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Charles Li
Chief Executive
Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited

Charles Li became Chief Executive of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEx) on 16 January 2010. Mr. Li has nearly 20 years of experience in the financial services sector, including in corporate and securities law practices, corporate finance and advisory services in Hong Kong, the Mainland and New York.

Before he joined HKEx, Mr. Li was chairman of JP Morgan Chase China. He joined JP Morgan in March 2003 and was responsible for all of its China businesses. Mr. Li has also worked for Merrill Lynch and was president of Merrill Lynch China, responsible for its China investment banking operations. Before moving to Merrill Lynch in 1994, he practiced law in New York with Davis Polk & Wardwell and Brown & Wood.

He obtained a BA degree from Xiamen University of China in 1984, a MA degree from the University of Alabama in 1988 and a JD degree from Columbia University School of Law in New York in 1991.

Mr Li worked as an offshore oil worker in the north China sea prior to college, and a newspaper editor-reporter for China Daily from 1984-1986.


Martin Wheatley, JP
Chief Executive Officer
Securities and Futures Commission

SFC: Chairman (from 1 October 2005 to 22 June 2006) and Executive Director, Supervision of Markets Division (from 6 June 2005 to 30 September 2005); Member, FSB Sub-Committee on Standards Implementation; Member, IOSCO Technical Committee; Chairman, IOSCO Technical Committee Task Force on Short Selling; Member of Council of the Treasury Markets Association and HKEx Listing Nominating Committee. Deputy Chief Executive, London Stock Exchange (LSE) 2001 – 2004; Board Member, LSE 1998 – 2004; Chairman, FTSE International 2000, 2002, 2004; Member, Listing Authority Advisory Committee of the Financial Services Authority of England 2003 – 2004.

Chairs Executive Committee. Member of Advisory Committee, Budget Committee and SFC (HKEC Listing) Committee.


Mike Rowse
Former Director General, InvestHK
Best-selling author and newspaper columnist

Mike Rowse first came to Hong Kong in 1972 and has lived there ever since. After brief spells as a tutor and a tabloid journalist, he joined the Independent Commission Against Corruption on its establishment in 1974. After working in both the Operations and Corruption Prevention Departments, he joined the Government proper in 1980 as an Administrative Officer.

After a variety of different postings, Mike became the first Director of the Financial Secretary’s Office from 1997 – 2000, and from 1999 – 2000 was appointed concurrently as the first Commissioner for Tourism. In those twin capacities, he was the lead negotiator with the Walt Disney Company which resulted in the building of Hong Kong Disneyland. In July 2000, Mike set up Invest HK, the investment promotion agency established by the Hong Kong Government, and was its first Director-General up to his retirement in December 2008. The agency won several awards during his tenure and was recently recognized as the best investment promotion agency in Asia.

In 2001, Mike became the first expatriate civil servant in Hong Kong’s history to naturalise as a Chinese National.

Since his retirement, Mike has written a best-selling book (“No Minister & No, Minister: The True Story of HarbourFest”) and been appointed as an Adjunct Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Mike is married to Fanny Wong, former Political Editor of the South China Morning Post, and now a communications consultant. They have one daughter and one son. Mike also has two adult sons from a previous marriage.


Robert Agnew
Publisher - INSIDE Journal
Managing Director, Matrix Services Limited

Rob Agnew is publisher of INSIDE - the Asian Institutional Investor Journal (www.inside-journal.com). He is founder and managing director of Matrix, a leading research and publishing company focused on the Asian financial services, technology and media industries. Rob has more than 15 years of experience in the Asian financial services industry. He is author of the ‘Capital Guide to the Chinese Investment Management Industry’. He is a graduate of University College Dublin, has an MBA from Edinburgh Business School and is a Doctoral candidate at the University of South Australia’s International Graduate School of Management.


Rick Aston
Senior Vice President, Head of Institutions
Singapore Exchange

Mr. Aston is Head of Institutions for Singapore Exchange (SGX). His responsibilities cover the management of business relationships with all institutional clients in the securities and derivatives markets.

