Alexander Paunov

Vice President, Quantitative Strategist (options Trading) At Worldquant/millennium at WorldQuant

Alexander Paunov, PhD has extensive work experience in the field of quantitative finance and research. Alexander is currently working as a Vice President and Quantitative Strategist at WorldQuant, where they specialize in options trading. Prior to this, they held positions as a Senior Quantitative Developer and Quantitative Developer at WorldQuant, focusing on volatility trading and equity options.

Before joining WorldQuant, Alexander worked at Mako Trading as a Quantitative Trader, Junior Quantitative Trader, and Trainee Quantitative Trader. Alexander'sresponsibilities included automated options market making, modeling of latency sensitive volatility surfaces, and trading in various asset classes including FX, Commodities, and Treasuries.

Alexander also has experience in the field of High-Performance Computing (HPC) as a High-Performance Computing (HPC) Acceleration Architect at Maxeler Technologies.

Earlier in their career, Alexander conducted research as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Geneva, where they worked on Stanley's conjecture on positivity of chromatic functions. Alexander also served as an Assistant and PhD Candidate at the University of Geneva, working on their PhD thesis on positivity for Stanley's Chromatic Functions.

In addition, Alexander worked as a Quantitative Researcher at INTEGRO, focusing on the research and development of forecasting and trading algorithms, as well as the creation of IT infrastructure for data collection, trading, and backtesting.

Prior to their career in finance, Alexander worked as a Research Engineer at the Institute of Metallurgy and Material Science of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Alexander'sresearch focused on the generalized Fourier Series and its applications in various fields, including metallurgy, digital watermarking, and finance.

Throughout their career, Alexander has utilized various software such as Maple, C++, and R to conduct research, develop models, and implement trading strategies.

Alexander Paunov, PhD, completed their education in Mathematics from 2006 to 2016. Alexander obtained their Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) during the period of 2006 to 2011. Alexander then pursued a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Mathematics at the University of Geneva, which they completed between 2011 and 2016. Additionally, they obtained a Master's degree in Corporate Finance from the University of Liverpool between 2012 and 2015.

In terms of certifications, Alexander Paunov, PhD, has obtained the Unit 01 Investment management and advice in the UK context certification from CFA UK in November 2023. Furthermore, they hold a CAE certification from Cambridge English Language Assessment, although the specific month and year of attainment are not provided.


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  • Vice President, Quantitative Strategist (options Trading) At Worldquant/millennium

    April, 2023 - present

  • Senior Quantitative Developer Options Technology At Worldquant Millennium

    January, 2023

  • Quantitative Developer Options Technology At Worldquant Millennium

    August, 2021

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