Speaker Biographies–Global STAC Live, Fall 2020

John Ashley, General Manager, Financial Services and Technology, NVIDIA.
John currently leads the Global Financial Services Industry Strategy team at NVIDIA. Previously at NVIDIA, he started and led the Professional Services Deep Learning Practice and the Deep Learning Professional Services Partner program. He has managed the relationship with IBM’s Software and Cognitive groups, was a Senior Solutions Architect covering Financial Services based in New York and then London, and supported NVIDIA’s work with the Square Kilometer Array radio astronomy programs. He holds a doctorate in Computational Sciences and Informatics, and both BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering. He holds a US Patent in predictive analytics for home mortgage valuation.

Dr. Tom Bradicich, VP and Hewlett Packard Fellow, Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
Dr. Tom Bradicich (@TomBradicichPhD) was an IBM Fellow, Server Business Unit CTO, R&D VP, a National Instruments Fellow, and currently a Hewlett Packard Fellow, serving in various roles at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, such as GM of the Servers and Edge Systems BU, VP, Server Engineering, and Director, Edge and IoT Labs. He’s named in CRN’s Top 100 Most Influential and Top 25 Most Disruptive Executives for 2016, 2017, and 2019, led teams to develop and launch numerous software products and create new product categories such as private clouds, mobile computers, smart phones, converged server systems, converged IoT systems, and edge aaS software.

Bart Brosens, Application Engineer, Sigasi.
Kids need a passion in life and Bart’s passion was always electr(on)ic devices. His talent in hardware design has transformed into a career in companies like Target Compiler Technologies (now Synopsys), Barco (now Silex Insight), Easics and now Sigasi. At Sigasi, Bart was first a customer and is now our senior Application Engineer supporting customers from Korea to California, and most countries in between. When he’s not talking to Sigasi’s clients, Bart loves to sing in a choir, take long mountain hikes with his family or engage himself in local social activities in his neighbourhood.

Shahzad Chohan, Global Head of Machine Intelligence & Accelerated Computing, Credit Suisse.
Shahzad is the CFO Tax Global Head of Data Architecture, a driven innovator focused on generating impactful change. He leads the organisations effort to promote the use of "Data as an Asset" and is focused on the narrative to democratise Data consumption with a view to support critical business goals. Prior to his current role, Shahzad led the Credit Suisse journey towards the adoption and delivery of Big Data and Machine Learning as a practice and a service. Shahzad received a Bachelors Degree in Biochemistry from Imperial College, London and has authored in the field of Cancer research.

David Cohen, Senior Principal Engineer, Intel.
Dave is a Senior Principle Engineer and Storage Solutions CTO for the Data Center Solutions Group (DSG), a unit within Intel’s Data Center Group. He focuses on designing solutions that exploit Intel’s 3D-Xpoint Memory technology to its fullest while taking advantage of centrally-managed software in order to operate large-scale, distributed systems. Prior to Intel, David was a Director in the Office of the CTO at EMC where he lead efforts related to integrating storage systems with network virtualization. David also has a long-history of working on building distributed systems in industry, most recently working for the investment banks: Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch. An experienced practitioner, Dave's active connections to commercial and academic research and development labs insure Intel’s Storage Solutions are both well-grounded and cutting-edge. An acknowledged industry expert in system architecture and development, Dave is a sought after speaker and published author.

James Coomer, Sr. Vice President Products, DDN.
James is responsible for the technology direction, roadmap and performance analysis of DDN solutions. One of his main tasks is engaging with, and understanding the issues of organizations that are exploring the extremes of IO performance across the range of industries from Life Sciences through to Finance with use cases from Cloud, Enterprise Big Data though to HPC. James’ career started with a PhD in Theoretical Physics followed by over 10 years at Sun Microsystems and Dell, in a wide range of roles from L3 support through consultancy, training, installation and pre-sales. James turned to focus on IO and storage in a move to DDN in 2011.

Peenaki Dam, Head of Product Innovation, ICE Data Services.
Peenaki runs product innovation at ICE Data Services, which is part of Intercontinental Exchange (NYSE: ICE). He also leads cloud strategy, and is responsible for the launch of several market data products and platform solutions in the public cloud. In prior roles, Peenaki managed product development for the connectivity business at ICE Data Services, and oversaw the delivery of low-latency co-location infrastructure for front office clients. Within the market data space, Peenaki has also held both product development and strategy roles for Interactive Data’s real-time feeds and Thomson Reuters’ Elektron division. He has an MBA from Duke University.

