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alis_ os

alis_ is powered by a proprietary data management and machine learning system, alis_ os.

alis_os handles the immense complexity of investment ai at scale and reduces the time it takes to develop a new model architecture from three months to three days.

DATA ENGINEERING Data engineering is the aspect of data science that focuses on practical applications of data collection and analysis. For all the work that data scientists do to answer questions using large sets of information, there have to be mechanisms for collecting and validating that information.
FEATURE ENGINEERING Feature engineering is the process of using domain knowledge of the data to create features that make machine learning algorithms work. Feature engineering is fundamental to the application of machine learning, and is both difficult and expensive
MACHINE LEARNING Machine learning is the scientific study of algorithms and statistical models that computer systems use to perform a specific task without using explicit instructions, relying on patterns and inference instead. It is seen as a subset of artificial intelligence.
TRADING alis_ hooks up to the market and implement our ideas.

built by

behind alis_ is a global team passionate about investment ai.

Jan Krynauw

Jan Krynauw

CEO, Actuary

Jan Krynauw is the Chief Executive Officer of alis_ and a director of Rezco Asset Management (~ USD 500M AUM). Prior to alis_, Jan co-led the investment consulting team at Old Mutual (at the time one of the largest investment consultancies in South Africa with a client base of USD 10B). Jan was recognized with the prestigious group-wide ‘Innovation Award’. In his spare time Jan is an avid pianist and enjoys building Lego robotics with two sons. Jan is a qualified Actuary with 16 years industry experience and has a B.Sc Honours from the University of Stellenbosch in Actuarial Science with a Computer Science overlay.

James Spanjaard


James Spanjaard is an MBA graduate of Harvard Business School. Prior to HBS James was a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in Johannesburg and Munich. At BCG James was selected from a worldwide pool of candidates as one of ten ambassadors to BCG’s internal think-tank, the BCG Henderson Institute. As an ambassador to the Henderson Institute, James helped found BCG’s worldwide AI Initiative. James is passionate about philanthropy and dedicates a portion of his personal time to consulting for South African non-profits serving local communities through education and job skills training. He has a B.Sc in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University where he was one of two members of his graduating class to receive the prestigious SUNY Chancellor’s Award recognizing student excellence in academics, leadership and service.

Nicholas Breckwoldt

Machine Learning Engineer

Nicholas previously qualified from SU (Stellenbosch University) with a B.Eng (Cum Laude) in Chemical Engineering, and is currently nearing completion of his Ph.D qualification (Chemical Engineering) from SU. Nicholas has a keen interest in machine learning (ML), especially relating to the design and evaluation of different ML model architectures.

Nic Murphy

AI Quant Analyst

Nic earned his B.Sc (Hons) in Advanced Mathematics of Finance (Cum Laude) from Wits University prior to completing his M.Sc in Advanced Analytics at UCT.

Global Collaborators

Domain expert

We love to work with masters in their domain.

With more than 100 projects completed with external collaborators, we are constantly on the lookout for new members of our global team of collaborators. If you would be interested in working with us, please reach out to work@alis.fund.

Johann Lourens


Johann completed a B.Sc in Mathematics and Biochemistry from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, after which he went on to complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Education and taught Mathematics and Science for over 6 years.


Super analyst

Meet the most important member of our team.

alis_ does the real work every day.

Daily responsibilities include:
- managing the deluge of ever changing market data
- monitoring 1000s of companies and predicting which are mispriced
- telling the humans what to do if something needs to be fixed
- developing new machine learning models

Powering alis_ is a proprietary event based operating system, alis_ os.

Rezco Asset Management

Investment Committee

As one of Rezco's analysts, alis_ receives regular feedback on its predictions from market seasoned investors with more than 50 years of experience.

delivering alpha

alis_ picks stocks for customised portfolios that deliver alpha against a tailored mandate and benchmark.

alis_ has created tremendous value for our clients. The mandate tailored paper portfolios that alis_ manage for us have proven a powerful source of alpha generating ideas and inspiration. We look forward to investing in the upcoming UCITS fund.

Rob SpanjaardCIO Rezco Asset Management


alis_ brings together talent from around the world in a remote first fully distributed team.

community invested

We believe in the leverage inducing power of collaborative communities

As a result we are deeply involved in the Google Cloud community as well as the Boston and Johannesburg AI spaces