People behind quantumrock

quantumrock is headquartered in Munich, Germany. The company comprises around 30 deep tech engineers, capital market experts and international top executives from the banking and technology sector as employees and investment advisors.

 

Senior Management

Stefan Tittel

CHIEF EXECUITVE OFFICER

Michael Morsch

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Thomas Lorenzen

MANAGING DIRCTOR QUANTUMROCK CAPITAL GMBH

Étienne Schneider

SENIOR ADVISOR

Sales & Business Development

Timothy Lloyd

CHIEF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Dr. Stephan Hauska

Dr. Stephan Hauska

HEAD OF SALES

Claes Smith-Solbakken

HEAD OF UK & NORDICS

David Beck

David Beck

HEAD OF TECHNICAL SALES

Mariia Baibuza

HEAD OF ONLINE MARKETING

Bernhard Brand

Bernhard Brand

ADVISOR

Marwan Al Sarkal

ADVISOR

Olzhas Zhiyenkul

ADVISOR

Frank Desvignes

ADVISOR

Investments & Technology

Michael Zeller

CIO QUANTUMROCK CAPITAL GMBH

Robert Gold

CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

Dr. Dr. Roman Gorbunov

HEAD OF MACHINE LEARNING

Nikolay Nadirashvili

HEAD OF AI PLATFORM

Tobias Baldauf

SENIOR QUANTITATIVE ANALYST

Gian Luca Fetta

ADVISOR

Olivier Legrand

ADVISOR

Stefan Tittel

CEO & Managing Director Quantumrock GmbH

Stefan is the founder and CEO of quantumrock. His background consists of continuously building successful FinTech enterprises. Stefan’s insights and understanding of high technology have led him to start and run many technology orientated financial companies like Crossgate AG, Masterpayment AG, Traxpay AG and quantumrock. His continuous focus on long-term leadership and management development gives the experience needed to start, build and scale companies where applied science can bring paradigm shifts in benefits.

Michael Morsch

CFO & Managing Director Quantumrock GmbH

Michael has more than ten years’ experience as a CFO in different technology-driven financial sector companies. As a Certified Executive Director he has worked for a European licensed financial institution and served as CFO for subsidiaries of stock listed companies such as SAP AG and Net1 UEPS Technologies. Michael is internationally focused and results orientated. He cofounded the payment service provider Masterpayment AG and real estate developer Sinus Cultor. Michael holds a Degree in Business from the University of Würzburg.

Thomas Lorenzen

Managing director Quantumrock GmbH

Thomas has more than 25 years of experience in capital investments; investment funds fee model research and developing investment strategies. He regularly writes and comments in financial journals. Thomas has successfully helped found many licensed financial services institutions and has extensive expertise in compliance, risk management and internal auditing. Since 2005 he has held executive positions for financial services organizations and now develops automated trading systems for asset management and structuring of exchange-traded securities.

Étienne Schneider

Senior Advisor

Over the course of his long career, Etienne Schneider has left an indelible mark on Luxembourg’s political scene. Born on the 29th January 1971 in Luxembourg, he is a graduate of the Brussels Management School (ICHEC) and the University of Greenwich in London. In 1995, he earned a degree in business and financial sciences.

Driven by his passion for politics and his desire to serve his country, he accepted a cabinet post in Jean-Claude Juncker’s government in February 2012, initially as Minister for the Economy and Foreign Trade. Following the legislative elections on the 20th October 2013, Étienne Schneider was appointed Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for the Economy, Minister for Internal Security and Minister for Defence. Five years later he was re-appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for the Economy, and accepted the position of Minister for Health.

He decided to leave government in 2020 to return to the business world, a domain in which he excelled prior to his role in public office. He has held the position of chairman in numerous large companies such as Enovos, Creos, Cegedel, and the Société Electrique de l’Our. He was also vice-chairman of the Société Nationale de Crédit de l’Investissement.

For a long time, he was the elder statesman (in terms of seniority) of the Ministers for the Economy of the European Union. However, his economic fibre eventually gained the upper hand and he became an independent director on several boards of directors, notably Arcelor Mittal, Besix Group and Jan de Nul.

