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European Financial Forum

Building a New Future for International Financial Services

Dublin |
Speakers include:
Leo Varadkar TD

Leo Varadkar TD

Government of Ireland

Valdis  Dombrovskis

Valdis Dombrovskis

European Commission

Colm  Kelleher

Colm Kelleher

Morgan Stanley


The Financial Times, in partnership with IDA Ireland, presents the third edition of the European Financial Forum, bringing together international and Irish industry executives, policy makers, regulators and thought leaders to explore the disruptive forces that are shaping the financial sector into the future and discuss where opportunities lie.

The European Financial Forum will build on the success of previous editions and provide a fresh perspective the crucial issues impacting the financial industry today, including its role, priorities, drivers of growth and competitive environment. Through a combination of keynote addresses, on-stage interviews and panel discussions, this high level event will discuss the current geo-political and financial climate and the latest macroeconomic and regulatory scenarios. 

Join us once again in Dublin to share insights, ideas and expertise on key topics such as Brexit and the future of financial services in Europe, regulation and monetary policy in a complex new world, digital disruption as the “new normal” and diversity and inclusion as vital elements for the transformation in the sector.

fallback Add to my Calendar 01/31/2018 08:00:0001/31/2018 19:15:00trueEuropean Financial ForumThe Financial Times, in partnership with IDA Ireland, presents the third edition of the European Financial Forum, bringing together international and Irish industry executives, policy makers, regulators and thought leaders to explore the disruptive forces that are shaping the financial sector into the future and discuss where opportunities lie.The European Financial Forum will build on the success of previous editions and provide a fresh perspective the crucial issues impacting the financial industry today, including its role, priorities, drivers of growth and competitive environment. Through a combination of keynote addresses, on-stage interviews and panel discussions, this high level event will discuss the current geo-political and financial climate and the latest macroeconomic and regulatory scenarios. Join us once again in Dublin to share insights, ideas and expertise on key topics such as Brexit and the future of financial services in Europe, regulation and monetary policy in a complex new world, digital disruption as the “new normal” and diversity and inclusion as vital elements for the transformation in the sector.European-Financial-Forumf47b49039c73b63b77cf630c867e0361MM/DD/YYYY




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


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. 

Valdis  Dombrovskis

Valdis Dombrovskis

Vice-President for the Euro and Social Dialogue, also in charge of Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union
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, Mr 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.

Mr Dombrovskis was born in 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, Mr Dombrovskis was awarded the Order of the Three Stars (Triju Zvaigžņu ordenis), the highest State Decoration of the Republic of Latvia.

Colm  Kelleher

Colm Kelleher

Morgan Stanley

Colm Kelleher is President of Morgan Stanley, a leading global financial services firm. 

Between October 2007 and December 2009, Mr. Kelleher was the Firm’s Chief Financial Officer and Co-Head of Corporate Strategy.  Previously he was Head of Global Capital Markets, a position he held from February 2006 to October 2007.  He joined Morgan Stanley in 1989 and was elected Managing Director in 1996.

Mr. Kelleher graduated with an MA degree in History from Oxford University and qualified as a Chartered Accountant at Arthur Andersen & Co.  He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, serves on the board of Americans for Oxford and is also a member of Oxford Vice-Chancellor’s Circle, TheCityUK Advisory Council and the British Museum Advisory Board.

Mike   McGavick

Mike McGavick

Chief Executive Officer
XL Group


Mike McGavick serves as CEO of XL Group ltd, which provides insurance and reinsurance risk solutions globally under the XL Catlin brand.

From 2001 to 2005, Mr McGavick was chairman, president and CEO of Safeco Corporation. Prior to joining Safeco, Mr McGavick spent six years with CNA Financial Corporation, where he held various senior positions, including president and CEO of the company's largest commercial insurance unit.


Mr McGavick is an active participant in the industry’s trade and representative bodies, including serving as Chairman of the Geneva Association. And, he has received numerous recognitions for his leadership in the industry including: Insurance Day’sIndustry Achiever of the Year, Insurance Leader of the Year by St. John’s University School of Risk Management, one of the top 100 Game Changers in the last hundred years of the insurance industry by Leaders Edge, the Bermuda Insurance Institute’s (Re)insurance Person of the Year, the Review Magazine’s Industry Personality of the Year and Reactions Magazine’s Insurance CEO of the Year, among others.

