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Senior Management

The Company’s Senior Management provide guidance and oversight to the operations within the Company and set the strategic direction of the Company’s business; they manage relationships and communicate with investors; create company policy and guidance; approve operational workflows in conjunction with more junior management; perform risk analysis and management.

Oleksandr Bilokon

Founder, Managing Director, CEO

Oleksandr “Alex” Bilokon has over 20 years’ experience working in the shipping services industry, across the global shipping hubs, such as Cyprus, Hamburg, London, and, for the last 11 years, China. He has worked for the industry’s leading supplier, V.Ships, since 1996.

In 1983, Alex graduated with an MSc in Marine Engineering with Distinction from Odessa National Maritime Academy. He joined the Black Sea Shipping Company and progress through marine engineer officer positions to Chief Engineer.

In 1996 he joined V.Ships and gained experience in Cyprus, Hamburg, and London.

In 2006 Alex relocated to Shanghai and became General Manager of China International Ship Management, a joint venture between China Shipping and V.Ships. In 2011 the joint venture expanded its business. By 2015 more shipping companies expanded into Shanghai FTZ. In 2014 and 2015 Alex won V.Group CEO Awards for his contribution to commercial performance and business development.

Scientific Advisory Board

Our Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) advises the Senior Management and Data Science Team on all aspects of the development and implementation of the Company’s scientific strategy. It is composed of internationally recognized scientists who enable the Company to plan and assure the quality of its research and development activities. The SAB helps ensure that the company stays at the forefront of scientific research and industry trends.

Dr Paul Bilokon

Dr Paul Bilokon

Scientific Advisor

CEO and Founder of Thalesians Ltd. Previously served as Director and Head of global credit and core e-trading quants at Deutsche Bank, the teams that he helped set up with Jason Batt and Martin Zinkin. Having also worked at Morgan Stanley (in Andrew Hausler‘s and Nicholas Zinn‘s prime brokerage risk), Lehman Brothers (in Anne Sanciaume‘s FX research and Ronan Dowling‘s FX quants), Nomura (in FX e-trading, under Martin Zinkin, Abid Zaidi, and Mark Gardner), and Citigroup (first in FX quants under Sebastian del Bano Rollin, Nigel Khakoo, and Roger Vernon, then in electronic credit and rates trading), Paul pioneered electronic trading in credit with Rob Smith and William Osborn at Citigroup.

Paul has graduated from Christ Church, University of Oxford, with a Distinction and Best Overall Performance prize. At Oxford he wrote a distinguished project, Bayesian methods for solving estimation and forecasting problems in the high-frequency trading environment, supervised by Daniel Jones. He also graduated twice from Imperial College London. His MSci thesis Visualising the Invisible: Detecting Objects in Quantum Noise Limited Images, supervised by Duncan Fyfe Gillies and Marin van Heel, won him the university’s Donald Davis Prize and the British Computing Society SET Award for Student Making Best Use of IT.

Paul’s lectures at Imperial College London in machine learning for MSc students in mathematics and finance and his course consistently achieves top rankings among the students.

Paul has made contributions to mathematical logic, domain theory, and stochastic filtering theory, and, with Abbas Edalat, has published a prestigious LICS paper. Paul has co-authored several books: Machine Learning and Big Data with kdb+/q (with Jan Novotny, Aris Galiotos, and Frédéric Délèze, published by Wiley), and Machine Learning in Finance: From Theory to Practice (with Matthew F. Dixon and Igor Halperin, published by Springer). He is currently working on Python, Data Science, and Machine Learning (to be published by World Scientific).

Dr Bilokon is a Member of British Computer Society, Institution of Engineering and Technology, and European Complex Systems Society.

Paul is a frequent speaker at premier conferences such as Global Derivatives/QuantMinds, WBS QuanTech, AI, and Quantitative Finance conferences, alphascope, LICS, and Domains.

Prof. Blanka Horvath

Scientific Advisor

Blanka Horvath studied mathematics and economics at the University of Bonn. During a stay abroad, sponsored by the Haniel Foundation and the Studienstiftung, she completed her studies in economics at the University of Hong Kong. She completed her mathematics studies at the University of Bonn with a focus on differential geometry, followed by her doctoral studies at the ETH Zurich in financial mathematics, with a special focus on the geometry, asymptotics and numerics of financial mathematical models. After her postdoctoral stay at Imperial College London, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), and various shorter assignments in the financial industry (AXA Group, Zeliade Systems, JP Morgan, Merian Global Investors, Thalesians, Quantennium), Blanka Horvath accepted the lectureship (Lecturer, tenure track Assistant Professor) in Financial Mathematics at King’s College London in 2018 and became a senior member of the Machine Learning in Financial Mathematics Interest Group at the Alan Turing Institute in 2019. Blanka Horvath’s current research interests focus on asymptotic and numerical properties of stochastic volatility models, in particular models with rough paths (rough volatility), as well as using generative methods -across models- to generate synthetic financial market data. For her contributions to the calibration of (rough) stochastic volatility models with deep neural networks, she received the Rising Star Award from Risk Magazine in 2020. Blanka Horvath was appointed Professor at the Chair of Financial Mathematics at the Technical University of Munich in April 2021.

