• September 22, 2021


MFA Members Only
MFA CTO & Information Technology Forum (RSVP Required)


Brad Carpenter, Supervisory Special Agent, FBI Cyber Division

Gary Collier, CTO Man Alpha Technology, Man Group

Gary is CTO of Man Group Alpha Technology, with responsibility for all front office technology used across Man Group’s investment managers. He is also a member of the Man Group Executive Committee.

Gary was formerly Co-CTO of Man AHL, and prior to this, Technology Manager, responsible for Man AHL’s research and trading technology platforms with a particular focus on market data, trading strategies and signal generation.

Gary joined Man AHL in 2001, having previously developed software systems across various finance, telecomms and defence arenas.

He holds a Masters in Physics and Theoretical Physics from the University of Cambridge.

Ilya Finkelshteyn, Chief Technology Officer, Abrams Capital

Martha Lam, Managing Director, Chief Technology Officer, Chief Information Security Officer, Lone Pine Capital LLC

Joseph Lawlor, Supervisory Special Agent, FBI Cyber Division


Welcome Remarks

Bryan N. Corbett, President and Chief Executive Officer, Managed Funds Association

Bryan Corbett is MFA’s President and CEO. He is a veteran of Washington and Wall Street. For the past 12 years, he was a senior executive at The Carlyle Group, most recently as Managing Director in the Corporate Private Equity segment and Head of the firm’s OneCarlyle Global Investment Resources Group. In this role, Mr. Corbett and his team provided strategic and operational support to investment teams and portfolio companies across segments.

For the first half of his Carlyle tenure, Mr. Corbett managed U.S. government and regulatory issues affecting Carlyle, its investments and the industry. In this role, he developed legislative and regulatory strategies relating to all of Carlyle’s business segments, including private equity, credit and real estate. In addition to serving on the boards of several Carlyle portfolio companies, Mr. Corbett started the firm’s global corporate citizenship program focused on responsible investing, published Carlyle’s inaugural corporate citizenship report, and started the firm’s initiative to recruit and place diverse individuals on portfolio company boards in the U.S.

Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Corbett served in the George W. Bush Administration as a Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and as the Senior Advisor to Deputy Secretary Robert Kimmitt at the Treasury Department. He also served as Majority Counsel on the Senate Banking Committee.

Mr. Corbett earned his JD from George Washington University Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the George Washington Law Review, and earned his BA from University of Notre Dame.

D. Brooke Harlow, Chief Commercial Officer, Managed Funds Association

D. Brooke Harlow is the Managed Funds Association’s Chief Commercial Officer. Brooke is responsible for strategy and execution of the Association’s education and business development initiatives as well as the Association’s relationships with the institutional investor and fund manager communities. Brooke works directly with MFA’s President & CEO on the Association’s public affairs and investor relations priorities and also leads the Association’s global Conferences and Events team. Previously she headed MFA’s Communications team and ran Membership Development for the Association. Brooke also serves as Executive Director of the Center For Alternative Investment Education, a private foundation dedicated to enhancing the knowledge and understanding of alternative investments and the alternative investment industry.

Brooke joined MFA from Highbridge Capital Management where she served as Managing Director of Communications and Public Affairs. In that capacity, Brooke was responsible for the corporate communications, marketing, branding, events and public affairs operations at the firm and served as its spokesperson.

Prior to joining Highbridge, Brooke was a Vice President of Investment Bank Marketing and Communications at J.P.Morgan where she managed media relations for the global credit, emerging markets and private equity businesses at the bank, served as head of marketing and communications for Latin America and as a member of the Latin American Investment Bank management committee; managed crisis communications for the investment bank; and worked closely with members of the bank’s Operating Committee.

Brooke also was a senior associate at Burson-Marsteller in Washington, D.C., and also worked at CNN serving as a field producer in the Washington, D.C. and Mexico City bureaus.

Brooke graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in American Studies and was selected as a Rotary Scholar and studied at El Colegio de Mexico in Mexico City, Mexico as part of their Masters in International Relations program.

Ms. Harlow is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Board Member of Surgeons OverSeas and the Women’s Board of the Boys Club of New York. She is also an advisor to the Center for Public Leadership the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.



