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2015 Speakers

Nick Badman

Chairman, Peter Callum Centre for Entrepreneurship

Cass Business School

Nick is the Chairman of the Peter Cullum Centre for Entrepreneurship at Cass. After early practice as a corporate lawyer with Clifford Chance, Nick decided to “do the deals rather than the documents”, and joined 3i – the leading venture capital and private equity group. Nick held numerous roles with 3i – latterly becoming a senior partner in 3i’s pan-European buyout business and Head of UK buyouts – 3i’s largest business unit controlling major stakes in businesses such as Travelex, HSS, ERM, NPC and Hobbs.

Nick combines his role at Cass with practice as a Chairman, Director, investor and advisor to growth businesses; with a particular focus on the service sectors. Until joining Cass Nick was a governor of Kingston University and non executive Chairman of its enterprise activities.

Richard G Brown

Chief Technology Officer


Richard Brown is Head of Technology for a partnership of global banks designing and delivering advanced shared ledger technologies to global financial markets. Formerly Executive Architect for Banking Innovation at IBM, he is a leading authority on this technology and maintains a widely-read blog on the topic (http://gendal.me). He co-authored the IBM Academy of Technology’s first paper on bitcoin and his writings have been cited by the Financial Times, the Bank of England and multiple influential reports. His fifteen-year career at IBM encompassed a variety of architecture and consulting roles, specializing in the application of new technology in banking and financial markets. He is an advisor to several FinTech startups and he mentors at London’s Startupbootcamp FinTech accelerator. He is a Chartered Engineer, holds an MBA with Distinction from Warwick Business School and a first-class degree in Mathematics from Trinity College, Cambridge.

Oliver Bussmann

Group Chief Information Officer & Group Managing Director


Oliver Bussmann joined UBS as Group Chief Information Officer for Group Technology in June 2013. He has a wealth of experience within the IT industry globally while being highly regarded for his technological expertise and client focused approach to business.

Prior to joining UBS, Oliver Bussmann was Global Chief Information Officer at SAP for five years and CIO for North America & Mexico at Allianz for nine years. Other previous roles include executive positions at Deutsche Bank and IBM.

Forbes voted Oliver Bussmann the «#1 Social CIO in the Fortune 250 and Global 250»and the Wall Street Journal named him one of the «Top 25 Executives in Technology» in 2011. Moreover, Oliver Bussmann won the Elite 8 Award in October 2013. This award is given to the most innovative leaders in technology working in capital markets by the Wall Street & Technology Magazine each year. For the second year running, Financial News portrayed Oliver in their “FinTech 40” as one of the innovators who are shaping the future of finance in June 2015.

Julien Codorniou

Director, Global Platform Partnerships


Julien Codorniou serves as Director of Global platform partnerships at Facebook, overseeing partner relations for companies building on Facebook Platform (King.com, Cheetah Mobile, Blablacar, jet.com, Supercell, etc.). He is also responsible for managing the adoption of new products such as Facebook at Work.

Prior to joining Facebook, he was director of business development at Microsoft Corp, where he created and launched the Microsoft BizSpark Program. He started his career in the venture capital industry.
Julien serves at the board of Le Monde. He’s the author of the book: The Kelkoo.com success story, published by Pearson in 2005.

Tom Cooper

Co-Global Chairman of M&A

Deutsche Bank

Tom Cooper is Global Co-Chairman of M&A at Deutsche Bank. He joined Deutsche Bank in 2009 after spending 21 years at UBS, latterly as European Head of M&A.

Over his career, he has worked in UK coverage, Nordic coverage, the Utility and Transport sectors as well as the M&A team where he worked since 2002.

Tom has a First Class degree in Mathematics from Wadham College Oxford and is a Chartered Accountant, having qualified with KPMG.

Hernan Cristerna

Managing Director, Co-Head of Global M&A

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Hernan Cristerna is a managing director and Co-Head Global Mergers & Acquisitions at J.P. Morgan. He has more than 20 years of investment banking experience.

Based in London, Hernan has been an integral part of J.P. Morgan’s banking franchise since joining the firm from Schroders in 1996. In his current role, he leads a team of bankers around the world focusing on all aspects of M&A advisory across sectors.

Prior to becoming global co-head of M&A, he was head of M&A for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Originally from Madrid, Hernan started his career at J.P. Morgan as head of Consumer, Healthcare and Retail investment banking in the EMEA region and was responsible for building the firm’s consumer and retail business. He also ran the firm’s Global Consumer Products M&A business.

Hernan holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Claremont McKenna College.

He speaks fluent Spanish and English, as well as French.

