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Andrés is Alkanza’s Founder and CEO. He has more than eighteen years of experience in the field of financial mathematics. His studies include undergraduate degrees from MIT in Economics, Mechanical Engineering, and Management Science. His graduate work includes studies in a Masters in Financial Engineering from NYU, a Masters in Financial Mathematics from Stanford, and PhD in Statistics from Stanford. Andrés worked for several years in New York at JP Morgan and Credit Suisse, managing derivatives portfolios in equities, foreign exchange, and fixed income. Since leaving New York, Andrés successfully started a boutique quantitative finance consulting company that grew into the leading company in the field in Latin America with business in 17 countries and more than 50 institutional and corporate clients with revenues of over US 45.6 Billion.

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George is Alkanza’s CTO – responsible for Product Management, Engineering and Partner Engagement. Prior to joining Alkanza, George led Deloitte’s Software Industry Vertical from their Silicon Valley offices and was also the CTO for Deloitte Digital – responsible for identifying and nurturing relationships with global business partners. George has experience working across North America, Europe and Asia in a variety of industries from Financial Services to High-Tech. George began his technology career with Oracle Corporation, before working at Andersen and then Deloitte. George graduated from the University of Leeds having studied Mechanical Engineering.

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COO
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Mauricio has more than eleven years of experience in the fields of capital markets and structuring of financial products. He holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Universidad de los Andes and a Certificate in Quantitative Finance (CQF).Throughout his career Mauricio has held portfolio management positions at financial institutions such as BBVA, Banco Santander, and Banco de Credito. After acquiring significant expertise at these institutions he moved to the hedge fund industry where he was in charge of developing quantitative strategies and statistical models together with a complete risk management strategy and the processes of implementing it.

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Head of Engineering
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Juan Holds a BS in management science with a concentration in information technology from MIT. Before joining Alkanza as Co-Founder and CTO, I worked at Mozilla, where I was in charge of quality engineering efforts of Firefox and Thunderbird. I have more than ten years of experience in startup companies in different stages of maturity working in their engineering teams in different capacities including software development, testing, security, release engineering and project management. Juan has also been a technology consultant for several companies throughout the US and Latin America.

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Head of Finance
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Randy is Alkanza’s CFO. I have 12 years of investing experience focused primarily on the equities of US financial services companies. Randy’s experience includes covering the US mortgage space for Merrill Lynch through the financial crisis and leading all investments in US Banks and Specialty Finance businesses for RS Investments, where he was a Partner. In 2012, Randy founded the top performing algorithmic investment fund operating on the US peer-to-peer lending market. Randy received Masters of Science in Management from Stanford Graduate School of Business. Randy is a CFA charterholder.

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VP Engineering
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Victor Preciado is a technology veteran with over 20 years of experience building and leading high performance teams. He has a passion for implementing lightweight operational processes designed to maximize the output of technical teams. Along the way, Vic has successfully led teams in a variety of technical disciplines including software engineering, quality assurance, business intelligence, data engineering, data science and analytics. Prior to jumping into the startup world, Vic studied computer science at MIT.

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Lead Architect
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Nicolás is a seasoned developer who has been involved in the startup world since the beginning of his career. The projects he has contributed to have allowed him to gain experience and insight in a variety of fields including 2D and 3D visualizations, mobile development, web development, backend development and systems infrastructure. He holds BS and MS titles in systems engineering from Universidad de los Andes and he is passionate about architecture design and delivering quality products to end users.

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Head of DevOPS
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Alejandro is a Unix/Linux specialist with background in development and about 9 years of experience working for Colombian companies in government, news, finance, and technology. He enjoys working with open source technologies and has a deep understanding of the linux kernel and cloud computing. Alejandro joined Alkanza as head of  DevOPS to help the company build a reliable and scalable platform.

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Senior Product Owner
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Nick was born and raised in Silicon Valley, and received an Economics degree from UC Santa Cruz. He went on to run early-stage product development and licensing operations for the Ventures group of SRI International before joining Alkanza in 2017. He currently manages product development of the iOS, Android, and Web applications for Alkanza, in addition to select partner integrations. When he’s not at work, he’s either reading, writing music, or visiting the nearest brewery.

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Senior Product Owner
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Lia holds a B.S in Electronic Engineering, a Master degree in Science of Computer Systems Engineering and a MBA with Emphasis in Energy Innovation, Lia also is SCRUM Master certified, Project Management Professional certified, PRINCE2 certified and ITIL certified, among other certifications. With more than 18 years experience working in the IT world, Lia has been working on IT projects executing different roles from Systems Engineer to PMO Director. At Alkanza Lia works as Senior Product Owner guiding the development of different projects.

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Senior Product Owner
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Beatriz holds a degree in Electronic Engineering and Telecommunications from FUSM, with a specialization in Management and Information Technology from the University Externado de Colombia. She has ten years of work experience focused on business and project management. five of them in the Bank industry. At Alkanza she is one of two Product Owners, With extensive experience in the Agile-Lean SCRUM, PNL and Desing Thinking guidelines.

