Alternative Data


6th - 7th November 2018 The Royal Lancaster Hotel, London W2 2TY


Neudata's Alternative Data Conference - where the future of data is decided

This market-leading two-day event brings together the entire Alternative Data ecosystem of Vendors, Investors, FinTech and Financial Services firms.  Ideas are created, partnerships are formed, and future trends are not just imagined but turned into reality. 

Join us in London on 6 & 7 November 2018 and make your mark.

The Alternative Data Conference is a thought-leadership forum for the industry that relies on data for investment decisions.  Our strength is our objectivity and our convening power.

The two-day event will attract some 250 delegates and will largely be comprised of senior attendees (CEOs and Managing Directors) representing the investment management community and belonging to the biggest names from the Hedge Fund and Asset Management world. They will be joined by Bankers, Investors, Data Vendors and Index Providers. Neudata is uniquely placed to put on this event since we are an independent trusted advisor to all parties.

You should be interested because the pace of change, today, is the slowest it will ever be.  You cannot afford to miss the one nugget of information or the one key data point that may make a great year a stellar year.

What is Alt Data?

Alternative data leverages non-traditional datasets to inform decision-making by investment professionals.  Using data such as satellite imagery, patents databases or Twitter sentiment can provide unique and timely insights into investment opportunities and alpha.  These datasets are often inaccessible and less structured than traditional sources of data.  

Why Neudata?

Neudata is the premier source of information for Alternative Data.  We provide due diligence on all manner of available alternative datasets globally, ranging from sentiment to social, weather to web-tracking, and exhaust to environmental.  We work closely with the buyside and the data vendors to understand their needs but - crucially - we do not take commissions or revenue shares.  This independence and objectivity in our dealings means we retain arm's length integrity with all players in this space.

Why attend?

Attendees should include anyone wishing to:

  • understand how Alt Data can accelerate alpha-generative, investment-making decisions
  • obtain best-in-class data and ensure full compliance with the latest technological, legal and regulatory changes and standards
  • harvest hot leads, exchange war stories and showcase products and services to a relevant captive audience
  • hear from practitioners of Alt Data about how they made it work
  • find the right vendors or right clients in our scheduled 1-2-1 networking, saving months in unproductive calls and meetings
  • learn more about a segment that is revolutionising how business is performed and which is seeing explosive growth in your industry
  • hear the most influential speakers from across the financial spectrum in compelling thought-leadership discussions and debates
  • identify new unicorn businesses and technologies
  • meet venture capitalists and investors
  • carry out due diligence on datasets
  • take the pulse of the market and learn about the latest industry trends - don't get caught sleeping at the wheel by your competitors!
  • expand their knowledge of the European market

Who should attend?

  • Alternative Data Vendors
  • Hedge Funds
  • Pension Funds and Pension Fund Managers
  • Tech Firms
  • Data Scouts
  • Data Scientists
  • Prime Brokerage Desks
  • Investment Banks
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Professionals
  • Lawyers
  • Investors
  • Asset Managers
  • Allocators
  • Sovereign Wealth Funds
  • Endowments
  • Funds-of-Funds
  • Family Offices
  • Systematic/Quant
  • Fundamental
  • Macro Managers
  • Venture Capitalists
  • Private Equity
  • Private Banks


Over the 2 days hear the best-in-class speakers from across the financial spectrum in compelling thought-leadership discussions and debates.

Topics include:

Why Alternative Data Cannot Be Ignored by Anyone Managing Money

Russian Hackers, Cambridge Analytica, GDPR, Facebook and Trump

Trends in Systematic Trading Strategies

ESG Data – Quantifying the Universe, Datasets and Factors

Volatility and the Alchemy of Risk Premia

Machine Learning and Computational Intelligence

Algo or AI Index?

Scheduled 1-2-1 Networking - VCs and Investment firms interested in alpha-generating investment ideas meet One-on-One with alternative data providers at their tables (The private meetings are pre-planned and last 15 minutes each)

Workshops - include Legal, Indexing & Due Diligence Workshops for Data Vendors


First speakers announced. More speakers coming soon!

