Yesim Tokat-Acikel, PhD, is a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager for QMA working within the Global Multi-Asset Solutions team. As the Director of Multi-Asset Research, she is responsible for the research, development, and portfolio management of systematic total and absolute return investment solutions. She is also an investment lead for our global solutions efforts. Prior to QMA, Yesim worked as a Senior Quantitative Analyst developing GTAA strategies at AllianceBernstein, and as a Senior Investment Analyst for the Vanguard Group, where she built tactical and strategic asset allocation models for retirement and private client markets. Yesim’s articles have appeared in the Journal of Investment Management, Journal of Investing, Mathematical Methods of Operations Research, the Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, the Strategic Management Journal, the Journal of Financial Planning and the Journal of Wealth Management, among other leading publications. She earned a BS in industrial engineering from Bilkent University in Turkey, an MS in industrial engineering from the University of Arizona, Tucson, and a PhD in economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.