Team - Applied Financial Technology
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Rob Smith
CEO

Rob is an experienced, versatile, global professional occupying a unique niche in the Financial Technology space. He has a demonstrated track record of creating and managing diverse teams of varying sizes. He is currently the CEO and founder of Applied Financial Technology Ltd. The company, based in London, is a proprietary trading firm, aiming to redefine the concept of risk and risk management in financial markets through the innovative use of technology. Prior to his current role, he led GETCO LLC’s Asia-Pacific business, entering into all major markets in the region. These include Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea, Australia, India, and Malaysia. He represented the firm to Regulators, Exchanges, Clearing firms, and other stakeholders. He served as Chairman of the Board for GETCO Asia (Singapore), GETCO Hong Kong, and GETCO Australia. Before his time in Singapore, Rob was the CTO for GETCO LLC. There he led the development of a world-class, multi-currency, multi-asset class, globally distributed trading platform. He participated in all day-to-day and strategic management of the company as part of the four person executive committee. Rob holds a Master of Science in Finance from Suffolk University, Boston, Massachusetts and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Systems Engineering from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts.

Karl Foster
Clearing Systems Developer

KD is currently in charge of operations at Applied Financial Technology. Prior to this KD was Portfolio Manager of PCYIX, a commodity mutual fund based on the Roger’s International Commodity Index. Before that KD was Vice President of Institutional Managed Futures at E.D. & F. Man, which later became MF Global, where he provided clearing services to commodity funds, evaluated and recommended trading advisors and set up risk management and money management systems for clients. During this time KD also started a CTA called Probability Futures Management, designed and tested trading programs, created money management and risk management systems and did the compliance and marketing. KD earned a B.A. in Economics from Kenyon College in 1987.

Shaun Masterman
Developer

Shaun is a technologist and polyglot developer with decades of software development experience across a wide spectrum of industry. He joined Applied Financial Technology in 2015 and is responsible for developing a cloud-based distributed back-testing system, leveraging on-demand resources to run market simulations in parallel, on a large scale. He has also taken the lead in building the back-office trade recording, monitoring and reporting systems. Prior to joining AFT, he spent two years developing market and trading simulations, used in a post graduate setting, to teach elements of trading and risk management in the derivative and bond markets, and four years developing media based financial training services, based in London. For nine years, as the Head of Technology and Marketing for a Silicon Valley based Internet retailer, Shaun focused on delivering hybrid online and direct marketing programs and infrastructure that proved instrumental in cementing the company’s position as one of the fastest growing private companies in the US. Shaun earned a Bachelor of Science with honours in Physics from the University of Southampton, England.

Andrew Kew
Quantitative Developer

Andrew is an experienced software development engineer with over ten years designing and writing server side business applications and trading strategies. He joined Applied Financial Technology at the beginning of 2015 as their first software developer. Currently he is the lead front office software developer where he has built their current trading strategies from the group up. He has built AFT a robust and scalable trading platform, following standard software development practises from the start, to ensure the company is in a good position to quickly implement new trading ideas in the market. Prior to this role he worked on designing and developing middleware ESB API’s and automation systems at BSkyB to encrypt their content for VOD consumption. His introduction into the finance industry was while working as Head of Trading Simulations at Fitch Learning. At Fitch Learning he led a team of developers in building financial trading learning platforms to help educate graduate students. He earned a first class BSc Electrical Engineering (Hons) degree and achieved the Certificate in Quantitative Finance.

Selim Aydin
Management Assistant

Selim is assisting the CEO through a variety of tasks. He worked for 6 years at Pictet & Cie private bank in Geneva, Switzerland, went on to undertake 3 years of theological studies in Denmark and then worked shy of 7 years for charities in the UK. He then got back to the finance industry and joined the AFT ranks early 2016. Selim is a multilinguist and a qualified mortgage & protection adviser (CeMAP). He holds a Commerce degree as well as a Commercial Professional Maturité from Switzerland where he comes from.

