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European Financial Forum 2020

Ready for a new decade

Dublin |
Speakers include:
Philip Lane

Philip Lane

European Central Bank

Leo Varadkar TD

Leo Varadkar TD

Government of Ireland

Mary Daly

Mary Daly

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco


The Financial Times, in partnership with IDA Ireland, presents the fifth annual European Financial Forum, bringing together international and Irish industry executives, policy makers, regulators and thought leaders to provide cutting edge analysis on the main business and regulatory issues that the financial services industry should consider in 2020 and the years ahead.

This annual forum will offer a unique opportunity to reflect on the crucial issues impacting the financial industry today, and the opportunities that the next decade will bring. The theme of this year’s event will focus on being ready. Ready for the transformative potential that technological disruption will bring to global financial services. Ready to harness the possibilities being catalysed by the drive to embed sustainability across the business, investment and banking worlds. Ready for the shifting dynamics that Brexit, US-China trade tensions and other geo-political developments will bring to an already competitive operating environment. Ready for the prospect of a new model of capitalism, as momentum builds among leaders to redefine corporate purpose.

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Agenda - 12th Feb

  • 8:00am
    Registration and refreshments
  • 8:45am
    Chair's Opening Remarks

    Patrick Jenkins, Deputy Editor, Financial Times

  • 8:50am
    Welcome and Introduction

    Martin Shanahan, CEO, IDA Ireland

  • 9:00am
    Taoiseach’s Address

    Leo Varadkar TD, Taoiseach, Government of Ireland

  • 9:10am
    Ministerial Address

    Michael D’Arcy TD, Minister of State for Financial Services and Insurance, Government of Ireland

  • 9:20am
    Economic Keynote

    Gabriel Makhlouf, Governor, Central Bank of Ireland, Member, Governing Council, European Central Bank (ECB)

  • 9:40am

    Norihiro Takahashi, President, Government Pension Investment Fund, Japan

  • 10:00am
    Keynote Address and Interview

    Francisco Aristeguieta, CEO for International Business, State Street Corporation

    In conversation with Laura Noonan, US Banking Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:20am
    The View from China

    Liu Wei, Chairman, National Council, Social Security Fund of China

  • 10:40am
    Networking Break
  • 11:00am
    Leaders’ Panel 1: The Financial System 2020-2030 – Repositioning for tomorrow’s opportunities

    As the global economy gears up for a new decade, attention is turning to new possibilities. Where are the opportunities and threats for finance in a world adapting to rapid technological advances, demographic shifts, evolving consumer behaviours and a greater focus on sustainability? How are leaders in banking and financial services evolving their business models to build market share in new markets and sectors in a post-Brexit, multi-polar European financial system?

    Massimo Doris, Chief Executive Officer, Banca Mediolanum Spa

    David Livingstone, Chief Executive Officer, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Citi

    Alessandra Perrazzelli, Deputy Governor, Bank of Italy

    Jeffrey Phlegar, Chairman and CEO, MacKay Shields

    Moderator: Patrick Jenkins, Deputy Editor, Financial Times

  • 11:40am
    Fireside Chat

    Philip Lane, Member of the Executive Board, European Central Bank  

    In conversation with Patrick Jenkins, Deputy Editor, Financial Times

  • 12:00pm
    Panel: The Next Phase in Fusing the Digital and Financial Worlds

    As technology revolutionises the finance industry, this session will forecast the next wave of innovation in this fast moving and exciting field – looking at the rise and rise of RegTech and InsurTech, developments in AI and payments, and more. How will emerging technologies continue to transform banking, investment management and insurance services in the years to come? How should regulation evolve to both facilitate and scrutinise innovation and disruption?

