Dr Cristina Escoda has been a founder, advisor and investor in early-stage deep science ventures for over 10 years. Alongside Tachyon, she continues to be actively involved in several startups, and most recently co-founded ORCA Computing Ltd, a spin-out from Oxford University developing the first quantum computer in optical fiber.
Cristina started her career as a financial derivatives structurer for HSBC LatAm in NYC, and later joined the rotational associate program at D.E. Shaw & Co. - the multinational investment management firm founded in 1988 by David E. Shaw in NYC. There she worked on a variety of initiatives, including new business ideation, emerging markets analysis, quant algorithm development and non-traditional asset class products.
Cristina has worked in portfolio management and in product development in the fin-tech, digital health and blockchain sectors. She holds a PhD in Theoretical Physics and a masters in Mathematics from Cambridge University (UK) and an MBA from NYU Stern.