Guest Keynote Speaker

Elizabeth Stark
Cofounder and CEO
Lightning Labs

Elizabeth Stark is Cofounder and CEO of Lightning Labs, where she is building a programmable financial layer for the internet through fast, scalable blockchain transactions. Further, she is a fellow at Coin Center, the leading digital currency policy organization, and an advisor at Chia, a company building a new blockchain protocol based on proof of space and time. Stark previously taught at Stanford and Yale University about the future of the internet, and was a visiting fellow at Yale’s Information Society Project. Elizabeth played an instrumental role in the Internet freedom effort that defeated SOPA/PIPA, engaging 18 million people worldwide. She has advised startups ranging from decentralized technology to AI and was an entrepreneur-in-residence at Stanford StartX. Stark holds a J.D. from Harvard.

Session Introducers

Sejal Bajaria
Team Leader of FNG (FIX NextGen), HK & SG, FIX Trading Community, and
Head of Sales for ASEAN, India & Australia, Ullink

Sejal Bajaria is Head of Sales for ASEAN, India & Australia at Ullink where she recently joined in Sept 2017, helping institutions with execution technology needs and algorithmic solutions. In her 15 years of experience, she has worked in both in Equity Sales and Electronic Sales Trading, gaining a comprehensive understanding of the Asian equity markets, with clients ranging from Asia to the US. Based in Singapore, Sejal constantly educates herself on forward-thinking industry initiatives to help consult on industry editorials and events. Sejal is Team Leader of the FIX Trading Community’s NextGen Group and an advisor to the World Economic Forum's Global Shapers.

Abhishek Choudhary
Vice President, Head of Pan-Asia Execution Advisory Services

Abhishek is a Vice President in the Execution Advisory Services team within Citi’s Markets and Securities Services business in Asia Pacific. Based in Hong Kong, his role covers cross-channel execution sales, execution consulting and microstructure research for Citi’s institutional clients throughout the region. Abhishek has over 8 years’ experience in Equity Trading Analytics and specializes in helping clients understand the source of their trading costs, how to reduce them and how they are impacted by the ever-changing market microstructure. Prior to joining Citi, Abhishek worked at ITG and Nomura. Abhishek holds a BTech in Engineering from IIT-Delhi and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

Sara Lam
Business Development Manager, Asia, International Sales

Sara Lam, Business Development Manager for ASX in Asia. Responsible for addressing clients technical and information services requirements and for sourcing new business across the region.

With more than 15 years financial services experience spanning across Europe and Hong Kong, Sara is a native Cantonese speaker who is also fluent in Mandarin and English.

Currently focused on sharing insights on ASX market structure and dynamics as well as increasing the technical and information services revenue for the exchange.

Prior to ASX, Sara worked at Trading Technologies for 9 years with sales responsibility for the APAC region.

Michelle Liu
Technical Relationship Manager
Thomson Reuters

Michelle is a global IT professional with more than 10 years’ experience, she is currently the Technical Relationship Manager for Thomson Reuters in Hong Kong. She owns the technical relationship with customers and shares insight from the Thomson Reuters innovation teams ranging from Big Data challenges to Machine Learning, Distributed Ledger Technology, and digital transformation.

Prior to this, she worked at various projects in financial services companies, focusing on buy-side technologies spanning front to back office trading (EMS/OMS/PMS), risk management and modeling, Ultra Low Latency, Direct Market Access.

Ben Morrison
Associate, Electronic Trading Sales
Morgan Stanley

Ben Morrison is an Associate on the Electronic Trading desk at Morgan Stanley, providing sales coverage and execution consultancy across the various APAC markets. Ben commenced his career at MS on the Facilitation desk in Sydney before transitioning to Hong Kong on Cash Trading and then Program Trading. Ben holds a Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Law degree from UTS and a Master of Commerce from the University of Sydney.

Avril Parkin
Director of Client Technology
Thomson Reuters

Avril Parkin, Director of Client Technology for Thomson Reuters in North Asia. Leading a team of Technical Professionals in the region, driving strategic client engagement to address today’s business challenges. She is a global IT professional with more than 20 years experience, 15 within the financial services industry. Focused on sharing insights on Emerging Technology themes, from Big Data to Blockchain/Distributed Ledger Technology and Digital Transformation. Prior to this Avril supported strategic growth into Financial Services for a large telecommunications company. Avril started her career in Network Engineering, Service Management and Solution Sales. Due to her passion for learning and sharing, she is actively involved in various industry groups, including, ASIFMA, FIX Trading Community, British Chamber of Commerce (Innovation and Technology Committee) and the FinTech Association Hong Kong (Co-Chair - Big Data Committee).

