Mr. Vikram Limaye is the Managing Director and CEO of the National Stock Exchange of India Limited (NSE) which is the world’s second largest exchange in cash market trades and one of the top three exchanges in index and stock derivatives volumes.
Prior to joining NSE, he was the Managing Director & CEO of IDFC Limited, a diversified financial services conglomerate. He started his professional career with Arthur Andersen in Mumbai in 1987 while pursuing his Chartered Accountancy and worked in the audit and business advisory services groups of Arthur Andersen, Ernst & Young and the consumer banking group of Citibank before going to the US in 1994 to pursue a MBA. After completing his MBA, he worked on Wall Street in USA for 8 years with Credit Suisse First Boston in a variety of roles in investment banking, capital markets, structured finance and credit portfolio management before returning to Mumbai, India in 2004.
He has contributed to various committees of government and industry associations on a range of topics surrounding infrastructure, economic policy, markets, trade, minority affairs etc. He has been a speaker at various domestic and international conferences and has been part of international government delegations for infrastructure and foreign direct investments into India. He has also been on the boards of various corporates, educational institutions and not for profit organisations.
He completed his Bachelors in Commerce from HR College of Commerce & Economics, Chartered Accountancy and a MBA in Finance and Multinational Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, USA.
Has been associated with Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), a premier autonomous regulatory body for securities market in India, for almost 20 years.
Started his career with SEBI in 1996 as an Officer and is currently placed as Chief General Manager in MRD of SEBI. Prior to this he has worked in various departments such as Market Intermediaries Regulation and Supervision Department (MIRSD), Integrated Surveillance Department (ISD).
He has also worked with two Whole Time Members as an Executive Assistant.
He has been associated with key SEBI initiatives as Nodal Officer such as Accounting Standards Committee chaired by Y H Malegam, Corporate Governance Committee chaired by Narayana Murthy. He has been the Member of the core group that successfully designed and implemented Integrated Market Surveillance System. Currently, he is actively involved with the key SEBI initiatives such as Cyber Security, Operationalization of IFSC at GIFT etc..
He holds a postgraduate in Science and MBA.
Sanjay Awasthi is a Director at Eastspring Investments (Singapore) Limited. Sanjay has close to 23 years of experience in the Securities Market and trades equity and derivatives.
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, strategic investment group along with trade, cash & FX.
Vaisshali is active member of various industry groups and is currently appointed as member of NSCCL Advisory Committee. She is also one of the six selected members ASIFMA’s Leadership Forum for India and has been a speaker for past two ASIFMA’s India Focused Forums.
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. Vaisshali is very active in CSR initiatives at BNP Paribas as well as associated with NGOs dealing in child education.
Hari runs Egregore Labs, which empowers Capital Market participants in transitioning towards a more data driven approach to decision making through a suite of customized next generation software products.
Prior to founding Egregore, Hari spearheaded GS's macro derivative solutions efforts for GS in South Asia out of Singapore. He has more than a decade of experience as a quantitative strategist across trading floors in London, HK & Singapore primarily with Goldman Sachs. He is deeply passionate & opinionated about innovation at the intersection of technology and finance.
Hari is an alumnus of IIT Madras & IIM Ahmedabad.
Sankarson is the CTO-Projects for National Stock Exchange. Previously, he was Managing Director, Cloud and Mobility for Accenture. He has earlier been the group CIO of IIFL and held positions in the Future Group, Mphasis, TDA Capital Partners and IBM.
A graduate of IIT Kharagpur and IIM Calcutta, Sankarson has spent 25 years in the industry, 15 of them in CXO roles. In the course of his career, Sankarson has implemented complex websites, trading applications, ERP and supply chain solutions. He has managed balance sheets, advised on technology strategies, founded companies, built teams, negotiated and implemented large contracts. He has managed nationwide IT setups with hundreds of offices, thousands of devices and millions of real time transactions.
An enthusiastic traveller, cyclist and runner, he has cycled the world over, the last big one being over the Himalayas from Manali to Leh.
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.
As a Program Manager for Orolia, Jean-Arnold is in charge of designing solutions for customers, especially in Finance and Trading industries. Part of his job is to be the “voice of the customers” for the product team.
