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Adena T. Friedman currently serves as President of Nasdaq. In this role, Ms. Friedman is responsible for overseeing the strategy and operations as well as having financial responsibility for the company's Listing Services, Information Services (comprising Indexes and Data Products) and Technology Solutions (comprising Market Technology and Corporate Solutions) business segments.
Prior to rejoining Nasdaq, she was Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director of the Carlye Group, a global asset management firm based in Washington, DC from March 2011 to June 2014.
Before Carlyle, Ms. Friedman was a key member of Nasdaq's management team for over a decade, serving in a variety of roles including head of the company's data products business, head of corporate strategy, and expansion of the organization, helping to create one of the most diversified exchanges in the world today. She was a central driver of the company's acquisition strategy, helping orchestrate the acquisitions of INET, OMX, Philadelphia, and Boston Exchanges. She originally joined Nasdaq in 1993.
Ms. Friedman earned an MBA from Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, Tennessee. She holds a BA in political science from Williams College in Massachusetts.
Dr. Mickey Levy Ph.D.
Chief Economist, the Americas and Asia, Berenberg Capital Markets
Dr. Mickey D. Levy is Chief Economist, the Americas and Asia for Berenberg Capital Markets. Mickey analyzes and forecasts US and international market behavior. Following experience in Washington, DC conducting fiscal and monetary research, he applies economic and public policy analysis to investments, risk management, and banking.He was chief economist of Blenheim Capital Management from 2013-2015 and prior to that he was chief economist at Bank of America (1998-2013) where he sat on the bank's asset liability and market risk committee.
Mickey is co-chairman of the Shadow Open Market Committee, a group of academics that analyzes the monetary policies of the US Federal Reserve and other global central banks. Mickey is an advisor to several US Federal Reserve Banks and the European Commission. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Economic Club of New York, and the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He is also a member of the governance board of the Research Alliance for New York Schools.
Mickey testifies before US Congressional committees on topics concerning monetary and fiscal policies, global imbalances, and economic and financial conditions.
Senior Managing Director, Market Data Distribution, Nasdaq
Oliver Albers is Head of Global Sales and Account Management for NASDAQ OMX Global Data Products. The Global Data Products team is focused on creating innovative real-time and historical data products that provide unsurpassed market transparency to institutional, retail and individual investors. Mr. Albers and his team are responsible for providing value-added consultative services to all NASDAQ OMX market data vendors and for managing relationships with data subscribers. Prior to this role, Mr. Albers held other sales and product management positions at NASDAQ OMX and was instrumental in the launch and implementation of many new products including the NASDAQ Closing Cross, NASDAQ TotalView, Velocity and Forces, Market Pathfinders, Market Replay and ModelView. Mr. Albers holds a Bachelor in Business Administration from Ohio University and a Masters in Business Administration from The George Washington University.
Global Manager, Bloomberg
David Anderson is the Global Head of Exchange Business Management at Bloomberg. The Exchange Business Management team is responsible for managing all aspects of exchange content and includes managing Bloomberg’s relationships with exchanges, negotiating contracts, on-boarding feeds and managing customer queries related to exchange data. Prior to joining Bloomberg in 2011, David held a number of positions at Thomson Reuters, primarily within the data acquisition space. David holds both a BSc and a PhD in Applied Mathematics from Strathclyde University.
WFIC Conference Co-Chair - Director, Global Data Acquisition, SIX Financial Information Ltd.
Sara Banerjee is Director, Global Data Acquisition with SIX Financial Information Ltd in Zurich, Switzerland. Sara joined SIX Telekurs USA in Stamford, CT in 1989, and has held various positions within the company.
In her current position, she is responsible for global data acquisition, management of supplier portfolio and relationship. In this role, she manages best practices for acquisition and implementation of market and reference data from dozens of global exchanges and third party contributors. Sara is additionally responsible for various strategic initiatives and projects.
Sara is actively involved with various industry initiatives, and works with groups such as the X9D (ANSI Standards) committee and ISO standards working groups (WG 1, WG 2, WG 6 and WG 14). She also serves as co-chair of the vendor committee for the International Securities Association for Institutional Trade (ISITC). She is active in various divisions of the Securities Industry & Financial Markets Association (SIFMA).
In addition to her other industry activities, Sara has served in a number of leadership roles with the Financial Information Industry Services Division of the SIIA (FISD). She has served on several FISD committees since joining the group in 1994, and was elected chair of the Executive Committee in 2001, 2002 and 2006, and vice-chair in 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011. She currently serves on the Executive Committee, co-chair of the Data Vendor Constituency Group and is co-chair of the biennial World Financial Information Conference.
Sara was born in Hyderabad, India, where she earned a master’s degree in organizational behavior from Osmania University. After moving to the United States, she earned a masters degree in human resource management from University of Bridgeport, CT.
Head of Global Risk Solutions Consulting – Americas, BNY Mellon
Frances is responsible for investment risk and performance analysis services for BNY Mellon’s Asset Servicing clients in the Americas.
Frances has twenty-four years of investment industry experience, most of it in performance and risk analytics services. Prior to joining BNY Mellon in 2006, Frances worked at State Street Corporation, where she oversaw one of three regional offices supporting the delivery of performance analytics for its U.S. custody clients and managed the U.S. performance outsourcing service for investment managers and consultants. Prior to that, she worked at Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, where she was head of performance analytics. Frances started her career at Bankers Trust, where she held a variety of product and risk management roles in the global markets and investor services divisions.
Frances received a B.A. from Yale University, an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Frances also consults with the CFA Institute in the ongoing development of the Certificate in Investment Performance Measurement ("CIPM") program.
President & Executive Chairman, Hatstand
Adam has over 25 years' experience within the financial markets industry, specializing in front office trading technology - from design to development and implementation through to support. Formerly Global Head of Market Data, Market Connectivity and High Performance Data Management Systems at two leading Investment Banks, Adam has been with Hatstand since its inception in 1999. Having been CEO for over 10 years, Adam now takes on a role as President and Executive Chairman, promoting the Hatstand brand and credentials globally whilst exploring strategic partnerships.
Michael Blasi, FIA
Vice President, Market Data Advisory Services, Fidelity
Michael Blasi is Vice President, Market Data Advisory Services within Enterprise Infrastructure, a division of Fidelity Investments. Fidelity is a leading provider of investment management, retirement planning, portfolio guidance, brokerage, benefits outsourcing and other financial products and services.
Mr. Blasi is responsible for enterprise market data supplier management with a focus on performance management, service level agreements, and scorecards, as well as providing client services to Fidelity business units leveraging all forms of market data content for internal consumption and external delivery to Fidelity retail and institutional customers. The market data advisory services team also manages enterprise forums that are focused on firm level market data management of expense, inventory, information, and suppliers.
Prior to joining Fidelity in 2012, Mr. Blasi was a Vice President at SunGard Data Systems where he was responsible for the suite of market data products under the SunGard FAME / MarketMap brand. His other positions at SunGard focused on the client services, implementation, and operations areas.
Mr. Blasi received his Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree in Finance and Economics from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Vice President and General Manager, Oil, Platts
Andy Bose is vice president and general manager, oil, for Platts, a division of McGraw Hill Financial and a leading global provider of information and benchmarks for the energy, petrochemicals, metals and agriculture markets. In this role, Andy has responsibility for the strategic direction, commercial priorities and financial results of Platts’ oil business. As part of this role, Andy manages Platts’ eWindow, licensing and market data commercial groups.
Andy, who is based in New York, assumed his current position in December 2011 after serving as vice president of strategic business operations. In that role, he worked with Platts’ leadership team to implement risk mitigation and to assess emerging opportunities arising from increased regulatory scrutiny of trading in commodities markets.
Before joining Platts, Andy held diverse product development and regulatory roles at Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services and Capital IQ. He joined Standard & Poor’s in 1999, was promoted to managing director in 2006 and served as a key member of the team that implemented the regulatory program for the ratings business in 2010.
Earlier in his career, Andy was a software and systems engineer in the aerospace industry and held a variety of positions at GE, Martin Marietta and Lockheed.
Andy received an MBA degree from the New York University’s Stern School of Business and a bachelor’s of science degree in electrical engineering and computer science from Princeton University.
Head of NYSE Proprietary Market Data, Intercontinental Exchange:NYSE
As Head of NYSE Proprietary Market Data, Mr. Brooks is responsible for ensuring that the NYSE Group’s markets provide the highest possible quality marked data including real-time, historical and referential data. Mr. Brooks is engaged in the formulation of business strategy, new product development, the enhancement of existing products and marketing. Mr. Brooks joined the company in January 2012 as part of the U.S. transactions business. He assumed responsibility or proprietary market data in 2014. Prior to joining NYSE, Mr. Brooks was Vice President of Equity Strategy at NASDAQ OMX responsible for the execution and routing of orders for the NASDAQ, BX, and PSX equities markets. Before joining NASDAQ in 2001, he worked at the Law and Economics Consulting Group analyzing the structure and competitive forces of various markets. Mr. Brooks studied at the University of Virginia where he earned a B.A. in Economics.
