macro & credit alt data

deep dive 2020

15th October 2020


Join Neudata — in partnership with Morgan Stanley — as we explore the alternative datasets best poised to help investors understand macro and credit investing strategies.

In a 75-minute virtual Deep Dive event on 15th October, select buy-side and sell-side analysts will present their research on the alternative datasets best poised to help investors understand big global trends. Hear from data vendors on dataset use cases that investors can incorporate in their investment processes.

This event is the third in a monthly series of thematic Deep Dives with Morgan Stanley.

Who should attend:

Public market investors

Venture capital investors

Private equity investors

Corporations using alternative data to influence strategy


4:00pm BST              Welcome & Introduction – Ian Webster, Neudata

4:05pm BST              Collaborative Session: Monitoring the global macroeconomy and credit markets with alternative data – Julia Asri Meigh, Neudata, Nicholas Ravazzani, Neudata, John Storey, Morgan Stanley & Robert Avery, Morgan Stanley

5:05pm BST              A Market Sector Analysis using Industrial Data – Hamid Benbrahim, Thomas

5:15pm BST              Close


Robert Avery

Morgan Stanley Managing Director

Robert Avery is a Managing Director in Fixed Income and leads the U.S. SPG Credit and Corporate Credit Strategist teams.  He was previously Head of Commercial Real Estate Lending Strategy, and before that Head of CMBS Trading Strategy.  Prior to joining the firm in 2011, Robert invested 8 years building out the non-agency RMBS trading business at Ellington Management Group, performing various roles including portfolio manager, strategist, and developer.  Robert earned his B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Hamid Benbrahim

Thomas Head of Data and AI

Hamid Benbrahim is Head of Data and AI at Thomas, the primary source for industrial sourcing in the U.S. and Canada. He is leading the transformation of Thomas Publishing into a data business, developing new financial indexes and alternative data products for the financial industry, streamlining data operations, and deploying advanced analytics capabilities for sales, marketing, and operations.

His experience in the financial industry spans over a decade advancing investment management and systemic risk strategy with big data, machine learning, and systems thinking. He held senior leadership roles at Natural Numerix as CEO, TD Ameritrade as Chief Data Scientist, and Fidelity as Head of Applied Complexity Research leading business areas in systemic risk and data-driven strategy. Earlier in his career, Hamid assumed a number of business operations and technology leadership roles in Telecom at Verizon in the US and Internationally.

He holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School, and a Ph.D. in Engineering and Machine Learning from the University of New Hampshire. He is fluent in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, and Berber. He holds a patent on dynamic call routing and filed 9 patents in financial services and communications.

Dr. Benbrahim is a frequent speaker on a number of complex topics including financial risk, and market dynamics.

Julia Asri Meigh

Neudata Head of ESG Research
Julia is a senior analyst at Neudata. She has over four years of experience as an analyst and account manager in consulting and financial services. Prior to Neudata, Julia worked at Macrobond Financial, the Foresight Factory and Gatehouse Advisory Partners. As an analyst, she covered a broad range of topics and sectors, including consumer trends, retail investing and the global macroeconomy.
Julia holds an MSc in Economy, Risk and Society from the London School of Economics and a BA in Economics, Politics and Sociology from the University of Westminster.

Nicholas Ravazzani

Neudata Analyst

Nicholas holds a BA in Management and Finance from the University of Leicester. Prior to joining Neudata, he interned in M&A, Private Equity and other quantitative roles at Lazard, Odey Asset Management, SEB, Moonvalley Capital, D'E Capital and NOAH Advisors, covering Technology, Energy, Infrastructure and Retail within Europe and Latin America. He is an English, Spanish and Italian speaker and is currently working towards attaining the CFA designation.

John Storey

Morgan Stanley Institutional Equity Sales

John Storey is a macro desk strategist within Morgan Stanley’s Institutional Equity Division. John works very close with the custom basket product to provide hedging and thematic trading solutions to clients. John began his career within Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, driving equity content and distribution and managing several of the team's best ideas lists. He holds a B.S. in finance from Villanova University and resides in New York with his wife and children.

Ian Webster

Neudata Managing Director

Ian heads the Client Engagement group at Neudata, as well as its busy programme of events. He has spent the last six years helping asset managers, investment banks and retailers to get value out of traditional and alternative data. Prior to that, Ian's experience encompassed analytical and commercial roles at Vodafone, Bank of Scotland and Liberty Mutual.

Ian holds an MA in Mathematics from the University of Oxford, and a Saltire Fellowship in Entrepreneurship from Babson College, Massachusetts.


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