Berkeley MFE / ENSAE ParisTech Steering Committee


- Bruno Aïdan
- Arnak Dalalyan
- Guillaume Gaudron (chairman)
- Francis Kramarz
- Linda Kreitzman (vice-chairman)
- Manasa Patnam
- Anna Simoni
- Tyler Ward

Bruno Aïdan

Bruno Aïdan, 46 years old, is director of the research & development at the Data Innovation Lab, a department at AXA HQ with the mission to transform AXA into a data-driven company. Telecom Engineer, he is PhD in Computer Systems, from the University Pierre & Marie Curie, Paris. Since 1994, he accumulates a strong professional experience in the innovation of digital products and services. He notably pioneered the mobile Internet wave. In 2007, he joined Bell Lab, setting up and leading international research teams in computer science, network science, design, prototyping, user interfaces, usability and innovation processes. In September 2013, he joined AXA.

Arnak Dalalyan

Arnak is Professor of Statistics and Applied Mathematics at CREST-ENSAE ParisTech, University Paris Saclay. He is also the deputy chair of the Paris-Saclay Center for Data Science. His main research interests are in high-dimensional statistics, statistics of random processes, learning theory and computer vision. Arnak is an Associate Editor of the journals “Journal of Statistical Planning and Inference’’, “Journal of Japan Statistical Society’’ and “Statistical Inference for Stochastic Processes’’. He is a past Associate Editor of “Electronic Journal of Statistics’’. Arnak held visiting Professor appointments at Weierstrass Institute of Berlin and at the University of Tokyo. He received the notable paper award at the conference AI-STATS 2013 and the best reviewer award at the conference NIPS 2013.

Guillaume Gaudron

Guillaume Gaudron is the Director of the Masters and Development at ENSAE ParisTech – National School of Statistics and Economic Administration. High civil servant at the French Ministry of Economy and Finance since 2004 he was head of the team dedicated to regional economic studies at the French National Institute for Statistics and Economic. In 2008 he took charge of the Office of Animal Statistics within the Statistical Service of the Ministry of Agriculture. In 2011 he became Special Adviser to the Directorate General of Customs and Taxes at the Ministry of Economy and Finance. Guillaume began his career as an assistant professor at the National Institute of Applied Sciences in Toulouse. He graduated from ENSAE and École Polytechnique; he holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Aix-Marseille University.

Francis Kramarz

Francis Kramarz is the director of the Centre de Recherche en Economie et Statistique (CREST). He is Professor at ENSAE and Associate Professor at Ecole Polytechnique. He also leads the Labex group ECODEC uniting ENSAE, HEC, and Ecole Polytechnique in their research on “Regulating the French Economy”. He recently was elected a Fellow of the Econometric Society (2013). He has been nominated for his expertise by the Prime Minister at the Conseil d’Orientation pour l’Emploi (advisory council on employment), Commission d’Experts sur le SMIC (minimum wages commission, until 2013), and the Conseil d’Analyse Economique (council of economic advisors, until 2013). He has published a hundred scientific articles in international journals on employment, wages, firms compensation policies, competition and employment, and firms in international trade...He is an associate editor of various economics journals. He has co-written a report on flexicurity « Vers une Sécurité Sociale Professionnelle » (with P. Cahuc) at the request of N. Sarkozy and J.L. Borloo published at the Documentation Française in 2005. More recently, he published Working Hours and Job Sharing in the EU and USA, with T. Boeri and M. Burda, at Oxford University Press in 2008.

Linda Kreitzman

Linda Kreitzman, Executive Director of The Berkeley MFE, helped design and launch the top tier Master of Financial Engineering Program at the University of California, Berkeley in 2000. Kreitzman has singlehandedly placed hundreds of students in investment banks and other financial institutions and is currently designing programs in data science for the Haas School of Business. Outside of her work at Berkeley, Kreitzman is Chief Strategist and Advisor to several startups in the Bay Area, New York, and France in the field of technology, education, and text analytics.

Manasa Patnam

Manasa is an assistant professor in Economics at ENSAE-CREST. Manasa’s research focuses on the economics of social interactions and spillovers. The broad theme of her research examines how non-market interactions, such as through social networks or geographical proximity, can affect economic outcomes, either by reducing transaction costs or through information sharing. She uses quasi-experimental settings, together with observational data, to study this issue in diverse contexts. Recent projects analyse cognitive and non-cognitive development amongst children, spatial spillovers of technology adoption in Africa, innovation in emerging economies and consumer behaviour in the online marketplace. Manasa graduated from the University of Oxford and holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge.

Anna Simoni

ENSAE ParisTech

Tyler Ward

Tyler is the Head of Mortgage Modeling at Royal Bank of Canada. Previously he was the Executive Director at Morgan Stanley where his work involved modeling non-agency mortgage products. Prior to this he was a SPG Strategist, Desk Strategist, and Analytical Developer at Morgan Stanley, a Software Engineer at Highbridge Capital Management, and a Programmer at Jane Street Capital. He obtained his M.A. in Mathematics from New York University in 2008. He also holds a B.A. in Physics from Columbia University.