InvestOps Europe 2017

20 - 21 September, 2017

Radisson Portman, London

+44 (0) 207 368 9445

Our Speakers

We're already at work booking an industry-leading roster of speakers for 2017 - keep an eye on this page for updates.

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Advisory Board

Suren Chellappah
 Suren Chellappah 
Sanford C. Bernstein
Siobhan Doyle
 Siobhan Doyle 
Head of Investment Operations 

Siobhan Doyle has worked in the Investment Management industry for over 20 years. Over her career she has gained broad experience of asset management having worked within the Front Office, Distribution, IT and Operational areas at Morgan Grenfell, Dresdner RCM, Threadneedle Asset Management, Henderson Global Investors and Schroder Investment Management. Siobhan joined Schroders in May 2005 as COO Fixed Income and has extensive knowledge of Fixed Income as well as experience delivering change across all asset classes including front office systems, integration projects and reporting projects. In 2014 she moved into a cross-asset class role as Head of Investment Operations. She has a BA in Classics from Kings and an MSc in Computer Science from UCL.

Jan Grunow
 Jan Grunow 
Head of Investment Operations 
Swiss Life Asset Management
Jan is responsible for investment and risk-controlling, securities accounting, and investment administration, including collateral management at Swiss Life. He is currently in the process of setting up Swiss Life Asset Management to be clearing compliant, using a variation of model structures in different situations, and is working to streamline the operations.
Christian Maahrbeck
 Christian Maahrbeck 
Head of Derivatives Operations 
Nordea Asset Management

I have been heading up Derivatives Operations at Nordea Asset Management since 2010 with the responsibility for operational handling of all listed and OTC derivatives as well as Central clearing and collateral management.. Prior to joining the Derivatives Team, I worked as financial advisor in the Nordea Branch from 1997 – 2004 after which I joined Savings & Asset management as business Analyst in the benchmark team. I became team leader for the benchmark team in 2006 and in 2007 I also took up the position as head of the cash management team. I hold a diploma in Finance from Copenhagen Business School - 2003.

Isidore Gorianz
 Isidore Gorianz 
Head of Core Operations 
Pictet Asset Management

Isidore joined the Operations team of Pictet Asset Management in 2006 as Middle Office Derivatives specialist. Since 2008, he is Head of Core Operations, which includes Transaction Processing, Portfolio Administration, Reconciliation & Collateral Management Units. Prior to working for Pictet AM, Isidore worked for the UBS group for more than ten years, both in Switzerland and in the US. His various roles included US equity and derivatives advisory, equity sales trading and execution, and subsequently US equity research sales for institutional clients in Geneva and Lugano. He also worked at Banque Safdié and at Société Générale, where he handled execution, sales trading and equity advisory for the research and investment functions. His current challenges are mainly around coping with existing and new regulations, managing operational risk primarily through increased automation and controls, manage costs and promote efficiency gains , and develop Fund Manager’s service proposition.

2017 Speakers

Stephen Fisher
 Stephen Fisher 
Managing Director, Government Relations & Public Policy 

As Managing Director of BlackRock’s Global Government Relations and Public Policy team, Stephen focuses on Global and European public policy issues impacting end-clients. Prior to working for Blackrock, Mr Fisher has significant experience in market policy roles at as the Dutch Banking Association, European Banking Federation, Financial Services Authority and HM Treasury. Stephen and his team at are currently looking closely at CCP recovery and resolution – specifically what measures are required to prevent market aggravation, what course CCP resolution should take, and how risk management practices should be constructed.