Mark Echlin

Co-Head of EMEA Investment Banking Department and Co-Head of the Global Industrials Group

Credit Suisse

Mr Echlin joined Credit Suisse in 2009 as Head of the EMEA Industrials Group, and now holds the positions of Co-Head of the EMEA Investment Banking Department and Co-Head of the Global Industrials Group.

Prior to Credit Suisse, Mr Echlin held positions at Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley and Morgan Grenfell & Co.

Mr Echlin earned his MA from the University of Cambridge in 1985 and D.Phil from the University of Oxford in 1988.

John Fraher

Executive Editor, International Government

Bloomberg News

John Fraher has been the Executive Editor, International Government since July 2014. Prior to this, he was the Managing Editor for Economics and Government in Europe, Middle East and Africa from 2011. Fraher has covered the global economy, politics and central banking at Bloomberg News since 2002. As Executive Editor, he manages close on 100 reporters and editors in more than 30 bureaus.

He studied European history at Oxford University before earning a Master’s degree in European politics at the London School of Economics. Fraher is based in London.

Vittorio Grilli

Chairman of the Corporate and Investment Bank, EMEA

J.P. Morgan

Vittorio Grilli is Chairman of the Corporate & Investment Bank, EMEA at J.P. Morgan and serves as a senior advisor on macroeconomic issues, global market developments and European policy actions.

Vittorio has spent a long career in European economics and public service. He was an assistant professor at Yale University from 1986 to 1990 and Woolwich Professor of Financial Economics at the University of London’s Birkbeck College from 1990 to 1994.

He has held multiple positions with the Italian Treasury over the past two decades, most recently as Italian Minister of Economy and Finances from July 2012 to April 2013, where he helped to guide the Republic through one of its most challenging economic times in the past century.

In the 1990s, he played a pivotal role during Italy’s wave of privatizations and also has served as an advisor to major international and domestic firms. Vittorio has been a distinguished leader in global markets, serving on the EU’s Economic and Financial Committee from March 2009 to January 2012, ultimately as Chairman of the committee.

Vittorio holds a Masters degree in economics from Bocconi University and a doctorate in economics from the University of Rochester.

Giles Hannah

Senior Vice President

Christie's International Real Estate

Based in London, Giles is co-head of Christie’s International Real Estate’s Development Project Marketing team. He also leads sales, and private client property acquisitions. Focssing on the World’s most high value residential transactions Giles has completed property sales of over £1 billion, setting record prices throughout his career. A super prime London specialist and close property advisor to several Royal families, Sovereign Wealth Funds, Hollywood A Listers and celebrities, Giles has a first class ‘Blackbook’ of contacts. Working in London and internationally including Monaco, Qatar, New York and Dubai, Giles has sold flats and houses in the World’s most desirable locations with transactions ranging from £5million to over £300million.

Giles has been responsible for some the world’s largest residential transactions and has led sales and marketing campaigns on branded developments including One Hyde Park, The Bulgari Residences, The Lancasters, Ten Trinity Square, St James’s House, and Terra Gallurese. Giles previously held senior posts at Savills and property advisory firm VanHan, which he founded. Giles has a BA (Hons,) from Westminster, London.He is an expert in off market sales and has advised ultra-high net worth individuals on buying, when they require total privacy and discretion in the market.

Caroline Hyde

European Business Correspondent

Bloomberg Television

Caroline Hyde is the London-based, European Business Correspondent for Bloomberg Television. She regularly interviews chief executives, finance officers, politicians and research analysts across the region – including Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Adidas Chairman and CEO Herbert Hainer and Arcadia Group owner Sir Philip Green.

Hyde has also provided in-depth reports on the UK property sector, charitable institutions and developments in digital, music and visual technology.

Hyde, who joined Bloomberg in 2008, previously covered the European debt markets for Bloomberg News as a corporate finance reporter, focusing on company loans and bonds as well as sovereign debt. She has covered the freeze in the European loan market following the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the unraveling of the European sovereign debt crisis, as well as breaking news on the sales and performance of government bonds from Greece ahead of its bailout.

Prior to joining Bloomberg, Hyde worked in public relations for London’s Moorgate Group, where she was a debt market specialist, managing campaigns for clients including Standard & Poor’s and Lloyds Banking Group.

Hyde holds an MA (Oxon) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University.

Guy Johnson


Bloomberg TV

Guy Johnson is a London-based anchor on Bloomberg Television and host of the weekday program “The Pulse,” covering top business, economic and market-moving stories from around the world.

Johnson brings nearly two decades of experience as a top financial broadcast journalist. He joined Bloomberg in 2012 from his role as an anchor at CNBC Europe. Earlier in his career, he served as an anchor and presenter at Financial Times Television and ITN (Channel 5).

