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Brian Burda, CFA®

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

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Brian joined the firm in 2019. He is responsible for assisting in the development of new systematic factors, exploring the use of additional data sets and providing analytical support to the investment and research team. Prior to joining Ativo, Brian held positions in quantitative research for Charles Schwab and Co., HOLT Value Associates, ABN AMRO Asset Management and BMO/Harris Investment Management. He has an undergraduate degree in Economics as well as an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago. Brian is a CFA® charterholder and a member of the CFA Institute, the CFA Society of Chicago and the…

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Fan Bai, CFA®, CAIA®

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

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Fan joined Ativo in 2018. He is responsible for conducting research related to portfolio optimization, risk management and portfolio implementation, as well as providing analytical support to the investment and research team to enhance existing the research framework. Prior to joining Ativo, Fan was a Vice President at MSCI and responsible for assisting institutional asset management clients with portfolio construction and risk management needs. Fan graduated with distinction from University of Toronto with a bachelor’s degree in Commerce as well as a master’s degree in Financial Economics. He is a CFA® charterholder, and a CAIA®.

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Kiat Tang

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

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Kiat joined Ativo in 2005. He develops and maintains Ativo’s business applications based on the securities research methodologies developed by the investment team. He is also responsible for company-wide computer maintenance. Kiat holdsa bachelor’s degreein Computer Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology. After graduation, he  joined a process automation company as a software developer. He worked with pharmaceutical industry clients to design control system software used for the automation of their production plants. In 2018, Kiat received his MCSA on SQL Server.

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Ram G. Gandikota

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Ram is a senior portfolio manager at Ativo. He joined the firm in 2005. Ram is also our director of research, working to continuously enhance the firm’s proprietary alpha model. Ram is involved in quantitative modeling, factor research, and overseeing our risk management framework. He holds a master’s degree in Financial Markets from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science & Engineering from JNTU, India. Ram is on the Board of Advisors of the investment club at IIT’s Stuart School of Business and co-chairs the school’s alumni organization.

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