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Summit Chairman: 

Detlef Glow, Head of Lipper EMEA Research, Thomson Reuters

Detlef Glow is Head of Lipper EMEA Research at Thomson Reuters. He joined the firm in 2005 from FERI Wealth Management, where he was Director of Portfolio Management, managing segregated accounts for high net worth individuals (HNWI). Prior to FERI, he spent nine years with tecis Holding AG, most recently as Head of Fund Research for tecis Asset Management AG. In this role he was responsible for the quantitative and qualitative fund research for the tecis fund of funds, the HNWI accounts and the recommendation list of funds for the financial adviser arm of tecis. Detlef has an MBA focusing on Financial Services from the University of Wales/Cardiff, as well as a BA in Business Administration.

Featuring Speakers:

Angelos Gregoriades, Chairman, CIFA, Cyprus

Angelos Gregoriades, FCA, BSc (Econ.) is the Chairman and Senior Partner at KPMG Cyprus, President of the Cyprus Investment Funds Association (CIFA) as well as Honorary Consulate for Slovakia as from May 2017. Angelos is also the Vice-Chairman of the Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency (CIPA). With over 30 years’ experience as a member of KPMG’s Tax network, he has participated in numerous merger, acquisition and corporate structuring and restructuring operations at both national and international level and has written many articles and presented seminars of the role of Cyprus as a regional financial and commercial center. Solution and sector experience International Corporate Tax, Banking and Financial services.

 

 

Harris Georgiades, Minister of Finance, Republic of Cyprus

Harris Georgiades is the Minister of Finance of the Republic of Cyprus since 2013. Previously, he served briefly as Minister of Labour and Social Insurance (1st March-3rd April 2013). He had the leading role in the implementation and successful conclusion of the reform and consolidation program for the Cyprus economy. He participates in the Eurogroup and the ECOFIN. He was elected Chairman of the Board of Governors of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development for the period 2014-2015 and is a member of the Board of Governors of the International Monetary Fund, the European Investment Bank and the European Stability Mechanism. He was selected by POLITICO as one of the 28 most-influential Europeans for 2016. He participates in the New Leaders for Europe community of the World Economic Forum. Prior to his appointment as Minister he was a Member of the House of Representatives with the Democratic Rally Party (2011-2013). He also served as Press Spokesman and as member of the Executive of the Democratic Rally.

 

Agathi Pafili, Senior Regulatory Policy Advisor, EFAMA, Belgium

Agathi Pafili is Senior Regulatory Policy Advisor in the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) since September 2012 in charge of regulatory developments at the EU and global level with a particular focus on benchmarks and indices and the long term investment funds. She is also a member of the Euribor Steering Committee. Agathi was formerly a member of the cabinet of the Vice President of the European Parliament, in charge of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee files. Prior to that, Agathi was the head of the cabinet of the Chair of the Culture and Educations Affairs Committee of the European Parliament from 2007 to 2009 and has worked as a policy advisor for a Member of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee of the European Parliament from 2004 to 2007. Agathi started her career in 2002 as a trainee lawyer in the Commercial Bank of Greece in charge of commercial private contracts. She is member of the Athens Bar Association and holds a LL.M on international and European law.

 

Demetra Kalogerou, Chairwoman, Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission, Cyprus

Demetra Kalogerou (BSc, MSc, MPhil) is the Chairwoman of the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission, the public independent supervisory authority responsible for the overall supervision of the securities market in Cyprus. She is also a member of the five-member Public Oversight Committee that supervises auditors and audit firms. Furthermore, from September 2013 to June 2014, she served as a member of the then tripartite Resolution Authority together with the Minister of Finance and the Governor of the Central Bank of Cyprus. Previously she served as a Senior Officer of the Cyprus Stock Exchange. Overall she has more than 15 years of experience in the financial sector.

 

 

Jean-Marc Goy, Counsel for International Affairs, Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF), Luxembourg

Jean Marc Goy is the Counsel for International Affairs of the CSSF, the Luxembourg Supervisory Authority of the Financial Sector. His task is to ensure communication and relations with the foreign Supervisory Authorities, in particular in relation to investment management. He represents the CSSF in a number of international forums, such as the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), the Investment Management Standing Committee and its Sub Groups, the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO), the Enlarged Contact Group (ECG) and the IFREFI. He lectures on the regulation of the financial sector at the University of Luxembourg and is the Vice President of the Board of the Luxembourg Institute of Socio Economic Research (LISER). Before joining the CSSF in 1998, Jean Marc worked for a couple of years as an attorney at law for a Luxembourg law firm. He studied law at the University of Montpellier, where he earned a Master of Laws degree and a postgraduate degree.

