Ignazio Angeloni Ignazio Angeloni Member of the Supervisory Board of the European Central Bank (ECB), Visiting Fellow at Bruegel

Ignazio Angeloni was born in Milan (Italy) and graduated from Bocconi University and the University of Pennsylvania (PhD in Economics). In the 1980s and 1990s he held several positions in the Banca d’Italia, in the areas of international economics, econometric modelling and monetary policy. In 1995 he was appointed Director of the Monetary and Financial Sector of the Research Department. In 1998 he moved to the ECB as Head of the General Economic Research Division and Deputy Director General of Research. In that position he headed several Eurosystemwide research initiatives, including the Monetary Transmission Network and the Inflation Persistence Network. In 2005 he was appointed Director for International Financial Affairs in Italy’s Ministry of Economy and Finance. In that role he also acted as G20 Finance Deputy; Deputy Governor for Italy in the World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Asian Development Bank and the African Development Bank; President and chairman of the Board of SACE SpA. (Italy’s state-owned export-credit insurance company); member of the Board of Directors of the European Investment Bank; member of the Supervisory Board of MTS SpA (the screen-based bond market); member of the Working Party 3 of OECD; member of the Bellagio group. In 2008 he moved back to the ECB as Advisor to the Executive Board, then Director General for Macro-Prudential Policy and Financial Stability. In this position he coordinated the ECB negotiation and preparation for the banking union. In March 2014 he joined the Supervisory Board of the ECB. A Fellow of Bruegel (the Brussels think-tank), in his career Ignazio held teaching positions at the University of Pennsylvania, Bocconi and LUISS (Rome). He published books and articles published in top US and European academic refereed journals.

ANTHONY ATTIA ANTHONY ATTIA CEO Euronext Paris, Global Head of Listing

Anthony Attia has been the CEO of Euronext Paris and member of Euronext’s Managing Board since January 2014. In May 2016, he was appointed Global Head of Listing.
Mr. Attia has more than 19 years of experience in the Exchange industry, having spent most of his professional career at Euronext. He has held a number of responsibilities including market operations, strategy, mergers and integration. He is a recognized expert in market structure, post-trade and trading technology. He has occupied key roles in the company at each step of the consolidation of European markets, the merger with NYSE and the transaction with ICE.
Mr. Attia was Chief of Staff to the President and Deputy CEO of NYSE Euronext from 2009 to 2013, based in New York. He was a member of the NYSE Euronext Technology Committee of the Board, US Operational Committee, European Operational Committee and Business Risk Group. In 2008, following the merger between NYSE and Euronext, he was appointed Senior Vice President in charge of the Universal Trading Platform (UTP), the common trading platform for NYSE Euronext’s European and US markets. From 2004 to 2007, he served as Executive Director, Head of Operations for Euronext. He was responsible for market surveillance, clients and business operations for the four markets. In 2000, he was the Program Director for the integration of the newly created Euronext, in charge of migrating the French, Belgian and Dutch exchanges to the Single Order Book.
Mr. Attia is a Board member of LCH S.A, a member of the AMF Markets and Exchanges commission and a Director of Paris Europlace and AMAFI. He holds an Engineering degree and studied at INSEAD.

Thomas C. BARRETT Thomas C. BARRETT Director and Chief Representative, European Investment Bank

Before taking up his assignment in Washington, D.C., Mr BARRETT was Director of EIB’s Advisory Services and New Financial Products Departments. He was also EIB Director for North Western Europe. Mr. BARRETT was concurrently Chairman of the European PPP Expertise Centre (EPEC), comprising the EIB, the European Commission and 28 EU Member States and was also responsible for the establishment of the EIB’s Centres of Expertise on Trans-European Networks (TENs). Mr. BARRETT is currently Director of the Marguerite Fund for Energy Climate Change and Infrastructure and a Member of the Atlantic Council Task Force on the EuroGrowth Initiative. Of Irish nationality, he is an INSEAD MBA (France) and a graduate of the National University of Ireland in Mathematics and Philosophy.

