Conference Programme 

Thursday, May 9, 2019

09:00 – 09:10  Conference Welcoming Remarks

  • Pat Kenny, Association of Futures Markets;       

09:10 – 09:30  Fireside chat with Terry Duffy, Chairman and CEO of CME

09:30 – 10:45  Roundtable 1:  The Changing Landscape of Derivatives

A few FCMs have left the business, and a few new ones have joined. Firms are becoming swap dealers, and emergent companies are looking at how new technology may disrupt the industry. Products have been launched that bring new participants to the market and cause incumbents to reevaluate their processes for trading and clearing. Technology providers have consolidated, leading to vertical integration between front office and back office technology. These are just some of the trends that have occurred recently – but what do they mean for the health of the industry? What are the drivers in harnessing future growth of the market – product development, technology disruption, regulation or market services enhancement? As many markets have growing appetite for cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies, how do emerging markets respond to the trend? 

10:45 – 11:15  Coffee break

11:15 – 12:30  Roundtable 2: Cryptocurrencies and Digital Asset Exchanges

Crypto has thrived by being on the fringes. We discuss the likely impact on growth if it becomes subject to mainstream regulation. Will regulation bring cryptos to the top table in terms of acceptability to the broader market?


  • Nicole Wahls, Manager II, Investigations, National Futures Association, USA
  • Chip Dempsey, Chief Commercial Officer, OCC, USA
  • Hirander Misra, Chairman and CEO, GMEX Group, UK

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 14:20  Case study presentation: African Commodity Exchange (ACE), a true commodities market, looking at benefits that may accrue from a shift to blockchain and crypto

  • Kristian Möller, CEO, ACE


14:20 – 15:40  Roundtable 3: The outlook for CCPs

In light of new margin requirements imposed on uncleared derivatives trades globally, the demand for greater capital efficiency is increasing. What’s the trend for central clearing of the over-the-counter derivatives? Would the dominant CCPs nowadays become too big to fail? Should more exchanges or other parties join in scratching the global market of CCP business?


  • John Davidson, President and Chief Operation Officer, the Options Clearing Corporation, US
  • Girish Raipuria, CEO, Shrikaam Fincon Consulting, India
  • Representative of KELER CCP, Hungary

15:40 – 16:00  Coffee Break

16:00 – 17:00  AFM General Assembly (for Association members only!)


Friday, May 10, 2019

09:00 – 10:30  Visit to CME (tbc)

10:30 – 10:45  Coffee Break

10:45 - 11.00   Keynote Address by Walt Lukken, President and CEO, Futures Industry Association

11:00 – 12:15  Roundtable 4: Global Market Developments and Their Impact on Exchanges: Brexit and beyond; The US-China Trade War

Listed and cleared derivatives markets are facing potential regulatory change driven by a range of geopolitical developments. This panel of regulatory experts will highlight the key areas of development including the impact of Brexit, the futures of equivalence recognition and cross-border supervision. In addition, panelist will share insights on the opportunities for new products emerging to reflect current and future trends, and the landscape of the commodity market to be reshaped under the tension of the new trade war.


  • Andrea Corcoran, Principal, Align International LLC, US
  • Serene Cai, Director, International Sales, Singapore Exchange, US

12:15 – 13:45 Lunch

13:45 – 15:00  Roundtable 5: Mapping the Regulatory Landscape

Generally - is regulation supportive of market development? After 15 months where are we with MIFID II.


  • Kristen Scaletta, Associate Director, Communications, National Futures Association, USA

15:00 – 15:30 Coffee Break

15:30 – 16:30  Roundtable 6: Exchange panel

The panel will feature new and/or small exchanges and it will talk about the challenges of start-up, their early experiences, lessons learnt etc.


  • Terry Adembesa, Derivatives Market Director, Nairobi Securities Exchange, Kenya
  • Edward Woodford, CEO, SEED CX, USA
  • Alexander Belozertsev, Alexandra, Inc, Russia
  • Representative of the Belarusian Universal Commodity Exchange

 16:30 – 16:45 Look to the Future and Concluding Remarks

  • Paul Constantinou, AFM President