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Thursday, 25 October 2018, Frankfurt

All our Speakers

Our speakers and panellists are international experts and thought leaders driving among others the AI and Data Science revolution in financial services. On 26 October 2017 the first Frankfurt Summit on Network Analysis (FSNA) took place aiming to discuss among others the convergence of Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, and Network Science and its impact on the financial services industry. Over 150 delegates participated making this conference a huge success. FSNA set out to strengthen the ecosystem in Frankfurt and provide transparency over the existing capabilities to bring together a group of like-minded and interested people from across the world to discuss the impact of Network Science, Big Data, and Artificial Intelligence on the financial services industry and contribute to the region`s development. On 25 October, this year, the aim is to expand this dialogue even further, increase the size of participants considerably and more importantly continue the development of this unique ecosystem in Frankfurt.

  • Prof. Dr Saikat Chaudhuri
    Prof. Dr Saikat Chaudhuri
    University of Pennsylvania, USA
  • Prof. Florian Ellsaesser
    Prof. Florian Ellsaesser
    Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, Germany
  • Dan Evans
    Dan Evans
    Network Science Center, USA
  • Dr Thomas Funke
    Dr Thomas Funke
    TechQuartier, Germany
  • Dr Ronald Hochreiter
    Dr Ronald Hochreiter
    WU Vienna, Austria
  • Andreas Lukic
    Andreas Lukic
    ValueNet Capital Partners GmbH, Germany
  • Prof. Rosario Mantegna
    Prof. Rosario Mantegna
    University of Palermo, Italy
  • Michael Mellinghoff
    Michael Mellinghoff
    TechFluence, UK
  • Andreas Metzen
    Andreas Metzen
    Uhlenbruch, Germany
  • Branka Hadji Misheva
    Branka Hadji Misheva
    University of Pavia, Italy
  • Dr Felix C. Ohnmacht
    Dr Felix C. Ohnmacht
    Frontiers Media SA, Switzerland
  • Prof. Sharyn O’Halloran
    Prof. Sharyn O’Halloran
    Columbia University, USA
  • Paolo Pagnottoni
    Paolo Pagnottoni
    University of Pavia, Italy
  • Dr Jochen Papenbrock
    Dr Jochen Papenbrock
    Firamis GmbH, Germany
  • Prof. Paolo Giudici
    Prof. Paolo Giudici
    University of Pavia, Italy
  • Prof. Jürgen Pfeffer
    Prof. Jürgen Pfeffer
    TUM, Germany
  • Gloria Polinesi
    Gloria Polinesi
    University of Ancona, Italy
  • Dr Heinz-Werner Rapp
    Dr Heinz-Werner Rapp
    FERI, Germany
  • Prof. Dr Philipp Sandner
    Prof. Dr Philipp Sandner
    Frankfurt School Blockchain Center, Germany
  • Anca Mirela Toma
    Anca Mirela Toma
    University of Pavia, Italy
  • Karim Traiaia
    Karim Traiaia
    Memgraph, UK
  • Dr Murat Ünal
    Dr Murat Ünal
    SONEAN, Germany
  • Dr Mark Währisch
    Dr Mark Währisch
    creditshelf, Germany

Prof. Rosario Mantegna

Interview

Prof. Mantegna, what are you specifically going to focus on in your speech for the AI, big data, and network science conference on 25th October?

Read the full interview here.

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Prof. Dr Saikat Chaudhuri
University of Pennsylvania, USA

Saikat Chaudhuri is Executive Director of the Mack Institute for Innovation Management at the Wharton School, a research institute distinguished by a dual focus on academic thought leadership and industry impact.

Prof. Chaudhuri recently served as the interim director of the Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology (M&T) at the University of Pennsylvania. He is an alumnus of the M&T program, from which he earned his BS and BSE in 1997. He received a Master’s degree from Stanford University and a Doctoral degree from Harvard University.

Prof. Chaudhuri has served on the Wharton School faculty in the Management Department since 2004, where his research encompasses high-technology mergers and acquisitions, high-end outsourcing, and technological innovation in dynamic environments. He teaches MBA, undergraduate, and executive education courses on corporate development and M&A as well as innovation management. His publications span scholarly and managerial outlets, and he has received several teaching awards from the Wharton School, besides recognition from professional associations such as the Academy of Management and Strategic Management Society. His work has been cited by leading media, and he is often interviewed or quoted by the press on contemporary business affairs. Prof. Chaudhuri has been invited to speak at corporate forums, industry events, and academic conferences across the United States, Europe, and Asia. Based on his research and experience, he has provided consulting on developing and implementing acquisition, innovation management, and corporate growth strategies for a range of technology-based companies, besides providing expert legal testimony and advising the Indian government on IT-based economic development opportunities.
Prof. Chaudhuri’s prior professional experience includes corporate development at Mannesmann AG, in addition to brief stints with Citibank, McKinsey and Company, and Roland Berger Strategy Consultants.

