MFA Data & Technology 2023: The Future of Data Science & AI - Agenda

September 19, 2023
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum New York, NY


Day 1: Tuesday, September 19th, 2023

10:00AM – 12:00PM

Closed Door Institutional Investor Symposium

12:00PM – 12:40PM


12:40PM – 12:45PM

Welcome Remarks

Amy D’Annunzio , Managing Director, Sponsorship & Conferences, Managed Funds Association

Amy D’Annunzio is MFA’s Managing Director, Sponsorship and Conferences. She is based in the New York office and is responsible for managing and executing MFA’s marquee conferences. Amy works directly with the Chief Commercial Officer who leads the global Conferences and Events team.

Prior to MFA, Amy worked at Morgan Stanley as Vice President Firmwide Marketing and Events. At Morgan Stanley, Amy was responsible for the organization, production and execution of large scale events, conferences and meetings across all divisions, including the Firm’s Senior Management.

Amy graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a Bachelor’s degree from the Isenberg School of Management, with a concentration in Hospitality, Tourism and Event Management.

12:45PM – 1:15PM

Regulation is Coming: Domestic and International Implications

Jessica Brandt , Policy Director, Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Technology Initiative, Fellow, Foreign Policy, Strobe Talbott Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology, The Brookings Institution

Jessica Brandt is policy director for the Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Technology Initiative at the Brookings Institution and a fellow in the Foreign Policy program’s Strobe Talbott Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology. Her research interests and recent publications focus on foreign interference, disinformation, digital authoritarianism and the implications of emerging technologies for liberal democracies.

She has testified before the United States Senate and House of Representatives. Her work has been widely published and quoted in the Washington Post, Associated Press, BBC, NPR, Bloomberg, Vox, Slate, and Wired, among others. She was the lead author on “Linking Values and Strategy: How Democracies Can Offset Autocratic Advances,” the report of a bipartisan task force of 30 leading national security practitioners across parties and sub-disciplines, which developed national strategy for the United States in non-military domains of competition.

Jessica was previously head of policy and research for the Alliance for Securing Democracy and a senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, a fellow in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution, special adviser to the president of the Brookings Institution, and an international and global affairs fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. She received her bachelor’s from Johns Hopkins University and Master of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Jessica is a member of the advisory council of the American Ditchley Foundation and a David Rockefeller fellow of the Trilateral Commission. She was a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Next Generation Fellow at the Center for a New American Security.

Kelly Koscuiszka , Partner , Schulte Roth & Zabel

Kelly Koscuiszka serves as co-chair of the Investment Management Regulatory & Compliance Group, where she advises private funds on regulatory and compliance matters, particularly the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. Kelly supports clients undergoing SEC examinations, including by handling deficiency letters and enforcement referrals and also uses that experience to assist clients with exam preparedness. Kelly specializes in the intersection of regulation and emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence, alternative data, web scraping and electronic communications. She also advises clients on data privacy and cybersecurity. Kelly regularly conducts client training sessions and is a sought-after presenter at leading industry conferences. Kelly is admitted to the Bar in New York and has Court Admissions in the US Supreme Court; the US District Court of New Jersey; and the US District Courts in Eastern and Southern Districts of New York.
Kelly received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and her B.A. from Rutgers University.

Moderated by
Erik Johnson , Vice President, U.S. Government Affairs, Managed Funds Association

1:15PM – 1:45PM

Fireside Chat

Rohit Bhat , Director, Capital Markets, Exchanges, and Digital Assets, Google Cloud

Rohit leads Financial Services at Google Cloud. In this role Rohit enables global financial institutions to leverage next-generation technologies to improve efficiency, manage risk, and improve customer experience. Rohit and his team are hyper-focused on unlocking business
value for financial enterprises, establishing industry-leading partnerships for Google Cloud across exchanges, market makers, asset managers and data providers.

Over the past 20 years in the technology industry, Rohit has rooted his career working within Capital Markets, Exchanges, and Digital Assets. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and podcasts, more recently featured in discussions at venues like Bloomberg and Modern Money. Previously, as a senior leader at Dell EMC, he led strategic initiatives around hybrid cloud. Holding a Master of Science from Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering, he remains a resident of Chicago, IL.

Rohit is passionate about using technology to solve complex problems and believes that the financial services industry is ready for a step-function change and innovation.


