Speakers at the Investment Management Forum 2020 will include:

Marc-André Bechet

Deputy Director General, ALFI

Marc-André Bechet is Deputy Director General of ALFI, the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry. He joined the association in September 2014, initially as Director Legal & Tax. He was elected Deputy Director General in 2019. Before joining ALFI, Marc-André Bechet was Head of the Investment Funds Services at Banque Degroof Luxembourg, responsible for fund administration and custody. He was also a member of Banque Degroof’s Management Board. Prior to joining Banque Degroof, Marc-André Bechet worked for 18 years at RBC Investor Services Bank S.A. in Luxembourg, where he held various senior positions including Head of Custody and Network Management, and Head of Business Development and Relationship Management, Legal and Compliance. Mr. Bechet holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Ottawa (Canada) and a Master's degree in Finance from the French business school ESCP in Paris. He speaks English, French, German and Luxembourgish.

Nicolas Calcoen

EFAMA President

Nicolas Calcoen is Deputy General Manager of Amundi and a member of its Executive Committee. He is in charge of Finance, corporate strategy, public affairs, supervision of Japan and BFT. He was until February 2019 the Chief Financial Officer of Amundi.


He has been President of European Fund and Asset Management Association, EFAMA, since June 2019.


Before joining Amundi in 2010, Nicolas Calcoen worked in the public financial administration, both at national and international levels. He held various positions within the French Ministry of Finance, worked as an economist at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC from 2002 to 2005, and, after relocating to France, became deputy director of the office of the French Minister for the Budget, Public Accounts, Civil Service and State Reform in 2007.


A French national, Mr Calcoen graduated from the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA). He is also a graduate of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris (1992) and holds a DEA post-graduate diploma in Economics and International Finance from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris (1994).

Alain Deckers

Head of Unit, DG FISMA, European Commission

Alain Deckers has over 20 years of experience in public service at the European Commission. He has been responsible for policy reviews and policy development in areas including trade in goods, environmental policy, public procurement and financial services regulation.

He currently heads a team of responsible for corporate reporting, including both financial and non-financial reporting; audit; and credit rating agencies as part of DG Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union. He is also the Vice-Chairman of the European Lab@EFRAG Steering Group.

Alain graduated in physics and holds a masters in the economics of technical change, both from the University of Manchester (UK).

Florika Fink-Hooijer

Director General for Environment, European Commission

Biography coming soon.

Sven Gentner

Head of Unit, Asset Management, DG FISMA, European Commission

 Sven Gentner is 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 Commissioner Charlie McCreevy, 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.

Gilbert Van Hassel

Chief Executive Officer, Robeco

Gilbert Van Hassel (1957) has been CEO and chairman of the Executive Committee of Robeco since 19 September 2016.


Gilbert Van Hassel has over 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry, mainly in asset and wealth management, with broad experience in Europe, Asia and the US. Until 2013 he was Global CEO ING Investment Management and Member of the Board Insurance and Asset Management of ING. Before joining ING in 2007, he worked for JP Morgan where he held various executive positions in Europe, Asia and the US.


Gilbert Van Hassel has a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Economics from the University of Antwerp St. Ignatius (Belgium), an MBA, with a major International Finance from the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium) and a Master of Science in Finance from Purdue University (US).

Joachim Hein

Union Investment

Dr Joachim Hein is managing director of Union Service-Gesellschaft at the Union Investment Group in Frankfurt. His longstanding responsibilities cover different Risk Management and Middle Office functions. As an experienced practitioner and manager in his field, Joachim has been a long-standing member of national and international committees within the asset management sector and closely interacts with German and European supervisory authorities. He regularly speaks at conferences on diverse topics of risk management and acts as Chair of the ManCo Standing Committee of EFAMA since 2019.

Steven Maijoor

Chair of ESMA

Steven Maijoor has been the Chair of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) since taking up office 1 April 2011. He is the first chair of the authority and is currently serving his second five-year term. He is responsible for representing the Authority as well as chairing ESMA’s Board of Supervisors and the Management Board.  The role of the Board of Supervisors is to give strategic guidance to ESMA and make all main regulatory and supervisory decisions. The Management Board's purpose is to ensure that the Authority carries out its mission and performs its tasks.


Prior to taking up this role, Steven was Managing Director at the AFM, the Dutch financial markets regulator, where he was responsible for capital market supervision, including financial reporting and auditing, prospectuses, public offerings, and the supervision of the integrity of financial markets. During his term, the scope of activities of the AFM vastly expanded and he was responsible for building and implementing supervision in the capital market area. In his regulatory role at the AFM, Steven has held a number of international positions, including the Chairmanship of IFIAR (International Forum of Independent Audit Regulators).

Before joining the regulatory world, Steven was the Dean of the School of Business and Economics at Maastricht University, and had pursued a long career in academia which included a variety of positions at Maastricht University and the University of Southern California.

He holds a PhD in Business Economics from Maastricht University, was a research student at the London School of Economics, and has a master in Business Economics from the University of Groningen.

