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

10.30AM ET Welcome, Neudata Updates and Summit Briefing – Rado Lipuš, CEO, Neudata & Ian Webster, SVP, Neudata 

10.50AM ET Fireside Chat: Where Can Alt Data Be A Source of Alt Alpha? – Matthew Rothman, Quantitative Strategies, Millennium Management & Rado Lipuš, CEO, Neudata 

11.10AM ET Generating Alpha in the Intangible Economy – George Mussalli, CIO, Panagora Asset Management

11.30AM ET Latest Alt Data Trends and Pricing Update – Daryl Smith, Head of Research, Neudata & Kathryn Forde, Senior Analyst, Neudata

12.00PM ET Networking Break

12.30PM ET When Data Is Everything – Paul White, CEO and Co-Founder, Quantbot 

12.50PM ET Panel: Predicting the Trends in Alt Data: A Quant vs Fundamental Perspective – Moderator: Tipsy Talwar, Executive Director, Morgan Stanley, Olivia Tang, Vice President, Portfolio Manager, Research, Acadian Asset Management, Shruti Thaker, Global Data Manager, J O Hambro Capital Management & Kayla Lawrence, Data Strategy, Two Sigma

1.15PM ET What is the Promise of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence for Alternative Data? – Edward Leung, Snr Quant Research Analyst, Invesco

1.35PM ET Sell Insights, Not Data. New opportunities to make more money safely  Dawson Smith, Senior Director, Monetization, Leapyear

1.45PM ET Recent Trends in Flows & Positioning – Momentum or Reversal? – Sayad Baronyan, EPFR Director of Quantitative Research, EPFR

1.55PM ET Filling the data mosaic using alternative data – Mark Fleming-Williams, Communications Director, Exabel

2.05PM ET Telltale Signs of Permanency Risk – Amy Dafnis, Senior Analyst, Neudata

2.20PM ET Close

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

10.30AM ET Welcome & Neudata Posts – Dean Murphy, Global Events Director, Neudata

10.40AM ET The Morgan Stanley Nowcast: Taking the Pulse of the US Economy – Qingyi Huang, Executive Director, Morgan Stanley, Lei Lian, Researcher, Morgan Stanley, Julian Richers, VP, Global Economics Research, Morgan Stanley

11.10AM ET ASEAN Digital Economy Intelligence from Telecom Data – Benjamin Soemartopo, CEO, Eureka.AI

11.20AM ET Using Mobile App Data to Understand Changes in Consumer Behavior post-Covid – Anthony Bartolacci, Head of Financial Sales, Sensor Tower

11.30AM ET Accelerating Quant Research – from Data to Backtest – Vera Shulgina, US Operations Manager, SIGTech

11.40AM ET Detailed & Recent Electric Vehicle Sales Data and the EV-volumes Market Expectations – Viktor Irle, Co-founder and Sales Director, EV-Volumes

11.50AM ET Connected data: The power of consumer insights – Cindy Chan, Key Account Director, YouGov

12.00PM ET Networking Break

12.30PM ET Data-Driven Alpha-Focused ESG Integration – Sanne de Boer, Director of Quantitative Equity Research, Voya Investment Management

12.50PM ET Solutions to ESG ambiguity compounding Human and Artificial Intelligence, stock and flow data sets – Filippo Lanza, Director, Knowsis 

1.00PM ET The ESG Data Trends Investors Should Pay Attention To – Julia Asri Meigh, VP of ESG Research, Neudata

1.20PM ET Real time ESG – Zachary Dan, CEO, Act Analytics

1.30PM ET Amplify Your Investment Approach – What’s the Latest and Coming for DTCC Data Services Matthew Bergerman, Director, Data Services, DTCC

1.40PM ET Modeling Changes in Consumer Behavior with Mobility Data – Fletcher Berryman, Customer Success Manager, SafeGraph

2.00PM ET When Words Sweat – Oded Netzer, Professor of Business Marketing, Columbia Business School

2.20PM ET Close

June 17th – Day 3 – PE/VC Data Day

10.30AM ET Welcome – Dean Murphy, Global Events Director, Neudata

10.35AM ET Alt Data in Private Markets and the Future of Alt Data for Investors – John Elton, Partner, Greycroft 

