Member of Executive Committee of Crédit Agricole S.A., Chief Executive Officer of Amundi
Valérie Baudson is Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Crédit Agricole S.A. in charge of the asset management division and a member of the Executive Committee of Crédit Agricole SA since May 2021. In this capacity, she is Chief Executive Officer of Amundi.
Valérie began her career in 1995 at Banque Indosuez in the General Audit department. She then joined Crédit Agricole Cheuvreux, the European brokerage subsidiary of the Crédit Agricole Group, as General Secretary and then Marketing Director for Europe.
Valérie joined Amundi in 2007 to create the ETF, Index & Smart Beta business line. Amundi ETF is now the 5th largest player in Europe. She went on to become a member of the group's Executive Committee in 2013 and then a member of the Management Committee in 2016, when she was also appointed Managing Director of CPR AM, an active asset management company recognized for its thematic and ESG expertise. At the same time, Valerie took on the supervision of Amundi's subsidiaries in Germany and Spain.
In 2020, she also took charge of the division dedicated to the Amundi Group's retail and private banking clients worldwide.
She was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Amundi in May 2021, succeeding Yves Perrier.
Valérie is a member of the Board of Directors of CA Indosuez Wealth, a member of the Strategic Committee of the Association Française de la Gestion Financière (AFG) and President of Paris Europlace Investors' College, which recently published the report "Investing with Purpose and Responsibility".
She is a graduate of HEC Paris.
Senior Partner, McKinsey
Cristina Catania is specialized in serving Financial Institutions throughout Europe across a broad range of services with a focus on large transformations in banking and a spike in asset & wealth management, mainly on strategy and finance topics and a passion for sustainability and ESG transformation.
Cristina is the Head of the European Wealth & Asset Management Practice and core Leader of the sustainability in banking Service Line within the European Banking Practice, she is also a core leader of the EMEA Strategy & Corporate Finance Practice.
Executive Director, ESMA
Natasha Cazenave has been the Executive Director of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) since June 2021. She was previously Managing Director in charge of the Policy and International Affairs Directorate at the French Autorité des Marchés Financiers and, between 2012 and 2016, Chair of IOSCO’s Policy Committee on Investment Management. Prior to that, she worked for a European consultancy specialized in corporate governance and the promotion of investor rights. She started her career in the Valuation and Business Modelling team of Ernst & Young Corporate Finance.
Natasha Cazenave holds a master’s degree in Economics and Finance from the University of Paris Dauphine.
Chief Executive Officer, The Investment Association
Chris Cummings is the Chief Executive of The Investment Association, a post he has held since September 2016. The Investment Association is the trade body that represents UK-based investment managers.
He is a member of HM Treasury’s Asset Management Taskforce, and was a founding member of its Financial Services Trade & Investment Board. He serves on the Chancellor’s Financial Services Industry Advisory Group and Department for International Trade’s Financial Services Trade Advisory Group. He is a Board member on EFAMA, the European trade association for investment management and is a member of the Regulation Committee of IIFA, the international association for investment management.
He was previously a member of the Financial Conduct Authority’s Regulatory Decisions Committee, a Settlement Decision Maker for the Payment Services Regulator. He served on the Foreign & Commonwealth’s Diplomatic Excellence Panel.
Before joining The Investment Association he was the founding CEO of TheCityUK, held senior posts in banking, insurance and consulting with major global firms. He is a regular columnist, commentator and speaker on issues of international competitiveness and regulation in financial services.
Bernard De Wit
Deputy CEO, Head of Business Support & Control, Amundi
Bernard De Wit is Deputy CEO and has been appointed Head of Amundi Business Support and Control Division in 2017. He is French and based in Paris.
He joined Crédit Agricole Asset Management in 2009 and worked initially on the merger with Société Générale leading to the birth of Amundi in 2010. He was appointed Chief Risk Officer of Amundi in 2010, and Deputy CEO and Chief Operating Officer in 2013.