The Managers’ Year in Review and Lessons Learned: Applying a Hybrid Culture, New Technologies and Efficiencies, Risk Management and the Data Landscape


Zach Cohen, Head of Enterprise Engineering, Managing Director, Two Sigma Investments, LP  

Zach Cohen joined Two Sigma in 2009 and currently serves as the Head of Enterprise Engineering. Mr. Cohen leads the engineering teams responsible for building tools and platforms that support post trade processing, finance, risk management, and human resources as well as the internal collaboration and productivity ecosystem. Mr. Cohen previously served as Co-Head of Modeling Engineering and Head of Data Engineering at Two Sigma where he led the engineering teams focused on data discovery and harvesting, analysis platforms, and the trading system. Prior to joining Two Sigma, Mr. Cohen worked at Bloomberg, L.P. where he served in a number of roles including Head of Bloomberg Valuations and Head of Fixed Income and Derivatives Engineering. Mr. Cohen received a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Cornell University and is a CFA charterholder.

Will Feener, Chief Technology Officer, Whale Rock Capital Management LLC

Will is the Chief Technology Officer for Whale Rock and joined in 2018. Will has over 16 years of experience leading the charge in cybersecurity, cloud adoption, and many other IT reform projects. Prior to joining Whale Rock, Will was the Head of Infrastructure at HighVista Strategies in Boston, where he worked for eight years. Will previously was a Field Engineer for Eze Castle Integration and Access Technology Group. Will earned a MS in IT Management with a concentration in Cyber Security from Brandeis University and his BS in Industrial Technology from Central Connecticut State University.

Neil Katz, Managing Director, D. E. Shaw & Co., L.P.

Neil Katz is a managing director of D. E. Shaw & Co., L.P. and oversees the hardware and software systems that constitute the D. E. Shaw group’s trading platform and information technology infrastructure. Mr. Katz joined the D. E. Shaw group in 1994 and during his tenure at the firm has been instrumental in developing and refining the proprietary software and other technologies that facilitate trade management and execution across a range of asset classes and markets. Mr. Katz received a B.S. in electrical engineering and B.A. in economics, each with distinction, from Stanford University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Perry Metviner, Managing Director, Co-Chief Operating Officer & Chief Technology Officer, Davidson Kempner Capital Management LP

Perry Metviner, Managing Director – Co-Chief Operating Officer & Chief Technology Officer, joined Davidson Kempner in April 2014. From 2008 to 2013, Mr. Metviner worked at Barclays, where he held various senior technology positions, most recently as the Global Co-Chief Information Officer of the Investment Bank and Wealth & Investment Management Divisions. From 2006 to 2008, Mr. Metviner was the Global Head of Prime Services Technology at Lehman Brothers. From 2001 to 2006, Mr. Metviner worked at Merrill Lynch in a number of different roles, but ultimately as the Chief Technology Officer of the Global Equity Financing and Services Business. Mr. Metviner began his career at Goldman Sachs in 1990 where he became Head of International Private Wealth Technology before leaving in 2001. He received a B.S. in Management from Binghamton University in 1990.

Arthur Vaccarino, Chief Technology Officer, IONIC Capital Management LLC

Arthur Vaccarino is responsible for Information Technology development, and infrastructure design and management. For 28 years Mr. Vaccarino has held various leadership roles in Information Technology. Prior to Ionic Mr. Vaccarino was CTO at Sandell Asset Management Corp. and Perry Capital, LLC. He began his career in the United States Navy and was founder and CEO of Savant Solutions, Inc. a Hedge Fund technology consultancy and Internet Service Provider.


Adam Kelleher, Chief Data Scientist for Research, Barclays

Adam Kelleher is the Chief Data Scientist for Research. He runs a group of data scientists with expertise in sourcing, normalising, and utilising alternative data sets used to enhance our analysts’ ability to deliver differentiated, thought-leading research. In his role at Buzzfeed, Adam was responsible for advancing Buzzfeed’s machine learning and alternative data capabilities, with particular focus on enhancing their data pipelines, research methodology, and advertising effectiveness.



