Dave Bizer is a co-founder of GCW Global Customised Wealth where he focuses on all aspects of the business.
Prior to founding GCW, Dave was a Managing Partner at Jasper Ridge Partners, a California-based investment manager, where he joined other Managing Partners in leading all aspects of the firm’s investment strategy. He also focused on portfolio construction, implemented the firm’s risk factor overlay program and played a leadership role in product development. Dave serves on the Board of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research and on the London School of Economics North American Advisory Board.
Previously, Dave served on Nomura’s Wholesale Executive Committee and held various senior management positions at Lehman Brothers. Dave has served on the Council of Economic Advisers under two U.S. Presidents. Additionally, he was a visiting assistant professor of Finance at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a visiting assistant professor of Finance at University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Dave has published articles in the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy and the Journal of Monetary Economics, among other periodicals and publications. Dave received his Ph.D. and MA in Economics from Stanford University and an AB from the University of Michigan.
Siggi Thorkelsson is a co-founder of GCW Global Customised Wealth where he focuses on all aspects of the business.
Siggi is also the co-founder and Chairman of Fossar Markets, an Icelandic securities firm with offices in Iceland, UK and Sweden. Prior to founding Fossar, Siggi had over 20 years experience in the banking and securities industry having held leadership positions at investment banks in New York, London, Tokyo and Hong Kong. Most recently, he was Head of Equities EMEA at Barclays Capital in London and a Director of Barclays Capital Securities Limited. Previously he was Head of Equities Asia Pacific including Japan at Barclays and Nomura after having held a number of senior roles at Lehman Brothers.
Siggi has served as a Director of various listed and unlisted companies in Iceland, UK and Switzerland. He was appointed by the Government of Iceland, the Chairman of the government‘s Advisory Committee on the elimination of currency controls in the aftermath of financial crises in Iceland.
Siggi splits his time between the UK and Iceland where he is also involved in a number of cultural activities including being Chairman of the Board of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Siggi holds a BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Iceland and a MSc degree in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management from Stanford University.
Peter DeMarzo is the Staehelin Family Professor of Finance at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is the current President of the American Finance Association and has served as the past president of the Western Finance Association. He has published research on corporate investment and financing, asset securitization, financial contracting, and market regulation. Recent work has examined the optimal design of securities, dynamic compensation mechanisms, regulation of insider trading and broker-dealers, bank capital regulation, and the influence of information asymmetries on corporate disclosures and investment. He is co-author of the leading corporate finance textbook and has served as associate editor of the Review of Financial Studies, Financial Management, and B.E. Journals of Economic Analysis and Policy.
Before joining Stanford, he was on the faculty of U.C. Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management, and a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution. Peter received his Ph.D. in Economics in 1989 and M.S. in Operations Research in 1985 from Stanford University, and a B.A. in Cognitive Science and in Applied Mathematics in 1984 from U.C. San Diego.
Matthew Luckett is focused on direct and co-investments at GCW and serves on the firm’s investment committee. In addition to his role with GCW, Matt is also co-founder and a general partner of Lampros Capital, an alternative investment firm focused on special situations and technology-enabled private credit.
Most recently, Mr. Luckett was a general partner of Balestra Capital, Ltd., a multi-billion dollar global macro investment firm, where he was responsible for portfolio strategy, research and portfolio risk supervision. During his tenure, Balestra was ranked in the top 10 best-performing macro funds (5-10 year track record) in the world by HRFI.
Prior to Balestra Capital, Mr. Luckett was a Principal and a Wall Street Journal-rated equities research analyst at Soundview Technology Group and a technology industry analyst at Gartner Group, where he covered software, data analytics and applications development. Mr. Luckett has been a direct investor in over 40 private companies and real estate projects. He has held numerous board seats for private companies and non-profit organizations.
Matt graduated with honors from Georgetown University where he received the George F. Baker Scholarship and was a trustee of the scholarship as an alumnus. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Georgetown Scholars Program, which supports first-generation students and he previously served on the Georgetown College Board of Advisors. He is an accomplished marathoner and an All-America age-group triathlete and Ironman, who competed for Team USA at the 2014 World Championships.
Peter Sabtchevsky is a Vice President of GCW Global Customised Wealth and a member of the quantitative analytics team, where he has responsibility for quantitative analytics, portfolio construction modelling, and risk management.
Prior to joining GCW in 2018, Peter was a Ph.D. Researcher at the Financial Markets Group, London School of Economics (LSE) focused on quantitative investment management. Previously, Peter worked as an investment analyst at Invest Fund Management where he was responsible for asset allocation and portfolio management. Prior to that, Peter was at Goldman Sachs (Japan) and the Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ.
Peter received his Ph.D. in Finance in 2018 and MRes in Finance in 2015 from the London School of Economics. He received his MA in Mathematical Finance in 2013 and BA in Finance in 2012 from Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo.
GCW Global Customised Wealth is focused on working with wealthy families who seek the benefits of comprehensive portfolio oversight. We aim to maximize risk- and liquidity- adjusted expected return for client portfolios customised to specific family circumstances and objectives, and approach investing with a strong after-tax mindset. The firm also helps clients achieve their broader life planning objectives such as philanthropy and intergenerational wealth transfer. GCW works with international clients, invests globally and is headquartered in London with partners in London, NY and the San Francisco area.