Beforehand, he has been working for the Crédit Agricole group since 1989, as Chief Finance Officer of a Regional Bank and in different management positions for the retail international network. He started his banking career in companies of the BNPParibas group in 1983.
He left Crédit Agricole group between 1992 and 2000. During this period, he worked for KPMG in France, where he was appointed partner for the Banking sector in 1997.
Bernard has worked in France, Belgium, Russia and Latin America.
Bernard is 62 and holds a Master’s degree in Economy and an MBA.
Director of Financial Stability Strategy and Risk, Bank of England
Lee is currently the Director of Financial Stability Strategy and Risk at the Bank of England, joining in January 2020. Before joining the Bank of England, Lee was Head of the International Department at the FCA 2017-2019 and oversaw the FCA’s brexit preparations and international and EU engagement. Before joining the FCA Lee Foulger was a Cabinet Member for Valdis Dombrovskis covering Financial Markets and Capital Markets Union and was also a Cabinet Member to Commissioner Jonathan Hill. Lee started his professional career at the HM Treasury in 2001, where he undertook various different positions dealing with financial services, growth and taxation.
Following that, he was involved in the creation of the ESAs, bank resolution and shadow banking at the European Commission. Between 2011 and 2014 he worked as the Head of Securities Markets Policy at Deutsche Bank, covering capital markets regulations.
Head of Unit Asset Management, DG FISMA, European Commission
Sven Gentner is the head of unit for asset management in the European Commission's directorate-general for financial stability, financial services and capital markets union.
Sven joined the European Commission in 2004 and has served in various positions in its Brussels headquarters and abroad. From 2004-2006 he was responsible for the coordination of the EU-US Financial Markets Regulatory Dialogue, in 2006 he served as a member of the private office (cabinet) of the Commissioner responsible for the Internal Market, from 2007-2011 he was executive assistant to the director general of Directorate General Internal Market and Services with special responsibility for financial services. In 2011 he was seconded to the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa to advise the AUC on building an African internal market. From 2012 to 2013 he was head of unit for human resources and planning in DG Internal Market and Services. From 2013 to 2015, Sven was a counsellor in the Economic and Financial Affairs Section of the Delegation of the European Union to the United States. He dealt with EU-US regulatory issues and TTIP negotiations in financial services.
Sven started his professional career in the private sector where he worked for an insurance company.
Sven holds masters degrees in economics from Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt, and the University of York, UK.
Dr. Arne Hertel
Head of Capital Markets, German Savings Banks Association
Dr. Arne Hertel is a lawyer and has also obtained a Master's degree in International Law (MJI) in Giessen and Alicante (Spain). Since 2007, he has been with the German Savings Banks Association (Deutscher Sparkassen- und Giroverband, DSGV) and has been Head of Capital Markets since 2017. In this function, he represents the interests of the association's members at the national and European level and is also responsible for the implementation of legislation in the German Savings Banks Financial Group. Current priorities include the regulatory projects MiFID II/MiFIR, PRIIPs and the Capital Markets Union. Since 2018, he is the Chair of the Capital Markets Regulation Committee of the European Savings and Retail Banking Group (ESBG). He is also a member of the Consultative Working Group of ESMA's Investor Protection and Intermediaries Standing Committee."
D.ª Elisa Ricón Holgueras
Director General, Inverco
INVERCO, Spanish Association of Investment and Pension Funds, based in Madrid (www.inverco.es).
She joined INVERCO in April 2006 as Legal Adviser, in June 2009 she was nominated Managing Director of the Legal Adviser Department and in June 2015 she was nominated Managing Director. Simultaneously with:
Member of Advisory Comittee at the Spanish Stock Exchange Commission, (CNMV) (Since 2012)
Member of the CONSULTATIVE BOARD OF INSURANCE AND PENSIONS FUNDS (Ministry of Economy)
Vice-Chair of EFAMA (European Fund and Asset Management Association) MANAGEMENT COMPANIES REGULATION & SERVICES STANDING COMMITTEE.