Colin Stock
 Colin Stock 
Executive Director, strategy and execution 
J.P. Morgan Asset Management
Christophe Javaux
 Christophe Javaux 
Head of Investment Operations 
BNP Paribas Investment Partners
Harvinder Tumber
 Harvinder Tumber 
Head of Derivatives Operations 
Insight Investment
Arno Hartmann
 Arno Hartmann 
Head of Operations 

Arno Hartmann is Head of Investment Operations at Suva (Swiss Accident Insurance Fund). Originally a PhD and researcher in Semiconductor Physics, Arno spent over 16 years in various roles at leading investment managers. Starting in the Front Office as Buy-Side Analyst for tech-stocks, he later managed equity- and tactical asset allocation strategies as a quant portfolio manager. In his current role, he transformed the investment operations of Suva from “manual” to “scalable” by applying standards wherever possible while filling digital gaps using robotics solutions built in-house. This enabled Suva to double transaction counts year over year over 5 years now, manage increasingly complex asset classes (EM debt, syndicated and leveraged loans) while lowering risk and keeping operations headcounts constant.

Nicole Grootveld-Sandig
 Nicole Grootveld-Sandig 
COO Investment Management 

Nicole Grootveld-Sandig joined MN in 2016 as Chief Operations Officer in the asset management division. 

In this role she is responsible for Data management, Fund accounting, Performance Management and Operations. Prior to joining MN she was working as COO of Cardano and with ABN AMRO in diverse managerial roles. 

Nicole graduated at the University of Toronto in 1993 for her Bachelor of Commerce, Finance and Economics and has completed the CFA.

Lia Oyman
 Lia Oyman 
Market and Regulatory Initiatives Manager 
Franklin Templeton

Lia Oyman has over 10 years’ experience in the financial services industry focusing on regulatory and market initiatives impacting settlements operations for all asset classes. She connects to SIFMA, the Investment Association and various operations forums in the industry to ensure the buy-side voice is heard ahead, during and post change.

Edward Wierenga
 Edward Wierenga 
Head of Business Architecture 
NN Investment Partners

Edward Wierenga is a Senior Business Architect within the strategy department of NN Investment Partners. In this capacity he is responsible for the operating models of this asset manager worldwide. He supports Senior Management and the Management Board in assessing the impact of large technology changes, the launches of new (fund) initiatives and the ever increasing regulations. Next to this he looks for opportunities to improve the business efficiency and effectiveness.

Stuart Clapson
 Stuart Clapson 
Global Delivery Manager, Derivatives & Trade Support 
Igor Lobanov
 Igor Lobanov 
Head of Systems Architecture 
Legal & General Investment Management

Igor is directly responsible for defining the technology strategy for Legal & General Investment Management. Igor has been taking an active role in the data management industry over the past years. In particular, he headed up an industry working group which came up with a standard definition of an Investment Book of Record capability. Igor has 15 years of experience in developing mission-critical enterprise applications predominantly for financial sector and telecommunications both in the UK and Russia, with a background in developing high-throughput transaction processing systems. Igor is also a member of International Association of IT Architects (IASA).

 Stephen Lowe 
Head of Middle Office and Investment Operations 
Daniel Sandmann
 Daniel Sandmann 
Head of Customer Protection, Regulatory Compliance & Integrity Culture 

Daniel is currently responsible for Allianz’s compliance culture, including strategic development of the Compliance function, and all aspects of regulatory compliance, which includes leading the Treating Customers Fairly/Sales Compliance Program, Solvency II implementation, and other aspects of prudential and securities regulation. Prior to joining Allianz, Mr. Sandmann was Director at Deutsche Bank in charge of the interaction with regulators globally, including coordination of regulatory audits and of the colleges of supervisors, where he coordinated various regulatory investigations. Daniel’s in-depth experience in high-level regulatory compliance roles best places him offer insights on the impact of financial regulation on financial institutions as a whole. 

Stéphane Janin
 Stéphane Janin 
Head of Global Regulatory Development 
AXA Investment Managers

As Head of Global Regulatory Development at AXA Investment Managers, Stéphane Janin is responsible for the regulatory affairs covering both interaction of AXA IM with policy-makers and regulators, as well as adaptation of AXA IM to regulatory changes. He will be providing an impeccable insight to our all-star panel on the impact of regulatory cost on trading strategies. Having previously been Head of the International Affairs division at the AFG, a Member of the Board at the International Investment Funds Association, and a Seconded National Expert at the European Commission, Stéphane has long been in the crux of analysing the impact of regulation on financial institutions.

