April 6, 2015 | Roosevelt Hotel, New York, NY
Next to Grand Central Station on East 45th St and Madison Avenue, Midtown, New York

2014 Speakers

Alex Tabb
HPartner & COO
TABB Group

An expert in the field of, business process management, information technology, international affairs and operations management, Alex is TABB Group’s Chief Operations Officer and technology analyst.  Alex’s focus is on financial services hardware and software innovations and has worked closely with many of today’s leading technology innovators.  Prior to being named COO in January 2013, Alex ran TABB Group’s operational consulting efforts. 

He joined TABB in 2004 from Kroll Inc., the international risk consulting company, where he served as the security services group’s executive officer and assisted leadership by running many of the day–to-day functions within the organization, including security and risk-assessment projects, as well as crisis management and business continuity assignments. Prior to Kroll, he was a Foreign Service officer with the US Department of State for 12 years, serving as an economics and commercial officer in Lusaka, Zambia and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, as well as being a member of the US Mission to the United Nations.

Alex earned a BS in history from American University. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Foreign Service Institute, where he studied economics, security and international affairs.

Dave Weber
IBM Global Program
Exec Wall St Ctr for

Dave Weber is the IBM Program Director, Global Financial Markets and Wall Street Center of Excellence. Dave is focused on server and low latency and high performance technologies. He created and has been leading the IBM Wall Street Center of Excellence in New York City since 2007 and has expanded the initiative globally. The Center has a particular focus on Financial Markets clients and their need for ultra low latency computing, with technologies spanning flash/solid state, hardware accelerators and acceleration techniques, network adapters and switches, as well as collaborating with partners to create and expand the ecosystem, and influence future IBM products. Dave also leads the IBM relationship with STAC®, the Securities Technology Analysis Center, which works with clients and vendors to create industry standard benchmarks for high-performance capital markets technologies.

Paul Jameson
Global Senior Director
Financial Services

Dave Malik
Advanced Services

Dave Malik is a Senior Director of Solutions Architecture in Cisco's Advanced Services organization responsible for developing high performance architecture strategies for Financial Services firms. Dave's focus is in designing global Data Centers, supporting market data and trading floor applications, High Frequency Trading infrastructures, co-location designs, next-gen Exchange environments and virtualized platforms that enable cloud computing.

Andy Bach
Chief Architect
Financial Services
Juniper Networks

Mr. Andrew Bach. Andy has been Chief Architect for the Financial ServicesTeam at Juniper Networks, Inc. since June 2012. Prior to joining Juniper,he was SVP, Global Head of Network Services, at the New York StockExchange (NYSE Euronext) where he was responsible for planning thecompany¹s worldwide networks, voice and cellular services, and led thedesign and deployment of Data Center solutions. Mr. Bach was responsiblefor planning Juniper's worldwide networks that link all NYSE, Securities Industries Automation Corporation (SIAC), the American Stock Exchange (AMEX), Pacific Stock Exchange, Archipelago, LIFFE and European cashmarkets, as well as the national markets system networks SIAC operates.

He sat on the board of the Promise Fund at Polytechnic University in New YorkCity, where he also was an adjunct professor for graduate studies innetworking. Currently he is also the chair of the Center for AdvancedTechnology in Telecommunications(CATT) advisory board at the University.

In 2000, he won the prestigious Computerworld Smithsonian Award for his role in the integration of IP multicasting technology in the financialservices industry. Mr. Bach also holds multiple patents in communicationstechnologies and received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineeringfrom the Pratt Institute.

Jeffrey M. Birnbaum
Founder & CEO
60East Technologies

Jeffrey M. Birnbaum is CEO and co-founder of 60East Technologies, LLC, the company that is developing 'AMPS' (Advanced Message Processing System). AMPS is a modern, high performance messaging platform designed for the most demanding environments where latency, throughput and scale are critical. The platform offers topic and content based pub/sub with integrated SQL-92 database and real-time aggregation capabilities.

