Leadership Team

Edward Qian, Ph.D.

Chief Investment Officer, Multi Asset Investments

Dr. Qian is the Chief Investment Officer and Head of Research, Multi Asset at PanAgora. His primary responsibilities include investment research and portfolio management in PanAgora’s Multi Asset group. He is also a member of the firm’s Investment, Operating, and Directors Committees.

Dr. Qian has had a distinguished career in investment management as well as academia. A renowned researcher, Dr. Qian’s pioneering work, “On the Financial Interpretation of Risk: Risk Budgets Do Add up,” became a cornerstone for what is commonly referred to as “Risk Parity” type investment strategies today. Dr. Qian’s research has helped PanAgora become a leader in the area of risk budgeting strategies by launching the first Risk Parity Portfolios in the early 2000s. He is the author of the recently published book, Risk Parity Fundamentals. Dr. Qian has authored many articles regarding quantitative equity investment techniques as well as being a co-author of the book, Quantitative Equity Portfolio Management: Modern Techniques and Applications.

Prior to joining PanAgora, Dr. Qian was a portfolio manager and part of the Asset Allocation team at 2100 Capital, an alternative investments firm. His prior experience includes a role as senior asset allocation analyst on Putnam Investments’ Global Asset Allocation team. Before joining Putnam, he was a fixed-income quantitative analyst at Back Bay Advisors.

Dr. Qian was a National Science Foundation Research Fellow at MIT.

Edward Qian, Ph.D.


Florida State University, Ph.D.

The Chinese Science Academy, M.S.

Peking University, B.S.