 

Jonathan Lipkin, Director of Policy, Strategy & Research, Innovation Association, UK

Jonathan Lipkin is Director of Policy, Strategy and Research at The Investment Association (IA) and a member of the IA management team. The IA represents the UK investment management industry and its members manage over £5.7 trillion of assets on behalf of UK and overseas clients.  Jonathan’s work currently focuses on three key areas:  public policy issues affecting asset management; the strategic direction of the IA and the investment management industry; and the provision of research and analytical support for the IA’s activities.  In recent years, he has led major projects on UK pension reform, client disclosure policy and industry competition, and has played a role in broader IA policy development, including on EU and international affairs. Jonathan joined the IA in 2005, becoming Director of Public Policy in 2012. Prior to 2005, he worked for a number of years at Oxford Analytica, an international consultancy.  At OA, he led the European political and economic analysis serving a wide range of domestic and overseas clients, both corporate and governmental.  Jonathan is a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Asset Management Research at Cass Business School, London and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.  He writes and speaks regularly both in the UK and abroad on asset management and pensions issues.

 

Dr. Hilger von Livonius, Rechtsanwalt, Partner, K&L Gates LLP (Munich), Germany

Dr. Hilger von Livonius is a Partner at K&L Gates LLP. His practice concentrates on banking, investment and insurance regulatory matters, with a specific focus on investment funds and debt capital markets (DCM), structured financial products and derivatives. He advises product manufacturers (such as sponsors and fund managers) in connection with the issuance of financial products (both retail products and solutions for institutional investors). He also advises institutional investors (such as insurance companies and pension schemes) on their investments, in particular in the areas of real estate, other real assets and alternative investments.

 

 

Stéphane Janin, Head of Global Regulatory Development, AXA Investment Managers, France

Stéphane, 51, has 28 years of experience in the areas of asset management and financial markets. Stéphane currently heads up Axa Investment Managers’ Global Regulatory Development directorate and internal network at worldwide level. Stéphane is a member of Axa Financial Regulation Steering Committee as well as a member of various internal topical regulatory Steering Committees. Before joining AXA Investment Managers, Stephane was Head of the International Affairs division at the AFG, the French Asset Management Association, responsible for international regulatory strategy and promotion. Prior to that, at the Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF), Stéphane was Advisor in charge of Strategy and Risks to the Managing Director after being the Head of Market Surveillance at the Commission des Opérations de Bourse (COB). At EU level, Stéphane has been an elected Board Member of the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) since June 2017 and the Vice-Chairman of the ICMA Asset Management and Investor Council since March 2017. He is currently chairing the EFAMA Task Force on European Long Term Investment Funds (ELTIFs) as well as the ICMA Asset Management and Investor Council Working Group on fund liquidity. His first commitment at EU level started at the European Commission, where he was seconded as an official National Expert from 2000 to 2004 – being responsible for four regulatory topics: the UCITS Directive, the hedge fund file, the credit rating agency file and the Market Abuse Directive. At international level, Stéphane is a member of the stakeholders’ panel of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO). He was a Member of the Board at the International Investment Funds Association (IIFA) from 2012 to 2014. Stéphane graduated from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (IEP) – “Sciences Po” in Paris, with a major in Economics.

 

Julie Patterson, Head of Asset Management, Regulatory Change, KPMG’s Regulatory Centre of Excellence EMA, UK 

Julie has specialised in the asset management and funds sector for 18 years.  She leads on asset management regulatory change within KPMG’s EMA Regulatory Centre of Excellence. She publishes thought leadership and knowledge-based analyses of regulatory proposals and of the evolving political and supervisory context.   She is also global lead on Brexit for the sector. Before joining KPMG, she worked for 15 years at the UK’s Investment Association and its predecessors.  In 2002, she established a widened regulatory function, covering investment management regulation, buy-side dealing, segregated mandates, capital requirements and operations.  In the last few years, she focussed on directing the association’s work across all aspects of collective investment funds – product regulation, distribution, fund administration and financial reporting, tax and legal. She has extensive knowledge of the EU regulatory process and the increasing role of international bodies such as IOSCO.  Also, through many years of working with the European Federation (EFAMA), she has acquired a broad knowledge of the different fund and distribution structures around the EU.  In particular, she chairs EFAMA’s Working Group on the investor protection aspects of MiFID II and the PRIIP KID.