The Future of Cloud Security: Innovation and Change


Matt Rathbun, Chief Security Officer, Two Sigma Investments, LP

Matt Rathbun serves as Chief Security Officer (CSO) for Two Sigma. In his capacity as CSO, Matt oversees a team charged with protecting the company against technical and physical threats to its global infrastructure. Previously, he worked at Microsoft as the Chief Security Officer for Azure Global where he was responsible for security strategy and implementation across the full suite of Azure products and services globally. Before Microsoft, Matt worked in leadership roles at First Information Technology Services and at the Bank of Washington. Matt holds a Bachelors of Science in Political Science from Kansas State University

Jim Shook, Director, Cybersecurity and Compliance Practice, Dell Technologies

Jim combines his computer science degree and experience with over a decade as a litigator and general counsel, helping customers to better understand cybersecurity requirements and best practices, from regulatory and legal concerns to the technical details. Today his practice focuses mainly on ransomware and destructive attacks, and combating their impact with cyber resilience capabilities and technologies.  Jim has led Dell’s relationship with Sheltered Harbor and serves on its Joint Steering Committee. He is a long-time participant in and contributor to the Sedona Conference working groups on electronic information and cybersecurity and privacy.



“Workquake” — Preparing for the Great Human Capital Disruption 


Steve Cadigan, Author/ Workquake; Founder, Cadigan Ventures

Steve Cadigan is a highly sought-after talent advisor to leaders and organizations across the globe. He speaks regularly to conferences and major Universities around the world and is regularly retained by Silicon Valley’s top VC’s for his talent expertise. Steve is frequently asked to appear on TV and is a regular guest on Bloomberg West and CNBC. Prior to launching his own firm, Steve worked as an HR executive for over 25 years at a wide range of top-tier companies including: ESPRIT, Allianz, Cisco Systems, Electronic Arts and capped by serving as the first CHRO for LinkedIn from 2009 through 2012. His culture work at LinkedIn led Stanford to build a case study for their business school. Today Steve serves on the Board of Directors to three companies and sits on the Advisory Board of several others. In the summer of 2021 Steve published his first book: Workquake- Embracing the Aftershocks of COVID-19 to Create a Better Model of Working and even before its official release has hit #1 on the Amazon list of Hot New Releases. He holds a BA in History from Wesleyan and an MA in HROD form the University of San Francisco.

Interviewed By:

Julia Lamm, Workforce Strategy Principal, PwC

A Partner in PwC’s Financial Services People & Organization practice, Julia is PwC’s global Workforce Strategy capability lead, which encompasses workforce planning, talent acquisition, talent management and employee experience. She spends the majority of her time with clients assessing their digital workforce strategies and how to upskill the workforce and manage change.

A graduate of NYU’s Stern School of Business, Julia specialized in Corporate Finance and Strategy. Previously, Julia worked in the public relations industry, where she developed and implemented external and internal corporate communications programs, both nationally and globally.




Streamlining Technological and Operational Efficiencies While Optimizing Cost Structure


Dhruv Kataria, Head of Capital Markets Technology, Bain Capital

Greg Shub, Head of Infrastructure and Information Security, Moore Capital Management, LP

John Thornley, Managing Director, Head of Data Engineering, AQR Capital Management, LLC

John is a managing director and heads data engineering at AQR Capital Management. Prior to working at AQR he held engineering positions at D. E. Shaw & Co., Lehman Brothers, and Deephaven Capital Management. Before that he was an assistant professor in computer science at the University of Virginia and a research scientist at Caltech. John has a Ph.D. in computer science (parallel computing) from Caltech and M.Sc. and B.Sc. degrees in computer science from the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

Srinivas Vasantharajan, Executive Managing Director and Chief Information Officer, Sculptor Capital

Srinivas Vasantharajan is an Executive Managing Director and Chief Information Officer at Sculptor Capital. In this role, Mr. Vasantharajan is responsible for leading the IT group as well as managing architecture, design, development, integration and support of applications that support Sculptor Capital’s investment professionals and global infrastructure professionals in investing, trading, corporate and control functions.

Mr. Vasantharajan has over 25 years of experience in technology and finance. Prior to joining Sculptor Capital, he was a Senior Vice President and headed Middle and Back office IT for D.E. Shaw & Co and managed their re-engineering program. Prior to that, he was a Principal at Vanguard.

Mr. Vasantharajan was a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bell labs and part of the team that built the Unix operating system. Mr. Vasantharajan holds a Master of Science in Computer Science from University of Pittsburgh.


Labib Mahfouz, Executive Director, Americas Head of Partners and Alliances, Enfusion

Labib Mahfouz is Executive Director, Americas Head of Partners and Alliances. He drives the development of mutually beneficial relationships with Enfusion’s partners across the whole investment management lifecycle ecosystem in order to deliver exceptional experiences to Enfusion clients.

