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Matthias Knab

Matthias Knab Opalesque Ltd on LinkedIn

Managing Director & Managing Editor

Opalesque is led by Matthias Knab, an internationally recognized expert on hedge funds and alternatives. Mr. Knab has frequently served as chairman of hedge fund conferences New York, Greenwich, Miami, London, Monaco, Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Bahamas, Stockholm and Dubai. In addition, he has spoken at or moderated panels at hedge fund events or Roundtables in Chicago, San Francisco, Scottsdale, Denver, Toronto, Geneva, Zurich, Frankfurt, Cannes, Singapore, Sydney, Melbourne, Cape Town, Madrid, Moscow, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Cayman Islands, Bermuda, Auckland, Abu Dhabi and Bombay, and lectured at numerous universities on the subjects of hedge funds and the state of the global alternative asset management industry.

He studied computer science and psychology in Freiburg i.Br. (Germany), graduated in economy in Munich and subsequently passed exams as a FSA (Financial Services Authority, UK) Securities Representative, FSA Futures and Options Representative and XETRA trader (Frankfurt).

Since 1989 he has been working as a consultant for major German institutions, most notably Allianz and Vereinte Versicherungen. 1998 he created and served as CEO Boersenakademie AG - the first German institution directed at offering educational services on investing themes. Matthias Knab also served as Managing Director at TradeStream Global AG, a technology firm developing trading solutions for institutions and hedge funds.

In 2000 Matthias Knab started to publish a pioneering newsletter "Industry Report" which was focusing on the ascent of Electronic Trading within the online brokerage industry. It was at that time when he started to establish his first links into the hedge fund industry and became aware about the need of a daily, independent and encompassing news service on this thriving sector.

Mr. Knab speaks English, German, Spanish, French, some Italian and is currently learning Mandarin (Chinese).

Opalesque Research
Sona Blessing

Sona Blessing Opalesque Ltd on LinkedIn

Moderator, Opalesque Radio

Sona Blessing is author of "Alternative Alternatives: Risk, Returns and Investment Strategy" - Wiley Finance, Feb.11, and contributing author on real assets for "Alternative Investments: Analyse und Due Diligence” - NZZ Libro Dec.13. She is also a previewer of CAIA text book chapters on real assets.

Since Oct. 2010, she has been self-employed. Besides being a research specialist on alternative alternatives, she has launched and moderates, Opalesque Radio/Podcasts as her own start-up venture. Sona is also a Director on the London Board, 100 Women In Hedge Funds, and Chair, Zurich Education Committee, 100 Women in Hedge Funds.

As Opalesque’s Director of Research, (2007 - 2009) she is accredited with conceiving and launching A SQUARE (Alternative Alternatives), research portal on the Opalesque platform. She has also been a guest lecturer on ‘alternative alternatives’ at the zhaw School of Management and Law, Zurich. Prior to which, she has served as a hedge fund research strategist and as a global market strategist, and has extensive experience in business journalism - India, Indonesia, U.K. and Taiwan.

Peter Urbani

Peter Urbani Opalesque Ltd on LinkedIn

Contributing Editor NewManagers

Peter Urbani is a Contributing Editor to NewManagers, Opalesque's monthly Emerging Managers Monitor. He was most recently Chief Investment Officer (CIO) for Infiniti Capital AG, a Zurich and HK based fund of funds group. Prior to that he was Head of Quant for Infiniti, Head of Investment Strategy for Fairheads Asset Managers, Head of Portfolio Management for Nexus Securities and Senior Portfolio Manager for Commercial Union Investment Management South Africa. He started out as an open outcry floor trader on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in the late 80's. Some of his VBA code was published in Kevin Dowd's Measuring Market risk and he is a frequent contributor to quant websites such as Wilmott and Nuclearphynance. He provides bespoke portfolio construction and risk consulting and external manager selection - services for various pension funds under the KnowRisk Consulting banner.

Gregory J. Troccoli

Greg Troccoli

Director of Technical Research

Greg currently holds the position of Managing Director, Business Development at LUMA Managed Account Platform, which is part of the OFI Asset Management Group and the Gottex Fund Management Group. For many years, Greg held the position as First Vice-President - Chief Technical Analyst at Prudential Securities. During his tenure at Prudential, Greg was solely responsible for publishing in-dept analysis of all global markets (in excess of 60). This research was utilized by 3500 institutions worldwide, including eight central banks, proprietary trading desks, major oil companies, and a large contingent of retail investors. In addition, the author enjoyed an extensive media presence including bi-monthly appearances on CNBC and defined monthly time slot with Bloomberg network.

