Our Team

Omar Selim

CEO

Omar is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Arabesque.

Omar has 20 years experience in international banking, having held senior positions at UBS, Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse. He joined Barclays in 2004, where he was responsible for a multi-billion dollar revenue budget and over a thousand staff.

In 2012, he initiated the values based asset management project at Barclays, originating the concept and developing it into Arabesque.

 

“The analytics of a company’s sustainability is the ultimate step in managing assets”

 

Prior positions at Barclays

Head of Global Markets for institutional clients in the European time zone

Member of Barclays Capital's European Management Committee

Chief Executive and Chairman for a number of regions

Member of Barclays Bank's Swiss Supervisory Board

London/Frankfurt

Andreas Feiner

CEO of Arabesque S-Ray®

Andreas Feiner

CEO of Arabesque S-Ray®

Andreas is a founding Partner of Arabesque. He is responsible for Arabesque`s Sustainability Process, which is the basis for all of Arabesque's flagship products, and Bespoke Solutions, which offers tailor-made products based on investors` individual preferences.

 

"From the stockholder to the stakeholder"

 

Prior Positions

Head of Distribution, Barclays Saudi Arabia

Structured Product Sales for Germany/Austria, Barclays Capital & WestLB

Equity Portfolio Manager, Metzler Asset Management

Equity Research Analyst, Bankhaus Metzler seel. Sohn & Co.

Dr. Hans-Robert Arndt

Head of Quantitative Research

Dr. Hans-Robert Arndt

Head of Quantitative Research

Hans-Robert is a founding Partner of Arabesque Asset Management, where he is responsible for Quantitative Research. The main focus of his group is the development and improvement of performance generating signals and risk management systems. His expertise lies in the combination of advanced mathematics, informatics and financial markets.

 

"Mathematics and advanced algorithms are the core of most modern innovations"

 

Prior Positions

Financial institutions Structuring, Barclays Corporate and Investment Bank, Frankfurt

Financial Institutions Solutions, Barclays Capital, London

Research Assistant, University Rostock

Dr. Dominic Selwood

General Counsel

Dr. Dominic Selwood

General Counsel

Dominic is a founding Partner of Arabesque Asset Management, where he is General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer.

 

"Transparency is a fundamental foundation of Arabesque"

 

Prior Positions

Global Head of Islamic Products, Barclays Corporate and Investment Bank
General Counsel and Head of Compliance, GCF Ltd
General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, BMB Group Ltd
Director, Deutsche Bank AG
Barrister, Allen & Overy LLP
Barrister, 2 King's Walk, Temple, London

Professional Bodies

Barrister, England and Wales

Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb)

Assosciate of the Institute of Securities & Investments (ASCI)

Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHistS)

Alfred Lang

COO & CFO

Alfred Lang

COO & CFO

Alfred is the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Arabesque, based in the firm's Frankfurt office.

 

Prior Positions

Regional CFO & COO (Continental Europe and the Middle East) at Barclays Investment and Corporate Bank

Regional Financial Controller (Continental Europe and the Middle East) covering all business at Barclays Bank

Member of the Country Management Committee for Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands, Sweden, UAE and Qatar, at Barclays Bank

Member of the Supervisory Board for Barclays Saudi Arabia

COO at The First National Bank of Chicago (merged with JP Morgan Chase)

Brace Young

Partner

Prior to joining Arabesque in 2017, Mr. Young was Chief Executive Officer at Eclat Impact in 2016 and Chief Executive Officer and a Partner at Mariner Investment group from 2000-2015. He joined Mariner directly from Goldman Sachs, where he retired as a Partner, after a 20 year career in Fixed Income in New York, Tokyo, and London. He serves as Board Chair of GWAVE, a wave based renewable energy company. He is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Buckingham Browne & Nichols, a coeducational day school in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Social Finance, Inc., a Boston-based nonprofit organisation dedicated to mobilising investment capital to drive social change.

 

"Arabesque has the passion, the people and the power to make a real change through financial markets"

 

Current other positions held
Chairman of the Board of Directors (Social Finance, Inc.)
Board Chair (GWave)

Prior Positions Include
CEO (Eclat Impact)
CEO (Mariner Investment Group)
Partner (Goldman Sachs)
Chairman of the Board of Trustees (Buckingham Browne & Nichols)

Dr. Michael Legatt

Quantitative, Fundamental and Behavioural Research

Dr. Michael Legatt

Quantitative, Fundamental and Behavioural Research

Michael was previously the Chief Information Officer at Lightstone Capital Management. At Arabesque, Michael is responsible for the integration of Lightstone products and furthering the quantitative and technological research of the Arabesque Fundamental fund. Michael`s research areas cover a vast array of fields such as behavioural economics, quantitative equity analysis, big data computation, visualization and integration, software development, human-computer interaction, energy, organisational culture, situational awareness, human factors, user experience, decision making, machine learning and artificial intelligence. Alongside his PhD in Psychology and PhD in Engineering, Michael holds a US patent and is a serving member of several organisations.

