Speakers 2019 NEW

Speakers 2019 NEW

Steve Green

Head of Central Data Services, Innovation, Strategy and Competition Division


Steve Green is Head of Central Data Services, Innovation, Strategy and Competition Division at the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). His department looks after all data management and collection activities for the FCA, as well as running a number of central data advisory, analysis and insight functions. Steve is also the Accountable Executive in charge of the FCA’s Data Strategy implementation, transforming the way the FCA exploits its’ data and covering the replacement of all key data platforms. Prior to joining the FCA, Steve worked on implementing large scale technology driven change across a variety of businesses.

David Thomas



Huw Howell

Managing Director, Global Data


Olga Petrenko

Team Leader, Market Data Policy Team, Markets Department

European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA)

Olga Petrenko is the Team Leader within the Market Data Policy Team at the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA). She is involved in ESMA work on defining reporting requirements that stem from European regulatory regimes – EMIR, MiFID II/MiFIR, MAR and SFTR – in relation to various types of market data. More specifically, her current tasks focus ESMA implementing measures on trades, transactions, order book, instrument reference data and securities financing transactions reporting.

Ms. Petrenko joined CESR (predecessor of ESMA) in March 2009 from the Lithuanian Securities Commission where she held the position of the Head of the Market Monitoring Division.
Ms. Petrenko received a Master’s Degree in Financial Markets from the Mykolas Romeris University in Vilnius, Lithuania and qualifications in Economics and Applied Informatics from the Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania.

Chris Dickens

COO EMEA, Global Markets


Karim Hajjaji

Global Chief Operating Officer, Global Corporate Banking


Karim Hajjaji has an extensive experience and expertise in the financial and banking industry and had held executive roles in Europe, Asia and United States.

He is currently the Global Chief Operating Officer and member of the Executive Committee of Santander Corporate and Investment Banking (CIB). Karim is also Chairman or Board Member of different companies of the Group. He is in charge to support the worldwide growth (products and geographies) of the CIB businesses and to lead its transformation (digital and innovation).

Formerly, Karim was the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Société Générale Investment Services covering Brokerage, Asset Management, Private Banking and Securities Services. Previously he was Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Executive Committee of SG Americas covering Corporate and Investment Banking in USA, Canada and Latin Americas.

Karim started his career in consulting, quantitative research and capital market activities. He is graduated in Engineering and Economics from ENSAE (France).

Karim is currently living in London. He is passionate about painting, poetry and philosophy. He is involved in social accomplishments and entrepreneurship mentoring particularly in his country of origin, Tunisia.

Peter Moss


The SmartStream Reference Data Utility

Peter Moss, CEO of The SmartStream Reference Data Utility (RDU); in partnership with Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase and Morgan Stanley.
Peter joined the company in August 2016 following 25 years at Thomson Reuters. During his time at Thomson Reuters he established the Thomson Reuters Enterprise business, lead the integration of the Thomson Financial and Reuters businesses, ran data and technology operations as CTO and most recently lead the Financial Division, a global $6bn revenue business. Peter graduated from Bristol University with honours in Mathematics and Computer Science.

Suren Siva

Director Strategy and Innovation


Suren works as a Strategy & Innovation lead within the UK CEO office at Credit Suisse, he works closely with the Global Markets and Private Banking Businesses on the growth, performance and control of their businesses. He leads Credit Suisse’s engagement with Fintechs and the wider ecosystems in the UK.

He has over 18 years of experience working within financial markets, at Tier 1 Investment Banks, and as a Management Consultant. His particular focus areas include: Corporate Strategy & Innovation, Product Development and restructuring businesses to drive growth. 

Suren’s passion for technology and entrepreneurship started early; a BSc in Neuroscience from King’s College London and MSc in eCommerce led him to develop an interest in how technology innovation changes human behaviour.

Siddharth Gupta

Investment Banking Technology


Siddharth started his career in Investment Banking at J.P. Morgan, advising financial institutions and governments in Asia Pacific followed by the UK. During this time, he worked on transactions in the specialty insurance, retail banking and asset management sectors across both M&A and capital markets. After a management stint in 2017, Siddharth moved to Investment Banking Technology where he delivers technology solutions for the business.

Siddharth graduated from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai with a BA in Economics and is based in London.

Edosa Odaro

Head of Data


Janet Adams

Head of Risk and Controls & Head of AI

TSB Business Banking

Janet Adams is a Banking Risk and Technology professional, currently working at TSB as Head of Risk and Controls, and Head of AI for the commercial bank, with experience gained at HSBC, RBS, Aviva and Barclays. Janet is also in her final year of study for a MSc in AI at the University of Essex.

With a successful track record of driving transformational change in banking and financial services, focussed on Commercial and Investment banking sectors, Janet started her career in large scale technology change, before moving more into regulatory and risk transformation at the onset of the last financial crisis in 2008, becoming a Head of Conduct at two leading banks prior to her current role.

Janet’s blend of technology, risk, conduct and now data sciences and AI skills and expertise, gives her a unique perspective on the ethics of Artificial Intelligence in Banking, and she has been at the forefront of developing Conduct and Compliance frameworks for the safe and effective rollout of AI in the banking sector.