Gerben de Zwart APG

Head of Quant Equities

As head of Quantitative Equity and a member of APG's Developed Market Equities management team, Gerben is responsible for the systematically managed, listed equity portfolios at APG. The investments, on behalf of four Dutch pension funds, exceed €80 billion and include multiple global strategies that are both internally and externally managed. The portfolios are active, long-only and include emerging as well as developed markets. Currently, Responsible Investing, Quant Credit investing, innovation and alternative data keep Gerben busy.

Prior to joining APG in 2010, Gerben was employed by ING Investment Management and Robeco. Gerben earned his Master’s degree in Technical Mathematics from Delft Technical University and his Ph.D. from the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Gerben holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. In 2015 Gerben was awarded with a royal honor and appointed as a member of the Order of Oranje-Nassau.

Mark Carhart Kepos Capital

Chief Investment Officer

Speaker Biography coming soon

Tomas Morsing Andra AP-fonden / AP2

Head of Quantitative Strategies

Tomas Morsing is currently Head of Quantitative Strategies at Second Swedish National Pension Fund -AP2, he has worked for AP2 since 2002. The Quantitative Strategies group at AP2 manage approximately USD 17 billion of the fund’s total USD 40 billion. The group has actively managed portfolios in developed and emerging market equities as well as in global credit bonds and domestic fixed income. The investment process relies on internally developed quantitative models.

Tomas has a MSc in mathematics from Uppsala University, later he did a research thesis in mathematical statistics at University of Gothenburg. The research was funded by AstraZeneca where he later become Head of Mathematical and Statistical Science. He left AstraZeneca 2002 to join AP2.

George D. Mussalli Panagora

CIO and Head of Research Equity

Mr. Mussalli is Chief Investment Officer and Head of Research, Equity. He is responsible for oversight of the firm’s Dynamic, Stock Selector, and Diversified Arbitrage strategies, as well as the Equity team’s Data Infrastructure, Portfolio Construction, and Trading teams. He is also a member of the firm’s Investment, Operating, and Directors Committees.


As Chief Investment Officer and Head of Research, Equity, Mr. Mussalli directs innovative equity research used in the development of models used within PanAgora’s equity strategies. Prior to becoming Chief Investment Officer and Head of Research, Equity, Mr. Mussalli served as Head of PanAgora’s Stock Selector strategies. His work focuses on combining fundamental insights with sophisticated quantitative techniques to develop proprietary models designed to analyze companies across many dimensions. In addition to overseeing the management of the firm’s Stock Selector strategies, he has significantly contributed to the proprietary pool of equity research leveraged across the entire firm during his tenure. The research he has conducted also led to the founding of the firm’s Diversified Arbitrage hedge fund strategy in 2010.


Before joining PanAgora, he was a Portfolio Manager on the Putnam Investments Structured Equity team, where he was responsible for Structured Equity portfolios. He contributed to quantitative research and analysis that supported all equity strategies, including International and Global strategies.


Prior to joining Putnam, Mr. Mussalli worked as a Senior Investment Analyst at John Hancock Funds.

Lee Robinson Altana Wealth


Lee Robinson is the founder of Altana Wealth (London and Monaco). Prior to launching Altana, Lee co-founded Trafalgar and was CIO of Trafalgar Catalyst Fund and Trafalgar Special Situations Fund. He also worked for 3 years at Tudor Capital, where he was senior manager responsible for building an impressive Global Equity Risk Arbitrage portfolio. Prior to that he worked at Deutsche Bank, Bankers Trust and Paribas in trading both equity derivatives and credit derivatives.

