Stefano Bonini

Stefano BoniniProfessor of finance at the Bocconi University and the New York University

Stefano is an Assistant Professor of Corporate Finance. Professor at SDA Bocconi Corporate Finance and Real Estate Department. He teaches International Finance in the Master of Science (in Italian and English), in  the Master in Business Administration (International class) and in the Master in Corporate Finance. Faculty member at Fudan University (Shanghai, PRC). Stefano is Visiting Associate Professor at NYU Stern School of Business.

Marcin Burda

Marcin BurdaRisk Solutions Group at Barclays

Marcin is a Director in the Risk Solutions Group in London where he focuses on working with clients from Central and Eastern Europe on issues related to market risk hedging. In his role he is also involved in the liability management, origination and structuring. Marcin has joined Barclays in January 2007, initially in the structured product team and later assumed overall responsibility for the CEE region within Global Distribution. Previously Marcin worked for Credit Suisse in London and Bank Handlowy SA in Warsaw, a member of Citigroup. Marcin graduated with MSc in Economics from the University of Economics in Poznan, Poland and MBA from the Chicago Booth School.   

Vedrana Jelusic Kasic

Jelusic-KasicEBRD Director, Croatia

Vedrana Jelusic Kasic  has been appointed EBRD Director, Croatia, and will take over her new role as head of the Bank’s Resident Office in Zagreb on 3 June 2013. She follows Zsuzsanna Hargitai, who returns to London as the new Director, Strategy and Policy Coordination. Croatia is a core country for the EBRD with investments of more than €2.75 billion since the start of operations.

Ms Jelusic joined the EBRD in London in 1998 and was transferred to the Zagreb office in 2005 to manage the agribusiness operations in Croatia and the Western Balkans, later becoming regional agribusiness coordinator for all of South Eastern Europe. Before she joined the EBRD, Ms Jelusic gathered business experience at the Central Securities Depository of Italy in Milan, Merrill Lynch in Boston, the Croatian National Bank and Raiffeisen bank in Zagreb. She has a BA in Finance from the University of Economics, Zagreb, and a MA in International Economics and Finance from Brandeis University, Boston.

Ms Hargitai joined the EBRD in 1992 and spent over 16 years in managing EBRD offices, policy dialogue and operations in former Yugoslavia, including Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, FYR Macedonia, Croatia and Hungary. She holds an International Relations degree from the Moscow State Institute of International relations. In her new role she will lead the coordination of the preparation of strategies and policy products.

Christian Keller

Christian KellerHead of Research for Emerging Europe, Middle East and Africa (EEMEA), Barclays

Christian Keller is a Managing Director and Head of Global Emerging Markets Research at Barclays, based in London.   Mr. Keller joined Barclays Capital in 2007 from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) where he had been the Resident Representative in Turkey since 2005.  Prior to that, he was based at the IMF headquarters in Washington D.C., working on IMF programs with emerging market economies in Europe, Latin America and Asia. Mr. Keller graduated with a PhD in Economics from University of Köln, Germany, and holds a joined-MA in Economics and Finance from University of Köln and HEC, Paris. 

Piotr Kowalski

Piotr KowalskiHead of Fitch Ratings for Poland and Central and Eastern Europe

Piotr Kowalski is the Head of Fitch Ratings Warsaw office, responsible for the agency's activity in Poland and Central and Eastern Europe.  Piotr has 17 years of experience in the ratings industry. Prior to joining Fitch, he was working in the Financial Institutions and Crisis Management practices of Burson-Marsteller, the biggest PR company in the world at that time. From 1992 to 1995, he was Vice President responsible for marketing of an American SME lender in Poland. Piotr started his professional career in the Polish administration where he worked between 1990 and 1992.  Piotr holds a master’s Degree in Economics from the Warsaw School of Economics (Poland) and a MBA from the University of Wisconsin (USA).

Krešimir Marušić

marusic.jpgHead 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.

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.

