Meet the Team

Wayne Ferbert

Managing Director

Wayne has spent his entire 22-year career in financial services. He founded Alpha DNA Investment Management to broaden the use of machine learning, including companies' digital footprints, as autonomous trading tools.

He previously co-founded ZEGA Financial (where he is still an investment strategist) to specialize in risk-management strategies using options. ZEGA’s founding principles grew out of the book Wayne co-authored entitled Buy and Hedge, the Five Iron Rules for Investing Over the Long Term.

Wayne spent 10 years in the online brokerage segment with TD Ameritrade. He managed Business Development as a member of the Senior Operating Committee-including M&A and Market Research--as well as ran Product Development. Previously, Wayne held planning & analytical roles at Fortune 500 insurance and banking firms.

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Arun Muthupalaniappan

Arun is Managing Partner at alpha-DNA, a boutique research firm that specializes in growth analytics leveraging real-time digital information and machine learning to improve portfolio decisions in Investment management.

Through his 20+ year career prior to founding alpha-DNA, he has led data-centric capabilities transformation across Fortune 500 brands, designing and successfully monetizing information-based strategies across consumer finance, retail, e-commerce and advertising businesses.

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Rod Fertig

Rod is a Partner and co-founder of alpha-DNA. Rod has spent over a decade leading Customer and Digital analytics transformation inside large global Financial Services businesses. Rod is passionate about creating structure around unstructured digital data, and the real-world application of autonomous learning algorithms making it truly actionable for improved high-value decisions in Marketing and Finance.

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David J. Olson

Director, Business Development

Dave serves as a director of sales for Alpha DNA Investment Management. In this role he oversees client development and client relations for the firm. 

Dave spent eight years at a boutique wealth management firm in Bethesda, MD where he held the titles of Senior Client Advisor & Chief Investment Strategist. From 2013 to 2017, he served as the Director of Portfolio Management/Director of Client Relations for a DC-based RIA that offered a full suite of institutional investment services including a long/short equity hedge fund strategy.

Dave earned a bachelors degree in finance from James Madison University. He also achieved his Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) designation through the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and the Investment Management Consultants Association.

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ZEGA Financial

Alpha DNA IM was incubated within and then spun out of ZEGA Financial. ZEGA Financial is a separate accounts manager that specializes in derivatives and hedging. It manages over $250 million in AUM. Alpha DNA has outsourced much of its back office and trading support to ZEGA Financial. The back office and trading team at ZEGA has over 60 years of combined financial services experience and has been managing separate accounts since 2011.

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