Andrew Barnett

Global Head of Product Strategy


Andrew Barnett is RIMES’ Global Head of Product Strategy. In this role, Andrew brings to bear his extensive experience in both the end-user and vendor sides of the market. Across his extensive career, Andrew has held a range of product, sales and data roles for companies including Charles River Development, Aviva/Friends Life Investments and IHS Markit/Cadis. Most recently Andrew was the Chief Data Officer at Legal & General Investment Management. He has won significant industry recognition for his work; being named one of the Top 50 Innovators in Data and Analytics in the UK in 2019 by Corinium, as well as being awarded the ‘Best Data Management Practitioner’ prize at the 2018 A-Team Insights Awards.

Andrei Serjantov

Global Head of Electronic Primary and Credit Markets


Stephane Malrait

Global Head of Market Structure and Innovation for Financial Markets

Stéphane Malrait is Managing Director, Global Head of Market Structure and Innovation for Financial Markets, at ING Bank. Stephane is responsible for following the market structure and industry challenges impacting the financial market industry. He is leading innovation activities internal to ING and also external partnerships and developments with Fintech companies. He actively contributes to industry working groups to represent ING Bank.

Stéphane joined ING in 2015 to lead the bank e-commerce initiatives across all financial market products and to develop on the financial market group’s cross-asset eCommerce strategy. Before joining ING, Stephane spent eight years at Société Générale, where he was Global Head of FIC eCommerce, creating an eCommerce business covering credit, rates, money market, emerging market, and FX. Prior to this, Stéphane worked at JPMorgan Chase for ten years, serving in different roles in Global FX E-Commerce Business Management and cross-asset eCommerce technology and was based in London and New York.

Stephane has a strong background in financial markets and understands the need for continued technological development to drive positive change in trading and market structure workflows. He is leading ING's Financial Market Innovation strategy and also working on the implementation of financial regulations that will impact the client trading activities and transform how the trading floor operates.

Stephane is also a board member for several Fintech market initiatives and trading associations. Since 2005 he has been active with the ACI Financial Market Association - an international non-profit organisation that represents the interests of market professionals in foreign exchange and money markets. Here, he has chaired the ACI FX Committee, representing the views of professionals in the FX sector. He is also an active member of the ECB FX contact group working on the BIS Global FX code of conduct working groups.

Kari-Anne Clayton

Technology & Business Transformation Manager - Wealth Management,


Roy Kirby

Director Senior Product Manager


Roy Kirby is part of the product propositions team at SIX and has been with the company since 2015. In this role, he is responsible for identifying and responding to market trends and customer requirements across all financial markets globally. The product proposition team is currently focused around the areas of regulation, asset servicing and corporate actions. A core responsibility of the team is to provide thought leadership and expertise to define solutions that mitigate clients’ risks, improve profitability and improve efficiency. Some notable topics include MiFID2, 871m, Sanctions, cross border taxation, security master files and corporate action workflow. Prior to joining SIX, Roy spent 18 years in various roles within the financial markets.

Hinesh Kalian

Partner, Head of Implementation and Data Science


Hinesh Kalian is Head of Implementation and Data Science at Man AHL (‘AHL’). He is responsible for the AHL quantitative trading system, research and portfolio implementation, data management and data science. Hinesh has over 15 years experience in the Financial Markets (including 6 years at JP Morgan and 10 years at AHL). Hinesh holds an MSc in Finance from the University of London.

Colin Ware

Regulatory Product Manager


Colin has recently joined BNY Mellon as Regulatory Product Manager. He is responsible for ensuring that all products within Asset Servicing are compliant with upcoming regulations and serve our client’s needs to meet the regulatory requirements. He is focused on helping clients understand how they will be affected by upcoming regulations, including MIFID II, GDPR, MMFR etc, and how BNYM product solutions can assist them in ensuring compliance.

Prior to joining BNY Mellon, Colin spent 4 years working at Barclays initially as Industry & Regulatory Engagement Lead for Data Management, and then leading on the Impact Assessment for GDPR. Previously, he was Global Product Manager for Omgeo CTM responsible for developing the product to meet all client and regulatory requirements. He has also spent time at a number of leading Investment Bank institutions, including Deutsche Bank, Nomura, and Goldman Sachs, across a broad range of Data Management, Client Service and project management roles. 

Mark Wilson

Data Governance


Mark Wilson has spent the last 17 years in the world of Data Quality and Data Governance in Handelsbanken, having been with the organisation since 1989. He joined the Group in the Financial Control division, and has previously occupied positions in Performance Reporting, Risk, Middle office and Project Management.

His first foray into Data Quality and validation came through heading up the BI and CRM functions in the Capital Markets division of Handelsbanken in Stockholm, and he is now based in the UK. His main role requires him to engage all levels of the Organisation to improve understanding of the importance of high data quality, as well as helping the business maintain high standards of Data Quality.

