Top Financial Speaker, and Quantum Computing, Artificial Intelligence, & Cybersecurity Futurist
Edgar Perez is a great business speaker, a confident communicator and a world class motivator. Global executives have come to appreciate his wide-ranging insights on how they can better position their organizations for success through strong leadership and a comprehensive approach that links business strategy and disruptive technologies including artificial intelligence and deep learning, quantum computing and cyber security. A published author, keynote speaker and business consultant for private equity and hedge funds, he is Council Member at the Gerson Lehrman Group, Guidepoint Global Advisors and Internal Consulting Group.
Mr. Perez is author of The AI Breakthrough, How Artificial Intelligence is Advancing Deep Learning and Revolutionizing Your World (2018), Knightmare on Wall Street, The Rise and Fall of Knight Capital and the Biggest Risk for Financial Markets (2013), and The Speed Traders, An Insider’s Look at the New High-Frequency Trading Phenomenon That is Transforming the Investing World, published in English by McGraw-Hill Inc.
Mr. Perez has addressed thousands of top executives around the world through keynote speeches and corporate training programs on quantum computing, artificial intelligence, deep learning, cybersecurity and financial trading. He has presented in Beijing, Boston, Chicago, Hong Kong, Kiev, Kuala Lumpur, Lima, London, Miami, Naples, New York, Santiago, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Stockholm, Taipei and Warsaw, among other global capitals. He contributes to The New York Times and China’s Sina Finance.
Mr. Perez has been interviewed on CNN‘s Quest Means Business, CNBC‘s Squawk on the Street, Worldwide Exchange, Cash Flow, Street Signs and Squawk Box, FOX BUSINESS‘s Countdown to the Closing Bell and After the Bell, Bloomberg TV‘s Market Makers, CNN en Español‘s Dinero, Petersburg – Channel 5, Sina Finance, BNN‘s Business Day, CCTV China, Bankier.pl, TheStreet.com, Leaderonomics, GPW Media, Channel NewsAsia‘s Business Tonight and Cents & Sensibilities. In addition, Mr. Perez has been featured on Sohu, News.Sina.com, Caijing, ETF88.com, 360doc, AH Radio, CBNweek.com, Caixin, Futures Daily, Xinhua, CBN Newswire, Chinese Financial News, International Finance News, Finance.QQ.com, Finance.Sina.com, The Korea Times, The Korea Herald, The Star, The Malaysian Insider, BMF 89.9, iMoney Hong Kong, Bloomberg Hedge Fund Brief, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Dallas Morning News, Valor Econômico, FIXGlobal Trading, TODAY Online, Oriental Daily News and Business Times.
Mr. Perez has presented to the Council on Foreign Relations, Vadym Hetman Kyiv National Economic University (Kiev), Quant Investment & HFT Summit APAC (Shanghai), U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (Washington DC), CFA Singapore, Hong Kong Securities Institute, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University, University of International Business and Economics (Beijing) and Hult International Business School (Shanghai), among other public and private institutions. In addition, Mr. Perez has spoken at a number of global conferences, including Cyber Security World Conference (New York), Inside Market Data (Chicago), Emerging Markets Investments Summit (Warsaw), CME Group‘s Global Financial Leadership Conference (Naples Beach, FL), Harvard Business School‘s Venture Capital & Private Equity Conference (Boston), High-Frequency Trading Leaders Forum (New York, Chicago), MIT Sloan Investment Management Conference (Cambridge), Institutional Investor‘s Global Growth Markets Forum (London), TradeTech Asia (Singapore) and FIXGlobal Face2Face (Seoul).
Career and Education
Mr. Perez was a vice president at Citigroup, a senior consultant at IBM, and a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Co. in New York City. He managed Operations and Technology for Peruval Finance. Mr. Perez has an undergraduate degree in Systems Engineering from Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería, Lima, Peru (1994), a Master of Administration from Universidad ESAN, Lima, Peru (1997) and an MBA from Columbia Business School, New York, majoring in Finance and Management (2002). He belongs to the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society. Mr. Perez is an accomplished salsa and hustle dancer and resides in the New York City area with wife Olga, son Edgar Felipe and daughters Svetlana Sofia and Mary Olympia.
Bitcoin is dead. Long live Ethereum and CBDCs
The blockchain has been declared as a big revolution in business technology; it is indeed a game-changer for a global financial system that needs an upgrade. A more exciting development has been the booming rise in speculative cryptocurrencies based on blockchain technology, from Bitcoin to Ether. This surge has attracted a new generation of crypto bulls who see these crypto currencies as the cash of the future. Meanwhile, central banks and policymakers around the world explore ways to introduce Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs). What can we make of these developments? If you buy Bitcoin now, Mr. Edgar Perez says, do it at your own peril. Instead, he explains, it is time to explore the future with Ethereum or other platforms that implement smart contracts; ultimately, let’s be prepared to embrace the new realities of CBDCs’ widespread deployment.