He joined SGX in August, 2008. He was previously Head of Exchange Traded Derivatives with UBS Futures Singapore Ltd from 2006, where he headed the listed derivatives business and merged the ABN AMRO and UBS business lines. Mr. Aston has spent the last 15 years of his career in various management roles within the exchange-traded derivatives business at global investment banks in Asia. He started his career as a stockbroker in Vancouver, Canada.

Mr. Aston graduated with a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Industrial and Business Economics from the London School of Economics in 1991. He is also a member of the CFA Institute.


Scott Atwell
Co-Chair FPL Global Steering Committee
Manager of FIX Trading and Connectivity, American Century Investments

Scott Atwell is the Manager of FIX Trading and Connectivity for American Century Investments, a leading investment manager committed to delivering superior investment performance and building long-term client relationships since 1958. Serving investment professionals, institutions, corporations and individual investors, American Century Investments offers a broad array of products across a variety of investment disciplines. With offices in New York, Mountain View, Calif. and Kansas City, Mo., the company manages more than $90 billion in assets through mutual funds, institutional separate accounts, commingled trusts and subadvisory accounts.

Mr. Atwell developed American Century’s FIX system providing FIX connectivity to virtually all of the brokers used for their equity trading worldwide. He currently serves as Co-chairperson of the Global Steering Committee for FIX Protocol Limited (FPL), the non-profit organization which manages the FIX Protocol. He has served as Co-chairperson of the FIX Global Technical Committee from 1997 through 2005 and actively participates in several other FIX committees and working groups.


Tobias Bland
Chief Executive Officer
Enhanced Investment Products (EIP)

Tobias Bland has the primary responsibility for managing Enhanced Investment Products. Prior to EIP, Bland was employed by Jardine Fleming Securities Limited (now JP Morgan) from 1993. He was responsible for establishing and running the proprietary trading desk for Jardine Fleming Securities Limited in 1995. As manager of the proprietary desk he was responsible for a relative value portfolio invested in South East Asia.

Prior to establishing the proprietary trading desk, Bland was involved in convertible bond, tax and warrant arbitrage. He joined Jardine Fleming as a member of the securities lending department in Hong Kong.

Bland has a Bachelor of Sciences degree from Southampton University, United Kingdom. He has obtained qualifications in financial derivatives and financial engineering, as a broker's representative and as an options/futures trading officer with the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong. He is a patron of HOPE for Children, and dedicates time to philanthropic pursuits in Asia.


Joseph Cavatoni
Managing Director
iShares Capital Markets, Asia Pacific

Joseph Cavatoni is responsible for the management of all iShares capital markets relationships across the Asia Pacific region. His primary focus will be on counterparty management including market making activities, broker-dealer education, and thought leadership with respect to ETF trading analytics.

Joseph has over 18 years of experience in the banking industry. Prior to joining iShares, he worked in UBS as the Head of Equity Swaps and Collateral Trading in Asia. He was responsible for the regional management of all Asian SBL and Equity Swaps activities for the firm. Prior to joining UBS, Joseph was at Merrill Lynch as Head of Prime Brokerage in Tokyo.

Joseph has a Bachelors of Business Administration from the George Washington University and holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.


Chin Ping Chia
Head of Asia Equity Research

Mr. Chia is Executive Director and Head of Asia Equity Research at MSCI Inc. Based in Hong Kong, Mr. Chia overseas the benchmark research and analytics applied research operations in Asia and manages the index applied research function globally.

Mr. Chia is a key member of the MSCI Equity Index Committee responsible for editorial decisions related to MSCI indices and also sits on the MSCI New Product Development Committee. Mr. Chia is a regular speaker at industry events on topics related to asset allocation, portfolio construction and investment risk management.

Before joining MSCI, Mr Chia was a buy-side analyst at HSBC Asset Management and held Director level position at the Ministry of Trade & Industry Singapore. Chin Ping holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Economics from the National University of Singapore and is a CFA Charter holder.