Malavika Shanker
Director, Electronic Trading Solutions
Societe Generale

Malavika Shanker spearheads Societe Generale’s sales efforts for the APAC electronic trading franchise within the Global Execution Services team covering cash equities, listed derivatives and the synthetic product. Over the last 18 months at Societe Generale, Malavika has focused on execution consulting with institutional clients, partnering with quants and tech teams to develop customized algorithmic trading solutions. Prior to joining Societe Generale, Malavika was at JP Morgan for 8 years contributing to the build out of the electronic trading business in a product development capacity, and held a number of key positions such as Business Manager for the APAC Prime Brokerage business and Business Manager for the Asia ex-Japan Cash Equities business.

Over the last ten years, Malavika has championed a number of initiatives that have centered around technology’s ability to transform businesses and facilitate growth and development. She is also actively involved with the Hong Kong Fintech community as a mentor within the Hong Kong Supercharger accelerator program. Malavika holds a Masters in International and Public Affairs from Hong Kong University and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Singapore Management University.

Nikki Tanner
Head of APAC Market Structure
Deutsche Bank

Nikki is the Head of APAC Market Structure at Deutsche Bank. She has been with the Bank for 9 years, with 4 years in Hong Kong and 5 years in London. Prior to moving into market structure, Nikki worked in equities markets compliance. Nikki has a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Auckland University.

Max Young
Market Structure & Analytics, APAC
Deutsche Bank

As a member of the Market Structure team within Execution Services, Max is responsible for the team’s analytical content. Max serves as a subject matter expert, both internally and to global clients on the region’s ever-changing market structures and subsequent impacts to trading.

Max joined Deutsche Bank in 2017 from a small data analytics software firm in the UK. He holds an MA in Economics from Boston University and BA in International Finance from Strathclyde Business School.


John Adam
SVP, Senior Director, Portfolio Management & Trading Solutions
FactSet Research Systems

John Adam is a proven product innovator with more than two decades of extensive FinTech experience. In his role as SVP, Portfolio Management & Trading Solutions at FactSet, John oversees the business unit dedicated to the development of tools portfolio managers and traders use across workflows, throughout each trading day. Previously he served as Global Head of Client & Product Strategy at Portware, where he worked with the firm’s global client advisory board to provide strategic direction to Portware’s full product portfolio, directly contributing to the company’s corporate growth and surge in adoption from large global asset managers.

Prior to joining Portware, John helped to grow Liqudnet’s member base and trading volume in his positions as Director of Product Management, a role in which he standardized and grew the number of Liquidnet’s OMS and EMS vendor interfaces, Director of Corporate Strategy, and as a founding member of the Equity Capital markets team, where he developed their buyback workflow for Liquidnet ATS. Earlier in his career he held senior technology positions at Sybase, Slam Dunk Networks, and NEON. John holds a B.A. in International Relations from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.

Tom Augarde
Vice President
Credit Suisse

Thomas Augarde is a Vice President on Credit Suisse’s Electronic Trading team covering both hedge fund and long only algorithmic order flow across non-Japan Asia. A recent joiner to electronic trading in June 2017, Thomas previously spent 10 years working in Credit Suisse’s Prime division with experience in both pan European and APAC markets. It is this experience working in a variety of Prime roles that has allowed Thomas to be an immediate contributor to the broader Electronic Trading coverage group, where clients expect an ever-increasing level of market and regional knowledge. Prior to joining Credit Suisse Thomas was a graduate from The University of Warwick achieving a BSc in Mathematics.

Sejal Bajaria
Team Leader of FNG (FIX NextGen), HK & SG, FIX Trading Community, and
Head of Sales for ASEAN, India & Australia, Ullink

Sejal Bajaria is Head of Sales for ASEAN, India & Australia at Ullink where she recently joined in Sept 2017, helping institutions with execution technology needs and algorithmic solutions. In her 15 years of experience, she has worked in both in Equity Sales and Electronic Sales Trading, gaining a comprehensive understanding of the Asian equity markets, with clients ranging from Asia to the US. Based in Singapore, Sejal constantly educates herself on forward-thinking industry initiatives to help consult on industry editorials and events. Sejal is Team Leader of the FIX Trading Community’s NextGen Group and an advisor to the World Economic Forum's Global Shapers.