The Artificial Intelligence Breakthroughs that are Changing the Digital World
Artificial intelligence has been referred as the general ability of computers to perform tasks commonly associated with intelligent beings. Through a comprehensive review of the latest artificial intelligence breakthroughs, Mr. Edgar Perez will offer his insights on how these advancements will impact businesses and the human race in general for years to come, and more specifically, how companies can leverage the plethora of available resources to start their digital transformation and implement solutions to problems that only a few years ago belonged to the realm of science fiction. Mr. Perez will reveal why artificial intelligence is the present and the future.
Meet the Blockchain’s Newest Hype Machine: NFTs
Non-fungible tokens or NFTs are virtual certificates built on blockchain technology. The blockchain offers a secure record of transactions, serving as an incorruptible proof of ownership. An oil painting can only be displayed in one place and has an identifiable owner. However, a digital image or video can be infinitely duplicated and enjoyed on screens around the world for free. NFTs offer today two things that the physical art market has always depended on: scarcity and authenticity. Therefore, “original” artworks and their owners can always be identified via the blockchain. NFTs can be sold or traded; often gaining value in the secondary market, so far. Should users jump on the NFT bandwagon? “Two words,” says Mr. Edgar Perez. “Be cautious.” Mr. Perez will explain why he thinks the current NFT mania might be obscuring the beginning of a bubble.
Advice for Global Organizations: Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste
A “black swan” event of the magnitude of COVID-19 will certainly trigger a radical change in the expectations of business stakeholders. Organizations that reinvent themselves and leverage Artificial Intelligence, 5G and Blockchain to make the most of better insight and foresight will disproportionally stand to succeed. Online commerce could be turbocharged in ways that irreversibly reshape consumer behavior. Furthermore, the requirement of resilience trumps the everlasting pursuit of efficiency; potentially marking the end of supply-chain globalization. Mr. Edgar Perez will inspire CEOs not only to analyze weaknesses but also to discover opportunities to improve the performance of their organizations.
Achieving Digital Impact with “State-of-the-art” Deep Learning
Deep learning has enabled many practical applications of artificial intelligence in today’s digital organizations. Deep learning breaks down tasks in ways that makes all kinds of machine aids seem possible, even likely. Driverless cars, better image recognition, more effective medical diagnoses, even better movie recommendations, are all here today. Mr. Edgar Perez will identify what organizations need to do today to embrace the future, starting with the basics: empowering their employees and turbocharging the organization’s digital transformation strategy. Once these two important tasks are accomplished, organizations can then launch pilots for the most promising opportunities, leveraging “state of the art” cases from today’s global innovators such as Google, Facebook, Apple and Tesla. Mr. Perez will show organizations how to kick start their digital impact transformation.
Is the Global Race to Achieve Quantum Supremacy Coming to an End?
Google recently announced that their most advanced quantum computer, a radically new design to manipulate and process information, has achieved “quantum supremacy” for the first time. The technology giant's Sycamore quantum processor was able to perform an incredibly complex task in 200 seconds, a feat that would take the world's fastest supercomputers 10,000 years to complete. The ultimate development and commercialization of this technology will tremendously accelerate difficult tasks across all industries, including financial services, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing and the upcoming space exploration. Are we really there yet? Mr. Edgar Perez will enlighten your audience with the latest head-turning business applications of this revolutionary technology.
All Edgar Perez Books
Knightmare on Wall Street: The Rise and Fall of Knight Capital and the Biggest Risk for Financial MarketsPurchase Book
The Speed Traders: An Insider’s Look at the New High-Frequency Trading Phenomenon That is Transforming the Investing WorldPurchase Book
The Speed Traders: An Insider�s Look at the New High-Frequency Trading Phenomenon That is Transforming the Investing WorldPurchase Book
“Thank you very much for your participation in Berlin at the European Institute CEO Roundtable. Your presentation was fascinating, a really informative session. The delegates seemed to hang off your every word! We greatly appreciate you taking the time out of your busy schedule to join us for the event and look forward to working with you again in the near future.”
- Karen Litchfield, Director | European Institute & Global Fixed Income Institute
I would like to show my appreciation on your willingness to share your insights about cybersecurity. We would certainly have you in mind as we move forward to deal with this very important issue."
- Nik Hasyudeen, former President | Malaysian Institute of Accountants
"We were much honored to host you at our annual conference held at our Washington DC headquarters. The Market Abuse Unit investigates large-scale market abuses and complex manipulation schemes by institutional traders, market professionals and others. As such, we were focused on the discussion of these topics in your book The Speed Traders, copies of which we purchased for each of our unit supervisors. We really appreciated your first-hand impressions of the current trading world as well as your thoughts on how trading practices will evolve in the future."
- David Hawke, Chief, Market Abuse Unit | U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (United States)
“Edgar can deliver insightful and compelling presentations to audiences at the highest levels. Thanks to his international entrepreneurial and consulting experience, Edgar can persuasively highlight current developments and critical trends on a variety of business and technology topics, from Artificial Intelligence to Quantum Computing, and from Cybersecurity to Fintech. His programs are undoubtedly lively and unquestionably inspiring. His unique insights, built over decades of rich industry experience, capture the undivided attention of CEOs and top executives.”
- Maggie Shen, Senior Manager, Elite Master of Finance | Fanhai International School of Finance, Fudan University (China)