Jame DiBiasio

Jame is the founding editor of AsianInvestor, which he helped establish in 2000 in Hong Kong. AsianInvestor has become the region’s leading print and online source of news and analysis regarding the management of Asian assets. He previously served as a reporter at Institutional Investor Newsletters in New York and Hong Kong, where he was named bureau chief. He graduated from American University and Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.


Alex Duperouzel
Co-founder and Managing Director

Alex Duperouzel is a co-founder and Managing Director of ComplianceAsia. He runs the Hong Kong operation and functionally supervises the firm's ongoing support work for hedge fund managers, institutional brokers, corporate finance houses and other intermediaries. He is also involved in anti money laundering, fraud investigation, commercial intelligence and regional regulatory supervision and enforcement issues for clients.

Alex is a Chartered Accountant qualified in Australia. After working in Australia in insolvency and corporate investigations he moved to Hong Kong in 1991. He then joined Ferrier Hodgson in Hong Kong and then worked on financial fraud issues for Kroll Associates until founding his own practice in 2002.


Wayne Eagle
Director of Equity Services

Wayne Eagle is Director of Equity Services at LCH.Clearnet Limited and is responsible for the management of LCH.Clearnet’s cash equity clearing service, EquityClear.

Wayne began his career in the mid 1980s at Seymour Pierce and Co, the London based investment bank and stockbroker and subsequently at the Bank of New York. In 1993 he joined Goldman Sachs, spending time in London, Hong Kong and Germany before returning to London to take responsibility for core equity operations.

In 1997 Wayne joined Lehman Brothers as Senior Vice President within the Prime Services division where he focussed upon clearing and settlement, product development and prime brokerage.

LCH.Clearnet’s EquityClear service provides a clearing for equity based trades and equity equivalents. Both order book and off order book trades are cleared.

EquityClear offers cash equity clearing for a large number of global trading venues including the London Stock Exchange, SIX Swiss Exchange, Chi-X Europe and Chi-East with settlement in Euroclear UK & Ireland, SIS, Euroclear Bank and DTCC.


Paul Egan
Managing Director
Head of Intermediaries, Asia Pacific
Global Transaction Services, Citi

Paul joined Citi in 1993 in the European Banks credit and risk management team based in London. He subsequently worked in the securities business in product development and then moved on to sales account management functions.

In 2000 Paul transferred to Tokyo as Citi’s Securities Country Manager, and was a member of Citi’s management committee in Japan. After a brief tenure with Misys, a global IT firm, Paul returned to Citi in Hong Kong to manage the regional relationship strategy for banks and broker dealers, and has assumed responsibility for driving the strategy for Financial Institutions in Asia Pacific.

He is responsible for expanding Citi's business relationships in Asia Pacific for the Intermediaries sector which include broker dealers, custodian banks, and financial infrastructures such as exchanges CCPs and CSDs.

Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand.


Zoltan Feledy
Co-Chair FPL Asia Pacific Regional Committee
Equity Trader, State Street Global Advisors

Zoltan Feledy is an Equity Trader at State Street Global Advisors where he is responsible for best execution in Asia’s Emerging Markets. He is the co-chair of FPL’s Asia Pacific Regional Committee where he is actively involved in the management of the organization. Previously, he was a member of FPL's Algorithmic Trading Working Group where he helped with the development of FIXatdl (FIX Algorithmic Trading Definition Language) an XML based language used to define algorithmic trading parameters.


Joseph Ho
Managing Director, Head of Exchange Traded Funds, Asia Pacific
Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking

Joseph Ho is Managing Director, Head of Exchange Traded Funds (ETF) Sales and Marketing based in Hong Kong. He is responsible for expanding the bank’s ETF business marketed under the brand name of its subsidiary, Lyxor Asset Management, across the Asia-Pacific region including opening up new markets and developing new products.

Joseph has held various positions in the asset management industry within the region including Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan, with over 25 years of experience. He started his career as a portfolio manager and subsequently joined Barclays Global Investors (BGI) as Regional Director for North East Asia. Before joining Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking, Joseph was Head of BGI’s iShares ETF business in Asia ex-Japan.