Damian Bierman
Co-Chair, Asia Pacific Technical Subcommittee, FIX Trading Community, and
Head of Asia-Pacific, Portfolio Management & Trading SBU, FactSet Research Systems

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.

Justin Chow
Head of Business Development, Asia

Justin Chow is the Head of Business Development, Asia for Cumberland - a DRW Company, one of the world's largest liquidity providers in cryptocurrencies. After joining DRW in 2015 as a global macro proprietary trader, Justin 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 managing portfolios of foreign exchange and liquid futures. Justin started his career as a distressed debt and securities analyst.

Justin earned a BS in economics and psychology from Columbia University.

Martin David
Head of Trading, Asia, Executive Director
UBS Asset Management

Martin David is responsible for managing the Asian Trading Desk and coordinating the philosophy and trading process across the region. He is located in the Singapore office.

Prior to joining UBS, Martin worked in Barclays as Asian Head of Quantitative Equity Trading, BAML as Asian Head of Quantitative Statistical Arbitrage, Deutsche Bank as Japan Head of QP1 and Lehman Brothers as equity quant.

Martin has a strong background in quantitative and electronic trading and has spent his entire career in Asia.

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).

With the approaching MiFID II legislation due to come into effect, Roland’s recent focus has been on breaking down the complexities of the European regulation for Asia-Pacific based clients.

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.

Taylor Dixon
Executive Director, Electronic Trading, Equities
Goldman Sachs

Taylor joined Goldman Sachs in 2015 and is responsible for sales and coverage on the Equities Electronic Trading Desk. He was head of sales trading, HK at ITG and prior to that he was a sales trader at Brockhouse Cooper.

Huayi Dong
Global Head of Electronic Trading Solutions
Daiwa Capital Markets

Huayi is the Global Head of Electronic Trading Solutions at Daiwa Capital Markets, based in Hong Kong. He focused on Algorithmic Trading and High-Medium frequency electronic equities trading. He has previously worked at UBS for nearly 7 years, focusing on Algorithmic Trading, leading UBS expansion of Electronic Trading services in China. Prior to that, he worked as a principal engineer for ITG algorithmic trading group since 2005. His interest spans the whole vertical of trading, up to understanding client’s real needs and create win-win strategies, down to technical details for trading system.

Jethro Glover
Sales Director

Has served as TORA Sales Director for the past 10 years. Prior to that Jethro has 15 years in the financial industry working with bulge bracket financial institutions in Asia. Including Credit-Suisse, ING Barings and Bloomberg Tradebook. Jethro has a degree in Business IT from Manchester University.

James Harris
Altairian Capital

James is co-founder and CIO of the Altairian Group of companies, whose mission is to provide institutional access to cryptoassets, via investment funds and insured cryptoasset custody. Previously, James worked in emerging markets equity investment positions at Citigroup and Standard Chartered, managed quantitative investment funds in London and ran a UK regulated alternative investment advisor.

Christian Hauff
Quantitative Brokers

Christian oversees the firm’s product and business development. Prior to founding QB in 2008, Christian spent three years at Bank of America Securities as Head of Electronic Equity Derivatives and Head of E-Sales for Global Rates Currencies & Commodities. While abroad from his Australian homeland in 1999, Christian joined Barclays Capital’s IT Graduate Program in London. He spent the following year in Chicago working on electronic order entry with the firm’s Eurodollar and Treasury floor-brokers and his fascination with futures and electronic brokerage was born. From 2001-2005, Christian worked in E-Commerce helping the firm design and launch electronic offerings in futures, fixed income, FX and commodities.

Joel Hurewitz
Managing Director, Head of Sales & Global Head of Broker Dealer Strategy and Product Development

Joel Hurewitz is Managing Director, Head of Sales & Global Head of Broker Dealer Strategy and Product Development for Instinet. He is responsible for sales of the group to buy and sell side clients across the Asia Pacific Region as well as the broker dealer strategy globally. Joel joined Instinet in 2008 to run broker dealer sales, but in the course of his 8 years with the firm has held a number of positions including Head of Product Strategy and Head of Electronic Trading.