Prof. Florian Ellsaesser
Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, Germany

Florian Ellsaesser is Professor at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. He teaches technical classes on Deep Learning and Natural Language Processing in the Masters in Applied Data Science.

He completed his undergraduate degree in Economics and Philosophy in the UK. In his PhD at Cambridge University he focused on causal inference and the construction of explanatory frameworks. 

For one of his research papers Florian received the Oxford, Cambridge, Warwick interdoctoral conference best PhD paper award. During his PhD he also began to study Mathematics and has continued ever since.

After his PhD Florian first worked as a strategy consultant and then as a project manager at McKinsey & Company. He then moved into the entrepreneurial world and was involved in founding a number of technology start-ups. He also published on causal inference and machine learning in the Academy of Management Review and the Strategic Management Journal.

Florian’s main research interest lies in decision making under uncertainty and the application of machine learning to managerial and organizational problems. He has worked with large companies to help them transform their business using AI.

Dan Evans
Network Science Center, USA

Dan Evans is a Senior Researcher at the Network Science Center at West Point and the founder of Storm King Analytics, a firm applying innovative network-based approaches to challenging real-world problems. His recent work has focused on economic development and market intelligence on the continent of Africa. Dan served in the United States Army for over twenty years as an Infantry Officer, an Operations Research Analyst, and as an Assistant Professor of Economics at the United States Military Academy, West Point. He is a combat veteran and graduate of the prestigious US Army Ranger School. Dan is a 1987 graduate of West Point and completed his Masters of Business Administration at the College of William and Mary.

Dr Thomas Funke
TechQuartier, Germany

Entrepreneurship has fascinated Thomas since he set up a course at university in 2008 that allowed students to start their own businesses. He is especially motivated by seeing how starting a business can release new forces in young people that lead to a completely strengthened self-efficacy. Thomas Funke is particularly fascinated by training and educating young entrepreneurs. Furthermore, he loves measuring and decoding the different entrepreneurship ecosystems. He just recently published a book on entrepreneurship ecosystems with FAZ Buchverlag with the title: „Beyond Silicon Valley: Examples of Successful Entrepreneurship Ecosystems“. He also serves as academic contributor for the renown Global Startup Ecosystem Report by Silicon Valley based company Compass, which just recently published the top 20 startup ecosystems ranking.

Dr Ronald Hochreiter
WU Vienna, Austria

Dr Ronald Hochreiter is docent at the WU Vienna University of Economics and Business and faculty member of the Quantitative Finance as well as the Executive MBA program and teaches Data Science and Quantitative Finance at all levels (Bachelor, Master, PhD, MBA). He is president of the Academy of Data Science in Finance and vice-president of the Austrian Society of Operations Research. His current research projects include the FFG ASAP project “Three-dimensional reconstruction and classification of high-resolution optical satellite data” (Pricipal Investigator) as well as an EU H2020 project “FIN-TECH – A FINancial supervision and TECHnology compliance training programme” (Country Coordinator). Since 2000 he is actively consulting companies in the field of Data Science and Decision Science especially regarding Investment- and Risk Management.

Andreas Lukic
ValueNet Capital Partners GmbH, Germany

Mr. Andreas Lukic is founder and managing director of ValueNet-Capital-Partners GmbH, Frankfurt/Munich, a family office investment and advisory firm, which does financing, portfolio management and M&A in the realm of successions, divestitures, MBOs/MBIs and restructurings in the mid-cap sector (Mittelstand) with revenues of typically € 20m up to € 300m. Mr. Lukic was previously with Bain (London, Munich) in the Private Equity Group, working on buy-outs, growth capital as well as venture capital investments. He started his career with Mitchell Madison Group (New York, Frankfurt) in investment advisory and hold a master’s degree in chemical engineering as well as in economics and a bachelor´s degree in applied cultural sciences.
Mr. Lukic is married and has a daughter. He is member of several supervisory and advisory boards, (honorary) Chairman of the Business Angels FrankfurtRheinMain e.V. and an active Business Angels since 2000. Besides that he supports renowned, rising contemporary artists at Schirn Kunsthalle / Zeitgenossen, Frankfurt, one of Germany’s most renowned exhibition institution.

