Unigestion has bolstered its equities team with the appointment of Robert Kosowski as head of quantitative research.

In his new capacity, Kosowski is responsible for spearheading quantitative research at the boutique and in doing so, reports to Alexei Jourovski, head of equities.

He joined the Geneva asset manager at the beginning of May 2017 and is based in the London office.

Alongside his new role, Kosowski continues as associate professor of finance at Imperial College Business School and is an associate member of the Oxford-Man Institute of Quantitative Finance at Oxford University.

Prior to that, Kosowski consulted for sovereign wealth funds, hedge funds, investment banks, family offices and private banks and has worked for Goldman Sachs, the Boston Consulting Group and Deutsche Bank.

On the new hire, Jourovski said: ‘Unigestion’s investment philosophy and culture is deeply rooted in research and academia, and quantitative tools have always been a fundamental part of our investment process, and are central to our work on risk-managed equity strategies and alternative risk premia investing.

‘With the pace of advancement in this field picking up across the industry, having Robert’s highly sought after expertise in quant finance will provide huge value to our clients.’

Speaking about his new position, Kosowski said: ‘There is a key synergy between the academic world and the finance industry, and I am keen to take on the challenge of putting the theory into practice.’