10.55AM ET Panel: Using Alternative Data as a Competitive Advantage in Capital Raising – Moderator: Greg Winterton, Managing Director, AlphaWeek, Kevin Monserrat, Co-Founder, Consilience Ventures & Jonathan Hollis, Managing Partner, Mountside Ventures

11.25AM ET Unicorn Hunting – Using Data to Navigate the Private Investment Market – Orla Browne, Head of Content,

11.45AM ET Neudata Thoughts: Alternative Data for Private Equity Investors – Ian Webster, SVP, Neudata

12.00PM ET Networking Break

12.30PM ET Analyzing B2B technology vendor adoption trends for TAM Analysis and deal sourcing Andy McBride, Director Business Development and Partnerships, HG Insights 

12.40PM ET What Data Do We Need That Doesn’t Exist?: A VC Perspective – Tiago Caruso, Data Scientist, Goodwater Capital

1.00PM ET Workforce data: a new paradigm for understanding companies – Dr. Ben Zweig, CEO, Revelio Labs 

1.10PM ET Why Company Culture Matters – Kate Skerrett, Data Partnerships, Glassdoor & Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, Chief Economist, Glassdoor

1.30PM ET Close


Sayad Baronyan

EPFR Director of Quantitative Research

Sayad Baronyan was appointed Director of quantitative research at EPFR, Informa Financial Intelligence in 2020. He oversees the Quantitative research team tracking and analysing fund flows and positioning data from EPFR’s database made up of 135,000 share classes and representing $43 trillion of assets under management. Sayad is focused on flow and positioning
data, identifying new systematic investment strategies. He provides consultative services to hedge funds and investment firms, leverages his background in portfolio management to offer deeper insights to clients.
Prior to joining Informa, Sayad previously ran the multi-asset funds desk at HSBC Global Asset Management in Istanbul, where he won the best performing fund manager award from the Forbes Magazine in 2017.
He generates research reports for journal papers and other publications, and participates in Quant and alternative data events, most recently The Thalesians and DataScrum, Eagle Alpha and Neudata.
Sayad received a MSc, Computational Science from Istanbul Technical University and has a Ph.D in Finance from Özyeğin University, Istanbul.

Anthony Bartolacci

Sensor Tower Head of Financial Sales

Anthony leads the Financial Services team at Sensor Tower. Prior to joining Sensor Tower, he worked in equity research covering consumer companies and as a regulatory attorney in New York. While at Sensor Tower, Anthony has handled new sales and account management, along with leading brand-building initiatives. Anthony and his team take great pride in helping the company's financial services customers derive maximum value from the platform.

Matthew Bergerman

DTCC Data Services Executive Director, Product Management

Matthew Bergerman is an Executive Director at the DTCC and has been part of the DTCC Data Services team since July of 2015. He is charged with product development of data solutions for Equity Markets.

He has worked in the Financial Information industry for over 25 years. Previously, he has worked with financial market and reference data on the vendor side at Thomson Financial (now Refinitv-LSEG) and Pershing, as well as a consumer at Alliance Bernstein, Fortress Investment Group, and Deutsche Bank. Matthew has a BS degree from Syracuse University and an MBA from the New York Institute of Technology

Fletcher Berryman

SafeGraph Customer Success Manager

Fletcher Berryman is a geographer and remote sensing specialist currently working at SafeGraph in New York City, a location data firm focused on being the source of truth for places data. Previously, Berryman led emerging markets data startup dataPlor as Head of Sales, grew enterprise relationships at CARTO, and analyzed satellite imagery at Apollo Mapping. Outside of work, he is a Research Associate at the University of Chicago's Center for Spatial Data Science, co-chair of the largest geospatial meetup in the world (GeoNYC), and a year-round NYC surfer.

Orla Browne Head of Content

Orla leads the Intelligence Unit, which provides market-leading insights and trend analysis on global startup and innovation ecosystems and private market capital flows. is the foremost data provider on startups, growth companies and tech ecosystems in Europe and around the globe. Founded in Amsterdam in 2013, now works with many of the world's most prominent investors, entrepreneurs and government organizations to provide transparency, analysis and insights on startups and venture capital activity.