 

"Syntesizing technology and psychology produces a powerful force for improving the world"

 

Further Positions

CEO and Founder, ResilitentGrid

President, ComputerPsych LLC

Prior Positions

Principal Engineer, Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc.

Chief Information Officer, Lightstone Capital Management LLC

Gregory Woods

Fundamental Research & Product Development

Gregory Woods

Fundamental Research & Product Development

Gregory was previously Vice President at Lightstone Capital Management and is primarily responsible for the integration of Lightstone strategies into Arabesque products. Gregory`s expertise lies in the incorporation of quantitative metrics with fundamental market analysis and economic research.

Gregory has extensive senior leadership experience in the pension fund sector and has co-authored several papers on quantitative equity selection, with his work presented at the World Bank and the IMF.

 

"The underlying fundamentals are key to understanding performance."

 

Further Positions

Vice President, Head of Investments, Trust Officer, BPAS Fiduciary Services

Prior Positions

Vice President, Lightstone Capital Management LLC

Philipp Müller, CFA

ESG Research and Advisory

Philipp Müller, CFA

ESG Research and Advisory

Philipp is a Partner at Arabesque and primarily responsible for the Arabesque Prime Fund. He is also principally responsible for the implementation and development of the screening methodology of the Arabesque Investment Universe. Philipp holds an MSc in Business Administration from the University of Geneva and is a CFA® charterholder.

 

"A rigorous and systematic selection process is the foundation of our products"

 

Prior Positions

Investment Solutions Analyst E.I.M. S.A

Quantitative Analyst E.I.M S.A.

Gabriel Karageorgiou

Business Development

Gabriel Karageorgiou

Business Development

Gabriel is a Partner at Arabesque, primarily responsible for client services globally. Gabriel is also actively contributing to Arabesque`s ESG research efforts focusing on thought leadership and integration topics. Most recently, Gabriel was a partner at KKS Advisors where he was assisting institutional investors on integrating sustainability measures into their capital allocation process. His work has received significant attention in media outlets including the Financial Times and Harvard Business Review. Gabriel holds a degree in Physics and an M.Sc. in Quantitative Finance.

 

"We shake the ladder very well, before climbing on it"

 

Prior Positions

Co-founder & Partner, KKS Advisors London

Enterprise Risk Management, Barclays Capital London

Performance Improvement Consulting, PriceWaterhouseCoopers London

Risk Solutions Group, Lehman Brothers London

Dominic Godman

Head of Singapore

Dominic Godman

Head of Singapore

Dominic is a Partner at Arabesque and is Head of the Singapore office. His primary responsibility is business development in the Asia Pacific region. Prior to Arabesque, Dominic was a Director at Barclays Bank based in Singapore. He has 8 years experience servicing high net worth clients in the Asia Pacific region.

 

"The combination of state of the art portfolio management technology and a rigorous sustainability approach is the future of asset management"

 

Prior Positions

Director, Barclays Bank, Singapore

Maria Mähl

Head of Nordics

Maria Mähl

Head of Nordics

Maria is a Partner with Arabesque whose expertise lies at the intersection of sustainable finance and corporate sustainability. Her current focus at Arabesque is in business development for North America and the Nordic Region. Maria has worked with global leaders in the private, public and civil society sectors on investments strategies, operational excellence, program development and business development across industries in European, Asian, African, and American markets. Maria attended Humboldt University Berlin, Berlin Institute of Technology, and Uppsala University in Sweden and holds a B.Sc. in Political Science and a M.Sc. in Business and Economics.

 

"Sustainable investing is the future. Today, we build tomorrow."

 

Prior Positions

Senior Manager, Clinton Global Initiative

Management Consultant, Health Navigator

Strategy Consultant, Capgemini Consulting

Supply Chain Management, Volvo

Private Equity and Venture Capital, Alpha Nordic Ventures

Program Development, United Nations

Haliza Abd Rahim

Legal Counsel

Haliza Abd Rahim

Legal Counsel

Haliza is Legal Counsel in the Legal and Compliance department and is responsible for legal and Shariah-related matters.

 

"A transparent business engenders confidence in consumers and investors alike"

 

Prior Positions

Head of Legal Documentation, Al Hilal Bank PJSC

MD Operations and Legal Counsel, IGDP Ltd.

