Anatoly Bulanov – Head of Dispute Resolution Committee
Anatoly has rich experience in the field of trading and finance in general, as well as over a decade experience in financial markets education. Online and offline seminars, trading rooms, and market research are just a few of the elements Anatoly has specialized in, having witnessed and dealt with countless situations and scenarios that any trader could ever stumble upon. The International Academy of Exchange Trade in Beijing and Forex Club in New York are some of the places where Anatoly has built up his impressive track-record. Founder of educational portal GMTPartner.org, Anatoly provides traders and investors with proprietary market sentiment indicators based on the portfolio of trading strategies.
Simon Grunfeld – Founder & CEO – Ibinex
Simon is the CEO and Founder of Ibinex and has roots stemming from the retail FX and IT solutions marketplace. A former registered CTA with the NFA, Simon has a solid background of the inner workings of the capital markets. Simon started his career in IT and then became a registered CTA (2006) to form Gallant FX and then co-founded and headed up the product development of Gallant VPS and co-founding Gallant Capital Markets (GCMFX). His expert knowledge of developing a project and launching products, driven by innovation, and has participated in the launch of brokerages and the deployment of SaaS/PaaS initiatives used by many large retail institutions. Simon founded Ibinex in 2014 and now caters to a growing number of White Labels and institutional cryptocurrency solutions.
Ilan Azbel – CEO AutoChartist
As one of the original founders of Autochartist, Ilan was appointment CEO of the company in 2008. Since the formation of Autochartist in early 2003, Ilan has been intimately involved in the development and marketing of the Autochartist technology. His current responsibilities include the strategic positioning of the company in the retail trading industry, customer relationship management, development of the product roadmap, and business development. Under his guidance, Autochartist has substantially raised the bar for automated technical analysis technology. With over 15 years of experience in the field of technology, over 10 years experience in financial markets, and an academic background in mathematics and computer science, Ilan is a key strategist and visionary for the company’s growth and success.
Lior Nabat – CEO Tradency
Lior, is a hi-tech veteran which co-founded Tradency in early 2005. Following his long career in the technology arena, Lior became interested in the financial industry, specifically the foreign exchange market. He found the high liquidity, round-the-clock nature of the business and high level of the technology in this field exciting and fascinating. Lior, with the help of his partners, had developed an automated Forex trading software solution involving signal providers and originated the Mirror Trading concept & trading platform. Lior has an extensive technological background starting with the Israeli air force’s telecommunications division, through to various hi-tech companies, all in the telecommunications field and currently as an entrepreneur in the financial technology industry. Lior holds a degree in mathematics and computer science through the Open University in Israel.
Aleksey Kutsenko – CEO Tools4Brokers.com
Aleksey has his education in the fields of physics and mathematics in addition to many years of software development experience. Based on this combination it was a perfect fit for Aleksey to create his own IT-company, Tools For Brokers Inc., which allowed him to put all his ideas and plans into practice. Aleksey was the first in the world to develop a One-Click-Trading plug-in for MetaTrader4, which is used by the world’s leading Forex brokers. In 2011 Aleksey also became a co-founder and technological inspiration of the Forex Stars project – the first independent platform in the World to host universal Forex-tournaments for traders. Today Tools For Brokers Inc. cooperates with more than 100 brokers around the world and provides solutions for many trading platforms. The next milestone in his career will come when Tools For Brokers Inc. introduces a proprietary trading platform that will take retail Forex trading to a whole new level.
Juan Pablo Jutgla – CEO Better Way FX Consulting
Currently Founder and CEO at Better Way FX Consulting and Smart Broker Solutions, Juan has been involved in the financial field since 1995. His original background is as a Certified Public Accountant with Specialties in Marketing and Finance. He is one of the leading B2B Forex & Binary Options business experts, with a wide range of positions held in leading companies in the field. Juan was instrumental in the founding and management of successful on line brokerage solutions providers. His company Better Way FX Consulting is currently helping brokers and technology vendors globally to expand their operation, focusing on marketing, sales, business development and UK FCA operations set up for international brokers.
