Calissa has been the Group Senior Manager of Market Conduct since July. The team oversees investment banks, stock brokers, market participants and providers of retail over-the-counter derivatives. Prior to this, she led the oversight of securities markets and credit rating agencies, as well as ASIC’s equity market structure work.
Prior to joining ASIC, Calissa was in London at the Royal Bank of Scotland and the now Financial Conduct Authority. She started her career at the Commonwealth Treasury dealing with foreign investment and international matters.
Damian Bierman is Head of Asia-Pacific for FactSet's Portfolio Management & Trading business unit. He is responsible for its day-to-day operations and oversees the teams responsible for delivering the full suite of PMT products and services across the region, including Portware EMS. Damian joined Portware in 2007, opening the firm's office in Hong Kong and establishing its presence in the region.
Damian is 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 14 years, playing an active role in promoting the adoption of FIX across the region.
Prior to Portware, Damian ran FIX Services in APAC for NYFIX, setting up its Hong Kong office in 2004. Damian joined Javelin Technologies in New York in 2000, implementing its Appia FIX engine technology at numerous buy- and sell-side institutions globally.
Previously, Damian held a research position at Carnegie Mellon Research Institute in Pittsburgh, PA, working on the DOT-funded Driver Drowsiness Detection & Countermeasures study, as well as a study of expert landmine detection skill for the US Army.
Damian received his B.S. in Cognitive Science from Carnegie Mellon University in May 1997.
David has responsibility for leading the commercial outcomes of ASX’s new Data Analytics business. Underpinning the business is a governed data platform that will open up ASX’s rich datasets, enable commercialisation of data for third parties and facilitate the creation of analytics-based data solutions.
David has over 15 years’ experience leading teams to deliver high-profile financial markets systems including ASX’s derivatives trading platform (NTP). Prior to ASX David held senior technology delivery roles within KPMG and CBA.
Eugene Budovsky is Head of Low Touch Equities Execution, Australia for Credit Suisse, and has responsibilities that cover sales, trading, connectivity, regulatory compliance, and product development. Prior to joining Credit Suisse in mid-2018, Eugene was Head of Deutsche Bank’s Autobahn Equities electronic execution platform for Australia and New Zealand.
Eugene has 12 years front office experience in Asian equities with roles covering electronic execution, portfolio trading, facilitation, and ETF market making.
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.
Justin Chow is the Head of Business Development, Asia for Cumberland - a DRW Company, one of the world's largest liquidity providers in cryptoassets. After joining DRW in 2015 as a global macro proprietary trader, he transferred internally and is now focused on helping the Cumberland team expand and grow its business in Asia.
Prior to DRW, Justin was a global macro trader at hedge fund Citadel, where he specialized in trading and managing portfolios of foreign exchange and liquid futures. Justin started his career as a distressed debt and securities analyst within the hedge fund industry.
Justin earned a BS in economics and psychology from Columbia University and was Captain of the Men’s Varsity Tennis Team.
Ben is a senior specialist at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), focussing on the implementation of OTC derivative reforms. Since joining ASIC in 2013, he has been involved in a range of financial regulatory reforms, including the implementation of OTC derivative trade reporting and central clearing, benchmarks reforms and a range of market infrastructure issues.
In 2016 and 2017, Ben worked at the Futures Industry Association (FIA) in Washington, DC. As manager of international policy and projects at the FIA, Ben worked on capital and CCP risk issues that impact centrally cleared derivatives markets. Prior to joining ASIC, Ben was a senior analyst at the Financial Services Authority (FSA) in the UK. At the FSA, Ben worked on of secondary market equity and derivative policy matters, and the implementation of the G20 OTC derivatives reforms in the European Union. Earlier, Ben worked as an analyst at the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority, working in the supervisory team of a major Australian financial institution.
Ben received a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) from the University of Sydney and a Masters in Finance from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Carole Comerton-Forde is Professor of Finance. 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 University of Melbourne, 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 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.
