global distribution conference - speakers' biographies
Troy oversees the marketing and communication for KNEIP—leading service provider for the investment fund industry—including the brand’s evolution, tight integration with sales, and the company’s corporate culture through internal communication. Over the past 5 years, Troy has rebranded the company and brought it significant increases in market visibility and recognition. Over the past 20 years on 2 continents, Troy’s career has led him through many areas of marketing and communications, including: television station master control, media planning, web programming, network and internet service administration, commercial
writing, graphics, page layout, video production, in-bound marketing, and highprofile multinational/multilingual marketing and advertising campaign creation and execution, to name a few. These skills gave him an in-depth knowledge of the many areas of the marketing mix that—combined with his avid interest in technology—has enabled him to successfully lead several award winning marketing agencies, and receive the Marketing Manager of the year award in 2010. Troy’s ethos is rooted in the firm conviction that marketing—and business—isn’t about selling, but about building relationships of trust and bringing something positive to everyone we come into contact with.
Baldwin has been active as a business developer in the investment industry for more than 20 years.
He is a partner at Silk Invest, a specialist fund manager dedicated to the frontier markets. He became an early adapter of social media and in-bound marketing within the investment management industry. These efforts have helped position Silk Invest as one of the leading managers in the frontier space. In collaboration with Perfecta Partners, Baldwin also helps other financial services companies improve their in-bound marketing efforts. Previously, Baldwin worked for Standard Bank, Invesco and Credit Agricole.
Alphonse Berns is Director for Fiscal Policy in the Ministry of Finance in Luxembourg. He holds a degree in international and EU law from the University of Aix-en-Provence, and is an alumnus of the Center for European Studies in Nancy. Previously, Mr. Berns has served as Luxembourg’s bilateral Ambassador to the United States, to Belgium and to the United Kingdom, as well as Permanent Representative to NATO, to the UN-Geneva and to the WTO. He also has been non-resident Ambassador to Canada, Mexico, Ireland and Iceland. Postings in Luxembourg included the position of Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Defense, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation as well as various positions as Director at that Ministry.In these functions, Ambassador Berns served as negotiator for the Schengen Agreement, as chief negotiator for civil aviation agreements and on a number of boards, among them SNCI and Luxair. He is currently a board member at Cargolux.
Freddy Brausch is a member of the Luxembourg Bar. He is a partner at Linklaters LLP in Luxembourg. Freddy Brausch is global co-head of the Linklaters Investment Management Sector. He specializes in all matters of investment management including the structuring of traditional, as well as alternative investment fund products. Freddy Brausch deals also extensively with the funds servicing side, advising global custodians, asset managers, administrators and securities settlement houses. Freddy Brausch is a member of several advisory committees to the “Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (Supervisory Commission for the Luxembourg Financial Sector) in particular on investment funds, on pension funds, on private equity and venture capital funds and on financial service providers other than banks. He is a member of the ALFI Board of Directors and of the ALFI Regulatory Board. He is co-chairman of ALFI’s legal and regulatory committee, in charge of international affairs. Freddy Brausch is a past member of the European Commission’s first Expert Group on Asset Management. Freddy Brausch holds a law degree from the University of Aix-en-Provence, France and an LL.M from the University of London, London School of Economics.
Grant has worked in the investment management industry for 16 years and is the managing director responsible for all of the Investec Asset Management fund structures in multiple jurisdictions including UK, Luxembourg, Ireland, Guernsey, and Mauritius. He is specifically responsible for governance across the Investec Asset management businesses to ensure best practice is consistently applied. Grant is the chairman of Investec Asset Management’s Global Valuation Committee and the Regulatory Impact Committee where he is responsible for ensuring that all regulatory matters are identified and analysed to determine the impact on the business, including lobbying where appropriate. He also chairs the operational due diligence committee.