Project management and delivery

You can depend on us to provide complete project management and delivery support throughout the project lifecycle. Our Project Managers have the responsibility of planning, procurement, and execution of a project. They are reinforced by the Executive Assistants, who help run a business support function to Project Management, 

Natalia Sweetland

Executive Assistant & Bookkeeper

Having trained as a mechanical engineer, Natalia eventually transitioned to business administration and accountancy. She has worked with a variety of companies including oil and gas exploration and production companies; technology incubators; trust- and corporate service providers; specialist construction companies; copper, zinc, and lead production and exploration companies, and beyond.

Natalia contributes to the business of Thalesians Marine Ltd across the board: she maintains schedules, edits business documents, prepares reports, conducts market research, and provides general support to the business function.

Natalia has studied ACCA/Foundation at London School of Business and Finance.

George Zhuravlov

Project Manager

George studied Philosophy at Warwick and Law at UCL. He then committed himself to the creation and development of new businesses.

One of his business ideas, The Good Yard, has undergone several incarnations, starting life as a street food project “CHIA” in Camden. His business partner, Oli Midgley, and George spent all day, every day cooking and serving their classic menu. They learned the importance of sourcing good quality ingredients from suppliers. This experience has led to George’s strong focus on business relationship building.

This particular project has grown into a group of healthy grab and go spots, serving up health food, speciality coffee, juices, shakes, and cocktails in the evening. The Good Yard has locations in Liverpool Street, Leadenhall Market, and Shoreditch. TimeOut has listed The Good Yard among the ten best juice bars in London.

George didn’t stop at his success in the hospitality and catering sector. His attention turned to numerous other areas, as diverse as construction, logistics, Python programming, and cryptocurrency investment.

George’s versatility and track record of generating business ideas and seeing them through to excellence has attracted the attention of Thalesians Marine Ltd, where George manages projects for some of our key clients.

Education and training

Data scientists use statistical methods, machine learning algorithms, and other tools to analyze data and create predictive models; some also build data products, recommendation engines, chatbots, and other technologies for various use cases.

The National AI Strategy published 22 September 2021 recognizes “the need for graduates with business experience, indicating a need to continue supporting industry/academic partnerships to ensure graduates leave education with business-ready experience. Our particular focus will be on software engineers, data scientists, data engineers, machine learning engineers and scientists, product managers, and related roles.”

Mona Zhang

Training Manager

Originally from Beijing, China, Mona worked at Lehman Brothers, Deutsche Bank and Deutsche Pfandbriefbank in London in the capital markets, real estate finance and risk management area. Accumulating more than 10-years experience in real estate finance, asset backed instruments, Private Equity Real Estate, credit risk and portfolio management and structuring finance.

In-depth experience and knowledge in UK/European valuation standards, real estate cycles, RE loan market and restructuring and PE market.

Following to the investment banking career, she had been in fund distribution sector, and had ran successful fund raising initiatives for multiple real estate funds, including real estate bridge financing fund, development fund, commodity credit fund and VC fund.

Her unique background of working and living in both China and UK, professional experience and extensive global network helps RC clients to achieve their goal.

Mona studied at London School of Economics and majored in Finance and Real Estate Economics. She also holds “Real Estate Manager” qualification from European Business School Oestrich-Winkle (Munich). She has also completed WSET II (Wine knowledge qualification).

Benjamin Johannes Scharpf

Training Manager (Consultant)

Benjamin Scharpf holds a BSc in Geophysics, jointly from the University of Munich and the Technical University of Munich (Germany), and an MSc in Applied Geophysics, jointly from Delft University of Technology (the Netherlands), ETH Zurich (Switzerland) and RWTH Aachen Univesity (Germany). Also, he holds an MSc in Algorithmic Trading (with distinction) from the Centre for Computational Finance and Economic Agents at the University of Essex (United Kingdom).

Before switching his interest to financial markets analysis and electronic trading, he worked in the upstream oil and gas industry in the Netherlands and Norway where his research was about the exploration of deep marine oil and gas reservoirs. Additionally, he has experience from working for a Munich-based asset manager and family office and a private bank in Luxembourg on their desk for asset, liability, and portfolio management.

Benjamin enjoys sharing his experience with under- and postgraduate students at universities in London and is a member of the Trading Society at the University of Campinas, Sao Paulo in Brasil.

