Online Summit 2021

15th - 17th June 2021


Supported by Morgan Stanley as Diamond Sponsor

Join Neudata on 15-17 June for a virtual summit exploring the future of the alternative data industry. Join 700+ data buyers and providers as we hear from leading buy-side and sell-side analysts on the biggest trends within the alternative data space.

  • June 15th - Day 1 - Strategy, Trends and Tech
  • June 16th - Day 2 - Hot Datasets and Case Studies
  • June 17th - Day 3 - PE/VC Day

AltDating Programme: Alongside thematic panels and presentations, this Summit will include the opportunity for buyers and sellers to interact before, during and after the event, via a programme of personalised matchmaking. Our “AltDating” networking program has transformed how buyer-seller networking is done. Register your interest now to be invited to participate in the AltDating program.

Who should attend:

  • Public market investors
  • Venture capital investors
  • Private equity investors
  • Corporations using alternative data to influence strategy
  • Data and technology providers


June 15th – Day 1 – Strategy, Trends and Tech

Welcome, Neudata Updates and Summit Briefing – Rado Lipuš, CEO, Neudata & Ian Webster, SVP, Neudata

Fireside Chat: Where Can Alt Data Be A Source of Alt Alpha? – Matthew Rothman, Quantitative Strategies, Millennium Management & Rado Lipuš, CEO, Neudata

Buy-Side Use of Tech and Big Data

Latest Alt Data Trends and Pricing Update – Daryl Smith, Head of Research, Neudata & Kathryn Forde, Senior Analyst, Neudata

When Data Is Everything – Paul White, CEO and Co-Founder, Quantbot

What is the Promise of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence for Alternative Data? – Edward Leung, Snr Quant Research Analyst, Invesco

Telltale Signs of Permanency Risk – Amy Dafnis, Senior Analyst, Neudata

Women in Data Panel


June 16th – Day 2 – Hot Datasets and Case Studies

Welcome & Neudata Posts – Dean Murphy, Global Events Director, Neudata

Mapping the Alternative Data Industry Landscape in China – Helena Yu, Data Strategist, Neudata

China Case Studies

Data-Driven Alpha-Focused ESG Integration

The ESG Data Trends Investors Should Pay Attention To – Julia Asri Meigh, VP of ESG Research, Neudata

ESG Case Studies

When Words Sweat – Oded Netzer, Professor of Business Marketing, Columbia Business School 


June 17th – Day 3 – PE/VC Day

Welcome – Dean Murphy, Global Events Director, Neudata

Alt Data in Private Markets and the Future of Alt Data for Investors – John Elton, Partner, Greycroft

What Data Do We Need That Doesn’t Exist?: A VC Perspective

AlphaWeek Panel – Greg Winterton, Managing Director, AlphaWeek

PE/VC Case Studies



Tiago Caruso

Goodwater Capital Director of Investment Data Science

I am originally from Brazil, I came to the US to pursue my Ph.D. in Economics where I specialized in Econometrics and Game Theory. I spent more than 3 years at Uber working on the pricing team. I have been at Goodwater Capital for over 2 years, first as the Machine Learning Lead and now as the Director of Investment Data Science. There I manage a data scientist team responsible for alt data acquisition, machine learning, and sourcing

Amy Dafnis

Neudata Senior Analyst
Amy works on Neudata's research team and is responsible for identifying and evaluating alternative data sources for Neudata’s asset manager and hedge fund clients. Her areas of research interest include (1) applications of natural language processing (NLP) within alternative data, (2) the TMT sector, as well as (3) the wider alternative data landscape in APAC.

John Elton

Greycroft Partner

John is a Partner at Greycroft Partners and is based in the firm’s NYC office.

Prior to Greycroft, John was a Partner at iNovia Capital for six years.  While there, he worked with Greycroft on eight co-investments including: Babble (acquired by Disney), Collective, OggiFinogi (acquired by Collective), Vizu (acquired by Nielsen) and WorkFusion.  John also led the firm’s investments in TripleLift, Chango, BeyondtheRack, and Lenddo.

