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​QuantAwards 2017 - Winners​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
In line with the competition rules, the Jury has decided to award only one prize this year.​

1st Prize:
Smart Beta In Global Government Bonds And Its Risk Exposure by Yuanting FAN and Etienne BRUECK from EDHEC.​

Congratulations to them both!

​QuantAwards 2017 - Jury​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


Dr. Laurent Laloux - Chief Product Officer – Capital Fund Management 

​Laurent Laloux manages product development with a particular focus on evolving CFM’s research and IT capabilities; he also leads the Equity strategies group. Laurent obtained his Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from Université Pierre et Marie Curie in the Laboratoire de Physique Théorique de l'École Normale Supérieure. 
He joined CFM in February 1997 as a researcher to work on Discus, the managed futures / FX program. In 1998, he started to focus on equities to develop the Equity Statistical Arbitrage program, which was launched in 2001. 

 CFA Society France

Jean-Francois Bouilly, CFA - Independant Adviser

Jean-Francois is now an independent adviser (equity strategy and organization). He founded Latitude Capital Management back in 2005 to manage an equity market neutral fund based on fundamental and systematic factor analysis. In 2012, Latitude started a global asset allocation fund of funds. In 2014, the company has been bought and became Artesis Asset Management.
Jean-Francois joined Crédit Lyonnais Japan in 1982 and started managing Japanese equities from Paris in 1984. He then opened as CIO, in 1991, the Crédit Lyonnais Asset Management office in Tokyo (CLAM Japan). His mandates included absolute return funds. Back to the Paris head office in 1999, he created and headed the "Equity Markets and Portfolio Analysis Team" and became CLAM Equity Strategist. Jean-François is a CFA Charterholder and past President of CFA Society France. He received his engineer degree from Ecole Centrale de Lyon in 1981. ​

 CFA Society Ireland

John O’Brien, CFA - Partner, Mercer Financial Strategy Group (FSG)

John is a Partner in Mercer's Financial Strategy Group (FSG), leading both FSG Ireland and the wider EMEA Structured Finance and Capital Management team.  He specialises in advising corporate and trustee clients in the UK, Ireland & elsewhere on pensions financing solutions ranging from the use of captive reinsurance to asset backed pension contributions, in the process advising on a number of ground-breaking transactions. He also works with financial services sector clients in understanding the relationships between their pension/investment arrangements and their operating KPIs, including regulatory capital requirements under the Solvency and Basel directives.

He comes from a buy-side investment and financial engineering background, with a heavy focus on quantitative investments.  Before Mercer, he spent 2 years in a niche advisory/investment firm and 10 years in Irish Life Investment Managers (ILIM). 

He is an adjunct lecturer in the Irish Institute of Bankers, lecturing two executive postgraduate courses in quantitative methods for risk management, and has lectured with two other Dublin universities since 2001. He graduated from Trinity College Dublin (Mathematics) in 1995 and became a CFA charterholder in 2001.

 CFA Society Netherlands

Frederik Mannaerts​, CFA - Associate - QStone Capital

Frederik Mannaerts is Associate at QStone Capital, an independent financial-engineering boutique connecting institutional investors to water (-related) projects and businesses. Frederik previously worked as Investment Analyst in the Investment Strategy team of Shell Asset Management Company. Frederik holds an MSc degree in Quantitative Finance from the Erasmus University Rotterdam and an MSc degree in International Finance from the University of St. Andrews. Frederik is a CFA Charterholder. 



Dr. Svetlana Borovkova - Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Dr Svetlana Borovkova is currently an Associate Professor of Quantitative Finance at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, where she is the program director of the Quantitative Risk Management honours program. Dr Borovkova’s research ranges from commodity finance to exotic derivatives, news analytics and various aspects of financial risk. Dr Borovkova is an expert in news analytics for finance and a preferred consultant of Thomson Reuters.  She is also a researcher at the Dutch Central Bank, where she is specializes in issues related to financial stability, systemic risk, financial networks and central clearing. She is a frequent invited speaker on international finance and energy conferences, such as Global Derivatives, Bachelier Congress for Mathematical Finance, Behavioral Finance and Sentiment Analysis. Previously she held positions in Delft University of Technology and in Shell Trading, London. She got her PhD in 1998 from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, and Oregon State University, USA, for analysis of nonlinear and chaotic time series.

Dr Ray Donnelly - University College Cork

Dr Ray Donnelly graduated with an MSc (Finance) from Lancaster University and subsequently obtained his Doctorate at the University of Manchester.  He is a Senior Lecturer in Accounting and Finance at University College Cork. His research interests include the relationship between security prices and accounting information.  He has also undertaken funded research and published in the areas of Corporate Governance and Mergers and Acquisitions. He is currently working on research topics pertaining to fair value accounting. He has published in both Irish and international journals including Accounting and Business Research, ABACUS, the Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, the Journal of International Business Studies, the European Management Journal, Corporate Governance an International Review and the British Accounting Review.​​​​

Luc Paugam, CFA - HEC

Luc Paugam teaches Financial Accounting and Reporting in the MSc program. His research interests focus on financial reporting (recognition, valuation and disclosures) of intangible assets (goodwill, brands), business combinations and audit. His research encompasses non-additive valuation, the role played by financial reporting for M&A transactions in revision of market expectations and the impact of regulation on audit quality. He has written books and articles for various journals and editors: Finance, Contrôle, Stratégie and Economica. Luc received the M&A ARFA (Association of M&A managers) best dissertation award for his PhD research. He has been a Visiting Scholar at the University of Houston. He is also a CFA Charterholder and an expert consultant in the field of valuation.