Throughout his career, Johnson has covered major economic and corporate events including the collapse of Barings Bank, the Internet boom and the global banking crisis. Most recently, Johnson has been at the forefront of developments in the euro zone, reporting from Athens, Dublin, Lisbon, and Rome and attending pivotal leadership summits in Brussels. For his coverage of the euro zone crisis, Johnson has interviewed many key decision makers including Irish Taoiseachs Enda Kenny and Brian Cowan, former Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou, former Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou, the International Monetary Fund’s Christine Lagarde as well as José Manuel Barroso and Olli Rehn from the European Commission.

Johnson has also reported extensively on the aerospace sector covering many of the industry’s landmark events such as the development and first flight of the Airbus A380.

He holds a degree in politics and international relations from Lancaster University.

Neal Lawson



Neal is Chair of the good society pressure group Compass and was author of All Consuming (Penguin, 2009) He serves on the Boards of UK Feminista and We own it!, is a Contributing Editor of the social democracy journal Renewal and is a Associate Member at the Bauman Institute at Leeds University. He writes regularly for the Guardian and the New Statesman. In the past he worked as a trade union researcher, an advisor to Gordon Brown and ran a communications company. He is a partner at the progressive communicators Jericho Chambers where he has worked on the responsible tax project. Neal has been described by Zygmunt Bauman as “one of the most insightful and inventive minds on the British political stage”. His recent publications include Downfall: on the future of Labour and New Times with Indra Adnan.

Jon Matonis

Founding Board Director

Bitcoin Foundation

Jon Matonis is a Founding Board Director for the Bitcoin Foundation and his career has included senior influential posts at VISA International, VeriSign, Sumitomo Bank, and Hushmail. He is also a fintech and cryptography columnist at Forbes Magazine and American Banker. Currently, Jon serves as independent board director for Globitex, Cubits, and BitYield and advises companies in the bitcoin, blockchain, mobile, and gaming sectors. His early work on digital cash systems and financial cryptography has been published by Dow Jones and the London School of Economics.

Stryker McGuire

Senior Editor

Bloomberg Markets Magazine

Stryker McGuire is a London-based senior editor at Bloomberg Markets magazine. From 2009 to 2011, he was the editor of LSE Research magazine at the London School of Economics. From 2008 to 2011, he was an associate at Lombard Street Research, an economics consultancy in the City of London. Prior to that, he was a correspondent, bureau chief and editor at Newsweek magazine in Los Angeles, New York, Houston, Mexico City and London.

Helena Morrissey CBE

CEO, Newton

Chair, The Investment Association (IA) and Founder 30% Club

Helena joined Newton in 1994 as a fixed income fund manager and was appointed CEO in 2001. Newton manages over £50bn for pension funds, charities and through funds available to individuals.

In June 2014 Helena was appointed Chair of The IA, the UK’s industry trade body whose members manage £5trn. Recently, Helena was appointed by the Chancellor to the UK’s Financial Services Trade and Investment Board.

In 2010, Helena founded the 30% Club, a cross-business initiative aimed at achieving 30% women on UK corporate boards.

Helena has been named one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s 50 Greatest Leaders. In 2013 and 2014 she was voted one of the 50 Most Influential People in Finance globally by Bloomberg Markets. She was appointed CBE in the 2012 New Year’s Honours list.

A Cambridge philosophy graduate, she began her career with Schroders in New York.

Huw Pill

Chief European Economist

Goldman Sachs

Huw is the chief European economist and co-head of the Economics team in Europe. He joined Goldman Sachs as a managing director in 2011 and was named partner in 2012.

Prior to joining the firm, Huw worked at the European Central Bank, where he was deputy director general of Research and head of the Monetary Policy Stance Division. Earlier, he worked at the Bank of England and at Harvard University, where he was an associate professor of business administration.
Huw earned a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from University College, Oxford, in 1989 and an MA and PhD in Economics from Stanford University in 1990 and 1995, respectively.

Piers Prichard Jones


Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Piers is a partner at Freshfields and co-head of the firm’s M&A practice in London. He acts for a variety of clients across a range of sectors and is particularly well known for his work on transformational M&A transactions.

Piers combines his transactional work with strategic advice to boards of publicly traded companies on capital raisings, governance and listing regulations.

Rubin Ritter

Member of the Management Board

Zalando SE

Rubin Ritter is a member of the Management Board at Zalando SE, Europe’s leading online platform for fashion. He is responsible for the day-to-day management of business and financial operations at the online retailer. Previously, he spent more than two years as a Senior Associate at McKinsey & Company. He joined McKinsey following the completion of his master’s degree, in Business Administration, at the WHU Otto Beisheim Graduate School of Management. During his studies, Ritter spent a year in the United States, where he gained an MBA from the University of Texas.

