Team

At Othoz, creative minds from the disciplines of finance, computer and data science as well as mathematics, physics and neuroscience work together to create added value for our clients in capital markets.

Dr. Mathias Eitz
Managing Partner
Biography

Dr. Mathias Eitz

Mathias Eitz is co-founder and managing partner of Othoz. In addition to strategic corporate development, he is responsible in particular for the areas of Machine Learning Research and Software Engineering.

Mathias has founded and built several companies in the fields of software and artificial intelligence. He has 20 years of experience in professional software development and 10 years of experience in machine learning.

Mathias holds a PhD in Computer Science from the Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin), a Diploma in Computer Science from the TU Berlin and a Master of Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. In addition to his work at the TU Berlin, Mathias has been a guest researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Massachusetts, US) and Brown University (Rhode Island, US). Mathias has published several widely cited research articles on the interface between computer vision and machine learning and has served as a reviewer for numerous scientific journals.

Dr. Daniel Willmann
Managing Partner
Biography

Dr. Daniel Willmann

Daniel Willmann is co-founder and managing partner of Othoz and the first point of contact for our clients. In addition to strategic corporate development, he is particularly responsible for product design and fund management.

Daniel gained professional experience in various professional services organizations in Munich, Frankfurt and London and worked as a research assistant and lecturer at the RWTH Aachen University.

Daniel studied economics with a focus on financial accounting and empirical asset pricing at WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management (Vallendar, DE), the Stephen M. Ross School of Business (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, US) and the London School of Economics and Political Science (London, UK). He received his doctorate from RWTH Aachen University (Aachen, DE) and was a visiting researcher at Wharton Business School (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, US). Daniel is a recipient of the Anthony Hopwood Award of the London School of Economics for academic achievement and has published several articles on his empirical financial market research.

Dr. Peter Oertmann
Partner
Biography

Dr. Peter Oertmann

Peter Oertmann is an active shareholder and partner of Othoz. Together with the management team, he designs the investment processes and is jointly responsible for strategic corporate development and product design.

Peter has more than 30 years of experience in the capital market and is committed to innovation in the financial industry as an entrepreneur, mentor and consultant. He has built up several companies and has spent many years in management positions (CEO, CIO, Board of Directors) at supervised asset management companies in Germany, Switzerland and Luxembourg as well as on investment committees of institutional investors and family businesses.

Peter holds a doctorate in economics (finance) from the University of St. Gallen (HSG), a Master of Arts in Economics from Terry College of Business, University of Georgia, USA, and a degree in business administration from the University of Bielefeld. In addition to his professional commitments, he is a lecturer for International Finance and Asset Management at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the University of Basel. He is also a member of the board of INQUIRE Europe and the Munich Finance Forum e.V. as well as a member of the Swiss Society for Financial Market Research. He has published two books and more than 30 professional articles on asset pricing, portfolio management and quantitative investment strategies.

Ronald Richter
Principal Machine Learning Engineer
Biography

Ronald Richter

Ronald Richter is co-founder of Othoz and works as Principal Machine Learning Engineer. He is jointly responsible for the new and further development of our machine learning models as well as the necessary software and data infrastructure.

Ronald studied computer science at the Technical University of Berlin (Berlin, DE) and graduated with a degree in computer science. He then worked for five years as a research associate and during this time did research in particular in the fields of Computational Geometry and Computer Vision. He is author and co-author of several articles in international journals.

Ronald can draw on a wealth of experience of over 20 years in professional software development. One focus of his work has always been the analysis of highly complex systems and the design and implementation of clearly structured and at the same time high-performance software systems.

Julien Florian Jensen
Executive Director
Biography

Julien Florian Jensen

Julien Florian Jensen is Executive Director at Othoz and jointly responsible for business development and fund management.

Julien has already co-founded and developed the asset management boutique KJL Capital GmbH, Frankfurt, which has a product partnership with Othoz. Prior to this, he gained professional experience in investment banking (equity derivatives trading/risk management) and asset management (portfolio management) in Frankfurt, Zurich and Hong Kong.

Julien studied economics at WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management (Vallendar, DE), HEC Genève (Geneva, CH) and NEOMA Business School (Reims, Paris, FR).

Michaela Grädener
Business Development Associate
Biography

Michaela Grädener

Michaela works in the Business Development department at Othoz and is responsible for sustainability and strategic development.

She received her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the LMU Munich and her Master’s degree in Business Information Systems from the Technical University of Munich. In addition, Michaela earned an Honors Degree in Technology Management (CDTM, Munich). As part of her academic education, she also studied at the Bundeswehr University in Neubiberg (Germany) on an scholarship for high-school students and at the Seoul National University (South Korea). In addition, she was working as a Research Assistant at Columbia University (New York, USA). Michaela has received scholarships and grants from various foundations, including the University Foundation of the Technical University of Munich (Deutschlandstipendium), the Bavarian Elite Network, and the Rohde Foundation, among others.

After her studies, Michaela worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company and is currently pursuing her PhD at the RWTH Aachen University. In her freelance positions, she previously gained experience in the areas of options trading, IT and logistics.