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CEO LUZ Soluções Financeiras
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Owner President Management (OPM) Program at Harvard Business School (USA), PhD in Electrical Engineering at the Polytechnic School at the University of São Paulo (USP), Master in Applied Mathematics at the Institute of Mathematics and Statistics (USP) and Bachelor in Physics at the Physics Institute of São Carlos (USP). Founder and current CEO of LUZ Soluções Financeiras. In 2006 awarded by BM&F the best thesis on ‘Financial Derivatives’. In 2010 chosen by the ICSS (Institute for Certification of Social Security Professionals) as ‘Notorious Saber in Finance’. In 2013 received the Benchmark Trophy ‘Best Risk Consultant for Pension Funds’ by Institutional Investor magazine.

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COO Infor
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Pam has been the Chief Operating Officer at Infor, one of the world’s leading business applications companies. Prior to Infor, Pam worked at Oracle Corporation where she was the Vice President of Finance and Operations where she led Global Sales Operations. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting and Finance from University College Cork and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

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Research Scientist, Financial Math
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Justin holds a PhD in Statistics and a Masters in Financial Mathematics from Stanford University. Prior to Stanford he attended Kansas State University where he graduated with a Bachelor’s and a Masters in Electrical Engineering. Most of Justin’s work experience has been dedicated to the application of statistical and quantitative solutions to real world problems. He has worked at Waterfront International Ltd., a firm specialized in developing computer-based statistical trading strategies, at Hewlett-Packard developing statistical applications and marketing optimization strategies, and at Surface Systems & Instruments LLC, creating algorithms for highly precision instruments. Justin was previously on the Ads Metric Team at Google.

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Stanford University
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Kay is Associate Professor of Management Science & Engineering at Stanford University and the Paul Pigott Faculty Scholar in the School of Engineering. He directs the Center for Financial and Risk Analytics, the Quantitative Finance Certificate Program in Hong Kong, and co-chairs the Mathematical and Computational Finance Program. He is a member of the Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering. He serves on the Governing Board and Scientific Advisory Board of the Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk.

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Research Scientist, Artificial Intelligence
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Alejandro is at NASA where he is a research scientist at the Ames Research Center. He is a team member of the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, an initiative of NASA, Universities Space Association and Google, to demonstrate the potential of quantum computers on difficult computer science problems. Alejandro holds a master’s degree in chemistry and a PhD in chemical physics from Harvard University. He has won three times the Harvard’s Certificate of Excellence in Teaching and the Dudley R. Herschbach Teaching Award for teaching quantum mechanics to chemistry undergraduate students. Alejandro has been focused on designing quantum algorithms to solve hard optimization problems.

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Head of Behavioral Sciences
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Gareth comes to Alkanza following a postdoctoral position in systems neuroscience at the Ernst Strüngmann Institute in Frankfurt, Germany. There he studied principles of neural communication using statistical techniques on multi-channel extracellular recordings. Previously, he attained a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience at the International School for Advanced Studies in Trieste, Italy, and a bachelor’s degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge. At Alkanza, he is combining his expertise in large-scale data analysis and behavioral sciences. As the head of Alkanza Behavioral Sciences he is leading the development of the Client Intelligence Infrastructure.

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Data Scientist
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Daniela holds a B.S in Industrial Engineering with an emphasis in Mathematics from Universidad de Los
Andes. She has experience in capital markets working as trader for different investments funds in Colombia. Prior joining to Alkanza Daniela worked in Mexico and Chile developing risk and valuations models for important financial institutions in Latin America.

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Data Scientist
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Mauricio holds a B.S in Industrial Engineering and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Universidad de Los
Andes. He worked at PwC as a consultant focused on financial engineering for some of the largest companies in Latin America. Prior to joining Alkanza, Mauricio developed new portfolio optimization techniques and methodologies using complex computational algorithms. He has experience trading in the US, European and Latin American Markets.

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Data Scientist
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Juan holds both a B.S. and a M.Sc. in Mathematics from renowned universities in Colombia and Germany. Prior to joining Alkanza, Juan gained experience in the financial and insurance industry, where he developed quantitative investment strategies for Fixed Income and Equity mutual funds and valuation models for international companies. At Alkanza, he applies both his math and programming skills to financial modeling and portfolio optimization. He also likes to learn a new skill every three months, wander with his dog, and watch basketball games.

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Data Scientist
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Douglas holds a B.S. in Psychology with concentrations in Neuroscience and Finance from Princeton University.  While at Princeton he focused on measuring risk tolerance and understanding how people approach temporal discontinuity.  Following a brief stint making wine in Chile, he returned to the United States to complete research helping reduce household electricity usage in New Jersey.  At Alkanza he assists in developing the Client Intelligence Infrastructure and runs the Harlow Project.

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Advisor
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With more than 40 years of experience, Eduardo is one of Latin America’s leading business leaders. He served as the Managing Senior Partner in Colombia and Latin American Network Territory Senior Partner at PriceWaterhouse Coopers. Having held the senior partner position at PwC for more than 16 years he achieved several milestones for the company such as breaking into the Cloud Computing, Outsourcing and Technology Consulting businesses, which are now important revenue generators for the firm, and creating alliances with key partners such as the Oxford Business Group. Eduardo was ranked among the top 500 Colombia’s businessmen in 2014 and is highly recognized among the Latin American business community.

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