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Speaker Biographies

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Keynote Address

Michel Barnier

Michel Barnier

Commissioner for Internal Market & Services, European Commission


Personal details:
* French
* Born January 9, 1951 in La Tronche (Isère)
* Married
* 3 children

Current duties:
* Since February 2010 - Commissioner for Internal Market and Services
* Since March 2006 - Vice President of the European People's Party
* Since 2006 - Political Advisor of the UMP (Union pour un Mouvement Populaire)

Political career:
* June 2009 - February 2010: Member of the European Parliament, President of the French delegation of the EPP
* June 2007 - June 2009: Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries
* April 2004 - May 2005: Minister of Foreign Affairs
* 1999 - 2004: European Commissioner in charge of Regional Policy and the Reform of European Institutions
* 1997 -1999: Senator of Savoie
* 1995 - 1997: Minister of European Affairs
* 1993 - 1995: Minister for the Environment
* 1982 - 1999: President of the Regional Council of Savoie
* 1978 -1995: Deputy of Savoie
* 1973 - 1999: Regional Councillor for Savoie (Bourg-Saint-Maurice District)

Professional career:
* February 2006 - May 2007: Vice President of Mérieux Alliance, in charge of International Relations
* Since September 2005: Member of the Council of State

Other activities:
* In 2006, Special Advisor to the President of the European Commission, José Manuel
BARROSO. Presentation of a report proposing the creation of "For A European Civil Protection Force : Europe Aid "
* Since May 2003: Founding President of the club "New Republic"
* 1997 -1999: President of the French Association of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions
* 1987 - 1992: Co-president of the Organisation Committee of the XVIth Olympic Games of Albertville and Savoie

* 2008: "Europe, cards on the table“ - Acropole
* 2008: "Who will feed the world : a new agricultural revolution" - Acropole
* 2007: "Atlas for a sustainable world" - Acropole
* 2005: "Sortir l’Europe des idées reçues" - Plon
* 2001: "Notre contrat pour l'alternance" - Plon
* 1994: "Vers une mer inconnue" - Pluriel
* 1992: " Atlas des risques majeurs" - Plon
* 1985: "Vive la politique" - Stock

* Diploma - Paris College of Business

* French (mother tongue)
* English

Lorenzo Bini Smaghi

Lorenzo Bini Smaghi

Member of the Executive Board, European Central Bank


Lorenzo Bini Smaghi has been a Member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank since June 2005. At the ECB, he is responsible for international and European relations, for the legal department of the Bank and for the new building project.
He holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Southern California and a Ph. D. from the University of Chicago.

He is author of several articles and books on international and European monetary and financial issues. He is married and has two children.


John Houston

John Houston

Senior Partner, Kreab Gavin Anderson


John is a Senior Partner at Kreab Gavin Anderson, and was recently described in the Financial News as 'the best [financial] industry lobbyist in Brussels'. He has advised several of the world’s largest companies and financial institutions on EU matters. He has been in the consultancy business since 1988, initially in the City of London and since 1990 in Brussels. Previously John was a member of the Cabinet of the European Commissioner responsible for financial services, a political journalist, and a special advisor to the British foreign minister. He was the founding chairman of the European Public Affairs Consultancies Association.

Nigel Wicks

Nigel Wicks

Chairman, Euroclear


Nigel Wicks is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of both Euroclear plc and Euroclear SA/NV, a non-executive director of the Edinburgh Investment Trust plc and a Commissioner, Jersey Financial Services Commission. He served as non-executive Chairman of CRESTCo, the settlement system for UK and Irish securities, from 2001 until its merger with Euroclear in 2002.

Sir Nigel served, on appointment by the UK Prime Minister, as Chair of the Committee on Standards in Public Life between March 2001 and April 2004. He was also Chair of the panel, established by the Lord Chancellor, for the appointment of members of the Judicial Appointments Commission in 2005-06. He was a non-executive director of Morgan Stanley Bank International Limited from 2004 to 2006. He has also been Chairman of the Scrutiny Committee of the Actuarial Profession and Chairman of the Advisory Group of the City of London office in Brussels. He was a member of the EU Committee of “Wise Men” on European Securities Regulation (the Lamfalussy group) from 2000 to 2001.

