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Overbond Leadership

CEO

Vuk Magdelinic

Before founding Overbond, Mr. Magdelinic’s career spans over 15 years in capital markets and technology. As PwC Risk and Regulatory consulting manager, Mr. Magdelinic led large digital transformation programs at Deutsche Bank and BNY Mellon in New York City. Mr. Magdelinic has played lead roles in several multi-billion dollar digitization and regulatory reporting programs at top tier financial institutions in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Caribbean. Over the course of his career Mr. Magdelinic has had extensive experience leading teams in strategic risk and compliance transformation, shared services implementation for financial institutions, impact assessment, operational target state development, governance structure development and regulatory driven change.

Mr. Magdelinic led the team of 30 consultants in development of the Shared Services Model for enterprise wide Regulatory Reporting Program staffed with 300+ client employees for a large financial institution. Mr. Magdelinic assisted the client in Product Matrix Review against US regulatory requirements formulating key business impact and change management strategy for complex Fixed Income derivative structures.

As an engagement lead, leveraging industry best practices and subject matter experts from UK, US and Canada Mr. Magdelinic guided large capital markets dealer in design of their risk metrics control and governance structure with respect to Volcker Rule requirements. Mr. Magdelinic led a team of consultants and implementation engineers in development of the Future State Architecture and Target Operating Model for strategic integration of front and back office workflow functions realizing key cost benefits.

Prior to PwC, Mr. Magdelinic worked at CIBC Fixed Income trading floor in Toronto in structured products origination capacity. Mr. Magdelinic modeled and priced exotic risk and structured fixed income investments for institutional, corporate and retail investors. Mr. Magdelinic delivered attractive risk adjusted returns that raised over 300 million dollars. During his tenure at CIBC, Mr. Magdelinic also spearheaded and led development of high-frequency booking platform, incorporating process engineering models, with streamlined operation for OTC trading to utilize internal books risk offsetting, manage liquidity, optimize term funding and credit exposure.

Mr. Magdelinic has collaborated on numerous publications addressing key trends in fintech innovation. Mr. Magdelinic mentors entrepreneurs at Founders Institute and Tech Stars programs in Toronto and New York. Mr. Magdelinic holds Electrical Engineering degree from University of Toronto, MBA from Ivey School of Business and is an avid skier and abstract painter.

Capital Markets Product Manager

Mahmoud Ech-cheikh

Operating in a cross functional collaboration structure, Mr. Ech-cheikh is responsible for Fixed Income research at Overbond. Mr. Ech-cheikh brings with him a combination of Tech, Banking, Insurance and Financial markets experience.

Prior to joining Overbond, Mr. Ech-cheikh was overseeing the profitability of a 12B$ commercial lending portfolio as well as the pricing commercial deposits and loans at Laurentian Bank Financial Group where he has also contributed directly to the development of credit risk models and treasury management techniques. Mr. Ech-cheikh has worked in the Canadian Hedge fund and Market making industry before funding his Startup in social media marketing and launching a prop trading firm.

Mr. Ech-cheikh holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from HEC Montreal and is currently a CFA level 3 and FRM level 2 candidate.

Data Science Director

Henry Hong

Mr. Hong is Data Science Director at Overbond with over 10 years of experience in building statistical and machine learning model. Mr. Hong is proficient in translating business and functional requirements into optimal solutions using quantitative skills.

Mr. Hong is a highly motivated data scientist armed with vast experience in data cleansing, feature extraction and statistical /machine learning model construction. He is creative in finding solutions to problems and providing optimal solutions with the ability to deliver information in a clear and efficient way in high-pressure environments without compromising accuracy and quality of work.

As a Data Science Director, Mr. Hong is in charge of the architecture, integration and analysis of large data sets used for developing machine learning models and generating business insights. Mr. Hong utilizes latest statistical, machine learning, and predictive analytics techniques to transform unstructured data to creative solutions at Overbond.

Prior to Overbond, Mr. Hong worked as data scientist at State Street where he was responsible for developing predictive models for liquidity cost (spread) and volume of fixed income transactions. He employed machine learning algorithms such as boosting based on Hadoop platform to identify a pattern of transactions in collaboration with data engineering team. He built various data pipelines using pySpark and hive to process large volumes of data sourced from vendors such as Bloomberg to feed inputs to daily prediction models.

