Dr. Greg Austin is recognized internationally for ground-breaking work over two decades on China's international security policy and more recently for work on international and diplomatic aspects of cybersecurity. He has held posts in government, academia and non-profit organizations in London, Brussels, Hong Kong and Canberra. He has led consultancy projects for the UK Cabinet Office and the Australian government. As a Vice President of the EastWest Institute, Austin took a leadership role in developing new policy programs, including the internationally prominent Worldwide Cybersecurity Initiative. He travels widely for consultations with business and government leaders and regularly speaks in prominent forums. His latest book, Cyber Policy in China (Polity 2014) was launched at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC December 2014. He is a Professor at the Australian Centre for Cyber Security at the University of New South Wales Canberra and a Professorial Fellow with the EastWest Institute. He has a Ph.D. in International Relations and a Master of International Law from the Australian National University.
John is the CEO and founder of Revio Cyber Security, a technology security firm focusing on the specific issues faced by the financial services industry. John has over twenty years of experience in Information Technology focused on financial services. Starting with Grant Thornton’s technology consulting group, he then became regional head of networks for Credit Suisse where he also oversaw the regional transition to an outsourcing provider. More recently John has been the CTO for Deutsche Bank A/NZ. During his career John has Chaired the ICT Advisory Panel for NSW Government, Chaired the Financial Services group within the Australian Information Industry Association, and acted as an advisory for technology start-ups.
John’s earlier career started in CSIRO as an experimental scientist where his work focused on high-speed, bit-sliced, parallel-processing, and in the Toshiba International research labs where we worked on distributed control systems for power station management.
Michael is the CEO of PsyQuation a risk and behavioural robo advisor for traders, he is the former CEO of emerging manager incubation platform RAPA (now merged with Jack Schwager inspired FundSeeder.com), a hedge fund manager/ prop trader for more than a decade. Michael was a director of public company in his 20’s and worked for a number of leading South African investment banks.
Michael has a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics), Master of Science (Real Estate) and a Ph.D. in Economics (Behavioural Finance).
Dan is the MD of OTCX Asia Pacific. OTCX designs work flow solutions and communication platforms in order to facilitate the dealing of Over The Counter derivative products. The platforms deliver solutions that can provide full straight through processes from order creation to back office settlement and clearing. OTCX delivers a compliance and risk friendly solution removing traders reliance on chat and or voice. OTCX is head quartered in London. Dan has worked 18 years in the financial services industry starting out in Investment Banks before sales trading at an agency only stockbrokers in London. Dan then switched across to the buy side running his own quant fund and passing through a couple of hedge funds before moving to Sydney where he spent six years working for Russell Investments.
Chris Brycki is the Founder and CEO of Stockspot, Australia’s leading automated investment service which aims to make investing transparent, low cost and hassle-free. Stockspot was selected in the 50 Best Financial Technology (Fintech) Innovators globally by KPMG and named Asia's most innovative new financial technology business. Chris was voted in the Top 35 Influencers of Financial Planning in 2015.
Eugene Budovsky runs the Autobahn Equities electronic execution platform in Australia and New Zealand, and has responsibilities that cover sales, trading, connectivity, and product development. He has been with Deutsche Bank since 2009, prior to which he held a trading role with Citi in Sydney.
Eugene has 10 years front office experience in Asian equities market with roles covering electronic execution, portfolio trading, facilitation, and ETF market making.
Carole Comerton-Forde is Professor of Finance at the University of Melbourne. Her research is in the area of market structure, with a focus on market liquidity and market integrity. Her current interests include the impact of high frequency trading and dark pools on market quality. Her research has been published in leading academic journals including the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics and the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis. Carole has previously held academic positions at the Australian National University and University of Sydney, and visiting positions at New York University and the London School of Economics and Political Science. She was also Visiting Economist at the New York Stock Exchange. She has also acted as a consultant for a number of stock exchanges and market regulators around the world. She is currently an economic consultant for the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.
Ricardo leads APAC for R3. He works closely with the global team and with members in the region to explore commercial opportunities on Distributed Ledger Technologies. He is building a team across Asia Pacific to accelerate exploration, research and development with a view towards building new products and services.
