Charlotte Wood

Head of Innovation and Fintech Alliances


Charlotte is the Head of Innovation and Fintech Alliances at Schroders, where she is globally responsible for the approach to innovation both in terms of building capabilities within the organisation, and also externally, looking to identify and work with startups relevant to Schroders' business priorities.

Since joining in September last year she has established a number of initiatives including Cobalt, Schroders' recently launched Startup In Residence programme.

Charlotte worked with companies across Financial Services in her previous role at a boutique consultancy firm, on a range of projects to develop their technology strategies, engage with the startup ecosystem and roll out new ways of working across their organisations.

She spent most of 2016 based in Silicon Valley, building a network of Venture Capital firms, accelerators / incubators and startups.

Barney Dalton

Chief Technology Officer

Aspect Capital

Dr. Dalton joined Aspect in November 2006. As Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Dalton leads Aspect's technology teams, which includes responsibility for the development and operation of Aspect's execution infrastructure. Dr. Dalton joined Aspect from Brevan Howard, a London based hedge fund manager, where he worked as a Senior Quantitative Developer from December 2004 until November 2006. From June 2000 to December 2004, Dr. Dalton was a Software Team Lead at RadioScape, a world leader in digital signal processing. Dr. Dalton holds a First Class Honours degree in Engineering Science (MEng) from Magdalen College, University of Oxford (where he studied from 1990 to 1994), and a PhD in Robotics from the University of Western Australia (where he studied from 1996 to 2000). Between degrees Dr. Dalton worked as a Research Assistant at the University of Oxford from September 1994 to June 1995, and as a Software Developer at The Technology Partnership from July 1995 to January 1996.

Carl Erdly

Vice President, Regulatory Technology

State Street Global Advisors

Carl Erdly is a vice president within SSGA's Cash, Compliance, Fixed Income, Trading, and Alternatives technology team, where he currently leads regulatory technology projects including MiFID II implementation. Previously, Carl served as a senior business analyst / project manager for the EMEA Application Development group, and as the application development team lead for Cash Management. He began his career in SSGA's Boston office in 2001, after graduating from Susquehanna University with a B.A. in Information Systems.

Stuart Warner

Head of Technology – UK & Continental Europe Financial Services

Fidelity International

Stuart is currently Head of Technology for the UK Financial Services and Continental Europe businesses at Fidelity International.

He began his career as a programmer, developing Trading and Execution platforms at a number of leading Investment Banks before moving into programme management and consultancy, including a short period at a hedge fund, prior to joining Fidelity in 2007.

Stuart has held a number of roles at Fidelity in Technology, supporting a wide range of business channels, including Fund Accounting, Trading, Fixed Income, Portfolio Management and Attribution. He leads the innovation team that launched the first Fidelity International TEDx event in 2016, and delivered Fidelity's internal Ideation platform. Most recently he has been responsible for the re-platforming programme for the UK distribution business, and leading the company's global digital initiatives to improve customer experiences, particularly in the retirement area.

Professor J.Mark Bishop

Professor, Cognitive Computing


Dr J. Mark Bishop is Director of TCIDA (The Centre for Intelligent Data Analytics) and Professor of Cognitive Computing at Goldsmiths, University of London. Under the aegis of Cognitive Computing Mark's research spans Artificial Intelligence - its theory and applications - and the philosophy of Artificial Intelligence. Mark has published over 180 articles and two books alongside running research projects attracting funding in excess of four million pounds.

In theoretical terms Mark invented, and subsequently led development of, Stochastic Diffusion Search (SDS). SDS fast became an important Swarm/Natural Intelligence paradigm, which subsequently enjoyed wide application in areas as diverse as mobile robotic localisation to computational creativity. In addition, Mark has significant practical experience in the application of Artificial Intelligence to real-world problems, most notably in the domain of spend-analytics (DTI), where the UK National Audit Office recently deployed software he co-developed to highlight potential savings in NHS annual purchasing of over £500million. In addition, Mark has successfully deployed A.I. in areas as diverse as: time-series forecasting (UK National Grid); face recognition (BT); optimisation theory (EPSRC); neural networks (DERA; the Science Museum); interplanetary mission planning (ESA); mobile-robot localisation (EU) and colour-physics (Courtaulds).

