Team Unhedged

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Peter Bakker

Founder and CEO

Peter has been trading using algorithmic methods for 12 years, with Zipline, Keras and other AI platforms.

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Prior to founding Unhedged as featured in the Australian Financial Review (AFR). Peter has an INSEAD MBA, is a Xoogler (Ex-Google), and had a successful exit from Track4 and several other smaller ventures.

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Glenn Vanbavinckhove, Ph. D

Founder and CTO
Previously, as Deloitte Analytics Director, Glenn has built and delivered complex data and AI platforms.
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He’s worked as a hedge fund quant and is an AI & cloud computing specialist. 7 years as a CERN researcher (PhD & post-doc in accelerator physics).

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Saskia Albers

Founder and COO
Quant by education (Masters of Quantitative Finance), turned Strategy Consultant with A.T. Kearney.
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After her INSEAD MBA, joined Volt Bank as Head of Strategy, as it received their banking license, launched to market and scaled its employee base 3x.

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Michael Speight

Chief Risk Officer
A risk & compliance specialist, qualified fraud investigator, AML/CTF specialist and military intelligence operator.
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Mike spent 8 years as Head of Risk & Compliance for a virtual payments platform startup, creating a risk & compliance regime originating in Australia and growing to include staff operating in more than a dozen countries.

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Jeremy Beasley

Senior Growth Manager
An experienced e-commerce expert, digital marketer and manager with extensive analytical and content creation background.
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Jeremy is excited by the intersection of marketing and science and has worked with direct to consumer startups including Ovira, Bellroy, Nura, Eucalyptus, Kin Fertility & Pilot. Fun facts: He made a documentary that was acquired by Netflix in 2015.

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Jeremy Machet

Growth and Operations
5+ years in data & financial modelling to a range of ASX200 companies, Jeremy has a wide breadth of knowledge that underpins the fields of web development, security architecture, growth (SEO + SEM) and strategy.
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Previously at Deloitte, NAB and Australia Post. Granted patents in the field of IT security. Founder of a development application platform and director of an eCommerce company.

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Patrick Chan

Founding Engineer
A software developer with extensive experience building software products for companies including Deloitte, Telstra and Australia Post.
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Founder of a proprietary trading firm specialising in short term algorithmic trading.

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Tim Riley

Founding Engineer
Software developer with a strong grounding in web application/product development, particularly React and NodeJS.
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I can usually be found somewhere in the JavaScript ecosystem, but also enjoy coming back to C#, python, and Java projects.

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Irene Liakos

Head of Product
Irene has twenty years’ of experience in product management in Telco, Tech and Financial Services.
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With an MBA, she launched and managed the precursor to Android at Telstra as well as managed products at Optus, Virgin Mobile, Melbourne IT and Citibank. Since 2018, Irene has been teaching product management as well as creating her own DTC ecommerce brand.
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Will McCahey

Head of Operations
A banking and finance specialist with experience in Australia and abroad, Will worked for the NAB Group in Melbourne and London before joining the fintech wave in Europe, completing an MBA at IESE in Barcelona and co-founding fintech bnc10.
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Will is now based in Melbourne and enjoys mentoring fintech startups in addition to his role at Unhedged.

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Felicity Chan

Quant Intern
Felicity currently studies Actuarial Studies at UNSW. She has a passion for data, specifically creating accessibility and education for young people learning about finance and personal investment.
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Felicity is also an elite athlete with the NSW Institute of Sport, with a top 10 ranking in Australian women’s breaststroke.

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Rich Nicol

Customer Support Representative
Rich has over 20 years of experience in customer service, sales, marketing and technical service/support across a wide range of industries.
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His previous experience includes the Total Environment Centres groundbreaking sustainability program – Green Capital, car share startup Car Next Door and Sydney Electric Bikes. Rich is passionate about making the world a healthier and happier place and loves cycling, cooking and animals.

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Hannes Rohregger

Quant Analyst
Hannes researches and develops Unhedged’s algorithms. As well as studying a Masters in Financial Engineering at the World Quant University he has adept experience in funds management. 
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He brings international experience having started his career in technology at the Royal Bank of Scotland in London and in investments for a family office in Singapore and Myanmar.