    Joe Heneghan, CEO, Revolut Ireland

    Graham Kellen, Chief Technology Officer, Schroders Personal Wealth

    Sohee Park, Chief Product Officer, Group Digital Investments and Technology, Ping An (tbc)

    Gary Barr, Chief Data Officer, BNY Mellon  

    Moderator: Laura Noonan, US Banking Editor, Financial Times

  • 12:40pm
    Keynote Interview

    Gina Miller, Co-Founder, SCM Direct

    in conversation with Patrick Jenkins, Deputy Editor, Financial Times

  • 1:00pm
    Networking Lunch
  • 2:00pm
    Fireside Chat

    Mary Daly, President and CEO, Federal Bank of San Francisco

    In conversation with Laura Noonan, US Banking Editor, Financial Times

  • 2:20pm

    José Manuel Campa, Chairperson, European Banking Authority

  • 2:40pm
  • 3:00pm
    Leaders Panel 2: Is Momentum Really Building Towards A More Sustainable Global Economy?

    Driven by the rising tide of protest on climate change inaction and greater shareholder engagement and stewardship, ESG issues matter more now than ever in today’s global business environment. It is becoming clear to many that the costs of inaction may become higher than the cost of action. But have we reached a tipping point as key questions persist around value and outcomes, along with uncertainty in the current economic cycle, pursuit of short-term returns and a lack of alignment between the goals of asset managers, asset owners, financiers and corporates. What needs to change to encourage long-term sustainable growth to the benefit of all, and who should drive the change? Is there a great role for regulators in enabling and encouraging a more responsible corporate capitalism?

    Introductory remarks: Saker Nusseibeh CBE, Chief Executive, Hermes


    Andrew McDowell, Vice President, European Investment Bank (EIB)

    Nick Stansbury, Head of Commodity Research, Legal and General Investment Management (LGIM)

    Saker Nusseibeh CBE, Chief Executive, Hermes

    Moderator: Arthur Beesley, Ireland Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 3:40pm
    Networking Break
  • 4:00pm
    Keynote Interview

    George Muzinich, CEO and Chairman, Muzinich & Co

    In conversation with Laura Noonan, US Banking Editor, Financial Times

  • 4:20pm
    Financial Markets Infrastructure Dialogue

    Jonathan Chait, Chief Operating Officer, Interactive Brokers

  • 4:50pm
    Keynote Address

    Steven Maijoor, Chair, European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA)

  • 5:05pm
    Fireside Chat: Brexit, the UK, the EU and the Future
  • 5:35pm
    Concluding Addresses and Summation

    Paschal Donohoe TD , Minister for Finance & Public Expenditure and Reform, Government of Ireland

    Laura Noonan, US Banking Editor, Financial Times

Speakers (22)

Philip Lane

Philip Lane

Member of the Executive Board
European Central Bank

Philip R. Lane joined the European Central Bank as a Member of the Executive Board in 2019. He is responsible for the Directorate General Economics and the Directorate General Monetary Policy. Before joining the ECB, he was the Governor of the Central Bank of Ireland. He has also chaired the Advisory Scientific Committee and Advisory Technical Committee of the European Systemic Risk Board and was Whately Professor of Political Economy at Trinity College Dublin. He is also a research fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin, he holds a PhD in Economics from Harvard University in 1995 and was Assistant Professor of Economics and International Affairs at Columbia University from 1995 to 1997, before returning to Dublin. In 2001 he was the inaugural recipient of the Bernácer Prize for outstanding contributions to European monetary economics.

Leo Varadkar TD

Leo Varadkar TD

An Taoiseach
Government of Ireland

Leo Varadkar is Taoiseach, Prime Minister of Ireland, having been elected to the position in 2017.   He was previously Minister for Social Protection and before that served as Minister for Health between 2014 to 2016,  and Minister for Tourism, Transport & Sport from 2011. He was first elected to the Dáil, the Irish Parliament, in 2007 representing the Dublin West constituency.  He had been elected to Dublin's Fingal County Council in 2004, securing the largest personal vote in Ireland in those local elections. During his period on the Council, he served as Deputy Mayor.   Mr Varadkar studied medicine at Trinity College Dublin and qualified as a General Practitioner. 