Throughout his career, Mr McGavick has been involved in a number of industry, political, public affairs and community service activities. He was named the Puget Sound Business Journal's Executive of the Year in 2003 and was the 2005 winner of the prestigious Charles E. Odegaard award for his efforts in promoting diversity at the University of Washington. He is a former chief of staff in the United States Senate and ran for the US Senate in the State of Washington.

Paschal  Donohoe TD

Paschal Donohoe TD

Minister for Finance & Public Expenditure and Reform
Government of Ireland

Paschal Donohoe is the Irish Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform. Prior to his current appointment, he served as the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (from 2016 to 2017), and as the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (from 2014 to 2016). 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, when 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 Chairman of the Central Area Committee. He holds a degree in Politics and Economics from the University of Dublin, Trinity College.

Heather  Humphreys TD

Heather Humphreys TD

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation

Heather Humphreys was first appointed to Cabinet in July 2014.

She was also the first rural TD in seven years to be appointed to the position of Minister in the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation.

She worked with Ulster Bank and prior to her election to Dáil Éireann she was Manager of Cootehill Credit Union.

Minister Humphreys’ financial experience in both personal and business matters combined with a rural background makes her a strong voice for businesses in rural Ireland. Having spent most of her life in the border area, Minister Humphreys is also acutely aware of the challenges facing SMEs as a result of Brexit.

As Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Minister Humphreys led the successful 2016 Centenary Programme and during her time as Minister with responsibility for rural affairs, she launched the Action Plan for Rural Development.

Prior to being appointed to Cabinet, Minister Humphreys served as a member of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform.

Jim Barry

Jim Barry

Managing Director, Global Head
BlackRock Real Assets

As the Global Head of Real Assets at BlackRock, Mr. Barry leads a platform with ~$30Bn in AUM across multiple Real Estate and Infrastructure offerings and with a presence in 22 cities globally.  Mr. Barry is responsible for determining the strategic direction of the Real Assets platform, steering the implementation of the platform’s investment strategies, and leading platform growth initiatives.

Mr. Barry also serves as the Global Head of BlackRock’s Infrastructure business, which he founded in 2011 with the launch of the Global Renewable Power group and since then has expanded the platform’s strategies to include European and North American Infrastructure Debt strategies, an Infrastructure Solutions offering, and a Mexico focused Latin American infrastructure equity strategy.   


Prior to joining BlackRock in 2011, Mr. Barry spent 11 years as the CEO of NTR plc, where he led the transformation of NTR from its origins as an Irish toll road developer into a leading international developer, owner and operator of a portfolio of diverse infrastructure businesses. Prior to joining NTR, Mr. Barry worked at Bain and Company and in the investment banking division of Morgan Stanley.

Mr. Barry earned a BComm from University College Cork in 1989 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1994.

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 was first elected a Teachta Dála (TD – Member of the Irish Parliament) in 2007, for the Wexford constituency. He served as a Senator on the Administrative Panel from 2011 to 2016, during which time he served on the parliamentary Joint Committee of Inquiry into the Banking Crisis, which sat from November 2014 to December 2015. 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 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.

Jacinta (Jess)  McNicholas

Jacinta (Jess) McNicholas

Managing Director, Diversity, Inclusion and Corporate Citizenship EMEA
State Street Corporation

Jess McNicholas is Managing Director Corporate Citizenship Inclusion and Diversity for the EMEA region.  Since 2005. Ms McNicholas has managed the execution and delivery of all Corporate Social Responsibility programs in the EMEA region. This spans 13 locations and 10,000 staff. Ms McNicholas’ responsibilities include the delivery of State Street's strategic community investment program through the State Street Foundation, executing the employee volunteering and matching gift program. In addition, Ms McNicholas assumed the additional responsibility in 2015 for EMEA Diversity and Inclusion and is responsible for implementing Inclusion and Diversity strategy regionally.

