Notification for Elections to be held for President and Treasurer of QWAFAFEW-NYC

To All Subscribers:

Mr. Milind Sharma, a paid member in good standing, has petitioned the Steering Committee to run as Chapter President.  His nomination has been seconded.  Mr. Stefan Byramji, a paid member in good standing, has petitioned the Steering Committee to run as Chapter Treasurer.  His nomination has also been seconded. This is in accordance with the Chapter Charter (on website).  Therefore, this is a notification that Chapter Elections are being held for these two offices.

The Steering Committee wishes to proceed with this open and transparent process fairly but expeditiously.  Therefore, anyone else desiring to run for a two-year term as Chapter President or a two-year term as Chapter Treasurer is welcome to do so.  Also, the Charter does not preclude incumbents for running for re-election so we wish to hear from the current President/Treasurer whether he wishes to run for re-election to both offices, neither or just one.  If just one, please let us know which.  In all cases, please e-mail and let us know for which offfice you would like to submit your name in nomination.  Remember, one stipulation is that you must be a paid chapter member. 

On that point, this would be a good time to check your membership status if you are not sure.  Only paid QWAFAFEW-NYC Chapter members may vote in the upcoming election. However, if you wish to vote, it is not too late to renew your membership of join by PayPal using this link:

So any chapter member who wishes to submit her or his nomination for the offices of President or Treasurer needs to reply to this e-mail no later than 12:01 AM EDT Monday August 19.  At that time, the election ballots will be sent to all subscribers but only voting responses from paid members will be counted.  In this transparent way, everyone knows what the rules are and everyone has a chance to participate. 

Any procedural questions, concerns or comments for the Steering Committee should be sent to me at  All other replies should go to  The Steering Committee appreciates your time and support.

Thank you.

Herb Blank, Chairman

QWAFAFEW-NYC Steering Committee

Biographies (added as received)

Candidate for Chapter President

Milind Sharma is CEO of QuantZ Machine Intelligence Technologies (QMIT), a signal provider which specializes in ML enhanced smart betas. His 23 years of market experience include running hedge funds (QuantZ Capital), mutual funds (~$30 Billion at MLIM) as well as prop desks (Deutsche Bank & RBC Global Arbitrage).

He was also a co-founder of Risk/ Quant Strategies at Merrill Lynch IM after a similar role at Ernst & Young. Sharma has an MS in Computational Finance and an MS in Applied Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon where he was also in the PhD program in Logic (AI). Other education includes Wharton, Vassar, and Oxford. He has published extensively on hedge funds and is a frequent speaker at conferences.


, Candidate for Treasurer

Stefan Byramji is a professional with 15 years of cross-cultural experience in sales, management, and relationship management. Most recently, Stefan served as Vice President of Sales at QuantPlot LLC, a fintech startup that sold software for data visualization and quantitative analytics on financial time series data. Prior to QuantPlot, Stefan spent the first 13+ years of his career in Nicaragua where he was a founding member and/or board member of multiple industry associations, and was involved in the incorporation and crafting of the Charter of multiple associations. Among other industry associations, Mr. Byramji was a board member of the Association of Nicaraguan Investors & Developers (ANID), in a member of the American Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber of Tourism.

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