Choy Peng Wah
Mr. Choy Peng Wah is the Vice Chairman, Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Harvest Global Investments Limited. Prior to joining Harvest Global Investments Limited, Mr. Choy Peng Wah was the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Fullerton Fund Management Company Limited. Before that, Mr. Choy was the Chief Executive Officer at Deutsche Asset Management Asia, ex-Japan, based in Singapore. During his time, he was responsible for Deutsche’s expansion into South Korea, India and China. Mr. Choy started his career at Citibank Singapore as an executive trainee and has worked in Citibank’s offices in New York and Hong Kong in a variety of capacities. Mr. Choy graduated from McGill University in Canada with a Masters in Business Administration.
Anton Commissaris joined Credit Suisse as the Head of Wholesale Distribution for Switzerland and the EMEA region on April 1, 2013. In his role, Anton is responsible for overseeing and driving sales activities with our distribution partners in Switzerland and helps coordinate Financial Institutions coverage across the EMEA region. Anton and his team cover banks, insurance companies, family offices, external asset managers and Credit Suisse Private Banking. Anton had previously worked at Credit Suisse from 1999 to 2009 in various positions in in-house distribution. In 2009, when Aberdeen Asset Management acquired a part of CreditSuisse’s international asset management business, Anton moved to Aberdeen to take on an instrumental role in building up Aberdeen’s franchise and footprint in Switzerland. Anton served Aberdeen as the Country Head of Switzerland and Liechtenstein and as the Head of Business Development. He was also a member of the board of directors of the local legal entity.
Geoffrey (Geoff) M. Cook is a Partner, and co-Head of Investor Services’ Europe, Middle East and Africa businesses at Brown Brothers Harriman (BBH). He operates as the Supervising Partner of BBH Luxembourg, the Partner responsible for Fund Solutions, and the Global Relationship Management and Sales Disciplines. Geoff is the director of: Brown Brothers Harriman (Luxembourg) SCA, BBH Luxembourg Funds SICAV, Brown Brothers Harriman Services AG (Switzerland), Brown Brothers Harriman Fund Administration Services (Ireland) Limited and Brown Brothers Harriman Investor Services Limited (United Kingdom). He is a Board Member of Brown Brothers Harriman (Luxembourg) Holdings Sàrl and Brown Brothers Harriman (Luxembourg) Sàrl. Geoff has 23 years of financial industry experience. He joined BBH in 1997, and was appointed Partner in 2009. For nine years prior to joining BBH, Geoff was a senior manager in the London, Luxembourg and New York financial services practices of PricewaterhouseCoopers. Geoff is the author of several articles published in industry publications around the world, and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and media discussions, such as at ALFI - the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry, Financial News, ICFA, Funds Europe, etc. In the past, Geoff has held leadership positions in several industry organizations, such as: board member of the Luxembourg Bankers Association (ABBL), and the Luxembourg Fund Association (ALFI), president of the Association of American Banks in Luxembourg as well as chairman of the ALFI/ABBL Depository Banks Forum. He was featured in “Decision Makers in Luxembourg,” a book published by My Official Story in Luxembourg. Geoff is a member, as well as sits on the Council, of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland
Sébastien Danloy is Head, Investor Services, Europe & Offshore and Managing Director for the Luxembourg office. He also acts as CEO of RBC Investor Services Bank S.A.. He is a member of the Investor Services Operating Committee and leads the Luxembourg Management Committee. He works with the Managing Directors and the local management teams across Europe to advance the local business and build a
sustainable business growth strategy across the region, notably via our onshore/offshore approach. As part of his executive mandate, he is the senior owner of client growth and satisfaction in Europe, oversees the regulatory relationships, ensures employees engagement in the geography and manages the Luxembourg bank entity as an essential part of the organisation. He joined RBC Investor Services Bank S.A. with significant senior expertise in the industry and a long list of accomplishments. Most recently, he was with Société Générale Securities Services where he served as Global Head of Sales & Relationship Management. He has also held senior roles with BNP Paribas Securities Services and State Street. He holds a Master of Science in Business Engineering from the Solvay Business School of Economics & Management, Université Libre de Bruxelles.