Quote: As investment management firms continue to evolve their best-in-class operations, outsourcing to third-party providers has proved to be an efficient, scalable, and cost effective solution. With our open architecture, forging alliances and a strong network of partners enables Enfusion to anticipate industry trends and client needs and remain at the forefront of investment operations solutions.

Mahfouz joined Enfusion in 2021. He has over 25 years of financial industry experience, including serving as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at Evince Asset Management LP, a quantitative global macro fund seeded by Tudor Capital.

Previously, Mahfouz served as President and Chief Operating Officer at Axonic Capital, Chief Operating Officer at Tricadia Capital Management, and spent over 10 years at Barclays Capital where he served for the last two years as the Chief Operating Officer of the Credit Derivatives business. He began his career at Bankers Trust in New York and London, where he was responsible for global trade execution, treasury financing and futures operations.

Mahfouz holds a B.S. in Economics and Finance from Lehigh University.


Cybersecurity Best Practices for Asset Managers in Light of Recent Events


Thomas Baxley, Chief Information Security Officer, Balyasny Asset Management L.P.

Tom is the Chief Information Security Officer at Balyasny Asset Management, and oversees the firm’s Information Security program. Prior to Balyasny, Tom was the Chief Information Security Officer at Pine River Capital Management. Tom was previously a Security Engineer at Pine River and a Cybersecurity Consultant at Ernst & Young. Tom holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Security and Forensics from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Rajiv Garg, Chief Technology Officer, Laurion Capital Management LP

Rajiv Garg is the CTO of Laurion Capital Management, where he is responsible for the firm’s technology infrastructure. He has over 20 years of experience as a hedge fund technologist, including roles at Highbridge Capital Management, where he managed the technology infrastructure of Highbridge’s Hong Kong and Tokyo offices, and D.E. Shaw, where he started his career as a Systems Engineer. Rajiv graduated from the Management and Technology Program at the University of Pennslyvania with a BS in Biomedical Engineering and a BS in Economics.

Ross Levinsky, Chief Technology Officer, HBK Capital Management

Ross Levinsky has been associated with HBK since 2014 and is a Managing Director. Ross serves as HBK’s Chief Technology Officer, with responsibility for software development and IT infrastructure. From 2011 to 2014, Ross was a Managing Director at Goldman, Sachs & Co., responsible for the electronic trading of credit. Prior to that, Ross held technical and managerial positions at Google, Bridgewater Associates and D.E. Shaw. Ross received a B.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics (1989), M.S. in Mechanical Engineering (1992) and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (1995), all from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Kathleen McGee, Partner, Lowenstein Sandler LLP

With close to two decades of experience as a prosecutor and leading regulator, including as Bureau Chief of the New York Attorney General’s Bureau of Internet and Technology, Kathleen is a highly accomplished attorney with a unique and valuable skill set. Kathleen regularly leverages her extensive experience in the public sector by representing clients before federal, state, and local law enforcement and regulators on issues ranging from white collar criminal defense matters and criminal and civil investigations before the DOJ, SEC, FTC, and state attorneys general, to commercial disputes and advisory matters involving technology, data commodification, cybersecurity and privacy, consumer protection issues, tech M&A, data governance, and corporate governance. Clients benefit from both her sophisticated grasp of technology-related criminal matters and her on-the-ground experience as a lead prosecutor in both jury and bench trials.

Kathleen’s practice includes representing established global businesses, scale-ups, and startups (including fintechs, investment groups, and governments) in multiple sectors, including ad tech, financial services, insurance tech, biotech, IoT, and retail. Her experience encompasses data, M&A, technology procurement, privacy, data breaches and cybersecurity, consumer protection, and product launches. Kathleen’s practice covers all aspects of technology, data, privacy, and intellectual property, with a focus on emerging technologies, data services, and cybersecurity. With the advent of the CARES Act, Kathleen has established herself as a go-to resource for PPP loan applicants navigating the process.

An author of several state and local bills and laws, including New York State’s SHIELD Act on data security, Kathleen brings a strong sense of regulatory policy and advises clients on the legal landscape affecting their business models. She is a regular speaker, author, and interviewee for events and publications ranging from government investigations to data security and privacy and tech regulation.

Kathleen’s unique public sector experience gives her an edge in counseling emerging and mature companies on a broad spectrum of regulatory issues concerning technology, data security, and privacy. In addition, Kathleen’s experience in municipal government and her understanding of how the administrative code affects business have given her a unique perspective on the intersection of commerce and the law. Clients appreciate her insights into how to identify unanticipated problems and develop creative, business-focused solutions.