Cindy Chan

YouGov Key Account Director

Cindy is the Key Account Director for financial services clients in the UK at YouGov. Leveraging the unique YouGov solutions, she helps clients to understand the latest consumer market trends and generate insights for making informed decisions. Cindy has 20 years of consumer insights experience on branding & proposition, advertising and customer experience and other types of research, and has worked on numerous global multi-market research programs covering more than 40 markets globally.

Sanne de Boer

Voya Investment Management Director of Quantitative Equity Research

Sanne de Boer is director of Quantitative Equity Research at Voya Investment Management responsible for overseeing the firm’s quantitative equity research agenda. Prior to joining the firm, he was a senior research analyst for quantitative strategies for Invesco. Previously, he was a research analyst for global quantitative equities at QS Investors as well as ING Investment Management, Voya’s predecessor firm. Sanne’s research has been published in the Journal of Asset Management, the Journal of Index Investing, and the Journal of Investing. He received a Ph.D. in Operations Research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.S. in Mathematics and an M.A. in Econometrics cum laude from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

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

Dr. Andrew Chamberlain

Glassdoor Chief Economist

Dr. Andrew Chamberlain is chief economist at Glassdoor. He oversees the research program at Glassdoor, providing analysis and commentary on labor market trends. He is an applied microeconomist who has written widely on labor markets and public policy. His work has been published in academic journals, cited in U.S. congressional testimony, and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR, BBC and many others, and he is a regular guest on various television and radio programs. Previously Andrew was a policy economist in Washington, D.C. and chief economist at Columbia Economics, L.L.C. Andrew received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, San Diego, and bachelor’s degrees in economics and business administration from the University of Washington in Seattle.

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.

Zachary Dan

Act Analytics CEO
Zachary Dan is the CEO of Act Analytics, a leading provider of real time ESG signals derived from trusted independent news to inform alpha and manage risk. Zach previously worked as a quantitative analyst and developed systematic strategies in the investment industry, where he honed his Natural Language Processing skills (NLP) and realized the associated opportunity for better ESG data.
He holds an MS in Computer Science from The Georgia Institute of Technology, specializing in Machine Learning. He also holds a BSE in Aerospace Engineering from The University of Michigan.

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.

Mark Fleming-Williams

Capital Fund Management Head of Data Sourcing

Kathryn Forde

Neudata Senior Analyst
Kathryn Forde is a senior 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 transactional data and cryptoassets, as well as the broader alternative data landscape. Kathryn is currently working towards attaining the CFA designation.

Jonathan Hollis

Mountside Ventures Managing Partner

Jonathan is the Managing Partner of Mountside Ventures, a company specialising in helping early-stage companies and VC fund managers raise their next round of funding. Previously, he launched PwC's early-stage propositions whose alumni have raised over £400m with a combined valuation of £2bn. He is an ICAEW Chartered Accountant.

Qingyi Huang

Morgan Stanley Executive Director

Qingyi Huang heads up the Alphawise sector quant team of Equity Research at Morgan Stanley, where she is responsible for conducting quantamental research and using AI & alternative data to generate alpha signals. Qingyi worked as a Fixed Income Strat for three years before she moved to Equity Research. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Qingyi was an assistant professor at Guanghua School of Management at Peking University from 2011 to 2014. Qingyi holds a PhD degree from Kellogg School of Business and a BS degree from Fudan University.

Viktor Irle Co-founder and Sales Director

Viktor Irle is co-founder / Sales Director, and market analyst at, a global market intelligence platform for the electric vehicle industry that delivers data services in the EV industry.’s key strengths are in global vehicle sales and data for xEV vehicles, battery technology, charging infrastructure, future vehicles, governmental policies and targets, and forecasts. Prior to starting, Viktor Irle worked with consultancy services in the automotive industry. He is convinced electric vehicles play an important role in shaping the future of the automotive industry. Viktor Irle has a Master’s degree in Management and Economics of Innovation, from Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden, and a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering and Management.

Filippo Lanza

Knowsis Director

Finding new ways to leverage technology to control data overload and compound knowledge across investment professionals. I believe that the winning teams of the future will rely on a smart and innovative interaction of both forms of human and artificial intelligence. At Knowsis I have the privilege of combining my passion for investing with my drive to implement technology to better and faster scan, monitor and digest the ever-growing data universe.