Mary Daly

Mary Daly

President and CEO
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Mary C Daly is the President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. As a participant on the Federal Open Market Committee, she helps set American monetary policy that promotes a healthy and stable economy.   Since taking office in October 2018, Dr Daly has committed to making the San Francisco Fed a more community-engaged bank that is transparent and responsive to the people it serves. She works to connect economic principles to real-world concerns and is a sought-after speaker on monetary policy, labor economics, and increasing diversity within the economics field.  Dr Daly began her career with the San Francisco Fed in 1996 as an economist specializing in labor market dynamics and economic inequality. She went on to become the Bank’s Executive Vice President and Director of Research. She has also served on the advisory boards of the Congressional Budget Office, the Social Security Administration, the Office of Rehabilitation Research and Training, the Institute of Medicine, and the Library of Congress.  Dr Daly holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, a Master’s degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a PhD from Syracuse University. She also completed a National Institute of Aging post-doctoral fellowship at Northwestern University.

Martin Shanahan

Martin Shanahan

IDA Ireland

Martin Shanahan is CEO of IDA Ireland.  He also serves on the Board and is Chair of the IDA's Investment Committee. IDA (the Industrial Development Agency) is Ireland’s inward investment promotion agency responsible for the attraction and development of foreign investment in Ireland. Martin took up this position in 2014. Prior to this, he was Chief Executive of Forfás – Ireland’s policy advisory board for enterprise, trade, science, technology and innovation. Martin has been at the forefront of the development of enterprise and innovation policy in Ireland for many years including leading the development of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs 2011-2014. He is a member of the National Competitiveness Council and was previously part of the Management Advisory Committee of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise, and Innovation, the Advisory Council for Science, Technology and Innovation, and Ireland’s Expert Group on Future Skills Needs. Martin holds an MRes (Educational Research) from Lancaster University, a MSc and HDip from Dublin Institute of Technology and a BSc (Mgmt) from University of Dublin, Trinity College. He has undertaken executive education in economics at Oxford University, and in innovation for economic development at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

Francisco Aristeguieta

Francisco Aristeguieta

Chief Executive Officer, International Business
State Street Corporation

Francisco Aristeguieta is Chief Executive Officer for international business at State Street Corporation.with responsibility for all international business activities, including driving strategy, stewarding client engagement, developing talent, pursuing growth opportunities and increasing market share. Francisco also works on deepening relationships with local government officials and regulators and is a member of the company’s Management Committee. Prior to joining State Street, he was the CEO of Citigroup Asia, with responsibility for all businesses in the region’s 16 markets, as well as consumer operations in the UK, Russia, Poland and the UAE. He oversaw 60 thousand people across the region and almost 30 percent of Citigroup’s earnings. He was a member of Citigroup’s Global Management Committee since 2012. He joined Citigroup in 1994 and held several leadership roles, including CEO of Latin America, Citi Transaction Services Head for Latin America and Mexico, CEO for Citi Venezuela and Ecuador and CEO for the Andean Region Cluster of countries. He was also a member of the Executive Committee of Banco Nacional de Mexico (Banamex) and the CTS Global Executive Committee. Prior to Citigroup, Francisco worked for Vestcor Partners, and Petroleos de Venezuela’s (PDVSA) Project Finance Group. He has served on several boards, including The Citigroup Foundation for Citi Ventures and the Asia Society. as vice chairman of the board for Banco de Chile and chairman of the board for Colfondos. He was a board member for the Association of American Chambers of Commerce of Latin America, The American Society and Council of the Americas, Junior Achievement Americas, Banking Associations of Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador, and the American Chambers of Commerce for Columbia, Venezuela and Ecuador, and was a member of The Young Presidents Organization (YPO) beginning in 2003. Francisco holds an MBA from Brunel University, a graduate degree in banking and finance, and an undergraduate degree in business administration with a concentration in management from the Universidad Metropolitana. 

