Mike Agnew
Senior Product Manager, FIX
Trading Technologies

Mike is the product owner for Trading Technologies’ FIX solutions. He is responsible for the direction, development and delivery of all FIX products, including TT FIX-as-a-Service, which was introduced with the launch of the hybrid cloud-based TT platform in 2015.

Since joining TT in 2005, Mike has performed in a number of roles, including lead product manager for the launch of X_TRADER ASP, TT's first multi-broker offering, and director of the TT Connected Partners program, managing the business and technical integration of 3rd-party vendors to TT. Prior to TT, Mike worked on FX trading, market data, and enterprise middleware systems at Reuters and TIBCO Finance.

Mike received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from DePaul University and an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Calissa Aldridge
Senior Manager – Securities, Market Infrastructure

Calissa is Senior Manager of the Securities team at ASIC. She leads the team that oversees the licensed securities markets and credit rating agencies and is responsible for policy development relating to equity market structure. She led ASIC’s work on dark pools and high-frequency trading as well as the development of the regulatory framework for the introduction of equity exchange market competition. Prior to this, Calissa was at the Royal Bank of Scotland in London, worked on MiFID I at the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK and started her career at the Australian Commonwealth Treasury dealing with foreign investment and international matters.

Cathie Armour

Cathie Armour is one of 5 Commissioners of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission ("ASIC"). Cathie Armour first began a as Commissioner on 3 June 2013. Cathie has been reappointed for another five years until June 2022.

The Commission is responsible for ASIC's performance as Australia's integrated corporate, markets, financial services and consumer credit regulator.

Cathie is the chair of ASIC's Enforcement Committee. In her executive role at ASIC, Cathie works most closely with ASIC's Market Integrity Group that is the teams responsible for regulating market infrastructure, market surveillance and enforcement of laws relating to market integrity.

Cathie's experience before ASIC was in legal counsel leadership roles in international financial institutions. Most recently, she was General Counsel for Macquarie Capital and an Executive Director of Macquarie Group. She began her career in private legal practice and has worked for law firms in Sydney and New York.

Cathie is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is also a member of Chief Executive Women.

Drew Brick
Head of Market Structure Strategy, APAC
Bloomberg L.P.

Drew Brick is part of Bloomberg's Global Market Group and is responsible for assisting core product teams with identifying, planning for and managing business development and market structure change.

Drew has over 25 years of buy-side and sell-side experience. On the buy-side, Drew was a senior Portfolio Manager and Global Strategist for the fixed income asset manager, PIMCO. He was a member of PIMCO’s Global Investment Committee. He was on the Board of Directors for PIMCO Global Advisors Asia. He was also a partner and portfolio manager for PIMCO's U.S.-based macro hedge fund GreenRidge Asset Management.

On the sell-side, Drew served as Managing Director and Head of Portfolio Management and Markets Strategy at RBS and BNP Paribas.

Drew has lectured on International Finance at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and on Asian Political Economy at Johns Hopkins University -- the latter of which where he earned and worked on his Masters and Ph.D., respectively.

Eugene Budovsky
Co-Chair, Australia Working Group, FIX Trading Community, and
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 11 years front office experience in Asian equities market with roles covering electronic execution, portfolio trading, facilitation, and ETF market making.

Harald Carlens
Vice President, Electronic Products, EMEA

Harald Carlens joined ITG in 2012 and works with ITG’s clients on improving trading outcomes through customized algorithms. As part of his role, he helps ITG’s products stay ahead of market structure changes and writes market structure commentary for clients. Most recently, he has helped several large European and global asset managers implement ITG’s Algo Wheel as part of their best execution process. Carlens holds a degree in mathematics from the University of Cambridge.

Dan Chesterman
Chief Information Officer

In his current role Dan is accountable for the delivery of all technology services for the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). In this role Dan deals with the significant impact that technology is having across Financial Services in general and specifically on the opportunities and challenges this presents to the ASX given their position at the very centre of Australian Capital Markets.