 A key component of Ms McNicholas’ remit is leveraging our employee base to make a positive impact in our local communities and embedding the Corporate Responsibility, Diversity and Inclusion strategy into the DNA of the organization.

Prior to joining State Street Jess was a Vice President at Deutsche Bank Securities Services Division. Ms McNicholas headed the European Business Support with teams in London and Frankfurt responsible for providing support services to new business sales team in Europe.

Richard Clarida

Richard Clarida

Managing Director, Global Strategic Advisor

Richard Clarida is a Managing Director in the New York office and PIMCO's Global Strategic Advisor. In this capacity he leads PIMCO's annual Secular Forum process and works closely with the Investment Committee to assess and analyse global monetary and fiscal policy trends. Since joining the firm in 2006, he has worked extensively with and served as a trusted adviser to the firm's many central bank and sovereign wealth fund clients. Prior to joining PIMCO, he gained extensive experience in Washington as Assistant Treasury secretary, in academia as Chairman of the Economics Department at Columbia University, and in the financial markets at Credit Suisse and Grossman Asset Management. He has 19 years of investment experience and holds a PhD in Economics from Harvard University. He received his undergraduate degree with Bronze Tablet Honors from the University of Illinois.

Andy  Stewart

Andy Stewart

Founding Partner
Motive Partners

Andy Stewart is the Founding and Managing Partner of Motive Partners.

Most recently, Mr Stewart co-led Blackrock’s Alternative Investment Platform (BAI), leading all investment teams focused on non-traditional assets and strategies. He helped grow the business to over $120 billion in assets under management and more than $1.2 billion in revenues. Mr Stewart helped BAI evolve into a core driver of investment returns and evaluate and execute multiple acquisitions, including a leading Asian and European real estate business and middle market lending platform. Mr Stewart chaired BAI’s Executive Committee and was a member of the BAI investment committees as well as Blackrock’s global operating and human capital committees.

At Credit Suisse, Mr Stewart helped build the alternatives business into a core driver of profitability, as well as manage the investment teams across hedge fund strategies in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Latin America and global credit, commodities, and insurance teams. He led the growth and refocusing on core competitive capabilities where Credit Suisse still maintains market leading businesses. Before joining Credit Suisse, he helped build Man Investments into one of the largest publicly traded alternative asset management firms in the world with over £5 billion in market cap.

Mr Stewart received a JD, cum laude, from the Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington where he served as an Editor of the Indiana Law Journal, and a BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  He is a CAIA charter-holder.

Benoît Cœuré

Benoît Cœuré

Member of the Executive Board
European Central Bank

Benoît Cœuré has been a member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank since 1 January 2012. He is responsible for International and European Relations, Market Operations and the Oversight of Payment Systems. He is the Chairman of the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI) of the Bank for International Settlements, and has held this position since October 2013.

Prior to joining the ECB, he served in various policy positions at the French Treasury. He was the Deputy Chief Executive, then Chief Executive, of the French debt management office, Agence France Trésor, between 2002 and 2007. From 2007 to 2009, he was France’s Assistant Secretary for Multilateral Affairs, Trade and Development, co-chair of the Paris Club and G8 and G20 Finance Sous-Sherpa for France. From 2009 to 2011, he was Deputy Director General and Chief Economist of the French Treasury.

Mr Cœuré is a graduate of the École polytechnique in Paris. He holds an advanced degree in statistics and economic policy from the École nationale de la statistique et de l’administration économique (ENSAE) and a B.A. in Japanese. He is an affiliate professor at Sciences Po in Paris. He has authored articles and books on economic policy, the international monetary system and the economics of European integration, including Dealing with the New Giants: Rethinking the Role of Pension Funds (CEPR, 2006, with Tito Boeri, Lans Bovenberg and Andrew Roberts) and Economic Policy: Theory and Practice (Oxford University Press, 2010, with Agnès Bénassy-Quéré, Pierre Jacquet and Jean Pisani-Ferry).