Mark Melin

Mark Melin Opalesque Ltd on LinkedIn

Editor, Opalesque Futures Intelligence
Editor, Opalesque Futures Strategies

Mark Melin is a managed futures practitioner whose specialty is recognizing a trading program’s algorithmic formula and mapping it to a market environment and performance driver. He provides analysis of managed futures investment performance and commentary regarding related managed futures market environment. A portfolio and industry consultant, he was an adjunct instructor in managed futures at Northwestern University / Chicago and has written or edited three books, including High Performance Managed Futures (Wiley 2010) and The Chicago Board of Trade’s Handbook of Futures and Options (McGraw-Hill 2008). Mark was director of the managed futures division at Alaron Trading until they were acquired by Peregrine Financial Group in 2009, where he was a registered associated person (National Futures Association NFA ID#: 0348336). Mark has also worked as a Commodity Trading Advisor himself, trading a short volatility options portfolio across the yield curve, and was an independent consultant to various broker dealers and futures exchanges, including OneChicago, the single stock futures exchange, and the Chicago Board of Trade.

Benedicte Gravrand

Benedicte Gravrand Opalesque Ltd on LinkedIn

Editor Opalesque New Managers
Senior News Editor, Opalesque Europe

Benedicte Gravrand writes exclusive stories, special reports, co-edits Opalesque’s daily hedge fund publication, the Alternative Market Briefing (AMB), and moderates some of Opalesque’s Roundtables. She is also the editor of Opalesque’s NewManager, a monthly newsletter.

She is perfectly bilingual (French/English) and has lived in Paris, Geneva and London. She obtained a BA (Honours) in Philosophy from the University of London, worked in the publishing sector and the hedge fund industry before joining Opalesque in 2007.

Bailey McCann

Bailey McCann Opalesque Ltd on LinkedIn

Editor Opalesque Private Equity Strategies
News Editor, Opalesque New York

Bailey McCann is based in New York and has over six years of experience in media and journalism. In previous roles she worked as an editor and contributing writer on topics including finance, politics, defense, and women's issues. She also has experience providing media intelligence for financial services and the public sector. She is the Editor of Opalesque Private Equity Strategies and a member of the editorial team that produces the daily Alternative Market Briefing.

Opalesque Editorial
komfie

Komfie Manalo Opalesque Ltd on LinkedIn

News Editor, Opalesque Asia

Komfie Manalo has over 18 years experience as a professional journalist in Asia, having held various positions in several major daily broadsheets. He has a bachelor in Accountancy and co-founded several newspapers circulating in the region and managed over 30 reporters at different news desks. As a former field reporter, he covered all major news categories including political, business, as well as stocks and Asian and U.S. markets.

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Preciosa Dumlao

News Editor, Opalesque Asia

Preciosa Dumlao is a Manila, Philippines-based writer with over 12 years of solid experience as a journalist. She will be joining Opalesque as a feature and Asian editor. Preciosa Dumlao has been a field reporter for several newspapers in the Philippines and also worked as a news writer for U.S.-based news firms.

Opalesque Marketing and Operations
Greg de Spoelberch

Greg de Spoelberch Opalesque Ltd on LinkedIn

Director of Marketing and Operations

Greg de Spoelberch is Director of Marketing and Operations at Opalesque. With extensive experience in marketing, publishing, and business development, Greg formerly served as Opalesque’s Head of Product Development from 2009 – 2011 and now manages all media sponsorships of the Opalesque media group, including website, publications and products. Greg also serves as Producer of Opalesque.TV, interviewing top “Legends and Leaders” in alternative investments, and is responsible for much of the day-to-day operations within the Opalesque corporate structure.

Opalesque Support
Kathy Philips

Kathy Philips

Manager - Sales & Marketing

Kathy is the Manager - Sales & Marketing at Opalesque's operation in Bangalore, India and has a diploma in Retail Management & is a Graduate in Business Management. Before joining Opalesque, Kathy was working as a Asst. Sales Manager for Times - Enterprise Accounts based in Bangalore, India.

James Gibbs

James Gibbs

Support Team Member

James doing his Bachelors in Arts joined Opalesque on April 7th 2010. James was working as Customer Support Executive for telecom, Banking and Media with more than 3 years of experience. He has also received Client appreciation certificate from British Telecom.

 

 

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