Frankfurt Summit on Network Analysis

26 October 2017

Dr Eduard Baitinger
Eduard is Head of Asset Allocation at FERI Trust GmbH. There he works in a close cooperation with the Chief Investment Officer on the investment strategy for FERI clients and heads various asset allocation research projects. Eduard joined FERI 2013 as a Senior Quantitative Analyst and became Head of Asset Allocation in 2015. He publishes regularly in peer-reviewed journals, such as the Journal of Portfolio Management, Journal of Risk, Journal of Investment Strategies and journal of Financial Markets and Portfolio Management.
Prior to joining FERI, Eduard was a research assistant at the University of Bremen and a financial analyst at Tiger Asset Management GmbH. After studying in Bremen and New York, Eduard graduated 2010 from the University of Bremen with a diploma in economic studies. In 2014, he earned a Ph.D. with distinction from the University of Bremen. His Ph.D. thesis and his current academic work focus on quantitative asset management topics.

Prof. Dr Volker Brühl
Volker Brühl is Managing Director of the Center for Financial Studies since 2013. Furthermore, he is Professor for Banking and Finance at the University of Applied Sciences for Economics and Management. He has many years of experience as a Top Manager in Banking: He was Partner at McKinsey & Company in Frankfurt, Divisional Board Member of WestLB in Düsseldorf and Managing Director at Dresdner Kleinwort in Frankfurt. From 1997 to 2000, Brühl was Associate Partner at Roland Berger in Munich, and between 1993 and 1996 he worked for the Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt and London. Brühl earned his doctoral degree with distinction from the University of Gießen.

Alessandro Comai
Alessandro Comai holds a Ph.D. (ESADEl), MBA and BSc (Honor) in Engineering. He was an associate professor at the University of Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain) and a visiting professor at Tampere University of Technology (Tampere, Finland) were he researched and taught competitive intelligence (CI). He is now the CEO of MINIERA a Competitive Intelligence firm which developed several technological tool as Mira Intelligence and Mira Analytics. This last one uses advanced and interactive network graph visualization to bring data into actionable insights. He has written several articles and papers and he is currently researching in Competitive Technology Intelligence, Open Innovation and digital marketing.

Dan Evans
Dan Evans is a Senior Researcher at the Network Science Center at West Point and the founder of Storm King Analytics, a firm applying innovative network-based approaches to challenging real-world problems. His recent work has focused on economic development and market intelligence on the continent of Africa. Dan served in the United States Army for over twenty years as an Infantry Officer, an Operations Research Analyst, and as an Assistant Professor of Economics at the United States Military Academy, West Point. He is a combat veteran and graduate of the prestigious US Army Ranger School. Dan is a 1987 graduate of West Point and completed his Masters of Business Administration at the College of William and Mary.

Frank Ferro
Frank Ferro (born 1967, computer scientist) has been active in the national and international consulting field for over 25 years. Since 1998, he has mainly been responsible for projects in the banking industry (including the migration project of the SCHUFA application, global knowledge management platform for a global reinsurer). Since 2009 Mr. Ferro has worked as a program manager for Trivadis Financial Services and supports large banks in the implementation of regulatory requirements. The customers appreciate Mr. Ferro's understanding of banking-related connections in addition to his well-founded IT knowledge. This combination is e.g. in the subjects KYC, NCA and Anti Financial Crime of great importance. Data and, above all, the relationships between data play an important role. The visualization of customer data as well as transaction data thus ensures more efficiency in these areas.

Giuseppe Francavilla
Giuseppe Francavilla started developing solutions to support Financial Crimes investigations while managing the IT Dept of the Guardia di Finanza. He then had 12 years experience at i2 (now IBM) as Channel Manager for the Analyst Notebook and other visual analysis products, widely used by law enforcement and intelligence analysts globally. After five years in BAE Systems Applied Intelligence focusing on anti fraud and compliance solutions, at the end of 2015 joined Cambridge Intelligence, which is now a key supplier of network visualisation technology to over a hundred and seventy organisations.

Dr Thomas Funke
Entrepreneurship has fascinated Thomas since he set up a course at university in 2008 that allowed students to start their own businesses. He is especially motivated by seeing how starting a business can release new forces in young people that lead to a completely strengthened self-efficacy. Thomas Funke is particularly fascinated by training and educating young entrepreneurs. Furthermore, he loves measuring and decoding the different entrepreneurship ecosystems. He just recently published a book on entrepreneurship ecosystems with FAZ Buchverlag with the title: „Beyond Silicon Valley: Examples of Successful Entrepreneurship Ecosystems“. He also serves as academic contributor for the renown Global Startup Ecosystem Report by Silicon Valley based company Compass, which just recently published the top 20 startup ecosystems ranking.

