Core Values

Excellence.

We strive to be quality-and efficiency-leader in the domain of quantitative and technology-driven consulting.

We believe that quality consulting must incorporate the know-how of practitioners who intimately know market and products – and have created, traded, and risk-managed them.

Experience.

Passion.

We believe that you need to enjoy what you are doing and be passionate about it to truly deliver great results.

Management Team

Our management team has many years of experience in trading complex financial and energy derivatives, in risk management and risk modelling, in data analytics, and in implementing financial and data architectures.

Portrait Christian Menn

Prof. Dr. Christian Menn

Christian is managing partner at RIVACON and one of the co-founders. Christian previously worked in equity derivatives trading at Sal. Oppenheim Jr. & Cie and DZ BANK – first as a model developer and later as a trader for structured equity correlation and index products.

After studying business mathematics at the University of Karlsruhe (TH) and earning his doctorate at the Faculty of Economics, Christian spent 18 months at Cornell University as a research assistant and lecturer in financial engineering. In 2013, he was appointed professor of Quantitative Methods at the Faculty of Economics at Mainz University of Applied Sciences.

Gunnar Salentin

Gunnar has worked for RIVACON since 2017, as Managing Director since 2022, and has more than 20 years of professional experience. He is responsible for projects mainly in the context of market data, the development and validation of valuation and risk models, especially in the field of counterparty risks, as well as in the regulatory context. Previously, he worked as a senior quantitative analyst in risk controlling at WGZ BANK and as a manager in Audit and Financial Risk Management at KPMG, including several years in Spain and the People’s Republic of China.

After studying mathematics and business administration at RWTH Aachen University with a focus on statistics and operational research, Gunnar deepened his education by completing the CFA curriculum and a master’s degree in quantitative finance at Afi Escuela de Finanzas, Madrid.

Dr. Stefan Wolf

As Director Stefan is part of the Management Team. He has been with RIVACON GmbH since 2020 and is primarily involved with risk management topics, the implementation of regulatory requirements as well as methodological, process-related and architectural questions in the entire front-to-back area. Stefan started his professional career in the market risk department of HypoVereinsbank AG before working for several years in Financial Risk Management for KPMG Advisory. After a 25-month trip around the world, Stefan worked as a freelancer for several years, including as Business Architect in the mobility sector.

Stefan completed his doctorate at the University of Karlsruhe with several research stays at CERN near Geneva. He then spent 18 months at the Universitat de València as a post-doc on a research fellowship.