Lieven Debruyne is Chief Executive of Schroder Investment Management (Hong Kong) and Head of Intermediary, Asia Pacific. He started his investment career in 1993 in the United States with MeesPierson Capital Management. He moved to Hong Kong in 1994 as Asian fund manager and was promoted to Chief Investment Officer in 1998. In 1999 and 2000, Lieven worked in Paris for the same firm, rebranded as Fortis Investments. Lieven joined Schroders in London in 2000 as Head of Asian product and business development until moving to Hong Kong for the second time in 2005. Mr. Debruyne holds a Master of Science in Economics, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He is an Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Business Administration, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is the Chairman of the Hong Kong Investment Funds Association. He is a Member of the Products Advisory Committee of Securities and Futures Commission. He is a Member of the Corporate Advisory Council of The Hong Kong Securities Institute.
Marty Dobbins is senior vice president and managing director for State Street in Luxembourg. In this role, he is responsible for the business strategy and governance of the organization, and chairs the management board. From March 2005 to February 2007, Mr. Dobbins was State Street’s regional director of operations process management, where he managed the realignment of operations across all of the European offices,
including nearshoring and offshoring strategies. Mr. Dobbins was previously the chief operating officer and head of fund administration for State Street in Luxembourg from November 2001 to June 2005. During his 25 years at State Street, Mr. Dobbins has held senior positions in collective investments, custody and information technology in the United States and Asia-Pacific. His previous positions in Europe included European director of global funds solution – consultancy and head of fund services and information technology (Munich). Mr. Dobbins holds a bachelor’s degree infinance and banking from Suffolk University and a master’s degree in international finance from Suffolk University’s executive Master’s of Martin Dobbins Business Administration program.
Jose Carlos H. Doherty
Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of the Brazilian Association of Financial and Capital Market Entities - ANBIMA. José Carlos Doherty holds a degree in Economics from the Federal University of Brasília (UnB), MBA from IBMEC São Paulo and Georgetown - ESADE of the Global Advanced Management Program (GAMP). In the last 20 years, José Doherty worked in several financial institutions in Brazil and abroad, such as: Deutsche Bank, BankBoston, Brown Brothers Harriman, including the Brazilian Securities and Exchange Commission (CVM) and Bovespa (from 1994 to 1997) where, among other projects, he was involved in creating and developing legal rules and structures aimed at foreign investments for Brazil’s capital market. In 2012, Mr. Doherty was elected chairman of the Self-Regulatory Organization Consultative Committee of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) and Council member of the International Forum for Investor Education (IFIE).
Jacques Elvinger has passed a Master of Law Degree (Law Faculty, University of Strasbourg) in 1983 and was admitted to the Luxembourg Bar in 1983. He became a partner with the Luxembourg law firm Elvinger, Hoss & Prussen in 1983. Jacques Elvinger practises commercial, company, banking and finance law. He
specialises in the field of undertakings for collective investment, pension funds and other investment vehicles and is head of the investment fund department at Elvinger, Hoss & Prussen. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Luxembourg Investment Fund Industry (ALFI) and co-chairman of the ALFI’s Legal
Commission and member of numerous ALFI Working Groups. He is a Member of several Advisory Committees of the Commission for the Supervision of the Financial Sector (CSSF) (CSSF Committee on Investment Funds, CSSF Committee on Pension Funds and CSSF Committee on Investment Companies in Risk Capital). He is also a member of the AIFMD Working Group of the CSSF Committee on Investment Funds. He is also a member of the Working Group on Alternative Investment Funds of the High Committee for the Development of the Financial Centre (HCPF). He is a member of the Expert Group of the European Commission on the EU Directive on Taxation of Savings. He is a member of the Working Group of the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) on the development of UCITS. He is a member of the International Bar Association (IBA) and member of the Committee I (Investment Funds) of the IBA. He is a lecturer at the University of Luxembourg in the context of the Master II law degree and holds courses in the context of the examinations for admission to the Luxembourg bar.