Akin Abbak – Managing Partner of Abbak Attorneys at Law
Akin Abbak is Managing Partner of Abbak Attorneys at Law in Istanbul, Turkey. Mr. Abbak advises public and private companies including brokers, liquidity and technology providers and other financial services providers as well as individuals involved in the financial services industry.More specifically Mr. Abbak has been focusing on financial law related subjects with the emphasis on margin trading, and continues to pursue higher education with his Ph.D. studies and is a member of the Istanbul Bar Association, International Bar Association and International Chamber of Commerce Young Arbitrators Forum. In addition to the relevancies of his background to financial services, with regards to the joining the DRC, Mr. Abbak has a broad base of expertise in corporate, commercial and financial law representing his clients before courts and arbitral tribunals. Moreover, Mr. Abbak is a graduate of Dokuz Eylul University Faculty of Law and obtained his LL.M. degrees both from Turkey and the UK where he had made extensive researches on Market Manipulation as well as International Arbitration.
Kristina Nettles – Vice President Integral
Kristina has over 10 years of experience in Currency and NDFs Sales and Trading. Kristina started her carrier with Commerce Bank & Trust in Boston and has been NFA member associate for the duration of work in the United States. Over the past 6 years and currently she is with Integral Development corporation and responsible for business development in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Integral is one of the leading software and aggregated liquidity provider for Banks and Institutions. Integral has delivered the only multi-sided trading network for foreign exchange. The platform empowers participants across the entire FX market to configure and operate their own automated, unique, private FX business. Company also offers unique tool for execution quality evaluation – Integral FX Benchmark™. Based on the broadest available set of market rates and trades pulled from Integral’s FX Grid®, one of the largest OTC FX trading networks, underlying methodologies developed in collaboration with Stanford University, and feedback from buy-side FX market participants, FX Benchmark is a first-of-its kind benchmark for global foreign exchange markets.
Nir Porat – Co-Managing Partner at Ben Basat, Porat & Co.
Nir Porat is the Co-Managing Partner at Ben Basat, Porat & Co., an international law firm based in Tel Aviv. He is responsible for leading the Corporate and International Law departments at the firm, and provides legal advice to public and private entities including across the financial services industry. As a leading specialist in the field of capital markets, including forex, binary options, electronic clearing and billing, as well as financial and gaming regulations internationally, Nir brings a diverse set of skills to the Financial Commission’s DRC. In addition to his capital markets expertise for companies in various jurisdictions globally, Nir’s clientele include technology conglomerates such as LG Electronics Group, Malam Team – one of Israel’s largest IT firms, and Israel-based communications firm Netvision Group, among other private and governmental entities across related IT and investment industries globally.
Peg Reed – COO, Forex Development Corporation
Peg is responsible for FDC’s operations with the primary focus on scaling its customer base, managing the rapid growth and expanding its presence globally. As a senior executive, Peg has played a key role in building and executing sales and marketing strategy for marquee FX companies, such as GFT/Gain Capital, IBFX, and Hotspot/Knight Securities. Peg has been a keynote speaker for several major financial service companies and has successfully promoted FX products & services, launched new businesses in various jurisdictions and managed multi-cultural/multi-discipline sales team to sustainable profitability.
Dr. Anna Becker – Founder Sherpa
With more than 20 years of senior leadership and innovation in retail brokerage and finance organizations, Dr. Anna Becker has core experiences in founding retail software solutions and building retail brokerages. She has proven expertise in bringing new technologies like big data systems, behavioral systems and automation to drive innovation in retail trading. Dr. Becker’s early entrepreneurial successes range from founding Strategy Runner (Sold) to driving growth in established organizations (MF Global, Gilboa Fund). Lately, she founded Sherpa (www.allsherpa.com) to provide new technologies and services to retail financial institutions. As an experienced executive and change agent in retail finance, Dr. Becker has worked with more than 300 brokers and has served as the compliance officer with regulators like the NFA and CFTC.Dr. Anna Becker holds MSc degree in computer science and PhD degree in AI from Technion (Israel). She is also an author of several books on Artificial Intelligence and has deep experience in algorithmic investment solutions.