Andrew  McDowell

Andrew McDowell

Vice President
European Investment Bank (EIB)

Andrew McDowell is one of the eight Vice Presidents of the EIB who, together with President Werner Hoyer, form the Management Committee that runs the bank on a day- to-day basis. In that capacity, Vice President McDowell has oversight of the Bank’s treasury, economics and evaluation functions, as well as lending operations in energy and the bioeconomy. He is also responsible for institutional relations with 10 European and 14 Asian countries. Prior to joining the EIB in 2016, Andrew was Chief Economic Adviser to Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny from 2011, co-ordinating the policies that supported Ireland’s recovery from the economic crisis and sovereign bail-out. He took undergraduate and post-graduate studies in business, economics, finance and international relations from University College Dublin and John Hopkins University.

Craig  Coben

Craig Coben

Head of Global Equity Capital Markets,
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Craig Coben is the Head of Global Equity Capital Markets at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He is based in London and responsible for leading the day to day operations of the firm’s Equity Capital Markets business globally.
Mr Coben joined the firm in 2005 as a Managing Director and was named head of EMEA Equity Capital Markets in 2009. He was promoted to co-head of Global Equity Capital Markets in 2014 before assuming sole leadership of the business in 2016.

Mr Coben has led the execution of some of the largest and most innovative equity and equity-linked offerings, including landmark jumbo privatisations, throughout the EMEA region. He also served as Chairman of the Equity Capital Markets Division of the Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME) from 2009-2015.
Mr Coben’s previous professional experience includes acting as Law Clerk to Judge Douglas Ginsburg, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit; practicing securities and corporate law at Sullivan & Cromwell; and working in the Equity Capital Markets department at Deutsche Bank, rising to the level of Managing Director. Mr Coben holds a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University and a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School.

Luc  Meriochaud

Luc Meriochaud

Head of Innovation
Deutsche Bank

Luc Meriochaud is Managing Director for Innovation at Deutsche Bank. His focus is on Deutsche Bank’s global Private & Commercial Bank and Postbank as well as Wealth Management. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Luc spent 13 years with McKinsey and Goldman Sachs, with a focus on strategy and innovation for financial services in Europe, Asia and North America. Luc studied Economics and Business in Paris, Oxford and Berlin and has a Ph.D. in capital markets theory. He has been an active startup mentor in Berlin and beyond for many years.

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.

Marc  Chowrimootoo

Marc Chowrimootoo

Managing Director
Goldman Sachs

Marc Chowrimootoo manages the Industrials vertical within European Leveraged Finance at Goldman Sachs. He joined the firm as a Managing Director in 2017. Prior to joining the firm, Mr Chowrimootoo worked in financial sponsor and leveraged finance roles at Barclays, Bank of America Merrill Lynchand Deutsche Bank. He began his career as a Banking and Capital Markets lawyer with White & Case in 1999. Mr Chowrimootoo earned a BA in Law with Law Studies in Europe from St John’s College, Oxford in 1998.

Antonio  Garcia Pascual

Antonio Garcia Pascual

Managing Director and Chief European Economist


Antonio Garcia Pascual is a Managing Director and Chief European Economist at Barclays, based in London. Prior to his appointment at Barclays in 2010, he was a Senior Economist at the Monetary and Capital Markets Department of the International Monetary Fund (2002-10). In this capacity, Mr Garcia Pascual was appointed IMF Representative at the Research Task force of the Basel Committee 2006-08 and collaborated with various central banks. He was directly involved in IMF program negotiations during the global financial crisis. Prior to the IMF, Mr Garcia Pascual taught International Finance and Econometrics at the University of Munich (1999-2002) and joined the CESifo Research Network of which he is still a member. His research has been published in academic journals, including the Journal of International Money and Finance, Oxford Economic Papers, and the Review of International Economics, and has been cited widely by international media, including the Economist, the NYT, the WSJ and the FT. Mr Garcia Pascual obtained his BA in Economics from Universidad Complutense de Madrid and his MA and PhD in Economics from UCSC.

