Speakers at the Investment Management Forum 2020 include:
President of EFAMA
Naïm Abou-Jaoudé is the Chief Executive Officer of Candriam, a $140bn global multi-specialist asset manager and a recognized leader in Sustainable Investing. He is also the Chairman of New York Life Investments International, in charge of the global development for New York Life Investments, a $560bn asset manager.
Naïm Abou-Jaoudé has spent his entire career in the asset management industry, starting at Transoptions Finance (a Crédit Agricole company) in 1990. Between 1996 and 1999, he led the investment management of the Equity and Derivatives department at Alfi Gestion and UBS Asset Management.
From 2000 to 2006, he was the Chief Investment Officer (CIO) of alternative investments at Dexia Asset Management, Candriam’s predecessor. He was then named Chief Executive Officer of the company in 2007, and member of its parent company’s Executive Committee (Dexia SA).
Naïm Abou-Jaoudé steered the acquisition of the company by New York Life Investments in 2014, and the creation of “CANDRIAM”, which stands for “Conviction AND Responsibility In Asset Management”.
In addition to his role as CEO of Candriam, he was appointed Chairman of New York Life Investments International in September 2015, leading the activities and development of New York Life Investments' business outside the USA.
Naïm Abou-Jaoudé is a graduate of the Institute of Political Studies in Paris (IEP-Sciences Po) and holds a master's degree in Economics and Finance from Université Paris II – Panthéon Assas.
Chief Sustainability Officer, Allianz Global Investors
Beatrix Anton-Grönemeyer was appointed Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) in May 2019. In this newly created role she reports to the Executive Committee, with overarching responsibility for the firm’s approach to sustainable investing, the further buildout of the firm’s sustainability offering as well as the firm’s approach to corporate social responsibility.
Prior to her appointment as CSO, Beatrix led AllianzGI’s team of fixed income product specialists, in Europe since 2012 and globally since 2016. Before that, she held various international leadership roles in business development.
Beatrix began her career in the investment banking division of Dresdner Bank, advising institutional clients in equities and fixed income, before she joined AllianzGI in 2002.
Beatrix graduated with a law degree from the University of Saarland and complemented her skillset in post graduate management courses at Harvard University, ESMT Berlin and LBS London.
Beatrix is member of the International Chamber of Commerce and a founding member of the Global Business Women Leaders Council of The Conference Board. She represents AllianzGI in the Global Inclusion Council of Allianz SE and is a non-executrive board member of Allianz Global Investors Fund (AGIF) Luxembourg.
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.
Chairman of EIOPA
Gabriel Bernardino is Chairman of the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA). He is responsible for the strategic direction of EIOPA and represents the Authority at the Council of the European Union, the European Commission and the European Parliament. Mr. Bernardino prepares the work of EIOPA's Board of Supervisors and also chairs the meetings of the Board of Supervisors and the Management Board.
Mr. Bernardino is the first Chairperson of EIOPA. He was elected by the Board of Supervisors of EIOPA on 10 January, 2011. His nomination followed a pre-selection of the European Commission and was confirmed by the European Parliament after a public hearing held on 1 February, 2011. Mr. Bernardino assumed his responsibilities on 1 March, 2011 for a first five-year term. On 16 December 2015 the European Parliament confirmed the re-appointment of Mr Bernardino for a second five-year term, which started on 1 March 2016.
Prior to his current role, Mr. Bernardino was the Director General of the Directorate for Development and Institutional Relations at the Instituto de Seguros de Portugal (ISP). He has served in several positions of increasing responsibility since he joined the ISP in 1989 and represented EIOPA's preceding organisation, CEIOPS, as Chairman between October 2009 and December 2010.
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.
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).
Financial Services Market Leader, PwC
Within his professional career over the past 20 years as advisor and auditor in Big-Four firms, Olivier developed a thorough knowledge of the Investment Fund and Banking industries, in particular in the domain of regulatory rule-sets interpretation and implementation. Olivier is leading the MiFID II working group of PwC Luxembourg composed of business, legal and tax experts focusing on the operational, business and revenue impacts of the new requirements for the Financial Services industry.