Member of PENSIONS EUROPE Board of Directors. (Since 2015)
Member of FIAFIN (Iberoamerican Federation of Investment Funds) Board of Directors. (Since 2012)
Member of the Fiscal Commission of Spanish Confederation of Business Organizations (CEOE). (Since 2015)
Before joining INVERCO, she developed her professional career at the CNMV (Supervision of Collective Investment Institutions), MORGAN STANLEY DEAN WITTER (Internal Control of the Management Company for Collective Investment Institutions) and DELOITTE (Audit of accounts of financial entities)
1993 – 1999; Degree in Business Administration and Management and a degree in Law from Carlos III University of Madrid.
2010 - Diploma in Advanced Studies by the Department of Commercial Law at Complutense University of Madrid.
Dr. Martin C. Huber
Senior Partner, McKinsey
Martin Huber is a Senior Partner in the German Office of McKinsey & Company and a leader in McKinsey’s Global Insurance Practice. Since joining the firm in 1996 he has been serving clients in the European, Middle-Eastern and Asian insurance and asset management industry.
Martin is a member of the Digital McKinsey leadership group and serves leading insurance and asset management companies on a wide range of topics (strategy, IT-strategy, digital, advanced analytics, agile, distribution, operational improvement); Examples of his work include
Advanced analytics transformation of a regional insurance leader
Claims transformation, including analytics, and behavioral finance
Analytics and behavioral economics driven improvement of investment performance in asset management (de-biasing of investment decisions - alpha enhancement of up to 220 bp)
Building several new businesses in insurance, health insurance and asset management leveraging digital, data and analytics
Building a digital commercial bank as a greenfield attacker model
Designed a wealth management attacker model
New insurance attacker (5% new business market share in urban areas 90 days after launch)
Telemedicine player optimizing steering based on analytics
Implementing agile incl. agile benchmarking and organization for a large global financial services company
Building and roll-out of an insurance core system
Designing and implementing of an asset management middle and back-office
Digitally transforming the core of an insurance company
Overall more than 250 projects for insurance companies and 150 projects in the wealth and asset management industry
Beside his client activities, Martin is leading McKinsey‘s Alumni activities in Europe, co-leading McKinsey’s Partner election committee and is serving on the board of MIO Partners investment managers
Chief Executive, Irish Funds
Pat Lardner joined Irish Funds as Chief Executive in April 2012. He has over twenty-five years’ experience in the global asset management industry and has held executive/leadership positions in Ireland and overseas with firms managing a broad range of both traditional and alternative investment strategies. Pat is an active participant on all significant Government sponsored groups relating to funds in Ireland, is a member of the Board of the European Fund and Asset Management Association and was an Advisor to the Asset Management Association of China’s International Partners Committee between 2017-2019. He is a past Council Member of the Irish Association of Pension Funds and a former Director of both the Irish Association of Investment Managers and the International Investment Funds Association. He attained honours undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from University College Dublin.
Head of unit of the retail financial services unit, DG FISMA
Andrea Liesenfeld is deputy head of unit of the retail financial services unit in DG FISMA. Prior to this, she worked on interinstitutional matters, fundamental freedoms and IP rights. She holds a PhD from the Ludwig-Maximilians Universitaet in Muenchen and a Master of Laws from the College of Europe (Brugge).
Iris van de Looij
General Manager, DUFAS
Iris is director general of the Dutch Fund and Asset Management Association (DUFAS). An association with 54 members. Representing 95% of managed assets in The Netherlands.
Iris has more than 20 year work experience in private banking and asset management. She had several senior management positions. Like group head of investment solutions at KBL European Private Bankers, global head of product development at MeesPierson and global head of fund marketing at Fortis Investments.
Iris has an economic study background with specialization in investment management. After several years of working in Luxembourg and Brussels, Iris lives with her husband in the city center of Amsterdam.
