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UCL Institute of Finance & Technology Appoints Quantexa’s Peyman Mestchian as Research Director

Oct 2nd, 2023

London, October 2nd, 2023 – Quantexa, the global leader in Decision Intelligence (DI) solutions for the private and public sectors, announced today that UCL Institute of Finance & Technology has appointed Peyman Mestchian as Research Director and Industrial Professor. The Institute is the preeminent organization dedicated to teaching and researching the latest innovations in the finance industry.  

Peyman Mestchian, Head of Corporate Development, leads Quantexa’s M&A strategy and was previously Chairman of its Advisory Board and a non-executive director. He has over 25 years of experience in finance, risk, and technology and has held leadership positions at Chartis Research, EY, and the SAS Institute and is currently a Fellow of the Institute of Risk Management.    

As a Research Director, Peyman will provide strategic advice and direction to further strengthen IFT’s research and teaching activities. This includes closer collaboration with industry partners, FinTech innovators, investors, financial institutions, and government agencies. Also, as an Industrial Professor, Peyman will be a member of the teaching faculty for post-graduate students at IFT. 

Peyman Mestchian, Head of Corporate Development at Quantexa, said: “IFT has a unique focus on teaching and researching disruptive approaches to finance with a truly multi-disciplinary team of experts including banking, capital markets, AI, risk and ESG. I look forward to innovating with my new colleagues and teaching the next generation of students grappling with the biggest challenges and opportunities in our industry.” 

Francesca Medda, Institute Director at IFT, said: “We are delighted to welcome Peyman to IFT. His understanding of the FinTech sector combined with his practical experience of building innovative research-based technology companies will be a great addition to our existing team of experts.” 

About IFT 

The Institute of Finance & Technology (IFT) based at University College London (UCL) was established in 2019 as an interdisciplinary academic innovation centre. It is committed to teaching and researching innovative and disruptive approaches to finance. IFT occupies a unique position at the nexus between academia and industry. Its teaching is delivered by both academic and industry experts. This provides students with the “best of both worlds”, providing a rigorous foundation of key theories and concepts, and consolidating this with an understanding of real-world applications. IFT’s postgraduate programs incorporate learning activities, research, and industrial experiences that will help develop commercial competencies. As such, IFT prepares future finance leaders to tackle the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities that lie ahead. 

About Quantexa 

Quantexa is a global data and analytics software company pioneering Decision Intelligence that empowers organizations to make trusted operational decisions by making data meaningful. Using the latest advancements in big data and AI, Quantexa’s Decision Intelligence platform uncovers hidden risk and new opportunities by providing a contextual, connected view of internal and external data in a single place. It solves major challenges across data management, KYC, customer intelligence, financial crime, risk, fraud, and security, throughout the customer lifecycle.   

The Quantexa Decision Intelligence Platform enhances operational performance with over 90% more accuracy and 60 times faster analytical model resolution than traditional approaches. Founded in 2016, Quantexa now has more than 650 employees and thousands of users working with billions of transactions and data points across the world. The company has offices in London, Dublin, New York, Boston, Washington DC, Toronto, UAE, Malaga, Amsterdam, Luxembourg, Brussels, Melbourne, Sydney, and Singapore. For more information, follow us on LinkedIn.   

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