Olivier holds a Master of Finance and Tax Law and a Master of Management and Economics Sciences, both from the HEC-ULg Business School in Liège, Belgium. He is a member of the “Ordre des Experts Comptables” (Association of Chartered Accounts) and co-chairs the ALFI risk management committee.
Ben Constable Maxwell
Head of Sustainable and Impact Investing, M&G Investments
Ben Constable-Maxwell is Head of Sustainable and Impact Investing, leading M&G’s strategy on impact investing as well as covering sustainability issues such as climate change and the circular economy. He has been central to the development of ESG integration within M&G’s investment processes and has supported the development of ESG solutions for clients across asset classes. Ben plays an active industry role as a member of various sustainable and impact investment initiatives, interacting with companies, policymakers, NGOs and other investors. Previous to joining M&G in 2003, Ben spent four years with the Equities team at Invesco Perpetual. Ben has an honours degree in Classics from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and a Certificate in Impact Measurement from the Said Business School at Oxford University.
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).
Craig G. Falls
Partner, Antitrust/Competition, Dechert LLP
Craig G. Falls helps companies obtain antitrust clearances for mergers and acquisitions, and defends transactions in litigation when necessary. He also advises companies on how to structure their joint ventures, licensing arrangements, and other commercial agreements to minimize antitrust risk, and has represented companies in conduct investigations by antitrust enforcers and in Sherman Act litigation brought by private plaintiffs. Craig has served clients in a wide variety of industries, including consumer packaged goods, retail and internet, supermarkets, pharmaceuticals, transportation, and energy. Mr. Falls regularly counsels clients and has published frequently on questions concerning the application of antitrust law to distribution agreements, pricing practices, and other relationships between companies operating at different levels of the supply chain. He also has an active pro bono practice, which includes representing the homeless and victims of human trafficking, and helping to obtain a trial victory for plaintiffs challenging Wisconsin's photo identification voter law.
Director General for Environment, European Commission
Dr. Florika Fink-Hooijer is the Director-General of the Environment Department of the European Commission (DG ENV). Having occupied various senior management positions in the European Commission, she is recognised for her strong management and leadership skills and her in-depth experience in EU policy making & shaping. A lawyer by training, Florika brings a proven record of accomplishment in foreign external policy and security matters as well as in disaster risk reduction and justice and home affairs. Florika also has extensive experience in leading complex inter-institutional and intergovernmental negotiations. In each of her assignments at senior level, she helped to instil a culture of transparency and accountability and steered transformational processes.
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.
Dr. Joachim Hein
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.
Member of the Executive Board, Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM)
Jos Heuvelman has been a member of the Executive Board of the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) since 1 September 2018. Within the board, he is responsible for the AFM's supervision of the retail market. The retail market includes loans, savings, investments, insurances and pensions. He is also responsible for AFM's supervision of Asset Management, retail and institutional.
Heuvelman worked at the Dutch Central Bank (DNB) as central banker and as supervisor of the financial sector for (nearly) 33 years. Prior to his appointment at the AFM, Jos Heuvelman was the division director of the Supervision of European Banks. Within the Single Supervisory Mechanism, his division at DNB was responsible for the day-to-day supervision of the six big Dutch banks.
At DNB, Jos Heuvelman held a range of management positions in different supervisory divisions, at both national and international level. In these positions, he dealt with banks, insurers, pension funds, investment companies and portfolio managers, among other things. Jos played an instrumental role in various major changes within DNB, including the introduction of the European banking union. He also headed up various international working groups.
Heuvelman studied econometrics in Groningen, economics in Amsterdam and obtained a Master’s degree in financial risk management at the NYU Stern School of Business.
Jos Heuvelman is married with 3 children.
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
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.
Director Securities and Markets Supervision, Central Bank of Ireland
Colm Kincaid was appointed Director of Securities and Markets Supervision in the Central Bank of Ireland on 16 January 2018. He oversees both primary and secondary markets supervision, as well as the authorisation and supervision of regulated investment funds and the approval of prospectuses. He is also responsible for conduct supervision under MAR, MIFID II/MiFIR, the Transparency Directive and Short-Selling Regulation, as well as supervision of counterparties’ compliance with EMIR. Colm is the Central Bank of Ireland’s Alternate Member of the ESMA Board of Supervisors and ESMA Management Board.