Sir Nigel was a member of the British Civil Service for thirty-two years. From 1989 to 2000, he was Second Permanent Secretary and Director of International Finance at HM Treasury. Before this, he spent periods as Principal Private Secretary to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Economic Minister at the British Embassy in Washington DC and as UK Executive Director at the World Bank and the IMF and as Private Secretary to Prime Ministers James Callaghan and Harold Wilson.

He began his career at British Petroleum in 1958, and studied Business Administration at Portsmouth College of Technology (UK). He holds degrees in History from the Universities of Cambridge and London (both UK).

Wolf  Klinz

Wolf Klinz

Member, European Parliament


Dr Klinz, born in 1941, studied economics and business administration in Paris, Vienna and Berlin. He graduated with an M.Com in 1963, a PhD in 1965, and an MBA from Insead, Fontainebleau, in 1966.

Dr. Klinz was a Partner with McKinsey & Company in Düsseldorf and Paris. Subsequently he served as a Member of the Executive Board of a Swiss Corporation. After German reunification he joined the Executive Board of Treuhandanstalt, the German Government's agency for privatisation of the former East German industry, He finished his business career as CEO of a large German corporation in 2003 when he decided to go into European politics. From 2000 to 2004, he held the (honorary) position of President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) Frankfurt am Main.

Elected as a Member of the European Parliament in June 2004, he is the Chair of the Special Committee on the Financial, Economic and Social Crisis, a full Member in the Committee of Economic and Monetary Affairs and a substitute in the Committee on Development.

Alberto Giovannini

Alberto Giovannini

CEO, Unifortune


Alberto Giovannini is Chief Executive Officer of Unifortune, an independent asset manager based in Italy. He holds a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and was the Jerome A. Chazen Professor at Columbia University, where he taught and conducted research from 1983 to 1995. Subsequently he has held a number of positions in banking and asset management, and has been an advisor to the European Commission on Financial issues (he was the chairman of the so-called Giovannini group between from 1997 to 2004).

Vittorio Grilli

Vittorio Grilli

Chairman, Financial Services Committee of the European Council, and Director General, Italian Treasury


Born in Milan on 19th May 1957.
Holds a degree in Discipline Economiche e Sociali from "Luigi Bocconi" University (Mi) and a Ph.D. in Economics from University of Rochester.NY.
Since May 2005, Director General of the Treasury - Ministry of Economy and Finance of Italy.
Since December 2005, President of the Fondazione Italian Institute of Technology (IIT).
From July 2002 to May 2005, Ragioniere Generale dello Stato - Ministry of Economy and Finance of Italy.
From 2001 to 2002, Managing Director at Credit Suisse First Boston, London.
From 1994 to 2000, Head of the Department of Economics and Financial Analysis and Privatizations at the Italian Ministry of the Treasury, Budget and Financial Programming.
From 1990 to 1994, "Woolwich Professor of Financial Economics", University of London, Birkbeck College, UK.
From 1986 to 1990, Professor of Economics at the Department of Economics, Yale University - USA.

Furthermore, currently he is:
Chairman of the FSC (Financial Services Committeee) - of European Council
Vice - Chairman of EFC - Economic and Financial Committee - of European Commission
Member of The Board of the EFSF - European Financial Stability Facility
Member of Aspen Institute Italia
2010 the Guido Carli Prize "for the best financial enterprise – SME fund".
2005 the "Bocconiano dell’Anno" Prize.
2004 the Ezio Tarantelli Prize "for the best economic idea".
He is the author of several articles and books.

Willem Buiter

Willem Buiter

Chief Economist, Citi


Willem Buiter joined Citi in January 2010 as Chief Economist. One of the world’s most distinguished macro economists, Willem previously was Professor of Political Economy at the London School of Economics and is a widely published author on economic affairs in books, professional journals and the press. Between 2005 and 2010, he was an advisor to Goldman Sachs advising clients on a global basis. Prior to this, Willem was Chief Economist for the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development between 2000 and 2005 and from 1997 and 2000 a founder external member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England. He has been a consultant to the IMF, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and the Asian Development Bank, the European Commission and an advisor to many central banks and finance ministries.

