About us

Fintech firm Neudata was founded in 2016 with a simple mission — to provide asset managers with unbiased intelligence on the alternative data sources that could help their investment processes.

Since then, we have grown to a team of 26 alternative data scouts, software developers, events professionals, account managers and journalists in London, New York and Shanghai. Our SaaS platform combines cutting-edge software with an expert human touch to find our clients the most relevant and useful datasets for each individual use case.

Our team

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Rado Lipuš, CFA

Founder and CEO Executive

Rado is the founder and CEO of Neudata. Prior to founding Neudata, Rado's work experience spans 20 years of leadership, sales management, FinTech and data innovation for the buy-side. Rado spent several years in quantitative portfolio construction and risk management at MSCI (Barra), S&P Capital IQ and CITE Investments. He has worked at leading financial services firms, and financial data and analytics providers including PerTrac, 2iQ Research, I/B/E/S and TIM Group.

Rado received his Master of Business Administration from the University of Graz, Austria and is a CFA charterholder.

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Daryl Smith, CFA

Head of Research (London) Executive Research

Daryl is Head of Research at Neudata. He and his team are responsible for researching and discovering alternative datasets for a wide range of asset managers worldwide. Prior to Neudata, Daryl worked as an equity research analyst at boutique investment firm Liberum across a number of sectors including Agriculture, Chemicals and Diversified Financials. Prior to Liberum, he worked at Goldman Sachs as an equity derivatives analyst and regulatory reporting strategist.

Daryl holds a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Bath and is a CFA charterholder.

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Ian Webster

Senior Vice President (London) Executive Events Business Development

Ian has spent the last five years helping asset managers, investment banks and major industry players get value out of traditional and alternative data. Most recently he focused on enabling retailers to monetise their first-party data as Chief Customer Officer at Big Data for Humans. He deeply understands the needs of data providers and investment professionals, having himself founded and led Money Dashboard’s data business, providing insight on UK consumer spending to Financial Services clients globally.

Ian holds an MA in Mathematics from the University of Oxford, and a Saltire Fellowship in Entrepreneurship from Babson College, Massachusetts.

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Piers Thompson

CTO (London) Executive Tech

Piers is the CTO of Neudata. Before joining Neudata, Piers held a range of technical leadership roles, most recently for Bank of America Merrill Lynch and UBS. Positions included Head of Research Data technology at UBS and Head of Global Markets Finance technology at BofAML. In addition to leading development teams in the financial services industry, Piers has also built teams and systems in domains including military aircraft, telecoms and network management.

Piers holds a BEng in Microelectronics from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

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Donald D’Amico

General Counsel (New York) Executive

Don is the General Counsel of Neudata. In addition to managing the company's legal affairs, Don leads the review of the compliance and regulatory aspects of new datasets and assists with product development. He previously served as Legal Counsel at Davidson Kempner Capital Management LP, where he onboarded third party research providers and conducted related due diligence. Don started his career as a research analyst on a merger arbitrage trading desk.

Don holds a JD from the Fordham University School of Law and a BA from Washington University in St. Louis. He has received CIPP/E and CIPP/US certifications from the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

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Helena Yu

Data Strategist (China) Research

Helena is responsible for discovering and researching China-related alternative datasets for a wide range of asset managers worldwide. Prior to Neudata, Helena worked as sales operation manager at UBS Evidence Lab and alternative data product manager at 86 Research and Juwai.com. Helena has also worked at Pacific Epoch as Co-Head of Research and senior TMT analyst.

Helena holds a Masters degree in Political Economy of Late Development from the London School of Economics.

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Dean Murphy

Global Events Director (London) Events

Dean is responsible for leading, developing and expanding Neudata’s events programme.

Having spent the last decade creating, building and scaling conference and content businesses within the FinTech and Energy sectors, Dean has worked with some of the most recognisable global brands on B2B events of all sizes. Dean co-founded two conference companies in 2013 and exited through acquisition in early 2020.

Dean holds a BA Hons degree in Theatre and Performance Studies from Warwick University.

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Julia Asri Meigh

VP of ESG Research (London) Research

Julia has over four years of experience as an analyst and account manager in consulting and financial services. Prior to Neudata, Julia worked at Macrobond Financial, the Foresight Factory and Gatehouse Advisory Partners. As an analyst, she covered a broad range of topics and sectors, including consumer trends, retail investing and the global macroeconomy.

