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Dan Bebello

General Counsel

Dan Bebello
General Counsel

Dan previously worked as an independent consultant from early 2016 to early 2018. Prior to this, Dan worked at BlueBay Asset Management from 2005 – 2015 where latterly he was Head of Transaction Solutions. From 2002 – 2005 Dan was an Analyst and later Associate at Deutsche Bank. Dan received his bachelor’s degree in Economics & Management from Oxford University and his LLB from the University of Law.

Natalie Benitez-Castellano

Chief Administrative Officer

Natalie Benitez-Castellano
Chief Administrative Officer

Natalie joins from BlueBay Asset Management where she spent ten years – latterly as Partner & Chief Administrative Officer. Natalie was on various BlueBay committees (including management and group risk) and BlueBay’s LLC Board. Natalie was also on RBC GAM UK Limited’s Board. Natalie advised BlueBay while she worked as an Associate for Allen & Overy LLP and as Partner for Stephenson Harwood LLP. Natalie holds a LLB from Southampton University and LPC from the University of Law.

Benjamin Brodsky, CFA

Co-Chief Investment Officer

Benjamin Brodsky, CFA
Co-Chief Investment Officer

Prior to joining BlueCove, Benjamin was Managing Director and Deputy Chief Investment Officer of Systematic Fixed Income at BlackRock. Benjamin held the role of Global Head of Fixed Income Asset Allocation for Barclays Global Investors before it merged with BlackRock in 2009.  Benjamin started his career at Salomon Brothers Asset Management. Benjamin holds a B.Sc in International Economics and Business Studies from Dusseldorf University and a M.Sc in Finance from the ICMA Centre, Henley Business School.

Aaron Critchley

Quantitative Engineer

Aaron Critchley
Quantitative Engineer

Prior to joining BlueCove, Aaron was a Quantitative Developer at BlackRock within Systematic Fixed Income. Aaron previously worked as a software engineer at a number of early stage start-ups. He is a co-organiser of London’s largest Python meetup, PyData, and actively contributes to open source software.

Heather DeGarmo, CFA, CIPM

Head of Product Strategy

Heather DeGarmo, CFA, CIPM
Head of Product Strategy

Heather’s prior roles include Managing Director in Fixed Income and Multi-Asset Strategies at BlackRock (formerly Barclays Global Investment) from 2010 – 2015. From 2005 – 2009, Heather was Co-Head of Global Credit at BGI, and from 1994 – 2005 worked at Goldman Sachs, latterly as Executive Director of European Credit Portfolio Management. Heather completed her Masters in Business Administration at the London Business School in 2003 and received her Bachelors in Mathematics and Russian from Dartmouth College in 1992.

Robert Ennis

Quantitative Engineer

Robert Ennis
Quantitative Engineer

Robert was previously a Quantitative Developer in Systematic Fixed Income at BlackRock (formerly Barclays Global Investors) from 2017 – 2018. Prior to this, Robert was a Software Engineer at JP Morgan from 2008 – 2017 and has held various roles at CIBC, Citi and Gartmore. Robert received his Masters in Civil Engineering from Imperial College London in 1999, where he was the Hays Montrose prize winner.

Garth Flannery, CFA

Head of Asset Allocation

Garth Flannery, CFA
Head of Asset Allocation

Garth was previously Director of Fixed Income Beta Research at BlackRock from 2016 – 2018. Prior to this, Garth was a Portfolio Manager and Researcher in Systematic Fixed Income at BlackRock (formerly Barclays Global Investors) from 2003 – 2016. Garth received his Bachelors in Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics in 1997 and his Masters in Management Science and Operational Research in 1998 – both from the University of Warwick.

Michael Harper, CFA

Head of Portfolio Management

Michael Harper, CFA
Head of Portfolio Management

Michael was previously Managing Director and Head of Core Portfolio Management at BlackRock (formerly Barclays Global Investors) from 2001 – 2018. While at BlackRock, Michael was responsible for building three new investment styles for EMEA and managed the development of Smart Beta, Factor and new systematic strategies. Michael received his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Finance in 1998 from Southampton University.