With 19 years equities experience in Asia, Mr. Hurewitz has been an active member, pioneer, and supporter of FIX Trading Community since the early days of electronic trading in Asia.

Prior to joining Instinet, Joel held roles within Deutsche Bank, HSBC, and CLSA where he built electronic businesses, products, and teams.

Raj Karkara
CRO and Director

Raj Karkara is the chief revenue officer and director of tZERO, Overstock.com’s financial technology subsidiary that has built a distributed ledger based platform for capital markets and is applying crypto technology to the financial industry. In this role, he was instrumental in the issuance and sale of the world’s first digital bond in 2015, and in 2016, issuing the world’s first publicly traded digital security, which settled same day using the tZERO platform. In addition, Karkara also serves as vice president of financial services, loyalty and new business development at Overstock.com.  In this role, he manages products such as Club O, Overstock.com’s loyalty program and FinanceHub, a platform which offers multiple financial products for lending, investments, insurance and credit cards.  Before joining Overstock, Karkara was the Director of Global Strategic Product Development at MasterCard, focusing on global mobile payments and mobile identity solutions.  Prior to MasterCard, he was Director of Product at HookLogic (now Criteo), where he helped retailers such as Overstock optimize onsite advertising revenues.  Karkara received a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pune, India and a master's degree in Business and Telecommunications from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Winnie Khattar
Head of Market Structure, Execution Consulting
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Winnie joined Bank of America Merrill Lynch in 2017 and has since launched their Market Structure Product, elevating the BofAML Execution Consulting offering for Asia-Pac Equities.

Execution Consulting provides advisory services to clients throughout the trade life-cycle; providing solutions to minimize execution footprint by combining quantitative analytics, market microstructure, BofAML flow trends and impact of new and existing regulatory market structure developments. Winnie is an industry-leading subject matter expert on various aspects of market microstructure, and regulatory & structural developments of Asia markets. Winnie also publishes thematic consulting pieces focused on providing clients with effective data and insight for their execution strategies in current active trading environment.

Prior to joining BofAML, Winnie was Head of Equity Trading Analytics at Deutsche Bank in Hong Kong and previous to that she was part of Product Development team in Hong Kong, Risk Analytics team in London and Syndicate team in Mumbai, at Deutsche Bank over a span of 10 years.

Winnie is a Physics graduate with a passion for the ocean and the outdoors.

Josephine Kim
Co-Chair, Asia Pacific Steering Committee, FIX Trading Community, and
Head of Asia Pacific Electronic Trading Sales, Asia Pacific Equities, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

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

Yu-Chi Lyra Kuo
Co-founder and CIO
a digital assets-focused hedge fund

Yu-Chi Lyra Kuo is co-founder of a fintech and cryptoassets-focused multistrategy hedge fund in New York City. She is also currently working on a partnership with a large and long-running quantitative hedge fund in New York to launch a second, hybrid futures and crypto-assets fund. Her background combines an interdisciplinary PhD program at Princeton University with a JD from Harvard Law School. At Princeton, Yu-Chi’s research interests included the mind sciences of political and social decision-making, including bringing graph theory and other mathematical methods to bear on the representation of evaluative judgments under different epistemic contexts. At Harvard, Yu-Chi’s research focused on the intersection of law, tech & philosophy well as law & the mind sciences, among other subjects, such as how people make decisions in response to different perceived regulatory constraints. While at Harvard, Yu-Chi also founded a neurogaming start-up to gather data on how people make decisions under different gaming constraints in an environment that combines gambling, learning, and social decisionmaking. In law, Yu-Chi has passed the New York bar, worked at Latham & Watkins with a focus on corporate and finreg law, and clerked for the Chief of Chambers at the United Nations’ International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Yu-Chi has lectured and held fellowships at Princeton, Harvard, and the University of Pennsylvania, where she also holds a B.A. (Phi Beta Kappa).

Matthew Lempriere
Co-Chair, Asia Pacific Education and Marketing Subcommittee, FIX Trading Community, and
Head of Asia Pacific, BSO

Matthew Lempriere is the Head of BSO Asia Pacific, the award-winning Global network, cloud and hosting provider for financial institutions and high-frequency trading firms that require superior infrastructure and connectivity to the world’s most dynamic marketplaces.

