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Vice President & Head Strategic Accounts
Aparajita Ajit, Vice President & Head Strategic Accounts, Mphasis
Aparajita Ajit (Aps) is the Director for Europe, Head of Strategic Accounts and member of the diversity board of Mphasis. Mphasis is a tech firm that enables customers reimagine their digital future by shifting anything to cloud and power everything with cognitive. As part of her global role, Aps is focused on aligning Mphasis solutions in technology and operations to the portfolio of clients she manages across specific business goals and deliver true value to the partnerships.
Aps brings 19+ years of overall experience of which her last 10 years have been across leadership roles across functions. Prior to Mphasis, she was with the Tata Group. She has lived and worked in India, Singapore, US, France and currently UK.
She is an active speaker and moderator and some of the topics she has moderated and spoken on include – ‘Impact of Automation and Cognitive in the Insurance Sector’; ‘Expectations of Digital Natives and its impact on financial services’, ‘What does it take to be a true partner to your client?’ Most recently Aps was a key speaker at the Women in Leadership Global Summit in Berlin, Germany.
She has an MBA from Ecole des Pont, Paris; a Diploma in Coaching and Consulting from INSEAD France and an Executive Masters as well from INSEAD, France.
Nathan Benaich, Ph.D.
Artificial Intelligence Venture Capital Investor
Nathan Benaich, Ph.D., Artificial Intelligence Venture Capital Investor
Mr. Benaich is an investor, technologist and former research scientist. He works with companies that solve challenging and valuable problems using breakthrough technologies including, but not limited to, artificial intelligence.
He was previously a Partner at Playfair Capital, where he invested in 33 technology companies across the US and Europe including Mapillary, Numerai, and Ravelin. He led the thesis of investing in artificial intelligence and other breakthrough technologies that solve valuable problems to create category leading companies. He set up the annual Research and Applied AI Summit and co-runs the London.AI meetup, which bring together leading academics, entrepreneurs, engineers, investors and thought leaders working in the field to accelerate the future of AI.
Prior to Playfair, he earned an M.Phil and Ph.D. in computational and experimental cancer research as a Gates and Dr. Herchel Smith Scholar at the University of Cambridge, and a BA in biology from Williams College. He’s published research that leverages both experimental and computational approaches to understand how we might stem the fatal spread of cancer around the body.
Gregg E. Berman, Ph.D.
Director of Research,
Citadel Securities, Chicago
Gregg E. Berman, Ph.D., Director of Research, Citadel Securities, Chicago
Gregg Berman is currently director of research for the market integrity, monitoring and surveillance unit of Citadel Securities in Chicago where he focuses on market structure as well as the integrity and quality of markets.
Prior to joining Citadel, Mr. Berman was a principal at Ernst & Young in its financial services organization. From 2009 to 2015 Mr. Berman served at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, DC, where he established and was associate director of the office of analytics and research in the division of trading and markets. Mr. Berman covered a wide array of areas with a particular focus on market structure data, analytics, and associated rules and regulations. Mr. Berman was also a founding partner of New York-based RiskMetrics Group where he primarily served as its head of the risk business (1998-2009). Before joining RiskMetrics Group, Mr. Berman co-managed a number of multi-asset hedge funds within New York-based ED&F Man.
Mr. Berman is a physicist by training and holds degrees from Princeton University (Ph.D. 1994, M.S. 1989), and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B.S. 1987).
Brendan Bradley, Co-Founder, Seismic Foundry
As Co-Founder of Seismic Foundry, Mr. Bradley is developing new ideas around changing market structure, regulation and technology as an investor, entrepreneur and mentor.
He was more recently an Executive Board member and Chief Innovation Officer at Eurex, where he was responsible for championing and brokering new ideas, both internally and externally, and looking for new opportunities within the changing market environment, particularly in the FinTech space. He has worked within the financial services industry for 30 years and played a major part in the development of the European futures and options industry with LIFFE, DTB and Eurex.