Ian Howard

Head of Engineering

Ian Howard
Head of Engineering

Before BlueCove, Ian was Head of Technology for Global Quantitative Strategies at Citadel. Prior to this, Ian led the technology team for Global Fixed Income. Ian was a member of Citadel’s European Operating Committee. Prior to Citadel, Ian was at JP Morgan from 2004 – 2009, where roles included Head of Risk Management Technology in Global Rates and FX. Ian started his career as a Developer at Lehman Brothers. Ian received his BSc in Computer Science from Warwick University in 1999.

Genevieve Hull

Recruitment and HR Advisor

Genevieve Hull
Recruitment and HR Advisor

Prior to joining BlueCove, Genevieve worked as a Research Assistant at the Henry Jackson Society and interned in the United States Congress. Genevieve received her MSc in Political Economy & Emerging Markets from King’s College London in 2018 and her MA in International Relations from the University of Edinburgh in 2017.

Roya Jafari

Legal Counsel

Roya Jafari
Legal Counsel

Prior to joining BlueCove, Roya was a trainee solicitor and paralegal at Arup and undertook a secondment as an ISDA negotiator at Credit Suisse. Roya has additionally worked in firms such as Clifford Chance LLP and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Roya obtained her LPC from Kaplan Law School in 2012 and her LLB from Queen Mary University of London in 2011.

Alex Khein

Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Chief Investment Officer

Alex Khein
Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Chief Investment Officer

Prior to co-founding BlueCove, Alex was CEO of BlueBay Asset Management from 2014 – 2017 and Co-CEO of RBC Global Asset Management from 2015 – 2017. Alex previously served as Chief Operating Officer and Board Director at BlueBay. Prior to joining BlueBay in 2004, Alex was Executive Director at Morgan Stanley, where he specialised in structured credit products. Alex received his PhD in Physics from Cornell University.

Sandra Maguire

Executive PA to Co-Founders

Sandra Maguire
Executive PA to Co-Founders

Sandra was previously Executive Assistant to BlueBay’s founder, CEO and Head of Human Resources from 2011 – 2017. Prior to this, from 2000 – 2011, Sandra was Executive Assistant to Deutsche Bank’s Global Head of TSS/CMI and COO. Sandra has additionally held various executive assistant roles in companies such as Baring Brothers and American Express.

Shannon Makori

Finance Manager

Shannon Makori
Finance Manager

Shannon was previously CFO of Fego Opeartions Ltd. From 2016 – 2018. Prior to this, Shannon was an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs in Regulatory & New Products from 2004 – 2013, where she was responsible for running the New Products team for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Shannon received her Bachelor of Business Science in Acconting and Information Systems, with Honours in Finance, from the University of Cape Town in 1998. Shannon obtained her ACA qualification in 2002.

Nick Pierce

Head of Investment Process

Nick Pierce
Head of Investment Process

Nick was previously a Director at Stratification Limited from 2016 – 2018. Prior to this, Nick was Head of Fixed Income (Europe) at Vanguard from 2012 – 2016. From 1999-2008 Nick was Head of Portfolio Solutions at Barclays Global Investors. Nick received his Masters in Finance and Investment from Exeter University.

Darius Scerbavicius

Systems Engineer

Darius Scerbavicius
Systems Engineer

Darius was previously a Software Developer at Gambit Research from 2015 – 2018. Darius has additionally held various roles at Google and Cisco Systems. In 2009 Darius placed first in the Vilnius Informatics programming contest. Darius received his Master of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh in 2014.

Ralph Smith, CFA

Head of Research

Ralph Smith, CFA
Head of Research

Ralph previously worked at BlackRock (formerly Barclays Global Investors) from 2007 – 2018. Latterly, he was Managing Director and Head of Research Innovation in the Systematic Fixed Income team at BlackRock. Prior to this, Ralph was Head of the London Advanced Research Centre at State Street Global Advisors from 2000 – 2007. Ralph received his MSc in Mathematical Trading and Finance from Cass in 1999, and his MA in Mathematics from Cambridge University in 1996. Ralph has published in leading finance journals.

