Non-Academic Partners

Capital Fund Management (CFM)

Founded in 1991, Capital Fund Management  (CFM) is specialized in developing trading strategies based on a global and quantitative approach to financial markets. CFM’s methodology relies on the in-depth statistical analysis and the modelization of terabytes of financial data for asset allocation, trading decisions and order execution. Research in the statistical properties of financial instruments and the development of systematic trading strategies are carried out at CFM by a team of Ph.D’s, most of them former physicists from prestigious international institutions, and a team of IT and Data specialists. In addition to carrying out research on new strategies, CFM researchers contribute to the advancement of knowledge in finance and economics and regularly publish academic articles.

ExSIDE Expert: Jean-Philippe Bouchaud

De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB)

De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) is the Dutch central bank and a member of the European System of Central Banks (ESCB). Its main goals are maintaining price and financial stability. DNB also supervises the Dutch banking sector, pension and insurance sector. Recently it also became the Dutch Resolution Authority.

ExSIDE Expert: Wilko Bolt

Fair Dynamics Consulting s.r.l.

Fair Dynamics is a private company located in Milan (Italy) operating on the management consulting services market both in Europe and the USA ( The company accounts on experts in the study of complexity to support both managers and researchers in decision making process through the use of computer based simulation. The distinctive aspect of the company’s experts is the simultaneous application in the same model of different simulation techniques (agent based modelling, system dynamics, discrete events) in order to catch different aspects of the problem’s complexity. Fair Dynamics’ simulation competences usually address the following areas: supply chain; management; logistics; social forces; enterprise resources; administration; sales & marketing management.

ExSIDE Expert: Luigi Geppert

Italian National Institute of Statistics

The Italian National Institute of Statistics is a public research organisation. It has been present in Italy since 1926, and is the main producer of official statistics in the service of citizens and policy-makers. It operates in complete independence and continuous interaction with the academic and scientific communities.

ISTAT cooperates with Ca’ Foscari University of Venice through an exchange agreement to host interns for training and research (before and after graduation).

ExSIDE Expert: Susi Osti

Oesterreichische Nationalbank (ONB)

Oesterreichische Nationalbank is the Central Bank of the Republic of Austria and a member of the Eurosystem.

Oesterreichische Nationalbank has an academically oriented research unit, the Economic Studies Division (Abteilung für volkswirtschaftliche Studien, VOSTA), which conducts theoretical and empirical economic research in financial stability and monetary macroeconomics.  The bank has access to relevant data, has an appropriate IT infrastructure, can provide office space for visiting researchers, runs a seminar and workshop series and has a library.

ExSIDE Expert: Martin Summer

Regione del Veneto – Direzione Lavoro

The Regione del Veneto – Direzione Lavoro (Region of Veneto – Directorate of Labour) is an executive branch of the regional Ministry of education, training, labour and equal opportunities. Within the Area of Human capital and culture, the Directorate of Labour promotes employment, inclusion and the economic development of the region (youth employability, ESF active policies of labour, social and territorial inclusion of disadvantaged people, anti-crisis measures for companies and workers, apprenticeship, the recognition and validation of competences, the management of the territorial network of public and registered services of labour and training). The Directorate of Labour, during the last five years, has been also involved in several European projects/actions, focused on its core mission.

ExSIDE Expert: Pier Angelo Turri

Talents’ Friends GmbH

Talents’ Friends GmbH (TalFr) was founded at the end of 2011 by three graduates from Bielefeld University: Alexander Bongartz , Philipp Möhlmeier  and Jan Philipp Platenius . The three founders got to know each other in a student consultancy and by working together on various consultancy projects for small and medium-sized companies.

“Talents’ Friends – Identifying talents, combining potentials and founding companies” – that is the slogan of TalFr. TalFr sees itself as an incubator which brings together investors and talented people with smart business ideas to jointly build up (internet) start-ups in the digital industry. So far, TalFr has established three business units / subsidiaries: “Deutscher Zahnarzt Service” (recruiting platform for dentists), “IT-Talents GmbH” (talent relationship platform to early connect small and medium sized companies with talented students from computer science) and “GGP Gesellschaft für Gesundheit und Personal mbH”  (personnel service provider for clinics and medical specialists). Since April 2013 TalFr is backed up and supported by several business angels (e.g. Hartmut Ostrowski, formerly Bertelsmann and Dr. Ralf Struthoff, formerly Moneybookers, Veolia and Lycos Europe). In a second round financing in June 2015, further business angels invested into TF (e.g. Dr. Thomas Bentz, formerly Melitta and Prof. Dr. Burkhard Schwenker, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants).

ExSIDE Expert: Philipp Möhlmeier


The Careers Research & Advisory Centre (CRAC) a limited company, established in 1964 and registered as a charity, manages Vitae. We provide research, expertise and innovation to support active career development. Based in Cambridge, our business activities are: – Leadership of Vitae, to enhance the personal, professional and career development of researchers, delivering leading edge researcher development internationally. -Provision of research, evaluation, consultancy and innovation on careers and career-related learning, with a focus on higher education researchers and graduate employment.

ExSIDE Experts: Janet Metcalfe

Volterra Partners LLP

Volterra Partners LLP is an economics consultancy which specialises in the macro economy, transport, major infrastructure projects and cities.

ExSIDE Expert: Paul Omerod