Mark Hemsley

Mark Hemsley

President, Europe
Cboe Global Markets

Mark Hemsley is President of Cboe Europe, the European division of Cboe Global Markets, joining the firm in 2017 as part of the Bats Global Markets acquisition. Based in London, he oversees Cboe’s European operations.  Cboe Europe operates the largest pan-European stock market and trade reporting facility.  A founding employee of Bats Europe in 2008, Mr Hemsley is a well-respected industry expert and leader whose team has played a major role in transforming Europe’s equity markets over the past decade. In 2011, Mr. Hemsley led the transformative acquisition and integration of Chi-X Europe. Under his leadership, Bats became a Recognized Investment Exchange (RIE) in 2013. Cboe Europe and Mr Hemsley have received numerous awards, including the Financial News Trading & Technology Awards honor for “Exchange Group of the Year” for the past four years in a row. He has also been named to the “FN 100 Most Influential” list, which recognizes key financial executives impacting European financial markets, every year since 2009. In 2015, he received the Financial News “Decade of Excellence” award for outstanding contribution to Capital Markets and in 2018 he received the “Industry Leader of the Year” award.  Before joining Bats, Mr Hemsley was Managing Director and Chief Information Officer at LIFFE, running its Market Solutions group. A LIFFE board member, he was also heavily involved in the sale of the company to Euronext. He shares his market structure expertise with various industry groups and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences. He was previously a member of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) Secondary Markets Standing Committee and the ESMA Stakeholders Group, providing consultation on the impact of market structure changes and ESMA policy development.

Remco  Lenterman

Remco Lenterman

Head of Global Business Development
Citadel Securities


Remco Lenterman is Head of Global Business Development for Citadel Securities. In this role, he is responsible for driving global growth and expansion of this business across markets and into new, diverse product lines.


Prior to joining Citadel Securities, Mr Lenterman served as Managing Director at IMC Financial Markets and was responsible for Global Corporate Development and market structure. Previously, he spent 16 years at Goldman Sachs as Managing Director responsible for Pan European Equity trading. He also served as Head of Securities for five years at Kempen & Co.


Mr Lenterman is the Chairman of the FIA European Principal Traders Association. He is currently a member of the ESMA Consultative Working Group secondary markets standing committee and was formerly a member of the CFTC Global Markets Advisory Committee.

Mr Lenterman received a DEBA degree from the European Business School in London

Gerry  Cross

Gerry Cross

Director of Policy and Risk
Central Bank of Ireland

Gerry Cross is Director of Policy and Risk at the Central Bank of Ireland. He is responsible for regulatory policy for the banking, insurance, investment funds, and investment firms sectors.  He is also responsible for the CBI’s supervisory risk framework, PRISM. Between 2011 and 2015 Mr Cross was Managing Director for Advocacy at the Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME) and Head of AFME’s Brussels Office. He started his career as a barrister, then was lecturer in Law at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. For eight years he worked for the UK Financial Services Authority. He spent four years at the European Commission, between 2001 and 2005, where he worked in the Internal Market Directorate General on the implementation of Basel II in Europe. Between 2008 and 2011, Mr Cross worked as deputy director in the Regulatory Affairs Department at the Institute of International Finance in Washington. He holds a Law degree from University College Dublin and Master of Laws from Cambridge University.

Michael  Rouse

Michael Rouse

Chief Commercial Officer

Michael Rouse joined Klarna as Chief Commercial Officer in 2015 from American Express, where he held executive positions within global sales, business development and marketing. He started as Head of Sales for the EMEA region at American Express Corporate Services, moved on to Vice President and General Manager of Enterprise Partnerships and Latin American Businesses within the same division. Most recently, Mr Rouse was head of the company’s flagship loyalty program, Membership Rewards, pioneering and developing partnerships with the likes of Uber, AirBnB, Amazon and Ticketmaster.

Morgan  Downey

Morgan Downey


Morgan Downey is the CEO of Money.Net. Prior to starting Money.Net in 2014, Mr Downey was Global Head of commodities at Bloomberg, LP. Mr Downey managed development of the Bloomberg Professional terminal. At Bloomberg, Mr Downey used his market experience to build a suite of revolutionary, unique, and innovative products. Before Bloomberg, Mr Downey spent 15 years running trading desks, as manager and head trader, for banks including Citibank and Bank of America  in the US, UK, Australia, and Singapore. Mr Downey is also the author of the book 'Oil 101', a best-seller explaining the oil industry.  At Money.Net Morgan and his downtown Manhattan-based development team are building out a new financial information delivery system.

