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Keynote Address: Matthew Boge

Deputy Head – International Department

Reserve Bank of Australia

Matthew Boge is the secretary of the Australian Foreign Exchange Committee. Mr. Boge is also deputy head of the Reserve Bank of Australia's International Department and is responsible for overseeing the bank's operations in foreign exchange markets and the investment of Australia's official reserve assets.

Besa Deda

Chief Economist

St.George Bank

Besa Deda is the chief economist of the St.George Banking Group, which includes St.George, Bank of Melbourne, BankSA and RAMS. Besa has been in this role since 2008.

As the bank's economic spokesperson, Besa is responsible for research on the economy and financial markets. She formulates views and forecasts on the outlook for the economy, interest rates and currencies and manages a team of economists. Besa gives regular presentations and often appears in the media reporting on economic conditions.
Prior to this role, Besa held senior strategist and economist roles with the Commonwealth Bank, covering fixed income, foreign exchange, macroeconomics and equities. Besa was with the CBA for nearly eight years and before that was an economist with the Colonial Group.

Besa is the Secretary for the Australian Business Economists' Association, and has previously written a regular property column for The Australian newspaper and lectured for FINSIA (now known as Kaplan).

Alex Joiner

Chief Economist

IFM Investors

Dr. Alex Joiner is the Chief Economist at IFM Investors and also sits on its investment committee. He is responsible for the firm's economic, financial market, policy and geopolitical analysis and forecasting that underpin its investment and portfolio management processes. He represents IFM with domestic and global clients as well as with governments, central banks, financial institutions and corporates. He has over 15 years of professional experience and prior to joining IFM Investors, Alex was the Chief Economist (Australian & New Zealand) at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, a senior economist at ANZ Bank and an economist at the Victorian Department of Treasury. He holds a first-class honours degree in economics and a PhD in econometrics from Monash University. Alex also sits on the Australian Business Economists committee and the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment Macroeconomic Risks Advisory Group.

Chris Loong

Executive Director, Foreign Exchange Institutional Sales

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Chris Loong is an executive director of foreign exchange institutional sales after joining the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) in May 2011. Chris joined CBA from State Street Global Advisors where he was the head of asset allocation and currency management group for more than five years. Prior to that, Chris spent 11 years at AMP Capital Investors, including as the head of interest rates and currencies, and has also fulfilled various roles at Bankers Trust, Credit Suisse First Boston and Reserve Bank of Australia, and lectured for the Faculty of Commerce, University of New South Wales and the SIA.

Matthew Peter

Chief Economist

QIC

Matthew is the chief economist for QIC, one of Australia's largest institutional funds managers, where he oversees global economic forecasting and research. Matthew previously worked with fund manager TGM, where he headed the economic and financial-market forecasting team.

Prior to joining TGM, Matthew was a senior research fellow at Monash University, where he led the development of a regional model of the Australian economy. This model is widely used by federal and state government agencies and by most large consultancy firms.

Matthew and his team are among Australia's top forecasters as ranked by Bloomberg. Matthew is a CEDA Trustee, an American Chamber of Commerce Governor and is a frequent commentator at industry forums and in the press.

He has 20 years of economic modelling experience in both industry and academia, and holds a PhD in economics from Monash University.

Brian Redican

Chief Economist

TCorp

Brian Redican is the chief economist at NSW TCorp, a position he assumed in 2014. At TCorp, Brian provides advice and research on economic and financial market developments for the NSW government and its entities as they influence the outlook for debt issuance, debt management and investments.

Before that, Brian worked at Macquarie Bank for 14 years, where he headed up Australian and NZ economic research. Before joining Macquarie, Brian worked at the Reserve Bank of Australia for five years and was responsible for compiling the RBA's economic activity forecasts. Brian obtained an M.A. (Hons) in International Macroeconomics from Queen's University, Canada and B.Econ. (Hons) (Economics and Asian Studies) from the University of New South Wales.

Bill Goodbody, Jr.

Senior Strategic Advisor

AE Capital

Bill Goodbody, Jr. is a senior strategic advisor to the board and member of the executive team. Bill is responsible for identifying and advising on the pursuit of new strategic opportunities. He has over 23 years of experience in the financial services industry and joined AE Capital in November 2017.

Prior to joining AE Capital, Bill was senior vice president and head of foreign exchange at Bats Global Markets, Inc. in New York. Bill joined Bats in March 2015 as part of its acquisition of the Hotspot FX business from KCG Holdings, a business that Bill led since 2008.

