Keynote Speaker

Tamal Bandyopadhyay
Consulting Editor
Business Standard

Tamal Bandyopadhyay is a bestselling author, an award-winning columnist, and a keen student of the Indian banking sector for over two decades. His weekly column `Banker's Trust' is widely read for its incisive analysis and informed opinion.

He is currently Consulting Editor with Business Standard and Senior Adviser to Jana Small Finance Bank Ltd.

One of the key members of the team that set up the financial daily Mint, Tamal was an adviser on strategy at Bandhan Bank Ltd, the first microfinance company to transform itself into a universal bank in India.

His latest book 'HDFC Bank 2.0: From Dawn to Dightal' was released in July. Nandan Nilekani has written the foreword to this book which captures the biggest self-made disruptions in Indian banking by a bank to stay relevant.

His previous book `From Lehman to Demonetization: A Decade of Disruptions, Reforms and Misadventures’ was a nonfiction bestseller as were his three other books on finance--`A Bank for The Buck', `Sahara: The Untold Story' and `Bandhan: The Making of a Bank.

Incidentally, a Rs200 crore defamation case was slapped on him by the Sahara group to stop the publication of his book on shadow banking.

Tamal is one of the contributors to the `Oxford Handbook on Indian Economy', edited by Kaushik Basu, and ‘Making of New India: Transformation Under Modi Government’, edited by Bibek Debroy.

He won the Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism (commentary and interpretative writing) in 2017.

Global professional network Linkedin nominated him one among top ten influential voices in India in 2018 and 2017 and one of the top 10 writers in finance globally for 2016 and 2015.


Speakers are listed in alphabetical order of their last name.

Vaisshali Babu
SVP - Head Local Products and Market Intelligence
BNP Paribas Securities Services India

Ms. Vaisshali Babu is the Senior Vice President with BNP Paribas Securities Services India currently heading the product vertical and market intelligence desk.

Vaisshali has been part of BNP Paribas family since 2009. She is one of the instrumental & key person in setting up the securities services business in India. She was earlier heading the operations team. Vaisshali has overall experience of more than 20 years in capital market spread across her tenure with SHCIL, Syntel State Street and DSP Merrill Lynch. She comes with extensive experience in the fields of custodian operations, project management, and strategic investment group along with trade, cash & FX.

Vaisshali is active member of various industry groups and working closely with Indian regulators on the topics of development of Indian capital market. She is currently appointed as member of NSCCL Advisory Committee.

She is active member of ASIFMA’s India Leadership Forum and has been a speaker in ASIFMA’s India Focused Forums. She has been speaker at IFLR India Capital Markets, FIX India Trading conference and similar other events. Vaisshali has been invited to give leadership talk to the students of Master of Business Finance at Xavier University, Bhubaneshwar and has the privilege to train newly recruited SEBI officers on capital market topics.

Vaisshali is a Conduct champion for the securities services business for the bank and also shoulders Volker champion responsibilities.

Vaisshali holds master’s degree in commerce from Mumbai University with business administration qualification from Symbiosis, Pune having specialization in Finance. She has completed executive programme in strategic marketing & sales management from IIM, Rohtak.

Vaisshali is very active in CSR initiatives at BNP Paribas as well as associated with NGOs dealing in child education.

Harshil Badani
Associate Director, Delta One Products Asia
The Bank of Nova Scotia

Harshil Badani by qualification is a Chartered Accountant with a total experience of 8 years in trading equities and derivative products. He has been working with the Bank of Nova Scotia, Canada’s third largest bank, for the past 2 years. Prior to this he worked for one of the largest Swiss Bank as a delta one trader with Emerging Markets as one of the main focus.

Harj Bagria
Electronic Sales Trader, Vice President
Credit Suisse

Harj Bagria is an Electronic Sales-Trader and Vice President at Credit Suisse based in Hong Kong, responsible for major global asset managers and hedge funds. Prior to joining Credit Suisse, Harj spent 2 years at Deutsche Bank in Hong Kong and 8 years at Citigroup – spending 7 of those in London, with roles across Product, Sales, Marketing and Sales-Trading.

Harj has a degree in Computer Science from University College London and a Masters in Finance from Imperial College Business School.

Rajesh Baheti
MD and CEO
Crosseas Capital Services Pvt. Ltd.

