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Gerard Aquilina

Gerard Aquilina,
Independent Family Office Advisor,
Based in London, UK

Gerard has had a successful 43 year career spanning law, investment banking and wealth management. He is a partner at ConeMarshall in Geneva, a law firm specialising in tax and succession planning. Gerard is also an advisor to Avington Financial Ltd., a London-based merchant bank specialising in luxury hospitality; the EurasiaGroup, a global political risk analysis firm; and MadeiraGlobal, a NY-based impact investment advisory firm.

Gerard has held senior management positions at the global level at UBS, Barclays, HSBC and Merrill Lynch. His positions have included Vice Chairman, Global Emerging Markets at UBS, where he oversaw the bank’s relationships with key clients, Vice Chairman and before that Head of Europe, Middle East, Africa, and the Americas at Barclays Wealth. Previous roles included CEO HSBC Private Bank for Canada, the US and Latin America, Global Head for Product, Sales, Marketing and Communication at Merrill Lynch International Private Client, CEO Merrill Lynch International Trusts & Generational Planning, Country Head Merrill Lynch Private Client Brazil, and Associate Director at Merrill Lynch International Bank London for the Middle East, Western Europe and Latin America.

Gerard holds an LLM from the School of Advanced Legal Studies at the University of London, a Juris Doctor from the American University in Washington, D.C., and a BA in International Relations from Columbia University, NY. He is a citizen of Canada and Malta, is conversant in six languages and has lived in Lebanon, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Greece, the UK, the US, Brazil and Uruguay. 

Yuri Bender

Yuri Bender,
Editor-in-Chief, Professional Wealth Management
Based in London, UK

Yuri Bender is a journalist covering banking, asset management and capital markets. He has launched and edited several magazines and websites at the Financial Times group and is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Professional Wealth Management global magazine, website and events hub.

He moderates panel discussions on financial, business and cultural issues in Europe, the US, Middle East and Asia. He has reported from Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Kazakhstan, Russia and Ukraine for the FT Wealth magazine and writes regularly for FTfm, the fund management section of the FT newspaper. He studied Investment Management at the London Business School and International Relations at Cambridge University, writing his thesis on the economics of armed conflict.

Kim Cornwall - judge

Kim Cornwall,
Founder and CEO, Cornwall and Co Consulting Ltd
Based in London, UK

Kim is the founder and CEO of Cornwall and Co Consulting Ltd, which provides learning and development training to banks and financial institutions in Europe and the Middle East. The focus is on private banking, motivational speaking and project management. Clients include SG Hambros London, Gulf Bank Kuwait, Markaz Kuwait, Boubyan Bank Kuwait and the Kuwait Institute of Banking Studies.

He is also advising non-UK citizens on the holding of UK real estate.

With 36 years’ experience in private banking, with a strong leadership and management track record, Kim retired from SG Hambros Bank in November 2013 after 10 years covering the Middle East and Europe.

He developed the Middle East private banking business in particular by using valuable contacts acquired by living and working in the area from 1977 to 1984 as a financial consultant. He opened up new markets in Kuwait, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, gathered more than $700m of new assets, and helped integrated the purchase of ABN Private Banking and Barings Asset Management

From 1984 to 2002, as a vice president at Merrill Lynch Private Banking in London, Kim acquired and serviced a broad base of UK and European clients.

Kim became one of the first persons in the UK to become fully RDR compliant and then guided and mentored others to achieve this necessary and important qualification. Kim holds a law degree from Queens’ College Cambridge, passed Bar Exams and became a barrister at the Inner Temple.

Sebastian Dovey

Seb Dovey,
Independent wealth management consultant,
Based in London, UK

Seb has 25 years of experience in the commercial evolution of global private banking and wealth management. He is an independent advisor to various businesses and families across the globe alongside being an early stage investor. He is chairman of F2 Strategy in San Francisco and a non-executive director of FiComm in Los Angeles, Entrepreneurs Investment Office in Dubai and Milamber PLC in London.

He is also on the advisory board, specialising in data insight and consumer marketing for Moneyhub, Silver Lane and Align17. In addition to this, Seb has since 2018 been on the board of the London School of Economics Generate program for Entrepreneurship as well as thought leader in residence for Fitch Learning, while he continues to be a judge on various global wealth industry award programs for publishers including the Financial Times Professional Wealth Management Global Private Banking Awards and Wealth Tech awards.

