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Carlos Blanco, Ph.D., Managing Director of Analytic Risk Solution, Ascend Analytics

Carlos Blanco provides expertise to Ascend's clients in the areas of analytic modeling, forecasting, optimization and simulation and also contribute to advance the software product and services to meet the evolving client needs. As part of his role, he will be writing thought leadership articles on energy risk management, plannning and modeling to show the business value of Ascend's solutions. 

He is the former co-founder and managing director of Black Swan Risk Advisors. He is an expert in energy, commodity, and financial derivatives risk management and modeling. He has worked with leading organizations worldwide on a wide range of advisory and education projects and has published over 150 articles on a wide range of financial and commodity risk management topics.

Carlos is also a faculty member of the Oxford Princeton Programme since 2004, where he teaches several courses on energy and commodity derivatives pricing, hedging and risk management. 

Carlos is a former VP, Risk Solutions at Financial Engineering Associates (a BARRA/MSCI company), where he was a member of the Executive Management Committee as well as an essential contributor in the development and client support of the financial and energy derivatives pricing and market risk management models. 

He has a Ph.D. in Finance from Universidad Complutense, Madrid, where he was awarded "Magna Cum Laude". He also has a Masters degree in Investments and International Economics from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. 

He was a lecturer at the Finance department at the University of California, Berkeley from 2004-2010 and he was also the regional director of the Professional Risk Managers' International Association (PRMIA) in the San Francisco Bay Area.