Professor Jonathan Brogaard
University of Washington,
Professor Jonathan Brogaard, University of Washington, USA
Professor Brogaard is an Assistant Professor of Finance at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business. His research interests include high frequency trading, empirical asset pricing, and law and finance. He has recently published in the Journal of Financial Economics and the Review of Financial Studies, among other journals. He has worked with the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the U.K. Financial Services Authority, and the Canadian Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada, in analyzing large datasets. Professor Brogaard’s work has been mentioned in several media outlets including the Economist, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, New York Times, Businessweek, and Bloomberg. Professor Brogaard earned his undergraduate degree in Economics and Politics at Occidental College graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2006. He completed a J.D. with an emphasis in tax law and a Ph.D. in Finance from Northwestern University before joining Foster in 2011.
Head of Research & Public Policy,
World Federation of Exchanges
Siobhan Cleary, Head of Research and Public Policy, World Federation of Exchanges
Siobhan joined the World Federation of Exchanges as Head of Research and Public Policy in November 2015. In this role she coordinates the work of the WFE membership in areas of sustainability, emerging markets and SMEs and also drives research in these areas.
Prior to this, Siobhan was Director of Strategy and Public Policy at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange where she was responsible for the development of corporate and business strategy and engaged with national and international regulators on issues of financial policy.
Siobhan has an LLB and an MBA from the University of Cape Town and an MA in International Relations and Economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. She is also a Yale World Fellow of 2011.
Professor Jennifer Conrad
University of North Carolina,
Chapel Hill, USA
Professor Jennifer Conrad, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, USA
Jennifer Conrad conducts research in the investments area. Some of her earlier work concentrated on the causes of predictable patterns in returns and trading strategies related to these patterns, such as contrarian investing. More recently, she is working on the the determinants and effects of high-frequency trading. She has served on the board of directors of the Financial Management Association, the Western Finance Association and the American Finance Association. She is a past president of the Financial Management Association and the current chair of its board of trustees. She received her PhD and MBA from the University of Chicago.
Thomas Aidan Curran
Thomas Aidan Curran, Founder, Imarum GmbH
Thomas Aidan Curran is Founder of Imarum GmbH and works as the Chief Innovation and Technology Advisor to the CEO of Deutsche Börse Group. He drives the company’s overall innovation activities including the digital platforms and next generation cloud product development.
He is an experienced software and Internet technologist, founder, executive and board member. He is also an advisor to numerous software and Internet companies. From 2009 to 2012, he held positions including Chief Technology Officer, and DT Fellow at Deutsche Telekom, a global telecommunications provider based in Bonn, Germany. Previously Thomas was founder and CEO of Telemos AG, Munich Germany. In 2006 he was technology advisor to the Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education. In 2003 Thomas was a founder and director of the Digital Media Project that pioneered the first open-source DRM system. In 2003, Thomas left Bertelsmann AG, where as CTO he led strategic initiatives in new media and digital content distribution including Napster. He was responsible for the conglomerate’s global technology strategy, including a two-year IT reorganization. In 1997, Thomas founded Component Software in Cambridge MA that developed a leading e-business integration platform software (BAPI) for customers including SAP, SAS, Baan, IBM, and Siebel. From 1992 to1997, he worked at SAP AG as technology strategist and product manager. In 1997 he founded TCM, a software development company based in Munich. He started Real Software in Berlin in 1985 to create the first source code management tool for Windows programming teams.
Thomas has authored numerous books, articles and publications, including “SAP R/3 Business Blueprint: Understanding Enterprise Supply Chain Management” and “SAP R/3 Reporting and eBusiness Intelligence,” and he is the series editor for Prentice Hall’s “Enterprise Software.” Thomas graduated from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and subsequently held teaching and research positions at the Wharton School, the International Science Centre (Berlin), Berlin University of the Arts, and Technical University Berlin.
