April 25th, 2013, Zagreb

Richard C. Koo

KooChief Economist of Nomura Research Institute

Richard C. Koo is the Chief Economist of Nomura Research Institute, with responsibilities to provide independent economic and market analysis to Nomura Securities, the leading securities house in Japan, and its clients.  Before joining Nomura in 1984, Mr. Koo, a US citizen, was an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (1981-84).  Prior to that, he was a Doctoral Fellow of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (1979-81).  In addition to conducting financial market research, he has also advised several Japanese prime ministers on how best to deal with Japan's economic and banking problems.

In addition to being one of the first non-Japanese to participate in the making of Japan’s 5-year economic plan, he was also the only non-Japanese member of the Defense Strategy Study Conference of the Japan Ministry of Defense for 1999-2011.  Currently he is serving as a Senior Advisor to Center for Strategic and International Studies (Washington D.C.).  He is also an Advisory Board Member of Institute for New Economic Thinking (N.Y.C.), and a regular contributor to Economics by Invitation, The Economist (http://www.economist.com/economics).

Author of many books on Japanese economy, his latest book “The Holy Grail of Macroeconomics  - Lessons from Japan’s Great Recession” (John Wiley & Sons, 2008) has been translated into and sold in four different languages.

Mr. Koo holds BAs in Political Science and Economics from the University of California at Berkeley (1976), and MA in Economics from the Johns Hopkins University (1979).  From 1998 to 2010, Mr. Koo was a visiting professor at Waseda University in Tokyo.

In financial circles, Mr. Koo was ranked 1st among over 100 economists covering Japan in the Nikkei Financial Ranking for 1995, 1996 and 1997, and by the Institutional Investor magazine for 1998.  He was also ranked 1st by Nikkei Newsletter on Bond and Money for 1998, 1999 and 2000.  He was awarded the Abramson Award by the National Association for Business Economics (Washington D.C.) for the year 2001.  Mr. Koo, a native of Kobe, Japan, is married with two children.

Dr. Michael Xuereb

xuereb.jpgDirector responsible for Regulatory Development at the Malta
Financial Services Authority

Dr Michael Xuereb is Director responsible for Regulatory Development at the Malta Financial Services Authority. Prior to joining the MFSA he held various professional and management posts mainly in the public sector. These included the post of Counsel for the Republic at the Attorney General’s Office and General Manager of the Malta Development Corporation. He read law at the University of Malta and holds a Masters Degree in Financial Services.



Dr. Ludwik Sobolewski

sobolewski.jpgex CEO of Warsaw Stock Exchange

Ludwik Sobolewski is a lawyer by education. He developed his professional career mainly in the area of capital markets. In that domain he has been manager of most important institutions, including being President and CEO of the Warsaw Stock Exchange since 2006 till 2013.

He graduated from the the Law and Administration Faculty of the Jagiellonian University in Cracow, in 1989. He has also passed  doctoral studies at the Panthéon – Assas University (Paris II). He holds the title of Doctor of Law; he is also legal advisor and member of the Bar of Legal Advisors; he also passed an exam qualifying for the judge profession. In 2006-2010 he was the President of the Association of Polish Lawyers. He started his professional career at the Law and Administration Faculty of the Jagiellonian University, as a lecturer and assistant at the Chair of Legal History.Between 1992 and 1993, he was Advisor to the Minister - Head of the Office of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Poland and until October 1993, he served as Director of the Office’s Organizational Department. He was charged, among others, with a project of the reform of the central governmental administration.

From May till October 1994, he was Advisor to the Management Board of the Warsaw Stock Exchange and Head of the Group for the spin-off of the National Depository for Securities (Krajowy Depozyt Papierów Wartościowych) from the Warsaw Stock Exchange. 

After successful foundation of the central securities depositories, he held the position of Executive Vice President of the Management Board of the National Depository for Securities, one of the most important institutions of the capital market infrastructure, from 1994 until June 2006.

From June 28, 2006 Ludwik Sobolewski has served as President of the Management Board and CEO of the Warsaw Stock Exchange (WSE), until February 2012 when he ended his mission at the WSE. At that time, the WSE became listed company, after a spectacular IPO carried out in 2010, and built a network of international relations and market segments within the WSE, which in combination with other factors resulted in a leading position of the Warsaw Stock Exchange among capital markets of Central and Eastern Europe region. 

Ludwik Sobolewski has also profound experience and competences in corporate governance and gained while executing corporate supervision  over companies. He was for many years the member or member and  chairman of supervisory boards of several leading and important companies, such as National Depositories for Securities (at the time when he was CEO of the Warsaw Stock Exchange), of Polish Powers Exchange SA, BondSpot SA and Exchange Centre SA. 

He performed the function of the member of National Board for Research and Development (public institution); he also sits at the Board of “Poland Now” Foundation. 