John was part of the early NYC startup community starting at 24/7 Media where he worked in Strategic Planning and later ran marketing for two of its products. Afterwards, at Turnstone Capital, John advised dMarc Broadcasting on its first round of institutional financing as well as an acquisition prior to its sale to Google.  John started his career at Veronis Suhler Stevenson an investment firm focused on the media and communications industries.

John holds a MBA from New York University with a dual specialization in Finance and Marketing and a BA Degree in Economics from Lehigh University.  John is married with three kids and lives in the wilds of Westchester.

Kathryn Forde

Neudata Senior Analyst
Kathryn Forde is an analyst at Neudata. As part of Neudata's data scouting team, she is responsible for researching and evaluating alternative datasets for institutional investors. Her specialisms include the healthcare sector, the airline industry, and transactional data, as well as the broader alternative data landscape. Kathryn is currently working towards attaining the CFA designation.

Edward Leung

Invesco Quantitative Research Analyst

Edward Leung is a Quantitative Research Analyst for the Invesco Global Quantitative Equity

Mr. Leung joined Invesco in 2007. Prior to joining the firm, he was an associate director at
Bear Stearns Asset Management focusing on hedge fund due diligence. Before that, he was a
director at Standard & Poor’s (S&P) focusing on the S&P hedge fund indexes. Mr. Leung also
taught at Columbia University from 2002 to 2005 and at New York University in the fall of
2009 as an adjunct assistant professor. He began his investment career in 1999 with Knight
Trading Group as a quantitative analyst.

Mr. Leung earned a BA degree from Northwestern University and a PhD in economics from the
University of Pennsylvania.

Rado Lipuš

Neudata Founder & CEO

Rado Lipuš, CFA is the founder and CEO of Neudata, an alternative data intelligence and SaaS provider. Prior to founding Neudata, Rado's professional experience spans 20 years of FinTech leadership, quantitative risk management and data innovation for the buy-side. An acknowledged expert, Rado is regularly invited to speak about alternative data at conferences and industry events.

Julia Asri Meigh

Neudata Vice President of ESG Research
Julia is a senior analyst at Neudata. She 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.

Dean Murphy

Neudata Global Events Director

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.

George D. Mussalli

PanAgora Asset Management Managing Director & Chief Investment Officer, Equity Investments

Mr. Mussalli is Managing Director, Head of Equity Research, and Chief Investment Officer of Equity Investments at PanAgora. He is responsible for the oversight of the firm’s Dynamic and Stock Selector Equity strategies, as well as the Equity Trading & Implementation, Data Science, and Portfolio Strategy teams. He is also a member of the firm’s Investment, Operating, Risk, and Directors’ Committees.

As the Chief Investment Officer of Equity Investments, Mr. Mussalli directs innovative equity research used in the development of models implemented in PanAgora’s equity strategies. Mr. Mussalli’s current focus is centered on combining fundamental and quant investing using big data. As a leader in the field, he was appointed to the Editorial Board for The Journal of Financial Data Science as well as the AI and Data Science in Trading Advisory Board.

Prior to becoming Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of Equity Investments, 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.

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.

Oded Netzer

Columbia Business School Professor of Business

Professor Netzer's expertise centers on one of the major business challenges of the data-rich environment: developing quantitative methods that leverage data to gain a deeper understanding of customer behavior and guide firms' decisions. He focuses primarily on building statistical and econometric models to measure consumer preferences and understand how customer choices change over time, and across contexts. Most notably, he has developed a framework for managing firms' customer bases through dynamic segmentation. More recently, his research focuses on leveraging text-mining techniques for business applications.

