Greg Skibiski is a thought leader in the field of mobile location and sensor data technologies. He focuses on innovating products and services that utilize big data to better understand human behavior. Previously, Skibiski was Founder, CEO and Chairman of Sense Networks, which was recognized by Bloomberg Businessweek as “Top 25 Most Intriguing New Businesses in the World” and named “The Next Google” on the cover of Newsweek.
Wei Pan is a renowned researcher in big data and finance. He has spent the last eight years studying, measuring and predicting human and economic activities using modern sensing and modeling techniques. Pan previously worked at Fidelity Investments under the Chief Economist where he focused on systemic research and the Flash Crash. He also worked at Google Research China on Google’s first real-time indexing system. Pan holds a PhD in Computational Social Science from the MIT Media Lab.
John Collins was most recently Portfolio Manager for an event-driven, long-short equities strategy when Thasos operated onsite at an NYC-based hedge fund with over $10 billion in AUM. Prior to Thasos, Collins helped structure and close several billion dollar transactions in high yield and leveraged finance for Credit Suisse’s private equity clients. He was previously an advisor to the SEC on algorithmic market manipulation and was Special Investigator for the New York Stock Exchange’s Arca Equities Surveillance Department.Read Full Bio
Chris Metaxas is a seasoned executive in the analytics space. He was previously CEO of Digital Recognition Network (DRN), a location data and analytics company, where he built the business, created new markets and led the organization before it was acquired by Motorola for $445 million dollars. Prior to DRN, Chris was a Senior Vice President of Sales at LexisNexis, where he created the strategy and executed the plan for new lines of business in the identity, fraud and revenue recovery market. He was President and CEO of MetaPartners LLC prior to that.Read Full Bio
Alex “Sandy” Pentland directs MIT’s Human Dynamics Laboratory and the MIT Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program, co-led the World Economic Forum Big Data and Personal Data initiatives, and is a founding member of the Advisory Boards of Google, AT&T, Nissan, and Motorola Mobility. In 2012, Forbes declared Pentland one of the “seven most powerful data scientists in the world” along with the founders of Google and the CTO of the United States. PhD from MIT.
Michel Safars was most recently Director of Innovation at Lagardère Group and Co-Founder of the Lagardère Lab, where he was responsible for corporate venture and innovation. Previously, he was a Founding Partner at the IT- Translation investment fund, and prior to that, COO of INRIA-Transfert (a subsidiary of the French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automatics). He is Director of the MBA Entrepreneurship Track and a Professor of Strategy at HEC Paris.Read Full Bio
Andrzej Rojek recently retired as Managing Director at Advent Capital Management. Previously, he was one of the founders of Lydian Asset Management and led its strategy, business development and investor relations activities. Prior to that, at Bankers Trust, he served as the Global Head of various groups including equity products, European equity derivatives, U.S. equity derivatives, and convertibles products.Read Full Bio
Gary Bergstrom was the Founder of Acadian Asset Management, a systematic global equity fund with $100 billion of assets under management. He received his PhD from MIT.
Peter Bernard was for seven years Managing Director and Chief Risk Officer of D. E. Shaw. Previously, he was President, COO and CFO of AlphaSimplex Group, a Cambridge-based investment management firm.
Pierre Haren was most recently the Worldwide Leader of Advanced Analytics and Watson at IBM Global Business Services. He was formerly Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of ILOG. Haren received his PhD from MIT.
Andrew Lo is a Professor of Finance, and the Director of the Laboratory for Financial Engineering at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Lo received his PhD from Harvard University.
Ken Nickerson was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley where he was the technical leader of its highly successful PDT proprietary trading group and the architect of their statistical arbitrage trading system.
Tomaso Poggio is MIT’s Eugene McDermott Professor at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. He is also Director of MIT’s Center for Brains, Minds, and Machines.