Meet the speaker line-up for the Institutional Fixed Income Virtual Summit 2020 below.

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Abhishek Kumar

Abhishek Kumar

Managing Director, Head of Emerging Markets Debt, SPDR ETFs

Abhishek is a Managing Director and the sector head for emerging markets within the Fixed Income Beta Team. He is the lead portfolio manager for EM debt, managing both hard currency and local currency EM funds and also works to develop new strategies and solutions for clients in EM debt. He joined SSGA in September 2010. Prior to joining the investment management team, Abhishek spent three years at ICICI Bank UK PLC managing global credit portfolios. Abhishek holds a Masters in Management from ESCP Europe Paris, a Post Graduate Diploma in Management (Equivalent to MBA) from Indian Institute of Management Lucknow, India and a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India. He is a CFA charter holder and is a member of the CFA Society UK and the CFA Institute.

Antoine Lesne

Antoine Lesne

Head of Strategy and Research, SPDR ETFs

Antoine is a Vice President of State Street Global Advisors and Head of SPDR ETF Strategy & Research for EMEA. Antoine's responsibilities include developing a strategy framework for the existing SPDR ETF range to align it with financial market developments and longer term economic outlooks. This is delivered through research on ETFs as well as market notes produced by the strategy team supporting information and the distribution of ETFs across EMEA. Prior to this role Antoine was a Fixed Income Portfolio Strategist in EMEA covering Europe and Global Fixed Income beta strategies as well as Smart Beta for Credit strategies. Antoine joined SSGA in 2006 from Sungard Reech where he was responsible for selling advanced pricing and risk analytics to banks and asset managers in France and the Netherlands, with a focus on structured fixed income derivatives. Prior to that he took part in a start-up which managed an internet based Interest Rate Swaps interdealer trading platform. He started his career at Societe Generale Corporate and Investment Banking on the Fixed Income & FX structured products sales desk. Antoine has earned a Master's degree from the French Business School, ESCEM, with a major in Finance in 1998.

Christopher Mills

Christopher Mills

Institutional Client Solutions Director, Royal London Asset Management

Chris started his career at Royal London Asset Management in 2011. The first three years were spent in Institutional Sales Support where he was responsible for RLAM’s proposal submissions and presentations to pension funds, endowments and charities. Through this work Chris become more involved with clients’ investment consultants, moving across to the Consultant Relations Team in 2015. Chris has a BSc (Hons) in Marketing and Business from the University of Plymouth Business School, holds the CFA Society UK’s Investment Management Certificate and has passed Level 1 of the CFA programme.

Daniel Blamont

Daniel Blamont

Head of Investment Strategy, Phoenix Group

Daniel Blamont is head of investment strategy at Phoenix Group within the Corporate Development team. Amongst other, he is responsible for Strategic Asset Allocation for shareholder businesses and derivative strategy for the Group. Daniel has been at Phoenix since 2012. Prior to that, he worked for over nine years in investment banking, starting in fixed income research at Deutsche Bank in 2002. From 2006 to 2012 Daniel was in Insurance & Pension structuring at Deutsche Bank and subsequently Credit Suisse. Daniel holds a MSc. in Financial Mathematics from Warwick University and a BSc. in Mathematics and Management from King’s College London.

Erik Davey

Erik Davey

Director, SECOR Asset Management

Erik is a Director of UK & Europe based in London, with responsibilities in the client advisory and manager research teams at SECOR. He has over 20 years of investment management industry experience, including time at Russell Investments and General Motors Asset Management as a manager in the fixed income and strategic solutions team.

Freddie Ewer

Freddie Ewer

Institutional Client Solutions Director, Royal London Asset Management

Freddie joined RLAM in January 2018 as Institutional Business Development Manager, focusing on Corporate Pension Funds and their advisers. Freddie joins from Redington, where he was a Senior Vice President in the Investment Consulting team. At Redington Freddie advised a portfolio of Defined Benefit Pension Funds on governance, investment strategy, portfolio construction, manager selection and implementation. His time at Redington included a 12 month secondment to National Grid UK Pension Fund where he worked in the internal investment team. Freddie is Co-Founder and Trustee of RedSTART Educate, a Financial Education charity. Freddie has a BA(Hons) in Geography from Durham University.

Hitendra Varsani

Hitendra Varsani

Executive Director Core Research, MSCI

Hitendra Varsani, is an Executive Director within MSCI’s Core Index Research team, based in London. His research areas of focus span factor and ESG investing in equities and fixed income. Prior to joining MSCI, Hitendra was Head of the Quantitative and Derivative Strategies team for EMEA and Asia at Morgan Stanley. Over his career, Hitendra has published a number of papers on dynamic asset allocation, the use of alternative risk premia in portfolio design, as well as the strategic use of options and volatility related derivatives for portfolio risk management. Hitendra has worked with broad range of investors covering the world’s leading hedge funds, asset managers, as well as asset owners, to provide bespoke services and solutions. Hitendra holds a degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Kings College London, and a Masters in Mathematical Finance from Imperial College London.

Ian Rogers

Ian Rogers

Senior Manager - Investment Capital Analysis, Scottish Widows

Ian is a Senior Manager in the Investment Capital Analysis team at Scottish Widows. He facilitates bilateral loan transactions on behalf of the annuity portfolio, focusing on ensuring regulatory expectations are met and providing risk modelling expertise. Ian is an actuary and has held a variety of life insurance roles.