Gary Barr

Gary Barr

Chief Data Officer
BNY Mellon

Gary Barr is Managing Director, Digital and the Global Head of Data Strategy, and a member of the BNY Mellon Senior Leadership Team. He joined BNY Mellon in 2018. Between 2009 and 2013, Gary ran the Research Data organization at the world’s biggest hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates, with responsibility for overall data strategy, business / process architecture, data technology, and vendor relationships across the span of data assets needed to enable Bridgewater to identify alpha in the markets. Before that, Gary held a variety of high profile executive roles within the Thomson Reuters organization (2002-2009) including as CEO of the Loans Pricing Corporation, Head of the Pricing & Reference Data business unit globally, and as Head of TRGR Markets based in Zurich.   Gary has over 25 years of experience in the Capital Markets industry, having also held various executive Operational positions with HSBC (2016-2017), SG Warburg (1987-1994), Goldman Sachs (1994-1995), and Credit Suisse First Boston (1995-2001). He also co-founded a niche Investment Banking Data management consultancy practice in London in early 2001, and was the COO for two start-up Data Analytic companies in NY between 2013 and 2016.  Gary attended the Royal Hospital School naval school / academy in the United Kingdom where in addition to his military education, he studied Industrial Economics, Applied & Pure Mathematics, and Computing Analysis. 

José Manuel Campa

José Manuel Campa

José Manuel Campa, is Chairperson of the European Banking Authority (EBA). He was appointed in 2019 and is serving a renewable five-year term. He represents the Authority and, by chairing the meetings of the Board of Supervisors and of the Management Board, steers the strategic direction of the Authority.  From 2015 and prior to this appointment, Mr Campa served as Global Head of Regulatory Affairs, for the Grupo Santander. Prior to that, he was Professor of Finance and Economics at IESE Business School. Between 2009 and 2011, he served as Secretary of State for the Economy in the Ministry of Economy and Finances of Spain.  He was a member of the Financial Stability Board, the board of the European Financial Stability Facility, the Economic and Financial Committee and alternate governor in multilateral financial institutions. He has served in the Expert Group, chaired by Mr Erkki Liikanen, evaluating policy recommendations on structural reforms for the European Banking industry.  Mr Campa has also taught at the Stern School of Business of New York University and at Columbia University. He has been Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and Research Fellow at the Center for Economic Policy Research. Mr Campa has also been a consultant to a large number of international organizations, including the International Monetary Fund, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Bank of International Settlements in Basel, and the European Commission. He has served on the boards of Prime Collateralised Securities (PCS) Europe, Bruegel, and General de Alquiler de Maquinaria. Mr Campa holds a PhD and a Masters in Economics from Harvard University and a Licenciatura in Law and Economics from the Universidad de Oviedo.

Michael D’Arcy TD

Michael D’Arcy TD

Minister of State for Financial Services and Insurance
Government of Ireland

Michael D'Arcy is the Minister of State at the Department of Finance with special responsibility for Financial Services and Insurance. He has been a Teachta Dála (TD) since 2016 and previously, from 2007 to 2011, for the Wexford constituency. He served as a Senator for the Administrative Panel from 2011 to 2016.

Mr D'Arcy was co-opted to Wexford County Council as a councillor for Gorey in 2003 and re-elected at the 2004 local elections. He was elected TD for Wexford at the 2007 General Election. He served as the party Deputy spokesperson on Justice, with special responsibility for Equality, from 2007 to 2010, and was the party Deputy spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, with special responsibility for Telecommunications, from 2010 to 2011.

Paschal  Donohoe TD

Paschal Donohoe TD

Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform
Government of Ireland

Paschal Donohoe the Irish Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform.  He is the elected Fine Gael TD, Member of the Irish Parliament, representing Dublin Central. Prior to his current appointment, he served, from 2016 to 2017, as the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, and from 2014 to 2016, as the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport. Mr Donohoe held the position of Minister for European Affairs at the Department of An Taoiseach and the Department of Foreign Affairs from 2013 to 2014.  He was first elected as a TD in 2011, where he topped the poll in Dublin Central. Prior to this he was a member of Seanad Éireann, the Irish Senate, from 2007 to 2011. He served as member of Dublin City Council from 2004 to 2007. Minister Donohoe was formerly the Chair of Ireland’s Future in Europe Oireachtas Sub-Committee, as well as a member of the Public Accounts Committee. He has also served as the Vice-Chair of the European Affairs Committee and, as a Senator, was a member of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport.  During his time as member of Dublin City Council, Minister Donohoe was Chair of the Environment & Engineering Strategic Policy Committee, a member of the Corporate Policy Group and also Chairman of the Central Area Committee. He holds a Degree in Politics and Economics from the University of Dublin, Trinity College.