Ran Cohen – Founder Traders Education and FX Leads
Ran Cohen, Founder and CEO of Traders Education, a pioneer in online financial education, continues to support traders around the world with a wide range of educational resources available in 30 languages and helping brokerages to improve their most important business metrics. In addition to Traders Education, Mr. Cohen founded Fx leads – one of the most successful lead generation agencies for forex brokers. Mr. Cohen has more than 14 years of advisory experience in the financial retail industry which helps power both companies. He has served a vast number of clients with leading performance based education & marketing tools for brokers, affiliates, and IB’s from all over the world.
Carl Elsammak – CEO Kammas Trading
Carl started his career on a bond floor at Lehman. From this he moved to a Commodity Trading Advisor (CTA) with $160 million AUM (part of Commodities Corporation) and later to another CTA with $500 million AUM, focusing on execution, research, and trade idea generation and working beside many of the successful trading groups CC spawned. From here Carl leveraged the experience he gained in options trading to a position on Bank of America’s FX option desk in New York as a trader where he exceeded his budgeted revenue by over 50% each year. Later Carl moved to Prudential to establish and run the Asian FX options desk. He helped to build this desk from $0 to over $6 million in annual revenue in less than 3 years. In 1999 recognizing the changes in FX he moved from institutional to the emerging retail side holding Senior Trader and Director of Business Development roles at GAIN Capital. By late 2002, Carl started Kammas & Company Inc. initially working as a consultant for many Retail Forex Brokers and Hedge Funds both domestically and in Europe including IBFX, FXCM and Saxo. The current services offered by Kammas, including their flagship “virtual dealing desk” for retail brokers, can be found at their website www.kammastrading.com. Carl holds a degree in Finance from Albright College and is registered as a Commodity Trading Advisor having held a Series 3 license since 1991.
Maor Lahav – COO and co-founder of Panda Trading Systems
Maor Lahav is a seasoned financial technology executive with more than 10 years of experience. Maor started his career as a young algorithm trader in the 90s, and one of his primary expertise is the large scale high performance systems arena, infrastructure built out, web applications and engineering for high frequency & low latency trading environments. As the Chief Operating Officer, Maor in charge of the relationships with Panda’s strategic partners Panda Trading Systems (Panda TS) specializes in building high-performance, cutting-edge technology for the online financial trading industry. Since 2006 they have provided many of the world’s leading online brokerages with a range of products and services specifically customized to meet their business needs. The company’s vision is to continually provide brokers with solutions that streamline operations so they can focus their resources on growth. Panda TS is best known for their unique approach to building strong partnerships with their client.
Quinn Perrott – General Manager in TRAction Fintech
With an extensive background in IT, Quinn started in the financial markets as IT Manager for City Index. He then went on to be co-founder and General Manager of AxiTrader, one of Australia’s largest Margin FX providers. Quinn’s knowledge of OTC derivatives and trading platforms has made him an important figure in the derivatives regulatory and industry reform space. Quinn has provided educational sessions to Australia’s regulatory bodies in relation to retail derivatives trading platforms. Quinn has also dealt with Treasury in Canberra, Australia to advise on and discuss the retail OTC derivatives industry. At the moment Quinn holds a position of General Manager in TRAction Fintech
Brian Phillips – Founding Partner, Argosy Global Advisors
Brian began his career at Goldman Sachs within the Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities (FICC) Division. He was instrumental in expanding the business into new markets and helped build out the liquidity, API, algo and platform offerings for hedge funds, banks, asset managers and retail broker clients. After extensive work within the institutional space at Goldman Sachs, Brian founded Argosy Global Advisors.
Alexey Sidorov – Chairman of the Financial Market Development Association of Belarus (ARFIN)
Alexey Sidorov – Chairman of the Financial Market Development Association of Belarus (ARFIN) is a prominent financial markets economist with senior-level executive experience which includes serving for private companies and governmental financial institutions over a career spanning 17 years. In his most recent position, Alexey was Deputy Head of the Department for Foreign Economic Activities Monitoring at National Bank which drafted legal regulatory acts under the main directorate for currency regulation and currency control. Alexey held this role from 2013 through June 2016, and his work involved monitoring foreign trade activities and drafting appropriate regulations to meet policy needs as Deputy Head of the department. Before his promotion to the role of Deputy Head, Alexey was Chief Economist at National Bank, for eight years from 2005 through 2013, and during that time was an adviser (councillor) for the currency regulation department within the main administration of currency regulation and currency control. This department drafted legal acts and maintained existing rules for currency regulations and under Alexey’s guidance. From 2001 to 2005 before joining National Bank, Alexey was senior economist at Infobank (JSCB) within the active operations department which managed the bank’s loan portfolio and sale of banking products.
