The Judges

Our panel of judges include a diverse group of highly accomplished individuals from across the Custody Risk community

Judging Panel

Saheed Awan

Independent consultant, - collateral management, securities finance, capital market infrastructures

Saheed Awan is a highly regarded innovator, product manager and independent subject matter expert in market infrastructure, collateral management services, securities financing, securities processing, custody and derivatives trading and processing. He has a track record of leadership in the conception, development, project management and marketing of financial infrastructure services and banking products. Saheed's career in financial services spans over three decades, of which 20 years have been focused exclusively on capital markets. He conceived and managed Euroclear's ground-breaking open and global infrastructure for collateral management, the Collateral Highway, which in 2012 received from Custody Risk an award for Most Innovative Project. He has also been recognised for his work with regulators creating an advanced legal framework in Luxembourg for collateral management. Saheed also conceived and managed Clearstream's successful Global Securities Financing products. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and has been featured extensively in financial publications. His experience allows him to bring a unique and holistic perspective, including the strategic, legal, technological, operations and marketing aspects for trading, clearing and settlement of securities.

Michael Barrett

Global head of collateral management services and solutions, Genpact Capital Markets

Michael Barrett heads the collateral management practice for the financial markets solutions group within Genpact Capital Markets, a global consulting and IT services company. Michael has 30 years of experience in banking and securities, with the last 15 focused on global markets and global securities services including global market infrastructure, global securities clearance and custody, and global securities finance including collateral management. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, and is on the faculty of Global Markets Insight, where he conducts courses in advanced collateral management and collateral optimization. Prior to joining Genpact, Michael was a founding partner in Global Collateral Management Solutions (GCMS), a strategic business advisory firm specializing in designing enterprise-wide target operating models for collateral management, and new market and product development for collateral services. Headstrong, and then Genpact Headstrong, was a client at that time, along with several global banking firms and asset managers. Before founding GCMS with his partners, Michael led Clearstream Banking, the international central securities depository, in the Americas, was managing director for global securities services in the Americas for Deutsche Bank, and led new product development, business strategy and marketing for a capital management division of Wachovia Bank.

Paul Bodart

Independent board member, Dexia SA/NV

Paul Bodart is an independent board member of Dexia SA/NV, appointed January 2013, and chairs its audit committee. He is also a professor at the Brussels-based Solvay Business School. Previously, Paul was a non-central bank member of the Target2-Securities (T2S) Board and was general manager of the Brussels branch of BNY Mellon, responsible for all global custody operations, a role from which he is now retired. Paul joined Bank of New York in 1996 as senior vice president, was promoted to executive vice president in 2003, and in 2009 his responsibilities were extended to head EMEA operations in the asset servicing sector. As such, Paul was a member of the European executive team. Paul was also CEO and executive director of BNY Mellon SA/NV, a fully owned banking subsidiary of BNY Mellon responsible for securities services. Prior to joining Bank of New York, Paul worked for Morgan Guaranty Trust Company, Euroclear, JP Morgan and Banque Européenne pour l'Amérique latine, a subsidiary of Generale Bank and ABN/AMRO Bank.

Mary Ann Callahan

Consultant, Global financial markets clearing, depository and industry infrastructure leader

Mary Ann Callahan is a market Infrastructure advisor to itBit, a blockchain firm developing new post-trade services for precious metals and securities. Mary Ann's reputation as a global markets and infrastructure expert is rooted in the cross-border clearing and settlement business and relationships in Latin America and Canada, Asia and Europe that she built as DTCC's managing director of global relations and development. In that industry-facing role, she also transformed the Americas' Central Securities Depositories Association (ACSDA) during her six years as its president, and was a founding board member of CCP12 - the Global Association of Central Counterparties, and the World Forum of Central Securities Depositories. From 1998 to 2002, she served as head of DTCC's London office and chief European representative. Since leaving DTCC in 2013, she has expanded her credentials in securities and payment systems, regulation and advocacy through work for the International Monetary Fund in East Africa and the Seychelles, the World Bank and other consulting projects. She has an MBA in finance from NYU Stern and a BA from Manhattanville College.