Before Hotspot, Bill spent more than 15 years in senior leadership roles within the equities businesses of KCG Holdings, Knight Capital Group and Jefferies & Company.

Bill is a founding member and was secretary of the Foreign Exchange Professionals Association (FXPA), an organization which represents the interests of FX industry participants. Bill has also previously served as a director on the boards of NSX Holdings, Inc., and the National Stock Exchange, Inc., an electronic stock exchange in the United States.

Bill has a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Georgetown University.

Quentin Miller

Head of Institutional FX, Asia Pacific

LMAX Exchange

With over 10 years of electronic trading experience, Quentin is contributing to LMAX's growth in APAC with a focus on institutional sales, product enhancements and liquidity management. Prior to joining LMAX in 2017, Quentin was head of e-trading in Asia for Standard Chartered. He also held senior positions at RBS and Commerzbank and was the founder and executive director of a proprietary trading firm in London. Quentin holds an MSc in spacecraft technologies from University College London and an MSc in electronic engineering from Supelec, Paris.

Alison Towers

Director - Global Liquid Markets Trading

QIC

Alison joined QIC in 2007 and has more than 15 years' financial markets experience. Overseeing trading across all of QIC's global liquid market asset classes, her key roles include leading QIC's global liquid markets trading team to achieve ‘best execution' and ensure all trading activity is accurate and compliant.

QIC's global liquid markets trading team is recognised for their deep understanding of global liquid markets and how to effectively implement a very broad range of financial instruments across interest rates, credit, inflation, FX, cash, liquid alternatives, equities and commodities.

Alison has held a number of roles across QIC, including portfolio management roles for both FX and asset rebalancing overlays. Before joining QIC, Alison worked at Suncorp in a range of roles including trading, portfolio management and risk management.

Alison holds a Bachelor of Science majoring in mathematics from the Queensland University of Technology and a post graduate diploma in applied finance and investments from FINSIA.

Andrew Cromie

Global Head of Product – Institutional Investors

360T Deutsche Börse

Andrew Cromie is the global head of product for 360T Deutsche Börse, an independent technology provider to the FX community. In his role, he is charged with 360T Deutsche Börse's core strategy of assisting institutional investors and corporations by creating solutions for their foreign exchange electronic trading needs.

Andrew has 30 years of experience in the financial markets in sales and product management from a front office perspective, as well as delivering electronic solutions. Prior to his current role, he was managing director - head of trading and clearing, Asia Pacific ex-Japan for State Street Bank and Trust.

Henrik Andersson

CIO

Apollo Capital

Henrik is the co-founder and CIO of Apollo Capital, Australia's premier crypto fund. Henrik has over 17 years of experience in global financial markets, with almost a decade on Wall Street. Henrik has extensive experience across three continents as a quantitative analyst, senior research analyst and in institutional equity sales. Henrik holds a Master of Science in engineering physics from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) and a Master of Science in business administration and economics from Stockholm University. He is a CFA charterholder.

Uwe Fuehrer

CEO

Wealth of Nations Advisors

Uwe Fuehrer has had a career that spans 30 years within the financial markets of the U.K., Australia and New Zealand, having started his career in 1984 with the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, and subsequently working for a number of large financial institutions including Merrill Lynch, Calyon, Commerzbank, Citibank and State Street. Uwe has specialised in foreign exchange and during his career has managed currency overlay portfolios, and developed, launched and managed fund-of-currency-funds.

In 2014 Uwe established Wealth of Nations Advisors, a firm that specialises in raising assets for alternative investment management firms whose clients currently manage in excess of $325 billion in assets. Wealth of Nations Advisors is engaged in a number of FinTech initiatives, one of which includes a collaboration with Data61 CSIRO to develop a dynamic asset allocation model for alternatives through a real-option approach.'

Nicholas Giurietto

CEO

Australian Digital Commerce Association

Nick Giurietto leads the Australian Digital Commerce Association, Australia's industry representative council for organisations driving business change and developing new business models using blockchain technology. ADCCA exists to encourage the responsible adoption of blockchain technology as a means to drive innovation in service delivery across all sectors of the economy.

Nick was responsible for the development of the Australian Digital Currency Code of Conduct which establishes best practice standards for digital currency businesses in Australia and has been modelled in other countries.

Nick has worked with the Australian government on issues including the taxation treatment of digital currencies, anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing regulations and identifying use cases for deployment of blockchain solutions within government.

