Keynote Speakers

Douglas Cifu
Chief Executive Officer
Virtu Financial

Douglas Cifu is the Chief Executive Officer of Virtu Financial and was a co-founder of Virtu in 2008. Previously, he was a partner at the international law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. At Paul Weiss, Mr. Cifu served as a member of the Management Committee, Deputy Chair of the Corporate Department and co-head of the Private Equity Group.

He is recognized in Chambers USA and Legal 500 as a leading mergers and acquisitions lawyer for buyouts and private equity transactions. In 2006, Private Equity International listed him among the 30 most influential lawyers currently working in global private equity, citing his expertise in technology-driven sectors. He has been recognized by Crain’s New York Business in its “Technology 100,” a listing of the top 100 people working in technology in the New York area.

He serves on the board of directors of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the board of visitors of Columbia College at Columbia University.

Mr. Cifu earned his J.D. at Columbia Law School in 1990 and his B.A. magna cum laude from Columbia University in 1987.

Lloyd C. L. Hollenberg
Thomas Baker Chair
Deputy Director, Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology
University of Melbourne

Professor Hollenberg is the Thomas Baker Chair in the School of Physics at the University of Melbourne. He completed his PhD in 1989 in theoretical particle physics and in 1999 turned his attention to quantum computing. He is the Deputy Director of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology (2011-2024), and was awarded an ARC Laureate Fellowship in 2013. Lloyd’s nearly two decades of work in quantum computing underpins the establishment of the IBM Q Hub at the University of Melbourne. He has published over 250 papers and is well known internationally for his work in quantum computing and the development of quantum sensing techniques at the quantum-nano-bio interface. Lloyd was awarded the 2012 Walter Boas Medal, the 2013 Victoria Prize (Physical Sciences), the 2016 Royal Society (Victoria) Medal for Excellence in Scientific Research, and led the team that won the 2013 Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Research. He was elected to the Australian Academy of Science in 2018.


Mark Adams
Senior Executive Leader, Strategic Intelligence and Co-Ordinator, Innovation Hub

Mark leads the team responsible for driving ASIC's data science agenda as well as leading ASIC’s economic and risk analysis unit. Mark also leads ASIC's Innovation Hub and regtech initiatives. Mark has held a range of senior executive positions at ASIC including lead of ASIC's competition in equity markets project and the Exchange Market Operators, Regulatory Policy and International teams. Between 2012 to 2014, Mark held secondments as Principal Adviser, Financial System Inquiry Secretariat and Director, Strategy, Research and Risk, Ontario Securities Commission. Prior to joining ASIC, Mark worked in the corporate and superannuation areas of a national law firm.

Recently returned to ASIC from secondments as Principal Adviser, Financial System Inquiry Secretariat and Director, Strategy, Research and Risk, Ontario Securities Commission. Mark has held a range of senior executive positions at ASIC including lead of ASIC's competition in equity markets project and the Exchange Market Operators, Regulatory Policy and International teams. Prior to joining ASIC, Mark worked in the corporate and superannuation areas of a national law firm. Mark is also coordinating ASIC's Innovation Hub.

Calissa Aldridge
Senior Executive Leader - Market Supervision

Calissa leads ASIC’s Market Supervision team, responsible for the real-time monitoring of trading activities across Australia’s equities, futures and OTC markets. She is also responsible for overseeing market intermediaries’ compliance, and for monitoring the distribution of complex products.

Calissa has held senior leadership roles in ASIC’s Market Supervision and Market Infrastructure since 2009. Before joining ASIC, she held roles at the Royal Bank of Scotland in London, the UK Financial Services Authority, Markit and the Australian Treasury.

Damian Bierman
Co-Chair, Asia Pacific Technical Subcommittee, FIX Trading Community, and
Head of Asia-Pacific, Portfolio Management & Trading Solutions, 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 15 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.