Prior to joining BSO, Lempriere was Global Head of the Financial Services vertical at Telstra and the Head of BT Radianz Asia Pacific.

James S. Levy
Global Head of Trading & Head of Trading Asia-Pacific
HSBC Global Asset Management

Based in Hong Kong since 2011, James is responsible for the management and oversight of the trading function working closely with the portfolio managers and traders to maximise the effectiveness of trade implementation across all asset classes. Among his significant previous positions, James began as a Designated Trading Representative (DTR) in Sydney, trading Australian equities with ABN AMRO Securities and worked as a Senior Sales Trader at ITG. Prior to that, he was Head of Dealing, Asia-Pacific at AMP Capital Investors. James holds a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) from La Trobe University and recently attended Columbia University, Columbia Business School (Executive Education, Value Investing). He is an active member of Asia Trader Forum.

Huiqing Li
Head of Market Promotion
Shenzhen Stock Exchange Hong Kong Subsidiary

Ms. Li Huiqing is the head of market promotion of Shenzhen Stock Exchange Hong Kong Subsidiary, where she is responsible for international investor relationship management, SZSE marketing and listed company corporate access services in Hong Kong. Ms. Li Joined the Shenzhen Stock Exchange in 2012.

Ms. Li Huiqing holds Bachelor of Arts degrees from Sun Yat-sen University and is currently an MBA candidate of Tsinghua University and Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Kitty Li
Managing Director, Head of Asia-ex Electronic Trading

Kitty has over 13 years of experience in both APAC and global equities markets, with expertise in electronic trading and equities trading in Hong Kong and A-share market. Kitty held positions in both buy-side and sell-side across regions globally and gained deep understanding of the equities-strading structure and regulation in the global markets.

Before relocating back to Hong Kong, Kitty was Head of China Execution and Trading in UBS Securities Co. in Shanghai. Previously, she was Deputy Head of Trading in SAFE investment company in Hong Kong, where she was responsible for global equites trading. Prior to that Kitty was in UBS Hong Kong for 6 years. She joined UBS as a quant analyst in 2007, and later moved into Electronic Trading business where she was responsible for Electronic sales trading for Asia-ex Japan markets. Before joining UBS, Kitty worked in Deutsche Bank in New York.

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

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.

Kevin Loo
Co-Founder, Chief Strategy Officer

Prior to co-founding CryptAM, Kevin was a fixed income Investment Director and has an established track record on advising institutional clients, including pension funds, sovereign wealth funds and corporates.

Kevin gained his deeply rooted investment knowledge from the traditional investment industry and has worked with the largest and most recognized asset management companies, including PIMCO, Fidelity International and BNP Paribas, both in London and Hong Kong. He has 15 years of debt capital market experience with a focus on global Emerging Market Debt and Asia Credit.

Sensing the shifting landscape, driven by a hybrid financial technology and ever-expanding applications of blockchain technology, Kevin co-founded CryptAM (Crypto Asset Management), a cryptocurrency digital asset manager.

CryptAM is proud to be supported by the Cyberport Incubator Programme.

Frank Loughlin
Global Co-Head of Equity Trading

Frank Loughlin was appointed Global Co-Head of Equity Trading at AllianceBernstein in 2014. He was most recently responsible for all EMEA equity trading. In his AllianceBernstein career, he has previously held the roles of co-head of Americas trading and head of US value trading. Loughlin joined the firm in 1990 as an associate portfolio manager in equities. He holds a BA in psychology from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA in in finance from the Gabelli School of Business at Fordham University. Loughlin is a CFA charterholder and a member of both the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of New York.

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 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.

John Mason
Global Head, Regulatory & Market Structure Propositions, Financial & Risk Division
Thomson Reuters

John Mason is the Global Head of Regulatory and Market Structure Propositions at Thomson Reuters.

In this role, John and his team are responsible for ensuring that Thomson Reuters is effectively addressing the industry’s regulatory challenges – of which the likes of MiFID II and FRTB have been particular focus areas – and developing solutions across the entire product range to meet the evolving requirements of the financial market participants.

Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, Mason ran the European Enterprise Solutions for Bloomberg and was also their Global Head of Regulatory Reporting. Before joining Bloomberg Mason was the Chief Operating Officer for Core One Technologies prior to its sale to IHS Markit.

Izzy Masters
Vice President, Quantitative Trader, Global Equities Trading

Izzy Masters is a VP Quantitative Trader for Global Equities Trading at Alliance Bernstein. She works with the trading team to optimize available data, and implement machine learning to increase the intelligence of trading and investment tools. Izzy started with AB last fall after working on a macro-economic strategy team for Merrill Lynch Equities Trading focused mainly in derivative structuring. Izzy Masters graduated from the University of North Carolina, at Chapel Hill in December 2015; and prior to going to college, Izzy danced professionally with the Washington Ballet in DC, and the Missouri Ballet Theatre in St. Louis for several years.

Dillon McNiven
Executive Director, Head of Electronic Trading, Asia Pacific

Dillon serves as Executive Director, Head of Electronic Trading in AsiaPac for Instinet. He's focused on direct market access, algorithmic solutions, analytics and execution consulting. With almost ten years of experience with the firm, Dillon transferred to Hong Kong from New York in 2010 to help accelerate the AsiaPac region.

Dan Miller
Head of Asia Pacific
Bloomberg Tradebook

Dan Miller runs Bloomberg’s agency brokerage unit in Asia Pacific. Tradebook specializes in providing differentiated trading tools for both buy and sell side firms across various asset classes.

Dan has extensive experience in the Asia region. He has run sell side trading desks at bulge bracket investment banks for over 22 years. He spent most of his career running execution sales at Deutsche Securities Asia Ltd. in Hong Kong. Most recently he ran equity execution sales and dealing at Barclays Securities Asia Ltd.

Prior to his time in Asia, Dan spent eight years selling fixed income securities in New York for Swiss Bank Corporation and Mitsubishi Bank.

Patrick Mohr
Executive Director, Head of Execution Consulting

Patrick Mohr is Executive Director, Head of Execution Consulting for Instinet.

Mr. Mohr spent the first two decades of his career in Tokyo working as a quantitative analyst and equity market strategist for Merrill Lynch Japan, Mizuho and Citigroup Japan. In 2011 he moved to Hong Kong and shifted his research focus to trading. At Instinet, Mr. Mohr has spearheaded big data and machine learning efforts to transform Instinet’s TCA offering from a “trade reporting” function to a “strategic consulting” process. Mr. Mohr’s primary interests lie in the application of data science principles to help clients discern signal from noise in their trading decisions. In addition to client consulting, he regularly publishes reports concerning APAC microstructure topics and trading conditions in global markets.

Jessica Morrison
Co-Chair, Asia Pacific Exchanges and Regulatory Subcommittee, FIX Trading Community, and
Execution Services Sales Asia, Executive Director, Morgan Stanley

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.

Jim Northey
Consultant and Industry Standards Liaison, Itiviti Group AB, and
Co-Chair, Global Technical Committee, FIX Trading Community, and
Chair Elect, ISO TC68 Financial Services

Jim Northey has over thirty-five years’ experience as a manager, consultant, and implementer within the capital markets industry. He supports standards at Itiviti Group AB, following acquisition of The LaSalle Technology Group, LLC in 2015, which he co-founded in 2006. He currently serves as a co-chair of the FIX Global Technical Committee and was recently approved as the next chair of ISO TC68, the ISO Technical Committee for Financial Services.

Jim is a past member of the US Treasury OFR Advisory Committee and the US CFTC Technology Advisory Committee Subcommittee on HFT. He previously served in the roles of FIX Americas Region Co-chair and the co-chair of the FIX Global Derivatives Committee. Jim was awarded the FIA Annual Achievement award in 2006 as part of the team that created FIXML for listed derivatives clearing standardization.

Jim holds a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Indianapolis and an M.S. in Financial Markets and Trading from Illinois Institute of Technology. Jim is an adjunct instructor of Finance at Michigan Technological University where he teaches Derivatives and Financial Engineering.