Prior to this role, Colm was Head of Consumer Protection: Policy & Authorisations. Previous to this he practised as a solicitor, both as legal advisor to the Central Bank of Ireland and in commercial practice in London and in Dublin.
Dr. Jörg Kukies
State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Finance, Germany
Financial market policy, European policy
Born in Mainz on 21 February 1968, married, one daughter
Year Education and Professional Career
1990 - 1994
Studied Sciences Economiques, Pantheon-Sorbonne University, Paris
1995 - 1997
Master in Public Administration, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
1997 - 2001
Ph.D. in finance, University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business
2001 - 2004
Associate in product development team, Goldman Sachs International, London
2004 - 2011
Associate and then (from 2007 to 2011) head of the equities division for Germany and Austria, Goldman Sachs International, Frankfurt
2011 - 2014
Head of equity derivatives for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Goldman Sachs International, London
2014 - March 2018
Co-Chief Executive Officer of Goldman Sachs AG and Managing Director of the Frankfurt branch of Goldman Sachs International
April 2018 - present
State Secretary for Financial market policy and European policy at the Federal Ministry of Finance
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.
General Counsel, Business Unit, Generali Investments and Asset Management
Pierluigi is Group Investments, Asset & Wealth Management General Counsel at Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A. In this role, he is responsible for the steering and coordination of Legal, Compliance, Anti Money Laundering, Data Protection as well as Corporate Affairs matters of the Generali Group's entities operating in the investments, asset and wealth management sectors.
He holds a number of senior leadership positions within Generali Group: since 2014, he is General Counsel for Generali Investments Holding S.p.A., Generali Insurance Asset Management SGR, Generali Investments Partners SGR, Generali Real Estate S.p.A. and Generali Real Estate SGR.
Pierluigi earned a degree, summa cum laude, in Banking and Financial Law from the University of Pisa and is admitted to the bar.
He is a hi-tech fanatic and enjoys reading crime and mystery novels.
Chief Risk Officer, Standard Life Aberdeen plc and Aberdeen Standard Investments
Gareth Murphy is Chief Risk Officer of Standard Life Aberdeen since January 2018. He joined Standard Life in January 2017 as Chief Risk Officer of Standard Life Investments and Deputy Group Chief Risk Officer.
Previously, he spent six years as Director of Markets Supervision at the Central Bank of Ireland. During that time, he was also a member of Board of Supervisors of the European Securities and Markets Authority and chair of its Investment Management Standing Committee.
From 1995, Gareth spent thirteen years in the investment banking and hedge fund industries, initially at Long-Term Capital Management, then at JP Morgan where he was Co-Head of European Equity Flow Derivatives and then at Castlegrove Capital Management where he was a partner.
This period is book-ended by two stints at the Bank of England where he started his career as an economist in 1992 and subsequently returned during the financial crisis in 2008.
Gareth Murphy graduated from University College Dublin with a BA in Mathematics and Economics. He holds a Diploma in Mathematical Statistics from the University of Cambridge and an MSc in Economics and Finance from the University of Warwick.
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.
Andrew L. Oringer
Partner, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation, Dechert LLP
Andrew L. Oringer is a partner and the co-chair of the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Group at Dechert LLP. He is the co-chair of the Employee Benefits Committee of the American Bar Association’s Business Section, Emerging Issues Coordinator of the Employee Benefits Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Taxation and chair of the New York State Bar Association Committee on Attorney Professionalism. Mr. Oringer is a charter member of the Practical Law Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Advisory Board and was a long-standing member of the Advisory Board for the Bloomberg BNA Benefits Resource Practice Center and for the Tax Management Compensation Planning Journal. He is a Fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, a Senior Fellow from Practice for the Regulatory Compliance Association and an adjunct professor at the Maurice A. Deane Law School at Hofstra University. He is co-editor of a leading treatise on ERISA fiduciary law and has authored two of its chapters, and has authored a chapter in a leading treatise on the taxation of nonqualified deferred compensation and. Mr. Oringer is highly rated by a number of key ranking organizations, has been repeatedly included in a widely disseminated list of the Top 100 lawyers in New York City across all practice areas and is a member of The Legal 500 Hall of Fame.
