FMQ 2021 Speakers

Keynote Speakers

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Afsaneh M. Beschloss

Title: Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Affiliation: Rock Creek Group

Afsaneh Mashayekhi Beschloss is an economist and Founder and CEO of RockCreek. Previously, she was Managing Director and Partner at the Carlyle Group. She was Treasurer and Chief Investment Officer of the World Bank and worked at J.P. Morgan. Ms. Beschloss has advised governments, central banks, and regulatory agencies on global public policy and financial policy as well as energy. She led the World Bank’s energy investments and policy work on areas including sustainable investing, renewable energy, power, and infrastructure to reduce carbon emissions and founded its Natural Gas Group as a transitional fuel.

Ms. Beschloss is Chair of PBS Foundation, and trustee of the Institute for Advanced Study, World Resources Institute, Council on Foreign Relations, Global Alliance for Vaccines, Georgetown University, and Bretton Woods Committee.

She was recognized by Carnegie Corporation in their Great Immigrants, Great Americans 2020 list, received the Institutional Investor Lifetime Achievement Award and the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Award, and been listed among the “Most Powerful Women in Banking” by American Banker.

Ms. Beschloss holds an MPhil (Honors) in Economics from the University of Oxford, where she taught international trade and economic development. She is the co-author of The Economics of Natural Gas and author of numerous journal articles on energy, finance, renewable energy, and impact investing.

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Robert Cook

Title: President and CEO
Affiliation: FINRA

Robert W. Cook is President and CEO of FINRA, and Chairman of the FINRA Investor Education Foundation. From 2010 to 2013, Mr. Cook served as the Director of the Division of Trading and Markets of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Under his direction, the Division’s professionals were responsible for regulatory policy and oversight with respect to broker-dealers, securities exchanges and markets, clearing agencies and FINRA. In addition, the Division reviewed and acted on proposed rule filings and new product listings from self-regulatory organizations, including the securities exchanges and FINRA, and was responsible for implementing a range of initiatives and studies generated by the Dodd-Frank and JOBS Acts. He also directed the staff’s review of equity market structure.

Immediately prior to joining FINRA, and before his service at the SEC, Mr. Cook was a partner based in the Washington, DC, office of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, LLP. His practice focused on the regulation of securities markets and market intermediaries, including securities firms, exchanges, alternative trading systems and clearing agencies. During his years of private practice, Mr. Cook worked extensively on broker-dealer regulation, advising large and small firms on a wide range of compliance matters.

Mr. Cook earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1992, a Master of Science in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the London School of Economics in 1989, and an A.B. in Social Studies from Harvard College in 1988.

Stacey Cunningham

Stacey Cunningham

Title: President
Affiliation: New York Stock Exchange

Stacey Cunningham is the President of the NYSE Group, which includes the New York Stock Exchange and a diverse range of equity and equity options exchanges, all wholly owned subsidiaries of Intercontinental Exchange (NYSE: ICE).

She is the 67th President and the first woman to lead the NYSE Group in its 227 year history. Most recently, she was the NYSE COO where she was responsible for NYSE’s five equity markets and two options markets, leading the company’s strategy for its equities, equity derivatives and ETF businesses. Prior to serving as COO, Cunningham was President of NYSE Governance Services and served as Head of Sales & Relationship Management at NYSE. Before joining NYSE, Cunningham held several senior positions at Nasdaq.

Cunningham began her career on the NYSE trading floor where she served as a specialist. Cunningham earned her B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University.

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Arne Staal

Title: Group Head of Benchmarks and Indices and Chief Executive Officer, FTSE Russell
Affiliation: London Stock Exchange Group

Arne Staal is the Group Head of Benchmarks and Indices for the LSEG and CEO of FTSE Russell. Arne was previously the Global Head of Research & Product Management for the Information Services Division of LSEG.

Arne completed his undergraduate studies in the Netherlands and holds two Master degrees from the University of Groningen. He also holds a Ph.D. from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. He has in-depth knowledge of indexing, analytics and data platforms, as well as active, passive and systematic investment management. He has extensively worked with clients in an advisory and solutions-oriented capacity.