Nick is a member of the Standards Australia Technical Committee on Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Standards and a participant in the International Standards Organisation Study Group on Identity on the Blockchain.

Ian Jones

Executive Director

NaturesCoin

Ian has over 30 years in intellectual property commercialisation as a managing director and CEO in media, financial services, biotechnology, property and agribusiness. He has operated extensively throughout Asia and Europe. His experience is in taking early and development stage companies into commercial growth and in reinventing enterprises with new technology and business models.

Ian was a co-founder of ASX listed bio-pharmaceutical company Benitec (ASX: BLT). He won multiple awards as executive producer of television properties. He is Chairman of ABC Honey Group and director of software group PierAlpha.

NaturesCoin, of which he is executive director, is leading the shift of blockchain and cryptocurrencies towards corporate and institutional markets. NaturesCoin is a blockchain economy for the development of sustainable industries. It allows business to turn corporate social responsibility investment from a cost to a liquid asset and for the first time puts a real value on social capital.

Steve Macdonald

Director & Chief Financial Officer

Crypto Launchpad

Steve is an entrepreneur and investor. He is a founder and CFO of Crypto Launchpad - a New Zealand based provider of advice, due diligence and other investment banking services to companies entering the cryptocurrency space.
He is also chief investment officer of Gold Bits Coin, an Australian asset-backed cryptocurrency which has to date raised in excess of 50m USD in its ICO.

He previously was co-founder and investment director of a Sydney-based asset management firm, was a senior portfolio manager at BT Financial Group and worked in the financial markets and equities groups of Macquarie Bank.

He is a founder of several startup companies including businesses involved in the training and development of young entrepreneurs, an app development company, and a social media advertising group.

Peter Candy

Group Treasurer

GrainCorp

Peter is the group treasurer for GrainCorp Limited. GrainCorp is a leading international food ingredients and agribusiness with an integrated business model across three main grain activities: supply chain, origination and processing. In his role as group treasurer, Peter oversees the financial risk management for GrainCorp, incorporating the treasury areas of funding, liquidity, foreign exchange, trading risk reporting and credit.

In his time with GrainCorp, Peter has built a robust treasury function to support the company's growth with the international expansion of the marketing business, together with the acquisition of the malt and oils businesses.

Peter has over 25 years of treasury and financial management experience at companies such as Dairy Farmers, Twynam, Mars and Angliss.

Nitesh Jethani

Group Treasury Manager

Boral

Nitesh is an accomplished financial professional with over 10 years of work experience in finance and treasury, gained from working in corporate treasury roles at Boral Limited and Coca-Cola Amatil. He currently works at Boral, which has operations across Australia, North America and a joint venture in Asia, Australia and the Middle East.

Nitesh has played a key role in funding the M&A activity and managing the foreign exchange risk during the most recent five year tenure in Boral. He also has extensive experience in treasury system implementation and reporting, enabling better management of real time FX and commodity exposure.

Nitesh received a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in finance from the University of Technology Sydney. It was during his MBA days that he developed the passion for derivatives and financial risk management that continues to date.

Kurt Smith

Treasury and Insurance Manager

Western Power

As the treasury and insurance manager at Western Power, Kurt changed the treasury and insurance business from a transactional cost centre to a centre of strategic value-add. He develops and implements financial risk management, capital management and financeability strategies to support the board's corporate strategy, improve financial performance and increase long-term enterprise value. He leads and manages a team of five treasury and six insurance professionals.

Prior to Western Power, Kurt held executive positions in financial markets for approximately 20 years. He was the head of derivative trading at the Bank of Western Australia, a director in two international fintech start-ups developing and commercialising option pricing and risk management technology, and the investment strategist at GESB fund management.

Kurt has published research on exotic FX options (international financial engineering journal and international patent) and has presented research at banking and treasury conferences in the USA, Europe and Australia.

He was awarded a Ph.D (Finance) from UWA and a Master of Philosophy (Finance) with Distinction from the University of Cambridge. He is a Certified Finance and Treasury Professional and is WA State Chair of the Finance and Treasury Association. He is also the Treasurer for the Special Olympics Australia (Perth).

Andrew Fisher

Manager, Asset Allocation

Sunsuper

Andrew joined Sunsuper in 2010 and is responsible for managing investment strategy and asset allocation. His recent experience has included roles with the Guardians of NZ Superannuation as an investment strategist and with Milliman as a consultant. Andrew has over 15 years of experience in the investment industry and is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries, Australia.

