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Speaker Biographies

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Speakers

Valdis Dombrovskis

Valdis Dombrovskis

Vice-President and Commissioner for the Euro & Social Dialogue, European Commission

 

Valdis Dombrovskis is the Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Euro and Social Dialogue, also in charge of Financial Stability, Financial Services and the Capital Markets Union.

Prior to that, he served three consecutive terms as Prime Minister of Latvia, becoming the longest serving elected head of government in Latvia’s history. Before becoming European Commission Vice-President, Valdis Dombrovskis was elected for the second time as a Member of the European Parliament (first, 2004-2009) and Head of the Latvian Delegation in the EPP Group. He served as a Member of the Saeima (Parliament) of Latvia (March 2004- June 2004; January 2014 June 2014) and was Latvia’s Minister of Finance from 2002 to 2004.

Valdis Dombrovskis was born on 5 August 1971 in Riga, Latvia. He graduated with a degree in physics from the University of Latvia (1993) and economics from Riga University of Technology (1995). He received his master’s degree in physics in 1995 from the University of Latvia. In 1995 -1998, he worked as a research assistant at Mainz University, Germany, at the Institute of Solid-State Physics in Latvia and at the University of Maryland (USA).

Prior to joining politics, he worked as a senior economist and chief economist at the Bank of Latvia (1998-2002). Together with Anders Aslund, he co-authored the book „How Latvia came through the financial crisis” which was published in 2011.

In November 2014, Valdis Dombrovskis was awarded the Order of the Three Stars (Triju Zvaigžņu ordenis), the highest State Decoration of the Republic of Latvia.

John McFarlane

John McFarlane

Chairman, Barclays

 

Bio to be added shortly.

Shriti Vadera

Shriti Vadera

Chairman, Santander

 

Shriti Vadera is Chairman of Santander UK, Senior Independent Director of BHP Billiton and a Non-Executive Director of AstraZeneca.
Shriti is currently chairing the European Financial Services Chairmen’s Advisory Committee - a group of 15 Chairman and CEOs from the UK based financial services industry which is a sounding board on Brexit.
Prior to joining Santander from 2009-2014, she undertook a wide range of assignments including advising the Chair of the G20 in 2010, two European countries on the Eurozone and banking crisis, restructuring the debt of Dubai World and advising a number of global investors on strategy.
She was a Minister in the UK government from 2007 to 2009 in the Cabinet Office, Business Department and International Development Department. She worked on the UK Government’s response to the financial crisis and was a key architect of its pioneering bank recapitalisation and funding plan in October 2008 and helped design the outcomes of the G20 London Summit in April 2009.
She was on the Council of Economic Advisers at the UK Treasury from 1999 to 2007, where she led on policy for business, regulatory, productivity and international finance and development issues and the management of the Government’s shareholdings, asset sales and public private partnerships for infrastructure. Prior to that she was an investment banker for 14 years with SG Warburg / UBS, with a particular focus on emerging markets.

Denis Duverne

Denis Duverne

Chairman, Axa

 

Mr. Denis Duverne is a graduate of the École des hautes études commerciales (HEC). After graduating from the École nationale d’administration (ENA), he started his career in 1979 at the Tax Department of the French Ministry of Finance, and after 2 years as commercial counsellor for the French Consulate General in New York, he became director of the Corporate Taxes Department and then responsible for tax policy within the French Ministry of Finance from 1986 to 1991. In 1991, he was appointed Corporate Secretary of Compagnie Financière IBI. In 1992, he became a member of the Executive Committee of Banque Colbert, in charge of operations. In 1995, Mr. Denis Duverne joined the AXA Group and assumed responsibility for supervision of AXA’s operations in the US and the UK and managed the reorganization of AXA companies in Belgium and the United Kingdom. From February 2003 until December 2009, Mr. Duverne was the Management Board member in charge of Finance, Control and Strategy. From April 2010 to August 31, 2016, Mr. Denis Duverne was director and Deputy Chief Executive Officer of AXA, in charge of Finance, Strategy and Operations. Mid-2014, Mr. Denis Duverne became a member of the Private Sector Advisory Group (PSAG), which brings together international leaders of the private sector whose shared goal is to help developing countries improve their corporate governance, co-founded in 1999 by the World Bank and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Since September 1, 2016, Mr. Denis Duverne has been non-executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of AXA. Since September 2018, he has been Chairman of the Insurance Development Forum (IDF). The IDF is a public-private partnership led by the insurance industry and supported by the World Bank and the United Nations, aiming to enhance the use of insurance to build greater resilience against disasters and to help achieve the United Nations Global 2030 Agenda.