Michael Ferguson is the Ernst & Young Luxembourg Asset Management Practice Leader and their EMEIA Regulated Investment Funds Leader. His primary responsibility is to lead and develop audit and related services that EY delivers to an international investment management clientele. Michael has over 20 years experience in the investment management industry primarily in Luxembourg, Ireland, the United Kingdom
and the United States. Michael is a member of Ernst & Young’s Global Asset Management Advisory Board and of its Global Hedge Fund Committee. His clients include a wide variety of mutual funds, hedge funds and structured products promoted by global asset managers. Michael Ferguson is a member of the Board of Directors of Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (ALFI) and chairs and participates in various ALFI committees. Michael is a member of Ernst & Young’s Global Asset Management Advisory Board and its Global Hedge Fund Committee. Michael is also a regular speaker at asset management conferences, including the local ALFI conferences as well as ALFI Road-shows to Asia, the UK and the US. He has written many articles and publications about the investment fund industry. Michael also meets, on a regular basis, the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF) to discuss issues impacting the asset management industry.
Mr. Fischer is Head of Global Investor Services at KBL Group, in charge of the entire range of services and products targeted towards the professional and institutional investors and is sitting on the KBLepb Group Strategy Board. He is also a Director of Kredietrust, the Asset Management Company of KBL, as well as
Chairman of the Board of Directors of EFA, a leading Luxembourg specialist service provider to the investment fund industry. Since 1997 Mr. Fischer has been serving on the Board of ALFI, acting as its Chairman from 1998 until 2001, as well as sitting on the Board of ABBL and is elected member of the Plenary of the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce. Among many other positions Mr. Fischer is appointed to a number of Committees and WGs of the CSSF and represents Luxembourg in the newly launched CWG of EMSA/CESR’s
Investment Management standing committee. We also sat on the Board of the CSSF from 1998 to 2011. Rafik Fischer is a Graduate of the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna and founding Alumni hall of fame member. He is visiting Professor at HEC and the Law faculty of the Université de Liège for the Investment Fund Industry chair.
Jon P. Griffin
Jon P. Griffin is Managing Director of JPMorgan Asset Management (JPMAME) in Luxembourg. JPMAME is an approved UCITS Management Company supervising the activities of JPMorgan’s Luxembourg domiciled mutual fund ranges. JPMAME provides distribution, administrative, operational and client servicing capabilities and has branches in Austria, Denmark, France, Greece, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and
Sweden. JPMAME is the largest promoter of funds domiciled in Luxembourg with assets under management of around $250 billion. Jon has had prior assignments within the JPMorgan Group in Frankfurt, London and Tokyo and has been an ALFI Board membersince 2005.
Gudrun holds a Diploma in Mathematics and Ecomonics. Since August 2012, she holds the position of COO Cross Border FPS for Fund Processing Services in Luxembourg and Cross Border. She is an active member and chair of various market working groups regarding regulatory and market infrastructural influences on Fund Distribution Services. Gudrun covered back office, product and sales marketing positions in Luxembourg, USA and Germany. In the Transfer Agency of State Street she held various positions (CRM, Customer Service, Training, Procedures & BCP Management, Unit Head of Accounts, Controls & Settlements). In 2007, Gudrun joined Société Générale Securities Services as the Head of Transfer Agency Operations. In 2010, she was promoted to head of Product Management and Business Development, focusing on market intelligence and the regulatory and infrastructural changes to the TA product.
Jean Guill has been Director General of the Commission de surveillance du secteur financier (CSSF) since May 2009. Before moving to that post, he was Director of the Treasury in the Luxembourg Ministry of Finance from 1998. He started his professional career in 1974 at the Commissariat au contrôle des banques. From 1978 to 1979 Jean Guill was in Washington in the office of the Executive Director for Luxembourg at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank. During his time in the Finance Ministry, he was an Alternate Governor of the World Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) as well as a State representative in the Boards of different national institutions and companies. In January 2011, he was elected to the Management Board of ESMA, the European Securities and Markets Authority.
