Guest Keynote Speakers

Chris Ryan
Chairman and CEO, First Harbour Capital Partners
Co-founder, Digital Finance Media

Chris has over 35 years of senior experience in financial services across Asia Pacific. He is Chairman and Chief Executive of First Harbour Capital Partners, an investment and consulting business, advising financial services businesses wanting to grow into APAC markets, across APAC markets or from APAC markets to global markets. With strong and deep experience in all Asia Pacific financial markets, the firm is well-positioned to assist fund managers, hedge fund managers, wealth managers and other financial services businesses to take advantage of the substantial opportunities Asia Pacific markets provide. Chris is also the Co-founder of Digital Finance Media, a partnership with Jame Dibiasio, ex-Managing Editor of AsianInvestor magazine. DigFin is focused on FinTech from the users and investors point of view and produces publications, training, education and other activities designed to assist financial institutions and investors to take advantage of the rapidly changing environment for the purchase of financial services by institutions and individual investors.

Previously, Chris was Managing Director and Head of Asia Pacific for MSCI Inc., a risk management, analytics, real estate data and indexes, ESG data and analytics business, in addition to the equity index business for which the brand is well-known. Before MSCI, Chris was CEO and Managing Director of Perpetual Limited, a listed Australian investment and wealth management company, Managing Director and Head of Asia for Fidelity International and CEO of ING Investment Management Asia Pacific Ltd, one of Asia Pacific’s largest investment management companies. He held similar senior positions with HSBC Asset Management and National Mutual Funds management.

Chris is based in Hong Kong and holds a Bachelor of Business degree from Monash University.

Larry Tabb
Founder & Research Chairman
TABB Group

Larry Tabb is the Founder and Research Chairman of TABB Group, the financial markets’ strategic advisory and research firm. Since 2003 TABB Group has helped senior industry leaders make critical business decisions by accurately assessing their customer base, competition, and evaluating key market opportunities.

Larry, as a senior research ambassador of TABB Group who writes, opines, and works with clients to help them rethink their strategic directions. Larry has recently focused his research and writing on industry trends, the impact of politics and regulation on financial markets and the industry, equity and fixed income market structures, and new and emerging technology and its impact on finance.

Mr. Tabb sits on the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Technical Advisory Committee, following a two-year appointment as a member of its Subcommittee of Automated and High Frequency Trading (HFT). In September 2012 he was invited by the US Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs to testify at the Senate Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance and Investment session on computerized trading.

Before founding TABB Group, Larry was vice president and founder of TowerGroup’s Securities & Investments practice. Prior to TowerGroup, he managed business analysis for Lehman Brothers’ Trading Services Division and was responsible for overseeing the specification, testing and implementation of dozens of major systems. Larry began his career managing various fixed income operations for Citi’s North American Investment Bank.


Murat Atamer
Head of Asia Pacific Electronic and Portfolio Trading, Asia Pacific Equities
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Murat Atamer is the Asia Pacific Head of Electronic and Portfolio 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 Trading Product for Credit Suisse. Previously, Murat headed the Quantitative Trading Strategy Team for Credit Suisse Electronic and Portfolio Trading teams 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.

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.

Ulf Carlsson
General Manager & Head of North Asia & Japan

Mr. Ulf Carlsson joined Nasdaq in 1996. He has been the Head of Nasdaq’s operations in North Asia & Japan, based in Hong Kong, since 2003.

He is also the Chairman of Nasdaq Japan Ltd., and Director of the Board of Nasdaq Hong Kong Ltd and Nasdaq Singapore Ltd.

Previously, from 1996 to 2003, he was the Head of Nasdaq Marketplace Business Unit, global responsible for development and support of the marketplace systems business.

Ulf holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science at the University of Lund, Sweden.