Massimo Doris

Massimo Doris

Chief Executive Officer
Banca Mediolanum

Massimo Doris is Chief Executive Officer of Banca Mediolanum, a position he has held since 2014.  The organisation is one of the leading players in the banking and asset management in Italy and Europe, with approximately 81.9 billion euro in assets under administration.   Mr Doris started his career at Banca Mediolanum in 1999, focusing on commercial areas, reaching the position of Italian Network Manager, responsible for a sales network of over five thousand people.  In 2005, he took on the role of ​Managing Director and General Manager of Banco Mediolanum (part of Mediolanum Group) in Spain. In 2008, he returned to Italy, being appointed Chief Executive Officer and General Manager.  After graduating in Political Science from the University of Milan, he gained experience in the London financial market working at the investment banks UBS, Merrill Lynch and at Credit Suisse Financial Products.  Mr Doris also serves as Vice President of Assoreti, the Association of Investment Consulting Companies.

Joe Heneghan

Joe Heneghan

Revolut Ireland

Joe Heneghan is CEO of Revolut Ireland. He is responsible for building Revolut’s business in the Republic of Ireland. He defines and implements the Irish business strategy, including maintaining and expanding Revolut’s offering to best suit the needs of its customers, while maintaining the highest governance and compliance standards.  Joe has over 20 years’ banking experience, having spent 14 years at Ulster Bank in senior roles such as Head of Risk Management, Director of Customer Experience and Products, and most recently Chief Administrative Officer. Previous roles included Head of Product Management at First Active plc and Marketing Manager with Permanent TSB bank. 

Wei Liu

Wei Liu

National Council for Social Security Fund (China)

Wei Liu serves as Chairman of the National Council for Social Security Fund of the People's Republic of China.  He was appointed to the position in March 2019. Mr Liu previously served as Vice Minister at the Ministry of Finance between 2017 and 2019.  Prior to that he was Vice Chairman of the Budgetary Affairs Commission of the National People’s Congress from 2016 to 2017. Between 1991 and 2016 he worked with the Chongqing Municipality, starting out as Deputy Director, moving up the ranks to become Director General of the Finance Bureau, and subsequently serving as Vice Mayor.  He holds a Masters in Engineering and is a Senior Accountant.

David Livingstone

David Livingstone

Chief Executive Officer, Europe, Middle East & Africa

David Livingstone was appointed Chief Executive Officer for Citi Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) in 2019. In this role, he is responsible for businesses throughout EMEA, where Citi maintains a physical presence in 55 countries and does business in 51 more.  He is also a member of Citi’s Executive Management Team and reports to CEO Michael Corbat. Prior to assuming his current position, David was Citi Country Officer for Australia and New Zealand from 2016 with responsibility for business in Australia and New Zealand, including developing and implementing the business strategy, fostering client relationships, managing risk and controls, and enhancing and protecting Citi’s reputation in the region. He was also a member of the Asia Pacific Executive Management Team.  He joined Citi from Credit Suisse, where he was Vice Chairman of the Investment Banking and Capital Markets Division for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region and a Board member of Credit Suisse International and Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Limited, the main operating entities of the group in Europe. He was also Head of the Mergers & Acquisitions business for that region. He was also Chief Executive Officer of Credit Suisse Australia, a role he held from 2010 to 2013. He was formerly with HSBC as Managing Director and Head of EMEA Investment Banking Advisory. Prior to that, he worked at Goldman Sachs for 16 years in a variety of senior roles, including Head of the European Industrials business, Head of Asia (ex-Japan) Mergers & Acquisitions, and Head of Australian Investment Banking. He has extensive experience in corporate and investment banking (particularly in international mergers and acquisitions transactions, capital raisings and corporate restructurings), private banking, consumer banking, and general management.  David holds a BA Honours degree in economics from Macquarie University in Sydney and an MA in law from Jesus College, Cambridge.