Mr. Hong also worked in major financial institutions as a risk analyst. He implemented net cash flow forecasting model given the idiosyncratic and macro-economic scenarios. Mr. Hong holds a MBA from University of Rochester and Master's degree in Architecture Engineering from Hanyng University. He is currently pursuing Master of Computer Science degree at Georgi Institute of Technology



Director of Global Sales

Andrew Zippan

Andrew is responsible for Overbond’s global sales initiatives across North America, Europe, and Asia. He is focused on expanding the sales funnel as well as initial client engagement.

Andrew has an extensive background in credit risk/fixed income analytics and default risk, where he was a Managing Director of a large US based credit risk analytics provider. There, he was responsible for expanding the North American client base. In that role, he worked with various hedge funds and asset managers on both the sell and buy side to help them implement different facets of credit risk analytical tools and default probability models. Prior to that, he worked in the Energy Trade/Commodity Trade Risk Management space for one of the largest software providers in the world, helping corporate clients manage their risk exposure more effectively and efficiently. He also has an extensive background in the FX hedging space, helping corporate clients to manage their FX exposure through various hedging tools.

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western University and has completed his CSC designation as well as a Series 3 designation.

Sales Associate

Brandon Griffin

As part of the Overbond Marketing & Sales team, Mr. Griffin is primarily focused on sell-side dealer financial institutions and bond trading operations. Mr.Griffin employs specialized knowledge of the market and the products and services to review opportunities with clients, continually foster relationships, distribute research, coordinate the marketing of the Overbond products, and build brand awareness of the Overbond AI modeling capabilities. Mr. Griffin also strategizes with clients to identify new initiatives and partnership opportunities.

Mr. Griffin holds an Honors Degree in Finance and an Honors Diploma in Finance, with an extensive sales background leading multiple Sales and Marketing departments in numerous industries to implement new sales and marketing strategies enhancing company performance.

Data Science and Models Implementation

Hanna Xiao

Ms. Xiao is a data scientist at Overbond having four years experience working in different financial institutions developing cutting edge machine learning algorithms. Ms. Xiao has worked with various technologies (Python, SQL, MATLAB, R) in these roles finding ways to automate trading desk processes and creating new tools to Ms. Xiao is an avid learner and worked on projects extracting sentiment from twitter, earnings call, management discussion and analysis from company filings and applying it to predict change in stock price.

Prior to Overbond, Ms. Xiao has worked on the buy-side and sell-side trading desks at major financial institutions focusing on credit, derivatives and counterparty risk. Ms. Xiao leveraged the existing pre-trained XLNet and BERT models then performed additional training on financial terminology and applied this trained model to classify sentiment.

Ms. Xiao holds a Bachelor of Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. Ms. Xiao is currently in the progress of completing a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin.

Ms. Xiao has also completed all three levels of the CFA Program.

Lead Full Stack Engineer

Khyati Chandak

Ms. Chandak is a seasoned software engineer with expertise in the design and web development. Currently Ms. Chandak is responsible for maintaining Overbond’s existing suite of digital products, while also leveraging new tools to expand the scope of many existing features.

Ms. Chandak leads the full stack development team in the integration of external data sources with internal platforms. This involves transforming, storing and ultimately displaying data in a value-added manner for consumption by financial experts. Prior to Overbond, Ms. Chandak worked various technologies to optimize web application performance and improve code test coverage at a Home automation company.

Ms. Chandak has also worked as a professor delivering lectures on different programming languages and software engineering concepts.

Ms. Chandak holds a Master’s degree in Applied Computing from the University of Windsor and has completed her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering.

Full Stack Engineer

Vamsi Gamidi

Mr. Gamidi is a full stack engineer at Overbond having over 2 years of experience in developing and delivering quality enterprise software. Mr. Gamidi is a passionate programmer and is always curious to learn new technologies to provide effective solutions to demanding real-world needs.

Mr. Gamidi has experience with technologies such as React JS, Node JS, AWS, Google Cloud, Python, C#. Prior to Overbond, Mr. Gamidi has worked at Aveva Solutions and played an important role in developing various new features and improving the performance of a data-intensive enterprise application.

Mr. Gamidi holds a Master’s degree in Applied Computer Science from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Gitam University.