Professor David Gann, CBE
Imperial College London
Professor David Gann, CBE CEng FICE FCGI, Vice-President, Innovation, Imperial College London
David Gann is a university and business leader, strategist and advocate with extensive international experience in innovation and technology management. He is Imperial College London’s Vice-President (Innovation) and member of the College’s Executive Board.
David is Professor of Innovation and Technology Management with a PhD in Industrial Economics. He is a Chartered Civil Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art and Fellow of the City & Guilds Institute.
His distinctive strengths include proactively building relationships and influencing decision-makers to connect ideas, research and solutions, between business, universities and government. His research spans strategy, management science and systems engineering, particularly on innovation and infrastructure in the digital economy.
David has deep experience in mentoring start-ups, supporting fast growth technology businesses and developing long-term strategic partnerships with multinational technology corporations.
He is Chairman of the Smart London Board, reporting to the Mayor of London – he was previously a member of the London Enterprise Panel (LEP).
David is Non-Executive Director at Directa Plus plc, the world’s largest producer of pristine graphene. His industrial experience includes serving as Laing O’Rourke plc’s Group Executive for research and innovation. He developed Crossrail’s Innovation Strategy with Crossrail’s CEO and guided its implementation. He advises executives and boards on innovation and technology management, including Citigroup, IBM, Huawei, McLaren and Tata Group.
David was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2010 Queen's Birthday Honours for services to engineering, and received the 2014 Tjalling C. Koopmans Asset Award for extraordinary contributions to the economic sciences.
David is author of many academic papers and co-author of seven books including:
- Think Play Do – technology, innovation and organization - Oxford University Press, 2005
- The Management of Technological Innovation: Strategy and Practice - Oxford University Press, 2008
- Innovation: A Very Short Introduction - Oxford University Press, 2010 – also in Chinese, Arabic, Malay, Portuguese and Italian.
- The Oxford Handbook of Innovation Management - Oxford University Press, 2014
Head of North America, Americas & UK Region, SWIFT
Stephen Grainger, Head of North America, Americas & UK Region, SWIFT
Stephen has recently been appointed as Head of SWIFT’s North American business. Prior to that he was responsible for SWIFT’s engagement with Market Infrastructures, including Central Banks, Domestic Payment Systems and Central Securities Depositories, across the Americas and UK region. In addition, he is responsible for SWIFT’s regional strategy as it relates to Securities and Payments initiatives.
Stephen joined SWIFT from Goldman Sachs, where he held several roles including managing the firm’s global relationships with banks and Market Infrastructures. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Stephen held similar roles at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Citi. Stephen began his career with the Euroclear Group.
Dr. Frank M. Hatheway
Chief Economist & Senior Vice President,
Dr. Frank M. Hatheway, Chief Economist & Senior Vice President, Nasdaq, Inc.
Dr. Frank M. Hatheway is Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of Nasdaq, Inc., and leads the Economics & Statistical Research Department. His team is responsible for a variety of projects and initiatives in the U.S. and Europe to improve market structure, encourage capital formation, and enhance trading efficiency. A regular participant in industry events for both issuers and traders, he has appeared before national regulatory agencies around the world and the U.S. Congress to discuss a variety of issues around the equities and derivatives markets.
Dr Hatheway’s background prior to joining Nasdaq combines academics and regulation with industry experience. He was a finance professor and has authored academic articles in leading finance journals. He has served as an Economic Fellow and Senior Research Scholar with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, worked as a derivatives trader, and earned his Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University.
CEO & Founder
Arjun Jayaram, CEO and Founder, Baton Systems
Arjun Jayaram is the CEO and Founder of Baton Systems (formerly Ubixi), bringing 22 years of experience as a technology executive at top-tier companies. Arjun was Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Compass Labs, a social-media advertising company, which he later sold to Yahoo. Most recently, he managed anti-spam at Twitter prior to the company’s IPO, and was Vice President of Technology at Dwolla, a consumer and retail-focused payments solution, during which time he was a member of the Fed Secure Payments task force.
