The Science of Making Money

Dr. Anish Grewal

(Portfolio Manager & Head of Research)

With over 24 years of experience in the financial services industry, Anish has developed and managed successful systematic trading strategies as well as advised global institutions on complex structured trades. Anish has significant experience in many elements of quantitative trading using various optimisation techniques, including Artificial Intelligence. He started his career on the sell-side becoming Global Head of interest rate options at NatWest Markets, Greenwich Capital, where he developed and traded quantitative models for derivatives. Subsequently, Anish moved to AIG financial products as an Executive Director before transitioning to the buy-side of the industry. On the buy-side, he focused on developing and trading systematic investment strategies across asset classes and in major global markets. Starting with the development of volatility trading strategies at Lehman Brothers, Edgeworth Capital, Anish has successfully managed global macro and quantitative strategies at hedge funds co-founded by him in London. He completed a BSc. in Applied Physics from Columbia University, an MSc in Particle Physics from the University of Pennsylvania including a Research Assistantship at Fermilab in Chicago, and a PhD in Particle Physics from Oxford University as a Royal Society Scholar where he worked at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.

Mr. Saurabh Sood

(Director MarkeTopper Securities)

Saurabh is a seasoned investment professional with a successful career spanning over 27 years in financial services, currently based in the U.A.E. His experience spans investment analysis, trading and information technology. He started his career as a Managing Director of Compshan - a private limited company engaged in providing I.T education solutions, in association with HCL (India’s leading I.T. solutions company), to schools. In 1994, Saurabh transitioned to a career in the financial markets. Subsequently, in 2001, his passion for trading and his deep knowledge of information technologies led him to create the leading systematic trading firm in India, MarkeTopper Securities, where he currently serves as Director. From humble beginnings approximately 20 years ago, MarkeTopper has had tremendous success under Saurabh’s leadership, having expanded significantly since inception. In January 2017, Saurabh and Anish joined forces to launch the Enora Global Fund, after many years of research collaboration. Saurabh holds an MBA from IMT, Ghaziabad (India).

Jasjit Bhattal

Jasjit Bhattal is a Senior Advisor at Lexington Partners, a private equity firm that manages over USD 50 billion. Mr. Bhattal, who served for many years as Senior Advisor to Lazard, was formerly President and Chief Executive Officer of Nomura’s Global Wholesale Division. During his tenure at Nomura, Mr. Bhattal was responsible for global markets, investment banking, and other non-retail businesses in Japan, Asia-Pacific, EMEA, and the Americas. He was the first non-Japanese to sit on Nomura’s executive management board. Prior to joining Nomura, he was Chairman and CEO of Lehman Brothers Asia and a member of Lehman Brothers’ executive committee. Mr. Bhattal is a Rhodes Scholar with an Honors degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford University, and a Waynflete Fellow At Magdalen College, Oxford University. He earned his undergraduate degree with honors from St. Stephen’s College in New Delhi.

Tom Madsen

Thomas Madsen, CFA, has over 35 years of investment management experience with global experience in stocks, convertibles, currencies and asset allocation. He started with J.P. Morgan & Co in New York and spent 21 years in London, eventually becoming the worldwide Head of Equities. He subsequently moved to UBS where he was Chairman of the Global Investment Committee and Global Head of Equities. He was also a member of the UBS Group Managing Board. Tom was responsible for all aspects of the management of equity assets, including research, portfolio management and trading on a global basis, leading a group that managed in excess of USD 500 billion. He participated in the development and implementation of the firm’s global investment strategy and chaired the Global Corporate Governance Committee. Tom is currently on the University Of Wisconsin Foundation board, his alma mater, where he serves on the Investment Committee.

Sir Peter Westmacott

Sir Peter has served as a British diplomat for over 40 years, most recently, from 2012 to 2016, as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the United States of America. His overseas career began with four years in Iran in the 1970s and ended with successive roles as British Ambassador to Turkey, France and then the United States. He was also a deputy private secretary to HRH The Prince of Wales. After retiring from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in January 2016, Sir Peter lectured at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government as a fellow of the Institute of Politics and of the Belfer Centre for Science and International Affairs. He is currently a senior adviser to Chatham House and a distinguished ambassadorial fellow of the Atlantic Council. In the private sector Sir Peter is an independent non-executive director at Ernst & Young, chair of the international advisory board of Tikehau Capital, an asset manager with over $30 billion in AUM, a non-executive director of We.Soda Ltd, and an advisory director of Campbell Lutyens & Co. Sir Peter is regularly invited to share his views on global affairs at international conferences, academic institutions and on radio and television. He holds an MA in History and French from Oxford University.

Professor Pros Naval

Professor Prospero C. Naval, Jr. is the director of Alpha Opensource and is the Chairman of the Department of Computer Science of the University of Philippines, Diliman. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Philippines and a Master's degree in Computer Science from Japan's Kyoto University. He has authored a wide range of articles and publications including papers on the application of machine learning tools to financial markets. Prof. Naval has guided a number of researchers specializing in making Artificial Intelligence-based engines used for generating trading strategies. The team he leads works on state-of-the-art technologies and techniques in data mining and machine learning, including Feature Selection, Genetic Algorithms, Support Vector Machines, Clustering and various stochastic/probabilistic methods used in creating successful and efficient trading systems.