Head of International Market Strategy
Goldman Sachs Asset Management
James is head of the international market strategy team at Goldman Sachs Asset Management, part of GSAM’s Strategic Advisory Solutions group. He is responsible for providing international capital markets research, macro strategy and implementation
Associate Fellow, Asia-Pacific Programme
Andrew is an Associate Fellow in the Asia-Pacific Programme at Chatham House and the Co-founder of Asiability Ltd, an adivsory firm that helps companies and non-profits engage with China. His research focuses on the impact of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, Chinese financial reform and innovation, and China’s broader engagement in international development and global governance.
Now based in London, Andrew has been based mostly in Asia since 1997, living in Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul and Singapore.
As a management consultant and public policy advisor, he has worked with Asian companies and governments on strategy, institution-building, economic development and governance.
As a senior fellow at the Fung Global Institute, he led research on Chinese financial reform and the impact of technology.
Andrew is also a fellow with the Hong Kong Institution for International Finance and a senior fellow at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (Security and Crisis Management International Centre).
He speaks Mandarin Chinese as well as several European languages, and he was a Kennedy Scholar at the Harvard Business School and studied economics at the University of Cambridge.
Director, Assistant Treasurer
Experienced Assistant Treasurer with a demonstrated history in a global manufacturer and recognized for leadership in process improvements. Skilled in Financial Risk, Cash Management, Treasury Controls, Corporate Finance, and Banking. Strong professional with a M.B.A. focused in Corporate Finance from HEC Montreal
Global Head of Currency
State Street Global Advisors
James is Global Head of Currency. He joined the company in January 2016 as Head of Currency for EMEA. He is responsible for managing the Currency Portfolio Management team and for driving State Street's strategic vision for Currency.
James has 27 years of Foreign Exchange experience, predominantly in investment management, where he has worked on or led teams at firms such as Brevan Howard, Gartmore and County NatWest. He also managed a currency manager of managers product at ABN AMRO Bank. He is well known as an industry innovator, and was one of the first individuals to work on Currency Factor processes over a decade ago. James joined State Street from Lloyds Commercial Bank, where he was Head of FX Quantitative Solutions. In this role, he created and led the team responsible for advising clients on currency investment processes both for risk and return.
James graduated with a first in Engineering Science from Oxford University
Special Adviser for Asia
City of London Corporation
Sherry leads City of London's policy and trade & investment strategy for Asia. She works closely with HM Government and regulators and stakeholders in Financial and Professional services to create sustainable links with Asia including Greater China, India and Singapore. She engages with policy leads in foreign jurisdictions to promote and enhance London's position as a global financial capital.
Previously, as Minister-Counsellor and Director at the British Embassy in Beijing, Sherry was responsible for promoting trade and investment between the UK and China through her team based in cities throughout mainland China, Hong Kong and London. Her particular focus is on Financial and Business Services and the Technology sectors, as key industries of cross border growth. She played a leading role in the regular UK-China Economic and Financial Dialogues, and Prime Ministerial Summits, and the once in a decade President Xi's visit to the UK, and helps develop policy objectives as well as inward and outward investment opportunities between the UK and Asia.
Economist and Head of Emerging Markets
Craig was appointed Emerging Markets Economist on the Global Economics Team at Schroders in June 2013. He is responsible for the economics team's and the house view on the emerging markets, with particular focus on the BRICs. Previously, Craig worked in the Macroprudential Analysis team at the Prudential Regulatory Authority, where he focused on analysing country risk. He had previously worked in a similar role for the Financial Services Authority, undertaking a secondment to the International Monetary Fund, where he monitored and reported on market relevant events for EMEA and developed market sovereigns.
Head of Emerging Market Debt
Liam is Aviva Investor's Head of Emerging Markets Debt, overseeing a global team of EMD portfolio managers and holding ultimate responsibility for the commercial growth of the EMD business and delivering strong investment performance across our wide range of products. He is also portfolio manager for the emerging markets local currency bond portfolios.
