Appointments, Awards & Establishment

News of appointments relating to Risk Economics or the principals of Risk Economics.

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AlphaPoint Appoints David K.A. Mordecai as a Scientific Board Advisor

AlphaPoint, a blockchain company, offering financial technology solutions for institutional operators by providing global access to digital assets and cryptocurrencies, affirmed the 2016 appointment of David K.A. Mordecai, President of Risk Economics, as Scientific Board Advisor. The appointment to the Alphapoint Advisory Board of Kamran Rafieyan, Co-Founder at Enceladus Trading and Sandra Ro, Managing Partner and Chief Operating Officer at UWINCorp was also announced.

AlphaPoint is described as “a global financial technology company helping institutions make illiquid assets liquid. Through its secure, scalable, and customizable distributed ledger platform, AlphaPoint enables customers to digitize assets as well as launch and operate markets.”

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Alphapoint was a graduate in the 2016 cohort for FinTech Innovation Lab (FTIL), a highly competitive program that helps early- to growth-stage companies in fintech industry grow their business with support from the world’s top financial service firms. David Mordecai has served as the first Scientist-in-Residence for FTIL since his appointment in 2013.

Read the AlphaPoint press release here: https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2018/03/15/1438333/0/en/AlphaPoint-Appoints-FinTech-and-Capital-Markets-Veterans-to-Advisory-Board.html.

About Risk Economics, Inc.

Risk Economics specializes in economic analysis of risk and liability. It provides advisory services at the intersection of commercial business-process engineering and risk engineering with a particular focus on coupling commercial reinsurance and financial technology, through the rigorous application of agent-based, demographic, and statistical methodologies to microeconomic and macroeconomic analytics.The Risk Economics® client roster is diverse and includes governmental and quasi-governmental agencies, global insurance and reinsurance firms, leading law firms, technology firms, global banking institutions, asset management firms, multinational corporations with interests in natural resources, commodities, and energy, as well as government agencies and regulators.

Samantha Kappagoda and David K.A. Mordecai Were Appointed as Scientific Board Advisors to ForwardLane

Samantha Kappagoda and David K.A. Mordecai Were Appointed as Scientific Board Advisors to ForwardLane

Samantha Kappagoda and David K.A. Mordecai were appointed as Scientific Board Advisors to ForwardLane.

ForwardLane is described as “powerful artificial intelligence technology [that] provides advisors of all sizes with signals and next-best actions prompts”. ForwardLane was a graduate in the 2016 cohort of FinTech Innovation Lab (FTIL), a highly competitive program that assists early- to growth-stage companies in the fintech industry grow their businesses with support from the leading global financial service firms. Dr. Mordecai has served as the first Scientist-in-Residence for FTIL since his appointment in 2013.

Samantha Kappagoda and David K.A. Mordecai Were Appointed as Scientific Board Advisors to ForwardLane

Samantha Kappagoda is Chief Economist of Risk Economics® and co-advises research activities at RiskEcon® Lab @ Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. David Mordecai is President of Risk Economics® and advises research activities at RiskEcon® Lab.

About Risk Economics, Inc.

Risk Economics specializes in economic analysis of risk and liability. It provides advisory services at the intersection of commercial business-process engineering and risk engineering with a particular focus on coupling commercial reinsurance and financial technology, through the rigorous application of agent-based, demographic, and statistical methodologies to microeconomic and macroeconomic analytics.

The Risk Economics® client roster is diverse and includes governmental and quasi-governmental agencies, global insurance and reinsurance firms, leading law firms, technology firms, global banking institutions, asset management firms, multinational corporations with interests in natural resources, commodities, and energy, as well as government agencies and regulators.

David K.A. Mordecai served as Director of the First NYU Center for Data Science Capstone Program

David K.A. Mordecai served as Director of the First NYU Center for Data Science Capstone Program

David K.A. Mordecai served as Director of the first NYU Center for Data Science (NYUCDS) Capstone graduate applied research program in its inaugural year, subsequent to participating as an active member of the working group for NYUCDS at its inception. Michael O’Neil, Professor of Mathematics at Courant Institute and Tandon Engineering served as co-instructor for the Capstone.

Dr. Mordecai had previously been interviewed earlier in the year about the upcoming course by NYU Local for an article entitled Artificial Intelligence, Sans ScarJo’s Sultry Voice, Coming To NYU. He was also interviewed for a documentary on NYUCDS, and featured in articles in the Columbus Dispatch, KD Nuggets and Daily News.

David K.A. Mordecai served as Director of the First NYU Center for Data Science Capstone Program

David Mordecai is President and Co-Founder of Risk Economics® and Visiting Scholar at Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences NYU, advising research activities at RiskEcon® Lab for Decision Metrics @ Courant Institute.  RiskEcon® Lab provided seed funding for senior staffing of NYUCDS prior to the award of the Moore-Sloan Grant.

