Founder, Chief Investment Officer
Ryan Pannell is a Canadian-born hedge fund manager, ocean conservationist, and committed philanthropist. Prior to his Predictive Modelling, Algorithmic Engineering, and Behavioural Finance work, Ryan was a pioneer in cryptographic web-based messaging technologies; studied theoretical physics, quantum mechanics, and cosmology; and enjoyed a successful early career as a film and television professional.
This unusual mix of expertise in capital markets, technology, business, and the arts gives him a uniquely creative perspective on portfolio management, equities, and derivatives trading.
Ryan founded the company that would become Kaiju Capital Management in 2013, and has since then grown AUM from $15,000 of his own money to more than $100M under management and seven straight years of market-beating returns. In building Kaiju, Ryan has focused on two core areas: mathematically proven market-neutral trading strategies and talent acquisition.
As CIO, Ryan oversees and actively participates in the creation of all strategies Kaiju deploys. He is the chief architect of several proprietary strategies, and ensures these strategies align with our Mechanisms of Reasoning to achieve consistently high risk-adjusted investment results.
While his professional focus currently lies with Kaiju, his philanthropic efforts are split between two causes profoundly significant to him: Providing assistance to underprivileged youth and ocean conservation. Ryan is a Coral Reef Alliance member, an Ocean Conservancy Partner, a member of The Shark Trust, and a Keystone Contributor of Shark Advocates International. He donates time and resources to local schools where he teaches classes in visual storytelling, and supplies hundreds of tablets to local schoolchildren each year.
Ryan is an active sportsman with a deep love of the ocean. He enjoys stand-up paddling, surfing, diving (free and SCUBA), sailing, and is a retired competitive polo player. He works and lives in Barbados with his family, and returns to Canada seasonally.