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Asia Pacific Electronic Trading Conferences 

India 22 April 2015
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  Keynote Speakers  

Shri S.V. Muralidhar Rao
Executive Director, Market Regulation Department
Securities and Exchange Board of India

Shri S.V. Muralidhar Rao, Executive Director, Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), is in charge of Market Regulation Department (MRD) and Department of Economic and Policy Analysis (DEPA).

A postgraduate in Commerce and Master in Business Administration, Shri Muralidhar Rao joined SEBI in the year 1992 and has held various senior positions in SEBI with all around experience of working in the Divisions of Primary Market, Takeovers and Mergers, Investment Management in the areas of Mutual Fund, FIIs and Collective investment Scheme. He is presently member of Secondary Market Advisory Committee and Risk Management Review Committee constituted by SEBI.

Shri S.V. Muralidhar Rao is representing SEBI as a member of International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) Committee 2 (C2) on Regulation of Secondary Markets.

Bala Venkataramani
Chief Business Officer

V Bala - Chief Business Officer heading the business development and operations, comprising Markets, Listings and Market Data division. He is a board member for BSE Institute Ltd., Central Depository Services Limited (CDSL), BOI Shareholding Ltd., Asia Index Private Ltd., CDSL Ventures Ltd. & Futures Industry Association -ASIA. He has close to two decades of experience in the capital markets industry and has previously worked with Reliance Group and as co-founder of Marketplace Technologies.

He was part of the core team involved in setting up the National Stock Exchange in 1993 and was involved in roll out of the Capital Market Segment, Creation of NSCCL, Nifty, NCFM and Futures & Options Segment.

He has completed his Masters in Commerce from the University of Mumbai and is a Rank holder from the Institute of Cost Accountants of India

  Speakers listed in alphabetical order by last name.
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Murat Atamer
Head of Electronic Trading, Asia Pacific
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Murat Atamer is the Asia Pacific Head of Electronic Trading at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, based in Hong Kong. Prior to joining Bank of America, he was the Asia Pacific head of Electronic Execution Product for Credit Suisse. Previously, Murat headed the Quantitative Trading Strategy Team for Credit Suisse in Hong Kong. Prior to joining Credit Suisse, Murat was pursuing a PhD in Finance from the University of North Carolina, focusing on asset pricing and market microstructure.

Sanjay Awasthi
Eastspring Investments

Sanjay Awasthi is a Director at Eastspring Investments (Singapore) Limited (formerly Prudential Asset Management). Sanjay has close to 20 years of experience in the Securities Market and is actively trading equity and derivatives in India and other markets in the region.

Maninder Cheema
Deputy General Manager

Ms. Maninder Cheema has worked with SEBI for 16 years. During this period, she has dealt with assignments in the areas of Market Regulation, Investment Management, Corporate Debt Markets, International Affairs and Market Surveillance. Ms. Cheema has been responsible for significant policy initiatives of SEBI such as framing regulations and policy for Alternative Investment Funds and Investment Advisors, Infrastructure Debt Funds, development of Corporate Bond Markets, policy for structured debt products etc. Ms. Cheema's present assignment is with the policy division for secondary market regulation.

Ms. Cheema has participated in several committees and working groups such as RBI Working Group on Market Structure for Privately Placed Debentures, Working Group on replacement of Commercial Bank Settlement with Central Bank Settlement in securities markets, Corporate Bond and Securitisation Advisory Committee of SEBI, IOSCO EMC Task Force on Development of Corporate Bond Markets and CPMI-IOSCO Working Group on Cyber Resilience. She is presently Member Secretary of Secondary Markets Advisory Committee.

Ms. Cheema is an alumni of Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune and handled market operations at the regional stock exchange in her hometown, Ludhiana, for more than 3 years prior to joining SEBI.

Siddharth Chhabria
Vice President
Goldman Sachs

Siddharth Chhabria is part of the Goldman Sachs Electronic Trading (GSET) team, currently based out of Singapore covering sales and trading.
He has been with Goldman Sachs since 2007 and was previously a sales team leader for Bloomberg L.P. in India (2002-2007).
Prior to Bloomberg, Siddharth has been a broker in the fixed income markets with various firms.

