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.
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).
Ankush has been in Equities / F&O trading business for over 10 years, working with J.P. Morgan for about 7 years on electronic trading desk covering clients across regions.
He holds a Bachelor degree in Homoeopathic medicine and Post gradation business diploma (sales & marketing).
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 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 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.
Abhishek is a Vice President in the Execution Advisory Services team within Citi’s Markets and Securities Services business in Asia Pacific. Based in Hong Kong, his role covers cross-channel execution sales, execution consulting and microstructure research for Citi’s institutional clients throughout the region. Abhishek has over 7 years’ experience in Equity Trading Analytics and specializes in helping clients understand the source of their trading costs, how to reduce them and how they are impacted by the ever-changing market microstructure. Prior to joining Citi, Abhishek worked at ITG and Nomura. Abhishek holds a BTech in Engineering from IIT-Delhi and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
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.
Kumar Goradia looks after business development and general operations of the Tower Research Capital group in India. Prior to that, he was the country markets technology manager at JP Morgan India. Kumar has also managed the equity, listed derivatives, and operations technology initiatives of Citigroup Global Markets in the country.
Earlier he looked after application technology, algorithmic trading, quantitative studies, and India access products for the Institutional business of MF Global India, as well as treasury technology at ICICI Bank. Kumar began his markets career at a private Indian brokerage, where he ran arbitrage trading, B2B franchise solutions, clearing, risk management, compliance, back office, & sales.
Kumar has served on the BSE's technology committee, and is currently the Co-Chair of the India Working Group, FIX Trading Community. Kumar has a B.E. from the University of Bombay, and an M.S. from Virginia Tech in the United States.
Arvind heads Member Services at National Stock Exchange of India Ltd. He has been with NSE for 13 years and has worked in varied fields viz. Trade Operations, Back Office, Clearing & Settlement, Product Development, Business Development etc. He is a Chartered Accountant by education with 2 decades of experience. He was earlier associated with SEBI and OTC Exchange of India.
Julien Hage is based in Hong Kong and runs Electronic Trading Solutions for Societe Generale in Asia which covers Portfolio Trading, Electronic Quantitative Solutions and Algo Factory teams.
Prior to this, Julien Hage was head of portfolio trading and dealing at BNP Paribas for Asia and before that, he was deputy head of trading for AXA Rosenberg in London.
Julien Hage holds a masters degree in computer science as well as a postgraduate degree in Financial Engineering from SKEMA business school in France.
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.
Anant has 10+ years of experience managing institutional and proprietary capital via systematic investment strategies. His firm, Greenland Investment Management (GIM) is a technology driven systematic investment manager that uses proprietary ultra-low latency systems and high-speed exchange connectivity to deliver alpha. GIM specializes in trading global pure arbitrage and statistical arbitrage strategies across asset classes.
Prior to Greenland, Anant co-founded India's first hedge fund, Forefront Capital Management, a systematic investment management firm. He successfully sold Forefront to Edelweiss Financial Services. Forefront (now known as Edelweiss Multi Strategy Funds) manages in excess of $300 million. Prior to Forefront, Anant was a Portfolio Manager at AQR Capital as part of the Global Stock Selection team where he managed global statistical arbitrage and U.S. equity portfolios.
Anant graduated from the Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology (M&T) from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Economics and a B.S.E. in Computer Engineering.
Viresh is the chief equity trader at Axis Asset Management and dealing with Equity, Derivatives & ETF. Viresh has an MBA in Finance and a Bachelor degree in Commerce.
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.
Jyo is the Vice President of Autobahn Equity Sales Trading of Deutsche Securities and has been covering the Asia Pacific region since October 2016. Prior to that, his primary coverage was the India markets. Jyo is based in Singapore.
Rishi Kohli is the Managing Director & CEO at ProAlpha Systematic Capital Advisors, the Indian subsidiary of Monsoon Capital USA and is the Chief Investment Officer for all the quantitative investment and hedging products at Monsoon, which is a US-based alternative asset manager focused on India.
Rishi has been among the earliest players in the Indian derivatives market since its inception in 2001 and started one of the largest institutional derivatives broking business of the 2004-2007 period. He was a pioneer in options strategies and managed futures strategy research in his broking days. At Monsoon, from 2007, he ran the earliest buy-side quantitative Indian hedge fund.
He has been a speaker at many global conferences like Quant Invest in Paris (which is the largest global conference for quantitative funds and investors), Hedge Funds Asia in Hong Kong, Quant Invest Asia in Singapore and presented his Funds at the largest global conference in the managed futures space held by Managed Funds Association in Miami, US. Rishi is also a Member of the PE/VC/Capital Markets Committee of Bombay Chambers of Commerce & Industry as a voice for AIF Category III hedge funds in India.
