2019 Speakers

2019 Speakers

Our spotlight keynote in 2019

Ruth was appointed Chief Executive of the LBMA in January 2014. She is responsible for the success and strategic development of the LBMA, in partnership with the Chairman and the Board. She is also responsible for maintaining accountability to and the quality of, the Association's Membership and Good Delivery Refiners as well as representing the interests of the Association in relation to regulators, investors, media and international precious metals markets.

Before being appointed Chief Executive, she spent seven years working in the Association, initially as Commercial Director and then as Deputy Chief Executive, where she acted as the main lead on Governmental Affairs. She was also responsible for the Association's work on supply chain due diligence, with particular regard to the creation and implementation of the LBMA’s Responsible Gold Guidance. She has represented the Association at industry, governmental and multi-stakeholder regulatory forums. She continues to serve as Vice Chair of the OECD Multi-Stakeholder Governance Group for Responsible Minerals. As Commercial Director, she oversaw the development of the LBMA Conference, the LBMA's quarterly publication the Alchemist and the LBMA website.

Prior to joining the LBMA, she worked in bank finance and US corporate law at the law firms of White & Case and Norton Rose, and also acted as a monitor at the UN Commission on Human Rights in Geneva. She has an MSc in History of International Relations from the London School of Economics and a degree in English Literature from Kenyon College in Ohio.

Ruth Crowell

Chief Executive

London Bullion Market Association

Keynote: Precious metals - Integrity. Transparency. Clearing.


Jean-Pierre Vidal

Head of Policy and Strategy Division


Jean-Pierre Vidal is Head of the Policy and Strategy Division of the European Investment Bank. He was Counsellor to the Executive Board of the European Central Bank from September 2016 to June 2019.

Prior to this, Jean-Pierre was Chief Economic Advisor to the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, and a member of the cabinet of the first President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy. He held several positions at the European Central Bank: Head of the ECB Representative Office in Brussels (2011-2012), Deputy Head of the Monetary Policy Strategy Division (2007-2011), and Head of the Fiscal Analysis Section (2004-2007).

Before joining the ECB as an economist in 2000, he worked as a senior researcher at the ‘Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique’ (CNRS). Jean-Pierre holds an MBA from ESSEC business school (‘Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales’) and a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge.

Paddy Boyle

Global Head of ForexClear


Paul Houston

Executive Director, Global Head of FX


Pernille Henneberg

Global Economist


James Wood-Collins

Chief executive officer

Record Currency Management

James Wood Collins joined Record Currency Management in August 2008 as a senior member of the Client Team and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in October 2010. James also currently chairs Record's Executive Committee and is a member of its Investment Committee.

He was previously at JP Morgan Cazenove, where he was a Managing Director advising financial institutions on M&A, IPOs and related corporate finance transactions, including the December 2007 IPO of Record plc.

Katie Lee

Head of Hedge Fund Distribution

UBS Wealth Management

Katie Lee is Head of Hedge Fund Distribution at UBS Wealth Management UK based in London. She leads the hedge fund advisory effort in UBS UK and Jersey, and is responsible for advising high net worth individuals on investing in hedge funds and managing portfolios across a broad range of hedge fund strategies.

Katie has over 11 years of investment experience at UBS. Prior to moving to London in 2016, she spent 3 years in Zurich, Switzerland covering clients in the EMEA region and 5 years in Hong Kong covering Greater China clients.

Katie holds a bachelor degree in Business - Finance & Marketing from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and is fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin and English. She is also a committee member of the 100 Women in Finance organization.

Shamik Dhar

Chief Economist

BNY Mellon Investment Management

Shamik Dhar is Chief Economist at BNY Mellon Investment Management, as of September this year. Prior to this, he was the Chief Economist and Director from Economics at the UK government's Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

He has more than 30 years of experience as a professional economist, alternating between private and public sectors. He began his career at the HM Treasury, the UK government's Economic and Finance Ministry, in the late 1980s, moving on in the 1990s to Oxford Economic Forecasting and the Bank of England (where he ran the UK forecast team and was a senior manager in Monetary Analysis).

