2023 Quant of the Year

We are delighted to announce that our Head of Faculty Dr Paul Alexander Bilokon has been proclaimed the 2023 Quant Of The Year, jointly with Marcos López de Prado, by Rebellion Research. The 2023 Lifetime Quant Achievement Award went to Prof. Alexander Lipton.

Rebellion Research is a global machine learning think tank, artificial intelligence financial advisor & hedge fund. Brokerage accounts can be opened in over 70 countries and our research coverage spans over 50 countries. We use a proprietary Machine Learning to make global economic assessments with a 14 year history of outperforming the S&P 500.

This is what they wrote about the 2023 award winners:

Marcos Lopez de Prado: A Trailblazer in Financial Machine Learning

Professor Lopez de Prado stands out as a leading figure in the integration of machine learning into the realm of finance. His work, which focuses on developing novel algorithms and frameworks, has revolutionized how financial markets are analyzed and understood. At Cornell University, he has not only advanced theoretical concepts but has also been instrumental in applying these insights in real-world financial contexts. His book, “Advances in Financial Machine Learning,” is considered a seminal work, guiding both academics and practitioners in the application of sophisticated computational techniques in finance.

Dr. Paul A. Bilokon: The Architect of Quantitative Innovation

Dr. Paul A. Bilokon, a distinguished figure at Imperial College London, has been equally influential in shaping the landscape of quantitative finance. His contributions lie in the intricate blend of mathematics, finance, and technology, leading to innovative strategies in algorithmic trading. Dr. Bilokon’s expertise in high-frequency trading and electronic markets has been pivotal in developing new methodologies and tools that have greatly enhanced the efficiency and effectiveness of trading strategies in fast-paced financial environments.

A Combined Legacy of Excellence

Moreover, the joint recognition of Professor Lopez de Prado and Dr. Bilokon underlines the diverse yet complementary nature of their contributions. While Lopez de Prado’s work leans heavily on the application of machine learning and data-driven approaches. Bilokon’s expertise revolves around the technological and algorithmic facets of trading. Together, they represent the cutting edge of quantitative research, pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in financial analysis and trading.


Furthermore, their work has not only enriched the theoretical understanding of financial markets but has also provided tangible tools and strategies employed by hedge funds, banks, and investment firms worldwide. They have inspired a new generation of quants who view the financial markets through the lens of technology and sophisticated mathematical models.

Rebellion Research’s 2023 Quant of the Year award is more than a personal achievement for Professor Marcos Lopez de Prado and Dr. Paul A. Bilokon; it is a celebration of the relentless pursuit of knowledge and innovation in quantitative finance.

In conclusion, their contributions not only elevated our field, but also set new standards for excellence and creativity.

We look forward to following and learning from the insights and methodologies developed by these two exceptional minds will undoubtedly play a pivotal role in shaping its future.

Rebellion Research Honors Alexander Lipton with 2023 Lifetime Quant Achievement Award

Rebellion Research is delighted to announce that the prestigious Lifetime Quant Achievement Award for this year has been awarded to Alexander Lipton, a towering figure in the world of quantitative finance and a pioneer in the integration of technology and finance.

Alexander Lipton’s illustrious career spans across academia and the finance industry, marked by groundbreaking contributions and innovative leadership. Currently serving as the Global Head of Research & Development at Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, Professor Lipton is also a Professor of Practice at Khalifa University and a Visiting Professor and Dean’s Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His academic prowess is further underscored by his role as a Connection Science Fellow at MIT.

Lipton’s extensive involvement in the fintech sector is evident through his co-founding of Sila, a company revolutionizing digital wallet and ACH payment services. His expertise is sought worldwide, serving on advisory boards of several fintech companies.

His journey in the quantitative world has been stellar. From 2006 to 2016, Lipton was the Co-Head of the Global Quantitative Group at Bank of America, a role that saw him steer the bank through complex quantitative challenges. His experience also includes senior positions at Citadel, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, and Bankers Trust.


Before his foray into finance, he was a Full Professor of Mathematics at the University of Illinois and a Consultant at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

His achievements in quantitative finance have been recognized previously; Risk Magazine honored him with the Inaugural Quant of the Year Award in 2000 and the Buy-side Quant of the Year Award in 2021. A prolific author, Lipton has written or edited twelve books and authored more than a hundred scientific papers, covering a diverse array of subjects from nuclear fusion and astrophysics to financial engineering and distributed ledgers.

A regular keynote speaker at global conferences, Lipton has been a guiding light in Quantitative Finance and FinTech, sharing his vast knowledge and insights. His work has been extensively covered by Rebellion Research, reflecting the depth and impact of his research and thought leadership in the field.

The Lifetime Quant Achievement Award by Rebellion Research is a fitting tribute to Alexander Lipton’s extraordinary contributions to the field of quantitative finance and his relentless pursuit of excellence in both academia and the finance industry. His work continues to inspire a generation of quants and finance professionals, shaping the future of finance in the digital age.

Some of Dr. Lipton’s past work:

For a full press release by Rebellion Research, please see https://www.rebellionresearch.com/2023-quant-of-the-year and https://www.rebellionresearch.com/2023-lifetime-quant-achievement-award

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