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Our Team

AlternativeSoft Team

Laurent Favre

CEO / Founder

Laurent founded AlternativeSoft after four years at UBS Wealth Management where he was head of tactical asset allocation. At UBS, he spearheaded and implemented the investment strategies for $110bn of private client assets, including $30bn in Mutual Funds, and was involved in the construction of the first $6bn UBS Wealth Management Fund of Hedge Funds. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics and an MBA in finance, both from the University of Lausanne, and was a professor of economics and mathematics for 2 years in Lausanne, Switzerland. His interests include skiing, sports, and happy clients.

Ravi Malhotra

Ravi Malhotra

Head of Product & Applied Research

Ravi manages the research and development of AlternativeSoft’s flagship product. He develops and validates mathematical models, whilst providing strategic product direction and overview. Ravi wrote a thesis on "Portfolio Management in the Presence of Stochastic Volatility". He holds a BSc in Mathematics and an MSc in Financial Mathematics from King's College, University of London. His interests include technology, gaming, bhangra and an avid barbeque enthusiast.






Akshay Lad (CAIA)

Akshay Lad (CAIA)

Head of Client Services

Akshay joined AlternativeSoft in 2011. He provides quantitative support and training to clients and leads all aspects of client relationships, retention, and development. Akshay holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Devi Ahilya University, India and MSc in Banking and Finance from Queen Mary, University of London. His interests include squash, badminton and travelling.






Steve Gollins

Steve Gollins

MD, Head of North America

Before joining Alternativesoft, Steve spent 15 years at Charles River and Wilshire Associates where he was responsible for business development and strategic accounts with global asset managers, investment advisors, pension funds, and other buy-side institutions. Earlier in his career, he served as a consultant on global investment technology projects. Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Economics from Elmhurst College and an MS in Financial Markets and Trading from the Illinois Institute of Technology. His interests include coaching, sports, and restoring historic homes.


Mitesh Gohil

Mitesh Gohil

Head of UX/UI Design and Digital Marketing

Mitesh is responsible for the user experience and design of all AlternativeSoft products. He studied Multimedia Technology and Design at Brunel University and graduated in 2009. Mitesh has worked with high profile clients for the past 12 years. His hobbies include playing football, gaming, gadgets and travelling. He lives by the famous quote by Albert Einstien "Creativity is contagious, pass it on".








Dipesh Polra

Dipesh Polra

Senior Associate

Dipesh is responsible for developing and maintaining client relationships. Before joining AlternativeSoft Dipesh worked as a Financial Consultant within the regulatory and risk space specialising in Dodd-Frank and MiFID, and as a Hedge Fund Investment Analyst at IAM. In 2014 he moved to a family office as an Analyst within their Fixed Income and Equity team, specialising in relative value investing. Dipesh holds the IMC and an MSc in Finance from Cass Business School along with a BSc (1st class Honours) in Financial Economics. Dipesh is currently studying for CFA level 3. His interests include football, rock climbing, and traveling.

Nezar Fathalla

Nezar Fathalla

Senior Fund Accounting Product Specialist

Nezar is a specialist in Fund accounting. Prior to AlternativeSoft Nezar worked as Fund Operations Manager in Dubai for 14 years. In 2017 he moved to London and worked with a family office as an Operations optimisation manager, working with clients to improve their Fund operations work effectiveness, workflow and controls. Nezar holds an MSc in Business Administration from London South Bank University. His interests include photography, traveling and has recently started learning animation.






James Hirst

James Hirst

Senior Business Development Manager

James holds a BSc in Economics from Newcastle University and an MSc in Finance from King’s College London. Prior to AlternativeSoft, James worked as a corporate FX dealer. Having spent extended time abroad, he is open-minded and loves to learn about new cultures (especially the food!). His interests include exploring London, hiking, and snowboarding.




Ben Nuttall

Ben Nuttall

Senior Business Development Manager

Ben is responsible for Business Development at AlternativeSoft, and previously held various Business Development roles at Symphony and Thomson Reuters, specialising in market data and secure collaboration solutions for the Financial Services Industry. Ben graduated from the University of Exeter with a first-class honours in Politics, Philosophy & Economics. Outside of work, Ben’s interests include rugby, running, and reading & writing.





