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Cornell Financial Engineering Manhattan & Rebellion Research 2022 Future of Finance Conference

Verizon Center at Cornell Tech (2 West Loop Road is the same address for the Bloomberg Center) Roosevelt Island, NYC


08.30 – Registration 

09.00 – Opening Address from the Chairs: Director, Cornell Financial Engineering Manhattan, Professor Victoria Averbukh & Conference Host Rebellion Research CEO, Alexander Fleiss

09.05 PANEL DISCUSSION: The Investment Process

Moderator: David Nelson Chief Strategist & Economist, Belpointe Asset Management & Fmr Financial News Anchor, NewsMax

Perry Boyle, Fmr Senior Partner, Point72, Joseph Simonian, Editor of Journal of Portfolio Management, Editor, Journal of Financial Data Science, CIO Autonomous Investments, Edward Manheimer, Morgan Stanley, Head of Power & Utility M&A, Mika Kastenholz Global Head Structured Macro Credit Suisse

09.35 PANEL DISCUSSION: Risk Management, Machine Learning & Optimal Control 

Moderator: Giuseppe Paleologo, Head Of Risk Management at Hudson River Trading

Amal Moussa, Managing Director, Head of US Single Stocks Exotic Derivatives Trading at Goldman Sachs, Adjunct Professor, Mathematics of Finance Masters Program at Columbia University, Raphael Douady, Research Professor, Sorbonne, Vasily Strela, Global Head of FICC Quantitative Strategies at RBC Capital Markets, Professor Andreea Minca, Cornell University

10.05 PANEL DISCUSSION: Future of Machine Learning

Moderator:  Bill Janeway, Fmr Vice Chair, Warburg Pincus

Dr. Ruchir Puri, Chief Scientist, IBM Research, Peng Cheng, Head of Machine Learning Strategies, JPMorgan, Yu Yu, Director of Data Science at BlackRock, Dr. Paul Burchard, Head Of R&D Goldman Sachs

10.35 – Break

11.00 PANEL DISCUSSION: The Quantitative Role In Venture Capital 

Moderator: Dr. Linda Kreitzman, MFE Co-Founder, Berkeley SkyDeck Blockchain/Crypto Chair, Lecturer, University of California at Berkeley & Partner, 0xPartners

Jenny Friedman, Managing Partner, Four Acres, Jonathan Yarmeisch, CFO, NYFTA Everett Cook, CEO, RHO, Andrea Himmel, CIO Himmel + Meringoff, Matei Zatreanu, Founder System2

11.30 PANEL DISCUSSION: Changing Landscape of Quantitative Investing 

Moderator: Andrew Chin, Head of Quantitative Research and Chief Data Scientist, Alliance Bernstein, Adjunct Professor, Cornell Financial Engineering Manhattan

Arik Ben Dor, Barclays, Head of Quantitative Equity Research, Jae Ho Kim, Head of Risk Research at Point72, Judith Gu, Head Equities Quantitative Strategist, Scotiabank

12.00 PANEL DISCUSSION: Future of Blockchain & Crypto

Moderator: Joe Marenda, Partner Cambridge Associates & Head of Digital Asset Investing

Professor of Finance Jim Liew, Johns Hopkins University, Dan Liebau, Modular Blockchain Fund CIO & Adjunct Faculty, SMU, Singapore Management University, Osho Jha Co-Founder & Chief Data Scientist Arbol

12.30 PANEL DISCUSSION: Understanding Data in the 21st Century

Moderator: Sasha Stoikov, Head of Research, Cornell Financial Engineering Manhattan

Brad Schneider, CEO, Nomad Data, Patrick Mullane, Executive Director, Harvard Business School Online, Dr. Ihsan Saracgil, Senior Principal Data Scientist, Visible Alpha, Siddhartha Jha, Founding Partner, Arbol

13.00 – Lunch & Keynote Address: US Navy Admiral Scott Sanders: The Global Risk of Tomorrow

13.45PANEL DISCUSSION:  Capturing Alpha in 2022 Quantitative Strategies & Global Outlook