Kayla Lawrence

Two Sigma Data Strategy

Kayla Lawrence is a member of the Data Strategy team at Two Sigma where she manages the strategic acquisition of data and works to develop strategies to enable new research and new business through data innovation. Prior to joining Two Sigma she was a Teach for America Corps Member. Ms. Lawrence graduated with an A.B. in Politics from Princeton University.

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.

Lei Lian

Morgan Stanley Quant Analyst

Lei Lian is a quant analyst in Alphawise team of Equity Research at Morgan Stanley. She conducts quantamental research by combining quantitative modeling with fundamental equity analysis. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Lei conducted research on equity investment and global asset allocation strategies on the buy side. Lei was an assistant professor of Finance at Isenberg School of Management in University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Lei holds a PhD degree from Booth Business School and MS degree from statistics department in the University of Chicago.

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 Head 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.

Andy McBride

HG Insights Director Business Development and Partnerships

Kevin Monserrat

Consilience Ventures Co-Founder

Kevin Monserrat is the Co-Founder of Consilience Ventures, which is transforming the way start-ups can finance and grow their businesses cheaper and quicker.

Before founding Consilience Ventures, he was Head of Microsoft’s Ecosystem of Scale Up in London, responsible for investing about US$100 million per annum and where he spent many years helping companies to launch, grow and fund their technology businesses.

While there he oversaw key Microsoft partners such as private equity and venture capital firms, family offices, accelerators and universities.

Kevin holds a Master’s Degree in Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship from INSEEC Business School, France, with additional studies undertaken in the Master’s program at the University of New England, Australia. He has also studied Private Equity & Venture Capital with the Universita Commerciale Bocconi, Customer Analytics with Wharton University, Pennsylvania, and Innovation & Entrepreneurship with the University of Maryland.

He was the Sergeant at Arms of the London Business School’s Toastmasters Public Speaking Club, where he doubled the size of membership in less than two years and was an active member of the Junior Chamber International.

One of his more unusual early careers was as a fire-fighter in Aix en Provence, one of the biggest and busiest fire stations in France, with 17,000 interventions a year, where he was responsible for fighting forest fires, administering first aid and saving lives.

Kevin rides a motorbike, loves travelling, and is passionate about developing the future of money and entrepreneurship.  He is married and enjoys spending time with his two young brothers and his niece and nephew.

Dean Murphy

Neudata Commercial Director - Data Provider Products

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.

Julian Richers

Morgan Stanley Vice President, Global Economics

Julian Richers is a Vice President in Morgan Stanley’s Global Economics Research team. His focus is on global macroeconomic trends and macro-financial linkages. Prior to joining the firm, Julian was an economist in the Global Markets Research group at Goldman Sachs, where he worked on global macro, FX, and credit markets. Previously, he also spent time at the German Federal Ministry of Finance and at PIMCO. Julian received his BA in Economics from Columbia University and his PhD in Economics from Boston University.

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.

Vera Shulgina

SIGTech US Operations Manager

Vera is focused on growing SIGTech's U.S. business, and will be opening their New York office this fall. Prior to SIGTech, she was a Data Strategist working across businesses at Two Sigma, part of the COO team at Citadel Global Equities, and a registered securities principal at an equities prop trading firm. Vera earned a B.A. in Economics from New York University and a M.S. in Technology Management from Columbia University.

Kate Skerrett

Glassdoor Data Partnerships

Kate Skerrett is a 16 year veteran of the recruitment technology space.  Kate leads and manages Glassdoor’s Data Partnerships.

Dawson Smith

LeapYear Technologies Sr. Director, Monetization

Dawson is Senior Director of Sales at LeapYear Technologies and leads the firm’s data commercialization business.  He works with data owners to securely monetize their data using LeapYear’s transformative software. Before LeapYear, Dawson held leadership positions at various alternative data and research organizations, providing solutions to institutional investors and corporate clients.  He graduated cum laude from Boston College with an honors degree in Philosophy.

Daryl Smith

Neudata Managing Director and 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.