Hannah Kölsch
Business Development Assistant
Biography

Hannah Kölsch

Hannah is working as Business Development Assistant at Othoz and is the first point of contact for our network partners. She takes on responsibility and tasks in the areas of marketing, human resources, administration and data protection.

Hannah is a systemic organizational consultant and facilitator with a focus on impact-oriented strategy development and collaborative management formats. She is passionately committed to helping people and organizations achieve their goals.

Hannah gained professional experience in legal and academic professional services organizations and worked as an assistant to the board of a renowned financial services provider. One focus of her work there was the development and implementation of innovative service concepts. The focus of her business studies was on health management.

David Dümig
Senior Quantitative Investment Researcher
Biography

David Dümig

David Dümig is Portfolio Manager at Othoz and works in the areas of fund management and quantitative research.

David has more than 10 years of professional experience in asset management. He has gained extensive experience in the management of investment funds and overlay mandates and in the development of quantitative investment strategies and processes. As part of his professional activities, he has also been scientifically engaged in the application of machine learning for the selection of securities.

David holds a master's degree from the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management (Frankfurt, DE) and also studied at King's College (London, GB), the London School of Economics and Political Science (London, GB) and Stanford University (California, USA) as part of his academic education. In addition, he completed a Bachelor Professional of Banking from the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management (Frankfurt, DE) and a vocational training as Banking Professional at the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (Offenbach, DE). David was honoured for his academic achievements as best in class for the Bachelor Professional of Banking, the Bachelor in Banking and Finance, and the Vocational Training as Banking Professional, and received the Germany Scholarship and the Frankfurt School Alumni Scholarship.

Dr. Andreas Fuest
Senior Quantitative Investment Researcher
Biography

Dr. Andreas Fuest

Andreas Fuest is a Senior Quantitative Investment Researcher at Othoz. He is primarily involved in the development of models and algorithms for risk forecasting across all asset classes and, based on this, the design and implementation of dynamic allocation and portfolio protection strategies.

Prior to joining Othoz, Andreas worked as a Quantitative Portfolio Manager and Senior Quantitative Researcher at Deutsche Bank Group (DWS, Sal. Oppenheim) and Harald Quandt Group, respectively, primarily in the multi-asset space.

Already during his PhD in statistics at University of Munich (LMU), Andreas developed innovative models for risk forecasting in electronic trading systems. He is co-author of several publications at the interface of financial econometrics and statistical learning and presented his research at high-level international conferences. Previously, he earned degrees in statistics (LMU) and economics (University of Münster).

Dr. Thilo Kind
Senior Quantitative Investment Researcher
Biography

Dr. Thilo Kind

Thilo Kind is a Senior Quantitative Investment Researcher at Othoz who works on machine learning based asset pricing algorithms which are guided by structural macro-finance models.

Thilo has over 10 years of research experience in financial economics. Before joining Othoz, he was a Senior Researcher at the Leibniz Institute for financial research in Frankfurt, focussing on asset pricing and macroeconomics. For his academic achievements, he received the AQR Asset Management Fellowship Award, the Economic and Social Research Council Scholarship, and a membership to the German National Academic Foundation.

Thilo holds a PhD and a Master in finance from London Business School, a Master of philosophy in finance and financial engineering from the University of Cambridge, as well as undergraduate degrees in physics and economics from the University of Heidelberg.

Dr. Grigory Bordyugov
Senior Machine Learning Engineer
Biography

Dr. Grigory Bordyugov

Grigory Bordyugov joined Othoz as a Senior Machine Learning Engineer in July 2021. He enjoys working at the interface between designing new ML models and solving engineering tasks around their production deployment.

Grigory received his doctoral degree in Theoretical Physics from the Technical University of Berlin. Before joining Othoz, he worked in academic research, publishing more than twenty original research papers. Additionally, Grigory worked at the number one European online fashion retailer Zalando, where he built ML-backed recommendation systems serving thousands of requests a second.

Dr. Benjamin Trendelkamp-Schroer
Senior Machine Learning Engineer
Biography

Dr. Benjamin Trendelkamp-Schroer

Benjamin Trendelkamp-Schroer works as Senior Machine Learning Engineer at Othoz. He is jointly responsible for the new and further development of our machine learning models and the design of algorithms for financial market analyses.

He received his PhD from the Institute of Mathematics at the Free University of Berlin (Berlin, DE) and the Berlin Mathematical School (Berlin, DE) on statistical methods for rare events in protein dynamics and Markov State models.

Benjamin holds a degree in physics from the Technical University of Dresden (Saxony, DE) where he did research on quantum information and open quantum systems and was a visiting scientist at the University of California Santa Cruz (California, USA).

Benjamin is co-author of the Python open source frameworks msmtools and pyemma for the statistical analysis of protein dynamics and has published several articles on quantum information and rare event estimation.

Dr. Valentin Markounikau
Senior Software Engineer
Biography

Dr. Valentin Markounikau

Valentin Markounikau is a Senior Software Engineer at Othoz. He is jointly responsible for the development of the general software infrastructure and in particular for the analysis tools for monitoring strategy performance.

