At Essentia, we’re passionate advocates of the role that next-generation intelligent technology can play in improving investor performance.

Our team’s proven pedigree in investment, technology and behavioral science means we are uniquely placed to understand the needs of active investors and build the tools that help them to perform.

AI for Investment Managers
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Leadership Team

Clare Flynn Levy
Clare Flynn LevyFounder & CEO
Prior to founding Essentia, Clare spent 10 years as a fund manager, both active equity (running over $1bn of pension funds for Deutsche Asset Management) and hedge (as founder and CIO of Avocet Capital Management, a specialist tech fund manager). She ultimately “went native” into the software space as President of Beauchamp Financial Technology, a market-leading provider of portfolio management systems to hedge funds, which was acquired by Linedata Services S.A. Clare’s vision for Essentia is based on years of being the customer, followed by years of listening to the customer.
James Ramirez
James RamirezCTO
James joined Essentia on the back of 15 years as a technologist with Barclays – working in their investment banking and wealth management businesses, as well as contributing to technology governance and strategy across the Group. James has a reputation for intraprenurial thinking and building high performance teams. Over his career, he has built and designed client-facing systems for massive scale in a highly regulated environment, founded the Barclays Group Mobile Community of Practice, and ran the Back and Middle Office technology platform for the Asian futures business.
Chris Woodcock
Chris WoodcockChief Product Officer
Chris is an Essentia client who liked it so much, he joined the company. Prior to joining us, he was a technology analyst at GAM Investment Management and a hedge fund analyst at GAM Multi Manager in London. Before his career in financial services, Chris was a professional footballer with Newcastle United. He holds a MSc in Bioinformatics from Imperial College and an MA in Maths & Computer Science from Oxford University. In his spare time Chris is a trainee mountain guide.