Prior to these positions, Arjun served as Vice President of Engineering at Become.com, an Internet search and comparison shopping service, and held software engineering and management positions at enterprise software companies such as Sybase, Peoplesoft and BEA Systems.
Arjun received his MBA from California State University and his BTech from Calicut University.
He resides in Fremont, California, with his wife and two daughters.
Raymond A. Kahn
Intercontinental Exchange (ICE)
Raymond A. Kahn, Senior Director, Intercontinental Exchange (ICE)
Raymond Kahn is a senior director at Intercontinental Exchange (NYSE: ICE), where he oversees the firm’s U.S. interest rate products and focuses on other matters related to the evolving global market structure, capital and regulatory environment. Kahn joined ICE at the beginning of 2017 after an extensive career on the sell-side focusing on futures and cleared OTC markets, bi-lateral markets, risk and capital management, credit and loan trading, operations and financial technology.
Prior to ICE, Kahn was a Managing Director at Barclays where he created and led the firm’s OTC clearing business to an early leadership position (Risk Magazine’s 2013 Clearer of the Year) and was one of industry’s most active participants in global regulatory advocacy and industry group dialogue. Before Barclays, Kahn worked at Lehman Brothers (which was acquired by Barclays in 2008), where he built one of the most active “relationship loan” hedging desks, and designed and managed a unique loan participation program with global banks, transferring substantial counter-party and funding risk.
Kahn holds a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Wharton. He is a frequent speaker at conferences focusing on FinTech and the need to develop greater efficiencies in capital markets, and he authored “The Impact of Basel III on Leverage Balance Sheet” in 2014 identifying that Basel III capital rules would impact Futures at least as materially as Cleared OTC products.
Centre for Global Finance & Technology
Dr Andrei Kirilenko, Director, Centre for Global Finance & Technology
Andrei Kirilenko is the Director of the Centre for Global Finance and Technology, a Senior Research Fellow at the Brevan Howard Centre for Financial Analysis, and Visiting Professor of Finance at the Imperial College Business School.
Prior to joining Imperial in August 2015, he was Professor of the Practice of Finance at the MIT Sloan School of Management and Co-Director of the MIT Center for Finance and Policy. Professor Kirilenko's work focuses on the intersection of finance, technology and regulation. He is a recognized world expert on high frequency and algorithmic trading. He is also an intellectual leader on the principles of regulation of automated financial markets.
Before MIT Sloan, Professor Kirilenko served as Chief Economist of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) between December 2010 and December 2012. In his capacity as Chief Economist, Kirilenko has been instrumental in using modern analytical tools and methods to improve the Commission's ability to develop and enforce an effective regulatory regime in automated financial markets. In 2010, Kirilenko was the recipient of the CFTC Chairman's Award for Excellence (highest honor).
Prior to joining the CFTC, Kirilenko spent twelve years at the International Monetary Fund working on global capital markets issues. His scholarly work has appeared in a number of peer-refereed journals and received multiple best-paper awards. Kirilenko received his PhD in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, where he specialized in Finance.
MD, Group Head of Business & Product Development, Deutsche Börse Group
Ashwin Kumar, Managing Director, Group Head of Business & Product Development, Deutsche Börse Group
Ashwin Kumar joined Deutsche Börse Group in September 2015 as Managing Director, Group Head of Business & Product Development. Prior to this he was a founding partner at both Meru Capital (2009 until 2014) and Old Lane (2005-2009).
Further work assignments include senior management trading positions at major international sell-side banks like Bank of America, Commerzbank Securities, CS First Boston and Citibank.
During his career he gained significant experience in fixed-income (derivatives) trading and multi-strategy portfolio management.
He received a BS in Industrial Management/Industrial Engineering from Purdue University in 1986 followed with an MBA in Finance from University of Chicago in 1988. Following his MBA he was located in New York and has been in London for the last 13 years.
