Eli Lederman was born in New York City in 1963. A graduate in physics from Brown University, he received a Ph.D at NYU before spending two years as a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard. During a fourteen year career at Morgan Stanley, half in New York and half in London, Eli was a managing director who established innovative new businesses in electronic trading and financial technology. From 2007 to 2010, he was the chief executive of a pan-European stock market owned by several of the largest investment banks in the world. He has been a landscaper and a lifeguard, prep cook and head cook, teacher and professor, semiconductor engineer and salesman; he has washed dishes and bused tables, painted houses, delivered flowers and tended bar, among other jobs. Since 2001, Eli has lived in England with his wife and three children.