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A Conversation With .... Mike Chen & George Mussalli "Quantitative ESG Investing "


Apr 1, 2020 11:45 AM

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George Mussalli
Managing Director & Chief Investment Officer, Equity Investments @PanAgora
At PanAgora Mr. Mussalli is responsible for the oversight of the firm’s Dynamic and Stock Selector Equity strategies, as well as the Equity Trading & Implementation, Data Science, and Portfolio Strategy teams. He is also a member of the firm’s Investment, Operating, Risk, and Directors’ Committees. As the CIO of Equity Investments, Mr. Mussalli directs innovative equity research used in the development of models implemented in PanAgora’s equity strategies. Mr. Mussalli’s current focus is centered on combining fundamental and quant investing using big data. As a leader in the field, he was appointed to the Editorial Board for JFDS magazine as well as the AI and Data Science in Trading Advisory Board.
Mike Chen, Ph.D.
Director, Equity Investments @PanAgora
Dr. Chen is a Director at PanAgora. In this role, he is responsible for novel alpha research and model development across PanAgora’s Equity strategies, and daily management of firm’s Dynamic Equity portfolios. Dr. Chen’s current research interests are in the areas of machine learning/alternative data, ESG, and China A. Previously, he was a Portfolio Manager on PanAgora’s Stock Selector Equity team. Prior to joining PanAgora, Dr. Chen was a Portfolio Manager at BlackRock’s Scientific Active Equity (SAE) team, where he was responsible for portfolio management and research into alpha insights for use across the entire SAE platform. While at SAE, Dr. Chen won “Signal of the Year” award for a signal he researched and developed. Prior to BlackRock, Dr. Chen worked at Google where he was a member of the team that managed Google’s fixed income investment portfolio and FX exposures.
Mehrzad Mahdavi
Executive Director @FDP Institute
Dr. Mahdavi is a technology entrepreneur with a focus on breakthrough digital transformation for the Fintech and the energy sectors. He is a recognized expert and frequent keynote speaker on the application of AI, IoT, and Cloud computing in the financial sector and industries. Dr. Mahdavi is a trusted advisor for global 500 firms in the field of digital transformation. Prior to this position, he served as the Chief Digital Officer of Weatherford International. He also had and a 22-year career in Schlumberger in a variety of technical and management positions. Mehrzad holds a PhD in Nuclear Science and Technology from the University of Michigan a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.