John Bruton John Bruton former Irish Prime Minister and EU Ambassador to the United States

John Bruton was Prime Minister (Taoiseach) of Ireland from 1994 to 1997. In the 1980’s, he served as Minister for Finance (twice), Minister for Industry and Energy, and as Minister for Industry, Trade, Commerce and Tourism. In the 1970’s, he was a Parliamentary Secretary in the Departments, of Education, and of Industry and Commerce. He was first elected to Dail Eireann in 1969 and served continuously as a member until 2004. From 2004 to 2009, he was EU Ambassador to the United States. From 2010 to 2015, he was President of IFSC Ireland. Currently, Mr Bruton is a member of the boards of Ingersoll Rand, of the Irish Diaspora Loan Origination Fund and of Smart Invest Ltd. He is also a member of the board of the Centre for European Policy Studies, of Cooperation Ireland, and of the Club de Madrid. He is a Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for Transatlantic Relations in Washington DC and was a visiting fellow at the European Institute in the London School of Economics. Mr Bruton graduated from University College Dublin with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and politics in 1968, before studying to become a barrister. He was called to the Bar of Ireland in 1972. He holds Honorary Degrees from Memorial University of Newfoundland, the University of Missouri, and the National University of Ireland.

Carsten Brzeski Carsten Brzeski Chief Economist - ING-DiBa

Since March 2013, Carsten is ING Germany’s Chief Economist. His main areas of expertise are economic and political developments in Germany and the Eurozone, including the monetary policy of the ECB. Carsten frequently comments on macro-economic developments in international media.

Prior to joining ING, Carsten worked at ABN Amro’s Economics Department in Amsterdam and spent almost 4 years at the European Commission in the unit dealing with monetary and exchange rate matters in Europe. From 2000 to early 2004, he was Senior Policy Advisor on European and international economic issues at the Dutch Ministry of Finance. Carsten is a graduate in Economics at Free University of Berlin. He also studied at Northeastern University in Boston and Harvard University in Cambridge, USA.


Miranda joined Haitong in April 2015 to establish its China Thematic Research product, which analyses China’s economic and industrial impact on regional and international markets. Prior to this, she established a leading Chinese economic and industrial policy investment research business at the London-based broker, NSBO, having jointly set up its office in Beijing in 2007. Before 2007, she had seven years’ experience as an investment analyst at several European investment banks/brokers and worked at private equity research house Initiative Europe, having completed a Masters in Investment Management at CASS Business School in 2001.

Cristina Casalinho Cristina Casalinho Chairman & CEO, Portuguese Treasury and Debt Management Agency – IGCP

Cristina Casalinho, born in August 3, 1968 is an undergraduate in Economics by the Faculty of Economic Business Sciences of Universidade Católica Portuguesa and a MSc in Business by Universidade Nova de Lisboa. She is Chief Executive Officer of the Portuguese DMO since October 2014, prior to that from June 2012 she was Executive Director at the same institution. Previously she was chief economist at Banco BPI a position she held for nine years, after occupying several positions in BPI.

Mário Centeno Mário Centeno Minister of Finance, Portugal

Mário Centeno was born in Olhão, Portugal, in 1966. On November 26th 2015 he was sworn in as Finance Minister of the XXI Constitutional Government of the Portuguese  Republic. He graduated in Economics by ISEG-Technical University of Lisbon in 1990, he has two Masters – the first one in Applied Mathematics, by ISEG-UTL in 1993, the second one in Economics, by Harvard University, USA, in 1998 – and a PhD in Economics, by Harvard University, USA, concluded in 2000. He is consultant of Portugal’s Central Bank since 2014. He is Professor at ISEG, University de Lisboa. Mário Centeno joined Portugal’s Central Bank in 2000, where he worked as an economist until 2004. From 2004 to 2013 he was assistant director of the Central Bank Economics’ Department. He also directed the Macroeconomics Statistics Development’s work group in the Superior Statistics Council between 2007 and 2013. As a Labour Economist, we worked on the team the Labor Relations White Book Committee from 2006 to 2007 and was a Member of the European Association of Labor Economists Executive Committee from 2003 to 2005. He was also member of the Executive Committee of European Association of Labor Economists from 2003 to 2005. He was member of the Economic Policy Committee from the European Commission between 2004 and 2013. He is member of the Editorial Board of Portuguese Economic Journal since 2001. Author and co-author or several scientific publications, books and book chapters related to his areas of interest, such as Labour Economy, Econometrics, Microeconomics and Contract Theory.