Senior Vice President, Head of Data Governance, Acadian Asset Management
Mr. Buzzelli is Senior Vice President and Head of Data Governance for Acadian, a quantitative institutional asset management firm specializing in active global, emerging and frontier investments utilizing sophisticated analytical models and specialized research expertise. He has primary responsibility for data governance policies, standards, data quality measurement, and alignment of data taxonomy, dictionary and meta-data management. With more than 20 years of leadership experience in prior roles including: Executive Director, Head of Enterprise Data Management, Americas responsible for Nomura’s client reference and product data as well as market data commercial vendor management supporting the U.S. and global broker dealer operations. Vice President, Americas Head for Thomson Reuters Enterprise Pricing and Reference Data business and strategic roles as Business Architect and Cross-Segment Product Manager for Mellon’s Global Asset Services division. He began his financial career at Federated Investors and is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Information and Decision Systems and holds two Master degrees; Management of Information Systems and an MBA in Finance from the Katz Business School at the University of Pittsburgh.
VP, Market Data and Access Services, BATS
Kevin Carrai is Vice President, U.S. Market Data and Access Services for BATS Global Markets, one of the leading stock exchange operators in the U.S. and globally. Mr. Carrai oversees the company’s market data and access services business including product development, strategy, pricing and data policy.
He was previously with Direct Edge, where he was responsible for building the exchange’s market data and connectivity business, growing it into a significant part of the company’s business. Before joining Direct Edge, Kevin led Access Services at Nasdaq OMX and was responsible for its equity and options connectivity business, including the management of Nasdaq’s co-location business.
Regulatory Product Manager, Bloomberg
Chris Casey manages product development for Regulatory and Accounting Products which provides content and solutions that assist with regulatory compliance. Chris currently leads product development related to Volcker Rule implementation. He joined Bloomberg in 2014, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience working in capital markets as an advisor to global financial institutions on regulatory compliance.
Prior to joining Bloomberg, Chris was a manager at KPMG, where he assisted numerous institutions operating in Australian, North American, Asian and European markets with implementing regulatory compliance programs.
Originally from Australia, Chris holds a Bachelor of Business majoring in Accounting from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and is a 2015 Level I CFA Candidate.
Chief Executive Officer, SmartStream Technologies
Philippe Chambadal, CEO of SmartStream, is also the CEO of DClear - a wholly-owned subsidiary of DIFC Investments and SmartStream's parent company. As the CEO of DClear, Philippe led the acquisition of SmartStream in 2007. Prior to his appointment he served as a SmartStream board member and actively driving the Company’s progress in the marketplace. Philippe has held senior management positions in software and hi-tech firms for the past 15 years. He was the Founder & CEO of MetaMatrix, the leading data services platform purchased by Red Hat. Prior to MetaMatrix, he was EVP at FAME Software, a Warburg Pincus portfolio company - subsequently acquired by Sungard. Additionally, Philippe co-founded Reuters New Media and was responsible for the successful launch of the Reuters Terminal, the first Windows-based product launched in the financial market. He also created and led the Research & Analytics division at Instinet.
VP Head of Enterprise Solutions, S&P Global Market Intelligence
David is accountable for managing, developing, maintaining and enhancing the Fundamental Analysis suite of products, which includes Compustat, Capital IQ Fundamentals, Capital IQ Estimates, GICS, Ownership and Transactions to name a few. David joined S&P Capital IQ in August 2013. Prior to joining S&P Capital IQ, David spent 18 years in the financial service industry serving in multiple leadership roles within content and product at firms such as Market Guide, Multex, Reuters and Thomson Reuters. While at Thomson Reuters, David was responsible for the Fundamentals, Estimates and Ownership content strategy, working very closely with clients and industry leaders. David has contributed in the analysis and execution of many acquisitions and partnerships and has also participated and presented at many industry wide XBRL conferences and round tables. David graduated from New York University with a B.A. in Economics.
Principal, Tower Hill Advisors
Michael Connor is a principal of Tower Hill Advisors, a management consulting firm focused on media, financial information and fintech companies. He specializes in helping organizations rediscover their entrepreneurial “mojo” through radical change in culture, communication, and customer engagement. Prior to Tower Hill, he was Chief Executive Officer of Gimme Credit LLC, an independent corporate bond research firm based in New York. Connor was also the Chief Executive Officer of Market News International (MNI), where he led the company from its startup phase to its position as a leading provider of information and intelligence to the global financial markets. He also served as President of Xinhua Finance’s News & Analysis Division, which included MNI. Prior to joining MNI, Mr. Connor was the Manager of Strategic Planning and Development for the Corporate Bond Division of Moody's Investor Service. He has also worked at Merrill Lynch Capital Markets and the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Connor holds a BS in Business and Economics from Lehigh University. He served on the Board of Trustees of Lehigh, is a founder and former president of the Lehigh Wall Street Council (a networking organization which he grew to 1,800+ members), served on the planning committee for this year’s WFIC, is a member of the Advisory Council of the Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation, is on the board of directors for Nathan Associates, is on the advisory board of MT Newswires, and is a past President of the Money Marketeers of New York University.
V.P. Market Data Vendor Management, Goldman Sachs
CTO, BT Radianz, Global Banking and Financial Markets, BT
Michael is a business technologist with considerable experience of the capital markets and a background in finance industry networking. He combines a particular interest in the evolution of the capital markets with the exploitation and integration of technology in capital markets business. As CTO for BT Radianz, Michael is responsible for architecture and the technical strategies that underpin BT’s Financial Market propositions. These products and services include: the BT Radianz Cloud — the world’s largest secure networked financial services community, BT Radianz Messaging, BT Radianz Hosting and Venue Interconnect. Previously, Michael was the Head of GB&FM Product Technology. During this time he created a business technology group responsible for the development and evolution of products and propositions together with leadership of innovation. Prior to this he ran the Radianz Customer Solutions team that provided early adopter solutions for key clients and new technologies. In 2012, Michael was named a ‘CTO of the Year’ finalist in the Financial News awards for Excellence in Trading and Technology. And in 2013 he made the final shortlist in the Here is the City CTO/CIO of the Year Poll. Michael has an MSc in Telecommunications Business Management from the University College of London.
Vice President, Market Data, Capital Group Companies
Carol Couch is Vice President, Market Data Information Services at the Capital Group Companies, a global investment management organization. She and her team have global responsibility for the acquisition, delivery and management of all market data content and services used by Capital Group associates and systems.
She has 14 years of experience in the financial services industry and prior to joining Capital she held positions in IT consulting, aerospace, academia and government. Ms. Couch earned a B.A. in Mathematics from Old Dominion University, a Masters of Information Systems from Claremont University and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
Tom Davin, FIA
Managing Director, FISD
Tom Davin is Managing Director, Financial Information Services Association (FISD) of the SIIA. FISD is the global, neutral forum for the financial information industry with a diverse membership that includes major market data vendors, exchanges, technology providers, and the financial institutions that utilize financial data products. Tom works closely with FISD members to identify major issues and seek opportunities to bring the financial information industry together to discuss and resolve those issues. FISD conducts regular membership events in North America, Europe, Asia, Brazil, and Australia and hosts the biennial World Financial Information Conference – the premiere global industry conference for financial information professionals.
Chief Operating Officer, Tullett Prebon Information
Chris Dearie is the Chief Operating Officer for Tullett Prebon Information. Chris manages global teams responsible for TPI group operations including customer support, data quality, pricing and product development including strategic partnerships. TPI prides itself on having market leading data quality and customer support, whilst leading innovation in product development to create offerings that address the growing appetite in the financial community for high-quality, independent OTC information, from a leading interdealer broker. A key aspect is to ensure these services accommodate the flexible usage and commercial rights required by institutions utilising the information. Appointment to COO followed a number of roles at TPI including successfully growing the Direct Feeds business, setting up of TPI’s Global Accounts programme and managing product development. Prior to joining Tullett Prebon Plc, Chris held a number of roles at Reuters including having responsibility for global strategy in exchange market data contracts, working in the Content Acquisition team. Chris negotiated content contracts covering all asset classes with responsibility for commercial negotiation, customer consultancy on third party data use and product compliance. Chris sits on various industry discussion groups and speaks regularly on panels about policies and strategy in market data.
VP, Product Marketing & Strategic Partnerships, WorkFusion
Adam Devine leads product marketing for WorkFusion, an enterprise crowd computing platform for automating the processing and production of content by pairing human workers with machine learning. Adam is charged with understanding the problems of WorkFusion’s vertical markets and collaborating with the company’s product team and customers to develop and communicate platform applications to solve them. He has spoken at a number of financial conferences, including FIMA, Massolution, NAFIS, NFAIS, and SIIA. Adam welcomes your questions about crowd computing at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Managing Partner, element22
Predrag is an established entrepreneur with extensive experience in managing and developing services and software organizations within financial services and information technology industries. Predrag advises financial services companies on data management and technology strategies. He consults with private equity firms on investment selection and the creation of new businesses within the financial technology and services space. To appropriately prepare them for strategic transactions, he advises technology and services companies on strategic positioning designed to fuel growth and enhance fund-raising capabilities. For six years prior to founding Element22, Predrag was a Partner and Executive Vice President at Capco. As a member of the Executive Management Board and President of Capco Data Services and Solutions, he developed and commercialized innovative and transformational business and technology solutions to drive transactions and recurring revenues. As President and CEO of Financial Technologies International (now GoldenSource), Predrag transformed a loosely-coupled consortium comprised of four banks into a strong, profitable, and innovative software provider to over 90 financial institutions.