Graham Kellen

Graham Kellen

Chief Technology Officer
Schroders Personal Wealth

Graham Kellen is the Head of Distribution and Fund Services Technology. It is a global role and he is responsible for ensuring that the many facets of Schroders Distribution have a voice in technology and the market, client and operational demands of the business are met with a sustainable, scalable Distribution IT strategy. Mr Kellen has extensive IT and eBusiness experience gained from nearly 20 years working in strategic roles within Hedge Funds, Investment Banking and Asset Management technology. He joined Schroders in 2013 from FRM, part of Man Group, where he was the CTO. In recent years Mr Kellen has gained first hand business experience working on client solutions supporting institutional/sovereign wealth fund sales in the US/EMEA where he participated regularly in the acquisition, retention and servicing of Billion $ mandates. He holds an MBA from the OUBS.

Steven  Maijoor

Steven Maijoor

European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA)

Steven Maijoor has been the Chair of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) since 2011. He is the first chair of the authority and is currently serving his second five-year term. He is responsible for representing the Authority as well as chairing ESMA’s Board of Supervisors and the Management Board. The role of the Board of Supervisors is to give strategic guidance to ESMA and make all main regulatory and supervisory decisions. The Management Board's purpose is to ensure that the Authority carries out its mission and performs its tasks. Prior to taking up this role, Steven was Managing Director at the AFM, the Dutch financial markets regulator, with responsibility for capital market supervision, including financial reporting and auditing, prospectuses, public offerings, and the supervision of the integrity of financial markets. During his term, the scope of activities of the AFM vastly expanded and he was responsible for building and implementing supervision in the capital market area. In his regulatory role at the AFM, Steven has held a number of international positions, including the Chairmanship of IFIAR (International Forum of Independent Audit Regulators). Before joining the regulatory world, Steven was the Dean of the School of Business and Economics at Maastricht University, and had pursued a long career in academia which included a variety of positions at Maastricht University and the University of Southern California. He holds a PhD in Business Economics from Maastricht University, was a research student at the London School of Economics, and holds a Masters in Business Economics from the University of Groningen.

Gabriel Makhlouf

Gabriel Makhlouf

Central Bank of Ireland

Gabriel Makhlouf took up his position as Governor of the Central Bank of Ireland in September 2019. He chairs the Central Bank Commission, is a member of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank, a member of the European Systemic Risk Board, and is Ireland's Alternate Governor at the International Monetary Fund.   Before joining the Central Bank Gabriel was Secretary to the New Zealand Treasury and the Government's chief economic and financial adviser from 2011 to 2019. During his time as Secretary, he led reviews of New Zealand's three macroeconomic pillars (monetary, financial stability and fiscal policy) and the development of a new framework for the development of economic and public policy focused on intergenerational wellbeing. In addition Gabriel was New Zealand's Alternate Governor at the World Bank, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, Asian Development Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. He was also co-chair of the Trans-Tasman Banking Council.  Previously Gabriel worked in the UK civil service where his roles ranged from policy on domestic and international tax issues through to large-scale operational delivery. He has also chaired the OECD’s Committee on Fiscal Affairs and was responsible for the UK's Government Banking Service.

Gina Miller

Gina Miller

SCM Direct

Gina Miller is Co-Founder at SCM Direct.  She is also a transparency campaigner and Founder of  Described by Bloomberg as an ‘Establishment Wrecking Ball’ but her drive for transparency, scrutiny and integrity is about reform, not wrecking, and her expertise and campaigning cover investments, charities, democracy and political processes.     Post the financial crisis, Gina and her husband Alan founded SCM Direct as a modern digital wealth manager centred on 100% transparency, low cost and democratising investing.     SCM Direct operates a strong responsible corporate voice which led to the True and Fair Campaign, launched in 2012, calling for an end to rip offs and dubious practices in the investment and pension industry.  Gina’s campaigning has resulted in contributions to three EU Directives – Article 24 of MiFID II, PRIPS and The Shareholder Directive. In the charity sector she has been campaigning for increased corporate philanthropy, ‘smarter giving’ to small dynamic charities, improved governance and safeguarding, and 100% transparency on donations and overheads. In 2016 and again in 2019, Gina successfully challenged the UK Government over its authority to implement Brexit, winning in both the High Court and Supreme Court.  She continues a ‘democracy and legal’ watching brief of the UK Government’s activities as Brexit progresses. In 2018 she launched the End the Chaos campaign to provide simple information so people could make a more informed choice, and to explain popular questions about the EU and the UK’s membership. In 2019 she launched the Remain United campaign which successfully engaged millions of voters in a tactical voting campaign during the 2019 European Parliament Elections. Gina first book ‘Rise: Life Lessons in Speaking Out, Standing Tall & Leading the Way’ reaches out to people everywhere looking to raise their voice and inspire them to be responsible, active citizens; as well as find hope when faced with life’s challenges.