Laurent de Barry, Co-founder & Managing Director, Trading Solutions, Enyx.
Laurent co-founded Enyx in 2011 at the age of 23 and has 10+ years of experience developing ultra-low latency technology. As Managing Director of Enyx’s trading solutions, Laurent leads product and technology strategy, while overseeing the development of the next generation FPGA-enabled trading solutions. An electrical and computer science 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.

Dr Michel Debiche, Director of Analytics Research, 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.

Jeff Denworth, CMO and Co-Founder, VAST Data.
Jeff Denworth is CMO and a co-founder of VAST Data. Jeff has over a decade of experience with big data and cloud storage technologies. Prior to VAST, Jeff managed at companies such as CTERA Networks, DataDirect Networks (DDN) and Cluster File Systems where he oversaw marketing, business and corporate development during times of rapid sales growth.

Michael Detwiler, Senior Manager, Server Business Unit, AMD.
Michael is responsible for supporting AMD’s technical marketing and sales teams’ go-to-market activities for the AMD EPYC product line. With almost two decades experience in the semi-conductor industry and a passion for bringing innovative products to market, he has held a variety of roles across operations, marketing, and business development.

Charles Fan, co-founder and CEO, MemVerge.
Charles Fan is co-founder and CEO of MemVerge. Prior to MemVerge, Charles an SVP/GM at VMware, founding the storage business unit that developed the Virtual SAN product. Charles also worked at EMC and was the founder of the EMC China R&D Center. Charles joined EMC via the acquisition of Rainfinity, where he was a co-founder and CTO. Charles received his Ph.D. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology, and his B.E. in Electrical Engineering from the Cooper Union.

Francisco Girela López, Americas Tech Responsible, 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 the development of the White Rabbit technology. Nowadays he is based in Chicago where he works at Seven Solutions as Americas Tech Responsible. He is about to finish his PhD in telecommunication engineering focusing on precise timestamping in high accuracy synchronization networks.

Dr Matthew Grosvenor, Principal Engineer, Cisco.
Following the acquisition of Exablaze by Cisco, Matthew is now a Principal Engineer at Cisco. Having worked with the Exablaze family of companies for over 11 years, Matt now joins the Intent Based Networking Group where he focuses on bringing together the needs and challenges of financial sector with the capabilities of Cisco broader engineering organization. Matt has demonstrated expertise in high-frequency 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.

Gary Gumanow, Technical Sales Specialist – NA Channel Ethernet Adapters, Intel Corporation.
At Intel, Gary has held various positions including product planning and product management bringing to market over 40 Ethernet products, and holds three patents in networking. Prior to Intel, he was responsible for IT on a Wall Street Foreign Exchange, MBS, Muni, and Derivatives trading floor, and Managing Director of a Fund Management company in Europe. Gary left Intel for an Ethernet startup, then stints at Dell and HPE doing Ethernet and Storage planning and strategy roles. Gary came back to Intel five years ago.

Emmanuel Hauptmann, Founding Partner, RAM Active Investments.
Emmanuel is a Senior Systematic Equity Fund Manager and a Partner of RAM Active Investments SA since 2007. He played a determining role in the research that underpins the management of the RAM Systematic Equity Funds. He is also Member of the Social Responsible Investment Committee and President of the RAM Active Philanthropy Foundation. He started his career in London as European Equity Derivatives quant strategist in Morgan Stanley’s Quantitative and Derivative Strategies team in 2002. He was then Senior Quantitative Analyst as Director within Citigroup’s Alternative Execution team in London. He is a graduate of the Ecole Centrale Paris (MSc, Financial Engineering, 2002), the London School of Economics (MSc, Finance and Economics, 2002) and the University of Paris I (BSc, Economics, 2001).

Richard Heyns, Founder and CEO, Brytlyt.

