Speakers

Daniel Heller

Daniel Heller

Daniel Heller, FinTech and blockchain technology expert
In 2017, has was a Visiting Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington DC. Before joining the Institute, he was head of financial stability at the Swiss National Bank, head of the Secretariat of the Committee on Payment and Settlement Systems at the Bank for International Settlements, and executive director for Switzerland, Poland, Serbia, Azerbaijan, and four Central Asian republics at the International Monetary Fund. He received his PhD from the University of Bern and was a research fellow at Stanford University. His academic publications are on optimal design of bond auctions, demand for central bank money, and collateral requirements for over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives clearing. His current research focuses on the impact of emerging digital technologies such as blockchain on the financial sector, financial stability, and central banking.

Michele Bonollo

Michele Bonollo

Michele Bonollo, Senior Risk Expert at Numerix; Adjunct Professor of Mathematical Finance at Università degli Studi di Verona
Currently senior risk expert in Numerix, where he works mainly in the market risk and counterparty risk field. Previously CRO at a regional bank and head of the ICT department for the risk management at Banco Popolare. Member of the scientific committee of the master in quantitative finance at Milan Politecnico. Adjunct professor at Verona university and Lucca IMT school. Michele holds a PHD in statistics, Padova university, and a master degree in stochastico models for finance, Paris VII university. 

Daniele Bernardi

Daniele Bernardi

Daniele Bernardi, CEO Diaman SCF
Daniele Bernardi, 47, Chairman of Diaman Sicav and CEO of Diaman, a Group dedicated to the development of profitably investment strategies, is an entrepeneur costantly searching for innovation. His activity is oriented to the development of mathematic models, which simplify investors and consultants decision making, for risk reduction. He is the author of academic papers about innovation in finance. He presented models, indexes, and indicators in many international finance conferences. Bernardi is board member of two software development firms based in US Dinasty Inc. and Finlogic Inc. Blog http://www.diaman.it/blog.html

Prof. Dr. Ruggero Bertelli

Prof. Dr. Ruggero Bertelli

Prof. Dr. Ruggero Bertelli, Associate Professor University of Siena
Ruggero Bertelli, 57, he has been teaching Banking and Finance at graduate and post-graduate level in Italy and in Latin America. Member of the Financial Management Association (www.fma.org), He has been member of the FMA Board of Directors as Program Co-Chairs, 2005 European Conferences in Siena and 2009 European Conferences in Torino. His major fields are Asset Management, Financial Portfolio Performance Attribution and Analysis, Banking Management, Private Banking, Credit Risk management. Current research fields: Credit Risk Models and Corporate Bond Portfolio Management. Quantitative Portfolio Strategies and Techniques.

Dennis O'Callahan

Dennis O'Callahan

Dennis O’Callahan, Director Product Development Cboe Global Markets.
Dennis is a Director in Cboe Global Markets Multi Assets Solutions’ Product Development group, where he develops volatility, equity index, fixed income credit default and cryptocurrency products.  During his tenure at CBOE he has been the inventor of several patented product designs and has patents pending for several other product innovations.  Dennis has been instrumental in developing security futures, credit derivative sand has worked closely with others in Research and Business Development to develop CBOE’s volatility index derivatives complex and to develop weekly equity and equity index options.  He played a key role in launching bitcoin futures at Cboe Global Markets.
Prior to joining CBOE, he developed interest rate futures and options products at the CME.  Among the products he brought to market at the CME were One-Month LIBOR futures and options.  His background also includes several years at a major agribusiness firm, where he managed perishable and storable commodities market exposures via futures markets at his firm.  Dennis has a Masters in Economics from the University of Washington.

Damiano Brigo

Damiano Brigo

Professor Damiano Brigo, Chair of Mathematical Finance (MF) and Stochastic Analysis - Imperial College, London.
Professor Damiano Brigo is Chair of Mathematical Finance (MF) and Stochastic Analysis and co-Head of the MF group at Imperial College, London, consistently ranked among the top 10 Universities in the world. Damiano is part of the academic advisory board of a number of financial institutions. Damiano's previous roles include Gilbart Professor and Head of Group at King's College London, Director of the Capco Institute, Managing Director and Global Head of Quantitative Innovation in Fitch Ratings, Head of Credit Models in Banca IMI, Fixed Income Professor at Bocconi University, and Quantitative Analyst at Banca Intesa. 
Damiano published 100+ scientific articles in Mathematical Finance, Systems Theory, Probability and Statistics, with H-index 36 on Scholar, and books for Springer and Wiley that became field references in stochastic interest rate and credit modeling. Damiano is Managing Editor of the International Journal of Theoretical and Applied Finance, he is in the board of Mathematics of Control, Signals and Systems, Credit Review, Applied Mathematical Finance, Journal of Financial Engineering, Information Geometry, and has been the top cited author in the industry leading Risk Magazine in 2006, 2010, 2012 and in the period 1988-2017. His current interests include valuation, risk measurement, funding, counterparty risk, stochastic models for commodities and inflation, dependence dynamics, liquidity risk, optimal execution, geometry of stochastic differential equations, information geometry, exponential families, mixture families, nonlinear stochastic filtering and signal processing. 
Damiano obtained a Ph.D. in stochastic filtering with differential geometry in 1996 from the Free University of Amsterdam, following a BSc in Mathematics with honours from the University of Padua.