Leontien Van Den Oever
 Leontien Van Den Oever 
Principal Risk Manager 
PGGM Investments

Leontien works as Principal risk manager in the Financial Risk Control team of PGGM Investments. Her main responsibilities are the counterparty risk management as well as the balance sheet liquidity analyses for PGGM clients. Furthermore she is an expert in the field of EMIR regulation, central clearing and collateral management. 

Leontien has over 16 years of in experience in financial markets. Before joining PGGM she held the position of Global head of credit risk at Optiver, where Leontien gained 10 years experience in the field of (credit) risk management. 

Until 2003 Leontien worked as financial analyst at Dexia Securities. She started her carreer at MeesPierson Capital Management in 1996 as trainee. Leontien studied International Financial Economics at the University of Amsterdam and holds a RBA degree since 2001.

Henry Raschen
 Henry Raschen 
Head of Regulatory Engagement 

Henry Raschen joined Samuel Montagu, now part of the HSBC Group, in 1989. He carried out a number of European financial reporting and investment analysis roles before moving to HSBC Securities Services. In his current role as Head of Regulatory Engagement at HSS he is responsible for identifying and assessing regulatory and market changes worldwide in order to specify future client services, as well as for liaising with regulators, market infrastructures and other organisations. He was a member of the ECB’s T2S Advisory Group from 2007-2012 and is chairman of the T2S UK National User Group. Mr Raschen is a chartered accountant.

Ben Van Der Velpen
 Ben Van Der Velpen 
Senior Market Consultant Securities International Securities Affairs

Ben van der Velpen manages post-trade securities harmonisation and standardisation initiatives of behalf of ING. He is a member of the T2S Corporate Actions Sub Group, Corporate Action Joint Working Group as well as the Global Securities Market Practice Group for Corporate Actions. Next to this he is also co-chairing the Central and Eastern Europe Market Implementation Group with regards to the Market Standards for Corporate Action Processing. Ben’s current focus is on T2S wave 1, evaluating the adaptation process and lessons learnt before wave 2 as part of the T2S National User Group and the Working group Settlement, Clearing & Asset Servicing. He will be sharing his expert insight on the panel deliberating Wave 1 successes and failures.

James Cunningham
 James Cunningham 
European Regulatory and Market Initiatives 
BNY Mellon

James Cunningham is a Senior Advisor within BNY Mellon’s Office of Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs in Europe. He specializes in regulatory initiatives relating to market infrastructure, post-trade and collateral management. In recent years, he has covered such topics as CSD Regulation, EMIR, and T2S-related market practice harmonisation work. He is a member of several industry and regulatory-contact working groups, including the European Central Bank’s Advisory Group on Market Infrastructures for Securities and Collateral (AMI-SeCo) and the T2S Harmonisation Steering Group. He is also currently chair of the T2S Corporate Actions Sub-group (CASG). He has worked in financial services since 1991 in a variety of different positions.

 Stephen Nundy 
Managing Director, Global Head of Cross Divisional Architecture and Projects 
Goldman Sachs

Stephen is a managing director in Technology at GS. He is currently globally responsible for Operations Automation as well as Firmwide EMEA Technology, he has previously globally run Cross Divisional Projects and Architecture, Liquidity Technology and Prime Services Technology Internationally. He joined GS as a graduate in 1997 and has spent 5 years working out of the Japan office covering APAC Tech for Prime Services. He has an exceptional insight into the changing technology landscape, and how technology can and should be leveraged by operations departments to improve business performance.

Anthony Hilton
 Anthony Hilton 
Financial Editor 
Evening Standard

Anthony Hilton, the chief economics and business commentator for the Evening Standard is one of the longest serving British business journalists having joined Fleet Street in 1968 as a Trainee on the Guardian, with an MA in economics. A multiple award winner for his journalism he last year collected the Journalist of the year award from the British Insurance Brokers Association and in March was given a life time achievement award by the ABI. His most recent success was the Headline Money Award for “ Outstanding Achievement.” He began his public speaking career when he worked for three years as economic commentator for Channel 4’ on The Business Programme in the late 1980s and subsequently went on to devise and co present the Stocks and Shares Show for ITV. Currently he is the finance and business commentator for the Evening Standard and a weekly columnist for The Independent. 

