Benn Eifert runs Quantitative Volatility Research (or QVR) Advisors, a San Francisco-based investment advisory firm that manages volatility and derivatives strategies for large institutional asset owners. QVR’s core products are absolute return strategies which seek to generate returns across a range of market environments, structured as a menu of themes from which customized mandates can be built, rather than a “one size fits all” fund approach. In addition to absolute return strategies, QVR also offers risk premium or "alternative yield" strategies for asset owners looking to diversify their long equity and credit exposure, as well as hedge overlay strategies. Prior to founding QVR, Benn was the co-founder and co-Portfolio Manager of Mariner Coria, a derivatives relative value hedge fund in New York under the Mariner Investment Group umbrella. Before that he was an associate PM and Head of Quantitative Research at Wells Fargo’s Overland Advisors. Dr. Eifert has been an economist at the World Bank and a Lecturer in the Masters in Financial Engineering program at the Haas School of UC Berkeley, where he taught applied financial econometrics and statistics, credit risk modeling and applied research courses. He is also on the advisory board of Madrone Software & Analytics (recently acquired by Solovis). He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley and a BA in Economics from Stanford University.