Our Team at
Imbue Capital

Les Finemore Les Finemore Chief Investment Officer

Les has a rare skill set that combines a powerful understanding of global markets, an extensive agronomic knowledge, and an investing and trading approach shaped by a scientific and research background. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Agriculture) from Charles Sturt University and a Master of Finance from Curtin University.

Prior to co-founding Imbue Capital, Les gained significant experience at the leading global agricultural commodity hedge fund, Merricks Capital, with a focus on statistical modelling and trade idea generation relating to the major global grain, oilseed, soft and livestock markets. As a result, he developed a strong network of supply chain contacts and has an intimate knowledge of the global fundamental aspects of agricultural commodity trading.

Les has also spent time at the US physical trading company, Gavilon, where he gained an invaluable understanding of the Australian agriculture commodity markets.

Ciaron McKinley Ciaron McKinley Director

As Director of Imbue Capital, Ciaron is responsible for the strategic and sustainable growth of the business, building on his background in international commodities trading and trade analytics.

After gaining his Bachelor of Business from Swinburne University of Technology, Ciaron worked in international commodity trading houses in Australia and Singapore. This included setting up a trading desk for trading agricultural commodities in Asia, as well as leading the analytical and demand modelling functions for global trading houses and independent agricultural advisory businesses.

Ciaron has an extensive and intricate knowledge of global commodity markets, and supply and demand analytics for agricultural commodities. He holds a strong belief in leveraging the value of quantitative analysis, and the use of big data and data science for the development of risk adjusted trading strategies in global commodities markets.

Steve Dang Steve Dang Quantitative Analyst

Steve leads the quantitative analysis team at Imbue Capital where he focuses on quantitative research and computing implementation of trading strategies as well as exploring different types of alternative data.

Prior to lending his expertise to Imbue Capital, Steve was at Adayroi, a $US50 million project of Vietnam’s biggest conglomerate Vingroup, where he worked to help build the company from the ground up to one of the country’s two biggest e-commerce players.

Steve earned his Bachelor of International Business and Management from Dickinson College in Pennsylvania, USA. He honed his computer science skills through the completion of his Master of Information Technology with a specialty in distributed systems at the University of Melbourne.

Bobby Koteski Bobby Koteski Quantitative Analyst

Bobby leverages his skills and experience in mathematics and software engineering to build intelligent predictive models and trading algorithms. He has specialised knowledge in crafting deep learning predictive models in global financial markets.

Previously, he worked at Merricks Capital as a Quantitative Analyst on the Commodities team, developing systematic trading strategies.

Bobby holds a Bachelor of Science (Mathematics) from RMIT, Melbourne.

Akhil Kottaram Akhil Kottaram Quantitative Analyst

Akhil is an integral part of the investment team in his role as a quantitative analyst. At Imbue Capital he leverages his extensive analytical skills to identify and capture trading opportunities in global commodity markets using complex and large alternative data sets. He holds a Bachelor of Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering from the University of Calicut and a Master’s in Biomedical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras.

He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne where his thesis project aims to develop imaging-based bio-markers to predict schizophrenia. He uses mathematical modelling and the latest machine learning techniques to analyse functional MRIs of patients to improve the accuracy of diagnosis and treatment outcomes.

Claude Chen Claude Chen Software Engineer

Claude Chen is a dynamic software engineer at Imbue Capital and uses cutting-edge technologies to analyse and mine data, manage complex big data database systems and develop in-house quantitative trading testing and portfolio management systems.

Claude studied a Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China. He has also completed his Master Degree of Information Technology at the University of Melbourne.

Dr. Tom Ludescher Dr. Tom Ludescher Advisory Board Member

Dr. Tom Ludescher is an experienced CEO and insurance expert, with an extensive background in the strategy and management functions of insurance companies in Switzerland, Europe and Asia. He received his doctorate from the University of St. Gallen HSG in the areas of financial markets and insurance law.

Tom is based in Singapore, where he is Chairman of the Swiss Chamber of Commerce and Industry, an association of more than 200 Singapore-based companies with a strong connection to Switzerland, building bridges between two of the world’s leading Fintech hubs. Tom is also the Vice President of the European Chamber of Commerce, a leading advocacy institution in Singapore, as well as advisor to various FinTech and InsurTech startups across Europe, Australia and Asia.

Angus Mason Angus Mason Advisory Board Member

Angus Mason is an entrepreneurial merchant banker with an established history in originating and structuring buy-side investment opportunities and structured finance transactions. He is the founder of Cashel House which oversees the development of Cashel Family Office and Corporate Finance Solutions.

Cashel’s multi-family office offering strives to deliver high end family office services which are accessible to a wide range of the community, including those with smaller investment needs (typically $0.5m to $25m) through to those needing first home finance plus a range of administrative support.