Jordon Inkeles, VP Product, Silexica.
Jordon’s role is to drive Silexica’s product strategy including product planning and management, product marketing and corporate marketing functions. Jordon has 20+ years of experience in marketing and product management at world-leading semiconductor companies including Intel and Altera. His role at Intel PSG (Programmable Solutions Group) included leading product and corporate strategy, driving a $1 billion product line, building high-performance marketing teams and driving go-to-market strategies. Most recently, he was Director of Marketing for Intel’s Flagship Stratix Series FPGA family. For 16 years as part of Altera, before its acquisition by Intel in 2015, Jordon held senior marketing and product management positions for FPGA product families, EDA software including OpenCL, IP (Intellectual Property) and corporate marketing/communication teams.

Daryl Inniss, Director, OFS Fitel, LLC.
Daryl has been in the telecom industry for over 30 years. He was Components Practice Leader at market research firm Ovum and RHK and co-authored Silicon Photonics (Morgan Kaufmann, 2016). He was Technical Manager at JDSU where he was responsible for high-power optical amplifiers, and Lucent Technologies, Bell Laboratories—where he was responsible for optical fiber test and measurement. Daryl started his career at AT&T Bell Labs researching optical fiber strength and developing fiber lasers and high-power amplifiers. He holds a PhD in Chemistry from UCLA and an AB from Princeton University.

Peter Jeanmonod, Business Engineer, Options.
Peter is a senior professional and executive lead with comprehensive experience in the architecture, deployment and running of complex financial data networks (Enterprise & Service Provider). Peter specialises in lowest latency networking for electronic trading; Multicast financial networks; Global network automation; Network strategy and architecture; Team and operational management and Direction of departmental strategy.

George Kelly, Head of UI Development, Kx.
George is focused on intuitive real-time data visualization. He holds an MSc in Computer Science from Trinity College Dublin and has gained over 20 years' experience in application development across industry and academia. His career started in web development before specializing in computer graphics and prototyping early hardware accelerated user interfaces. A period of graphics research followed focusing on interactive procedural city generation. Once complete, he returned to industry joining an innovative Fintech start-up, later acquired by Kx. Now George applies his experience to product design and bringing streaming data to life with hardware acceleration and emerging web technologies.

Anurag Khandelwal, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Yale University.
Anurag is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at Yale University. Previously, Anurag did a short post-doc at Cornell Tech where he worked with Tom Ristenpart and Rachit Agarwal. He receieved his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, at the RISELab, where he was advised by Ion Stoica. Anurag earned his BTech in computer science and engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. His research interests span distributed systems, networking, and algorithms. In particular, his research focuses on addressing core challenges in distributed systems through novel algorithm and data structure design. During his PhD, Anurag built large-scale data-intensive systems such as Succinct and Confluo, that led to deployments in several production clusters.

Peter Lankford, Founder & Executive 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.

Nikolai Larbalestier, Senior Vice President, NASDAQ.
Nikolai joined Nasdaq in 2013 and is responsible for Enterprise Architecture, Performance Engineering and Capacity Planning at Nasdaq with a focus on strategic initiatives, including the Nasdaq Financial Framework. Nikolai has over 20 years of global experience in the financial services industry architecting, designing, developing and supporting trading, risk management, and order management solutions for the Financial Markets, working in the capacities of technology supplier, market participant, and exchange operator. Prior to joining Nasdaq, Nikolai was a principal in a startup developing algorithmic trading solutions focused on high-frequency trading in the commodities space.

Andrew MacGaffey, President & CTO, MetaFluent.
Andrew has nearly 30 years' experience creating enterprise software for realtime data. This began at Reuters, where Andrew played influential roles in architecture, development management, and product management of the Triarch and Reuters Market Data System product families. In 2007, Andrew started MetaFluent, which offers modern approaches to realtime data access, integration, and distribution.

Keith Manthey, Global CTO, UDS, Dell Technologies.
Keith is the Global CTO for the Unstructured Division. In addition to running the CTO team, he specializes in AI, High Performance Data Analytics / High Performance Computing, Quant Trading, and Financial Services. He brings more than 25+ years of high performance computing and large scale analytics experience. Keith holds more than 7 patents around distributed computing and graph analytics technology. Keith is an advisory board member of the University of Georgia’s Management of Information Systems School. In addition to holding leadership positions at Capital One & ChoicePoint, Keith worked in Quant Research positions at Prudential.

Martin Mao, CEO, Chronosphere (former Technical Lead at Uber).
Previous to Chronosphere, Martin lead the development and SRE teams that created and ran the open source M3 project at Uber. Prior to that, he was a technical lead on the EC2 team at AWS as well as the founding engineer for the AWS Systems Manager service.