Prof. Rosario Mantegna
University of Palermo, Italy

Rosario N. Mantegna is Professor of Applied Physics at Palermo University (Palermo, Italy), external faculty member of the Complexity Science Hub Vienna, and honorary professor of Computer Science at University College London, UK. His research concerns interdisciplinary applications of statistical physics and network science. He contributed to the analysis and modeling of social and economic systems with tools and concepts of statistical physics as early as 1990 and he is one of the pioneers in the fields of econophysics and economic networks. In 1999, he coauthored the first book on econophysics and published the first paper on similarity based networks in finance. His methods of information filtering are widely used by academicians and practitioners. Rosario has been principal investigator or member of several international and national research projects.

Michael Mellinghoff
TechFluence, UK

Michael Mellinghoff is Managing Director at TechFluence and a Senior Advisor and Mentor at FinTech Forum. He is a seasoned investment professional with over 15 years of experience, spanning both the traditional banking and fintech world. Michael’s career covers a 10+ years span in traditional banking, where he held a variety of managerial positions in asset management and investment banking in Germany and abroad, including management board and supervisory board appointments in Commerzbank Asset Management and DZ Bank Group. Since 2010, Michael has been working in the Fintech area, including a 3+ years experience as Managing Director with German Fintech pioneer sharewise.com, a stock centric community for investors, Michael’s experience gives him unique insights into the financial markets scene and ability to scout new trends in the financial sector. At TechFluence Michael heads the firms activities in the UK as well as spearheading the initiatives in digital investment management globally. He acts as a mentor to several startups as well as FinTech accelerators (Startupbootcamp Fintech and Level39). He launched the FTF On Tour InvestTech event (London, Sep. 2015) and co-initiated the DVFA FinTech Forum series of the German Association of Investment Professionals. His focus areas are: startups in InvestTech & digital assets. Michael has a degree in business administration at University of Bayreuth.
Mellinghoff is author of various articles on Fintech related topics, speaker and contributes regularly to conferences, awards and publications. Michael is an author of The FINTECHBook and member of the editorial board of The Journal of Digital Banking.

Andreas Metzen
Uhlenbruch, Germany

Andreas Metzen studied macroeconomics at the University of Cologne and the Stockholm School of Economics. After having graduated with distinction in 2008, he worked until December 2013 for Oppenheim Kapitalanlagegesellschaft as a senior analyst in the fields of risk analysis and performance measurement. Since January 2014, Andreas Metzen is managing director of Uhlenbruch GmbH.

Branka Hadji Misheva
University of Pavia, Italy

Branka Hadji Misheva is a PhD fellow in Data Science at the University of Pavia, Italy. She holds a MBA with Distinction in Global Business and Sustainability from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy and a Master of Science with Distinction in Economics for Business Analysis from Staffordshire University, United Kingdom. Currently she works on developing and introducing a network-based credit scoring model for Peer-to-Peer lending platforms. Specifically, the research is aimed at understanding whether incorporating parameters capturing the interconnections between economic agents improves the predictive power of traditional scoring models. She also works as a Data Science Consultant at Sirti S.p.A Milan, Italy where she is responsible for creating, testing and validating models to best predict the probability of an outcome concerning the company’s maintenance processes as well as analysing and interpreting trends or patterns in complex, large datasets; She is a research author on several papers in the field of financial incentives, network models, predictive performance of scoring models, lead behavior in crypto markets.

Dr Felix C. Ohnmacht
Frontiers Media SA, Switzerland

Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence publishes rigorously peer-reviewed research on the cutting-edge, disruptive technological revolution of Artificial Intelligence. The journal publishes a broad range of topics in artificial intelligence and machine learning, as well as their various application areas such as Finance, Business, Medicine and Public Health, Law, Natural Language Processing, Education, Sustainability, and Policy and Governance. As a key interdisciplinary open-access journal, we are at the forefront of disseminating scientific knowledge and impactful discoveries to academics, policy-makers, industry, and the public worldwide.

Prof. Sharyn O’Halloran
Columbia University, USA

Sharyn O’Halloran is the George Blumenthal Professor of Political Economy and Professor of International and Public Affairs and serves as the Senior Vice Dean and Chief Academic Officer at the School of Professional Studies at Columbia University in New York City. A political scientist and economist by training, O’Halloran has written extensively on issues related to the political economy of international trade and finance, regulation and institutional reform, economic growth and democratic transitions, and the political representation of minorities. She is a founding member of the FinTech Lab at Columbia University.