Jonathan Camissar

Jonathan Camissar

Senior Portfolio Manager, SPDR ETFs

Jonathan is Senior Investment Manager within the Fixed Income Portfolio Management Team at State Street Global Advisors Limited. He manages a range of portfolios with a focus on Convertible, High yield and Emerging Market Debt.  He joined in August 2014 as a dedicated member of the Fixed Income Trading Team, where he was responsible for trading across both Active and Indexing Fixed Income strategies. Prior to joining Jonathan built a career working for investment banks including Goldman Sachs and Rabobank. He joins the team with a deep understanding of the International Debt Capital Markets, given his background in trading, structuring and restructuring of both straight and equity-linked fixed income products.Jonathan graduated from Leeds Business School with BA (Hons) in Management in 2005 and is a holder of the Certificate in Investment Management from the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment.

Khuram Sharih

Khuram Sharih

Senior Fund Manager, Royal London Asset Management

Khuram Sharih is a senior fund manager within the global credit team at RLAM and has over 20 years of fixed income and credit experience. He joined from Newton Investment Management in August 2016, where he was a senior member of the global fixed income and multi asset teams. Khuram was previously a senior credit analyst at Cairn Capital, where he played a key role in the development of its global credit and CLO platforms. Prior to moving to the UK, he held roles at Denali Capital and JP Morgan in the US.

Kris Lasocki

Kris Lasocki

Investment Manager, Royal Mail Pension Plan

Krzysztof Lasocki is an Investment Manager at in the Royal Mail Pension Plan, responsible for investment strategy and implementation, investment manager selection and day-to-day portfolio management. He joined in 2017 to help manage a diversified portfolio of assets which are currently worth over £13bn. Krzysztof was listed as one of the 2018 Rising Stars of Asset Management by Financial News and also nominated for the Rising Star of the Year award by Institutional Investor Institute (Peer-to-Peer awards). In the past he worked in consulting roles at Capita, PwC and PiRho. Krzysztof holds an MSc in Finance from the University of St Andrews and is a CFA and CAIA charterholder.

Mark Hedges

Mark Hedges

Chief Investment Officer, Nationwide Pension Fund

CIO of the Nationwide Pension Fund with responsibility for the implementation of the investment strategy and the day to day management of a £6.8bn pool of assets. The assets are invested across a range of asset classes including LDI, equities, credit, real estate, private equity, infrastructure, and private debt.

Matthew Bale

Matthew Bale

Head of Product, Moody's Analytics

Matthew is Head of Product, Buy-Side Solutions, Enterprise Risk Solutions at Moody’s Analytics. In this role, he is responsible for the strategic direction of risk management platform, PFaroe™. His focus is the expansion of the PFaroe platform’s analytics, both within the pensions industry and into other financial markets.   Previously, Matthew spent three years in Citi’s Insurance and Pensions Structured Solutions Group, helping the bank’s key clients manage their global defined benefit pension risk. Before this, he was a Director in ABN Amro’s Pension Advisory Team, working with clients on pension, investment and funding solutions. Matthew began his pension career as a Consultant in Towers Perrins’ Employee Benefit Services division, where he qualified as an actuary.

Rupert Stow

Rupert Stow

Chief Investment Officer, Utmost Worldwide

Rupert is Chief Investment Officer of Utmost Worldwide Limited where he has responsibility for the insurer’s asset and liability management. As chair of a number of investment committees he invests across multiple asset classes and specialises in portfolio construction and Strategic Asset Allocation.

Stephen Yeats

Stephen Yeats

Senior Managing Director and Head of Fixed Income Cash and Currency – EMEA, SPDR ETFs

Stephen is a Senior Managing Director and Head of Fixed Income Cash and Currency for EMEA. He is also UK Head of Investments. Within the EMEA region Steve oversees a range of fixed income strategies, Active and Indexed, across a broad range of sectors - including Rates, Credit, Convertibles and Emerging Market Debt. In addition, he is responsible for the EMEA Liability Driven Investment team, oversees the Cash and Currency activities in the region, as well as the Fixed Income teams in APAC. As UK Head of Investments Steve has supervisory responsibility for investment staff in the UK. Stephen is a member of SSGA's Senior Leadership Team as well as the Investment, EMEA Risk and UK Senior Management Committees. He graduated with a Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering from Nottingham University and has also earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. He is a member of the UK Society of Investment Professionals and the CFA Institute.

Tarik Ben-Saud

Tarik Ben-Saud

Senior Advisor (Asset Management), Moody's Analytics

Tarik’s role at Moody’s Analytics, is to support and accelerate the development of its PFaroe™ product suite’s front office investment management capabilities. His current focus is PFaroe Attribution, a multi-asset front office decision support tool.  Tarik’s industry experience spans 30-years in variety of senior front office roles at Barclays, BlackRock and Insight Investment building tailored solutions covering LDI, credits and multi-asset for UK and Global investors. These roles have given him extensive portfolio management and technical experience to develop applications that satisfy asset owners’ and asset managers’ requirements.

Yael Selfin

Yael Selfin

Chief Economist, KPMG

Yael is Chief Economist at KPMG in the UK. She advises clients on the global economic outlook and its impact on their strategy. Her research looks at the impact major changes, including new technologies and Brexit, could have on the economy as well as on individual businesses.  

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