Albert S. Kyle
Charles E. Smith Chair Professor of Finance,
Robert H. Smith School of Business
Albert S. Kyle, Charles E. Smith Chair Professor of Finance, University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business
Albert S. Kyle has been the Charles E. Smith Chair Professor of Finance at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business since 2006. He earned his B.S. degree in mathematics from Davidson College (summa cum laude, 1974), studied philosophy and economics at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar from Texas (Merton College, 1974-1976, and Nuffiled College, 1976-1977), and completed his Ph.D. in economics at the University of Chicago in 1981. He has been a professor at Princeton University (1981-1987), the University of California Berkeley (1987-1992), and Duke University (1992-2006).
Professor Kyle’s research focuses on market microstructure, including topics such as high frequency trading, informed speculative trading, market manipulation, price volatility, the informational content of market prices, market liquidity, and contagion.
His teaching interests include market microstructure, institutional asset management, venture capital and private equity, corporate finance, option pricing, and asset pricing.
He is a Fellow of the American Finance Association in (2013) and a Fellow of the Econometric Society (2002). He has been a board member of the American Finance Association (2004-2006). He holds an honorary doctoral degree from the Stockholm School of Economics (2013). He was a staff member of the Presidential Task Force on Market Mechanisms (Brady Commission, 1987), a consultant to the SEC (Office of Inspector General), CFTC, and U.S. Department of Justice, a member of NASDAQ’s economic advisory board (2004-2007), a member of the FINRA economic advisory board (2010-2014), and a member of the CFTC’s Technology Advisory Committee (2010-2012).
Analyst, Financial Markets,
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Rebecca Lewis, Analyst, Financial Markets, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Rebecca Lewis is an analyst in the financial markets group at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Her work focuses on public policy concerning financial market infrastructures. Her current research interests include central counterparty recovery, resolution, and risk management as well as the effects of financial technology innovation on markets.
She received a B.A. in Economics from Williams College.
Chief Executive Officer
John Macpherson, Chief Executive Officer, BMLL Technologies
John Macpherson serves as Chief Executive Officer at BMLL Technologies, a FinTech start-up. BMLL looks to combine hardware, software and analytics on a single platform. As such BMLL are partnering with, and hosting on their platform, L3 LOB data from the World's leading Equity and Listed Derivative Exchanges.John joined BMLL after working for a number of the World’s leading Investment Banks (Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Nomura) for over 20 Years. At Goldman Sachs John ran the European Fixed Income and Commodity Listed Derivatives Sales and Execution team in the Securities Division for over 9 Years. John then became Global Head of Listed Derivatives across all asset classes at Nomura building its customer base, reach, technology capabilities and architecture. In the roles he has held, John, has had very in depth insight not only into the Global Derivative Exchanges but also the Technology required to support customer requirements and service levels needed to grow and maintain a strong P&L.
Having managed teams in the front office as well as the electronic platform space from the open outcry era to today’s totally technology dependent trading environment, John has an exceptional understanding of the exchange traded securities space and the realization that in order to succeed in trading the highest quality data, technology and analytics are required.
Managing Director, Euclid Opportunities,
Michael McFadgen, Managing Director, Euclid Opportunities, NEX
Michael is a Managing Director in Euclid Opportunities, NEX’s fintech investment division. He sits on the board of a number of Euclid portfolio companies including Acadiasoft, an award winning margin automation and risk management platform; RSRCHXchange, the leading marketplace and workflow solution for institutional research; and Openfin, the common operating layer for financial technology.
Michael was previously at Barclays Investment Bank in the Strategic Investments division.
He holds an MSc in Finance from London Business School and is a CFA charterholder.
Corlytics Solutions Limited
Mike O’Keeffe, General Manager, Corlytics Solutions Limited
Mike O'Keeffe is general manager of Corlytics Solutions Limited, which serves the UK market. As general manager, Mike is responsible for leading operations in the UK and ensuring customer needs are met, from initial sales conversations right through to product delivery and on-going support. Mike works closely with customers to exceed expectations and ensure that they gain an immediate return on their investment through successful solution implementations. He has over 15 years in the development and delivery of advanced analytics solutions for the risk, compliance, fraud and security markets to major blue-chip organisations.