Seb was co-founder of Scorpio Partnership, a multiple award winning global wealth management strategic insight consultancy, which was acquired by Aon PLC in 2014. His body of work was recognised by the industry in 2018 with the award of Industry Thought Leader (Wealth Briefing).

Simeon Fowler

Simeon Fowler,
CEO, Fowler Fox & Co group of companies,
Based in Hong Kong

Simeon Fowler is the Founder and CEO of Fowler Fox & Co, a global private banking executive search firm. Prior to Fowler Fox Simeon was in Financial services for over 10 years. Simeon holds qualifications with the Chartered Institute of Bankers, Chartered Insurance Institute and holds a diploma in financial planning and investment management.

Fowler Fox & Co Group of companies was established over a decade ago to offer the world’s best Private Banks a bespoke solution in the search for global talent. We have been tracking key talent for many years and advise when to approach these high caliber private bankers and to position their opportunities in a concise, compelling and thought provoking manner.

Fowler Fox has representation in London, Switzerland, Singapore and Hong Kong. Our market knowledge and embedded contacts enable us to offer wider ranging strategic advice to Private Banks as well as timely and targeted talent hiring solutions. Our reputation of innovative thinking and expert knowledge on talent acquisition is industry recognised.

Kian Leong

Kian Leong,
Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers,
Based in Singapore

Kian Leong is a Partner with the Financial Services Assurance (FSA) with PwC Singapore with more than 16 years of professional experience (including three years in the UK), during which he has serviced a wide range of financial institutions.

Kian is also responsible for driving the private banking industry within FSA. This involves advising clients of the regulatory expectations (AML/KYC, sales suitability, conduct etc) and having the read across of the industry in benchmarking of best practices.

In addition, he has also been involved in various advisory engagements. He spent six months on a client secondment to a prominent Japanese bank assisting in the integration of Middle/Back Office functions following its acquisition of European business of an US investment bank to operationally align and improve the processes for the transition. In addition, he was involved in advising the control environment of a leading European bank specifically in their shared services centres. More recently, Kian Leong led several financial due diligence engagements advising both the buy-and sell-side including assessment of regulatory conditions in certain specific territories including private banks.

Outside of PwC, Kian is an active grassroot volunteer and a mentor to the accountancy students in Singapore Institute of Technology. He is a certified Financial Risk Manager, a Chartered Accountant with Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants and member of Association of Certified Anti-money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS).

Shelby Du Pasquier, Lenz & Staehelin

Shelby Du Pasquier, Lenz & Staehelin

Shelby du Pasquier,
Partner, Head of Banking and Finance Group, Lenz & Staehelin,
Based in Geneva, Switzerland

Shelby R du Pasquier is a partner at Lenz & Staehelin where he is the head of the banking and finance group in Geneva. In this context, he advises Swiss and international financial institutions in all banking matters with a focus on regulatory issues and internal investigations. Mr du Pasquier is a frequent speaker at professional conferences. His publications include a number of contributions and articles on banking law and financial services, hedge funds and private equity. He has served as vice chair (2001-2005) on the IBA sub-committee I1 (private funds) and as expert on the SIX Swiss Exchange.

He is regularly distinguished by a number of nominations in professional directories, including Chambers, Who's Who Legal and IFLR in banking, capital markets and investment funds. He is a board member of the Swiss National Bank.

Mr du Pasquier has been a partner at Lenz & Staehelin since 1994. He completed both a business degree and a law degree at Geneva University in 1983. He also obtained an LLM from Columbia University School of Law in 1988. He speaks English, French, German and Spanish.

Silvia Pavoni

Silvia Pavoni,
Economics editor, The Banker
Based in London, UK

Silvia Pavoni is the economics editor of The Banker, for which she has written on international trade, sovereign debt crises, capital markets and wealth management.

Silvia is in charge of The Banker’s Latin America section, the research behind the annual ranking of international financial centres as well as multimedia content for She has reported from a number of developed and emerging markets – including Brazil, the United States, Italy and Hong Kong, among many others - with both written and filmed pieces.

As part of her role, she regularly conducts high-level interviews with finance ministers, central bank governors and senior bankers. She represents The Banker at various international events, including the annual meetings of the IMF/World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank, and has chaired numerous conferences and panel discussions on banking, trade and investment.

Previously, Silvia was online editor of Public Private Finance, a news and data service for the UK public private partnerships community. She has also conducted research for organisations such as the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the UK and the Italian Trade Commission.