CEO, AD Consulting
Anastasia Dokuchaeva is a seasoned professional with expertise and proven track record delivering regulatory technology solutions to the financial services industry. At this time Anastasia is an independent consultant working with the RegTech start-up community and advising firms on product and go-to-market strategy for recent and upcoming regulations such as 4MLD, MiFID II, and GDPR. She is currently working on such a project with London-based ClauseMatch. Prior to this, Anastasia was Director of Global Regulatory Solutions at FactSet, where under her leadership the company released a number of successful solutions for Solvency II, BCBS 239, PRIIPs and KYC/AML. Anastasia is a frequent speaker at industry events with the focus on challenges around data management and data standards.
SVP, Head of IT Global Product and Platform Solutions , State Street
Brian Downer is a senior vice president and head of IT Global Product and Platform Solutions within State Street. In this role, he focuses on developing industry leading solutions and products critical to delivering superior client service, fueling innovation and increasing efficiencies. Since joining State Street in 1990, Mr. Downer has held a number of diverse leadership positions. After leading State Street’s Private Client Services business through a period of dramatic growth, he was a founding member of State Street’s Wealth Manager Services group. In this role, he oversaw client service, operations and product management. He has also managed several strategic initiatives, acquisitions and outsourcing transactions for State Street. Prior to joining State Street, Mr. Downer was a trust officer at the Bank of New England. Mr. Downer is a director and board treasurer of the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to ensure that children, youth and families have the resources and support to achieve greater economic success and social well-being. He is also a member of the Merrimack College Leadership Council. Mr. Downer received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Merrimack College and completed coursework in Suffolk University’s Master of Business Administration program.
Morgan Downey is the CEO of Money.Net. Prior to Money.Net, Morgan was Global Head of commodities at Bloomberg, LP. Morgan managed development of the Bloomberg Professional terminal. At Bloomberg, Morgan used his market experience to build a suite of revolutionary, unique, and innovative products. Before Bloomberg, Morgan spent 15 years running trading desks, as manager and head trader, for banks including Citibank, Bank of America and Standard Chartered, in the US, UK, Australia, and Singapore. Morgan is the author of the book 'Oil 101', a best-seller explaining the oil industry. Contact email@example.com
Managing Director, Global Evaluated Pricing Business Development , Interactive Data
Liz Duggan is managing director, Global Evaluated Pricing Business Development for Interactive Data’s Pricing and Reference Data business. She has more than 20 years of experience in market data services, working with investment companies, investment advisors, broker/dealers and other financial institutions. Liz oversees key initiatives related to enhancing and expanding the Company’s evaluated pricing services, broadening overall market coverage and providing increased transparency to evaluation services. Liz joined Interactive Data in 1999 and has held several roles within the Company —most recently serving as Managing Director of Global Evaluated Pricing Operations. Prior to joining the Company, Liz served as a senior vice president of Thomson Financial Securities Management.
Regional Director-Americas, SmartStream
Kurt Eldridge is Regional Director of the Americas responsible for all client interactions both sales and post sales for the region. He works closely with both the product and development teams to ensure the solutions are meeting market requirements. Kurt joined SmartStream in 2007 initially managing the managing the Australian operation and growing the business over 200% within three years. Over the last 5 years Kurt has worked with in various global areas of the sales organization, including opening the Canadian business prior to moving to New York Office. Previously Kurt has worked for a number of investment banks in Commodities and Futures trading roles as well as number of fintech business. Directly prior to SmartStream he managed the financial services practice for Gartner providing consulting and research services to the Australian banking market. He brings a unique view point of trading and technology consulting experience to the client services side of the organization.
Steve Ellenberg, FIA
ILM Product Manager and Senior Consultant, MDSL
Steve has managed the design and prototype development initiative for MDSL’s Index License Manager (ILM) software. Web ILM was recently released in Q3 2015 to both buy-side and sell-side firms for accurate and efficient index license tracking, management, and reporting. Steve also provides index licensing marketplace expertise for MDSL’s Managed Services and Professional Services clients.
Prior to joining MDSL in 2012, Steve was a Vice President of market data sourcing at Credit Suisse, where he managed a multi-year initiative which globally consolidated and centralized the sourcing and business management responsibilities for all index data and index issuance/benchmark license agreements.
With more than 20 years of experience in the market data industry, Steve has held market data business management roles at Citigroup Asset Management, Morgan Stanley, CS First Boston, Tudor Software, with prior technical market data roles at Telekurs NA (now SIX Financial Information), Integrated Analytics (now ITG), and Haver Analytics.
Steve earned his BA from New York University, and his FIA from FISD.
Managing Director, Index Investment Strategy, S&P Dow Jones Indices
Jamie Farmer is Managing Director, Index Investment Strategy of S&P Dow Jones Indices. He oversees the creation, development and maintenance of new indexes and ensures the alignment of strategic objectives and activities across the business unit. He also is responsible for maintaining relationships with stock, futures and options exchanges in the Americas region. Mr. Farmer oversees business development for the Dow Jones Energy Indexes.
Prior to his current role, Mr. Farmer was a senior associate of strategic relationships at Susquehanna International Group, LLP, a global institutional sales, research and market-making firm based in Bala Cynwyd, Pa., from 1999-2006. There his primary focus was on the development of new products such as cash-settled index options and exchange-traded funds. He also handled marketing, equity research and business development at SIG. In 1991 Mr. Farmer began his career as vice president of marketing at the Philadelphia Stock Exchange (PHLX), where he successfully positioned PHLX’s sector indexes, index-linked products and trading products.
Edmund Flynn, FIA
Executive Director, Morgan Stanley
Ed is an Executive Director at Morgan Stanley and has the responsibility of managing global exchange relationships and sourcing for exchange data use across the Morgan Stanley enterprise. Prior to Morgan Stanley, he founded The Flynndex Company in 2011 to provide market data training and consulting services. Ed developed training classes to support the FISD Financial Information Associate Professional Certification program and collaborated with the eLearning firm “Finance Modules” to produce online market data training for the FISD FIA Certification. Ed began his career with Interactive Data and Moody’s Investors Service, then joined Fidelity Investments managing market data and investment research for the Fidelity Funds and the Fidelity enterprise. Ed has an MBA from Babson College, a BS from the University of Vermont, is a FISD FIA Market Data Professional and additionally holds a Master Captain’s sailing license.
Global Head Bloomberg Enterprise Solutions, Bloomberg
Gerard Francis is the Global Head of Bloomberg’s Enterprise Solutions business, which provides data, technology and services that meet the enterprise needs of financial institutions. This division includes Pricing Data, Real Time Data, Technology Platforms, Data Feeds, Enterprise Data Management, (Bloomberg Polarlake) Compliance, eDiscovery and the Bloomberg App Portal. Based in New York, Mr. Francis is responsible for overseeing all day-to-day aspects of the business.
Mr. Francis brings more than 20 years of experience in financial technology and data management, much of which has been spent at Bloomberg LP. Prior to this role, he was Chief of Staff to Tom Secunda, co-founder of Bloomberg LP, Global Head of Emerging Markets and Managing Director of Asia Pacific for Bloomberg.
Mr. Francis has a Masters of Economics from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, a BE in Computer Science from Birla Institute of Technology and Science and is a graduate of Loyola, Jamshedpur.
Managing Director, Nasdaq
Dave Gedeon is Vice President of Nasdaq Global Information Services, which encompasses Nasdaq Global Indexes. Gedeon is responsible for the index product management, development and research of Nasdaq Global Indexes, a leading global index provider that calculates more than 40,000 indexes spanning all major asset classes and geographies.
Under Gedeon’s direction, Nasdaq has launched thousands of indexes resulting in both innovative benchmarks and index-tracking products. Notable launches include the Nasdaq US All Market Family, the Nasdaq Multi-Asset Family, the Nasdaq Commodity Index Family. Gedeon was also instrumental in leading the expansion of the Nasdaq Dividend AchieversTM brand.
Gedeon holds a B.A. in economics from Denison University.
Zazil Miranda González
ANNA Marketing Director & VP of International Business, S.D. Indeval
Zazil Miranda has worked in the Mexican Financial System during the past 11 years in S.D. Ind Central Securities Depository and National Numbering Agency for Mexican Market). She is involved in the allocation process of ISIN and CFI (Classification of Financial Instruments) codes in the group, updates, promotion and implementation of new standards in Mexico. She is the representative since 2008,from this year, she is part of the Board of Directors of the Association of National Numbering Agencies (ANNA) as Marketing Director.
Currently Mrs. Miranda is responsible for the international custody and settlement process within the debt and equity market for BMV Group, which has a value of 40 billion dollars in custody. As a result of her activities during all these years, she has expertise in corporate actions, several areas related to withholding taxes in the American Market, and knowledge about STP (Straight Through Processing) messaging and securities and cash movements. She is part of IntregloValBMV, a company operating as a SWIFT Service Bureau.
