Quantitative development and education experts

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Saeed Amen

Python expert

Saeed Amen is the founder of Cuemacro, co-founder of Turnleaf Analytics and Thalesians. He has profitably run systematic trading models for market making trading desks at major investment banks including Lehman Brothers and Nomura.

He is also the co-author of The Book of Alternative Data: A Guide for Investors, Traders, and Risk Managers and author of Trading Thalesians: What the ancient world can teach us about trading today (Palgrave Macmillan).

Through Cuemacro, he consults and publishes research for clients in the area of systematic trading. He has developed many Python libraries including finmarketpy and tcapy for transaction cost analysis.

Major quant funds and data companies such as Bloomberg have been among his clients. He has presented his work at many conferences and institutions, including the ECB, IMF, Bank of England and Federal Reserve Board.

Paul Alexander Bilokon

Kdb+/q and electronic trading expert

Dr Paul Alexander Bilokon is Founder, Chairman, and CEO at Thalesians and Visiting Professor at Imperial College London.

He has worked full time at, and continues to consult, major financial institutions such as Morgan Stanley, Lehman Brothers, Nomura, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, BNP Paribas, and many others.

Paul has co-authored (with Matthew Dixon and Igor Halperin) Machine Learning in Finance: From Theory to Practice (2020, Springer), several other books and research papers.

He holds MSci and PhD degrees from Imperial College and MSc from the University of Oxford, where he came top of his class.

Paul is an expert developer in kdb+/q, SQL, C++, C#, Java, Python, and is now learning Rust.

Ivan Zhdankin

C++ Expert

Ivan Zhdankin is a quantitative researcher with experience in diverse areas of quantitative finance, including risk modelling, XVA, and electronic trading across asset classes, including commodity futures and G10 and emerging market currencies.

Ivan was consulting various banks in quantitative modelling, has worked at J.P. Morgan and has recently joined Barclays as a quantitative analyst.

He has become one of the first researchers to generate convincing results in electronic alpha with neural nets.

He has a solid mathematical background from New Economic School and Lomonosov Moscow State University, where he studied under the celebrated Albert Shiryaev, one of the developers of modern probability theory.

Oleksandr “Alex” Bilokon

Founder, Chairman, CEO at Thalesians Marine Ltd

Oleksandr “Alex” Bilokon has over 20 years’ experience working in the shipping services industry, across the global shipping hubs, such as Cyprus, Hamburg, London, and, for the last 11 years, China. He has worked for the industry’s leading supplier, V.Ships, since 1996.

In 2019, Alex founded Thalesians Marine Ltd, a global service provider to the transport and financial services sectors. This company provides decades of experience and domain knowledge with the latest advances in technology and science, including high-performance computing (HPC), big data, data science, and artificial intelligence (AI) / machine learning (ML).

Geoffrey Brown

Global Head of Sales and Recruitment

Geoff Brown is Global Head of Sales and Recruitment at World Business Strategies Limited. He is instrumental in not only securing the global expansion of QDC, but also in helping place our delegates at the leading financial institutions.

He has previously worked at other leading training and recruitment organisations, such as 7city Learning, FitchGroup, Inc., and Alpha Development.

Edward Denison

Course Co-ordinator

Ed describes himself as an irreverent geek that likes to be helpful. He has been serving as Course Co-ordinator at the Quantitative Developer Certificate (QDC) Machine Learning Institute Certificate in Finance (MLI) since 2019. Prior to this, he has helped take The Certificate of Bank Treasury Risk Management (BTRM) to new hights. Ed takes pride in his ability to take both in-person and online events to the level of excellence that places them at the very top of the industry.

Kvita Feniuk

Project Manager

Kvita Feniuk has a wealth of experience managing quantitative and software development projects in quantitative finance and electronic trading. She ensures that our training courses receive the utmost attention not only from the academic, but also from the organisational perspective.

Neil Clive Fowler

Founder, Chairman, CEO at World Business Strategies Limited

Neil Fowler founded WBS Training in 2000, a quantitative research / risk management training company that organises training and conferences across all asset classes worldwide. Specialities: Conference production on all asset classes in the quants world. Founding of financial certificates in the financial space.

Chris Uduezue

Operations Director at WBS Training

Chris Uduezue is responsible for the day-to-day operations and organisational activities at World Business Strategies Limited.

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