In contrast, Mark's research in the philosophy led to an influential critique of computational approaches to Artificial Intelligence through thorough examination of John Searle's 'Chinese Room Argument' (Preston and Bishop, (2002), "Views into the Chinese Room", (OUP). Experience from this project persuaded Mark to become one of the early pioneers of the so-called "4Es" - the Embodied, Enactive, Ecological and Embedded framework, - which emphasises the role of the body, the environment and culture in cognition. This research has led to several major projects, most notably funded by the EU, NSA and the Templeton Organisation. Most recently, together with Andrew Martin, Mark co-edited a collection of essays on "Contemporary Sensorimotor Theory", surveying the "sensorimotor-enactive" themes in current cognitive science.

In 2010 Mark was elected to Chair the AISB. The AISB - the UK Society for Artificial Intelligence & the Simulation of Behaviour - is the world's oldest society for the study of Artificial Intelligence and Mark served a four-year term as Chair. During this period Mark was co-opted onto the Organising Committee of ICRAC (the International Committee for Robot Arms Control). ICRAC is an International NGO campaigning for control of so-called "killer robots" and in this role Mark was invited to Chair a special UNESCO / PUGWASH meeting (2013) on ‘Autonomy and autonomous weapons' and, as a member of ICRAC, shared an invitation to participate in three UN special sessions on "Lethal Autonomous Weapons" in Geneva (2014, 2015 & 2016).

Mark has enjoyed a relatively high media profile: since 2013 he has been interviewed over 70 times in national and international media; in 2014 famously critiquing the doomsday predictions of Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and Bill Gates (concerning the potential threat posed by future A.I.) - in this context an invited opinion piece for the New Scientist magazine rapidly became the most downloaded article of the issue. In 2016 Mark was invited to debate the future of AI with Prof Murray Shanahan (Imperial) over a full episode of the Radio 4's series, "Agree to Differ".


David Pagliaro

Head of Global Exchange EMEA

State Street Global Exchange

David Pagliaro is senior vice president and head of State Street Global Exchange in EMEA since June 2017.
David has over 20 years' experience with developing and implementing strategies for growth, driving commercial and product development and leading partnership activities on both a regional and global basis. His experience crosses multiple industries including information services, finance, software, technology and management consulting.
Prior to joining State Street, David held a series of executive leadership roles with S&P Capital IQ. Most recently he was general manager and global head of Credit Solutions where he was responsible for developing long-term strategies with a particular focus on product innovation. Previously, David worked with a number of entrepreneurial startups and the strategy consultancy, Booz Allen Hamilton.
David has also acted as an advisor to organisations in both the commercial and charity sectors, including mentoring roles with London's Startupbootcamp FinTech and the Tropical Health & Education Trust.
David has an MBA from the London Business School and a BA in Italian and Economics from the University of Albany.


Chief Transformation & Administration Officer

HSBC Global Asset Management

Vikramaaditya is Chief Transformation & Administration Officer for HSBC's Global Asset Management business with responsibility for leading the global portfolio of business and regulatory change initiatives as well as strategic initiatives within Operations including global infrastructure change and optimisation of operating models. HSBC Global Asset Management manages assets of about USD 460Bn with offices in 26 countries and territories across the world.

Vikram has over two decades of experience in the financial services sector across diverse businesses in UK and India. Prior to his current role, Vikram was responsible for global business strategy for HSBC's Global Asset Management business and was earlier CEO for HSBC's Asset Management business in India. Vikram has also led HSBC's Securities Services business in India.


Chris Donnan

Chief Technology Officer


Christian Hunt

Head of Compliance & Operational Risk Control EMEA


Christian Hunt is the Global Head of Compliance & Operational Risk Control for Asset Management and Global Head of Compliance & Operational Risk Control for EMEA at UBS.

Prior to joining the Firm, he was Chief Operating Officer of the Prudential Regulation Authority ("PRA"), a subsidiary of the Bank of England. The PRA is responsible for the prudential supervision of deposit takers, insurance firms and designated investment firms in the UK. Christian previously held the position of Head of Department at the PRA (and before that its predecessor organisation the FSA) responsible for the supervision of international systemically important banks.

He has also run a London based family office which managed hedge funds and was active in private equity. Prior to that he was a Director in Investment Banking at Deutsche Bank. In addition to his corporate finance responsibilities, Christian also ran the Chairman's Office and spent two years on secondment at the UK Takeover Panel, regulating takeovers and mergers. He began his career at Arthur Andersen, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and holds an MA from the University of Oxford.

