Nidhi Aggarwal
Consultant, Macro-Finance Group
National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, Delhi

Nidhi Aggarwal is currently a consultant with the Macro-Finance Group, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, Delhi. Previously, she was working with the Finance Research Group at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai where she worked on issues related to securities market in India. She has done extensive work on algorithmic trading and its impact, regulatory interventions and their impact on market quality and other issues surrounding the Indian equity markets.

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.

Sankarson Banerjee
CTO Projects
National Stock Exchange of India

Sankarson is the CTO-Projects for National Stock Exchange. Previously, he was Managing Director, Cloud and Mobility for Accenture. He has earlier been the group CIO of IIFL and held positions in the Future Group, Mphasis, TDA Capital Partners and IBM.

A graduate of IIT Kharagpur and IIM Calcutta, Sankarson has spent 22 years in the industry, 12 of them in CXO roles. In the course of his career, Sankarson has implemented complex websites, trading applications, ERP and supply chain solutions. He has managed balance sheets, advised on technology strategies, founded companies, built teams, negotiated and implemented large contracts. He has managed nationwide IT setups with hundreds of offices, thousands of devices and millions of real time transactions.

An enthusiastic traveller, cyclist and runner, he has cycled all over the world in every kind of weather, and last ran the Mumbai full marathon in 2014.

Joseph Barbara
Manager – Market Supervision, Market Integrity Group
Australian Securities and Investments Commission

Joseph's role covers the development of policy, and provision of advice, across the Australian electronic markets. He heads the Business Intelligence team within ASIC's Market Integrity Group and is involved in the surveillance of Australia's financial markets (including equities, listed equity derivatives, exchange traded funds and listed futures contracts) and the development of thematic models using ASIC's enhanced surveillance systems. Prior to joining ASIC, Joseph worked as a Quantitative Analyst developing risk analytics and trading algorithms across local and global markets in equity, equity derivatives and wholesale FX products.

Vikramjeet Bhatti
MD - India & SAARC

Vikramjeet Bhatti has close to 20 years of experience in managing Information Technology Solutions business.

He has extensive experience in managing business operations, strategic sales and channel management and has represented companies such as Blue Coat, IBM Software Group, FireEye and A10 Networks and has played pivotal roles in establishing and growth of the respective businesses across the region.

Damian Bierman
Co-Chair, Asia Pacific Technical Subcommittee, FIX Trading Community, and
Head of Asia-Pacific, Portware

Damian Bierman is the Head of Asia-Pacific for Portware LLC, a FactSet Company, based in Hong Kong. He is responsible for directing Portware's operations throughout APAC and for overseeing its client services, account management, and technical support teams.

Damian is also an active member of the FIX Trading Community, currently serving as Co-Chair of the Asia-Pacific Technical Subcommittee. He has been a mainstay of the organization’s Asia-Pacific presence for the past 12 years, playing an active role in promoting the adoption of FIX across the region.

Prior to Portware, Damian was Director of FIX Product Services in APAC for Javelin Technologies (a subsidiary of NYFIX, Inc), relocating to Hong Kong in 2004 to establish the firm's Asia presence and to develop its regional FIX product offering. Prior to this, Damian lead Javelin's Quality Assurance team, building a robust testing process for the firm's FIX technology suite. Damian joined Javelin in 2000 as a Client Manager, based in New York, implementing FIX technology at a long list of buy- and sell-side institutions.

Prior to his career in financial technology, Damian held a research position at Carnegie Mellon Research Institute, where he was involved with the DOT-funded Driver Drowsiness Detection & Countermeasures study, and contributed to the development of a threshold-based, infrared camera system for non-invasively detecting driver drowsiness based on percentage eye closure. Following its completion, Damian was involved in a study of expert landmine detection skill for the US Army, where he helped to develop a robust training protocol for novice operators based on critical elements of expert landmine detection performance. Through the course of his research, Damian has four journal publications to his credit.

Damian received his B.S. in Cognitive Science from Carnegie Mellon University in May 1997.

Eugene Budovsky
Head - Autobahn Equities Australia
Deutsche Bank

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.

Abhishek Choudhary
Vice President, Asia Platform Sales

Abhishek is a Vice President in the Platform Sales team within Citi’s Markets and Securities Services business in Asia Pacific. Based in Hong Kong, his role covers cross-channel execution sales, execution consulting and market microstructure research for Citi’s institutional clients throughout the region. Abhishek has over 6 years’ experience in Equity Trading Analytics 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 Citi, Abhishek worked at ITG and Nomura. Abhishek holds a BTech in Engineering from IIT-Delhi.