Liam joined Aviva Investors as a senior portfolio manager before assuming his current role. He has previously worked for Overlay Asset Management, ABN Amro Asset Management and Fortis Investments as a senior currency manager for a broad range of absolute return, hedge fund and currency overlay mandates. He has gained considerable expertise in foreign exchange since joining the investment industry, beginning his career with an equity market focus at James Capel Investment Management.
Joined investment industry: 1993
Joined Aviva Investors: 2013
Head of Global FX Trading
Amundi Asset Management
Andreas was appointed Head of Foreign Exchange Europe in 2013. He joined Amundi Asset Management (previously Pioneer Investments) in 2007 as Senior Portfolio Manager Foreign Exchange and is based in the London office. Prior to this, Andreas was Head of Foreign Exchange at Amundi's office in Munich, where he was responsible for everything relating to FX, including the dedicated currency fund, currency risk management, currency overlay, currency derivatives and currency forecasts. Andreas has worked in the investments industry since 1994. Before joining the company in August 2000, he was employed by Commerzbank London as Deputy Head of Global Foreign Exchange Options. Prior to that, he worked in the Frankfurt branch of Commerzbank as Head of currency options (1996-1998). He started his career in 1994 as a Currency Options Trader for Commerz Financial Products GmbH in Frankfurt. Andreas is a graduate in Business Administration from the University of Applied Sciences, Landshut. He has been a CFA® charter holder since 2003.
Bac Van Luu
Head of Currency and Fixed Income Strategy
Van is an investment strategist and economist educated to PhD level with 18 years of multi-asset experience asset manager, sovereign wealth fund and investment ban
Head of International FX Business Development
Marc Millington-Buck joined the Moscow Exchange as Head of International FX Sales in July 2013 and is part of the Moscow Exchange's International Sales Team based out of London & Zürich.
Marc has more than 20 years' exchange-market experience. He has extensive knowledge of electronic trading in cash and derivatives products; including FX, money markets, fixed income, equities and commodities. He also has valuable experience in the trading operations and processes of electronic exchanges such as DMA, clearing and risk management.
Starting out his career in the Treasury department of an international bank, then subsequently its Treasury Sales and Financial Structuring teams, he has been active in selling FX and hybrid rate risk management products to large international Bank and Corporate clients from the outset. Marc has also been a trader of Futures & Options on LIFFE and LTOM and developed electronic derivatives trading and automated arbitrage systems. Marc worked with the exchange traded derivatives and electronic OTC venues, banks and prime brokers to on-board new and existing international clients for trading under risk managed, sponsored DMA.
Kaan Nazli, CFA, CAIA, Senior VP, joined Neuberger Berman in 2013. He is a Senior Economist on the Emerging Markets Debt team. Kaan joined the firm from ING Investment Management where he led macroeconomic coverage of emerging markets in the CEEMEA region. Prior to working at ING, Kaan was a research analyst at Medley Global Advisors, responsible for macro research and sovereign debt credit views for hedge funds, asset management firms and proprietary trading desks. Before that, he worked as a research analyst for Eurasia Group where he advised financial institutions on east central Europe. He played a key role in establishing the Lehman Brothers Eurasia Group Stability Index (LEGSI), a comparative political and economic stability index designed to measure stability in more than 20 emerging markets. Kaan received a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from the University of Ankara, Turkey and earned a Master’s Degree in Political Economy from New York University. He has been awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designation.
Chief Investment Strategist
Lombard Odier Investment Managers
Salman Ahmed, PhD., is chief investment strategist at Lombard Odier Investment Managers. He joined the company in January 2013. Prior to joining, Salman was head of global macro at EDF Trading (trading arm of EDF Group). Before that, he was a global macro economist at Goldman Sachs International from 2006 to 2009. Previously, he was an active equity research associate at Barclays Global Investors from 2005 to 2006, as well as at Goldman Sachs, where he completed an internship in 2004. He began his career as an investment analyst at Watson & Wyatt LLP in 2001. Salman earned a master’s degree in economics and finance from University of Cambridge in 2001 and holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Lahore University of Management Sciences
Saeed Amen, PhD., is the founder of Cuemacro. Over the past decade, he has developed systematic trading strategies at major investment banks including Lehman Brothers and Nomura. He is also the author of Trading Thalesians: What the ancient world can teach us about trading today (Palgrave Macmillan). Through Cuemacro, he now consults and publishes research for clients in the area of systematic trading. He has developed many popular open source Python libraries including finmarketpy. His clients have included major quant funds and data companies such as Bloomberg. He has presented his work at many conferences and institutions which include the IMF, Bank of England and Federal Reserve Board. He is also a co-founder of the Thalesians.
