Alberto has over 17 years’ experience in fixed income derivative products. Before founding Fideres, Alberto held senior managerial positions in New York and London at investment banks including UBS, ABN AMRO and The Royal Bank of Scotland. Alberto holds master-level degrees in Engineering from Politecnico di Torino and from Ecole Centrale Paris. Alberto also has a degree in classical guitar from the Conservatoire of Music in Genoa.
Steffen has over 12 years’ experience in structured credit and complex derivatives across all major asset classes. Prior to founding Fideres, he held a senior position at The Royal Bank of Scotland. Before joining RBS he worked for 5 years at Deutsche Bank. Steffen holds a master-level degree in Mathematics from the University of Erlangen and an MSc in Financial Engineering and Quantitative Analysis from the ICMA Centre at the University of Reading.
Markus joined Fideres in 2016 and has over 12 years of experience in financial markets. Prior to joining Fideres he was Managing Director of Credit Suisse’s Emerging Markets Financing Group and oversaw the management of a large credit derivatives portfolio. Markus holds an MBA from Manchester Business School, where he graduated in the top 5% of his class with a distinction.
Russell De Souza
Russell joined in 2014, after completing his Bsc Accounting and Finance at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He specialised in corporate finance, pricing of various securities and accounting conventions for asset valuations. He was a recipient of the LSE Kathleen Crabb Scholarship and played for the LSE Hockey team.
Hongjia joined Fideres in 2014 after having completed his MSc Risk Management and Financial Engineering at Imperial College Business School with distinction. His dissertation studies the interest rate risk premia in the short end of the term structure. Prior to this, Hongjia obtained a BSc Economics from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics and examined the relationship between income and happiness in his dissertation. Hongjia was a student athlete of Volleyball and served as an assistant Chinese language teacher for the CLS scholarship, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, USA.
Max Theiler joined Fideres in 2016, after having worked at the national laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico, developing machine learning techniques and designing neural networks for applications in computer vision. Prior to that, he worked as a historian of the laboratory’s supercomputing division. Max has graduated with an MSc in Economic History from the London School of Economics, where his dissertation examined factors in the comparative long-term development of North and Latin America.
Alan has over 16 years experience in financial derivative products including modelling, structuring and trading. Prior to joining Fideres, Alan worked at the Royal Bank of Scotland as a consultant on a project designing a system to manage complex legacy derivative trades. Alan graduated from the University of Cambridge with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and a Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science.
Alex joined Fideres in October 2016, after completing her MA in Global Political Economy at City, University of London with distinction. She specialised in international trade disputes and negotiations and her dissertation examined the implications for bilateral trade negotiations of sectoral differences in WTO disputes between the US and EU. Prior to completing her MA, she received a BA in Government with a minor in Psychology from the College of William and Mary. Alex has previously worked in the UK Parliament and for the campaign and communications offices of the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Sam joined Fideres in 2017 after completing his MSc in Financial Risk and Investment Analysis at the University of Sussex with distinction. He specialised in pricing commodity derivatives and Value-at-Risk models and his dissertation examined Normal, Student t and Normal Mixture Linear VaR models. Prior to completing his MSc, Sam attained a first class honours BSc in Economics from the University of Sussex. His undergraduate dissertation research examined and tested the efficiency of the Taiwanese stock market.
Alexis joined Fideres in 2017 after completing an MSc in Financial Mathematics at The University of Warwick with distinction. His master's dissertation explored and implemented influential algorithmic trading models. Prior to his master's degree, Alexis received a BSC in MORSE (Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics) from The University of Warwick with first class honours. Outside of university, he spent time working as a professional Dota 2 player.
Federico joined Fideres in June 2017. Prior to joining Fideres he worked in the asset and liability department at Allianz Investment Management in Stuttgart and in the FX and interest rate derivatives sales desk at Societe Generale Corporate and Investment Banking in London. Federico holds a MSc in Finance at Bocconi University. His dissertation was focused on the creation of a new asset management technique, the Black-Litterman Copula approach. Federico was a competitive swimmer and he is a big fan of rock and jazz music, playing guitar for several years.
Vedika joined FIderes in July 2017, after completing her MSc in Economics and Management, London School of Economics and Political Science. She specialized in Industrial Economics and Applied Microeconomics and as result of her interests, her dissertation examined the relationship between cost efficiency and the level of competition in the scheduled commercial bank sector in India using Stochastic Frontier Regression Analysis. Prior to completing her MSc, she received a BSc in Economics, Mathematics and Statistics from St Joseph's College, Bangalore, India. She also pursues Indian Classical Dance and has given performances in India.