Executive Director, Market Data + Services, Head of Information, Deutsche Boerse AG
Georg Gross is Head of Information, Market Data + Services at Deutsche Boerse in Frankfurt, Germany. In addition to being responsible for the Group’s real-time data dissemination business, the department provides real-time financial news via its subsidiary MNI and develops specialized products, such as machine-readable news feeds, for the algorithmic trading community. After studying Business Administration at the University of Mannheim, Georg Gross worked at DTB Deutsche Terminboerse from 1990 to 1994. He joined Deutsche Börse AG in 1994 and was appointed to his current position in 1997.
President, Interactive Data Europe , Interactive Data Corporation
Mark Hepsworth is the President, Interactive Data EMEA. He was the president of Interactive Data's Pricing & Reference Data business which also includes its BondEdge Solutions LLC business. Within this group are Interactive Data's evaluated pricing, listed markets pricing, reference data, and fixed income analytics offerings.
Mr. Hepsworth became president of Interactive Data Pricing and Reference Data in September 2007. Prior to this he was named president of Real-Time Services in October 2005. Hepsworth successfully directed the global expansion of Interactive Data's real-time datafeed services business and oversaw the acquisition, integration and growth of the Interactive Data Managed Solutions business (formerly IS.Teledata AG).
His experience includes a decade as managing director for Interactive Data Real-Time Services (formerly known as ComStock) in Europe. Mr. Hepsworth joined ComStock in Europe as General Manager in 1995.
Executive Director, CME Group
Adam Honoré is an Executive Director at CME Group. Previously, he was CEO at Markets Tech LLC. Prior to MarketsTech, Mr. Honoré was a managing director at NASDAQ responsible for global business development and ISV relationships for FinQloud.
Prior to NASDAQ, Mr. Honoré was the Research Director of the capital markets practice at Aite Group where he specialized in financial services technology, focusing on strategic technology initiatives associated with high performance trading, market data, machine-readable content, smart order routing, technology services, complex event processing (CEP), straight-through processing (STP), and risk management issues.
Mr. Honoré has been quoted in media publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Financial Times, Associated Press, Investor’s Business Daily, SmartMoney, the Washington Post, and Business Week, as well as industry publications such as Wall Street & Technology. He has presented at leading industry events globally.
Mr. Honoré has conducted consulting engagements for global exchanges, Fortune 500 technology and financial companies, as well as routine work in trading technology advising on partnerships, M&A, competitive positioning, product roadmaps, market entrance, marketing, and thought leadership.
Prior to joining Aite Group, Mr. Honoré was the Product Director responsible for front office solutions at Comprehensive Software Systems, Inc., including CRM, portfolio & account management, content management, and business intelligence platforms.
Prior to CSS, Mr. Honoré was responsible for development at Tucker Anthony Sutro Capital Markets, designing and creating applications for investment banking & research, including one of the early capital markets online personalized research delivery websites.
Before Tucker Anthony, Mr. Honoré was a software engineer at Strong Capital Management. While there, Mr. Honoré helped create an online brokerage platform, tools for their award winning mutual fund site, and intranet applications supporting Strong's enterprise, including the call center.
Mr. Honoré received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee with a double major in Public Relations and History. He is a four-year veteran of the U.S. Army, including tours in Korea and Desert Storm. Mr. Honoré has received a citation from the Wisconsin State Legislature for charitable development work, and was Master of Ceremonies for the 1990 Missouri Special Olympics.
Sr. Director – Capital Markets, Dun & Bradstreet
Bob is Senior Director – Capital Markets for Dun & Bradstreet, joining D&B in May 2015, responsible for helping to drive D&B’s capital markets initiatives. Prior to joining D&B, Bob was Partner & Global Head of Consulting Services for TABB Group. In his 11 years with TABB Group, Bob led all private client engagements, covering opportunity assessments, due diligence and market surveys for financial institutions, private equity investors and technology solution providers. Bob also served as TABB’s Head of Research from 2004 - 2007, developing the company’s original research product and delivering high touch service to the marketplace. Bob spent seven years with TowerGroup, where he was the Research Director of its Securities & Capital Markets practice. He has also held senior IT positions at Lehman Brothers and at Deutsche Bank Securities, where he managed a broad range of strategic development projects, ranging from implementation of automated trading systems for multiple asset classes, to managing technology for global settlements and stock lending operations. He has over 25 years’ experience in capital markets operations and technology, covering areas of IT strategy and implementation, securities operations training, planning and development. A frequent presenter at industry forums on many areas of securities operations, Bob has appeared on CNN, CNBC television, CBS Evening News, and the Business News Network in Canada, and is frequently quoted in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Forbes, Financial Times, & The New York Times, as well as brokerage industry trade media. Bob holds an M.B.A. in finance and information systems from Rutgers Graduate School of Management and earned a B.A. degree in economics from Rutgers University. He also served on the faculty of the New York Institute of Finance and the Securities Operations Forum and has lectured at New York University.
Ganesh Iyer, CAIA, FIA
Director, Global Marketing, IPC
Ganesh Iyer, CAIA, FIA, is Director, Global Marketing at IPC Systems, a leading provider of specialized communications and managed network-as-a-service solutions for the capital markets. At IPC, Ganesh is responsible for spearheading global product marketing initiatives, building brand awareness and growing the business. He has been widely quoted in the press regarding various aspects of the financial markets and has been featured in a number of publications including the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, CIO Review magazine, Global Trading magazine, FX-MM, Best Execution magazine and Futures and Options World. He has also been a speaker and panelist at various industry events in the US, UK, France, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and Japan. Ganesh holds an MBA from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business and a BS in Engineering from the Delhi Institute of Technology in India. He is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst and an FISD Financial Information Associate.
Managing Director, North American Head of Business, STOXX Ltd.
Rod Jones is head of North America at STOXX, Limited. In this role, he is responsible for the firm’s operations and business development efforts in the North America region.
Rod previously worked at MSCI Barra heading the hedge fund and broker dealer client coverage teams in the United States.
Prior to Barra, Rod spent 8 years at Frank Russell Company (Russell Investment Group) in various analyst roles including Russell’s US consulting practice.
Rod has extensive business management expertise related to index products, ETFs, funds, notes and other product structures. He also has extensive expertise developing index ideas and helping clients implement them. Finally, Rod is proficient in risk management and quantitative methods and their application to the investment process. Rod holds a B.A. degree in Economics from Whitman College.
President & CEO, Jordan & Jordan
Tom Jordan is President and CEO of Jordan & Jordan. Previously Tom was Managing Director at Knight-Ridder, Chairman of Monchik-Weber and held various software development and marketing management positions at IBM. Prior to his business career, Tom served as an officer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the First Cavalry Division and the 1st Infantry Division. FISD recognized Tom in 2013 with their Lifetime Achievement Award. He was instrumental in the creation of FISD and served as the organizations first co-chair. Tom is the Co-Founder and Advisory Chair of the Financial Information Forum (FIF), on the Board of the Security Traders Association of New York (STANY) and a member of the Advisory Committee of the Consolidated Tape Association (CTA) and Unlisted Trading Privileges (UTP) plans. He is a member of The Board of Directors of the Knights of Saint Patrick. Tom holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Saint Peter's College and a M.S. in Industrial Administration from Union College.
Co-Leader, Global Exchanges and Capital Markets Infrastructure Practice, McKinsey & Company
Rushabh Kapashi is a Partner in McKinsey’s New York office and co-leads McKinsey's Global Exchanges and Capital Markets Infrastructure Practice. Rush serves clients across the capital markets infrastructure spectrum including exchanges, inter-dealer brokers, information services players, fin tech and private equity firms. He has served leading firms that operate in this space in the US, Europe and Asia. In addition, he also serves investment banks and trading houses. Prior to joining McKinsey, Rush worked in investment banking at Goldman Sachs and international development at the American India Foundation. He holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School, an MPhil from the University of Cambridge, a BSC from The Wharton School and a BAS from the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania.
ANNA Chairman & Director of Primary Markets, Euroclear Bank Hong Kong
Dan Kuhnel, Director, is the Head of the Primary Market Relationship Management group within Euroclear Bank. Euroclear Bank being the joint National Numbering Agency for the allocation of XS-prefix ISINs which are assigned to international fixed income products issued in the ICSDs (Euroclear Bank and Clearstream Banking).
Mr. Kuhnel is participates in a number of global market trade associations. He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Association of National Numbering Agencies (ANNA) and has held this role since June 2005. Additionally, he also served as Chairman of the ANNA Service Bureau between 2001 and 2004 and has been a representative in the ANNA membership since 1999. His activities include being involved in a number of ISO Working Groups and Advisory Groups including the group working on the new version of the CFI standard (Classification of Financial Instruments) and the new standard for FISN (Financial Instrument Short Name).
Furthermore, he has regular interaction with other associations such as the International Capital Markets Association (ICMA), International Capital Markets Services Association (ICMSA), Asia Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (ASIFMA) and the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA).
Dan Kuhnel relocated to Euroclear Bank’s Hong Kong office from the London England office effective 1 April 2011. He has overall global responsibility for managing relationships with issuers, lead managers, issuing and paying agents, issuer legal counsel and as noted, various primary-market related trade associations. In this role, Mr. Kuhnel supports all aspects of Euroclear's business by promoting standardisation, improving efficiencies and information flows related to primary-market issuance and settlement activities.