Anthony has recently spent time writing well-informed articles on the impact of Brexit on the City, and will be sharing his thoughts as a keynote guest speaker at InvestOps.

Patrick Pearson
 Patrick Pearson 
Head of Unit, Resolution and Crisis Management 
European Commission

Patrick Pearson is Head of Unit of Resolution and Crisis management in the European Commission’s Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union Directorate General. 

Having previously headed the Financial Markets Infrastructure and the Commission's banking regulatory teams, responsible for the Financial Services Action Plan, he is now focused on CPP resilience, recovery and resolution legislation. Patrick and his team released the first legislative outline in November 2016, and will be giving an exclusive address to the InvestOps audience on their progress.

Alexander Westphal
 Alexander Westphal 
Director, Market Practice and Regulatory Policy 

Alex is a senior associate at the ICMA, focused on secondary markets and post-trade; and also acts as the secretary to ICMA ERCC Operations Group. He has recently focused his attention on SFTR reporting requirements and what is required from the industry in order to comply. He will be sharing his recommendation as part of a workshop at InvestOps.

Julia Streets
 Julia Streets 
CEO & Founder 
Streets Consulting
Christian Steinruecken
 Christian Steinruecken 
Research Associate, Machine Learning 
University of Cambridge

Christian Steinruecken is a research associate in the Machine Learning Group at the University of Cambridge, where he is heading the Automatic Statistician Project with Prof Zoubin Ghahramani. Christian did his PhD with Prof David MacKay, and has diverse interests in artificial intelligence, data compression, probabilistic reasoning and decision making. Christian is CTO of a machine learning company named "Invenia" that optimises electricity grids, reducing CO₂ emissions while generating revenue at the same time. Christian is an expert in all things AI and will be giving an exclusive presentation on how you can expect this disruptive technology to transform capital markets ad operations.

Simon Taylor
 Simon Taylor 
Co-Founder & Director of Blockchain 

Simon is Co-Founder and Blockchain Lead at 11:FS. Previously at Barclays, he established the bank as one of the leaders in blockchain thought and action. Simon also serves as an advisor to central banks and governments, in addition to consulting the top 20 banks on blockchain. He's helped a variety of startups flourish through the Barclays Accelerator.

Christoph Heid
 Christoph Heid 
Deputy Head of Division - Strategy, Policy and Oversight -Payments and Securities Settlement 
Deutsche Bundesbank

Christoph Heid is Deputy Head of Division “Strategy, Policy and Oversight – Payments and Securities Settle-ment”. He joined Deutsche Bundesbank in 1988 and has spent most of his business carrier in the area of pay-ments, securities settlement and collateral management. His special focus is on TARGET2, TARGET2-Securities and Vision 2020 of the Eurosystem. He is participating in the National TARGET2 User Group as well as in the Advisory Group on Market Infrastructures on Payments (AMI-Pay) and different working groups at the level of the Eurosystem.

Raj Ram
 Raj Ram 
Head of IT 
Ricky Maloney
 Ricky Maloney 
Business Manager, Rates & Absolute Return 
Old Mutual Global Investors

Ricky joined Old Mutual Global Investors in March 2016, as Business Manager for the Rates & Absolute Return trading desk. He joined from Eurex Clearing where for two and a half years he ran their Buy Side Sales & Relationship Management function, prior to joining Eurex, Ricky spent six years working for Ignis Asset Management as Head of Treasury Processing. During his 20 years in the city he has also worked for The Bank Of New York, BNP Paribas and Walker Cripps Weddle Beck . Ricky holds a Degree in Business Studies from The University of Sunderland. Ricky is currently focussed on helping Old Mutual navigate the fast changing fixed income trading landscape through early adoption and utilisation of peer to peer relationships with a view to greatly reducing funding costs, whilst widening access to liquidity across the product spectrum. He is also responsible for the strategic implementation of MIFID II from a front office perspective.