Previously, Mr. Birnbaum spent 20 years in the Financial Services industry, first at Morgan Stanley and then Bank of America/Merrill Lynch. At Morgan Stanley, where Mr. Birnbaum was employed from 1991 to 2006, he was Managing Director, Chief Technical Architect and Global Head of Enterprise Computing (2000 to 2006). At Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, where Mr. Birnbaum was employed from 2007 to 2012, Mr. Birnbaum was Managing Director, Chief Architect and Global Head of Architecture and Engineering (2007 to 2010). In this capacity he was responsible for the engineering and development of all core infrastructure encompassing Desktop, Server, Network, Storage, Market Data, and Database technologies. Throughout his career, Mr. Birnbaum has dedicated his talents to applying modern and emerging technical solutions to some of the most demanding computational and latency-sensitive areas of the business, particularly in the Electronic Trading arena.

Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Mr. Birnbaum worked as a systems engineer in the Aerospace Industry and the CIA. He holds a BS in Electrical Computer Engineering from the University of California Santa Barbara.

Jonathan Iwaszczuk
Data Center Solutions
Arista Networks

Ken Rozendal, Distinguished
Engineer and Chief Architect
IBM Linux Tech Center

Ken Rozendal is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and the chief architect for IBM's Linux Technology Center (LTC), the group responsible for all Linux development in IBM.  Previously, Ken was chief architect of Linux for IBM's Power Systems and lead architect for IBM's Linux kernel development team.  Before joining the Linux Technology Center, he was lead architect for IBM's AIX kernel development team.  Ken has four patents in the field of operating system workload management. 

Moiz Kohari
VP Advanced Programs
London Stock Exchange

Moiz Kohari currently serves as the Vice President of Advance Platforms Engineering for the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG). Mr Kohari's team is responsible for low-latency specific developments for the exchange platform (leveraged in London, Milan, Oslo and elsewhere), and advance research for post-trade components for clearing and settlement purposes. Prior to joining LSEG, Mr. Kohari served as the Chief Technology Officer and VP of Engineering for Novell, Inc. (NASD: NOVL), responsible for the Cloud Computing and Real-Time Computing initiatives. Mr. Kohari was also the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Mission Critical Linux Inc., a company that was a pioneer in introducing enterprise computing capabilities into the Linux operating system. Mr. Kohari received his BS in Computer Science from Rochester Institute of Technology.

David Rukshin
SVP, DE Shaw Group

David is a Senior Vice President at the D. E. Shaw group, a global investment firm. David is currently responsible for infrastructure platform for the firm's electronic trading businesses.

Terry Keene
CEO, iSys

Terry Keene, CEO of iSys, has been working globally with capital market participants, exchanges, hedge funds, broker-dealers, and ATSs.  iSys provides innovative solutions for the financial markets in the areas of low-latency, high frequency trading technologies, market data and regulatory compliance.  The trading press has sought Terry’s insights into market technology for several years.  He has published several articles, and been quoted on many of the industry controversies - like the flash crash of 2010 and the Facebook IPO. 

George Kledaras
CEO, FixFlyer

George Kledaras is the founder and Chairman of FIX Flyer, a financial technology company in New York City. He is also the author of numerous articles about the FIX protocol and electronic trading standards, and a frequent speaker on the major technology issues of our time.
Kledaras started FIX Flyer in 2006 to re-invent electronic trading infrastructure brought on by the growth of algorithms. Now more than ever, he says, “the securities industry needs sophisticated tools for managing diverse, networked communities, providing end investors with more transparency and efficiency. FIX Flyer has offices in New York, Boston and Hyderabad, India with over 170 clients globally and counts some of the world’s greatest financial and technology institutions as partners. FIX Flyer has been a strong supporter of the FIX Protocol Ltd. organization and a member since inception.
He is well known throughout the technology world as the founder, in 1996, of Javelin Technologies Inc. At Javelin, he was recognized as the leader in electronic trading software, especially through his initiative in creating the first high-speed messaging FIX engine built entirely in Java called Coppelia. Javelin was the winner of the 2001 Deloitte & Touche Shooting Star award for New York's fastest-growing technology company. He is also widely credited for introducing Java to Wall Street for serious trading applications.
Then in 2000, he helped to ignite the world of high-speed global trading with Appia. Javelin was sold in 2002 to NYFIX is now owned by NYSE Technologies.
Kledaras received a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, and an MS degree in Mathematics from the Courant Institute at New York University. He helped Lehigh start their innovative and highly successful Masters Degree in Analytical Finance program. He served the Board of Trustees and also as Chairman of the PC Rossin College of Engineering Advisory Council, both at Lehigh University.
Kledaras received the Farrington Entrepreneurship award in 2007.
Kledaras is frequent lecturer on electronic trading, messaging, market structure, low latency trading technology and entrepreneurship. He has lectures globally and recently participated at major industry conferences in Mexico City, Bogota, Mumbai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Frankfurt, Istanbul and other major financial centers.