Alastair Newton

Christian KellerSenior Political Analyst at Nomura

Alastair Newton has been Senior Political Analyst at Nomura International plc since October 2008, having first joined Lehman Brothers International in that capacity in August 2005. As such, he is responsible for identifying, tracking and analysing political events worldwide which are likely to impact on financial markets. In addition to his signature periodical Issues Which Keep Me Awake At Night on political and geopolitical risk, he is the co-author of major studies on China, on India, on Indonesia, on North Korea and on Iran/Israel, as well as numerous shorter papers. He is also a frequent commentator on current politics on television and radio and a regular speaker at conferences and other events worldwide. Prior to joining Lehman Brothers, Alastair spent 20 years as career diplomat with the British Diplomatic Service. He served in sub-Saharan Africa, Paris (at the OECD) and the United States. In London, he worked in intelligence co-ordination (including during the 1990/91 Gulf War), policy planning and economic relations, as well as running the Prime Minister's G7/8 team from 1998 to 2000. He was on secondment from the Diplomatic Service to Lehman Brothers from 2000 to 2002. In addition to his work at Nomura, Alastair is immediate past-President of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (and was awarded the 2013 BRISMES Award for services to Middle Eastern studies). He is Chair of the Supervisory Board of African Development Corporation. And he is a member of: the Strategy Committee of QALIS Partners; the Chatham House Council and its Executive Committee; and the Practitioners’ Advisory Board of the journal Global Policy.

Tom Pelcz

Tom PelcCo Head of Macro Technical Strategy Managing Director

Tom Pelcz has 27 years’ experience in the financial markets. He spent his first 6 ½ years in the industry working at Standard and Poor’s as a strategist. By the time he left, he ran the global technical department based from London. In the mid 90’s Tom went to Merrill Lynch as a senior macro tech strategist covering all asset classes. From Merrill Lynch Tom switched to the buy-side to work for a hedge fund as a portfolio manager/trader, managing and trading a $2 billion portfolio. He traded listed and OTC Euro and US products and was in the top 15 of the Maclagan list of traders. From there Tom became a consultant to 1st tier banks and one of his clients (RBS) engaged him full time for 10 years as the Head of Global Tech strategy. Tom left RBS 2 1/2years ago to join Nomura covering all asset classes, working for the trading arm of the group whilst remaining client facing. He is also a part-time lecturer at the London School of Economics and part-time examiner for professional banking exams. He is recognized as one the top 5 leading techies in the world today working for sell-side institutions having been invited to the New York Stock Exchange to be one of the 5 recognised technicians’ technician. He has extensive contacts across the globe from Central Banks, Pension funds , hedge funds and high net worth individuals. Tom is currently writing a book “From starfish to the Moon” looking at the relationship of the traditional and more esoteric techniques for financial forecasting and the role of how this influences human kinetic behaviour in the financial markets.  

James Roaf

roafSenior Resident Representative heading the IMF’s Regional Office for Central and Eastern Europe

James Roaf is the new Senior Resident Representative heading the IMF’s Regional Office for Central and Eastern Europe, in Warsaw. Previously he was Assistant Director in the Strategy, Policy and Review Department, leading the Emerging Markets division which oversees IMF lending policy and operations, as well as covering broader EM issues. His earlier assignments in the IMF include Resident Representative in Bulgaria and the country teams handling the aftermaths of the Russia and Argentina crises. He started his career as an economist in the UK Treasury.

Matej Runjak

RunjakMember of the management board at Slovenska odškodninske družbe, d. d.

Matej Runjak, was born on 15 February 1977 in Slovenia. In 1995 he graduated from High School and continued education at University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Economics and 2002 graduated with a major in Banking and Finance. After graduation he was employed as Chief Financial Officer and as a HR manager in the company Vegrad and Horizont Engineering, Ltd., Germany. In the meantime he has earned MBA at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Germany. Since May 2013 Matej is a member of the management board at Slovenska odškodninske družbe, d. d., (SOD, Slovenian Restitution Fund) where he is in charge of the management of capital assets owned by SOD and the Republic of Slovenia and is managing the privatization process. He also serves as a chairman supervisory board of Zavarovalnica Triglav, d.d. (Triglav Insurance Company). Prior to that, Matej served as Director General for Public Property and Financial System at Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Slovenia where he led setting up Sovereign Holding Structure and assisted setting up Bank Asset Management Company ("Bad Bank" Structure). Mr Runjak speaks Slovene, English, German, Croatian, Serbian and Italian language.

Dr. Ludwik Sobolewski

sobolewski.jpgCEO of Bucharest Stock Exchang

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.