With αlphascope coming round fairly quickly in the New Year, we wanted to share an early Christmas present with readers and give you a sneak peak of some of the top speakers and investment brains not to be missed in Geneva in February.

Didier Sornette

Didier Sornette, professor at ETH Zurich is the director of the world-famous Financial Crisis Observatory. Alongside his team, Professor Sornette now operationally diagnoses financial bubbles in real time, worldwide, scanning more than 25000 assets on a daily basis. I am really looking forward to hearing his 2015 prognosis on Day 1 of the αlphascope main conference. Attendees can also sign up at the event to take part in an exclusive closed door briefing with him!

Ian Prideaux

Ian Prideaux, CIO of Grosvenor Estate is responsible for asset allocation and manager selection for the non-property part of the estate of the Duke Of Westminster. He is taking part in an investor experience panel during The αlphascope Investor Day on Tuesday 3rd February. The Investor Day is one of two separately-bookable focus days at αlphascope and will look to provide practical responses to investors’ questions.  It features investor / allocator speakers from: Guggenheim Investment Partners, Majid Al Futtaim, KI Capital, Tiverton Trading and more. To view the agenda, click here

Major General Jonathan Shaw

Major General Jonathan Shaw is the former cyber security guru of the UK Ministry Of Defence. With the quantitative investment space being one that is very reliant on electronic trading and the work of computers, cyber security is high on the priorities of all trading firms. Jonathan will be guiding the audience at αlphascope through the threats they need to be aware of, as well as hosting a lunchtime briefing for those with specific questions on Day 2 of the αlphascope main conference.

Matthew Sargaison

I am sure many of you will have read Professor Stephen Hawking’s recent shocking comments about the power of artificial intelligence if left unchecked. AHL’s Matthew Sargaison will be joining a debate of distinguished experts to fight out who is truly the weakest link in the investment chain. Is it Man or is it is his invention?

Paul Bilokon

Industry association THALESIANS (aka Saeed Amen and Deutsche Bank’s Paul Bilokon, pictured) will be hosting the second of our two separately-bookable focus days: a Technical Workshop devoted to how a systematic and electronic trading platform is put in place. Saeed previously worked in FX trading at Nomura, whilst Paul is in charge of Deutsche Bank’s electronic credit trading platform. For more information, click here

Michael Hume

Michel Hume from the BANK OF ENGLAND is going to be contributing the regulators’ standpoint at αlphascope. Michael heads up the Capital markets Division of Financial Stability, Strategy & Risk. Michael will be outlining what the Bank expects from the asset management community in maintaining financial security.

Gianluca Minieri

Gianluca Minieri is the Head Of Trading for Pioneer Investments. Based in Ireland, Gianluca has been heavily involved in consultations with the regulators in defining a strategy for the regulation of electronic trading. At Pioneer he is responsible for leading the team that decides how Pioneer routes its trades in the multiplicity of today’s financial markets. He joins  a panel of experts to discuss High Frequency Trading on Main Conference Day 2.

Maneet Ahuja

Maneet Ahuja is a producer for CNBC’s ‘Squawk Box’ and a hedge fund expert. She is also the author of ‘The Alpha Masters’ and has interviews such industry titans as Ray Dalio, John Paulson, Bill Ackman and Tim Wong, to name just a few. At αalphascope she will also be distributing and signing copies of her book during an exclusive breakfast ‘News Briefing’.

αlphascope is taking place in Geneva, 3rd – 5th February 2015. It is a 3-day celebration of new quantitative investment strategies and portfolio optimisation techniques for investors, portfolio managers and quants. The conference combines the most innovative thought leadership with engaged conversations and one-to-one networking.