 

Olivier Bertrand, Tax Partner, Transaction Tax Leader, ΕΥ, Luxembourg

Olivier Bertrand is currently the Tax Partner and Transaction Leader for EY Luxembourg. He joined EY 10 years ago and is an Equity Partner in the Transaction Tax department. Before joining Ernst & Young, Olivier was the European Tax Manager in the Industry. Overall he has 18 years of international and transaction tax experience and over 18 years of international tax experience covering corporate taxation as well as regulated and unregulated fund structuring and taxation. His focus is on alternative asset managers, institutional investors and various diverse pools of private capital and he advises major clients throughout the life cycle of their investments, from deal structuring to return to investors and management. He also holds substantial experience in Transaction Tax and International tax advice for major international clients (Alternative Investment Funds, Institutional Investors, Corporate Groups). His recent experience includes: Organisation of the financing and hedging structure for one of the major M&A transaction that occurred in 2016; Advice on fund structuring for a major institutional investor focussing on Infrastructure and Real Estate Investments. After that mission, substantial work in structuring international Infrastructure and Real Estate Investment (Europe and US).; Design of a US Debt Fund platform for EU investors; Advice in connection with cross-jurisdictions fund mergers and coordination of the project throughout the various countries; Advising on holding and financing of PE investment organized via a Luxembourg investment platforms; Carried Interest structuring and optimization of GP commitments for a Central Europe Private Equity house.

 

Benedikt Weiser, Lawyer, Simmons&Simmons, Germany

Benedikt Weiser advises on all aspects of asset management, regulated and unregulated funds, private equity, general M&A and corporate law. He focuses on advising both investors and fund sponsors on the structuring and formation of investment funds, including private equity, real estate, infrastructure, mezzanine and hedge funds. His practice covers related tax and regulatory matters in all relevant fund jurisdictions. Benedikt has particular experience with accompanying investments of German insurance companies and other regulated investors. He has in-depth knowledge of structuring and implementing fund-of-fund and multiple-tier structures, fund-platforms for indirect investments, and tax efficient structured products.

 

 

Julia Charlton, Founding Partner, Charltons, China

Julia Charlton is a Hong Kong and English solicitor and  has practised  in Hong Kong for over thirty years.  Julia  is an experienced practitioner in the field of corporate finance, including funds, IPOs,  private equity and venture capital. Recently she has advised on a number of ICOs and blockchain token offerings, some with funds structures.  Julia is a Mandarin speaker and vastly experienced in private equity investment in the PRC, advising European, US and Hong Kong based funds on investment in a range of sectors. Julia has worked with companies in the mining and minerals sectors on a range of deals. She is a member of HKEX listing committee and the SFC Takeover Panel and currently holds a number of other appointments including as Chairman of the Financial Services Business Council of the Hong Kong European Chamber of Commerce.

 

Christian Wolz, Senior Manager, Private Equity Group, PwC Germany
Christian Wolz is Tax Senior Manager at PwC Frankfurt. He is a tax advisor (2007,) certified public auditor (2009) and certified expert for international tax law (2012). He joined PwC in 2003 in the Tax Banking & Capital Markets team and was part on projects with regard to the implementation of a web-based tax reporting tool as well as the assessment of the internal control system for group tax departments in various DAX companies. Between 2007 and 2012 he was working in a medium sized accounting firm providing family office services, finally as managing director. In 2013 Christian rejoined PwC in the Tax Asset & Wealth Management department with a focus on investment funds (mutual and special funds) and alternative investment funds (private equity, real estate & hedge funds). In 2017 Christian joined the German Private Equity Fund Group of Felix von der Planitz. He recently provided tax services to capital management companies with regard to withholding taxes (FokusBank case), corporate actions (repayment of capital) and the upcoming reform of the German Investment Tax Act in 2018. He published in professional literature in the topic of deferred taxes for special funds under IAS 12 as well as for partnerships and is a lecturer of the tax department of the EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht at Wiesbaden.