Mr. Kuhnel took up this position with Euroclear Bank in April 2005, having previously spent 11+ years working for Clearstream Banking Luxembourg, where he was Senior Business Manager for New Issues and issuance products as well as formerly managing the new issues operations desk in London England. Prior to this, he was stationed in Toronto, working for Burns Fry Ltd, where he was in charge of new issues operations.
Mr. Kuhnel holds a combined Bachelors degree in Economics and History from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada.
Bill Lee, FIA
Senior Market Data Advisor, Interactive Brokers
Bill has been in the Securities Industry for 44 years, and recently joined Interactive Brokers after 15 years with companies containing the name Morgan. By utilizing his experience with exchanges and data providers he intends to leverage his relationships in the market data industry; with continuing goal to expand the uses of information while reducing or eliminating administrative burdens. Prior to New York Investment Banks Bill spent 18 months in Egypt working with Chemonics International consulting for the Egyptian Capital Markets Authority and the Cairo and Alexandria Stock Exchange. Bill was a Senior Vice President at the Boston Stock Exchange where he served in many capacities including managing the Trading Floor, Corporate Communications and as the representative to the Consolidated Tape Association. In his early years, Bill worked for Merrill Lynch while putting himself through both under Graduate and Graduate degree programs at Suffolk University in Boston.
Content Strategist, Indexes, Morningstar, Inc.
Dan Lefkovitz is content strategist for Morningstar’s Indexes group. He manages research supporting index development.
Before assuming this role in 2015, he spent 11 years on Morningstar’s manager research team. He held several different roles, including fund analyst and director of Morningstar’s institutional research service. From 2008-2012, he was based in Morningstar’s London office helping to build Morningstar’s fund research capability in Europe and Asia. Lefkovitz participated in the development of the Morningstar Analyst Rating™ and the Global Fund Report. As an analyst, he edited the Fidelity Fund Family report from 2006-2008. Prior to joining Morningstar in 2004, Lefkovitz served as director of risk analysis for Marvin Zonis + Associates, a Chicago-based consultancy. During this time, he coauthored The Kimchi Matters: Global Business and Local Politics in a Crisis-Driven World (Agate, 2003).
Lefkovitz holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree from the University of Chicago.
Global Head of Sales, Genscape
Robert Limp has been with Genscape since 2009 where he is the Global Head of Sales and Customer Service. During this time, Genscape has experienced significant growth and has expanded its reach globally and across many energy sectors including Power, Oil, Gas, Biofuels, Maritime and Agriculture. Bob has over 20 year’s experience leading a number of successful and complex Sales and Customer Service teams. Prior to joining Genscape, Robert held a variety of sales and customer service leadership positions at Thomson Reuters including VP Sales and VP Customer Service - Americas. He holds a BA in Finance from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and currently resides in Wildwood, Mo.
Global Head of Financial Regulatory Solutions, Thomson Reuters
Tim is a financial services technology executive with more than 20 years domestic and international experience in the securities industry. Particular focus has been on the strategic deployment of technology to manage data, transaction processing, and risk management. Expertise includes product management, strategy and business development within market data industry, post-trade operations, and the workflow processes between asset managers, broker/dealers, custodian banks, and market infrastructure providers.
He joined Thomson Reuters in 2010 as the Global Head of Strategy for Enterprise Content. He is responsible for driving continued growth in the firm’s content business related to reference data, risk, and regulatory solutions. Tim focuses on leveraging internal and external partnerships to provide business priorities and guidance for executive decisions. Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, Tim was Managing Director at Omgeo where he led global strategy and marketing for the firm. Other positions include Senior Vice President, product management and strategy at GoldenSource Corporation, Director of Securities and Investments at TowerGroup and product management and strategy roles at SWIFT, Brown Brothers Harriman and Dean Witter Reynolds.
Co-founder & Global MD, Startupbootcamp Fintech and Insurance
Nektarios Liolios is CEO & Co-founder of Startupbootcamp FinTech & InsurTech, the leading innovation program in the financial and insurance industries, providing funding, mentorship, office space in the heart of London, Singapore, New York, Mumbai and Mexico City as well as access to a global network of investors and VCs, for up to 10 selected FinTech startups per program.
Nearly 20 years in the business, previously with Clearstream and SWIFT, running the Innotribe Startup Challenge.
Driven by entrepreneurship, collaboration and the desire to transform industries.
Global nomad, travel geek, sneaker freaker.
Head of Market Data Services, Wells Fargo
Steve Listhaus manages the Market Data function for Wells Fargo. In this role Steve is responsible for all technical, operational and commercials aspects related to market data. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Steve worked at Thomson Reuters where he lead the Technical Account Management team. Prior to Thomson Reuters, Steve held a number of positions related to trading technologies.
Dr. Stephen Malinak
Chief Data and Analytics Officer , TruValue Labs
Vice President, Barclays Capital
Robert Maltempi joined Barclays in 2007 as Assistant Vice President of Marketdata Business Management. Since 2009 Robert has been managing the index licensing for Barclays. In that time he has become well versed in the Index Licensing priorities of the firm, including Data use, Product creation and Data Distribution. Before Barclays, Robert managed Marketdata procurement and use for Bank of America, and Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette. Robert was exposed to Marketdata at Reuters and then Bridge, where he was a Sales Support Specialist on many Front End products. Robert is a graduate of Brooklyn College with a degree in Economics and Finance. Robert holds a third Degree Black Belt in Isshinryu Karate.
Principal, Market Structure and Technology, Greenwich Associates
Kevin McPartland leads Greenwich Associates market structure and technology research and has nearly 15 years of capital markets industry experience with a deep expertise in OTC derivatives and financial services technology. Prior to joining Greenwich, Kevin was with BlackRock, where he was a Director in the Electronic Trading and Market Structure group. Prior to joining Blackrock, he was a Principal at TABB Group, where he founded and led the firm's Fixed-Income research practice. Kevin also spent time at JPMorgan, UBS and Deutsche Bank in varying capacities. Kevin earned a BS in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
ANNA Executive Director ANNA Secretariat & Manager Standardisation, WM Datenservice
Uwe Meyer is working as Manager for WM Datenservice (being National Numbering Agency for Germany allocating the ISIN as well as pre-LOU for allocating the LEI – Legal Entity Identifier-) since 1989. From the beginning he was involved in standardisation related matters focussing at the beginning on securities identification in the so called ISIN experts group. He was involved in the foundation of ANNA (Association of National Numbering Agencies) in 1992 and is running since 1996 the ANNA Secretariat being responsible for assisting existing and new members and supporting the ANNA Board of Directors in the day-to-day-business.
In addition Mr. Meyer is working on committees of the German national standards body (DIN) as well as representing Germany in several ISO Working Groups (WGs) such as the WG having developed the LEI as well as the WG that elaborated the new version of the CFI (Classification of Financial Instruments) and the new standard for FISN (Financial Instrument Short Name).
Andrew Miller, FIA
Consultant, Net Effect Ltd.
Andrew has over 25 years experience in the market data industry, having worked on and managed consulting projects across the industry, from vendors and large sell-side banks to smaller technology firms and retail on-line trading shops. Andrew is active in industry working groups and a vocal advocate of vendor independent technologies to facilitate choice in cross-platform integration, reduce costs and increase quality of real-time market data and systems.
Managing Director, Market Technology and Data Services, CME Group
Craig J. Mohan serves as CME Group’s Managing Director of Market Technology and Data Services. He is responsible for the strategic development, management and overall execution of the company’s global connectivity, CME Direct, Pivot and Elysian technologies, co-location and data center services, market data, and OTC solutions. Mohan also serves as a member of the investment committee for CME Ventures, CME Group’s venture capital arm.
Prior to joining CME Group in 2010, Mohan served as Director, Global Infrastructure at Citadel Investment Group, where he was responsible for managing the firm's networking, technical architecture and global operations. His background also includes technology and operations management positions with ShopperTrak RCT, Accenture and Blue Meteor Inc.
He holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, with honors, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Market Data Services, Deutsche Bank AG
Michael Neff joined Deutsche Bank’s Market Data Contracts Team back in 2007. He took on the role of heading up the newly created Global Index Team, tasked with putting in place the structure to source, license and manage all of DB’s Index Market Data and Derivative product licensing. Mike has over 25 years of experience in financial services, including having held senior positions at a Technical Analysis Software provider (Aspen Research Group) and heading up the Market Data Services for a Commodities Exchange (New York Board of Trade). Mike has a degree in Electronic Engineering (and a Master at Fatherhood, having raised 6 kids!).
Ian joined Ballintrae's Executive team following a successful career in Sales and Business Development having won, grown and managed business operations with full P & L responsibility in thirty countries in Europe and Asia and a proven track record of delivering substantial enhanced business performance. Having started his career in Sales & Marketing with BAT's, he moved to Citigroup where he successfully created a multi currency payment product for the Travel sector.
Ian later joined the real-time financial information division of Knight-Ridder and developed the strategy which established them into major European and Asian countries. He was then appointed Managing Director of the UK & Ireland operations which he transformed. While leading the real-time treasury information division of Cognotec he grew the business until it was the market leader with 54% market share.