In 2000, he moved to Morley Fund Management, then in 2004 co-founded Fathom Consulting, a leading economics consultancy, before moving back into asset management with Aviva Investors in 2009.

Shamik has a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University, and a Master's in Economics from Queen Mary College, University of London.

Ralf Donner

Head of FICC Execution Strategies

Goldman Sachs

Ralf Donner is Head of FICC Execution Strategies at Goldman Sachs. He is responsible for the firm’s client FICC algorithmic execution offering, pre- and intra-trade liquidity and transaction cost analytics, and post-trade reporting.

Ralf started his professional career at ABN Amro in 2006 as an FX options quant, followed by 8 years with Morgan Stanley in London and New York, first in model validation of options pricing models and then in quant sales, focusing on systematic FX trading strategies and FX market microstructure. From 2014-2016 he ran Morgan Stanley’s QSI team in New York.

Ralf holds a Masters in Physics and a Doctorate in Theoretical Physics from Oxford University.

Laura Simionescu

Financial Risk Manager

British American Tobacco

Laura joined British American Tobacco in 2015. She works as a Financial Risk Manager in Corporate Treasury in London, covering areas such as fx risk and interest rate risk.

Before joining BAT, she worked for 4 years for Raiffeisen’s Romanian building society bank (Sparkasse) as Head of Risk Management and Organisation. Prior to this, she worked for 7 years in GE Capital in the Romanian mortgage business in credit risk area.

Laura is a CFA charter holder since 2018.

David Page

Senior Economist

AXA Investment Managers

David joined AXA Investment Managers in July 2014. He is working as a US and UK economist. Before joining AXA IM, he worked for 4 years at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking as a Senior Economist covering primarily the UK economy.

Prior to this, he worked for 10 years at Investec Bank as a global economist covering the primarily UK and European economies. Before this, David spent 5 years in the Government Economic Service, initially working for the energy regulator, OFFER, before joining the UK Debt Management Office – an executive agency of HM Treasury – at its inception in 1998.

David holds an MSc in Economics (1995) from the University of Warwick, UK and a BA in Economics (1994) from the University of York.

Helen Thomas

Founder & CEO


Helen Thomas CFA has worked in financial markets for over 17 years. She founded her own macroeconomic consulting firm, BlondeMoney, in 2017. Her team works out of offices in Oxford and London, and provides expert analysis on financial markets and politics. Before that she was a Partner at a Global Macro hedge fund and Head of Currency Alpha for State Street Global Advisors. She started her career in Foreign Exchange at Merrill Lynch before going on to work for Societe Generale and SEB. She has also worked in politics, as an adviser to former Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne during the financial crisis.

She is a CFA Charterholder and holds a degree in probably the least practical combination of subjects: Philosophy, Politics and Economics which she gained from Oxford University.

She is a Board Member of CFA UK where she is responsible for their sub-committee on the Value of the Investment Profession.

She was lead researcher on the book "Masters of Nothing" by the MPs Matthew Hancock and Nadhim Zahawi, which looked at how human behaviour caused the financial crisis and how to avoid it happening again.

Bac Van Luu

Head of currency and fixed income strategy

Russell Investments

Bac Van Luu is head of currency and fixed income strategy at Russell Investments. He is an investment strategist and economist educated to PhD level with 18 years of multi-asset experience in asset managers, sovereign wealth funds and investment banks.

Mauricio Sada-Paz

Global Head of eFICC Product and Distribution

Barclays Investment Bank

Mark McKee

Global Head of FX Technology

RBC Capital Markets

Kate Phylaktis

Professor of International Finance, Director

Emerging markets Group - Cass Business School

Kate Phylaktis is Professor of International Finance and Director of the Emerging Markets Group at Cass Business School, City, University of London. She previously held research and analyst positions at the London School of Economics and the National and Commercial Banking Group (now Royal Bank of Scotland).

