InvestOps Europe 2017

20 - 21 September, 2017

Radisson Portman, London

+44 (0) 207 368 9854

Our Speakers

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

If you would be interested in being a part of Clearing and Settlement World, we would love to hear from you.

Click Here to view the list of speakers from our 2016 event.

Advisory Board

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

Stephane Janin
 Stephane 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 
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.

Mehdi Manaa
 Mehdi Manaa 
T2S Programme Manager 

As Head of the Market Infrastructure Development Division at the European Central Bank, Mehdi has been involved in the T2S Programme from its inception. Formerly, he worked for Euroclear and Euronext giving him a practical perspective on key industry issues. Mehdi’s in-depth overview of T2S places him impeccably to provide a unique update on the program progression after wave 1 goes live this July, and prior to the larger wave 2 going live in 2016. Mr Manaa will share thoughts on how you can best navigate the settlement changes, overcome barriers to connection, and benchmark your operational readiness.

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 
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 
Co-Founder & Director of Blockchain 

Simon is co founder at 11:FS, a company founded by the best in digital banking and FinTech talent: a group who have transformed banks, and built them from scratch. Together they are driving real change in digital banking using creative solutions, rapid execution, and true credibility. As blockchain lead, Simon established Barclays as one of the leaders in Blockchain thinking and doing. Simon also helped a variety of startups flourish, through Barclays Tech Stars accelerator. He will be giving a presentation on the state of blockchain in capital markets.

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
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
Cecile Bartenieff
 Cecile Bartenieff 
Global Head of Operations 
Societe Generale

Cécile Bartenieff joined Société Générale in 2000 and has held a number of managerial positions within SG CIB in Global Markets, Finance, and Operations departments. She has an in-depth experience of Finance and Operations. She led the IAS norms implementation within SG CIB, 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 SG CIB, 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 & Investors 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
 Anne Ponton 
Head of the Operations Project team 
Société Générale
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