Mr. Rajesh Baheti is the CEO and MD of Crosseas Capital Services Pvt. Ltd., one of India's leading algorithmic trading firms in the Capital Markets. He is an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad and has over 25 years’ experience in the financial markets. He has worked on various broker's issues with the Government and Regulators from time to time. He is widely consulted and quoted in the financial media with respect to the capital markets.

During FY 2018-19, He served as the President of Association of National Exchanges Members of India (ANMI) an association comprising around 900 Stock Brokers from across the country. The basic objective of ANMI is to work for the growth of the capital market and its members at large by becoming a medium between regulator, exchanges and participants. During his tenure ANMI made around 31 submissions on various capital market related issues to MOF, SEBI, and Exchanges etc.

Nitin Barath
Virtu Financial Inc

Nitin Barath started his career as an originating team member at Virtu Financial (“VIRT”) in May 2008 after graduating with a Masters in Financial Engineering from the University of Michigan. Nitin has worked in numerous business roles and capacities at Virtu over his eleven years spanning Trading, Operations, Risk Management, Business Development and Corporate Strategy.

In 2017, Virtu acquired KCG Holdings, Inc (“KCG”) and Nitin was tapped to move to London to help with the integration. Subsequently, he has stayed in London to help with Virtu’s most recent acquisition of Investment Technology Group, Inc. (“ITG”).

Puja Bharwani
Equities Trader
Fidelity International

Puja Bharwani, is an equities trader for Fidelity International. Though currently focused on a Hong Kong / China markets, she has regional expertise across APAC from Australia through India. She has been trading regional equity and equity-linked products for the buy-side since 2014, previously with Blackrock. Prior to this she worked on HSBC Program Trading desk, and started her career working as a trader’s assistant at ML.

Puja holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a minor in Business Administration from Boston University.

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.

Prateek Chaturvedi
Director, Financial Services Risk Management
Ernst & Young LLP

Prateek Chaturvedi is a Director with the Financial Services practice at EY. He has over 10 years of professional experience in the Financial Services consulting space. Prateek has experience of working with leading AMCs, Broking house and exchanges across the globe on various strategic and operational transformation related initiatives. His key areas of expertise include Investment Performance Management Advisory, Financial Supply Chain Optimization, Business Process Transformation and Re-engineering, Technology enablement and IT systems implementation. He holds B. Tech & M.Tech degrees from IIT Delhi and also holds FRM charter.

Anshuman Das
Chief Technology Officer
Edelweiss Treasury

Anshuman Das is the Chief Technology Officer for Edelweiss’ Treasury. This department does proprietary trading business that focusses on HFT and algorithmic trading in India and global venues across asset classes. Anshuman also heads the group wide initiative of Edelweiss towards APIfication.

Prior to Edelweiss, he was with Citigroup, where he was instrumental in bringing the first global HFT players to NSE. He also led the India development team for low latency Global Market Access and was the global lead for unified cross asset pre-trade risk system. He is an MBA from the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad and also holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi.

Rahul Dash
Vice President - Electronic Sales & Coverage
Sanford C Bernstein India

Rahul handles Electronic Trading for Sanford C Bernstein India, where he is a Vice President based out of Mumbai, and is responsible for all Foreign & Domestic clients. Before Bernstein, he managed Electronic Trading for ICICI Securities, & prior to that, worked across product & sales at Edelweiss.

Rahul has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering & a Masters in Microelectronics from IIT Bombay.

Thomas Dejanovic
Technical Leader, Switching Team
Arista Networks

Thomas Dejanovic is a Technical Leader at Arista Networks, where he leads a team of FPGA developers delivering low latency Switching Applications on the 7130 platform.

Before joining Arista Networks Thomas Co-founded two IoT startups and was a Technical Leader at Cisco. He developed an industry leading Long Range Low Power Wireless IoT system, was one of the founding team members that developed the Cisco CRS1, and worked on the development of the Cisco 12000.

Pankaj Dhake
Electronic Sales Trader
CLSA India

Pankaj has over 6 years of professional experience in the financial industry with varied roles in Hong Kong and India. Though currently focused on Electronic trading in India markets, he has worked in Asia-Pacific markets before both in trading and quant roles. He started his professional work experience with a 3-year stint as a Delta-One trader with UBS, Hong Kong where he was involved in market-making and statistical arbitrage of HK-China ETFs. He moved to WorldQuant LLC, research arm of Millennium Partners where he was involved in developing systematic quantitative strategies for the Equity markets. He has been with CLSA about 2 years now in both Execution Consulting for APAC and Electronic trading role. He is a Gold medalist from IIM-Bangalore and was part of Dean’s Merit List at BITS Pilani Goa.