As Bureau Chief of the Bureau of Internet & Technology for the New York State Attorney General’s Office, Kathleen was at the forefront of regulation, enforcement initiatives, and public policy involving privacy, data security, and consumer protection, among other issues. She led the NYAG’s successful litigation against illegal daily fantasy sports operations (New York v. Draft Kings, Fan Duel), as well as investigations of New York State’s internet service providers and successful litigation against the state’s largest internet service provider (New York v. Charter Communications).

Earlier in her career, she served as Director of the Office of Special Enforcement in the New York City Mayor’s Office where, as lead counsel, she directed litigation on a number of intellectual property and civil nuisance matters, including the Counterfeit Triangle litigation encompassing an entire city block in Chinatown. She was also a policy leader on issues ranging from data analytics to human trafficking. While with the mayor’s office, Kathleen also developed the New Business Acceleration Team to streamline regulations and fast-track new business development. Kathleen started her legal career as an Assistant District Attorney for the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office in New York, where she prosecuted domestic violence, child abuse, and sex crimes.

Alfonso Restivo, Head of Information Security, Magnetar Capital LLC

Al Restivo is the head of Information Security at Magnetar Capital, a leading alternative asset manager based in Evanston, Ill.

Al oversees all firm information security initiatives and is responsible for human awareness training, cybersecurity risk management, incident response, security operations and third party vendor risk assessment.

Prior to joining Magnetar more than a decade ago, Al worked at Citadel Investment Group, where he focused on large scale systems automation, configuration and security.

Al earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Networking Communications Management from DeVry University. He is ISC2 CISSP certified and is a member of AITEC and the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC).


Bryant Morse, Americas Head of Business Consulting Services, UBS Securities LLC

Bryant Morse is currently the Americas Head of Business Consulting Services at UBS.  Most recently, Bryant was Chief Technology Officer at Kingdon Capital where as a member of the Operating Committee, he was responsible for the firm’s Technology vision with oversight of Infrastructure, Cybersecurity, Enterprise Data and Application Development. Previously, Bryant was Chief Information Officer for two separate start up hedge funds, Nexus Asset Management (Global Energy/Utilities) and Tourmalet Advisors (Global L/S Equity). He also spent nine years as Senior Vice President at Pequot Capital, where he was the Head of Data Management.


Identifying and Evaluating Innovation in Data Management and Acquisition


Chris Beels, Co-Chief Technology Officer, GoldenTree Asset Management

Chris Beels is Co-CTO of GoldenTree Asset Management and manages Applications and Data for the firm.  Chris joined GoldenTree in 2011 and has led the Data Warehousing, Regulatory Reporting, and other data-centric initiatives at the firm.  He has been at GoldenTree since 2011.  Chris is an active member of the AITEC group of Asset Management technology executives and a regular judge of the HFM Hedge Fund Technology Awards.

Chris has over 20 years of experience in managing financial systems and IT teams.  Prior to GoldenTree, he was a Director in the Fixed Income Systems group at Millennium Management and one of the founding employees of RiskMetrics.  Chris holds a BA in Economics from Stanford University and is a CFA Charterholder.

Ken Read, Chief Revenue Officer, Bipsync

Ken has more than 20 years of experience as a business development executive in the Financial Services technology space, working with early stage companies as well as large multinational firms. He has built, transformed, and expanded sales and marketing teams in North America, Europe,and Asia.


Peter Altman, Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Peter Altman represents investment management firms, private and public companies, and individuals in white collar and other government enforcement and regulatory matters, securities class litigation and internal investigations. He also advises investment advisers on day-to-day risk management issues related to topics including securities trading, compliance with the Investment Advisers Act, and the use of big data and alternative forms of electronic communication.

Peter’s experience serving at the SEC provides him with a deep familiarity of the federal securities and commodities laws and the processes of the SEC. He routinely provides advice in investigations and enforcement proceedings involving issues including alleged insider trading and other trading-related matters, and disclosure-related and regulatory compliance issues, including broker-dealer and advertising-related regulations. He also represents multiple clients in government enforcement matters involving cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings, closely tracking the regulatory trajectory of this quickly evolving field.


Data Governance and Security – Forthcoming Regulatory Changes and Impact on Operational Best Practices


Jeffrey D. Neuburger, Partner and Co-Head, TMT Group, Proskauer

Jeffrey D. Neuburger is co-head of Proskauer’s Technology, Media & Telecommunications Group, head of the Firm’s Blockchain Group and a member of the Firm’s Privacy & Cybersecurity Group.

