Featured Speaker

Manoj Kumar
Chief General Manager, Market Regulation Department
Securities and Exchange Board of India

Has been associated with Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), a premier autonomous regulatory body for securities market in India, for almost 20 years.

Started his career with SEBI in 1996 as an Officer and is currently placed as Chief General Manager in MRD of SEBI. Prior to this he has worked in various departments such as Market Intermediaries Regulation and Supervision Department (MIRSD), Integrated Surveillance Department (ISD).

He has also worked with two Whole Time Members as an Executive Assistant.

He has been associated with key SEBI initiatives as Nodal Officer such as Accounting Standards Committee chaired by Y H Malegam, Corporate Governance Committee chaired by Narayana Murthy. He has been the Member of the core group that successfully designed and implemented Integrated Market Surveillance System. Currently, he is actively involved with the key SEBI initiatives such as Cyber Security, Operationalization of IFSC at GIFT etc..

He holds a postgraduate in Science and MBA.


Sunil Aggarwal

Mr. Sunil Aggarwal is Director of Trustmachines Private Limited, a Blockchain education company. He is a veteran in the field of Bitcoin and Blockchain technology as he entered this ecosystem in early 2012. He is the first in India to teach a course on this subject in a university. This happened in Jan-Feb 2016 for the students of Nalsar University of Law, Hyderabad, No. 2 Law School of India. He is also the founder-admin of one of the world's largest blockchain knowledge community known as "Moneyframes: A Blockchain Venture". It has over 1530 members and world's best learning archives on blockchain tech. He also runs a Youtube channel, Moneyframes TV dedicated to the Blockchain tech. He is a consultant to some blockchain projects in India and abroad. People seek his valuable advice for building their portfolio in crypto-currencies. His book "Bitcoin Magnet" is first comprehensive book on the subject coming from Indian sub-continent. He has over 18 years of experience in teaching, research and startup ecosystem. His area of specialization are Politics of Money, Digital Business Models and new field of crypto-economy. He is a regular writer and some of his research papers are also forthcoming from international journals too.

Sudin Baraokar
Head Innovation
State Bank of India

Sudin Baraokar is Head Innovation at SBI.
Has over two decades of IT Experience and has been an Innovator in Emerging and Future Technology.
Speaker at Global Conferences, avid Golfer and an Auto, Aviation and Music buff.

Damian Bierman
Co-Chair, Asia Pacific Technical Subcommittee, FIX Trading Community, and
Head of Asia-Pacific, Portware

Damian Bierman is the Head of Asia-Pacific for Portware LLC, a FactSet Company, based in Hong Kong. He is responsible for directing Portware's operations throughout APAC and for overseeing its client services, account management, and technical support teams.

Damian is also an active member of the FIX Trading Community, currently serving as Co-Chair of the Asia-Pacific Technical Subcommittee. He has been a mainstay of the organization’s Asia-Pacific presence for the past 12 years, playing an active role in promoting the adoption of FIX across the region.

Prior to Portware, Damian was Director of FIX Product Services in APAC for Javelin Technologies (a subsidiary of NYFIX, Inc), relocating to Hong Kong in 2004 to establish the firm's Asia presence and to develop its regional FIX product offering. Prior to this, Damian lead Javelin's Quality Assurance team, building a robust testing process for the firm's FIX technology suite. Damian joined Javelin in 2000 as a Client Manager, based in New York, implementing FIX technology at a long list of buy- and sell-side institutions.

Prior to his career in financial technology, Damian held a research position at Carnegie Mellon Research Institute, where he was involved with the DOT-funded Driver Drowsiness Detection & Countermeasures study, and contributed to the development of a threshold-based, infrared camera system for non-invasively detecting driver drowsiness based on percentage eye closure. Following its completion, Damian was involved in a study of expert landmine detection skill for the US Army, where he helped to develop a robust training protocol for novice operators based on critical elements of expert landmine detection performance. Through the course of his research, Damian has four journal publications to his credit.

Damian received his B.S. in Cognitive Science from Carnegie Mellon University in May 1997.

