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Our Team

The Save team and partners have to date delivered a combined $48bn in AUM and client
liabilities into the full spectrum of industry segments across insurance, banks, investment
banking, fund management and advisory assets.

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Michael Nelskyla

CEO & Founder

Michael Nelskyla is the former Head of Investor Solutions at UBS Americas. Prior to joining UBS, Michael worked at Goldman Sachs as a Managing Director as a senior member of the Derivatives and Private Investor Products Group. He also worked at the Royal Bank of Scotland, where he was Head of Sales for Equity Derivatives and Investor Products for EMEA and the Americas. During his career Michael has successfully pioneered numerous industry-leading index products and distribution methods for alternative assets. Michael earned a dual BA in International Business and Finance from ESC Bordeaux in 2000.

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Adam Watts

President & COO

Adam Watts has focused his entire career on the design, build, and marketing of innovative financial products. He has created numerous groundbreaking investment structures some of which recorded record breaking raises. Prior to joining SAVE, he was a founding partner with EAM Partners LP and Alpha Financial Technologies LLC where he managed a team of researchers, software systems developers, and traders. He has extensive experience in institutional portfolio management as well as quantitative research across multiple asset classes. Adam has appeared in U.S. News and World Reports, Value Walk, and Bankrate publications. He is a Master of Science Candidate in Data Science at Northwestern University and has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics at University of Houston.

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Sid Browne, PhD

CIS (Chief Investment Strategist)

Sid Browne is an expert in systematic investing, quantitative analysis, and portfolio optimization techniques. A former full professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business, he headed the quantitative analytics and strategies groups at both Goldman Sach’s Firmwide Risk Management Department as well as GSAM. Later, he became the CIS and Global Head of Quantitative and Systematic Strategies at Brevan Howard. Prior to joining SAVE, he worked with Credit Suisse where he served as the Chief Investment Strategist and Global Head of Research for the Multi-Asset Systematic Liquid Alternatives Trading Strategies group. Sid holds four financial patents (all assigned to Goldman Sachs) in the areas of volatility modelling, analytic portfolio and risk management. He holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics, Statistics and Operations Research from New York University.

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Ray Shirazi

Senior Legal Advisor

Ray is the founding partner of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP’s highly regarded structured products practice, With 30 years of experience, Ray has pioneered the development of a wide spectrum of financial products ranging from equity, rates, and commodity products for end users and sell side market participants. Though the years he has accumulated a vast reservoir of market information concerning financial products and their tax, regulatory and economic aspects. Ray received his J.D. from The University of California at Los Angeles, where he was the Managing Editor of the UCLA Law Review.

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Dwayne Williams

Senior Technology Director

Dwayne Williams has built a career at the cross roads between math and computer science. An academic with extensive professional programming experience as well as degrees in Mathematics, Physics and Computer Information Systems, Mr. Williams pursued a PhD in Computational and Applied Mathematics at Rice University where his research focused on developing algorithms for unconstrained optimization of functions with inexact function and derivative information. Prior to joining SAVE, Mr. Williams was a Senior Systems Engineer with EAM Partners L.P. where he was responsible for the firm's institutional trading, R&D, and index services computer systems.

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Woodrow Hartwell

Senior Software Systems Architect

Woodrow Hartwell is an expert in computer systems for both financial and engineering applications. His immense computer experience started more than 45 years ago and has covered almost the entire modern history of computers. With a focus on high speed data communications, he worked at NASA for the majority of these years beginning with the Apollo Space Program and ending with the Space Shuttle Program. Prior to joining SAVE, Woodrow worked with EAM Partners L.P. where his designs were the basis for the firm's innovative institutional trading and R&D systems. In addition to his work with computers, Mr. Hartwell holds a 28 claim engineering methods patent.

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Rejnal Tushe

Trading Support

Rejnal Tushe is a former derivatives trader at Genworth Financial where he managed and executed hedging strategies in various cross-asset derivative products. Previously, he worked with Goldman Sachs in their derivative trading operations. Additionally, he has worked with the National Futures Association in model validation and at IBM Risk Analytics' risk management division. He has experience building quantitative trading systems with a focus on derivatives market making. He received a Master of Science degree in Mathematical Finance from the University of Toronto and holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Rice University.