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 Pietikäinen is a member of the European People's Party (EPP) in the European Parliament. She is a former Minister of the Environment in Finland (1991-1995), and a Member of the parliament from 1983 to 2003 and Member of the European Parliament since 2008.
At the European Parliament, Ms Pietikäinen is a member of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee and a substitute member of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee. Within her work, she seeks to combine her two specialities, that of environment and economics. Ms Pietikäinen is a strong advocate of a transition to a circular economy and sustainable finance, and served as the lead negotiator on behalf of European Parliament and the EPP group on the first Sustainable Finances legislative initiatives, Disclosure and Taxonomy Regulations as well as on the Parliament's Own Initiative Report on Sustainable Finance.
A graduate from the Helsinki School of Economics, Ms. Pietikäinen holds MSc in Business, and teaches university courses on negotiations theory and practices. She is active in several organisations, her positions of trust including Chairmanship of the Globe EU.
Managing Director, Better Finance
Guillaume Prache is the Managing Director of BETTER FINANCE, the European Federation of Investors and Financial Services Users. He is also one of the experts representing financial services users at the European Commission (lately as member of the High Level Forum on the CMU), at ESMA (Securities & Markets Stakeholder Group), at EIOPA (Insurance and Reinsurance Stakeholder Group), and at the French financial regulator AMF. He has been the first chair of the ESMA Stakeholder Group, and former vice chair of the European Commission’s FSUG (Financial Services User Group) and member of the EIOPA Pensions and EBA Banking Stakeholder Groups.
He started as a magistrate at the French Court of Auditors, and has an extended and international experience in financial matters, most recently as Chief Financial Officer of Rhône-Poulenc Rorer, Inc., a “Fortune 500” publicly-listed pharmaceutical company (today Sanofi) from 1997 to 2000, and then as Managing Director of the European affiliate of the Vanguard Group, Inc., a global leader in asset management, from 2000 to 2006.
He has taught asset management for the CIWM (Certified International Wealth Manager) program and wrote two books (Politique économique contemporaine in 1989, Les Scandales de l’épargne retraite in 2008) and various articles on economics and finance.
Chief Executive Officer, Natixis Investment Managers
Jean Raby is CEO of Natixis Investment Managers and a member of the senior management committee of Natixis.
He joined Natixis in 2017 and leads the firm’s asset and wealth management businesses.
Before joining Natixis, Mr. Raby served as chief financial officer of SFR (2016), an integrated media/telecom operator in France. Prior to that he served as executive vice president and chief financial and legal officer for Alcatel-Lucent, the global telecom equipment manufacturer (2013–2016). He previously worked in Goldman Sachs' investment banking
division for 16 years (1996–2012), where he rose to become a partner of the firm in 2004 and CEO of the division for France, Belgium and Luxembourg and head of the firm's Paris office in 2006 before becoming co-CEO of Goldman Sachs in Russia in 2011. He began his career in 1989 as a corporate lawyer with Sullivan & Cromwell in New York and Paris.
Mr. Raby, a dual Canadian and French citizen, earned a Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB) from Université Laval in Canada, a master's degree in international relations (MPhil) from the University of Cambridge in the UK, and a Master of Laws degree (LLM) from Harvard Law School in the US. He is a member of the New York Bar. Mr. Raby is a member of the
board of directors of Fiera Capital and of SNC Lavalin.
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).
David Ricketts has more than a decade of experience covering financial markets and investment related topics. He joined Financial News as Asset Management Correspondent in March 2017, having previously been Associate Editor of Ignites Europe, the Financial Times’s specialist daily asset management news service. He also wrote for other FT publications, including FTfm and the FT's Business Education supplement.
Deputy Head of Unit, Asset Management, DG FISMA, European Commission
Anne Schaedle is deputy head of unit for asset management in the European Commission's Directorate-General for financial stability, financial services and capital markets union (DG FISMA).
