Samantha Kappagoda is Co-Managing Member of Numerati® Partners LLC, which coordinates a data analytics and technology development ecosystem, with the mission of advancing and fostering the next generation of scalable data-intensive risk and liability management enterprises.
The firm provides resources fundamental to advancing the development of nascent leading-edge inferential surveillance, monitoring, and predictive analytics technologies for deployment within the RiskTech domain: risk technologies associated with adaptive distributed, networked and embedded systems such as remote sensing, agent-oriented data analytics, computing and control systems. Numerati Partners curates integrated RiskTech solutions as well as forensic and use-case applications in RiskTech sub-domains such as LitTech, RegTech, FinTech and InsurTech (litigation technology, regulation technology, financial technology and insurance technology).
Samantha Kappagoda is also an investigator at the RiskEcon® Lab for Decision Metrics @ Courant Institute of Mathematical Science at New York University (NYU), established in 2011 in order to apply a range of computational and analytical methods to commercial, consumer and population-related societal trends. She leads research efforts in the domains of consumer behavior, socieconomic/ demographic trends and income distribution. She is also a Visiting Scholar at Courant Institute, and associated with the Social Media and Political Participation Lab (SMaPP) at NYU, an interdisciplinary collaboration that investigates the relationships between social media and political behavior. She also currently serves as Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association Insurance Technology and Risk Committee.
Previously, she was Senior Economist at Caxton Associates, a hedge fund established in 1983, investing in global fixed income, currencies, commodities and equities. She was a key member of Caxton Global, the firm’s flagship global macro fund, which, at its peak, had approximately $12 billion of assets under management. Her macroeconomic and demographic analytics and development of proprietary econometric models of financial markets, the global economy, central bank and related policy actions guided the firm’s senior decision makers during her thirteen-year tenure there.
Prior to working in the financial markets, Samantha was an Economist in the Operations Evaluation Department of the World Bank in Washington, D.C., focusing on building computable general equilibrium models, in order to analyze the bank’s loan portfolio across emerging market countries.
Samantha pursues her broader research interests by serving as a senior editorial advisory board member of The Journal of Risk Finance (JRF), an Emerald Publications journal which provides a rigorous forum for the publication, both by academics and practitioners, of theoretical and empirical research related to the financing of risk, with a long-standing focus on issues of market convergence. She was originally the founding Managing Editor of JRF in 1999, initially published by Euromoney Institutional Investor, before its successful sale to its current publisher. She has also served as Special Editor for Risk Management, for The Journal of Alternative Investments, another Institutional Investor journal.
Samantha received an M.B.A. in Analytic Finance and Statistics from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. She also holds an M.A. in Economics with concentrations in Industrial Organization and Monetary Economics from the University of Toronto and graduated with a B.Sc. (Honors) in Mathematics from Imperial College, London.
Her biography has been published in the Marquis’ Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Finance and Business (formerly Who’s Who in Finance and Industry), Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders, Who’s Who of American Women, and Canadian Who’s Who (Grey House Publishing). In 2013, she was honored by the Girl Scouts of Greater New York as a Woman of Distinction, for her activities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
Samantha currently serves as a member of the board of directors of three not-for-profit organizations: Council for Economic Education, an organization that delivers economic education and financial literacy to K-12 students by educating the educators; Glynwood, which focuses on sustainable agriculture and regional food systems; and subsequent to being honored by the Girl Scouts of Greater New York, she has joined their board. Samantha is also a member of the leadership council of Black Rock Forest Consortium, a 4,000-acre natural living laboratory for field-based scientific research and education, operated by a consortium of twenty-three colleges and universities, public and independent schools, and scientific and cultural institutions.
Samantha has lived and worked in New York, Washington D.C., Toronto, Ottawa and London, and has also lived in Singapore, the Philippines and Sri Lanka.