Head of Quantitative Research, Magnetar
Prior to joining Magnetar Capital in 2007, Mr. Esmailzadeh was the Chief Knowledge Officer for Barclays Global Investors, a quantitatively based investment firm, where he was responsible for all data archiving and data delivery for the firm.
From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Esmailzadeh was the Head of Equities Quantitative Research for Citadel Investment Group where he supported the merger arbitrage, event driven arbitrage and fundamental long short strategies. Previously beginning in 1996, he was Global Head of Equities Technology at NatWest Markets where he was responsible for all systems including operations, finance, trading and risk. After the sale of NatWest Equities to Deutsche Bank, he became the Head of Quantitative Strategies Group developing proprietary trading models using statistical arbitrage. Mr. Esmailzadeh began his career in 1991 with Morgan Stanley & Co. in the Global Equity Derivatives Group. In his role as Global Head of Quantitative Research, he developed and implemented mathematical models for derivative analytics and risk management.
Mr. Esmailzadeh holds a PhD in Theoretical Physics from Stanford University and a BS in Physics from UCLA.