Data Trends Deep Dive

20th January 2022 11am - 1pm (ET) Virtual Webinar

Join Neudata as we explore Data Trends, reviewing those from 2021 and predicting future trends for the year ahead.

Data Trends Deep Dive 2022

In partnership with Morgan Stanley as Diamond sponsor. 

This event is exclusive to Neudata and Morgan Stanley clients.

In 2021, alternative data helped us navigate supply-chain and inflation uncertainty, showed us how to integrate ESG factors into our portfolios, and gave us insight into the behaviour of retail investors on Reddit. We also saw a huge uptick in regulatory decisions that impacted the industry, from the first SEC enforcement action against an alternative data provider to the implementation of China’s Data Security Law, which threatens to restrict the export of certain types of data for international buyers. 

Join us on 20th January as we unpack 2021 and look forward by exploring how the events of last year will make their mark on the industry in 2022.


Future-Gazing and Predictions

  • 11:00 am
    Welcome & Introduction

    Dean Murphy, Global Events Director, Neudata

  • 11:05 am
    2021 A Huge Dispersion?

    Patrick Ghali, Co-founder & Managing Partner, Sussex Partners & Sondra Campanelli, Head of News & Marketing, Neudata 

  • 11:25 am
    Panel: Predicting Data Trends

    Tom Kehoe, Managing Director. Global Head of Research and Communications, AIMA,  Duncan Robinson, Senior Investment Data Scientist,  Allspring Global Investments, Sheedsa Ali, Managing Director, Portfolio Manager and Head of Quantitative Equity, Pinebridge  Investments, Daryl Smith, Managing Director and Head of Research,  Neudata

  • 12:05 am
    Neudata Insights the biggest challenges for 2022

    Daryl Smith, Managing Director and Head of Research,  Neudata

  • 12:20 pm
    Similarweb Session

    Jeremy Scott, Director of Research, Investor Solutions

  • 12:30 pm
    Leveraging Alt Data for 2022 Insights

    Melissa Franchi, Morgan Stanley, Global Head of Morgan Stanley’s AlphaWise Primary Research and Jasper Lin, Morgan Stanley, Vice President

  • 01:00 pm


  • Sheedsa Ali

    PineBridge Investments

    Managing Director, Portfolio Manager and Head of Quantitative Equity

    Ms. Ali heads quantitative equity research efforts and has portfolio management responsibilities for Research Enhanced Strategies. Ms. Ali has been with the firm since 2005 as a Quantitative Researcher responsible for building, testing, and implementing the research-enhanced platform by quantifying the firm’s equity investment philosophy and research. She is also a key contributor to our firmwide Listed Equity Allocation calls and our cross-asset class forum, Investment Strategy Meetings. Previously, she was a consultant for the Financial Models Company working on equity and fixed income attribution models. She completed graduate coursework as part of the Master of Science in computational finance at Carnegie Mellon University and has Master of Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Ms. Ali holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Computer Science from St. Francis College in India and an MBA from the University of Hyderabad. Ms. Ali has been a quant conference speaker and is member of client advisory board for MSCI Barra. She is a CFA charterholder.

  • Patrick Ghali

    Sussex Partners

    Co-founder and Managing Partner

    Prior to co-founding Sussex Partners, Mr. Ghali worked for Bear Stearns where he was part of a team that established a global private banking operation in London, and where he advised hedge funds and funds of hedge funds on institutional and pension fund mandates. Before joining Bear Stearns, Mr. Ghali founded Strategic Solutions International, a firm that specialised in capital introduction, due diligence and M&A through which he launched and sold a number of businesses in Europe and the United States.

    Mr. Ghali is a member of the Board of Directors of Vedra Partners Ltd, a UK based, FCA regulated multi-family office, and has sat on the Boards of a number of asset management and other
    businesses. In addition, Mr. Ghali was a Founding Mentor of Henkel˟, a division of German conglomerate Henkel, tasked with accelerating the group’s entrepreneurial transformation, and is a
    member of the Human Rights Watch Zurich committee, a leading international non-governmental organisation for advocacy on human rights.

    A popular speaker at industry conferences and frequent writer for the financial press, Mr. Ghali has contributed to global media platforms such as the Financial Times, Bloomberg, the Wall Street
    Journal, CNBC and Pensions & Investments as well as other financial and sector specialist press. He was named as one of Financial News’ 40 under 40 Rising Stars in Hedge Funds 2015. Mr. Ghali received a B.S. in Finance from the Stern School of Business, New York University, and is a Swiss national.

