Ramon Tol is Fund Manager at Blue Sky Group. He holds a Masters Degree in Economics with a specialisation in international financial economics and Investment theory. He joined Blue Sky Group (which manages the pension assets of KLM) in February 2000 as a quantitative analyst in the Performance&Risk Management group. He was responsible for setting up and implementing the manager monitoring and selection process. Currently, he works as a Senior Fund Manager Equities. One of his major tasks is the selection and monitoring of the external equity managers as well as implementing and evaluating transitions.




Bram Bikker is Head of Equity & Fixed Income of Altis Investment Management AG. He has over 9 years of experience in manager selection and portfolio risk management. Covering a wide range of investment categories and client portfolios in Northern Europe. In more recent years Bikker is responsible for overseeing beta and factor investing strategies. Bikker earned his Master’s degree in Business Economics from Tilburg University in 2006.


 William Cazalet, CAIA is the Managing Director, Head of Active Equity Strategies at Mellon Capital. With 21 years of investment management experience, Will heads up the active investment management of equity strategies and solutions. Cazalet joined Mellon Capital in 2013 as a Global Investment Strategist. Prior to joining Mellon Capital, Cazalet worked at Communfond, AXA Rosenberg, Morgan Stanley in London and Royal Duth Shell. Cazalet received his M.S.M. from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and his M.A. from Cambridge University. He is a Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA) in the UK.


Yves Choueifaty is President and CIO of TOBAM. He is a mathematician and Former CEO of Credit Lyonnais Asset Management (‘CLAM’, AUM €70B). Having spent more than 10 years with CLAM in diverse senior roles (CIO, Head of Financial Engineering and Quantitative Investment Management), Choueifaty left in 2004, went back to Mathematics research and founded the Maximum Diversification® approach and TOBAM in 2005. As one of the pioneers of the smart beta movement, Yves Choueifaty is a frequent speaker at conferences and is a member of The 300 Club (17 members throughout the world). Choueifaty graduated in 1992 from ENSAE (leading French Engineering School) in Statistics, Actuarial studies, Finance, and Artificial Intelligence.


Jaap van Dam is Principal Director Investment Strategy at PGGM. In this role he is responsible for the identification of best practice investment management and the continuous evolution of the investment management practice of PGGM on behalf of its clients. He is a member of the ALM- and Investment Policy Committee of PGGM. Van Dam is a member of the ICPM Research Committee, the Investment Board of the Dutch Federation of Pension funds (PF) and the EDHEC ÂRisk Institute International Advisory Board. He started at PGGM Investments in 2005 as Head of Inhouse Equities. From 2006 to 2015 he was PGGM’s Chief Strategist.


Tarek Eldin, PhD is Head of Research at Geode Capital Management. He is responsible for the development of Geode’s investment strategies in equities, credit, commodities and currencies. He coordinates with the portfolio management and trading teams on the implementation of research-based enhancements within the investment process. Prior to joining Geode in 2010, Eldin worked as Managing Director at State Street Associates where he provided research to global institutional clients. His research focused on alpha generation as well as methodologies for combining signals, dynamic style selection, risk prediction, and behavioral concepts.


Dr. Benedikt Henne, CFA, is Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer (CIO) Systematic Equity of Allianz Global Investors GmbH. He joined Allianz Asset Management in 1998. Based in Frankfurt, Germany he is responsible for the development and management of systematic equity products with assets under management exceeding 25 billion euros. Dr. Henne studied Mathematics in Paris and Bonn. He holds a master‘s degree in pure mathematics from the University Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris, France and a doctorate degree from the University of Bonn, Germany. He has been a CFA charter holder since 2001. 


Joop Huij, PhD, Executive Director, Head of Factor Investing Research at Robeco, is responsible for the coordination of Factor Investing research and development of customized factor investing solutions. He specializes in empirical asset pricing and investment strategies. Huij also holds a part-time position as Associate Professor (with tenure) of Finance at Rotterdam School of Management. He holds a PhD in Finance from Rotterdam School of Management and a Master’s degree in Informatics & Economics (cum laude) from Erasmus University Rotterdam.


Thomas Kieselstein is co-founder and CIO of Quoniam Asset Management. After studying economics, business administration and engineering at the University of Karlsruhe and at the Belgian Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), he worked for DZ Bank and Dresdner Bank Investmentgruppe. He has over 20 years of professional experience in quantitative research and portfolio management.


Simon Lansdorp, PhD, is Researcher with Robeco’s Factor Investing Research team. His areas of expertise include factor allocation, stock selection and portfolio construction. He focuses on structuring client-specific factor investing solutions and developing new investment strategies. Lansdorp joined Robeco as a researcher in 2009 while he was simultaneously working on his doctoral dissertation. He holds an MSc in Economics from the Erasmus University Rotterdam and a PhD in Finance from the Tinbergen Institute. He has published in the Journal of Financial Markets.


