Removing the pain of commodity price volatility

Predicting commodity prices with AI on Alternative Data

 
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What we do

We help mitigate commodity price volatility for buyers and sellers of commodities by forecasting their prices using both traditional and alternative data (including satellite and maritime) and the latest in AI techniques over time horizons of one day to one year. 

Our vision is to provide SME manufacturers with the same price risk mitigation tools that are currently only available to their larger peers

 

Who we are for

Corporates

We give insight into the direction of future price movements and their volatility over strategically useful time horizons. This enables purchasing managers and financial officers to control their price risk - resulting in larger margins and stronger financial control.

Financials

We produce signals with sources of alpha in exchange-traded commodities which are uncorrelated to other main investment styles. The signals articulate their own confidence when generated, increasing their utility for conviction-based trading.

 

Why us

We use state-of-the-art AI methods on a large number of alternative and established data sources in order to make our price predictions on a full cross-section of commodities. We don’t believe in applying AI blindly, which is why we provide confidence limits to our predictions and base our forecasting on the economic theory of supply and demand.

 
 
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Why the name ChAI? All the words for “tea” worldwide fall into two groups, sounding similar to either te or chai.

How these two different forms spread around the globe, reflects the history and transmission of tea drinking culture and trade.

Several thousand years later, at ChAI we apply artificial intelligence to similar trade patterns to give our clients the edge in modern commodities markets.

 
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Our Team

 
Tristan Fletcher     CEO   - PhD in AI in commodity pricing (UCL)  - MEng in Manufacturing (Cambridge)  - Research Fellowship in applying AI to noisy data-sets (Imperial)  - Manufacturing / FMCG management consultant.  - Algo trader in global commodity Hedge Funds (Aspect Capital) and Investment Banks (UBS)

Tristan Fletcher

CEO

- PhD in AI in commodity pricing (UCL)

- MEng in Manufacturing (Cambridge)

- Research Fellowship in applying AI to noisy data-sets (Imperial)

- Manufacturing / FMCG management consultant.

- Algo trader in global commodity Hedge Funds (Aspect Capital) and Investment Banks (UBS)

Pavlos Charalambides    - MEng Electronic and Electrical Engineering (UCL & Georgia Institute of Technology)  - MSc in Computational Statistics and Machine Learning (UCL)  - Dean’s List (MEng) & UCL CS Excellence Scholar (MSc)  - Research focused on commodity price forecasting using non-parametric Bayesian methods

Pavlos Charalambides

- MEng Electronic and Electrical Engineering (UCL & Georgia Institute of Technology)

- MSc in Computational Statistics and Machine Learning (UCL)

- Dean’s List (MEng) & UCL CS Excellence Scholar (MSc)

- Research focused on commodity price forecasting using non-parametric Bayesian methods

 
Steve Wall    - 30+ years experience in supply chain management  - Advisor at Board and SVP level to Pepsico, Pernod Ricard, Nestle, Unilever, Johnson & Johnson, Coca-Cola, Reckitt Benckiser, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Argos and others.  - Co-founder and Manufacturing Practice Leader at The Sequoia Partnership.

Steve Wall

- 30+ years experience in supply chain management

- Advisor at Board and SVP level to Pepsico, Pernod Ricard, Nestle, Unilever, Johnson & Johnson, Coca-Cola, Reckitt Benckiser, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Argos and others.

- Co-founder and Manufacturing Practice Leader at The Sequoia Partnership.

Marcus Dixon    COO   - BA in Business Management & Marketing.  - Management of global sales pipeline and technology partnerships.  - Customer relationship and project management of AI solutions in performance critical industries.

Marcus Dixon

COO

- BA in Business Management & Marketing.

- Management of global sales pipeline and technology partnerships.

- Customer relationship and project management of AI solutions in performance critical industries.

 
Brian Kearns   - 30+ years experience in finance, across capital markets, corporate finance and M&A  - Senior management positions in investment banks and buy-side institutions  - Early stage investor in several successful startups including investments in Funding Circle and import.io

Brian Kearns

- 30+ years experience in finance, across capital markets, corporate finance and M&A

- Senior management positions in investment banks and buy-side institutions

- Early stage investor in several successful startups including investments in Funding Circle and import.io

Silvi Wompa Sinclair     Chief Underwriting Officer   - MSc in Business and Economics.  - McKinsey & Company alumna.  - International insurance executive with senior management experience from distribution, underwriting, claims, investment and corporate strategy.

Silvi Wompa Sinclair

Chief Underwriting Officer

- MSc in Business and Economics.

- McKinsey & Company alumna.

- International insurance executive with senior management experience from distribution, underwriting, claims, investment and corporate strategy.

