The following individuals have graciously volunteered their time and expertise to serve on the Editorial Board of AllAboutAlpha.com. In this role, they help chart the direction of the content and services offered by the website and also contribute to these pages on a regular basis. They are listed in alphabetical order.
Miran Ahmad, CAIA; Middle Office Supervisor, Citco Fund Services Inc. (San Francisco)
Miran currently is a Middle Office Supervisor with Citco Fund Services (San Francisco), the world’s pre-eminent hedge fund administrator. His responsibilities include providing profit & loss, pricing and valuation services to several multi-strategy hedge fund clients trading traditional and exotic securities. With experience in both Middle and Back Office, Miran regularly liaises with hedge fund management and actively participates in evaluating emerging client facing and internal company initiatives.
Miran was a Renaissance Scholar and graduated with both University (cum laude) and Departmental Honors from the University of Southern California with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Business Administration. He was a member of the Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society and is an active U.S.C. alumnus. He has been a CAIA since 2008 and is a registered candidate for the Level 2 CFA exam.
Dr. Ranjan Bhaduri, CAIA; Managing Director and Head of Research, AlphaMetrix Alternative Investment Advisors (Chicago)
Dr. Ranjan Bhaduri is Chief Research Officer and the Global Head of Research at AlphaMetrix Alternative Investment Advisors.
Prior to joining AlphaMetrix, he was a Vice President and on an Investment Committee at Morgan Stanley where he conducted due diligence and helped design customized portfolios of Alternatives. Earlier, he was at a Canadian Fund of Funds, and at a multi-billion dollar capital management firm where he was involved in all aspects of its fund of hedge funds and structured finance business. He has also worked with two major Canadian investment banks in the Financial Strategy Consulting Group and in Global Risk Management & Control, respectively.
Dr. Bhaduri has held advisory roles at the East-West Center, a leading think tank on the Asia-Pacific region, and at ClassMouse, an early stage software company. He has taught finance and mathematics at several universities and lectured on Derivatives for the Montreal Exchange.
Dr. Bhaduri has published papers on, and been invited to speak worldwide regarding hedge fund issues, and advanced portfolio and risk management techniques. Dr. Bhaduri is a featured columnist of Alrroya – the first Arabic Financial Daily in the UAE that is also in both English and Arabic.
Dr. Bhaduri holds both the CFA and CAIA charters. He is a member of the American Mathematical Society, the Mathematical Association of America, the Toronto CFA Society, and the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP). Dr. Bhaduri serves as a member of the All About Alpha Editorial Board, and on the steering committee of the CAIA Chicago Chapter.
Shane Brett, Founder of Global Perspectives (London & Dublin)
Shane Brett is the Founder of the consultancy Global Perspectives which provides consulting, research, change management and advisory services to the Alternative Investment & Asset Management Industry. Shane has been working in the Hedge Fund & Asset Management Industry for over 15 years. He has substantial experience managing large change projects and advising companies operationally within the industry. He has appeared extensively on radio and in the press as an economic and financial commentator, and is a Contributor Writer to a number of Alternative Investment websites as well as a regular Conference Speaker. Shane holds an MBA in Management Consulting and qualifications in PRINCE2 & Six Sigma.
Jan Brzeski, Founder of Arixa Capital Advisors
Jan Brzeski is the founder of Arixa Capital Advisors, a real estate investment management company based in Los Angeles. He is the manager of two debt-oriented real estate investment funds and has sourced, structured and invested in more than 60 projects to date. In addition to managing these funds, he is an instructor at UCLA Extension and for the CFA Society of Los Angeles on topics related to real estate investment. In addition, Jan has organized a series of successful real estate panel discussions and educational events at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. In addition to his work for AllAboutAlpha.com, Jan publishes market commentary on his blog and on Seeking Alpha. Jan received a master’s degree in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford University, where he was a member of Brasenose College, and he earned a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College.
Brian Dawson is the Chief Operating Officer at WingSail Capital. (New York)
Mr. Dawson has been actively engaged in the global financial services industry for over twenty years – both as a capital markets practitioner and strategic advisor. In the latter role, he worked as an internal consultant to the founding partners of Strategic Value Partners to establish the operational platform and business processes at the nascent firm, before expanding his role to include Investor Relations. As a management consultant at Accenture Strategic Services and PA Consulting he served as the leading subject matter expert on alternative investment firms. Most recently, Mr. Dawson was responsible for launching and driving the global hedge fund services business at Thomson Reuters. He began his career in capital markets as a management trainee at Credit Suisse where he managed teams in treasury, operations and special projects in New York, London and Zurich.
