Our Story

Applied Academics develops transformative intellectual property in finance through R&D fusing the rigor of academia and the grit of industry. The firm is 100% owned by its staff and advisors, which affords us the freedom to engage in highly experimental research to tackle any problem that piques our intellectual curiosity and stirs our passion.

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Regional Leadership

Paige Simmons


Paige is based in New York managing the firm’s activities in North America. Before joining Applied Academics, Paige worked on BlackRock's multi-asset solutions/OCIO team and at McKinsey & Co. serving institutional investors. She holds a BA in Economics-Mathematics from Columbia University.

Mark Thompson


Mark is based in London managing the firm's activities in the UK and Europe. Before joining Applied Academics, Mark spent 27 years trading credit, equities, and rates, on both the buy and sell sides at major European and Asian investment banks and most recently ran the credit trading desk of a major German Landesbank.

John White


John is based in Tokyo managing the firm’s activities in Asia. Before joining Applied Academics, John spent 12 years on the macro rates and FX sales and trading desks at Goldman Sachs and Citi covering global institutional investors. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School and an MA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Lauder Institute.