  • Melissa Franchi

    Morgan Stanley

    Global Head of Morgan Stanley’s AlphaWise Primary Research

     Melissa Franchi is the Global Head of AlphaWise Primary Research. She joined Morgan Stanley Equity Research in 2009 as part of the Software team and covered cybersecurity stocks from 2014-2020. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Melissa was a strategy consultant at Deloitte Consulting. Melissa holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BBA in Finance from Emory University, Goizueta School of Business.

  • Jasper Lin

    Morgan Stanley

    Vice President

    Jasper Lin is a Sector Quant in Alphawise at Morgan Stanley Research. He is responsible for building models and analytics that combines fundamental perspective with quantitative insights from alternative data as well as traditional datasets. Prior to his current role. Jasper was a desk quant at Morgan Stanley Fixed Income Sales and Trading where he worked 3 years for the municipal securities desk and 2 years for the securitized product desk. He holds a PhD in physics from Columbia University and a BS from Peking University.

  • Tom Kehoe

    AIMA - The Alternative Investment Management

    Managing Director. Global Head of Research and Communications

    Tom joined AIMA as research manager in October 2008 and heads up all research and communications globally for the association. In this role Tom is responsible for creating and executing the association’s strategies to develop and maintain strong external stakeholder relationships. In doing so, he constructs the association’s narrative through original research and thought leadership as well as design, implement and promote the association’s communications and brand. In this capacity, he has authored over fifty research and thought leadership pieces, which have been mentioned widely across the trade and business press as well as commented on radio and television.

    He has been involved with hedge funds for 15 years. Prior to joining AIMA in October 2008, Tom spent four years working in hedge fund research and due diligence with BNP Paribas in New York and Dublin.

    Tom holds a Masters in Finance from the National College of Ireland, a graduate certificate in Investment Management from Dublin City University and is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst member (CAIA).

  • Duncan W. Robinson

    Allspring Global Investments

    Director | Scientific Learning

    Duncan W. Robinson is the Director of Scientific Learning at Allspring Global Investments, a data scientist, a former options market-maker and the creator of several patent-pending inventions covering alternative data, including ESG, SDGs, data privacy and signal evaluation. In this capacity, he leads a team that is responsible for innovation, research, risk measurement, regime analysis and exploring alternative data using quantitative and statistical learning techniques.

  • Daryl Smith


    Managing Director and Head of Research

    Daryl is Head of Research at Neudata. He and his team are responsible for researching and discovering alternative datasets for a wide range of asset managers worldwide. In doing so, Neudata are able to deliver objective advice to clients on exactly which datasets are most appropriate for their investment strategy.

  • Dean Murphy


    Commercial Director - Data Provider Products

    Dean is responsible for leading, developing and expanding Neudata’s events programme.

    Having spent the last decade creating, building and scaling conference and content businesses within the FinTech and Energy sectors, Dean has worked with some of the most recognisable global brands on B2B events of all sizes. Dean co-founded two conference companies in 2013 and exited through acquisition in early 2020.

    Dean holds a BA Hons degree in Theatre and Performance Studies from Warwick University.

  • Sondra Campanelli


    News Editor

    Sondra is the editor of Neudata's news platform. She covers the alternative data strategies of asset managers and data vendors, including new fund launches, product launches, fundraising, dataset usage and pricing. She takes a particular focus on legal, compliance and tax issues that impact buyers and sellers of alternative data.

    Prior to joining Neudata, Sondra covered the machine learning and alternative data strategies of institutional investors for EQDerivatives/machineByte and commercial real estate debt markets for Real Estate Finance & Investment across the US, UK and Europe.

    Sondra holds BA degrees in Economics and Public Communications from American University in Washington, D.C.

  • Jeremy Scott


    Head of Investor Analytics

    Jeremy Scott is the Head of Investor Analytics in Similarweb’s Investor Solutions and manages the Stock Intelligence product. Prior to Similarweb, Jeremy was a Director and Senior Research Analyst at Mizuho covering Food, Restaurants & Delivery. He has worked in similar roles at CLSA and Morgan Stanley. Jeremy brings nearly a decade of sell-side experience to Similarweb and specializes in building robust predictive models for complex industries in order to generate investment opportunities for clients. He is a graduate of Lafayette College and a CFA charter holder.


  • ESG
  • Retail
  • Insights
  • Regulations
  • China’s Data Security Law
  • Trends