A renowned public speaker, he regularly addresses the Luxembourg School of Business and uses his vast expertise to inspire audiences from the world of business.

Timothy Lloyd

Chief Business Development Officer

Timothy is responsible for Business Development at quantumrock. He is a Certified Derivatives Trader in Europe and holds the Series 3 license in the US. Previously, Timothy has worked for international private equity and working capital finance boutiques in New York City, London and Germany. He holds a B.Sc. in Economics and M.Sc. in Finance from Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich.

Dr. Stephan Hauska

Head of Sales

Dr. Stephan M. Hauska has 25 years of international experience in Global Wealth Management, Family Office Services and Institutional Sales. Stephan previously held key senior management positions at Fürstlich Castell’sche Bank, Spudy & Co. Familiy Office, Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch & Cie and UBS. He started his career as a Consultant at Ernst & Young in the Financial Services Sector.

As Head of Office in Munich at Fürstlich Castell’sche Bank and Spudy & Co. Family Office, he efficiently led and built sales teams and maintained strong UHNW client relationships. At Lombard Odier Hentsch & Cie in Zurich he was a member of the Management Board and Head of the German Market. Before that, Stephan served with UBS in Zurich as a member of the Global Key Clients Executive Committee, where he oversaw Key Clients from Central Europe and established international advisory teams.

Stephan received his Dr. rer. pol. Degree and Diploma in Business Administration at the University of Siegen, with additional studies at University Milan and Harvard University.

Claes Smith-Solbakken

Advisor

Claes is the founder of Arban Group and has wide experience in the financial markets working in senior executive positions at Salomon Brothers, Citibank, Lehmann Brothers, UBS and Silvia Quandt & Cie before co-founding Smith&Jessen – Headhunters in Frankfurt.

His extensive network has made him a valuable asset in the board of directors and advisory boards of diverse financial institutions.

As a Swedish and Norwegian national, raised in Germany and with university education from EBS London, Claes has a truly international vitae and a broad network in the Nordics, UK and the German speaking markets.

David Beck

Head of Technical Sales

Mariia Baibuza

Head of Web Development

Bernhard Brand

Advisor

Highly experienced and qualified senior banking executive with a 30+ year international performance history in Corporate and Private Banking as well as Business Governance.

Successfully led multi-cultural, sophisticated business units with full P&L and expansion responsibilities. Proven track record of successful start-ups, turnaround  situations and business development across various regions.

Worked in several national and international locations, i.e. Frankfurt, Bremen, Ho-Chi-Minh-City (Saigon), Geneva, Bahrain, Dubai and Abu Dhabi (UAE).

Former CEO of Hindujabank Middle East Ltd (for almost 4 years until end of 2021), a wholly owned independent subsidiary of S.P. Hinduja Banque Privée (formerly Hinduja Bank Switzerland) andoperating from the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) under the supervision and regulation of the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA), holding the most comprehensive DIFC Banking License (Category 1).

Prior to this, holding several senior executive positions at National Bank of Abu Dhabi PJSC for more than 10 years, i.e. Head of UAE Business Governance – Personal Banking Group based in Abu Dhabi and Head of Private Banking Northern Emirates and Offshore out of Dubai.

Previous to this role, heading a dedicated Wealth Management & Investment Sales Unit at Mashreqbank PLC, Private Banking in Dubai for 3 years.

Preceding this, holding various senior roles at Deutsche Bank AG for 15 years, including Senior Representative in Bahrain, Investment Manager in Geneva, AVP at Deutsche Bank’s Private Banking Germany Business Development & Strategic Planning department.

Initially started the banking career with Deutsche Bank AG in Corporate & Wholesale Banking in Germany, covering local SME corporate clients in Germany as well as later multi-national clients as Senior Relationship Manager for Deutsche’s Global Corporate Banking arm based in Ho-Chi-Minh-City (Saigon), Vietnam.

