FISD Alternative Data Forum

Rich Brown

Managing Director, Market Data, Schonfeld

Rich Brown is the managing director of market data at Schonfeld, a multi-manager platform for quantitative, fundamental equity and tactical trading strategies. At Schonfeld, Rich is responsible for the market data sourcing function as well as the technology for the shared research environment which supports the various portfolio management teams. Prior to joining Schonfeld, he was managing partner at Semiotics, LLC, a boutique-consulting firm where he worked on a variety of projects primarily focused on information services, alternative data, and analytics. Prior to his consulting roles, Rich was the Global Head of Elektron Analytics for Thomson Reuters where he managed the strategy and P&L for a suite of software and data products targeted primarily at quantitative and event-driven trading clients.

Before Thomson Reuters, Rich co-founded and was the Chief Operating Officer at Foresight Research Solutions, LLC, a New York-based independent research firm. Rich began his career as a client manager for International Business Machines in New York where he managed the relationship and sales for major Fortune 500 clients. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management and International Business from The Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business. Linked-In Profile:

Matt Fitzpatrick

Partner, McKinsey & Company

Matt Fitzpatrick is a Partner of McKinsey & Company, focusing predominantly on data, analytics and technology in financial services.
Matt leads McKinsey’s Financial Services Lab, a team of data scientists, software developers, and translators which builds data and analytics tools to enable business transformation on topics including credit underwriting, multi-channel customer acquisition, client retention, credit collections, natural language processing, real estate and locational selection, fraud, robotic process automation/smart operations, and people analytics

Prior to joining McKinsey, Matt was a co-founder of Lazada, a multi-category ecommerce retailer based in Southeast Asia, which was acquired by Alibaba in April 2016 for $1.5B. Matt also previously worked as a Private Equity investor at 3i group, a London-based private equity fund with $16 billion of assets.
Matt holds an MBA from Wharton Business School, and a B.A. from Princeton University where he graduated Magna cum Laude.

Dan Furstenberg

Global Head of Hedge Fund Distribution and Head of Data Strategy, Jefferies

Dan Furstenberg is a Managing Director and has worked at Jefferies for over ten years as the Global Head of Hedge Fund Distribution, creating the Jefferies Global Data Strategy and serving as a member of its Equity Committee. Dan has advised over one hundred investment managers’ data science teams on their build-out efforts and evaluated over two hundred data vendors. Dan recently co-authored two pieces of data-centric content including a whitepaper on Data Science and the Buy Side and another proprietary data survey. Dan began his career in investment banking, focusing on leveraged finance at Merrill Lynch before joining the tech banking team at Credit Suisse First Boston.

Jim Gregory

Director of Business Development, ETF Global

Jim Gregory is the Director of Business Development at ETF Global, which is an ETF data and research company based in New York. Jim has extensive experience in the financial services marketplace and joined ETF Global after 11 years as the US Sales Director for the TMX – Toronto Stock Exchange based in New York.

Jim’s previous experience included senior sales, sales management and global account management positions at ADP Brokerage Services (now Broadridge), Thomson Financial and Reuters America where he greatly expanded the client base for market data, clearing and treasury and risk management software services.

Tim Harrington

Co-Founder & CEO, BattleFin

Tim is a co-founder and CEO of BattleFin Group Inc. BattleFin is an ecosystem focused on bringing alternative data to the world through BattleFin’s Alternative Data Discovery Day Events and Ensemble© Technology Platforms. He has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. Tim was the President and a Partner at Lion’s Path Capital, a hedge fund strategy incubator where he allocated capital to 30 fundamental and systematic portfolio managers since the launch in 2009. From January 2006 until 2009, Mr. Harrington was a Vice President at J.P. Morgan Ventures where he was in charge of Global Technology, Media & Telecom Investments and served as a Portfolio Manager. From February 2002 until January 2006 he was a Telecom & Media Portfolio Manager at Sigma Capital, a subsidiary of SAC Capital. Mr. Harrington graduated from Columbia College in 1998. He was a member of the Columbia University Judiciary Board as well as a member of the varsity crew team.