Anne joined the European Commission in 2008 and has held various positions since then. From 2008-2014 she worked in the Directorate-General for Competition in the area of mergers, including working as case manager. In 2015 she joined the Directorate-General for financial stability, financial services and capital markets union working first on the crisis management framework and bank resolution files. From 2016-2019 she was policy assistant to the Director General of DG FISMA. Since February 2020 she is Deputy Head of Unit for asset management.
Anne started her professional career in the private sector as lawyer in law firms in Munich and Brussels.
Anne holds law degree from University of Augsburg and a Public Policy Master degree (MSc) from London School of Economics, UK
CEO Chief of Staff & Public Affairs, BNP Paribas Asset Management
Patrick SIMION is CEO Chief of Staff and Public Affairs at BNP Paribas Asset Management. Patrick Simion helps coordinate strategic projects, advises CEO and organizes the Executive Committee. He also coordinates BNPPAM’s representation on regulatory issues, in particular sustainable finance, Brexit and money market funds. Before joining BNPP AM, Mr. Simion was deputy Head of the asset management regulation division at the French Financial market authority (Autorité des marchés financiers -AMF) and before that he worked at the French Treasury on export credit support. He graduated from École Polytechnique and the London School of Economics and teaches at Sciences Po Paris.
Paul Schott Stevens
President and CEO, Investment Company Institute
Since June 2004, Paul Schott Stevens has served as president and CEO of the Investment Company Institute (ICI), the leading association globally of investment funds. Stevens has steered ICI during some of the most challenging years in its history, through the financial crisis and beyond. He has led ICI’s efforts on a series of crucial issues—money market fund reform, passage and implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act, and critically important fiscal and tax issues. He directed the 2011 launch of ICI Global to respond to the globalization of fund investing and regulation, and has consistently championed the role of investment funds and defined contribution plans in providing for retirement.
Stevens served as general counsel of ICI from 1993 to 1997. He also practiced law in Washington for many years, most recently as a partner in the financial services group of Dechert LLP. In addition, Stevens served in senior government positions at the White House and Defense Department, including as special assistant for national security affairs to President Ronald Reagan and chief of staff of the National Security Council. Upon leaving government service, he was awarded the Defense Department’s Medal for Distinguished Public Service, its highest civilian decoration. Over his career, Stevens has been involved with a wide range of professional, cultural, community, and church activities. He received a B.A., magna cum laude, from Yale University, and a J.D. from the University of Virginia’s School of Law. He and his wife, Joyce, live in Alexandria, VA, and have four sons.
Vice-President of EFAMA
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. He is Vice President of EFAMA and chairs its Brexit Task Force.
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 UK 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 including head of investment fund supervision, also doing a stint implementing UCITS III at the Finnish Ministry of Finance in 2003.
Jarkko is married, has four children and two rough collies which fill any free time he’s got.
UK FCA and Chair IOSCO Committee 5
Having joined the FCA in 2014 and previously led the Investment Management Department at the Financial Conduct Authority, Rob Taylor’s current role focuses on the global debate on regulation affecting the asset management industry; in this capacity he chairs the IOSCO asset management sub-committee, also known as C5. Rob worked in venture capital and is the former Chief Executive of Kleinwort Benson Bank, the London-based merchant and private-client banking group. He is currently Chair of the University for Creative Arts in Kent and Surrey, formerly Chair of the Whitechapel Gallery and a non-executive director of Truman’s Brewery and of the East London NHS Foundation Trust.
Rob began his career working in American politics and as a financial journalist in New York. He is a public speaker at financial services conferences, as well as an outspoken supporter of LGBT career opportunities in the City of London.
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).
Evert van Walsum
Head of Investors and Issues Department, ESMA
Evert van Walsum started his career in banking in the Netherlands. After that period, he joined the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM), where he worked in various roles in policy and supervision, in the markets area and in the field of consumer protection. His last position at the AFM was head of the Capital Markets Department.
At ESMA, Evert is Head of the Investors and Issuers Department, responsible for investor protection, asset management, corporate finance, corporate reporting, sustainability and supervisory convergence.
Evert has studied at the University of Amsterdam and at INSEAD Fontainebleau.