Giles Travers
 Giles Travers 
Director, Alternative Investment Funds 

Giles Travers is a Director of Alternative Investment Funds at SEI (NASDAQ: SEIC). He has over 13 years’ experience of working with leading global asset managers in respect of technology, operations and legal strategy. Prior to SEI, Giles was a funds and capital markets lawyer before moving into senior roles within the alternative asset management industry. Giles is involved in Codify, SEI’s RegTech incubator programme.

Ayaz Haji
 Ayaz Haji 
‎Head of MiFID 2 Technical Architecture and Data Strategy 
Goldman Sachs

Ayaz Haji is the technical architect for the MiFID II program at Goldman Sachs. In this role he has responsibility for technical build and data strategy required for MiFID II across the firm. Mr. Haji has been recently driving some of the “Reg Tech” ideas around Common Domain modelling and the benefits this will bring to the industry as a whole. Prior to his MiFID II role Mr. Haji was head of the EMEA Interest Rate Products technology team, responsible for front office trading and sales technology development and support across bonds and derivatives in the rates space. He has been at Goldman Sachs since 2007 and working in Financial Services since 2005.

Cecile Bartenieff
 Cecile Bartenieff 
Global Head of Operations 
Societe Generale

Cecile Bartenieff joined Societe Generale in 2000 and has held a number of managerial positions within Corporate Investment Banking in Global Markets, Finance, and Operations departments. Cecile has an in-depth experience of Finance and Operations. She led the IAS norms implementation within Corporate Investment Banking, managed the Equity Derivatives PnL group and the Sales & Trading Middle Offices which she reorganized with the creation of the Product Control Group and Trading Services. As a COO for Global Markets, she managed the relationship with Operations department, developed Trading Services and sponsored large transformation projects. Prior to joining Societe Generale, Cécile worked at Natixis BP (BRED) as an Arbitrage trader on European debts and at Accenture as a manager of major transformation projects. Since 2014, Cécile is Global Head of GBIS Operations (Global Banking & Investor Solutions).

 Alex Powell 
Senior Financial Services Professional, Former COO 
HSBC Securities Services
 Lynn Strongin Dodds 
Freelance Journalist 
Virginie O’Shea
 Virginie O’Shea 
Research Director 
Aite Group

Virginie O’Shea is a research director with Aite Group, heading up the Institutional Securities & Investments practice and covering data management, collateral management, legal entity onboarding, and post-trade technology. She brings to the firm more than 13 years of experience in tracking financial technology developments in the capital markets sector, with a particular focus on regulatory developments and standards.

 David Berry 
Market Data, Exchange Commissions Global Sourcing CIQ 
Alan Meaney
 Alan Meaney 
Fund Recs

Alan Meaney is the CEO of Fund Recs. Fund Recs was founded in 2013 and develops software for the global Funds Industry. Fund Recs was named ‘European Startup of the Year’ at the ICT Spring conference in Luxembourg in 2016. Clients include Capita Asset Services, a FTSE 100 company and MUFG Investor Services, a global top 10 Fund Administration unit of Mitsubishi Bank. Alan has over 10 years’ experience working in Fund Administration with HSBC and SEI Investments. A graduate of DIT Hothouses New Frontiers Entrepreneur Development programme, Alan was also a member of the last batch of companies that participated in Telefonica’s Wayra Accelerator in Dublin. In early 2016 Alan founded the Dublin Funds Industry Innovation meetup group. Heading into the groups fifth event it boasts over 600 members.

 Rafael Plata 
Secretary General 
 Stathis Kyriakides 
Director – Product Development 
MAP FinTech
Stephen Butcher
 Stephen Butcher 
Managing Director, UK, Ireland, Middle East, and Africa 

Stephen Butcher is the Managing Director of SimCorp for UK, Ireland, Middle East and Africa. He is responsible for helping Asset Managers, Pension Funds, Insurance Companies and Sovereign Wealth Funds deliver outstanding investment outcomes to their clients and stakeholders. Stephen has had over 30 years’ experience in financial technology holding executive roles at Charles River Development, Dealogic and SunGard. He has extensive experience across, Product Management, Software Development, Sales, Marketing and Delivery of mission critical software solutions in complex highly integrated environments. He began his career in mathematical modelling at BAE Systems and holds BSC in Marine Engineering