Prior to working with Corlytics, Mike held roles as general manager of security product innovation at Telstra, as VP of product management and product marketing at Cognevo, and had senior product management and delivery roles at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence and Norkom Technologies. Mike holds a degree in Industrial Biochemistry, and a graduate diploma in Technical Communications from the University of Limerick and an MBA from Dublin City University.
Assistant Professor of Finance,
Imperial College Business School
Emiliano Pagnotta, Assistant Professor of Finance, Imperial College Business School
Emiliano Pagnotta is an Assistant Professor of Finance at Imperial College Business School. Prior to joining Imperial, Emiliano Pagnotta has been an Assistant Professor at the New York University School of Business. Professor Pagnotta's research interests lie at the intersection of market microstructure, asset pricing, and the industrial organization of financial markets. His recent studies examine the effects of speed and trading fragmentation on asset prices and social welfare; the effect of central clearing reforms on prices and liquidity; the transmission of information in financial markets; and the consequences of new regulations on market quality and performance. Professor Pagnotta holds a BA in Economics from the University of Buenos Aires, an MA in Economics from Universidad de San Andrés, Argentina, and his Ph.D. from the Economics Department at Northwestern University.
Founder & CEO,
Droit Financial Technologies
Satya Pemmaraju, Founder & CEO, Droit Financial Technologies
Satya Pemmaraju is founder and CEO of Droit Financial Technologies. Prior to founding Droit, Satya was Managing Director in FICC Trading at UBS Investment Bank. Satya is a mathematician by training with a B.S. from MIT and a PhD from Northwestern University.
Droit Financial Technologies automates global regulatory laws and market micro-structure within real-time trading systems, creating intelligence platforms merging finance and computational law.
Chief Information Security Officer,
Intercontinental Exchange, Inc.
Jerry Perullo, Chief Information Security Officer, Intercontinental Exchange, Inc.
Mr. Perullo has served as the Chief Information Security Officer of Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (NYSE: ICE) since 2001. He leads the cybersecurity program for all of Intercontinental Exchange, including the New York Stock Exchange, securing critical economic infrastructure across multiple subsidiaries, geographies, and regulatory jurisdictions. Further, he is responsible for cybersecurity across regulated futures and options exchanges, central counterparty clearing houses (CCPs), trade repositories, equities venues, and systemically important financial market utilities (SIFMUs).
He works closely with the US Department of Treasury and the Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council (FSSCC) in addition to many governmental, regulatory, and industry bodies around the world. Perullo was elected to the Board of Directors of the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC), where he has been an active leader since 2007. Within the FS-ISAC and the London-based World Federation of Exchanges, respectively, he co-founded the CHEF and GLEX domestic-US and global information sharing networks of cybersecurity leaders in the Exchange and Clearinghouses spaces, which have served as crucial interface points between the public and private sectors during times of crisis. Mr. Perullo also works closely with the cybersecurity technology industry, serving on several industry advisory boards and working closely with investors and entrepreneurs who are developing solutions to pressing challenges, and has been published and featured as an expert speaker at numerous cybersecurity events.
Prior to ICE, he led an Information Security practice providing penetration testing and consulting services to the health-care, energy, and data service industries after successfully building an Internet Service Provider in the mid-1990s.
He studied Computer Engineering at Clemson University and earned a BS degree in Legal Studies from the University of Maryland and an MBA from Georgia State University. He serves on the Industry Advisory Board of the Georgia Tech Institute for Information Security and Privacy (IISP) and has guest-lectured and instructed there and at other Universities.
Executive Director Office of FinTech Strategy, DTCC
Jennifer Peve, Executive Director Office of FinTech Strategy, DTCC
Jennifer Peve is Executive Director Office of FinTech Strategy for DTCC. She joined the firm in 2015.
Prior to DTCC, Ms. Peve worked at CME Group where she served as Executive Director of OTC Product Management with responsibility for CME’s cleared OTC credit default swaps (CDS) business including growth strategy, business development, and go-to-market activities.