Jeff Wecker , Chief Technology Officer and Head of Engineering, Two Sigma
Moderated by
Rahul Jaising , Managing Director, Prime Services & Electronic Trading, Barclays

Rahul Jaising is a Managing Director focused on Prime Services & Equities Electronic Trading. He leads teams focused on providing global electronic execution and prime brokerage service for clients trading systematic strategies across equities, options and futures. Rahul joined Barclays in September 2008, and was with Lehman Brothers since 2005. Prior to joining Lehman, Rahul worked for Ameritrade, a retail broker as a software engineer and architect. He received his MS in Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, and is a CFA charter holder. Rahul is an active participant in the firms Human Capital, Diversity, Citizenship & Wellness initiatives.

1:45PM – 2:20PM

AI Fueled Optimization: Harnessing Operational Excellence

Steve Godino , Chief Information Officer, Viking Global Investors LP

Mr. Godino is the Chief Information Officer responsible for leading the software development and technology infrastructure teams. Prior to joining Viking, Mr. Godino was the Chief Technology Officer at Carlson Capital from 2011 to 2014, where he managed all aspects of technology including application development and infrastructure.   For the three years prior to joining Carlson, Mr. Godino was the Chief Information Officer of Shumway Capital, where his team focused on trading and portfolio management technology.  From 2006 to 2008, he managed software development for the JP Morgan Hedge Fund Administration unit.  Mr. Godino joined JP Morgan when it acquired the staff and systems of Paloma Partners, where Mr. Godino worked for 12 years and served as the head of software development.  Mr. Godino received his BS in Math and Computer Science from the University of Notre Dame and his JD from Pace University.

David Neigler , Chief Technology Officer, Schonfeld Strategic Advisors LLC

David Neigler is the Chief Technology Officer and joined Schonfeld in 2018. Prior to Schonfeld, David was a Director at Point72 where he managed back office technology. From 2003 to 2006, David was a Vice President at Bank of America Securities where he co-headed the web development team within the Prime Brokerage business. Prior to this, David held various senior roles as a developer at Bank of America and Internosis. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music from the New School.

Jeff Saginor , Chief Technology Officer, EJF Capital, LLC

Mr. Saginor joined EJF in 2014 and is responsible for the management of infrastructure, networking and cyber security, vendor relationships, development, strategic technology planning, and help desk services.

He brings more than 10 years of information technology experience, having worked as a consultant and virtual CIO for clients in New York and Washington, DC. Mr. Saginor has also written several articles concerning technology and public policy for various periodicals and websites.

Moderated by
Nora Richardson , Vice President, Membership & Investor Services , MFA

Prior to joining MFA, Nora was at Bank of America Securities as a Director in the Prime Brokerage Business Consulting team. Prior to that, Nora worked in both the U.S. and London offices of Bank of America as a prime brokerage account manager. She has more than thirteen years of experience serving equity, multi-strategy, and quantitative hedge funds of various sizes from new launches and emerging managers to institutionalized funds.

Nora graduated with honors from Fairfield University with a B.S. in mathematics and economics.

2:20PM – 2:40PM

Refreshment Break

2:40PM – 3:10PM

Data Science & AI: Insights and Overviews

Jim Kyung-Soo Liew , Associate Professor in Finance, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School; President and Founder, SoKat

Dr. Jim Kyung-Soo Liew is the President and Founder of SoKat and an Associate Professor of Finance at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. Dr. Liew revels in pushing the boundaries of financial knowledge and product development both as an academic and Web3 entrepreneur. He has published pioneering research in the intersection of social media/big data, cryptos/blockchain, and financial markets. He currently teaches Big Data and Machine Learning, Crypto-Currencies and Blockchain, and Leading Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. Additionally, he serves as ACT-IAC’s Co-Chair of the AI Curriculum Committee and Chair of the Data Readiness for AI Committee. He has received the Dean’s Award for Faculty Excellence 2015-2019. He is on the Editorial Board of The Journal of the British Blockchain Association, Journal of Alternative Investments, Journal of Financial Data Science, and the Journal of Portfolio Management where he co-authored the most read Invited Editorial “iGDP?”.

About SoKat Consulting, LLC ( – SBA 8(a) Certified

Dr. Liew founded SoKat Consulting, LLC. SoKat creates award-winning, world-class Machine Learning / AI and Blockchain products and services primarily servicing institutional investors, government agencies, academic institutions, and select-startups. SoKat unlocks the hidden value of data through thoughtful and creative solutions, comprising of actionable business intelligence, transparent data analytics, bold predictive models, and next-generation investment products.

Previously, Dr. Liew has been with the Carlyle Asset Management Group, Campbell and Company, and Morgan Stanley. He holds a BA in Mathematics from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Finance from Columbia University.