 

Andreas Yiasemides, Partner, Head of Fund Services, PwC Cyprus

Andreas Yiasemides has joined PwC Cyprus as a Partner on 1st November 2016 and is the Head of the Fund Services of the organisation.  After his graduation from the University of Manchester with a first class degree in Economics, he joined PwC in 1999 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant (FCA). He continued his career with the Bank of Cyprus, holding various positions including heading the Custody and Trusts Unit. He then moved on to an organization of professional services where he set up and led the Fund Services Unit. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Bank of Cyprus and of the Central Bank of Cyprus and is the Vice Chairman of Board of Directors of Cyprus Investment Fund Association (CIFA).

 

Beate Born, Global MiFID II Project Lead, UBS Wealth Management, Switzerland

Beate Born, currently leads the Global MiFID II Program across UBS Wealth Management. She has 13 years’ experience in the financial services industry in Switzerland, Europe and Asia with a focus on regulatory implementation and program management. Amongst others, Beate worked as a consultant for Malik Management Zentrum St. Gallen, had her own regulatory implementation practice and is now deputy team head in Business Risk & Regulatory Management at UBS in Zürich. Degrees include an MBA from Clark University, a DESS from the Sorbonne and an executive diploma from the Swiss Finance Institute.

 

 

Patrik Karlsson, Director, Market Practice and Regulatory Policy, International Capital Markets Association, UK

Patrik Karlsson has been in involved in financial services policy analysis and stakeholder engagement for a long time. He joined ICMA’s buy-side practice, the Asset Managers’ and Investors’ Council (AMIC) in October 2014. Before that, he spent four years as Head of EU Government Affairs at Prudential plc and four years at the British Bankers’ Association (BBA). Patrik studied international relations and history at the London School of Economics and joined the government affairs practice of a law firm, DLA Piper LLP, in Brussels after a brief stint in Parliament with the Liberal Democrats.

 

 

Bernard Tancré, Head of Business Solutions, Investment Fund Services, Clearstream, Luxembourg

Bernard Tancré joined the Investment Fund Services department of Clearstream in June 2012 as Head of Business Solutions. Before joining Clearstream, Bernard was the General Manager of Prime Fund Solutions Fortis Banque Luxembourg S.A., then Global Head of Products and Solutions for Asset and Fund Services, BNP Paribas Securities Services. He started his career with Coopers & Lybrand Luxembourg in 1991. He worked for Brown Brothers Harriman (BBH) in Luxembourg from 1996 to 2006, starting in the Global Controllers area then heading the Client Service Department.

 

 

David Shepherd, CAMS, Market Development Lead, Risk (Middle East & North Africa), Group Secretariat,MENA Financial Crime and Compliance Group, Thomson Reuters, UAE
David is Market Development Lead – Risk (Middle East & North Africa) at Thomson Reuters, responsible for the market strategy for the
Thomson Reuters Risk business in MENA. He is also the Group Secretariat of the MENA Financial Crime and Compliance Group (MENA
FCCG). He is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), who also holds a Diploma in Financial Crime and Compliance and brings
over 10 years experience in Risk, specialising in areas such as Ultimate Beneficial Ownership, Adverse Media, Sanctions and Watch List
Data as well as legislation including FCPA, UK Bribery Act and global AML and KYC standards. David has extensive market experience
having worked with prominent Financial Institutions, Governments and Multinational Companies both in Europe and across the Middle
East and North Africa. He has been based in MENA in the Dubai Head Office since joining Thomson Reuters in 2013.

 

Costas Argyrides, CEO, cdbbank
Costas Argyrides is the CEO of cdbbank. He joined cdbbank in 2017, from the Bank of Cyprus, where he held the position of Director, Wealth & Markets. Prior to that, he was the General Manager of the Cyprus Popular Bank UK. Costas holds a master’s degree in Shipping Trade & Finance from Cass Business School and studied Economics at Queen Mary College, University of London. He is a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investments (Chartered MCSI) and a member of the Board of the Cyprus Investment Fund Association.

 

Robert Parker, Senior Adviser, International Capital Markets Association & Asset Management, UK

Robert Parker is a Senior Adviser to the International Capital Markets Association and chairs the Asset Management and Investors Council. He has worked in the capital markets for approximately 45 years, starting his career in corporate finance in France, then being a member of the N M Rothschild investment team and later he was a founder of Crédit Suisse First Boston’s investment activities. After 35 years, he retired from Crédit Suisse in May 2017. He is a member of the Supervisory Board of Arcus European Infrastructure and is Vice Chairman of the Quilvest Investment Committee. He gained his BA and MA in economics from Cambridge University.