With experience on both the sell-side and buy-side in a variety of roles, including Head of Product Research & Innovation at BlackRock, European Head of Index Products & Strategy at Barclays Capital, and Head of Quantitative Strategies at Standard Life Investments, Arne has a track record of producing widely recognized thought-leadership and delivering innovative product development. His most recent focus has been on efficient and scalable investment problem solving through data science and technology. Arne joined LSEG from Aberdeen Standard Investments where he served as Global Head of Macro Systematic Strategies and Macro Risk. Arne started his career at Lehman Brothers in NYC and has lived and worked in both the US and UK for large parts of his career.

View from the Exchanges Panelists

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Kevin Tyrrell

Title: Head of Research
Affiliation: New York Stock Exchange

Kevin Tyrrell is Head of Research at the New York Stock Exchange, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Intercontinental Exchange (NYSE: ICE).

Kevin is responsible for market analysis, customer performance analytics, and original research development for NYSE’s transactions and listings businesses. Prior to joining NYSE, Kevin was head of Quant Solutions Sales and previously head of Execution Consulting for the electronic equities business at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and previously worked at UBS and Nasdaq. Kevin holds a B.A in International Affairs from The George Washington University and MBA, Quantitative Finance from NYU Stern School of Business.

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Chuck Mack

Title: Head of U.S. Equities
Affiliation: Nasdaq

Chuck Mack is Head of U.S. Equities for Nasdaq. In his role, he is responsible for the management, operation and strategic direction for Nasdaq’s three U.S. Equities exchangesNasdaq, BX and PSX. He also oversees the Nasdaq Exchange Traded Products (ETP) business, and the over-the-counter Trade Reporting Facility. Mr. Mack has over 20 years of experience in the financial markets, and has experience in product management and operations in equities, options, and futures. Chuck started his tenure at Nasdaq in 2004 via Nasdaq’s acquisition of the BRUT ECN in a market operations role.

Throughout his time at Nasdaq, he has held roles involving market structure and strategy which led to various leadership and management positions in both U.S. equities and options. Chuck began his career in the securities industry in trading and technology at TD Waterhouse Inc.

Chuck holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Business Administration, both from Rutgers University.

Nandini Sukumar

Nandini Sukumar

Title: Chief Executive Officer
Affiliation: The World Federation of Exchanges

Nandini Sukumar is the Chief Executive Officer of the World Federation of Exchanges, the global association for exchanges and CCPs. The WFE represents more than 250 exchanges and clearing houses globally, educating stakeholders on the vital role played by market infrastructures in the real economy and as a standard setter, finding the consensus on issues among the global membership. Of its members, 35% are in Asia-Pacific, 45% in EMEA and 20% in the Americas. WFE exchanges are home to 47,919 listed companies, and the market capitalization of these entities is over $109 trillion; around $137 trillion (EOB) in trading annually passes through WFE members (at end 2020). WFE’s 57 member CCPs collectively ensure that risk takers post some $800bn (equivalent) of resources to back their positions, in the form of initial margin and default fund requirements. Ms. Sukumar is Vice Chair of IOSCO’s Affiliate Members Consultative Committee and Chair of the AMCC’s Sustainability Taskforce.

Regulation and Policy Update

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Commissioner Allison Herren Lee

Title: SEC Commissioner
Affiliation: U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Allison Herren Lee was appointed by President Donald Trump to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate, and sworn into office on July 8, 2019.

Commissioner Lee brings to the SEC over two decades of experience as a securities law practitioner. Most recently, she has written, lectured, and taught courses internationally in Spain and Italy on financial regulation and corporate law. Commissioner Lee served for over a decade in various roles at the SEC, including as counsel to Commissioner Kara Stein, and as Senior Counsel in the Division of Enforcement’s Complex Financial Instruments Unit. In addition, she has served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, was a member of the American Bar Association’s former Committee on Public Company Disclosure, and participated on a USAID project in Armenia, assisting in the drafting of periodic reporting and disclosure provisions for a comprehensive law of the Republic of Armenia on Securities Market Regulation.