Head of Project Management and Legal Counsel, BMB Islamic UK Ltd.

Legal Counsel, Dar Al Istithmar Ltd. (Deutsche Bank joint venture)

Professional Bodies

Solicitor of England and Wales

Michael Oberdörfer

Relationship Management

Michael Oberdörfer

Relationship Management

Michael Oberdörfer is a Senior Relationship Manager at Arabesque, covering institutional clients, pension funds, pension schemes and insurance companies in Germany. Michael has over 30 years of experience in managing institutional client relationships at WestLB and Trinkaus & Burkhardt, and graduated with a Diploma in Business Administration from the University of Cologne.

 

"Success satisfies if you can share it."

 

Prior Positions

Teamleader Insurance Companies, West LB

Relationship Management Institutional Clients, WestLB

International Instutional Sales, Trinkaus & Burkhardt

Frankfurt

Dr. Yasin Rosowsky

Quantitative Research

Dr. Yasin Rosowsky

Quantitative Research

Yasin works in the Quantitative Research department and is responsible for database development and applications of machine learning algorithms for financial forecasting. Yasin is a 2013 alumnus of the United Kingdom`s Doctoral Training Centre in Financial Computing and Analytics.

 

"In the pursuit of Knowledge does one find Truth"

 

Prior Positions

MEng, MRes, PhD, University College London

Market Operations, London Metal Exchange

Jennifer Djaferis

Director of Client Services

Jennifer Djaferis

Director of Client Services

Jennifer is a Director of Client Services for the United States and is based in Boston, Massachusetts. She is responsible for the execution of sales, marketing and business development initiatives for the region.  Jennifer joins Arabesque with significant experience working with institutional clients in North America in both an electronic trading and franchise sales capacities at Goldman Sachs & Co.

 

“In a world where sustainability is defined differently by each of us, Arabesque offers the platform to invest in what you value most.”

 

Current other positions held

Board Member, Hellenic American Women’s Council (HAWC)

Prior Positions

Vice President, Goldman Sachs & Co.

James von Claer

Business Development

James von Claer

Business Development

James has over 25 years’ experience in asset management and banking. Prior to joining Arabesque he was with Notz Stucki, a well-known alternative investment manager, developing investment products around sustainability themes, notably renewable energy assets. From 2011 to 2015 he founded and ran a family office in Paris on behalf of Middle Eastern investors investing in joint-ventures with European exporters. James took a law degree at Kingston Law School, and is currently completing an MSc in Global Environmental Politics and Policy at Birkbeck, London.

 

"Technology is transforming finance at one of the fastest paces for a generation. There will be winners and losers, with Arabesque positioned in the vanguard of the former."

 

Prior Positions
Director, Ifabanque

Fund Distribution and Sales Director Notz Stucki

Manager, Robert Fleming

Ciaran McCale

Head of Media and Communications

Ciaran McCale

Head of Media and Communications

Ciaran is responsible for global communications at Arabesque, helping to develop the firm’s brand across international markets. Prior to joining Arabesque, Ciaran was a director at PHA Media, an award-winning public relations agency based in London, where he oversaw corporate communications for a range of major organisations.

 

“Universal principles of humanity, social inclusion, and environmental stewardship are not in conflict with economic value creation; they are intertwined.”

 

Prior Positions

Director, PHA Media

Linda Baigrie

Business Development

Linda Baigrie

Business Development

Linda is Director for Client Services in Asia and is based in Singapore.  She has more than 20 years’ experience in financial sales and marketing across Asia and Europe.  Prior to joining Arabesque, Linda built and managed the buy-side relationship management team for Moody’s in Asia.  She then spent several years working on global ESG stakeholder engagement for Moody’s.

 

"Arabesque is using AI and big data to hold capital accountable."

 

Prior positions

Senior Director Relationship Management

Moody’s Asia Pan-European Equity Sales

ABN AMRO Bank, London

Dr. Qasim Nasar-Ullah

Quantitative Research

Dr. Qasim Nasar-Ullah

Quantitative Research

Qasim works in the Quantitative Research department. He is responsible for high performance computing and applications of financial modelling. Qasim is a 2013 alumnus of the United Kingdom`s Doctoral Training Centre in Financial Computing and Analytics.

 

"Broad research is built on the finer details"

 

Further Positions

Honorary Research Associate/Lecturer, University College London

Prior Positions

Academic Researcher, BNP Paribas

MEng, MRes, PhD, University College London

Visiting PhD Student, National University of Singapore

Intern, Deutsche Bank

Intern, UBS

Dr. Tim Verheyden

Head of S-Ray®

Dr. Tim Verheyden

Head of S-Ray®

Tim is a Director in the ESG Research team where he is heading the development of the Arabesque S-Ray™, a unique tool to monitor the sustainability of the world’s largest companies. Tim holds a BSc and MSc in Business Engineering and a PhD in Finance from KU Leuven (Belgium).