With his home and office in New York City, Kledaras says he lives and works in “the two greatest cities of the world -- the East Side of New York and the West Side of New York.”

Phil Albinus
Traders Magazine

Dino Vitale
Morgan Stanley
Quality Assurance and
Production Mgmt

Michael Feldman

Fadi Gebara
IBM Research

Fadi Gebara is a Sr. Manager at the IBM Austin Research Lab. He is responsible for Systems Research with emphasis on workload optimization that delivers differentiated solutions in high growth areas such as Big Data Analytics, Business Analytics, and Smarter Cities. Recently, his work has focused on strategy, management and integration of coherent accelerators that advantage IBM’s industry-leading middleware. Dr. Gebara received his PhD, from the University of Michigan in 2004 and has authored over 20 papers and has over 40 patents. 

Harvey Stein
Head of Credit Risk
Modeling, Bloomberg

Harvey Stein is Head of Credit Risk Modeling at Bloomberg, responsible for Basel compliant regulatory risk models, default modeling, and specific risk and incremental risk charge calculations. Dr. Stein graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1982 with a Bachelor's degree in mathematics. After working at Bolt, Beranek and Newman for three years on developing and designing the precursor to the Internet, Dr. Stein went to graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied arithmetical geometry while working at Wells Fargo Investment Advisors. He received his PhD in mathematics from Berkeley in 1991. Dr. Stein has worked at Bloomberg for the last nineteen years, building one of the top quantitative finance research and development groups in the industry, supplying derivative valuation models for interest rate derivatives, mortgage backed securities, foreign exchange, credit, equities, and commodities, and built Linux clusters to supply these valuations to Bloomberg's customers. Dr. Stein is well known in the industry, having published on mortgage backed security valuation, CVA calculations, interest rate modeling, equity derivative models, and other subjects. Dr. Stein built Bloomberg's business in the area of counterparty credit risk modeling and is currently focusing on default modeling and Basel risk models.

Adam Sussman
Partner, Dir Research,
TABB Group

Dr. Joseph Landman
Founder & CEO
Scalable Informatics

Joe Landman, Founder and CEO of Scalable Informatics Inc, has been working as a user, developer, and vendor of high performance computing systems for more than 20 years. He founded Scalable Informatics to focus on developing the highest performance tightly coupled computing and storage systems, setting recent STAC M3 performance records, among others. Prior to starting Scalable, Joe worked at Silicon Graphics designing high performance systems, parallelizing and optimized customer code, and product development for parallel computing and scalable management. He transitioned to HPC from his prior work as a computational physicist, simulating semiconductors on supercomputers. Before this he measured electrical properties of HiTC superconductors at IBM T.J. Watson, developed software to control a famous experiment, as well as worked on a linear accelerator at Stony Brook.

Jacob Loveless
Co-Founder and CEO
Lucera Financial Infrastructures

Jacob Loveless is a proven technology innovator with 15 years’ experience in automated trading and advanced systems design. As co-founder and CEO of Lucera, Mr. Loveless is focused on introducing radical innovation in engineering that will change the future of financial computing.

Prior to Lucera, Mr. Loveless served as head of High Frequency Trading for Cantor Fitzgerald, an investment bank and brokerage known for its innovation in computer-based bond brokerage, where he lead a group of engineers and mathematicians to optimize electronic trading capabilities. Mr. Loveless’ career spans both high frequency trading groups and exchanges, and covers nearly every electronic asset. Prior to his tenure at Cantor Fitzgerald, he was a special contractor for the U.S. Department of Defense with a focus on heuristic analysis, and earlier in his career, CTO and a founder of Data Scientific, a pioneer in distributed systems analysis.

Mr. Loveless is a frequent guest lecturer at New York University on big data issues and their impact on the financial services industry, as well as trends and challenges in high-frequency trading, low latency technology and system architecture.