Prior to joining the ASX Dan was the CIO of CommSec and the Private Bank for CBA and previously was responsible for technology for CBA’s International Financial Services (IFS) businesses in China, Indonesia, Vietnam and India.

Prior to joining CBA in 2007, Dan spent 11 years as a management consultant, with Accenture, Whittman Hart and as an independent consultant. Dan has lived and worked a significant portion of his career overseas in China, Indonesia, Singapore, India, France, USA, UK, Germany and New Zealand. Dan holds a Masters of Business Technology and a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Finance and Marketing, both from UNSW.

Trent Davis
CTO Compliance & Community
Bloomberg L.P.

Trent has been into technology since a young age, starting what became Netbox Blue in 1999 as the CTO. Trent and his engineering team became part of Bloomberg in 2015.

Netbox Blue started in network security and reporting, becoming a recognised leader in Social Media management solutions, and was named a "Cool Vendor" by Gartner for their technical prowess.

His role at Bloomberg is part of the Compliance & Community division specialising in capturing alternative communication on Social Media and Instant Messaging platforms for surveillance purposes.

Roland De Marsangy
Head of Business Development, Asia-Pacific

Roland has helped Liquidnet expand its geographical presence since joining in 2012. An initial focus on continental European members quickly expanded to include several strategic London accounts. He has also developed the trading platform expansion in emerging markets, including the launch of the on-shore South African market in 2015. In September 2016, Roland relocated to Hong Kong to lead Liquidnet’s business development and market structure efforts in the Asia-Pacific region (currently active in 13 markets).

Roland has a depth of industry experience, previously working at Bloomberg in 2005 before working in Seychelles on the equities desk of an Austrian quant-driven hedge fund in 2009. Roland was listed in Brummel Magazine’s “30 Ones to Watch” in 2014 and Financial News’ “40 Under 40 Rising Stars in Trading and Technology” in 2015.

Jennifer Dean
Head of the Aon Master Trust
Aon Hewitt

Jennifer is responsible for all aspects of the operation of the Aon Master Trust and Aon Eligible Rollover Fund including member experience, governance, investments, insurance, resource and finance management and regulatory compliance. Jennifer joined Aon Hewitt in January 1997 and was appointed a Director of Aon Superannuation Pty Limited in 2012.

She is a member of the Aon Hewitt Pacific Executive Committee and the Aon Hewitt Asia Pacific Retirement and Investment Practice Council. Over her 20 years’ with Aon, she has held several roles such as RSE Actuary, employee benefits consultant and most recently leading the Internal Office of the Trustee.

Jennifer is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Dan Enstedt
Vice President Business Development

Dan Enstedt joined FlexTrade in February 2016 and is spearheading the establishment of FlexTrade’s multi-asset business operations in Australia and New Zealand. He has more than 10 years of experience in the FinTech / electronic trading space, covering both the buy-side and sell-side.

Dan holds a Master of Science degree in Business Administration and Economics from the University of Stockholm.

Frank Freitas
Founder and CEO
Pluribus Labs

Frank Freitas is the founder and CEO of Pluribus Labs. Frank has worked in the financial services sector for over 25 years, serving most recently as the COO for Instinet, a pioneer of trading technology and market structure innovation. Frank has led product, engineering and research teams that have delivered innovative risk management, trading and analytics solutions. Frank played key product strategy roles at MSCI (then Barra), Nomura Securities International and Moody’s Analytics.

Pluribus Labs is a Fintech company that combines data science and quantitative analysis to deliver predictive analytics to investment professionals worldwide.

Kym Graham
Regional Head of Client Management, Equities & Derivatives
Societe Generale

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 which included setting up Instinet’s Australian client franchise from 2004 to 2010. 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
Alignment Systems

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.

He writes a blog at http://blog.alignment-systems.com and is presently working on projects to utilise machine learning of large real-time datasets to improve trading performance.

Now based in Sydney he has previously worked with firms such as NAB, BNP Paribas, ABN Amro and JP Morgan.

