Speakers List - FX Week USA

2017 Speakers

Adil Abdulali

Senior Managing Director


Adil has 26 years of experience in the markets. He received an M.A. in pure mathematics from MIT and B.A. in mathematics from University of Pennsylvania. He spent the first half of his career trading fixed income derivatives at JP Morgan, Nikko, Nomura, and Barclays. At Nomura and Barclays, he ran the systems and analytics groups for these products. He subsequently joined Capital Market Risk Advisors as a Senior Advisor specializing in structured products and hedge fund valuation. He joined Protégé in 2003 and specializes in risk measurement as well as quantitative and relative value strategies. Adil used geometry to invent the Bias Ratio, a metric that detects return smoothing by active managers.

Yaacov Heidingsfeld



Before co-founding TraderTools in 1997, Mr. Heidingsfeld established and operated a private equity hedge fund, specializing in foreign exchange, interest rate and index option trading. Aside from actively trading in foreign exchange and options markets, he gained extensive software experience from design to implementation. Prior to that, he was a trader at Oscar Gruss and Son Inc. and an investment counselor for that firm in Tel Aviv, and held positions at the head office of Israel Discount Bank in Tel Aviv and at Standard & Poor's in New York. He holds a BA in Business Administration and International Finance from the Bernard M. Baruch College of Business of the City University of New York.

Gordian Kemen

Global Head of Emerging Markets Fixed Income Strategy


Gordian is a Managing Director and Global Head of EM Fixed Income Strategy, based in New York. He is responsible for the development of macro views, trade ideas and portfolio allocation across EM local markets and sovereign debt.

He re-joined Morgan Stanley in 2015 after having worked at two New York-based investment banks for 9 years, most recently as Chief Strategist and Head of Latin America Fixed Income Research at HSBC. He and his team have been top ranked multiple times in LatAm sovereign debt and local market surveys (including Institutional Investor and Euromoney). From 2000 to 2006, he worked at Morgan Stanley as an EM Strategist in New York and as a European rate strategist in London. Prior to that, he spent five years working in academia at the University of Mannheim, Germany, where he taught graduate finance classes.

He holds a Master's degree in Economics from the University of Konstanz, Germany and has conducted Ph.D level research in Finance at the University of Mannheim.


Holly Huffman MacDonald

Chief Investment Strategist


Ms. MacDonald is Chief Investment Strategist at Bessemer Trust. In this role, she is responsible for performing in-depth macroeconomic research and financial market analysis, as well as asset allocation and strategy recommendations to help optimize client portfolios. She is also a co-portfolio manager of the Large Cap Strategies and Small & Mid Cap Strategies mandates.
Prior to joining Bessemer, Holly worked in various functions in the Fixed Income and Currencies groups at J.P. Morgan, most recently as Managing Director in the Emerging Markets and Global Currency Strategy groups.
She serves on the Board of Directors of Agora Partnerships and is a co-founder of the New York Chapter of Room to Read. In 2010, Holly was recognized as a "Rising Star" by the Women's Bond Club.
Holly earned an M.B.A., with honors, from Columbia University and a B.A. in philosophy, magna cum laude, from Princeton University, from which she also earned minor equivalents in finance and in Spanish language and culture.

Peter Kilbinger Hansen



Peter Kilbinger Hansen is the Chairman of Battea - Class Action Services, LLC and Chairman of the Evest Companies. In his twenty-plus year career, he has founded several private and public companies (listed in AMEX and NASDAQ), including broker/dealers, a clearing corporation, and a leading US equity institutional stock-crossing Alternative Trading System (ATS). Under his leadership, the businesses processed significant daily market share volume, with daily transaction volumes in the billions. Over the past 15 years, Peter has been a featured speaker for many brokerage and institutional investor conferences, discussing modernization of the equity marketplace, equity transaction processing, transaction cost, and effectively locating liquidity for transactions. He has also been featured on CNN globally, speaking on the topic of risk management. With significant global operations, compliance and financial transaction processing experience, he has led several equity financings, including public and private offerings, and successful financings with major investment banks including Morgan Stanley, Lehman Brothers, JP Morgan, UBS, Société Générale, Deutsche Bank, Wachovia, and ING. He has also led several acquisitions and divestitures. As a private investor and financial technology entrepreneur, he continues to invest in financial services and technology companies. A native of Denmark, Mr. Hansen holds economics degrees from Neil's Brock Business School of Copenhagen and the Copenhagen University of Language and Economics.

Nathaniel Polachek

Portfolio Manager and Partner


Nate joined Commodity Asset Management in 2016 as a Portfolio Manager and Partner. Nate began his career at Goldman, Sachs, & Co. as an equity derivatives and options trader. Subsequently, Nate held leadership roles at multiple distinguished asset managers, including Bridgewater Associates and AQR Capital Management. Nate serves on the board of the Washington Heights and Inwood Community Council, as well as on the Mount Sinai Investment Advisory Committee. Outside of investing, Nate utilizes multifactor statistical models to forecast NASCAR race outcomes, and has ranked in the top 1% worldwide. Nate is Series 3, 7, 24, 55, and 63 licensed.