Data Science Team

Our Data Scientists use statistical methods, machine learning algorithms, and other tools to analyze data and create predictive models; some also build innovative data products, recommendation engines, chatbots, and other technologies for various use cases. They are integrated into the business and serve a strategic function with support at the highest levels of the organization, all the way up to the CEO.

Abir Sridi

Data Scientist

Abir Sridi holds an MSc in artificial intelligence (AI) from Imperial College London and an MSc in modelling and mathematical methods in economy and finance from La Sorbonne (Paris I). She obtained a PhD with honours in financial modelling focused on Monte Carlo methods and volatility smile modelling in multidimensional framework also from La Sorbonne (Paris I). She worked as a research associate in the Department of Mathematics of King’s College London with Professor Damiano Brigo in relation to multivariate mixtures of distributions.

Adam Baranowski

Data Science (Consultant)

Adam Baranowski is a mathematician who after graduating from a joint University of Bonn and University of Warsaw Master’s degree joined a University of Cambridge PhD programme at The Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics. During that time, he was also running Cambridge University Algorithmic Trading Society, where he was organizing algorithmic trading workshops and running weekly coding sessions aimed at Master’s and PhD students interested in quantitative finance. Today, he works as a data science consultant and provides corporate training.

Data Science Alumni

Our Data Scientists use statistical methods, machine learning algorithms, and other tools to analyze data and create predictive models; some also build innovative data products, recommendation engines, chatbots, and other technologies for various use cases. They are integrated into the business and serve a strategic function with support at the highest levels of the organization, all the way up to the CEO.

Joshua Douglas Key

Data Scientist

Joshua Key is a quantitative consultant based in London, United Kingdom. His areas of focus as a consultant are Natural Language Processing (NLP) signals, systematic trading strategies, and automation of the entire trading process in Python.

His experience in Quantitative Research began during his role at a systematic fixed income hedge fund in London, where he developed multiple NLP signals applied to high-yield and investment grade corporate bonds. Here he backtested and optimised multiple credit strategies, resulting in the discovery of several signals with strong additive performance.

Josh then went on to work as a Quant for BNP Paribas, where he was responsible for investigating and backtesting signals in the equities universe. During his time he implemented a dynamic risk parity framework in Python, optimising capital allocation to maximise Sharpe ratio across different strategies.

Josh has seen firsthand how utilising kdb+/q infrastructure leads to vast improvement in computational performance, and as a result has become a kdb+/q enthusiast.

When he isn’t writing hundreds of lines of Python code, Josh enjoys spending time with his family and friends as well as going surfing whenever the weather permits.

After leaving Thalesians Marine Ltd, Joshua has become a Data Scientist at Statkraft, Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy.

George Pampalis

Data Scientist

George has graduated with an MSc in Mathematics and Finance from Imperial College London. His studies have been in the field of Machine Learning and High-Frequency Trading. His professional experience is focused on the banking industry, having previously worked as Banking Consultant at PwC Greece.

George has been involved in projects of non-peforming exposures within the largest financial institutions in Greece, providing day-to-day support on matters of data quality and necessary data remediation actions. His experience in process automation and significant risk management and regulatory compliance engagements have provided him with an excellent command of analytical tools, such as Python, C++, SAS, kdb+/q, and Power BI Suite.

George is a CFA Level III Candidate, and also holds an MSc in Finance from ALBA Graduate Business School, and a MEng in Mechanical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA).

After leaving Thalesians Marine Ltd, George has joined the systematic trading strategies team at Goldman Sachs, a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm.

Nauris Tisancins

Data Scientist

Nauris has a decade of experience in fitness as a group exercise instructor and personal trainer. However, he always dreamt about software development, but never believed that he was good enough or smart enough. Sometimes he was so busy that he had no chance to study. But when the world got hit by COVID-19 and the first lockdowns kicked in, Nauris had a lot of free time, and he decided that he would give software development a chance.

It was a frustrating start, but he pushed through and the more he studied and practiced, the more he fell in love with problem solving and ever-expanding possibilities.

He started off with web development and full-stack JavaScript. He mastered React and learned to build React Native apps for Android and iOS.

At Thalesians Marine Ltd, Nauris found numerous applications for his programming skills. He took his coding and software engineering to the next level and applied them to a new and exciting domain – data science. Now his main programming language is Python and he is fluent in NumPy, SciPy, pandas, scikit-learn, TensorFlow, Keras, and PyTorch.

Nauris believes that his core strength is his endless curiosity. His greatest passion is learning, and he is always open to learning something new to sharpen up his skills.

After leaving Thalesians Marine Ltd, Nauris has started to work as a consulting frontend developer.

Global Expertise

Covering the United Kingdom, China, Cyprus, Germany, and Ukraine

Local Knowledge

Nearly 1.5 decades spent establishing links with China

Decades of Experience

Nearly four decades dedicated to shipping