Rishi’s comments and interviews are regularly featured on various media like CNBC and various leading financial newspapers.
Rishi did his Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, in 1999, and his MBA from the Indian Institute of Management at Lucknow, in 2001.
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.
In his current role, he is responsible for Product Management and Data Services at NSE for all the asset classes. He is also driving the business development activities at NSE IFSC.
He has over 22 years of experience in the Exchange and Clearing Corporation space. He joined NSE in 1995 and has experience in almost all the functions of the exchange ranging from Business development (equity, equity & currency derivatives), operations, membership & listing activities, clearing & settlement of all asset classes at NSCCL, product development etc.
He has also been associated with some leading IT companies and has handled implementation of clearing, settlement and depository solutions across the globe.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
Vishtaspa Rana is the Senior Manager - Investment Operations at Tata Asset Management. His responsibilities cover equity cash market, derivatives and algo trading. Vishtaspa also manages Arbitrage portion of Hybrid Schemes.
He obtained his graduate diploma in Business Administration from S.I.E.S College of Management, and Bachelor Degree in Commerce from University of Mumbai.
Runs Electronic Execution at CITI based out of Mumbai. Has 12 years industry experience ranging from trading Equities, Derivative products from both the High touch and Low Touch desks.
Abhishek holds a Masters in Finance Degree from INSEAD, France.
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.
Sanjay Rawal is the CEO of Open Futures, one of the early entrants into High Frequency Trading in India.
Sanjay has been an entrepreneur for the last 20+ years and started going on the floor of the Delhi Stock Exchange while doing his Bachelor's from Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi. He has been involved in trading for these 20+ years and has mentored many young traders.
In his current role, Sameer is responsible for implementation and running of live trading platforms for leading wall street firms in 6 markets who together do around 3 million trades and settle more than 3.5 billion USD daily.
He has over 21 years of experience in Capital Markets and has extensively worked on multi-market, multi-asset, multi-channel trading solutions including algorithmic trading, risk management & surveillance and digital solutions. He has been associated with TCS BaNCS for the past 15 years. Prior to that he has worked with NSE and Refco (Now Phillip Capital, India).
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.
Chartered Accountant, Company Secretary, Bachelor of Law (LLB) & Master of Commerce.
Richie Sancheti leads the Funds Practice Group at Nishith Desai Associates and is based in Mumbai. With a strong funds background, Richie advises on optimum structures for setting up onshore and offshore investment funds including those focused on capital markets. He advises fund managers in connection with the formation, carry allocation program and governance of private funds.
Richie specializes in all aspects of the formation and operation of venture capital, private equity and hedge funds that are focused on investing in India. He has extensive experience in designing fund structures and advising on “market” terms.
Richie is also a member of the firm’s international tax and private equity investment practice groups and advises clients on matters including private equity transactions.
Jay has been part of the Capital markets since 2004, where he started his career with Edelweiss. He has since been trading in the Indian equity markets across different proprietary shops.
The past 6 years he has ventured into the Asset Management business, first at his own private LLP, and then at Ocean Dial Advisors Pvt Ltd.
His market expertise is spread over Market Neutral, Trend, Long – Short and Contrarian strategies.
Jay has a bachelors in Engineering from Mumbai University and PGPM from ISB, Hyderabad.
Gautam Shroff (Mumbai) Heads Sales Trading at Edelweiss Securities Ltd, has rich and diverse experience of 14 years across Cash Equity, Derivatives and Forex. Prior to joining Edelweiss in 2008, Gautam worked as Dy. Head of Trading at Societe Generale - Mumbai wherein had exposure to Cash Market and Derivatives including Program trading.
He leads Block Deals and placements working closely with full spectrum of Institutional Investors from Sovereign Funds, Large Long-Only, Private Equity Investors and Hedge Funds apart from being instrumental in framing logics for in-house built Algo’s and Trading Platform.
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.
Zameer Syed is the Director and Chief Architect of STROBUS InfoSoft. As a business technologist, with expertise in Capital Markets technology solutions, he’s been focusing on high performance computing, trading technology, digital transformation, and application of AI & ML in Capital Markets domain.
In his earlier assignments, he was heading technology and business solutions for reputed financial services organizations in both buy-side and sell-side.
He’s an alumnus of National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli and Indian Institute of Management, Kolkatta.
Bhumika is a part of the Goldman Sachs Asia Electronic Trading team and is the Sales & Execution Coverage for India.
She has been in the firm for the last 7 years and has worked extensively to provide algorithmic trade solutions that suit the Asian markets based on their nuanced microstructure. She is also actively involved in post trade & TCA consultation to help clients improve their trade strategies.
Bhumika holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management with a specialization in Finance from the Mumbai University.