Joy Francis
Electronic Trading – Equities
UBS Securities India

Joy Francis works with the Electronic Trading Team at UBS where his primary responsibility is to Lead the India Electronic Trading Business.

He has worked extensively with Global Algorithmic Solutions Providers, FIX Technology Partners, and has been providing an understanding on Algorithmic analysis & suitability in line with Indian Microstructure.

In his earlier role Joy was Head - Electronic Trading at ICICI Securities where he was actively engaged in setting up & building the Electronic Trading Business.

Joy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from Mumbai University & MBA - Finance from ICFAI.

Vishal Jain
Head - ETF
Reliance Nippon Life Asset Management Company

Vishal Jain is currently Head - ETF at Reliance Nippon Life Asset Management Company. He was with Goldman Sachs Asset Management Company Private Limited till May 2014 where he was the CIO.

He comes with over 18 years of experience in ETFs. He was the first employee of Benchmark AMC which launched the first ETF in India in 2001 - Nifty BeES.

Prior to Benchmark, he was part of the Index division of CRISIL from where he was deputed to NSE & was instrumental in setting up India’s first independent Index Company, IISL, which is the owner of the Nifty family and Indices today.

Rajesh Kamath
Head, Financial Services Incubation & Solutions
Incedo Inc.

Rajesh heads Incubation and Solutions for Financial Services at Incedo Inc, a California-based technology services firm specializing in data management, product engineering and emerging technologies. With nearly 17 years of experience in FinTech, Rajesh helps his clients innovate in emerging technologies like chat bots, big data, data automation, machine learning and predictive analytics. He also leads the construction and delivery of Incedo's platform for Text Automation and Analytics, Interpret. He has previously worked in similar roles with LiquidHub and Mphasis.

Pramod Koyothi
Vice President, Equity Sales Trading, Advanced Execution Services
Credit Suisse Securities

Pramod is part of Credit Suisse AES team, based in Mumbai. He has been with Credit Suisse for over 10 years covering Electronic trading. He has 18 years of experience in Equity market, including execution and sales trading.

Edward Mangles
Regional Director, Asia Pacific, FIX Trading Community, and
Director, GlobalTrading

Edward Mangles has helped support The FIX Trading Community’s Asia Pacific committee for the past 14 years, playing a key role in promoting FIX adoption across the region, and facilitating cross-industry collaboration. In March 2009, Edward was appointed Asia Pacific Regional Director for the FIX Trading Community. Edward also established the GlobalTrading journal, alongside the www.fixglobal.com site, which focusses on institutional trading issues around the world and is the official journal of the FIX Trading Community.

Iain McShane
System Architect APAC

Iain has been working in IT for the past 26 years, based in Asia, and the last 5 years with Solarflare APAC as System Architect. Prior to Solarflare, he worked at a number of turn key solution providers building data centers for financial and cloud clients. Recently he’s been working on the deployments of ultra-low latency technologies, monitoring and instrumentation solutions at most of the Stock Exchanges in Asia (13 to date and counting).

Vinata Mhatre
Co-Chair, India Working Group, FIX Trading Community, and
Vice President, Asia Pacific Electronic Trading, Global Execution Services (GES), DSP Merrill Lynch (DSPML)

Vinata Mhatre has been with DSP Merrill Lynch Ltd (DSPML) over 10 years. Her primarily responsibility is Electronic Sales & Coverage since its introduction by DSPML. She is also actively involved in Algorithm strategies, SOR, regional markets coverage and Indian regulatory reviews & has been associated with FIX Trading Community India Working Group for 4 years. Vinata has overall industry experience of 19 years in equities & derivatives sales trading & execution. She holds CFA from ICFAI, Hyderabad (India) and Bachelors degree in Commerce from the University of Mumbai.

Rohas Nagpal
Blockchain evangelist and Chief Blockchain Architect
Primechain Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

Over the past 17 years, he has investigated cyber crimes & data breaches for hundreds of organisations across many sectors - aerospace, banking, defence, law & tax enforcement, IT, manufacturing, media, medical, pharmaceuticals, shipping, trading, transportation & more. He developed an interest in virtual currencies in 2011 while investigating a case of organized criminals using bitcoin. Since 2015, he has been working extensively in the blockchain / distributed ledger technology domain.

