Chris Trepel

Chief Data Scientist

Chris is Chief Data Scientist at FS Vector, where he leads the firm’s analytics function and provides data science and analytics expertise to financial services and fintech clients in the US and Europe. He is also an Operating Partner at Fenway Summer Ventures; in this role, he contributes technical expertise in the areas of analytics, credit, and consumer behavior.

Chris was previously Senior Vice President, Data Science at MX Technologies, responsible for the company’s data science, analytics, BI, and customer intelligence functions. He led digital transformation work focused on integrating LLM and tokenization toolsets as well as development of the company’s data enrichment product. Before that he was Group Chief Science Officer at UK-based Lowell, leading both the data science function and Lowell Labs Amsterdam, an analytics center of excellence focused on advanced statistics and machine learning methods. At Lowell, he partnered with the Urban Institute to create the UK Financial Vulnerability Index.

Earlier still, Chris was Chief Scientific Officer at Encore Capital Group, where he built and directed the analytics and corporate affairs functions, launched a pioneering research platform focused on consumer financial decision making, and wrote the industry’s first Consumer Bill of Rights. He spent the earliest portion of his business career at Wells Fargo Bank and McKinsey & Company.

Chris holds a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology, is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, has completed postdoctoral fellowships in Neurophysiology and Behavioral Economics, and is lead or co-author of more than 70 academic and professional publications across five research areas. His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, NPR, USA Today, and CNN Money.