Antonio Del Favero
Senior Portfolio Strategist
Rubrics Asset Management
Antonio is currently the Senior Portfolio Strategist at Rubrics Asset Management (London). He is responsible for the global macro strategy, the macroeconomic and portfolio strategy modelling of the firm.
From 2008 to 2016, Antonio was employed as Risk Officer at Brevan Howard (London). Antonio previously worked at Credit Suisse (Zurich) in Credit Portfolio Management and as a Financial Analyst in the Wealth Management Research division at UBS (Zurich). Antonio started his career in Milan in 2001 as quantitative analyst developing proprietary equity long/short econometric modelling.
Antonio received a Bachelor of Economics from Bologna University (2000), cum laude with a thesis on speculative attacks and balance of payment crises. He later received a Master of Economics from Bocconi University (2001) as well as a Master of Finance from ETH and University of Zurich (2006), again cum laude.
Dr. Richard Bateson
Bateson Asset Management
Prior to founding BAM, Richard worked at AHL, Man Group plc, and was Head of Dimension, AHL's multi-strategy systematic fund, including the Evolution and Genesis funds.
During this time, Richard was an associate of the Oxford-Man Institute, Oxford University and a Research Committee member.
Other key roles Richard has held include CEO of MGIM, an investment manager running assets in excess of US2billion, and Managing Director at Royal Bank of Canada.
Richard has a first class degree and a doctorate in Physics from Cambridge University. He is the author of Financial Derivative Investments" (WSP 2011) and has also written many physics papers.
Global Macro and FX Strategist
Woodman Asset Management
Dr. Bernd Berg is a Global Macro & Foreign Exchange Strategist for Woodman Asset Management. Prior to joining Woodman he has been a Director in SocGen’s Global Emerging Market team in London, responsible for the EM Outlook and Trading Strategies (FX & Rates) for Hedge Funds and Asset Managers. Prior to SocGen he was a Strategist in the FX & Fixed Income department of Credit Suisse in Zurich being responsible for the strategic outlook and trade recommendations for Global Emerging Market currencies. Prior to joining Credit Suisse he hold various positions in the hedge funds industry in London and Switzerland focusing on Global Macro / Emerging Markets FX & Fixed Income strategies. Dr. Berg received a doctorate degree (PhD) in economics and a diploma degree (Diplom-Kaufmann) in Business Administration from the University of Tübingen in Germany. In his doctorate thesis he investigated the influence of hedge fund trading strategies on currency crisis in Emerging Markets and has published the book “Financial Crisis and Hedge Funds”. He has published numerous articles on macroeconomic developments in a range of magazines and newspapers including the Financial Times and is a common speaker on TV shows and conferences
Association of Corporate Treasurers
Peter has worked at the ACT since September 2006, having been a member of the ACT since 1992. He was appointed Head of Publishing in May 2008 and Engagement Director in February 2012, and was appointed to a part time position as Speakers' Chair in Kune 2016. In this role Peter chairs various ACT and other events and contributes to ACT event and editorial development. Peter is a Fellow of the ACT and a member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers. He has over 30 years' of treasury and banking experience. Famous for his witty banter, Peter is a regular blog contributor on current issues and ACT events.