Davide Serra

Founder and CEO

Algebris Investments

Davide was a leading Manager Director at Morgan Stanley where he headed the European Banks Research Team and was the Global Banks team co-ordinator. Davide was rated individually among the top European bank analysts for the period 1999-2006. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Davide worked in the top rated UBS Banks research team as a senior analyst (199502000) where he lead several IPOs and MA& projects and won major surveys including Institutional Investor and Extel from 1998-2000.

Algebris Investments (UK) LLP is a global asset management company that manages long-only, hedged and private equity investment strategies in the world’s largest financial markets. Today the firm manages approximately $2.5 billion of assets. Algebris is regulated by the FSA, SEC and Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). The firm invests in the capital structure of financial institutions across equity and credit, with a unique specialisation in the global financial sector. Algebris’ private equity funds focus on asset-based investments, providing capital and management resources to companies with superior growth potential across a diverse range of businesses. Our strategies are grounded in fundamental, bottom-up research processes, in combination with rigorous portfolio construction and risk management methodologies. Founded by CEO Davide Serra in 2006, Algebris maintains offices in London, Singapore, Milan and Boston and is affiliated with The Children’s Investment Fund (TCI).

Davide has been awarded the Young Global Leader designation by the World Economic Forum and is recogised as one of the world’s leading experts on financial services. He is often consulted by the World’s Central Bankers and Regulators on policy matters and he regularly contributes to the discourse on financial reform.

He is Chairman and Trustee of the Hakuna Matata foundation, a registered UK charity which he founded with his wife in April 2010. The primary focus of the foundation’s work is assisting orphaned children in central Tanzania.

Davide is a graduate cum laude of Bocconi University in Italy and holds a Master CEMS. He speaks Italian and is fluent in English and French. Davide played volleyball professionally in Italy from 1985 to 1990 and reached Series A1. He enjoys climbing and off-piste skiing in the Alps and mountains around the world.

James Taylor

Project Director for Clarges Mayfair

British Land

James is currently spearheading Clarges Mayfair, the leading super-prime residential-led development due for completion in 2017, overlooking Royal Green Park on Piccadilly. James appointed and is currently leading the team of project management, branding, marketing, design, sales, legal and PR experts to deliver the residential and retail elements of this super-prime scheme in Central London, building on 20 years of UK real estate experience.

James joined British Land in 2004 and has contributed to the continued growth of British Land’s Residential Department, whilst being a key member of the British Land Operations Committee.

Prior projects at British Land have included the purchase of Bedford Street, WC1, Wardrobe Court EC1 and Craven Hill Gardens W1, all of which James oversaw until project completion. In addition James was responsible for the development of The Triton Building NW1, One Osnaburgh Street NW1 and Great Cumberland Place W1. James’ expertise were also applied in the purchase of The Hempel Hotel in 2013, a residential development in W2.

James has previously been responsible for British Land’s residential acquisitions, investments developments. In James’s earlier career he was Associate Director for Cluttons and a Senior Surveyor for Chestertons. He has an MSc in Real Estate from Reading University and is a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

James is also on the ‘Pathways to Property’ Board, which is a major initiative launched by the Reading Real Estate Foundation (RREF) in 2012 in partnership with British Land and The Sutton Trust. The Foundation aims to attract talented students from less advantaged and non-traditional backgrounds into the property sector.

Niklas Zennström

CEO and Founding Partner


Niklas Zennström is CEO and Founding Partner at Atomico. He is an experienced entrepreneur, previously co-founding and managing globally successful technology companies including Skype, Kazaa, Joost and Joltid.

In 2006 Niklas created Atomico to help entrepreneurs primarily outside Silicon Valley to scale their businesses domestically and globally. It has so far invested in more than 50 companies on four continents, and Niklas works closely with a number of leaders of portfolio companies so that they benefit from his own experience as an entrepreneur.

Before starting Atomico, Niklas co-founded Skype, where he held the position of CEO from its inception until September 2007. In 2005, Skype was sold to eBay Inc for $3.1bn, the largest European venture capital exit to date. Subsequent to this, Skype was bought back by a consortium that included Niklas, and was sold to Microsoft for $8.5 billion cash in 2011.

In 2006, Niklas was recognised by Time Magazine as one of its 100 Most Influential People, and he has received numerous awards for entrepreneurship including being voted Entrepreneur of the Year in the European Business Leaders Awards (2006), the KTH Great Prize from the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden (2009), the Oxford Internet Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2011), H.M. The King’s Medal (2013), and the Gold Medal from the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (2013).

In 2007, he co-founded Zennström Philanthropies, where he is actively involved in combating climate change, improving the state of the Baltic Sea and encouraging social entrepreneurship. Niklas is also a keen yachtsman, and has won three Mini Maxi World Championships and one TP52 World Championship with his yacht racing team Rán.

Niklas holds dual degrees in Business and MSc Engineering Physics/Computer Science from Uppsala University in Sweden, and he spent his final year at the University of Michigan.

