Jessica JamesManaging Director, Senior Quantitative Researcher at Commerzbank AG
Jessica James is a Senior Quantitative Researcher at Commerzbank in London. She joined Commerzbank from Citigroup where she held a number of FX roles, latterly as Global Head of the Quantitative Investor Solutions Group. Prior to this she was the Head of Risk Advisory and Currency Overlay Team for Bank One. Before her career in finance, James lectured in physics at Trinity College, Oxford. She holds a BSc in Physics from Manchester University and a D. Phil. in atomic and nuclear physics from Oxford University.
Her significant publications include the ‘Handbook of Foreign Exchange’ (Wiley), 'Interest Rate Modelling' (Wiley), and 'Currency Management' (Risk books). Her latest books include ‘FX Option Performance’ (Wiley, 2015), ‘Quantitative Finance’ (IoP, 2017) and ‘Inflation-linked Bonds and Derivatives’ (De Gruyter, published 2023). She has been closely associated with the development of currency as an asset class, being one of the first to create overlay and currency alpha products.
Jessica is a Visiting Professor both at UCL and at The Business School, University of London. She is a Managing Editor for the Journal of Quantitative Finance. Apart from her financial appointments, she is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and has been a member of their governing body and of their Industry and Business Board.