2019 Advisory Board
2019 Advisory Board
Founder & CEO
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 Multi-Asset Trading
Christoph Hock is Head of Multi-Asset Trading at Union Investment. He joined Union in April 2014 and, with his team, is responsible for all trading activities associated with portfolio management of cash equities, fixed income, fund and ETF business, FX, listed and OTC derivatives, and securities lending.
Christoph graduated with a Diplom-Bankbetriebswirt, and has more than 20 years of international investment banking, trading and management experience, having worked for companies on the sell- and buy-side, most recently as Head of Execution Sales at Barclays Bank and at Alpha Trading.
Prior to this, Christoph was founder, partner and co-CEO/Head of Portfolio Management and Trading at Tungsten Capital Management, a hedge fund company (2005-2010). He was Head of Proprietary Equity Derivatives Desk at J.P. Morgan in London and Frankfurt from 1998-2004. Christoph began his career at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson in Cash Equity Trading.
Head of Global Economics and Strategy
Claire is responsible for the production of all macroeconomic and currency research, for both Developed and Emerging Markets at Millennium Global. Claire is also focused on client related requests and product development initiatives driven by the firm's philosophy of a fundamental economic orientation to client currency solutions.
Claire's highly analytical approach has been developed during her tenure as an economist at the Ministry of Finance in France and then at Société Générale and Credit Agricole Indosuez gaining experience and expertise in Country Risk Analysis and Emerging Market Research and Strategy.
Claire graduated from ENSAE, the French National School for Statistics and Economics, in Paris. She also holds a degree of advanced studies (DEA) in Macroeconomics, Modelling and Forecasting from University of Paris (Pantheon-Sorbonne).
Global Head of eFX
John Estrada is the Global Head of eFX trading at Credit Suisse.
He has been at Credit Suisse since 2011 working previously at BNP, Sun Trading, and Lehman Brothers in trading, financial modelling and technology.
John earned a PhD in experimental physics at MIT working at CERN before his career in finance.
Head of UK Investment Office
UBS Wealth Management
Geoffrey Yu is an Executive Director and Head of UK Investment Office at UBS Wealth Management. He manages a London-based team which specialises in UK-themed research content and asset allocation recommendations to the UBS Wealth Management Global Chief Investment Office. In addition, he serves as an investment strategist for UHNW clients, providing cross-asset UHNW investment and trading ideas, incorporating the House View and UHNW TAA.
Before joining UBS Wealth Management in January 2016, Geoffrey served as the senior G10 FX Strategist for UBS Investment Bank for a decade in London, Zurich and Singapore.
Born in Beijing, Geoffrey spent the bulk of his childhood in the UK before returning to China for secondary education. He holds a double BA in Mathematics and Economics from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota and an MSc in Finance from the LSE.
Trader and Quant Strategist
Mediolanum Asset Management
Head of eFX Business Development
Noel Singh is Head of eFX Business Development at Sucden Financial, where he leads the firm's development of its non-bank FX prime brokerage business. He has over 25 years' experience in banking and currency trading and joined the company from ABN Amro Clearing Bank, where he managed their OTC FX clearing business.
Other past positions include Head of FX Prime Brokerage for SEB and senior roles at Integral Development, Dresdner Kleinwort, EBS and also Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank, prior to its merger.
David joined AXA Investment Managers in July 2014. He is working as a US and UK economist. Before joining AXA IM, he worked for 4 years at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking as a Senior Economist covering primarily the UK economy.
Prior to this, he worked for 10 years at Investec Bank as a global economist covering the primarily UK and European economies. Before this, David spent 5 years in the Government Economic Service, initially working for the energy regulator, OFFER, before joining the UK Debt Management Office – an executive agency of HM Treasury – at its inception in 1998.
David holds an MSc in Economics (1995) from the University of Warwick, UK and a BA in Economics (1994) from the University of York.
Luke Clancy is the London-based editor-at-large for Risk.net and FX Week.
FX Week is the leading, most-established news service for the global foreign exchange industry.
For 29 years, we have been dedicated to reporting on the world’s largest market, honing our reputation as the most credible publication for those who need to be in the know.
Foreign exchange is not only a huge business, but it’s also one of the most dynamic. As the industry continues to evolve, people need trusted, detailed intelligence. They also want an analysis of what the latest developments mean for their companies, careers, clients and competition.
That’s where FX Week comes in. FX Week doesn’t just provide the facts, we look at topics in detail. We speak with key players, assess the implications and bring it all together into a detailed, analytical piece.