Speakers

Speakers

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Mark Aarons

Head of investment risk

VFMC

Mark joined VFMC in April 2018 as Head of Investment Risk.  He is also currently an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Centre for Quantitative Finance and Investment Strategies at Monash University.   Prior to his current role, Mark was Head of FICC Structuring at the National Australia Bank from 2010 to 2017, where he built a leading securitisation swap business in both Australia and the UK.  From 2004 to 2010 Mark held various roles at NAB in both Front Office and Market Risk.

Mark holds Bachelor degrees in Law and Science (both with Honours) from Monash University and a PhD in Mathematics jointly from the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics and the Free University of Berlin, Germany.  Mark is also the co-author of a recent book on securitisation swaps which was published by Wiley Finance in March 2019.

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Ross Allen

Managing Director Data Strategy

IHS Markit

Ross is a Managing Director in Strategy within the Financial Services division and with specific focus on changes to market structure, regulation and new technology.  Ross is a member of the global benchmark reform program at IHS Markit and is also Global Head of Term Risk Free Rates (TRFR).

Previously, Ross served as Head of Financial Markets APAC and was responsible for leading and growing the IHS Markit Financial Markets business across Asia-Pacific.  Ross has an accounting and OTC derivatives background and has worked extensively on regulatory impact to develop innovative products to meet regulatory change.  Ross has over 20 years experience in the financial services industry covering cash, derivatives and alternative assets markets across a variety of roles.  Ross has worked in London, Singapore and currently based in Sydney and spent the last decade focusing on Asia-Pacific market development.

Daniel Been

Head of FX and G3 research

ANZ

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Kate Birchall

Head of Asia Pacific

LCH

Kate Birchall is Head of Asia Pacific for LCH Ltd. In her role, she is responsible for LCH’s business in the region, including the CCP’s existing OTC derivatives clearing operations in Sydney and Tokyo. 

Prior to joining LCH in October 2018, Kate was Head of Portfolio Optimisation and Collateral at National Australia Bank. She has also held senior roles in Structuring, Portfolio Management and Credit Research in Australia and London. 

Kate holds an EMBA from the London Business School and a BA in Mathematics from the University of Queensland.

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Mark McCarthy

Director, Markets, Australian Financial Markets Association

AFMA

Mark McCarthy is a Director of Markets & Policy at AFMA and is responsible for managing various technical market and policy committees to promote efficiency and address regulatory issues in Australia’s financial markets. Prior to joining AFMA, Mark had twenty five years’ experience as a dealer and investment banker, trading and managing risk across many asset classes including foreign exchange, precious metals, interest rates and debt and credit markets. He has also worked as an international money broker and as an originator in debt capital markets and complemented this practical experience with a Master’s degree in Applied Finance and an MBA. Mark established his own consultancy in 2009 and worked as a consultant in providing banking, markets and financial services to clients in Australia, Asia and Eastern Europe. He joined AFMA in 2015.

Wai Kin Chan

Head of Asia Pacific

Bid FX

Daren Csehi

Group funding and risk manager

Treasury Wine Estates

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Guy Debelle

Deputy Governor

Reserve Bank of Australia

Dr Guy Debelle commenced as Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia on 18 September 2016. He is Deputy Chair of the Reserve Bank Board and Chair of the Reserve Bank's Risk Management Committee. Prior to his current role, Dr Debelle was the Assistant Governor (Financial Markets).

In May 2019, Dr Debelle was appointed Chair of the Global Foreign Exchange Committee (GFXC). Prior to this, he was Chair of the BIS Foreign Exchange Working Group responsible for the development of the Global Code of Conduct for the Foreign Exchange Market as well as Chair of the Australian Foreign Exchange Committee.

Dr Debelle worked at the International Monetary Fund, Bank for International Settlements, Australian Treasury and as a visiting professor in economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He graduated from the University of Adelaide with an honours degree in economics and gained his PhD in economics at MIT under Stanley Fischer and Rudi Dornbusch.