Prior to government service, Commissioner Lee was a partner at Sherman & Howard LLC, focusing on securities, antitrust, and commercial litigation. A member of the Colorado bar, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Colorado and a JD from the University of Denver College of Law, where she was salutatorian, a Chancellor’s Scholar, and served on the Law Review.

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Commissioner Hester Peirce

Title: SEC Commissioner
Affiliation: U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Hester M. Peirce was appointed by President Donald J. Trump to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and was sworn in on January 11, 2018.

Prior to joining the SEC, Commissioner Peirce conducted research on the regulation of financial markets at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. She was a Senior Counsel on the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, where she advised Ranking Member Richard Shelby and other members of the Committee on securities issues. Commissioner Peirce served as counsel to SEC Commissioner Paul S. Atkins. She also worked as a Staff Attorney in the SEC’s Division of Investment Management. Commissioner Peirce was an associate at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (now WilmerHale) and clerked for Judge Roger Andewelt on the Court of Federal Claims.

Commissioner Peirce earned her bachelor’s degree in Economics from Case Western Reserve University and her JD from Yale Law School.

Future of Digital Assets Panelists

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Daniel Gallagher (C’94)

Title: Chief Legal Officer
Affiliation: Robinhood

Dan Gallagher is Chief Legal Officer of Robinhood, a fast-growing brokerage giving millions of people access to our financial system. Before joining Robinhood, Dan was Partner and Deputy Chair of the Securities Department at WilmerHale. He served as a Commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from 2011 to 2015, held several other positions on the SEC staff prior to being appointed commissioner, and was Chief Legal Officer at Mylan N.V. Dan serves on several advisory boards and holds a J.D. from Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, and B.A. from Georgetown University

Sarah Olsen

Sarah Olsen (C’09)

Title: CIB, Blockchain, Executive Director
Affiliation: J.P. Morgan

Sarah is the Head of Corporate Development for Onyx by J.P. Morgan, responsible for strategic investments and partnerships in the blockchain industry. Prior to J.P. Morgan, Sarah was the Head of Corporate Development for Gemini Trust Company, a regulated cryptocurrency platform providing exchange and custody services. Prior to joining the blockchain industry, Sarah worked at Apollo Global Management where she focused on capital raising for commingled funds and separately managed accounts investing in structured and performing credit. Prior to that time, she worked at Brightwood Capital, capital raising for funds investing in the equity and debt of U.S. middle-market businesses. Sarah started her career at Rockefeller Financial in the Capital Partners Group where she was responsible for third-party selection of alternative asset managers. Sarah graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy.

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Haimera Workie

Title: Head of Financial Innovation & Senior Director
Affiliation: FINRA

Haimera Workie is the Head of Financial Innovation and Senior Director at FINRA. In this capacity, he is responsible for leading FINRA’s Office of Financial Innovation, which focuses on analyzing financial technology (FinTech) innovations and emerging risks and trends related to the securities market. As part of these responsibilities, Mr. Workie works to foster an ongoing dialogue with market participants in order to build a better understanding of FinTech innovations and their impact on the securities markets. Previously, Mr. Workie served as Deputy Associate Director in the Division of Trading and Markets at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Mr. Workie also previously served as Counsel in the SEC Office of the Chairman. Prior to joining the SEC, he was an associate at the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, with a practice focusing on corporate law. He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B.S., M.S.) and Harvard Law School (J.D.).

Crypto ETFs Panelists

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Simeon Hyman

Title: Head of Investment Strategy
Affiliation: ProShares

Simeon Hyman joined ProShares in 2013 as Head of Investment Strategy. Mr. Hyman leads ProShares’ team of investment professionals engaged in portfolio analysis, product research and development, education and the delivery of investment strategies using the company’s ETFs. He and his team are also responsible for the development and publication of research, white papers and other content to present ProShares as a leader in the ETF industry.