Jean Pierre Mustier

Jean Pierre Mustier

CEO, UniCredit

 

Starting his career in Société Générale, working primarily within the Corporate & Investment Banking division, Jean Pierre held numerous senior positions in various markets and financing activities.
In 2015 he became a London based partner of Tikehau Capital, an investment management group, with specific focus and responsibility for Tikehau's international expansion; he also advised many financial institutions and completed large amounts of fundraising for various social enterprises and non-profit institutions, for several of which he is a trustee.
He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of UniCredit in July 2016.

John Berrigan

John Berrigan

Deputy Director General, DG FISMA, European Commission

 

John Berrigan is currently the Deputy Director General in DG FISMA (Directorate-General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union) of the European Commission.
DG FISMA is responsible for EU-level legislation for the financial sector; in this context, John represents the EU Commission on the Economic and Financial Committee, the Financial Services Committee and the Single Resolution Board.

John has been a Commission official since the mid-1980s and has spent much of this time working on financial-sector issues - first in DG ECFIN, where he contributed to financial-sector aspects of the assistance programmes for other Member States, and now in DG FISMA.
Earlier on, he also worked on monetary policy and exchange-rate analysis in the context of preparations for the introduction of the euro in 1999.
In the mid-1990s, he worked for several years with the International Monetary Fund.

John has a master degree in economics from University College Dublin. He is married with two children.

Alexandra Hachmeister

Alexandra Hachmeister

Chief Regulatory Officer, Deutsche Boerse

 

Alexandra Hachmeister is Chief Regulatory Officer and Managing Director of Group Regulatory Strategy of Deutsche Börse AG.
Ms Hachmeister joined the company in 1999. Since then she served in various positions and departments including Market Design Functionality, Systems Business Development and Boards & Committees, including managing the Group ́s Corporate office prior to becoming Head of Regulatory Strategy.
In her role as Chief Regulatory Officer she is responsible for the development, implementation and communication of the Group’s global regulatory strategy and positioning.

Ms Hachmeister is a member of the Affiliate Members Consultative Committee, International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO), a member of the Group of Economic Advisors to the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) and also of the working group ‘Role of Financial Services in Society’ World Economic Forum (WEF).

In addition to this she is engaged in lecturing on market structure and regulation at the Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe University Frankfurt/Main and at the University of Basel.

Ms Hachmeister studied business administration/ management in Germany, France and the US, and holds a Ph.D. in market microstructure from European Business School.

Christian Staub

Christian Staub

Managing Director for Continental Europe, Fidelity International

 

Christian joined Fidelity in August 2018 and is responsible for managing our distribution business across Continental Europe, serving the needs of our European institutional and wholesale clients in 15 countries. In addition, Christian represents the Institutional channel globally at the GOC and chairs the Institutional Operating Committee.
Prior to Fidelity, Christian worked for some of the financial sector's most respected names including BlackRock, Allianz Asset Management, UBS and PIMCO. He has worked in the US, Asia, where he spent three years, and Europe. He has experience of managing large businesses at scale, as well as broad responsibility for distribution across all business lines in Continental Europe, and global responsibility for major client relationships. He trained initially as an investment analyst and extended his investment knowledge further at PIMCO.
Christian graduated in Finance from the University of St. Gallen and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School; he is also a CFA charter holder.

José María Roldán

José María Roldán

Chairman and CEO, Spanish Banking Association

 

Mr. José María Roldán is Chairman and CEO of the Spanish Banking Association since April 2014, after 13 years as Director-General at the Banking Regulation and Financial Stability department of the Bank of Spain and member of its Executive Board. From May 2015, he is also the Vice-President to the European Banking Federation (EBF). During his tenure in office as Director-General he was part of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS), and chaired both, the Standards Implementation Group (SIG) of the BCBS and the Joint Forum during the tenure of the BCBS. He founded and was the first Chairman of the Committee of European Banking Supervisors (CEBS); the forerunner of the European Banking Authority (EBA), after being President of the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering (FATF) and chaired the extinct Banking Advisory Committee (BAC) of the EU. Mr. Roldán joined the Bank of Spain as Senior Economist of the Research Department in 1989, but in 1994 he takes up a post at the European Monetary Institute (the forerunner of the European Central Bank) in Frankfurt.

Laurence Pessez

Laurence Pessez

Global Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, BNP Paribas

 

Laurence Pessez heads the Corporate Social Responsibility of BNP Paribas since 2010. Under her leadership, the Bank has joined Corporate Knights’ “Global 100 most sustainable corporations in the World” ranking and is in 2017 the n°1 bank in Europe for its sustainability performance, according to the extra-financial analysis Vigeo-Eiris. In 2018, she contributes to make BNP Paribas awarded “World’s Best Bank for Sustainable Finance”.

Prior to her current role, she occupied a variety of positions in Communications, Marketing, and HR in several other corporations. Laurence graduated from Sciences Po Paris. She is a Board member of the French think tank Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI).

Constantinos Herodotou

Constantinos Herodotou

Executive Member, Central Bank of Cyprus Board

 

Bio to be added shortly.