Dr Debelle is a signatory to The Banking and Finance Oath.

Brett Elvish

Deputy chair

ASFA Investment & Economics Council

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John Feeney

Partner

Martialis Consulting | Moderator

John Feeney manages Martialis Consulting working on financial markets product and infrastructure. He has been in financial markets for over 30 years in trading and management roles across most asset classes. Prior to joining NAB, Mr. Feeney has worked for Commonwealth Bank in Sydney, Citi in Sydney and London and Macquarie Bank in Sydney. Over this time he has traded and managed interest rate derivative, foreign exchange, traded credit, commodities and funding businesses.

Recently, Mr. Feeney has been an ISDA Board Member and Vice-Chairman and an AFMA Board member.

Mr. Feeney has a PhD and BSc (Hons) from University of Sydney.

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Bill Goodbody Jr

Chief operating officer

AE Capital

Bill Goodbody, Jr. is the Chief Operating Officer and advisor to the Board of AE Capital. Bill is responsible for Risk & Compliance, Investor Relations and all day-to-day operations of the business. 

Bill has 25 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 & 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 was a founding member and Secretary of the Foreign Exchange Professionals Association (FXPA), an organisation 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.

Joris Hillmann

Head of Capital Markets

AustralianSuper

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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 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 is a committee member of Australian Business Economists and sits on the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment Macroeconomic Risks Advisory Group.

Vic Jansen

Risk strategy & technology, treasury services

KPMG Australia | Moderator

Tom Keegan

Portfolio manager

Macquarie Investment Management

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Richard Kerr

Executive director

IFM Investors

Richard has overall responsibility for the Treasury Services business within Debt Investments. He offers strategic advice, tactical portfolio ideas, product development and implementation guidance over cash, FI, FX and derivative portfolios.

He has 33 years of broad senior portfolio management and financial markets experience including bank liquidity management at NAB, fixed income trading at County Natwest and JP Morgan, Proprietary trading at Dresdner Bank NY, Head of Currency Management at Macquarie Funds Group, managing passive and dynamic FX hedging portfolios as well as managing the Macquarie “Global Active Currency Fund.” Other positions include Head of FX Risk for Consolidated Press Holdings, and Executive Director, Institutional Currency at Morgan Stanley, focusing on quantitative FX overlays and research for Institutions.

Richard holds a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University.

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Justin Lo

Portfolio manager

Sunsuper

Justin is an investment manager within the fixed income and currency team at Sunsuper. Justin joined Sunsuper in October 2013 and has over 11 years of industry experience. Prior to joining the firm, Justin worked at Legal & General Investment Management (London), J.P. Morgan (Sydney) and State Street (Sydney). Justin holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) at Macquarie University, Masters of Financial Analysis at the University of New South Wales, is a CFA Charterholder, Certified FRM and Chartered Alternative Investments Analyst.

Carol Lydford

Treasurer, head of treasury and investor relations

Toyota Finance Australia

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Rob Ma

Executive director - FICC execution solutions

Goldman Sachs

Rob is an executive director and head of FX Algo Products of Asia Pacific at Goldman Sachs. 

He has led various technology teams at Goldman Sachs since 2010 and has been involved in different initiatives in FICC Systematic Market Making. 

He has been most recently involved with FX Algos and with a strong focus on Asian currencies including Asian NDFs.

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Philip Naylor

Principal consultant

Frontier Advisors

Alan Oster

Chief economist

National Australia Bank

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Ravi Pandit

Executive director interest rate & 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. Pandit joined CME Group in August 2015, and he 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.  Pandit also worked in various trading roles at Barclays Bank, across Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo, and in operations & technology at Citibank, across Hong Kong and Mumbai. Pandit holds a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering from Syracuse University and an MBA in Finance from the University of California, Berkeley.

