Speakers

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John Ewan

Director

Benchmark Advisory Services

John has spent his career working around all aspects of market data and benchmarks.  He cut his teeth working at FTSE, carrying out reviews of their indices and working with their independent committees.

He then ran LIBOR for the British Bankers Association, working with the private and public sector to put in place the first sets of reforms to the operation and governance of the benchmark.

John then moved to Thomson Reuters – now Refinitiv – to develop their portfolio of benchmarks across all asset classes and territories, including the LBMA Sliver Price and WM Reuters FX benchmarks, which were two of the first regulated benchmarks.

John was a founder member of three of the first oversight committees for regulated benchmarks and sits on various public and private sector bodies that govern and develop benchmarks. 

He now works as a consultant, helping industry meet the challenges of *IBOR transition, benchmark regulation, the FX Global Code and other related matters.

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Olivier Balpe

Head of Group IBOR Transition Program

Societe Generale

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Michael Hammer

Director

BDO Austria

Michael has been working for over 20 years in internationally active banks. He holds a Master’s degree from Vienna’s University of Economics & Business. He started his career at Raiffeisen Bank International where he soon was promoted to be the Head of Financial Accounting.
In 2014 he moved to Erste Group Bank where he held several senior positions and was the Chief Accountant before moving on to BDO Austria in 2018. He is an expert on IFRS Accounting for Financial Instruments, Hedging and Treasury Products.
He holds seminars and is speaking at conferences on current accounting topics. He is a member of AFRAC (Austrian Financial Reporting and Auditing Committee) financial instrument working groups and is well connected within the international Accounting & Banking community. On behalf of BDO Austria he commented on the second public consultation of the ESTER-based term structure methodology.

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Bhavin Shah

Business Lead, IBOR Replacement Programme

RBS

Bhavin is currently leading the Libor Transition programme for the Commercial Bank at RBS. He has extensive leadership and banking experience, and currently is a Managing Director in the Corporate Banking business. He has 20+ years experience in the financial services industry, including activities spanning from product management, financial analysis, corporate finance, portfolio management, change management and leading diverse teams. While his foundation was in the energy and natural resource sectors, Bhavin has developed expertise across a range of corporate sectors, culminating in senior approval authorities.

Bhavin has also got experience in managing customer journeys through the lifecycle of business lending, leading change in the end to end process to enable multi-channel delivery of core lending products. He has also been involved in regulatory projects across different jurisdictions, contributing significantly to the simplification of the business at RBS.

He started his career with KPMG in London, before moving to New York with RBS in 2004. He relocated back to London in 2016.

Paul Brooks

Head of Traded Market Risk

Bank of Ireland

Markus Stadtfeld

Manager

BearingPoint