Brent Holden
Chief Architect, Eastern U.S.
Red Hat

Dwight Barron
HP Fellow and Chief Technologist

Dwight Barron is an HP Fellow and Chief Technologist for HP’s Moonshot business unit. His responsibilities include Moonshot architecture and innovation roadmaps for HP’s breakthrough energy efficient servers and solutions. He frequently works with industry partners, leaders and standards organizations to define and align architectural vision and product roadmaps with customer needs. Current activities include energy efficient computing in the areas of x86 and ARM System-on-Chip designs, media processors, network processors, digital signal processors and FPGA computing. He also works closely with HP Labs for advanced research and technology transfer opportunities.  Dwight has over 25 years of experience with Compaq/HP with more than a dozen patents in computer architecture, HPC fabrics, networking, security and operating system design.

Wolfgang Schulze
VP Services

Wolfgang leads Inktank's worldwide services team, which includes support, consulting, and education. Wolfgang brings over twenty years of IT experience, has authored several books, and has lead sizable PS organizations. Before joining Inktank, Wolfgang was Director for Application Architecture at the Credit Suisse Investment Bank. Prior to that, Wolfgang was Director for Professional Services in Progress Software, and Director Americas for Professional Services for IONA Technologies. 

Kumar Srikantan
President and CEO
Pluribus Networks

Kumar was VP/GM of HW Engineering for the Enterprise Networking Business at Cisco where he was responsible for the HW engineering execution of Cisco’s Enterprise Networking portfolio. Kumar brings 25 years of diverse leadership and operational experience in the technology industry that spans development, marketing, and engineering across computing, silicon and communications industries.

Alex Tsariounov
Principal Architect
London Stock Exchange

Alex has an extensive background in embedded control systems, operating systems and real-time systems. For the last few years he has been a Principal Architect for the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) with responsibility across the entire group of LSEG companies for pre-trade, trade and post-trade processes and software systems.

Leni Selvaggio
Global Senior Manager
Financial Services, Cisco

Leni currently serves as Cisco’s Global Financial Services Industry Senior Manager. He analyzes the industry, identifies business trends and issues and develops business and technology solutions to address those issues. Mr. Selvaggio has been instrumental in creating and delivering innovative solutions for financial services firms for over 25 years as a supplier of software, hardware and services to the North American and International markets.   

Prior to joining Cisco, Leni was Director of Financial Services Industry Marketing at Avaya, where he was responsible for shaping and implementing the company’s business strategies in financial services. Prior to joining Avaya, Leni worked for Getronics, Wang Global, Olivetti and Honeywell where he was responsible for product management, product marketing, industry analyst relations, marketing communications, public and media relations and strategic alliances.
Leni holds a B.A degree from High Point University and an M.A. degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Throughout his career, Leni has served on committees at the American Bankers Association, Bank Administration Institute and the Wall Street Technology Association.  He speaks at industry events and has been published in financial services industry publications. He is active in his local community serving as a Chairman of the Board of PrimeSource Credit Union and as a board member of the Panhandle Yacht Club.

Raymond Russell
CTO & Co-Founder

Raymond is a founder of Corvil and co-inventor of its core technology. He started his career as a research assistant under Prof. John Lewis in the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS). There he worked with John and Fergal Toomey (Chief Scientist with Corvil) in pioneering the measurement of the Large Deviation properties of packet-switched network traffic.

In 1997, Raymond completed his Ph.D. thesis on the transformation of stochastic processes under random time-changes, and took up a part-time Assistant Professorship in DIAS. He used the rest of his time to work with Lewis and Toomey on the foundations of Corvil, which he joined full-time in 2000. He used a central result of his thesis to apply the original form of the technology to IP networks.

Since 2000, Raymond has played an instrumental role in building a strong company and product suite around the core Corvil technology, covering many areas such as network science, product management, technical sales, and field engineering.

As Chief Technology Officer, Raymond is focused on driving continued advancement and fulfillment of Corvil’s innovations with a focus on applications and infrastructure performance. Recently, Raymond has led intensive investigations into performance issues impacting Enterprise applications and utilized this experience to improve Corvil’s product offering. 

Angelo Preci
Managing Director of Operations, North America

Angelo is Managing Director, North America Operations, and an Information Technologies Professional with over 20 years’ experience in running IT teams for managed services companies, Exchanges and Investment Banks.
Angelo's experience in managing infrastructure teams supporting Electronic Trading and Front Office businesses globally are a key asset to the organisation.

More speakers and topics to come.