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An experienced team focused on execution

Leadership team

Pierre Mendelsohn: Founder, CEO

An engineer at heart, Pierre founded ALPIMA in October 2014 to give professional and institutional investors a new service focused on rule-based investing and asset allocation.

Since then, Pierre, along with his team, designed and built the ALPIMA platform around the concept of Object-Oriented Investing(TM). Subsequently, Pierre oversaw the implementation of the ALPIMA platform at prestigious institutional clients globally.

Prior to founding ALPIMA, Pierre worked for two decades with leading investment banks in New York, London and Hong Kong in global markets, focusing on quantitative investment strategies (QIS) and derivatives, in origination, structuring, sales, management and senior management roles. Along with his teams, Pierre has launched numerous investment products and systematic strategies which, in total, collected tens of billions of dollars from institutional and HNW clients globally.

Previously, Pierre was a Managing Director with Morgan Stanley for four years in London and Hong Kong. Before that, he was a Managing Director with Merrill Lynch for eleven years in London. Among other things, he ran and scaled Merrill INVEST, Merrill’s securitised product platform in EMEA from 2005 to 2010. Previously Pierre worked in Global Markets and Risk Analytics with Bankers Trust in London and New York, and as a management consultant with Oliver Wyman & Company in New York.

Pierre holds an M.S.E. in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering majoring in Applied Mathematics from Princeton University and an MS in Engineering / Computational Fluid Dynamics from INPG, France.

He lives in London with his wife and three children. Marathon runner, instrument-rated pilot and aviation fan.

Ilan Heimann: Head of Sales and Partnerships

Having spent the last two decades in the asset management industry, Ilan is passionate about simplifying investment solutions.

Before joining ALPIMA in November 2015, Ilan was an SVP at PIMCO for over eight years, most recently as Account Manager and Business Developer for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, covering institutional clients. Prior to that he ran PIMCO’s EMEA Structured Product offering and created PIMCO’s Advisory Business, assisting institutional clients across EMEA in dealing with the aftermath of the financial crisis. Previously, Ilan worked for over eleven years at Goldman Sachs Asset Management, in various roles in equities, fixed income and alternative investments. Throughout his tenure he was, amongst other things, responsible for establishing GSAM’s European Equity Risk Management effort, an Equity portfolio construction framework for global equity portfolios, and assisting institutional clients in creating bespoke multi-asset investment solutions.

Ilan holds an MSc in Business Finance from Brunel University and studied Business Administration at Saarland University, Germany, and is a CFA® charterholder. He lives in London with his wife and two children. Keen skier and cyclist.

Geoff Langham: Chief Operating Officer

A twenty year veteran in the Finance industry, Geoff brings a wealth of experience from a trading and management perspective. Raised and educated in Canada at Queen’s University, he relocated to London to complete his MSc in Financial Economics from Queen Mary & Westfield, the University of London, and began his career at JP Morgan on their Trading programme. He then moved to Morgan Stanley on both the buy and sell side as an equity trader.

In early 2000, Geoff moved to a then small financial technology firm, CMC Markets, an early adopter of internet trading technology and consumer-lead financial derivatives, where he ran the Trading department and contributed to the company’s rapid growth from 50-1200 employees as a main board member.

At ALPIMA, Geoff is responsible for implementing the company's infrastructure and contributing to its strategic direction. He has worked closely with all teams to successfully deliver solutions to its global clients and partners.

In his spare time Geoff is a keen tennis player, skier, husband and father to his three young daughters.

Craig Gibbons: Chief Technology Officer

Craig joined ALPIMA in December 2014 as CTO and is responsible for all technology-related aspects of the firm.

Craig leads a team of talented developers and designers working on the Front-End, related APIs and data integration. He also oversees platform architecture, information security and governance.

He has a broad range of experience in technology and finance covering portfolio construction, derivatives, structured products, credit & market risk.

Craig previously worked with Pierre on the trading floor of Merrill Lynch in London, where he was responsible for the architecture, design, development and implementation of the Merrill INVEST platform – a suite of client-facing sites, trading applications and an issuance platform.

Craig holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Cape Town and an MBA from Cass Business School London.

He is currently studying towards an MSc in Software Engineering at Oxford.

He has ongoing aspirations to add to his count of marathons and IronMan events.

Ran Achiron: Chief Financial Engineer

Ran joined ALPIMA in March 2015 and was quickly promoted to Chief Financial Engineer.

He leads a team of highly skilled quants who operate our versatile quant platform as it continuously grows.

Ran architected and, along with his team, built ALPIMA’s quant core, from our powerful quant API to our growing library of optimisation engines.

He oversaw the delivery of the ALPIMA platform from a quant perspective at various clients worldwide.

Before joining ALPIMA, Ran served as team commander in an elite technological unit in Israel’s Intelligence Corps, where he developed his expertise in network security applications and data-management products.

Previously, he was involved in the development of state-of-the-art software architecture solutions for several start-ups and healthcare institutes in Israel.