Chair of the Nominating Committee IFRS
Michel Madelain retired as vice chairman of Moody’s Investors Service in December 2018. He had spent over two decades at Moody’s, holding a range of positions, including as the company’s president and chief operating officer.
Prior to joining Moody’s, Mr Madelain served as a partner of EY’s auditing practice in France.
He is a qualified chartered accountant in France and holds a Master’s degree from Northwestern University.
Michael J. McGrath
Assistant Secretary Financial Services Division, Irish Ministry of Finance
Assistant Secretary (State Secretary) Department of Finance, Financial Services Division (since September 2017). Policy responsibilities include domestic, EU and international matters relating to Funds, Markets, Insurance, Pensions, Ireland for Finance - 2025 and AML matters.
Irish Member and the current Vice Chair of the Financial Services Committee.
Management responsibilities for the Department’s internal Legal Unit.
Chair of the Departmental Council – a Staff/Management Consultative Forum.
Member of the Department’s Executive Board and Management Board.
Member of the Irish Pensions Authority (Minister’s nominee on the 3-person board).
Joined the Department of Finance in 1990 as an economist and worked in the Economics and Fiscal Divisions of the Department at various levels.
Member of the Department of Finance’s Executive Board and Management Board since being appointed as an Assistant Secretary in 2007.
Assistant Secretary of the Economic and Budget Division (2007-2012), with management responsibilities for the Irish budgetary process. Responsible for the Department’s engagement with the EU, IMF and World Bank on economic and fiscal matters and led on the EU-IMF External Assistance Programme.
Irish member of the EU Economic Policy Committee.
Government appointed member of the National Statistics Board.
Assistant Secretary of the EU Division (2012-2014) and in that role was the Alternate member of the Economic and Financial Committee and EWG.
Department’s lead senior official for the 2013 Irish Presidency of the EU.
Alternate Executive Director (IMF 2014 – 2017) and represented Canada, Ireland and 10 Caribbean countries at the IMF Executive Board.
BA (economics and sociological & political studies); MA (economics); MSc (taxation); Post Graduate Higher Diploma (Statistics); and is a Certified Bank Director.
Has also completed a number of management and leadership courses.
Biography coming soon.
Director, Head of Legal, BVI
Marcus Mecklenburg is head of legal at BVI, the German Fund and Asset Management Association. In this capacity he deals with all kinds of relevant legislation on EU and national levels, such as the AIFM and UCITS Directives, MiFID II and PRIIPs as well as all issues relating to the German Capital Investment Code. Along with the Brussels office of BVI Marcus is coordinating the dialogue with EU institutions, ESAs and other European fund associations. He chairs the Fund Regulation, Asset Protection and Service Providers Standing Committee at EFAMA, the European investment management association. Marcus is attorney at law (Frankfurt bar) and qualified banking professional (Bankkaufmann).
Secretary General of IOSCO
Martin Moloney joined the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) in September 2021 as Secretary General.
Prior to joining IOSCO, Martin was Director General of the Jersey Financial Services Commission (JFSC) and before that he worked as a Special Adviser on Risk and Regulation to the Central Bank of Ireland (CBI), where he served for 16 years, previously heading up the Markets Policy, Markets Supervision, and Legal and Finance Divisions respectively. Prior to joining the CBI, Martin worked for brief periods in the Department of Justice and the Irish Competition Authority, and spent ten years working in the Irish Department of Finance in positions of responsibility in relation to both national and semi-State debt management and the sale of State banks. Martin spent his early career working in Industry at Barclays Bank and the Bank of Ireland in London.