Kate’s main research and teaching interests are in international finance and emerging markets finance. She is also interested in the development of financial markets, the interaction of corporate governance and asset pricing, and the interaction of capital flows and corporate finance. She is the author of 45 articles published in top finance and economics journals including the Journal of Corporate Finance, Financial Management, Journal of International Money and Finance, Review of Economics and Statistics, and the Journal of Development Economics. She has authored three books including “The Banking System of Cyprus: Past, Present and Future”, (Macmillan Press 1995), a seminal book on the development of the banking system of Cyprus and was the guest editor of four special issues of the Journal of International Money and Finance on “Emerging Markets Finance” (Elsevier, 2006, 2009, 2012, 2016).

In addition to teaching and doing research Kate has been involved in policy advising, training, research and consulting projects for a number of institutions, including the International Monetary Fund, Export Guarantees Advisory Council, University of Bordeaux, the Warsaw University, Crown Agents, Commonwealth Secretariat, and the Hellenic Capital Markets Commission. She has also acted as a consultant to the Ministry of Education and Religious Studies in Greece and the Ministry of Education and Culture in Cyprus advising on the development of tertiary education.

Kate has set up The Emerging Markets Group (EMG) in 2001, a forum for academic research on foreign exchange and financial markets with particular reference to emerging economies. EMG through a series of workshops and conferences has established a network of internationally respected finance academics, professionals and policymakers. EMG events have had extensive financial support by the ESRC, the Journal of International Money and Finance, the ECB, IMF, EBRD, the Stock Exchange, and various banks.

Kate has served as an Associate Editor of the Journal of International Money and Finance(2002- 2013), International Journal of Financial Analysis(2013-),Emerging Markets Review(2002-present), Pacific-Basin Finance Journal (2006-present), Financial Review (2004-2010), Multinational Finance Journal (2002-2008), Greek Economic Review(2002-2008) and Ekonomia (2000-2014).

Andreas König

Head of Global FX

Amundi Asset Management

Andreas König is Head of Global FX at Amundi Asset Management. He joined Amundi Asset Management (previously Pioneer Investments) in 2007 as Senior Portfolio Manager Foreign Exchange and is based in the London office.

Prior to this, Andreas was Head of Foreign Exchange at Amundi's office in Munich, where he was responsible for everything relating to FX, including the dedicated currency fund, currency risk management, currency overlay, currency derivatives and currency forecasts.

Andreas has worked in the investments industry since 1994. Before joining the company in August 2000, he was employed by Commerzbank London as Deputy Head of Global Foreign Exchange Options. Prior to that, he worked in the Frankfurt branch of Commerzbank as Head of currency options (1996-1998). He started his career in 1994 as a Currency Options Trader for Commerz Financial Products GmbH in Frankfurt.

Andreas is a graduate in Business Administration from the University of Applied Sciences, Landshut. He has been a CFA® charter holder since 2003.

Marco Naccari

MD, Head of Currency Management - EMEA

State Street Global Markets

Marco joined State Street in May 2014 and is responsible for client servicing, development and growth of the Currency Management business within the EMEA region. During his tenure at State Street Marco was also responsible for Transition management Sales and a client relationship for the Italian market.

Prior to State Street Marco held a position of Head of Currency Portfolio Management with JP Morgan Asset Management. Earlier in his career, Marco was at JPMorgan Chase where he undertook various roles including Treasury Management, Operations and Project Management. After joining the industry in 1997, Marco has numerous years of experience in international finance and is an FCA approved person

Gordon Noonan

Head of FX Trading


Paris Pennesi

Head of Quant Strategies


Paris Pennesi is Head of Quant Strategies for Spot FX & Commodities for the electronic trading team, eRisk, at HSBC.  Previously, he has worked at MAN AHL, JP Morgan and RBS, creating systematic investments strategies and algorithms for market-making and execution across FX, Equities and Futures markets.

Paris is also an Honorary Associate Professor at UCL where he teaches Market Microstructure. He has had academic positions at London School of Economics and Cambridge University and holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence and a Masters Degree in Electronic Engineering.