Mel joined Credit Suisse in June 2018 as Head of Low Touch Sales. She is responsible for driving the growth in market share of Credit Suisse electronic execution platform, Advanced Execution Services (AES).
Prior to joining Credit Suisse, Mel spent 5 years at the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) as Business Development Manager for Trade Execution. At the ASX Mel was responsible for building the sales and client engagement function in Trade Execution and increasing the profile of Centre Point across both buy-side and sell-side clients to maintain market share.
Mel has over 20 years experience in Financial Markets, including 12 years on the Portfolio Trading desk at Citi in Sydney and in London. She started her career in Financial Markets in the open out-cry pits as a Price Reporter at the Sydney Futures Exchange (SFE) and then as a Futures Trader for Macquarie Bank.
Mel holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment.
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.
Richard is the CEO of Digital Asset Capital Management, a global investment manager of dedicated digital asset funds for institutional and family office investors. As well as leading DACM from its inception in early-2017 Richard has over 20 years of financial market and investment banking experience at J.P. Morgan and Goldman Sachs JBWere which included roles as the Co-Head of Telecommunications, Media & Technology Investment Banking for Goldman Sachs JBWere and as Head of Equity Capital & Derivative Markets for J.P.Morgan Australia & New Zealand. Richard has a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) and Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance & Investment.
Sophie is responsible for Commonwealth Bank’s portfolio of blockchain and embodied AI/social robotics projects, including design, development and testing of prototypes to drive commercial outcomes. The team collaborates closely with the customers, fintechs, government, universities and industry participants to experiment in order to fuel innovation, uncovering insights and knowledge to create customer value.
Sophie has a background in investment banking, working in capital markets in Europe and Australia.
Benjamin is a senior systems analyst for the Australian Federal Government. He is currently working to develop and deliver a modular framework for automation of claim processing for social service benefits, part of the Government’s $1B commitment to Delivery Modernisation (WPIT). Benjamin has previously completed work for Macquarie Private Wealth and is currently the Australian lead for ETHLend (AAVE)– a decentralised P2P lending platform built on Ethereum. Benjamin holds a BS in Information Technology majoring in Information Systems & Business Analysis.
Duncan Higgins heads ITG’s electronic products in EMEA with responsibility for product strategy, client consulting and market structure for the region. He also oversees ITG's MiFID II program, including changes to tools to help clients meet their regulatory obligations.
Prior to joining ITG in 2010, he spent two years at the multilateral trading facility, Turquoise, which followed nine years at UBS in client trading and execution.
Anu Kaarla is a Dealer at Tribeca Investment Partners. Prior to joining Tribeca in 2010, Anu worked with Mercer in Sydney, in both the Investment Consulting and Outsourcing groups within the organisation. Anu has a Masters in International Business from the London Metropolitan University (U.K).
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.
Alexandre Kech is Head of Securities & FX Markets, APAC at SWIFT, responsible for SWIFT’s business development for the securities & FX customer segments in the Asia-Pacific region. He is also looking at FinTech engagement in the region with a particular focus on Blockchain/Distributed Ledger Technology for securities & FX.
Securities & FX activities represent more than 50% of SWIFT's messaging volumes with a double digits annual growth. SWIFT delivers products and services to more than 80 securities market infrastructures (Exchange, CCP, CSD) as well as CLS, and to thousands of asset managers, brokers, custodians, investment banks, enabling them to transact in a secure, resilient, reliable, standardized, automated and, therefore, cost-efficient way.
Andrew King is responsible for driving the growth of Symphony's business in Australia and New Zealand. Previously led Managed Services sales (kyc.com and Digital) for IHS Markit in Australia and New Zealand having established the Markit offices in Sydney in late 2007. Prior to Markit, spent three years in Pan-European Equities Fund Management with INVESCO in London following the completion of an MBA at City University. https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrewking1/
Jason Lapping heads Dimensional’s International trading team, with twelve traders located in London, Singapore and Sydney. His focus is on ensuring the firm's execution strategies and technological infrastructure meet the highest standards.
