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POSTPONED - DATE TBD CAIA San Francisco presents: The Future of Alpha Generation with Data Science

March 12, 2020
All times listed are in local time
BlackRock SF
400 Howard St
San Francisco, CA 94105 
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CAIA San Francisco with CFA Society San Francisco present: 
The Future of Alpha Generation with Data Science 

In the very near future, all financial professionals will have to work with AI / Data Science in some way.
At least the basic skills will be required to remain relevant in the quest for alpha.

We will explore the following topics:
  • AI/ML trends in investing, investment process, and skills required
  • Nuances of big data/alt data and its supply chain
  • “The Art of Data Science”: Strategies for finding alpha
  • Common mistakes made across data science
  • The resurgence of financial institutions VS. tech co’s
  • Trading alpha VS. operational alpha
  • Privacy, ethics VS. regulations
  • Training and certifications
  • Overview of the FDP
Dr. Mark Jackson, Scientific Lead of Business Development, Cambridge Quantum Computing 
Ken Kroner, Founder & CEO, Pluribus Labs
Dr. Mehrzad Mahdavi, Executive Director, FDP Institute 

4:30 - 5:00 pm
5:00 - 6:15 pm Data Science Panel
6:30 - 7:30 pm Networking and Cocktail Session
CAIA & CFA Members: Complimentary
Non-members/ Guests: $20
Date and Time

400 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

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BlackRock SF
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Mark Jackson
Organization: Cambridge Quantum Computing

Dr. Mark Jackson is the Scientific Lead at Cambridge Quantum Computing. He received his Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from Columbia University. He then spent 10 years researching superstring theory and cosmology, co-authoring almost 40 technical articles. To promote the public understanding of science, he founded the science crowdfunding platform Fiat Physica and non-profit Science Partnership Fund. He is Adjunct Faculty at Singularity University and a Director of the BoldlyGo Institute and Astronomers Without Borders.

Ken Kroner
Organization: Pluribus Labs

Kenneth F. Kroner is the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Pluribus Labs. Previously, Ken was Senior Managing Director at BlackRock, where he was the head of Multi-Asset Strategies and head of Scientific Active Equities. He served on BlackRock's Global Executive and Global Operating Committees. Prior to BlackRock Ken worked at Barclays Global Investors (BGI), which was acquired by BlackRock in 2009. At BGI, he oversaw asset allocation, fund of hedge funds and client solutions businesses. Ken began his career as an economics and finance professor at the University of Arizona. He has a BSc in mathematics and economics from the University of Alberta and a PhD in economics from the University of California at San Diego. He serves or has served on several corporate, academic, and foundation boards as well as academic journal editorial boards. His research on forecasting volatility and asset returns has been widely published in both academic and practitioner journals.

Mehrzad Mahdavi
Organization: FDP Institute

Dr. Mahdavi is a technology entrepreneur with focus on breakthrough digital transformation for the Fintech and the energy sectors. He is a recognized expert and frequent keynote speaker on application of AI, IoT, and Cloud computing in financial sector and industries. Dr. Mahdavi managed major global businesses in the energy sector. He is currently the executive director of the Financial Data Professionals Institute (FDPI), a non-profit organization founded with CAIA. FDPI provides chartered designation, FDP, for the financial professionals working in the fast-growing field of AI and data science. Dr. Mahdavi is a trusted advisor for global 500 firms in the field of digital transformation. Prior to this position, he served as the Chief Digital Officer of Weatherford International. He also had and a 22-year career in Schlumberger in variety of technical and management positions. Mehrzad holds a PhD in Nuclear Science and Technology from the University of Michigan a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.