Kirsty Gross
Managing Director, Financial Markets (Australia and New Zealand)

With more than 20 years in the financial services tech industry, no one knows capital markets technology quite like Kirsty. Prior to this Kirsty also worked in broking at McIntosh Securities. At IRESS, Kirsty leads our successful Financial Markets business and is highly regarded by her clients, her peers and the people at IRESS globally for her deep understanding of our clients’ businesses, the opportunities and challenges they face and consequently their technology needs. Kirsty has a strong commercial acumen whilst taking a consultative approach to ensure we provide our clients with the right solution to deliver business outcomes.

Peter Jessup
Senior Vice President, Head of APAC Product Engineering

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.

Ian Jones
Executive Director, Electronic Trading
Goldman Sachs

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.

Eugene Kanevsky
Global Head of Electronic Trading

Eugene Kanevsky joined CLSA in November 2009 as Head of Electronic Sales, focusing on building out the electronic execution business. In May 2015 he was promoted to Global Head of Electronic Trading.

Eugene started his career in 1998 at Macquarie Bank, Sydney, where he established the firm’s DMA business. Subsequently moving to HK in 2006 as a founding member of the map-Asia Electronic Trading team.

Joe Kassel
Global Head of Dealing & Exposure Management
AMP Capital

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.

Stuart Knowling
Managing Director, Chief Executive Officer, Asia

Stuart is Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer for Instinet Pacific. Stuart's role is to run the Asian business for Instinet, with management oversight of their offices and exchange memberships in Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia. Instinet is a broker dealer with emphasis on technology to achieve the best outcome for our agency client base. Prior to this role Stuart spent 6 years as as Chief Operating Officer for the region and before that he set-up and ran Insitnet's Australian office.

Stuart holds a BSC(Econ) in International Banking and Finance from Cardiff Business School.

Jason Lapping
Head of Asia Pacific Trading
Dimensional Fund Advisors

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$675 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.

Jason works with a regional team of six traders and is an integral part of an global trading team reporting jointly to Glenn Crane, CEO of DFA Australia Limited, and John Romiza, Co-Head of Global Equity Trading based in London.

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

Edward Mangles has helped support The FIX Trading Community’s Asia Pacific committee for the past 14 years, playing a key role in promoting FIX adoption across the region, and facilitating cross-industry collaboration. In March 2009, Edward was appointed Asia Pacific Regional Director for the FIX Trading Community. Edward also established the GlobalTrading journal, alongside the www.fixglobal.com site, which focusses on institutional trading issues around the world and is the official journal of the FIX Trading Community.

Amanda Mark
Managing Director

Amanda is currently a Co-founder and Managing Director of MIntegrity, a specialist markets regulatory consulting firm, helping market participants, exchange operators and regulators to raise integrity standards across the industry. Since establishing MIntegrity in 2013 Amanda has worked on a variety of projects including financial services startups, independent compliance expert reports and remediation programs for market participants.

Previously Amanda was at the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC), Market & Participant Supervision. She was instrumental in the development and implementation of financial market infrastructure regulations and reforms such as Supervision transfer to ASIC from market operators, introduction of trading competition (Chi-X), market cost recovery, supervision and surveillance of market participants. Amanda developed ASIC's participant risk based assessment program, RADAR assessing governance, culture and conduct.

Prior to her 4.5 years in regulation Amanda spent 15 years in Investment Banking as Director, Head of Equity Operations at UBS AG in Sydney and at Morgan Stanley, Vice President - Head of Infrastructure in Australia and Vice President, Equity Client Service in New York, USA.

Amanda represented ASIC internationally: IOSCO- Meeting of Directors of Intermediary Supervision in Shenzhen, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Supervisory College in New York and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) - Financial Regulators Training Initiative in Shenzhen, Fiji, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai and Cambodia.

Matt Moore
Executive Director, Head of Australian Sales
Instinet Australia Pty Ltd.