Mr. Dawson holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, and is an active member of the Columbia Business School Alumni Club/ NY where he is the co-chair of the Philanthropy Committee.
Steve Deutsch, CAIA; Director, Investment Trusts and Pensions, Endowments, and Foundations’ Database, Morningstar, Inc. (Chicago)
Steve Deutsch is the Director of Investment & Risk Management at Underwriters Laboratories, the independent global testing and certification firm headquartered in Chicago. With responsibility for UL’s investment and retirement portfolios as well as foreign exchange and risk mitigation, Steve monitors UL’s traditional and alternative investments and sees new offerings from a buy-side perspective.
Previously on the sell-side, Steve worked in Morningstar’s institutional data division and wass the director of the pensions, endowments, and foundations’ database and the separate account and collective trust databases.
Prior to joining Morningstar, Steve worked at ABN Amro Bank, Manufacturers and Traders (M&T) Bank, and Imasco Limited.
Steve holds the CAIA and CFA designations, an M.A. in Business Administration, a certificate in international management, and a B.A. in political science and economics.
Christopher Faille is the author of These Last Four Centuries: A Romp Through Intellectual History (1988); The Decline and Fall of the Supreme Court: Living Out the Nightmares of the Federalists (1995); and, with David E. O’Connor, Basic Economic Principles: A Guide for Students (2000). He was born in Nyack, New York, in 1958, right across the Hudson from the spot where Ichabod Crane once fled from the Headless Horseman. Faille graduated from Western New England College School of Law in Springfield, Mass., 1982. Christopher Faille is a Jamesian pragmatist.
Doug Friedenberg, Principal of Jigsaw Capital, LLC (New York City)
Doug Friedenberg is principal of Jigsaw Capital, LLC, which advises on and arranges asset-based lending for small to mid-sized businesses.
His experience in the financial industry includes eight years at Morgan Stanley on the sell side, dealing with high net worth individuals and mid-sized institutions; managing his own convertible arbitrage hedge fund for a number of years; serving as a portfolio manager for a family office.
Doug’s continuing experience and interaction with various players in the alternative investment universe leads him to conclude that the story of man’s search for investment Alpha is a story about about art as well as science. People who generate Alpha are at the extreme end of the Bell Curve for a time, and there’s as much value in trying to understand how and why they see what they see as there is in knowing what what they’ve actually done. To put it another way, if you scratch behind the algorithm hard enough, you’re liable to find a human underneath. Doug thinks life is a series of stories, and some are even worth retelling. Doug can be followed on Twitter: @DougFriedenberg.
Vikas Shah is Founder of the consultancy Thought Strategy and CEO of Swiscot Group (a diversified trading firm). He is also an advisor to numerous entrepreneurs, businesses, and charitable organisations globally. Vikas writes leading economics & strategy journal “Thought Economics” where he interviews leading thinkers from around the world on the key issues faced by business and society. Interviews have included Buzz Aldrin (Apollo Astronaut), Jimmy Wales (Wikipedia Founder), Celso Amorim (Minister of Defence, Brazil), Edmund Phelps (Nobel Prize Winning Economist), Jérôme Valcke (Secretary General of FIFA), Philippe Starck (Global Design Icon), Noam Chomsky (voted by Time Magazine as one of the most influential people in the world) and more. Vikas is a board member of TiE (the world’s largest entrepreneurs network) and frequently guest speaks and lectures. He has been awarded Fellowships at the Royal Society of Arts, and the Chartered Management Institute. Vikas has attended Manchester University (UMIST), Manchester Business School, Cambridge Judge Business School and the ICMA Centre (Henley Business School).
Dr. Bob Swarup, CAIA; Partner, Pension Corporation (London)
Dr Bob Swarup oversees alternatives, thought leadership and risk management at Pension Corporation, a leading player in the pension buyout space. He sits on the Advisory Board at Adveq, a leading European private equity fund of funds, and is a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics as well as a member of the CAIA Exam Council. Bob has written extensively on diverse topics across the financial spectrum, most recently putting together QFINANCE – a book of essays on all aspects of global finance by leading policymakers, practitioners and academics. He is currently writing a book on financial crises to be published by Bloomsbury in 2012.