O’Halloran received a BA degree in economics and political science from University of California San Diego. O’Halloran then went on to receive her MA and PhD, also from University of California San Diego. Her work focuses on formal and quantitative methods and their application to politics, economics, and public policy.

Paolo Pagnottoni
University of Pavia, Italy

Paolo Pagnottoni holds a B.Sc. in Economics, Statistics and Computer Science for the Enterprise from the University of Milan-Bicocca, a M.Sc. in Economics, Finance and International Integration from the University of Pavia and a M.Sc. in European Economics from the University of Tuebingen. After Specializing in Statistics, Finance and Econometrics, he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. track in Applied Economics and Management, with focus on Financial Data Science and FinTech applications. His research currently involves price discovery, connectedness, contagion and risk measures in financial markets, with focus on cryptocurrencies. He is member of the University of Pavia Data Science laboratory (formerly Data Mining laboratory) which, since 2001, carries out research and consulting projects for leading institutions, such as the European Union, the Italian Ministry of Research, as well as various national and international banks and consulting firms.

Dr Jochen Papenbrock
Firamis GmbH, Germany

Dr. Jochen Papenbrock has more than 10 years of experience in management and technology consulting in the financial industry. He is an expert in quantitative modeling, Data Science and AI. He has invented, developed and operationalised several FinTech solutions. He is CEO/Founder of Firamis and earned his doctorate and degree in business engineering at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

Prof. Paolo Giudici
University of Pavia, Italy

Master’s degree in Economics from Bocconi University (1989), Master’s degree in Statistics from the University of Minnesota (1990), PhD in Statistics from the University of Trento (1993). Post-doc researcher in computational statistics at the University of Bristol (1997-1998) and at Cambridge University (1999-2000).

Full Professor of Statistics and Data Science at the Department of Economics and Management of the University of Pavia, where he has supervised about 150 Master’s students and 12 Phd students. Most of them currently work in the financial industry, in IT consulting companies or as academic researchers.

Director of the University of Pavia Data Science laboratory (formerly Data Mining laboratory) which, since 2001, carries out research and consulting projects, for leading institutions such as the European Union, the Italian Ministry of Research, Cariplo Foundation, the Italian Banking Association, Intesa San Paolo, Unicredit, BancoBPM, UBI, MPS, Banca Popolare di Sondrio, Credito Valtellinese, Accenture, KPMG, Mediaset, SAS Institute, Sky.

Indipendent member of the board of directors of the Credito Valtellinese banking group; Research fellow at the Bank for International Settlements; Advisory Board member for the Blockchain Based Account Bank; Honorary member and President of the scientific committee of the Association of the Italian Financial Industry Risk Managers.

Researcher author of about 200 scientific publications, among which a book on “Applied data mining” and 31 papers in A-level journals, with 3003 total citations and an h-index of 24 (see Google Scholar for the details). The corresponding research profile is that of a data scientist, focused on statistical modelling, especially in Bayesian analysis, Computational statistics, Graphical network models; and on machine learning applications, especially in Customer scoring, Operations quality and Credit risk measurement.

Prof. Jürgen Pfeffer
TUM, Germany

Jürgen Pfeffer has a Ph.D. in Business Informatics from Vienna University of Technology. In 2002 he became Assistant Research Professor for Societal Computing at the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, USA. Since March 2016, Pfeffer has been serving as Professor fir Computational Social Science and Big Data at the Bavarian School of Public Policy at the Technical University of Munich. Pfeffer’s research deals with the analysis of large and dynamic social, political and economic systems as well as with methodological and algorithmic challenges arising from analyzing such systems. Pfeffer’s research is on the intersection of social science and computer science and has been published in Science, Nature Scientific Reports, Big Data & Society, Digital Journalism, and elsewhere.

Gloria Polinesi
University of Ancona, Italy

Dr Gloria Polinesi has statistical and financial background. In 2014 graduated at the Master level in Economics and Finance, currently she is a third year PH.D student at the Faculty of Economics of Ancona.

Dr Heinz-Werner Rapp
FERI, Germany

Dr. Heinz-Werner Rapp is member of the board of FERI AG, holding company of the FERI Group, in Bad Homburg. As Chief Investment Officer, he is responsible for the entire investment activities at FERI Group. In this capacity, he is also a member of various investment committees and supervisory and administrative boards. Dr Rapp is with FERI for more than 20 years. During this time, he held various executive positions and was appointed board member of FERI AG in 2006.

