As WFE members gather this year in Athens, the home of the original marketplace, we go back to basics. We focus on the role of markets in renewal: the continued relevance of markets-based financing; the centrality of markets in ensuring accountability and transparency; and the overarching contribution of markets to sustainable development. Exchanges and CCPs are fundamental to the economies and societies they serve.
The General Assembly is the ultimate decision-making body of the WFE. Members vote on matters pertaining to the Federation. The Annual Meeting is an invitation-only public conference, where leaders of global exchanges and CCPs, regulatory authorities, policy makers, and the buy-side gather to engage on the major issues of the industry.
Since its foundation in 1961, the WFE has organised committees, meetings, general assemblies, conferences, and workshops for its members to transfer knowledge and share expertise. As an industry trade organisation, the WFE has discussed virtually every aspect of the capital market: the technical, the commercial, the legal and the economic. In the past five decades we have published studies and reports on issues such as CCP recovery & resolution, business continuity, self-regulation, cross border trading, HFT, sustainability, SMEs and cyber security.
Chairman of the Executive Board and Chief Executive Officer, Moscow Exchange (MOEX)
Alexander Afanasiev has been Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Moscow Exchange since June 2012.
Prior to joining Moscow Exchange, he spent 13 years at Bank WestLB Vostok, a subsidiary of the German banking group WestLB AG, most recently as a Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board. Prior to his work at WestLB, Mr Afanasiev was an Executive Board member of Bank Imperial.
From 2005 to 2011 Mr Afanasiev was Chairman of the MICEX FX Market Council. From 2009 to 2013 he co-chaired the National Foreign Exchange Association and from 2011 to 2014 the National Securities Market Association.
Mr Afanasiev has been working in the Russian financial sector since 1991. He worked at the Bank of Russia earlier in his career, and was among the founders of the Russian Project Finance Bank, the first investment bank with foreign capital in Russia.
He subsequently served as Executive Director of this bank. Alexander Afanasiev graduated from the Moscow Financial Institute with a degree in international economic relations and holds a PhD in economics.
Investment Manager, CalPERS
James Andrus is an Investment Manager in Sustainable Investments at CalPERS. CalPERS’ is the largest public pension system in the United States with approximately $350 billion in global assets. James focuses on data and corporate reporting transparency. He is Chair of the Disclosure and Transparency Committee of the International Corporate Governance Network, and Co-Chair of the International Committee of the Council of Institutional Investors. Prior to joining CalPERS, James served as a Corporate and Investment Management Partner at the global law firm K&L Gates.
James is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law and the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Chief Executive Officer, Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE)
Mr. Ittai Ben-Zeev has been Chief Executive Officer of TASE since January 2017. Prior to joining TASE, Mr. Ben-Zeev served in a number of roles at Bank Leumi, including Executive Vice President, Head of Capital Markets Division, and as a member of the bank's management team (2013-2016). Between 2010 to 2013 he was the Deputy Head of Capital Markets Division, and from 2007 to 2010 he managed the Forex and Derivatives dealing room of the bank. Before Bank Leumi, Mr Ben-Zeev served as an investment banker at Merrill Lynch Israel, as well as Merrill Lynch Technology Group in London.
His education includes an L.L.B in Law, Tel-Aviv University, and he is a graduate of three programmes: the Merrill Lynch Analyst Training Programme; the Insead Management Acceleration Programme; and the Directors' and Officers' Course, Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center.
Mr. Ben-Zeev is a Licensed Investment Advisor in Israel.
Group Chief Executive Officer, Optiver
Jan is the Group CEO of Optiver and Chairman of the Optiver Executive Committee. Jan joined Optiver in October 2015 as CEO of the European business, also taking on the Group CEO position in January 2018.
Prior to this, Jan worked at Goldman Sachs, within the Securities Division. During his GS career he worked across numerous areas, namely the Derivatives, Execution and Clearing businesses. He left the firm as Partner, following a 21-year career in 2015.
Jan is a graduate of the London School of Economics and holds an MBA from Harvard. He is the founding Chairman of Plato Partnership, former Board member of CMC Markets and current board member of Redburn Ltd.
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