Prior to his current position, Jean-Arnold has work for 8 years in pre-sales and product development for Security and Aeronautics companies.
Jean-Arnold holds an Engineering degree in electronics and is a keen sailor.
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).
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.
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.
Kumar Goradia till recently looked after business development and general operations of the Tower Research Capital group in India & the Middle East, and is currently on gardening leave from that role. Prior to Tower, he was the country markets technology manager at JP Morgan India. Kumar has also managed the equity, listed derivatives, and operations technology initiatives of Citigroup Global Markets in the country.
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 Indian 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.
Vishal Jain is currently Head - ETF at Reliance Nippon Life Asset Management Company. He was with Goldman Sachs Asset Management Company Private Limited till May 2014 where he was the CIO.
He comes with over 18 years of experience in ETFs. He was part of the founding team of Benchmark AMC which launched the first ETF in India in 2001 - Nifty Bees.
Vishal previously was part of the Index division of CRISIL from where he was deputed to NSE & was instrumental in setting up India’s first independent Index Company, IISL, which is the owner of the Nifty family and Indices today.
Raju Anil Kadam Heads Sales for Deutsche Bank’s Listed Derivatives & Markets clearing business in Mumbai and is responsible for the business in India. He has more than 15 years of experience in Capital markets. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, he worked with esteemed organizations like ICICI Bank and National Stock Exchange in various roles. He has a Masters’ Degree in Commerce, Chartered Accountancy and Cost Accountancy.
Utsav Kedia (Mumbai) is part of the Sales Trading team at Edelweiss. He possesses rich and diverse experience of 13 years across Indian cash equity and derivatives markets. At Edelweiss, Utsav services full spectrum of Institutional Investors which includes Large Long-Only funds, Private Equity Investors, Hedge Funds as well as Family Offices. Prior to joining Edelweiss, Utsav worked as part of the Sales Trading team at Axis Capital.
James Keeley has been Business Development Manager for the ASX in Europe and Asia since 2009.
He is currently based in Hong Kong since opening the ASX office in October 2015, He has a solid track record of establishing and growing trading, data and technology revenues in the Exchange space.
Prior to working at ASX, James worked at RBS in London and on open outcry trading floors in London and Sydney. James was educated at University of West of England.
Nagendra Kumar – Chief Business Officer. In his current role, he is responsible for IFSC & NSE Commodities Business Development.
He has over 23 years of experience in the Exchange and Clearing Corporation space. He has been with NSE since 1995 and has experience in almost all the functions of the exchange ranging from operations, membership & listing activities, setting up of clearing house, handling physical delivery of settlements, product development etc.
In his earlier assignments with the Exchange, he was heading the business development function of all asset classes and was instrumental for bringing in global HFT / Algo firms to India.
He was also associated with NSCCL responsible for the clearing and settlement of all asset classes traded and reported at the exchange, conceptualization and implementation of various clearing and settlement solutions.
Nagendra has also been associated with some of the leading technology companies and was involved in implementing clearing, settlement & depository solutions across the Globe.
Shripal has over 17 years of experience in the M&A taxation department. Shripal specializes in M&A and has vast experience of advising private equity and corporates on domestic and cross border M&A, capital restructuring, etc. from a tax & regulatory perspective. Shripal also gets involved in due diligence of targets from a direct tax perspective. Prior to joining Deloitte Shripal has spent 10 years with PWC and KPMG in the M&A Tax team. Shripal contributes articles in financial newspapers and is a speaker at the seminars etc. conducted by professional bodies such as the ICAI, ASIFMA, and ICSI.
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 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.
Mr. Virender Mansukhani is the Founding Director and CEO of Mansukh Securities & Finance Ltd which is a clearing member of several domestic exchanges in India and GIFT city. The Company is engaged in agency business for retail and institutional investors in India and is also engaged in Algo/ HFT trading for its proprietary account.
Mr. Virender Mansukhani has done his engineering in Computer Science from Mumbai University and has more than 25 years of experience in the industry. He is actively involved automated trading activities carried out by his Company across mid and high frequency strategies.