George Muzinich

George Muzinich

CEO and Chairman
Muzinich & Co

George Muzinich founded Muzinich & Co. in 1988. He started his investment career in 1971 with Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., where he worked in that firm’s New York and Zurich offices and later opened and managed its Paris Office. From mid-1984 through mid-1988, George was President of Hoguet, Muzinich, Keller & Co., a securities firm that was subsequently sold to a major European institution. He holds a BA from Wesleyan University and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

Saker Nusseibeh CBE

Saker Nusseibeh CBE

Chief Executive Officer
Hermes Investment Management

Saker Nusseibeh is CEO of Hermes, appointed 2011, having joined in 2009 as CIO. He is also a member of the Federated Investors Executive team. Prior to Hermes, Saker was Global Head of Equities at Fortis Investments, having previously been CIO Global Equities since 2005. Before this, he was CIO of Global Equities and Head of Marketing for SGAM UK. This followed SGAM’s acquisition of Trust Company of the West, where Saker was a Managing Director running global and international strategies, as well the London office. He started his career at Mercury Asset Management in 1987.  Saker is founder of the 300 Club and was an inaugural member of the CFA Institute’s Future of Finance Advisory Council from 2013 until 2019. He is a member of the IIRC Council, the FCA-PRA Climate Financial Risk Forum, the United Nations Environmental Programme Financial Initiative Steering Committee, the Banking Standards Board, the UK National Advisory Board on Impact Investing, and the advisory Board of the National Youth Orchestra.  In 2018, Saker was named CEO of the Year at the Financial News Asset Management Europe Awards. He has a BA and PhD in Medieval History from King's College, University of London. Saker was awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s 2019 New Year's Honours list for services to Responsible Business and Finance. 

Alessandra  Perrazzelli

Alessandra Perrazzelli

Deputy Governor
Bank of Italy

Alessandra Perrazzelli has been Deputy Governor of the Bank of Italy since May 2019. She previously was Vice President of A2A and Member of the Board of Monte Titoli SpA. Before that from 2013 to 2017, Alessandra was Country Manager of Barclays in Italy. She repositioned the bank in the market, restructuring the non-core business and selling the retail franchise. From 2011 to 2017 she served on the Board of Azienda Trasporti Milanese (ATM), where she was engaged in the relaunch and restructuring of the company at the time of EXPO 2015. Prior to that, Alessandra was Head of International Regulatory Relations in the Intesa Sanpaolo Group and CEO of Intesa Sanpaolo Eurodesk. She started her career as a business lawyer and worked for many years in top law firms both in New York and Brussels. Between 2010 and 2013 she was Founder and President of Valore D, an association of leading companies aimed at supporting women in top positions and promoting talent in organizations. She also founded and promoted Project Gemma to enhance female talent within the Intesa Sanpaolo Group. Alessandra has strongly contributed to changing Italian culture in relation to the advancement of women and she continues to be a well known advocate for equality in the workplace. In 2014 she was shortlisted for the "Rising Star" prize at Barclays, an award for people who are less than two years in the organization, who have helped innovate the business with the specific aim of increasing more inclusion and diversity. In 2007, Alessandra was awarded the prestigious "Premio Bellisario" in Italy and in 2004 she was mentioned among the best 100 antistrust and corporate lawyers by Global Competition Review. She graduated cum laude from Genoa University Law School and New York University Law School, and is a Stanford alumna as a participant on the Stanford University Executive Program.