Abhishek Choudhary
Assistant Vice President, Trading Analytics

Abhishek joined the ITG Analytics® team in the fall of 2012 where his main responsibilities include Post-Trade TCA consulting for large institutional investment managers. Abhishek has over six years of Equity Trading Analytics experience and specializes in helping clients understand the source of their transaction costs, how to reduce them and how they are impacted by the ever changing market microstructure. Prior to joining ITG, Abhishek worked at Lehman Brothers and Nomura – in the latter he was product manager for Nomura’s post-trade analytics suite. Abhishek holds an engineering degree from IIT-Delhi.

Brandon DeCoster
Vice President of Product Management
FIX Flyer

Brandon DeCoster is the Vice President of Product Management for FIX Flyer LLC, and is a specialist in production operations and the FIX Protocol. Brandon studied at the Rochester Institute of Technology, earning a BS in Information Technology in 2005, and worked for years as a software engineer at IBM. He entered the financials in 2007 as an engineer for Pipeline Financial Group, supporting their dark matching engine and algorithmic equities trading, and is an avid student of game theory, a topic on which he lectures widely.

Kumar Goradia
Co-Chair, India Working Group, FIX Trading Community, and
Head of Business Development & Operations, Tower Research Capital India

Kumar Goradia looks after business development and general operations of the Tower Research Capital group in India. Prior to that, he was the country markets technology manager at JP Morgan India. Kumar has also managed the equity, listed derivatives, and operations technology initiatives of Citigroup Global Markets in the country.

Earlier he looked after application technology, algorithmic trading, quantitative studies, and India access products for the Institutional business of MF Global India, as well as treasury technology at ICICI Bank. Kumar began his markets career at a private Indian brokerage, where he ran arbitrage trading, B2B franchise solutions, clearing, risk management, compliance, back office, & sales.

Kumar has served on the BSE's technology committee, and is currently the Co-Chair of the India Working Group, FIX Trading Community. Kumar has a B.E. from the University of Bombay, and an M.S. from Virginia Tech in the United States.

Anant Jatia
Founder and Managing Director
Greenland Trading

Anant Jatia is the Founder and Managing Director of Greenland Trading, a proprietary trading firm that specializes in high frequency trading strategies to generate alpha. Greenland Trading invests globally across asset classes with a focus on cross-market statistical arbitrage strategies.

Prior to Greenland Trading, Anant co-founded India's first hedge fund, Forefront Capital Management, a leading quantitative investment manager that was acquired by Edelweiss Financial Services Ltd. Prior to that, Anant was a portfolio manager at AQR Capital Management. As a member of the Global Stock Selection team, Anant researched and built systematic stock selection and sector selection models for developed and emerging equity markets.

Anant graduated cum laude from the Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology at the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania) with a B.S. in Economics (Finance, Management) and a B.S.E. in Computer Engineering.

Viresh Joshi
Chief Trader - Equity
Axis Asset Management

Viresh is the chief equity trader at Axis Asset Management and dealing with Equity, Derivatives & ETF. Viresh has an MBA in Finance and a Bachelor degree in Commerce.

Suresh Kakarla
Vice President, Institutional and Corporate Tech
Morgan Stanley

Suresh Kakarla, a Vice President at Morgan Stanley is an Operational Risk Officer for the Institutional & Corporate Technology group. Suresh joined MS in 2007, from PrimeSourcing group at Oracle Financial Services (erstwhile IFlex Solutions). He was instrumental in delivering several solutions to global clients in the BFSI space specializing in Investment Banking and Treasury areas. Prior to OFS, Suresh lead teams in delivering mission critical exchange and bridge products at Financial Technologies (India) Ltd. Suresh also had a stint as a Mergers & Acquisitions Associate in the US, after his graduation. He holds an MBA from Simon Business School (Univ. of Rochester) where he majored in Finance & Information Systems.

Suprabhat Lala
Vice President
National Stock Exchange of India

Suprabhat Lala, Vice President, works in the Regulatory Department at the National Stock Exchange of India (NSEIL) overseeing the Surveillance, Member Compliance & Investor Protection supervisory functions. During his fourteen year tenure at the organization, he has handled various portfolios at NSE including Trading. He has extensive experience of around 21 years in the area of finance. Prior to his current posting, he has managed operations for a premier sell-side brokerage house, one of the largest in the retail segment. There, he was responsible for all businesses including equities, derivatives, clearing and depository, and prime brokerage.