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 joined Dimensional in 2010 and brings deep knowledge and experience of global markets, including the unique microstructure of those in the Asia Pacific region. This experience was garnered over fourteen years working around the world with Societe Generale in their equities derivatives division, and heading desks in London, Paris, Hong Kong and Australia.
Jason reports to Ryan Wiley, Co-Head of Global Equity Trading.
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 on equities and derivatives across all execution channels, from “high touch” Sales & Trading to Electronic Solutions.
With over 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 advisory and trading expertise across multiple asset classes. His areas of interest extend to market micro-structure & regulation, digital solutions, and research & advisory services.
Kerrie Ma is a Senior Specialist in ASIC's Market Enforcement division, where she provides advanced strategic and technical advice and guidance across investigations, with a particular focus on Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities markets.
Kerrie is currently co-leading ASIC's internal crypto-assets working group, as well as ASIC’s enforcement approach to cryptocurrency-related misconduct. Since joining ASIC in 2011, Kerrie has been involved in a range of major investigations, most recently the investigations into misconduct in the spot foreign exchange market. She has Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws degrees from the University of Sydney.
Edward Mangles has helped support The FIX Trading Community’s Asia Pacific committee for the past 17 years, playing a key role in promoting institutional trading standards and 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, and works closely with the buyside, sellside, regulator, exchange and technology provider members of the institutional trading community to support efficient trading. 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.
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 Moloney is responsible for Financial Institutions, Markets Australia, at ANZ. He leads sales teams covering the Fixed Income, Credit, FX, Money Markets and Private Bank segments. Previously Tim was Co-head of Global Investor Sales, after joining ANZ from Barclays Bank in Singapore. During his time at Barclays, Tim had responsibility for various sales teams in the UK and Asia. He was also actively involved in their FX technology build. Tim has a Masters of Commerce (Finance & Econometrics) from the University of New South Wales and is currently studying a Masters of Data Science at the University of Sydney. www.linkedin.com/in/timmoloney
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.
Execution Services Sales considers the product, strategies and content needed to effectively execute a trade. Jessica has a background in market structure for the region having moved to Hong Kong in 2011. She continues to track developments and publish content on the macro trading environment with regards to regulation, technology and explicit costs.
Through data analytics, the impact of such changes on the microstructure are researched to see where the character of liquidity is impacted. Where impact is observed, these findings are fed back into the Morgan Stanley service offering helping clients minimise implicit costs and maximise volume capture be it through the Sales Trading, Electronic or Programme Trading teams.
Jessica re-joined Morgan Stanley in November 2017 having originally worked in the London Compliance team from 2006-2009. Between those dates, Jessica ran the Deutsche Bank Market Structure team in Hong Kong. Jessica holds a MA in Law from Cambridge 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.
Passionate about the opportunities for innovation within Financial Services.
Technology Strategist and Program Manager with 20 years’ experience in assisting business and IT leaders across different industry sectors with the planning and realisation of digital transformation initiatives. Trusted advisor to key stakeholders and C-level executives.
Applying strong business and architectural skills to orchestrate the creation and delivery of innovative solutions that generate and accelerate business value.
Developing relationships with our biggest clients in Financial Services to help solve complex challenges via Microsoft and Partner innovation, particularly interested in Fintech players.
As Head of Market Development for Enterprise and FX (Pacific) in Refinitiv, Arun is responsible for business development in a dynamic market for the wide range of content and trading capabilities on the Refinitiv 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 Refinitiv 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.
Adrian is the CEO and co-founder of Independent Reserve, a Digital Currency exchange based in Sydney. Adrian’s career spans more than 18 years in Information Technology, specialising in the design and development of critical business systems. Prior to founding Independent Reserve, Adrian was the principal consultant at a Sydney-based IT consultancy which he also co-founded.
In 2016 Adrian joined the Board of Directors of Australian Digital Currency Association (ADCA) to help progress the standing of Digital Currencies in Australia.
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 AllianceBernstein 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.