Geoffrey Yu

Head of UK investment office

UBS Wealth management

Saeed Amen



Saeed Amen is the founder of Cuemacro. Over the past fifteen years, Saeed Amen has developed systematic trading strategies at major investment banks including Lehman Brothers and Nomura. He is also the author of Trading Thalesians: What the ancient world can teach us about trading today (Palgrave Macmillan) and is the coauthor of The Book of Alternative Data (Wiley), due in 2020. Through Cuemacro, he now consults and publishes research for clients in the area of systematic trading. He has developed many Python libraries including finmarketpy and tcapy for transaction cost analysis. His clients have included major quant funds and data companies such as Bloomberg. He has presented his work at many conferences and institutions which include the ECB, IMF, Bank of England and Federal Reserve Board. He is also a visiting lecturer at Queen Mary University of London and a co-founder of the Thalesians.

Lena Komileva

Founder and Chief Economist


“The markets’ market economist”, this is how Dr Peter Praet, ECB Chief Economist and Board member, describes Lena Komileva, founder and chief economist of City economic intelligence consultancy (g+)economics.

Lena is a veteran market economist widely credited for predicting the Global Financial Crisis and the global recession that followed it, with the new policy regime that has defined international markets and industry developments over the past decade.

She has spent two decades advising CEOs in banking, custodial, brokerage, and financial consulting services as head of market economics for the largest European government bonds broker in the world, as a regular voice at policy and industry forums, and as an economic adviser, working with such institutions as the CFA Institute, the World Gold Council, McKinsey & Co., and the UK Parliament.

Lena is a leading independent voice in the international policy debate on global growth themes focusing on global finance, capital flows, financial innovation, and regulation. She is a Financial Times and Bloomberg Opinion columnist and a regular expert voice on Bloomberg TV and the BBC, regularly quoted the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, Reuters and Bloomberg News. For recent articles and contact, see www.gpluseconomics.com 

Philip Maton

VP Treasury, Head of Risk

Liberty Global

Philip Maton took up the role of VP Treasury, Head of Risk at Liberty Global in January 2018, having joined the firm the previous year. He leads the firm's strategic approach to risk management across all debt hedging, FX, cash investment, pensions, counterparty credit and liquidity risks. He is also responsible for the firm’s share repurchase and strategic equity activities.

He previously worked within Corporate Structuring at the Royal Bank of Scotland, thereafter as a VP within the Risk Solutions Group at Santander Global Corporate Banking. He is a CFA charterholder.

Satnam Sohal

Principle, Global Markets

Greenwich Associates

Federico Catasta

Head of Risk Management

CNH Industrial N.V.

Federico Catasta was appointed Head of Risk Management at CNH Industrial N.V. in 2014 to oversee the Group FX and interest rate risk and insurance programs.

He has more than 15 years experience in Corporate Finance and Treasury functions both in Europe and the U.S. in the automotive and capital goods sectors.

Claire Dissaux

MD, global economics and strategy

Millennium Global

Kurt Knowlson

Global Fixed Income Portfolio Manager

Aviva Investors

Christoph Hock

Head of Multi-Asset Trading

Union Investment

Christoph Hock is Head of Multi-Asset Trading at Union Investment. He joined Union in April 2014 and, with his team, is responsible for all trading activities associated with portfolio management of cash equities, fixed income, fund and ETF business, FX, listed and OTC derivatives, and securities lending.

Christoph graduated with a Diplom-Bankbetriebswirt, and has more than 20 years of international investment banking, trading and management experience, having worked for companies on the sell- and buy-side, most recently as Head of Execution Sales at Barclays Bank and at Alpha Trading.

Prior to this, Christoph was founder, partner and co-CEO/Head of Portfolio Management and Trading at Tungsten Capital Management, a hedge fund company (2005-2010). He was Head of Proprietary Equity Derivatives Desk at J.P. Morgan in London and Frankfurt from 1998-2004. Christoph began his career at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson in Cash Equity Trading.

David Woolcock

Director, Business Consulting


David Petitcolin

Emerging Markets FX Strategist

Deutsche Bank

David Petitcolin joined Deutsche Bank in 2018 and is a member of the FX strategy team, focusing on Emerging Markets. David has worked in currency roles since 2009, more recently on the buy-side at Principal Global Investors as a Currency Strategist and Portfolio Manager. Before that, he worked as a Currency Strategist on the sell-side at RBS.

David holds a BSc degree in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Warwick and a MSc degree in Economics from University College London.