In 1997 he joined the Spring Group as General Manager. In this role he devised the strategy of workforce management for organisations and led the winning £400m outsourcing bid to manage Barclays Banks' IT contingent workforce. Before joining Ballintrae he consulted to the Albany Group assisting with the development of an HR outsourcing business and a workforce managed service. Ian holds a post graduate in marketing having studied at the London Guildhall University and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
Senior Advisor, McKinsey & Company
Jeff Penney re-joined McKinsey in 2015 after serving for two years as the Head of Strategy for the Corporate and Investment Bank of JPMorgan. He is once again a Senior Advisor in McKinsey & Company's New York Office and a member of McKinsey's Corporate and Investment Banking Practice, where he now serves banks, broker-dealers, regulators, exchanges, and data and information companies globally.
Jeff first joined the Firm in 2009 following 23 years in investment banking where he managed fixed income, equities, prime finance, and clearing businesses globally. He had been Head of Global Financing (prime brokerage, clearing, securities lending, and delta-one and listed derivatives) and Head of Americas Equity Sales at Merrill Lynch. His previous roles included serving as Head of Equity Financing Products, Co-Head of Equity Product Marketing, and Head of Tax-Exempt Capital Markets at Morgan Stanley. He began his career in fixed income derivatives marketing at Credit Suisse Financial Products.
Jeff holds a BSE in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University, where he serves on the Advisory Council to the Department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering.
President, Activ Financial
Frank W. Piasecki is the president and co-founder of ACTIV Financial, a global provider of real-time, multi asset financial market data, managed enterprise services and Cloud Publishing solutions. Before ACTIV, Frank spent 11 years at A-T Financial where he spearheaded the institutional sales programs and global customer service group. Frank drove a customer-centric, product definition process, positioning A-T as a pioneer in real-time market pricing, data feed and display technology. His previous financial services work includes the formation of SRG, Inc., a VRDO securities content management research firm. He currently serves as a board member of Clearwater Management Company, a privately held asset management company. Frank has over 22 years of senior management experience in the market data industry and has spoken on various panels globally to address the role of technology and content within the changing real-time data space.
Chief Executive Officer, Barchart.com Inc.
Eero Pikat has been with Barchart.com since 1998. Prior to that, Mr. Pikat worked in various IT roles, from software sales and consulting, to developing software and managing large-scale corporate hardware. As President of Barchart, Mr. Pikat has seen the company grow from 5 to 50 employees with comparable growth in revenue. Mr. Pikat, at heart, is a software developer and architect. He has spent close to 20 years architecting software and hardware solutions for the financial industry. He wrote Barchart's core realtime server systems, as well as the first generation of Barchart's web content delivery systems. Mr. Pikat also authored the first and second generation of Barchart's quote and trading software. Mr. Pikat has extensive experience with large-scale cloud-based solutions, authoring Barchart's auto-scaling server deployment to AWS' Beanstalk and CloudFormation platforms. Recently, Mr. Pikat has been an active participant in Chicago's FinTech community, participating in several events as both a presenter as well as a panel member. Mr. Pikat has a BA in Economics from the University of Chicago and an MS in Information Technology from Northwestern University's McCormick School of Engineering. Mr. Pikat is a member of the FinTech committee of World Business Chicago, an organization created by the mayor to promote the FinTech community of Chicago. Mr. Pikat has also advised the mayor on matters of technology and public policy. Additionally, Mr. Pikat participates on the boards of several other civic and charitable organizations.
Marcy Pike, FIA
Senior Vice President, Market Data, Fidelity Investments
Marcy Pike is Senior Vice President, Market Data within Enterprise Infrastructure, a division of Fidelity Investments. Fidelity is a leading provider of investment management, retirement planning, portfolio guidance, brokerage, benefits outsourcing and other financial products and services
Ms. Pike is responsible for the management and delivery of real time market data, real time news, and history and analytics content, including the underlying architecture and infrastructure, to Fidelity business units leveraging this content for internal consumption and external delivery to Fidelity retail and institutional customers. The EI Market Data team also delivers advisory services including the management of enterprise forums focused on firm level market data expense management, inventory management, information management and vendor management.
Prior to joining Fidelity in 2009, Ms. Pike was an Associate Partner at Wellington Management Company, LLP where she implemented and managed the Investment Information Services function delivering market data and research services globally. She also managed the IT global transformation program. Ms. Pike has also managed market data at Harvard Management Company, managed the institutional pricing team at the Boston Company/Mellon Bank and began her career in various roles at Interactive Data Corporation.
Ms. Pike received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Philosophy from Simmons College.
Devlin Ponte, FIA
Head of Market Data, Lord Abbett
Managing Director, Global Head of CUSIP Global Services, CUSIP Global Services
Scott J. Preiss is Managing Director, Global Head of CUSIP Global Services (CGS)/S&P Capital IQ, which administers the CUSIP numbering system and the CUSIP International Numbering System (CINS) for the United States, Canada, and various global territories under contract to the American Bankers Association. Under Scott’s direction, CGS is responsible for the development and operation of the ANNA Service Bureau, launched as a central hub for the consolidation and distribution of ISIN data from >120 global markets, and jointly operated with Six Financial Information, Zurich. CGS/S&P Capital IQ also provides a variety of cross-referencing, obligor and entity-identification solutions to market participants for risk management and compliance needs.
Previously, during Scott’s tenure as director of CUSIP Operations, a major revitalization and upgrade of CUSIP’s infrastructure was implemented that facilitates the numerous securities issuance procedures in a real-time environment. He has been actively involved in the industry’s effort to standardize legal entities, securities descriptive data and product classifications, and has chaired the ANSI-accredited standards group X9D in that regard. Scott regularly lectures on standardization, reference data and risk management, both in the U.S. and globally.
Scott is a member of the Enterprise Data Management Council (EDM), the Executive Committee of the SIIA/FISD, SIFMA, Various ISO Working Groups (including ISO TC68 SG1 that examined LEI), and is the Chairman of the ASB Advisory Board. He is a member of the New York, and New Jersey Bar Associations and has a B.B.A. in Business/Finance from Pace University, New York and a J.D. from New York Law School.
Executive General Manager, Trading Services, Australian Securities Exchange
David is currently responsible for Trading Services at ASX, which includes ASX’s trade execution venues, colocation services and information business. David has previously held senior positions within ASX and SFE market management. Prior to ASX David was a pit trader on the London futures market LIFFE.
Barry Raskin, FIA
Managing Director, Jordan & Jordan
Barry Raskin joined Jordan & Jordan (J&J) in January 2016 as Managing Director of Management Consulting. After a 28 year career as the Managing Director of the Americas for SIX Financial Information and a similar role at GBST, a financial software firm, Barry joined Jordan & Jordan. J&J is the premier financial technology company providing regulatory, market data and trading solutions across the securities industry. Barry’s extensive industry experience and network across all disciplines, enables him to provide J&J’s clients with a wide range of consultative services based on clients’ requirements. Barry is a member of the Inside Market Data Hall of Fame, has been a frequent industry panelist and speaker and holds a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University and an MBA in Finance from the University of Buffalo.
Head of Middle Office and Operations, Bloomberg
Matthew leads the Middle Office and Operations groups within Bloomberg's Enterprise Solutions business.
Matthew joined Bloomberg in 2014, creating the Forward Integration Strategy for directly connecting to web, data science, linked data, and business intelligence consumers of reference data. Matthew created the Bloomberg Provenance product to meet the data lineage requirements of BCBS-239, and created Bloomberg Ontology to solve the metadata requirements.
Matthew has more than 20 years' experience working in the financial services industry where he has held leadership positions in IT at UBS, JP Morgan, Barclays Capital and ING. A former CTO and distinguished engineer, Matthew was recognized for success in data consolidation and governance at Barclays Global Investors, JP Morgan, and UBS. His last role was IT planning and running R&D for Middle Office & Operations at UBS.
Matthew also chaired the ISO 20022 Working Group for almost a decade, writing the ISO 20022 Standard. He also made significant contributions to FpML and FIX.
Matthew holds a Computer Science degree from the University of Durham, is a Member of the British Computer Society, and Chartered Engineer
Global Head of Market Data Services , UBS
Alan is Global Head of Market Data Services for UBS based in Hong Kong. He has 19 years experience in investment banking technology roles and vendor technology roles in both Europe and Asia. Alan was previously Regional Head of Market Data for Global Markets Equities IT in Deutsche Bank, Hong Kong where he was responsible for their low-latency data implementation and API strategy across APAC. Prior to Deutsche Bank, Alan was with Thomson Reuters for 7 years where he ran the Enterprise IMS business in Asia (Enterprise Platform) and had previously worked on many new initiatives such as TRHS hosting in the US and Machine Readable News in the Innovations Group; Also in his time at Reuters, Alan spent two years in Thailand off-shoring 2nd level engineering and support for RMDS.
Prior to Thomson Reuters, Alan had spent 7 years with JPMorgan Chase running their UK Market Data service delivery and architecture teams. He has a degree in Physics with Computing and has lived in Hong Kong for the last 4 years with his wife and two children.