Stephanie Baker

Senior Writer

Bloomberg Markets Magazine

Stephanie Baker is a senior writer at Bloomberg Markets magazine based in London. She writes in-depth stories about newsmakers across Europe, covering the finance industry, politics and economics. Baker has profiled, among others, Tony Blair, Mervyn King, former Governor of the Bank of England, Bob Diamond, CEO of Barclays, Michael Platt, founder of hedge fund firm BlueCrest, Oleg Deripaska, CEO of Rusal and Mikhail Prokhorov, co-owner of Renaissance Capital Ltd.

She won Story of the Year by an FPA member at the 2013 Foreign Press Association Awards and was awarded the 2010 Society of American Business Editors and Writers Award for Best International Feature. She appears regularly on BBC Dateline, a weekly news show with Gavin Esler. Baker holds a master’s from the London School of Economics and a B.A. from Oberlin College.

Eileen Burbidge


Passion Capital

Matthew Campbell

Chief Business Correspondent


Matthew Campbell is Chief Business Correspondent at Bloomberg. Based in London, he covers the largest business stories globally and drives features and breaking news on major corporate stories. Matthew has been at Bloomberg in Paris and London since 2009, and has worked as a technology reporter, mergers and acquisitions reporter, and most recently as a reporter-at-large. Before joining Bloomberg, he worked as an editorial writer at The Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper. A Canadian citizen, Matthew has a BA in politics from Yale University and an M. Phil in the same subject from the University of Oxford.

James Cooksey

Head of Central London

The Crown Estate

Scott Corfe

Associate Director


Scott leads Cebr’s macroeconomic research team and is responsible for overseeing the company’s award-winning forecasts in this area.

Scott also helps businesses use economic analysis to contribute to and influence government policy debates – recent examples include arguing the case against a minimum price for alcohol and against a 50% top rate of income tax. He has produced compelling analysis examining the negative economic impact of a mansion tax in the UK.

His economic commentary is widely quoted in the UK and international media.

After gaining a 1st class honours in Economics at the University of Cambridge, Scott worked in local government before joining Cebr.

Camilla Dell

Managing Partner and Founder

Black Brick Property Solutions

Camilla Dell is Managing Partner and founder of Black Brick Property Solutions LLP and has worked in the London property market since 2002. She is highly experienced in meeting the needs of demanding domestic and international property buyers.

During her career to date, Camilla worked for two of London’s largest and most successful estate agencies, Foxtons and Knight Frank, before setting up Black Brick in January 2007. Since then, Camilla has grown the firm from a two person start-up to the London’s largest independent buying consultancy. The Black Brick team collectively boasts over 70 years’ experience in the London property market and has successfully sourced and acquired nearly £0.6 billion of residential property for private clients.

Camilla’s professional, energetic and tenacious approach to property finding, her total dedication to her clients’ needs and her expert negotiation skills have won her huge loyalty and trust amongst her clients who include some of the world’s most successful businessmen and entrepreneurs. Black Brick has a high profile in the residential property sector and Camilla is frequently asked to comment in the press and speak at large international events about the London and UK property market. Camilla was also recently voted in the Telegraph’s Property Power List as one of the top 25 most influential people in British property and was included in the Spears 500, an essential guide for high net worth clients. Black Brick was delighted to have won Gold in the category of Buying Agent of the year in the Times Estate Agency of the Year Awards. We have also been in included in the E-Private Clients top 25 buying agents for two consecutive years, 2014 and 2015.

In her spare time Camilla enjoys high adrenaline sports and is a PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) Staff Instructor.

Jonathan Ferro


Bloomberg Television

Jonathan Ferro is the host of the European market open show “On the Move.” Based in London, he provides in-depth coverage and analysis of financial markets and business news across Bloomberg’s multiple platforms.

Ferro has interviewed many of Europe’s biggest investors, business leaders finance ministers and central bankers.

He joined Bloomberg in 2011 and previously held the position of affiliates reporter, delivering European business news to Bloomberg’s network of broadcast partners from Turkey to India.

Ferro earned his Masters degree in International Political Economy from the University of Warwick, with distinction.


Mark Gilbert

Editorial Board Member

Bloomberg View

Mark Gilbert joined Bloomberg News in 1991 as a bond reporter. Born in Liverpool, he graduated from King’s College, Cambridge, in 1989 with a BA Hons in Philosophy. He was London Bureau Chief from June 2009 until April 2014, when he joined the editorial board of Bloomberg View. He was a finalist in the Commentary category of the U.K. 2006 Business Journalist of the Year awards, and holds a Malcolm Forbes Award for Best Business Story from the Overseas Press Club of America. Mark is the author of `Complicit: How Greed and Collusion Made the Credit Crisis Unstoppable.’ He is a member of the Investment Committee at King’s.

