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Artificial Intelligence In Finance  
How to Turn an AI interest into a Career Path (Without Learning Code) 
Daniel Fagella (EmerJ) interviewMuriël Serrurier Schepper

If you're listening to this podcast, you at least have an interest in leveraging AI in the enterprise. But how do you take that interest and use it to move up in your company and advance your career? In this week's episode, Dan Fagella  speaks with Muriël Serrurier Schepper, who worked with AI at Rabobank and Shell managing advanced analytics projects. She now has her own AI consulting firm. Muriël speaks with Dan about her experience using her prior skillset to enter the world of AI, take the reigns of exciting AI projects, and open up more career opportunities for herself.


Future of Finance: Data Driven Decisions 
Conversation with Sona Blessing & Mehrzad Mahdavi
September 18, 2019

Mehrzad Mahdavi, PhD, is Executive Director of the Financial Data Professional Institute (FDPI), established by the CAIA Association to address the growing need in finance for a workforce that has the skills to perform in a digitized world where an increasing number of decisions will be data and analytics-driven.
In this CAIA-FDPI Podcast, Mehrzad shares his insights with moderator, Sona Blessing

  • Insights on the "Big Data Revolution" (computing capability commoditization, cheap storage thanks to the cloud, beyond the realm of academia – the commercialization of algos)
  • The different sources and where this big data is coming from
  • The classification of machine learning/artificial intelligence
  • Some of the challenges faced in deploying machine learning led/artificial intelligence (processed/ analysed/ drawn-outputted) data:
    • "quality"/reliability/robustness of the data
    • "same source(s)"
    • backward looking vs. forward looking data
    • dealing with "unknown-unknowns”, black swan events, unexpected geo-political risks
    • abuse of data concentration derived power/supremacy, conditioned behavior and biases ---

Sona Blessing is the author of "Alternative Alternatives: Risk, Returns and Investment Strategy" (Wiley) 

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Press Releases 

July 18, 2019
John L. Bowman Named Senior Managing Director of The Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst
(CAIA) Association

June 4, 2019
CAIA Announces Launch of the Financial Data Professional (FDP) Institute and Designation 


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