Kaan Nazli

Senior Economist

Neuberger Berman

Kaan Nazli is Senior Economist and Portfolio Manager for Emerging Markets Debt at Neuberger Berman. He has previous positions in ING Investment Management and Medley Global Advisors, where he was responsible for macro research and sovereign debt credit views.

Before that, he worked as a research analyst for Eurasia Group where he advised financial institutions on east-central Europe. He played a key role in establishing the Lehman Brothers Eurasia Group Stability Index (LEGSI), a comparative political and economic stability index designed to measure stability in more than 20 emerging markets.

Kaan Nazli received a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from the University of Ankara, Turkey and earned a Master’s Degree in Political Economy from New York University. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designations.

Charles Goodman

Managing Director

Millenium Global

Charles Goodman is Managing Director at Millennium Global. Before joining Millennium Global in 2017, Charles worked for Edmond de Rothschild Asset Management (EdRAM) for over twenty years, most recently as CEO of the London office.

Before moving to London in 2012, he held various roles in fund management, derivatives advisory and business development in the Geneva office, latterly as Head of Institutional Sales. He was also a board member for a Luxembourg umbrella fund with specific responsibility for risk management and compliance oversight. Prior to his roles at EdRAM, Charles was a futures execution trader and portfolio manager at a Swiss futures and options specialist in Geneva and Chicago.

Charles Goodman has been a regular contributor of articles to institutional investment publications and speaker at industry events. He is registered with the Financial Conduct Authority.

Julian Gladwin

Co-Founder, Managing Director

Axiom Global Advisors

Julian Gladwin is Co-founder and Managing Director of Axiom Global Advisors. He is also an Associate Partner at Elixirr, the challenger consultancy, bringing his broad knowledge of financial market solutions and risk mitigation to the firm.

Prior to co-founding Axiom and his time at Elixirr, Julian was a Director of Relationship Management at CLS Group, the FX settlement financial market utility.

Julian has worked in Financial Markets for over 30 years and his career in leading client relationships spans FX, Risk, Transaction Banking and Securities Services. He has held multiple international roles at Standard Chartered Bank, Northern Trust, Lehman Brothers and Paine Webber.

Jeremy Smart

Global Head of Distribution

XTX Markets

Jeremy is the Global Head of Distribution at XTX Markets, the cross-asset electronic liquidity provider. Prior to this Smart worked at RBS for three years as MD – Head of Fixed Income Electronic Distribution. He moved there in August 2012 from Morgan Stanley, where he had been a Managing Director in Foreign Exchange and Emerging Markets and more recently, Head of Fixed-Income e-Commerce and Global Head of e-Commerce Sales.

Prior to Morgan Stanley, Smart worked at Deutsche Bank for nine years as a senior salesperson for its e-trading platform, Autobahn. XTX Markets is a leading quantitative-driven electronic market-maker partnering with counterparties, exchanges and e-trading venues globally to provide liquidity in the Equity, FX, Fixed Income and Commodity markets. We provide consistent liquidity, helping market participants throughout the world obtain the best prices in the various assets classes we cover, regardless of changing market conditions.

Stefan Hamberger

Global Head of eFX

Credit Agricole CIB

Stefan Hamberger is Global Head of eFX at Credit Agricole. Stefan is an experienced markets person with 25+ years’ experience in Sales, Trading and eBusiness across a variety of asset classes. He has worked in multiple positions for Banks like Dresdner Kleinwort, Commerzbank, ABN and BNP during the last decades.

Svante Hedin

Global Head of FX & Commodities


David Nicol

Digital Asset Lead


David Nicol leads the digital asset program at R3, responsible for strategy and business development. Corda is R3’s blockchain platform, which was designed specifically for business.

Before joining R3, David was a Product Manager in IBM’s Watson Commerce division, focusing on fintech M&A and product strategy.

Michael Fox

Prime Brokerage & OTC Clearing Client Solutions

JP Morgan Chase & Co

Michael Fox is the EMEA Head of FX Prime Brokerage and FX Clearing at J.P. Morgan Chase. In this role, Mike oversees the region’s business and client relationships as well as the development of the product.