Prior to joining R3, Ricardo co-lead Technology Innovation for the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA). His team there explore and look to commercialise transformative and disruptive technologies across a broad portfolio which includes big data, cyber, blockchain and distributed ledger technologies, artificial intelligence, the Internet of things and quantum computing, amongst others. He continues to advise extensively on technology innovation strategy and commercialisation.
Ricardo has worked with Avanade, Microsoft and Accenture and with many tier 1 organisations across Europe and Australia leading technology development and innovation. He has held senior executive positions, has co-founded several startups, is experienced in raising early stage growth capital for high tech ventures and has commercialised technology assets at various levels.
He is passionate about the nexus of disruptive technologies and the profound impacts these may have.
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.
Mark Ebeling is the Chief Technology Advisor, Financial Services Industry, IBM Australia / New Zealand. Mark is responsible for delivering technical strategy and innovation to the finance industry.
As a technology leader, architect practitioner and mentor, Mark has established a track record delivering new technology in the finance industry for over 28 years. Mark's broad experience has enabled the pragmatic application of technology, addressing business challenges for his clients in Australia and around the globe.
Mark currently chairs the Financial Services group within the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) and has published thought leadership papers on technology themes including Blockchain.
Founder of financial consulting firm Evidente, Sam Ferraro, is a top rated quantitative analyst and has 20 years of experience in financial markets, with investment banks, Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch. Sam's research on firm complexity and corporate governance was shortlisted for the 2010 ESGRA awards. He has written for the Fairfax mastheads (The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and Australian Financial Review), is a member of the Australian Centre for Financial Studies Funds Management & Superannuation Research Program Committee, and lectures in Risk Management at RMIT and the Singapore Institute of Management. Sam has a BComm (Hons) from the University of Melbourne and a Masters in Applied Finance from Macquarie University.
John Fildes is Chief Executive Officer of Chi-X Australia, joining the organisation in April 2013. He brings extensive experience in stockbroking, investing, market development, market infrastructure and market platforms in Australia and Asia.
Mr. Fildes previous roles include Director of Strategic Development for KCG Holding, Inc. and Managing Director and COO, Asia, of Instinet Pacific, where he oversaw regional operations for Instinet in Asia, including Japan. Before joining Instinet in 2006, John Fildes served at Morgan Stanley for 10 years in Hong Kong, where he held positions as the Head of Equity Marketing and Head of Electronic and Program Trading for Asia-Pacific.
Mr. Fildes has been closely involved with the development of the FIX Trading Community in Asia Pacific and has served as Director of FIX Trading Community, and is a former Board Member of the Stockbrokers Association of Australia.
Kym joined Societe Generale in 2015 and is responsible for Client Management across Asia for Equities & Derivatives, based in Hong Kong.
Prior to that, Kym was a Managing Director at Instinet Pacific Ltd, part of the Nomura Group, where he held various management roles both in Hong Kong and Australia. He has always held a close association with the Asian Independent Research community and has keenly followed the development of unbundling in Cash Equities over an extended period.
Kym holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and French from Durham University in the UK.
John Greenan is an independent consultant specialising in FIX and Electronic Trading for fixed income, foreign exchange, futures and equities. He is a member of the FIX Strategy committee and has worked with FIX since the late 90s.
Now based in Sydney he has previously worked with firms such as NAB, BNP Paribas, ABN Amro and JP Morgan.
Nick is an Executive Manager in the Group Strategy team at ANZ and co-leads ANZ’s work on blockchain and distributed ledger technologies. He has spent significant time and understanding how distributed ledgers can be applied to solve real business problems in financial services.
Prior to joining ANZ, Nick spent 12 years in strategic consulting with the Boston Consulting Group, and holds an MBA from Columbia University, and Bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics and Engineering from the University of Melbourne.
Oliver leads ASIC's Markets Infrastructure team, and has primary ASIC responsibility for oversight of market macro and micro structure issues, particularly in respect of financial market operators and post-trade services providers. Of recent times, his work has had a particular focus on innovations and developments across the whole area of financial markets, including OTC derivative reform following the global financial crisis. Oliver also leads ASIC's working group on cyber resilience. Prior to joining ASIC, Oliver worked with McKinsey & Company in their New York Office, in the Global Corporate & Institutional Banking Practice. In that role, Oliver served a number of clients, including large exchanges, investment banks and professional services firms. Oliver is a qualified lawyer and commenced his career with a major international law firm.