Kumar Goradia
Co-Chair, India Working Group
FIX Trading Community

Kumar Goradia is presently associated with a couple of India onshore start-ups. Prior to that, he looked after business development and general operations of the Tower Research Capital group in India & the Middle East. Kumar was the country markets technology manager at JP Morgan India, and has also managed the equity, listed derivatives, and operations technology initiatives of Citigroup Global Markets in India.

Earlier he looked after application technology, algorithmic trading, quantitative studies, and India access products for the Institutional business of MF Global India, as well as treasury technology at ICICI Bank. Kumar began his markets career at a private onshore brokerage, where at various points ran arbitrage trading, B2B franchise sales & solutions, clearing, risk management, compliance, and operations.

Kumar has served on the BSE's technology committee, and is currently the Co-Chair of the India Working Group, FIX Trading Community. Kumar has a B.E. from the University of Bombay, and an M.S. from Virginia Tech in the United States.

Julien Hage
Head of Cash Equity Execution - Asia Pacific
Societe Generale

Julien Hage is based in Hong Kong and runs APAC Cash Equity Execution for Societe Generale which covers Portfolio Trading, Electronic Trading (Algos & DMA), High Touch Sales Trading and Quant Trading teams.

Prior to this, Julien Hage was head of Portfolio Trading and Dealing at BNP Paribas in Asia and before that, he was on the buy side, deputy head of trading for AXA Rosenberg in London.

Julien Hage holds a Masters degree in computer science as well as a Postgraduate degree in financial engineering from SKEMA business school in France.

James Keeley
Business Development Manager, Asia

James is responsible for addressing client’s connectivity, data and trading requirements as well as sourcing for new business across the region.

He has than 20 years financial services experience, spanning across Europe, Hong Kong and Australia.

James is currently focused on sharing insights with clients and prospects on ASX market structure and dynamics as well increasing trading services revenue for the exchange.

Prior to ASX, James worked for RBS and on the open outcry trading floors of LIFFE (now ICE) in London and SFE (ASX) in Sydney. James holds Business and Finance qualifications from University of West of England.

Vikram Kothari
Managing Director
NSE Clearing Limited

Vikram Kothari has worked in areas of product development, operations, risk management and sales in the stock exchange, Custody and Clearing and banking space for more than 20 years.

Prior to his current role as Managing Director of NSE Clearing Limited (Formerly known as National Securities Clearing Corporation (NSCCL)) in India, he has worked with organizations like JP Morgan Chase, HSBC, NSE in various capacities.

He has joined NSE Clearing Limited in November, 2017.

He is a graduate from Mumbai University and a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

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

Matthew Lempriere is BSO’s Head of Asia Pacific & Middle East based in Hong Kong. Matthew is spearheading BSO’s presence in Asia to build up a successful business across the region.

Matthew brings a wealth of commercial, sales, client management, product development and marketing experience to BSO, with 30 years in the finance and telecoms industry. He had a successful career at BT Radianz and built and led Telstra’s Financial Services division. Matthew also holds long-term working relationships with some of the worlds’ largest financial institutions and within the high-frequency trading community.

Matthew has a great interest in travelling, playing golf, and scuba diving. He is a PADI instructor, and previously managed a diving school in Phuket. He enjoys spicy food, relaxing on the beach, and fast cars.

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.

Vinata Mhatre
Co-Chair, India Working Group, FIX Trading Community, and
Director, Asia Pacific Electronic Trading, Global Execution Services (GES), Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Vinata Mhatre has been with Bank of America Merrill Lynch over 14 years. Her primarily responsibility is Electronic Sales & Coverage for India market. She has been associated with FIX Trading Community India Working Group over 5 years. Vinata has overall industry experience of 20 years in equities. She holds CFA from ICFAI, Hyderabad (India) and Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Mumbai.

Kunal Nandwani
Cofounder and CEO
uTrade Solutions

Kunal is the cofounder and CEO of uTrade Solutions, an India based Fintech product firm which offers trading, algo and risk platforms globally.

Kunal is also the cofounder of Hashcove, the UK based Blockchain products firm.