Willem has held a number of other leading academic positions, including Cassel Professor of Money & Banking at the LSE between 1982 and 1984, Professorships in Economics at Yale University in the US between 1985 and 1994, and Professor of International Macroeconomics at Cambridge University in the UK between 1994 and 2000. Willem has B.A. in Economics from Cambridge University and a PhD in Economics from Yale University. He has been a member of the British Academy since 1998 and was awarded the CBE in 2000 for services to economics.

Darcy Bradbury

Darcy Bradbury

Chair, Managed Funds Association & Managing Director, The D.E. Shaw Group


Darcy Bradbury is a managing director of D. E. Shaw & Co., L.P. and the director of external affairs for the D. E. Shaw group. Ms. Bradbury is the firm’s primary representative to a number of industry associations and was elected chair of the board of the Managed Funds Association in September 2009. She has over 25 years of experience in finance in both the private and public sectors.

After completing her graduate studies, Ms. Bradbury worked in public finance investment banking until 1990, when she was appointed Deputy Comptroller for Public Finance for the City of New York. She then joined the U.S. Department of Treasury, serving as Assistant Secretary for Financial Markets. While at the Treasury Department, Ms. Bradbury managed public debt issuance and was responsible for the overseeing policy matters involving Treasury financing and federal regulation of financial markets and government securities markets.

Returning to New York in 1997, she worked at Bankers Trust as a managing director and the head of strategic business development, and assisted in that firm’s integration with Deutsche Bank. In 2001, she entered the alternatives industry as managing director and partner of Mezzacappa Management, LLC. Ms. Bradbury joined the D. E. Shaw group in 2007, after serving as managing director of, and co-head of client relations and marketing for, Blackstone Alternative Management L.P. She received an M.B.A. with honors from Harvard Business School and an A.B. magna cum laude in social studies from Harvard University.

Sharon Bowles MEP

Sharon Bowles MEP

Chair of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, European Parliament


Sharon Bowles has been an MEP since May 2005 and became Chair of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee at the start of the new Parliamentary mandate in July 2009.

Born in Oxford, Sharon graduated from Reading University with an honours degree in Chemical Physics with Mathematics, specialising in quantum mechanics, spectroscopy and crystallography. She moved on to research on semiconductors at Oxford University using electron microscopy to study electrical and luminescent properties of laser materials.

In 1978 she commenced training to be a Chartered and European Patent Attorney, qualifying in 1981 and setting up her own practice the same year. Her husband Andrew Horton joined her to form the Bowles Horton partnership in 1986. Sharon worked in the practice until 2005 covering leading edge technology for both multinational companies and individual clients. Her main specialities were semiconductor fabrication and integrated circuits, telecommunications, computer architecture, oil extraction and wingsail design.

Sharon became active in politics in the mid 1980s. During the period from 1997 to 2005 she served on the Federal Executive (board) of the Liberal Democrats, its Finance and Administration Committee and chaired their International Relations Committee, was a Vice President of Liberal International, and became (and remains) Vice President of the ELDR aisbl (European Liberal Democrat and Reform party).

Sharon was a UK parliamentary candidate for the Liberal Democrats in 1992 and 1997, and also a European parliamentary candidate in 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2009.
She entered the European Parliament in 2005, replacing Chris Huhne on his election to the UK parliament and took over his place on the ECON committee.

During the last Parliament she was the shadow rapporteur, inter alia, for the directives on Payment Services, Solvency II, Capital Requirements, Deposit Guarantees and Level 3 Committee funding, for reports on Hedge Funds and Private Equity and Transparency of Institutional Investors, as well as being rapporteur on tax fraud and for the setting up of the Statistical Governance Advisory Board. As a substitute on the legal Affairs Committee she covered Company Law and Intellectual Property and from time to time has intervened on the Industry and International Trade committees.

Re-elected in 2009, Sharon now Chairs the ECON committee and remains a substitute member of the Legal Affairs (JURI) committee.

Maarten Slendebroek

Maarten Slendebroek

Head of International Retail, BlackRock


Maarten Slendebroek, Managing Director, is head of BlackRock's International Retail business. In addition, Mr. Slendebroek is a member of BlackRock's European Executive Committee.