Theresa has been the President of NICSA since March 2008. NICSA (the National Investment Company Service Association) is the leading provider of independent education and networking forums to professionals in the global investment management community. With Robert Pozen, she is co-author of The Fund Industry: How Your Money is Managed (Wiley, 2011) and a columnist in the Financial Times and Washington Post. She is also the co-author of The Pocket Idiot’s Guide to Investing in Stocks(Alpha, 2006). She has served as Chief Investment Officer (CIO) for Pioneer Investment Management USA in Boston, MA, where she oversaw a team of more than 50 investment professionals managing over $15 billion in global equity and fixed income assets for mutual fund and institutional clients. Previously, she was the CIO for Prudential Mutual Funds in Newark, NJ where she supervised over $60 billion in assets. In 1984, she was the portfolio manager of the top-performing mutual fund in the U.S., the Prudential-Bache (Tax-Managed) Utility Fund. She began her career in the investment industry in 1983 as a securities analyst. Theresa is a graduate of Yale College, with a major in Economics. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Carla Harris is a Managing Director and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley. She is responsible for increasing client connectivity and penetration to enhance revenue generation across the firm’s securities and wealth management businesses. She formerly headed the Emerging Manager Platform, the equity capital markets effort for the consumer and retail industries and was responsible for Equity Private Placements. Ms. Harris has extensive industry experiences in the technology, media, retail, telecommunications, transportation, industrial, and healthcare sectors. For more than a decade, Ms. Harris was a senior member of the equity syndicate desk and executed such transactions as initial public offerings for UPS, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Ariba, Redback, the General Motors sub-IPO of Delphi Automotive, and the $3.2 Billion common stock transaction for Immunex Corporation, one of the largest biotechnology common stock transactions in U.S. history. Ms. Harris was recently named to Fortune Magazine’s list of “The 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in Corporate America”, U. S. Bankers Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance (2009, 2010, 2011), Black Enterprise’s Top 75 Most Powerful Women in Business (2010), to Black Enterprise Magazine’s “Top 75 African Americans on Wall Street” (2006 – 2011), and to Essence Magazine’s list of “The 50 Women Who are Shaping the World”, Ebony’s list of “15 Corporate Women at the Top” and was named “Woman of the Year 2004” by the Harvard Black Men’s Forum. In her other life, Carla is a singer and has released 3 gospel CDs and is the author of the newly released book ‘Expect to Win’ (Hudson Press). She is actively involved in her community and heartily believes that “we are blessed so that we can be a blessing to someone else.” As a result, Carla has funded the Carla Harris Scholarship at Harvard University and at Bishop Kenny High School in Jacksonville, Florida.
Alex Hoctor-Duncan, Managing Director, is Head of BlackRock's Europe, Middle East and Africa Retail business. He is a member of the Global Operating Committee, Leadership Committee, and European Executive Committee, and also serves as a Director on the BGF and BSF Fund Boards. Mr. Hoctor-Duncan is based in London. Prior to moving to his current role, Mr. Hoctor-Duncan was Head of Retail Sales in the EMEA region. Mr. Hoctor-Duncan's service with the firm dates back to 1997, including his years with Mercury Asset Management and Merrill Lynch Investment Management (MLIM), which merged with Blackrock in 2006. At MLIM, he was head of the UK Retail business and Head of Sales in the UK retail market.
Johannes Höring, General Manager, Universal-Investment-Luxembourg S.A. Johannes is responsible at Universal-Investment-Luxembourg S.A. mainly for the legal, tax, funds setup, compliance, risk management and internal audit departments. He is an active member of various market working groups and committees in Luxembourg, Germany and Austria. Johannes is an Attorney-at-Law, specialized in tax law as well as in banking and capital market law, publishing books and articles regularly in Tax and Law Journals.”
Member of the Group Management Board, Head of Operations Swiss & Global Asset Management
Martin Jufer became a member of GAM Holding AG’s Group Management Board in April 2013, with responsibility for the operations function of the Group’s operating business Swiss & Global Asset Management. Prior to that, he was Chief Operating Officer and Head of Products & Services of Swiss & Global Asset Management (formerly Julius Baer Asset Management). Martin Jufer joined Julius Baer Asset Management as an investment controller in 1996 and subsequently became responsible for fund administration, middle office and IT. Before joining Julius Baer, he worked as an auditor with Ernst & Young in Zurich. He holds an MBA from the University of St. Gallen (HSG) and a Swiss Federal Diploma for Financial Analysts and Portfolio Managers. He is also a Certified European Financial Analyst (CEFA) and a US Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Martin Jufer was born in 1968 and is a Swiss citizen.