Anshuman Das
Head Technology
Edelweiss Markets

Anshuman Das is Head of Technology for Edelweiss Global Markets, the proprietary trading business unit of Edelweiss, a large Indian multinational finance company.

He has above 12 years of experience in IT in the financial services domain especially institutional algorithmic trading and HFT.

He was earlier globally heading the Cross Asset Pre-Trade Controls Technology at Citi and also leading the Equities Core Technologies unit at Citi’s Pune centre.

He is an alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and Indian School of Business Hyderabad.

Nanik Daswani
Equities Execution Services, Asia Pacific
J.P. Morgan

Nanik Daswani is a Hong Kong-based member of J.P. Morgan’s Asia Pacific Equities Execution Services team, who is responsible for developing cutting-edge electronic connectivity solutions for clients and delivering programs for the firm’s trading partners to facilitate their client services. His experience in electronic trading spans across 11 years, including five years at J.P. Morgan in Hong Kong. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, Nanik worked at Tora Trading Services and S.W.I.F.T.

Joy Francis
Electronic Trading – Equities
UBS Securities India

Joy Francis works with the Electronic Trading Team at UBS where his primary responsibility is to Lead the India Electronic Trading Business.

He has worked extensively with Global Algorithmic Solutions Providers, FIX Technology Partners, and has been providing an understanding on Algorithmic analysis & suitability in line with Indian Microstructure.

In his earlier role Joy was Head - Electronic Trading at ICICI Securities where he was actively engaged in setting up & building the Electronic Trading Business.

Joy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from Mumbai University & MBA - Finance from ICFAI.

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.

Ganesh Iyer
Global Product Marketing Director, Financial Markets Network

Ganesh Iyer, CAIA, is Global Product Marketing Director for Financial Markets Network at IPC, a leading provider of specialized communications and managed network-as-a-service solutions for the capital markets. At IPC, Mr. Iyer is responsible for spearheading global product marketing initiatives, building brand awareness and growing the business. He has been widely quoted in the press regarding various aspects of the financial markets and has been featured in a number of publications including the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, CIO Review magazine, Global Trading, FX-MM, Best Execution, Fixed Income Desk and Futures and Options World. He has also been a speaker, panelist and delegate at various industry events in the US, UK, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore. Mr. Iyer holds an MBA from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business and a BS in Engineering from the Delhi Institute of Technology in India. He is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst.

Josephine Kim
Co-Chair, Singapore Working Group, FIX Trading Community, and
Head of Asia Electronic Trading Sales, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Josephine Kim is responsible for Bank of America Merrill Lynch's Global Execution Services (GES) Sales in Asia. GES provides Direct Market Access, multi asset algorithmic strategies, analytics and execution consulting services throughout the world. Josephine actively participates in industry consultations through various expert opinion editorials and events across Asia. She is also a Co-Chair of FIX Trading Community Singapore Working Group.

Manoj Kumar
Chief General Manager, Market Regulation Department (MRD)
Securities and Exchange Board of India

Has been associated with Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), a premier autonomous regulatory body for securities market in India, for almost 20 years.

Started his career with SEBI in 1996 as an Officer and is currently placed as Chief General Manager in MRD of SEBI. Prior to this he has worked in various departments such as Market Intermediaries Regulation and Supervision Department (MIRSD), Integrated Surveillance Department (ISD).

He has also worked with two Whole Time Members as an Executive Assistant.

He has been associated with key SEBI initiatives as Nodal Officer such as Accounting Standards Committee chaired by Y H Malegam, Corporate Governance Committee chaired by Narayana Murthy. He has been the Member of the core group that successfully designed and implemented Integrated Market Surveillance System. Currently, he was member secretary of the Committee on Review of Eligibility Norms for market intermediaries (CORE).

He holds a postgraduate in Science and MBA.

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 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.

Virender Mansukhani
Founding Director and CEO
Mansukh Securities & Finance

Mr. Virender Mansukhani is the Founding Director and CEO of Mansukh Securities & Finance Ltd which is a member of several domestic exchanges in India. The Company is engaged in agency business for retail investors in India and is also engaged in prop trading for its own account.

