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The Oxford Intelligence Lab is a global boutique technology firm leveraging interdisciplinary academic research to invent disruptive solutions that change the future.

Zoe Tsesmelidakis

Zoe Tsesmelidakis is Founder of the Oxford Intelligence Lab and an Associate Member of the Oxford-Man Institute of Quantitative Finance (OMI). She was a Research Manager in Financial Stability Strategy and Risk at the Bank of England, a Junior Professor in Finance at the University of Muenster (Germany), a Senior Research Fellow at OMI in the area of financial economics, and affiliated with Said Business School and Nuffield College. During her doctoral studies at Goethe University, Frankfurt, she investigated the impact of implicit government guarantees on the pricing of debt and conducted collaborative work with Robert C. Merton at MIT Sloan. Her work has been awarded several prizes. Zoe received a M.S. in Business Administration and a Ph.D. from Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany, and a Master of Arts from the University of Oxford.

Robert C. Merton

Robert C. Merton is an external advisor at the Oxford Intelligence Lab and Professor of Finance at MIT Sloan and Professor Emeritus at Harvard University. Merton received the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1997 for a new method to determine the value of derivatives.He has also been recognized for translating finance science into practice and has been granted multiple awards for his contributions to finance theory, optimal portfolio selection, credit risk, loan guarantees, financial innovation, the dynamics of institutional change, and improving the methods of measuring and managing macro-financial risk. Merton received a B.S. in Engineering Mathematics from Columbia University, a M.S. in Applied Mathematics from California Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in Economics from MIT and holds honorary degrees from sixteen universities.

Francesco Ferretti

Francesco Ferretti is an external advisor at the Oxford Intelligence Lab and a successful serial entrepreneur. He founded and developed a wide range of ventures in the field of consulting, food & beverage and real estate, since an early age (28). Francesco attended the University of Perugia, Italy, earning his B.S. in Engineering in 2004 and a M.S. in Engineering in 2006, before he specialized at the London School of Economics and Harvard Business School. He gained experience as a management consultant at Bain & Company and was referenced as one of the youngest CEOs in Italy – aged 26 he turned around an underperforming independent medical company into an international success case.

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