Julie Hutchinson

Capital Markets Business Development – Exchanges & Trading Platforms , Amazon Web Services

Julie Hutchinson is the Capital Markets Segment Lead for Global Financial Solution Partners at AWS. She is responsible for defining strategy to grow the partner community and to accelerate cloud adoption among hedge funds, exchanges, asset/wealth managers, and financial information providers worldwide.. Most recently, she has been supporting exchanges, content providers, and industry utilities in their efforts to deliver, process, store, and analyze financial content on AWS. Julie has 18 years of experience supporting financial institutions and brings a unique perspective from having worked for network, extranet, and datacenter providers. She brings a deep understanding of the challenges related to migrating from legacy technology, and she uses that expertise to help guide organizations along their cloud journey. Prior to joining AWS, she was Head of Capital Markets Solutions for the US division of Colt Technology. She has also held business development roles at Equinix and Telx (Digital Realty). Julie has participated in and moderated panels for NJ Technology Council, FISD, STA-NY on Women in Technology, Market Data2.0, and MIFID II.

Anju Marempudi
Founder & CEO, EventVestor
Anju Marempudi is the founder and CEO of IntelliBusiness, Inc. and the creator of EventVestor, the most comprehensive smart data platform for event-driven alternative data. Anju works with major quant and quantamental investment firms, providing data and insights into key corporate market-moving events such as earnings guidance, dividends, buybacks, CEO changes, shareholder activism, insider activity, investment conferences etc. Anju has over two decades of extensive experience in financial services, investment analysis, management consulting, and information technology. Anju holds an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Chair of The Wharton Fintech Network in NY.
EventVestor, a brand of IntelliBusiness Inc, is the most comprehensive smart data platform providing highly granular event-driven alternative data for quant and quantamental strategies. Leveraging a unique combination of machine intelligence, natural language processing, and human intelligence, EventVestor provides hundreds of point-in-time event-driven factors for the discretionary managers, traders, quants.

Brian McCallion

Founder and Cloud Architect , Bronze Drum Consulting

In 2011 Brian mentioned Xignite at a presentation on cloud computing and nothing has been the same since. Known for Cloud strategy and architecture, as a hands on member of a great team Brian works with customers and his team to help capital markets firms gain an edge through adoption of Cloud technology. Brian specializes in designing, developing, and implementing AWS cloud solutions for hedge funds, market data firms, and business units in larger financial firms.

Jonathan Neitzell

Investor and Board Advisor, Anduril Partners

Jon is the founder of Anduril Partners, an investment and advisory firm focused on the application of data driven processes. Jon has over 18 years of technology and financial services experience as a portfolio manager, chief data officer, while serving on several board and advisory roles including Aiera (advanced, self-learning models, augmented with human insight), Aptiviti (360-degree due diligence platform for leaders and decision makers), Crux Informatics (ETL data delivery platform for the financial industry), and Equity Data Science (data analytics process platform as a service). He recently served as a board advisor for Prattle (automates investment research by quantifying language) until its acquisition by Liquidnet, and for Kensho Technologies (artificial intelligence for financial services) until the largest acquisition of its kind by S&P Global.

Previously, Jon was the Chief Data Officer at Goldman Sachs Fundamental Equities, the first appointed role in the Asset Management division after demonstrating industry leading return on invested capital metrics as Portfolio Manager on the Technology Opportunities fund (AUM growth during firm tenure from ~$600M to $4B) through a data driven approach. Academic profile includes a BA in Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas, an MBA from the University of Chicago, and completion of the executive program in Artificial Intelligence: Implications for Business Strategy, from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Norman Niemer

Chief Data Scientist, UBS Asset Management, QED

Norman Niemer is the Chief Data Scientist within UBS Asset Management’s Quant & Data Science (QED) team where he delivers data-driven investment insights. He is also responsible for both the business as well as technical aspects of multiple innovation projects that augment human decision makers with machine intelligence. Prior to UBS Asset Management, Norman led the data science efforts at UBS O’Connor, worked as an investment analyst at Caxton Associates and Morgan Stanley and even founded a tech company in high school. Outside of investment management, he has led teams that built data- and AI-based products that won several high profile hackathons including Techcrunch NY, Fintech NY and Mastercard Masters of Code NY. He holds a MS Financial Engineering from Columbia University and a BS in Banking and Finance from Cass Business School (London).