Marcello Minenna

Marcello Minenna

Marcello Minenna, Director of the Quantitative Analysis Unit. Adjunct Professor of Stochastic Finance at London Graduate School of Mathematical Finance and at Luigi Bocconi University of Milan
Marcello Minenna, in Consob from 1996, is Director of the Quantitative Analysis Unit. Adjunct Professor of Stochastic Finance at London Graduate School of Mathematical Finance and at Luigi Bocconi University of Milan He is the economic and financial columnist of leading national and international publications. He teaches advanced courses in quantitative finance for the industry in major international financial centers. Key-note speaker in various forums and international conferences of finance and economics He works as a technical consultant on behalf of various judicial authorities in the field of financial markets, financial engineering, pricing and risk measurement of derivatives and structured products. It's Chartered Tax Advisor Accountant and Chartered Accountant, Former member of the Technical Secretariat of the Special Commissioner of Roma Capitale and Assessor for budgeting, real estate, housing policies, subsidiaries and spending review of Roma Capitale.

Paolo Sironi

Paolo Sironi

Paolo Sironi, IBM Watson Financial Services - Thought Leader
Paolo Sironi è autore di letteratura sul portfolio management e financial innovation. Nel ruolo di Thought Leader presso IBM Watson Financial Services, lega Finanza e Tecnologia tramite l'innovazione strategica, dimostrando esperienza internazionale nel wealth e asset management, risk management e corporate banking. Autore bestseller “FinTech Innovation: from Robo-Advisors to Goal Based Investing and Gamification” (Wiley 2016), “Modern Portfolio Management: From Markowitz to Probabilistic Scenario Optimisation” (RiskBooks, 2015), "Financial Advice Transformation: MiFID 2 tra digitale, valore e redditività" (PF, 2017), co-autore “The FinTech Book” (Wiley, 2016). 

Dr Paolo Tasca

Dr Paolo Tasca

Dr Paolo Tasca, Director, Centre for Blockchain Technologies, University College London
Paolo Tasca is a FinTech economist specialising in P2P Financial System. An advisor for different international organisations including the EU Parliament on blockchain technologies, Paolo recently joined the University College London as Director of the Centre for Blockchain Technologies. Prior to that, he has been a senior research economist at Deutsche Bundesbank working on digital currencies and P2P lending. Paolo is the co-author of the bestseller “FINTECH Book” and the co-editor of the book “Banking Beyond Banks and Money”. He holds an M.A in Politics and Economics (summa cum laude) from the University of Padua and a M.Sc. in Economics and Finance from Ca’ Foscari, Venice. He did his PhD studies in Business between Ca’ Foscari Venice and ETH, Zürich. Other current appointments: Research Fellow at CFS, Goethe University, Research Associate at the Systemic Risk Centre of the London School of Economics, Research Associate of the Institut de Recherche Interdisciplinaire Internet et Société and Senior Advisor of the Beihang Blockchain & Digital Society Laboratory in Beijing. 

Kristoff Zammit Ciantar

Kristoff Zammit Ciantar

Kristoff Zammit Ciantar, CEO Aqubix
Kristoff Zammit Ciantar, a veteran of the IT industry over the past 20 years and a Business Analyst by profession, commands  years of experience in bridging the gap between the business requirements and the technical deliverables.
Starting out based in the UK, the experience accrued over 8 years  providing technology solution services to clients such as Safeway, Leicester City Council, HMRC, British Telecom, NHS, Novacroft, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Sungard Vivista, Toyota and Torex Retail, directly led to Kristoff, together with his partner Ivan Bonello to identify a void in the market and start their own IT consultancy and technical architecture company.
That initial vision is the driving force behind the success that is Aqubix today. Starting as a 2-man team, the specialist IT consultancy, bespoke solution provider and Regulatory and Financial Technology operator now boasts a team of expert specialists, with offices in Malta, Spain and the UK and now forms part of the Mizzi Organisation, having acquired 50% of the organisation in 2016.As CEO, Kristoff’s goal remains unchanged – that of positioning Aqubix as an international technology partner to industry leaders and blue chip organisations through continuous innovation and market leadership.

Giorgio Bertoli

Giorgio Bertoli

Giorgio Bertoli, Fund Manager, Base Investment Sicav. Flexible Low Risk Exposure
After obtaining a degree in Management Engineering at the University of Brescia and following his Master’s degree specialising in “Industrial Management” at the Turin Politecnico, he joined the Banca del Sempione SA management team in 2011. He has been in charge with the management of Base Investments Sicav’s Flexible Low Risk Exposure Sub-fund since 2012 and of the Bonds USD and Bonds CHF Sub-funds since June of the same year.

