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).

David Dümig
Portfolio Manager
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. 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. Pierre-Yves Bourguignon
Senior Machine Learning Engineer
Biography

Dr. Pierre-Yves Bourguignon

Pierre-Yves Bourguignon is a Senior Machine Learning Engineer at Othoz. He is jointly responsible for the new and further development of our machine learning models and the design and implementation of our data processing processes.

Pierre-Yves received his doctorate in probabilistics and statistics from the Universities of Paris XI and Evry Val d'Essonne (Paris, FRA). He developed a new family of Markov models and has published several papers on inference, analysis of biological sequences and network theory. He studied statistics, econometrics and quantitative finance at ENSAE-ParisTech (Paris, FRA).

From 2002 Pierre-Yves worked in the fields of Bayesian statistics and bioinformatics as a researcher at the CEA (Research Centre for Nuclear Energy, Evry, FRA) and at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences (Leipzig, DE). He taught theoretical statistics and bioinformatics at ENSAE ParisTech and University Paris VII (Paris, FRA). In 2012 he became scientific director and managing director of the biotechnology company Isthmus SARL and in 2016 founded a consulting firm for evolutionary bioinformatics in Berlin.

Dr. Matthias Grawinkel
Senior Software Engineer
Biography

Dr. Matthias Grawinkel

Matthias Grawinkel is a Senior Software Engineer at Othoz. He is jointly responsible for the design and implementation of the software and data infrastructure as well as for the operation of the cloud infrastructure.

Matthias graduated with a Master of Computer Science from the University of Paderborn (Paderborn, DE). He then worked as a research assistant at the Paderborn Center for Parallel Computing (PC2) at the University of Paderborn and the Center for Data Processing at the University of Mainz (Mainz, DE). His research included energy-efficient, high-availability data storage for long-term archives and high-performance distributed storage systems for supercomputers. Matthias has published several articles in his research area internationally. His research results were used to develop an energy-efficient storage system and to set up a central platform for long-term archiving of research data.

Matthias has over 15 years of experience in professional software development and the operation of complex software systems. Most recently, he worked for several years as a software engineer for an international provider of software-defined storage infrastructures, where he was one of the first employees to be responsible for the architecture and implementation of several core components of the product.

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.

Philipp Wiesner
Software Engineer
Biography

Philipp Wiesner

Philipp Wiesner works as a software engineer at Othoz. He is jointly responsible for the general development of the Othoz software platform and the continuous expansion of our test infrastructure.

Philipp studied Media Computer Science at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (Munich, DE) and Computer Science at the Technical University Berlin (Berlin, DE), each with a focus on System Quality Engineering and the development of distributed systems.

Philipp has over seven years of experience in professional software development. He has specialized in particular in the interface between Machine Learning Research and Software Engineering. Philipp also has a strong academic and practical background in implementing modern best practices in software development and quality assurance.

Philipp is co-author of a scientific article about the visualization of random forest models and author of the corresponding open source software RFVis.

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).

Prof. Dr. Edgar Ernst
Advisor
Biography

Prof. Dr. Edgar Ernst

Prof. Dr. Edgar Ernst is a partner and advisor of Othoz.

Ernst studied Mathematics at the University of Cologne and Operations Research at the RWTH Aachen University. In 1982 he was awarded his doctorate (Dr. rer. pol.) at the RWTH Aachen University. He began his professional career in 1983 with McKinsey & Company. In 1986 he joined Quelle as Director of Corporate Development. In 1990, he moved to Deutsche Bundespost Postdienst, where he was Chief Financial Officer of Deutsche Post AG from 1992 to 2007. During this period, Deutsche Post and its then subsidiary Postbank went public. There he was responsible for more than 100 acquisitions. Since 2003 he has been teaching at WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management (Vallendar, DE). He is also a member of the Supervisory Boards of TUI AG, METRO AG and VONOVIA SE. Ernst has been President of the German Financial Reporting Enforcement Panel since 2011.