Tony Child

Director, Europe, Amaces

Tony has spent over 30 years in the financial services industry. The majority of this time has been spent in relationship management and sales. At Bankers Trust Company, Tony maintained and helped grow the European insurance cash and credit business. Following 13 successful years there he moved to CoreStates Bank (now Wells Fargo/Wachovia) where he helped set up an insurance banking services unit which he ran for seven years. In 2000 Tony moved to Bank of New York where he ran the European insurance business responsible for the strategy and growth of custody, fund administration and affiliated services. More recently Tony had investment management sales experience as a director with both Aon and Russell Investments covering pension funds. At Amaces, the specialist operational performance consultancy, Tony has responsibility for business development and relationship management, focusing on both UK pension funds and fund managers.

Thom Fisher

Former Japan Country Head, BNY Mellon

Thom has over 40 years of international investment banking, asset management and securities servicing industry experience including 16 years in Asia, 11 years in Europe and seven years in the US on the buy side, in a career spanning senior roles at BNY Mellon, Deutsche Bank, NatWest Securities, Tiger Management, BPB Associates, Morgan Stanley and Barclays Wealth Management.
He joined BNY Mellon in 2010 as Tokyo-based country executive and chief strategist. Thom spent four years in Singapore as chief infrastructure officer for Asia-Pacific at Deutsche Bank (2003-2006). He was for two years based in Hong Kong and three years in Japan for Morgan Stanley in the 1980s, directing the initiative to be the first foreign firm to trade and self-clear on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. He ran a hedge fund/prime brokerage consulting practice alongside three partners in the mid-1990s.
Thom worked at Deutsche Bank for 10 years; as managing director in the London-based prime finance business; responsible for strategy and implementation for operations in New York; and as chief information officer in Asia-Pacific, based in Singapore. Before that Thom headed European equity operations in London, managing 500 staff.
Thom was a member of the Advisory Board of Hong Kong Exchange - Clearing Consultative Panel; former Chairman of the Omgeo Advisory Board in Hong Kong/Singapore; and a member of the Securities Institute of London.

Werner Frey

Managing director, post trade division, Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME)

AFME was set up through a merger of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) Europe and the London Investment Banking Association. From 2002 to 2008, Werner was chief executive of the European Securities Forum (ESF), which was renamed the European Securities Services Forum upon its integration in SIFMA Europe in spring 2008. Prior to ESF, he advised financial institutions, particularly securities infrastructure organisations in Europe. Earlier in his career he occupied senior positions in banking, and, from 1988 to 1997, was a member of the executive board of Bank Leu, since 1990 part of the Credit Suisse Group.

Randall Hobbs

Chief operating officer, CSOP

Randall Hobbs is the chief Operating Officer of Makto Capital Group, a multi-strategy Asian focused hedge fund. Previously, Mr Hobbs was the COO of CSOP Asset Management, a multi-asset class manager focusing on London, New York and Hong Kong listed ETFs and actively managed fixed income and equity funds in Luxembourg, Dublin and Cayman Islands. Prior to CSOP, Mr Hobbs was COO and CFO of Liongate Capital Management, a manager of fund-of-hedge-fund portfolios, client hedge fund portfolio solutions and portfolio advisory services from 2005 to 2015. Randall has been central to the development of Liongate from a family office to an investment management group with up to $4 billion funds under management. Mr Hobbs has considerable experience from roles in in private equity, hedge fund portfolios and private wealth management with Morgan Stanley International, and in the private equity group at NM Rothschild & Sons. Earlier in his career, he qualified as a CPA in Australia.

Simon Luhr

Senior partner, FinEx Capital Management

Simon is the founding partner and CEO of FinEx Capital. He is a highly experienced investment banking and investment management professional having over 30 years in the. Simon has been actively involved with the development of the global hedge fund industry. He established and ran the global equities finance, delta one and prime brokerage businesses at Morgan Stanley and Nomura where he also co ran the global equities business. Simon was a founding partner and CEO of the hedge fund Marble Bar Asset Management.

Philippe Metoudi

Managing partner, AlfaSec Advisors

Philippe Metoudi is a managing partner at Hong Kong-based AlfaSec Advisors and founder of Duotem Capital. He serves as a senior advisor and executive board member of the Israel Asian Fund, and is a non-executive board member of several Israeli companies. Philippe co-authored the book Israel and China: From Silk Road to Innovation Highway. Previously, Philippe was a member of the executive board of Clearstream Banking and chairman of its market committee. Philippe graduated from the executive development program of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and holds master's degrees in finance and econometrics from the University of Grenoble, France.