James Kearney
 James Kearney 
Head of Global Investment Operations 

Jim Kearney is a Principal at Vanguard and the head of the Vanguard Global Investment Operations organization. Jim’s global team is responsible for trade support, settlements, Corporate actions and securities lending for all Vanguard products. In his prior position Jim led the Project One Development Team, a business technology team managing a 5 year program focused on unifying the Vanguard Transfer Agent and Broker Dealer organizations, creating a singular experience for all retail direct investors. This effort resulted in a common platform for investors to hold, and transact on Vanguard funds, Vanguard ETFs and any other assets held at Vanguard. In previous Vanguard roles, Jim led a business technology team focused on implementing vendor solutions that would streamline the fund administration process, including trade management, corporate actions, treasury services and gold copy data management. He was also the leader of the Vanguard Small Business Retirement Plans, and spent a large portion of his career leading various businesses within the Vanguard Brokerage Services unit. Jim has studied at Immaculata University, and holds FINRA’s series 7, 63 and 24 licenses. He is also a graduate of the Wharton Essentials of Management certificate program, as well as the Leadership Philadelphia 2006 class. Jim sits on the board of Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse, a 125 year old non-profit institution committed to proving unstructured creative play for children in the Philadelphia region. Jim is married to his wife Sonica, and the proud father of two children, Liam (9) and Harper (5).

Tiphaine Saltini
 Tiphaine Saltini 
CEO, co-founder 

Graduated in Management (HEC Paris) and Cognitive Science (Harvard University-ENS Ulm), Tiffany Saltini built Neuroprofiler during her PhD in behavioral finance after working in private banking and consulting. Neuroprofiler is a behavioral finance to help Financial Advisors assess the investor profile of their clients in line with MiFIDII regulation. Neuroprofiler is now developping in France, in the UK, in Switzerland, in Luxembourd and in Belgium in both asset management, retail and private banking.

Mathias Wegmueller
 Mathias Wegmueller 
Co-founder and Head of Business Development 

Mathias is a highly accomplished entrepreneur and digital transformation advisor. He has specialist experience working with mid- to large-sized businesses, facilitating the effective execution of digital engagement initiatives. A passionate, action-oriented and motivational team leader, Mathias Co-founded Qumram in 2011, and is responsible for business development and sales. Qumram enables every digital interaction – web, social and mobile – to be recorded and replayed, in movie-like form, on demand. This 100% digital audit trail proves compliance with the record-keeping requirements of global regulations, including MIFID-II, FFSA, Fidleg and SEC. Qumram also facilitates fraud detection, monitoring the digital behaviour of employees as well as interactions from external sources, and delivers deep customer insight for customer experience analytics.

 Vincent Dessard 
Senior Regulatory Policy Advisor 

Vincent joined the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) in December 2011. In his role as Senior Regulatory and Policy Advisor he has had the following responsibilities: 

- Commenting on European legislations on Financial Markets (e.g. on MiFID II and MiFIR; EMIR; MAD or securitisation matters)

- Leading and managing various experts’ working groups (with Head of regulatory affairs, CIOs and CROs of major international asset management companies)

- Negotiating legislative proposals with European legislators and regulators as well as International authorities

- Regular contacts with European and national markets authorities on capital markets issues

- Speaker or moderator on capital markets, clearing and risk management topics repeatedly invited in several international conferences (e.g. TSAM, Clearing and Settlement World)

- Designated expert at the European Commission (European Post-Trade Forum) and at the European Central Bank (Observer at the Advisory Group on Market Infrastructures for Securities and Collateral and member of Harmonisation Steering Group.