A 14 year veteran of J.P. Morgan, Mike brings extensive client-facing, risk and operational management experience from a number of roles across Markets, Prime Brokerage and Derivatives Clearing.

Mike graduated in 2004 with a BA (Hons) degree in Business Studies and Marketing from The University of Brighton.

Jan Novotny

eFX quant trader

Deutsche Bank

Jan is an eFX Quant Trader at Deutsche Bank. Prior to his current role, he was a front office quant at HSBC in the electronic FX markets. Before joining HSBC team, he was working in the Centre for Econometric Analysis on the high-frequency time series econometric models and was visiting lecturer at Cass Business School, Warwick Business School and Politecnico di Milano.

He has also co-authored a number of papers in peer-reviewed journals in Finance and Physics, contributed to several books, and presented at numerous conferences and workshops all over the world.

During his PhD studies, he co-founded Quantum Finance CZ. He is a Machine Learning enthusiast and explores kdb+/q for this purpose.

Jonathan Healey

Head of Global Markets eCommerce


Jonathan Healey has over 30 years of experience in Global Markets, leading projects and business initially in Corporate Treasury and subsequently at major banks.

Jon has held senior positions in eCommerce at HSBC, Lloyds and BBVA in FX and eCommerce where he led the creation of end to end digital platforms from inception. Jon is currently responsible for eCommerce globally across the asset classes at BBVA.

Hugo Gordon

Policy Specialist, Capital Markets

The Investment Association

Thomas Wind

Former Head of Trading

Woodman Asset Management AG

Thomas has worked in the financial sector since 1997 in Nordea Copenhagen in various roles – within Portfolio Management, Trading and Sales.

After Nordea, he joined a top five insurance company in Denmark in 2005 and together with a colleague he built up a foreign exchange desk (trading, proprietary and sales). The initial team grew over the following seven years. He was appointed Head of Trading & Proprietary having the overall responsibility of all trading/risks (Foreign Exchange, Bonds, Credit and Equity) including headcount of 14 full-time employees.

In 2012 he was asked to join Woodman Asset Management in Switzerland as Head of Trading and to build up the trading activities in the newly established Woodman Asset Management and grow the business. In his various roles in Woodman was managing Woodman Group’s currency exposure and currency mandates plus the overall responsibility of the execution/trading.

Victor Lebreton

Head of e-Trading


Victor manages the strategies and the portfolio for Quant Hedge a prop-trading fund. His experience in developing electronic trading platforms, and quantitative trading allows him to discuss how systemic and algorithmic trading can assist towards investment research, and act as a tool towards more controlled and smarter trading

Darryl Hooker

Founder & CEO

Harperdan Consulting Ltd

Darryl Hooker is Founder and CEO of Harperdan Consulting a London-based forex consulting firm. He is also chairman of the International Ruble Settlement Forum as well as a committee member of the Financial Markets Association

He was previously a consultant for Capitolis. Before that, he was co-head of EBS BrokerTec Markets, ICAP's electronic foreign exchange and fixed-income trading business. Before it was acquired by ICAP and combined with BrokerTec, he was global head of EBS Market. He played a critical role in new business initiatives with a specific focus on emerging markets.

Hooker served at EBS and other ICAP subsidiaries for more than 15 years, most recently as head of strategic currency initiatives. He led many successful initiatives at EBS, including the launch of EBS’s Russian Ruble campaign. More recently, he managed the growth of EBS’s CNH proposition, which resulted in increased volumes, market share and presence. Earlier he was head of strategic currency initiatives at EBS

Christopher Clarke


Harwood Alternative Investment Consulting

Chris has recently started his own consultancy, Harwood Alternative Investment Consulting, after several years at Allianz Global Investors developing the group’s alternative investment capabilities.

Chris has worked for over 10 years within alternative investments as an analyst, consultant and lawyer focused on strategies across both public and private markets. Chris is a UK qualified solicitor (non-practicing) who trained with Travers Smith LLP specializing in financial services, corporate finance, and derivatives and has acted on behalf of major pension schemes, asset managers and government institutions.

He holds a Masters in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Merton College, Oxford University.