Silvia is Italian mother-tongue and is fluent in English and Spanish. She holds a BSc in Economics and Finance from Ca' Foscari University of Venice.

Alois Pirker

Alois Pirker,
Research Director Wealth Management, AITE Group,
Based in Boston, US

Alois Pirker is a research director at Aite Group, LLC, specializing in trends in the wealth management market. He has published extensively on topics including the registered investment advisor space, financial planning, separately managed accounts, and advisor-focused platforms and tools.

Before joining Aite Group, Mr. Pirker was an Analyst within Celent's Securities & Investments Group, where he published several studies and advised clients on new strategic technologies in the financial services marketplace.

Prior to working for Celent, Mr. Pirker was an Associate Director of investment solutions at UBS Wealth Management in London. In this role he developed business requirements and managed the delivery of various initiatives targeted at the launch of UBS' separately managed accounts business within the five largest European wealth management markets (the U.K., Germany, France, Italy and Spain). Before assuming this role, he led a team of business analysts responsible for all data warehousing/reporting requirements for the implementation of UBS' European wealth management platform.

Before moving to London, Mr. Pirker was a data architect within UBS' enterprise data warehouse program in Switzerland.

Mr. Pirker holds BS and MS degrees (Diplom-Ingenieur) in applied computer science from the University of Klagenfurt in Austria. He also studied at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland, where he wrote his master's thesis on data management. He is fluent in English and German and proficient in French.

Amin Rajan

Amin Rajan,
CEO, Create-Research,
Based in London, UK

Amin Rajan is the Chief Executive of the Centre for Research in Employment and Technology in Europe (CREATE) – a pan-European network of prominent researchers undertaking high level advisory assignments for the UK Government, City institutions, multinational companies and international bodies such as the EU, OECD and ILO.

He has also acted as a senior consultant to companies such as ABN-AMRO, Aegon Group, Barclays, BP, BT, Citigroup, Corning, Deutsche Bank, EDS, Fiat, Ford, GSK, HSBC, IBM, ICI, ICL, KPMG Legal & General plc, Lloyds TSB, Merrill Lynch Investment Management, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, Motorola, Proctor & Gamble, Prudential, Rolls Royce, Royal Bank of Scotland, Royal SunAlliance, Shell, and UBS.

As well as appearing on radio and television regularly, he contributes feature articles to The Financial Times, Global Investor, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, and The London Evening Standard. He has published numerous books and articles on leadership, business cultures, socio-economic forecasting, globalisation, new technologies, diversity and new business models.

He has presented the results of his work at over 100 major events in the USA, Europe and Asia-Pacific in the last five years. His expertise covers, amongst others, leadership and new business models in financial services. He is the author of 11 best selling research reports. He is a visiting professor at the Cass Business School, London Metropolitan University, Centre for Leadership Studies at Exeter University, President of the Scientific Committee at Audencia - Nantes Ecole de Management in France, and on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Asia-Pacific Business.

In 1998 he was awarded the Aspen Institute's Prize in leadership. It is a subject on which he has done extensive research involving some of today's outstanding business leaders. In two resulting publications, he has developed a close link between leadership, strategy and the emerging business models. His work has proved so influential that he now provides leadership coaching to Chief Executives, executive committees and investment specialists in different companies.

Ray Soudah

Ray Soudah,
Founder, MilleniumAssociates
Based in Switzerland

Ray Soudah is the founding partner and chairman of MilleniumAssociates, the independent international M&A and Corporate Finance Advisory firm, based in Switzerland and the UK. Founded in 2000, MilleniumAssociates specialises in M&A and advisory services for the global financial services industry with particular focus on the global wealth and asset management sectors. As founding partner and chairman Ray takes a strategic advisory role, supporting the operational team and developing MilleniumAssociates' broad network of senior contacts with financial services companies, investors, institutions and sovereign funds globally.

Ray has enjoyed a long and varied career in the global financial services arena working in territories as diverse as the US, Asia, Middle East and Europe. Prior to forming MilleniumAssociates Ray was Managing Director and member of the Private Banking Management Board for SBC/UBS AG where he created and led the global corporate strategic acquisition and development team in asset/wealth management and private banking.

Earlier positions include; Chief Investment Officer, Chief Financial Officer and member of the Executive Board of Cedel Bank (renamed Clearstream); Chief Investment Officer for the National Bank of Bahrain including Head of International Banking and Private Banking; CEO of Hong Kong, CEO of Japan, Head of Global Capital Markets office (London) and head of FIG for Midland Montagu Investment Banking and MD/CEO of Midland Montagu Securities as well as various senior positions within Citigroup, including Head of Asia Pacific Treasury and Capital Markets.