Lou joined Deloitte in November 2001 as Director in the Investment Management Services department, where he currently heads up the Compliance and Regulatory Practice. Since 1st June 2005, he is a partner within Deloitte’s Investment Management Services. Lou has a work experience of more than 20 years within the financial industry gained in Luxembourg, London, Frankfurt and Paris. Prior to joining Deloitte, Lou was with Allianz Asset Management and Fidelity Investments where he was in charge of the Continental European Compliance Department. Lou is co-founder of the Luxembourg Compliance Officer’s Association (ALCO) where he occupied the role of Vice President until April 2003. He is furthermore a member of different ALFI working groups and chairs ALFI’s committee for International Distribution. He is since June 2009 member of the ALFI Board.
Claude Kremer is a founding partner of Arendt & Medernach law firm and serves as head of the Firm’s Investment Management industry group. He has devoted his whole professional career to the investment fund industry advising on the corporate, regulatory and tax aspect of creating, structuring and marketing
investment and pension funds as well as on fund-related matters. He has been a member of the Luxembourg Bar since 1982. Claude has been the chairman of the board of directors of the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (ALFI) since May 2007. He is a member of various industry consultation
committees with the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF), and has acted as a non-executive board member of a number of Luxembourg funds and listed companies. He is furthermore a non-executive director of the Luxembourg Stock Exchange. In June 2009, Claude was elected vice-president of the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA). In 2005, he was a member of the EU Commission expert group on market efficiency. Claude is co-author of a book entitled Collective Investment Schemes in Luxembourg: Law and Practice (Oxford University Press, January 2009), which first came out in French (Les organismes de placement collectif en droit luxembourgeois, Larcier, Brussels, 2nd edition, 2007). In addition, he is a reader in fund law at the University of Luxembourg. Claude holds Master’s degrees in law and
in history from the Université Pierre Mendès France de Grenoble (France) and a Master’s degree in accounting and finance from the London School of Economics and Political Science (U.K.).
Gérard Laures is a Tax Partner and Head of Financial Services Tax with KPMG Luxembourg. He is in charge of a portfolio of Luxembourg investment funds and banks. Gérard is specialized in corporate tax and is providing ongoing advice to groups active in the financial sector. He is specialised in the area of operational taxes in the investment funds and banking sector, in particular in the FATCA, European Savings Directive and US Qualified Intermediary regimes. Gérard chairs ALFI’s FATCA working group and is also a member of the ABBL’s FATCA, QI and EUSD operational working groups. He is a frequent speaker on FATCA issues and has authored several articles on operational taxes appearing in Luxembourg and international newspapers and magazines.
José-Benjamin Longrée began his career as a lawyer, and moved soon into banking at Banque Indosuez Luxembourg. The firm became Credit Agricole Indosuez, and in this new framework, Longrée focused on fund servicing and headed up the international sales forces of what was to become Caceis Group. Longrée was promoted to CEO of CACEIS Bank Luxembourg and then deputy CEO of the CACEIS Group. He later joined Citi as Managing Director, EMEA Client Sales Management Head. Today, José-Benjamin Longrée coordinates business development for the asset management industry within PwC Luxembourg. He is also co-leader of the Global Fund Distribution practice at PWC. He serves as co-chairman of the communication and conference committee of ALFI.
A recognised expert on investment fund trends having initiated the first authoritative research on the European markets in 1990. This research included a number of unique data gathering projects designed to aid fund management groups develop their strategies for gathering assets not just in Europe’s diverse markets but on a global basis. Over a period of seven years her most recent research venture (FERI FMI) developed into a multi-million pound business, which was acquired by Thomson Reuters. She has now established a new research business which comprises a monthly report on industry trends, Fund Radar, and a majority stake in the Berlin-based distributor research company Fund Buyer Focus, acquired in January 2011. She has been called as an expert witness to the European Parliament’s deliberations on Ucits and has participated in numerous European Commission initiatives, and industry Think Tanks. She is also a member of Alfi’s Strategy Committee and writes a monthly column on industry issues for FTfm.