John Honeyman
Executive Director, Cash Equities, ECS
JP Morgan

John Honeyman is responsible for the Asian high frequency trading initiative in JP Morgan. John is a 15+ year veteran of Asia with more than 10 years' experience in electronic trading and client connectivity.

Prior to joining JP Morgan in 2005, John was head of Asian connectivity sales at Lehman Brothers Tokyo. John has dual bachelor's degrees in International Business and Japanese from North Central College, Naperville, IL, and an Executive Master of Science Degree in Finance from Baruch College, City University of New York. He is fluent in Japanese. Prior to his IB career, he held senior business roles in technology firms delivering solutions for system integration, digital imaging, data broadcasting, and consumer electronics.


Joel Hurewitz
Head of Sales - Broker Dealer & Liquidity

Joel Hurewitz is the Head of Sales - Broker Dealer & Liquidity for Instinet, responsible for the sale of products to other broker dealers as well as management of their unrivaled suit of alternative execution venues. Prior to Instinet, Joel was Head of Sales for BlocSec at CLSA. Previous to CLSA, Joel was the Asia Pacific Head of Electronic Trading Products at HSBC, responsible for sales and marketing of the Bank's alternative execution products including FIX Connectivity, Direct Market Access and Program & Algorithmic trading. Joel is also an active member and supporter of FPL, the standards body for Electronic trading and has held the post of Co-Chair of the Technical Committee of FPL in Asia as well as the Co-Chair of the Business and Practices Committee. In addition, Joel spent three years as the Asia Pacific editor of FIXGlobal, the de-facto journal of electronic trading, read by industry professionals worldwide.


Chris Jenkins
Co-Chair FPL Asia Pacific Regional Committee
Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Tora Trading

Chris joined Tora in 2006 as Managing Director for the Asia Pacific region. Prior to joining Tora, Chris worked in Hong Kong at SWIFT, a global banking network co-operative, where he managed the Asian FIX sales team. Before SWIFT, Chris worked for Macgregor, a U.S. based order management system (OMS) provider. Chris started his career at Midland Bank stockbrokers and then moved to AXA Investment Management. In total, Chris has over ten years of experience in the financial software industry, five of which have been in Asia. In addition, Chris is the Co-Chairman of the Asia-Pacific Committee for FIX Protocol Limited, and has been instrumental in expanding the use of electronic trading throughout Asia.


Angelina Kwan
Managing Director, Chief Operating Officer – Asia Pacific
Cantor Fitzgerald

Angelina Kwan is the Managing Director, Chief Operating Officer – Asia Pacific for Cantor Fitzgerald and is responsible for all operating aspects of the company’s existing businesses and future ventures in the Asia Pacific region. Prior to joining the Group, she was with the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission. There she was a Director of the Supervision of Markets Division as well as a Director of Enforcement. Ms. Kwan has over 23 years of experience in Management, Regulation, Compliance, Audit and Internal Audit across a wide range of businesses in both Asia and the US.

A Certified Public Accountant both in Hong Kong and the United States, Ms. Kwan holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Accounting), an M.B.A. (Finance) and a Bachelor of Laws. She is an Honorary Professor of Finance for the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, a SFC appointed Director and Fellow of the Hong Kong Securities Institute and lectures frequently for Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong Securities Institute, various international regulatory organizations and course providers.


Greg Lee
Director, Head of Autobahn Equity Asia
Deutsche Bank

Greg Lee is Head of the Deutsche Bank Autobahn Equity trading group for the Asian region. Deutsche Bank Autobahn Equity is the Bank's Direct Market Access and Algorithmic trading platform.

Greg started his career at Tibco before moving to Reuters and UBS and has built, deployed and managed trading systems in Australia, New Zealand, United States, Switzerland, Japan, India, Thailand and Hong Kong.


Glenn Lesko
Chief Executive Officer
Instinet Asia

Glenn Lesko is CEO of Instinet in Asia, and is responsible for the firm’s business units – Instinet Japan Limited, Instinet Pacific Limited, Instinet Singapore Services Private Limited and Instinet Australia Pty Limited – in the region.