Ray is a Harvard Business School & INSEAD Alumnus. He has multicultural, multilingual wealth management and private banking/investment banking expertise. Ray is a patron of the British Swiss Chamber of Commerce and speaks English, French, Greek and Japanese.

William Sullivan

William Sullivan,
Global Head of Market Intelligence, Capgemini Financial Services,
Based in Virginia, US

With over 15 years of strategy and transformation consulting experience within the U.S., Europe, and Asia, Bill Sullivan is the Global Head of Capgemini’s Financial Services Market Intelligence Group. His main fields of expertise are market analysis and sizing, competitive and trends analysis, primary research initiatives, strategic transformation, and Social Media. He has worked extensively in the Financial Services industry with a focus on Wealth Management.

As Head of Global Financial Services Market Intelligence, Bill manages a team of strategy consultants, sector analysts, and information researchers who bring together a wide range of strategic research and analysis capabilities to help Capgemini’s financial services clients across the globe address complex, strategic issues.

He is responsible for Capgemini’s global financial services thought leadership studies and has contributed to the development of the World Wealth Report and Asia-Pacific Wealth Report for the last 10 years, including program management for the past eight editions from 2007 through 2014. He has also program managed the 2009 through 2012 Capgemini U.S. Metro Wealth Indexes and the inaugural U.S. Wealth Report 2014.

Before running the Market Intelligence team, Bill oversaw the Capgemini’s Global Wealth Management Center of Excellence. Previous positions include running Capgemini’s Global Financial Services Lab in Paris, France and managing the Americas’ Strategic Research Group based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Bill was born in Boston, Massachusetts and graduated with a degree in Economics and Psychology from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. He currently resides in Virginia with his wife and two daughters after working 2009 through 2012 in Hyderabad, India.

Kai Upadek

Kai Upadek,

Partner, Head of Wealth Management, Oliver Wyman
based in Zurich, Switzerland

Kai Upadek is a partner in Oliver Wyman’s Zurich Office and leads Oliver Wyman’s wealth management business. He is the lead author of Oliver Wyman’s Global Wealth Management report, and has worked in depth with major financial institutions in Europe, the US, MENA and Asia on a broad variety of assignments with a focus on wealth and asset management. Over the course of his career, he has worked with most of the global top 10 wealth managers.

His areas of expertise include top of the house strategy assignments, sales force effectiveness, new products and services development, new country entry strategies, digital programs, client analytics and regulatory response programmes.

Before joining Oliver Wyman Kai was working in the product development team of a multi-national Asset Manager where he was responsible for setting up a number of institutional investment products. He holds a masters degree from ESCP-EAP, Paris.

Helen Westropp

Helen Westropp,
Managing Partner, Coley Porter Bell
Based in London, UK

Helen heads up corporate branding for Coley Porter Bell.  Over a 30 year career, she has worked with and influenced many brands in Europe, America and Asia-Pacific, especially in financial services and b2b, repositioning them to create greater brand value.

Helen started her career in France at a marketing consultancy, then moved to the City of London into financial PR and communications.  She was a director of branding agency Landor for many years before going on to run her own branding and comms consultancy.

At Ogilvy, Helen has led branding and engagement projects for Coutts, Man Group, Merck, Optegra, Philips, Lonza and Slaughter & May, among others.

Cara Williams

Cara Williams,
Senior Partner, Global Consulting Leader for Investments within Mercer’s Multinational Client Group and the Global Head of Mercer Investments’ Wealth Manager and Global Technology Solutions business
Based in UK

Cara leads Mercer’s four regional wealth mangement consulting teams, business development and retail research development of Mercer’s WM proposition for financial intermediaries and retail platforms.  

Cara has over 19 years of experience in the pensions and investment industry, and began at Mercer’s investment consulting business as Global COO in April 2005. Before joining Mercer in the UK, Cara worked in New York with Merrill Lynch Investment Management, and also for the French bank, CDC, in its Investment Management group. 

Cara began her career in finance as a financial adviser with Merrill Lynch in New York. Prior to working in the investment industry, she was responsible for budgets and logistics for US Army and NATO MWR deployments.

Cara graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with a BA, and from The University of Hartford with an MBA in Finance.