Prior to ProShares, Mr. Hyman spent several years at Bloomberg where he was Chief Investment Officer for Bloomberg’s technology-driven wealth management business, BloombergBlack. He also served as Chairman of the Investment Committee and led the team of investment professionals tasked with the continuous delivery of investment advice, research content, and strategic and tactical asset allocation guidance. Before joining Bloomberg, Mr. Hyman was Head of Investment Strategy and Due Diligence for UBS. There, he established asset allocation and investment strategies for the $300 billion UBS U.S. Wealth Management business and directed due diligence for the $50 billion separately managed account business. Prior to UBS, Mr. Hyman served as the Chief Investment Officer of Lehman Brothers Trust Company.

Mr. Hyman earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from Columbia Business School. He holds Series 7, 24, 63 and 66 FINRA registrations and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

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David LaValle (C’99)

Title: Global Head of ETFs
Affiliation: Grayscale

David LaValle is Managing Director, Global Head of ETFs at Grayscale Investments, the world’s largest digital currency asset manager. LaValle has over 20 years of experience in financial services and a proven executive management track record. LaValle’s expertise covers the broad finance industry, the Indexing landscape, and the exchange- traded product (ETP) ecosystem, including extensive knowledge in trading, distribution, capital markets, stock exchanges and regulatory engagements.

Prior to joining Grayscale, LaValle was the Chief Executive Officer of Alerian and S-Network Global Indexes. In that role, LaValle was responsible for all facets of the business including leading the firm’s growth and business transformation strategy, formulating and overseeing the Executive Management Team and representing the firm as a frequent spokesperson for press engagements and events. Previously, LaValle was the US Head of SPDR ETF Capital Markets and a member of the senior leadership team at State Street Global Advisors, a $3.5 trillion-dollar global asset manager. Prior to State Street, LaValle led Nasdaq’s Exchange Traded Product Marketplace where he was responsible for all aspects of strategy and business development for Nasdaq’s ETP listing and trading businesses. Before joining Nasdaq, LaValle was a member of the New York Stock Exchange and American Stock Exchange where he managed trading businesses.

LaValle earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgetown University, served on the Security Traders Association of New York (STANY) Board and is a current member of the Wall Street Rides FAR charity advisory board.

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Anna Paglia

Title: Managing Director and Global Head of ETFs and Indexed Strategies
Affiliation: Invesco

Anna Paglia is a Managing Director and Global Head of ETFs and Indexed Strategies at Invesco. In this role, she is responsible for managing the operations and setting forth the strategy and vision for Invesco’s exchanged-traded funds (ETFs) and indexed business.

Ms. Paglia joined Invesco in 2010. Prior to her current role, she served as head of legal for Invesco’s US ETFs and was team leader for and provided legal support to Invesco’s unit investment trust business for nine years and has worked with various teams, market participants, and external index partners. Before joining Invesco, Ms. Paglia was a partner in the investment management group at K&L Gates LLP and served as fund counsel and counsel to the independent directors for a number of mutual funds and ETFs. Prior to K&L Gates LLP, she was in-house counsel at Barclays Global Investors in London, where she contributed to the European expansion and cross-listings of the iShares ETFs. Ms. Paglia has provided thought leadership to the ETF industry since 2000 and has worked toward ETF innovation in both Europe and the US.

Ms. Paglia earned a JD from L.U.I.S.S. Law School in Rome, a law school certificate from Kingston University School of Law in London and an LLM from Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago. She is admitted to practice law in Illinois and New York.

ESG Disclosure and Ratings Panelists

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Remy Briand

Title: Head of ESG
Affiliation: MSCI, Inc.

Remy Briand, as Head of ESG, is responsible for MSCI’s ESG (environmental, social and governance) ratings products. He is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.