Valentin holds a master's degree in physics from the Belarusian State University (Minsk, BY) and a doctorate in neuroscience from the Ruhr University Bochum (Bochum, DE). During his doctoral studies, Valentin did research in the field of Computational Neuroscience with a focus on computational models of visual information processing. He has published the results of his research in an internationally recognized scientific journal.

Valentin has over 15 years of experience in professional software development for the automotive and medical industries as well as international financial services companies. Valentin's specialty is high throughput backend applications that are both efficient and easy to maintain. Most recently, Valentin was responsible for the development of the energy trading and risk management functions for an energy trading company.

Dr. Anton Daneyko
Senior Software Engineer
Biography

Dr. Anton Daneyko

Anton Daneyko is a Senior Software Engineer at Othoz. His area of responsibility is the design and implementation of the software and data infrastructure.

Anton holds a diploma in physics from the Belarusian State University (Minsk, BY) and a doctorate in computational physics from the Philipps Universität Marburg (Marburg, DE). During his doctoral studies Anton implemented hydrodynamics simulation software for supercomputing platforms (HPC) and used it to generate data for his scientific publications. The scientific results were published in a series of papers in high impact factor journals.

Anton has over 15 years of experience in professional software development with technical expertise spanning from web-applications in finance industry to high-performance computing in engineering. Anton’s specialty is performance optimization (algorithmic and hardware) and statistical processing of large volumes of data. Most recently, Anton was responsible for the development of the energy trading and risk management platform for an energy trading company.

David Hajba
Senior Brand Designer
Biography

David Hajba

David Hajba is working as a Senior Brand Designer at Othoz. He is responsible for the design of all online and offline interfaces and materials.

Working with digital materials and finding the most efficient and smooth UI-UX solutions are just as satisfying for him as designing interesting physical material combinations, finding the best Pantone colors, or special printing and cutting technologies.

David has 10 years of experience in branding, UI-UX, online-offline campaigns, print-packaging, and typography​ as well as digital-studio-photography and retouching at leading European companies and start-ups.

Arne Rosenberg
Intern Quantitative Investment Research
Biography

Arne Rosenberg

Arne Rosenberg is a Quantitative Investment Research intern at Othoz. He supports the team with the development and testing of stock selection algorithms.

Arne studied physics at the Technical University of Munich, where he conducted research on the morphology of biological networks. Arne was honored for his academic achievements and received a scholarship from the German Academic Scholarship Foundation.

Pengxu Shang
Associate Portfolio Management
Biography

Pengxu Shang

Pengxu is an Associate in Portfolio Management at Othoz and works in the areas of fund management and sustainability.

Prior to joining Othoz, Pengxu has gained working experiences in quantitative asset management (product management and portfolio management) in Frankfurt and Munich.

Pengxu holds a master’s degree from EBS Business School (Oestrich-Winkel, DE), where he focused on Capital Markets and Risk Management.

Advisors

Prof. Dr. Maximilian Müller
Academic Advisor
Biography

Prof. Dr. Maximilian Müller

Maximilian Müller is an advisor at Othoz and forms a point of contact with current financial market research. He supports the team especially with his data and research expertise.

Max has more than 10 years of research experience and has published several empirical articles in the most prestigious finance and accounting journals. He is currently a professor at ESMT Berlin, a Financial Times Top 10 European Business School. Prior to that, he was Professor at WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management and visiting scholar at the University of Chicago School of Business as a scholarship holder of the German Academic Exchange Service. His research and teaching has received several awards. He acts as a reviewer in renowned professional journals and supports, among others, Dax companies in the further education of executives.

Max holds a PhD in Economics from WHU, was a Marie Curie Scholar of the European Commission at the University of Tilburg during his doctoral studies and holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Mannheim.

Dr. Werner Brandt
Advisor
Biography

Dr. Werner Brandt

Dr. Werner Brandt is a partner and advisor of Othoz. He supports the management team in corporate governance and strategic corporate development.

He is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of RWE AG, Essen and ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE, Unterföhring, and a member of the Supervisory Board of Siemens AG, Munich. From 2001 to 2014 he was Chief Financial Officer of SAP SE, where he also served as Chief Human Resources Officer and Director of Labor Relations for the last three years. From 1999 to 2001 he was a member of the Management Board and Chief Financial Officer of Fresenius Medical Care AG, where he was also Labor Relations Director. From 1992 to 1999, he was a member of the Management Board and Vice President European Operations of Baxter Deutschland GmbH. There he was responsible for Baxter's finances in Europe.

He began his professional career at Price Waterhouse (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) in Stuttgart. In 1981, he completed his studies in business administration at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. He completed his doctorate at the TU Darmstadt in 1991.

Dr. Sebastian Klein
Advisor
Biography

Dr. Sebastian Klein

Sebastian Klein is a partner and advisor of Othoz. He supports the management team in strategic corporate development.

Sebastian has more than 25 years of experience in the financial industry. This includes positions at one of the leading management consultancies, operational CEO positions in the asset management and private banking sector and several supervisory board mandates. In particular, Sebastian Klein combines strategy and capital market expertise. He already pursued this combination during his doctorate, which he completed along with his business administration studies at WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management (Vallendar, DE).