Speakers

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Robert Peston

Political Editor and Journalist

Robert Peston covers everything of note that happens in Westminster and beyond, interviewing the important players on the national and international political scenes. He is the most followed UK journalist in social media and host of a weekly agenda-setting politics television show. Ex FT Financial Editor and author of How Do We Fix This Mess? and WTF? After reporting on the scale of China’s debt and traditional retail’s reaction to online competition, Robert moved to ITV to take on a broad remit. Robert was the first to draw public attention to the fact that Northern Rock was approaching technical insolvency.

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Peter Tasker

Strategist and Co-Founder

Arcus Research

Peter Tasker co-founded Arcus Investment Limited in 1998. Peter is a noted commentator on Japanese financial affairs, and writes for numerous publications including the Financial Times and Wall Street Journal Asia. Prior to founding Arcus, Peter was a market strategist at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson where he ranked top in Institutional Investor for 3 consecutive years and in the Nikkei for 5 consecutive years. Peter is the author of several books on Japan. Peter has lived in Japan since the early 1980s.

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Duncan Wood

global editorial director

Risk.net

Duncan Wood is the London-based editor-in-chief of Risk.net. He was promoted to the role at the start of 2015, to lead the editorial reorganisation of the website and its print titles. Duncan had been editor of Risk magazine since July 2011. He rejoined Risk as European editor in October 2009, having originally worked for Risk and Asia Risk in London and Hong Kong as a writer and researcher between 1998 and 2000.
In the intervening years, Duncan was news editor for the Oliver Wyman-founded online start-up ERisk.com. He also worked freelance for six years while living in Germany, with his work appearing in Euromoney, Financial News, IFR, and The Wall Street Journal, as well as Risk magazine and its sister titles.
Duncan has written about derivatives and risk throughout his 17-year career in journalism. He is a Neal Awards finalist, and has also won Incisive Media's journalist and editor of the year awards.

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Jean-François Grégoire

Head of Global Markets

Societe Generale

Jean-François Grégoire joined Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking in 1996 in Paris as an Equity Derivatives Trader. Between 2001 and 2009, he was Head of Equity Derivatives Trading for Asia-Pacific and then for the USA. In 2009, he was appointed Head of US Trading based in New York and since 2012 he has been Global Head of Trading based in Paris. Jean-François was appointed Deputy Chief Risk Officer in November 2015. He became Head of Global Markets in February 2019.

Jean-Francois graduated from Ecole Polytechnique and ENSAE.

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Sandy Rattray

Chief Investment Officer

Man Group

Sandy Rattray is Chief Investment Officer of Man Group and a member of the Man Group Executive Committee. He is also a member of the Man Group Responsible Investment Committee. He was previously CEO of Man AHL from 2013 to 2017, and CIO of Man Systematic Strategies from 2010 to 2013.

Before joining Man Group in 2007, Sandy spent 15 years at Goldman Sachs where he was a Managing Director in charge of the Fundamental Strategy Group. He also ran Equity Derivatives Research at Goldman Sachs in London and New York.

Sandy is a co-inventor of the VIX index and has served on the FTSE UK, FTSE World and Russell index committees. He sits on the MSCI Editorial Advisory Board and the Jesus College Cambridge investment committee. Sandy is a founding patron of the London Cycling Campaign.

He holds a Master’s Degree in Natural Sciences and Economics from the University of Cambridge and a Licence Spéciale from the Université Libre de Bruxelles.

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Peter Fitzgerald

Chief Investment Officer Multi-Assets & Macro

Aviva Investors

Peter Fitzgerald is Chief Investment Officer, Multi-asset & Macro Portfolio Manager at Aviva Investors.

In his role, Peter leads the global Multi-asset & Macro investment team and is responsible for the team’s strategic direction. Additionally, he is a portfolio manager of the AIMS Target Return and Target Income funds.

Peter began his career at Old Mutual in 1995 before joining BNP Wealth Management’s Multi-asset team. He has extensive international experience having worked in Asia, Latin America and Europe. Peter holds a postgraduate diploma in Education from Trinity College Dublin and a degree in European studies from the University of Cork. He is also a CFA® charterholder.