Mr. Lesko, a CFA charterholder, previously headed Instinet’s U.S.-based International Trading Group. Mr. Lesko joined Instinet in 2006 from CF Global Trading, where he had served as a partner since 2003, and before that, served two years as a managing director at Deutsche Bank, directing the firm’s international trading desk. Prior to that, Mr. Lesko spent 10 years at ABN AMRO and its affiliates, first heading its Asian trading desk in Hong Kong and later its international trading desk in New York.


Ben McLannahan
Asia Lex Writer
Financial Times

Asia Lex writer, Financial Times, Nov 2008 to present. Covering all companies, all markets, all topics from Afghanistan to Australia.
Lex writer, Financial Times, Aug 07 to Nov 08
London correspondent, Institutional Investor, Mar 06 to Aug 07
Senior editor, the Economist Group, Sep 01 - Mar 06


George Molina
Senior Vice President, Director of Asian Trading
Franklin Templeton Investments

George Molina is the Asian head of trading for Franklin Templeton's Asian Trading desks located locally in Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea and Shanghai. He joined Franklin Templeton Investments in 1997 as a member of their Global Trading Group based out of Florida, USA before being transferred to Hong Kong in 2002.

Prior to joining Franklin Templeton Mr. Molina worked for the Scudder Kemper group trading Asian Securities. He is a former Co-chairman of FIX Protocol Limited Asia where he was responsible for the promotion of electronic trading in the region. He has been quoted in numerous industry periodicals and actively works with the community in an effort to internationalize best market practices around the Asian Region.


Barnaby Nelson
Head of Business Development in Asia
BNP Paribas Securities Services Hong Kong

Barnaby Nelson is Head of Business Development in Asia for BNP Paribas Securities Services, managing sales and marketing for BNP Paribas' post trade and outsourcing services in the region.

Having lived in Hong Kong for over 15 years, Barnaby has been focused on the asset management and brokerage industry for a number of years - both in his current role and previously. Prior to joining BNP Paribas, Barnaby led the information feeds business at Thomson Reuters in Asia - delivering real time and reference data to financial institutions across the region.

Barnaby is a regular participant in industry forums, focusing on the subject of post-trade processing and its emergence across the region.


Srinivas Padmasola
Co-Chair FPL Asia Pacific Education & Marketing Sub-Committee
Electronic Trading Sales, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Srinivas Padmasola has been a principal driver of Electronic Trading at Bank of America Merrill Lynch since the early days of electronic trading in Asia. Srinivas has been an active member of FPL Asia committee since 2003 and is the current co-chair of the Asia Pacific Education & Marketing Sub-Committee.


Rahul Parulekar
Chief Business Office and Head of Markets
Bombay Stock Exchange

Rahul Parulekar is Chief Business Office and Head of Markets at the Bombay Stock Exchange.


Scott Riley
Business Development
Fortis Global Clearing

Scott returned to Sydney in 2008 following an extended stay in Europe. Scott was a Director of Chi-X Europe where he was responsible for the Chi-X Post Trade market model and all Post Trade solutions. This included the relationship with Fortis which become known commercially as EMCF, the European Multilateral Clearing Facility.

Scott has a long experience in the post trade arena including industry representation on the European Code of Conduct MOG (MOnitoring Group) for the implementation of an improved Clearing and Settlement framework.

Scott previously held the role of Director, Strategic Marketing at LCH.Clearnet where he was responsible for strategic relationships and marketing to further extend LCH.Clearnet's business model of pan-European services. Prior to this Scott was one of the founding team to establish and launch the Australian Derivatives Exchange where he was again responsible for all post trade services.

Scott has also worked for (sell side) industry firms such as Merrill Lynch, ABN and Bank Austria.


Martin Rogers
Partner, Hong Kong
Clifford Chance

Martin Rogers is Head of the Asia Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice and Co-Head of the Asia Regulatory Group of Clifford Chance. He is a member of the Clifford Chance Partnership Council. Martin is admitted both in England & Wales and Hong Kong and has 20 years' experience in Asia, advising on complex litigation, arbitration and regulatory matters, with a particular emphasis on the financial services industry. Martin is independently recognised as one of Hong Kong's leading litigation and financial services regulatory lawyers and acts for major international and Asian financial institutions and corporations, as well as for regulators (including the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Mercantiles Exchange and (previously) the Securities and Futures Commission).