Philippe has been involved in the financial markets for over thirty years and managing money globally for twenty-eight years across multiple asset classes and trading strategies. He has built a number of successful businesses including the Cedar Fund and Cedar Diversified Macro Fund which were sold to Erste Bank in mid-2007; and Cedar Partners, the external investment advisor to Commerzbank for alternative investments; an investment business that grew over 600% during this period. Prior to founding Cedar, Philippe ran a proprietary trading and advisory firm specialising in global macro trading. This business had evolved from the international activities of a risk arbitrage firm established by former Kidder, Peabody & Co. colleagues. Philippe began his financial career at Kidder, Peabody in New York as an international corporate finance analyst. He then became responsible for international equity investment for Kidder, Peabody's London-based investment management business where he managed investments for institutional clients including the BHP Pension Fund.
Helen Thomas CFA has worked in financial markets for over 17 years. She founded her own macroeconomic consulting firm, BlondeMoney, in 2017. Her team works out of offices in Oxford and London, and provides expert analysis on financial markets and politics. Before that she was a Partner at a Global Macro hedge fund and Head of Currency Alpha for State Street Global Advisors. She started her career in Foreign Exchange at Merrill Lynch before going on to work for Societe Generale and SEB. She has also worked in politics, as an adviser to former Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne during the financial crisis.
She is a CFA Charterholder and holds a degree in probably the least practical combination of subjects: Philosophy, Politics and Economics which she gained from Oxford University.
She is a Board Member of CFA UK where she is responsible for their sub-committee on the Value of the Investment Profession.
She was lead researcher on the book "Masters of Nothing" by the MPs Matthew Hancock and Nadhim Zahawi, which looked at how human behaviour caused the financial crisis and how to avoid it happening again.
Head of ForexClear Product
Tamaryn is Head of ForexClear Product for LCH, responsible for all FX products globally. Before joining LCH in 2017, Tamaryn worked at JP Morgan, holding roles in market structure and managing the Global FX Options and FX Ecommerce Trading business. She holds a BA Hons in Humanities.
James is Group Treasurer at Pearson, a FTSE 100 listed education company. James is responsible for Treasury, Insurance and Cash Management for the group. Since joining, James has done significant work to simplify its financial operations including streamlining its FX operation and has undertaken over $1.5bn of early public debt repayments through market tender and make whole exercises.
Marco Jean Aboav
Global Macro Portfolio Manager
Marco Aboav, PhD., is a data scientist and macro portfolio manager responsible for Numen Capital's quant fund, which is based on AI and alternative data. He is currently Associate Professor in Financial Technology at Cass Business School
David is an experienced FX trader having worked in a variety of trading roles for 40 years. David is Director, Business Consulting at Eurobase and Chair of the Committee for Professionalism at ACI - The Financial Markets Association as well as Vice-Chairing the ACI FX Committee. Lately David has been on the Market Practitioners Group for the FXWG at the Bank for International Settlements to establish a single set of global principles of good practice for foreign exchange markets - the Global Code of Conduct for FX.
Having worked for a number of banks between 1977 and 2003, specialising in e-FX from 1998, David co-founded Derivative Consulting Ltd. specialising in eFX, Prime Brokerage, and FX CCP Clearing. This included advising LCH on central counterparty clearing for the FX market. Following a stint at FXall David left when the sale to Thomson Reuters completed to join Eurobase Banking Solutions and splits his time between Eurobase and his private consultancy business.
Founder & CEO
Intermarket Strategy Ltd
Ashraf is an independent strategist and trader, founder of Intermarket Strategy Ltd and author of "Currency Trading & Intermarket Analysis". Ashraf is the former chief global strategist at City Index / FX Solutions, where he focused on foreign exchange and global macro developments pertaining to central bank policies, sovereign debt and intermarket dynamics.
Ashraf had served as Chief Strategist at CMC Markets, where he headed a global team of analysts and led seminars and trainings in four continents. His insights on currencies and commodities won him several #1 rankings with FXWeek and Reuters.
Prior to CMC Markets, Laidi monitored the performance of a multi-FX portfolio at the United Nations, assessed sovereign and project investment risk with Hagler Bailly and the World Bank, and analyzed emerging market bonds at Reuters. Laidi also created the first 24-hour currency web site for traders and researchers alike on the eve of the creation of the euro.
