Speakers

Speakers

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Kaan Nazli

Senior Economist

Neuberger Berman

Kaan Nazli, CFA, CAIA, Senior VP, joined Neuberger Berman in 2013.  He is a Senior Economist on the Emerging Markets Debt team.  Kaan joined the firm from ING Investment Management where he led macroeconomic coverage of emerging markets in the CEEMEA region.  Prior to working at ING, Kaan was a research analyst at Medley Global Advisors, responsible for macro research and sovereign debt credit views for hedge funds, asset management firms and proprietary trading desks.  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 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 has been awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designation.

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Philippe Waechter

Chief Economist

Ostrum Asset Management

Philippe Waechter is Chief Economist at Ostrum Asset Management and head of the Economic Research Unit. He was previously head of economic research at Banque Populaire Asset Management, a predecessor company to Natixis.

He began his investment career as an economist at BRED Banque Populaire. He currently lectures at the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Cachan.
Mr. Waechter was an associate professor at the Université d'Evry in 2003, is co-author of Subprimes, the Global Bankruptcy (May 2008), and is frequently quoted in the financial media.

He holds a graduate degree in economics and in econometrics from Université Paris I.

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David Nowakowski

Director, Fixed Income, Currency Research and Strategy

BARINGS ASSET MANAGEMENT

David holds the title Director, Research within the Multi Strategy Fixed Income Group. David joined Barings in 2015 from Roubini Global Economics, where he directed research across developed and emerging market government bonds, currencies and credit, as well as overseeing equities and commodities strategy. David began his career with Lazard Asset Management and has developed his expertise whilst working for a number of companies including Citigroup/Salomon, in fixed income capital markets, the Rohatyn Group, as Fixed Income and Currency Strategist, and Atlas Capital Management where he was Managing Director. David has a Masters in Physics, as well as a Bachelor of Arts, Magna cum laude in Physics and Mathematics from Harvard University and a Masters in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Thomas Wind

Head of FX Execution and Emerging Markets

WOODMAN ASSET MANAGEMENT

Mr. Wind is responsible for Emerging Markets and Execution at Woodman Asset Management AG.

Mr. Wind has worked in the financial sector since 1997 - and since 2003 within his primary focus foreign exchange. He started in 1997 Nordea (former Unibank A/S) where he had various roles until 2005 where he left Nordea Investment Management to join Alm. Brand Markets on the foreign exchange/treasury side as a Dealer and stopped working in June 2012 as a Head of Trading & Proprietary, to join Woodman in August 2012 to build up the infrastructure on trading.

Through these roles Mr. Wind gained extensive experience in trading, risk taking (rates and FX), derivatives, treasury, sales, investment management and risk management in addition having built up an extensive international network.

 

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Charles Ellis

Trader and Quant Strategist

Mediolanum Asset Management

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Andrea Iannelli

Fixed Income Investment Director

Fidelity International

Andrea Iannelli is a fixed income investment director at Fidelity International. In his role, Andrea represents the Fidelity fixed income investment team to institutional and wholesale clients, with a particular focus on Southern Europe and Latin America. Andrea's expertise includes asset allocation strategy across all fixed income asset classes, including government bonds, investment grade credit, emerging market debt and high yield. Andrea is also lead author of the Fidelity Fixed Income Global Outlook, alongside several over key fixed income publications. Before joining Fidelity in January 2015, Andrea was foreign exchange sales director with Barclays Bank PLC, advising asset managers and insurance companies in Continental Europe. Andrea started his career as an FX forwards market maker at Goldman Sachs. After five years in FX trading, he moved to the Foreign Exchange Sales Desk, where he advised Italian financial institutions and corporate clients. In 2010, Andrea joined Barclays Bank PLC as head of the Italian FX Sales team. Andrea has over ten years of experience in financial markets.

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Helen Thomas

CEO

Blonde Money

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.

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Guy Verberne

Chief Economist

PGGM

Guy Verberne is responsible for all macro-economic analysis within PGGM Investment Management - the second largest Dutch pension fund service provider, with currently €175bn under management. Guy started his career as a policy advisor at the Dutch Ministry of Finance, before moving to the banking industry, where he has worked as a senior fixed income portfolio manager, chief economist and head of strategy. He has a master's degree in economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam, specializing in monetary economics and finance.

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Cyril Batkin

Senior FX Trader

Candriam

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Alex Smyth

Head of Trading

Florin Court Capital

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Imène Rahmouni-Rousseau

Director of Markets

BANQUE DE FRANCE

Imène Rahmouni-Rousseau is the Director for Markets at Banque de France, the French central bank. She oversees foreign exchange reserve management, FX operations and the provision of investment services to foreign central banks and international organisations. She manages five divisions and a total of 100 persons, mainly based in Paris, and for a small part in New York. Imène sits on the Global FX Committee and is an alternate of the BIS Markets Committee.