Martin's professional appointments include: Fellow, Hong Kong Securities Institute; General Editor, Sweet & Maxwell Asia’s Hong Kong Civil Procedure – The White Book; General Editor, Sweet & Maxwell Asia's CJR Practice Manual; Member, Hong Kong Government Law Reform Commission Sub-Committee on the possible introduction in Hong Kong of Class Action Procedures; Representative for PRC and Hong Kong of TRACE (non-profit making, anti-corruption organisation). He is also Honorary Lecturer in Law, University of Hong Kong and City University of Hong Kong and was a Temporary Deputy Registrar, Hong Kong High Court, 2001-2002.


Damien Ryan
Founder and Director
Ryan Financial Communications

Damien Ryan is founder and director of Ryan Financial Communications, which is a Hong Kong-based specialist in public relations, media training and crisis management for companies across Asia-Pacific.

The company was established after Damien’s career as a financial journalist. This included 8 years as a reporter and anchor with Bloomberg Television in Hong Kong and London. Damien has also worked for business network CNBC and various leading newspapers. He began his reporting career in Australia.

Ryan Financial Communications works with a range of money managers, investment banks, brokers and financial service providers. Clients include Russell Investments, Janus Capital, Liquidnet, Tora Trading, Societe Generale, Standard Chartered, Newedge and Copal Partners.

Damien travelled extensively as a senior reporter and news anchor, where he interviewed the largest names in the business world and politics. Business leaders interviewed included: Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway CEO; Stephen Green, HSBC Chairman; George Soros, Co-Founder of Quantum Fund; Robert Diamond, Barclays President: Zhou Xiaochuan, People’s Bank of China Governor: Jack Welch, Former General Electric and Fu Chengyu, Cnooc CEO.

Damien is also an experienced moderator and has participated in dozens of conferences including the World Economic Forum.


Matthew Saul
Head of Trading for Asia ex-Japan
FIL Investments

Matt is responsible for trading Australian equities, as well as managing six other equity traders on the Asia-ex Japan desk, based in Hong Kong.

Prior to joining Fidelity eight years ago, Matt spent five years at Citi in Melbourne, first on the sell side, then joining the buy side as an equity dealer.


Francis So
Head of Dealing Asia
BNP Paribas Investment Partners

Francis So is the Asian head of dealing for BNP Investment Partners based in Hong Kong. He has been a senior dealer at Fidelity and was the head of dealing at Barings Asset Management before joining ABN Amro Asset Management in 2000. Since then he has since been through 2 mergers, the first with Fortis Investments taking over ABN Amro Asset Management and more recently with BNP IP taking over Fortis Investments.


Masaki Suzuki
General Manager and Chief Representative, Singapore Representative Office
Tokyo Stock Exchange, Inc.

Mr. Suzuki is General Manager and Chief Representative of Singapore Representative Office of Tokyo Stock Exchange, Inc.(TSE).  He is involved in the management of business relationship with market participants and relevant organizations such as exchanges and regulators in Asian area.

He assumed current position in Singapore in July, 2007.  Before coming to Singapore, he was Head of Asian Relations of the Global Business Development.

He joined TSE in 1989, and throughout his career with TSE, he has been in charge of various fields such as Trade Monitoring, Clearing and Settlement, IT Development.


Christine To
Vice President, Head of Asian Trading
T Rowe Price International Inc.

Christine To is the Pacific Regional Head of Trading for T Rowe Price based in Hong Kong with 20 years of trading experience.


Zach Tuckwell
Managing Director
Morgan Stanley

Zach is responsible for Program Trading, Electronic Trading and Transition Management across the Pan Asian region. He joined Morgan Stanley in January this year. Prior to that he held a similar role at Deutsche Bank in Hong Kong. Zach has been involved with program and electronic trading for over 15 years and has worked at Dresdner Bank and Merrill Lynch in London, Tokyo and Sydney before.