Rob Cox Rob Cox Editor

Rob Cox helped found Breakingviews.com in 2000 in London. From 2004 he spearheaded the publication’s expansion in the United States and edited daily Breakingviews columns in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Rob has worked as a financial journalist in London, Milan, New York, Washington, Chicago and Tokyo. Rob was named editor in chief of Breakingviews in December 2012, three years after it was acquired by Thomson Reuters. Rob is a frequent contributor to CNBC and has written opinion pieces on a variety of subjects for the Wall Street Journal, BuzzFeed, USA Today, Newsweek and other publications. Rob graduated from Columbia University’s Journalism School and the University of Vermont. Follow Rob on Twitter @rob1cox

Nick Kounis Nick Kounis Head Macro & Financial Markets Research

Nick is responsible for ABN’s research on the global business cycle, central banks, fixed income and FX strategy. The group’s analysis is used by wide range of clients, including a broad spectrum of investors and corporates, as well as the risk and asset and liability management within the bank.

He frequently gives presentations for participants in financial markets as well as in industry and appears regularly in the financial media, including the Financial Times, Bloomberg and Reuters. Nick was previously Chief European Economist in the Merchant Banking business of Fortis, providing research for institutional investors and large corporates on the European economy and monetary policy.

Before becoming a bank economist, he worked at HM Treasury in London (the UK ministry of finance), advising ministers on the international economy, including sovereign debt problems and IMF programmes. He also advised on macroeconomic policy and the fiscal framework. Nick holds degrees in economics and finance, most recently from Durham University in the UK.

Michala Marcussen Michala Marcussen Global Head of Economics - CFA Societe Generale

Michala Marcussen joined SG CIB as Global Head of Economics, in December 2009 and heads a team of 25 economists based in Paris, London, Warsaw, Prague, New York, Bangalore, Hong Kong, Seoul and Tokyo. She is today a Managing Director and has been with the SG Group since 1994. With over 25 years of experience in the financial industry, Michala is a frequent commentator in the financial press. She has done extensive work on European integration, the long-term economic outlook and pension systems, and maintains ties to academia. Michala holds a Master of Science in Economics from the University of Copenhagen and is a CFA charterholder.

José Maria Ricciardi José Maria Ricciardi CEO - Haitong Bank

José Maria Espírito Santo Silva Ricciardi graduated in Sciences Economiques Appliqués at the Institute of Business Administration of the Catholic University of Louvain – Belgium.

José Maria Ricciardi has dedicated a great part of his professional career to the banking sector. In the late 70s, he joined Banco Inter-Atlântico, SA in Rio de Janeiro. Between 1981 and 1983 he was financial controller at the European headquarters of the Espírito Santo Group (GES), ensuring the role of Assistant to the General Financial Controller of GES worldwide. In 1983, he assumed the position of Deputy Director of Banco Espírito Santo International Limited and later in 1987 was appointed Director of the Merchant Banking Division at Banco Internacional de Crédito, S.A (BIC).

At the start of the 90s, José Maria Ricciardi acted as Deputy General Director of the Direcção Geral de Empresas and Director of Capital Markets Division of Banco Internacional de Crédito (BIC). The entry into investment banking happened in 1992, year in which he was appointed Director of Espirito Santo Sociedade de Investimentos, SA (ESSI), today known as Haitong Bank,S.A. Three years later, he assumed the vice-presidency of the Board of Directors of the Bank and in 2003 assumes the position that he currently holds as Chief Executive Officer and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Haitong Bank,S.A.

