Advisory board

Advisory board

Cyril Batkin

Senior FX Trader


Damien Lempriere

Principal Trader FX

Man Group

Thomas Wind

Head of FX Execution and Emerging Markets


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.


Helen Thomas


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.

Andreas Koenig

Head of Global FX

Amundi Asset Management

Andreas was appointed Head of Foreign Exchange Europe in 2013. 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.

Charles Ellis

Trader and Quant Strategist

Mediolanum Asset Management

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.

Claire Dissaux

Head of Global Economics and Strategy

Millennium Global Investors

Alex Smyth

Head of Trading

Florin Court Capital

Tjerk Methorst

Senior Trader


Nick Greenland

Head of Broker/Dealer Relationships

BNY Mellon Investment Management

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