Vice President, Index & Data Solutions, BlackRock
Krystle Rudzinski, Vice President, leads the rights management function within the Index & Data Solutions Group at BlackRock. Krystle recently joined Blackrock from S&P where she was an Associate Director of Rights Management. Before S&P, Krystle was Data Licensing Manager at Jordan & Jordan, where she assisted clients with negotiating data license agreements, advised clients on data licensing and usage compliance issues and provided assistance to clients during exchange and vendor audits. Krystle has a Juris Doctor from the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America and Bachelor of Arts from Villanova University and is admitted to the New York and Connecticut State Bars.
Patti Sachs is a Director and is responsible for exchange management and market data compliance across the firm’s businesses globally. She has extensive experience handling market data issues, technology, and intellectual property and specializes in market data commercials. Prior to her work in the financial services industry, Patti was an intellectual property and technology attorney, protecting the rights of companies such as national television networks as well as legendary authors and recording artists. Patti received her Bachelor of the Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and Juris Doctor degree from Fordham University Law School. She is admitted to the New York State Bar and has served as a mediation coach for Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.
Managing Director, Content Distribution, Moody's Analytics
Michael Salk is Managing Director, Content Distribution for Moody’s Analytics. Mike is responsible for product and strategic management for a global portfolio of rating, research and analytic content services which are delivered direct and via business partners to financial institutions.
Mike joined Moody’s in 2007 and has more than 20 years information industry experience developing and marketing financial products. Prior to Moody’s, he oversaw financial news and market data products at the Associated Press. Mike worked for Reuters, as Global Head of Text and Online products for Reuters Media, and was Global News Manager for the Investment Banking & Brokerage segment. Earlier in his career, Mike was Vice President Strategy for BridgeNews, and held a number of marketing positions with IDD Information Services.
Mike holds a Bachelor of Science degree in management from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a Master of Science in Industrial Administration (MBA) from Carnegie Mellon University.
Director, Market Data Management, John Hancock
John Simons joined John Hancock in March, 2010 and serves as the leader of market data services across all Hancock and Manulife entities. Prior to joining Hancock, John spent 15 years at Fidelity Investments where he held multiple roles including Vice President of world-wide market data and head of Finance for the Software Development organization. John also had a long tenure at Digital Equipment Corporation where he was group Finance Manager in many business units.
John has an MBA from the Wharton School and a BA in History and Classics from The College of the Holy Cross.
Head of Third Party Commercial Policy, Thomson Reuters
Garrick is the Head of Third Party Commercial Policy at Thomson Reuters and responsible for leading and defining the commercial agenda for Thomson Reuters Third-party content providers. He works directly with partners to negotiate, develop and deliver simplified commercial models aimed at improving and simplifying process, metrics, revenue and margin performance. Prior to his current role, Garrick was responsible for M&A and divestiture work at Thomson Reuters including the integration or separation of the finance operations of organizations. Garrick joined Thomson Reuters in 1999 as part of the Bridge Information Services acquisition and before that was an exchange auditor with the Chicago Board of Trade. Garrick holds an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis and a BS in accountancy from Northern Illinois University. Garrick lives in New Jersey with his wife Ann and three children.
Founder & CEO, TABB Group
Larry Tabb is founder and CEO of TABB Group, the financial markets’ research and strategic advisory firm focused exclusively on capital markets. Before founding TABB Group, he was vice president of TowerGroup’s Securities & Investments practice where he managed research across the capital markets, investment management, retail brokerage and wealth management segments and grew the research and consulting business into a global brand representing over 150 clients worldwide.
Prior to joining TowerGroup, he managed business analysis for Lehman Brothers’ Trading Services Division, was responsible for overseeing the specification, testing and implementation of dozens of major systems and led capital markets technology planning. He began his financial markets career managing various operations for the North American Investment Bank of Citibank.
Quoted extensively and in virtually all industry and general news publications, he has been cited in The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Associated Press, The New York Times, CNN, Bloomberg, CNBC, Reuters, Dow Jones News, Barron’s, Forbes, Business Week and all major trade media. He continues to be a featured speaker at major industry and business conferences throughout the US, Europe, Asia and Canada.
Douglas B. Taylor
Founder & Managing Director, Burton-Taylor International Consulting
Douglas B Taylor is Founder & Managing Partner of Burton-Taylor International Consulting LLC, a business consulting organization created in 2006 and acquired by TP ICAP in 2016. Burton-Taylor has become the market data industry reference. Burton-Taylor clients command an estimated 80% share of global revenue in the market data space. Mr. Taylor entered the financial information industry at Reuters in 1987, where he spent 15 years in North America, South America and Europe, the last 5 of which heading Reuters news marketing and product management globally. After leaving Reuters, and before founding Burton-Taylor, Mr. Taylor headed the marketing and product development divisions, as well as the Investment Management, Investment Banking & Research, Institutional Equities and Wealth Management business units for Thomson Financial in Asia. He has also served as Chief Operating Officer (COO) at EMIS, a Euromoney Institutional Investor company, as Chief Marketing Officer at software developer Insurance Technologies and as Manager, Partner Engagement at software giant Microsoft Corporation. Mr. Taylor has been quoted as a financial information industry expert by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The London Times, Dow Jones Newswires, Forbes and in the biography "Mike Bloomberg; Money, Power, Politics", by Joyce Purnick.
CEO, NEX Data
Kevin Taylor is CEO of NEX Data. NEX Data is the market data and price division of NEX Group and delivers independent data solutions to financial market participants. His role encompasses global management of the commercial activities, strategic business development and product strategy for NEX’s data division. Prior to joining NEX (then ICAP) in 2005, Kevin held a number of senior management positions in the market data sector in Singapore, London and New York. Most recently, he was global head of content strategy at Telerate. Kevin resides in London, England.
Global Lead Architect Market Data Operations and Engineering , RBC Capital Markets
Robert Tommaselli is the Global Lead Architect of Market Data at RBC Capital Markets. Mr. Tommaselli started his career at Kidder Peabody in the early 90’s and subsequently worked at several large banks where he learned enterprise architecture. Mr. Tommaselli is currently at RBC Capital Markets where he has been deploying cutting technology for 18 years. He holds a B.S in Computer Science from Old Dominion University.
Chief Executive Officer, 3d innovations ltd.
A Banking Technology veteran who has been applying his hybrid Business / Technology Consulting skills in IT and financial services for over 30 years. Stephen is the majority share-holder and co-founder of 3d innovations. Many of 3di’s specific services for Market and Reference Data management were originally defined by Stephen. Entering the IT industry in the mid-80s, Stephen's expertise dates back to software engineering on early market data distribution platforms (TIB, Dectrade, MIPS, etc.). Cross-training into the business Stephen moved through various roles including FX Liquidity Analysis (UBS), Treasury Risk Consultant (IBJ), Global Head of Risk Software Services (Rolfe & Nolan) before finally settling in the Energy Trading industry (Southern Electric, Powergen, TXU Energy Trading and Risk) during the late 90s as a quant and systems consultant. As 3d innovations has developed into a globally successful business over the past decade Stephen's role as CEO has settled into that typically associated with a general manager and business developer in a SME software and services company.
President, Ventura Management Associates
Ed Ventura is currently President of Ventura Management Associates LLC, a boutique advisory services firm specializing in financial reference data and data governance. Ventura had over 23 years within banking and brokerage firms in varied capacities, across multiple business units. He culminated his corporate career as Director of International Business Innovation for Merrill Lynch. His interest in financial reference data came as a result of having accountability for design and content of all Merrill Lynch retail client statements, with data driving the accuracy of the reports.
Ventura Management Associates (VMA) was founded in 2002 with the goal of helping large scale financial service firms in understanding their reference data needs and assisting them in sourcing, business process improvements, client communications, training and general management of their data. The business evolved through the years, now focusing on data governance. VMA has developed a proprietary data governance model along with processes and tools to benchmark existing governance capabilities and to furnish roadmaps for companies to achieve blue ribbon status. Ventura has expanded the purview of VMA to transcend industry boundaries and the firm has assisted companies within technology, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing and insurance. He believes that this “cross-pollination” has enhanced VMA client capabilities across all verticals.
Ventura currently teaches several classes per year about reference data and data governance in the US, Canada and the UK. In addition, he is the owner of a hands-on winemaking school in New Jersey, The Grape Escape.
Consuelo Vinroe, FIA
Global Market Data Contract Lead, Cargill ETM - Energy, Transportation and Metals
Consuelo Vinroe is a certified Financial Information Associate as provided by the FISD and has over 10 years of progressive contracts, data and data systems management experience. She has managed hundreds of data contracts representing millions of dollars in annual spend and is, and has been, responsible for the enterprise data and systems licenses of two of the world’s largest privately held companies - Koch Industries and Cargill Incorporated.
In her newly created role at Cargill, Consuelo manages the overall market data expenditure for Cargill’s Energy, Transportation and Metals platform (ETM) which has offices in Minnesota (headquarters), Texas, Geneva, Singapore and Shanghai. She is the first touch point for the global trading and IT teams to ensure reliable, compliant and cost effective delivery of data to support front, mid and back office trading functionality.
Prior to her roles at Koch and Cargill, Consuelo was a paralegal for Gilmore & Bell, PC one of the leading public finance law firms in the United States. She graduated from Wichita State University (“WSU”) - home of the Shockers - with a Bachelor of Arts (Cum Laude). Consuelo is proud of having worked with the WSU Foundation and faculty in selecting a market data platform for the WSU Trading Room sponsored by both Koch Industries and Cargill Incorporated - ultimately securing sponsorship relationships with ZE Power Group and Platt’s to provide a technology framework and market data for WSU’s innovative Trading Center.