Konstantinos Antoniou
Trade Desk Analyst

Konstantinos is a Trade Desk Analyst at Applied Financial Technology. He currently focuses on the development of the operations platform of the firm and also undertakes ad hoc projects focused on delivering analysis and automation tools to the trading desk. He joined Applied Financial Technology from Winton Capital Management where he worked as a Data Processing Analyst. Before that he interned in the Equity Derivatives Trading desk of Eurobank Equities Inv. Firm S.A. in Greece and also had a spell in the manufacturing and motorsports industries, working both on trackside projects and also on dynamic, CFD and structural simulations for inline and rotary engines. Konstantinos earned a Dipl.-Ing. in Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics from the University of Patras (Greece) and an MSc in International Securities, Investment and Banking with Distinction from ICMA Centre – University of Reading.

Richard Bambury
Trader

Richard joined the trading team at Applied Financial Technology in 2016, with a focus on the development and implementation of systematic options trading strategies. His background is in trading listed fixed income options, initially training at Mako Global Derivatives as a market maker followed by developing relative value volatility trading strategies across a broad range of markets, subsequently joining Hehmeyer Trading Group as a member of their German government bond options trading desk. He holds a first class MSc in computational finance and BSc in mathematics.

Ye (Chloe) Tian
Quantitative Developer

Chloe joined Applied Financial Technology in 2018 as a quantitative developer.
She currently focuses on the development of the post-trade and risk related AFT Activity platform, and Profit and Loss (PnL) related analysis. Before joining Applied Financial Technology, she worked as an intern in the Investment team of Albany Investment Limited and the Risk Consulting team of Maven Global LLP in London.
Chloe earned a MSc in Risk Management and Financial Engineering from Imperial College London and a BSc Applied Mathematics from University of Liverpool.

Yeming Huang
Developer

Yeming is a technologist with over five years of software development experience in the financial industry. He joined Applied Financial Technology at the beginning of 2018 and is responsible for various software development projects from front to back of AFT’s trading systems. Prior to his role in AFT, Yeming was a VP software developer at Citi. He started his career at Citi as a graduate developer and expanded his role to the lead of Futures Risk Technology team over the course of five years, where he delivered numerous client facing software projects and boosted the bank’s competitive edge as a Futures Commission Merchant.
Yeming earned his degrees of BEng Computing from Imperial College London and MSc Management from Imperial College Business School.

Bobby Sohal
Technical Trade Support

Bobby joined Applied Financial Technology at the end of 2017 in the trading support team. He’s
involved in ensuring the day to day trading systems are running successfully and responds to trader
queries and technical issues whilst working on improving current systems. In 2010 Bobby was
working as an IT Consultant for Sapiens UK before moving to LV= in 2013 where he was an
Application Support Analyst for four year supporting LV=’s General Insurance products and payment
systems. Here he helped deliver a new Agile/DevOps way of working which allowed software
releases to be more efficient. He also provided numerous enhancements and fixes to LV=’s insurance
systems.
Bobby earned his degree in Business Information Technology at Bournemouth University.

Garreth Abbey
System Administrator

Garreth is a System Administrator with over 14 years experience working in The Square Mile in sectors as varied as VoIP, Retail, and the Financial industry. More recently, his career has been focused on Linux Systems Administration.

His background includes a number of years in Systems and Applications Support and Systems Administration roles, supporting both Linux and Windows operating systems on both physical and virtualised platforms, accompanied by a B.Eng. (Hons.) in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the University of Bath. In this capacity, he has successfully undertaken and completed a number of both large and small-scale projects aimed at reducing business costs, providing redundancy and fall-back in case of a technical emergency, as well as improving overall technical efficiency within-mission critical systems, while attempting to reduce the number of incidents and ensure minimum service downtime when IT and Service-level problems occur.

Garreth joined Applied Financial Technology at the end of 2017 as a System Administrator, having previously worked in John Lewis Infrastructure Operations as a 3rd Line Linux/Unix Systems Administrator. His current key responsibilities focus on the operational IT infrastructure including managing the day-to-day data center operations, servers, virtualised and cloud infrastructure, licensing, monitoring, inventory, networking, security and backup policies.