Ludwik Sobolewski is also well known as author of numerous books and articles on regulatory and other issues concerning domestic and international capital markets.

Petar-Pierre Matek

MatekPresident of the Board at Croatian Financial Services Supervisory Agency

Graduated in Finance from the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Zagreb and gained the CFA and CIPM degree (CFA Institute, USA), as well as DESS ‘International Management – Finance’ at Louis Pasteur University at Strasbourg, France (postgraduate study in international finance and financial markets, master degree thesis in foreign exchange risk management). He also holds an investment advisor license (Croatian SEC) and Pension fund's management license.  Pierre started his career in 1998 at Croatian National Bank as USD fixed income portfolio manager and continued at Zagrebacka banka (UniCredit Group) in the Asset Management Department.

In 2002 he became President of the Management Board of ZB Invest mutual funds management company (Zagrebacka banka Group, UniCredit Group). In 2011 Pierre was appointed President of the Board of the Croatian Financial Services Supervisory Agency and also represents Croatia in ESMA (European Securities and markets Authority), EIOPA (European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority) and ESRB (European Systemic Risk Board). He was also President of the Croatian Association of Mutual Funds Management Companies, Vice-president of the Croatian Association of Mutual Funds Management Companies and a member of the Working Group for the Chapter Financial services within the negotiations process for the accession of the Republic of Croatia to the European Union as well as a member of various working groups related to the adoption of capital markets and investment fund regulation in line with EU Directives.

Athanasios Vamvakidis

VamvakidisHead of European G10 Foreign Exchange Strategy, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Athanasios Vamvakidis is Managing Director and Head of European G10 Foreign Exchange Strategy for BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research, based in London. In this role, he is responsible for analyzing and forecasting short and long-term trends in G10 currencies. He joined the firm in 2010. 

Vamvakidis previously worked at the International Monetary Fund for 13 years, where he held a number of senior positions. He was most recently Deputy Division Chief in the Advanced Economies and Multilateral Issues Division of the Strategy, Policy and Review Department, and was one of the architects of the IMF-FSB Early Warning Exercise. His IMF career also included assignments in the European, Asian and Pacific, and Research departments, as well as serving as the IMF Resident Representative in Croatia. 

He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki, Greece and a master’s degree and a Ph.D.  in economics from Harvard University. His research interests include a broad range of topics in international economics and macroeconomics, and he has published extensively in the major academic journals in his field.


Luis Guillermo Degwitz

Luis Guillermo Degwitz, ZSEM Investment ConferenceCFO of Cynergi Capital Group

Luis Guillermo Degwitz is currently CFO of Cynergi Capital Group; an Alternative Asset Management firm based in Miami, Florida. He is also Associate Director of International Union Bank, in Panama City, Panama. Luis´s interests are Corporate Finance, Investment Banking and Capital Markets. He´s been involved in different deals and traveled extensively throughout Latin American and the Caribbean, ranging from Valuation, M&A´s, Debt Issuance and Derivative Solutions (for corporates and institutions). He holds a MSc. Finance title from IESA and an Economics Bachelor degree granted by the Metropolitan University (both in Caracas, Venezuela). He is proficient in Spanish, English and German.


Krešimir Marušić

marusic.jpgKresimir Marusic, Head of Finance - Fixed Income, Currencies and Structured Finance, Deutsche Bank Americas

Krešimir Marušić has over fifteen years of experience in finance and consulting roles, in management and transactional capacity, at Deutsche Bank and prior to that at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Over the years, he has also advised central banks, national regulators and a micro-lending institution and contributed financial articles to various publications.

Krešimir earned MBA with honors from NYU Stern School of Business and B.A. in Economics with honors from Hamilton College.

Dinko Novoselec

novoselec.jpgDinko Novoselec, President of the Management Board Allianz ZB

Dinko Novoselec graduated in mathematics at Faculty of Science in Zagreb. In 2000 he gained the title of CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) programme organised by the American association of investment professionals - ICFA. In 1997 Dinko started working for Croatian National Bank on assignments related to managing foreign currency reserves. At the end of 1998 he continues his career in Zagrebacka Banka as a Head of Analytical Department, and in 2000 he joins ZB Invest, an investment fund management company as a Member of the Management Board.

Since 2003 Dinko is a President of the Management Board of Allianz ZB, mandatory pension fund management company.

Andrea Anselmetti

AnselmettiManaging Director, Head of FX Distribution, Europe, Barclays

Andrea Anselmetti is a Managing Director and Head of FX Distribution, Europe at Barclays Capital, based in London. Mr. Anselmetti joined Barclays in July 2010 from Goldman Sachs where he was Co-Head of EMEA FX Sales. Prior to that, he worked at Deutsche Bank and CSFB. Mr. Anselmetti graduated in Economics at University of Turin (cum laude) and holds an MSc in Finance from London Business School.