Our Team

Meet the Team.

Interdisciplinary team with big ideas and challenges.
Team Count as of May 2021: 53
17 - UK
36 - Offshore Developers 

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 spear-headed and implemented the investment strategies for $110bn of private client assets, including $30bn in Mutual Funds and also was involved in the construction of the first $6bbn 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

Head of Quantitative Analytics

Ravi develops and validates mathematical models, whilst providing quantitative support to clients. 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, food and bhangra.

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 a MSc in Banking and Finance from Queen Mary, University of London. His interests include Squash, Badminton and Travelling.

Dominique Castagna

MD, Head of Due Diligence

Prior to Joining AlternativeSoft, Dominique was Director of Equity and Trading Services for IHS MARKIT, Instinet, and spent 7 years at Factset. Dominique is fluent in French and holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature, politics and civilisation from the university of Pau in France. His interests include skiing and Rugby and Derivatives trading.

Manpreet Khurana

Steve Gollins

MD, Head of North America, Sales and Business Development

Prior to 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 bachelor’s degrees 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

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

Senior Associate

Dipesh is responsible for developing and maintaining client relationships. Prior to 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 a 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, travelling and has recently started playing the piano.

Michael Melluso

Senior Analyst & Team Lead

Michael develops and validates quantitative financial models for based on client feedback and requests. He wrote his thesis using empirical methods in financial research to provide inflation hedging with a weighted basked of currencies. He holds a BEng in Mechanical Engineering and an MSc(Econ) in Finance & Investment Management from the University of Aberdeen. Michael joined the team in June from Winton Capital's research centre in Oxford.

Nezar Fathalla

Fund Accounting Product Specialist

Nezar is the specialist for 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 Operations optimisation manager, working with clients to improve their Fund operations work effectiveness, workflow and controls . Nezar holds a MSc in Business Administration from London South Bank University. His interests include Photography, travelling and has recently started learning animation.

Federica Franco

Client Services Analyst

Federica has recently joined the Client Services Team within which she aims to provide great support to the new and existing client base and contribute to developing and improving client relationships. Prior AlternativeSoft she had experience, as Analyst, in both Structuring Finance and Commercial Finance at General Electric. She holds an M.S.c. in Banking and Finance, an M.S.c. in Wealth Management and a B.S.c. in Economics and Management.

Vincenzo Taddeo

Junior Quantitative Analyst

Vincenzo is a Junior Quantitative Analyst that works on testing existing features as well as exploring and validating new opportunities to enhance the user experience of AlternativeSoft's desktop and web application. He holds a BSc in Economics with Banking from the University of Greenwich and a MSc in Finance and Economics from the University of St. Andrews. His hobbies include cooking, football and economics.

Edriisa Bukenya

Business Development

Edriisa studied Industrial Economics at the University of Nottingham. His previous experience was working for The Bank of England as a Data Analyst, Fisher Investments Europe as Junior Account Executive and the National Lottery (although he never had any luck with winning tickets). His hobbies include watching football, creating/producing music, travelling and playing basketball.


James Hirst

James Hirst

Business Development

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 foreign exchange dealer at leading brokerages in the city. Having grown up in Germany, Japan, and Hong Kong, 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.

Periklis Gkiokas

Periklis Gkiokas

Implementation Analyst

Periklis is responsible for deploying AlternativeSoft's software to new clients as well as existing clients. Prior to joining AlternativeSoft Periklis worked for IHS-Markit's EDM. His studies include Advanced Computer Science (MSc) and Computer Science (MSc). He is interested various sports, reading and cryptocurrencies.

Johnathan Lugo

Jonathan Russell

Business Development

Jono is responsible for Business Development, having joined AlternativeSoft in 2021. He holds a degree in Business and Management, studied at the University of the West of England, Bristol. Prior to working at AlternativeSoft, for 2 years Jono worked as a stock analyst for the largest DIY retailer in the UK. His personal interests are playing sports (Football & Squash), listening to music, and travelling.

Dominic Lewis

Dominic Lewis

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.

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