Angus Canvin
 Angus Canvin 
Senior Adviser 
The Investment Association
Anne Martel
 Anne Martel 
Deputy CEO and Chief Operating Officer 
Amundi London

Anne Martel was appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operational Officer of Amundi London Branch in July 2015. Anne transferred to London from Amundi in Paris where she held the position of Global Head of Internal Audit of Amundi Group since 2011. In total, Anne worked for nine years in Internal Audit within the Investment Banking and Asset Management sectors. Prior to this Anne held a management position in the Capital Planning Department of Société Générale and was the Head of OTC Equity Derivatives Back Office with in Société Générale Investment Banking. Anne began her career in 1997 at Calyon where she worked for five years in Internal Audit and two years as a Fixed Income Sales Business Manager, consecutively. Anne is a graduate of HEC International Business School in Paris.

Jean-Charles Delcroix
 Jean-Charles Delcroix 
Chief Compliance Officer 

Jean-Charles Delcroix has been serving as Chief Compliance Officer of Amundi Asset Management UK entities since 2015. He is also a member of the Executive Committee (UK) and the Board of Directors of Amundi UK. Previously he was based in Paris serving as Chief Risk Officer of Amundi Subsidiaries since 2011, in charge of risk control and the implementation and maintenance of risk policies. Jean-Charles joined Amundi in 2010 as Chief Risk Officer Asia in Hong Kong. Prior to this Jean-Charles held positions serving as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer at IBK-SGAM in Seoul (2007 to 2009), at Etoile Gestion (2003 to 2007) and Director at Credit du Nord (1994 to 2007). A graduate of the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines de Saint-Etienne, Jean Charles has a Bachelor’s in Mathematiques and Finances.

Ismail Meziane
 Ismail Meziane 
Deputy Head of Middle Office 
Candriam Investors
 Matt Scott 
Operations Manager 
De Putron Fund Management
 John Lund 
Buy Side ‎Derivatives 
Collateral Management Specialist
Paul Miller
 Paul Miller 
Managing Director 
Adrian Black
 Adrian Black 
Kyra Brown
 Kyra Brown 
Senior Regulatory Change Consultant 
Standard Life Investment

A graduate of Edinburgh College of Art with a BA Hons in Illustration, Kyra has a wealth of experience having worked at Scottish Widows, Walter Scott Investment Management and Blackrock since joining financial services in 1999. Since joining Standard Life Investments (SLI) in 2012 working in advisory and regulatory change, she has particularly focused particularly on MiFID II (particularly market structure changes, EMIR/MiFID interaction, research, best execution and target market) and global derivatives regulation (Dodd Frank, EMIR, IOSCO, FSB) over the last few years. Kyra’s work involves assessing how regulation will impact SLI both directly and indirectly in terms of impacts on counterparties. She is increasingly involved in discussions on impact of regulation with clients, to help them understand the requirements and what they might need to do to navigate the regulatory environment.

Adrian Black
 Adrian Black 
Founder & Chief Executive Officer 
Contego Fraud Solutions Ltd

With a wealth of industry experience, holding senior positions in UK leading digital businesses, and focussing his career in fraud detection, data and intelligence sharing, Adrian Black became increasingly concerned about the impact that growing rates of financial crime was having on business. Deciding to take action, Adrian founded Contego in 2010 with the mission to build solutions to help organisations combat fraud and financial crime. Under Adrian’s leadership, the Contego team focused on building a RegTech solution that works across multiple key industries (including Financial Services, FinTech and the Property sector), enabling clients to simplify their due diligence checks, streamline operations and ultimately reduce their business risk. Adrian, the driving force behind Contego, has built a strong team who work on the shared vision to provide the strongest single global platform to verify and risk-score people, companies and ID documents for onboarding and monitoring and supporting investigation processes - enabling clients to make data-driven decisions, instantly, about whom they do business with. Regulations have often been viewed as a burden to business and something that stifles innovation. However, Adrian and the team at Contego believe instead that embracing RegTech solutions can have a transformative, positive effect on business. Aside from reducing risk, increasing process automation and driving efficiency and improving customer experience, RegTech should be seen by brands as helping to deliver competitive advantages, much needed in today’s competitive world. Contego’s USPs: 