Martin has an LLM in Business Law and a Masters qualification in Economic Policy, both from Trinity College Dublin. He has Postgraduate Diplomas in Arbitration, Regulatory Management and has completed professional examinations of the Chartered Institutes of Bankers and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Senior Policy Advisor, Asset Management Policy Division, AMF
Franck Raillon is a senior policy advisor at the AMF’s investment management division of the Regulatory Policy and International Affairs Directorate since June 2019. Since then, he has been an AMF representatives at the IOSCO’s Investment Management Committee (C5) and at the ESMA’s Investment Management Standing Committee (IMSC). Since March 2020, Franck has been involved in several IOSCO and IOSCO-FSB workstreams that dealt with financial stability issues, including on money market funds and on liquidity risk management by open-ended funds. Before joining the Regulatory Policy and International Affairs Directorate, Franck spent seven years (2012-2019) at the AMF's Markets Directorate as a senior quantitative analyst in the markets surveillance division. During this period, he actively participated in the drafting of some of the MIF level 2 and 3 regulations and authored or co-authored several published articles : on the French ETF market (2017), on the episode of heightened volatility in early February 2018 (2018) and on the growing importance of the closing auction in share trading volumes (2019). Before joining the AMF, Franck was a market-maker on equity derivatives for 8 years (2004-2012).
co-Chief Executive Officer, Pictet Asset Management
Laurent Ramsey has been a Managing Partner of the Pictet Group since 1 January 2016. He has coheaded Pictet Asset Management (PAM) with Sébastien Eisinger since 1 April 2019, having been sole responsible of the Group’s institutional arm between 2016 and 2019.
He joined Pictet in 1993 and has held various senior management positions at PAM, both in Switzerland and in Asia.
Laurent holds a Master’s in International Management from HEC Lausanne School of Business and Economics.
Laurent also serves as Vice-President of the Geneva Financial Centre and is a Board member of the Swiss Funds & Asset Management Association.
Head of Public Affairs, Nordea Asset and Wealth Management
Jarkko advises Nordea’s senior management on challenges and opportunities caused by EU policy and regulation with specific focus on asset and wealth management. He coordinates Nordea’s external advocacy on regulation impacting asset and wealth management.
Before joining Nordea in 2014 Jarkko was Deputy Director General of EFAMA coordinating its regulatory activities. From 2006 to 2010 Jarkko was director for international relations at the Investment Management Association. Since 2004 he was the first rapporteur on asset management at the Committee of European Securities Regulators (CESR) in Paris building up the cooperation of national asset management regulators. From 1993 to 2004 Jarkko had various roles at the Finnish FSA.
Chief Executive Officer, Aviva Investors
Biography coming soon.
Member of the Executive Board – CEO, DWS
Joined the Company in 1998. Prior to his current role, Asoka was Head of Deutsche Bank's Private Clients business in Germany. Before that, he was responsible for the entire fund management platform as global Chief Investment Officer. Previously, he was the Global CIO for Fixed Income, Equities and Multi Asset for the retail business. Earlier, he was Head of Absolute Return Strategies, Global Head of Foreign Exchange, and portfolio manager for international bonds. Asoka began his career as a research fellow and taught at The Technical University of Vienna and at Otto-von-Guericke University of Magdeburg
MSc in Economics from University of Bielefeld, Germany; PhD in Economics from Otto-von-Guericke University of Magdeburg
Partner, Financial Services and Investment Management, Dechert LLP
Based in Washington, D.C., Julien Bourgeois joined Dechert in 1999. Julien focuses on the asset management industry, advising U.S. registered investment companies and their directors, as well as their investment advisers and other service providers, on regulatory, compliance, governance and enforcement matters. He has experience with all aspects of investment company representations, including: board matters; exemptive applications; initial and ongoing registrations; complex fund reorganization transactions; affiliation considerations; and structuring funds of funds, manager of managers funds and registered funds using alternative investment strategies and fee arrangements.
As a general matter, Julien enjoys working on complex projects involving multidisciplinary advice. A native of France, he is also uniquely positioned to represent global (notably French and European) asset management groups on U.S. matters that apply to them – under U.S. federal and state securities laws or otherwise. He assists them with forming and integrating their U.S. business, using U.S. subsidiaries or their domestic locations, in order to manage U.S. assets or offer investment products in the United States. He has extensive experience in dual-hatting and participating affiliate arrangements, and in working on global compliance approaches.