Julia holds an MSc in Economy, Risk and Society from the London School of Economics and a BA in Economics, Politics and Sociology from the University of Westminster.

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Kathryn Forde

Senior Analyst (London) Research

Kathryn holds a BA in Russian Studies and Classics from the University of Edinburgh and a BSc Hons in Economics and International Relations from the Open University. Her areas of expertise include the transactional data space, as well as data for investing in the healthcare sector and aviation industry. She is working towards attaining the CFA designation, having passed Level I of the CFA Program in December 2018.

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Amy Dafnis

Senior Analyst (London) Research

Amy holds a first-class degree in BA Oriental Studies (Japanese) from the University of Oxford. Her areas of research interest include NLP applications within alternative data, compliance issues relating to web scraping and geolocation data, as well as the wider alternative data landscape in APAC. She is working towards attaining the CFA designation and passed Level I of the CFA Program in June 2019.

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Chashaka Wimalaweera

Senior Analyst (London) Research

As part of Neudata's research team, Chash is responsible for scouting alternative datasets for institutional investors. Her areas of data research include oil and gas, soft commodities, real estate, technology, and the wider alternative data landscape

Chash previously worked as a business analyst at Craft, a data analytics firm in London. Prior to this, she held roles at KPMG in the Tax & Pension division, and at J.P.Morgan in the Global Fixed Income division.

Chash is a graduate from University College London, with a first class honours in Management Science.

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Jose Elias Terriquez

Analyst (London) Research

Jose is bilingual fluent in Spanish and English and holds a first-class degree in Advertising and Marketing Communications. His areas of research interest include alternative analysis of corporate filings, advertising expenditure, and the wider alternative data landscape in South America. Jose is currently working towards attaining CFA designation.

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Sunny Tran

Analyst (London) Research

Sunny holds an MSc in Risk and Finance from the University of Southampton. Prior to that, she graduated with a BSc in Business & Finance and a BS in Studio Art from Skidmore College, New York. At Neudata, Sunny leverages on the analytical skill sets acquired through her academic studies and previous experiences as a metadata researcher in Canada and USA. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering in local charities.

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Nicholas Ravazzani

Analyst (London) Research

Nicholas holds a BA in Management and Finance from the University of Leicester. Prior to joining Neudata, he interned in M&A, Private Equity and other quantitative roles at Lazard, Odey Asset Management, SEB, Moonvalley Capital, D'E Capital and NOAH Advisors, covering Technology, Energy, Infrastructure and Retail within Europe and Latin America. He is an English, Spanish and Italian speaker and is currently working towards attaining the CFA designation.

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Steffen Zuncke, CAIA

Director (London) Business Development

Steffen has four years industry experience providing analytics and research services to leading hedge funds and private equity firms. Prior to starting at Neudata, Steffen worked at Preqin, holding roles in senior account management and business development.

Steffen has an MSc in Finance and Economics and a BSc in Politics and Economics from the University of East Anglia, and is a CAIA charterholder.

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Seamus Gibson

Business Development Manager (London) Business Development

Seamus is a recent graduate with a BA in Chinese and History from the University of Hull. Prior to joining Neudata, Seamus worked at Deloitte as a Mandarin Speaking Analyst where he gained significant exposure to financial risk and compliance with a focus on the APAC region.

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Andrew Sheffield

Business Development Executive (London) Business Development

Andrew is a recent graduate with a first-class degree in BSc Economics from the University of Leeds. He has experience working in relationship management with Santander and State Street Global Advisors. Most recently, Andrew has played poker professionally in Spain, Canada and the USA.

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Francesco Picello

Business Development Executive (London) Business Development

Francesco was born in Rome, Italy, and grew up in Madrid, Spain. He graduated from Universidad Europea de Madrid with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and worked at The Italian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong & Macao before joining Neudata.

Francesco is passionate about sports, and enjoys his free time playing and watching football and tennis.

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Yavor Atanasov

Business Development Executive (London) Business Development

Yavor is a recent graduate with a first-class degree in BSc (Hons) Economics, Finance and Banking from the University of Portsmouth. Yavor has experience working in Business Development at GlobalData in the academic sector and working as a Fixed Income Specialist at Bloomberg before joining Neudata.