Aleksandar Ivanovic

CEO EMEA, UBS Asset Management

Aleksandar Ivanovic is Head of Client Coverage and Head of the EMEA and Switzerland regions for UBS Asset Management. He is a member of the UBS Asset Management Executive Committee, the UBS EMEA Executive Committee and the UBS Switzerland

Executive Committee.


Aleksandar was appointed Head of Client Coverage in May 2018 and Head of EMEA in March 2019. He joined the firm in 2017 as Head of Institutional Client Coverage and was appointed Head of Switzerland in February 2018.


As regional Head for EMEA and Switzerland, he is responsible for developing and implementing the strategy for the region, as well as ensuring engagement with clients, regulators, industry bodies and key stakeholders. Aleksandar previously worked at Morgan Stanley from 2011-2016 where he was Head of EMEA Distribution, Financial Engineering and Product Development for Fund Linked and Cross Asset Structured Products, Institutional Equity Derivatives and Quantitative Investment Strategies.


Prior to this he worked at Credit Suisse between 2008-2011 and he started his career in UBS from 1992-2008.

Sheila Nicoll

Head of Public Policy, Schroders

Sheila is Head of Public Policy at Schroders. She has been closely involved in the development of the financial services regulatory system in the UK and Europe since 1982. Before joining Schroders she was a Senior Adviser at EY and from 2007 to 2013 she was at the Financial Services Authority where she supervised the whole range of mid-sized financial services institutions during the financial crisis, before becoming Director of Conduct Policy and part of the leadership team which created the Financial Conduct Authority. Previously she was Deputy Chief Executive of the Investment Management Association and held several policy roles at the London Stock Exchange, including before and after “Big Bang”. She is a member of the Board of the European Funds and Asset Management Association and was a member of the European Commission’s High Level Expert Forum on Capital Markets Union. She chairs the Board of the International Regulatory Strategy Committee which advise the City of London Corporation and The CityUK and is a member of the Council for British Industry’s Financial Services Council.

Iris van de Looij


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. Standardization of sustainable investments is a key topic for the Dutch asset management sector.

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.

Pierluigi Martino

General Counsel, Business Unit, Generali Investments and Asset Management

Biography coming soon.

Jean Raby

Chief Executive Officer, Natixis Investment Managers

Since July 2011, Thomas Richter is CEO of BVI. He started his career at Deutsche Börse AG in 1995. In 1999 Thomas Richter joined DWS where he held various executive positions before becoming a board member in 2007. Thomas Richter holds a master of law from the University of Augsburg, a master of arts from the Universities of Limoges/France and Augsburg, and is a certified stock market trader and investment analyst DVFA/CEFA. Thomas Richter is a member of the Administrative Council of the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) and a Deputy Member of their Advisory Council. He is also a member of the Financial Markets Watchdog Council and a board member of the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA).

Thomas Richter

Chief Executive Officer, BVI

Since July 2011, Thomas Richter is CEO of BVI. He started his career at Deutsche Börse AG in 1995. In 1999 Thomas Richter joined DWS where he held various executive positions before becoming a board member in 2007. Thomas Richter holds a master of law from the University of Augsburg, a master of arts from the Universities of Limoges/France and Augsburg, and is a certified stock market trader and investment analyst DVFA/CEFA. Thomas Richter is a member of the Administrative Council of the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) and a Deputy Member of their Advisory Council. He is also a member of the Financial Markets Watchdog Council and a board member of the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA).

Patrick Simion

CEO Chief of Staff & Public Affairs, BNP Paribas Asset Management

Biography coming soon.

Robert Taylor

UK FCA and Chair IOSCO Committee 5

Biography coming soon.

Patrick Thomson

Chief Executive Officer, J.P. Morgan Asset Management

Patrick Thomson is Chief Executive Officer for EMEA, J.P. Morgan Asset Management.  He is Deputy Chair of the Investment Association and a Member of the UK’s Treasury Task Force.  Patrick joined J.P. Morgan Asset Management in 1995 and was based in Singapore 2000-2005 as global head of sovereigns, with extensive experience in reserves management in Asia and the Middle East.  Patrick also spent five years at Ivy Asset Management, part of BNY Mellon, where he was global head of Client Development and chief executive of the London office.

After graduating from Edinburgh University with an MA (Hons), Patrick served as an officer in the British Army for five years. He qualified as a member of the UK Society of Investment Professionals in 2000.

Tatyana Panova

Head of Unit, DG FISMA, European Commission

Tatyana Panova is the Head of the Capital Markets Union Unit in DG FISMA. Prior to this, Tatyana headed another unit in DG FISMA and served in the private office of Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis where she was responsible for Capital Markets Union, securities markets, asset management, insurance, free movement of capital and competition. Before joining the Cabinet, Tatyana was a Deputy Head of the Securities Unit in DG FISMA. In her previous jobs, Tatyana coordinated the preparation of ECOFIN, COREPER II and Economic and Financial Committee in DG MARKT and managed aviation anti-trust cases in DG COMP. Tatyana is a trained economist with specialisation in financial services.

Sirpa Pietikainen


Biography coming soon.


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