Lina Medeiros, CIMA, is president of MFS International Ltd. (MIL), a subsidiary of MFS Investment Management® (MFS®). In this role, she has leadership responsibility for the firm’s mutual fund distribution business in Europe, Asia and Latin America. She is based in MFS’ London office. Prior to her current role, Lina served as senior managing director of Europe for MIL and oversaw the firm’s non-US distribution efforts throughout Europe. Previously, she was responsible for MFS’ non-US distribution efforts throughout the Americas as managing director for the Americas. Prior to that, she served as a senior vice president and head of business development for MIL and directed international dealer relations. She joined MFS in 1997 and has worked in the financial services industry since 1988. Lina is a graduate of Boston College and earned her Master of Business Administration from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College. She holds the Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) designation.
Mr. Allan Polack was born in 1959 and has experience from the Investment Banking, Insurance and Asset Management industry since 1985. He was appointed as CEO for Nordea Asset Management in 2007. The Asset Management arm of Nordea operates in the Nordic countries, Europe and have sales offices in New York, Sao Paulo and Singapore. With 140 bEUR in assets Nordea Asset Management is the largest asset manager in the Nordic area employing 600 professionals. Allan Polack started as an equity analyst, then became Head of portfolio management and from 2002 till 2007 held the position as CEO of Nordea Life & Pensions. Allan Polack holds a M.Sc. in Economics and Business Administration and concluded his Advanced Management Program from INSEAD in 1995. Allan Polack is furthermore a member of the EFAMA President’s Advisory Council and board member of European Institute and chairman of a taskforce under CEPS/European Capital Markets Institute
Guillaume Prache is the Managing Director of the European Federation of Financial Services Users (“EuroFinUse”, which federates the investor and other financial services user associations in Europe, counting four million individuals). He is also one of the experts representing financial services users before the European Securities & Markets Authority (as chairman of the ESMA Securities & Markets Stakeholder Group), before the European Commission (as vice chair of the Financial Services User Group – FSUG), and before the French financial regulator AMF. He started as a magistrate at the French Court of Auditors, and has an extended and international experience in financial matters, most recently as Chief Financial Officer of Rhône-Poulenc Rorer, Inc., a “Fortune 500” publicly-listed pharmaceutical company (to-day Sanofi Aventis) from 1997 to 2000, and then as Managing Director of the European subsidiary of the Vanguard Group, Inc., a global leader in asset management, from 2000 to 2006. He has taught asset management for the CIWM (Certified International Wealth Manager) program, and wrote two books (Politique économique contemporaine in 1989, Les Scandales de l’épargne retraite in 2008) and various articles on economics and finance.
French, 48 years old, graduated from the “ISG” (Institut Supérieur de Gestion) in Paris. Marc is also “Réviseur d’entreprises agréé”. He joined the firm in 1986, was admitted as a partner in 1996 and has more than 25 years of experience in the Asset Management Industry in Luxembourg and in the US. Between 2006 and 2010, Marc led the PwC Global Asset Management practice. Marc is a member of the CSSF-OPC Committee, advising the Luxembourg fund regulator on laws and regulations impacting the fund industry in Luxembourg. Since June 2011, Marc is the Chairman of ALFI, the Luxembourg fund association.
Thomas Seale is CEO of European Fund Administration (EFA) in Luxembourg. Since its creation in 1996, EFA has become a market leader, providing administration and transfer agency services for 2600 funds worth $120 billion. Mr. Seale is a Member of the CSSF OPC Committee, Board Observer at LUXFLAG,
Member of the Board of ALFI (Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry), Chairman of ALFI’s Microfinance Working Group and alsoserved as Chairman of ALFI from 2003-2007, and Vice-Chairman from 2007-2011. Before EFA, Mr Seale was Managing Director and Country Corporate Officer for Citibank
Luxembourg, led Product Marketing for The Citibank Private Bank in Switzerland, and worked as a Management Consultant for the Mac Group in Paris and Los Angeles. Mr. Seale holds an MA in Economics and an MBA from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Shiv is the global head of research with Cerulli Associates, managing teams of analysts in London and Singapore. The firm analyses asset management industry trends in over 45 markets around the world.Shiv has been with Cerulli since 2000, having joined the firm to help set up the international business he now leads.Cerulli Associates is a privately owned, global research firm focusing on the asset management industry, with specific emphasis on market sizing, product development and distribution trends. The firm counts most of the world’s largest asset managers as its clients, in addition to distributors such as wirehouses and banks. Cerulli is headquartered in Boston, with international research offices in London and Singapore.