Moderator: Bartt Kellermann, Founder, Battle of the Quants

Aakarsh Ramchandani, Chief Strategy Officer, RavenPack, Dr Miquel Noguer i Alonso, Founder of Artificial Intelligence Finance Institute, Visiting Scholar, NYU Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Javed Ashraf, Co-Lead Portfolio Manager, Blackbox Alpha Management, Don D’Amico Managing Director Neudata, Qaisar Hasan, CEO, Maiden Century, Joaquín Kritz Lara, Chief Economist Numera Analytics

14.15 PANEL DISCUSSION: Deep Learning vs Reinforcement Learning vs Causality in Finance

Moderator: Dr. Michael Recce, Founder Alpha ROC, Fmr Head of Data Science Point72, Neuberger Berman & GIC

Illinois Institute of Technology Professor Matthew Dixon, Quant of The Year 2022, Finance Professor Sudip Gupta, Johns Hopkins University, Gordon Ritter, Quant of the Year 2019, Adjunct Professor, Cornell Financial Engineering Manhattan, Adjunct Professor, Baruch College, NYU Courant Institute, Richard Craib, Founder & CEO Numerai, Dr. Igor Halperin, Quant of the Year 2022

14.45 PANEL DISCUSSION: Future of Due Diligence, ESG & Ethics in Data 

Moderator: Abhi Kane, Managing Director, Angel Oak Capital Advisors, LLC, Fmr Head of Investment Research, Skybridge Capital

Matt Langione, Partner, BCG, Sharon Asaf, Director of Global Climate Risk, Citibank, Professor Jennifer Miller, Yale School of Medicine, Dr. Triveni Gandhi, Responsible AI Lead Dataiku, Aziz Lookman, Data Scientist, Two Sigma

15.15 PANEL DISCUSSION: Risk and Reward Opportunities Ahead 

Moderator: Kevin Mahn, President & CIO of Hennion & Walsh Asset Management

Dean & Vice Chair Sam Chandan, NYU Stern School of Business, Professor Gilles Duranton, Economist & Dean’s Chair, Wharton School of Business, Brett Hickey, CEO of Star Mountain Capital, Neal Berger, Founder & CIO Eagle’s View Capital Management

15.45 PANEL DISCUSSION: Crypto & Blockchain

Moderator: Sameer Gupta, Point72, New York Mets, Head of Data

Joshua Frank, CEO, The Tie, Shawn Douglass, CEO, AmberData, Kristin Boggiano, Co-Founder & President of CrossTower, Marshall Beard, Chief Strategy Officer, Gemini

16.15 PANEL DISCUSSION: Advances in Algorithmic Trading and Execution

Moderator: Swagato Acharjee, Director, Algorithmic Trading at Citi    

Michael Sotiropoulos, Visiting Professor, Princeton University, Managing Director at Imperative Execution Inc, Nicholas Westray, Head of Execution Research, Alliance Bernstein, Researcher – Financial Machine Learning, NYU Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Saurabh Srivastava, Fmr SM&D Head of US Equities Electronic Trading, Barclays Investment Bank

16.45 PANEL DISCUSSION: Limitations of Machine Learning & Data

Moderator: Amit Gandhi, Professor, Wharton Business School, Technical Fellow, Airbnb

Yu Yu, Director of Data Science at BlackRock, Kai Cui, Head Of Data Science Neuberger Berman Ben Steiner, Lecturer, Columbia University, GM for Asset Management, CausaLens, Fmr Head of Model Development, CIT, Jacob Jordan, Head of Alternative Research, Surveyor Capital, Aziz Lookman, Data Scientist, Two Sigma

17.15PANEL DISCUSSION: Future of Machine Learning & Data

Moderator: Tim Harrington, Founder BattleFin

Dr. Ioana Boier, Senior Principal Solutions Architect, NVIDIA, Cristian Homescu, Investment & Portfolio Analytics, Chief Investment Office, Bank of America, Venk Kidambi, Founder Gyon Technologies Former Director Of Trading Research At Point72 Asset Management, Mike Lock, Executive Director, AQR Capital Management

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