 

 

Jérôme Wigny, Partner, Elvinger Hoss Prussen, Luxembourg

Jérôme Wigny became a member of the Luxembourg Bar in 1994 and a partner of Elvinger Hoss Prussen in 2001. He specialises in investment funds (UCITS and AIFs, in particular those pursuing alternative strategies) as well as management companies and alternative investment fund managers (AIFMs). He is a member of various commissions of the Luxembourg Association of Investment Funds (ALFI) and co-chairs the Hedge Fund commission. He is also a member of the investment fund committee of the Luxembourg Directors’ Institute (ILA) and of the Haut Comité de la Place Financière (HCPF), the advisory committee to the Luxembourg Ministry of Finance. He holds a “licence en droit belge” from the Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve. He is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars, in particular in relation to investment fund-related topics, and is an invited professor at Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC), Liège (Belgium).

 

George Chamberlain, COO, CDAM (UK) Ltd, UK

George Chamberlain joined CDAM in April 2015. He was previously Head of Sales Operations at Towry Ltd, a UK Financial Advice and Investment Management firm managing approximately £10 billion of retail client assets. George held several senior manager roles at Towry, joining them in 2010 after winning a scholarship to study for an International Executive MBA at ESCP Europe. Prior to Towry, he was Director of Sales at Image Source Ltd, responsible for revenue made by Image Source offices in the UK, Germany and the US, and by a distribution network of approximately 175 companies in over 50 countries. George graduated from Cambridge University with a 2:1 in 2000.

 

 

Ada Harte, Deputy General Counsel, Natixis Global Asset Management, UK

Ada Harte is Deputy General Counsel for Natixis Global Asset Management. Previously Ada worked at Invesco Ltd. where she was Head of Legal, UK. During her career, Ada has also gained legal asset management experience with roles at T. Rowe Price, Pioneer and in private practice with the Financial Services team at A&L Goodbody Solicitors. She has experience of a wide variety of legal practice areas, including retail and institutional asset management, product development and distribution matters. Ada studied at University College Dublin where she obtained a Bachelor of Business and Legal Degree as well as a Masters in Commercial Law, and having qualified as a solicitor in Ireland in 1999, she is also qualified to practice law in England and Wales.

 

 

Georgios Lampros, Manager Asset Management & Investment Strategy, Wealth & Markets, Bank of Cyprus

Georgios Lampros is working for Bank of Cyprus responsible for the Asset Management and Investment Strategy Unit. Georgios Lampros is working for Bank of Cyprus responsible for the Asset Management and Investment Strategy Unit. He has worked in the past in Piraeus Bank in Greece (Head of Strategy), Bank of Cyprus (CIO, Head of Private Greece and Asset Management), EFG Eurobank Greece (Head of Investments , Senior FX Trader) HSBC Greece (FXTrader) and Troodos Shipping in London and Greece. Lampros is an M.Sc holder in Shipping, Trade and Finance from London City University Business School (CUBS). He graduated (B.Sc in Business Administration), with distinction, from Piraeus University.

 

 

Stefano Capodagli,  Group Chief Risk Officer, Hellenic Bank, Cyprus

Stefano Capodagli, a native of Italy, has 23 years of commercial, investment banking and development finance experience in EU, Central-Eastern Europe, Africa, MENA and Central-Asia. He joined Hellenic Bank from Arab Banking Corporation where he was Chief Risk Officer of the Algerian subsidiary, heading 25 staff in four departments. He had previously served as Chief Risk Reforms Officer within the newly created Group Chief Risk Officer Vice Presidency of the African Development Bank, after having served as Managing Director/Deputy CRO with Unicredit Bank Austria AG in Kazakhstan, heading the Arrears Management Division composed by 80 staff. Previously he covered South-East Europe as Regional Portfolio Manager at the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development’s Risk Management vice Presidency in 2007. He earned extensive experience in M&A, Financial and Investment Advisory, Corporate Finance and Strategic planning both in the professional services sector and in the academia.