Ms. Peve has over 20 years of financial markets expertise, including consulting and practical experience as well as the design, development and deployment of business strategies in a dynamic environment. She has extensive product knowledge across the entire product life cycle, including OTC, FX and FX Options, OTC Metals, Stock Lending, OTC Credit Default Swaps, OTC Interest Rate Swaps and Swaptions, OTC Total Return Swaps, F&O, Energy and Equities.
Ms. Peve is a member of SIFMA’s Blockchain Roundtable and is a regular speaker at industry conferences, with past participation at Consensus, IOSCO, SIFMA, ISITC, FINRA, GAIM Ops West Coast and AMF events. She holds a bachelor's degree in international business and finance from St. Mary's College, Notre Dame.
Alex Powell – Independent Consultant
Alex is a former COO in securities services, and also has extensive consulting experience. He currently works as an independent consultant and has worked on the application of blockchain to post-trade securities processing. He is an adviser to Credits blockchain platform.
He has served as Partner at both Accenture and EY, helping exchanges, CCPs, CSDs, custodians and asset management clients with business, technology and product strategies, and with implementing strategic and regulatory driven change. He ran EY’s Advisory Services Financial Markets Infrastructure until 2015.
Alex also has senior line management experience working as COO for HSBC Securities Services, where he developed business strategy, and led significant transformation across operations and IT to reduce cost and increase quality. During his time there, he led an M&A integration, a major transformation programme and set-up offshore centres.
Managing Director, Investment Banking,
Vikas Shah, Managing Director, Investment Banking, Rosenblatt Securities
Vikas is the Managing Director of Investment Banking at Rosenblatt Securities. Prior to joining Rosenblatt, he was an investment banker at Credit Suisse advising financial services clients on various strategic initiatives, including corporate finance, M&A, and restructuring.
Earlier, he headed principal investments for AIG’s Financial Services businesses, where he was responsible for investing across a broad spectrum of companies, including trading and capital markets, investments and finance businesses.
He received his MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business. He is a charter member of Global Association of Risk Professionals and is a certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM).
Associate Professor of Finance,
Wilfrid Laurier University
Andriy Shkilko, Associate Professor of Finance, Wilfrid Laurier University; Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Financial Markets
Professor Shkilko’s research focuses on securities trading and the structure of financial markets. He studies algorithmic and high-frequency trading, competition among equity and options exchanges, information dissemination, price pressures, institutional trading, insider trading, short selling and trade classification. In the area of corporate finance, he has worked on issues of signalling and catering.
He has received awards from the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation, the American Association of Individual Investors, Toronto CFA Society and Hillsdale Investment Management, Northern Finance Association, Auckland Centre for Financial Research, the RS-DeGroote Conference on Market Structure and Market Integrity, the Mid-Atlantic Research Conference in Finance, and twice from the Eastern Finance Association. He currently holds research grants from the Canada Research Chairs Program, Canada Foundation for Innovation, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). In the past, he has also held two SSHRC grants and a grant from the NASDAQ Educational Foundation.
His engagements outside the university include consulting work with market regulators in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the provinces of British Columbia, New Brunswick and Ontario.
CISO & Global Head of Infrastructure
Bobby Singh, CISO & Global Head of Infrastructure, TMX
Bobby Singh, CISO and Global Head of Infrastructure, is responsible for delivering secure and highly available common technology services across TMX.
As a member of the executive leadership team, Bobby is defining TMX's cyber security and technology vision and strategy, to advance the organizational agenda. He is responsible for TMX's corporate information and IT systems and services, as well as all aspects of security, governance, risk, and compliance. He represents TMX in key forums focused on critical infrastructure, network evolution, intelligence, and availability.
With more than two decades of executive experience, Bobby brings a wide range of technical and security knowledge to his current role. He has broad expertise in developing and implementing security programs for public and private sector organizations.