He is also associated with several industry bodies such as CPAI (Commodity participants association of India) as Chairman (NR), member of the board of BSE brokers forum and head of the technology committee of ANMI (Association of National exchanges members of India). He is also a member of Advisory Committees of various Exchanges like BSE and MCX.
Over thirty years of varied IT experience in strategic and tactical management of IT service delivery in the area of customized application software development, managing computing platforms, data networks, vendors contract management and BCP/DR planning and operations.
Presently Sr. Vice President & Head of IT at The Clearing Corporation of India, a Central Counterparty (CCP) for guaranteed clearing and settlement for transactions in Government securities, Foreign exchange, Derivatives and Money markets. The company also provides leading electronic trading platforms in these markets thru its subsidiary company. Earlier held key roles at IDBI and IDBI Intech leading application software development and operations teams.
Have participated in number of panel discussions on technology solutions for payment systems, BCP/DR implementations. Member of Blockchain working group at IDRBT. Key interest areas – Application software solution design/implementation, BCP/DR planning, New technology adoption in the payment systems, Blockchain/DTL solutions.
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 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.
PS Praveen, known as Praveen, is Country Manager for India for TNS and is based in the city of Chennai, India.
He joined the company in 2006, taking on responsibility the development of TNS’ business throughout India, overseeing the expansion of its networks, operations and sales activities.
Praveen has played a key part in establishing TNS Fintech Services business across the Asia Pacific region, boosting the number of buy and sell side institutions, market data and software vendors and exchanges, that are connected to TNS’ extensive community of interest. He is a member of FPL-India committee.
He is a Blockchain Evangelist from 2016 and has been promoting its awareness in BFSI sector. Has participated in forums like Bankchain Consortium, FICCI, SPIN-Chennai and speaks on Blockchain technology. Key expertise on Hyperledger, Stellar, Ethereum and Multichain platforms.
Prior to joining TNS, Praveen worked as a Group Manager at Usha Communications Technology, where he expanded his knowledge in the Indian markets, including the Banking and Financial Sector, Telecoms Software and the Capital Goods Industry.
Since 2006, Praveen has helped clients connect with global markets via TNS’ proprietary IP network, the Secure Trading Extranet. Supporting the ability to connect financial market participants across many countries has enabled clients to extend their global reach and enter new markets within India and outside their borders.
Praveen holds a Master of Business Administration in Marketing and Systems with a mechanical Engineering Degree from Anna University, located in the city of Madras, Chennai.
Jyoti has 20yrs' experience in Marketing and Strategies across segments in Financial Markets and is India’s Youngest Independent Director on the board of a listed company. In her current role she heads “Channel Partners & Alliance with Edelweiss Prime Services” In her current role, She also works closely with policy contributors on developing effective regulations around IFSC and create visibility around same with the help of exchanges and channel partners.
She has held several leadership position in the past and worked with some of the leading companies like Reliance Nippon AMC, Thomson Reuters, AIG asset management, MCX, SBI-Soc Gen Custodial Services, Consulted One of the worlds marquee name in the branding - COPlus in her last assignment in Denmark. She was part of Dr Raguram Rajan’s team that worked on “The structure Quasi Sovereign and Sovereign issuance by Government backed institutions”. She was part of the working group for “Committee on rationalization of investment routes and monitoring for foreign portfolio investments” of SEBI. She leads the Telerate users acquisition in Buy & Sell side space in South Asia for Reuters and was integral to the launch of Currency Futures (CD) for Institutions in MCX-SX.
She has in the past contributed to several white papers, that were tabled in G20 summit which were subjected as “Asymmetric Demography, Growth, and Global Financial Governance” on Indian Economy. She has been a thought leader in various regulatory reforms that took place around FPIs in 2012 and 2014. She has been speaker on several national level conferences and speaks regularly at MBA institutes like MIT Pune.
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
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.
Nick Serafini, Vice President, Director of Broker Operations for FactSet’s Portfolio Management & Trading business, has served in a leadership capacity for 15+ years in the fintech industry. In his current role, Nick oversees day-to-day operations concerning connectivity, fees, and customer service related to client and broker connectivity. Having joined FactSet via the Portware acquisition in 2015, Nick was a guiding force behind the technology innovations that led to Portware’s emergence as a best-of-breed trading application. Prior to joining Portware, Nick served in information technology roles at Fulcrum Global Partners, a securities broker offering research services and bespoke client services.