Andrew Briscoe
Senior Dealer
First Sentier Investors

Andrew Briscoe is a Senior Dealer for First Sentier Investors (formerly Colonial First State). With over 15 years trading experience, Andrew covers multiple investment teams dealing in Hong Kong, China, Japan, Korea and Australia. Prior to joining First Sentier in 2010, Andrew worked as a buy-side dealer for Macquarie Funds Management and began his career working on the sell-side equity execution desk at ABN AMRO. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Business degree from Queensland University of Technology and a Masters of Applied Finance and Investment from Kaplan Professional.

Eugene Budovsky
Co-Chair, Australia Working Group, FIX Trading Community, and
Head of Low Touch Equities Execution, Australia, Credit Suisse

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 2018, Eugene was Head of Deutsche Bank’s Autobahn Equities electronic execution platform for Australia and New Zealand.

Eugene has 13 years front office experience in Asian equities with roles covering electronic execution, portfolio trading, facilitation, and ETF market making.

Dan Enstedt
Vice President Business Development

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

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

Ben Gatward
Head of Compliance, Asia
Tower Research Capital Singapore

Ben Gatward is the Head of Compliance for Asia at Tower Research Capital Singapore, the Asia business hub for the broader Tower Research Capital group headquartered in New York. Tower’s primary businesses is electronic proprietary trading using algorithmic trading strategies. Tower is a significant participant on most trading venues globally.

Ben has been at Tower for two and a half years and prior to Tower he spent five and a half years at Morgan Stanley in London where he was most recently an Executive Director and Head of Electronic Trading Compliance Advisory for the EMEA region.

Ben has held various other roles including at the London Stock Exchange within the pan-european trading platform Turquoise where he was the head of market surveillance. Ben started his career as a graduate futures trader and holds a BEng degree in Automotive Engineering from the University of Leeds.

Sophie Gerber
TRAction Fintech

Sophie runs two successful businesses, TRAction Fintech (Trade Reporting) and Sophie Grace (Legal and Compliance). TRAction Fintech provides derivative trade reporting services in Australia, UK, Europe and Singapore. Sophie Grace specialises in assisting firms establish and maintain a financial services business in Australia. Sophie works across a broad range of financial services - including funds management, derivatives (including margin FX, CFDs and binary options), financial planning and stockbroking.

James Giarratano
Head of Autobahn Equity AU & NZ
Deutsche Bank AG

James Giarratano, is a Director and Head of Autobahn Equities Algorithmic trading AU/NZ at Deutsche Bank and part of the global business being transferred to BNP *pending regulatory approval.

He has over 16 years experience covering buy and sell side, U.S. equity, option, future and FX algorithmic trading with an APAC equity focus since 2014.

He is passionate about fostering relationships and innovation across technology and trading product life cycles.

James Hardcastle
Business Development Director – APAC
Colt Technology Services Limited

Joe Kassel
Former Global Head - Dealing, Exposure Management & Transitions
AMP Capital

Joe Kassel has 30 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 as a Director in the firm's market leading transition management team.

Joe joined AMP Capital Investors in 2009 taking responsibility for trading for AMP Capital's REIT and listed infrastructure joint venture with Brookfield and in 2012 took the role of Global Head of Dealing, Exposure Management and Transitions, a team responsible for all dealing in liquid assets as well as rebalancing, currency hedging and transition management of the firm’s range of multi asset funds.

Jason Lapping
Head of International Equity Trading
Dimensional Fund Advisors

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, Head of Global Equity Trading.

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.

Janelle Manchee
Senior Equities Dealer
IFM Investors

Janelle Manchee, is a Senior Equities Dealer at IFM Investors dealing for the Australian Small Caps Fund. Janelle started her career at BZW/ABN AMRO as a seats operator and then Sales Trader. After 10 years she joined UBS, working as a Senior Equities Sales Trader for 7 years. In 2015 she moved to AB Global as a regional buy-side dealer. In between she took a break from equity markets, trying her hand at foreign exchange at NAB for 2 years.

She has 2 young children and is passionate about delivering best-execution for buy-side clients in complex small cap markets.

Edward Mangles
Regional Director, Asia Pacific
FIX Trading Community

Edward Mangles has helped support The FIX Trading Community’s Asia Pacific committee for the past 18 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.