Edward Hughes

Chief Operating Officer


Ed Hughes is Chief Operating Officer for LCH's FX clearing service, ForexClear.

In his role as COO, Ed has been involved in the ForexClear business since its earliest days when he helped build and launch the service in 2012, before moving to his current role in 2013.

Prior to starting at LCH in 2007, Ed worked in management consultancy and previously as an engineer.

Ed graduated with a Civil Engineering degree from Imperial College, London, and an MBA from Durham University.

Natalia Gurushina

Chief Economist, EM Managed Debt Funds


Dr Natalia Gurushina is Chief Economist for EM Managed Debt Funds at VanEck. Until joining VanEck in 2013, Dr Gurushina worked at Roubini Global Economics as head of Emerging Markets Strategy and G10 FX Strategy. Dr Gurushina also held positions at Pantera Capital (a global macro hedge fund), Deutsche Bank (London) and Bankers Trust (Moscow). Dr Gurushina received a B.A. (Economics) in 1989 from Moscow State University and a DPhil (Economic History) in 1995 from Oxford University.

Eric Viloria

Director, Senior Currency Strategist


Eric Viloria is a director and senior currency strategist for Wells Fargo Securities, LLC.

Eric offers foreign exchange market analysis to help customers manage the risks and opportunities of operating and investing in these markets. In addition, Eric contributes to daily and monthly commentary on foreign exchange markets through several Wells Fargo publications. Prior to his current position, he was a senior currency strategist at Gain Capital in New York.

Eric is a CFA charterholder and CMT charterholder. He is also a member of the CFA Institute, the New York Society of Securities Analysts, and the Market Technicians Association. Eric obtained an M.B.A. from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University with a concentration in quantitative finance. He also holds a B.A. in economics from Rutgers University. He has been quoted in financial publications such as The Wall Street Journal, and appears frequently in financial media broadcasts such as Bloomberg and CNBC.

John Crisp

Director of Product Strategy and Development


John Crisp is the director of product strategy and development at Fenics Software Limited. Fenics supplies FX derivative solutions spanning pre-trade analysis, risk management, automated client price distribution and post-trade processing.
John joined Fenics in 1997. Prior to his current directorship, he was product manager on strategic product initiatives including an FX options e-commerce platform and an energy options pricing and risk solution. John also spent three years in Tokyo covering FENICS product strategy for the Asia Pacific region. He holds a BA in mathematics from Cambridge University.

Brad Bailey

Research Director, Capital Markets


Brad J. Bailey is a Research Director with Celent's Securities and Investments practice, based in the firm's New York office. He is an expert in electronic trading and market structure across asset classes and is a recognized thought leader in emerging front office technology and capital markets fintech.
Brad's research focuses on the evolution of market structure, trading, data analytics, and innovations in trading technology architecture and deployment. His research looks at legacy trading architecture and how firm's best incorporate alternative business and digital models. He has published research on FX, fixed income, cross-asset trading, DLT in the capital markets, exchange technology, and cloud models for deploying trading and data infrastructure. His recent consulting work involves advising clients on key capital market trends, trading platforms in listed and OTC markets, and alternative models for interacting with fragmenting liquidity. He has also advised and performed due diligence for venture and private equity investors.
An authority on capital market fintech, Brad has been widely quoted in the press, including the Wall Street Journal, American Banker, Financial Times, Institutional Investor, Forbes, USA Today, and the New York Post as well as appearing on Bloomberg TV, BBC News, Sirius Radio, and NPR. He is also a frequent speaker at industry conferences and client gatherings globally.
Prior to joining Celent, Brad spent over 20 years in the capital markets in trading, technology systems, product, market structure, strategy, analysis, and consulting at investment banks and broker dealers that include KCG Holdings (cross asset strategy and market structure), Aite Group (consultant and analyst in electronic and algo trading), RBC Carlin (quantitative equity trader), Citigroup (interest rate futures and listed derivative futures trading and sales) and ICAP (brokerage of credit derivatives and asset backed swaps). He also served on the boards of markets technology start-ups and the Equiduct exchange based in Brussels. He began his career as a software engineer in Tokyo. Additionally, he has worked in China, France and Spain.
Brad holds an MSc from University of Colorado in Boulder, and a BS in mechanical & aerospace engineering from Rutgers University. He is fluent in French, Spanish, and can speak German, and has a working knowledge of Chinese and Japanese. Outside of work, he has taught skiing to Special Olympic Athletes and sailed across the Atlantic Ocean on a 13 meter ketch.