At Primechain Technologies, he oversees the management of BankChain - a community of 24 banks for exploring, building and implementing blockchain solutions. He also heads the team which has built Primechain-CONTRACT, a private permissioned blockchainpowered solution for contract management - secure storage, digital signatures, tracking, searching, and reporting.

Some of the open-source projects that Rohas contributes to are YobiChain - a private blockchain ecosystem preloaded with development tools, database, web & FTP servers and 4 blockchain applications and PT-BSC (Primechain Technologies - Blockchain Security Controls) which prescribe security controls for blockchain implementations.

Some of his popular whitepapers include “Math Money: A simple introduction to cryptocurrencies” and “The nuts and bolts of blockchain technology”. He maintains he Blockchain Blog on medium.com

Kunal Nandwani
Founder and CEO

Kunal is a startup entrepreneur, the Founder and CEO of uTrade Solutions – an India based global trading technology firm, and Hashcove UK.

Previous Kunal has worked in Capital Markets in Lehman Brothers, Nomura and BNP Paribas in London. He holds a Computer Science Engineering degree from PEC, Chandigarh, India, and an MBA from Essec, Paris, France.

Venu Palaparthi
Senior Vice President, Regulatory and Government Affairs
Virtu Financial

Venu Palaparthi is Senior Vice President for Regulatory and Government Affairs at Virtu Financial. Between 2011 and 2014, Mr. Palaparthi was a Vice President in the Global Trading and Market Services division at Nasdaq. In that role, Mr. Palaparthi led various regulatory, market structure and post-execution initiatives for Nasdaq’s U.S. marketplaces. Prior to 2011, Mr. Palaparthi served in a variety of roles at Instinet, LLC including CCO and interim COO.

Mr. Palaparthi is a keen student of global financial markets and a frequent contributor to discussions surrounding market structure. In recent months, he participated in CFTC’s roundtables on Automated Trading, was a member of the BIS Study Group on FX liquidity, and took part in SEC’s discussions on changes to trade-halt mechanisms. Beginning February 2016, Mr. Palaparthi has been a member of the Market Quality Subcommittee of SEC Equity Market Structure Advisory Committee. Mr. Palaparthi became an International Advisor to the Shanghai Gold Exchange in April 2016. Away from the markets, he is a keen cricket enthusiast and a member of the ICC’s USA National Advisory Group on Fan and Market Development.

Mr. Palaparthi received his MBA (Finance) from The University of Texas at Arlington in 1994. He earned a dual degree - BE (Honors) in Computer Science and M.Sc. (Honors) in Economics – in 1992 from Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS Pilani), India. Mr. Palaparthi received a distinguished alumnus award from BITS Pilani in 2011.

Vaibhav Parikh
Nishith Desai Associates

Mr. Vaibhav Parikh is an Electronics Engineer and a Lawyer. He is the Partner in - charge of the Bangalore office of the multi-skilled, research-based international law firm, Nishith Desai Associates (www.nishithdesai.com). He also heads the Technology, M&A and Private Equity practice groups. He is a member of firm’s executive committee.

He has a wide range of experience in corporate and technology transactions. He has advised several private equity and venture capital funds in their investments, specifically in e-commerce, technology, media and life sciences industry. He also has significant experience in M&A transactions including advising on one of the India’s largest e-commerce transaction.

He has been passionately involved in setting up operations and raising finance for several start-up companies. He works closely with TiE, IVCA and Nasscom to help government on startup policy.

He is actively involved in the Intellectual Property Practice and is in charge of industry focus group for IT, Telecom, and Media. He has advised many leading Indian e-commerce companies in their operations from a legal and regulatory stand point.

He has been ranked as Leading Lawyer in Mergers and Acquisitions Practice by IFLR1000 in the year 2017 Asia Pacific.