Edward Mangles
Regional Director, Asia Pacific, FIX Trading Community, and
Director, GlobalTrading

Mr. Edward Mangles is the founder and Publisher of GlobalTrading, the official publication of the FIX Trading Community. He has a long history within the financial technology sector and has worked closely with FIX Trading Community for a number of years. He has supported the organisation’s Asia Pacific committee for the past 12 years, playing a key role in promoting FIX adoption across the region. He has also worked for leading financial publishing and marketing firms in both London and Hong Kong. In March 09 Mr. Edward Mangles was appointed FIX Trading Community Asia Pacific Regional Director.

Raj Mathur
Head of AES Business Development, Asia
Credit Suisse

Raj is the Head of Business Development for Credit Suisse's Advanced Execution Services (AES) in Asia based in Hong Kong.

Credit Suisse's AES platform provides Algorithmic trading capability and Execution consulting services across multiple asset classes to its clients across the globe.

Raj has over 10 years of experience in the Electronic Trading space, spanning both the business and technology domains. Originally based in London, he ran the development of the Global Program Trading platform and then moved to Hong Kong in 2007 to subsequently run AES’s Coverage/Trading desk.

Vinata Mhatre
Co-Chair, India Working Group, FIX Trading Community, and
Vice President, Asia Pacific Electronic Trading, Global Execution Services (GES), DSP Merrill Lynch (DSPML)

Vinata Mhatre has been with DSP Merrill Lynch Ltd (DSPML) over 10 years. Her primarily responsibility is Electronic Sales & Coverage since its introduction by DSPML. She is also actively involved in Algorithm strategies, SOR, regional markets coverage and Indian regulatory reviews & has been associated with FIX Trading Community India Working Group for 3 years. Vinata has overall industry experience of 16 years in equities & derivatives sales trading & execution. She holds CFA from ICFAI, Hyderabad (India) and Bachelors degree in Commerce from the University of Mumbai.

Abhishek Mohla
Executive Director, Equities, Direct Execution
UBS Investment Bank

Abhishek Mohla is Executive Director at UBS in the Equities Client Trading and Execution team, based in Singapore since Jan 2011. In this role, Abhishek acts as Account Manager for South East Asia and India clients' global Electronic Trading needs. This entails ongoing education on Market Microstructure changes, DMA/Algo product enhancements and Execution Consultancy through Transaction Cost Analysis.

Prior to Singapore, Abhishek was based in Hong Kong holding the role of Asia-Pacific Head of Client Facing Technologies for UBS Equities IT. Abhishek joined UBS as a Graduate in London as an IT Developer in the firm's web-based trading platform before moving to Hong Kong in Oct 2007.

Abhishek holds a Masters of Engineering degree from the University of York, UK.

Nalin Moniz
Founding Principal
Forefront Capital Management

Nalin heads Investment Research at Forefront Capital Management. Prior to co-founding Forefront Capital Management, Nalin was a Portfolio Manager at Goldman Sachs Asset Management in New York, USA. As a member of the Quantitative Investment Strategies team, he researched, built and traded quantitative market neutral and directional models for developed and emerging equities, bonds and credit. His research also included global asset allocation and liquidity and market risk management. Nalin graduated magna cum laude from the Management and Technology program at the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Economics (Finance, Statistics) from the Wharton School and a B.S.E. in Computer Engineering from the School of Engineering. He graduated as a Benjamin Franklin Scholar and a Joseph Wharton Scholar and was the winner of the Computer Science department's research prize for his senior thesis on localized web search algorithms. Nalin is a CFA charterholder.

Jim Northey
Co-Chair, Global Technical Committee, FIX Trading Community,
Principal Consultant, CameronTec Group, and
Convener, ISO TC68/WG5

Jim Northey has over twenty five years' experience as a manager, consultant, and implementer. He is senior partner in The LaSalle Technology Group, LLC, an engineering and products company that provides connectivity solutions for the financial markets.