  • Contego has an unparalleled breadth of rich data on people, companies and ID documents 
  • Contego is supported by numerous commercial data providers  
  • Contego is one of the very few UK-based firms that has an intelligence sharing agreement with law enforcement agencies 
  • Contego is the only solution of its kind that enables businesses to carry out complex, multi-entity checks in real-time via a single API 
  • Contego’s portfolio includes the most advanced RtX (Right-to-Work, Right-to-Rent etc.) solutions on the market
Contego has just completed an acquisition and plans to maintain its position as a leading RegTech platform through a combination of further acquisitions and internally developed technology. This will allow the company to launch further solutions helping more industries.
David Pearson
 David Pearson 
Head of Post-trade 

David is responsible for driving new post-trade business ideas across Fidessa's global buy-side and sell-side community. This is based on the evolution of new business processes and workflows that reflect the changing regulatory environment and the practical realities of capital markets today. He provides detailed and broad-ranging input into the restructuring of business flows across financial markets in the post-trade environment. David is currently Co-chair of the FIX Trading Community's EMEA Post-trade Working Group, and is actively involved in the global industry debate to promote new post-trade business workflows that improve efficiency and reduce costs. David joined Fidessa in 1994 and his previous roles with the firm have included implementation and project management, business analysis and solutions architecture. As head of new business marketing for Europe he played a pivotal role in building Fidessa's sell-side managed services business in Europe. Prior to Fidessa David worked at a number of brokerage firms in London, gaining considerable experience of the workflow on the trading floor and the technology that supports it.

David White
 David White 
Head of Sales 

David White is head of sales for TriOptima’s counterparty exposure management service, triResolve. David has over 10 years of Capital Markets experience, starting his career as a consultant he has successfully advised on and implemented projects at a variety of derivatives market participants. Utilising this experience in combination with additional BAU and change Middle and Back office roles, David regularly speaks at and attends industry forums and conferences. David holds a degree in Economics.

 Nick Hughes 
Marathon Asset Management
 Luc Leclercq 
 Mike Webb 
Regional Head of Shared Services - Europe 
Fidelity International
Gavin Platman
 Gavin Platman 
Head of Operations Strategy 
Insight Investment

Gavin became Head of Operations Strategy in November 2015 with responsibility for strategic projects, new products, funds and clients. In addition Gavin is responsible for operational client and consultant relationships. Gavin joined Insight in November 2009 as manager of the Investment Operations Team, responsible for the Derivatives and Market Operations Teams. Prior to Insight, Gavin worked at Morgan Stanley Investment Management (MSIM) where he set up and managed the London Derivatives Operations Team. Prior to MSIM, Gavin was a Project Manager at Morgan Stanley where responsibilities included implementations of SwapsWire (MarkitServ) and SwapsClear. Previous experience includes working at SwapsWire (MarkitServ) as Head of Client Data Services and as an inter-dealer Broker specialising in interest rate swaps.

 Alicia Mellon 
Manager – Transactions Reporting 
 Naomi Clarke 
Head of Data 
 Alain Mandy 
Executive Vice President 
Philippe Laurensy
 Philippe Laurensy 
Managing Director - Head of Commercial 
Adrian Gill
 Adrian Gill 
Regulatory Compliance Specialist 
Abide Financial

Adrian Gill has over 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry. Before joining Abide, he was senior consultant on regulatory reporting issues at Kaizen Reporting, and more particularly on transaction, trade and repository reporting under MiFID II and EMIR. He previously served as head of compliance at Trax, and held positions in the compliance field at the International Capital Market Association, London International Financial Futures Exchange and London Stock Exchange. 

As the representative of ICMA, he co-chaired industry working group MiFID Connect, which facilitated the implementation of regulatory reporting for MiFID. Most recently, Gill worked with the FCA and the European Commission in shaping the MiFID II transparency obligations, providing his expertise on fixed-income markets and transparency. He also participated in discussions in the industry working group chaired by AFME and took part in FCA roundtable meetings for MiFID II.

 Matthew Luff 
MIFID II Consultant 
Henderson Global Investors
 William Gilson 
Independent Director, Formerly Global Head of Operations 
Aviva Investments