 

"Sustainable finance is the art of understanding how value will be created in the future"

 

Prior Positions

PhD researcher, KU Leuven

Director, Capitant

Recent Publications

ESG for all? The impact of ESG screening on return, risk and diversification (2016). Journal of Applied Corporate Finance28(2), 47-55.

Mutual fund performance: A market efficiency perspective. (2016). Investment Analysts Journal45(4), 1-15.

Process-oriented social responsibility indicator for mutual funds: A multi-criteria decision analysis approach. (2016). International Journal of Multi-Criteria Decision Making, 6(1), 66-99.

Stéphan Vuylsteke

Product Office

Stéphan Vuylsteke

Product Office

Stéphan is working as a Director in the Product Office. Previously, he was active as an Associate in the ESG Research & Advisory department, focused on product development, improving the Arabesque Sustainability Process (now Arabesque S-Ray®) and the communication of ESG developments. Stéphan holds an MSc in Business Engineering from the University of Antwerp, where he finished his master's thesis in sustainability.

 

"Sustainability is so multifaceted it is best interpreted using a comprehensive, systematic and quantitative approach”

 

Prior Positions

Board Member, Capitant

Dr. Nikolaos Kaplis

Head of S-Ray® Artificial Intelligence Research

Dr. Nikolaos Kaplis

Head of S-Ray® Artificial Intelligence Research

Nikos works in the Quantitative Research department and in particular in the research and development of Arabesque's Artificial Intelligence engine. He also works in the AI R&D of Arabesque S-Ray. Nikos holds a DPHil from University of Oxford (Magdalen).

 

"What I cannot create, I do not understand."  - R.P. Feynman

Francie Heller

Business Development

Francie Heller

Business Development

Francie is a Director of Arabesque and responsible for business development and client service. Francie has over 30 years experience in working with pensions, endowments and foundations. Ms. Heller was also an education director in New York State public schools for several years. Ms. Heller graduated from Boston University with a BS and earned a master’s equivalent degree from the University of Georgia and a Professional Diploma (PD) from Fordham University. She holds certificates from Columbia University, Stanford University and Harvard University Executive Education programs. Ms. Heller currently serves on several not-for-profit Boards including Big Picture Learning, Furman University and The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

 

"There is no better feeling than doing well while you are doing good."

 

Prior Positions

Managing Partner at Heller Advisory, an alternative placement agent

Managing Director Houlihan Lokey, Head of Pension and Endowment Foundation Group

Managing Director Chilton Investment Company, Head of Client Relations and Pension Solutions

Senior Managing Director and Global Head of Pension, Endowment and Foundation Services at Bear Stearns and Co Inc

President of MBIA Municipal Services Corporation, creating and running all aspects of the asset management business

Thomas Schafbauer

Business Development

Thomas Schafbauer

Business Development

Thomas is responsible for working with professional investors across EMEA. He started his career in neuroscience research, before joining Dimensional Fund Advisors in 2011. At DFA he worked very closely with private wealth managers and independent family offices. Through his work, he developed deep insights into the needs of HNWIs and sustainable business models in finance. Thomas holds a MBA from University of Chicago and never wears matching socks.

 

“Arabesque is ESG capitalism - we invest in the good guys, so they can put the bad guys out of business.”

Tanyarat Rilinger

Business Development

Tanyarat Rilinger

Business Development

Tanyarat is responsible for Arabesque's business development focusing on Thailand. Tanyarat has more than 10 years of experience in the financial markets with various roles including business development, product development and client relationship management. Tanyarat graduated with MBA from Purdue University and BA in economics from Chulalongkorn University.

 

“ESG Quant opens up a new world of investment opportunities for sustainable performance”

 

Prior Positions

Vice President Business Development, TISCO Securities

Business Development, Thailand Futures Exchange

Product Development and Marketing, The Stock Exchange of Thailand

Clearing and Settlement, Thailand Securities Depository

Jan Vermeulen

ESG Research Associate

Jan Vermeulen

ESG Research Associate

Jan is working in the ESG Research team, primarily on the development of Arabesque S-Ray®. Jan holds a MSc in Computer Science Engineering from Ghent University, Belgium.

 

“When sustainability analysts start focussing on big data, corporates will have to start focussing on sustainability."