He has been nominated as one of Leading Lawyer in Private Equity Practice by IFLR1000 in the year 2013. He has also been nominated as one of the world's leading practitioners in ‘Who's Who Legal’ for Regulatory Communications. He is recommended by Legal 500 as an expert in TMT and competition law in 2014. He has been ranked number one for TMT by Chambers and Partners in 2015.

Vaibhav Parikh is regularly sought after for his extensive experience in advising on technology matters, with an emphasis on corporate transactions.

He has authored several papers and lectured at several prestigious gatherings on a worldwide basis. He has also been acknowledged as a ‘Highly Recommended Lawyer’ for Outsourcing, and Telecom and IT and ‘Recommended Lawyer’ for Intellectual Property by the PLC Which Lawyer? 2009. He has represented NASSCOM at a WTO symposium at Geneva for presenting a paper on ‘Movement of Natural Persons’ in 2001. He is a Charter Member of TiE, Bangalore Chapter and is also on the executive council of the Franchising Association of India.

Ankit Ratan

Silver medalist at IIT Delhi (2011). Published 3 research papers and filed a patent. Worked for Data Analytics firm in New York for 2 years deploying fraud analytics solutions at Citi Bank and Metlife. Started own company in Analytics in India in 2013, working with large private banks in detecting fraud. Now building, Signzy, a global digital trust platform. Signzy in its short 2-year Journey has won awards from RBI, IBM, Thomson Reuters and also judged as Forbes 30 under 30.

Hitesh Sachdev
Head - Innovation & Investments

Hitesh Sachdev is a veteran banker with ICICI Group, with a highly rich and diverse 17 years of experience across innovation, FinTech, private equity, investment banking & asset financing.

Hitesh presently heads the Start-up Engagement, Innovation and Investments at ICICI Bank. He has played an instrumental role in setting up the Innovation team and executing cutting edge technology led projects for ICICI Bank in collaboration with FinTech start-ups. Hitesh also leads FinTech Investment Fund for investing into emerging FinTech start-ups.

Prior to setting up the Innovation team, Hitesh played a pivotal role in setting up the Emerging India Fund (EIF) and has successfully led the investments in Agri Logistics, Education & Healthcare from EIF. Prior to setting up EIF, Hitesh led the investment banking vertical focussed on Mid-Market and Agri business group and executed multiple M&A and Private Equity transactions.

Hitesh has longstanding experience in dealing with SME & Mid Corporate clientele & played a pivotal role in scaling up SME business at ICICI Bank.

He is mentor to many entrepreneurs / companies through various platforms like Grow Your Business Program, The Sounding Board, ASCENT, TiE etc.

Academics: Chartered Accountant, Company Secretary, Bachelor of Law (LLB) & Master of Commerce.

Ajay Shah
National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi

Ajay Shah has Ph.D. in Economics from University of Southern California, Los Angeles and B.Tech. in Aeronautical Engineering from IIT, Mumbai. He has held positions at the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (Mumbai), Indira Gandhi Institute for Development Research (Mumbai) and the Ministry of Finance, and now co-leads the Macro/Finance Group as a Professor at National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi. He is engaged in academic and policy-oriented research in the fields of Indian economic growth, open economy macroeconomics, public finance, financial economics and pensions. In the past decade, he was extensively involved in the policy process in the reforms of the equity market and the New Pension System. His work can be accessed on his home page (http://www.mayin.org/ajayshah) and on his blog (http://ajayshahblog.blogspot.com).

Denis Sweeney
Business Development Director, Asia Pacific

Upon graduation from college in Ireland as Electronic Engineer, joined Fujitsu Japan in 1990 as a software engineer. Between 1994 and 2006, involved in system development, design, implementation, operation and support projects at Japanese and Asia Pacific security firms and banks in the areas of market data, treasury risk management and automated FX trading. From 2007 to 2010 was Representative Director of NYSE Technologies in Japan. From 2011 to 2016 was Representative Director of Interactive Data/ICE Data Services Japan. Joined Metamako as Business Development Director, Asia Pacific in September 2016.

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