Wai Kin Chan
Head of Asia Distribution
XTX Markets

Wai Kin Chan is the Head of Asia Distribution for XTX Markets. Prior to joining XTX Markets, a leading quantitative-driven electronic market-maker, he was the Asia Pacific Head of Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities for Electronic Distribution, Bank Sales and Prime Brokerage for Morgan Stanley. Wai Kin has also held senior roles at Deutsche Bank and spent time in Technology, Quants, Development & Support at Barclays Capital and JPMorgan.

Marcus Consolini
Managing Director - Corporate Acquisitions
Odyssey Capital Group

Marcus Consolini is the Managing Director of Corporate Acquisitions for Odyssey Capital Group. Marcus manages the groups global acquisition strategy including assessment, negotiation and transition through to implementation and integration.

Before joining Odyssey, Marcus was the Managing Director, Head of Asia Pacific for Ullink. In addition to the Electronic Trading vendor space of Ullink and SWIFT, Marcus spent ten years on the sell side as Managing Director - Head of Execution Trading Services for Societe Generale, Head of Electronic Client Services/Asia for JPMorgan and Head of Electronic Trading and Global Account Management for Macquarie. Prior to his service in Investment Banking and the vendor space, Marcus worked in Accounting and Financial Consulting for Deloitte & Touche and American Express. With the exception of 3 years in London, Marcus has focused his career in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and Vietnam.

Marcus Consolini is the Managing Director of Corporate Acquisitions for Odyssey Capital Group. Marcus manages the groups global acquisition strategy including assessment, negotiation and transition through to implementation and integration.

Before joining Odyssey, Marcus was the Managing Director, Head of Asia Pacific for Ullink. In addition to the Electronic Trading vendor space of Ullink and SWIFT, Marcus spent ten years on the sell side as Managing Director - Head of Execution Trading Services for Societe Generale, Head of Electronic Client Services/Asia for JPMorgan and Head of Electronic Trading and Global Account Management for Macquarie. Prior to his service in Investment Banking and the vendor space, Marcus worked in Accounting and Financial Consulting for Deloitte & Touche and American Express. With the exception of 3 years in London, Marcus has focused his career in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and Vietnam.

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.

David deGraw
Head of Algorithmic Trading
Daiwa Securities

David deGraw is Head of Algorithmic Trading at Daiwa Securities in Japan. David’s previous career spans a range of quantitative trading roles from managing the program trading desk for Citigroup to running the single-name option book as well as the delta-one desk for Morgan Stanley. David holds a Ph. D in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley and worked on quantum computing at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab prior to starting his finance career at Morgan Stanley.

Ian Domowitz
Vice Chairman

Ian Domowitz, who joined ITG in 2001, also is a fellow at Columbia University in the Program in the Law and Economics of Capital Markets. Previously, he was the Mary Jean and Frank P. Smeal Professor of Finance at Pennsylvania State University and the Household International Research Professor of Economics at Northwestern University.

He also has been head of the NASD’s economic advisory board and has held positions with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, International Monetary Fund, and World Bank. He has published dozens of journal articles on financial economics and market structure.

Domowitz holds an honors B.A. from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego.

Michael Drake
Co-Chair of the Asia Pacific Education and Marketing Subcommittee, FIX Trading Community, and
Head of Sales and Business Development – Asia, Symphony Communication Services

Michael is the Head of Sales and Business Development for Asia with Symphony Communication Services and is based in Hong Kong. Michael also serves with FIX Trading Community (Co-Chair, APAC Education and Marketing Subcommittee and Asia Chair, Global Membership Services) and has volunteered with the group since 2009.

Before Symphony, Michael spun off and worked as the Asia Regional Director for REDI Technologies, and prior to that, with Goldman Sachs as Executive Director in its New York, Tokyo, and Hong Kong offices, focusing on execution sales, product development, and marketing for its electronic trading division. Michael holds a BBA from The University of Texas at Austin's Red McCombs School of Business.