Jim is active in financial messaging standards by regularly contributing to the FIX and ISO 20022 standardisation efforts. Jim serves as a FIX Global Technical Committee Co-Chair. He previously served as Co-Chair of the FIX America’s Regional Committee and the FIX Global Derivatives Committee. Jim represents FIX Trading Community within ASC X.9 as the Co-Chair of the X9D Subcommittee for securities processing, which is responsible for US standards.

Jim served on the CFTC Technical Advisory Committee Subcommittee on High Frequency Trading. He was selected to serve on the U.S. Department of the Treasury Financial Research Advisory Committee.

In 2006, Jim was awarded the Annual Achievement Award from the Futures Industry Association for creation the FIXML standard for listed derivatives clearing.

Jim holds a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Indianapolis and an M.S. in Financial Markets and Trading from the Illinois Institute of Technology Stuart School of Business. He teaches derivatives and financial engineering at Michigan Technological University.

Angkit Panda
Vice President, Autobahn Equity Trading
Deutsche Bank

Angkit Panda is a Vice President of Autobahn Equity Sales at Deutsche Bank in Hong Kong with ten years' experience in the Asian region, having worked in both Hong Kong and Tokyo. Current responsibilities include marketing and trading oversight for all Asian markets from Australia to India.

Angkit graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelors degree in Computer Science. He is fluent in Japanese.

Anant Pandit
Head of Operations and Business Development
Thomson Reuters

Anant is responsible for business development and strategy. Before founding Omnesys in 1997, Anant held a senior-level management position at Infosys Technologies, Ltd., where he was responsible for the company's relationship with financial sector clients. Prior to that, he served in a series of technical architect positions overseeing projects involving real-time systems. Anant graduated in Computer Science. Omnesys was acquired by Thomson Reuters in 2013.

Steve Pope
Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer

Steve Pope holds a Ph.D. in Networks and Operating Systems from Cambridge University. He is currently CTO of Solarflare, responsible for technology direction, system architecture and intellectual property.

Vinoth Ramakrishnan
Senior Trader
Sundaram Mutual Fund

Based in Chennai as a buy side trader covering cash and derivatives for Indian markets. Total industry experience of 12 years with 4 years in Kotak Securities prior to joining Sundaram Mutual fund in 2007.

Vishtaspa Rana
Senior Manager - Investment Operations
Tata Asset Management Ltd

Vishtaspa Rana is the Senior Manager - Investment Operations at Tata Asset Management. His responsibilities cover equity cash market, derivatives and algo trading.

He obtained his graduate diploma in Business Administration from S.I.E.S College of Management, and Bachelor Degree in Commerce from University of Mumbai.

Hrishabh Sanghvi
Head - Algorithmic Trading, Institutional Equities

A Post Graduate in Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow and Undergraduate Degree in Engineering - Hrishabh Sanghvi currently Heads Algorithmic Trading for Institutional Equities at Edelweiss.

He specializes in Algorithmic Trading, Quantitative Research, DMA, Market Micro Structure and Trading technology.

Prior to this, Hrishabh had worked with Citibank, Jaypee Capital and United Stock Exchange of India.

Sanjeev Sarda
Managing Director and Founder
Blackhat Capital

Sanjeev Sarda is Managing Director and founder of Blackhat Capital, a financial trading firm focused on global cross-asset algorithmic trading. Sanjeev is also the founder of Blackhat Technology, a firm engaged in the active R&D of low latency, high throughput, highly available systems primarily for financial markets. Additionally Sanjeev is a Director and co-founder of Forum Optimus, offering "algos-in-a-box" solutions for global markets.

Prior to Blackhat, Sanjeev worked in the high frequency FX market making team at RBS working on futures, forwards and G10 and NDF pairs. He was also the Head of Algorithmic Trading for Quantmetrics Capital Management, a London based hedge fund trading global markets. Sanjeev began his career in algorithmic execution at Merrill Lynch, where he was actively involved in the development of algorithmic and smart order routing strategies. Sanjeev has a MEng from Imperial College, London.