David Jackson is Head of Equity Development for Australia at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He is responsible for all Equities change programmes in Australia as well as coordinating larger platform projects across the region. Prior to this he led one of the Equity Exotics technology teams for Credit Suisse in London. He has covered many different areas of financial services technology across Equities, Fixed Income and Commodities from connectivity and algorithmic trading through to valuation and risk management.
He also chairs the Equity Technology committee for the Australian Financial Markets Association (AFMA).
Peter is an IT professional with more than 35 years’ experience in Financial Markets.
He heads NASDAQ’s Sydney office and has direct responsibility for the engineering and support organisation for NASDAQ’s surveillance, compliance, matching and risk management products located in Sydney.
He has previously had roles with the New Zealand Stock Exchange, Tandem Computers and Computershare, and recently returned to Sydney after spending 2½ years located in the NASDAQ Stockholm office.
Ian Jones is responsible for Goldman Sachs Electronic Trading (GSET) in Australia having joined in 2013. Ian is passionate about helping clients obtain best execution through an understanding of the evolving market microstructure and an optimal selection of algorithmic trading strategies. Prior to joining GSET Ian spend 6 years with ITG Australia helping clients understand their trading costs with a combination of pre and post trade analytics to improve overall investment performance. Ian holds a BE (Hons) degree in Aerospace Engineering and a BSc in Computer Science from UNSW and became a CFA charter holder in 2012.
Joe Kassel has over 25 years' experience trading in institutional financial markets both in Australia and globally.
Joe graduated from Sydney University in 1989 with a BA majoring in pure mathematics before commencing his first trading role for Barclays de Zoete Wedd as a futures floor trader in index futures and options on the Sydney Futures Exchange in 1990.
Joe moved to Bankers Trust Australia in 1992 as an institutional advisor in equities and equity derivatives and then to BT Funds Management in 1997 where he took responsibility for European, US and then Asian trading.
In 2002 Joe moved to the UK to take the role of Director and Head Trader for global equities for Principal Global Investors returning to Australia with Citigroup in 2007.
Joe's role at Citi was as a Director in the firm's market leading transition management team and in this role he was closely involved in many of the region's largest and most complex asset re-organizations.
Joe joined his current firm, AMP Capital Investors, in 2009 taking responsibility for global Toshin Fund trading and led the creation of the global dealing capability for AMP Capital's REIT and listed infrastructure joint venture with Brookfield.
In 2014 Joe moved into his current role with the firm as Global Head of Dealing and Exposure Management. In this role Joe oversees a global team responsible for all dealing in liquid assets as well as rebalancing and exposure management of the firm’s range of multi asset funds.
Jason Lapping heads Dimensional's trading desk for Asia Pacific. His focus is on ensuring the firm's execution strategies and technological infrastructure region meet the highest standards in the region.
Dimensional is a leading global investment manager that has been translating academic research into practical investment solutions since 1981. The firm has 12 offices in eight countries and manages more than AUD$550 billion for institutional investors and the clients of fee-based advisors.
Originally from South Africa, Jason studied economics at the University of Cape Town, before moving to London to start his career in the financial sector.
Jason has been at Dimensional since 2010. He brings deep knowledge and experience of global markets, including in depth knowledge of Asia Pacific's unique market microstructure. Much of Jason's experience was garnered over 14 years working around the world with Societe Generale in their equities derivatives division and heading desks in London, Paris, Hong Kong and Sydney.
Reporting to Glenn Crane in Sydney, Jason works with a regional team of seven traders and is an integral part of an international trading network headed by the London-based John Romiza.
Berin Lautenbach is a General Manager in the Security team at Telstra with an extensive and diverse background in Cyber Security spanning 23 years. His more recent roles have included leading the Information Security team in GE Capital Australia followed by setting up and leading the Security Architecture team for GE Capital globally. Berin has been involved in projects covering a wide range of security technologies such as intrusion detection; application security and malware control, to name just a few. Berin worked for a number of organisations including the Department of Defence Australia; Dimension Data and GE, before joining Telstra in 2015.
