Our ability to work with complex fund structures and holdings comes from our years of experience in the field, both as a team of former market practitioners, and now as a partner to many of the worlds leading asset managers, fund of funds, asset owners, OCIOs and consultants.

Mazen Jabban
Chairman & CEO

Mazen founded Vidrio Financial in 2011 and is responsible for setting strategic direction and the firm’s product development roadmap. In 1994, Mazen founded Focus Investment Group, an alternative investment firm, which incubated the development of the predecessor to the Vidrio Platform. In 1997 he started Focus Europa, one of the oldest European-focused fund-of-hedge-funds and in 2000 he established the Focus Star Fund, a hedge fund seeding program that identified and invested with emerging hedge fund managers. Prior to 1994, Mazen worked in real estate development and investment and later founded a management consulting and information systems company. He is an Adjunct Professor of Finance at NYU’s Stern School of Business lecturing on alternative investments. Mazen received a B.S. in Engineering from the University of California – Berkeley (1978) and an M.B.A. in Finance from New York University, Stern School of Business (1981).

Federico De Giorgis
President

Federico joined Vidrio in 2011 and is charged with overseeing Client Success  and operations. He was a managing director at UBS Investment Bank in the Media and Communications Group (2001-2010), focusing on advising companies in the information services sector, including financial technology.. Federico began his career with Lazard Freres where he spent 14 years in New York and London working primarily in M&A. With over 25 years of banking experience, he has a wide range of investment and transaction execution experiencees, including mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, and both equity and debt offerings. He received his B.A. in Economics & International Relations, magna cum laude, from Tufts University in 1984.

Paolo Vignati
CTO

Paolo joined Vidrio in 2011 and manages the firm’s IT infrastructure and development team, with responsibility for building and maintaining the proprietary Vidrio Platform system. Previously, he was CTO at Focus Investment Group since 1999. Before that, Paolo was a principal at USNext Italia, an IT consulting firm he co-founded in 1993. Earlier experience includes senior managerial, analyst, and programming positions at Esab (1990-1993), Digital Equipment Corporation (1985-1990), and Valda Laboratories (1983-1985). Paolo has a music degree from the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan and completed advanced computer science coursework at the University of Pavia, Politecnico Fiorentino and Sophia Antipolis Business & Technology Center.

Antonio Simonini
Managing Director

Antonio joined Vidrio in 2011 and heads the Vidrio Product Group, he is part of the senior management team defining core platform development strategies. Antonio ensures Vidrio consistently meets and exceeds clients' expectations, and oversees customer support and client workflow design and implementation. Prior to Vidrio he was a director at Focus Investment Group (1999-2008). Antonio holds the equivalent of a B.A. degree in Computer Science (1995) from the School of Engineering at the University of Parma, in Italy.

Travis Cooper
Managing Director

Travis joined in 2011 and heads the Vidrio Operations team which oversees the Vidrio Platform’s middle-office services, encompassing support for client trade processes and settlement, portfolio management software, portfolio valuation and reconciliation services, and client portfolio onboarding. Prior to Vidrio, Travis was a member of the Investment Committee at Focus Investment group (2000) and worked at Bank of Bermuda’s Global Fund Services Department (1997–2000). Travis holds the Canadian Chartered Accountancy (CA) designation (1996), the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation (2000), and a Master’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Waterloo (1995).

Gygmy Gonnot
Managing Director

Gygmy joined in 2011 and heads the Vidrio Research team responsible for monitoring the complete lifecycle of information on all funds on the Vidrio Platform, encompassing hedge fund performance measurement and document management, terms and corporate actions, exposure and attribution aggregation, plus liquidity risk monitoring. Before Vidrio, Gygmy was a managing director and senior portfolio manager at Focus Investment Group, responsible for selection, due diligence, certification, and monitoring of managers across all hedge fund strategies, along with quantitative research and liquidity risk monitoring. Prior to Focus Investment Group, Gygmy was an analyst at Liability Solutions Limited (UK). He holds a finance degree from the IDRAC Business School in Lyon, France (2001). Gygmy is an Adjunct Professor of Finance at New York University’s Stern School of Business.