Moderators

David Reed

David Reed

Senior Partner & Head of The Financial Policy Advisers Network, Kreab

 

David Reed runs the global network of Financial Policy Advisers and serves as a Senior Partner in Kreab's Brussels Office, where he leads the firm's Financial Services Practice. He has a background from the European Commission’s Asset Management Unit in DG FISMA, where he worked mutual fund regulation, retirement savings markets, and alternative investment fund regulation. Prior to that he worked in London at the UK financial services regulator, the FSA, first as a relationship manager supervising investment firms, and then as regulatory adviser in the Chairman’s office, attached to the International Strategy Team. David’s first jobs were in management consultancy with McKinsey & Company and The Evaluation Partnership, specialising on financial services issues, and in private equity, with Campbell Lutyens.

Theo Timmermans

Theo Timmermans

Secretary General, European Financial Services Round Table

 

September 1st. 2015 Theo Timmermans was appointed as Secretary General of the European Financial Services Round Table (EFR), which Members are Chairmen and Chief Executive Officers of international banks or insurers with headquarters in Europe.
Before he joined EFR, Theo has fulfilled various positions at the Netherlands’ Ministry of Finance, at Rabobank and at APG. At the Ministry his main tasks concerned policy and legislation – national as well as international – first in the area of banking and subsequently in the area of the fight against money laundering and the integrity of the financial sector. On behalf of the Ministry he was also seconded at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, DC in the position of Alternate Executive Director of the Constituency which also represents the Netherlands. After that he worked – still on behalf of the Ministry of Finance – as Financial Counselor at the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Washington, DC and at as Customs Attaché at the Netherlands Permanent Representation at the European Union. After his career at the Ministry of Finance Theo joined Rabobank in the position of Deputy Global Head Multilateral Development Banks and Government Relations. This was followed by an appointment as Head International Public Affairs at APG, the largest financial services provider for pension funds in the Netherlands.

Stefano Micossi

Stefano Micossi

Director General, Assonime

 

Born in Bologna, October 27th, 1946
Married to Daniela Zanotto and father of Francesco and Chiara

Current positions:
Director General, Assonime (since April 1999) [Assonime is a business association and private think tank active in corporate law, capital markets, company taxation, competition and regulation polices, IPR]
Chairman of the Scientific Committee of the LUISS School of European Political Economy (SEP, since 2013)
Honorary Professor at the College of Europe (since 2016)

Other positions:
Member of the Board of Directors of Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (since 2015)
Member of the Board of Directors and Executive committee of EuropeanIssuers, the European association of listed companies (since 2009)
Member of the Board of Directors of the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in Brussels (since 2005)
Member of the Corporate Governance Committee of the Milan Stock Exchange
Member and Coordinator of the scientific committee of Confindustria, the Confederation of Italian Industry (since 2008)
Member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation in Brussels (since 2003)
Founding member and coordinator of EuropEos, an association of leading journalists, jurists, economists and political scientists created in 2003 to foster the European construction

Former positions:
Professor at the College of Europe, Department of Economics (1991-2015) [course on the EU Internal Market and Related Policies]
Chairman of the Board, CIR Group (April 2009 – April 2013)
Director General for Industry at the European Commission (1995-1998)
Director of Economic Research of Confindustria (1988-1994)
Economist (1972-78), Head of Office (1980-85), Assistant Director and then Acting Director (1987-88) of the International Division of the Bank of Italy’s Research Department
Chairman of the Alternates of the Monetary Committee of the European Community
Assistant to the executive director for Italy, IMF (1978-80)

Publications:
Has published extensively in national and international economic journals on macro-economics, international economics and European economic and policy affairs
Has written influential Policy Briefs for CEPS and Vox-Eu, editorial comments for Il Sole 24 Ore, La Stampa, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal Europe, La Voce, Project Syndicate, and at present collaborates regularly with La Repubblica – Affari e Finanza
Co-author of three widely read pamphlets on the financial crisis, “Keep it simple: Policy responses to the financial crisis” (with Carmine Di Noia, Assonime and CEPS, March 2009), “Overcoming too big to fail – A regulatory framework to limit moral hazard and free riding in the financial sector” (with Jacopo Carmassi and Elisabetta Luchetti, Assonime and CEPS, March 2010), “Time to set banking regulation right” (with Jacopo Carmassi), CEPS, March 2012

Education:
Degree in Law, Università degli Studi di Milano (1971)
MA (1973) and MPhil (1974), Yale University Graduate School of Economics

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When

Tuesday 29 January, 2019
09.00 to 17.00

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Where

BNP Paribas Fortis

Rue de la Chancellerie 1, 1000 Bruxelles Brussels Hoofdstedelijk,
Gewest, Belgium

Tel: +32 2 433 40 34

Fax: +32 2 565 42 22

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