Lee developed a unique risk system at Tudor, which he brought successfully to Trafalgar. He is experienced in innovative trade construction using options and credit products. Moreover, he predicted the credit crisis in 2007-2009 and subsequent Sovereign crises. As a result, he traded profitably in 2008 including trades that successfully hedged against the deterioration of the financial system, the Iceland default, sub prime mortgages and the weakening of the European Banks. Lee has a BA in Mathematics from Cambridge University and is co-author of the book “The Gathering Storm” .

Sylvain Forté SESAMm


Sylvain is a young engineer passionate about Artificial Intelligence. He loves creating new products and bringing teams together around more than just work. As co-founder and CEO of SESAMm, Sylvain and his team had the opportunity of creating an entirely new way of analyzing emotions to forecast stock market evolutions. These technologies are now used by funds and major assets managers all across the world.

SESAMm is an innovative FinTech company specializing in Big Data and Artificial Intelligence for Asset Management ( We build analytics and investment signals based on 250,000 textual data sources worldwide using Natural Language Processing and specifically emotions analysis. We work with major hedge funds and asset managers worldwide from US, UK, France – including La Française and Candriam, Japan – including Nikko, or Hong Kong among other locations. Our team is composed of 20+ people, mostly engineers and researchers.

Tony Guida RPMI Railpen

Senior Quant PM

Speaker Biography coming soon.

Mark Ainsworth Schroders

Head of Data Insights

Mark joined Schroders in 2014 where he has formed the Data Insights Unit, a team of data scientists. The team focuses on using big data, analytics and machine learning for investment and research, to enhance and complement the existing skills of our fund managers and analysts, and to give Schroders an ‘information edge’ over competitors.

 After his degree in Experimental Psychology from Oxford and masters in Operational Research, in 1999 he was recruited by the McLaren F1 team as a Race Strategy Analyst. In 2002 he moved to Tesco, initially reporting on trade performance and analyzing customer spending behavior and then heading up the analytics team in the Site Location Planning function. In 2007 he became Chief Technology Officer of Talent Innovations, a start-up selling online 360 degree feedback software. In 2012 he joined Telefonica Digital, as Head of Analytics of Smart Steps, their ‘big data’ monetization division.

Thomas Crow MOV37

Investment Analyst

Tom worked as a research analyst for Aeris Capital, a Swiss family office, providing analysis of economic and market data. Prior to that, he worked for Robinson Reed Layton. He received a M.A. in Banking and Finance from the University of St. Gallen and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Cambridge.

Ben Chu Genscape

Manager of Equity Products

Ben has been in the energy industry for 20 years. He started as a roughneck on a gas drilling rig, and has worked in engineering, project finance, procurement, and managing supply chains, including field-derived operational reports. Ben also worked five years on a gas trade floor providing forecasts of North American Gas Production and analysis of NYMEX, regional gas and electricity markets including Rockies, Mid-West, Pacific Northwest, Texas, and Gulf Coast. In his current role, Ben manages the Equity Products group, and provides expertise in upstream, energy commodity markets, and production forecasting. Ben holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Managerial Studies and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University.

Frédéric Desobry Systematica Investments Services

Head of Equity Research

Speaker biography coming soon

Mark Hickin Marshall Wace

Head of Market Data and Analytics

Speaker Biography coming soon.

Matin Kamali Quantxt


Matin founded Quantxt in 2013 specializing in Search and Natural Language Processing offering solutions for advanced discovery in unstructured content for financial, legal and healthcare clients. 

Matin started his career in as a scientist at BBN Technologies (also known as Raytheon BBN Technologies) where top world scientists in the fields of Speech Recognition and Machine Translation were pushing the boundaries of the technology on DARPA funded projects. He moved into finance and joined BlackRock, working on high-performance analytics systems used by traders and asset managers, and after that Thomson Reuters building advanced systems for analysis of financial content using Machine Learning techniques.

Matin holds an MS in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University.

