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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 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 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 joined Vidrio in 2011, he manages the Client Services team and 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.
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.
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).
Brian joined Vidrio in 2015 to lead sales and marketing activities. Brian has worked both as an analyst on a fund of hedge funds, and has helped implement enterprise risk and technology systems to some of the largest hedge fund allocators in the world. Prior to joining Vidrio, Brian was a Sr. Sales Executive at MSCI RiskMetrics on the hedge fund transparency team. Brian served as Sr. Analyst at J.H. Whitney Investment Management on both Asian and Commodity FoHFs. And Brian spent seven years at JP Morgan in sales and analytic roles. Brian has a Masters in Finance from the Zicklin School at CUNY Baruch, and a BS in International Relations from Colgate University (Go 'Gate!).
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.
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