Prior to moving to his current role in 2010, Mr. Slendebroek was the head of BlackRock Solutions EMEA region. Mr. Slendebroek's service with the firm dates back to 1994, including his years with Merrill Lynch and Merrill Lynch Investment Managers (MLIM), which merged with BlackRock in 2006. At MLIM, he was head of retail and institutional sales in Continental Europe, Middle East and Africa. Mr. Slendebroek joined Merrill Lynch (Smith New Court) in 1994 as an investment analyst and moved to MLIM in 2000. Earlier in his career, Mr. Slendebroek worked as an investment analyst at Enskilda Securities, Morgan Grenfell and Wesselius.

Mr. Slendebroek earned a law degree (meester in de rechten) from Leiden University in the Netherlands in 1987.

Jonathan Faull

Jonathan Faull

Director General, DG Internal Market and Services, European Commission


Jonathan Faull was born in Chatham, Kent (UK) in 1954.

He joined the European Commission in 1978 after studying law at the University of Sussex and the College of Europe (Bruges).

He worked in various positions in the Directorate General for Competition and was appointed Deputy Director General in 1999.

From 1989 to 1992, he was a member of the Cabinet (private office) of Sir Leon (now Lord) Brittan.

He was Commission Spokesman and Director General for Press and Communication (2000–2003) and Director General for Justice, Freedom and Security (formerly Justice and Home Affairs) 2003–2010. In July 2010, he was appointed Director General for Internal Market and Services.

He is Professor of Law at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the College of Europe.

Liu Chunhang

Liu Chunhang

Director General of the Statistics Department and Research Department, China Banking Regulatory Commission


Mr. Liu Chunhang is Director General of the Statistics Department and Research Department at China Banking Regulatory Commission.

Mr. Liu received his PhD degree from Cambridge University and MBA degree from Harvard Business School (Baker Scholar). Prior to joining CBRC in 2006, he worked at Morgan Stanley and McKinsey on the restructuring of multinational firms and financial institutions. He was also a senior research fellow at Development Studies, Cambridge University and Director of China Industry Development Research Centre, Beijing University.

Thomas Huertas

Thomas Huertas

Acting Director, European Banking Authority, and Director, Banking Service, UK Financial Services Authority


Thomas F. Huertas is Director, Banking Sector at the Financial Services Authority (UK). He is also Alternate Chairperson of the European Banking Authority (EBA), where he will carry out the functions of the Chairperson-elect in his absence. He is also a member of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision and a Member of the Financial Stability Board’s Steering Group on Resolution. Prior to joining the FSA in 2004, Tom held a number of senior positions in Citigroup, including Chairman and CEO of Citibank Germany AG and Country Corporate Officer for Switzerland. He has published extensively on banking issues, including the recent book, Crisis: Cause, Containment and Cure. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago and is guest lecturer in finance at the Johann Wolfgang von Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany.

Susannah Haan

Susannah Haan

Secretary General, EuropeanIssuers


Susannah Haan is the Secretary General of EuropeanIssuers, a Brussels-based association which represents the interests of companies, with equity securities admitted to trading in Europe, as users of the financial markets. Members of EuropeanIssuers include both national associations and companies from all sectors across 14 European countries.

Before her appointment in May 2010, Susannah was an adviser on post financial crisis issues to the Financial Reporting Council, the UK regulator for corporate reporting and governance, working with Sir David Walker on his Review of the corporate governance of financial institutions and leading the FRC consultation on the design of a Stewardship Code for institutional investors.

Before joining the FRC, Susannah worked at Fidelity International, a major international asset management firm from 2006-2009, the CBI (Confederation of British Industry) from 2001-2006 and Clifford Chance, a leading City law firm, from 1997-2000 in their London and Moscow offices. Susannah qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales in 1999 and has a joint honours degree in German and Russian from the University of Durham in the UK.


Jonathan Moulds

Jonathan Moulds

President, Europe, Bank of America Merrill Lynch


Jonathan Moulds is president, Europe and chief executive officer of Merrill Lynch International. He is based at the bank's European headquarters in London.