Johnathan Lugo

Jonathan Russell

Senior Business Development Manager

Jonathan is a Business & Management graduate who studied at the University of the West of England, Bristol. He holds a Level 5 Diploma in Management in Leadership and joined AlternativeSoft in Q2 of 2021. Prior to working at AlternativeSoft, for 2 years, Jonathan worked as a Supply Chain Analyst at B&Q – the largest DIY retailer in the UK. His personal interests include playing sports (Football & Squash), Travelling, Listening to Music and Building Business Relationships.





Anastasiya Mitsina, CFA

Anastasiya Mitsina, CFA

Business Analyst

Anastasiya is a CFA® charter holder and Certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM). She has more than 10 years of experience in software development. Anastasiya works closely with both the Development and the Quantitative Analytics team to define needs and recommend solutions that deliver value to AlternativeSoft clients. Anastasiya Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Belarusian State University. Anastasiya’s interests include motorsport, hiking, and traveling.





Dominic Lewis

Dominic Lewis

Senior Account Manager

Dominic is responsible for the day-to-day management of our client accounts. Prior to Alternative Soft, Dominic worked as an Account Manager in the payments and finance sectors. He studied Business & Marketing at university and graduated in 2017. His interests include football, skiing, and cooking.



Anna Zavolnyi

Anna Zavolnyi

Business Development

Anna is responsible for Business Development at AlternativeSoft. Having graduated from the University of York with a degree in Economics, she has a keen interest in financial markets and investing. In her free time, Anna loves to cook, read, weightlift, and meditate.



Lisa Kinghorn

Lisa Kinghorn

HR and Operations Manager

Lisa is currently working closely with the CEO and Heads of Departments across the business providing support and streamlining Administrative and HR functions to increase efficiency. Lisa has a wealth of experience in this area, gained over many years working in various business industries. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys cooking and badminton.



Leila Majidizavieh

Leila Majidizavieh

Junior Quantitative Analyst

Leila has recently joined as a Junior Quantitative Analyst to our product team supporting the needs of the desk across all product lines. She is experienced in Iran’s capital markets, financial services, and investment funds as a financial analyst. She has passed two levels of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exam. She has also recently graduated from Bournemouth University with a master’s degree in Finance. Her previous degrees include an MSc in Financial Management and a BSc in Business Administration, both from Iran. Leila wrote a thesis on An Evaluation of the Ability of Various Generalised Autoregressive Conditional Heteroskedasticity Models in Estimation and Forecasting UK Stock Market’s Volatility.



Alex Thatcher

Alex Thatcher

Business Development

Alex is responsible for Business Development at AlternativeSoft, holding a Business Studies with Finance degree from Bournemouth University. Before working at AlternativeSoft, Alex worked as a Sales and Marketing executive at a small carpet cleaning supplies firm – his claim to fame is launching the business to be the no.1 distributor in the country. Outside of work, Alex’s interests include football, golf, entrepreneurship, and the fascinating world of business.

Zak Boniface

Zak Boniface

Inside Sales Associate

Zak is responsible for Business Development at AlternativeSoft, holding a first-class degree in International Business from Kingston University. Before working at AlternativeSoft Zak worked in the Accounts department for Netflix, on two film productions. Outside of work his interests include football, listening to music, and travel.

Liudmila Artyukhina

Liudmila Artyukhina

Product Owner

Liudmila is Product Owner at AlternativeSoft. She is a certified professional Scrum Product Owner and Scrum Master with over 5 years’ experience in the FinTech industry both in Germany and the UK. She holds a Masters degree in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from the Volgograd State University, Russia, and a Masters degree in Business Management from the University of Applied Sciences Kiel, Germany. In her spare time, Liudmila loves reading books and travelling.

AlternativeSoft Board

Christopher Demetropoulos

Christopher Demetropoulos

Non-Executive Board Member

Christopher has 20+ years of experience in senior positions in banking and finance (corporate finance, M&A, IPOs, Equity derivatives & structured products, and wealth management). As an entrepreneurial professional, he has also founded and led two companies and in the past few years has been actively advising and investing in fintech and other startups (more than 20) ranging from board member to CFO to shareholder to mentor. He joins AlternativeSoft as a Non-Executive Board Member.

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