Global Leader of Capital Markets Infrastructure, Securities Services & Exchanges Practice, McKinsey & Company
Matthias is a Global Leader of Capital Markets Infrastructure, Securities Services & Exchanges Practice in McKinsey's Frankfurt Office. He is the global leader of McKinsey's Capital Markets Infrastructure, Securities Services & Exchanges Practice. He works for capital markets infrastructure providers as well as leading banks across the world, presents at industry conferences, and is a strong contributor to knowledge development.
Prior to joining McKinsey, Matthias was the chief of staff to the chairwoman of the Committee for Budgetary Control of the European Parliament and completed the legal clerkship, inter alia in the M&A department of the international law firm Freshfields and the German embassy in the US.
Matthias studied law at the University of Freiburg, the University of Oxford/St. Catherine’s College (Diploma in Law) and the University of Heidelberg (Masters), focusing on European and international law.
Matthias also holds a PhD and is a qualified attorney-at-law.
Trip Wadleigh, FIA
Senior Relationship Manager, TRG Inc.
Trip offers 25 years of experience in the financial services industry, providing leadership and subject matter expertise across vendor and expense management, process improvement and specifically the negotiation and administration of market data services across enterprises. He has supported the investment process from both front and back office perspectives and has experienced the consumer and vendor sides of the industry.
At TRG, Trip leverages his leadership, technical and industry experience to ensure client success by effectively and proactively maintaining relations with TRG clients and the industries TRG supports.
Prior to joining TRG, Trip managed the Market Data Services team at State Street Bank & Trust, providing the full commercial spectrum of market data management including strategic negotiations, vendor management, invoice and invoice reconciliation to business unit reporting. He has also managed large projects involving spend reductions, governance, and process improvements leading to significant savings. Prior to joining State Street, Trip directed the Market Data Administration function at Fidelity Investments, managed the Market Data Services team at Brown Brothers Harriman, and was Director of Data Acquisitions at Interactive Data Corporation.
Trip is actively involved with the Financial Information Services Division of the Software and Information Industry Association, serving on the Executive Committee and has led and participated in several key industry initiatives. He is a past member of the TRG Executive Advisory Board, currently serves on the Becket-Chimney Corners YMCA Alumni Council, and spent over 15 years on the board of Martha’s Vineyard United Youth Soccer. He holds a B.A. from The College of Wooster in Ohio.
Global Managing Director, Customer Proposition, Financial & Risk, Thomson Reuters
Debra Walton is the Global Managing Director, Customer Proposition, Financial & Risk at Thomson Reuters; she is a member of the Financial and Risk Division’s Executive Leadership Team and Executive Sponsor of the Women’s Network. Ms. Walton has been in senior management at the company since 2003, with roles in sales, marketing, strategy, product development, Financial & Risk and Operations. She currently has end-to-end responsibility for the division’s solutions and product offerings. Working from the firm’s Enterprise Innovation Hub in Baar Switzerland, she manages several large enterprise projects, including an ongoing effort to unify Thomson Reuter’s data across the enterprise as well as leading the execution of the firm’s open digital platform strategy. An expert on big data and the challenges it poses in today’s business world, Ms. Walton speaks frequently at global conferences and industry events where she discusses data management, innovation, and leadership. She blogs frequently on those topics, as well as on gender diversity issues, for sites such as The Huffington Post, Business Insider, and Financial IT. Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, she was president and chief executive of Nucleus Inc., a technology start-up delivering enterprise solutions. Before that, she was the first female partner at Cantor Fitzgerald and a founding board member of the Cantor Financial Futures Exchange, the first electronic platform for trading U.S. Treasury futures contracts. In addition to her day to day responsibilities at Thomson Reuters Ms. Walton represents Thomson Reuters as a board member on the Tradeweb Board of Managers and she is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Data Science Institute at Imperial College in London. She is a board member at the Women’s Refugee Commission, a non-profit organization serving refugee women and children around the world, and an advisory board member at Springboard, a New York based nonprofit that brings together entrepreneurs, investors, and industry experts to help women take their business plans to market. Ms. Walton recently was awarded the 2017 Gertrude Crain Award from the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) for her extraordinary record of achievement and service. In 2016 she was acknowledged as a Springboard Enterprises Oracle honoree, championing women entrepreneurship. In 2015, she was named a Woman of Vision by the Anita Borg Institute, won the coveted Merit Award from the Women’s Bond Club, and earned a spot on the New York Business Journal’s inaugural “Women of Influence” list. She has also won the New York Women’s Agenda Galaxy Award and the Women’s Venture Fund Highest Leaf Award. An avid golfer and sailor, Ms. Walton lives in Switzerland with her husband Marc.
Manager of Fixed Income, Entity, Regulatory Content and Symbology, Bloomberg L.P.
Peter Warms is the Manager of Fixed Income, Entity, Regulatory Content and Symbology. Bloomberg's Symbology initiative provides the marketplace access to Bloomberg identifiers and symbols across all asset classes with no commercial terms or restrictions on usage.
Prior to his current role, Peter was responsible for overseeing business development for Bloomberg Data License, which combines the resources of the Bloomberg Professional Service - the world’s most trusted source of information, analytics, data and news - with end of data and intraday reference, pricing and corporate action data services.
Peter joined Bloomberg in 1993 and has worked in the Global Data division primarily focusing on Fixed Income, while also managing Mutual Funds and Corporate actions along the way.
VP, Reference Data Product Development, Interactive Data Corporation
Martin Williams is recognized as an expert on the creation, collection and distribution of high-quality reference data for use across the financial instrument processing lifecycle. As vice president of Interactive Data Pricing and Reference Data’s Reference Data Product Development team, Mr. Williams is responsible for the product strategy and for identifying and developing new business opportunities for Interactive Data in the Reference Data market. Since assuming this role, Mr. Williams has led the development and introduction of several completely new reference data offerings including the Business Entity Service which is designed to help clients meet their requirements for managing credit, market and operational risk, and compliance under a variety of global risk management and liquidity risk regulations. Mr. Williams has also been instrumental in the development and implementation of the firm’s next-generation reference data strategy which is bringing to market a set of transformational new services targeting data management and usage throughout the enterprise.
Previous to this role, Mr. Williams served as Vice President of Interactive Data Pricing and Reference Data’s Institutional Data Delivery Products Business for seven years. There he led the Company’s institutional business, a $130 million business line specializing in pricing, reference data, on-line and access products. Mr. Williams’ contributions have been critical to establishing Interactive Data Pricing and Reference Data as a leading provider of high-quality, award-winning reference data services that are utilized by many of the world’s largest and most innovative financial institutions as well as leading solutions providers.
A 25-year veteran of the financial services industry, Mr. Williams previously managed the Asset Backed Securities Group (ABSG) for The Muller Data Corporation. ABSG was a provider of descriptive and pricing data for mortgage related securities. Muller and ABSG were part of Thomson Financial Services and were subsequently sold to Interactive Data in 1999. A major highlight of Mr. Williams’ tenure at Muller Data was building and leading ABSG’s securities pricing service. Prior to joining ABSG, he served as a project leader at RMJ Securities for the firm’s dealer operations software system. Before arriving on Wall Street, Mr. Williams served as a project manager and systems analyst at AT&T.
Mr. Williams holds a Masters in Business Administration from Rider University and a B.S. in Marketing and Information Systems from Manhattan College.
Peter Williams, FIA
Chief Technology Officer, CJC
Peter Williams is CTO at CJC Ltd the leading global market data technology Managed Services and Consultancy provider. Reporting directly to the board Peter’s role is to grow the business at CJC by developing client solutions, exploring new technologies and overseeing their implementation. As a market data technology professional with 17 years’ experience and a career spanning inter dealer brokers, tier one investment banks and a global managed services provider Peter has wide ranging experience of technologies and organisations. Initially working in a support role with Tullett Prebon and then Credit Suisse Peter joined CJC Ltd 10 years ago as an onsite consultant at BNP Paribas, soon after Peter was seconded into forming part of the initial managed services team at CJC which provided remote monitoring, support and management of the newly created Reuters Hosted System (RHS). As the system grew and thrived so did CJC and Peter was made Director of Operations for EMEA with the remit of growing the London support and engineering teams and helping to shape the operational processes and structures used to deliver the service. A self-confessed geek Peter revels in new technology and is a passionate advocate of “the cloud” and cloud based managed services.
Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Clipperdata
Abudi Zein is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at ClipperData. Mr. Zein specializes in energy market pricing, information product development and fundamental analysis. He most recently lead efforts at Genscape to create new information products based on the Company's proprietary energy data. Prior to joining Genscape, Mr. Zein worked in the energy information industry in Tokyo, Singapore, London, Houston and New York. During his career, Mr. Zein held management positions in editorial, product development, marketing, sales and general management. He was CEO for Argus Media, Inc, a Senior Vice President at Oxford Analytica and Sales Director at Platts London. Mr. Zein has a master’s degree in chemistry from the University of Hanover in Germany, and a master’s in journalism from the University of Missouri – Columbia.
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