Mr. Virender Mansukhani has done his engineering in Computer Science from Mumbai University and has more than 23 years of experience in the industry. He is actively involved automated trading activities carried out by his Company across mid and high frequency strategies.

He is also associated with several industry bodies like ANMI (Association of National exchanges members of India) where he heads the technology committee and CPAI where he is a member of its national executive. He is also a member of BSE’s Advisory Committee.

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 4 years. Vinata has overall industry experience of 18 years in equities & derivatives sales trading & execution. She holds CFA from ICFAI, Hyderabad (India) and Bachelors degree in Commerce from the University of Mumbai.

Rohas Nagpal
Blockchain India Group

Rohas Nagpal is a cyber crime investigator and a blockchain researcher.

In the past 17 years, he has investigated cyber crimes and data breaches for hundreds of organisations across dozens of sectors - aerospace, banking, defence, enforcement, IT, manufacturing, media, medical, pharmaceuticals, shipping, trading, transportation & more.

Amongst other achievements, Rohas Nagpal has:

1. Co-founded Asian School of Cyber Laws in 1999.
2. Assisted the Government of India in drafting rules and regulations under the Information Technology Act.
3. Co-founded Blockchain India Group, an open community for exploring, developing and enabling distributed ledger (blockchain) based solutions for India's social and economic progress.
4. Led the team that developed Collaborative Online Investigation Network (COIN), an interactive platform empowering the world's enforcement agencies to tackle cyber crime & other cases involving digital evidence.
5. Developed the ASCL Volatile Evidence Retrieval Tool (Vertool) for quick evidence retrieval from Windows computers.
6. Authored 18 books & whitepapers, including the Cyber Crime Investigation Manual, which has been referred to as a “bible for cyber crime investigators” by Times of India – the world’s largest selling English newspaper.
7. Manages the Global Cyber Law Database - the most comprehensive database of cyber laws for all countries.
8. Co-founded LeapCourses.com – a platform for 50+ quick and free online courses.

Kunal Nandwani
Founder and CEO

Kunal is the Founder and CEO of uTrade Solutions, an India based Fintech product firm which offers trading, algo and risk platforms in more than 10 countries.

Previously, Kunal has worked at Lehman Brothers, Nomura & BNP Paribas in London.

Kunal holds a Computer Science Engineering degree from PEC, Chandigarh, India, and an MBA from Essec, Paris, France.

Venu Palaparthi
Senior Vice President, Regulatory and Government Affairs
Virtu Financial

Venu Palaparthi is Senior Vice President for Regulatory and Government Affairs at Virtu Financial. Between 2011 and 2014, Mr. Palaparthi was a Vice President in the Global Trading and Market Services division at Nasdaq. In that role, Mr. Palaparthi led various regulatory, market structure and post-execution initiatives for Nasdaq’s U.S. marketplaces. Prior to 2011, Mr. Palaparthi served in a variety of roles at Instinet, LLC including CCO and interim COO.

Mr. Palaparthi is a keen student of global financial markets and a frequent contributor to discussions surrounding market structure. In recent months, he participated in CFTC’s roundtables on Automated Trading, was a member of the BIS Study Group on FX liquidity, and took part in SEC’s discussions on changes to trade-halt mechanisms. Beginning February 2016, Mr. Palaparthi has been a member of the Market Quality Subcommittee of SEC Equity Market Structure Advisory Committee. Mr. Palaparthi became an International Advisor to the Shanghai Gold Exchange in April 2016. Away from the markets, he is a keen cricket enthusiast and a member of the ICC’s USA National Advisory Group on Fan and Market Development.

Mr. Palaparthi received his MBA (Finance) from The University of Texas at Arlington in 1994. He earned a dual degree - BE (Honors) in Computer Science and M.Sc. (Honors) in Economics – in 1992 from Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS Pilani), India. Mr. Palaparthi received a distinguished alumnus award from BITS Pilani in 2011.

Shree Parthasarathy
Partner - Enterprise Risk Services
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India LLP

Shree is the Partner managing the National Technology Risk & Security Services with over 20+ years of proven success in developing, managing and advising global enterprise clients on technology, security and GRC strategy and solutions.

He has proven success in performing risk assessments / technology and non-technology audits, establishing global compliance programs, managing audits and compliance against regulatory / standards / leading practices and establishing control environments.