Zach achieved a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Queensland in 1988.


Ben Valentine
Director, Head of Electronic Execution Sales, Asia Pacific

Ben Valentine is a Director, Head of Electronic Execution Sales for Asia Pacific, based in Hong Kong. Prior to Hong Kong, Ben was based in Sydney where he ran the Citi Electronic Execution Sales desk for 7 years. Over the years, Ben has played an active role in market reform, working closely with both the buyside, sellside and local exchanges/regulators.


Mark Wheatley
Managing Director, Head of Japan Equity, and Head of Electronic Trading
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Mark Wheatley is a Managing Director, Head of Japan Equity, and Head of Electronic Trading for the Asia Region at Merrill Lynch. In this role, he is responsible for all aspects of the Firm’s electronic trading initiatives in the region.

Mark joined Merrill Lynch in 2005 in London and held a number of positions including Head of EMEA Portfolio Trading and Head of EMEA Cash Equity Trading. In 2007, he was named Head of Execution Services for EMEA in the run up to the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID). Over the three years he spent in Europe, Mark helped Merrill Lynch roll out its X-Act Electronic Trading platform, which incorporates the X-Direct low-latency DMA, the advanced Algorithmic Trading platform, the MLXN Internalisation Engine and the Smart Order Routing technology, resulting in Merrill Lynch’s No. 1 ranking on the London Stock Exchange and position as the largest participating broker on Chi-X when it went live in earnest post MiFID.

Before joining Merrill Lynch, Mark spent 15 years at Morgan Stanley where he ran the Portfolio and Delta 1 Trading business in Europe.

Prior to that, Mark studied Music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.


Gavin Williamson
Co-Chair FPL Asia Pacific Education & Marketing Sub-Committee
Head of Execution Trading, HSBC

Gavin Williamson joined HSBC in May 2005, initially working in London and then relocating to Hong Kong to Head up HSBC's Execution Trading division, joining from Deutsche Bank in London where he worked as the Global Head of Institutional Execution services.

Prior to that he was Director and Head of Equity Electronic Trading with Salomon Smith Barney based in Hong Kong.


Jianfeng Wu
Deputy Director - Technology Center
Shanghai Stock Exchange

Jianfeng Wu is Deputy Director of Technology Center at Shanghai Stock Exchange. His major responsibility area includes the architecture design of the trading system and the planning of IT Governance.

He joined the Exchange in December 2000 and later became the chief architect of the New Generation Trading System Project. The new system successfully meets the demanding requirements of the largest retail market. In particular, it can support the trading conducted by 80 million investor accounts and continuously match 90 thousand orders per second. The capacity and performance of the system can be escalated linearly by adding more computers into the distributed architecture.

Jianfeng Wu used to undertake research at Tsinghua University, focusing on high performance computing, and work as the lead designer to construct a powerful parallel-processing computer system listed on HPC Top 500.


Eric Yip
Head of Cash Markets
Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited

Mr. Yip is the Head of Cash Markets of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEx) responsible for managing the business and market infrastructure for equity trading and cash market products such as derivative warrants, callable bull/bear contracts, exchange traded funds and debt securities.

Mr. Yip is currently a Member of the Securities Compensation Fund Committee as well as the Investor Compensation Fund Committee of the Securities and Futures Commission, a Member of the Claims Committee of the Investor Compensation Company Limited, a Member of the HKSAR Government Environment and Conservation Fund Investment Committee, a Member of the Environment Campaign Committee, a Member of the C40 Hong Kong Conference on Low Carbon Living and Climate Change Steering Committee, a Member of the Professional Education Committee of the Hong Kong Securities Institute, a Member of the Finance Management Committee of the Hong Kong Management Association as well as a Board Member of the Community Chest of Hong Kong.

Before joining HKEx in 2003, Mr. Yip worked for The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation and McKinsey & Company in Hong Kong and the United States respectively. He received a PhD in economics from Harvard University.