Toby Lawson is CEO and Head of Markets for Societe Generale Securities Australia Pty Limited. Toby has been part of the SG Group since 2000 when he joined Fimat as head of futures. During his 16 years with the firm, Toby has been focused on the listed derivatives business, running the Australian operation until 2008, before taking on the regional head of futures and options execution for Newedge in 2009, based in Hong Kong. Toby returned to Australia in 2013 and at the integration of Newedge activity into Societe Generale, became Head of Markets.
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 13 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.
Robert Martin is a passionate seasoned Information Security professional. He started his career as a Charter Accountant with Deloitte in South Africa, advising high tech clients on control environments. Moved to the UK in 1998 working in security roles in financial services and telecommunications, before joining BP Plc in 2003. At BP, Robert was part of the team that build out of BP’s Digital security function, this included leading the operational teams, engineering teams and deputy group Chief Information Security Officer. Robert joined Macquarie Group in Sydney Australia as their first Chief Information Security Officer in 2012, building out their Cyber Security and Identity Management functions. In October 2016 Robert joined PwC Cyber and Forensic consulting practice as a partner.
Graeme is responsible for leading the investment team which manages Telstra Super's approximately $18 billion investment portfolio. He works closely with the Investment Committee to set investment objectives, formulate investment strategies and implement investment portfolios for the benefit of Telstra Super's members.
Graeme has more than 25 years' experience in the superannuation and investment industries, and has extensive experience in all aspects of investing. He joined Telstra Super in May 2016, having previously been the Australian head of investments at global consulting firm Willis Towers Watson.
Jim Northey has over twenty-five years' experience as a manager, consultant, and implementer. He is the principal services consultant for Itiviti AB, a leading products and engineering company that provides global 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 Vice-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.
Yemi has over 20 years' experience in financial markets, specialising in electronic trading. At the ASX he has worked on a number of projects providing solution analysis and FIX expertise. He has also managed relationships with specialised vendors and coordinated delivery of solutions. Roles prior include implementing electronic trading solutions for Deutsche Bank and UBS.
Laszlo Peter is an executive manager at the Commonwealth Bank responsible for the CommSec IT Strategy and Business Solutions. He is researching new and emerging technologies that can help CommSec consolidate its position as Australia's premier retail broker. He also takes an active role in the bank's innovation initiatives, running several experiments that specialise in distributed ledger technologies applied to the brokerage and capital markets industry.
Laszlo has extensive experience in financial markets and corporate banking, previously leading the banks' Institutional Equities and Institutional Banking IT teams. He was also responsible for developing the bank's Corporate Digital Channels with Fixed Income and Foreign Exchange products.
Prior to joining CBA, Laszlo worked as a capital markets consultant with investment and trading firms in The Netherlands, Belgium and the UK. He has degrees in mathematics and computer science, and a diploma in management from MIT.
Ian Pollari is a partner at KPMG and is currently the Global Co-Lead for KPMG’s Fintech practice. He is also the Head of KPMG’s Banking Sector in Australia, leading the firm’s banking practice across Audit, Tax and Advisory. He has over 16 years’ experience advising clients in the financial services industry and brings knowledge and insights into the experiences of local and international banks, payment providers and fintech ventures in areas such as strategy development, market entry, innovation, regulation, governance and risk management practices. In 2014, Ian was commissioned by the Committee for Sydney and NSW Government’s Department of Trade and Investment to undertake the first local study into fintech. He played a prominent role in establishing the Sydney fintech hub, Stone & Chalk, where he is currently a Board member. Prior to joining KPMG, Ian worked at Telstra Corporation in Strategy for Business & Government.
Todd joined First State Investments in July 2011 as Global Head of Equity Dealing and is responsible for managing all equity trading activities for the global and international equities products.
Prior to joining First State Investments, he worked at Janus Capital for 11 years as Regional Head of Trading and was responsible for supervising and executing all Asian regional equity trading. Todd worked closely with Portfolio Managers to advise on trading strategies and encompassed establishing and maintaining Janus’ relationships with brokers, exchanges and regulators across the region. At Janus Capital, he was on the Board of Janus Capital Singapore and Janus Capital Asia.
Prior to joining Janus, Todd was employed at Fidelity Investments in Tokyo where he was responsible for trading Japanese equities. He started his career with Cantor Fitzgerald in Tokyo as a currency options broker.
Todd holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Arizona State University.