Matt Moore is responsible for Instinet’s Australian trading business having joined in 2009. With 20 years of industry experience across roles in Transition Management and Portfolio / Electronic trading, Matt has focused his career on understanding best execution to reduce transaction costs. Prior to Instinet Matt held roles with Macquarie, Merrill Lynch and State Street Global Markets. Matt holds a Bachelor of Business and is a CFA charter holder.

Michelle Molnar
Senior Vice President, Trader
Lazard Asset Management Pacific Co. (Sydney)

Michelle Molnar is a trader at Lazard Asset Management Pacific Co. She began working in the investment field in 2001. Prior to joining Lazard in 2011, Michelle was a sell side trader at CLSA and Merrill Lynch in Tokyo. She has a BA (Hons) from the University of Oxford. She is fluent in Japanese.

Tim Morrison
Head of Risk and Compliance
Nikko Asset Management New Zealand Limited

Tim is the Head of Risk and Compliance for Nikko AM NZ. Tim has responsibility for the Risk and Compliance function for the Nikko’s Asset Management business. Previous to this Tim has held Senior Compliance and Risk Management positions with Westpac Global Markets and OM Financial an NZX Futures and Options firm. Earlier in his career he worked as an OTC Broker and has managed FX and Fixed Interest Portfolios in the Funds Management and Corporate Treasury industry.

Tim holds a Masters in Applied Finance and is an Associate of the GRC.

Richard Nelson
Head of Australia & Japan Equity Trading
T. Rowe Price

Richard Nelson has 25 years’ experience in investment markets.

Richard joined T. Rowe Price International in January 2014 and is responsible for dealing Australian, NZ and Japanese equities for local and global portfolio managers.

Before joining T. Rowe Price, Richard worked at AllianceBernstein in London as Head of EMEA Trading and in Sydney as Head of Australia/NZ Dealing.

Richard holds a CFA charter from the CFA Institute and Master of Applied Finance degree from Macquarie University.

Murrough O’Brien
Head of Liquidnet Australia
Liquidnet Australia Pty Ltd

As Head of Liquidnet Australia, Murrough is responsible for growing the domestic membership in the firm’s Australian trading venue. Liquidnet is an institutional block trading network that connect the world’s leading asset managers to one of the largest pools of liquidity for equities and fixed income globally.

Murrough has worked in the industry for over 16 years in both London and Sydney and has a broad depth of experience in electronic trading, market micro-structure, algorithmic trading and technological innovation within equities markets. Prior to Liquidnet he was Head of TradingScreen Australia & New Zealand and before that was Head of Electronic Execution for Australia and NZ at Citigroup where he helped steer the franchise through the market integrity rule changes that allowed multiple markets in Australia.

Yemi Oluwi
Co-Chair, Australia Working Group, FIX Trading Community, and
Consultant, ASX Limited

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.

Arun Prasad
Head of Market Development, Enterprise & FX, Pacific
Thomson Reuters

As Head of Market Development for Enterprise and FX (Pacific) in Thomson Reuters, Arun is responsible for business development in a dynamic market for the wide range of content and trading capabilities on the Thomson Reuters platform. Arun has over 20 years of broad management experience in sell side across trading systems, algorithmic trading, market risk and middle office processing for Equities/Fixed Income and Derivatives. Arun started his financial career in Deutsche Bank in Japan building market risk models across asset classes. Prior to joining Thomson Reuters Arun was based in Hong Kong and served as the Head for Electronic Trading Connectivity for Asia-Pacific in Deutsche Bank. In this role he was responsible for high frequency trading algorithms and infrastructure across Asia-Pacific.

Benjamin Quinlan
CEO and Managing Partner
Quinlan & Associates

Benjamin Quinlan is the CEO and Managing Partner of Quinlan & Associates, a leading independent strategy consulting firm specialising in the financial services industry. He is also the Co-Chair of the Big Data Committee of the Fintech Association of Hong Kong (FTAHK).

