Advisory Board

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The purpose of the ISITC EUROPE Advisory Board is to be the “oracle” for the industry. To identify and provide insights on issues, which ISITC EUROPE can address and incorporate into its programmes. It comprises of an invited group of senior industry professionals  from across the industry covering buy/Sell side organisations, who bring a depth of knowledge and experience to provide the route map for the direction and focus of ISITC EUROPE’s activities. It also provides the opportunity for collaboration with colleagues to initiate innovation and change in all aspects of how the community services its stakeholders.

This is a voluntary role, which requires attendance of 4 scheduled advisory board meetings a year, occasional consultation by the administration board and support of ISITC EUROPE activities.  The administrative board along with its support services will organise the programmes.

Advisory Board

Rob Walker
Rob Walker, Head of Global Portfolio Operations, Invesco

Prior to assuming the role of Global Head of Portfolio Operations in 2016, Rob led the EMEA Portfolio Services team since 2013 consisting of teams in London and Frankfurt to provide portfolio operations, security pricing, corporate actions and security master data management services to the EMEA business.

Rob has been with Invesco since 1996 and has over 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry. During his time with Invesco, Rob has fulfilled a number of leadership roles within the Investment Services group, including Fund Accounting, Data Management, and Trade Support.

Rob has successfully delivered many key initiatives at Invesco including taking leading roles in the custody migration of the UCITS fund range, conversion of unit trusts to ICVC’s fund structures and leading the integration of a number of corporate acquisitions/mergers from an operational perspective, most recently the Oppenheimer integration in 2019. Rob also managed the outsourcing of derivatives processing to GlobeOp and has also implemented a robust unquoted security valuation and governance process and structure in the EMEA region.

Prior to joining Invesco, Rob worked at Prudential Fund Managers Limited and is a holder of the Investment Management Certificate (IMC).

Paul Symons
Paul Symons, Group Chief of Staff, Euroclear SA/NV

Paul Symons is Group Chief of Staff for Euroclear SA/NV, providing advice and support to the Euroclear SA/NV Chief Executive and the Euroclear SA/NV Management Committee. He was appointed to this role on 1 September 2020.

From 2018-2020, Mr Symons was the Head of the Euroclear SA/NV Corporate Secretariat Division and Secretary to the Euroclear SA/NV Board of Directors.

From 2002 – 2018, Mr Symons was Group Head of Government Relations at Euroclear, responsible for managing Euroclear’s relationships with those stakeholders who influenced the regulatory and political context in which Euroclear operated.

He has been a board member of the European Central Securities Depositories Association (ECSDA) and chaired the Association’s Policy Group until March 2018.  He has also been a member of the European Securities and Markets Authority’s (ESMA) Post-Trade Consultative Group, and a variety of other European post-trade Committees.

Mr Symons joined Euroclear in 2002, following the merger with CRESTCo (now Euroclear UK & Ireland), the central securities depository for UK and Irish securities.

Previously, Mr Symons spent seven years at the Bank of England in a variety of roles.

Andrea Tranguillini
Andrea Tranquillini CEO Advisor, The Securities Depository Centre (Edda)

Andrea Tranquillini is currently the CEO Advisor at Edaa, the Central Securities Depository in Saudi Arabia, belonging to Saudi Tadawul Group.

Andrea can be considered one of the main international experts of CSD matters, having worked during his professional career for 6 of them (Clearstream, Monte Titoli, globeSettle, VP Lux, ID2S and Edaa), having also been the Managing Director or CEO of three of them.

For this reason, Andrea is also invited “intuitu personae” to the European Securities and Markets Authority’s (ESMA) Post-Trade Consultative Group and has been member in the past of senior committees (Board and Executive Committee) at the ECSDA (European Central Securities Depository Association).

Andrea has an extensive experience in executive management, business strategy and in Board management, matured in the last 10+ years after more than 15 years in a variety of roles in operations, sales, network management and product development.

His focus as executive has primarily been in establishing, and changing/transforming businesses, and he has successfully brought to life the only two initiatives to date (Q3 2023)to establish new Fintech CSDs in the Eurozone. In his context, he has become very knowledgeable on  DLT, digitally native assets and tokenization and in their adoption across the value chain.

Recently, Andrea has advised the Italian authorities in the context of the implementation of the new law applying the DLT Pilot Regime that the country has recently issued and participates to panels organised by future of Finance around the globe to share knowledge with the regional industry associations.

Charifa El Otmani
Charifa El Otmani, Capital Markets Strategy Directot, SWIFT

Charifa El Otmani is part of the Capital Markets Strategy team at SWIFT, responsible for defining and driving the company vision to enable the community benefit from Smarter Securities services onto the platform and also in charge of the FX segment. Prior this role, she was Head of Global Payments Innovation (gpi) EMEA, leading efforts to establish gpi as the new norm for cross-border payments. Charifa has been with SWIFT since 15 years, and held a variety of roles since starting off in Standards on Investment Funds, before being assigned to the TARGET2-Securities project, detached to the European Central Bank, then ISO 20022 industry initiatives (JASDEC, DTCC). She used to be Business and Market Manager for Treasury Markets and the Securities Market Infrastructures segment. Charifa is part of the Strategy group since 2019. Prior to joining SWIFT, she worked at The Bank of New York Mellon, as Project Manager for the Custody business, before moving to Accenture to drive the securities platform consolidation project of BNP Paribas entities. Charifa holds a Master degree in Financial Markets, specialised in the management of market operations (back and middle-office activities), from Université Lumière Lyon II, in France.

Richard Young
Richard Young, Industry and Regulatory Affairs - Global Data, Bloomberg LP

Richard joined Bloomberg in September 2015 in an industry and regulatory relations role in Global Data.  This role includes advocacy for Bloomberg’s Open Symbology initiatives, covering instrument and entity identifiers.  Richard also undertakes industry and regulatory outreach on the data aspects of Bloomberg’s services related to regulatory driven initiatives.

Prior to joining Bloomberg, Richard spent 20 years with the financial messaging and standards body – SWIFT, where he held a variety of roles in sales and marketing.  He led initiatives with EU and other regulators to raise awareness of the operational impacts of regulation, including strengthening the regulatory recognition of financial messaging and reference data standards.  This involved a particular focus on the promotion of the ISO 20022 financial messaging standard to EU regulatory bodies. Pre SWIFT Richard held product management roles with a leading global custodian for four years, and before that with the London Stock Exchange.

Matt Johnson
Matt Johnson EMEA Product Mgmt & Industry Relations DTCC Europe

Matt Johnson currently works for the DTCC within the European Product Management Team with additional Industry Relations responsibilities. Matt has been with the DTCC for over six years and has been focused on client relationship management, trade association relationships and industry & infrastructure engagement.

Prior to DTCC, Matt’s background was in Investment Banking, where he had numerous operational roles covering cross product client services & relationship management across cash securities, FX and OTC Clearing