Program Director, FISD/Atradia
Co Founder, Data BP
Mark Bird has been developing systems to advance business processes in the market data industry for over twenty years. In 1998 he began his professional career as a software developer with TCB Data Systems, a boutique industry service provider. After rising to the role of lead developer, Mark spent four years at the New York Stock Exchange where his responsibilities ranged from supporting the content licensing team to leading the Market Data administration division of NYSE Technologies. In 2013 Mark co-founded DataBP with the mission of providing complete technology and business process solutions for data owners, creators, and administrators. Today, more than $1 billion in annual revenue is administered through DataBP’s systems globally.
General Manager, Amazon Web Services
Chris is the Head of Business Development for AWS Data Exchange, a new service that makes it easy for AWS customers to find, subscribe to, and use third-party data in the cloud. Prior to joining AWS, Chris was the Global Head of Bloomberg’s Reference and Regulatory Data business, and spent more than 8 years in KPMG’s consulting practice where he assisted numerous Financial Services organizations operating in Australian, North American, and European markets with the implementation of regulatory compliance programs.
Digital Law Lead, UK/US & EMEA, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Alex is an IT & outsourcing lawyer who advises public and private sector customers and suppliers on a range of commercial, systems integration, business transformation and complex multi-vendor outsourcing projects. Alex specialises in working with clients to design and implement innovative solutions, from disruptive new consumer technologies to large scale multi-vendor outsourcing arrangements and IT / digital transformations. Alex has particular experience in cloud-based, agile and multi-tenanted commercial contracting and complex ITO/BPO transactions having worked as US & EMEA legal counsel at start-up, SaaS-based eCommerce provider Venda during its sale to NetSuite and further to secondments to the Complex Contracting (UKI) team at global management consulting and professional services firm Accenture and to Unicorn luxury fashion eCommerce platform Farfetch.
Market Data Engineering and Development, Goldman Sachs
Atiq Khan is the head of Software Engineering for Market Data at Goldman Sachs and his team is responsible for building solutions around data feeds, distribution, inventory and digital rights management. Atiq has over 20 years software development experience, working in both the financial industry and the technology sector. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Atiq also worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Global Head, Order and Rights Management, Refinitiv
Paul Klug has over 35 years of experience in the asset management, wealth management, and technology sectors. Working with Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, and Deutsche Bank, Paul has been a general manager of financial services businesses in Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, India, Australia and other Asian locations, as well as the United States. Paul graduated from Cornell University in 1973 with a BS in Operations Research and began his career as an IT consultant with Arthur Andersen (now Accenture). After receiving an MBA from The Wharton School, Paul was involved with financial services product development before moving to broader business management responsibilities.
At Thomson Reuters, Paul was Global Managing Director of Content Operations for five years. Recently, he has taken on the responsibility of re-engineering Thomson Reuters’ rights management and entitlement processes. Paul is based in New York.
Paul is married with four children and resides in New Hope, PA.
Director, Vendor Relations, Fidelity Investments
Laura manages licensing and business relationships with market data vendors providing services to Fidelity’s Asset Management and Fund & Investment Operations organizations. Her role in Vendor Relations spans contract negotiation, management of vendor risk and performance, team management and process improvement. She joined Fidelity in 2013, following a career on the supplier side of the market data industry supply chain, having served in sales, marketing, development and support of products at Dow Jones Markets (Telerate), Cicada Corp., Chi-X, Indepth Data and Xignite.
Head of Technology, Innovation Labs, UK&I , Deutsche Bank
Jo leads various transformation projects within Deutsche Bank from within the Innovation team. He is a software engineer with a degree in Computer Science and Mathematics and is a Chartered Engineer. Starting in the corporate world, he led the development of the Reuters Forex Trading product (USD 2Tn/day) and invented the international standard for news, NewsML. Based in California in the late ‘90s to understand the start-up scene he worked on various large scale transformation initiatives. Back in the UK he headed Reuters efforts in mobile, however, infected by the start-up bug he then spent some years being a start-up founder, CTO, advisor and CTO-in-Residence at Telefonica’s accelerator, Wayra. He founded industry forum Mobile Monday London, co-created The Mobile Academy with UCL, chaired 3 W3C mobile related working groups and wrote a dozen W3C notes and standards. Outside work he has three grown up children and an allotment where he enjoys experiencing the passage of the seasons.
Market Data Strategy and Compliance , JP Morgan
Michelle has been with JP Morgan since July 2019 and before that was leading a project to digitise market data contracts at Goldman Sachs, including the use of a digital rights language to standardise usage rights. Michelle has over 25 years’ experience gaining knowledge across multiple aspects of the market data industry, including vendor sales and account management for Knight-Ridder and Fidessa, 8 years running global cost optimisation projects for a dealing room design Consultancy and most recently in strategic vendor management at Citi, Blackrock and Goldman Sachs.
Ben Whittam Smith
Director, Information Architecture, Refinitiv
As Director of Information Architecture at Refinitiv, Ben has worked to place automation at the heart of rights-management and access control infrastructures to support customer self-service, supplier self-provisioning, pay-per-use models; and to improve compliance with licensing terms, regulations, and business policy. He co-chaired the W3C Permissions and Obligations Expression Working Group which published the ODRL standard for machine-readable rights statements and contributed to a research consortium to investigate the application of machine-readable policy-based approaches to the expression and enforcement of privacy and other regulatory controls. He is now a co-chair of the W3C Rights Automation for Market Data Community Group.