Martin Goodacre

Institutional FX Sales

BNY Mellon

Martin joined BNY Mellon in mid-2017 to establish the foreign exchange sales platform for BNY Mellon in Australia. He has 30 years' experience in foreign exchange sales and trading and has worked in Sydney, Hong Kong, Singapore and New York where he had the sales coverage for asset and reserve managers for almost 20 years. Prior to BNY Mellon, Martin was at Westpac Banking Corporation where he was head of institutional FX sales Asia from 2007 and head of financial markets Hong Kong from 2013. He was also the alternate chief executive for Westpac's Hong Kong branch.

Joe Kassel

Global Head of Dealing & Exposure Management

AMP Capital

Joe Kassel has over 28 years' experience trading in institutional financial markets both in Australia and globally.

Joe graduated from Sydney University in 1989 with a BA majoring in pure mathematics before commencing his first trading role for BZW as a futures floor trader in index futures and options on the Sydney Futures Exchange in 1990. Joe moved to Bankers Trust Australia in 1992 as an institutional advisor in equities and equity derivatives and then to BT Funds Management in 1997 where he took responsibility for European, US and then Asian trading.

In 2002 Joe moved to the UK to take the role of director and head trader for global equities for Principal Global Investors, returning to Australia with Citigroup in 2007. Joe's role at Citi was director, investment and pension services, in which he was closely involved in many of the region's largest and most complex asset re-organizations. Joe joined his current firm, AMP Capital Investors, in 2009 and led the creation of the global dealing capability for AMP Capital's REIT and listed infrastructure joint venture with Brookfield.

In 2014 Joe moved into his current role with the firm as global head of dealing and exposure management. In this role, Joe oversees a global team responsible for dealing in all asset classes as well as exposure and transition management for the firm's multi asset group.

Doyle Mallett

Senior Investment Consultant

Mercer

Doyle Mallett is a senior investment consultant in Mercer's institutional wealth business. He is responsible for advising superannuation and government funds on funds management investment processes, currency management, portfolio construction, investment strategy and manager selection.

Prior to joining Mercer in September 2012, Doyle gained 30 years of portfolio management experience in managing investment portfolios for domestic and international clients. This includes his most recent role at BNP Paribas Asset Management as head of Australian fixed income. Doyle also worked at BT Funds Management for 18 years serving as a global partner and head of asset allocation, global fixed income, currency, alternative assets and economics.

Doyle holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance) from the University of New South Wales and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance from Financial Services Institute of Australasia.

James Webb

Managing Director - FX Services

BNY Mellon

Based in London, Mr. Webb is responsible for the development and growth of the currency administration business globally, focused primarily on the share class hedging and passive currency overlay mandates. He joined in November 2013 from State Street Bank Europe, where he held a similar position within the currency management business. Mr. Webb has over 20 years of industry experience and has held a variety of roles in international finance, including global markets, asset servicing, asset management and encompassing, business analysis and risk, product development, operations management, and sales and relationship management.

Mr. Webb is an active contributor to industry publications and a regular presenter and panel participant, discussing currency hedging solutions and FX practices at industry seminars and conferences.

Stuart Simmons

Senior Portfolio Manager - Global Liquid Strategies

QIC

Stuart has over 15 years' experience in FX markets and, as senior portfolio manager in QIC's global liquid strategies team, is responsible for currency management. Stuart's deep skills and experience complements the GLS' investment process seeking excess returns in asset markets, along with design and implementation of tailored overlay investment strategies.

Before joining QIC in April 2015, Stuart was managing director at Principal Global Investors (London) where his role encompassed FX portfolio management, trading, portfolio construction and risk management functions. More recently, Stuart was a director in FX sales at ANZ (London).

Kingsley Jones

Chief Investment Officer

Jevons Global

Dr. Kingsley Jones is Founding Partner/CIO for Jevons Global, a global investment firm. He has been: Portfolio Manager for the Macquarie Global Thematic Fund; Global Head of Quantitative Trading Research and a member of the Australian Value team at AllianceBernstein LP; Head of Quantitative Research at CFSB in Sydney; and a Quantitative Analyst at County Investment Management. Kingsley holds a PhD in theoretical physics from the University of Bristol (1990), and a BSc (hons) from ANU (1984), a CFA and is affiliate member of the MTA. He is a commentator on CNBC and developed the cost-basis theory of market sentiment.