Ran holds an M.Sc. in Finance from HEC Paris and a B.Sc. in Mathematics & Economics from Tel-Aviv University. He lives in Tel Aviv, visiting the London office on a regular basis.

Sales leadership

Ilan Heimann: Head of Sales and Partnerships

Having spent the last two decades in the asset management industry, Ilan is passionate about simplifying investment solutions.

Before joining ALPIMA in November 2015, Ilan was an SVP at PIMCO for over eight years, most recently as Account Manager and Business Developer for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, covering institutional clients. Prior to that he ran PIMCO’s EMEA Structured Product offering and created PIMCO’s Advisory Business, assisting institutional clients across EMEA in dealing with the aftermath of the financial crisis. Previously, Ilan worked for over eleven years at Goldman Sachs Asset Management, in various roles in equities, fixed income and alternative investments. Throughout his tenure he was, amongst other things, responsible for establishing GSAM’s European Equity Risk Management effort, an Equity portfolio construction framework for global equity portfolios, and assisting institutional clients in creating bespoke multi-asset investment solutions.

Ilan holds an MSc in Business Finance from Brunel University and studied Business Administration at Saarland University, Germany, and is a CFA® charterholder. He lives in London with his wife and two children. Keen skier and cyclist.

Anastasia Bikou: Managing Director of Sales

Anastasia joined ALPIMA in May 2018 as MD of Sales.

Since then, Anastasia has managed the successful implementation of the ALPIMA platform at several large institutions in EMEA.

Before joining ALPIMA, Anastasia worked with Goldman Sachs in London for nine years, where she was responsible for FX distribution to Institutional Clients across EMEA.

Previously, she worked as a Derivatives Trader at the Treasury Division of National Bank of Greece. She started her career as a Financial Analyst with Merrill Lynch in New York.

Trained as an engineer, Anastasia combines extensive capital markets expertise with hands-on project management and highly technical skills.

Anastasia holds an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School, and two Bachelor degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Business Economics from Brown University.

She is passionate about travel and photography. She lives in London with her husband and son.

Matt Johnson: Managing Director of Sales

Matt joined ALPIMA in April 2019 as MD of Sales.

Before joining ALPIMA, Matt worked for a number of investment banks, including JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He spent the bulk of this time in equity derivatives sales and also had responsibility for other areas including ETF/delta1 sales. Early in his career he traded foreign exchange and interest rate products.

Since 2012 Matt worked for the exchange traded product issuers ETF Securities, Source, Invesco and CoinShares which gave him experience across every asset class.

Matt’s interest in a wide range of topics dates back to his education when, as a Cambridge Natural Scientist, he studied a mix of subjects from mathematics to material science to psychology.

In the winter Matt enjoys skiing and in the summer scuba diving. He’s married with two children who are now both at university.

Client engagement

Ananth Prabhu: Head of Client Engagement

Ananth joined ALPIMA in September 2016 as Head of Client Engagement.

Ananth leads a team of talented Client Engagement Executives responsible for regular interaction with the prestigious portfolio of ALPIMA clients.

Prior to ALPIMA, Ananth worked at Morgan Stanley in London for eight years, where he worked closely with Pierre on the equity trading floor. He was principally responsible for creation, supervision and expansion of the Cross-Asset Structured Product Sales-Trading desk for EMEA Institutional and Retail Clients. Ananth has a wealth of experience in finance, with skills ranging from enterprise project management to complex operations and risk management.

Ananth holds a BSc in Mathematics and Management from King’s College London.

He is passionate about travel, cuisine, sport, in particular football and scuba diving. He lives in London with his wife and daughter.

Cristina Diaz-Dickson: Client Engagement Executive

Cristina joined ALPIMA in April 2018 as a member of the Client Engagement team.

Given her international background and impressive language skills, Cristina works closely with clients in continental Europe as well as those in London, helping them to meet their technological needs with ALPIMA’s broad product range.

Prior to working at ALPIMA, Cristina worked as Project Manager at Leerink Partners, where she led the technology initiatives of the Equity Research department. Her career began as a high school mathematics teacher at Hackley School in New York.

Cristina holds an MBA from IESE Business School and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Williams College.

One of her proud life achievements is completing the Camino de Santiago, 800km pilgrimage from the French Pyrenees to the Western coast of Spain.

Dorothée Servant: Client Engagement Executive

Dorothée joined ALPIMA in March 2018 as member of the Client Engagement team.

Since joining, she has been worked closely on the implementation of the ALPIMA’s suite of digital solutions with a wide range of clients in particular ALPIMA’s French speaking client base.

Before joining ALPIMA, Dorothée worked for four years as project owner at THALES, French multinational company, interacting with all the Business Units in Europe.

Dorothée holds an MBA from IESE Business School, and a master’s degree in civil engineering from l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Nancy.

She is passionate about skiing and enjoys about discovering new parts of the world.