Jeffrey Phlegar

Jeffrey Phlegar

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
MacKay Shields LLC

Jeffrey Phlegar is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, responsible for setting the firm’s strategy and leading the organization as it implements these goals across its fixed income and equity business. This includes oversight of the portfolio management teams, enterprise risk, sales and new product development. He is a member of the firm’s Board of Managers and leads the Senior Leadership Team.   Jeff also serves as Vice Chairman of New York Life Investment Management International, the international arm of New York Life Investment Management. He joined MacKay Shields in 2011 after 18 years of service at AllianceBernstein, where he served most recently as president of Special Opportunities and Advisory Services, responsible for building a variety of new business initiatives, including the firm’s new alternatives platform.  From 2004 to 2008, Jeff co-led AllianceBernstein’s fixed income division as Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer. Jeff’s previous roles at AllianceBernstein included serving as Director of U.S. Fixed Income and Insurance, Director of Liquid Markets/MBS and portfolio manager for Taxable Fixed Income & Insurance. Prior to joining AllianceBernstein in 1993, he had portfolio manager responsibilities at Equitable Capital Management and served as a fixed income product specialist at Dreyfus Corporation.  Jeff holds an MBA from Adelphi University and a BBA at Hofstra University. He has been working in the investment industry since 1987.

Nick Stansbury

Nick Stansbury

Head of Commodity Research

Nick Stansbury is the Head of Commodity Research at LGIM. He joined in 2013 as a Fund Manager in LGIM’s Global Equity team, focused on energy and natural resources. Prior to joining LGIM he was an Investment Director for Developed Asia and Global Emerging Markets at Standard Life Investments. He previously worked for an emerging market focused hedge fund investing in equities, convertible bonds and distressed debt. He has also worked in a corporate advisory role and as a software developer. Nick holds an LLB and an MJur, focused on securities law, from the University of Durham.


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Patrick Jenkins

Patrick Jenkins

Deputy Editor
Financial Times

Patrick Jenkins is Deputy Editor at the Financial Times.  He was formerly Financial Editor and Assistant Editor at the Financial Times since 2014. In that role, he shaped the FT’s overall financial coverage, with a focus on financial services and investment, working closely with the editors of Markets, Lex, FT Money, FTfm and the financial services team, contributing to leader writing and comment, while continuing to write for the Inside Finance column.

Previously, Mr Jenkins was Banking Editor from 2009 until 2014, leading the 10-strong global financial services reporting team. Prior to this he was Companies Editor, and before that Editor of International Company News. Prior to taking up this post, Mr Jenkins spent four years in Germany as Frankfurt Correspondent for the FT. He joined the FT Group in 1996 editing the newsletter FT world insurance report, before becoming a UK companies reporter in 2000.

Laura Noonan

Laura Noonan

US Banking Editor
Financial Times

Laura Noonan is the FT’s US Banking Editor, having recently been the Investment Banking Correspondent, where she writes on some of the world’s biggest banks and on industry trends. Before joining the FT in 2015, she covered European banking for Reuters, and the Irish banking crisis for the Irish Independent. She is also a CFA charterholder.

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The European Financial Forum is an event designed to meet the needs of senior decision-makers and professionals working in the following areas:

  • Banking
  • Insurance
  • Institutional Investment
  • Asset Management
  • Financial Regulation
  • Economic Research or Policy
  • FinTech

Within these areas limited places are available, free of charge, to the following professionals:

  • CEO / Chairman / Founder
  • Chief Financial Officer / Chief Investment Officer / Chief Operating Officer / Chief Counsel
  • Chief Economist / Head of Economic Research or Policy
  • Chief Technology Officer / Chief Information Officer
  • Heads/Directors/VPs of Compliance or Regulation
  • Heads/Directors/VPs of Strategy or Innovation
  • Heads/Directors/VPs of Corporate Affairs or Treasury
  • Heads/Directors of Global Markets

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The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

Ireland's inward investment promotion agency, the IDA, is a non-commercial, semi-state body promoting Foreign Direct Investment into Ireland through a wide range of services. We partner with potential and existing investors to help them establish or expand their operations in Ireland.


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