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Zava Aydemir

Lecturer; Senior Quantitative Strategist for Mortgage-Backed Securities, Vanguard

Zava Aydemir has spent his career for the last 15 years as a finance professional both at Wall Street firms on the sell-side and in asset management companies on the buy-side. His expertise combines quantitative methods and technology with the development of investment and trading strategies in the Fixed Income sector.

In his current role, Zava is a senior quantitative strategist for mortgage-backed securities in the active fixed income business at Vanguard. In that role, he focuses on security selection and hedging covering the full spectrum of the product universe of his sector from simple passthrough securities to complex structured products. He also ventures into new quantitative fields leveraging new alternative data and machine learning methods to help enhance the alpha generation capabilities of the business. Zava manages a team of quantitative strategists in the fixed income space and is involved in the recruitment of talent at their entry-level of their professional careers for the firm’s investment management division.

Zava regularly publishes in industry-leading and academic journals. He holds an MSc in Mathematical Finance from Imperial College, London, and a PhD in Economics from the University of Zurich, Switzerland.


  • Ph.D., University of Zurich
  • M.S., Imperial College London