Julien heads Dechert's ESG task force and frequently speaks and advises clients on this developing area. Julien is a frequent speaker at conferences in the United States and abroad and the author of numerous publications for the asset management industry.
Julien serves as a member of the firm’s Washington, D.C. Pro Bono Committee.
Brenden P. Carroll
Partner, Financial Services and Investment Management, Dechert LLP
Brenden Carroll represents U.S. registered investment companies and investment advisers in a wide variety of regulatory, transactional and compliance matters. These matters include the development and launch of new fund products, including funds of funds and funds that incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into their investment processes. He also advises clients on the preparation of registration and proxy statements and seeking exemptive, interpretive and no-action relief (including novel relief) from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). He also advises boards of directors/trustees of U.S. registered investment companies on fund governance and fiduciary oversight matters.
Mr. Carroll has significant experience with respect to the SEC’s new “fund of funds” rule. He also has extensive experience in matters relating to the SEC’s “pay-to-play” rule, which imposes special restrictions on the political activities of investment advisers that seek to do business with state and local pension plans. He has assisted clients with obtaining exemptive relief from the SEC from the rule’s two- year “time out” provision.
He has also worked on a wide variety of matters on behalf of money market funds operating in accordance with Rule 2a-7 under the Investment Company Act, and was actively involved in advising money market fund clients on the SEC’s money market fund reforms that were adopted in 2010, 2014 and 2015.
Mr. Carroll has been recognized in The Legal 500 (US) in the area of mutual/registered funds. In addition, in 2019, he was selected as one of the “40 under 40” professionals by the Women in Housing & Finance. The award recognizes a diverse group of professionals under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves in the fields of housing and/or finance.
During law school, he served as a law clerk to a Commissioner of the SEC.
David J. Harris
Partner, Financial Services and Investment Management, Dechert LLP
David J. Harris provides regulatory and transactional advice on a wide range of matters in the financial services industry. Mr. Harris works with investment funds (registered and unregistered, onshore, and offshore), investment advisers, broker-dealers, banks (U.S. and foreign), thrifts, trust companies, credit unions, insurance companies, commodity trading advisers, commodity pool operators, and futures commission merchants, as well as financial services holding companies.
Mr. Harris’ experience includes counseling clients on the application of laws and regulations administered by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the National Credit Union Administration, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the U.S. Treasury, the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) and the Federal Trade Commission, industry self-regulatory organizations, state regulatory agencies having jurisdiction over securities, banking, and insurance activities, and representing clients in their negotiations with these regulators.
Mr. Harris has been recognized by The Legal 500 (US) in the area of financial services regulation.
Partner, Financial Services and Investment Management, Dechert LLP
Mikhaelle Schiappacasse's practice focuses on the structuring, establishment, management, marketing, and restructuring of fund platforms and investment funds, including hedge, debt, real estate, private equity and fund of funds, across a broad range of asset classes and fund domiciles. Ms. Schiappacasse also advises on the establishment of asset management businesses, including the drafting and negotiation of shareholders' agreements and limited liability partnership agreements. She also acts for investment funds and their managers on general corporate, regulatory and compliance matters. She is a member of Dechert LLP's Global ESG Working Group.
Mikhaelle Schiappacasse is listed as a next generation lawyer for hedge funds by the Legal 500 UK (2021). A client says that she is “dedicated, diligent and a valued member of our inner circle. Mikhaelle goes above and beyond”. Ms. Schiappacasse is highly recommended in the areas of investment funds, hedge funds and retail funds with clients noting that she is "exceptional on all fronts" (2020-2017). Ms. Schiappacasse was also shortlisted at the 2020 London Women in Finance Awards, for the "Legal Advisor of the Year" category.