CMCAS Presents

Fintech and the Future of Finance: 

Managing the Risk of Fintech and Crypto


Date: Thursday, March 4, 2021

Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm ET 




Please join us for a Fintech and Cryptocurrency session taking place on Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 1:00pm ET. Topics of discussion will include:
  • Overview of the Fintech Landscape
  • Impact and Growth of Cryptocurrency
  • Fintech in the Wholesale Banking and Finance World 
  • Benefits of Blockchain
  • Impact of the Pandemic on Fintech and Crypto
Confirmed Speakers Include:

Irene Aldridge, President and Managing Director, Research, AbleMarkets

Irene Aldridge is a co-author of “Big Data Science in Finance” (with Marco Avellaneda, Wiley 2020). She is an internationally-recognized quantitative and Big Data Finance researcher, Adjunct Professor at Cornell University and President and Managing Director, Research, of AbleMarkets, a Big Data for Capital Markets company. Aldridge was named to the Forbes’ Top 40-Over-40 Women’s List in 2017. Prior to AbleMarkets, she designed and ran high-frequency trading strategies in a $20-million cross-asset portfolio. Still previously, Aldridge was, in reverse order, a quant on a trading floor; in charge of risk quantification of commercial loans; Basel regulation team lead; technology equities researcher; lead systems architect on large integration projects, including web security and trading floor globalization. Aldridge started her career as a software engineer in financial services.


Aldridge holds a BE in Electrical Engineering from Cooper Union, and MS in Financial Engineering from Columbia University, and an MBA from INSEAD. In addition, Aldridge studied in two PhD programs: Operations Research at Columbia University (ABD) and FInance (ABD). Aldridge is the author of multiple academic papers and several books. Most notable titles include “Big Data Science in Finance” (co-authored with Marco Avellaneda, Wiley, 2020), “Real-Time Risk: What Investors Should Know About Fintech, High-Frequency Trading, Flash Crashes” (co-authored with Steve Krawciw, Wiley, 2017), “High-Frequency Trading: A Practical Guide to Algorithmic Strategies and Trading Systems” (2nd edition, translated into Chinese, Wiley 2013), and “The Quant Investor’s Almanac 2011: A Road Map to Investing” (Wiley, 2010). Her recent academic publications include “Neural Networks in Finance: Design and Performance” (with Marco Avellaneda in the Journal of Financial Data Science, 2019), “Big Data in Portfolio Management” (Journal of Financial Data Science, 2019), “ETFs, High-Frequency Trading and Flash Crashes” (Journal of Portfolio Management, 2016), and “High-Frequency Runs and Flash Crash Predictability” (Journal of Portfolio Management, 2014). Aldridge presently serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for the Journal of Applied Data Science to Finance.


Anand Autar, Global Head of Analytics Business Development, ING

Anand is responsible for Analytics Business Development at ING. He has 20+ years of experience within ING Wholesale Banking with particular expertise in the area of credit risk management in both the lending and capital markets space in various roles. He was responsible for developing and implementing the Wholesale Banking Early Warning System that combined both external and internal data using a hybrid cloud solution. In his current role he leads a team of high value specialist in the field of NFR/Data, Portfolio Management, Strategic Partnerships and Business Engagement in the field of Analytics.



Caroline Tarnok, Global Head of Counterparty and Credit Risk, Coinbase, Inc.

Caroline Tarnok is the global head of Counterparty and Credit Risk at Coinbase, Inc., the world’s leading compliant cryptocurrency platform. At Coinbase, Caroline is focused on creating global risk solutions for digital assets, in support of institutional and retail lending products. Prior to Coinbase, Caroline spent 17 years at Goldman Sachs & Co., where she was responsible for overseeing credit risk management across industries and products including broker/dealers, prime services & clearing, credit derivative swaps and foreign exchange. Her extensive background includes evaluating complex trade structures and managing risk through bankruptcy and restructuring events. Caroline Tarnok received a BA in Economics and Psychology from Dartmouth College and lives in Manhattan.



John Bowden, Credit Risk Manager, ING Financial Markets

John Bowden is a risk manager with over 20 years’ experience working at a variety of global investment banks. In his current role as a credit risk manager at ING Financial Markets, a subsidiary of ING Bank NV, he is responsible for managing the credit risk of a portfolio of hedge funds, banks, broker-dealers, and REITs. His extensive product knowledge includes fixed income, equities, structured products, leveraged loans, commodities, and derivatives. Mr. Bowden has held risk management and sales positions at Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Dresdner Kleinwort, Commerzbank, and Mitsubishi Securities. He is a CFA charterholder and is a member of the CFA Institute. Mr. Bowden received an MBA from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Business in 2003 and a Bachelor of Science from Fordham University in 1998. In addition to his day job at ING, he is also an Adjunct Professor of Finance at Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business and Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business. He is also Treasurer and member of the Board of Directors of Capital Markets Credit Analyst Society (CMCAS). He lives in Leonia, New Jersey with his wife and two sons.


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