Shangitha Rajendran is an equity trader within the Quantitative Equity Group at Vanguard Australia. In this role, Shangitha is responsible for APAC equities and futures trading for Quantitative Equity Group’s (QEG) global equity portfolios. QEG employs quantitative processes that include traditional long-only and long-short alpha based products as well as factor-based portfolios and multi-asset liquid alternatives.
Shangitha joined Vanguard Australia in 2008 and has worked in equities, capital markets and ETF product management. Prior to joining Vanguard, Shangitha worked at Perennial Investment Partners and the National Institute of Economic and Industry Research. Shangitha holds a Bachelor (Hons) and Masters in Economics from Monash University, and is a CFA charterholder.
Simon is the founder and Director of Behavioural Finance Australia (BFA). At BFA he provides specialist behavioural finance training & consulting to fund managers, major super funds and other financial services professionals. He helps his clients to apply insights about investment decision-making to tailor their investment processes and client engagement strategies.
With a degree in psychology and a Master of Applied Finance, Simon is part psychologist and part investment professional. Simon is the author of two books on behavioural finance: “Applying Behavioural Finance in Australia” and "Cyborg". His pet topics including how to combine data and technology with human psychology, and how to enhance team decision-making by applying research on cognitive diversity and group dynamics.
Anna Ruut is Head of Dealing for the Listed Equities Team within Macquarie Investment Management. Anna joined Macquarie in August 2010 where she joined the team as a quantitative analyst. She performs all the dealing functions including trading, portfolio administration and performance attribution. Anna liaises with the portfolio managers to determine trading strategies and keeps the equities team updated with current market information. She holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) with Honours and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales.
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.
Andrew Taylor is a Senior Trader, covering Australian and Asian equity trading strategies. Before rejoining AB in 2016, he served as an international equities trader at Platinum Asset Management. Prior to that, Taylor worked at AB from 2007 until 2015, first as an associate portfolio manager and then as a trader, a role he transferred to in July 2010. Earlier in his career, he was a research analyst with Advance Asset Management at St. George Bank for over two years and an analyst at Perpetual Investments for two years. Taylor holds a BEChem (Hons), with a major in finance and economics, from the University of Queensland. Location: Sydney
Gerrit is a Co-founder and CTO of Caspian and has been a Managing Director at TORA for the past 12 years. At TORA, he built a software platform which is at the heart of equity trading for hedge funds around the world. Prior to TORA Gerrit managed the development of high volume trading applications and analytical tools for various hedge funds and bulge bracket investment banks. Gerrit holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University.
Mary-Anne Williams is a Distinguished Professor and Director of The Magic Lab at UTS. She has a PhD in Computer Science, a Masters in Law and listed on Robohub's top 25 women in Robotics. Mary-Anne is an Artificial Intelligence Researcher and Roboticist. She is a Fellow at the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), a Fellow at Stanford University, and Co-Founder of the AI Policy Hub.
Mary-Anne is a non-executive director of the US-based Scientific Foundation KR Inc, and serves on the Editorial Board for AAAI/MIT Press, the Information Systems Journal, Artificial Intelligence Journal, Journal of Social Robotics and the ACM Eugene L. Lawler Award Committee for Humanitarian Contributions within Computer Science and Informatics. She is also a Certified Professional with Finance and Treasury Association
Mary-Anne works with government and industry on innovation, collaboration and entrepreneurship. She works with her team to design and develop intelligent technologies that can make robust decisions, learn and adapt as they augment and work with people.
Susannah Wood is Executive Director, Head of Electronic Markets at Commonwealth Bank Australia. Electronic Markets consists of eSales and eSolutions teams serving a broad range of clients across all Global Markets product areas. Prior to joining CBA Susannah spent 9 years at Deutsche Bank, most recently based in Sydney responsible for Fixed Income and FX eSales, prior to which she ran the Equities European eSales team from London, specialising in global Quant/HFT clients. Before Deutsche Susannah worked for Citi as their Pan-Asian Algo Product Manager and also spent 6 years at Goldman Sachs in London & New York working in the Equities Electronic Trading team. Susannah has a First Class BSc (Hons.) in Computer Science & Management Studies, from University College London (UCL).