Martin Thommen is responsible for UBS Funds. This includes product development, product management, marketing and sales of UBS Funds. Martin is a member of the board of UBS Fund Management (Luxembourg) S.A. Martin began his financial career in 1982 with the former Swiss Bank Corporation. He has spent the majority of his career in asset management and the investment fund industry. With his 30 years of experience in the investment fund industry, Martin is one of the most experienced fund specialists in Europe. Martin is President of the Swiss Funds Association SFA and a member of the Board of Directors of the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA).
In 2012 Mr Tosato was appointed Chief Executive for Schroder Investment Management Limited, in addition to his responsibility as Executive Vice Chairman of Schroders plc. Since joining in 1995, Mr Tosato has held numerous international roles within the company. Currently, he is a member of the Board of Overseers, Columbia Business School, New York, since 1992, a trustee of Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art, London. Previously, Mr Tosato was Vice President of EFAMA 2011- June 2013, Board Member (2009-2011), Founder and Chief Executive of Cominvest S.p.A., (Investment banking and asset management) (1981-1991), Chief Executive of Euromercantile S.p.A (1991-1995), Chairman and co-founder of Tonic-Ata-Ecom (1982-1987). Educated in Economics at the University of Rome, MBA from Columbia Business School (New York)
Freddy Van Den Spiegel
Freddy Van den Spiegel is Consultant and Professor at the Free University Brussels (Financial Management, Financial Markets & Institutions, Global Banking). Mr. Van den Spiegel is also visiting Professor at several
European & American universities such as the Vlerick Management School and the Warsaw University.
Before, he was Chief economist of Fortis and Managing Director of Fortis investments. His interests include European integration, the Banking and Financial markets as well as the Asset Management. Among the above mentioned functions, He is also Chairman of the Global Banking Industry Committee of the European Banking Federation, Chairman of the Vesalius College Brussels and Member of the Board of the Institute for European Studies.
Mr Vieillefond, a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l’Aéronautique, holds a postgraduate degree in industrial economics. He began his career in 1995 at the Defence Ministry. In 1998 he joined the Treasury Department of the Ministry of Economics and Finance as deputy head of the international monetary and financial system department, which draws up French policy on international monetary and financial affairs. In 2001 he was appointed to Brussels as Deputy Secretary General of the European Union's Economic and Financial Committee (EFC) at the European Commission, where he prepared the meetings of the EFC, the ECOFIN and the Eurogroup. Mr Vieillefond moved in 2003 to the State Shareholding Agency at the Treasury and Economic Policy Directorate of the Ministry of the Economy, Finance and Industry, where he served as Head of the rail, sea and automotive transport unit (2003-2006) and then as Investment Director at the energy division, the position he has held until June 2009. He has been since the Managing Director in charge of the AMF’s Regulation Policy and International Affairs Division.
Denise Voss, Conducting Officer of Franklin Templeton Investments, has worked in the financial industry in Luxembourg since 1990. Denise joined Franklin Templeton Investments in 1995 where she served as General Manager of the Luxembourg subsidiary until December 2005. Since then, she has taken up the role of Conducting Officer of Franklin Templeton Investments’ Luxembourg-domiciled UCITS, Franklin Templeton Investment Funds. This is an oversight and governance role under the EU UCITS legislation, reporting to the Board of the Fund. Prior to joining Franklin Templeton Investments, Denise worked in the audit division of Coopers & Lybrand in Boston, USA and Luxembourg, for over 9 years. Denise holds a Massachusetts C.P.A. license and obtained an undergraduate degree from Tufts University, as well as a masters degree in accountancy from Bentley College. She is Vice Chairman – International Affairs of the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (ALFI) and has been a member of the ALFI board of directors since 2007.