Jeff’s practice focuses on technology, media and intellectual property-related transactions, counseling and dispute resolution. That expertise, combined with his professional experience at General Electric and academic experience in computer science, makes him a leader in the field.

As one of the architects of the technology law discipline, Jeff continues to lead on a range of business-critical transactions involving the use of emerging technology and distribution methods. For example, Jeff has become one of the foremost private practice lawyers in the country for the implementation of blockchain-based technology solutions, helping clients in a wide variety of industries capture the business opportunities presented by the rapid evolution of blockchain.

Jeff counsels on a variety of e-commerce, social media and advertising matters; represents many organizations in large infrastructure-related projects, such as outsourcing, technology acquisitions, cloud computing initiatives and related services agreements; advises on the implementation of biometric technology; and represents clients on a wide range of data aggregation, privacy and data security matters. In addition, Jeff assists clients on a wide range of issues related to intellectual property and publishing matters in the context of both technology-based applications and traditional media.

Serving as a collaborative business partner through our clients’ biggest challenges, Jeff is part of Proskauer’s cross-disciplinary, cross-jurisdictional Coronavirus Response Team helping to shape the guidance and next steps for clients impacted by the pandemic.

Dawson Smith, Senior Director of Data Monetization, LeapYear

Dawson is Senior Director of Data Monetization at LeapYear Technologies and leads the firm’s data commercialization business.  He works with data owners to securely monetize their data using LeapYear’s transformative software. Before LeapYear, Dawson held leadership positions at various alternative data and research organizations, providing solutions to institutional investors and corporate clients.  He graduated cum laude from Boston College with an honors degree in Philosophy.

Steven Smith, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel, PAR Capital Management, Inc.

Steven M. Smith is a Managing Partner and serves as Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at PAR Capital Management, Inc., a Boston-based hedge fund adviser. Prior to joining PAR in the fall of 2010, Steve was the Chief Legal Officer, Chief Compliance Officer and Head of Technology at Numeric Investors, LLC in Boston. Between September 2006 and November 2010, Steve was responsible for a variety of legal, compliance and business initiatives at Numeric. Before taking his role at Numeric, Steve was Chief of Staff for the Global Chief Investment Officer of Citigroup Asset Management (CAM) in Stamford, CT and New York. Following the acquisition of CAM by Legg Mason in December of 2005, Steve held a senior position in Legg Mason’s Institutional Asset Management group. Before joining CAM, Steve was a partner in the Business Department at the Boston-based law firm of Choate, Hall & Stewart. He graduated with a B.A. from Boston College and a J.D. from Boston College Law School.


John Leone, Head of Quantitative Strategy, Wells Fargo Securities

As Director of Quantitative Strategy, John is responsible for enhancing Wells Fargo’s financing and market access platforms geared to quantitative hedge funds. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, John worked with Stevens Capital Managements or its associated companies for 26 years. John was primarily responsible for accessing global exchanges, equity financing structures, and prime broker management. During his career, John has established connectivity to 30+ global exchanges, researched market structure and maintained relationships with global exchanges and brokerages. Current and prior professional associations include: The New York Stock Exchange Institutional Traders Advisory Committee, The Bohley Center Officers Council, CBOE Institutional Advisory Committee, The NASDAQ Stock Exchange Quality of Markets Committee and Investment Company Institute Working Group Market Structure and Investor Confidence.  John holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from The College of William & Mary,  is a CFA Institute Charterholder and  recipient of the Howard J Busbee Finance Academy Alumni Award.



The AI Wars: Implications for Humanity, Society and Global Relations


Michael Kanaan, Author -T-Minus AI: Humanity's Countdown to Artificial Intelligence and the New Pursuit of Global Power, Former Chairperson of AI, U.S. Air Force, HQ Pentagon

Michael Kanaan is the author of T-Minus AI: Humanity’s Countdown to Artificial Intelligence and the New Pursuit of Global Power and former chairperson of artificial intelligence for the U.S. Air Force, Headquarters Pentagon. In that role, he authored and guided the research, development, and implementation strategies for AI technology and machine learning activities across its global operations, and is currently the Director of Operations for Air Force / MIT Artificial Intelligence Accelerator. He was named to the 2019 Forbes “30 Under 30” list, Fast Company Impact Council, and received the US Government’s Arthur S. Flemming Award (an honor shared by past recipients Neil Armstrong, Robert Gates, and Elizabeth Dole).