 

Prior positions

Data Intern at Realo nv

Matthias Baetens

ESG Research Associate

Matthias Baetens

ESG Research Associate

Matthias is an Associate in the ESG Research team, primarily working on the development of Arabesque S-Ray, a unique tool to monitor the sustainability of the world’s largest companies. Previously, Matthias was a data science consultant at Datatonic. Matthias holds a BSc and MSc in Computer Science Engineering and an advanced MSc in Marketing Analysis from Ghent University.

 

"Enabling investments in the world and its people by being on the forefront of research, making use of the vast amount of data available, and making use of cutting-edge technology."

Gilles Jacobs

ESG Research Associate

Gilles Jacobs

ESG Research Associate

Gilles is a Research Associate working on software solutions for Arabesque. He has a Master's degree in Computer Science, as well as a Master's degree in Quantitative Finance.

 

"The most valuable commodity I know of is information."

 

Prior Positions

Algorithmic Trading Research Intern at Nafora (Switzerland)

Data Scientist at OTA Insight (Ghent)

Dr. Rebecca Thomas

ESG Research Associate

Dr. Rebecca Thomas

ESG Research Associate

Rebecca is an Associate in the S-Ray® ESG research team. She is working on the Celsius Score, a unique new metric to measure the contribution that corporations have to global temperature rise. Rebecca has a PhD in Life Sciences and Atmospheric Physics from Imperial College London, where she studied the response of vegetation in the northern hemisphere to recent climate change.

 

"When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world." – John Muir

Dries Braems

ESG Research Associate

Dries Braems

ESG Research Associate

Dries is an Associate working in the ESG Research team, primarily working on the development of Arabesque S-Ray. Dries graduated summa cum laude as a MSc in Computer Science Engineering from Ghent University.

 

"Measure what can be measured. Make measurable what cannot be measured" - Galileo Galilei

Dr. Ngoc Vu

Quantitative Research

Dr. Ngoc Vu

Quantitative Research

Ngoc works in the Quantitative Research department and is responsible for the research and development of Arabesque’s Artificial Intelligence engine: massive computational graphs. Ngoc has a PhD in Computer Science from King’s College London, his research interests include graph theory and randomised algorithms, particularly: random graphs, models of the world wide web, peer-to-peer networks, community detection in networks.

 

“Graph is a unifying theme of computer science”

 

Prior Positions

Research Assistant, Department of War Studies, King’s College London

Alexandra Pavlovskis

Marketing Associate

Alexandra Pavlovskis

Marketing Associate

Alexandra is an Associate in the Marketing team, primarily working on the development of strategies and materials for S-Ray. Previously Alexandra worked as a Geo-Environmental Engineer at Leap Environmental. Alexandra holds a BSc in Geology from the Royal School of Mines and has recently completed an MSc in Climate Change Management and Finance from Imperial College Business School.

Nicholas Stott

Client Services Associate

Nicholas Stott

Client Services Associate

Nicholas is a Client Relations Associate working closely with the Sales team and Product Office. Nicholas has previous internship experience at Rothschild & Co and holds a BSc in Economics from University College London.

 

"Sustainability has shot up the corporate agenda meaning today’s investors need ever more sophisticated tools with which to measure ESG criteria."

Dr. Inna Amesheva

ESG Research Associate

Dr. Inna Amesheva

ESG Research Associate

Inna is part of the ESG Research and Advisory Team at Arabesque S-Ray®. She holds a PhD in climate change and sustainability from Hong Kong University Law School. Her background is in law, innovation and entrepreneurship, building and scaling FinTech and GreenTech startups throughout Europe and Asia. Her current focus is on ESG investing and big data research, as well as volunteering her time as a UNSDSN Youth Project Officer, fostering youth-led Solutions Initiatives and developing Digital Ecosystems to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Inna is passionate about environmental sustainability and enhancing economic opportunity for all.

 

"The marriage between finance, technology and sustainability enables channelling resources towards the areas of greatest impact and creates a win-win-win scenario for People, Profit and the Planet."

 

Previous positions

Doctoral Researcher, University of Hong Kong (2014-2018)

Project Officer (Digital Ecosystem), UN SDSN Youth (2018 - )

Senior Associate, SuperCharger FinTech Accelerator (2015-2017)

Sustainability Consultant, CSR Asia (2017)

 

Dr. Roan du Feu

ESG Research Associate

Dr. Roan du Feu

ESG Research Associate

Roan is a Research Associate working for Arabesque on the development of the S-Ray sustainability monitoring tool. Prior to starting at Arabesque, Roan studied at Imperial College London for a PhD on the trade-offs between power generation and environmental impact in the UK’s nascent tidal energy industry.

 

"The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it."

 

Prior positions:

Technical Advisor, Desolenator