John Fildes
Industry Consultant


Arjen Gaasbeek
Managing Director
Flow Traders Asia

Arjen Gaasbeek started his career in 2002 as a marketmaker in Equity options with Optiver in Amsterdam and Sydney. Arjen then went on to become the senior Risk manager at ABN Amro Clearing in Sydney. In early 2008 Arjen moved to Ingensoma Trading Group in Seoul to trade Kospi200 Index options. Late 2008 came to Hong Kong to set-up market making operations as the local MD. In 2010 he set-up Ingensoma’s Algorithmic trading desk and headed Ingensoma’s Business Development. In September 2013 he set-up a trading operation under TCG Capital, a family office. In 2016 he moved on to become Managing Director of Flow Traders Asia based in Singapore.

Matthew Hassan
Head of Platform Sales
Nomura Securities

Matt Hassan is the Head of Platform Sales for Nomura Securities in Japan. Prior to his role at Nomura, Matt was in the low latency space at Lehman Brothers Japan where he solidified the client coverage offering. Following the bankruptcy of Lehman, Matt was instrumental in moving clients to Nomura and was key in expanding the electronic offering at the firm.

In his 15 plus years of industry experience, Matt has held a variety of senior positions within the electronic trading world both in the US and Asia.

With extensive contacts throughout the broker and hedge fund community, execution venues, technology and service vendors, Matt is regularly sought out as a thought leader in the electronic execution space.

Joel Hurewitz
Global Head of Broker Dealer Strategy & Product Development

In addition to running the AEJ broker dealer sales team, Mr. Hurewitz is also responsible for designing and delivering Instinet's solutions to broker dealers globally. Before taking on this role, Mr. Hurewitz was the Head of Product Strategy and Electronic Trading at Instinet. With 17 years equities experience in Asia, Mr. Hurewitz has been an active member and supporter of FIX Trading Community since the beginning.

Prior to joining Instinet, Mr. Hurewitz was Head of Sales for BlocSec at CLSA, and Asia-Pacific Head of Electronic Trading Products at HSBC.

Jay Hurley
Co-Chair of the FICC Committee, FIX Trading Community, and
Vice President, State Street

Jay is the Regional Head of eFX, APAC for State Street since joining the firm in 2016. Prior to this, Jay spent five years at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Hong Kong and eight years at Morgan Stanley in both London and Hong Kong in eFX trading. He has spent his 19 year financial services career in electronic trading starting in equities at Morgan Stanley and UBS.

Jay is an eleven year veteran of the FIX community: he has co-chaired the FX Technical Subcommittee, the FX Committee, and was elected to co-chair the FICC (Fixed Income, Currencies, Commodities) Committee in 2014 and is an active member of the Asia Pacific Steering Committee.

Jay received a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Edinburgh.

Chris Jenkins
Managing Director, Asia Pacific

Chris joined TORA in 2006 as Managing Director for the Asia Pacific region. Chris has been in the industry for over 20 years, 14 of these in Asia.

TORA is a provider of asset management technology including EMS, OMS and Portfolio Management and Risk systems, algorithmic strategies and off market liquidity. Prior to joining TORA, Chris worked in Hong Kong at SWIFT, where he managed the Asian FIX sales team. Before SWIFT, Chris worked for Macgregor, a U.S. based order management system (OMS) provider. Chris also worked for AXA Investment Managers and HSBC Stockbroking in London.

Chris has previously served as Co-Chair of the Asia-Pacific Committee for FIX Trading Community, and had been instrumental in expanding the use of electronic trading throughout Asia.

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 and held various positions including Head of Equities Trading Technology. He subsequently moved to Hong Kong with Macquarie, initially as a founding member of the pan-Asia Electronic Trading Team and platform and more recently as Head of Electronic Trading Coverage desk.

Mehmet S. Kinak
Vice President and Head of Global Equity Market Structure and Electronic Trading
T. Rowe Price Group, Inc.

Mehmet Kinak is a vice president of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. He is the head of Global Equity Market Structure and Electronic Trading. Mehmet's primary focus is electronic and program trading, market structure analysis, and transaction cost analysis. He serves on the Institutional Traders Advisory Committees of the New York Stock Exchange, Bats Global Markets, IEX Group, and NASDAQ. Mehmet is currently a member of the SEC Equity Market Structure Advisory Committee. He joined the firm in 2000 and worked as a portfolio accounting associate, investment liaison, portfolio implementation manager, and electronic trader before assuming his current role in 2014.

