked extensively with Python for numerical and scientific programming, having authored and/or directed the teams for several popular Python tools for data science, including NumPy, SciPy, Numba, Dask, JupyterLab, and Ananconda. Travis holds a PhD from the Mayo Clinic and BS and MS degrees in mathematics and electrical engineering from BYU.

Mutema Pittman, Senior Manager, Data Center and Communications Division, Intel.
Mutema is responsible for the Enterprise business segment in the Intel Programmable Solutions Group (PSG) business division. Mutema’s responsibilities include creating and executing strategies and business plans to drive success with end customers in the enterprise market, and strong collaboration with internal and external groups focusing on Programmable Acceleration Cards, solution workloads, and channels to reach enterprise customers. Mutema joined PSG (formerly Altera) in 2010 via the acquisition of Avalon Microelectronics. He has held previous roles in engineering design and management during that time.

Eddie Pugmire, SME, Google.
Eddie was previously in operational data science for Google Cloud. Prior to Google he worked in electronic trading at Royal Bank of Canada and derivatives analytics at Bloomberg.

Michael Recce, Chief Data Scientist, Neuberger Berman.
Michael, Managing Director and Chief Data Scientist, joined the firm in 2017. Michael is building a new data science team that will leverage large, unstructured, novel data to evaluate the health of business. The primary, initial focus for the data science team is international equities. Prior to joining Neuberger Berman, Michael held a similar role at GIC, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, and at Point72 Asset Management. Before transitioning into the investment industry, Michael was a university professor for over twenty years, and helped set up and manage two successful start-up companies. He holds a PhD in Neuroscience from University College London and a BS in Physics from the University of California in Santa Cruz.

Joel Sehr, VP Americas, SQream Technologies.
Joel brings over 20 years of sales management expertise in a variety of database and software companies, with proven sales strategy and a deep understanding of database technologies. At SQream, Joel is in charge of leading the sales efforts and spearheading the entrance into the US market.

Dr David Snowdon, Director of Engineering, Arista
David very recenty joined Arista when it acquired Metamako. David was co-founder and CTO at Metamako, where he looked after product and technology strategy. Prior to founding Metamako, David gained a wealth of experience working in and for electronic trading firms, optimising their network structures, network performance, and building performance hardware, gateware and software. He has a PhD in Operating Systems from the University of NSW, Australia, looking at the effect of frequency scaling on power and energy usage. Outside of work, David spends time designing, building and racing high-performance solar powered cars in international events and formerly held the Guinness record for the world’s fastest solar powered vehicle.

Manoj Suvarna, Category Leader Hybrid IT (N. America), HPE.
In this role, Manoj’s responsibilities span across product P&L and go-to-market activities; Previously, Manoj was Director Product Management for the HPE’s Big Data portfolio. Under Manoj’ s leadership, HPE established an early footprint with data management solutions including SAP HANA, emerging as the leading vendor for in-memory platforms in the industry. With over 20 years in the technology industry, Manoj has a breadth of experience in Product Marketing & Management across the broad spectrum of DataCenter products and solutions. He has an MBA in Marketing and undergraduate in Engineering and is based in Houston TX.

Brad Vopni, Head of Digital Assets, Hudson River Trading.
Brad Vopni is the Head of Digital Assets for Hudson River Trading, a global quantitative trading firm. A 20-year veteran in the electronic trading ecosystem, Brad spent much of his career in numerous roles at NASDAQ where he was originally global head of software development for their low-latency, high-performance trading system INET, before ultimately taking over responsibility of NASDAQ’s 3 US Equity markets. Before joining HRT, he spent the last 4 years working to introduce the only actively managed, non-transparent funds in the market. Brad earned a B.S. from the University of Texas and holds a number of FINRA licenses..

Rick Walsworth, Vice President, Solutions, Vexata.
Rick brings 25 years of experience in IT and service provider markets to Vexata. Prior to Vexata, Rick was Vice President of Marketing at Formation Data Systems, previously Sr. Director of EMC’s Emerging Technologies Division and VP, Marketing at Kashya (acquired by EMC in 2006). Rick was VP of Product Management at Maranti Networks, SAN Valley Systems and has held senior management roles at Com21 and GTE. Rick has a BSEE from San Jose State University.