Wes McKinney, Director, Ursa Labs.
Wes is an open source software developer focusing on analytical computing. He created the Python pandas project and is a co-creator of Apache Arrow, his current focus. He authored 2 editions of the reference book "Python for Data Analysis". Wes is a Member of The Apache Software Foundation and also a PMC member for Apache Parquet. He is the director of Ursa Labs, an open source development group focused on data science tools for Python and R powered by Apache Arrow, built in partnership with RStudio. Previously, he worked for Two Sigma, Cloudera, and AQR Capital Management, and he was co-founder and CEO of the startup DataPad.

Peter Nabicht, Head of Strategy, STAC.
Peter has spent his career implementing technological solutions to complex business problems. At STAC, Peter's mission is to leverage his market and technology experience to guide the continued rapid growth of the STAC community. Prior to STAC, Peter spent 10 years at Allston Trading, developing and supporting multi-asset class, low latency trading systems. His roles included Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of Business Development. Peter co-founded 12Sided Technology, which developed high throughput network data capture and analytics. Most recently, he was Head of Electronic Markets Strategy and Development at Dealerweb. Peter has a BA in English and a MS in Computer Science from Loyola University Chicago.

Stefan Ott, Managing Director, CEO, Confinity Solutions GmbH.

  • IBM Deutschland GmbH - in a role as worldwide sales and business development for financial markets software including Websphere Front Office, MQ LLM (low latency messaging) products and the financial markets framework offerings.
    2010-2015
  • ThomsonReuters, formerly Reuters - amongst other roles Global Head of Common Platform for Content Management, London based with 25 staff onshore, 60 staff off-shore, GBP 12m+ budget pa.
    1995-2009
  • Deutsche Börse AG, Frankfurt - as Head of Marketing Info-Systems with responsibility for TPF, pcKISS and BIFOS 1988-1994.

Rob Otter, MD & CTO, Applied Research & API Technologies, JP Morgan Chase (invited).

Dr Balaji Prabhakar, VMware Founders Professor of Computer Science, Stanford University & Co-Founder, Tick Tock Networks.
Balaji’s research interests are in computer networks; notably, data centers and cloud computing. His group at Stanford University is currently working on "Self-Programming Networks," developing systems and algorithms for enabling networks to sense, monitor, program and control themselves. He co-invented the QCN (Quantized Congestion Notification) algorithm and DCTCP algorithm. Balaji has received the CAREER award from the U.S. National Science Foundation, the Erlang Prize from the INFORMS Applied Probability Society, the Rollo Davidson Prize from the University of Cambridge, and delivered the Lanteren Lectures. He is a Fellow of IEEE, ACM and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Oleg Rasskazov, Executive Director, London Machine Learning Centre, JP Morgan.
Oleg Rasskazov is an executive director of the London Machine Learning Centre at JP Morgan Chase. Oleg has spent more than 10 years in quantitative research at JP Morgan, working on high-performance compute for equities, commodities, and foreign exchange. Oleg has a Ph.D. in applied math focusing in computer-assisted proofs.

Alastair Richardson, Director, Global Business Development, Xilinx.
Alastair has over 15 years of experience in the global fintech markets, including trading technology development at JP Morgan and Credit Suisse, building the European equity execution product for low latency clients at Barclays, as well as trading multiple products including futures, equities, and ETF’s at Barclays Capital. Before joining Xilinx, Alastair was responsible for business development at fintech start-ups Fixnetix and Metamako.

Sal Sferrazza, Solutions Architect, Financial Services, Google Cloud.
A technology veteran for the capital markets industry, Sal brings a pragmatic philosophy and broad expertise to technology teams tasked with ambitious objectives. Prior to Google, his efforts as lead architect for FIS's Consolidated Audit Trail finalist bid saw him championing secure public cloud solutions for a post-trade market surveillance repository referred to by CNBC as the “biggest database in the world”. As Solution Architect for Google’s Cloud Platform, he helps customers across the vertical build and migrate complex environments to the public cloud.

