global head of quantitative investment strategies (QIS) research, Morgan Stanley
Stephan Kessler is a managing director and global head of quantitative investment strategies (QIS) research at Morgan Stanley, focusing on research around signals, portfolio construction and risk management in systematic strategies. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, he was lead portfolio manager and head of research in the alternative investment strategies team within Goldman Sachs Asset Management’s QIS platform. Other previous roles include tenures as an equity derivatives strategist, portfolio manager for a quantitative multi-strategy fund, and founding partner of a financial consulting firm in Switzerland. Stephan holds a master’s in economics and business administration from the University of Mannheim and a PhD in economics from the University of St. Gallen, where he still lectures on financial modelling. He is the author of numerous academic journal articles on financial markets.