Full Stack Engineer

Avinash Gazula

Mr. Gazula is a full stack engineer at Overbond with multiple years of experience in developing full stack applications. Mr. Gazula has worked with multiple stakeholders to deliver high quality web products with real world applications.

Mr. Gazula has experience with technologies such as React JS, Ruby on Rails, Angular, Node JS, AWS, Google Cloud, Python, C++. Prior to Overbond, Mr. Gamidi has worked at Canada Revenue Agency and Deloitte.

Mr. Gazula has his Masters in Applied Computer Science from Dalhousie University and his Bachelors in Computer Science from National Institute of Technology, Warangal, India.

People and Culture

Teena Joshua

Ms. Joshua is an experienced Human Resource Specialist with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. Ms. Joshua has worked extensively in the Human Capital Consulting and Learning & Development functions and managed global delivery of talent initiatives to enhance organizational culture and launched Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives at a national and international level. Ms. Joshua manages the talent acquisition and talent management at Overbond inclusive of all Overbond Co-op and Internship campus recruiting programs. Prior to Overbond, Ms. Joshua worked on the strategic implementation of HR Transformation at a management consulting firm to integrate and build global employee performance enhancement projects.

In this role, Ms. Joshua redesigned the total rewards and recognition system to improve the employee productivity index. Ms. Joshua manages employee relations and promotes performance initiatives at the group and individual levels to drive a high performing and collaborative culture and ensure performance management policies and practices are being followed including facilitating employee reviews. In addition, Ms. Joshua maintains business processes as systems continue to evolve in order to support the requirements of a fast-growing firm.

Ms. Joshua holds a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from Anna University and completed her post graduation in Human Resource Management.


Overbond Advisory Board

Grace Schalkwyk

CEO, Gramercy Digital Strategy Advisors

Grace has deep domain expertise in the financial services and information industries. Based in New York, she advises emerging technology companies on business strategy and revenue development, and develops new business ideas. From 2001 to 2009, she led Standard and Poor’s global credit information and data business to 22% annual growth, from $50 million to $200 million over 8 years. Previously, from 1999 to 2001, she was Chief Financial Officer at Artnet.com, a German-American company serving the fine art sector. From 1996 to 1998, she was the Vice President of Business Development at Reuters America, where she extensively surveyed financial technologies and market data opportunities. She was an investment banker at Credit Suisse (First Boston) from 1983 to 1995, originating and executing 100 transactions including fixed income, equity, IPO, project finance, acquisitions, divestitures, and privatizations for Canadian and US companies.

Earl Davis

Former Director Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities (FICC) at Ontario Teacher Pension Plan, former Vice President and Director, Fixed Income STIR Trading at TD Securities

Earl is an industry leader, trader and fixed income expert with 25 years experience in the financial services industry. Earl headed Fixed Income Trading for Ontario Teacher Pension Plan for 11 years. Previously to Teachers Earl held senior positions within the TD Securities. Earl draws upon his financial markets trading experience, along his deep technology and market infrastructure knowledge I his advisory role with Overbond R&D Labs evangelizing new bond pricing models and new applications of AI models in fixed income industry.


Dave Tersigni

Former Managing Director Senior Term Funding and International Money Market Funding at Scotiabank

At Scotiabank Dave lead an international team with operations in London, New York, Toronto, and Singapore. The Funding team managed by Dave was responsible for Scotiabank’s unsecured funding operations through the entire yield curve, overnight and beyond. In addition to his unsecured funding mandate, Dave was also responsible for the execution of Scotiabank’s Covered Bond issuance. Dave has more than 30 years of experience in International Debt Markets and a life-long interest in trading system development.


Alvin Burgos

Former Head of US Fixed Income Sector Management Trading at DWS Group

At DWS, Alvin led a team that included 14 investment professionals focused on Fixed Income and FX markets, which consisted of providing execution for the global platform (Active, Passive and Alternative strategies) in Credit ($34bn annual turnover), Rates and Derivatives ($90bn annual turnover), FX ($120 bn annual turnover) and MBS ($36 bn annual turnover). Alvin has held senior fixed income positions at several Wall Street financial institutions since late nineties and continues to lead industry wide adoption of cutting-edge technologies and predictive analytics algorithms in fixed income trading.