Contrarian investor, Armel is passionate about investment risk management and outside the box investing and thinking. My investment philosophy :
1- Integrate Black swan: possibility of tail/extreme event that can wip out the entire profit.
2-Reach optimum diversification: marginal/incremental diversification effect on portfolio return is a decreasing function of the number of assets.
3-Tailor portfolio to meet adjusted Kelly growth criterion.
Armel Romeo Kouassi is Senior Investment Officer for DiscoverPoint Capital's Private Equity Group. In his role as Sr. Investment Officer Armel has responsibility for analyzing investment management and private equity investments, including research, analysis, due diligence, consulting, valuation and presentation to investors.
Prior to his current role, Armel was Associate at Merrill Lynch Global Markets in its Trading Division, and previously responsible for credit portfolio management, analytics and scoring at GE Capital European Headquarters. Armel was Financial Auditor for KPMG before joining GE Capital in 2003. Before joining KPMG in 2002, he held a wide variety of posts in risk management and researches.
Armel has an MBA from The Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania where his research and studies centered on alternative investments, distressed investing, private equity, emerging markets and risk management. Armel has a MSc (Hons) in Statistics at the Advanced School Of Statistics and Applied Economy – ENSEA from Ivory Coast and Master in Finance from the European School of Management – ESCP-EAP Paris. He is member of the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) , the New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA) and various professionals’ investors and quantitative finance groups.
Armel is fluent in French and English, conversant in German and a father of a lovely daughter and he is passionate about salsa, Ivorian music and classical music. Armel is speaker to college students at the Philadelphia archeology and anthropology museum, and dances and choreographs salsa in his spare time. I enjoy also thinking.......and love Africa : extract of Professor Allen working paper I contributed : http://fic.wharton.upenn.edu/fic/africa/africa.htm