SPEAKERS
Noelle Acheson
Noelle Acheson
Director of Research
CoinDesk
Noelle writes and speaks about the impact of blockchain technology, and develops new media products at CoinDesk, the leading media resource for the blockchain and cryptocurrency sectors. From its niche crypto beginnings, in just a few years the concept of decentralized, distributed data has caught the imagination of creative thinkers and innovative leaders in all sectors. Noelle focuses on what’s beyond the hype, and how this new technology will change processes both large and small.

After many years in corporate finance and fund management, Noelle founded one of the first ecommerce companies in southern Europe, which she sold in 2013. From there she dove into blockchain research, and hasn’t looked back since. After living, studying and working in four different continents, she now resides in sunny Spain.

Andrew Barman
Andrew Barman
MD
The Network Forum
With a long background (25+ years) in market research of the global securities industry, Andrew launched The Network Forum in January 2017 together with his business partner Ed Jones. Unique to the the custody and post-trade industry, The Network Forum aspires to be the undisputed global community for market participants. Andrew's strengths are in Product and Business Development, Negotiation, Sales and Customer Relationship Management (CRM).

Ghela Boskovich
Ghela Boskovich
Founder
FemTech Global
Ghela is a self-proclaimed Fintech fanatic, and Founder of FemTechGlobal™, a network dedicated to challenging the status quo, and improving the inclusiveness and diversity in Financial Services. FemTechGlobal™also sponsors the annual Women In Tech, Banking Technology Award.
Frequent keynote speaker and editorial contributor, Ghela focuses on how to fast-track internal innovation, focusing on the practical application and comercialisation of fintech/bank collaboration. She has a distinct preoccupation with modernizing legacy banking systems, disruptive business models, and facilitating banks’ emerging technology consumption. Her primary focus and expertise is in constructing Proof of Concept/Proof of Value scenarios and experiment design, including tech sprint mapping and process solutioning for commercial pilot programs.
Her background in regulatory economics underpins her work with several Regtech firms in the space, as well as supports her advocacy for identity and privacy solutions. Ghela also has a successful track record in strategic business development, sales strategy and enablement, go-to-market strategy, and translating value propositions into business drivers for executive change agents in financial services.
An advocate of nurturing Customer Lifetime Value for both banks and those they serve, Ghela is a confirmed evangelist for adopting technology to transform the Financial Services industry for the greater good.
Named to Fintech 2016: Top 100 Influencers by Onalytica
Named to Brummell Magazine’s 2016 ‘30 Inspirational Women Innovators’
Included in Innovate Finance’s Women in Fintech Powerlist 2016 & 2017
Named to Silicon Republic’s 2016 20 Influencers You Need to Know (Dec 2016)
Named by BBVA as one of the Women Leading the Way in Fintech, 2017
Named to the Top 50 RegTech Influencers by Planet Compliance, 2017 & 2018

Edward Jones
Edward Jones
MD
The Network Forum

Anna Kulik
Anna Kulik
Secretary General
ESCDA
Anna is a lawyer by background and holds two Master degrees, one of which is a multidisciplinary Master in Law and Economics. She started her career at the general secretariat of European Democrats of the European Parliament. During the past nine years, Anna has gathered an extensive experience of the CSD industry. She was Head of internal outsourcing of the International CSD and was issuing an assurance report on its risk and control framework. Later, she has also advised a Chinese regulator and its CSD on the upgrades allowing the international investors to access the market. She joined the Strategy and Government Relations of Euroclear group in 2010, in the very beginning of the EU legislative process on the CSD Regulation. She is an expert in the CSDs regulatory environment.
Recently Anna has been appointed a Secretary General of the European Association of CSDs.

Bruce Lawrence
Bruce Lawrence
MD
HBL Consultancy Services
Bruce Lawrence, has over 45 years’ securities industry experience, provides consultancy, training, advice and technical assistance specialising on the post-trade arena and development of the capital markets infrastructure of developing and frontier emerging markets. He has consulted and trained on the full spectrum of securities markets instruments, Corporate Governance, Operational Risk, Custody, Clearing & Settlement and assisted in the creation and further development of Central Securities Depositories (CSD’s), Central Counterparties (CCPs), Stock Exchanges and Domestic Custody Operations. Assignments have taken him to the following markets: Albania, Ghana, Jordan, Kuwait, Mongolia, Pakistan, Qatar, Nigeria, Russia, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.