 
Andrew Patterson    - Previously experienced and driven Commodities professional specialising in Metals for 24 years;  - Metals trading and sales for leading firms such as Soc Gen International, Newedge and Barclays Capital.  - Built and led market-leading teams, overseeing complex and varied client bases with aggressive targets.  - Awarded the 2013 Financial News/Dower Jones Rising Stars Top 40 Under 40 in Trading and Technology.

Andrew Patterson

- Previously experienced and driven Commodities professional specialising in Metals for 24 years;

- Metals trading and sales for leading firms such as Soc Gen International, Newedge and Barclays Capital.

- Built and led market-leading teams, overseeing complex and varied client bases with aggressive targets.

- Awarded the 2013 Financial News/Dower Jones Rising Stars Top 40 Under 40 in Trading and Technology.

Michael Button     CTO   - MSc Computer Science & BSc Mathematics with Statistics.  - Principal software architect & engineer in global Hedge Funds.  - Development/architecture of mission-critical trading and financial services software.

Michael Button

CTO

- MSc Computer Science & BSc Mathematics with Statistics.

- Principal software architect & engineer in global Hedge Funds.

- Development/architecture of mission-critical trading and financial services software.

 
Lisa Mandell   - Previously held positions at Techlightenment a social media marketing and technology business where she shaped their marketing and sales functions which led to a successful exit to Experian plc in 2014.  - More recently was a founding member of VC-backed content production company Quill Content, a global leader of ecommerce content production.

Lisa Mandell

- Previously held positions at Techlightenment a social media marketing and technology business where she shaped their marketing and sales functions which led to a successful exit to Experian plc in 2014.

- More recently was a founding member of VC-backed content production company Quill Content, a global leader of ecommerce content production.

Steve Butler     CCO   - Commodities trader +20 years.  - 12 years head of trading at a large global CTA (Aspect Capital).  - 15 years trading commodity markets as head of trading.  - Traded multiple commodity types on every exchange in the world.

Steve Butler

CCO

- Commodities trader +20 years.

- 12 years head of trading at a large global CTA (Aspect Capital).

- 15 years trading commodity markets as head of trading.

- Traded multiple commodity types on every exchange in the world.

 
Benjamin A. Falk   - 10+ year experience working as a macroeconomist and strategist modelling all major regions and asset classes.  - Covering some of the world’s most prestigious firms, including Millennium Capital Partners, EDF Trading where he headed up global economic research.  - Founder, owner, and chief economist at BAF Macro Limited, an economic consultancy firm.

Benjamin A. Falk

- 10+ year experience working as a macroeconomist and strategist modelling all major regions and asset classes.

- Covering some of the world’s most prestigious firms, including Millennium Capital Partners, EDF Trading where he headed up global economic research.

- Founder, owner, and chief economist at BAF Macro Limited, an economic consultancy firm.


 

Our ADVISORS

 

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Manufacturing Engineers

Manufacturing engineers, with a strong focus on FMCG and metal processing.

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Academics

Academics in AI as applied to financial markets, centred on commodity futures markets.

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Algorithmic Traders

Algorithmic traders and portfolio managers from global Commodity Trader Advisers / Hedge Funds.

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Supply Chain Experts

Supply chain based management consultants.

 
 

Our Collaborations

We collaborate with the following organisations:

 
 

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Google Cloud Platform

Thanks to an initial allocation of credits, our service is hosted on GCP, taking full advantage of its tech stack.


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Digital Catapult MI Garage

MI garage has assisted ChAI at every stage of our journey.


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Department for International Trade

An AI-centred trade mission, organised by DIT, was the genesis of ChAI.


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Refinitiv

A data provider assisting with supplying data for early stage model development and now lies at the heart of our algorithms’ predictive ability.


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Imperial College London

Some aspects of our Machine Learning technology are being explored in association with researchers at Imperial.


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University College London

We have carried out a substantial amount of ML research with UCL.


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Fintech Sandbox

The FinTech Sandbox have provide multiple introductions to various data providers through their network.

 

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We are Hiring

Full Stack Developer

ChAI are looking for a full-stack Software Developer to help build out our tech stack and enhance our product offering. You will be responsible for software projects throughout the full development lifecycle, from requirements gathering to deployment in the cloud.

Working independently, you will need to be able to write clean, well-tested, reliable code. This will be a hands-on role and we’re looking for motivated, curious developers who want to learn and help take our exciting, fast-moving business to the next stage. You will also have exposure to deployment and management of our cloud-based software infrastructure. We use an Agile software development process, aiming to develop and deploy software as rapidly as possible.

This is a fantastic opportunity to work in an early-stage startup, and as part of your role you will also gain exposure to many areas of the business, including working with clients and our machine learning tech.

Full description available on Angel List: https://angel.co/company/chai-6/jobs/647772-junior-developer

Contact Us

 

Address

ChAI
Kemp House, 160 City Road,
London, EC1V 2NX

Email Us

info@chai-uk.com

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