December 6, 2013 (From Pittsburgh)
Todd Simkin - Susquehanna International Group
"Poker as a Proxy for Trading"
Todd Simkin holds a BA from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Wharton. He has worked at SIG since graduating from the University of Virginia. He started as an assistant trader, then traded equity options on the PHLX. He moved to Europe where he traded American Depositary Receipts, cross-border merger arbitrage, German rights offerings, and other quantitatively-priced products. He moved back to the US to transition from trading to business management, where he oversaw business development, recruiting, firm-wide compensation, and personnel moves within trading. For a period of time in 2008 and 2009, he ran SIG's Fixed Income desk, but has since moved back to broad business management. Currently, Todd is co-head of Education and Trader Development, as well as the head of SIG's Quantitative Research recruiting.
November 22, 2013 (From NY)
Vladimir Sankovich - Royal Bank of Canada Capital Markets
Managing Director, Global Head of Flow Interest Rates and Credit Quantitative Research
"What Does It Mean To Be A Quant?"
Vladimir Sankovich is Managing Director, Global Head of Flow Interest Rates and Credit Quantitative Research at Royal Bank of Canada Capital Markets where he oversees a team developing financial analytics for global Rates, Municipals, Inflation, Credit Derivatives, and Cash trading. Vlad has held derivatives research positions at Merrill Lynch and Bear Stearns, beginning his career at Arthur Andersen in their Financial Commodities and Risk Practice. Vlad earned an MS in Electrical Engineering from St. Petersburg University of Electronics and Technology, and a PhD in Theoretical Physics from New York University.
November 15, 2013 (From NY)
Alex Maia - BNP Paribas
Head of Interest Rate and FX Structuring, Americas
Alex Maia is the Head of Interest Rate and FX Structuring, Americas, at BNP Paribas where he oversees structured products deals, corporate solutions, and accounting solutions. Before joining the bank in 2012, Alex was a Managing Director at RBS, where he held several positions including Co-Head of Latin America Banking and Markets. Prior to this, Alex was a Managing Director at Lehman Brothers and Head of Latin America Origination and Distribution. Alex started his career at Morgan Stanley, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Studies from Cass Business School as well as a Master of Science degree in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics.
November 8, 2013 (From NY)
Gerhard Seebacher - Bank of America Merrill Lynch
"The Shifting Landscape for the OTC Derivatives Market"
Gerhard Seebacher retired this past August as Managing Director and co-head of Global Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities (FICC) Trading at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. In this role, Seebacher led the trading effort in FICC, one of the main divisions within Global Markets, Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s institutional sales and trading platform and had global responsibility for developing and implementing the long-range strategic and tactical plans for the business. Seebacher also served in several key senior positions in the firm’s trading businesses, including as head of Global Rates, Foreign Exchange and Structured Credit Trading and as head of Global Credit Products. He joined Bank of America in 1995 in London as part of the NationsBank-CRT derivatives business, and relocated to New York in 2001. Seebacher serves on the Board of Directors of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA), where he co-chairs the Regulatory Reform Committee and is a member of the Operational Management Group (OMG). He also serves as a Trustee on the Board of Directors of the American Austrian Foundation. Seebacher earned a graduate degree from the University of Economics and Business Administration in Vienna.
October 11, 2013 (From NY)
Umesh Subramanian - Goldman Sachs
Global Head of Corporate Treasury Strats
"Goldman Sachs Under the Hood - Risk Management Through the Crisis"
Umesh is global head of Corporate Treasury Strats. His team is responsible for building scalable analytics and models to quantify the liquidity, funding and capital risks to the firm. Prior to joining Corporate Treasury, Umesh was global head of Investment Banking and Merchant Banking Division Strats, where his team provided quantitative structuring and analytical advice to Investment Banking clients and helped the divisions manage lending and investment-related risks. He joined Goldman Sachs in 2005 and was named managing director in 2008. Prior to joining the firm, Umesh worked at Morgan Stanley. Umesh earned a BTech in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, in 1997 and an MS in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in 1999. He is a CFA charterholder.
September 20, 2013 (From NY)
Keishi Hotsuki - Morgan Stanley
Chief Risk Officer
"A Brief History of Risk Management - A Practitioner View"
Mr. Hotsuki is Chief Risk Officer of Morgan Stanley, a member of the firm's Operating and Management Committee and a Director of Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities Co., Ltd. Mr. Hotsuki joined the firm in March, 2008 as the Head of Market Risk Department and became the Interim Chief Risk Officer in January 2011. He assumed his current role of Chief Risk Officer in May 2011. Mr. Hotsuki began his career at Fuji Bank in 1984, where he worked in the Corporate Finance and Derivatives Trading Divisions. From 1993 to 1999, he worked in Market Risk Management at Bankers Trust based in Tokyo and subsequently in Sydney, where he was a Managing Director and the Head of Market Risk Management Japan/Asia from 1995-1999. Mr. Hotsuki joined Merrill Lynch in 1999 as a Managing Director and the Head of Market Risk Management for the Japan/Asia Pacific Region and was a Senior Vice President and Global Head of Market Risk Management from 2005 to 2007. Mr. Hotsuki holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Hitotsubashi University and a Masters of Science in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon University. Mr. Hotsuki is a member of the Advisory Board for Carnegie Mellon's Computational Finance program.
September 13, 2013 (From NY)
September 6, 2013 (From Pittsburgh)
Sanjay Reddy - Citigroup
Managing Director and the Head of the New York Finance Desk
"Repo's and the Shadow Banking System"
Sanjay Reddy is a Managing Director and the Head of the New York Finance Desk at Citigroup, with responsibility for firm funding and matched book repo trading in U.S. Treasuries, Agency MBS and Debentures, Corporates, Emerging Markets, ABS and Municipals. Sanjay joined Salomon Brothers in 1988 after obtaining a BS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He spent three years developing risk management software before joining the department and has served Citigroup in both London and New York.
Dr. Allan Meltzer - Tepper School of Business
"Regulation and the Rule of Law"
Dr. Meltzer has been a faculty member of Carnegie Mellon since 1957, serving as Acting Dean of the Business School, in the mid 70's. He has earned countless academic and professional awards and is a prolific writer, publishing hundreds of papers and articles. His best known work may be his exhaustive financial history of the United States entitled, A History of the Federal Reserve published in 2002. His most well-known, non-academic efforts may be as Co-founder of the Shadow Open Market Committee in 1973 (and, since 1989, as Chairman), a group of twelve 'shadow governors' that critique Open Market policy actions of the Federal Reserve, considering other policy choices that could lead to better outcomes. Dr. Meltzer has a BA in Economics, from Duke University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics for the University of California, Los Angeles.