Laidi regularly appears on CNBC TV (US, Europe, Arabia and Asia/Pacific), Bloomberg TV (US, Asia/Pacific, France and Spain), BNN, PBSs Nightly Business Report, and BBC. His insights also appear in the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, Barrons, the New York Times and a host of other international publications. Ashraf has given numerous interviews in Arabic, French, and Spanish to audiences spanning from Canada, Central America and Asia/Pacific.
Tellurian Capital Management
Jean-Marc is the founding and managing partner of Tellurian Capital Management LLP, a London based investment management firm focused on commodity strategies. Over the years, he has developed a recognized expertise in managing financial investments for institutional and private investors and in starting new businesses. Prior to launching Tellurian in the asset management space, he was an investment banker at BNP Paribas, and most recently, until 2006, the Global Head of Commodity Derivatives at BNP Paribas based in New York and London. He built and managed the commodity derivative trading business at BNP Paribas across a wide range of commodity assets out of Europe, the US and Asia. Jean-Marc Bonnefous participated in the early development of the new structured derivative market in oil, natural gas and base metals from the 1990’s.
Jean-Marc is also a professor adjunct in finance at the IE Business School in Madrid. He holds a graduate degree from the Institut dEtudes Politiques de Paris (SciencesPo), as well as a Master of Laws from the University of Paris-Assas and a Postgraduate degree (DESS) in Banking and Finance from the University of Paris-Dauphine
Head of Execution
Millennium Global Investments
Nick joined Millennium Global in 2007 as Head of Execution, responsible for the implementation of all currency products. With over 15 years of industry experience, Nick previously worked at Aberdeen Asset Management and Deutsche Asset Management with a focus on cross-asset execution.
Head of e-Trading
Victor manages the strategies and the portfolio for Quant Hedge a prop-trading fund. His experience in developing electronic trading platforms, and quantitative trading allows him to discuss how systemic and algorithmic trading can assist towards investment research, and act as a tool towards more controlled and smarter trading
Chief Economist and Strategist
City of London Investment Management Company
Michael is an international economist and strategist with a combined 17 years of experience in economic and market research in the public sector, investment banking and asset management. He holds degrees in Economics from the London School of Economics and Columbia University
Alternative Investment Strategist
Allianz Global Investors
Chris joined Allianz Global Investors in October 2015 to develop the group’s alternative investment capabilities. Chris has worked for over 10 years within alternative investments as an analyst, consultant and lawyer focused on strategies across both public and private markets. Chris is a UK qualified solicitor (non-practising) who trained with Travers Smith LLP specialising in financial services, corporate finance and derivatives and has acted on behalf of major pension schemes, asset managers and government institutions. He holds a Masters in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Merton College, Oxford University.
Joe Peka is Deputy Treasury for URENCO, the uranium enrichment company.
His scope of responsibility includes managing treasury risk, treasury operations and treasury technology.
He is a Fellow Chartered Certified Accountant and Associate Member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.
His 19 year experience as a treasury specialist includes working as a treasury consultant for KPMG and PWC and as a treasurer for international insurance, retail and energy businesses.
Emerging Markets, Europe Strategist
Princeton University Press
Hassan Malik is a financial historian and investment strategist. His book Bankers and Bolsheviks: International Finance and the Russian Revolution is an account of the largest default in history, and is being published in November by Princeton University Press. He previously led Emerging Markets and Europe equity and currency strategy at the Ned Davis Research Group in London, and was an emerging markets macro analyst for Greenmantle, LLC. He began his career in equity research at J.P. Morgan in New York before moving to Moscow to advise foreign investors at Troika Dialog, then Russia’s largest investment bank. He received his AB at the University of Chicago, and earned his PhD in financial history at Harvard University. He has held fellowships at the European University Institute in Florence and the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse. He has lived in emerging markets in the Middle East, Latin America, Southeast Asia, and Eastern Europe, and is fluent in Russian, Spanish, and Urdu/Hindi.