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Alexandre Rezende

Quantitative Researcher

Alexandre Rezende is an expert in the field of finance and technology. As a former PhD candidate at Rice University, he studied portfolio optimization combined with applied financial machine learning. Prior to that, he worked as a software engineer integrating web applications within banking and marketing systems. During this time, he was on the forefront of developing innovative facial recognition applications within the mobile space. Alexandre holds an MBA from Rice University, a Masters in Economics from Federal University of Santa Catarina, and a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Engineering from State University of Campinas in Brazil.

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Cynthia Mogensen

Chief Compliance Officer

Cynthia Mogensen has spent a decade in the financial industry developing her unique expertise in regulatory statutes and compliance systems. Prior to SAVE, she worked in private wealth management affiliated with Advisor Group (formerly AIG), one of the largest networks of independent wealth management firms in the United States where she was responsible for the firm’s compliance, anti-money laundering, consumer interaction, investment and corporate practices. Cynthia earned a Bachelor of Business Administration with a specialty in personal financial planning from the University of Houston.

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Srinivas Komatigunta

Senior Full Stack Developer

Srinivasarao Komatigunta is an experienced web and mobile application developer within the financial space where he has worked with large financial institutions including Citigroup, Bank of America, and BBVA Compass. Additionally, he has extensive experience in developing Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality applications across different industry verticals. Srinivasrao holds a degree in Computer Science from JNT University in India.

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Hammad Akhtar

Software Engineer

An advanced C++ developer, Hammad Akhtar has concentrated his career within financial IT. He has extensive experience with bank core and payment processing systems. He worked with EquensWorldline’s e-wallet applications for ApplePay, GooglePay, and SamsungPay. Additionally, Hammad obtained his MSc in Computer Science at the University of Saarland where his research focused on storing credit card information securely in Android systems. He has a BS in Software Engineering from University of Karachi in Pakistan.

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Raju Bollapalli

Senior Full Stack Developer

Raju Bollapalli is an experienced web and mobile applications developer within the insurance, banking and e-commerce space. Previously, he worked with the UK’s RSA Insurance Group supporting new product development and insurance portal management. He obtained his Bachelors of Engineering in Computer Science at Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University.

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Susan Cano

Customer Support Director

Susan Cano brings over a decade of experience in perfecting customer service in the financial industry. Her experience has been in process improvement and operational efficiency with the customer always in mind. Susan’s roles prior to Save positioned her well to foster a service-oriented environment with an emphasis in quality service, innovation, and teamwork. Susan’s experience has included many areas of bank operations, customer service, fraud management, and more. Susan earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration with an emphasis in corporate management and accounting from California State University, East Bay.

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Patrik Merck

Marketing Director

Patrik Merck has spent most of his career in the area of financial products and payment services in both Marketing and Client facing roles. He spent 5 years at American Express where he worked as Senior Client and Sales Manager in Global Merchant & Network Services. After completing his university studies in Sydney Australia he moved to London where he spent most of 8 years working for The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS). At RBS he was Head of Marketing for investment products for Northern Europe responsible for all aspects of marketing to retail and institutional investors.

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Our Board of Directors

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Allen G. Braithwaite III

Director

As the former CEO and Vice Chairman/Chairman of UBS Bank USA and Merrill Lynch Bank USA, Al is an accomplished C-suite leader with a strong track record of risk management, regulatory relations, and driving top- and bottom-line growth for two of the nation’s leading banking institutions. He has deep and broad banking, finance, risk and treasury expertise to advise corporations on vision, strategy, financial product design and development. His extensive experience in running bank strategy and funding solutions for institutional, wealth and retail channel clients makes him a key advisor for US banking customers.

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Victor Sperandeo

Director

A fund manager and financial commentator, Victor Sperandeo serves as the President and CEO of Alpha Financial Technologies, LLC and EAM Corporation. With over 50 years of Wall Street experience investing both independently and for many notable investors such as George Soros and Leon Cooperman, Mr. Sperandeo is, perhaps, best known for developing dynamic indexes designed to benefit from futures price trends.

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Michael Nelskyla

Chairman

Michael Nelskyla is the former Head of Investor Solutions at UBS Americas. Prior to joining UBS, Michael worked at Goldman Sachs as a Managing Director as a senior member of the Derivatives and Private Investor Products Group. He also worked at the Royal Bank of Scotland, where he was Head of Sales for Equity Derivatives and Investor Products for EMEA and the Americas. During his career Michael has successfully pioneered numerous industry-leading index products and distribution methods for alternative assets. Michael earned a dual BA in International Business and Finance from ESC Bordeaux in 2000.

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