Amanda Mark
Managing Director

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

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

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

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

Christopher Matsko
Head of FX Trading Services

Christopher Matsko is the Head of FX Trading Services at FactSet. He is responsible for overseeing all facets of FactSet's global FX business, which includes guiding clients through an increasingly complex regulatory environment that demands real-time analytics, transaction cost analysis (TCA), and custom trading capabilities. Christopher’s experience providing workflow solutions to the asset management community via multi-dealer E-FX platforms gives him an unparalleled perspective on the various execution methods employed over the past decade of market evolution. Prior to joining FactSet through the Portware acquisition, Christopher held senior roles in management and sales at 360T and FXall, where his focus was on growing both firms’ presence within the real money trading community.

Patrick Mohr
Executive Director, Head of Execution Consulting

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. He regularly publishes reports concerning APAC microstructure topics and trading conditions in global markets. In addition to Execution Consulting role, Mohr also heads the index research team for Instinet in APAC.

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.

Kerry Moskos
DCA Global Derivatives Management

Kerry has been trading derivatives since 1998. As a founding member of DCA, Kerry came with a broad skill set. In addition to the requisite finance and business qualifications, he has a background in electrical engineering, telecommunications and IT systems. Kerry’s unique understanding of trading and technology has ensured that there is continual R&D so that DCA functions with innovative technology that meets multi-jurisdictional IT and trading compliance requirements. In addition, Kerry holds RG146, National Commodities Futures Examination qualifications and AWS certification.

Yemi Oluwi
Co-Chair, Australia Working Group, FIX Trading Community, and
Head of Technology, National Stock Exchange of Australia

Yemi has over 20 years' experience in financial markets, specialising in electronic trading. At NSX he is responsible for the technology strategy of the NSX, and its implementation to deliver business objectives. Roles prior include providing solution analysis and FIX expertise for ASX and implementing electronic trading solutions for Deutsche Bank and UBS.

Todd Prado
Global Head of Equity Dealing
First Sentier Investors

Todd joined First Sentier Investors in July 2011 in Singapore as their Global Head of Equity Dealing and is responsible for managing all equity trading activities for the firm’s equity products. While in Singapore he also served as a member of the SGX Securities Advisory Committee. In January 2016, he relocated to their Sydney office in the same role.

Prior to joining First State Investments, he worked at Janus Capital for 11 years as Regional Head of Trading and was responsible for supervising and executing all Asian regional equity trading. Before Janus, Todd was employed at Fidelity Investments in Tokyo where he was responsible for trading Japanese and Korean equities. He started his career with Cantor Fitzgerald in Tokyo as a currency options broker.

Todd holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Arizona State University.

Will Psomadelis
Head of Trading Australia; Global Head of Electronic Strategy Research
Schroders Investment Management

Will is the Australian Head of Trading and also the Global Head of Electronic Strategy Research for Schroders. He is responsible for the creation of, and ongoing research into, Alpha Decay Analysis for order timing, Algorithm analytics including automated recommendations for Strategy Selection and the design and construction of short-term alpha models.

Jeremy Son
Fixed Income Trader, Vice President

Jeremy is a Fixed Income Trader and Vice President at AllianceBernstein based in Hong Kong, responsible for transacting credit, FX and rates products across the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to assuming the trading role, Jeremy worked as an Associate Portfolio Manager for AB's portfolios in Asia. Before joining AB, Jeremy worked as an investment banking analyst at BNP Paribas. Jeremy holds a BA (cum laude) in History from the University of California at Berkeley and an MA in History from Cornell University. Jeremy is a CFA charterholder.

Teresa Woodard
Head of Trading Analytics, Global Trading
T. Rowe Price

Teresa Woodard is the Head of Trading Analytics in Global Trading. Her primary focus is transaction cost analysis. Teresa joined the firm in 2001 as a member of front office systems. She assumed her current role in 2010. Teresa earned a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish from Loyola University Maryland and a Master’s in Liberal Arts from Johns Hopkins University. She is a vice president of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., and T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc.

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