Mehmet earned a B.S. in finance from Virginia Polytechnic University.

Stuart Knowling
Managing Director, Chief Operating Officer, Asia

Stuart is Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer for Instinet Pacific. The role includes oversight of Instinet's 3 offices and exchange memberships as well as managing relationships with local brokers in markets that Instinet does not have a presence. Stuart moved to this role in Hong Kong in 2010 after spending 3 years working as Country Head for Instinet in Australia. The role in Sydney involved setting up Instinet's Australian franchise from the ground up including building front and back office teams and systems, gaining exchange and clearing house memberships. Prior to joining Instinet Stuart spent 10 years with Deutsche Bank in roles in Sydney and London.

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

Matthew Lempriere
Co-Chair of the Asia Pacific Education and Marketing Subcommittee, FIX Trading Community, and
Head of Financial Services Market Segment, Global Enterprise Services – International, Telstra

Matthew Lempriere is the Global Head of Financial Services Market Segment of Telstra Global, an Australian telco and information services company.

Based in Hong Kong, Lempriere is responsible for identifying and optimising opportunities for the company within the financial services sector across Asia Pacific, EMEA and the US.

With more than 20 years of sales and account management experience in the financial and telco industries, Lempriere has in-depth specialist knowledge in the delivery of electronic trading and information applications to the banking industry. Before joining Telstra Global, he was the Head of BT Radianz for Asia Pacific.

Stephane Loiseau
Managing Director, Head of Cash Equities & Global Execution Services - Asia Pacific, Global Markets
Societe Generale

Stephane is a Managing Director within Societe Generale's Global Markets division, and has a dual mandate of Head of Cash Equities for Asia Pacific and Head of Global Execution Services, which comprises cross asset execution across “high touch” Sales & Trading, as well as electronic trading solutions.

With 20 years of experience in Institutional trading spanning the US, Europe and Asia, Stephane is responsible for all the sales & trading activities for Societe Generale in the region covering Equities and Listed derivatives, bringing together trading expertise across multiple asset classes.

Kris Longmore
Co-founder and Head of Quantitative Research

Kris Longmore is co-founder and Head of Quantitative Research at Quantify. An algorithmic trading and machine learning specialist, Kris is also author of one of the world’s most popular quant blogs - www.robotwealth.com. He is passionate about helping people and companies better understand the power of data.

Kris draws on his background in engineering and data science to inform his approach to capital markets. He holds a Masters in Environmental Engineering and worked as a data scientist in geo-engineering prior to founding Quantify.

Stephen Malinak
Global Head of Persistent Analytics and Data Science, Financial & Risk Division
Thomson Reuters

Dr. Stephen Malinak is Global Head of Persistent Analytics and Data Science for the Financial & Risk Division of Thomson Reuters. His team builds a wide variety of predictive analytics across multiple asset classes based on the vast range of Thomson Reuters content sets. Current research includes using Big Data content such as unstructured text to find new predictive signals.

Stephen was Director of Quantitative Research for StarMine prior to its acquisition by Thomson Reuters in 2008. Before that he worked as a litigation consultant and a strategy consultant, valuing businesses and forecasting commodity markets. Stephen has a Ph.D. and M.S. from Stanford in Engineering‐Economic Systems. He also has an S.B. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.

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.

Darryl Mckeown
Head of APAC Electronic Sales & Trading
J.P. Morgan

Darryl Mckeown is Head of APAC Electronic Sales & Trading at J.P. Morgan, based in Hong Kong. Darryl joined JPM in 2016, he has 13 years’ experience across Program & Electronic Sales & Trading having previously worked at Barclays and BAML in Asia & Europe. He holds a Bachelors Degree from Massy University, New Zealand.