Mark Northwood
Bips Global Limited

At Bips, Mark Northwood is working with a range of investment firms to achieve best practice by combining qualitative and analytical methods into their execution and investment processes. Previously Mark was at Fidelity International, where he ran equity trading for the group in Asia from 1999 until 2009, and then global equity trading from London until mid-2016. Prior to that he ran APAC trading at BT Funds Management in Sydney, and worked on the sell side in equity derivatives at Salomon Brothers in HK, Barings and Deutsche in Sydney, and Lehman in London.

Vice President, Trader
Octagon Strategy

SJ graduated from Korea University with a BBA and has worked as an equity sales trader for over thirteen years at several brokerages before entering the industry. Initially as a Korea specialist based in Korea with Daewoo Securities - the biggest brokerage at the time - eventually transitioned to a generalist with Morgan Stanley based in Hong Kong.

Avril Parkin
Director of Client Technology
Thomson Reuters

Avril Parkin, Director of Client Technology for Thomson Reuters in North Asia. Leading a team of Technical Professionals in the region, driving strategic client engagement to address today’s business challenges. She is a global IT professional with more than 20 years experience, 15 within the financial services industry. Focused on sharing insights on Emerging Technology themes, from Big Data to Blockchain/Distributed Ledger Technology and Digital Transformation. Prior to this Avril supported strategic growth into Financial Services for a large telecommunications company. Avril started her career in Network Engineering, Service Management and Solution Sales. Due to her passion for learning and sharing, she is actively involved in various industry groups, including, ASIFMA, FIX Trading Community, British Chamber of Commerce (Innovation and Technology Committee) and the FinTech Association Hong Kong (Co-Chair - Big Data Committee).

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.

Vishtaspa Rana
Senior Manager - Investment Operations
Tata Asset Management Ltd

Vishtaspa Rana is the Senior Manager - Investment Operations at Tata Asset Management. His responsibilities cover equity cash market, derivatives and algo trading. Vishtaspa also manages Arbitrage portion of Hybrid Schemes.

He obtained his graduate diploma in Business Administration from S.I.E.S College of Management, and Bachelor Degree in Commerce from University of Mumbai.

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.

David Rogers
Managing Director, Head of Trading, Asia-Pacific
State Street Global Advisors

David has 19 years’ experience in the industry, over a decade of which has been spent in the Asia-Pacific region. He worked for 13 years on the sell side in various Equity Program and Electronic Trading functions, starting his career at Goldman Sachs in London before working for UBS in multiple locations including Tokyo and Hong Kong. After running Deutsche Bank’s regional Asia PT business, David moved to Fidelity Management & Research (HK) to set up their new trading desk, being responsible for Electronic Trading, TCA, market structure and platforms.

At the start of 2017 he joined SSGA as their new Head of Trading for the Asia-Pacific region, having oversight for FX, Equity and Derivatives execution. A member of the firm’s Senior Leadership Team and an SFC Responsible Officer, he is an active participant in a number of external industry groups and advisory boards in the region, such as Asia Trader Forum and ASIFMA.

Educated in the UK, he holds a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Reading and an MSc in Automotive Design from Cranfield University, doing an internship at Williams Formula One team as part of the latter. David is a strategic advisor to Hong Kong NGO Summerbridge, and is a member of The Women’s Foundation Male Allies Program.

Jon Rout
Business Development Director, Asia Pacific
Digital Asset

Jon Rout was Digital Asset's first employee in Australia and played a key role as Head of Product Asia Pacific during the early phases of Digital Asset's engagement with the Australian Securities Exchange as well as the participants in the Australian equities market. He is now working to introduce Digital Asset's technology to major Market Infrastructures and Financial Institutions as Business Development Director for Asia Pacific.

Before Digital Asset, Jon led the Commonwealth Bank of Australia's Blockchain Innovation team identifying and prototyping high value use cases and business models for the implementation of distributed ledger technology across retail and institutional financial services.

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.

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

Daniel has over 18 years working in the financial services industry. He is passionate about technologies and the operation of the financial markets. He has worked and applied technologies into different areas in the financial industry, from equity trading to general banking workflow. He is currently a Product Manager at Bloomberg LP specialising in Asia Market Connectivity and Market Micro-structure. He is also Co-Chair of the FIX technical subcommittee in Asia. In such capacity, he has made contribution to the China Connect Best Practise guide and is currently working on an update to the guide to cover the China Connect BCAN initiative.

Francis So
Co-Chair, 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).