In 2013, was honoured by the financial publication, World Finance, as “Banker of the Year in Europe”.

At the invitation of the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, José Maria Ricciardi, participated in the “Global Investment Conference 2013” in London, and was honoured with the award “Business Expansion Award”, presented by HE the Minister of State for Trade and Investment, Lord Green in recognition of the contribution of Haitong Bank S.A., as an investor in the UK market and present in the “City”. During the Year of Portugal in Brazil in 2012, in the celebration of the 101st anniversary of the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Rio de Janeiro, José Maria Ricciardi received the title of “Entrepreneur of the Year in Portugal”.. 

James D. Rosener James D. Rosener President - EACC

Mr. Rosener is the president of the European American Chamber of Commerce New York. He also is a director of the Chambre de Commerce Franco-Americain, the Institute of French Culture at the University of Pennsylvania and a member of the board the European-American Chamber of Commerce Paris Chapter.

James D. Rosener is a partner in the Commercial Department of Pepper Hamilton LLP a founding member of the EACC in New York. He heads the firm’s International Practice Group, is managing partner of the New York office and has served as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. His practice is devoted primarily to international transactions, private equity, mergers and acquisitions and corporate financing.

Mr. Rosener holds a B.S. from Lehigh University, an M.B.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University at Madison and a J.D. degree Delaware Law School (since been renamed Widener University School of Law). He is a member of the bars of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York and is admitted to the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the District of New Jersey and to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He has published numerous articles and lectures around the world frequently on legal issues relating to transatlantic business.


Bart van Ark is executive vice president, chief economist & chief strategy officer of The Conference Board. He leads a team of almost two dozen economists in New York, Brussels and Beijing who produce a range of widely watched economic indicators and growth forecasts and in-depth global economic research. A Dutch national, he is the first non-U.S. chief economist in the history of The Conference Board.
Van Ark is also responsible for strategy development and major new initiatives at The Conference Board. Van Ark continues to steward the longstanding research collaboration of The Conference Board with the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, where he has been a professor since 2000 and holds the university’s chair in Economic Development, Technological Change and Growth. Van Ark has been extensively published in national and international academic journals, and he is frequently featured in major international business media, including Bloomberg, CNBC, Financial Times and Wall Street Journal.


Mister Van Overtveldt is professor of Economics at University of Hasselt and, since 2014, Minister of Finance in Belgium. He started his career as a journalist. In addition, he worked for Bank Brussel Lambert, he was director of the Belgium-based think tank VKW Metena and has been editor in chief at Trends and Knack. In 2014 he was Member of the European Parliament for the N-VA and Vice-chairman of ECON commission. 

José Viñals José Viñals Financial Counsellor Director of the Monetary and Capital Markets Department - IMF

José Viñals is currently the Financial Counsellor and Director of the Monetary and Capital Markets Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). He is a member of the Financial Stability Board, representing the IMF.
His professional career has been closely tied to the Central Bank of Spain, where he served as the Deputy Governor after holding successive positions.
He has also held the positions of Chairman of the European Central Bank International Relations Committee; and Chairman of Spain’s Deposit Guarantee Funds.
He has been a member of: the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) Committee on the Global Financial System; the European Central Bank Monetary Policy Committee; and the high-level group appointed by the President of the European Commission to examine economic challenges in the European Union. He was also a member of the European Union Economic and Financial Committee and a Board Member of the Spanish Securities Authority, the Comisión Nacional del Mercado de Valores.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Valencia; a Master’s degree in Economics from the London School of Economics; and Master’s and Doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees in Economics from Harvard University. He is a former Faculty Member of the Economics Department at Stanford University.
His awards include the Premio Rey Jaime I (King James I Prize) in Economics in 2001.