Lee McQueen
Senior Sales Trader

Lee McQueen joined CLSA’s Execution Services team in Hong Kong in August 2014 as a senior sales trader looking after Asian and European based clients.

Lee is a broking industry veteran with 27 years of experience and a founding FIX committee member in Asia Pacific.

Lee started his career at Baring Securities in 1989 in London and moved to Hong Kong in 1994. He spent 13 years at UBS in Hong Kong & Singapore with his last role being Head of ASEAN Sales trading in Singapore. After a brief spell at Deutsche Bank in 2010 he joined Religare as Head of Sales Trading & Execution based in Singapore – responsible for setting up building the business from inception.

Jessica Morrison
Co-Chair of the Asia Pacific Exchanges and Regulatory Subcommittee, FIX Trading Community, and
Head of Asia Pacific Market Structure, Analytics and Commission Management, Deutsche Bank

Market Structure is based in Equity Trading and focuses on the effect that changes in regulation, technology and explicit costs have on micros structure features such as liquidity, volatility and implicit costs, in order to inform trading behaviours. Analytics considers data driven themes within the market, and individual algo performance through TCA. Commission Management offers CSAs to local and global fund managers allowing them to unbundle execution and research, a hot topic given the upcoming implementation of unbundling for MiFID II.

Jessica continues to track China developments from the Connect programme to the more recent PFM WFOE scheme and MSCI inclusion proposals. She has also been focused on Japan given upcoming HFT registration requirements, the potential for liquidity shifts as margin trading comes on line for PTS venues and the impact of ETF growth on intraday liquidity. Another core theme for the year is the extra territoriality of MiFID II in the APAC region for the various workstreams such as investor protection (best ex and unbundling), pre- and post-trade transparency, algo requirements and transaction reporting.

As Co-Chair of FIX Trading Community's Exchanges and Regulatory Subcommittee, Jessica hopes to encourage a broad range of participants to engage with changes in the trading landscape. The group is currently working on the potential standardisation of algo definitions and potential improvements to exchange testing environments.

Having moved to Hong Kong in 2011, Jessica has worked for Deutsche since 2009, initially in Compliance. She previously worked for Morgan Stanley and holds an MA in Law from the University of Cambridge.

Benjamin Quinlan
CEO and Managing Partner
Quinlan & Associates

Benjamin Quinlan is the CEO and Managing Partner of Quinlan & Associates.

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.

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.

Samir Rath
CEO and Founder
Blue Pool

Samir Rath is CEO and founder of Blue Pool, a capital markets technology company. Blue Pool enacts buy and sell side business transformation, one algorithm at a time. He started his career as a macroeconomist with the Monetary Authority of Singapore and then helped build the largest algorithmic market making business in Asia for KCG (Getco). Subsequently, he headed the HFT FX team globally for DRW (Chopper). He has been investing globally in data analytics startups for the last five years and is a published author with his book "No Startup Hipsters" being read in 83 countries.

Kevin Rideout
Managing Director, Market Development Division
Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd

Mr. Kevin Rideout joined HKEX in April 2015 as Head of the Client and Marketing Services of Market Development Division. He is principally responsible for the division’s client relationship management and marketing services.

Mr. Rideout joined HKEX from Citigroup, where he served as Head of Wholesale Execution Services, Asia and Chief Spokesman on the implementation of Stock Connect in Hong Kong and was based in London of Citi as the Global Head of Market Infrastructures and HFT Clearing Group.

Prior to joining Citi, Mr Rideout spent 10 years at Thomson Reuters. He held various positions in Thomson Reuters, including Regional Manager Hong Kong, Regional Director Japan and Korea, Managing Director Asia in Singapore and Managing Director - Global Head of Relationship Management and Sales in London for the Omgeo (DTCC) Division. Mr. Rideout holds a Bsc (Hons) Environmental Chemistry from the University of Hertfordshire UK.