He has extensive experience in strategy, design and implementation of solutions for enterprise infrastructure cloud and non-cloud, security, identity management / entitlement, disaster recovery, business continuity, fault tolerance, contingency and crisis management, application / infrastructure integrity, and GRC.

Shree has authored a number of articles, which have featured in leading print media, including professional body magazines, particularly on Telecom & Risk and has been invited as a key note speaker to various events across the world to share his thoughts in the field of Cyber Security.

He was also selected by a National Jury of senior industry leaders for excellence in the consulting and advisory service provided.

Neha Punater
Partner - Management Consulting

Neha has a total of 19 years of consulting experience spanning multiple organizations – KPMG, PwC, IBM Consulting Services, Coopers & Lybrand and ANZ Grindlays bank.

Neha has worked with global and local financial institutions and banks as they leverage technology for differentiation in the market and becoming more customer centric. She has also been actively collaborating with the start-up communities, accelerators and academia to create a thriving fintech ecosystem in India.

Her specialization is in the areas of Digital and Innovation strategy, Customer experience management, Business case development, Start-up market scans etc.

Neha has been a speaker at various forums and educational institutions such as CII, IBEX, ICC, Business world, Banking net seminar, S P Jain etc. She has developed on Thought Leadership papers on “Digital Banking” and “Social Media for Financial Institutions” amongst others.

Ben Radclyffe
Co-Chair of the Asia Pacific Steering Committee, FIX Trading Community, and
Director, Head of Autobahn Equity, Asia Pacific, Deutsche Bank

Ben Radclyffe is Head of Autobahn Equity, Asia Pacific, at Deutsche Bank. Ben runs Deutsche Bank’s Autobahn Equity platform in Asia Pacific and is responsible for the algorithmic trading, DMA and low-latency services in the region. He has 15 years’ experience in trading and technology and has worked in London, Sydney and Hong Kong with both Deutsche Bank and UBS.

Sanjay Rawal
Chief Executive Officer
Open Futures

Sanjay Rawal is the CEO of Open Futures, one of the early entrants into High Frequency Trading in India.

Sanjay has been an entrepreneur for the last 20+ years and started going on the floor of the Delhi Stock Exchange while doing his Bachelor's from Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi. He has been involved in trading for these 20+ years and has mentored many young traders.

Alastair Richardson
Head of Business Development EMEA

Having graduated from Imperial College London with a degree in Engineering in Computing, Alastair’s career in the global fintech markets includes trading technology development in equities, managing the European equity execution product for HFT clients at Barclays Capital and, prior to joining Metamako, being responsible for global business development at Fixnetix.

Alastair’s recent focus has been on providing consultancy services for High-Frequency Trading clients such as hedge funds, investment banks and other latency-sensitive firms.

Metamako is the provider of the world’s fastest, deterministic, ultra-low latency devices for the trading, exchanges and telco communities.

In less than three years since the launch of the company it has taken the world of low latency network devices by storm and now has a global client base which includes trading firms, banks and exchanges among others. It also has offices in London and New York, along with Sydney.

David Riddoch
Chief Architect

David co-founded Level 5 Networks in July 2002 and joined Solarflare when it merged with Level 5 in April 2006. David is the architect and lead developer of Solarflare's market leading OpenOnload network acceleration middleware. David's mission is to deliver absolutely the best possible performance without asking users to abandon the standard network stack: Sockets, TCP, UDP and Ethernet.

Kersi Tavadia
BSE Limited

Over 35 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 6 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.

Susan Thomas
Assistant Professor

Dr. Susan Thomas holds degrees in civil engineering and economics from IIT, Bombay and University of Southern California, Los Angeles, respectively. She is faculty at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Bombay. Her research has been in financial econometrics, specifically modelling volatility of prices, and analysing aspects of market microstructure in Indian financial markets. She has worked on projects with the World Bank, IFC, ADB, NSE, India, FMC and the MoF. She presently serves on the board of directors at Risk Committee of IFMR Capital in Chennai, Benchmark AMC, SBI Pension Fund Management Co., the Trustee Board of India Value Fund Associates, the Executive Committee for F&O at the NSCCL, India, the Technical Advisory Committee for Foreign exchange, money markets and government securities, RBI and the Secondary Markets Advisory Committee, SEBI. Her work can be accessed at http://www.igidr.ac.in/faculty/susant/.