Prior to joining TMX, Bobby has held positions at TD Bank, Rogers Communications and eHealth, where he designed multi-year technology and culture transformation programs. He received his MBA from University of Pittsburgh and holds CISSP, CISM, CISA and CPA designations.
Head of Exchange & Regulator Surveillance,
Market Technology, Nasdaq
Tony Sio, Head of Exchange & Regulator Surveillance, Market Technology, Nasdaq
Tony Sio is the Head of Exchange & Regulator Surveillance, Market Technology at Nasdaq, this includes responsibility for the SMARTS Market Surveillance solution which is used by 47 marketplaces and 17 regulators globally. His team uses the latest in technology to provide surveillance solutions for all tradeable products in the world’s largest markets.
Tony brings over 15 years’ experience implementing or advising upon financial technology and surveillance practices at exchanges and regulators across USA, Europe, Middle East, Asia-Pacific, and Africa. Tony has overseen teams performing major technology changes at over a dozen marketplaces. He has also frequently lectured on the topics of regulatory practices and financial technology.
Nandini Sukumar, CEO, WFE
Nandini Sukumar is chief executive officer of the World Federation of Exchanges, the global industry trade group that advocates on behalf of public markets. Sukumar joined WFE after a 14-year career at Bloomberg News where she created, grew and ran its coverage of exchanges, market structure and the UK financial services regulator. WFE represents more than 120 exchanges globally, educating stakeholders on the vital role played by exchanges in the real economy.
Managing Director / Global Head of Regulatory & Market Strategy, Citi
Ruth Wandhöfer, Managing Director / Global Head of Regulatory & Market Strategy, Citi
Ruth Wandhöfer is a regulatory and FinTech expert in the financial services space and one of the foremost authorities on banking regulatory matters. Her key responsibilities include driving regulatory and industry dialogue and developing product and market strategy in line with the evolving regulatory and innovation landscape.
She chairs a number of influential industry bodies such as the Global Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs Committee of BAFT, the European Banking Federation Payments Regulatory Expert Group and the European Payments Council (EPC) Payment Security Group. She is also a board member of the EPC and the EBA Association, a member of the European Commission Payment Systems Market Expert Group (PSMEG), a member of BAFT’s Global Innovation Council, a member of the European Biometrics Advisory Council and a member of the UK Payment Systems Regulator Payments Strategy Forum.
She is a non-executive director at Pendo Systems, a US data analytics company. She is also member of the advisory board of Coinfirm, a blockchain AML and risk analysis and reporting firm as well as an advisor to Tradle, a blockchain KYC solutions provider. In addition she advises Digital Space, a VC fund in the payments field.
In her spare time she pursues a PhD on blockchain/distributed ledger technology in relation to financial market infrastructures at CASS Business School London. She is also a founding member of the Global Blockchain Business Alliance and a Fintech Fellow of the Centre for Global Finance and Technology at the Imperial College Business School London. In addition she is a fellow lecturer at Queen Mary London School of Law.
Executive Manager, System Planning Office, Dalian Commodity Exchange
Ruixuan Wang, Executive Manager, System Planning Office, Dalian Commodity Exchange
Mr Wang is responsible for the long-term planning of numerous IT systems at the Dalian Commodity Exchange. His team have become key facilitators enabling the exchange to evolve commercially with the right technology solutions, finding the balance between fulfilling the ever-changing Chinese derivatives market's urgent demands, and attaining the exchange's longer-term interests.
Before joining Dalian Commodity Exchange in 2012, Mr Wang held roles at EMC, DSI and Goldman Sachs.
Head of Information Security,
Russell Wing, Head of Information Security, LME
Russell has been working on Cyber and Information Security for more than 15 years establishing functions and teams responsible for securing enterprise operating environments. During that time he has stayed a techie at heart and helped a number of financial services organizations to transform security capabilities for prevention, detection and response to better manage their cyber risk.
He believes that good security requires careful consideration of people and process in addition to the right technology choices, and that you can achieve a lot with a clear strategy and the right metrics.