Remy Briand has been leading MSCI ESG Research since its creation in 2010. Remy also served until February 2017 as global head of research for MSCI where he led a team of 150 researchers designing indexes, analytics and risk models for institutional investors. As head of index research for 10 years, he managed the expansion of the MSCI Global Indexes to cover 80 developed, emerging and frontier markets. He also initiated and led the development of MSCI’s market-leading factor indexes.

Mr. Briand joined MSCI in 2001 from Credit Lyonnais Asset Management, where he was equity portfolio manager and head of research. He began his career as a private equity analyst at Credit Lyonnais.

Over his 27-year career as an investor, researcher and business leader, Remy has gained unique insights on topics such as global investing, emerging markets, sustainable investment and financial innovation. He regularly shares his views at industry conferences and with financial news media.

Remy holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Sciences from INSA (Lyon) and an MBA from HEC (Paris).

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Granville Martin

Title: Director of Policy for the Americas
Affiliation: the Value Reporting Foundation

Granville Martin is Head of Americas Policy and Outreach at the Value Reporting Foundation (VRF, formerly Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB)) where he leads engagement with US and Latin American regulators, corporates and trade associations.

Prior to joining VRF, Granville was Senior Vice President for Policy & Advocacy and General Counsel at the Society for Corporate Governance where he led the Society’s advocacy efforts related to corporate governance, securities law and regulation and other related issues. Granville also led the Society’s ESG-related efforts including assisting members in navigating the increased demands for disclosure and engagement, creating dialogue among issuers, investors and other stakeholders, and representing Society views in a variety of forums.

Prior to joining the Society, Granville was a Managing Director of Sustainable Finance for JPMorgan Chase & Co. where he led a range of ESG-related initiatives, including working with investment and commercial banking units to manage environmental and social risks, engaging with clients and external stakeholders and advising the senior management and the Board. Key sectors included oil and gas, mining, timber, prison services, firearms, and other sectors with significant environmental and/or social impact.

After graduating law school, Granville joined the Office of the Counsel to Governor George Pataki of New York working on environmental issues such as wastewater treatment, New York City watershed protection and green buildings. He also worked on local government and mental health issues and negotiated with the State Legislature. After leaving the Pataki Administration, Mr. Martin represented the Financial Services Forum prior to joining JPMorgan Chase in 2005.

Mr. Martin earned a B.A. from Boston University and a J.D. from University of San Francisco and is admitted to the bar in New York and California.

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Laura Segafredo

Title: Global Head of Sustainable Research, ETF and Index Investments
Affiliation: BlackRock

Laura Segafredo, PhD, is the Global Head of Sustainable Research for BlackRock’s ETF and Index Investment platform (EII). In this role, she is responsible for driving the research efforts aimed at the development of sustainable index solutions in ETFs, Index Mutual Funds and Segregated Mandates. In her previous role Laura was part of the Responsible Investing team within the BlackRock Fixed Income group, focusing on climate change risks and opportunities, as well as on the implementation of all aspects of ESG investing. In that role Laura gained a deep expertise on green, social and sustainable bonds, and especially on tracking and evaluating the positive environmental impact of these innovative fixed income instruments.

Prior to joining BlackRock, Laura spent over a decade working both as an Economist and a Researcher at an array of institutions spanning a wide range of industries and geographies, including Electricite de France in Paris, the Milken Institute in Los Angeles, the ClimateWorks Foundation in San Francisco, The Earth Institute at Columbia University and the 2 Degrees Investing Initiative (both in NYC). In addition, Laura has published a number of research papers in conjunction with various other industry experts. She is a globally recognized expert the low-carbon transition, scenario analysis of climate-related risks and opportunities (including physical risks), sustainable development, climate change policies and technologies.

Laura has a Ph.D in Energy and Environmental Economics from the University of Padova, an M.Sc. in Economics from Toulouse School of Economics and a B.A. in Economics (Summa Cum Laude) from the University of Padova. During her PhD She was a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, where she also spent the senior year of her undergraduate studies.

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Anne Simpson

Title: Interim Managing Investment Director, Board Governance and Sustainability
Affiliation: CalPERS