Trevor Spanner
Group Chief Information Officer and Group Risk Officer
Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd

Trevor Spanner is the Group Chief Information Officer and Group Risk Officer of Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing Limited (“HKEX”).

Trevor relocated to Hong Kong in January 2016 as Chief Operating Officer of HKEX, serving previously as the Chief Executive of LME Clear Limited in London. He joined The London Metal Exchange (“LME”) as Head of Post Trade Services in November 2011 and led the strategy, design and implementation of the new clearing house for the LME market, LME Clear. Trevor continues to be a Board Member of LME and LME Clear.

Trevor joined LME from EuroCCP - the European clearing house of the DTCC. He played a leading part in the development and launch of the clearing house, and as Chief Operating Officer he was responsible for its day-to-day business operation. EuroCCP was hugely influential in the reshaping of the clearing landscape following MiFID 1, and has continued to be a major participant in post trade development in Europe.

Prior to EuroCCP Trevor held senior executive positions with Merrill Lynch, UBS and Deutsche Bank, responsible for the delivery of global clearing & settlement services for equities, FX, securities and exchange traded derivatives. In these roles he led and successfully implemented a number of key strategic projects and technology platforms.

Trevor holds a BA (Hons) degree from the University of Kent and is a Chartered Accountant (ACA).

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

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.

Ping Tan
Global Head of EFX Liquidity, Head of EFX Asia, and Director, Global Markets, FICC Trading
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Ping Tan is senior EFX trader at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. She heads the global team of Electronic FX traders overseeing the principal EFX liquidity provision and agency FX business which runs on a 24/5 basis from Hong Kong to London to New York. In addition to managing risks for the electronic franchise, she is also heavily involved in building out products to expand the BAML e-offering.

Ping joined BAML Singapore office in 2004 as a FX Emerging Markets trader, and relocated to BAML London office in 2006 with the same role. In 2007, she moved to the EFX business, where she spent most of her 10 years in London prior to her relocation to Hong Kong in end 2015. She continues her global EFX role in Hong Kong but with a focus on product initiatives in the region, specifically focusing on FICC Emerging Markets.

On the D&I front, Ping has always been passionate in CSR/ESG space where she was awarded one of the 28 Global Volunteers in 2016 in recognition of her CSR contributions. She is also serving on the BAML HK Philanthrophy Board advising on NGO grants and volunteering strategies. On the Employee Networks, she is the co-chair in the HK Parents & Caregivers Network, and also sits on the APAC Women Leadership Council. Within FICC, she is one of the key leads in APAC FICC Employee Engagement Committee focusing on driving employee engagement.

Ping graduated from Nanyang Technological University of Singapore with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accountancy.

Gerrit van Wingerden
CTO & Co-founder

Has served as Managing Director at Tora for the past 12 years. Prior to that 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.

Leonhard Weese
Bitcoin Association of Hong Kong

Leonhard is specializing in Bitcoin, Information Security and Online Privacy. He currently serves as president of the Bitcoin Association in Hong Kong and as a contributor to Forbes. He holds a degree in statistics from the University of Hong Kong and economics from the Vienna University of Economics and Business.

Carl Wegner
Managing Director, Head of Asia

Since 2016 Carl runs the R3 operations and sales strategy for the APAC region. Prior to R3, Carl was Managing Director and Head of Global Transaction Banking, Greater China at Deutsche Bank. He was also EVP and Shanghai Branch Manager. Before that, he was Managing Director of Transaction Banking for Standard Chartered Bank in Taiwan. Carl has over 30 years of experience in banking and financial services in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. He was formerly Chief Representative of technology firm TradeCard in China. Carl has a B.S. in both Chinese Language and Chinese history from Georgetown University, has held the post of Treasurer of the American Chamber of Commerce in Taiwan and was a former Board Director at the Taipei American School.

Simon Williams
Managing Director, Head of APAC Equity Trading

Simon N. Williams, Managing 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.

Sean Zhang
Kenetic Capital

As part of the Advisory team at Kenetic, Sean delivers curated content and solutions for companies entering the token economy through strategic advisory services. Prior to Kenetic, he was in the equity research team at Barclays and CLSA covering Asian financials and quantitative equity strategy. Sean started his career within the technology space working on various roles including front end development and project management at companies such as NAB and IBM in Australia.