Eric Takigawa is a Managing Director at Markit, a leading supplier of specialty financial information services and products to the global business community. He is part of the Markit Analytics team in Asia, a risk management software solution provider focused on the financial capital markets. Prior to Markit, he was the managing director for another risk management software solution boutique firm covering Asia Pacific and grew the business as the financial institutions in the region developed risk management capabilities since the Asian crisis of 1997-1998. Prior to a career in the financial capital markets industry he developed large scale Monte Carlo simulation models for military applications including surveillance, communications and other defensive systems based on several years of support of military operations in the field applying operations research theory to real-world situations. Prior to that, he provided analysis of inertial guidance systems through estimation of error coefficients with empirical results. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Brown University.