• Natixis Foundation for Research & Innovation

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    Founded in 2006, the Natixis Foundation for Research & Innovation acts as a driving force to encourage research in the broad field of mathematical finance and data sciences: capital markets, actuarial finance and insurance, quantitative asset management, risk management, financial econometrics and statistics, derivatives pricing, hedging of complex financial instruments, an applications of machine learning and artificial intelligence to new issues in digital finance and fintechs. Natixis Foundation with its Scientific Committee is a major contributor to the development of research in quantitative finance.

    Supporting research at the international level

    Natixis Foundation for Research & Innovation is currently unique in its focus on mathematical finance and in taking part in the latest developments undertaken by the best university research teams in the world.

    Natixis Foundation offers several types of research support:

    • PhD and research grants on subjects directly related to current issues and technical challenges faced by financial institutions,
    • Awards for outstanding contributions (Louis Bachelier Natixis – London Mathematical Society Prize; Prize for best Master's thesis in quantitative finance; Prize for the Data Challenge Natixis-École Normale Supérieure),
    • Co-sponsor of scientific conferences with top-ranked universities.

    Scientific Committee

    The initiatives of the Natixis Foundation for Research & Innovation are adopted under the authority of its Scientific Committee made up of personalities from the scientific world.

    • Michel
      Crouhy

      Former Head of Quantitative Research at Natixis, Chairman of the Scientific Committee of the Foundation.

    • Denis
      Talay

      Head of Research at INRIA, former Professor of École Polytechnique and former Chairman of SMAI, Vice-President of the Scientific Committee of the Foundation.

    • Alexis
      Collomb

      Professor of finance at CNAM, Chairman of the Department of Economics, Finance, Insurance and Banking.

    • Rama
      Cont

      Professor at University of Oxford and director of the Chair of Mathematical finance, director of Research at CNRS.

    • Nicole
      El Karoui

      Professor Emeritus at Sorbonne University, founder of the Master "Probabilities and Finance" of the Probabilities and Random Models Laboratory of Université Paris 6, Pierre et Marie Curie.

    • Jean-Paul
      Laurent

      Professor at Université Paris 1 – Panthéon-Sorbonne.

    • Charles-Albert
      Lehalle

      Senior advisor at Capital Fund Management.

    • Olivier
      Pironneau

      Professor Emeritus at Sorbonne University and member of the French Academy of Sciences.

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