John Lucey

Chief Investment Officer

Avant

As CIO at Avant Mutual Group, John has primary responsibility for managing Avant's investment portfolios. Leading the investment team in delivering an investment strategy, including portfolio construction, manager selection and asset allocation activities.

Prior to joining Avant, John spent over 10 years working for ING Investment Management and later ANZ Wealth, responsible for managing teams that provided asset allocation and currency management active overlay expertise, portfolio execution, dealing across products and services within Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

John has been in the investment industry since 1999 and his previous experience includes working with Bank of Ireland Asset Management (Dublin), where he led teams and held various positions in portfolio management and execution with specialist responsibility for active currency management.

John holds a Masters of Applied Finance degree from Macquarie University, Sydney, a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Finance from University College Cork (Ireland) and is a fully qualified ACMA accountant.

Ravi Pandit

Executive Director FX Products

CME Group

Ravi Pandit serves as executive director, foreign exchange and interest rate products, Asia-Pacific, for CME Group, based in Singapore. He is responsible for expanding CME Group's existing FX and interest rate business and developing new opportunities across the region.

Ravi joined CME Group in August 2015 and has 25 years of experience in the financial markets. Prior to joining CME Group, Pandit was a consultant to Singapore Exchange, where he provided strategic advice and project management for its launch of listed FX futures. Before that, Pandit worked for 12 years in Dresdner Bank and subsequently Commerzbank post-merger, where he headed up the local markets trading team, and helped build up its Asian presence in interest rate and FX derivatives trading. Ravi also worked in various trading roles at Barclays Bank, across Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo, and in operations and technology at Citibank, across Hong Kong and Mumbai.

Ravi holds a master's degree in chemical engineering from Syracuse University and an MBA in finance from the University of California, Berkeley.

Marcus Robinson

Asia Pacific Head of Rates & FX Derivatives

LCH

As Asia Pacific Head of Rates & FX Derivatives, Marcus Robinson is responsible for overseeing the strategy and business operations of the interest rates and FX clearing services, as well as more broadly developing LCH's presence in Asia Pacific.

Marcus has previously led a number of regulatory and strategic initiatives at SwapClear, including the update of the service's membership criteria, default fund and default management process. Marcus also played a key role in the design and implementation of LCH's NDF service, ForexClear.

Prior to joining LCH, Marcus worked for JP Morgan in its investment banking and asset management divisions.

David Campbell

CEO

Hunter Burton Capital

David has 35 years of experience in the FX industry in Australia, Singapore, the U.K., France and Germany. He has traded all the major currencies for a variety of banks, including Schroders (Australia) , Chemical Bank (London and Frankfurt) Societe Generale (Sydney and Singapore) and Chase Manhattan (Sydney and Singapore). He also spent four years with Prebon Yamane in various regional management roles.

David is currently the CEO of Hunter Burton Capital, a hedge fund that he set up with his business partner to invest in the currency market for wholesale clients.

 

Andrew Harrex

Managing Director

P/E Investments Australia

Andrew has 30 years of experience as a chief investment officer, senior consultant, portfolio manager, treasurer, actuary, investment committee member and product specialist. Andrew joined P/E Investments in 2012 to develop its FX overlay programs. Andrew has managed, as well advised and implemented, FX overlay programs.

Jim Hughes

Head of Business Risk Analysis

CLS Bank International

Jim is the head of business risk analysis for CLS Bank. Jim is also responsible for overseeing various aspects of CLS's liquidity and market risk functions and was previously head of credit risk. Jim joined CLS in 1997 and has been extensively involved with the development of its overall risk design.

Prior to joining CLS, Jim was senior vice president, risk management, for Multinet International Bank. Previous to this, Jim held various operations, internal audit and risk management roles for the Options Clearing Corporation. Jim began his career as an external auditor for Price Waterhouse.

Jim holds a BA degree in economics and an MBA degree in accounting from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

Eva Szalay

Editor

FX Week

Eva Szalay is the editor of FX Week, the leading industry publication for global foreign exchange markets. She has been covering the currency trading industry since 2010, including as a FX reporter for Dow Jones Newswires and The Wall Street Journal. As editor of FX Week, Eva is responsible for the online and print content generated in three offices - London, New York and Hong Kong. As well as editorial, Eva has responsibility for content for the publication's global events. She also chairs and moderates panels across all geographies at both FX Week and FX Invest conferences. Eva has a BSc in business management from Queen Mary University of London.