Guy Hands

Chairman and Founder

Terra Firma

Guy is Terra Firma’s Chairman and Founder. He is the Chief Investment Officer and sits on the boards of the General Partners and heads Terra Firma’s Management Committee.

Guy started his career with Goldman Sachs International where he went on to become Head of Eurobond Trading and then Head of Goldman Sachs’ Global Asset Structuring Group. During this time Guy was a pioneer of the global securitisation markets, extending the practice beyond simple debt instruments to include assets such as shopping malls, mobile home parks and distressed loans.

Guy left Goldman Sachs in 1994 for Nomura International plc, where he established the Principal Finance Group (PFG). In 2002 he led the spin-out of PFG to form Terra Firma. Over the last 20 years, Guy has overseen the investment of more than €15bn in 33 businesses with a total enterprise value of more than €48bn.

Guy has an MA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Mansfield College, Oxford University. He was elected a Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum in 2000 in recognition of his achievements. In 2012 Guy was named the 20th most influential figure in Private Equity International’s ‘100 Most Influential of the Decade.’

Hugh Hendry

CIO and Founding Partner


Hugh is the principal portfolio manager and leads both the investment thinking and research teams. Hugh has over 20 years’ investment experience with Baillie Gifford, Credit Suisse Asset Management and Odey Asset Management. As partner at Odey Hugh managed a range of funds from $1bn of long-only European mandates to the Eclectica Fund.

Anshu Jain

Former Co CEO

Deutsche Bank

Anshu Jain is the former Co-Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Bank and has been a leader in the financial services industry for three decades. He was Co-CEO of Deutsche Bank from June 2012 to June 2015. He was also a member of the Management Board from 2009 and the Group Executive Committee from 2002.

Anshu joined Deutsche Bank in 1995. He is widely recognized for building the Bank’s nascent markets business and for helping transform Deutsche Bank into a global universal bank with a leading investment banking franchise. He was first appointed head of Global Markets and later head of the Corporate & Investment Bank, where he was globally responsible for Deutsche Bank’s Corporate Finance, Sales and Trading, and Global Transaction Banking businesses. In those roles, he first led the integration of fixed income and equities, and subsequently the closer integration of the sales and
trading, corporate finance and transaction banking divisions.

Anshu has advised governments and industry bodies around the world. He led Deutsche Bank’s team advising the UK Treasury on financial stability, sat on the Board of Directors of the Institute of International Finance and was a member of the Financial Services Forum. He served on the International Advisory Panel of the Monetary Authority of Singapore, which he advised on industry, market and macroeconomic issues. He was Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Alfred Herrhausen Society.

Anshu has received a number of accolades in recognition of his professional and other activities. In 2014, he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from London Business School. He was named Global Indian of the Year in 2012 by the Economic Times of India and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Risk magazine in 2010. Euromoney magazine, which granted Anshu its Capital Markets Achievement Award in 2003, named Deutsche Bank as Investment Bank of the Year in 2010.

Anshu is a wildlife conservationist, supporting wildlife charities in India and Southern Africa.

Ann LeFrance


Squire Patton Boggs

Ann LaFrance is a partner in the London office of Squire Patton Boggs, where she chairs the firm’s global Data Privacy and Cyber Security Group and leads its Communications Law Practice for the EMEA region.

Ann has more than three decades of experience advising clients on legal, policy and regulatory matters affecting the ICT sector, including data protection and cybersecurity compliance and breach response. She began her career in the US and from 1996-2004, she served as Chief International Counsel for MCI Communications (since acquired by Verizon Business), based in Brussels and London. Since her return to private practice in 2004, Ann is regularly called upon to counsel tech companies and multinational clients on a wide range of issues involving telecommunications and the internet, including e-privacy, data protection, data retention, cybersecurity and related e-commerce laws and regulations.

Ann is a frequent speaker on topics relating to data privacy and cybersecurity. She has been recommended by Chambers UK and the Legal 500, and was selected as the exclusive winner of the 2014 and 2015 Client Choice Award for UK communications law.

Daniel Marovitz

President, Europe


Web entrepreneur and experienced banker, Daniel Marovitz joined Earthport in February 2015. With a background in e-commerce, transaction banking, media and enterprise software Daniel leads Earthport’s European commercial operations.

Prior to Earthport, Daniel was CEO of Faculty of 1000, a software and data publisher for the biomedical industry. In 2011, he founded start-up technology company buzzumi, offering a software platform for secure online enterprise collaboration. Daniel spent eleven years at Deutsche Bank, most recently as Managing Director, Global Head of Product Management in the Global Transaction Banking division and earlier as Chief Operating Officer of the Investment Bank’s e-commerce division where he was responsible for all online business. Daniel began his career at PC manufacturer Gateway, where he co-founded the Japanese subsidiary and later started Gateway.com.

