Sorina Zahan is managing partner and Chief Investment Officer at Core Capital in Chicago, an asset manager focused on building specialty portfolios in the alternatives area, as well as Founder and CEO of Aiperion, a research development and fintech firm which aims to change the way we think about investment risk.
Before entering asset management she previously worked as an engineer and as a professor focused on AI. Sorina has a strong interest in innovation in investment management, in particular around portfolio construction and the allocation of risk.
We talk about her career journey from academia into finance, her “hobby” of thinking, and why she believes diversity is so key in a research team. We discuss academic research as a search, about how much is not known, and AI in particular, and whether it will be used for good.