In 2016, Dr Rapp set up the FERI Cognitive Finance Institute, a leading-edge research initiative with strong roots in behavioral and cognitive sciences, but also complexity theory and system dynamics. The general approach is based on the new “Cognitive Finance”-theory, which was developed by Dr Rapp as an alternative paradigm to better explain real capital markets.

Dr Rapp studied business administration and economics at University of Mannheim. For his dissertation on financial markets under inefficient information he received a PhD, distinction “summa cum laude”. He is author of many articles, book contributions and publications on Behavioral Finance/Cognitive Finance, investment strategies and alternative risk factors like climate change, geopolitics or the global debt problem. In 2018, he joined new “Journal of Banking, Finance and Sustainable Development” as an associate editor.

Prof. Dr Philipp Sandner
Frankfurt School Blockchain Center, Germany

Prof. Dr. Philipp Sandner is head of the Frankfurt School Blockchain Center at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. The expertise of Prof. Sandner in particular includes blockchain technology, crypto assets, initial coin offerings (ICOs), digital transformation and entrepreneurship. He advises companies concerning their blockchain activities, e.g. the first European crypto fund but also startups and larger corporates. Prof. Sandner is a member of the FinTechRat of the Federal Ministry of Finance and also engaged in the Blockchain Observatory established by the European Union and, additionally, founding member of the German Blockchain Association e.V. and the Multichain Asset Managers Association.

Before joining Frankfurt School, he co-founded a consulting company specialized in the area of innovation strategy IP and technology transfer. He has been research fellow at the Technical University Munich, the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich and the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology. Previous to that, he studied business administration focusing on computer science at the University Mannheim.

Anca Mirela Toma
University of Pavia, Italy

Dr. Anca Mirela Toma has an economic and financial academic background. In 2015 graduated at the Master level with a thesis focused on behavioural economics and cognitive biases. She is enjoying the second year of Ph. D at the Fintech Laboratory, focusing the research on NPL and statistics applied to operational risks in the financial technologies sector.

Karim Traiaia
Memgraph, UK

Karim Traiaia received his Bachelor in Commerce from McGill Universty in Canada. He’s been building tech ventures for over 10 years and is now heading business development and partnerships at Memgraph, a London-based venture-backed graph database company focusing on large-scale high-performance data processing. Over the past two years, Karim worked with leading financial services organizations in the UK and US to help build the next generation of enterprise applications powered by real-time connected data.

Dr Murat Ünal
SONEAN, Germany

Murat founded SONEAN in 2013 with his team, building on its sister entity Funds@Work AG (F@W)`s experience in over 250 international projects in the wealth, and asset management industry with more than two dozens of international awards received for its consulting & unique intelligence. SONEAN was designated as „innovative young company“ in 2015 by the German Ministry for Economics and Energy and became part of Germany`s Excellence in Big Data campaign rolled out globally in 2016.

In April 2015 SONEAN launched a unique service called “Ecosystem Intelligence” and runs the largest private social network analytic capability in Europe and possibly beyond with its core team of employees, its SNA Lab (www.snalab.com), and its academic initiative called SNA at Work, connecting data in an unparalleled manner. By going beyond financial and non-financial data, SONEAN brings the social network perspective into corporate, lendor, and investor related decision making, building on the fundament that F@W had established since 2002 with monitoring 70 trillion of invested capital, by over 17,000 institutional and semi-institutional investors across the world, and the networks in which they are embedded. SONEAN, compared to F@W, is no longer just focused on financial services but moves its capability to all sectors.

Murat graduated from the University of Adelaide/Australia with a B.Com degree. He holds an M.B.A degree from Kellogg/USA and WHU/Germany and its network programs at Tel Aviv Uni/Israel and Hong Kong Uni of Science and Technology/China SAR. Murat further has a LL.M. degree from the School of Law at Northwestern Uni in Chicago and a Doctorate in Business Administration from IE Business School in Madrid specializing in social network analysis (SNA).
He regularly lectures at leading universities globally focusing on the unique application of SNA.

Dr Mark Währisch
creditshelf, Germany

Prior to joining creditshelf’s risk management team, Dr. Mark Währisch was Analytical Head at Standard & Poor’s for SME ratings and credit research. He has over 17 years of professional experience as a credit and corporate finance expert; before S&P, he worked for Goldman Sachs, Moody’s and KPMG in London and Frankfurt. Mark Währisch holds a Master of Science degree in Business from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a PhD in Accounting and Finance from the Goethe University in Frankfurt.

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