Adrian Daniel

Adrian Daniel

Adrian Daniel, Director & Fund Manager at Main First
Adrian Daniel has been a portfolio manager and member of the Absolute Return Team at MainFirst since 2012. He is the primarily responsible portfolio manager for the MainFirst Absolute Return Multi Asset and advises institutional investors with absolute earnings targets. The focus of his work in the team is strategic asset allocation, the analysis of commodity markets and security selection. From 1996 to 2012, Adrian Daniel served as a portfolio manager at DB Advisors, Deutsche Bank Group. He is a banking specialist, a Certified European Financial Analyst (CEFA) and a Certified International Investment Analyst (CIIA).

Giuliano Flematti

Giuliano Flematti

Giuliano Flematti, Fund Manager, Base Investment Sicav. Base Bonds Value
Following a degree in Economics at the Luigi Bocconi University of Milano and several work experiences with important financial institutions such as IMI Bank and Caboto Sim, he started working for Banca del Sempione SA at the end of 2008. There he became Head of the «Fund Management» division and responsible for the direct management of the Bonds Value, Short Term and Macro Dynamic Sub-funds of Base Investments SICAV. 

Alessandro Guzzini

Alessandro Guzzini

Alessandro Guzzini, Chief Executive Officer of FinLABO SIM
Alessandro Guzzini is the Chief Executive Officer of FinLABO SIM and member of the investments committee. He is graduated cum laude in Engineering and has an MBA from the ISTAO business school. He worked as a business consultant and co-founded Finlabo in 2005 with Anselmo Pallotta. He is a member of AIAF (Italian Association of Financial Analysts) and is part of the board of directors of several companies such as Fimag SPA, Iguzzini SPA, MARCAP and Finlabo Investments Sicav SA. He was an adjunct professor at the University of Macerata.

Joseph Camilleri

Joseph Camilleri

Joseph Camilleri, Executive Head Business Development and Corporate Services at BOV Fund Services
Joseph has occupied various managerial roles with the Bank of Valletta Group, of which BOV Fund Services is a fully owned subsidiary. He has specialized in areas related to personal and corporate finance, and has also been responsible for running the Italian representative office of the bank in Milan for 7 years. Joseph participates on a on-going basis to various international fund events, representing his company as a panel speaker on matters concerning the fund industry and Malta's positioning in same.  

Helena Averty

Helena Averty

Helena Averty, Responsabile Public Distribution Italia at Vontobel
Helena si è laureata nel 2014 con un Master in Risk Management presso l’IGR-IAE a Rennes e un con un Master  International of Business presso la East China University of Science and Technology a Shanghai. Dopo la sua esperienza di studio e di lavoro in Cina, è entrata in BNP Paribas a Milano nel team Equity and Commodity Derivatives dove ha maturato un’esperienza di due anni. Ad aprile 2016, entra in Vontobel e diventa Responsabile Public Distribution Italia; per tale banca d’investimento segue l’emissione e la distribuzione dei prodotti strutturati sul mercato italiano. Partecipa anche ai progetti sviluppati da ACEPI e AIPB.

Riccardo Frascą

Riccardo Frascą

Riccardo Frascà, CEO and Founder of First Solution ltd 
In First Solution from 2012.
​Former Senior Sales for the Italian market on behalf of Sal Oppenheim Bank and Macquarie Bank.
Areas of expertise: structured products, equity derivatives, products development and marketing.

Federico Costalonga

Federico Costalonga

Federico Costalonga, Founder and Director of First Solution ltd 
In First Solution from 2012.
​Financial Advisor since 1988, focuses his expertise on the ability to identify the customer needs, planning resources and clearly define the financial targets. He’s a trainer in behavioral finance courses, and he’s specialized in psychological approach to risk.
AIAF Partner and €fpa certified.

Andreas Roussos

Andreas Roussos

Andreas Roussos, Chief Business Development Officer at Point Nine
Andreas stands at the forefront of RegTech, one of the fastest growing technology trends.  He has spent the last three years assisting firms achieving transaction reporting compliance.  Andreas is a calculated risk-taker with deep knowledge of the transaction reporting regimes such as EMIR and MiFIR.  Point Nine currently processes and reports approximately 10% of the EU derivatives market under the EMIR regime on behalf of both buy and sell side customers.

Camilla Ventura

Camilla Ventura

Camilla Ventura, Sales Equity Derivatives at Societe Generale
Camilla Ventura has been working at Societe Generale as Distribution Sales since May 2010 covering Bonds & Certificates for the italian market. Prior to joining SG, Camilla worked for BNP Paribas for almost 3 years (july 2007 - may 2010) in the Retail Listed and Structured Products desk in Milan. She also has a 1-year experience at the Paris office of BNP Paribas covering the French Retail Listed Products desk. She graduated from Università degli Studi di Brescia with a degree in economy (“Moneta, Finanza e Risk Management").

Marco Barlassina

Marco Barlassina

Marco Barlassina, Editor in Chief of ForbesItalia.com
Prior to this he was Editor in Chief of "F Risparmio&Investimenti" magazine.
He gained an extensive experience in macroeconomics and financial analysis, working as Online Managing Editor for Finanza.com and Finanzaonline.com.
Marco holds a Degree in "Economia dei mercati e degli Intermediari Finanziari" from the Università Luigi Bocconi (Milan, Italy).

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