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.

Petal Walker

Petal Walker

Former Chief Counsel Commissioner Sharon Bowen
U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)


Petal Walker is the formal Chief Counsel to Commissioner Sharon Bowen of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). As Chief Counsel for Commissioner Sharon Bowen at the CFTC, Ms Walker advised Commissioner Bowen on a variety of significant derivatives-related issues, concerning FMIs—central counterparties (CCPs), exchanges, swap execution facilities and swap data repositories—including CCP resilience, recovery and resolution, equivalence, execution methods, algorithmic trading, and reporting requirements; intermediaries—including clearing members, swap dealers, and asset managers—on issues including portability, capital and margin, the de minimis requirement, and cross-border harmonization; and emerging technology market participants including issues such as FMI registration and the clearing obligation.    

Further, as designated federal officer for the CFTC's Market Risk Advisory Committee, Ms Walker had a central role in forming the committee, overseeing its direction, and managing a two-year process to adopt well-regarded recommendations for CCP resilience.

Ms Walker is since 2017 a Special Counsel with WilmerHale. Ms Walker counsels Financial Market Infrastructures (FMIs), banks and intermediaries, as well as innovators in the digital space, in meeting compliance obligations in a complex web of regulatory requirements. She advises companies on futures and swaps compliance and regulation and works closely with attorneys in banking, corporate and energy to deliver comprehensive, multi-faceted legal advice to clients.

Prior to her three years at the CFTC, Ms Walker was a senior associate at WilmerHale.  Before becoming an attorney, Ms Walker had a successful career as a teacher and History Department Chairperson in an inner city school, winning several awards for instruction, including from The New York Times and the University of Chicago. In addition to her Law degree, Ms. Walker has a Doctorate in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Axel  Lomholt

Axel Lomholt

Principal and Head of ETFs
Vanguard International

Axel Lomholt is a principal and head of ETFs for Vanguard International. In this role he is responsible for ETF strategy and development. He joined Vanguard in January 2013 and served as head of Portfolio Review for Vanguard International prior to his current role.

Before joining Vanguard, Axel spent six years with BlackRock where he was head of product for iShares in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He helped establish the index business as head of global indexing at HSBC Global Asset Management in London prior to joining BlackRock.

Axel holds a BSc in finance from Cass Business School and an MSc in finance from University of Reading.

 Ciarán Kelleher

Ciarán Kelleher

Managing Director GSG Country Head & TTS Corporate Sales Head Corporate & Investment Bank
Citibank Europe

Ciarán Kelleher is both Global Subsidiaries Group (GSG) Country Head and Treasury Trade Solutions (TTS) Corporate Sales Head for Ireland. His GSG Head role covers Management of the Bank’s Multinational Corporate Subsidiaries client segment of Citi’s Corporate and Investment Banking business in Ireland. Mr Kelleher also has responsibility for the Bank’s Sales strategy of TTS Solutions to Ireland’s Domestic Corporate and Public Sector clients. 

Mr Kelleher has been with Citi since 1992 and in his current role, he is responsible for the Business Management, Origination and Development of the Corporate Client Portfolio both in Ireland and across EMEA, as a Regional RM for a discrete portfolio of our largest GSG Clients.  Prior to his current position, Mr Kelleher has held other positions within Citi as a Global Banking Senior Banker with responsibility for the Branded, Consumer Retail (BCR) portfolio in Ireland and prior to that role, the management of the Commercial Paper Business in Citibank Ireland’s Capital Markets business.

Mr Kelleher began his career on the Graduate Programme with ICC Bank (now part of HBOS plc) from 1990-1992.  Mr Kelleher holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from University College Dublin.

Larry Thompson

Larry Thompson

Vice Chairman, DTCC and Chairman of the Board

Larry Thompson is Vice Chairman of DTCC and Chairman of the Board of DTCC Deriv/SERV LLC. As Vice Chairman, Mr Thompson leads DTCC’s public policy engagement with key regulators and lawmakers globally and serves as a senior advisor to the firm. He is also the Chairman of the DTCC Operating Committee and a member of the Management Committee.


