David Jessop

David Jessop

Head of Investment Risk, Columbia Threadneedle Investments EMEA APAC


David Jessop has responsibility for overseeing the independent investment risk management process for all portfolios managed in the EMEA region.

Before joining Columbia Threadneedle Investments, David was the Global Head of Quantitative Research at UBS. Over his 17 years at UBS his research covered many topics but in particular he concentrated on risk analysis, portfolio construction and more recently cross asset factor investing / the application of machine learning and Bayesian techniques in investment management. Prior to this he was Head of Quantitative Marketing at Citigroup. David started his career at Morgan Grenfell, initially as a derivative analyst and then as a quantitative portfolio manager.

David has a MA in Mathematics from Trinity College, Cambridge.

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