Moulds is responsible for overseeing the bank's business and support activities in the regions. These include Global Markets, Investment Banking, Corporate Debt Products, Card Services, Treasury Services, Wealth
Management, Principal Investing, Leasing, Business Capital and Vendor Finance. He is also responsible for
leading the expansion of the bank's commercial and investment banking products, services and overall franchise to its issuer and investor clients in these regions.

Moulds is a director of a number of Bank of America’s legal entities including Banc of America Securities
Limited, MBNA Europe Bank Limited and he chairs the boards of Merrill Lynch International and Merrill Lynch
International Bank Limited. He also chairs the European Executive Committee and is a member of the Global
Banking and Wealth Management and Global Sales and Trading Executive Committees.

Moulds joined Bank of America in 1994 and was instrumental in building the bank's presence in over-the-counter derivatives markets and for the integration of the Chicago Research and Trading platform. Following the Bank of America/NationsBank merger in 1998 he was appointed Global head of Rates Derivative Trading. In 2001 he took over management of the Global Derivatives group responsible for Fixed Income Derivatives, Commodity Derivatives and the Chicago Research and Trading platform. In 2003 he was appointed Global head of Liquid Products with additional responsibility for Foreign Exchange, Cash Rate products and International Treasury. In 2005 Moulds assumed overall responsibility for Bank of America’s International Markets business, and in early 2006, he was promoted to President, EMEA and Asia. In 2009 he also held the position of head of Global Banking and Securities Market Risk Moulds overseeing banking and securities market risk globally to ensure the right risk-reward balance in these business activities.

Moulds joined the Board of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (ISDA) in 1998 and was
Chairman from 2004 to 2008. He currently serves on the Board and the Executive Committee for the Association
for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME) and the Capital Markets Senior Practitioners of the UK Financial
Services Authority.

Moulds is a strong supporter of the performing Arts and sits on the Board of the London Symphony Orchestra
(LSO) and serves as Chairman of the LSO Advisory Council. He has recently been invited to join Carnegie Hall’s newly formed International Council. He is a keen collector of fine musical instruments.

Freddy Van den Spiegel

Freddy Van den Spiegel

Chief Economist, BNP Paribas Fortis


Freddy Van den Spiegel is Chief Economist at BNP Paribas Fortis. He is also a Professor at the Free University Brussels, where he teaches courses in Financial Management, Financial Markets and Financial Institutions. He is a Visiting Professor at Warsaw University since 1992 and several other European and US Universities.

As an economist, he has a specific interest in the effects of European integration and worldwide globalisation on financial markets and risks.

His other specific field of interest is Banking Regulation and Supervision: he is Chairman of the Steering Group regulation and supervision of the European Financial Services Round Table. Also, he was a Member of the European Commission expert group, preparing the priority programme for the commission for 2005-2009. He is Member of the Inter Institutional Monitoring Group for EU financial integration (mandate of the European Parliament), and Chairman of ELEC Belgium (European League for Economic Cooperation).

Stefano Micossi

Stefano Micossi

Director General, Assonime


Current positions:
Director General, ASSONIME (since April 1999).
Professor at the College of Europe: course on “EU Internal Market: Economic Institutions and Policies” (since academic year 1999-2000).

Other positions and professional affiliations:
Member of the Board of Directors of Banca Nazionale del Lavoro – BNP Paribas (independent).
Member of the Board of Directors, EuropeanIssuers
Member of the General Council of Assicurazioni Generali di Venezia.
Member of the Board of Directors of the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS).
Member and Coordinator of the scientific committee of Confindustria (Confederation of Italian Industry).
Founding member and coordinator of EuropEos, an association of leading journalists, jurists, economists and political scientists created to foster the European construction

Former positions:
Director General for Industry at the European Commission (1995-1998).
Director of Economic Research in Confindustria (1988-1994).
Economist (1972-78), Head of Office (1980-85), Assistant Director and then Director (1987-88) in the International Division of the Bank of Italy’s Research Department.

Degree in Law, University of Milan (1971).
MA (1973) and M. Phil. (1974), Department of Economics, Yale University Graduate School.

Has published extensively in national and international economic journals on macro-economics, international economics and European economic and policy affairs
Writes regular editorial comments for il Sole 24 Ore and occasionally for Project Syndicate, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal Europe.



Thursday 10 February, 2011
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