Michaela joined Fideres in September 2017 after completing her LLM in Law and Economics at Queen Mary University of London. Her dissertation assessed the role of innovation in merger control in the agrochemicals sector. Prior to completing her Masters, Michaela received a Bachelor of Commerce Honours degree in Economics and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law from Stellenbosch University. She also enjoys waterskiing and has won two South African national championships.
Raphael has two MSc degrees with distinction from Oxford University, in economic history and development economics. His recent dissertation developed an econometric model to assess the effects of immigration to South Africa on local wages and employment. He also holds a BA Honours in economic history from the University of Cape Town, and is a recipient of the Rhodes Scholarship. Raphael enjoys hiking and once got lost on table mountain in a hailstorm.
Jay joined Fideres in 2017 after working for several years as an accountant. Prior to joining Fideres, he worked for an accountancy practice assisting new businesses and SMEs with their accounting needs and business coaching. He holds a BA (Hons) in Business Studies with a Marketing pathway from London Metropolitan University.
Stela joined Fideres in 2017, after having worked as an assistant for a start-up. Prior to that, she completed her MSc in Banking and Finance at University of Surrey with Distinction. Her dissertation examined whether deals such as M&A add or destroy value to the shareholders. Stela also received a BSc in Economics from University of National and World Economy in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Affiliated Academic Consultants
Prof. Carol Alexander
Carol Alexander is Professor of Finance at Sussex and co-editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Banking and Finance, with Geert Bekaert (Columbia). She holds degrees from the University of Sussex (BSc First Class, Mathematics with Experimental Psychology; PhD Algebraic Number Theory) and the London School of Economics (MSc Econometrics and Mathematical Economics). She also has an Honorary Professorship at the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest, Romania. Carol has also held several positions in financial institutions: Fixed Income Trader at UBS/Phillips and Drew (UK); Academic Director of Algorithmics (Canada); Director of Nikko Global Holdings and Head of Market Risk Modeling (UK); Risk Research Advisor, SAS (USA). She also acts as an expert witness and consultant in financial modelling. From 2010 – 2012 Carol was Chair of the Board of PRMIA (Professional Risk Manager's International Association). She publishes widely on a broad range of topics, including: volatility theory; option pricing and hedging; trading volatility; hedging with futures; alternative investments; random orthogonal matrix simulation; game theory and real options.
Prof. Ioannis Kokkoris
Ioannis Kokkoris holds a Chair in Law and Economics at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London, UK. He is also the Vice Chairman of the Institute of Studies in Competition Law and Policy. He is an expert on competition law as well as on law and economics. His main research interests are in the area of law and economics, comparative competition law/economics and policy, intellectual property, as well as banking law and financial regulation. He has also worked on abuse of dominance cases as well as cartels and other anticompetitive agreements cases. He is a special advisor to a number of competition authorities and frequently advises companies on competition enforcement issues in a number of jurisdictions and delivers training programmes for companies, competition authorities and courts. He holds a BSc Economics (Essex), MPhil Economics (Cantab), LLM (Warwick) and PhD in Competition Law (Kings College London) and has conducted research at Harvard Law School.
Prof. Robert Rothschild
Robert Rothschild is Professor of Economics at Lancaster University. A graduate of the University of Cape Town with an MA (with distinction), and former Research Student at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, he has worked in industry in both the UK and Germany. He was a visiting professor at Curtin Business School, Perth, Australia. He has previously been a fellow of the Royal Economic Society, former member of the American Economic Association as well as former secretary of the Cape Branch of the Economic Society of South Africa. His principal research area is in industrial organization analysis, with particular reference to cartel behaviour and competition in product-differentiated markets. On these and related topics he has published widely in journals such as the American Economic review, the European Economic Review, and the Journal of Industrial Economics.
Prof. Farasat Bokhari
Farasat Bokhari is an Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) of Economics at the University of East Anglia and the Centre for Competition Policy. He received his Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management from the Heinz School at Carnegie Mellon University, USA. As a health economist with a background in applied microeconomics and industrial organization, and a specialization in health policy, he has conducted research on the evolution of industry standards, adoption and diffusion of health care technologies, competition among hospitals and managed care organizations, and health outcomes and research methods. His current work is on antitrust, competition and firm strategies in the pharmaceutical sector, including introduction of pseudo/authorized generics, me-too drugs, product hopping, pay-for-delay deals and their impact on prices, entry, growth and welfare. He has published in leading academic journals including the Journal of Competition Law and Economics, Journal of Industrial Economics, International Journal of Industrial Organization, Journal of Health Economics, and Health Economics.
