Speakers 2


  • Prof. Michael Weber
  • Luis Barreto Xavier
  • Prof. Martijn Boons
  • Prof. Gonçalo Rocha
  • Anthony Lawler
  • Prof. Melissa Prado
  • Dr Hasan Amjad
  • Babayara Fahiz
  • Joaquim Nogueira
  • Pedro Jácome

Mw Prof. Michael Weber joined Chicago Booth in 2014 as an Assistant Professor of Finance and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2018. He is also a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research in the Monetary Economics and Asset Pricing groups, a member of the Macro Finance Society, and a research affiliate at the CESifo Research Network. His research interests include asset pricing, macroeconomics, international finance, and household finance. His work on downside risk in currency markets and other asset classes earned the 2013 AQR Insight Award. He has published in leading economics and finance journals such as the American Economic Review, the Review of Economic Studies, and the Journal of Financial Economics.

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Luis Barreto Xavier Luis Barreto Xavier is a Director for Credit Suisse Portugal, responsible of Investment Consulting for Institutional, UHNWI and HNWI Clients. He started his career at Banco Português de Investimentos as hedge fund analyst, later he was Portfolio Manager at BPI Asset Management, responsible for Hedge Fund Portfolios with AUM above 1bl USD. He is an Invited Professor of Finance at Catolica SBE (Lisbon). Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®), MBA by The Lisbon MBA International (Católica SBE/Nova SBE and MIT Sloan). Degree in Economics from Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Specialization in Monetary Economics, Econometrics and Finance).

Martijn Boons Prof. Martijn Boons is an Assistant Professor of finance at Nova School of Business and Economics. He has a Ph.D. in Finance from Tilburg University. He currently teaches Financial Management in the graduate program at Nova SBE and coordinates de Nova Finance Seminar series. His research is in empirical asset pricing and has been presented at various universities as well as global academic conferences, such as the Annual Meetings of the American Finance Association, the Annual Meetings of the Financial Intermediation Research Society and the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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Goncalo -rocha Prof. Gonçalo Rocha is Assistant Professor, lecturing Banking on the Masters and MBA programs of Nova Nova School of Business and Economics. He holds a PhD degree in Finance from Nova School of Business and Economics, researching banking regulation and banking resolution strategies. Currently, he is the Head of Investments at Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and CFO of Partex Oli & Gas. Previously, Gonçalo Rocha had a career on banking where he work mainly for Millennium bcp in different areas like equity research, equities brokerage (also in London at Robert Fleming and New York at Cisf Securities), capital market deals, corporate banking, marketing (with top responsibilities for SME banking, affluent banking, mortgage loans, consumer loans, corporate loans, insurance), risk management (sme and mortgage credit scoring models), bank innovation. He was also member of the Board of the postal bank, the pension fund Previsão and CEO of the payments company Payshop. He was also Head of Strategy for the Portuguese Public Television (RTP) and CFO of the mail operator (CTT).

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Lawler Anthony Lawler is Co-Head of GAM Systematic, and portfolio manager for the alternative risk premia strategy. Anthony Lawler joined GAM in November 2011 after spending eight years with Man Group based in London and Chicago, latterly as head of portfolio management, leading a global team covering all of Man Investments’ multi-manager mandates. This followed his role as head of hedge fund research at Man Glenwood. Prior to Man Group, he was an equity research analyst at Prudential Securities and a manager at venture capital firm Castling Group. He began his career as an M&A analyst at Merrill Lynch. Anthony holds an MBA in Finance and Economics from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and a BSc (highest Honours) in Finance from the University of Illinois. He is based in London.

Melissa Prado _100x 121 Professor Melissa Prado is an Assistant Professor of finance at Nova School of Business and Economics. She has a Ph.D. in Finance from RSM Erasmus University. She currently teaches Financial Management and Real Estate Finance in the graduate program at Nova SBE. A primary theme of her research is to understand how market frictions affect institutional investor trading behavior and asset prices. She published in leading academic journals such as the Review of Financial Studies and Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis. Her research has been presented at many international conferences, including the AFA and EFA meetings.

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Amjad _Hasan _GAM UK_100x 121 Dr Hasan Amjad is Head of Algorithmic Trading at GAM Systematic Cantab and leads the development of infrastructure for the firm's algorithmic trading and high-frequency systems. Since joining Cantab, Hasan has designed and implemented the technology underpinning the automatic trading platform, as well as writing the primary execution algorithm. He developed a high frequency simulation system based on static analysis techniques, a pre-trade analytics package that allows trading without human intervention, and a post-trade analytics toolkit for transaction cost analysis. Hasan has a PhD in Computer Science from Cambridge University focusing on proof automation, and also holds an MSc in Mathematics from Oxford University. He is based in Cambridge.

Babayara Fahiz Babayara Fahiz is Local PhD student expert working on machine learning and its implications for asset pricing and investments.

JN_Smile Joaquim Nogueira is an Investment Manager in GAM's Emerging Markets Equity team. Prior to joining GAM Investments in January 2012, he was a portfolio manager at CQS/Oceanwood where he worked on long/short emerging markets equities with Tim Love. Prior to that, he worked with Tim on a global long/short equity fund at Cazenove Capital Management. Previously, Joaquim worked on the sell-side as director of global equity strategy in the global emerging markets equity strategy team at Deutsche Bank, and as vice-president of global emerging markets strategy at SG Securities Ltd. He began his career on the sell-side as a senior analyst at ING Barings Securities Ltd in 1996, working with Tim on the global sector and Latin American strategy and research team. Joaquim holds an MBA from Cass Business School, and an MSc in Mathematics with a specialisation in probabilities and statistics from the Instituto Superior Tecnico in Lisbon. He is based in London.

Jacome _Pedro _UK_100X121 Pedro Jácome is a Client Director responsible for building and strengthening relationships in Latin America. Previously he was a senior fund performance and risk management analyst with a focus on fixed income. Prior to joining GAM Investments in July 2011, he spent five years at Millennium BCP, based in London and Geneva managing private client portfolios. He began his career at Banco Finantia in the Emerging Market Fixed Income desk based in both Lisbon and São Paulo. Pedro Jácome holds an MBA from the University of Oxford, and a BA in Economics from Nova School of Business and Economics, Lisbon. He is based in London.