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Gwilym Satchell

Multi Asset Portfolio Manager

Invesco

Based in Henley-on-Thames, Gwilym joined the company in March 2013. He served as a Risk Manager for the Multi Asset team, prior to being promoted to the role of Fund Manager. 

Gwilym commenced his career in 2008 at Standard Life Investments, where he was involved in Multi-Asset Investing risk management, in particular the development of scenario analysis techniques. In addition, he was responsible for managing a range of liability-driven investment (LDI) funds.

Gwilym holds the PRM™ designation which is an independent validation of skills and commitment to the highest standard of professionalism, integrity, and best practices within the risk management profession. 

He graduated from Warwick University in 2005 with a degree in Computer Science, and gained a Masters degree at the University of Edinburgh Business School in 2008

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Cassandra Cox

Head of FX and Emerging Market Sales, Western Europe

Societe Generale

Cassandra Cox, Head of FX & EM Sales - Western Europe joined Societe Generale in 2012.  Prior to joining Societe Generale Cassandra spent most of her 20-year career in the Global Markets Division of ABN AMRO and then RBS. Specialising in FX and Global Bond Markets, she has worked through many turbulent times in the Financial Markets. Cassandra has worked across many geographies including London, Singapore and Sydney. She is a Graduate of the University of New South Wales, Australia and the Australian Graduate School of Management.

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Aymeric Forest

Global Head Multi Asset Investing

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Aymeric Forest is Global Head of Multi Asset Investing at Aberdeen Standard Investments.

Aymeric joined Aberdeen a few months ago after having spent 7+ years at Schroders as a multi-asset fund manager. He also was a member of the global asset allocation committee, where his focus was on complex segregated mandates. Prior to joining Schroders, Aymeric worked in London at ABN AMRO Asset Management. He holds a DESS and MA in Finance.

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Alan Higgins

Managing Director, Global Markets

Coutts

Alan has held a variety of roles in his time at Coutts including, Chief Investment Officer (UK), Head of Investment Strategy and Head of Multi Asset Investing. He is responsible and leads the investment team for the management and performance of Coutts discretionary managed portfolios and our multi-asset funds. Alan has over 25 years of experience in portfolio management. Prior to Coutts, he worked at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management where he specialised in asset allocation, fixed income and alternative investments. His previous experience includes senior roles in fixed income portfolio management and working for a multi-strategy hedge fund. Alan is also a non-executive director of Nestlé’s UK and Swiss pension fund management companies. Alan has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Bristol University and is a CFA charter holder.

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Will Bartlett

CEO and Managing Member

Parallax Volatility Advisers

Will Bartlett is the Chief Executive Officer of Parallax Volatility Advisers. Will has been involved with equity options since 1995 and has been with Parallax since 1996. In his more than 20 years at Parallax, Will has played an active role transforming the firm from a small, floor-based equity options trading operation into a large participant in the global volatility market. Parallax manages a complex portfolio of listed and over the counter volatility positions on global equities, indexes, ETFs, and commodity futures. Prior to joining the Parallax, Will worked on the floor of the Pacific Coast Exchange while earning his Bachelor’s degree in Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. Will proudly serves on the Board of Governors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Francisco and is a member of The Guardsmen, an organization helping at-risk youth by providing scholarships, support, and outdoor education programs to students in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Laila Mukhey

European Head of Cross-Asset Macro Hedge Fund Coverage

Societe Generale

Laila Mukhey joined Societe Generale in 2014 and is the European Head of Cross-Asset Macro Hedge Fund Coverage. Laila’s focus is on SG’s partnership with the bank’s largest hedge fund clients and investing solutions centred around thematic baskets, cross asset volatility, alternative risk transfer and monetising specific market catalysts. Prior to Societe Generale, Laila was at Citigroup Global Markets for ten years working in Financial Engineering and European Hedge Fund Sales. She has a Master’s degree in Economics from The University of Cambridge.

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Arnaud Sarfati

Co-Founder

LFIS

Prior to founding LFIS, Arnaud spent 15 years with SGCIB where his last position was Co-Head of the Cross Asset Solutions division. During his tenure, Arnaud developed a number of financial innovations that contributed to SGCIB's position as a global leader in equity derivatives.  Arnaud graduated from ESSEC. He also holds a Master’s degree in probability and finance from Paris VI.