Currently (since 2022) working in Dubai as Senior Representative for The Factor Y, a Swiss business incubator and accelerator company, that has invented an efficient ecosystem including a new innovation rollout process and company building model for new SMEs.

Marwan Al Sarkal

Advisor

Marwan Al Sarkal is the Managing Partner of Chapter 3, a boutique management consultancy providing strategic advisory to government entities, family offices and international businesses.

Before founding Chapter 3, Marwan was the Executive Chairman of the Shariah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq). At Shurooq, he played an instrumental role in the emirate’s transformation into diverse tourism, business and investment destination.

Throughout his career, Marwan has facilitated over $100 million in FDI, successfully connected investors with unique opportunities and expanded regional operations for international corporations. In addition, he led the development of ecotourism in Sharjah and the creation of icons, including the House of Wisdom and the Heart of Shariah historical preservation and restoration project.

Marwan sits on the board of several innovative companies in the finance, education, automotive and agriculture sectors. He is consistently recognized as one of the most influential business figures in the GCC and a passionate supporter of youth empowerment and the region’s startup ecosystem.

Marwan received his Bachelor of Applied Science in business administration from the Higher College of Technology in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Olzhas Zhiyenkul

Advisor

Olzhas Zhiyenkul is an entrepreneur, philanthropist and an impact investor with over 10 years of experience in asset management, insurance, brokerage, investment strategy, financial modelling, antimoney laundering, company and industry research and due diligence. He is a graduate of the Bayes Business School @ City University London. Olzhas is the founder and CEO of Paladigm Capital.

Frank Desvignes

Advisor

World leader in #Fintech and #Insurtech, a born entrepreneur, Frank Desvignes is connecting the global ecosystem of #startups & #Tech players to the #Insurance world to design innovative solutions and strategic business models.

Frank is leading the Open Innovation activities of AXA Next and AXA Group across US, Asia, Europe, Middle East and Africa.

He joined AXA in 2012 to define and implement the company’s digital transformation strategy being in charge of Global P&C and EMEA LATAM Region.


Passionate about entrepreneurship and Innovation, he lived in China from 2015 to 2018 where he created AXA Lab Asia in Shanghai to be closer to the most dynamic Tech, Fintech ecosystem.


He was a board member of the French Tech Shanghai to build a strong relationship and foster cooperation between Chinese and French startups around Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain.
Prior to that, he co-established and led the Internet and Mobile Banking platform of BNP Paribas in France from 2000 to 2012.

He started his career as an Internet Entrepreneur in 1995, sold his first Internet business in 1999 and has since been making angel investments in Tech Companies. Since 2018, he is founding partner of True Global Ventures TGV4plus Fund, a serial entrepreneurs VC Fund in 20 cities investing their own money in ventures of serial entrepreneurs leveraging Blockchain Technology.

Michael Zeller

CIO Quantumrock Capital GmbH

Michael brings more than 20 years’ experience in quantitative fund management in different asset classes to Quantumrock. During that time he has researched, developed and implemented numerous different systematic trading systems and has also worked for the following asset management firms and institutions: BayernInvest, CM Equity Munich, Corebot GmbH, Lupus Alpha, Credit Suisse. Key tasks at Quantumrock include optimizing and advancing current strategies and developing new strategic approaches. Michael holds a Finance degree from Augsburg University.

Robert Gold

Chief Technology Officer

Robert is a top-notch IT expert specialized in highly scalable and resilient trading systems for the financial market. He has an experience of over 15 years as hands-on technical manager mainly in the area of financial and trading applications. At financial.com, an IT-company for trading and stock information systems, he was heading the backend department for 8 years, providing all hosted backend services mainly processing real time exchange data feeds with high throughput low-latency where resilience and high availability was a key requirement. 

At Quantumrock from the very early stage in 2016 he is the manager of the whole IT, development, operations, innovations and strategic planning. Robert holds a degree for computer science.