Shilesh Shekhawat
Managing Director, Head of Equities Execution Services, Asia Pacific
J.P. Morgan

Shilesh Shekhawat joined J.P. Morgan in 2009 and is responsible for Equities Execution Services for the firm in Asia Pacific. Based in Hong Kong, her area of responsibility includes connectivity solutions, algorithmic trading strategies, dark pool, smart order routing, analytics, market structure and regional regulatory review. Prior to this Shilesh worked with Bank of America Merrill Lynch for 11 years based in Sydney, Tokyo and Hong Kong where she was responsible for Business Analysis as well as delivered technology solutions for the Electronic Execution business.

Madhusudan Subramanian
Executive Director - Analytics and Risk Research

Madhusudan Subramanian is Executive Director, Analytics and Risk Research at MSCI. Over the past nine years at MSCI, Madhusudan has been responsible for the researching and developing several new MSCI Global Equity Indexes. His research spans topics such as Global Investing, Factor based Investing and Asset Allocation.

Madhusudan brings nearly seventeen years of experience spanning roles in corporate finance, risk, and investment management. He has published several papers on Emerging Markets investing and Risk Premia Indices in leading industry journals such as Journal of Indexes, Journal of Alternative Investments, and Journal of Index Investing.

Madhusudan holds a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from NIT, Trichy and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He also holds the CFA and CAIA charters.

Zameer Syed
Director and Chief Architect

Zameer Syed is the Director and Chief Architect of STROBUS InfoSoft (formerly Quantus InfoSoft), and Director of CDP India.

He has around 20 years of experience in IT and Business Solutions in Banking and Financial Services domain focusing in Capital Markets.

He has been providing technology consulting services in the areas of Electronic Trading, HFT and Low Latency trading, Wealth Management, Treasury management, and Mutual Funds.

In his earlier assignments, he was heading technology and business solutions with Reliance Money, HDFC Securities, Private Banking & Wealth Management group of HDFC Bank, ICICI Prudential Mutual Funds and Peregrine Capital.

He's an alumnus of National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, and Indian Institute of Management, Kolkatta.

Kersi Tavadia
Chief Information Officer

Over 30 years' experience in the area of Application Systems/ IT Infrastructure development and management, managing all aspects of IT operations in Financial Services, Capital markets and manufacturing companies.

Has played a leading role in transforming BSE into the fastest exchange in the country with response times of less than 200 microseconds.

Has played a key role in promoting adaption of Open Source technologies and has successfully deployed one of the largest DataWareHouse on Open source platform.

Have provided technical leadership & architectural vision in implementation of Mission Critical Applications across the organisation including IT Infrastructure, Web portals, web based and non-web based customised solutions.

Amongst the Pioneers to implement single-window Multi-Exchange online trading systems to facilitate trading across multiple asset classes.

Nehal Vora
Chief Regulatory Officer

Mr. Nehal Vora is the Chief Regulatory Officer of BSE Limited and a Board member of Indian Clearing Corporation Limited. He is member of the Risk Management Review Committee of SEBI and of the Risk management Group of the Forward Markets Commission of Committees.

His other Board Memberships include that of National Power Exchange Ltd, Asian Indices Pvt. Ltd., The BSE Institute Ltd. and Institutional Investor Advisory Services India Limited (IIAS).

Nehal started his career with Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) in 1996. He spent the next 10 years in various functions including the Derivatives and New Products Department, covering policy, product and process innovation in areas of derivatives. He implemented the T+2 rolling settlement and system of Straight Through Processing for the Institutional trades.

After making his mark at SEBI, Nehal joined DSP Merrill Lynch Ltd as Director, Law and Compliance. Here, he headed the Broking and Investment Banking Compliance for a period of 3 years. In recognition of his commitment and dedication to the Compliance Function at DSP Merrill Lynch, he was awarded OGC Living the Mission Award in 2008 by Merrill Lynch.

In 2009, he joined BSE Limited and today heads all the Regulatory functions of BSE Ltd. including membership compliance, surveillance, inspection, investigation, regulatory communication, investor services, listing compliance and regulatory legal.

Nehal is the Chair of the Cyber Resilience Taskforce of The Affiliate Members Consultative Committee (AMCC) of The International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO). This is the first such committee on cyber resilience which analyzed cyber preparedness of SROs and Market Participants across the globe and has given considerations on a Micro and Marco level to face cybercrime.

Nehal holds a Commerce degree from Mumbai University and a Master of Management Studies degree in Finance from the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), University of Mumbai.


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