Alexandre Godard joined BNP Paribas nearly 10 years ago in December of 2000 where he started as a derivatives trader on Mutual Fund. He has been heading the Fund Structuring Team within the Global Structuring Group for the last three years. Prior to joining BNP Paribas, Alexandre worked as a fixed income trader for two years at a firm in New York City. Alexandre is an Actuary Agrégé member of the French Institute of Actuary
Paul Goldwhite joined the First Quadrant research department in 2007. Previously, Paul headed the Capital Markets Research group at Citigroup Asset Management, and was responsible for asset allocation research. In prior positions at Citigroup, he was involved with systematic equities, currency overlay and fixed-income analysis in portfolio management and research roles. Paul started his career in 1985 at Morgan Stanley working on systematic equities. He received a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Yale University in 1984 and became a CFA
charterholder in 1990.
Nilesh Mehta is currently Head of Institutional Investment Solutions for the UK Market at BNP Paribas. Prior to this, he was the Head of Equity & Derivative Sales for the Middle East and North African regions. Under his direction BNP Paribas has continued to build its unique in-house expertise in Sharia compliant products and provide the market with some of the most sophisticated equity and fund linked solutions currently in issuance.
Marcus Mollan is Head of Strategy, Pension Solutions at LGIM. He joined LGIM in January 2009 from the Royal Bank of Scotland, where he was a Director in the European Pension Solutions and Advisory Group. In this role he designed and implemented liability-driven risk management solutions for pension schemes and their sponsors. Previously, Marcus was a Senior Investment Consultant at Mercer Investment Consulting and was a member of Mercer's Strategic Research and Investment Risk Groups. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries and a graduate of Oxford University, where he obtained a first in Mathematics and an MSc with distinction in Applied Statistics.
Nigel Pettinger is the Personal Accounts Delivery Authority’s Director of Operations with responsibility for ensuring that the organisation is operationally ready to launch NEST. He is also leading preparations for the day– to-day operational aspects of NEST Corporation. Nigel joined PADA in April 2009 following a variety of Operations Management roles in Financial and Professional Services, most notably 20 years with NatWest in Head Office and Retail Banking.
Magnus Spence is a researcher and consultant at Spence Johnson specialising in the marketing and sales activities of the European asset management industry. After beginning his career in asset management at Noble & Co and Kleinwort Benson, he moved to a strategy consultancy. In 1994 he set up Sector Analysis, a marketing research firm which, among other achievements, became an authority on the scale and nature of demand for third party investment funds in Europe. In 2004 Magnus became European Research Director of Boston-based FRC and then set up Spence Marketing Intelligence in 2006. Magnus is Chairman of the Asset Management Group in The Financial Services Forum. He has a first class honours degree from London School of Economics.
Simon Surtees is responsible for providing business and product development for Standish Mellon's non-US clients and prospects. Aligned to BNY Mellon Asset Management's International Wholesale Sales teams, he also provides technical fixed income product support. Simon brings over 18 years of investment industry experience to BNY Mellon Asset Management. He joined the company at the beginning of 2010 from Gartmore Investment Management, where he was Head of Credit and a Senior Fund Manager. Prior to moving to the buyside in 2002, Simon worked within the Investment Banking industry where he provided proprietary and published credit research and was latterly Managing Director of Bear Stern's European Credit Research team.
Ian Richards is currently Non-executive Chairman of Next Pension Trustees, and an Independent Pension Advisor specialising in DC. He retired from Legal & General Investment Management in July2009 where he was Head of DC Strategy and Governance. He has a wealth of over 40 years experience across the DB and DC pensions industry, both retail and institutional. Before joining LGIM he was Marketing Director for a direct sales operation and has built up a wealth of knowledge about dealing direct with the public. In recent years he has focused on DC, governance and strategic systems development projects. While at LGIM he was responsible for driving forward their Straight Through Processing initiative and helped to establish the Via Nova protocol as the pensions industry standard. In the 1970’s and early 80’s he was a member of the Great Britain athletics team competing in the Moscow Olympics, two world championships, a European championship. He is still active and in 2009 competed in the worlds toughest race “The Marathon des Sables” – a marathon a day for a week across the Sahara. He is also a member of the Salvation Army’s Olympic Task Force with specific responsibility for the Paralympics.
John Walbaum joined Hymans Robertson in 2005 following 12 years with Buck Consultants where he managed their Edinburgh office, was a member of the UK Executive Management Team and a Senior Investment Consultant. Prior to that, he worked as a personal financial adviser. John holds the Investment Management Certificate and the Advanced Financial Planning Certificate. At Hymans, he is a partner in the investment practice and is lead consultant on a range of our clients, both corporate and trustee, providing advice on all areas of
investment. Yumeng Zhang is Derivative Structurer, Solutions Group at LGIM
. His primary responsibility is to design and
implement bespoke investment solutions for pension fund clients. Prior to joining LGIM in 2009, Yumeng worked for KPMG Investment Advisory for 3 years as an associate consultant advising DB and DC pension funds on their investment strategy. Yumeng holds a PhD in Actuarial Science (with the research topic of “optimal asset allocation for DC pension plans”) from City University and is currently studying towards the fellowship of the Institute of Actuaries.