Dr. Dr. Roman Gorbunov

Head of Machine Learning

In 2000 Roman graduated from Oles Honchar Dnipro National University in Ukraine with a master’s degree in Theoretical Physics (diploma with honors). In 2007 he finished his doctoral research in Quantum Chemistry at Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. From 2007 to 2010, Roman conducted post-doctoral research in Theoretical Biophysics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University in New York. From 2010 to 2012, he worked at Eindhoven University of Technology on his second doctoral work in Behavioral Game Theory. Starting in 2013, Roman worked at different companies as a specialist in Data Science, Machine Learning and Mathematical Modeling. In particular, from 2013 to 2015, he worked at Blue-Yonder as a specialist in Predictive Analytics and Inventory Control based on Reinforcement Learning. From 2015 to 2017, Roman lead a team of Data Scientists developing a mathematical model of price elasticity of demand (ML on sets). From 2017 to 2018, as a Senior Research Scientist, he led a team of ML experts at Amazon to further improve the Speech Recognition model for the Alexa Virtual Assistant. Today Roman is the Head of Machine Learning at Quantumrock and is responsible for the data-driven development of trading strategies.

Nikolay Nadirashvili

Head of AI Platform

Nikolay brings more than a decade of experience at various algorithmic trading firms in Russia and applying Machine Learning at German companies (BMW, GfK).

His primary interest and expertise lies in building systematic strategies using quantitative methods and mathematical modelling of financial market dynamics. His main task at Quatumrock is the development of methodologies of automated strategy creation and validation using methods of ML and statistics and combining those methods into an AI Platform, capable of unguided strategy creation under different constraints and also using the input of domain knowledge experts as inductive bias.

Nikolay holds degrees in Economics (B.Sc.), Math (M.Sc) and Computer Science (M.Sc.) from Moscow State University and Technical University of Munich.

Tobias Baldauf

Senior Quantitative Analyst

Tobias holds a Master of Science degree from the Technical University of Munich, specializing in Computer Science and Machine Learning for Finance. After gaining experience in Audit, Consulting and Private Equity, he has worked with Robeco on applying Machine Learning to Asset Pricing. With his wealth of experience in quantitative modelling using Machine Learning for various asset classes, Tobias is now working at Quantumrock as a Senior Quantitative Analyst.

Gian Luca Fetta

Advisor

Gian Luca started his career in 1998 at Société Génerale’s Corporate and Investment Bank as an equity derivatives trader. Walking his way up the corporate ladder, he was by 2009 global Co-head of the Equity and Derivatives division, which had by then grown to be the largest flow equity derivatives franchise in Europe, matching the dominance of SocGen’s structured product business. In 2012 he was co-opted in the FX business to lead the expansion of that strategic franchise and later joined Santander on a similar mandate.

Since 2018, Gian Luca has dedicated himself to fostering growth and innovation in various start-ups, joining CRZ Pricing as a Partner and acting as senior advisor and early-stage investor in a number of ventures in the fintech, crypto, regtech and medtech space.

Olivier Legrand

Advisor

Olivier Legrand was until recently Managing Director and Vice-President Asia Pacific and China for LinkedIn.

Olivier brings with him more than 2 decades of leadership in technology that includes running Digital Media, Saas and consumer web businesses in the region. Prior to joining LinkedIn in February 2012, he was General Manager, Asia at The Wall Street Journal Digital Network. While at Dow Jones, he also served as Director of Marketing in Asia for The Wall Street Journal’s Asia franchise, driving marketing and advertising initiatives across both print and online platforms. 

Before joining Dow Jones, he founded Creasia Marketing House, a marketing and digital production agency in Hong Kong and served as its Chief Executive Officer. Before relocating to Hong Kong in 2004, Olivier was based in Paris, and served as Marketing Director for Cortal Consors, an online brokerage that is part of BNP Paribas. 

Olivier was elected Chairperson for the Interactive Advertising Bureau Southeast Asia (IAB SE Asia) Singapore Chapter in February 2014 and February 2015, after serving as Vice-Chair in 2013. 

Olivier has a Bachelor’s degree from the Paris Graduate School of Management (ESG).