Samantha Kappagoda was Honored by the Girl Scouts as a Woman of Distinction in STEM

Samantha Kappagoda was Honored by the Girl Scouts as a Woman of Distinction in STEM

Samantha Kappagoda was honored by the Girl Scouts of Greater New York (GSGNY) at their 21st Annual Women of Distinction Awards on October 29, 2013 at Cipriani in New York City. The Women of Distinction honorees were selected for outstanding achievement and leadership, serving as role models for young women and girls, and advancing the Girl Scouts’ mission of building girls with courage, confidence and character. Samantha Kappagoda was selected for her activities in the areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) during the course of her career.

Samantha Kappagoda was Honored by the Girl Scouts as a Woman of Distinction in STEM

Samantha Kappagoda is Chief Economist and Co-Founder of Risk Economics, a New York City based advisory firm that provides advisory services and research and development of rigorous analytics applied to large-scale, real-world modeling and surveillance for geopolitics and socioeconomics involving population, demographics and macroeconomics. Samantha Kappagoda’s areas of expertise include econometric time-series and longitudinal analyses of consumer behavior, labor supply, wealth and income distribution, housing, population and immigration, political risk and international trade, resource allocation, environment, health, aging and retirement, as well as currency, commodity and capital markets activity. She also co-advises research activities at RiskEcon® Lab for Decision Metrics @ Courant Institute for Mathematical Sciences, and is Visiting Scholar at Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University (NYU).

Previously, Samantha Kappagoda was Senior Economist at Caxton Associates LP, a hedge fund established in 1983, investing in global fixed income, currencies, commodities and equities. She was a key member of Caxton Global, the firm’s flagship global macro fund, which, at its peak, had approximately $15 billion of assets under management. Samantha Kappagoda’s macroeconomic and demographic analytics and development of proprietary econometric models of markets and the global economy guided the firm’s senior decision makers during her 13 year tenure.

RiskEcon® Lab for Decision Metrics has been Established at Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences NYU

RiskEcon® Lab for Decision Metrics has been Established at Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences NYU

RiskEcon® Lab for Decision Metrics (RiskEcon® Lab) has been established at Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences NYU, in order to apply a range of computational methods to researching geopolitical and socioeconomic issues, such as aging and health trends, immigration, and consumer behavior.

The primary focus of RiskEcon® Lab will be to cultivate NYU’s competency in computational statistics and to fund, foster, promote, and direct research that applies tools and methods from machine learning, data-mining, and text-mining to large scale real world geopolitical and socioeconomic problems related to demographics and macroeconomics. These include financial, labor, housing, consumption, and trade effects of consumer behavior as well as global population, immigration, environmental, epidemiological, aging, and health trends. In addition to promoting research, other activities of the RiskEcon® Lab will involve advancing development of the field via interdisciplinary postgraduate graduate research and education.

RiskEcon® Lab will be housed within the newly established Center for Computational Economics and Algorithmic Data Analytics (CEcADA) at Courant Institute.

RiskEcon® Lab for Decision Metrics has been Established at Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences NYU

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Risk Economics Announces a Name Change

Risk Economics Limited is pleased to announce a name change to Risk Economics, Inc., effective immediately.

Risk Economics® provides advisory services and testimonial expertise on complex issues related to financial instrument valuation models and frameworks, market and industry standards and practices for the financing, risk management, active trading, and hedging of OTC derivatives and structured products. Risk Economics also applies rigorous analytics to large-scale real world geopolitical and socio-economic issues relating to demographics and macroeconomics, including domains within labor, housing, consumer behavior, resource allocation, global population, immigration, environment, health and aging.

In order to engage in research and development, and commercialization of scalable analytics, structures and sourcing across the data value-chain, Risk Economics organizes and coordinates interdisciplinary technical teams to deliver high dimensional and computationally-intensive analytics that capitalize upon inherent and often complex relationships underlying consumer and commercial activities across various forensics, insurance, healthcare, life sciences, and retail sectors.

As an outsourced R&D platform for engineering fully-integrated systems/process management frameworks throughout the data value-chain, Risk Economics conducts the following activities:

  • Custom analytics, domain specific diligence and technical advisory services
  • R&D and commercialization of data science technology
  • Portfolio sub-advisory arrangements related to incubation and co-investment strategies for data science innovations

To facilitate in the development of analytics and semantic libraries that employ high-dimensional datasets to integrate conventional data with web-enabled demographic biometric, psychometric and socio-metric data from innovative sources, Risk Economics has established the RiskEcon® Lab for Decision Metrics @ Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University.