TradeTech Europe 2020

19 - 21 October, 2020

Palais des Congrès de Paris

Focus Day - 19 October 2020


12:30 pm - 1:00 pm Registration and Coffee

1:00 pm - 1:10 pm Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

1:10 pm - 1:30 pm Industry Keynote - How data science is being leveraged in asset management and the ways in which you can adapt your business set up to stay ahead of the curve

Gary Collier, CTO, Alpha Technology, at Man Group

Gary Collier

CTO, Alpha Technology,
Man Group

Hinesh Kalian, Director, Data Science at Man Group

Hinesh Kalian

Director, Data Science
Man Group

1:30 pm - 2:05 pm Panel Discussion - How can you identify and successfully implement cutting-edge data-driven technologies to enhance your front to back trading capabilities?

Gain insight from both sides of the trading landscape, where two of the biggest asset managers globally by AUM and three of the leading banks discuss where they are seeing technological advancements in data analytics and trading, and debate how to overcome the biggest challenges in industry application.

  • What are the technologies of interest for the buy side?
  • How to make the decision on what technology capabilities your business needs, how valuable this investment is for your business and when is the investment needed?
  • What are the common barriers of entry for technology investing and advancement?
  • What are the primary drivers for investing in new technology ie. Cost and resources or the need for more agility?
  • With the major developments in infrastructure and mergers between front, middle and back office, what steps are being made to improve communication between the trading and data science teams?
  • How will the trading landscape as we know it look to change with the evolution of advanced technology from more traditional players in the market
Eric Boess, Global Head, Trading at Allianz Global Investors

Eric Boess

Global Head, Trading
Allianz Global Investors

Michael Steliaros, Global Head, Quantitative Execution Services at Goldman Sachs

Michael Steliaros

Global Head, Quantitative Execution Services
Goldman Sachs

Asita Anche, Head of Systematic Market Making & Data Science at Barclays

Asita Anche

Head of Systematic Market Making & Data Science

With the sheer amount of data and variety of sources being applied by investment and trading teams, data quality is paramount to ensure successful integration, analysis and application of this data. Discover how a leading hedge fund, two European asset managers, a leading European agency broker and the CAIA Association, the global organisation committed to education and professionalism in alternative investments, are collaborating to ensure data standardisation across the whole industry.

  • What are the data transformation strategies that have successfully reshaped business models and can effectively handle the growing volumes of data now being consumed?
  • How are new priorities in data governance improving data quality and what does this look like within an asset manager?
  • How are all stakeholders across the trading ecosystem working together to ensure consistency and improved quality of data?
  • Advancements in data security and firm wide platforms- what has this enabled concerning trust in data sources and use?
Carrie Osman, CEO at Cruxy & Co

Carrie Osman

Cruxy & Co

Juan Landazabal, Global Head, Trading at GAM

Juan Landazabal

Global Head, Trading

Christoph Hock, Head, Multi-Asset Trading at Union Investments

Christoph Hock

Head, Multi-Asset Trading
Union Investments

Bill Kelly, CEO at CAIA Association

Bill Kelly

CAIA Association

Francis Gross, Senior Advisor at European Central Bank

Francis Gross

Senior Advisor
European Central Bank

2:40 pm - 3:10 pm Refreshment Break



3:10 pm - 3:35 pm Platforms In The Spotlight - What new data and analytics innovations are providers offering to help you gain an information edge?
Listen to a 5 minute innovation pitch from 5 providers to fully understand how to best overcome the biggest challenges.


3:35 pm - 4:55 pm Meet The Providers - Roundtables

Break into groups of 8 buy side and spend time with each platform on roundtables to engage in an open Q&A discussion with your peers.

* Each roundtable lasts 15 minutes


3:10 pm - 3:35 pm What new data management, architecture and engineering solutions can improve your efficiency, scalability, agility and speed to market?
Listen to a 5 minute innovation pitch from 5 providers to fully understand how to best overcome the biggest challenges.


3:35 pm - 4:55 pm Meet The Providers - Roundtables

Break into groups of 8 buy side and spend time with each provider on roundtables to engage in an open Q&A discussion with your peers.

* Each roundtable lasts 20 minutes

4:55 pm - 5:00 pm Transition Break

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm Panel Discussion - How does your business need to adapt to best source, hire, train and retain top data science talent to thrive in the new data-driven landscape?

With the skill sets required to drive performance in both investment and trading changing, discover from an academic and industry perspective what is now needed, as well as where the future talent is coming from and how their skills are different.  
  • How have team skills and requirements changed and how do current teams fall short?
  • How to best upskill a team - train in house or outsource and what are the key considerations?
  • How to get the best team on a budget and resource constraint
  • How to best measure the impact of data science on your business- current practices, shortfalls and strategies for overcoming
Florent Garcin, Head, Data Science at Pictet Asset Management

Florent Garcin

Head, Data Science
Pictet Asset Management

Savvas Savouri, Chief Economist, Partner at Toscafund Asset Management

Savvas Savouri

Chief Economist, Partner
Toscafund Asset Management

Cris Doloc, Lecturer, Financial Mathematics Program at The University of Chicago & Founder, FintelligeX

Cris Doloc

Lecturer, Financial Mathematics Program
The University of Chicago & Founder, FintelligeX

5:30 pm - 5:55 pm Keynote Case Study - How to get more from your current data sets and make them accessible and usable to your whole organisation?

Paolo is a member of the European Fundamental Active Equity team at BlackRock and is responsible for providing fund managers and analysts with alternative data and scalable tools. As an instrumental player at the biggest asset manager globally, he will provide insight into how using your data correctly can really drive returns.

  • What are the most effective ways of introducing alternative data in discretionary investment?
  • How to gain the trust of investors and what are the differences between proactive vs passive interactions with investors?
  • Dissecting the differences between “answering questions” vs “building systematic signals” when building a proactive and long-term data strategy
  • What are the synergies with systematic investors and why is this important?
Paolo Puggioni, Director, Data and Innovation at BlackRock

Paolo Puggioni

Director, Data and Innovation

5:55 pm - 6:00 pm Chairperson's Closing Remarks

6:00 pm - 6:55 pm TradeTech Europe Welcome Drinks Reception