Mr Thompson began his legal career with The Depository Trust Company (DTC) as Associate Counsel in 1981. He was elected Vice President and Deputy General Counsel in 1991, Senior Vice President in 1993, General Counsel of DTC in 1999, Managing Director and First Deputy General Counsel of DTCC in 2004, and to General Counsel in 2005. Previously, he was a partner in Lake, Bogan, Lenoir, Jones & Thompson. Mr Thompson began his legal career at Davis Polk & Wardwell.


Mr Thompson is a 2005 David Rockefeller Fellow and also former Chairman of the Securities Clearing Group and former Co-Chairman of the Unified Clearing Group. He also serves as an Independent Director on the Board of Directors of The Federal Home Loan Bank of New York (FHLBNY).

 With legal and financial services industry expertise spanning decades, Mr Thompspn has been quoted in Bloomberg, Reuters, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Financial News, Boersen Zeitung, L’Agefi Quotidien and Australian Financial Review. He has also appeared on CNBC and Channel News Asia.



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.


Arthur Beesley

Arthur Beesley

Ireland Correspondent
Financial Times

Arthur Beesley is Dublin correspondent with the Financial Times, covering Irish politics, Brexit, business and the economy.

Previously he was European Diplomatic Correspondent, based in Brussels. Mr Beesley joined the FT in 2016 after 18 years with the Irish Times, where he covered politics, economics, business and Europe. He studied journalism at Dublin City University. 

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.

Agenda - 31st Jan

  • 8:00am
    Registration and Breakfast
  • 8:45am
    Chair’s Opening Remarks

    Patrick Jenkins, Financial Editor, Financial Times

    Welcome and Introduction
     Martin Shanahan, CEO, IDA Ireland

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

  • 8:55am
    Special Presentation - The Development of the European and Irish Financial Systems

    Philip Lane, Governor, Central Bank of Ireland and Member, Governing Council, European Central Bank (ECB)

  • 9:15am
    Welcome from Taoiseach - A Vision for a New Future

    Leo Varadkar TD, An Taoiseach, Ireland

  • 9:25am
    Opening Keynote Address - Bank Evolution: Ten Years On

    Colm Kelleher, President, Morgan Stanley

    Moderated by:

    Patrick Jenkins, Financial Editor, Financial Times


  • 9:50am
    European Central Bank Address - What are Current Yield Curves Telling US?

    Benoît Cœuré, Member of the Executive Board, European Central Bank (ECB)


    Interviewed by:

    Patrick Jenkins, Financial Editor, Financial Times


  • 10:15am
    Networking Break
  • 10:40am
    View from the Top Panel Discussion - Financial Services Landscape

    Hear from our leading panel of industry speakers as they review the key macroeconomic, regulatory and business issues affecting financial services today. This high level panel will feature a discussion on Brexit, its current state of play, opportunities and implications for markets and investors. It will also delve into prospects and challenges facing the global economy and financing for innovation and growth. Focus will also be placed on the current investment environment and latest investment trends.

    Richard Clarida, Managing Director, Global Strategic Advisor, PIMCO

    Gerry Cross, Director, Policy and Risk, Central Bank of Ireland

    Axel Lomholt, Principal and Head of ETFs, Vanguard International

    Andrew McDowell, Vice President, European Investment Bank

    Moderated by:

    Laura Noonan, Investment Banking Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 11:30am
    Insurance Keynote On-Stage Interview

    Mike McGavick, Chief Executive Officer, XL Group 

    Interviewed by:

    Patrick Jenkins, Financial Editor, Financial Times


  • 11:55am
    Special Address and Interview - Real Assets: Investing in a Changing World

    Jim Barry, Managing Director, Global Head, BlackRock Real Assets

    Interviewed by

    Arthur Beesley, Ireland Correspondent, Financial Times



  • 12:20pm
    Networking Lunch
  • 1:30pm
    Afternoon Introduction

    Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Ireland


  • 1:40pm
    Panel Discussion – The Role and Growing Importance of Market Infrastructures

    Financial market infrastructures sit at the heart of global financial markets and play an increasing role in reducing cost and mitigating systemic risk. Our expert speakers will discuss market infrastructures’ growing responsibilities and challenges in supporting the banking system and ensuring transparency of clearing, settlement and payments in financial transactions. They will also delve into current regulatory frameworks and share best practices in leveraging transformative technologies such as distributed ledgers, cloud and automation to develop sounder and more efficient markets.