Daniel believes that with the opportunities created by technology innovation and the growing market demand for simple, cost-effective payments solutions Earthport is ideally placed to lead in this space. He says: “Online has revolutionised the way consumers and businesses consume services and transact. Earthport changes the game for banks, digital commerce companies and large corporates. I am excited to be a part of driving the next phase of digital payments.”

Daniel is a published author on the topic of e-commerce, a frequent conference speaker on both internet and banking topics, a board member of the Professional Diversity Network and a founding member of SWIFT’s fintech innovation initiative, Innotribe. Fluent in Spanish, Galician and Japanese, Daniel graduated cum laude from Cornell University.

Mariana Mazzucato

R.M. Phillips Professor in the Economics of Innovation

SPRU University of Sussex

Professor Mariana Mazzucato (PhD) holds the RM Phillips chair in the Economics of Innovation at SPRU in the University of Sussex. She has held academic positions at the University of Denver, London Business School, Open University, and Bocconi University. Her recent book The Entrepreneurial State: debunking public vs. private sector myths (Anthem, 2013) was on the 2013 Books of the Year list of the Financial Times. It focuses on the need to develop new frameworks to understand the role of the state in economic growth—and how to enable rewards from innovation to be just as ‘social’ as the risks taken. Professor Mazzucato is winner of the 2014 New Statesman SPERI Prize in Political Economy and in 2013 the New Republic called her one of the ‘3 most important thinkers about innovation‘.

She advises policy makers around the world on innovation-led growth and is currently a member of the Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisors; a member of the World Economic Forum’s Council on the Economics of Innovation; a permanent member of the European Commission’s expert group on Innovation for Growth (RISE) and is a member of SITRA’s (the Finnish Innovation Fund) Advisory Panel.

Her research focuses on the relationship between financial markets, innovation, and economic growth—at the company, industry and national level. Her current projects on Innovation-fuelled, Sustainable, Inclusive Growth (ISIGrowth) and Distributed Global Financial Systems for Society (DOLFINS) are funded by the EU Horizon 2020 initiative. Between 2009-2012 she directed a large 3 year European Commission FP7 funded project on Finance and Innovation (FINNOV). Her recent project on Financing Innovation was funded by the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) and her project on Finance and Mission Oriented Investments was funded by the Ford Foundation’s Reforming Global Financial Governance initiative. She is currently working on various research projects commissioned by organizations including NASA, and the Brazilian Ministry for Science and Technology.

John Micklethwait



John Micklethwait is the Editor-in-Chief of Bloomberg where he oversees editorial content across all Bloomberg platforms, including its news, newsletters, magazines, opinion, television, radio and digital properties, as well as its research services including Bloomberg Intelligence.

Prior to joining Bloomberg in February 2015, Micklethwait was Editor-in-Chief of The Economist where he led the newspaper into the digital age while expanding its readership and enhancing its reputation.

He joined The Economist in 1987 as a finance correspondent and served as Business editor and United States editor before being named Editor-in-Chief in 2006. Micklethwait began his career in banking at Chase Manhattan in London after studying history at Magdalen College, Oxford.

He is the co-author of six books, most recently The Fourth Revolution: The Global Race to Reinvent the State. In 2010, Micklethwait was named Editors’ Editor by the British Society of Magazine Editors. He is a trustee of the British Museum.

Andrea Orcel


UBS Investment Bank

Andrea Orcel is President of UBS Investment Bank and a member of the UBS Group Executive
Board. He joined UBS in July 2012 from Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he served as Executive Chairman and President of Emerging Markets (ex Asia).

He was previously Head of Merrill Lynch’s Global Origination division. From 2004 he was EMEA Head of Origination and President of Global Markets & Investment Banking. He was appointed Global Head of the Financial Institutions division in 2003, and EMEA Head in 1999, having joined Merrill Lynch in 1992. From 1990 to 1992, he was with the Boston Consulting Group as a senior consultant. In 1988 he joined Goldman Sachs as an associate in fixed income.

Andrea Orcel has a degree in Economics and Commerce from the “La Sapienza” University of Rome, and an MBA from INSEAD.

Sir Christopher Pissarides

Regius Professor of Economics

London School of Economics

Sir Christopher Pissarides is the Regius Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics, a Professor of European Studies at the University of Cyprus and Chairman of the Council of National Economy of the Republic of Cyprus, and the Helmut & Anna Pao Sohmen Professor-at-Large of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He was educated at the University of Essex and the London School of Economics (LSE), and he spent the bulk of his career at the LSE. He had long visits in the US Universities of Harvard, Princeton and California at Berkeley.