Aleksandra Sobczak

Office Manager

Aleksandra Sobczak
Office Manager

Prior to joining BlueCove, Aleksandra was a Senior Receptionist for the Crown Estate, Regent Street Management Direct, and has previously held similar positions at Grosvenor House Suites by Jumeirah Living and the Park Plaza, Westminster. Aleksandra received her Masters Degree in Pedagogy and Health Promotion from the University of Humanities and Economics and her Bachelors Degree in Public Health from the University of Szczecin.

Benoy Thomas, CFA

Head of Credit

Benoy Thomas, CFA
Head of Credit

Benoy was previously a Managing Director in Systematic Fixed Income at BlackRock focussing on Credit and Capital structure investment strategies. During his career spanning 16 years at BlackRock and BGI (Barclays Global Investors), Benoy’s role involved formulating investment insights, developing new investment strategies and improvising portfolio management processes. Prior to this, Benoy was Assistant Vice President of Global Markets at JP Morgan from 1999 – 2001. Benoy received his Masters in Finance from the London Business School in 2002. He received his Masters Degree in Management from Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow and Bachelor of Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.

Jeroen van Zundert, CFA

Quantitative Researcher

Jeroen van Zundert, CFA
Quantitative Researcher

Jeroen was previously a Quantitative Researcher at Robeco from 2012 – 2018. Jeroen received his PhD in Finance in 2018, his MSc in Quantitative Finance and Actuarial Science in 2012 and his BSc in Econometrics and Operations Research in 2010 – all from Tillburg University. Jeroen has published in multiple leading finance journals. Awarded the Graham & Dodd Scroll Award for the paper “Factor Investing in Corporate Bond Markets”.

Gareth Williams

Quantitative Engineer

Gareth Williams
Quantitative Engineer

Prior to joining BlueCove, Gareth worked at Goldman Sachs in the Bank Strats team. He was previously the Head of Quantitative Analysis at Mustard Systems. He loves thinking about maths, computers or problem solving. Gareth obtained his MSc in Statistics in 2016 and his MSc in Computing Science in 2010, both from Imperial College London. In 2010 Gareth was awarded the RBS Prize for Academic Excellence.

Hugh Willis

Co-Founder & Executive Chairman

Hugh Willis
Co-Founder & Executive Chairman

Prior to co-founding BlueCove in 2018, he co-founded BlueBay Asset Management in 2001, serving as its CEO from 2001-2013 and its Executive Chairman from 2014-2017. Hugh received his Master’s Degree in History from Cambridge University and spent the majority of his career prior to co-founding BlueBay at JP Morgan – latterly as its Head of European Credit Trading. He is also Chairman and a Partner of Findlay Park LLP, a specialist manager of US equities.

David Willmer

Head of Quantitative Engineering

David Willmer
Head of Quantitative Engineering

David was previously the Head of Alpha Technology at BlackRock (formerly Barclays Global Investors) from 2016 – 2018. Previously, David was a Software Engineer at JP Morgan from 2010 – 2015. David obtained his PhD in Physics in 2009 and his BSc in Physics with Astrophysics in 2006, both from Nottingham Trent University.

Wing Yip

Quantitative Researcher

Wing Yip
Quantitative Researcher

Wing joins from Aberdeen Standard Investments where her last role was focused on Alternative Risk Premia. Wing was previously a Director in Inflation Trading at the Royal Bank of Scotland. Prior to her trading role, Wing was responsible for building a proprietary multi-asset model in the Quantitative Structuring team. Wing holds a Ph.D. in Financial Mathematics and a BSc in Mathematics and Computing both from Imperial College London, where she graduated as the top student with multiple awards. Wing has published in various mathematical and financial journals.