Ben Soemartopo

Eureka AI CEO

Ben is the CEO of Eureka AI, an enterprise software company enabling partnerships between mobile operators, enterprises and governments to deliver actionable intelligence at scale. Eureka’s products provide financial intelligence to increase access to finance, and market intelligence to enable better business decisions. Eureka’s software is currently deployed across ASEAN, India, the Middle East and Africa, and expanding into Europe with a  software technology team led from Seattle, USA.

Ben was previously with McKinsey Company for 12 years and Managing Partner for Indonesia. He was also a Managing Director for Standard Chartered Bank’s Private Equity business in Indonesia for 6 years and on the investment and portfolio committee of a USD 4 billion portfolio of 100 companies across Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Ben has experience as an investor and adviser in the retail, telecom, healthcare, agriculture and energy sectors.

Ben is a Cofounder of the Young Leaders for Indonesia Foundation which has been running for 12 years and developed 1,000 leaders for Indonesia in their final year of university. Whilst at McKinsey he also spent 5 years helping pro bono the leader of the Aceh reconstruction post tsunami to build back better, and helped Indonesia develop its climate change strategy in 2009 to reduce peatland emissions and deforestation.

Ben was selected as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader in 2010 and is a YPO member. He has a Bachelor of Law (first class honours) and Political Economy from Murdoch University in Australia and has completed executive education at Harvard University and the London Business School.

Tipsy Talwar

Morgan Stanley Executive Director

Tipsy Talwar is an Executive Director at Morgan Stanley, and Americas Head of Systematic Advisory Sales (SAS). SAS is responsible for marketing and distribution of Morgan Stanley’s Quantitative Assets (MSQA) to our institutional clients; these assets include, among others, quantitative Research, data driven Research, Alpha Capture, data services and quant and data focused content and events. Prior to joining SAS in 2017, Tipsy was a senior member of Morgan Stanley’s Electronic Trading (MSET) desk, where she covered quantitative hedge funds trading into Americas for nine years. Before that, she helped build the firm’s electronic trading systems for the Market Making and later the Swaps desks.

Tipsy received her BS and MS in Computer Engineering from NYU Tandon School of Engineering, and her MBA in Finance from NYU Stern School of Business. She lives in NYC with her husband and two daughters.

Olivia Tang

Acadian Asset Management Vice President, Portfolio Manager, Research

Olivia joined Acadian in 2020 and is a member of the Global Equity Research Team. Previously, she worked as a Senior Quantitative Researcher and a lead Portfolio Manager for active US and international small cap strategies at State Street Global Advisors, where her responsibilities spanned across bottom up stock selection, top down modeling, factor timing, portfolio construction and portfolio management. Olivia holds a Ph.D. in systems engineering with a concentration in operations research from Boston University and earned a B.S. in mathematics from Peking University. She is a CFA charterholder and a member of CFA Society Boston.

Shruti Thaker

J O Hambro Capital Management Global Data Manager

Shruti Thaker is the Global Data Manager for Pendal group where she is working to develop and implement a new data strategy for the group.  Ms Thaker has a long history in the finance sector, having previously headed up CRM and Corporate Access technologies for Citigroup Institutional Equities.  At Citi, Shruti created a new Corporate Access system and implementing many of the MiFID II changes required for that legislation. While at Citigroup, she also lead a cross industry group in creating industry wide standards for MiFID II reporting.

Ms Thaker’s most recent role was at BlackRock, where she was head of Alpha Capture and vendor data for Active Equities, focusing on alternative data.

Outside of work, Shruti is on the board of directors for Grace Institute, a non-profit in New York which aims to improve the lives of women through training and job placements.

Ian Webster

Neudata Managing Director

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.

Dr Ben Zweig

Revelio Labs CEO
Ben Zweig is the CEO of Revelio Labs, a market intelligence company which derives competitive insights based on unstructured Human Capital data. Revelio Labs leverages the latest advances in AI research methods to create structured and accurate representations of raw labor data contained in millions of resumes, online profiles, and job postings. Revelio Labs mission is to provide unique insights and uncover trends in Human Capital, empowering businesses and Investors.
He also teaches Data Science at NYU Stern. Prior to starting Revelio Labs, Ben has worked as a Managing Data Scientist in the IBM Chief Analytics Office and as a Quantitative Strategist at an Emerging Market hedge fund. He holds a PhD in Economics from the CUNY Graduate Center and has done research in Occupational Transformation and Social Mobility.


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