Sir Christopher specialises in the economics of labour markets, macroeconomic policy, economic growth and structural change. He was awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Economics, jointly with Dale Mortensen of Northwestern University and Peter Diamond of MIT, for his work in the economics of markets with frictions. Prior to that, in 2005, he became the first European economist to win the IZA Prize in Labor Economics, sharing it again with his collaborator Dale Mortensen. He has written extensively in professional journals, magazines and the press and his book Equilibrium Unemployment Theory is an influential reference in the economics of unemployment that has been translated in many languages. He is frequently quoted in the press on issues concerning the Eurozone and the future of European integration.

He is an elected Fellow of the British Academy, the Academy of Athens, the Academia Europaea and several other learned societies, and he is a Lifetime Honorary Member of the American Economic Association. In 2011 he served as the President of the European Economic Association. In 2011 he received the Grand Cross of the Republic of Cyprus, the highest honour of the Republic. He was knighted in 2013.

Anne Richards

Global Chief Investment Officer and head of EMEA region


Anne Richards is the Global Chief Investment Officer and head of the EMEA region for Aberdeen Asset Management, where she is also a main board director. She began her career as a research fellow at CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, in Geneva, moving into the investment world in 1992. Her career has included research analysis, portfolio management and global asset allocation, and includes time with JP Morgan and Mercury Asset Management, later MLIM. In 2002 she joined the main board of Edinburgh Fund Managers plc as Chief Investment Officer and Joint Managing Director. She continued in her role as global Chief Investment Officer for the combined entity when EFM was taken over by Aberdeen Asset Management in 2003.

Anne graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from the University of Edinburgh, and also holds an MBA from INSEAD, Fontainbleau, France. She is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment, and holds a Certified Diploma in Accounting and Finance (ACCA). She is a FN100 Women in Finance, Funds Europe Awards European Chief Investment Officer 2012, a member of the Board of Leaders of 2020 Women on Boards, a US organisation dedicated to increasing the proportion of women on corporate boards and is the recipient of the 100 Women in Hedge Funds 2014 European Industry Leadership Award. In June 2014 Anne was appointed a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) for services as a Member of Council of the Duchy of Lancaster and in December 2014 Anne was awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to Financial Services and the Voluntary sector.

Anne also holds a number of non executive positions, including the insurance company esure Group plc and the University of Edinburgh.

Ed Robinson

Senior Writer

Bloomberg Markets Magazine

Ed Robinson is an award-winning senior writer for Bloomberg Markets magazine, based in London. Ed has produced cover stories on myriad topics in the financial markets, from renewable energy to the ETF explosion to the blossoming of fintech. And he’s written profiles of influential players in business such as Mexican telecom magnate Carlos Slim, oil man John Browne, and shipping powerhouse John Fredriksen. Before joining Bloomberg in 2001, Ed was a senior writer at Business 2.0 magazine and a writer at Fortune magazine in New York.

Andrew Shrimpton

Managing Director

Duff & Phelps

Andrew Shrimpton is a managing director within Duff & Phelps’ Compliance and Regulatory Consulting practice and is the global service line head of Compliance Consulting. He recently joined the London practice from Kinetic Partners (which was acquired by Duff & Phelps in January 2015).

He has more than 20 years’ experience in the investment management sector and was previously responsible for putting in place the FSA risk based regime for supervising hedge fund managers and day to day supervision of the largest alternative asset managers including private equity firms.

He was appointed the FSA’s first Asset Management Sector Manager in April 2004. The role involved dealing with the CESR Investment Group and IOSCO Standing Committee 5 on investment management. Prior to that he supervised the major unit trust and OEIC managers at the FSA.

In particular, he has unique insight into the FSA’s approach to supervising alternative asset managers, achieved from his oversight of the UK’s largest alternative asset managers, overseeing thematic work on “valuations” and “side letters”, and major case work involving smaller hedge fund managers.
Prior to the FSA, at Goldman Sachs, he was responsible for developing a strategy for a global emerging markets team, and AUM in global emerging markets grew from US$500 million in 1996 to US$3 billion in 1999 and the launch of a Luxembourg SICAV.

Andrew holds a B.A. and an M.A. in Human Sciences, both from the University of Oxford. He is also a Member of the Securities Institute.

Andrew Wessels

Founder and CEO

The Marque

Andrew is the CEO & Founder of The Marque. He began his career at JP Morgan Asset Management before moving to Carphone Warehouse where he helped set up the Wireless Internet Portfolio, later to become Frontiers Capital where he sat on the boards of various investee companies. As an entrepreneur, Andrew has been involved in start-ups including Marquis Jet, later sold to Netjets and co-founded telecoms business, Storm Solutions which he successfully exited in 2012. Andrew is a keen sportsman having played first-class cricket in his native South Africa.