Having established and headed up the UK Data Quality department, and a Data Steward network throughout the UK organisation, Mark is now heading up Data Governance within the UK, with key ‘missions’ being :

- Formalising Education and Awareness of Data Management across the UK organisation
- Governing Data Governance Maturity Models - Implementing Data Governance Tools and Dashboard
- Formalising Data Ownerships roles
- Implementing building blocks for Data Lineage.

Arleta Majoch


Auriel Equities

Arleta Majoch, Partner at Auriel Investors LLP since 2017, has both an academic and industry background in responsible investing. She holds a PhD in Finance with a focus on RI from ICMA Centre at Henley Business School and is a published academic author. Throughout her industry career she has contributed in a variety of research and business roles at organizations such as the UN Principles for Responsible Investment, Aberdeen Asset Management, Economist Intelligence Unit, and MSCI ESG Research.

Malavika Solanki

Management Team

Derivatives Service Bureau

Malavika has worked in the OTC derivatives market for 20 years and has led or been otherwise closely involved in the launch and scale-up of several successful, structural fintech ventures in the capital markets arena. Malavika has previously led revenue generating, greenfield initiatives at both banks and clearing houses, with a focus on global scale from the outset. Malavika is a graduate of London Business School’s Executive MBA programme having focused on entrepreneurship and strategy. Malavika enjoys mentoring high-growth, fintech teams, most recently having been voted one of the top mentors at by the Techstars London 2018 cohort and has also served as a mentor at the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women.

Larry Abele

Chief Executive Officer & Portfolio Manager

Auriel Investors

Larry is CEO and portfolio manager at Auriel Investors, a dedicated impact asset manager he founded 11 years ago. He is also the architect behind Impact-Cubed, a portfolio impact measurement model and dataset incubated within Auriel and spun out in 2017 to go on and win industry acclaim for research innovation in responsible investment research.

Larry holds a BA in Mathematics & Economics from Florida State University and a MPhil in Economics & Politics from Cambridge University, England. In-between educational periods, Larry spent three years walking with a small group of activists as part of the ‘Global Walk for a Livable World’ across the USA, Europe and Asia to promote environmental awareness.

Larry has 20 years plus experience in the investment area and his specialisms range from quantitative and financial modelling, portfolio construction and risk management, environmental economics and research, as well as alternative investments to name a few.  In 2007 Larry was named one of the twenty rising stars in hedge funds by Institutional Investor Magazine.

Larry started his career at First Quadrant in California. Following this, he worked at Barclays Global Investors’ San Francisco office as a member of the Advanced Strategies and Research Group. Larry later moved to Deutsche Asset Management as Global Head of Quantitative Strategies and Portfolio Engineering. He left DeAM in 2004 and founded Auriel, a $2bn absolute return fund specializing in macro, currency and equity long-short strategies, later sold to Aspect Capital with the equity group spun out as a separate entity named Auriel Investors active to this day in impact investing.

Berkan Sesen

Quantitative researcher and portfolio manager

JP Morgan Asset Management

M. Berkan Sesen, PhD, is an executive director and quantitative portfolio manager in the Quantitative Beta Strategies group at JPMAM. His current focus areas are machine learning, alternative data, systematic investing and efficient trade execution. Prior to JPMAM, Berkan worked as an algorithmic trading quant at Citigroup and co-led the firm’s global data analytics group. Berkan holds a doctorate in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Oxford and specializes in the applications of machine learning and statistics to finance.

Mark Taylor

Global Head of Sales

SmartStream Technologies

Mark Taylor is the Global Head of Sales at SmartStream Technologies. In his role, Mark is responsible for driving global sales and business development for SmartStream, with a focus on expanding the company’s global client bases. Mark brings to the position a successful track record of close to 25 years that includes leadership positions within the company, including Sales Support and Business Development in specific regions and locations, and has a solid foundation in solutions architecture and implementations, as well as delivering value and return on investment for clients.

Mark joined SmartStream in 2006, and prior to that, he worked at Braid, Mercator and Singularity. Mark holds a Bachelor in Economics from City University of London and is also a member of SmartStream Global Executive Team.

Sidhartha Dash

Research director


Sidhartha is a Research Director at Chartis with over 20 years of experience in the financial, energy, and commodities markets in various functions across the trade life-cycle (risk management, trading, and product structuring) and software development life-cycle (risk, analytics, and trading). Sidhartha has held various roles in product development, trading, risk management, software development, and consulting in banks, hedge funds, and risk advisory and software firms, including Standard Chartered Bank, TCG Group, HCL, and Cognizant.

His specific areas of interest and research include risk data, model risk management, quantitative models in illiquid markets, high performance analytics, energy and commodity trading risk, market structure design, new computational models, and the use of innovative mathematical methods in various emerging areas of risk management.

Sidhartha holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management and is a qualified Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst CAIA , Financial Risk Manager (FRM) and Energy Risk Professional (ERP) member of GARP.


Joanna Wright

European editor


Joanna Wright is EMEA Editor for WatersTechnology. She was previously a US correspondent for Risk.net and reporter at Inside Reference Data. She was born in South Africa, and began her journalism career as a sub-editor at newspapers there. Before moving to London, she gained business reporting experience in a number of industries and topics, including media, advertising and tech, and large-scale infrastructure projects in pioneer markets.