Practitioner Speaker Series

The Practitioner Speaker Series is an essential part of the MSFE curriculum. It allows the students to have firsthand interaction with Quantitative Practitioners. Students will be exposed to insights on how the financial world is changing; regarding new products and needs, evolving data and information systems, and much more.

2017

How I Became a Quant - Chicago

Tom Wilson
Allianz SE
"Value & Capital Management: A New Era"

Lindsay Sowa & Rob Schmit
Google
"Google Tech Talk"

Shreyas Venkatasubramaniam
Argon
"Q&A with MSFE Alumni"

Michele Gambera & Philip Brides
UBS
"Asset Allocation - The UBS Outlook for 2017"

Jim Bianco
Bianco Research LLC
"Rate Prospects for 2017 Under the New Administration"

2016

Sheldon Natenberg
Chicago Trading Company
"A Market-Maker's Approach to Option Trading"

Anthony Moeller
PWC
"PWC"

Leo Murphy
Trading Technologies
"Electronic Markets, Automated Trading and Web Based Technology"

Keith Fishe
TFGM
"Confessions of a High Frequency Trader"

Jay Nichols
AXIS RE
"A Brief History of Risk Meeting Capital - Plus a Few Life Lessons Worth Sharing"

How I Became a Quant - Chicago

Philip Ryan
SwissRe
"Discussion on Insurance/Reinsurance and Insurance Linked Securities"

Melanie Rubino
Neurensic
"Machine Learning, meet Financial Regulations"

Russell Rhoads
CBOE
"Volatility Workshop"

2015

Leo Murphy
Trading Technologies
"Electronic Markets, Automated Trading and Web Based Technology"

Andrew Killion
Akuna Capital
"Tech Talk"

Sheldon Natenberg
Chicago Trading Company
"A Market-Maker's Approach to Option Trading"

How I Became a Quant - Chicago

Jeff Blaschak and Alex Sargent
Social Market Analytics
"Twitter Seniment Visualization and Stock Returns"

Jim Newman
PeerEx Investments
"Finding Returns in an Interest-Free Environment"

Russell Rhoads
CBOE
"Volatility Workshop"

Ross Bundy
Turn, Inc
"Programmatic Advertising: Ads at the Speed of Light"

Joe Signorelli and David Don
Wedbush Securities and Lime Brokerage
"Investing HFT Strategies (Using Strategy Studio)"

2014

Steven Greiner
Charles Schwab
"Stress-testing Your Way to Better Portfolio Management”

Mike Folk
HDF
"HDF5: A Different Path to Big Data in Finance”

Leo Murphy
Trading Technologies
"X_TRADER: How Electronic Trading has Impacted the Industry"

Russell Rhoads
CBOE
"Volatility Workshop"

James Newman
PeerEx Investments
"Finding Returns in an Interest-Free Environments"

Jeff Blaschak and Kevin Close
Social Market Analytics
"Sentiment Analytics and Stock Returns - Twitter"

2013

Tom Knorring and Doug Hoffman
CBOE
"The Options Market"

Tom Bolt
Lloyd's of London
"Risk Managing - Risk-Takers"

Amanda Miller
Ernst & Young
"Valuation Complex Securities"

Dr. Galen Burghardt, Kevin Kroeger, Dr. Morton Lane
Senior Advisor for Alternative Investment Solutions at Newedge, Partner and Trader at DRW and Director of the MSFE Program at UIUC
"Fixed Income Markets Past, Present, and Future"

Russell Rhoads
CBOE
"Volatility Workshop"

Michele Gambera
UBS Global Asset Management
"Macroeconomics and Investment Returns"

Matt Thompson and Mike Thompson
Advocate Asset Management LLC
"Perspectives on Exchange - Trade Volatility"

Thaddeus Yasunaga
Investment Analyst, Busey Wealth Management, Inc.
"Portfolio Construction"

2012

Tom Knorring
Vice President of Business Development, CBOE Futures Exchange, LLC
"The Options Market"

Peter Carr
Managing Director, Morgan Stanley & Co; LLC
"How to Forcast from Market Prices"

Erik Doeff
Director of Financial Engineering, Chicago Trading Company, LLC
"Financial Engineering at CTC"

Mike Lipkin
Market Maker, Katama Trading, LLC
"Boundary Conditions and Event-Driven Finance"

John W. Labuszewski
Managing Director of Research & Product Development, CME
"Pursuing Alpha with Equity Index Futures"

Michelle McCarthy
Chief Risk Officer and Managing Director, Nuveen Investments
“Risk Management for Asset Managers” & “The Evolution of Market Risk Measures and Limits”

Thaddeus Yasunaga
Investment Analyst, Busey Wealth Management
“Risk Budgeting and Portfolio Construction”

2011

Terry Belton
Managing Director, Head of Global Fixed Income and FX Strategy, JPMorgan
“Financial Engineering in Fixed Income Markets”

Mike Lipkin
Market-Maker, Options Trader Katama Trading, LLC
“Hard-to-Borrow Securities, Asset Bubbles and Volatility”

Adolfo Peña
Nephila Capital Limited
“CAT Bonds as an Asset Class and Their Portfolio Construction”

Jonathan Ross
Senior Software Engineer, IMC Financial Markets
"Pricing and Risk in High Frequency Trading"

Erik Doeff
Director of Financial Engineering, Chicago Trading Company
"Financial Engineering at CTC"

James P. Marzano
Founder and CEO, Metrixx
“Common Counterparty Clearing in the OTC Markets”

Peter Carr
Managing Director, Morgan Stanley
“Optionality and Volatility”

Richard Sandor
Chairman & CEO, Environmental Financial Products LLC
“Good Derivatives”

John Goode
Chief Information Officer, Boston Options Exchange
“Navigating the Options Exchanges”

2010

Eric Taylor
Corporate Recruiter, Citadel
“A Panel Discussion with Citadel: The Importance of Technology in a Hedge Fund”

Eric Chern
Managing Director, CEO, Chicago Trading Company
“The Role of Market Makers in the Industry and their Evolution”

Anoop Adya
Head of Software Development, IMC Financial Markets
“The Importance of Technology in Trading”

Tom Bolt
Director of Performance Management, Lloyd’s of London
“Insurance Market Risk Management - The Lloyd's Example”

Melanie Rubino
Education Director, Wolverine Trading LLC
“The Importance of Market Micro-Structure in a Proprietary Options Market-Making Trader”

Rick McVey
CEO, MarketAxess
“Trading and Structure in Fixed Income Securities Markets”

Dale Rosenthal
Assistant Professor, Finance, UIC
“Micro-Market Structure in the Equities Market”

Oleg Movchan
CRO, VARA Capital
“Risk Management in Hedge Funds Large and Small”

Carl Thoma
CIO, Thoma Bravo
“Risk Management in a Private Equity Fund”

Richard Yamarone
“Economic Indicators – Where the Economy is Now and What to Look For in the Future”

Nick Ronalds
Executive Director, Futures Industry Association Asia
“The Rise of Chinese Futures and Linkages with OTC and Exchange-Traded Securities”

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