LQG Seminars

ENCORE - Engaging New Controversial Original Rigorous Entertaining

The final LQG event of 2021
The LQG DEBATE

The motion:

This house believes that AI is better, stronger, faster at picking stocks for investment.

Will be proposed by Ed Fishwick Managing Director at BlackRock
and
opposed by Desi Ivanova PhD student at the Department of Statistics at the University of Oxford

Building on the success of the hybrid format of the autumn seminr this event will be both face-to-face combined with on-line attendees.

This is a debate – a forum in which to discuss the real and imaginary virtues and vices of AI in the context of stock selection.
The views expressed during the debate are not necessarily the views of the speakers personally nor of BlackRock, Goldman Sachs or LSEG / Refinitiv.
The debate is held under the Chatham House Rule.

Capacity in the room is strictly limited so register immediately if you want to attend in person.
The LQG is very grateful both to Goldman Sachs International for hosting this event and to our outstanding debaters

 

Desi Ivanova

Department of Statistics at the University of Oxford
PhD. Student

Desi Ivanova is a PhD student at the Department of Statistics at the University of Oxford, working on both theory and applications of probabilistic machine learning. Her main research interest is in the intersection of information theory and deep learning, and the related fields of representation learning and approximate inference. In applied settings, she is very passionate about the proper use of statistics and advocates for rigorous evaluation of statistical and machine learning methods.

Before joining Oxford in 2020, Desi was part of the Systematic Trading Strategies (STS) R&D team at Goldman Sachs and prior to that she was a member of the Quantitative Research unit at UBS . She holds a Masters degree in MORSE (Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics) from the University of Warwick, from where she graduated in 2016.

 

Ed Fishwick

BlackRock
Managing Director, Global Co-Head of Risk & Quantitative Analysis

Ed Fishwick, Managing Director and Global Co-Head of Risk & Quantitative Analysis at BlackRock. In addition he is a member of the European Executive and Global Operating Committees of the firm, and is a member of the Board of BlackRock Group Ltd.

Mr. Fishwick has worked in quantitative finance for over 30 years in London, New York and Boston. Previously he was Head of Risk Management and Investment Process Research at AXA Investment Managers, and Director of Research at Quantec.

Mr. Fishwick is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Asset Management, and is the Chairman of the London Quant Group.