In his time off, Nick is an avid flag football player, amateur archer, terrible stand-up comedian, and President of Clifton CERT, his hometown’s 501 (c)(3) non-profit Community Emergency Response Team. The CERT’s mission is to empower citizens from all walks of life to learn disaster preparedness skills so they can help themselves and their community whenever called upon.
Kishore Seshagiri is Executive Vice President at Broadridge Financial Solutions India Pvt Ltd. Broadridge is a global leader in post-trade processing and investor communication solutions (NYSE:BR). He is currently leading Innovation Initiatives including Blockchain Center of excellence at Broadridge. He 19 years of experience in Financial services technology having built solutions in Capital Markets, Asset Management, Wealth Management, Investor communications and Payroll solutions for global markets. Since 2014 he is leading emerging technologies practice at Broadridge including Blockchain and RPA / Machine Learning.
Mr. Dipesh Shah, Chief (GIFT IFSC) Gujarat International Finance Tec-City Co. Ltd. (GIFT). GIFT City is developing Domestic and International Financial Services hub in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. Mr. Shah has over 18 years of professional experience in International Business, Project Development, Corporate Affairs, Corporate Law & Policy matters.
His most prominent achievement includes setting up and operationalizing India’s 1st Smart City and International Financial Services Centre (IFSC). He has been one of the founding member of GIFT City.
In last 10 years, during his tenure, GIFT City made substantial progress in getting recognition as India’s model Smart City, starting India’s first Multi Services SEZ and only approved International Financial Services Centre. He brought in the regulatory and business changes in the GIFT IFSC to bring in Banks (now transacting more than US$ 12 Billion), International Exchanges, inaugurated by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India (now daily turnover > USD 1 bn) and Insurance & re-insurance companies for undertaking offshore transactions. He has developed various business structures for Financial Services & related businesses in Special Economic Zone.
Dipesh has been closely working with Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Commerce, Reserve Bank of India, Securities and Exchange Board of India, Insurance Regulatory & Development Authority of India to operationalize the IFSC and is part of task force under the Ministry for IFSC. Some of the major policy level work done by him in IFSC includes changes in Company Law for entities opening company in GIFT IFSC, competitive tax regime comparable to other International Financial Centres. He brought in a major change with the tie up with Singapore International Arbitration Centre & GIFT IFSC for effective dispute resolution for the financial centre.
He is now leading the efforts of GIFT IFSC for establishment of a Unified Regulator for IFSC, which has been approved by the Parliament recently.
He has negotiated and tied up various International Co-operations for GIFT IFSC covering various jurisdiction namely Singapore, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Mauritius, New York, London. He is leading the GIFT IFSC efforts for tie up with Global exchanges and participation of Foreign institutions in GIFT.
Mr. Shah is a Bachelor of Commerce and is Chartered Secretary from Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) & Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators, UK and has Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management (PGDM – MBA) from Nirma University, India with specialization in International Business & Finance. He is currently pursuing his Doctoral Program (PHD) in International Financial Services Centre (IFSC).
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.
Rip Sohan is a member of the CTO group at Solarflare Communications whose focus lies in identifying and leveraging new research and technology in the networking field for the purposes of improving Solarflare's products. He has over 15 years of academic and industrial experience in system and networks optimization, having previously headed a research group focusing on Data and Computational Provenance at the University of Cambridge. He holds a Ph.D in Operating System Support for Low-latency from the University of Cambridge.
Upon graduation from college in Ireland as Electronic Engineer, joined Fujitsu Japan in 1990 as a software engineer. Between 1994 and 2006, involved in system development, design, implementation, operation and support projects at Japanese and Asia Pacific security firms and banks in the areas of market data, treasury risk management and automated FX trading. From 2007 to 2010 was Representative Director of NYSE Technologies in Japan. From 2011 to 2016 was Representative Director of Interactive Data/ICE Data Services Japan. Joined Metamako as Business Development Director, Asia Pacific in September 2016.