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JD Opdyke

Chief Analytics Officer, Senior Managing Director

JD Opdyke is the Chief Analytics Officer and Managing Director at SCG Asset Management. A senior investment and risk analytics quant of nearly 30 years, JD leads a team of senior modelers leveraging and developing advanced analytical methods to optimize the risk-return profile of its structured portfolios and maximize its risk-adjusted returns. JD has strong and extensive experience across major financial verticals, including capital markets, corporate and mortgage banking, insurance, credit card, retail pricing, economic consulting. He has built and led several senior quant teams, published 14 peer reviewed journal papers and book chapters, several of which were voted ‘Paper of the Year’ by panels of experts, and is a frequent invited speaker and presenter at top quant and risk professional conferences globally. Prior to joining SCG Asset Management, he was quant lead in a rapidly growing alpha factory with the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority.  Prior to that, he was Head of Enterprise Risk Analytics at Allstate, responsible for modeling and estimating enterprise-level economic capital for the firm’s entire portfolio, across all risk silos and business lines. JD held a similar role at GE Capital as Managing Director, Head of Modeling for Operational Risk and Enterprise-level Economic Capital estimation, aggregation, and allocation. Earlier in his career, he was a senior consultant to numerous banks and financial organizations, including Barclays Capital, Wells Fargo, American Express, Northern Trust, Deloitte Consulting, and venture capital and economic consulting firms, where he developed and implemented both investment algorithms and quantitative risk analytics models. JD earned his undergraduate degree, with honors, from Yale University, his Master’s degree from Harvard University where he was awarded both a Social Policy Research Fellowship and a Kennedy Fellowship, and he completed a post-graduate fellowship in MIT’s graduate mathematics department as an Advanced Studies Program Fellow. He serves as review editor of several journals, including Artificial Intelligence in Finance.