Our Team

Armand Aquino, CFA

Armand Aquino, CFA has an MS in Financial Analysis, University of San Francisco and a BS from UCLA. He was a Technical Project Manager 2 at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco responsible for developing analysis and reporting solutions for the Bank Supervision and Regulation groups across the Federal Reserve System.

Alec Barlow

Alec discovered his passion for programming and software development while working in clinical research at the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center at Stanford University. He has a BS in Economics from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and is driven to figure out ways of leveraging technology to improve people’s ability to do their jobs.

Jennie Chen

As the Operations Manager at Optimal, Jennie is responsible for daily operations, human resources, accounting, and compliance activities. After spending more than 15 years supporting executives at various high-tech start-up companies and law firms, Jennie understands that people are one of the most valuable assets an organization can have. She thrives on challenges, particularly on expanding a firm’s reach within a structured framework, and enjoys building bridges between employees. In her free time, Jennie enjoys reading, listening to music, skiing, basketball, and swimming.

Monty Joshi, CFA

Monty Joshi, CFA is the Chief Investment Officer for OAM. Monty has an MBA from the Haas School, UC Berkeley and a BA (Econ) from the University of Chicago. He has served in various of investment-related roles such as risk manager with the Chicago Board of Trade, equity options trader with Hull Trading (now part of Goldman Sachs), long-short hedge fund manager, and pension consultant with AD Biller and Associates. Previously, he managed finance/operations for several startup companies in Silicon Valley.

Tony (Teun) Lucas, CFA

Teun Lucas, CFA joins Optimal from MSCI and prior to that JPMorgan in London and Amsterdam, where he worked with Advisors and Pension Funds on Smart Beta, Factor based solutions and Equity Derivatives. He was also a senior account manager for institutional clients at Northern Trust in London. Teun has an MS in Finance and Investments, Cum Laude, from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Vijay Vaidyanathan, PhD

OAM’s founder and CEO Vijay Vaidyanathan has a PhD in Finance and an MS (Risk & Asset Management) from the EDHEC Business School, France. He also has an MS in Computer Science from SUNY Albany and a MSc (Tech) from BITS Pilani, India and is an alumnus of IMD Lausanne, Switzerland. Previously, Vijay was President, EDHEC-Risk Indices and Benchmarks North America where his research interests included smart beta and the role of factors and risk premia in equity markets. He holds several patents in financial micro-transactions in Digital Markets.

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