Gerardo Salandra (Jerry)
CEO and Founder

CEO and founder of Rocketbots (www.rocketbots.io), a Hong Kong based company specialized in developing AI-powered Chatbot solutions. With previous experience in IBM, Google and several fast-growing startups, he has accumulated profound expertise in artificial intelligence, growth hacking, and digital marketing. Former Head of Growth Marketing at NDN Group, leading the Marketing Technology and Business Automation initiatives.


Matthew Saul
Head Trader (Asia)
Fidelity International

Matt manages a team of eight equity traders based in Hong Kong, covering all markets in the Asia-Pacific region. He joined Fidelity in 2002 as the Australian equity trader, relocating from Melbourne. Matt was Chairman of the Asia Trader Forum. Prior to joining Fidelity, Matt had previously worked for Citi for five years, on both the buy and sell side.

Matt is a CFA charterholder and also graduated with a Bachelor of Arts & Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne.


Daniel Shek
Co-Chair of the Asia Pacific Technical Subcommittee, FIX Trading Community, and
Product Manager - Asia, Bloomberg LP

Daniel has over 17 years working in the financial technology industry. He is passionate about applying the latest technologies into the financial industry and he is a product manager at Bloomberg LP doing exactly that. He is also Co-Chair of the FIX technical subcommittee in Asia.


Nick Silver
Managing Director, Head of Global Prime Finance, Asia Pacific
Deutsche Bank

Nick Silver is Head of Global Prime Finance in Asia Pacific at Deutsche Bank. He has been with the Bank for 13 years, initially based in Tokyo before relocating to Hong Kong in early 2007.

As Head of Prime Finance, Nick is responsible for our client financing platform, which encompasses physical prime brokerage as well as our market leading swap platform, as well as our Synthetic Equity business, which provides clients with access to proprietary and broad market indices, custom baskets and ETFs.

Nick holds Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Melbourne.


Francis So
Co-Chair of the Asia Pacific Steering Committee, FIX Trading Community, and
Head of Trading Asia, BNP Paribas Dealing Services Asia

Francis So is the Head of Dealing (Asia) for BNP Paribas Dealing Services Asia Ltd which is a centralized dealing desk for buy side clients. He is responsible for the overall dealing process covering the Pan Asian markets across several asset classes (equity, CBs, fixed income and listed derivatives). He has more than 20 years’ experience in trading and his previous job experience included working for Fidelity International (HK) as a senior trader and Head of Dealing with Baring Asset Management (HK).


Denis Sweeney
Business Development Director, Asia Pacific

Upon graduation from college in Ireland as Electronic Engineer, joined Fujitsu Japan in 1990 as a software engineer. Between 1994 and 2006, involved in system development, design, implementation, operation and support projects at Japanese and Asia Pacific security firms and banks in the areas of market data, treasury risk management and automated FX trading. From 2007 to 2010 was Representative Director of NYSE Technologies in Japan. From 2011 to 2016 was Representative Director of Interactive Data/ICE Data Services Japan. Joined Metamako as Business Development Director, Asia Pacific in September 2016.


Curtis Tai
Director, Asia-Pacific ETF Sales & Trading
Jane Street

Curtis joined Jane Street in 2015 to expand its ETF Sales and Trading functions to Asia-Pacific from New York and London. Prior to this, he was a Senior Vice President and ETF Specialist at CSOP Asset Management Ltd with a focus on institutional sales and client portfolio management. Curtis was also a Manager at China Asset Management (HK) Ltd (ChinaAMC), responsible for their ETFs business including Capital Markets and Institutional Sales, where he helped to launch the world’s first RQFII ETF investing into onshore China. He also worked at Yuanta SIT in Taiwan, developing international business in ETF and indexing solutions and advisory. Mr. Tai received a BSBA degree from Washington University in St Louis.