Dr Chris Longworth Cantab Capital Partners

Chief Scientist

Dr Chris Longworth is a senior scientist at Cantab Capital Partners, which became part of GAM Systematic in October 2016. Since joining Cantab in 2010, Chris's focus has been on the development and improvement of Cantab's investment strategies. As part of this effort, Chris leads Cantab’s big data and machine learning research team and is also the lead scientist for the GAM Systematic Discovery fund, which focuses on trading exotic or less liquid markets.

Prior to joining Cantab, Chris was part of the Machine Intelligence Laboratory at Cambridge University, where he obtained MPhil and PhD degrees. He also holds a BSc in Computer Science from Royal Holloway, University of London.

Dr James Notaras TAC Index

Head of Data Development

Dr. Notaras received his PhD in physics from Imperial College London and has had 10 years of experience in data analytics and software development. Dr. Notaras is developing the data management and analytics systems for the TAC Index and is interested in novel ways to mine the available air cargo data.

Tommaso Sanzin Union Bancaire Privée (UBP)

Director and Head of Volatility Strategies and Solutions

Tommaso Sanzin  is a senior researcher within UBP Asset Management. He joined in 2014 and is based in London with responsibility for research of systematic strategies as well as liquid alternative solutions in the volatility, risk premia and alternative data space. Before joining UBP, he was partner, risk manager and head of quantitative research at Hermes BPK, the alternative investment boutique founded in partnership with Hermes Fund Managers and seeded by the British Telecom Pension Scheme.  Prior to that, Tommaso headed the quantitative research and risk analysis team at Pioneer Alternative Investments, Unicredit fund of hedge fund business. He holds a degree (magna cum laude) in Finance from Bocconi University in Milan and is a CAIA designee.


Gareth Shepherd G Squared Capital

Managing Partner

Speaker Biography coming soon


Day 1


Keynote Address

The Future of Data, Communication and Technology


Why Alternative Data Cannot Be Ignored by Anyone Managing Money


Russian Hackers, GDPR, Facebook and Trump


What a Quant! Trends in Systematic Trading Strategies


ESG Data – Quantifying the Universe, Datasets and Factors


Stream A – Scheduled 1-2-1 Networking

VCs and Investment firms interested in alpha-generating investment ideas meet One-on-One with alternative data providers at their tables. The private meetings are pre-planned and last 15 minutes each.


Stream B – Workshops

  • Legal Workshop
  • Indexing Workshop
  • Due Diligence Workshop for Data Vendors

Talk data to me!


The Champagne Debate

Motion: ‘This House believes ESG holds no long-term intrinsic value for the investor and that better returns are to be had from investing in “sin stocks” such as arms, alcohol and gambling.’

Day 2


Scheduled 1-2-1 Networking

VCs and Investment firms interested in alpha-generating investment ideas meet One-on-One with alternative data providers at their tables. The private meetings are pre-planned and last 15 minutes each.



  • Neudata Due Diligence Workshop for Data Vendors
  • Neudata Quickfire Presentations on Awards Results

Volatility and the Alchemy of Risk Premia


Algo or AI Index?


Data You Didn’t Know You Needed!


It’s a Jungle Out There Part I: Pitfalls Every Data Provider Must Avoid…or Should They?


It’s a Jungle Out There Part II: Can a Leopard Change its Spots?


Machine Learning and Computational Intelligence


The Royal Lancaster Hotel, London
The Royal Lancaster Hotel, London The Royal Lancaster Hotel, London
The Royal Lancaster London is renowned as one of Europe’s leading venues, boasting some of the city’s largest event spaces. With a range of stylish meeting and conference rooms, excellent facilities and world class cuisine. Located on the edge of Hyde Park the rest of London is within easy reach, with Lancaster Gate tube station next door and Heathrow Airport a mere 20 minutes from nearby Paddington Station.


Lancaster Terrace
W2 2TY

London Underground directions

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For all enquires about sponsorship, exhibitor or one-to-one table packages please email Jan or call +44 7826 947 079.


For all enquires about sponsorship, exhibitor or one-to-one table packages please email Jan or call +44 7826 947 079.

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