Benjamin has an extensive track record advising many of the world’s leading multinational companies, financial services organisations, SMEs and start-ups on a variety of high-profile strategic engagements. He is quoted extensively in the global financial press and has appeared in interviews with major media outlets, including Bloomberg, Reuters and CNBC.

Prior to founding Quinlan & Associates, Benjamin was the Head of Strategy for Deutsche Bank AG’s Equities business in Asia Pacific and its Investment Bank in Greater China, and sat on a number of the bank’s global and regional executive committees. He was also the global strategy lead for several of Deutsche Bank’s landmark projects executed out of London and New York.

Prior to Deutsche Bank, Benjamin worked as a Management Consultant at Oliver Wyman, a leading international strategy consulting firm. As part of the firm’s Corporate & Institutional Banking practice, Benjamin advised a variety of global and regional financial institutions on a range of strategic matters. He was also actively involved in the firm’s thought leadership publications and was widely regarded as one of Oliver Wyman’s global subject matter experts in investment banking and capital markets strategy.

Before joining Oliver Wyman, Benjamin worked at UBS AG in the bank’s Asia Pacific Client Coverage and Group Strategy departments, reporting into the regional President and CEO. He began his career in M&A and Capital Markets Advisory at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in Sydney.

Benjamin holds a Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a First Class Honours Degree in Economics (on scholarship) from Macquarie University, Sydney.

Emma Quinn
Global Co-Head of Equity Trading

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 was Co-Chair of the Asia Pacific Regional Committee and is currently a Director of FIX Trading Community.

Ben Radclyffe
Managing Director
Tower Research Capital

Ben Radclyffe is the Asia Pacific Managing Director for Tower Research, a leading global electronic trading firm with a focus on quantitative engineering and high performance infrastructure. Prior to joining Tower, Ben ran the regional equities electronic trading business for Deutsche Bank and has built 17 years of experience in trading technology since starting as a graduate on UBS’s FIX support desk. Ben has worked in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and is now based in Singapore.

Stuart Roberts
Founder and Senior Analyst
NDF Research

Stuart Roberts is the Founder and Senior Analyst at NDF Research, an independent equities research firm that specialises in ASX-listed Life Science companies. Stuart covered healthcare and biotechnology for the stockbroking firms Southern Cross Equities, Bell Potter and Baillieu Holst from 2002 to 2015 where he developed a reputation for detailed analysis on previously uncovered Life Science companies. After 15 months working for two ASX-listed drug development companies in 2015 and early 2016 he returned to the equity research with the founding of NDF Research.

Hani Shalabi
Co-head of Execution Services APAC
Deutsche Bank

Hani is co-head of Execution Services APAC for Deutsche Bank in HK where he recently joined in Aug 2017. Prior to that he ran the Electronic Trading team AES at Credit Suisse for 9 years in HK covering APAC. He has also run the Electronic Trading team at UBS for Asia-ex and held a variety of technology positions at Morgan Stanley in NY, Tokyo and HK.

Hani has a degree in Physics from Johns Hopkins University and a Masters in Computer Science from NYU.

Thomas Starke

Tom Starke has a PhD in Physics and is the CEO of AAAQuants, a company that provides machine learning, algorithms and data analysis to finance and manufacturing. He has previously worked in proprietary trading firms such as Vivienne Court, lectured computer simulation at Oxford University and led strategic research projects for Rolls-Royce. Tom has a keen interest in new technologies such as quantum computing and blockchain and 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.

Tom Veidners
Senior Manager - Market Surveillance, Market Supervision

Tom has over 25 years’ experience in financial markets, having commenced his career on the trading floor of the Australian Securities Exchange. For the first half of his career Tom held front office, dealing and advisory roles with a number of significant participants in Australian financial markets, including ANZ Bank and Schroders Australia. Tom then moved into Market Surveillance and Compliance roles with ASX and Credit Suisse respectively. Tom has been with ASIC for over 10 years and leads ASIC's Equities Market Surveillance team responsible for real-time market supervision and identification of serious market misconduct cases such as insider trading and market manipulation.

More speakers to be announced soon.