Speakers

Speakers

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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.

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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Cyril Batkin

Senior FX Trader

Candriam

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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

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Lamine Bougueroua

Portfolio Manager, Emerging Markets

Nordea

Lamine is a Local Currency Portfolio Manager for Nordea’s Local Currency Debt fund, ESG STARS bond fund and Absolute return funds. Lamine started his career in financial markets in 2007 as an Emerging Markets Fixed Income strategist at UBS, then as a VP at Deutsche Bank. He continued to generated trade ideas based on macro fundamental and quantitative strategies when joining Macro Global Hedge Fund Stone Milliner then at First State Investments as a Portfolio manager on Emerging Markets Local Debt and Hard Currency Portfolios. Lamine Bougueroua holds an Master in Physics from Bristol University and has been an associate researcher with the National Physical Laboratory and the University of Oxford Atomic and Laser Physics Group

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Jasper Lillingston

Director of G7 Portfolio Management, Treasury

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Jasper is Director of G7 Portfolio Management within the EBRD Treasury. He oversees the central risk warehouse for all hard currency risks across the Bank’s balance sheet, and is also heavily involved with IBOR transition across various RFR working groups. Jasper joined the EBRD in 2011. Previously he worked as a macro trader, and was a market maker at ABN AMRO.

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Saeed Amen

Founder

Cuemacro

Saeed Amen, PhD., is the founder of Cuemacro. Over the past decade, he 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). Through Cuemacro, he now consults and publishes research for clients in the area of systematic trading. He has developed many popular open source Python libraries including finmarketpy. 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 IMF, Bank of England and Federal Reserve Board. He is also a co-founder of the Thalesians. 

Daniel Wood

Senior Portfolio Manager, EMD

NN Investment Partners

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Darryl Hooker

CEO

Harperdan Consulting Ltd

Darryl is a London-based business consultant and 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

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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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Tjerk Methorst

Senior Trader

PGGM

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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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Patrick Hoffman

Portfolio Manager

Formerly of Stone Milliner Asset Management

Before joining Stone Milliner Asset Management Patrick held positions with Gelber Group as Trading Manager (2010-2013), and Morgan Stanley (1998-2009) including head of FX Trading and CSFB (1990-1998) as an FX Trader. From 2013 to 2019 he ran a Global Macro Portfolio focused on FX at Stone Milliner Asset Management out of Switzerland. 

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Paul Fisher

Former Member of the Monetary Policy Committee

Bank of England

Paul Gregory Fisher (born 7 September 1958) is a British economist, who left the Bank of England in July 2016 after 26 years’ service. In September 2016 he was appointed chair of the London Bullion Market Association and in December 2016, he became a non-executive director at the UK Debt Management Office. Fisher has been a visiting professor at Richmond, The American International University in London since 2012; and is a senior research fellow in the new DAFM Centre of the Business School at King's College London. He was chair of the board of trustees at the London Institute of Banking and Finance, from 2011 to 2017.

Since July 2016, he has also been a Senior Associate/Fellow at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), where he works on issues around climate change and the financial sector in a pro bono capacity. CISL successfully nominated him to be a member of the EU High-Level Experts Group on Sustainable Finance from January 2017 to January 2018; the UK Green Finance Task Force from September 2017 to March 2018; and also as vice-chair of the CISL-supported Banking Environment Initiative.

Previously executive director of the Bank of England's Markets Directorate, he was appointed to the Bank of England's interest rate-setting Monetary Policy Committee from March 2009 to July 2014. Following a reorganisation at the bank, Fisher relinquished his membership of the MPC with effect from 1 August 2014, replaced by Nemat Shafik. He was appointed as Deputy Head of the Prudential Regulation Authority at the Bank of England in July 2014 and to its board from September 2015.

Fisher holds a BSc in economics with statistics from the University of Bristol, an MA in economics from the University of Warwick and a PhD in macroeconomic modelling, also from the University of Warwick.

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Victor Andrei

Operations and Financial Markets Senior Specialist

National Bank of Romania