Dimitri Huwyler

Head of Quantitative Strategy & Co-Founder

Next Gate Capital

Dimitri Huwyler is the co-founder of Next Gate Capital, a data driven and machine learning based multi-strategy Hedge Fund. Dimitri holds two MSc. In the fields of Communication Systems and Financial Engineering from the Swiss Institute of Technology and has always been at the intersection between Finance and Technology.

Andrew Weir

Technology Consultant and Former Group CTO and Chief Scientist


Andrew Weir is an independent technology advisor. He has worked in both large enterprises and small start ups over the last 25 years. Until recently he was group CTO and Chief Scientist at HSBC overseeing technology innovation and technology strategy. He has also been CTO at SagePay, chief architect at BP, and was a senior technologist at UBS, Deutsche Bank, Dresdner Kleinwort Benson and Swiss Bank Corporation. He was also CTO at ebookers.com taking them through an IPO on Nasdaq in 1999. He holds a PhD in Particle Physics from CalTech.

Arnaud Zeitoun

Global Head of Transformation


Arnaud Zeitoun has been Global Head of Transformation at BNP Paribas Asset Management since April 2016, having previously held roles as Head of Electronic & Retail Credit Trading & Sales, COO of Global Fixed Income Trading and COO of Global Credit Trading within BNP Paribas Corporate and Institutional Banking (CIB).
He has been Head of Mission within BNP Paribas' General Inspection department and began his career as a structurer at Société Générale Asset Management.

Roy Kirby

Director Senior Product Manager


Roy Kirby is part of the product propositions team at SIX and has been with the company since 2015. In this role, he is responsible for identifying and responding to market trends and customer requirements across all financial markets globally.

The product proposition team is currently focused around the areas of regulation, asset servicing and corporate actions. A core responsibility of the team is to provide thought leadership and expertise to define solutions that mitigate clients’ risks, improve profitability and improve efficiency. Some notable topics include MiFID2, 871m, Sanctions, cross border taxation, security master files and corporate action workflow.

Prior to joining SIX, Roy spent 18 years in various roles within the financial markets.

Marc Zandt

European Sales Director and Global Services Director


Marc has worked within the financial services industry for over 20 years. He started his career working for Arthur Andersen, Rothschild Asset Management, Insight Investment and then a leading Management consulting firm. His experience on the buy-side has given him a deep appreciation of the challenges faced within the industry. Marc joined StatPro South Africa in 2008, later becoming CEO, South Africa. In 2013, Marc joined the London team as Global Services Director and his role has expanded to include that of European Sales Director.

Dr Richard Bateson


Bateson Asset Management

Dr. Richard Bateson is Director of Bateson Asset Management (‘BAM'), an FCA regulated investment management company specialising in quantitative strategies and employing the latest Machine Learning technologies across multiple global markets and asset classes.
Prior to founding BAM, Richard worked at $80bn Man Group plc one of the world largest hedge funds and was Head of Dimension, AHL's multi-strategy systematic fund, including the award winning Evolution fund.
During this time, Richard was an associate of the Oxford-Man Institute, Oxford University and a Research Committee member and pioneered research projects into AI driven investment strategies. He was also Senior Quantitative Research Strategist for all discretionary macro, fixed income and emerging market funds at GLG Partners.
Other key roles Richard has held include CEO of MGIM, a quantitative corporate event-driven and relative value hedge fund manager, and Managing Director at Royal Bank of Canada.
Richard is a former CERN physicist and has a first class degree and a doctorate from Cambridge University. He is the author of Financial Derivative Investments" (WSP 2011) and has also written many physics papers.

PJ Di Giammarino



A pioneering entrepreneur with a global network of senior bankers, regulators and technologists, PJ Di Giammarino is a frequent author and, for the last two decades, has been an international public speaker on the role of new technology within the financial services infrastructure.
He has over a decade of experience bringing together the industry's leading technologists, policy makers and market leaders to solve global challenges via collaborative working groups. PJ is currently the driving force for progressive change behind the MiFID Implementation Group and a wide range of regtech forums.
Based in Europe for 20 years and London for 15, he has served as founder and CEO of JWG Group, a think-tank based in London, which is recognised globally by regulators, financial institutions and technology firms since 2006. Here, his team of independent analysts help senior executives within the public and private sectors determine how regulations can be implemented in the right way.
He is an active member of the International Organisation for Standardization, through the ISO UK committee for financial services, IST/12, and serves as the Secretary for the Fintech Technical Advisory Group.

Meredith Gibson


Meredith Gibson Advisory

Regulatory problem solver with extensive experience in global financial institutions working with senior management across a variety of business areas to solve business problems with a regulatory dimension. Able to analyse complex requirements and communicate to a wide audience both in terms of the strategic and the practical. Advisor to innovative new technology companies, seasoned committee chair and legal risk professional.