Prof. Louis Rossiter
Louis F. Rossiter is Director of Health Sector Program, Full-time MBA, Mason School of Business, and Research Professor, Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy, at The College of William & Mary. He is also the founder of New Health Analytics, a Richmond, VA based health information technology company. He has held several positions within both the private and public sector including Secretary of Health and Human Resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia, deputy for policy to the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), professor at the Medical College of Virginia (MCV) Campus of Virginia Commonwealth University. He previously served on the Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (2008-2012); the Board of Directors of AcademyHealth; and was the 2010-2011 Chair of the Board of Directors of the Coalition for Health Services Research. His expertise is in a variety of topics, including: competition in the financing and delivery of health services; reimbursement economics; managed care organizations; survey research; and health information analytics. He holds degrees from Lenoir-Rhyne University (BA Economics), the University of South Carolina (MA Economics) and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (PhD Economics).
Prof. Robert Webb
Prof Robert Webb is the Martin J. Patsel, Jr., Research Professor at the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S.A. He is also the current Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Futures Markets, a leading academic journal focusing on derivative securities and markets. His previous experience includes positions with the Investment Department of the World Bank, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, the Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget, and the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission. His research and publications focus on derivative securities and markets, trading and the behavior of speculative prices, how traders make decisions, market microstructure and the impact of high-frequency trading on financial market prices, latency, and behavioural finance. He is the author of the books Trading Catalysts: How Events Move Markets and Create Trading Opportunities (FT Press, 2007) and Macroeconomic Information and Financial Trading (Blackwell, 1994) and co-author of Shock Markets: Trading Lessons for Volatile Times (FT Press 2013). He holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire (BBA) the University of Chicago (MBA with a specialisation in Finance and PhD in Finance).
Prof. Linda Allen
Linda Allen is the William F. Aldinger Chair and Presidential Professor of Finance, Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College CUNY. Professor Allen's research and consulting interests include banking and financial intermediation, mortgage finance, and securities lending. She has more than twenty years of experience as an expert witness in the areas of: financial analysis, economic damages, risk assessment and securities valuation, including securitizations. She has a patented damages model for use in shareholder class action litigation. She has testified more than twenty times at hearings and depositions on cases involving: executive compensation, option valuation, CDS payouts, mergers and acquisitions. In addition, she has been involved in settlements of dozens of cases involving major banking and financial firms, such as: Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Barclays, Lehman, Enron, etc. She holds degrees from Queens College, CUNY (BA Economics) and New York University (PhD Economics/Finance). She is a Board Member of the Forensic Expert Witness Association as well as a member of the American Finance Association and Financial Management Association. She has authored and co-authored several books and holds a patent for determining damages for shareholders in a class action lawsuit.
Prof. Doug Miller
Doug Miller is Associate Professor of Management and Global Business at Rutgers University. With a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University, he previously held positions at Tulane University and the University of Illinois. His research on Corporate Strategy using large-scale datasets has been published in journals such as Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Journal, and Research Policy, addressing diversification, vertical integration, and innovation. He was a Fulbright Specialist Roster grantee to Peru in 2016. His current research focuses on causes, conduct, and competitive implications of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) among for-profit and non-profit firms.
Prof. John Kagel
John Kagel is University Chaired Professor of Applied Economics and Director of the Economics Laboratory at the Ohio State University. He has previously served as a panelist for the National Science Foundation in the Economics Division and in the Decision, Risk and Management Division. His research interests focus on group decision making and learning in strategic interactions between agents, auction design and performance, industrial organization issues, and legislative bargaining. He has published over 90 articles in peer reviewed journals including the American Economic Review, Econometrica, Journal of Political Economy, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Psychological Review, American Political Science Review, and Management Science. He has six co-authored monographs and his most recent book has been translated into Chinese. His research includes studies of package bidding in auctions versus Federal Communications Commission style auctions, team versus individual decision making in strategic interactions involving costly signaling between agents, auctions with resale, and public versus private good provision in legislative bargaining. He holds a B.A. (Tufts University), M.S. and Ph.D. in Economics (Purdue).
Prof. Xiaoyong Zheng
Dr. Xiaoyong Zheng is the Graduate Program Director and Professor for the Agricultural and Resource Economics Department at North Carolina State University. He specialises in markets with asymmetric information. His published and working projects include empirical studies of auctions (public works; timber; conservation reservation), contracts (marketing and production contracts in agriculture) and insurance (health; crop). He is also an applied econometrician, applying microeconometrics methods to study policy-relevant issues in food demand, health and international trade. He frequently speaks a seminars and conferences on agricultural economics and applied economics. He is currently associate editor of the Journal of Agricultural & Food Industrial Organization and previously of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics. He holds degrees from Indiana University (MA and PhD in Economics) and Peking University (BA Economic).