Sylvain Champonnois is a former member of BlackRock’s Active Equity team. He focused on the use of alternative datasets, machine learning, and natural language processing for generating alpha. Prior to joining BlackRock in 2011, he was an assistant professor of Finance at the University of California, San Diego and a visiting professor at Imperial College Business School, London. Dr. Champonnois earned an Engineering degree from Ecole Polytechnique and a PhD in Economics from Princeton University.
· Articulating a new strategy – testing new alternative datasets, new open-source techniques and machine learning processes
· Importance of organisations to allow for the development of creativity and innovation