 

Panikos Teklos, Managing Director, Investment Management and Wealth Advisory Services Leader, Deloitte Cyprus
Panikos is a Managing Director and the Investment Management and Wealth Advisory Services Leader of Deloitte in Cyprus. Panikos’s mandate spans a wide range of areas, namely, Regulatory Advisory (MiFID, EMIR, PRIIPs, AIFMD, UCITSD, CRR/CRD), Strategic Risk Advisory, Asset Liability and Capital Management, Treasury and Credit Risk modelling solutions, setup and ongoing advisory services for Investment Funds, Investment Firms, Asset Managers, ASPs and Banks. Prior to joining Deloitte, Panikos had a long international tenure in Investment Banking, Consulting and Fund Management. Panikos holds a BSc in Economics from UCL and an MSc in Finance and Economics from the LSE. He is also a certified Investment Advisor with qualifications from the UK, the US, Greece and Cyprus.

 

Jérôme de Lavenère Lussan, CEO, Laven Partners, UK

Lavenère Lussan is the founder and CEO of Laven – a global compliance consultancy and regulatory software publisher, servicing the financial industry. He has pioneered the development of a suite of regulatory software enabling the digitalisation of compliance processes and oversight including for the carrying out of fund operational due diligence. Lavenère Lussan’s background includes acting as a COO of a hedge fund and as a financial lawyer at Jones Day.  Lavenère Lussan holds an LLB from the University of Edinburgh. In 2010 and 2011, he was named by Financial News as one of its 100 Rising Stars, and in 2011 and 2012 one of its 40 under 40 Rising Stars in Hedge Funds. He is also the author of the Financial Times Guide to Investing in Funds.

 

 

Swen Werner, Managing Director of Product and Innovation, Cash and Custody, State Street Corporation, United Kingdom

Swen Werner is the Managing Director of EMEA Product and Innovation, Cash & Custody at State Street. He is responsible for EMEA Core Custody and Cash product management and the business lead for the Target2-Securities (T2S) programme overseeing readiness to manage the ongoing market migration of European CSDs onto the T2S platform and enhance the service and operating model in light of changing market requirements. He has recently overseen several initiatives aimed at reduce operational risk and improve client services in the core custody product. The T2S project is one of the largest initiatives impacting the European securities industry. He joined State Street Corporation in 2015 as Managing Director responsible for product strategy and implementation of operative changes concerning the T2S platform. He actively engages in regulatory and industry developments affecting the securities services environment.

 

Antonis Houry, Manager, Strategy and Business Development, Wealth Management, Eurobank Cyprus
Dr Antonis Houry is the Strategy and Business Development Manager at Eurobank Cyprus Wealth Management Unit. He joined Eurobank Cyprus in 2011, having previously worked at Citigroup and Commerzbank in London where he specialised in complex derivatives and structured products. He has extensive experience in Wealth and Asset Management and Investment Funds (UCITS and AIFs). Antonis holds a PhD in Quantitative Finance, an MSc in Communications and Signal Processing and a BEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, all from Imperial College London. He is a holder of the CySEC Advanced Examination Certificate. He is also a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) and of the Cyprus Investment Funds Association (CIFA). He is the Chairman of the FinTech Committee of CIFA.

Aki Corsoni-Husain, Partner, Head of Regulatory, Harneys
Aki Corsoni-Husain is head of Harneys’ Regulatory practice, within the global Tax and Regulatory group. He specialises in all aspects of contentious and non-contentious financial services law and regulation, including advising on the anti-money laundering regime, anti-bribery legislation, information exchange in tax matters and economic sanctions as relevant to both the European Union and the UK Overseas Territories. Aki advises on the regimes governing banks, investment firms, trust and fiduciary services providers and the insurance industry, and counts numerous blue chip credit institutions and top tier global law firms among his clients. He is a contributing editor to ‘British Virgin Islands Commercial Law’, ‘Bermuda Commercial Law’ and ‘International Guide to Money Laundering Law and Practice’.

 

 

Basim Al-Ahmadi, Co-Founder, Global Risk Insights & MENA Consultant, SET Advisory, UK

Basim Al-Ahmadi is a political risk consultant at SET Advisory & Co-Founder of Global Risk Insights. He manages the Middle East & North Africa practice at SET Advisory, a leading boutique business intelligence firm based in London. SET Advisory provides due diligence, corporate investigations, political risk assessments and market entry studies across Africa, Middle East, Latin America and Western Europe. Basim is also the co-founder of Global Risk Insights (GRI), a world leading publication providing political risk analysis for the business community. GRI have over 200 analysts on their team, ranging from former presidential advisors, diplomats, industry experts to professors. The publication has been widely referenced, including by leading think-tanks, financial institutions, military generals, former foreign ministers and major media outlets such as BBC World, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, Politico and many others. Basim was also previously Editor of Bonds & Loans, a leading debt market publication based in London, read by bankers, investors and lawyers worldwide. Basim holds a Masters degree in Theory & History of International Relations from the London School of Economics (LSE) and a Bachelors degree in Politics with International Relations from the University of York.