Ralf Papen
Executive Director

Ralf joined Vidrio in 2017 to lead and expand our business activities in EMEA. He is based in Zurich, Switzerland. Prior to his current role, Ralf was at Credit Suisse for five years where he was managing the Product Control & Reporting teams in the Alternative Funds Solution group; working closely with Fund Research & Execution, Portfolio Management, Market Risk and Marketing; and managing the technology platform for the Hedge Fund group. Ralf worked eight years for UBS as product controller for the IR Swap and Structured Products desks in Stamford and Zurich. Previously, he was PnL and Risk analyst at commercial DZ Bank, New York. He has gained broad experiences providing customized and scalable solutions, and interfacing between clients, stakeholders and technology providers (internal or external). He graduated summa cum laude from the Zicklin School of Business, New York with a BBA in Finance and Investment

Willett Bird
Sales Director

Willett joined Vidrio in the Summer of 2020 as a Sales Director. Prior to joining Vidrio, Willett was based in Hong Kong for nearly two decades. Most recently, Willett oversaw FIS Global’s (formerly SunGard) Asset Management and Commercial Banking efforts in North Asia. Prior to that, Willett began his career at FactSet where he worked for 17 years. Starting off as a consultant, Willett held multiple positions during his FactSet career. Most notably, Willett started and built the Asian Portfolio and Quantitative Analytics team before moving into a role where he oversaw FactSet’s Southeast Asian operations. Willett completed his undergraduate studies at Georgetown University (Hoya Saxa!) and finished a joint degree MBA from the Northwestern Kellogg School and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 2010. Willett also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Zac Corona
Sales Director

Zac joined Vidrio just before the start of 2022 as a Sales Director. Based in San Francisco, CA, he is focused on expanding Vidrio’s footprint across the US and abroad. Prior to joining the Vidrio team, Zac spent his career growing companies within the Alternative Investment data and technology space, most recently serving as the Director of Business Development at Preqin, the “Home of Alternatives.” Earlier in his career, Zac also worked for The CoStar Group, a global leader in commercial real estate information, analytics, and news. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado, Boulder where he studied Real Estate, Economics, and Finance. Outside of the office, you will find Zac in the mountains, skiing and mountaineering his way across the world.

Goran Fattah
Sales Director

Goran joined Vidrio at the start of 2022 as a Sales Director based in Dallas, Texas. Before joining Vidrio, Goran worked as a Solutions Consultant and Sales Executive in the investment management space serving Family Offices, Endowments, Foundations, and Pension Plans. He is intimately familiar with the challenges that today’s investment offices face and is an expert in streamlining their operations through services and technology. He has held positions in engineering and consulting in various sectors and started his career as a Petroleum Engineer. He transitioned to technology and consulting full time after automating oil field data collection to aid in his task of maximizing production. Goran completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin (Hook ’em Horns!) and finished with a BSc degree in Petroleum Engineering in 2013.

David Barry
Marketing Director

David joined Vidrio in the summer of 2022 as the Director of Marketing based in New York. Before joining the team at Vidrio, David was responsible for driving digital engagement at WealthManagement.com. During his time at WealthManagement.com, David was able to drive growth through SEO, email marketing, podcasting and video channels, and was responsible for the creation of the WMTV brand. David completed his undergraduate studies at West Virginia University (Go Mountaineers!) and finished an MBA at C.W. Post – Long Island University. Outside of the office, David is patiently waiting on the Dallas Cowboys to go undefeated, training his 160lb English Mastiff, and exploring future beach vacation destinations with his family.

Aditi Kalani
Human Resources Manager

Aditi joined Vidrio in Summer 2022 as a Human Resources Manager based in White Plains, New York. Before joining Vidrio, Aditi was an HR Generalist at Natural Resources Defense Council, responsible for recruitment, onboarding, and other employee lifecycle activities. Before NRDC, she worked in several HR positions in various industries, such as Viacom and CohnReznick. Aditi graduated from CUNY Baruch College (Go Bearcats!) with a BBA in Industrial Organizational Psychology. She holds an SHRM-CP (Society of Human Resources- Certified Professional) certification and is set to graduate in December 2022 with a Master's of Science in Human Resources Development, with a certificate in Business Partner. Outside of the office, Aditi is a foodie, loves Bollywood and theater, and after graduating is excited to learn different dance styles through classes.