    Mark Hemsley, President, Cboe Europe

    Remco Lenterman, Head of Global Business Development, Citadel Securities

    Larry Thompson, Vice Chairman, DTCC and Chairman Board, DTCC Deriv/SERV LLC

    Moderated by:

    Patrick Jenkins, Financial Editor, Financial Times

  • 2:30pm
    Panel Discussion – The Future of Europe's Capital Markets Ecosystem

    The panel will discuss the future of European capital markets, its opportunities and challenges in a post-Brexit Europe. Our expert speakers will evaluate progress and latest developments in the CMU, debate on market integration, regulatory and supervisory convergence and necessary adjustments to policies and business models in a changing landscape.

    Marc Chowrimootoo, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs

    Craig Coben, Head of Global Equity Capital Markets, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

    Antonio Garcia Pascual, Managing Director and Chief European Economist, Barclays

    Moderated by:

    Laura Noonan, Investment Banking Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 3:15pm
    Networking Break
  • 3:40pm
    Panel Discussion – Diversity in Financial Services

    As financial services firms navigate technological shifts,  changing customer expectations and geopolitical and economic changes,  diversity of thought—and of people—will be vital to enable better decision making, provide access to the full talent pool and better service customers. What proactive approaches are being taken by financial services firms to broaden the talent pool and enhance workplace culture? Are organisations doing enough to support diversity in recruitment, development opportunities and promotion? What are the areas or particular concern and in which sectors and geographies are we seeing a new dynamic emerging? How can the industry best move forward?

    Ciarán Kelleher, Managing Director GSG Country Head & TTS Corporate Sales Head Corporate & Investment Bank, Citibank Europe

    Jacinta (Jess) McNicholas, Managing Director, Diversity, Inclusion and Corporate Citizenship EMEA, State Street Corporation

    Petal Walker, Former Chief Counsel Commissioner Sharon Bowen, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)

    Moderated by:

    Arthur Beesley, Ireland Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 4:30pm
    Panel Discussion – Permanent Disruption: The New Normal for Financial Services

    The financial services industry has seen drastic technology-led changes over the past few years. As financial services look to the future, top executives and experts will discuss how fintech is evolving and how incumbents and new players are adapting to the new normal of technological disruption. In which ways are advanced data analytics, artificial intelligence, crypto-currencies and peer-to-peer lending impacting customer relationship management, new product development and market dynamics? How will regulatory demands and expectations limit or accelerate innovation and disruption? What will be the profitable business models of the future finance industry? Who will emerge as leaders in the industry over the next decade?

    Morgan Downey, CEO, Money.Net

    Elly Hardwick, Head of Innovation, Deutsche Bank

    Michael Rouse, Chief Commercial Officer, Klarna

    Andy Stewart, Founding Partner, Motive Partners

    Moderated by

    Laura Noonan, Investment Banking Correspondent, Financial Times


  • 5:20pm
    Ministerial Address

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

    Interviewed by

    Arthur Beesley, Ireland Correspondent, Financial Times


  • 5:40pm
    Networking Break
  • 6:00pm
    Closing Keynote Addresses and Conversation

    European Commission Vice President Dombrovskis and Irish Finance Minister Donohoe will share their unique perspective on the key policy and regulatory developments impacting financial services in Europe today and in the year ahead. They will discuss, among other issues, Brexit, the role of financial services in the transition to a sustainable economy and Europe’s latest initiatives to develop a globally competitive FinTech sector. Vice President Dombrovskis will deliver his first public remarks on the final report of the High Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance upon which we will build an EU strategy in this area.

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

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

    Moderated by

    Patrick Jenkins, Financial Editor, Financial Times

  • 6:45pm
    Drinks Reception


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Presented by (1)

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.

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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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