Avantgarde, a leading institutional-grade decentralized finance (DeFi) platform, has announced the appointment of Ainsley To as head of asset management. Avantgarde is known for its development and maintenance of Enzyme, the world’s first on-chain asset management protocol.
To brings a wealth of experience in both traditional finance and crypto to his new role. With a background in managing portfolios and multi-asset funds, To will be responsible for researching, designing, and managing Avantgarde’s on-chain strategies. His expertise across various asset classes and investment strategies will be instrumental in driving the next stage of growth for the platform and navigating the future of DeFi.
In his role, To will be in charge of portfolio construction criteria, risk management, and monitoring processes for new strategies. He will also oversee live portfolio risk management to ensure that it operates within defined risk limits.
To joins Avantgarde with over 14 years of experience in traditional finance, including a decade as the head of multi-asset at the £4 billion wealth management firm Credo. He has also covered crypto as a research analyst at digital asset prime broker Genesis and has contributed to Messari’s research hub. To holds a CFA charter, a PhD in finance, an MSc in risk & finance from EDHEC Business School, and a BSc from Imperial College.
Mona El Isa, the founder and CEO of Avantgarde, expressed her confidence in To’s abilities, stating that his experience in traditional finance and DeFi will contribute to the continued success and growth of the platform. She believes that To’s appointment will help take Avantgarde to new heights in the fast-paced crypto industry.
To himself shared his excitement about joining a project at the cutting edge of DeFi. He believes that DeFi offers solutions to the inefficiencies embedded within traditional asset management, and he is eager to explore data-driven strategies with longer-term horizons. To looks forward to contributing to Avantgarde and learning from a team that is pioneering the intersection of crypto and asset management.
Avantgarde is a multi-faceted digital investment business that focuses on providing institutional investors with DeFi investment opportunities. Its flagship product, Enzyme, is a decentralized protocol for on-chain asset management that allows users to create, manage, and invest in custom crypto asset management vaults. Avantgarde’s institutional-grade DeFi products and services aim to unlock the full potential of on-chain asset management.
With its four business units, Avantgarde covers various aspects of the DeFi ecosystem. Avantgarde Asset builds DeFi investment products powered by Enzyme vaults and provides advisory services for a wide range of users. Avantgarde Crypto Fund Platform offers a regulated and compliant turnkey platform for setting up and managing DeFi crypto funds. Avantgarde Technology leverages its expertise in DeFi and traditional finance to develop products and services on top of Enzyme, acting as the DeFi Operating System. Avantgarde Treasury collaborates with DAOs and corporate treasury managers to manage balance sheets in a safe and transparent manner, while keeping up with the rapid pace of innovation in DeFi.
With its extensive experience in traditional finance and deep DeFi engineering expertise, Avantgarde is well-positioned to help investors access the best that DeFi has to offer in a safe and compliant manner.
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