Expert Speakers Include:

Deborah Fuhr

Managing Partner & Co-founder, ETFGI

Ms Fuhr was named as one of the Top 100 women in Finance, a distinguished list of the most influential women in European Finance, by Financial News and in 2010 was featured in Investors Chronicle list of “150 People That Can Make You Money”.

Astrid Raetze

Partner at Baker and Mackenzie

She specialises in financial services, derivatives, financial products and FinTech. Her positions at Baker & McKenzie include – co-Head of the Global FinTech Group, Head of the Global Derivatives Group and Head of the Global AML Group. She advises on FinTech, derivatives, financial services, regulatory issues and financial products.

Sam Appleton

Special Counsel, Baker & Mackenzie Chairman

Sam focuses on funds management, financial products and financial services regulation, including fund formation in Australia and offshore, financial product structuring and regulatory advice.

Sudir Raju

Managing Director, FTSE Russell, Singapore

Sudir has over 15 Years experience in Research, Product Development, Operations & business development covering Buy side & Sell side. He is also responsible for collaborating with FTSE Russell regional ETP teams, working to identify and harness the strength of FTSE Russell ETP strategic relationships.

Brett Taggart

CEO, Bell Partners

With over 18 years of experience, Bell partners with wealth creation & financial advisory and his core competency has been honed to deliver world’s best financial planning solutions to clients of accounting firms.

Ilan Israelstam

Head of Strategy & Marketing, BetaShares

Ilan is responsible for strategy and marketing activities. Previously, Ilan worked for The Boston Consulting Group, one of the leading global strategy consulting firms. Based in the Sydney and New York offices, his work focused on clients in the private equity, funds management and broader financial services industries.

Shane Miller

Director, Product & Sales, Chi-X

Shane is the business and project lead to develop an Investment Products market, introducing competition for the quotation of Warrants and Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) to the Australian market. He is also responsible for the establishment of a joint partnership index business  specifically designed for retail investors.

Glenn Pitt

Financial Adviser, Beachside Financial Services

Glenn has operated a successful Financial Advice business to clients focussed upon the Northern Beaches precinct of Sydney for over eight years. He operates his business on what he call an “aggressive outsource“ model which simply means where he can find someone better than him to do the detail oriented work, then they are engaged to do so.

Petko Kalev

Professor in Finance and Director Centre for Applied Financial Studies, University of South Australia

Professor Kalev has several research interests ranging from Capital Markets, Market Efficiency, Corporate Finance and/or Corporate Governance to Funds Management and Behavioural Finance.

Tim Bradbury

VP, Client Coverage, MSCI

An experienced financial services executive who believes in combining innovative thinking and products with technology to build value in successful and growing businesses. He has proven record of designing, implementing and shaping the profile of businesses across all areas.

Nicki Ashton

Head of Strategic Partnerships, Russell investments

With 20 years of experience as senior executive roles and advising Boards in the financial markets sector, Nicki has consistently demonstrated her ability to influence, formulate, implement and manage highly successful corporate and business strategies to optimise clients and stakeholder value.

Mebane Faber

Co-Founder and CIO, Cambria Investment Management, USA

Mr. Faber has authored numerous white papers and five books. He is a frequent speaker and writer on investment strategies and has been featured in Barron’s, The New York Times, and The New Yorker.

Rita Da Silva

Financial Services Partner, Ernst & Young

Rita has significant experience in assurance, compliance and advisory services, specialising in wealth and asset management. She has gained extensive experience by working with leading financial services organisations.

David Foodey

Co–Head of Program Trading Asia Pacific & Co–Head of Cash Execution, Australia Deutsche Bank

David has over twenty years experience in the securities industry commencing in London in 1993. Since 2007 David has been actively involved in the development of the Australian ETF market whereby Deutsche is the leading market maker. David has a Bachelor of Economics from ANU and is a qualified CA.

Nadar Naeimi

Head of Dynamic Markets, AMP

Nader Naeimi’s responsibilities during the past 18 years include analysis of key economic and market factors influencing global markets. As the Head of Dynamic Markets, he is responsible for leading the Dynamic Asset Allocation strategy for the Multi-Asset Group, as well as other macro strategies and asset allocations for several AMP Capital funds.

Adam Muston

Associate Director – ETF Capability Manager, UBS Asset Management Australia, UBS

Adam Muston is the ETF Capabilities Manager for Australia. He is responsible for the ongoing distribution of existing ETF products. Adam also assists in the management of our ETF platform and the creation and quotation of new products.

Darren Howard

Financial Planner – SMSF Specialist, Merit Planning East

Darren Howard has been working in financial markets since 1988. He is an expert in SMSF technical and investment strategies, ensuring members extract the maximum benefits and efficiencies from their fund.

Damien Sherman

Head of ETF Capital Markets at Vanguard Australia

Damien holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Finance, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance, and is currently studying a Masters of Applied Finance at Monash University. Damien is primarily responsible for secondary market liquidity for the ETF product suite, as well as the implementation of new ETFs.

Mark Fordree

CEO at Ignition Wealth

A financial markets professional with particular expertise across funds management, corporate advisory, stockbroking and disruption. Mark co-founded the company in 2014 with CTO Mike Giles. The company encompasses world class financial advice and innovative software technology.

Priscilla Luk

Head of Index Research & Design, S&P Dow Jones Indices, Hong Kong

Priscilla Luk leads research and design efforts in the Asia Pacific region. She is responsible for the conceptualization and design of new strategy indices and represents S&P DJI at media engagements, conferences, and other client events.

Michael Elsworth

GM Specialised Research, Lonsec Research

Michael is responsible for the management of the research team in Specialised Research, spanning structured and exchange-traded products. He coordinates sector workflows and overseeing the quality and consistency of the research output.

Kanish Chugh

Business Development Manager, ANZ ETFs Management, Australia

Kanish has over five years’ experience in the investment management industry, undertaking distribution roles for companies such as Blackrock and Fidelity Worldwide Investments. Prior to this, Kanish worked in the financial media industry at both the Australian Financial Review and Insto publications.

Tim Sparks

Senior Key Account manager, Vanguard

Tim Sparks is a Senior Key Account Manager, Broking and Wealth Management, with Vanguard Australia. In this role, Tim is responsible for growing Vanguard’s sales distribution through providing support and partnership to key clients in broking and wealth management.

Matt Heine

MD, Netwealth

Matt Heine commenced with Netwealth Investments Limited in January 2000 and has been instrumental in the development and implementation of the business strategy, distribution and marketing of the Netwealth group since that time.

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