Previous Kunal has worked in Algorithmic trading at Lehman Brothers & Nomura in London. Kunal holds a Computer Science Engineering degree from PEC, Chandigarh, India, and an MBA from Essec, Paris, France.

Mrugank Paranjape
Senior Partner
Alpha Alternatives

Mrugank Paranjape is a Senior Partner at Alpha Alternatives : a multi-asset class asset management firm that creates sophisticated investment solutions for proprietary and client capital.

He is the former Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (MD & CEO) of Multi Commodity Exchange of India (MCX) - India’s leading Commodity Futures Exchange and the first listed bourse in the country. Mrugank was instrumental in the overall resurgence of MCX following its troubled legacy and led its recovery in terms of profitability, successful product launches, engagement with shareholders, members and market participants and firmly established MCX as a thought leader with all regulatory bodies.

Prior to MCX, Mrugank was the India Head of DB Centre—the front office offshoring centre of Deutsche Bank across all business functions. During the prior decade he held several leadership positions and assignments with Deutsche Bank in India and abroad in the Global Transaction Banking division. In 2012, he was awarded the “Custodian Banker of the Year” by Asian Investor Magazine.

Mrugank has earlier worked with ICICI Prudential AMC, India Infoline, W I Carr, ING Barings & Citibank in various positions across business, technology & operations functions.

Mrugank is an alumnus of IIT Mumbai (Electrical Engineering), and holds a PGDM (Specialization in Information Systems) from IIM Ahmedabad.

Arun Prasad
Head of Sales, South Asia

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.

As Head of Sales, South Asia at Refinitiv, Arun is responsible for driving top line revenue growth across the South Asia region for Refinitiv across all our product lines and performance models (Trading, Wealth, Investment & Advisory, Enterprise, Risk).

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 at Deutsche Bank. In this role he was responsible for high frequency trading algorithms and infrastructure across Asia-Pacific.

Prem Purohit
Senior Vice President
HSBC Securities Service India

Prem Purohit works at HSBC Securities Service India as Senior Vice President and manages their Securities Lending and Borrowing business in India. In total, he has 13 years of work experience across Product Development and Sales Trading including last 4 years in Indian SLB market. Prior to this he has worked for one for German Bank in their Prime Brokerage desk having focus on Institutional Clients. He is a Master from NMIMS Mumbai, he also Co-Chairs the PASLA (Pan Asia Securities Lending Association) India working group.

Shalabh Rakyan
Vice President & General Manager, Execution Services
Estee Advisors

Shalabh heads the Execution Services business and manages corporate business development for Estee along with leading key strategic initiatives. Shalabh has previously worked with PwC as an Analyst – Risk Advisory service & with EXL Service as a Manager - Transformation Service. He has completed his MBA from the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.

Vishtaspa Rana
Senior Manager (Dealing)
TATA Asset Management

Vishtaspa Rana has been at Tata Asset Management for the past 15 years. As part of the Trading desk he is been managing dealing in Indian Equity cash market, Derivatives, Arbitrage, ETF’s as well as Electronic trading.

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.

Jignesh Rao
AVP – Investment Equity
Mirae Asset Global Investments (India) Pvt Ltd

Heading the trading desk for Mirae Asset Global Investments (India) Pvt Ltd with an AUM ~ 4Bn US$ across active funds and ETFs of India Equity focus.

Been on the buy side since 2010 and experience of setting up the trading desk for DMA and Non DMA platform.

Experience in trading India focused ETF and International ETF (Past organization).

Alastair Richardson
Global Business Development – Financial Technology

Alastair’s has over 15 years experience in the global fintech markets including trading technology development at JP Morgan and Credit Suisse, building the European equity execution product for low latency clients as well as trading multiple products including Futures, Equities and ETF’s at Barclays Capital. Alastair then joined Fintech start-ups including Fixnetix and Metamako responsible for global business development before Joining Xilinx as Global Business Development – Financial Technology.

Hrishabh Sanghvi
Arque Tech

Hrishabh Sanghvi is the founder of Arque Tech- A fintech start up focused on developing customised algorithms for trading and machine learning systems to augment the fund manager. He is also the co-founder of Rodeo Travel Technologies- a travel tech startup solving a mass transportation problem.

In the past, he has been the Head of algorithmic trading at Edelweiss Securities and Senior Associate at United Stock Exchange of India (India's fourth national Stock Exchange trading in currency derivatives).

