|Meet Your SQA Leaders|
Inna Okounkova is an instructor at Columbia University for the Mathematics of Finance MA Program. In addition, she has a 15-year experience in investment management. Most recently, she worked as a Director of Investment Strategy and Senior Vice President at AB Bernstein. Prior to AB Bernstein, she was head of strategic asset allocation portfolio management and director with Deutsche Asset Management and then a partner with QS Investors (a spinout of Deutsche Asset Management). She has an ABD from Moscow State University and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Kenneth N. Hightower, PhD, CFA Director, Quantitative Research and Risk Management.
Prior to joining Epoch in 2007, he spent four years as a global equity quantitative analyst for Federated Global Investment Management. Before Federated, Ken worked for the SAS Institute as a Technical Associate for the econometrics and times series group. In addition, he taught econometrics classes at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ken holds an AB in Mathematics and Economics and a PhD from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Randy O’Toole is a Senior Quantitative Analyst at Federated Investors where he focuses on global macro strategies and risk modeling. He has 17 years of experience in the asset management industry. Prior to joining Federated in 2008, he worked for the Structured Equities Group at AIG Investments (now PineBridge Investments) where he was responsible for developing and managing quantitative asset allocation products. Randy has also worked at Barclays Global Investors (now Blackrock) in the Advanced Strategies and Research Group where he helped develop global asset allocation products, as well as Thomson Portfolio Analytics (formerly Vestek) as a Senior Quantitative Analyst where he worked primarily on factor risk models. He has a BA in Economics from the University of Washington and an MA in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles. Randy is a CFA charterholder and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Asset Management.
Immediate Past President
Peg DiOrio, CFA is the Head of Global Quantitative Research and Portfolio Manager at Voya Investment Management. Peg has a BS in Applied Math and Statistics from SUNY Stony Brook and an MS in Applied Math from the Courant Institute at NYU. Prior to joining Voya, she was a quant at AllianceBernstein/Sanford C. Bernstein where her work included asset allocation, investment planning, and alpha signal research across multiple asset classes. Before graduate school, Peg taught high school math and continues to be passionate about teaching. She is currently a mentor for the Voya Girls Inc. Investment Challenge, was a long-time volunteer for the East Harlem Tutorial Program, and served on the board of Edwin Gould Services for Children and Families.
Directors, Class of 2019
Indrani De, CFA, PRM, TIAA-CREF
Jim Gordon, CFA, Federated Global Investment Management Corp
Joel Kaplan, 1010 Data
Jason MacQueen, Northfield Information Services
John Regino, MSCI
Ben Steiner, CIT
Viktor Ziskin, CIT
Rudi Schadt, INVESCO
Directors, Class of 2018
Michelle R. Clayman, CFA, New Amsterdam Partners, L.P.
Sergei Polevikov, OFI Global
Directors, Class of 2017
Andrew Chin, AllianceBernstein
Irina Bogacheva, QS Investors
Colm O'Cinneide, Ph.D., QS Investors
Bruce Smith, State of New Jersey Division of Investments (retired)
SQA ADVISORY BOARD
Nicholas Barberis, Yale University
Inna Okounkova, Current
Peg DiOrio, 2015-2016
Indrani De, 2014-2015
Sergei Polevikov, 2013 - 2014
Irina Bogacheva, 2012 - 2013