 

Keith Campbell, CEO, Keith Campbell Consulting Limited, UK

Keith Campbell has 30 years’ experience consulting and advising in African business intelligence. Having founded one of Africa’s oldest risk advisory consultancies, he knows both the political landscape and the business environment on the continent. He has experience of how multinationals are perceived and the pitfalls – but also the opportunities – of doing business in Africa. He led the establishment of two African bilateral Chambers of Commerce, and served as Vice President of the South Africa-Angola Chamber of Commerce for seven years. Now based in London, Keith specialises in Sub-Saharan Africa with his company, KCC Ltd, offering the full range of  business intelligence and risk analysis services across Anglophone, Lusophone and Francophone countries. KCC continues to guide a wide-range of clients from global intermediaries to infrastructure financiers, helping them to develop, protect and maximise their business interests within complex political, security and operational jurisdictions.

 

Tadashi Tsukaguchi, CEO, Plus Plus Group, Japan
Tadashi is the CEO of Plus Plus Group and in charge of a globalm acro desk within the Plus Plus Group; he is also in charge ofa global macro desk within SPRING, a partner company of Plus Plus. Before joining the company, Tadashi worked in Tokyo for BlackRock, Sparx, and then Mizuho Financial Group managing global macro strategy funds. Prior to that, he was a swap trader at Citi. He also holds an MBA from Aoyamagakuin University and a Bachelor of Economics from Waseda University. He is also a Chartered Member of the Security Analysts Association, Japan.

 

Philippos Mannaris, Partner, Retirement & Investment Practice, Aon Hewitt
Philippos Mannaris is a qualified actuary and a member of the Association of Actuaries of Cyprus and the UK. He joined Aon Hewitt in 2003 and is currently the Managing Director for Cyprus with additional responsibility for actuarial and investment consulting services for the Middle East. He is a partner of Aon’s Global Retirement & Investment Practice, and works with institutional clients on the full range of actuarial and investment issues, including investment and funding strategies, manager selection and investment governance. He is the lead advisor for a number of large local and multinational companies and institutional investors in Cyprus, Egypt and the Middle East.

 

Juris Rumba, CFA, Board member, Funds manager, Swedbank Investment Management, Latvia

Juris Rumba has received his M.Sc. Finance degree from Stockholm School of Economics in conjunction with M.Sc. International Business from CEMS. He has also obtained CFA charterholder designation. His professional experience includes BIG4 audit, corporate financial advisory and since 2013 asset management at Swedbank Investment Management Latvia, where he manages pension second and third pillar funds in excess of 1.3 bEUR. He oversees strategic asset allocation process and has in-depth experience with fixed income portfolio management as well as has gradually built-up sizeable exposure alternative assets (Real Estate and Private Equity). He represents pension fund Dinamika, which in recent years has twice been awarded Investment & Pensions Europe  (IPE) Best CEE pension fund award.

 

Javier Castro Arriaza, Equity Fund Manager, Caja de Ingenieros Vida y Pensiones, Spain

Javier Castro Arriaza holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a postgraduate degree in Quantitative Techniques for Financial Markets by Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. He joined the Caja de Ingenieros team at the beginning of 2011 and since 2012 is the lead manager of European and US strategies. Later, since 2016 is the lead manager of global strategies where Caja Ingenieros Multigestion is included.

 

 

Margrét Sveinsdóttir, Managing Director of Asset Management, Arion Bank, Iceland

Margrét is the Managing director of Asset Management at Arion Bank. Margret has worked in the financial sector for over 30 years. Starting her career in credit at the Industrial Bank of Iceland. Then moving into asset management and capital markets, heading the securities brokerage and advisory at Íslandsbanki Securities Ltd, later the asset management division of Glitnir. She was head of financial institutions client relations at Glitnir before joining Arion Bank. Margrét has served on a number of boards of directors, including a life insurance company and several funds in Luxembourg. Margrét has an MBA degree from Babson College in Massachusetts and a degree in business administration from the University of Iceland. She is a certified stockbroker.