Professor Netzer published numerous papers in the leading scholarly journals. His research was nominated for or won multiple awards including, ISMS Long-term Contribution Award, the John Little Best Paper Award, the Paul E. Green Best Paper Award, the William O’Dell Best Paper Award, the Gary L. Lilian ISMS/MSI Practice Prize Award, and the George S. Eccles Research Fund Award. He serves on the editorial board of most leading journals in his field.

Oded teaches several courses including the Core Marketing course, a course on Marketing Research, a course on Developing Quantitative Intuition (QI), a masters and doctoral course on Empirical Models in Marketing, as well as several executive education programs. Professor Netzer has won the Columbia Business School Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence.

Professor Netzer frequently consults to Fortune 500 companies and entrepreneurial organizations on strategy, data-driven decision making, marketing research and extracting useful information from rich and thin data. He is also an Amazon Scholar, working at Amazon’s Advertising and Insights team.

Matthew Rothman

Millennium Management Quantitative Strategies

Matthew Rothman is a member of the senior management team of the Quantitative Strategies business unit at Millennium Management functioning as the deputy head of the team and the Head of Quantitative Services. He is on the finance faculty at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Matthew has held a variety of positions both in academia and industry. Prior to joining Millennium, Matthew was a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs where he was the global head of Quantitative Strategies and Solutions for the Securities Division. Immediately prior to that position, Matthew was the global head of Quantitative Equity Research at Credit Suisse. Previously, Matthew was the director of Global Quantitative Macro research at Acadian Asset Management in Boston, a purely quantitative asset management firm with approximately $100 billion in assets under management. He was also the global head of quantitative research at Lehman Brothers and then Barclays Capital, post the Lehman bankruptcy. He has also held senior research positions at Sanford C. Bernstein and Goldman Sachs Asset Management.

Matthew has served on the faculty in the Economics Department at Brown University and in the Finance Department at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.

Matthew is involved with a number of philanthropic institutions, including having served for over a decade on the Board of Directors of the Innocence Project, a non-for-profit committed to the exoneration of the wrongfully convicted through DNA evidence. He also is deeply committed to funding and working with photographers documenting social conflict and civil unrest both domestically and globally.

Matthew earned a BA in philosophy from Brown University, an MA in statistics from Columbia University, and a PhD in finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Daryl Smith

Neudata Head of 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. In doing so, Neudata are able to deliver objective advice to clients on exactly which datasets are most appropriate for their investment strategy. To date, Neudata's research team have thoroughly covered c.900 datasets.

Ian Webster

Neudata Senior Vice President

Ian heads the Client Engagement group at Neudata, as well as its busy programme of events. He has spent the last six years helping asset managers, investment banks and retailers to get value out of traditional and alternative data. Prior to that, Ian's experience encompassed analytical and commercial roles at Vodafone, Bank of Scotland and Liberty Mutual.

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


Paul White

Quantbot Technologies Co-founder and the CEO

Mr. White is a co-founder and the CEO of Quantbot Technologies, LP. Before co-founding Quantbot, he was co-head of Merrill Lynch's statistical arbitrage proprietary trading group (QSA). As an original founding member of QSA he was responsible for creating a new global business from scratch. Before joining Merrill, Paul had a senior position in Morgan Stanley's Equity Trading Lab (ETL) proprietary trading group, responsible for developing statistical arbitrage black box automated trading strategies. Prior to ETL, Paul held senior technology roles at Morgan Stanley, an Internet startup and a major European software company. Paul holds a BSc. in Mathematics and Computer Science.

Greg Winterton

AlphaWeek Managing Director

Greg is Founder, Managing Editor and Managing Director of AlphaWeek, a digital magazine covering the alternative credit, hedge fund, private equity and venture capital industries. Greg has spent the bulk of his twenty year career in the financial media industry, including a decade at the Financial and Risk division of Thomson Reuters (now Refinitiv). He graduated from Loughborough University in the U.K. in 2000 with a BSC (Hons) in Business Economics and Finance.

Helena Yu

Neudata Data Strategist

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 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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