Matthew Luff

MiFID II Consultant

Henderson Global Investors

Naomi Clarke

Head of Data


Naomi Clarke has over 25 years in the financial sector, advising many well-known names on all aspects of data - from governance, through to day-to-day management and architecture. This has been complemented by her in-depth knowledge of process transformation and operational risk and control frameworks. As a data enthusiast, she is pleased to see data regaining the attention it deserves as the key to process effectiveness in the banking sector. Naomi has an MA from the University of Oxford.

Fiona Robb

Head of Operations Compliance, Legal and Governance


Fiona Robb is a senior management professional and MBA with 15+ years' experience of designing and delivering organisational change and service excellence in the professional services sector. Most recently her projects have involved evaluating technologies such as machine learning, robotics and smart contracts to introduce efficiencies into compliance and legal processes. She is currently leading the project team working on implementing communications surveillance technology within Schroders.

Maurizio Luisi

Senior Quantitative Portfolio Manager


Maurizio Luisi, PhD, is a Senior Portfolio Manager at Unigestion, focusing on research, development and management of quantitative strategies. Before joining Unigestion, Dr Luisi worked for Bloomberg, where he was responsible for the development of the quantitative and risk platform in equities. Earlier on, he worked for Royal Bank of Scotland, where he was an Executive Director responsible for quantitative research and proprietary trading in the Delta One trading desk. Prior to this he worked for Goldman Sachs as Executive Director focusing on quantitative macro strategies. Dr Luisi started his career at the Bank for International Settlements as quantitative macro researcher in the Monetary and Economic Department. He held teaching and research positions at different academic institutions including the Amsterdam Business School, Duisenberg School of Finance and University of Lugano. His research in financial econometrics has appeared in leading conferences and academic journals.

Maurizio holds a PhD in Financial Economics from the Swiss Finance Institute and a Master’s degree in Finance from the University of Warwick’s Business School, UK.

Berkan Sesen

Quantitative Researcher and Portfolio Manager

JP Morgan Asset Management

M. Berkan Sesen, PhD, is a quantitative researcher and portfolio manager in the Quantitative Beta Strategies group at JPMAM. Previously, he worked as a quantitative analyst at Citigroup with the mandate to design statistical models for algorithmic trading and electronic market-making. He also co-led the global data analytics working group within the quantitative analysis department in Citigroup. Berkan holds a doctorate in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Oxford and specializes in the applications of machine learning and statistics to finance.

Kevin Barry

Head of Trading and Compliance Technology

Janus Henderson Investors

Kevin Barry is currently Head of Trading & Compliance Technology at Janus Henderson Investors. Kevin has responsibility for global IT project delivery for the Trading, Compliance & Data Management business teams. The role also includes oversight of IT regulatory projects such as MIFID and EMIR. Prior to working at Henderson Kevin has occupied similar roles at a number of other Investment Managers including JPMorgan Asset Management, Citigroup Asset Management, Credit Suisse Asset Management and Merrill Lynch Investment Managers.

Javier Rodriguez-Alarcon

Managing Director, Head of Quantitative Investment Strategies Group EMEA

Goldman Sachs Asset Management

Breige Tinnelly

Head of UK


Breige has over 20 years of professional experience in law, financial services and technology. Breige served as Senior Vice President at U.S. Bank and as Vice President of BNY Mellon. Previously a Managing Partner at Carlingford Capital Ltd, and Co-Founder of Tech firm LabCore Ltd. Breige is also UK qualified Solicitor having practiced in the U.K. with the firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton and in the U.S. with New York-based law firm Felcher, Fox and Litner. Breige holds a LLB from the University of Manchester and a LLM in Commercial Law from the Sheffield University.

Siobhan Clarke

Chief Operating Officer, Investment Operations

M&G Investments

Siobhan has worked in the Investment Management industry for over 20 years across the Front Office, Distribution, IT and Operational areas at Morgan Grenfell, Dresdner RCM, Threadneedle Asset Management, Henderson Global Investors, Schroders and M&G. She joined M&G in 2018 as COO Investment Operations where she has responsibility for front and back office operations, data and dealing.

Siobhan sits on the Investment Association’s Velocity Fintech Accelerator panel, is co-chair of the Risk Free Rate Market Infrastructure Working Party and is a board member of the London Women’s Forum.