Lisa Taikitsadaporn
Managing Partner, Brook Path Partners, Inc., and
Member, Global Technical Committee Governance Board, FIX Trading Community, and
Technical Project Manager, FIX Trading Community

Ms. Taikitsadaporn has over 20 years of experience with the FIX Protocol and its use for straight-through processing, covering pre-trade, trade, post-trade, clearing and regulatory reporting across different asset classes. Since founding Brook Path Partners in 2001, she has advised her clients on using FIX beyond just orders and executions into other functional areas that FIX supports today. More recently she has been consulting on using FIX to support regulatory reporting requirements for different regimes including Dodd-Frank, and MiFID II / MiFIR reporting regimes.

Between 2012 and 2015 the Brook Path team was commissioned to work with FIX and the Futures Industry Association (FIA) members to enhance the FIX Protocol to support OTC derivatives, and worked with the FIA to submit enhancement requests for FIX to support various different aspects of Dodd-Frank reporting requirements that affects their clearing members. The Brook Path team currently is supporting their clients' and FIX Trading Community's EMEA working groups and the Global Technical Committee in their efforts to enhance FIX Protocol to support ESMA MiFID II and MiFIR reporting regimes.

Ms. Taikitsadaporn also serves as a subject matter expert in FIX's collaboration with the ISO 20022 standard. She also represents FIX Trading Community on the Accredited Standards Committee's X9D sub-committee, ISO TC68's ISO20022 Registration Management Group, TC68's Working Group 5 (Semantics Working Group), TC68/SC4's Working Group 6 (Classification of Financial Instruments (CFI) Working Group), and TC68/TAG 1 (Technical Advisory Group 1). She is also one of the liaisons representing FIX Trading Community in other standards groups such as the Object Management Group.

Ms. Taikitsadaporn earned her Master of Science in Finance from the McCallum Graduate School of Business at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts, and her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Management Information Systems from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Massachusetts.


Brook Teeter
Managing Director, Asia Pacific
DRW Singapore Pte Ltd

Brook Teeter is Managing Director and Head of Asia for DRW in Singapore, joining the firm in November 2016. He is responsible for overseeing DRW’s extensive trading operations and Business Development opportunities across the Asia Pacific region.

Mr. Teeter's previous roles include Managing Director of Tower Research Capital, Managing Director at KCG Holdings and Director and Head of Client Trading Execution Sales at Credit Suisse, both in Hong Kong. Brook had been with Credit Suisse for nearly six years originally starting as their Head of AES (Algorithmic) Sales for Asia. In addition to Credit Suisse he has held positions at ETRADE, Javelin Technologies and Gordon, Haskett and Co., a boutique brokerage and financial software company in New York and San Diego. Brook has been in the Financial Services industry for over 20 years.

Brook has been an active member of the US and Asia Pacific FPL (FIX Protocol Limited) Steering Committee since 2000. He has held several positions including Co-Chair of the Global Membership Committee, Co-Chair of the Asian Education and Marketing Committee and has written and spoken extensively on the subject of Capital Markets.

Mr. Teeter holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and advanced degrees in Finance and Marketing from the University of Delaware graduating in 1994.


Ben Valentine
Managing Director, Head of Pan Asia Electronic Execution

Ben Valentine, Managing Director, Head of Equity Electronic Execution for Pan Asia, based in Hong Kong for the past 7 years. Prior to Hong Kong, Ben was based in Sydney where he ran the Citi Electronic Execution Sales desk. Over the years, Ben has played an active role in market reform, working closely with both the buy-side, sell-side and local exchanges/regulators.


Simon Williams
Director, Head of APAC Equity Trading

Simon N. Williams, Director, is Head of APAC Equity Trading within BlackRock's Trading and Liquidity Strategies Group. He is responsible for overseeing the equity trading function in the region.

Mr. Williams' service with the firm dates back to 2002, including his years with Barclays Global Investors (BGI), which merged with BlackRock in 2009. At BGI, he had responsibility for implementing trading strategies for all of BGI Europe's index and transition management products. Prior to BGI, Mr. Williams worked as a member of the equity portfolio trading desk at CLSA.

Mr. Williams earned a BSc Hons degree in geological sciences from Durham University in 1995.

More speakers to be announced soon.