Daragh Morrissey, Director of AI, Microsoft Worldwide Financial Services

Daragh Morrissey is a Director of AI at Microsoft Worldwide Financial Services.  His passion is enabling Microsoft customers to innovate through adoption of technology and culture transformation. He’s presented at Industry events such as SIBOS, Americas FinTech Conference, Money 20/20, and global Microsoft events (Inspire, Ready, and Envision). He is a Certified IT Architect Professional the International Association of Software Architects (IASA).


Edouard Matitia-Cohen, Global Head of Equity Financing Distribution, Bank of America

Edouard Matitia-Cohen is a Managing Director and Global Head of Equity Financing Distribution at Bank of America, based in New York.

In his role, he is responsible for all sales globally across Prime Brokerage, Equity Synthetics and Stock Loan, ensuring the delivery of an integrated coverage and distribution strategy worldwide. He joined the firm in 2012 and was previously Americas Head of Equity Sales.

Prior to joining Bank of America, Matitia-Cohen was the European Head of Equity Derivatives, Convertibles and Delta One sales at Credit Suisse, based in London. He was a member of Credit Suisse’s European Equity Management Committee and Global Equity Management Committee.

Previously, Matitia-Cohen worked at Morgan Stanley for over 11 years and held various roles including the Head of U.S. Capital Structure and Special Situations business in New York, and a member of the Equity Derivatives trading team in London.

He holds a B.A. (Hons.) in economics from ICADE University in Madrid and Ecole Superieure de Commerce in Reims, France.

Matitia-Cohen is a board member of the Managed Fund Association (MFA), a term corporate member of the Council of Foreign Relations (CFR) and serves as an outside advisor to the Institute for the Study of War (ISW).


From SolarWinds to Kaseya: How Recent Cyber Attacks are Changing the War on Cybersecurity Protection


Kevin Mandia, Chief Executive Officer, FireEye

Kevin has been FireEye CEO since June 2016 and a member of the FireEye Board of Directors since February 2016. He previously served as FireEye President, from February 2015 until his appointment as CEO. Kevin joined the company as Senior Vice President and Chief operating Officer in December 2013, when FireEye acquired Mandiant, the company he founded in 2004.

As CEO of Mandiant, Kevin grew the company to nearly 500 employees and more than $100 million in revenue. Widely recognized as the leading provider of security incident management products and services prior to the acquisition, Mandiant remains the core of the highly successful FireEye consulting business.

Kevin has spent more than 20 years in information security and has been on the front lines helping organizations respond to computer security breaches. Before Mandiant, he was the Director of Computer Forensics at Foundstone (acquired by McAfee Corporation) from 2000 to 2003, and he was the Director of Information Security for Sytex (later acquired by Lockheed Martin) from 1998 to 2000. Kevin was also a United States Air Force Officer, serving as a computer security officer in the 7th Communications Group at the Pentagon, and a special agent in the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI). He holds a B.S. in computer science from Lafayette College and a M.S. in forensic science from The George Washington University.

Richard Jacobs, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Cyber Branch, FBI


Laurel FitzPatrick, Partner, Ropes & Gray LLP

Laurel FitzPatrick is a partner in the asset management group and serves as leader of the firm’s hedge funds and credit funds teams. Laurel has extensive experience structuring and advising a wide range of hedge funds and other private funds, including domestic and offshore partnerships, limited liability corporations and offshore corporations. Recent fund formations include alternative multi-year incentive fee arrangements and innovative hybrid vehicles as well as more traditional hedge fund structures, CLO equity funds compliant with EU risk retention rules and treaty and other funds suitable for direct lending. In addition to fund formation, Laurel assists clients in creating profit-sharing and other compensation structures which provide appropriate incentives and succession strategies.

A former partner at Tiger Management, LLC, a registered adviser and hedge fund group, Laurel brings practical in-house experience to bear in her work with clients. Laurel works with clients on a wide range of issues including trade structuring and compliance, meeting with regulators on behalf of clients, assisting with regulatory audits, obtaining exemptive and no-action relief from the SEC and helping develop compliance and internal control procedures. She also assists clients in restructuring their funds when necessary and helps them develop legal and risk management policies with respect to prime brokers and other counterparties.


Closing Remarks