He currently resides just outside of Baltimore with his wife and two daughters, whom he hopes to raise as next-generation disruptors.

EO DC Board Member | Co-Chair Finance and Governance

3:10PM – 3:45PM

Application of LLMs: Revolutionizing the New Era of Data and Technology

Chris Beels , Co-Chief Technology Officer, GoldenTree Asset Management

Chris Beels is Co-CTO of GoldenTree Asset Management and manages Applications and Data for the firm.  Chris joined GoldenTree in 2011 and has led the Data Warehousing, Regulatory Reporting, and other data-centric initiatives at the firm.  He has been at GoldenTree since 2011.  Chris is an active member of the AITEC group of Asset Management technology executives and a regular judge of the HFM Hedge Fund Technology Awards.

Chris has over 20 years of experience in managing financial systems and IT teams.  Prior to GoldenTree, he was a Director in the Fixed Income Systems group at Millennium Management and one of the founding employees of RiskMetrics.  Chris holds a BA in Economics from Stanford University and is a CFA Charterholder.

Ulrike Hoffmann-Burchardi , Managing Director, Senior Portfolio Manager, Tudor Investment Corporation

Dr. Ulrike Hoffmann-Burchardi is a Senior Portfolio Manager and Managing Director at Tudor Investment Corporation, overseeing a global equity portfolio inside Tudor’s flagship client strategy. Focusing on the opportunities of digital disruption, Ulrike invests into companies with a long-term investment horizon, making substantial use of new data sources to understand market trends and technology adoption.

She was recognized in 2022 as one of “100 Most Influential Women in US Finance” by Barron’s magazine and in 2019 as one of ”50 Leading Women in Hedge Funds” by the Hedge Fund Journal in association with Ernst & Young. Prior to managing her current fundamental equity portfolio for Tudor’s flagship fund, Ulrike was instrumental in building the global quantitative equity investment strategies for Tudor in London and New York from 1999 to 2009.

Ulrike serves on the board of 100 Women in Finance, a global 15,000 member non-for-profit organization to empower women in the finance and alternative investment industries. An advocate for STEM education in grades K-12, she serves as a member of the advisory board of NYC FIRST, a global youth-serving robotics community. Further, she joined the advisory board of Portfolios with Purpose, a non-for-profit organization that fosters investment literacy among pre-career diverse youth. She is a member of the Economic Club of New York as well as of Atlantikbruecke.

She holds a PhD in Finance from the London School of Economics and Political Science (2000), and graduated first in her class with a Master degree in Finance from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland (1995).

Ulrike is a Fellow of the 2021 class of the Finance Leaders Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Neil Katz , Managing Director, D. E. Shaw & Co., .L.P.

Neil Katz is a managing director of D. E. Shaw & Co., L.P. and oversees the hardware and software systems that constitute the D. E. Shaw group’s trading platform and information technology infrastructure. Mr. Katz joined the D. E. Shaw group in 1994 and during his tenure at the firm has been instrumental in developing and refining the proprietary software and other technologies that facilitate trade management and execution across a range of asset classes and markets. Mr. Katz received a B.S. in electrical engineering and B.A. in economics, each with distinction, from Stanford University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Moderated by
Boris Liberman , Partner and Co-Chair, Derivatives & Structured Products, Lowenstein Sandler LLP

Boris provides strategic advice to U.S. and international hedge funds, mutual funds, CITs, UCITS, managed accounts, superannuation plans, sovereign wealth funds, and other asset owners regarding all aspects of implementing their investment and trading strategy while remaining compliant with appropriate regulatory regimes. With years of experience advising funds and institutional investors on the trading of securities, commodities, derivatives, and other asset classes, Boris is also proficient in a multitude of agreements with varying complexity required by market participants in order to invest in and trade such assets, including the retention and onboarding of prime brokerages and other counterparties to facilitate and coordinate complex funding instruments like derivatives.
Deeply knowledgeable about the wide range of both U.S. and non-U.S. laws and regulations that impact the trade of assets, Boris helps investors optimize, and think more strategically about, their trading strategy, treasury function, financing costs, and counterparty risk management. He also helps to implement these strategies through the creation of trading compliance manuals and effective best practices.
From his years of leading a team at a global investment management firm, as well as in private practice representing funds and private equity clients, Boris has developed a unique set of skills and acquired wide-ranging experience in dealing with all aspects of investment strategy implementation, encompassing all types of activity and structures.
He has specialized knowledge of relevant rules and regulations impacting trading documentation globally, including in key emerging markets such as China, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, India, Turkey, and Russia. Boris provides counsel to investment managers and asset owners who wish to access these markets across various investment instruments. He helps asset owners optimize their due diligence process in evaluating investment managers, and he provides strategic advice as to how asset owners should think about investment managers and dealers, as well as various trading instruments.
As an active member of various buy-side industry groups, Boris has been involved in conversations dealing with most key regulatory developments impacting investment strategy implementation worldwide. Over the course of the last 12 years, he has negotiated thousands of agreements, spanning all asset classes including:

  • Complex committed financing arrangements for hedge funds and managed accounts
  • ISDA agreements
  • Global master swaps confirmation agreements
  • Futures agreements
  • OTC clearing agreements
  • Tri-party custody agreements
  • Enhanced custody agreements
  • Give-up agreements
  • TBA agreements
  • Repurchase agreements
  • Main custody agreements
  • Unique guarantee arrangements

Before joining the firm, Boris served as Senior Counsel at AQR Capital Management LLC, where he counseled members of the investor, trading, research, compliance, portfolio implementation, and business development teams.
Earlier in his career, Boris represented private equity firms and hedge funds at the global law firms of Linklaters LP and Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.

He is fluent in Russian.


  • New York Law School (J.D. 2005), cum laude
  • Yeshiva University (B.S. 1997), cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • New York

3:45PM – 3:55PM

Refreshment Break

3:55PM – 4:20PM

Fireside Chat

Michael Kanaan , Author, "T-Minus AI: Humanity's Countdown to Artificial Intelligence and the New Pursuit of Global Power"; Former Chairperson of AI, U.S. Air Force, HQ Pentagon

Michael Kanaan is the bestselling author of “T-Minus AI: Humanity’s Countdown to Artificial Intelligence and the New Pursuit of Global Power” and was the first chairperson of artificial intelligence for the U.S. Air Force. He is the recipient of the Presidentially-recognized 68th Arthur S. Flemming award for Leadership and Management, and a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and Harvard University.

4:20PM – 4:55PM

Protecting Data Assets in the Age of AI

Sudhir Anantharaman , Chief Information Security Officer , AQR Capital Management

Sudhir Anantharaman is the Chief Information Security Officer of AQR Capital Management, LLC, and oversees the information and cyber security function globally. Prior to AQR, he was a Director at Booz Allen Hamilton in that firm’s Financial Services Practice. Sudhir earned a B.S. in Engineering at the University of Illinois, a M.S. in Engineering at the University of Michigan, and an M.B.A. in Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Caitlin Farrell-Starbuck , Global Chief Compliance Officer, ExodusPoint

Caitlin Farrell-Starbuck is the Global Chief Compliance Officer and a member of the Management Committee at ExodusPoint Capital Management LLP. Caitlin joined ExodusPoint in 2018.  Prior to joining ExodusPoint, she was the Global Head of Compliance for AHL Partners, LLP for Man Group plc based in London. Prior to joining Man Group in 2015, Caitlin was the Head of Research and Trading Compliance for Two Sigma Investments, LLC in New York. Caitlin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from American University.

Moderated by
Michael P. Kahn , Partner, Akin

Michael Kahn is a Chambers USA-ranked lead trial lawyer with significant victories at virtually every stage of litigation. Building upon long-term relationships of trust, Michael is called upon to take the lead on business-critical matters involving IP and related complex commercial disputes. Michael proactively evaluates and addresses patent infringement and trade secret claims in the context of his clients’ market position and business goals. Working closely with in-house attorneys and executives, he wields his substantial skill as a strategist to manage complex cases to successful business resolutions or trial wins.

Michael has significant experience in all aspects of intellectual property litigation, including successes in district courts across the country, the International Trade Commission, the Patent Trial and Appeals Board and numerous alternative dispute resolution forums.

Michael is also called upon regularly for IP advisory matters outside of active litigation, including transactional diligence, investment assessment and litigation management.

In addition to other awards and accolades, Michael was ranked by Chambers USA as a leading practitioner in Intellectual Property: Patent–New York, 2022, described as a “strong, talented partner who presents arguments really well” and named a Client Service All-Star by BTI Consulting Group in 2020, which recognizes lawyers who have been identified by their clients as “delivering the absolute best levels of client service.”

He sits on the firm’s Partnership Admissions Committee, the Executive Hiring Committee and the New York Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council.


4:55PM – 6:30PM

Closing Remarks and Cocktails


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