Dimitris Melas is Managing Director and Global Head of Equity Research at MSCI. Melas leads a global team of investment research specialists located in several cities around the world. Their mission is to conduct research and develop tools to help investors build better portfolios by integrating MSCI index and analytic products in their process. Prior to joining MSCI in 2006, Dimitris worked at HSBC Asset Management as Head of Research and Head of Quantitative Strategies. Melas is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and holds an MSc in Electrical Engineering, an MBA in Finance, and a PhD in Financial Mathematics from the London School of Economics.


François Millet is Head of Product Line Management, ETFs & Indexing at Lyxor Asset Management. He oversees Lyxor’s product development in ETFs, passive solutions and alternative indices on a global basis. Before joining Lyxor in 2009, he was Director of Index Funds & ETF at SGAM AI, where he developed passive funds, ETFs, index-enhanced and alternative beta products since 2004. Prior to this, he worked for 14 years with SG CIB, holding various executive and management positions within Equity Capital Markets. Millet holds a Masters in Economy and post-Master degrees in Money & Finance from La Sorbonne University (France).


Carl Moss, M.B.A., is the London-based Senior Managing Director of investments for INTECH’s international division. Prior to joining Janus, parent company of INTECH, in April 2007, he spent 25 years in quantitative research and investment management. He has worked for Dimensional Fund Advisors, Bankers Trust, Alliance Bernstein, AMVESCAP and Dresdner RCM. He holds an M.A. in Mathematics from the University of Oxford; an M.Sc. in Mathematics from the University of Warwick; and an M.B.A., with commendation, from Cass Business School.


Gareth Parker is a Director in the FTSE Russell Index Research and Analytics team. Gareth works closely with index users to understand their index requirements and to develop FTSE Russell indexes that match their exact needs. Most recently he has worked particularly closely with the sell-side to build indexes that focus on both buying and borrowing liquidity. Prior to FTSE Russell, Parker worked for Russell Indexes, S&P and FTSE. Parker is a regular speaker on the international finance conference circuit and acts as a media spokesperson for FTSE Russell. Parker has obtained an MA, Philosophy, Politics and Economics from New College, University of Oxford.


Matthew Peron is an Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Global Equity at Northern Trust in Chicago. Most recently, he served as Director of Active Equity with responsibility for fundamental, quantitative and tax-advantaged strategies. Prior to that role, he was the Director of Equity Research. Prior to joining Northern Trust in 2005, he was the Deputy Chief Risk Officer for Alliance Capital Management. Previous experience includes equity portfolio management at Lincoln Capital Management. Peron has been in the financial industry since 1990 when he started his career on Wall Street. He earned an MBA from the University of Chicago and a B.S. in electrical engineering from Swarthmore College.


Mark Voermans is a Senior Portfolio Manager Quantitative Equities at APG asset management. In his position he is a researcher and portfolio manager of systematic equity investment strategies. Prior to working at APG, he had different roles within the Dutch asset management industry, as a risk manager, strategist and portfolio manager. He worked at ABN AMRO Bank and ABN AMRO Asset Management, Saemor Capital (a quantitative equity market-neutral hedge fund) and PGGM Investments. Most of his career he worked as a quantitative equity portfolio manager. Voermans earned his Master’s degree in Econometrics from Tilburg University in 2000 and is a Certified European Financial Analyst (CEFA).


Peter Wesselius is a portfolio manager at Achmea Investment Management, where he is responsible for developing and managing the Global Quantitative Investment Strategies. Prior to joining Achmea IM in 2014, Wesselius worked at ABN AMRO Bank and before that at the Royal Bank of Scotland where he was Head of Global Quantitative Analysis (Equities), helping institutional investors to improve their systematic investment process. Wesselius holds Master’s degrees in both Econometrics and Mathematics from the University of Amsterdam, and an MSc in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics from the London School of Economics.


Brian Wimmer, CFA, is a Senior Investment Strategist in the Investment Strategy Group of Vanguard. In his current role, he has authored numerous research papers, primarily focusing on active management, indexing, and portfolio strategy. Mr. Wimmer also regularly serves as an ambassador for Vanguard, speaking at client events and industry conferences on a range of investment topics. Before joining the Investment Strategy Group, Mr. Wimmer worked in Vanguard Strategy and Finance Group. He earned a B.S. in finance from Susquehanna University, an M.B.A. from Lehigh University, and is a CFA® charterholder.




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