Speaker Biographies – Feature Sessions - New York


Olivier Baetz, COO, NovaSparks.
Olivier joined NovaSparks in April 2011, bringing over ten years of experience selling and implementing low latency technology solutions for the financial industry. In 2000, Olivier was part of the original team at Radianz, the first global Extranet for the financial industry. At Radianz, Olivier successfully designed the solution for the original “proof of concept” customer which established the value of the Radianz community model. He also ran the North American Sales Engineering team for five years and was instrumental in the creation of the Radianz ULTRA service which provides ultra-low latency exchange con-nectivity to high-frequency trading firms. In 2009 and 2010, Olivier built and led the global technical convergence project team to integrate the Radianz platform into the global BT Network. Olivier started his career in telecoms, designing and selling managed network solutions for large multinational firms. Olivier holds a MS in Telecom Engineering from ENST Paris and an MBA from Wharton with a major in Finance. When he is not working, Olivier enjoys sailing, surfing, skiing and all good wines from around the world.

David Cohen, Senior Principal Engineer, Intel.
Dave is a Senior Principle Engineer and Storage Solutions CTO for the Data Center Solutions Group (DSG), a unit within Intel’s Data Center Group. He focuses on designing solutions that exploit Intel’s 3D-Xpoint Memory technology to its fullest while taking advantage of centrally-managed software in order to operate large-scale, distributed systems. Prior to Intel, David was a Director in the Office of the CTO at EMC where he lead efforts related to integrating storage systems with network virtualization. David also has a long-history of working on building distributed systems in industry, most recently working for the investment banks: Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch. An experienced practitioner, Dave's active connections to commercial and academic research and development labs insure Intel’s Storage Solutions are both well-grounded and cutting-edge. An acknowledged industry expert in system architecture and development, Dave is a sought after speaker and published author.

Laurent de Barry, Founder & Managing Director, Enyx.
Laurent has worked in Ultra Low Latency Technology for close to 10 years and co-founded Enyx in 2011 at the age of 23. As Managing Director of Enyx’s trading solutions, Laurent leads the development and commercialization of the next generation FPGA-enabled market access technology. A hardware engineer by training, Laurent is passionate about high performance computing and bringing cutting-edge technology to market. Prior to co-founding Enyx, he worked on critical hardware components for the aeronautical and military industries.

Tom Golway, Chief Technologist – Financial Services, Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
Tom is a Chief Technologist focused on providing business and technical thought leadership to help customers realize their business strategies. Tom is also a member of HPE’s Machine Evangelist program which focuses on memory driven computing platforms. Prior to HPE, Tom has been successful in a variety of roles, ranging from as a Mathematician at MIT to a Chief Technology Officer at a Cloud Startup. Tom holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from St. John’s University.

Matthew Knight, VP of Technical Marketing, Metamako.
Matthew has been working in the field of ultra-low-latency technology for over ten years. Before Metamako, Matthew spent three years as Technical Marketing Director, Financial Services at Solarflare Communications. Prior to that, he was President of Accensus LLC which produced a hybrid CPU/FPGA solution, Head of Labs at DRW Holdings, pushing the limits of low-latency as applied to electronic trading systems and measuring them. Before that, he spent two years at STAC Research where he worked on developing testing methodologies and tools to for benchmarking low-latency systems and running benchmarks.

Rene-Paul Lafarie - Customer Engineer, Financial Services, Google Cloud Platform.
Rene-Paul has 15 years of experience building, architecting and optimizing High Performance Computing Grid & Big Data Middleware for the Financial Services Industry. Prior to Google, Rene-Paul lead Systems Engineering for IBM Platform Computing. Rene-Paul received a MS in Computer Science from the University of Technology in Compiegne. Rene-Paul lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.

Peter Lankford, Founder & Director, Securities Technology Analysis Center.
Peter leads STAC®, which provides hands-on technology research and testing tools to the finance industry and facilitates the STAC Benchmark Council™, a group of leading financial institutions and vendors that engages in technical dialog and specifies standard ways to assess technologies used in finance. Prior to STAC, Peter was SVP of the $240M market data technology business at Reuters. Prior to Reuters, Peter held management positions at Citibank, First Chicago Corp., and operating-system maker IGC. Peter has an MBA, Masters in International Relations, and Bachelors in Chemistry from the University of Chicago.

Miguel Rivera, former CTO, Sun Trading LLC
Miguel joined Sun Trading LLC in 2003, bringing over 15 years of real-time/low latency software development experience. In 2005 Miguel was named CTO of Sun Trading and became a partner of the firm. Miguel led all aspects of technology throughout the firm globally. Miguel contributed significantly to the development of Sun Trading LLC business strategy and acted as a market structure expert within the firm. Much of the technology developed under Miguel’s tenure is still in use. Prior to Sun, Miguel worked with Hull Trading/Goldman Sachs, overseeing and maintaining its high frequency trading platform globally. He has held many management roles within those firms. Miguel holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from University of Puerto Rico and a Master of Science in Computer Science from Northwestern University.

Thomas Rodgers, Member of ISO C++ Committee's SG1 and SG14 study groups.
Thomas has over 20 years' experience in software development. Prior to this, he served in numerous development and development management roles at firms like Neurensic, KCG, DRW, Matlock Capital, UBS, and Bear Stearns.

David Rukshin, CTO, WorldQuant.
David is responsible for the Firm's technology infrastructure, and for the operations function. From 1998-2014, David worked at D. E. Shaw group. Most recently, he led a global team responsible for building a global technology infrastructure platform for quantitative trading businesses. From 2007 until 2011, he was global head of their IT infrastructure engineering and operations. He held a variety of management and technical roles with their IT organization from 1998-2007. Before D. E. Shaw, he worked at Chase Manhattan Bank supporting Equities, FX, and Fixed Income trading desks. David started his career in 1996 as a systems programmer at AT&T Labs Research. He holds M.S. in Technology Management from Columbia University, and B.S. in Management Science and Information Systems from Rutgers University.

Ehsan Totoni, Research Scientist, Intel Labs
Ehsan is a Research Scientist at Intel Labs. He develops programming systems for large-scale big data analytics, machine learning and AI applications that enhance programmer productivity and system performance. His recent research in this area is incorporated in several Python and Julia open-source packages. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2014. During his Ph.D. studies, he was a member of the Charm++/AMPI team working on performance and energy efficiency of HPC applications on supercomputers.

Stephane Tyc, Co-Founder, McKay Brothers.
Stéphane received a PhD in Physics from Harvard University. He continued his fundamental research at Thales Group. He earned multiple patents on power transistors for microwave radios and superconducting logic devices. Stephane enjoyed a 17-year career at BNP Paribas. He directed Equity Derivative Quantitative R&D, Global Business Management, and Post Trade Services. His responsibilities included low latency arbitrage research, high performance computing, and market risk. He also served on the DTCC Warehouse Trust Company Board of Directors for two years.