We know about the advantages and disadvantages of cryptocurrencies, such as low transaction fees (especially for international transfers), security, inflation control, volatility, lack of unique authority, reliance on the community rather than the governments, etc. Many of these characteristics are not well understood. Is there a way of controlling the volatility of existing cryptocurrencies? What are the ways of using cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology for improving the credit assessment of individuals or companies?
These are some of the questions that we will discuss during our event.
Matthew Dixon (FRM)
Matthew Dixon (FRM) is an Assistant Professor of Applied Math and Affiliate Professor in the Stuart Business school who researches and teaches in the area of fintech and quantitative finance. Matthew began his career as a quant in structured credit trading at Lehman Brothers before consulting for finance and technology firms and pursuing academic research. His prize winning and Intel funded research has led to new approaches, algorithms and software for fintech with additional funding from the National Science Foundation, Dell, and Google to develop new technologies for fintech in partnership with the University of Michigan and Northwestern University. In 2020, he released the first textbook on machine learning in finance with Prof. Igor Halperin (NYU and Fidelity Investments) and has published in top journals such as SIAM Financial Math, Technometrics, Physica A. Matthew is also an associate editor of the AIMS Journal of Dynamics and Games and serves on the board of the (CFA) institute's New York Quantitative Society. He has held scientific appointments at Stanford University and UC Davis, and holds a PhD in Applied Math from Imperial College, London. Most recently, he is the recipient of the 2021 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research (Junior level) and a co-founder of Chicago based startup Digital Bank Technologies.
Nadia Gil has over 20 years of experience in innovation, strategic transformation and operations with a specialty in strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), integrations and divestitures. She has led or worked on over 200 transactions with a total closed value of approximately $35B.
She is also a blockchain evangelist with a specialty in crypto currencies. Nadia has also been an early seed investor since 2010 with a focus on robotics, machine learning and automation.
She has cross-functional leadership experience managing large teams located all over the world, and also has P&L management and senior leadership experience.
Nadia is currently a Global Solutions Advisor at Google, where she is a Client Partner for internal product areas at Google. She is responsible for developing international strategic planning and operations, and providing extraordinary customer service to Google's product areas. During the pandemic she was instrumental in providing remote access to 31,000 workers so they could work safely and productively.
Earlier in her career she worked at Deloitte Consulting, PwC, Cognizant and Siemens in similar senior roles.
Nadia received an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania in 2007, a BS in Accounting with minor in Mathematics from UNAM with honors, and is also a licensed Certified Fraud Examiner since 2005.