Alok Dharia holds a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Groningen and an MBA from Rice University, Houston (U.S.A). Alok has worked with Merrill Lynch Commodities in Houston as a trading strategist for 7 years trading crude oil and refined products on the NYMEX. Alok is also a founder of NAV FINSTRAT LLP a company focused on developing algorithmic trading strategies. He is responsible for the backtesting & optimization of said strategies. His firm is exploring the application of AI in the field of quantitative finance."