His educational qualifications include PGDM in Finance from IIM, Lucknow and BE (IT) from Mumbai University.

Hrishabh is very passionate about teaching and sharing his extensive knowledge in the field of algo trading & AI. He has had the privilege to be speaker at several educational institutions (IIM Lucknow, BSE Institute, NiSM, Podar College of Commerce) as well as industry conferences (Algo Convention, Options Conclave).

Achalkumar Shah
Senior Manager IT-Network
India International Exchange (IFSC) Limited

Working as senior manager IT-Network for India International Exchange (IFSC) Limited. Total 15 years of working experience and more than 10 years of experience in Financial Exchange Industry. Previously worked at BSE LTD and ORG Informatics Limited in various roles.MBA in IT & Systems from ICFAI university and B.E. Electronics & Communications from Sardar Patel University.

Ankit Shah
Interactive Brokers (India) Pvt Ltd

Ankit Shah is the director for Interactive Brokers (India) Pvt Ltd, he has been with Interactive Brokers since over 11 years and played a pivotal role in the setup of the India operations in 2008, he is currently responsible for the firms business development in India and cover’s client’s such as introducing brokers, advisors, hedge funds, proprietary trading firms etc. in India and the GCC region. Ankit has completed his MBA from IE business school in Spain.

Interactive Brokers is a US based brokerage firm that has been in existence since over 40 years. Interactive Brokers Group, Inc has grown internally to become one of the premier securities firms with over USD 7 billion in equity capital and conducts it’s broker/dealer business on over 125 market destinations worldwide supporting trading across 31 countries in various products such as stocks, ETF’s, bonds, funds, options, futures and more in a single account.

Mihir Shah
Founder and CEO
Minerva AI

The Founder and CEO of Minerva AI, a technology based Hedge Fund. He has been a trader / fund manager in the financial markets for over 10 years. He has extensively traded Interest rates and yield curves of Government Bonds. Interest lies in using Artificial Intelligence to solve modern day problems. He has lead a number of AI projects, including one for Indian Defense (DRDO). He holds a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering. He is also an expert in Financial Engineering and Risk Management.

Aditya Sharma
Director, Head of Prime, Futures & Securities Services
Citi South Asia

Aditya Sharma is the Head of the Prime, Futures & Securities Services (PFSS) for India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. In his role, he is responsible for the South Asia PFSS franchise including Direct Custody & Clearing (DCC), Futures Clearing and Collateral (FCC) and Custody & Fund Services (CFS) businesses. He is also part of the Asia PFSS leadership team.

Over his 16 years career at Citi, he has worked in multiple roles across the Institutional Client Group, heading the India FCC business, Chief of Staff to CEO - Citigroup India, Product & Sales Management stints in DCC, Sales in Treasury & Trade Services (TTS) and various Operations roles.

Prior to joining Citi in early 2003, Aditya has worked with Ernst & Young for a year in the Audit division. He is a Chartered Accountant (ACA) by qualification, and holds a Bachelor's in Commerce from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata, India.

Kamal Singhania
Sr. Vice President
The Clearing Corporation of India Ltd

Chartered Accountant (all India rank holder), Cost Accountant, FRM and Science graduate with more than 25 years of working experience and currently working as Sr Vice President in The Clearing Corporation of India Ltd (CCIL).

Currently handling Forex operations in CCIL (USD-INR settlement, CLS, Forex trading) and BCP as BCP Incharge.

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.

Sweta Surve
Deputy Vice President
Edelweiss Financial Services

Completed Bachelor of Management Studies from Sydenham College of Commerce and Economics. Working with Edelweiss for past 13 years. Traded various arbitrage products like interest arbitrage, index arbitrage, SLB and ETF MM. Currently heading HFT desk.

Ravi Varanasi
Chief Business Development Officer
National Stock Exchange of India Limited

Ravi spearheads exchange initiatives in the areas of market structure policy and business development across all asset classes traded on the exchange. He also oversees capital raising platforms for main, SME and start up boards, education, skilling and financial inclusion. He earlier headed regulatory function of the exchange.

Ravi represents the Exchange in various committees / advisory groups of the Regulator and Ministry of Finance. Ravi has been with the Exchange since 1995 and has wide ranging experience in Business Development, Regulatory and Operational roles.

Ravi has a bachelors’ degree in Chemistry and a diploma in Management. He is an associate member of Indian Institute of Bankers and a certified anti-money laundering specialist.