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.

Selim Aydin
Management Assistant

Selim is assisting the CEO through a variety of tasks. He worked for six years in private banking in Switzerland. He joined the AFT ranks early 2016. Selim speaks four languages and is a qualified IFA and mortgage adviser.

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.

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.

Michael O’Sullivan
Trading Operations Associate

Joined Applied Financial Technology in July 2019 as Trading Operations Associate where his duties include managing and monitoring the various trading strategies that the company is running. Before joining AFT, he worked as a futures trader for two years with Positive Equity in Dublin. Experience with a diverse range of products from the equity, commodity and fixed income spaces. Earned a BSc in Geology from University College, Cork in Ireland.

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.

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.

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.

Alexander Currin
Trading Operations Associate

Alex joined Applied Financial Technology in 2019 to assist with the management and running of the futures and option trading strategies, as well as providing suggestions for improvement. He obtained degrees in MSc Financial Mathematics and BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Economics from the University of Exeter.