Virginie O'Shea
Virginie O'Shea
Research Analyst
Aite Group
Virginie O’Shea is a research director with Aite Group, heading up the Institutional Securities & Investments practice and covering data management, collateral management, legal entity onboarding, and post-trade technology. She brings to the firm more than 13 years of experience in tracking financial technology developments in the capital markets sector, with a particular focus on regulatory developments and standards.
Ms. O’Shea has spoken at industry conferences including Sibos, TradeTech, FISD events, and ISIPS, and is actively engaged in a number of post-trade industry standards groups.
Most recently, Ms. O’Shea was managing editor of A-Team Group’s flagship publication,A-Team Insight, where she covered financial technology from the front to back office, including trading technology, market data, low latency, risk management, regulatory impacts on IT, and reference data. During her time at the firm, she was heavily involved in planning risk and data management events and creating multimedia offerings, including podcasts, webinars, and video interviews. Prior to this, Ms. O’Shea was group editor of Investor Services Journal and Alternatives magazine, focused on the asset servicing and buy-side communities. Before that, she was editor of STP Magazine and online service stpzone.com, where she focused on financial technology in the capital markets.

Patrick Pearson
Patrick Pearson
Head of Financial Market Infrastructures and Derivatives
European Commission
Patrick Pearson is Head of Unit of Financial Markets Infrastructure in the European Commission’s Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union Directorate General. He previously headed the Resolution and Crisis management teams and was responsible for the Financial Services Action Plan.

Before joining the European Commission in 1987, Patrick Pearson worked for the legal service and the foreign financial market affairs divisions in Dutch Finance Ministry in The Hague.

He has a law degree from Leiden University in the Netherlands.

Rafael Plata
Rafael Plata
Secretary General
EACH
Rafael is the Secretary General of the European Association of CCP Clearing Houses (EACH), the trade organisation that represents the interests of European CCPs. A government affairs professional with 15 years of experience in the financial services industry, Rafael has also worked for FESE, the European Parliament and in investment consulting. He is an Invited lecturer on CCP Clearing at the Solvay School of Economics and Management and an Editorial Board member of the Journal of Securities Operations & Custody.

Julia Streets
Julia Streets
Founder
Streets Consulting
Julia Streets is a champion of fintech entrepreneurship and innovation. She is frequently called upon to be a keynote speaker and moderator at some of the world’s largest financial services and technology conferences.

In 2007, she helped launch Chi-X Europe - the first pan-European multilateral trading facility (MTF) - and this marked the birth of her business Streets Consulting, the business development, marketing and communications consultancy. Since then she and her team have advised a wide range of firms in the world of capital markets, B2B financial services and payments, specialist technology including blockchain, artificial intelligence, cyber security, cryptocurrencies, and more. Julia is a mentor for Accenture’s FinTech Innovation Lab, SWIFT’s Innotribe Scheme, Startupbootcamp and Anthemis VC's innovation schemes.

Prior to founding Streets Consulting in 2008, Julia was global head of communications at NYSE Technologies, serving on the Executive Committee and European head of marketing and sales development at Instinet.

Wary that diversity and inclusion is fast becoming the latest corporate marketing jargon (a bit like 'innovation is in our DNA'), last year Julia launched a podcast series 'DiverCity Podcast'. On each episode, industry luminaries shine a light on progress, call out areas requiring further focus and offer insights and best practice to help listeners drive change. (www.divercitypodcast.com // @DiverCitypod)

Brummell Magazine, known as the 'City’s little black book', has recognised Julia a number of times - last year as one of their 30 Inspirational Women Influencers, in 2014 as one of 30 Inspirational Women Entrepreneurs and in 2013, one of 30 Inspirational Women on Boards. She is one of SWIFT’s Global Power Women in FinTech and been listed in Innovate Finance’s Women in FinTech Power List for the past three years.

Julia is the author of 'The Lingua Franca of the Corporate Banker', lampooning corporate jargon. She is called upon to host and MC many public events, is an after-dinner speaker, and stand-up comedian.

Julia is proud to serve as a trustee of the charity ‘Children in Crisis’ and is a Fellow of the British American Project, the transatlantic leadership fellowship.

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