Valery Dolgov – CEO IndigoSoft
Valery has created his own IT-company, IndigoSoft LTD, which has united a team of highly skilled specialists in the field of broker software development. The accumulation of extensive practical experience and skills has allowed him to create a new unique product – Broker Pilot. This is a corporate web-platform, which takes the technological level of dealing to an unprecedentedly high level of quality. This platform has realtime monitoring, risk management and automatic management of broker business processes. Valery’s goal is to create new technologies and provide them to management companies and brokers. Valery has finished a postgraduate degree in the Saratov state Technical University, specializating in IT. Since 2003 he has created trading algorithms, platforms, liquidity API for hedge funds, managing companies and brokers. He has many years of successful trading experience in financial markets and great experience as a Chief Dealer. Valery has earned a reputation as one of the best professionals in the industry.
Demetrios Zamboglou – Chief Business Developer Officer in Lykke AG
Demetrios is a multi-award winning executive and academic financial market specialist, holding a Fellow Charter Membership from the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments (CISI) and he is the recipient of the European Commission (2017), Microsoft Research Grant (2016), the Amazon Web Services Award (2014) and the 30 under 30 prize by Square Mile Magazine in 2011. Dr Zamboglou obtained his MEng in Computer Systems Engineering with concentration in Formula Engines from Lancaster University, and his MSc from CASS Business School, where he specialised in IPOs and financial markets. Dr Zamboglou holds a PhD from King’s College London in Behavioural Finance. Demetrios Zamboglou is the Chief Business Developer Officer of Lykke AG, a financial technology company, responsible for the Firm’s International Business. Dr. Zamboglou joined the Firm in November 2016 from FXTM, where he led the firm’s UK operations. Prior to that, he held progressively senior roles as a corporate executive, risk manager, and quantitative analyst. Before Lykke, Dr. Zamboglou held Executive leadership roles at FXTM, zebrafx and FOREX CLUB specialising in issues including business development, strategy, risk management, market-making, and compliance.
Roland Gemayel – Chief Dealer in Lykke
Roland Gemayel holds numerous degrees, including a PhD in Finance from Kings College in London, as well as a Master of Science with distinction from Cass Business School. Prior to joining Lykke, Roland was the Chief Dealer at Maximus FX and is also the founder of eSocialTrader – a financial resource on the topic of social trading, where Roland publishes opinions, experience, and research findings on the growing phenomenon of social trading. His work is published in top academic finance journals. Roland is a senior finance professional with over seven years of international experience in risk management, market making, financial modeling, consulting, product development, business operations, and strategy. His current work at Lykke as the chief dealer involves developing market making algorithms and building performance metrics and risk systems to ensure steady growth of trading operations.
Pavel Khizhnyak – Founder of Tradefora
With Bachelor degree in Oriental science, MBA in Project Management, vast experience in Asian markets, and being fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Pavel is a frequent guest speaker at regional industry events and roundtables. In 2013 Pavel founded Trade Exact Consulting, which provides market entry and business development services for brokers expanding into Asian markets. In 2015 Pavel became a Founding Partner of Tradefora PLC – OTC industry’s first fully automated TCA and trade execution analytics engine for retail FX, CFD, and margin crypto traders.
Roberto has over 18 years’ experience in Financial Services and deep knowledge of trading techniques and trading flows with particular reference to FX transactions. Besides being the Co-Founder, CEO and CIO of Araknos Investment Managers, Roberto is involved in a number of prestigious roles, including non-executive directorships within regulated financial services firms. He is also a well-known trading and investment mentor and has held a number of educational seminars worldwide. Roberto holds a BA in Corporate Law services, he is an EMBA candidate at the Henley Business School, University of Reading, and holds the MITC Diploma in risk management in financial services and the RIMAP/Ferma certification in Risk Management.