Elizabeth Pritchard

Founder , White Rock Data Solutions LLC

Elizabeth is Founder of White Rock Data Solutions LLC a consulting firm providing innovative solutions for managing and commercializing data. In 1996, Elizabeth joined Goldman Sachs and held leadership roles across Sales and Trading, Compliance, Middle Office and Treasury for nearly two decades, delivering impact through people, process, data and technology. Elizabeth developed the strategy for and built the first Supervisory Control Function on Wall Street. As Managing Director of the Global Market Data Services team, Elizabeth adopted new data sources and applied data science to vendor content and usage to drive expense efficiencies and developed the firm’s strategy for a centralized data cloud for external content. Elizabeth collaborated with data vendors and principal investing in strategic deals. In 2015, Elizabeth joined AIG as Chief Operating Officer, Science. She was responsible for ensuring improved business outcomes in customer experience, underwriting, and claims.
In 2017, Elizabeth became a founding executive at Crux Informatics, a startup reinventing data delivery in finance. While there, Elizabeth was responsible for Marketing, Sales, and Supplier Partnerships. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University, Master of Science in Industrial Engineering and MBA from Columbia University.

Ian Rosen

CEO, Stocktwits, Inc.

StockTwits is the largest social platform for investors and traders, with more than 1.5 million registered users posting 200,000 messages daily. Prior to joining StockTwits as CEO, Mr. Rosen co-founded and was CEO of Even Financial, the Supply Side Platform for Online Financial Products. Before that, Mr. Rosen served as General Manager of MarketWatch Inc., one of the largest multi-channel markets and personal finance sources globally through 20%+ annualized growth. Mr. Rosen has managed large financial data businesses at both Thomson Reuters and Dow Jones, and has held positions at Goldman Sachs, Accenture, and several small firms building financial data focused products and businesses. Mr. Rosen graduated from The University of Michigan with highest honors and lives with his family in New Jersey.

Tracey Shumpert

Vice President of Membership and Programs, FISD

Tracey Shumpert is Vice President of Membership and Progams at FISD, where she seeks to constantly improve the FISD member experience and to broaden the FISD community. She is the program manger for the World Financial Information Conference, the Alternative Data Council, Lunch & Learn and Women’s Group activities.

Prior to FISD Tracey was senior events manager at FIX Trading Community and before that, she held various roles at Bloomberg. Tracey holds a BA in Comparative Literature at Smith College and an MA in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.

Kristen Thiede

Senior Vice President, Two Sigma

Kristen Thiede is a Senior Vice President at Two Sigma. She helps lead data acquisition and strategy for the firm globally. Prior to joining, Kristen was the founder and CEO of The First Step Project, connecting female founded businesses with Female Insurance Brokers. Previously, Kristen worked at Starry, serving as the senior vice president of Business Development and Corporate Strategy (2016 to 2017). Prior to Starry, Kristen was an independent consultant for clients such as Thomas H. Lee Partners, Metamorphic Ventures/Compound Ventures and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (2015 to 2018). From 2001 to 2015, she worked at Google, leading teams for Google Access and Google Fiber, focusing on growth and strategy. At Google Kristen worked on New Business Development, International Business Development, launching the AdSense in the US and globally, and building Virtual expertise across the advertising sales team. Kristen holds a B.A. in Political Science from The University of the South (1998).

Aaron Walters

Senior Director, Global Data Licensing Services, CME Group

Walters is a Senior Director in Global Data Licensing Services at CME Group. Walters is responsible for the Product Management of CME Group’s Market Data Platform (MDP) which content includes CME Globex markets; index data such as S&P Dow Jones, Bloomberg Commodity Indexes, and Crypto Facilities; and a variety of international exchanges. Additionally, Walters manages a team responsible for new data product creation and customer analytics using advanced visualization and AI techniques. Walters has been with CME Group for 10 years serving in a variety of senior roles in business analysis, OTC energy valuations, and program management. Walters holds a Master’s in Business Administration and Information Systems from San Diego State University and a Master’s in Predictive Analytics from Northwestern University.

Francis Wenzel

CEO, TickSmith

Francis Wenzel is a seasoned financial data & technology executive and entrepreneur who is applying his 32 years of experience to TickSmith, a company that specializes in financial Big Data applications that do away with capacity issues. Described as a “financial data lake platform for Capital Markets”, TickSmith’s flagship platform, TickVault is disrupting financial data management practices by providing untold new opportunities to exploit financial data. TickSmith’s platform provides specific solutions to participants in the brokerage and trading ecosystem, from exchanges to financial institutions, vendors and regulators.

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