Prof. Paolo Giudici
Master's degree in Economics from Bocconi University (1989), Master's degree in Statistics from the University of Minnesota (1990), PhD in Statistics from the University of Trento (1993). Post-doc researcher in computational statistics at the University of Bristol (1997-1998) and at Cambridge University (1999-2000).
Full Professor of Statistics and Data Science at the Department of Economics and Management of the University of Pavia, where he has supervised about 150 Master's students and 12 Phd students. Most of them currently work in the financial industry, in IT consulting companies or as academic researchers.
Director of the University of Pavia Data Science laboratory (formerly Data Mining laboratory) which, since 2001, carries out research and consulting projects, for leading institutions such as the European Union, the Italian Ministry of Research, Cariplo Foundation, the Italian Banking Association, Intesa San Paolo, Unicredit, BancoBPM, UBI, MPS, Banca Popolare di Sondrio, Credito Valtellinese, Accenture, KPMG, Mediaset, SAS Institute, Sky.
Indipendent member of the board of directors of the Credito Valtellinese banking group; Research fellow at the Bank for International Settlements; Advisory Board member for the Blockchain Based Account Bank; Honorary member and President of the scientific committee of the Association of the Italian Financial Industry Risk Managers.
Researcher author of about 200 scientific publications, among which a book on “Applied data mining” and 31 papers in A-level journals, with 3003 total citations and an h-index of 24 (see Google Scholar for the details). The corresponding research profile is that of a data scientist, focused on statistical modelling, especially in Bayesian analysis, Computational statistics, Graphical network models; and on machine learning applications, especially in Customer scoring, Operations quality and Credit risk measurement.

Alastair Houston
Alastair has been the Financial Services Business Development manager at Nvidia since 2009, and has overseen the adoption of GPU technology to accelerate Risk Analytics computation in many European Banks. More recently, he is leading Nvidia efforts to position this same technology for deep learning and graph analytic applications to EMEA Banks and Insurance companies.

Darko Krizic
Darko Krizic is a founding member of PRODYNA and serves as Chief Technology Officer. It is the bridge from software development to high-availability critical applications to strategic management consulting. He studied general computer science at the FH Frankfurt. In his spare time, he hopes for good weather, to relax as a private pilot during a sightseeing tour, or to take part in the mountain biking.

Dr Oliver Maspfuhl
Oliver recieved his Ph.D. in mathematical physics from the University of Paris VI and held a research position at the ETH Lausanne before joining Commerzbank in 2005. Since then, he has worked on methodological and operational projects, including illiquid market and credit risk, dynamic credit portfolio modelling, credit risk stress testing and early warning indicator methodology. He is currently responsible for the methodological aspects of Commerzbank's Big Data Analytics project. Main interests include information extraction and data integration, data mining, statistical learning and, in particular, network data modelling and analysis, as well as non-linear dependency models and dynamic optimal control for risk management.

Andreas Metzen
Andreas Metzen studied macroeconomics at the University of Cologne and the Stockholm School of Economics. After having graduated with distinction in 2008, he worked until December 2013 for Oppenheim Kapitalanlagegesellschaft as a senior analyst in the fields of risk analysis and performance measurement. Since January 2014, Andreas Metzen is managing director of Uhlenbruch GmbH.

Dr Jochen Papenbrock
Dr Jochen Papenbrock has more than 10 years of experience in management and technology consulting in the financial industry. He is an expert in quantitative modeling, Data Science and AI. He has invented, developed and operationalised several FinTech solutions. He is CEO/Founder of Firamis and earned his doctorate and degree in business engineering at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

Thomas Raffinot
Thomas Raffinot is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Millesime IS and a lecturer at the University Paris Dauphine. He has more than 15 years of experience in the asset management industry, both as a strategist and economist. He focuses on tactical and strategic asset allocation to translate macroeconomic and policy factors into tailored investment strategies. He writes extensively on monetary policy, asset allocation issues, investment opportunities and risks.

Stefan Roßbach
Stefan Roßbach is the co-founder and member of the board of directors of TME AG, as well as the chairman of TME Institute. Before co-founded TME AG, the experienced banker demonstrated his expertise by working for international consultancy firms, where he inter alia built up the advisory business for Retail Banking of IMG St. Gallen in Germany. With his experience of over 20 years in the financial services industry, he is an expert in Digital Banking with focuses on the development of innovative business models and solutions in the field of Direct Banking and Digital Wealth Management.

