Boutique asset manager Unigestion has appointed Imperial College London's associate professor of finance Robert Kosowski as head of quantitative research.
Kosowski, who is also an associate member of the Man Group-backed Man Institute of Quantitative Finance at Oxford University, will report to head of equity Alexei Jourovski in the firm's London office.
"Unigestion's investment philosophy and culture is deeply rooted in research and academia, and quantitative tools have always been a fundamental part of our investment process and are central to our work on risk-managed equity strategies and alternative risk premia investing," said Jourovski.
"With the pace of advancement in this field picking up across the industry, having Robert's highly sought after expertise in quant finance will provide huge value to our clients."
With 20 years' experience in quantitative research, Kosowski has also consulted for sovereign wealth funds, hedge funds, investment banks, family offices and private banks on asset allocation, alpha strategies, risk-management, funds of hedge funds and portfolio construction.
Kosowski, who will continue in his position at Imperial, has also previously held consultant roles at Goldman Sachs, the Boston Consulting Group and Deutsche Bank.
He is additionally on the editorial board of hedge fund trade body Aima's Journal of Alternative Investments and a member of its research committee.
"There is a key synergy between the academic world and the finance industry," said Kosowski. "I am keen to take on the challenge of putting the theory into practice, to the benefit of Unigestion's clients, within a team that truly values and understands the role of research and has the ambition to push its thinking further."
Kosowski's appointment follows the December hire of former Schroders executive Miles O'Connor as chairman of the board for its UK business.
In February, the firm launched a liquid alternatives fund, spearheaded by a portfolio management team made up of equity and cross asset solution specialists.
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