Imène was previously lead of the vulnerabilities team of the Financial Stability Board (FSB) Secretariat, at the Bank for International Settlements in Basel (Switzerland). Prior to that, she worked as an economist at the European Central Bank in Frankfurt and was also head of the financial stability division in Banque de France during the financial crisis. She holds a Master’s degree in economics and finance from Ecole Centrale de Paris (1997) and from Sciences-Po (1998).

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James Ashley

Head of International Market Strategy

Goldman Sachs Asset Management

James is head of the international market strategy team at Goldman Sachs Asset Management, part of GSAM’s Strategic Advisory Solutions group. He is responsible for providing international capital markets research, macro strategy and implementation 

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Eric Huttman

Portfolio Manager

Millennium Global Investments

Eric is a Portfolio Manager within the Discretionary Portfolio Management team of Millennium Global Investments, an institutional currency investment manager with USD 20bn in assets under management. In this role, Eric is responsible for forming investment views and identifying trading opportunities across the Foreign Exchange spectrum along with the other Portfolio Managers in the team, reporting directly to the Head of Portfolio Investments.

Before joining Millennium in April 2016, Eric worked at HSBC in Hong Kong as a trader on the Foreign Exchange Options desk. In this role he covered global FX products with a primary focus on Asian emerging markets.

Eric graduated from the Carroll School of Management of Boston College with a BSc in Finance and Economics and holds a Certificate in Macroeconomic Accounts and Analysis from the International Monetary Fund.

He is registered with the UK Financial Conduct Authority.

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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 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.

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Robbert Sijbrandij

Head of FX

Flow Traders

Flow Traders is a leading global technology-enabled  liquidity provider, specialized in Exchange Traded Products (ETPs). Robbie joined Flow Traders as head of FX in Jan 2017. He is responsible for the transition that took  Flow Traders from a large price taker to a non-bank liquidity provider in FX. Prior to his current role Robbie was heading up the FX Institutional Sales team at HSBC and before that he spent 10 years at Goldman Sachs in FX Sales responsible for Northern Europe.

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Lena Komileva

Founder and Chief Economist

G+ ECONOMICS

“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 

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Elliot Hentov

Head of Policy and Research, Official Institutions Group

State Street Global Advisors

Elliot Hentov is the Head of Policy and Research in the Official Institutions Group. In this capacity, he is responsible for the development of research and thought leadership as well as providing technical expertise for the group's strategic direction.

He joined SSGA from Standard & Poor's sovereign ratings group where he was a Director and lead analyst for sovereigns and government-related entities in Central, Eastern and Mediterranean Europe. Before that, Elliot served as a political affairs officer at the United Nations headquarters in New York, advising senior officials on political and economic issues in the Middle East and Europe.

Elliot holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University as well as a Master's degree in international affairs from Georgetown University and has authored publications in the New York Times, Financial Times, Foreign Policy, and Washington Quarterly. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum in London.

 

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Onursal Kilic

Lead Portfolio Manager

MN Investment Partners

Onursal is the Lead Portfolio Manager of Emerging Markets Debt desk at MN and he is based in the Hague since 2008. He is leading the team that actively manages hard currency and local currency mandates covering Global Emerging Markets.

He started his career in investment banking in 1997 on the sell side economic research and held various  trading. treasury, portfolio allocation and fund management positions in financial institutions such as ABN Amro Asset Management, BNP Paribas/TEB among others. Prior to his current role at MN, Onursal was working for ABN Amro Asset Management in Amsterdam managing financials (banks-insurance-real estate) portfolio of Global Emerging Markets Fund and Eastern Europe Fund.

Onursal has a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Bogazici University and an MBA in Finance from University of Texas at Austin.

Tobias Helmersson

Chair of the GFXC's working group on buy-side outreach

ECB

Gary Smith

Managing Director, Strategic Relationship Management Team

Barings

Gary joined Barings in 2013 and is responsible for coordinating the business development activity across the company’s sovereign wealth and official institutions channel. He was previously global head of official institutions at BNP Paribas.

Before joining BNP Paribas, Smith worked in the fixed income and economics departments of Morgan Stanley, Greenwell Montagu and Merrill Lynch.

Smith is an alumnus of University College London, where he earned a B.Sc. in economics and geography. He is a member of the OMFIF advisory board, and has written numerous articles on papers on central bank reserves management and sovereign fund asset allocation.

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Lamine Bougueroua

Portfolio Manager, Emerging Markets

Nordea

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Marton Nagy

Deputy Governor

National Bank of Hungary