Dr Peter Sarlin
Peter is an Associate Professor of Economics at Hanken School of Economics (Helsinki, Finland), and Director of RiskLab Finland. He is an organizer of the Annual RiskLab/BoF/ESRB Systemic Risk Analytics Conference and Europe’s 1st Fintech MBA. He is also a research associate with the Systemic Risk Center at London School of Economics, IWH Halle Institute for Economic Research and the Systemic Risk Hub, as well as a board member of the IEEE Analytics and Risk Technical Committee and the IEEE Computational Finance and Economics Technical Committee. Moreover, he is an Associate Editor of Journal of Network Theory in Finance and Intelligent Systems in Accounting, Finance & Management. Peter completed his PhD(Econ) in 2013 at Turku Centre for Computer Science, and has also studied at London School of Economics, Stockholm School of Economics and Stockholm University. He has been a Financial Stability Expert and external consultant among others with the European Central Bank, Bank of Finland, Deutsche Bundesbank, De Nederlandsche Bank and Bank of Indonesia. He is a founder of Infolytika Ventures and Almax Analytics. Peter’s book Mapping Financial Stability was published by Springer in May 2014 and his current research interests include network analytics, machine learning, natural-language processing and visual analytics.

Prof. Dr Peter Schwendner
Peter Schwendner is a professor at the Institute for Wealth and Asset Management at ZHAW School of Management and Law, Zurich, Switzerland. His research interests are financial markets, asset management and network analytics. Peter received a PhD in Physics for his research at Max Planck Institute in Goettingen. He has 15 years’ work experience in the financial industry as a head of quantitative research at Sal. Oppenheim and as a partner at Fortinbras Asset Management, developing investment products for institutional clients.

Kimmo Soramäki
Kimmo Soramäki is the Founder and CEO of FNA and the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Network Theory in Finance. Kimmo started his career as an economist at the Bank of Finland where he developed in 1997 the first simulation model for interbank payment systems. In 2004 while at the research department of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, he was among the first to apply methods from network theory to improve our understanding of financial systems. During the financial crisis of 2007-2008 Kimmo advised several central banks, including the Bank of England and European Central Bank, in modeling interconnections and systemic risk. This work led him to found FNA in 2013 provide solutions to analyze and monitor the complex financial networks that play a continually larger role in the world around us. Kimmo holds a Doctor of Science in Operations Research and a Master of Science in Economics (Finance), both from Aalto University in Helsinki.

Dr Tim Thabe
Tim Thabe is Co-Founder and CEO of creditshelf, the marketplace for SME loans. creditshelf facilitates loans by bringing professional and experienced investors together with SME borrowers. Investors generate attractive returns whilst borrowers receive flexible and quick funding. creditshelf was founded in 2015 by a group of senior banking professionals. Since market launch the business is growing fast and was recognized with the 2016 Frankfurt founders award. At creditshelf Tim is in charge of operations, strategy and HR.
Tim has 15 years of experience in the banking industry on an international level. Before joining creditshelf he was with a leading global bank as COO of the international corporate and institutional clients business based in Zurich. Previously he worked as Credit Officer for a leading global investment bank in London.
Tim holds a Ph.D. in finance (University of Mannheim) as well as degrees as Diplom-Kaufmann from University of Mannheim, and EMBA from Kellogg-WHU, and he is a CFA Charterholder.

Dr Murat Ünal
Murat founded SONEAN in 2013 with his team, building on its sister entity Funds@Work AG (F@W)`s experience in over 250 international projects in the wealth, and asset management industry with more than two dozens of international awards received for its consulting & unique intelligence. SONEAN was designated as „innovative young company“ in 2015 by the German Ministry for Economics and Energy and became part of Germany`s Excellence in Big Data campaign rolled out globally in 2016.

In April 2015 SONEAN launched a unique service called “Ecosystem Intelligence” and runs the largest private social network analytic capability in Europe and possibly beyond with its core team of employees, its SNA Lab (, and its academic initiative called SNA at Work, connecting data in an unparalleled manner. By going beyond financial and non-financial data, SONEAN brings the social network perspective into corporate, lendor, and investor related decision making, building on the fundament that F@W had established since 2002 with monitoring 70 trillion of invested capital, by over 17,000 institutional and semi-institutional investors across the world, and the networks in which they are embedded. SONEAN, compared to F@W, is no longer just focused on financial services but moves its capability to all sectors.

Murat graduated from the University of Adelaide/Australia with a B.Com degree. He holds an M.B.A degree from Kellogg/USA and WHU/Germany and its network programs at Tel Aviv Uni/Israel and Hong Kong Uni of Science and Technology/China SAR. Murat further has a LL.M. degree from the School of Law at Northwestern Uni in Chicago and a Doctorate in Business Administration from IE Business School in Madrid specializing in social network analysis (SNA).
He regularly lectures at leading universities globally focusing on the unique application of SNA.

Jeppe Vilstrup Hansgaard
Jeppe Vilstrup Hansgaard is the CEO of Innovisor. He holds a master of business administration degree from Henley Business School and a certificate in strategic decision and risk management from Stanford School of Professional Development.

Tilo Walter
Tilo ist der Gründer von kantwert und kümmert sich um Produkte, Daten und Kunden.