Yavor enjoys reading books, going to the gym and doing public speaking at Toastmasters.

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Sondra Campanelli

News Editor (London) Executive News

Sondra is the editor of Neudata's news platform. She covers the alternative data strategies of asset managers and data vendors, including new fund launches, product launches, fundraising, dataset usage and pricing. She takes a particular focus on legal, compliance and tax issues that impact buyers and sellers of alternative data.

Prior to joining Neudata, Sondra covered the machine learning and alternative data strategies of institutional investors for EQDerivatives/machineByte and commercial real estate debt markets for Real Estate Finance & Investment across the US, UK and Europe.

Sondra holds BA degrees in Economics and Public Communications from American University in Washington, D.C.

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Saima Jannath

Content Publisher (London) Research

Saima graduated from Brunel University with a BSc in Anthropology and Sociology. She studied her Postgraduate degree at the University College of London. Prior to joining Neudata, she worked as a College Lecturer specialising in Social and Political Science.

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Katie Hafford

Events Management Executive (London) Events

Katie holds a first-class degree in BA Marketing from Leeds Beckett University. Prior to Neudata, Katie worked at Teradata as an International Marketing assistant with particular focus on EMEA and the Nordic regions and directed at a Summer camp in Philadelphia.

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Daniel Littlewood

Software Developer (London) Tech

Daniel is a software developer at Neudata, working primarily in Ruby on Rails. Prior to Neudata, he spent two years developing an online platform for maths education.

Daniel holds a BA in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge.

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Artemis Xenaki

Software Developer (London) Tech

Artemis worked as a Civil Engineer for over a decade, mainly focusing on project management of large scale projects (museums, music halls, etc).

Prior to Neudata she was working as a Software Developer for 2 years building a platform for legal transactional management.

Artemis holds a Masters degree in Civil Engineering from National Technical University of Athens and has graduated Makers Academy computer programming bootcamp.

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Thomas Brook

Software Developer (London) Tech

Thomas was previously a microbiologist looking at alternatives to antibiotics at the University of Westminster.

Prior to Neudata, he worked for two years as a web developer, focusing on integrating API payment systems for subscription services.

Thomas holds a BSc of Biochemistry from the University of East Anglia and graduated from the WeGotCoders web development bootcamp.

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Alexandra Jerman

Editor (London) Research
Ali studied Spanish and French at Exeter University, and has diplomas from the Sorbonne and the University of Salamanca. She has twenty years experience of freelance proofreading and editing for communications agencies, on material as diverse as a recent BBC Annual Report, academic papers and design industry material. Ali also spent many years working as a professional actress, having studied theatre at post-graduate level.
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Rebecca O’Neill

Office Manager and PA to the Founder and CEO (London) Operations

Rebecca is Office Manager and PA to the Founder and CEO Rado Lipus at Neudata. Rebecca is responsible for the operational function at Neudata. Prior to Neudata Rebecca worked in Property Management for 8 years.

Rebecca holds a first class BA Hons in Sociology.

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Robert Benson

Advisor (London) Advisory Board

Dr Benson is an active investor in startup businesses, especially in the financial and data sectors. Prior to this he was the founder of Arete Consulting, a financial research and data business specialising in structured products. Before setting up Arete Consulting in 2001, he spent 13 years at HSBC in a variety of derivatives roles across foreign exchange, equity and interest rate markets. Dr Benson graduated with a BSc(Eng) in Mechanical Engineering from Queen Mary College, London, before going on to complete an Msc in Management Science and a PhD in Finance both at Imperial College, London.

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Stephen Morse

Advisor (New York) Advisory Board

Stephen has a long career in entrepreneurial, disruptive businesses, especially in and around data, hedge funds, FinTech and business information services, including with firms that were acquired by, or are now a part of Barra/MSCI, Dow Jones, KCG and Twitter. As former Head of Global Financial Data Partnerships at Twitter, Stephen was responsible for all business with hedge funds, asset managers, banks, FinTech partners, platforms and other financial institutions. He joined via acquisition of Gnip, where he opened and ran the New York City office. Stephen now consults in the areas of AI and big and alternative data, including as an advisor to Neudata. Stephen is a CAIA® charterholder.