Alessio de Longis

Vice President, Portfolio Manager and Macro Strategist


Alessio de Longis, CFA, is a Portfolio Manager for the Global Multi-Asset Group (GMAG) at OppenheimerFunds.
Alessio leads GMAG's macro strategy focusing on business cycle dynamics, global macro regimes, and their impact on asset class risks and returns.
In addition, Alessio manages and oversees active currency strategies in GMAG's funds.
Between 2004 and 2013, Alessio was a member of the Global Debt team where he served as Portfolio Manager and Quantitative FX Strategist.
Alessio holds a B.A. in economics and financial markets from University of Rome Tor Vergata and an MSc in financial economics and econometrics from University of Essex. Additionally, he is a CFA® charter holder.

Alejo Czerwonko

Director of Emerging Markets Investment Strategy


Alejo is an emerging markets strategist at the UBS Chief Investment Office. His primary focus is emerging markets macroeconomics, sovereign credit and asset allocation.

Alejo is frequently quoted and contributes to columns in Bloomberg, Reuters, Financial Times, WSJ, among other publications.

Alejo earned a Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University. He also holds degrees in economics and finance from Tilburg University and Universidad del CEMA. He has taught courses at Columbia Business School, Columbia College, and Universidad del CEMA.


Ulf J. Lindahl

Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer


Ulf joined A.G. Bisset at its inception in 1981 responsible for developing the systematic trend-following models that are at the core of the firm's currency programs. He is responsible for the firm's investment research and has authored the firm's Review of Emerging Trends since 1984. Ulf Lindahl has a BA in Economics from the Stockholm School of Economics.

Chung Ma

Portfolio Manager, Head of the Currency Management Team


Mr. Ma is the Head of the Currency Management Team and a Portfolio Manager at the Virginia Retirement System (VRS). His responsibilities include portfolio management, quantitative research, and risk modelling. Specifically he manages the Fund FX exposures and the internal emerging markets equity strategy. Chung joined the VRS in 2013 after serving as a Portfolio Manager at AllianceBernstein, where he managed G10 and emerging market FX strategies for both equity overlay and stand-alone mandates. Prior to that, he was a senior quantitative analyst in the Global Value Equity unit at AllianceBernstein. Before AllianceBernstein, he was a management consultant at Accenture, managing projects in the financial services industry. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Wesleyan University and an M.A. in Economics from Hunter College. He is a CFA charter holder.

Dmitri Galinov

Chief Executive Officer


Mr. Dmitri Galinov serves as the Chief Executive Officer at FastMatch, Inc. Mr. Galinov is an electronic trading veteran with over 17 years of experience. Mr. Galinov joined FastMatch from Credit Suisse where he was Head of Crossfinder dark pool and helped Crossfinder to become the largest dark pool in the United States. Prior to Credit Suisse, Mr. Galinov was Director of Strategy of Direct Edge. He helped a company grow from a small player into one of the major US Equities destinations. Mr. Galinov received his MBA in Finance from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University and B.B.A. in Finance from Baruch College.

Peter Plester

Head of FX Prime Brokerage


Peter joined Saxo in 2014 and is responsible for Saxo' FX PB services. Peter has 26 years' experience in financial services. Prior to Saxo, Peter was Global Head of FX Prime Brokerage at Rabobank in London, a business he set up in 2005, was responsible for the bank's FXPB desks in London, New York and Hong Kong. Rabobank's FXPB business grew to one of the largest in the market and had a wide spread of institutional clients including global banks, private banks, hedge funds, proptrading firms and broker agency desks. Peter also held a number of trading roles at Societe Generale, Daiwa Securities and Man Group. Peter holds an ACI Diploma.

Samantha Azzarello

Global Market Strategist


Samantha Azzarello, Vice President, is a Global Market Strategist on the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Global Market Insights Strategy Team. In this role, Samantha develops and communicates timely market and economic insights to retail and institutional clients across the U.S.

Samantha joined J.P. Morgan in 2015. Before she joined the firm, Samantha worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch Wealth Management as a multi-asset investment strategist within the Chief Investment Office. She was involved in formulating and communicating the firm's economic and market outlook as well as asset allocation views.

Samantha also worked at CME Group as an economist, where she conducted research and analyzed global economic developments that impacted the company's business. She has published articles in the Review of Financial Economics and Journal of Investing.

Samantha earned a master's degree in Economics from New York University with a concentration in Econometrics. She received a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Toronto. Samantha holds series 7 and 66 licenses.


Andy Coyne

CEO and Co-Founder


A pioneer within the global FX markets, Andy Coyne has been at the forefront of FX technological innovation for over two decades. During this time, he envisaged and created a new breed of pre- and post-trade technology for FX prime brokerage, which became the adopted industry standard.

Prior to co-founding Cobalt, Andy was CEO of Traiana and was responsible for the strategic direction and governance of the company. He previously headed up the FX prime brokerage departments at both Citi and Deutsche Bank, leading both teams to the number one position by clients and volume.

Andy is Co-Founder and CEO of Cobalt, he is responsible for all areas of the company with a focus on strategy, governance, technical design and product innovation.