This is the about page for the New York Chapter, but contains information about the entire organization as well.

Contact data:

Email: NYC@qwafafew.org

Chapter Administrator: Simone Dauphin

President: Mike Carty, cmcarty1@earthlink.net

Communications Chair: Jesse J Noel, US Bancorp Financial Services, jessejnoel@hotmail.com 

Program Chair: hblank@qwafafew.org Herb Blank – 917-992-7852 – NYC QWAFAFEW Chapter Founder & Steering Committee Chair

NYC meetings are usually (please see schedule tab for specifics) held on the fourth Tuesday of the month on 44th Street in Manhattan. Bourbon Street Grille between 8th and 9th Avenues. Accessible Port Authority (A, C, E lines) and Times Square – 42nd Street (1, 2, 3, 7, N, Q, R, S and W lines) subway stations. One stop from either Grand Central or Penn Station.

For this year’s schedule, please see Schedule Tab

To receive email notifications direct to your inbox, please send your name, e-mail, and phone number to qwafafew.nyc@outlook.com

To RSVP: Email nyc@qwafafew.org and put date of event you wish to attend in Subject Line. In text body, please provide the names, phone numbers, organizations (if any), emails, and membership status for each attendee.

Membership: See Membership tab

Origin and Purpose:


QWAFAFEW (http://qwafafew.org) is an informal non-profit social organization of quantitatively interested investment professionals, students and friends. The name QWAFAFEW (pronounce “quaff-a-few”) is a double entendre. The acronym is derived from Quantitative Work Alliance for Applied Finance Education and Wisdom.

The group was formed in Boston in 1990 to provide a venue for quantitative researchers to discuss their evolving work with peers. Since then, 11 other global chapters have launched. The organization is meant to provide a collegial forum to promote the sharing of analytical research pertinent to the investment industry. The forum is also serves as a conduit for networking. Meetings are held after-work in casual environments such as bars, clubs, and restaurants.

QWAFAFEW has held chapter meetings in Boston, Chicago, Denver, Edinburgh UK, London UK, Hartford, Jersey City, Los Angeles Metro, Milan Italy, New York, Philadelphia Metro, Pittsburgh, Princeton, San Francisco, Sao Paolo Brazil, Sydney Australia, Tokyo Japan, Toronto ON, Vancouver, BC, and Washington DC.  The most active chapters today are Boston, New York, Italy (Milan), Denver, Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia Metro and Edinburgh UK.  Since chapters are all locally initiated and run, we (Boston and New York especially) will make every effort from a media/website/advisory perspective to support meetings and efforts everywhere.



What’s in a Name?

Originally for mainly quantitatively oriented investment professionals, the name QWAFAFEW (pronounced “quaff-a-few”) is a double entendre. The acronym is derived from Quantitative Work Alliance for Applied Finance Education and Wisdom.


The QWAFAFEW NY Chapter now hosts monthly forums on a wide range of investment topics from fundamental and quantitative strategies to technology to regulation – but we have maintained the informal atmosphere and the opportunity to discuss issues and relax over drinks with your peers. The forum also serves as a conduit for networking.

Atmosphere: Casual and informal
Officers: Officers are elected by the general membership. The Steering Committee guides this process.

Financial Issues: QWAFAFEW is a not-for-profit club. Annual Dues are collected from members in addition to admission fees in order to cover meeting costs. Membership is on an individual, not a corporate basis. Presenters, members, and nonmember attendees are presumed to represent themselves, not their organization. Receipts are provided once per month. Members of other chapters pay membership rates to attend New york meetings.

Meeting Frequency: Generally, 12 times per year, and at least once per month. Venues rotate with time of year, target audience, and sponsorship opportunities.


BOSTON QWAFAFEW (Original Chapter)

QWAFAFEW is an informal organization of quantitatively oriented professionals in various aspects of financial services (primarily investment management). The group was formed a number of years ago to provide a venue for quantitative researchers to discuss their evolving work with peers. As the field has become more “main stream” our membership has also broadened. Our membership includes a wide variety of interests and levels of responsibility. The members span the gamut from owners and senior executives of investment related organizations to recent entrants to the industry. Most attendees have some technical training beyond the M.B.A. level, and many have Ph.D.s All share a common interest in quantitative solutions to understanding investment markets.