Matthias Knab is the Managing Director and Managing Editor of Opalesque, one of the world's leading news services on hedge funds and alternative investments. He is also the founder and owner of Opalesque, and established himself as an internationally recognized expert on hedge funds and alternative assets and investments. After establishing his first links into the hedge fund industry, Matthias became aware about the need of a daily, independent and encompassing news service in this thriving sector. Since 1989, he has been working as a consultant for major German institutions, most notably Allianz and Vereinte Versicherungen. Prior to Opalesque, he created and served as CEO of Boersen Akademie AG, the first German institution directed at offering educational services on investing themes. Matthias lectured at numerous universities on the subjects of hedge funds and the state of the global alternative asset investment management industry. He has also chaired various hedge fund and investment conferences globally, moderated hundreds of panels and Roundtables in all leading financial centers, and interviewed some of the most astute investors and asset managers.
Matthias is personally in charge of the Opalesque Roundtables, Opalesque.TV and the firm's newsletter Alternative Market Briefing.
He publishes Opalesque Alternative Market Briefing, the first daily internet based news service focusing on hedge funds and alternative investments.
At Polaris Investment Advisory, he contributes to the development of investment strategies and the asset manager selection process.
He served as Managing Director of TradeStream Global AG, a technology firm developing trading solutions for institutions and hedge funds.
In 2000, he started to publish a pioneering newsletter "Industry Report" which was focusing on the ascent of Electronic Trading within the online brokerage industry.
Matthis has frequently served as Chairman of hedge fund conferences in New York, Greenwich, Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Miami, Bahamas, Stockholm, and Dubai.
He has also presented or moderated at hedge funds events in London, Geneva, Zurich, Singapore, Sydney, Cape Town, Madrid, Moscow, São Paulo, San Francisco, Toronto, Cayman Islands, Auckland and Bombay.
He studied Computer Science and Psychology in the University of Freiburg and subsequently passed exams as a Financial Services Authority, UK.
He is also a Securities Representative, FSA Futures and Options Representative and XETRA trader (Frankfurt).
He speaks English, German, Spanish, French, some Italian and is currently learning Mandarin (Chinese).