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George Tharenou

Chief economist

UBS

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Alison Towers

Director, global liquid markets trading

QIC

Alison joined QIC in 2007 and has more than 16 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.

Sangeeta Venkatesen

Chair

FairVine Super

Rohit Verma

APAC head, OTC clearing and FX prime brokerage

Citi

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Mark Aarons

Head of investment risk

VFMC

Mark joined VFMC in April 2018 as Head of Investment Risk.  He is also currently an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Centre for Quantitative Finance and Investment Strategies at Monash University.   Prior to his current role, Mark was Head of FICC Structuring at the National Australia Bank from 2010 to 2017, where he built a leading securitisation swap business in both Australia and the UK.  From 2004 to 2010 Mark held various roles at NAB in both Front Office and Market Risk.

Mark holds Bachelor degrees in Law and Science (both with Honours) from Monash University and a PhD in Mathematics jointly from the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics and the Free University of Berlin, Germany.  Mark is also the co-author of a recent book on securitisation swaps which was published by Wiley Finance in March 2019.

Michael Clavin

Head of liquidity, fixed income and markets

First State Super

Michael’s key responsibilities include management and oversite of the Funds Cash and Fixed Income exposures, currency overlays, securities finance program as well as the funds centralised dealing function.  Michael is also responsible for the day to day running of the Funds internally managed derivative overlays and cash and short term credit mandates. 

Michael has over 16 years of experience in the Financial Services Industry and Prior to joining FTC, Michael was employed at JP Morgan as a Project Manager from June 2003 to 2007. Key role responsibilities included successful completion and implementation of projects relating to cash flow management, unit pricing and accounting.

Michael has a Masters’ degree in both Business

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Dominique d'Avrincourt

Investment manager

HESTA

Dominique d’Avrincourt joined HESTA in 2015 as an Investment Manager – Equities & Currency. Her main responsibilities include investment manager research and portfolio construction, and managing the alpha program for the listed equity investments and currency overlay program for listed equities. She joined the Superannuation industry in 2013 as a Senior Investment Specialist at Vic Super. She started her career at Goldman Sachs JBWere in 2004 in portfolio strategy before joining Merrill Lynch as an institutional equities research analyst and subsequently CBA Institutional Equities in a similar role.

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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 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 is a committee member of Australian Business Economists and sits on the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment Macroeconomic Risks Advisory Group.

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Justin Lo

Portfolio manager

Sunsuper

Justin is an investment manager within the fixed income and currency team at Sunsuper. Justin joined Sunsuper in October 2013 and has over 11 years of industry experience. Prior to joining the firm, Justin worked at Legal & General Investment Management (London), J.P. Morgan (Sydney) and State Street (Sydney). Justin holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) at Macquarie University, Masters of Financial Analysis at the University of New South Wales, is a CFA Charterholder, Certified FRM and Chartered Alternative Investments Analyst.

Taylor Ng

Manager, currency & portfolio analytics

NGS Super

Taylor is part of the internal investments team at NGS Super. He is responsible for managing currencies and provide insights for asset allocation decisions through various macroeconomics and quantitative analytics.

Throughout his career he has also involved in managing asset classes such as equities, fixed income and alternatives.

Taylor has over 12 years of experience in the Australian Superannuation Industry having worked at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, ING and REST Industry Super prior to his role at NGS Super.

Taylor has graduated with degrees in Bachelor of Commerce (honours) from the University of Melbourne (majoring in Actuarial Science and Finance) and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Sydney.

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Theo Vosinidis

Head of investment risk and compliance

CBUS SUPER

Theo and his team are responsible for implementation of the risk and compliance framework in line with Cbus’ risk appetite. The team identifies new regulatory obligations that may impact Investments, undertake risk training, as well as Investment incident root cause analysis, operational due diligence of external investment managers, undertake risk assessments of new Investment initiatives and are responsible for internal and external mandate pre & post trade compliance.