Emma Quinn was appointed Global Co-Head of Equity Trading in October 2014. Previously, she was Head of Asia Pacific Trading from 2011. Before that she was Head of Asia Pacific Fixed Income and Australia Equities Trading from 2010, and Head of Trading for Australia and New Zealand from 2009. Quinn joined the firm in 2001 as a senior trader. Prior to joining AB she worked as an equity trader at AMP Henderson Global Investors. Quinn holds a BBus in finance and law from the University of Technology, Sydney. She is Co-Chair of the Asia Pacific Regional Committee and a Director of FIX Trading Community.
Richard Semark is responsible for Equity Execution Client Relationships and Head of UBS MTF. He works with clients to ensure they receive the best of UBS execution services, technology and liquidity. As President of UBS MTF his responsibility is to provide a high quality liquidity pool to improve clients' execution quality as well as that of the other members.
Richard joined in June 2004 as a Managing Director responsible for UK to UK Sales Trading. Richard previously worked at AXA Investment Managers and UBS Asset Management for 17 years. He has previously served as a Director of Turquoise and was a member if the IMA dealing group. He is currently on the AFME Equities Board.
Richard is a key contributor to UBS strategy on Market Structure and Regulation and has contributed to a number of publications and conferences on these and other equity trading topics.
David Snowdon is a founder and CTO of Metamako, a company designing and building network hardware specifically to solve the network problems faced by the finance community.
Dr. Snowdon has a history working in high frequency trading, successfully optimising system performance, and spent much of his university career building solar powered cars. He now applies those talents in optimisation to broader problems in finance by building solutions that are more convenient, cheaper, more deterministic and faster. He has a PhD from UNSW, specialising in Operating Systems.
Tom Starke has a PhD in Physics and works as an algorithmic trader at Vivienne Court. He has a keen interest mathematical modelling and machine learning in the financial markets. He has previously lectured computer simulation at Oxford University and lead strategic research projects for Rolls-Royce Plc. Tom is very active in the quantitative trading community, running workshops for Quantopian, teaching people quantitative analysis techniques, and organising algorithmic trading meetup groups such as Cybertraders Sydney.
Based on his physics background Tom has a keen interest in new technologies and recently co-organised the world's first quantum-computing hackathon in collaboration with Qx-Branch, where participants had to solve financial optimisation problems.
Ivan Tchourilov is the co-founder and Managing Director of TradeFloor, which has developed a leading derivatives risk management system in Australia. Before venturing into information technology, Ivan spent 7 years as a futures trader, and later a futures and FX broker. Ivan is passionate about breaking down the complexities of equity derivatives to the trading and investing community.
Jonny has extensive experience in equity markets and marketing. With a personal investment philosophy focused on high growth companies, his enthusiasm for business and innovation has driven him to create a platform that allows Australian and New Zealand businesses to access the capital they need to grow.
Clare Witts is responsible for the strategy and implementation of ITG's interaction with institutional clients, regulators, exchanges and the media across the Asia Pacific region. She also runs ITG's Commission Management and CSA program in Asia and Australia. Since moving to Asia nine years ago, Clare has also been actively involved in industry groups including the Asia Pacific FIX Committee and ASIFMA, and also manages ITG projects with a number of Asia-based FinTech startup firms.
Greg Yanco has held the position of Senior Executive Leader of the Market & Participant Supervision team at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) since 2008. The Market & Participant Supervision team has responsibility for market surveillance and overseeing compliance by market participants with the Corporations Act, their Australian Financial Services licence conditions and the ASIC market integrity rules.
Greg served as NSW Regional Commissioner for ASIC (2008-2012) and has led some of ASIC's largest programmes, including the transfer of market supervision from the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) to ASIC, and the implementation of ASIC's new integrated market surveillance system. He also played a major role in the introduction of market competition in Australia. Greg sits on ASIC's Technology Governance Board and is an active member of the Market Supervision Advisory Panel, the International Organization of Securities Commission's (IOSCO) Committee 3 and the Intermarket Surveillance Group.
Greg is former Chief Executive Officer of AXE ECN, a joint venture formed to provide an alternative venue to trade Australian listed securities. Prior to this Greg was at the ASX (1986-2006), where he managed diversified teams within the regulatory and commercial environments covering market structure and product management, client relations, market surveillance and broker compliance.