Volker has 25 years’ experience in the financial industry, and is Head of
Quantitative Research at Invest in Heads – a Private Investment Office specialized on value investing (global equity) and management valuation.
He studied business administration at the University of
Cologne, and wrote his diploma thesis on financial forecasting and
trading systems based on artificial intelligence and led
workshops on neural networks in finance; he also won a New York
scholarship from Deutsche Bank.
Before founding Quant Trading in 2005, he implemented hybrid (ANN,
GA, fuzzy logic) trading systems for Goldman Sachs, launched the division
technical trading systems & managed futures at Portfolio Concept, and
worked in Equity Derivatives Trading at WestLB. He was also responsible
for project management of AI-based investment strategies in a
collaboration with Siemens-Nixdorf.
Before becoming an independent Business Analyst (currently at the
European Commission), Julian was a director of UK & US companies and
latterly, COO European Operations for an Australian VC-funded
simulation and optimisation company working in the field of aviation.
He has a BSc (Honours) in physics from Bristol University and has
produced articles and interviews with leaders in the philosophy and
practice of AI & machine learning (Prof. John Searle, UC Berkeley and Prof
Igor Aleksander, Imperial College London) for Philosophy Now magazine.
Following an introduction by the famous AI theorist Prof. Margaret
Boden, he was also an invited member of the Complexity Research Group
at the London School of economics.
Apart from AI & machine learning, Julian has an active research
programme concerning the existence of Closed Timelike Curves in
Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity.
Wouter has 23 years' experience in the financial industry. He completed his Masters in Computer Auditing at the University of Johannesburg. Thereafter he joined various leading Merchant and Investment Banks in South Africa. He performed extensive research on the application of Neural Networks and Genetic Algorithms in the development of quantitative trading systems.
In 2001 he established a South African company, Technovest(Pty)Ltd. As CEO of Technovest, he developed "The Grail" system evaluation methodology. This methodology applies a genetic and walk-forward optimizer to ensure that only robust systems are selected for inclusion in a portfolio. In June 2010, "The Grail" software was purchased by TradeStation Technologies Inc. and implemented into the TradeStation platform. Wouter relocated to Fort Lauderdale, USA to assist with the implementation of his software.
In January 2017 he returned to Cape Town, South Africa to focus on his latest cutting edge project. This product introduces a cloud based analysis engine to perform automated trading strategy design while incorporating multiple parallel bar interval back-testing for superior robustness.