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Emmanuel D. Chesnais
  • Blockchain & cryptocurrencies
  • Enterprise risk management
  • Governance
  • Model risk management
  • Quantitative investments
  • Regulatory Compliance

Emmanuel D. Chesnais

Emmanuel Chesnais is a senior risk executive with over 20 years of industry/consulting experience and a passion for tackling strategic opportunities in complex trading and investment environments with focus on buy-side.
He has a broad range of skills in risk management, analytics, controls, and governance, including model risk, enterprise risk, portfolio risk. He put these skills to use when developing, building, and running risk frameworks for different types of financial firms such as hedge funds, asset managers, crypto firms.
Emmanuel holds an M.B.A. from INSEAD, an M.S. in Operations Research from Columbia University and a B.S. in E.E./M.E. from ESTP (France).

Industry Experience
Areas of Expertise

Industry Experience

Atalante LLC

Independent Consultant, Risk Advisory Services

GSR Markets

Risk Officer, Head of Model Risk, HFT Risk

AQR Capital Management

MD, Head of Model Risk Management

PwC, Financial Advisory Services

Risk and Regulatory practice (ERM Buy-side lead)


Risk and Compliance practice (Buy-side lead)

Ernst & Young

Financial Services Office, Hedge Fund practice

Infosys Consulting

Banking & Capital Markets - Sub-practice lead

2006 - 2008

Independent Consulting

HF, Fintech focus


Director, Strategy, Marketing

American Management Systems (CGI)

Global Risk Practice, Team Lead

Crédit Foncier de France (BPCE)

Head of Fixed Income Derivatives Desk



Master of Business Administration

Columbia University

Master of Science in Operations Research


Ecole Spéciale des Travaux Publics

Master of Science

Areas of Expertise

Enterprise Risk Management

Framework development and implementation

Governance to infrastructure

Spanning buy-side and sell-side

Risk Appetite

Metrics, qualitative principles

Model Risk Management

Model identification

Risk assessment

Validation process

Change management

Ongoing monitoring/reporting

Quantitative Investment Management

Factor models

Equity, Macro, Arbitrage stategies

Risk, Portoflio construction

Independent testing

Trusted advisor to Research, PM, traders


Crypto markets, HFT, CEX/DEXs


Integrated risk framework

Incident management

DeFI protocol deep-dive

Regulatory Compliance

Regulatory-mandated reviews

SEC, Fed, OCC, SFC, BIS regulations

Reviews of quant manager, algorithmic trading operations

Control deficiencies & remediations

Response to MRA/MRIA, enforcement actions

Governance and Controls

Committee founder, chairman & member

Model risk, Enterprise risk, Data Governance and New Product committees

Development and maintenance of policies, procedures, charters

Control frameworks design and review

Expert Keywords

  • algorithmic trading
  • alternative asset management
  • asset controls
  • asset verification
  • atomic swap
  • automated market making (AMM)
  • bitcoin (BTC)
  • blockchain governance
  • bridge risk
  • Byzantine Generals’ Problem
  • cipher
  • coin mixer
  • cold storage
  • cold wallet
  • compliance
  • composability risk
  • conflicts of interest
  • consensus
  • controls
  • cross-chain
  • crypto
  • crypto exchanges
  • crypto investment advisory
  • crypto risk modeling
  • crypto trading
  • cryptocurrencies
  • cryptocurrency derivatives
  • cryptocurrency market analysis
  • cryptocurrency taxonomy
  • Cryptographic Hash Function
  • custody
  • DDoS attack
  • Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAO)
  • decentralized exchanges
  • Decentralized Finance (DeFi)
  • DeFi protocols
  • derivatives
  • digital asset management
  • Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT)
  • enterprise risk management (ERM)
  • ERC (token standard)
  • escrow
  • gas
  • governance
  • governance model
  • governance token
  • hack
  • hash function
  • high frequency trading (HFT)
  • Howey Test
  • impermanent loss (IL)
  • incentive mechanism
  • interconnectedness
  • Layer 1
  • Layer 2
  • liquidity pools
  • margin calls
  • market making
  • model risk
  • model validation
  • Money Transmitter License
  • OffLedger
  • operational due diligence (ODD)
  • operational risk
  • oracle risk
  • Perpetual futures (Perps)
  • Ponzi scheme
  • portfolio management
  • private key
  • pseudonymity
  • pump and dump
  • quantitative models
  • Race Attack
  • regulatory agenda
  • regulatory compliance
  • risk appetite
  • risk appetite framework
  • risk appetite metrics
  • risk assessment
  • risk framework
  • risk management
  • risk reporting
  • rug pull
  • seed phrase
  • short squeeze
  • Simple Agreement for Future Tokens (SAFT)
  • smart contract audits
  • Soft Fork
  • stablecoins
  • Sybil Attack
  • synthetic assets
  • systemic risk
  • technology risk
  • tokenization
  • tokenomics
  • trader
  • trading
  • trading bots
  • utility token
  • Vampire Attack
  • Vaporware
  • wallets
  • wash trades
  • Wrench attack
  • Zero Knowledge Proof

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