Gurpreet Singh, Former Head of Cubist Trading and Compliance Technology, Point 72.
Gurpreet was the head of Cubist, Trading & Compliance technology at Point72 L.P. through Jun20. Prior to this role, Gurpreet was the Cubist CTO where he partnered with business peers to successfully enable dramatic growth across multiple dimensions (PM teams, multiple asset types, data sources, etc.) through building and leading a team of talented technologists and designing / implementing an innovative and scalable high performance technology platform. Gurpreet also acted as the interim CTO for Point72 through Jan18 - Mar19, where he was responsible for managing all aspects of technology function for the firm.

Dr David Snowdon, Director of Engineering, Arista.
David was co-founder and CTO at Metamako, which got acquired by Arista in 2018. 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.

Alex Stein, Global Head Business Development, Liquid-Markets-Holdings.
Alex is a serial entrepreneur having cofounded and led four startups including FarSight Financial Services, the first Internet brokerage and Gomez, Inc, the leading Internet Performance Management company. Alex was a Managing Director at Two Sigma; while he was there he built the firm’s global Alpha Capture program, which applies quantitative research to identify and extract investment signals in real time from a global network of investment professionals. He also co-led the Client Solutions platform, Venn, and explored emerging technologies, including blockchain and distributed ledger systems. Earlier in his career, he worked at Digital Equipment's VLSI facility in the Advanced Development group. Stein received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University (1991) and both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Dartmouth College.

Andrew Stein, Executive Director, JPMC.

Neil Stevenson, Principal Solutions Architect, Hazelcast.
With over 30 years of industry experience, Neil has designed, developed, debugged, and supported software systems for numerous customers large and small. Initially, a C and assembler programmer, most of the last 20 years have been Java-based, with a focus on distributed systems, data grids, and stream processing. Neil is an occasional committer to the Hazelcast code base, with special interest on GoLang.

Pawel Szopinski, VP, Specialised Infrastructure Engineering, Barclays.
Pawel is a senior technology management professional and engineer with over 20 years of experience including Barclays Investment Bank, Sequoia Capital and Sequoia Capital Fund Management with responsibility for development and management of high performance trading infrastructure, IT operations and security. Pawel also held a number of senior engineering roles, working for large managed IT infrastructure providers. He holds an MBA in Technology Management from OUBS with hands-on experience and qualifications covering the entire IT stack, specialising in the financial technology supporting trading teams across all asset classes from trade floor to HFT strategies, algorithmic trading and machine learning as well as strategic, project and financial planning, regulatory and business compliance.

Dr David Taylor, Chief Technology Officer, Exegy.
David oversees product strategy, architecture, research and development, and also leads the pre-sales engineering, product management and marketing efforts at Exegy. He is an inventor on 37 United States and 29 international patents and patents-pending. Prior to joining Exegy, David served on the faculty and researched high-performance computer networks at the Applied Research Laboratory at Washington University in St. Louis.

Aman Thind, CTO, Globallink (State Street).
Aman is the CTO of Globallink which is the ETrading Platforms division of StateStreet. In his role, Aman oversees technology for multiple platforms systemically important to the financial industry like FXConnect, Currenex, FundConnect, TradeNexus, BestX. Before joining Globallink, Aman was the Co-Founder and CTO for BestX which is an analytics platform started in 2016 that quickly rose to become the industry standard for TCA across all asset classes and was acquired by StateStreet Globallink in Sep 2018. Aman has worked in Morgan Stanley, Lehman Brothers, Fidelity, Adobe and has a long history of being on the cutting edge of technology to deliver solutions in a way they've never been done before.

Alexander Tsyplikhin, Senior AI Engineer, Graphcore.
Alexander is a Senior AI Engineer at Graphcore. Qualified to PhD level in Speech Biometrics, Alexander has worked in the field of machine learning for 19 years. He is passionate about leveraging technology and innovation to improve lives and generate results for businesses. At Graphcore, Alexander is focused on AI use cases in industry, using his expertise in machine intelligence to help drive customer success.

Dr. Charles Wright, Lead Software Architect, Deephaven.
Charles is a systems software architect at Deephaven, where he focuses on the query engine and customer experiences. Charles was a core platform developer for the electronic trading firms Walleye Software and Eladian Partners. Prior to working in finance, Charles was a Research Staff Member at the IBM T.J. Watson research center, where he was on the software team for a special-purpose SIMD supercomputer. Charles received his B.S. in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science and a Ph.D in Computer Science from SUNY Stony Brook.