SATYA DAS, CAIA, CFA
Satyabrota Das is the Senior Advisor to Curriculum and Exams for the FDP Institute. He has been involved with Financial Data Professional (FDP) Institute since its inception. He plays critical roles on both the exam and the curriculum committees. His primary responsibilities include organizing the FDP Exam, including the development of exam questions, grading, and publication of the results. He has extensive knowledge of the topics related to machine learning and data analysis – the key components of the FDP Exam. Previously, he worked in the financial industry with a focus on alternative investments, particularly in hedge fund replication and commodities. He developed and traded investable products using liquid exchange-traded securities in hedge fund replication and commodities. Satyabrota is currently a doctoral candidate in Finance at UMass-Amherst. He is a CFA and a CAIA Charterholder.
KEITH BLACK, CAIA, CFA, FDP
Keith Black has over thirty years of financial market experience, serving approximately half of that time as an academic and half as a trader and consultant to institutional investors. He currently serves as Senior Advisor at the FDP Institute.
During his most recent role as Managing Director of Content Strategy, Keith was responsible for Curriculum development at the CAIA Association. Previously, Keith was a valued team member at Ennis Knupp + Associates, where he advised foundations, endowments and pension funds on their asset allocation and manager selection strategies in hedge funds, commodities, and managed futures. Other experience includes commodities derivatives trading, stock options research and Cboe floor trading, and building quantitative stock selection models for mutual funds and hedge funds. Dr. Black previously served as an assistant professor and senior lecturer at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Keith has contributed to the CFA Digest, and has published in The Journal of Wealth Management, The Journal of Trading, The Journal of Investing, and The Journal of Alternative Investments, among others. He is the author of the book “Managing a Hedge Fund,” as well as co-author of the second, third, and fourth editions of the CAIA Level I and Level II curriculum. Dr. Black was named to the Institutional Investor magazine’s list of “Rising Stars of Hedge Funds” in 2010.
Dr. Black earned a BA from Whittier College, an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University, and a PhD from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and was a member of the inaugural class of both CAIA and FDP Charterholders.
KATHRYN WILKENS, PhD, CAIA
Kathryn is the founder of Pearl Quest, LLC, a consulting company specializing in alternative investment products and education, including the application of data science techniques in finance. She has a Ph.D. in finance from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Kathryn is also a research associate of the Center for International Securities and Derivatives Markets (CISDM), home to the Morningstar-CISDM hedge fund indices. She is widely published in several journals and books and has been an assistant editor for the Journal of Alternative Investments for the past ten years. She regularly writes Practical Applications reports for Pageant Media, the publisher of the Journal of Alternative Investments, Journal of Portfolio Management, and its new Journal of Financial Data Science, among others. She was the Curriculum Director at CAIA in its formative years and served on the curriculum committee of CAIA’s Financial Data Professional (FDP) program during its start-up years and is a current consultant.