Speaker Biographies – London, Fall 2019

Boni Bruno, CISSP, CISM, CGEIT, Chief Solutions Architect, Dell EMC.
Boni leads the solution architecture team for Dell EMC’s Storage Division. He is an evangelist for Big Data Analytics and Digital Transformation and has over 25 years deploying high-speed distributed systems with massive storage capacity. He has given numerous presentations and has authored many papers on HPC, Analytics, Stream Processing, Machine Learning, Data Security, AI, and IoT and has actively worked with numerous financial firms in the deployment of algorithmic trading platforms and infrastructure. Boni holds degrees in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology. He also specializes in security architecture and penetration testing, his CISSP, CISM, and CGEIT certifications have been active since 2001 and continues to mentor and sponsored numerous security professionals across various vertical industries.

Jean-Arnold Chenilleau, Program Manager, Orolia.
As a Program Manager, Jean-Arnold helps Orolia's customers design timing-related low-latency networks especially for the finance and trading industries. Prior to Orolia, Jean-Arnold worked in pre-sales and product development for various security and aeronautics companies. He holds an engineering degree in electronics and is a keen sailor.

Dr Hugh Christensen, Founder and Head of Research, BMLL Technologies.
Hugh founded BMLL as a spin-out from the Engineering Department at Cambridge University where he published widely on limit order book mechanics. At BMLL Hugh designed the core architectures and now leads the research/product design. Hugh holds a PhD degree in Bayesian statistics from Cambridge University and undergraduate and master’s degrees from Oxford University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Statistics and a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Prior to BMLL Hugh worked as a researcher in number of algorithmic trading hedge funds. Hugh has also worked as a researcher for the UK Government carrying out analytics on large-scale datasets.

John Courtney, Product Specialist, Xilinx.
John has 30 years experience in innovative product design for the telecom, security and data-center industries. He has performed a variety of roles including product management, system architecture and product implementation for both Tier 1’s and start-up companies. John has wide experience in the application of FPGA technology to complex high performance systems and is currently involved in Xilinx’s program to accelerate quantitative finance solutions.

Laurent de Barry, Founder & Managing Director, Enyx.
Laurent co-founded Enyx in 2011 at the age of 23 and holds 10 years of experience developing ultra low latency technology. As Managing Director of Enyx’s trading solutions, Laurent leads product and technology strategy, while overseeing the development of the next generation FPGA-enabled trading solutions. An electrical and computer science engineer by training, Laurent is passionate about high performance computing and bringing cutting-edge technology to market. Prior to co-founding Enyx, he worked on critical hardware components for the aeronautical and military industries.

Nino De Falcis, EVP, Sales & Marketing, FSMTime by FSMLabs
Nino is the EVP of Sales and Marketing at FSMTime by FSMLabs. With over 25 years experience in the timing industry, working for several industry-related companies, he is an expert in accelerated sales, marketing, business and channel development, technology and product roadmap. Nino specializes in GPS/GNSS time server, enterprise and cloud business clock sync, cybersecurity timing, blockchain and DLT timestamping, NTP/PTP, and PNT. He holds a BSE in EE and software and an MBA.

Dr Michel Debiche, Director of Analytics Research, STAC.
Michel is both quant and technologist, whose passion is making data science actually work for financial firms. He is currently leading the expansion of the STAC community to include more buyside firms looking to leapfrog to the best technologies and Analytics Ops processes for quant/quantamental investing. Prior to STAC, Michel re-engineered strategy development and implementation at numerous firms, first as a quant, then as a consultant. Employers include CSFB, Daiwa, First New York, CIBC, and Think Big Analytics, where he led the financial services practice. Michel has BS, MS, and PhD degrees in geophysics from Stanford and Princeton Universities.

Jeff Denworth, VP, Products and Marketing, VAST Data
Jeff is the VP of Products and Marketing and a co-founder of VAST Data. Jeff has over a decade of experience with big data and cloud storage technologies. Prior to CTERA Networks, Jeff served as VP of Marketing at DataDirect Networks (DDN) where he oversaw marketing, business and corporate development during a time of rapid sales growth. Previous to DDN, Jeff held sales roles at Cluster File Systems, Inc and Dataram Corporation.

Charles Fan, Co-Founder and CEO, MemVerge.
Charles is co-founder and CEO of MemVerge. Prior to MemVerge, Charles was the CTO of Cheetah Mobile leading its global technology teams, and an SVP/GM at VMware, founding the storage business unit that developed the Virtual SAN product. Charles also worked at EMC and was the founder of the EMC China R&D Center. Charles joined EMC via the acquisition of Rainfinity, where he was a co-founder and CTO. Charles received his Ph.D. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology, and his B.E. in Electrical Engineering from the Cooper Union.

Benjamin Filippi, Chief Product Officer, QuasarDB.
Benjamin has an extensive expertise in capital markets and hedge funds. During his career he has held various business and technology leadership roles including, Chief Innovation Officer of Credit Suisse proprietary trading, Chief Operating Officer of Societe General proprietary trading, Head of Quantitative Prime Services for Lehman in APAC and Chief Technology Officer of Capital Fund Management.

Dr Matthew Grosvenor, Senior Vice President Technology, Exablaze.
Matthew is VP of Technology at Exablaze. He's been working with the Exablaze family of companies for over 8 years. In that time, he has been involved in trading strategy development, market data acquisition, FPGA acceleration, systems optimisation, and measurement and analytics. Matthew holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge. His research work focused on techniques for managing and mitigating latency variance in hyper-scale datacenter networks. He continues to publish widely in the fields of big-data, hyperscale datacenters, networks, latency and network measurement.

Daryl Inniss, Director, OFS Fitel, LLC.
Daryl has been in the telecom industry for over 30 years. He was Components Practice Leader at market research firm Ovum and RHK and co-authored Silicon Photonics (Morgan Kaufmann, 2016). He was Technical Manager at JDSU where he was responsible for high-power optical amplifiers, and Lucent Technologies, Bell Laboratories—where he was responsible for optical fiber test and measurement. Daryl started his career at AT&T Bell Labs researching optical fiber strength and developing fiber lasers and high-power amplifiers. He holds a PhD in Chemistry from UCLA and an AB from Princeton University.

Peter Lankford, Founder & Director, Securities Technology Analysis Center.
Peter leads STAC®, which provides hands-on technology research and testing tools to the finance industry and facilitates the STAC Benchmark Council™, a group of leading financial institutions and vendors that engages in technical dialog and specifies standard ways to assess technologies used in finance. Prior to STAC, Peter was SVP of the $240M market data technology business at Reuters. Prior to Reuters, Peter held management positions at Citibank, First Chicago Corp., and operating-system maker IGC. Peter has an MBA, Masters in International Relations, and Bachelors in Chemistry from the University of Chicago.

Frederic Leens, CEO, Exostiv Labs.
Frederic is an expert of the semiconductor and microelectronics industries. At Exostiv Labs, Frederic focuses on EDA (electronic design automation) tools for FPGA. Exostiv Labs’ tools provide superior visibility into FPGA to speed up design and improve the quality of FPGA-based systems used to prototype ASIC and SoC or deployed in the field. Prior to founding Exostiv Labs, he has worked for companies such as Barco, NXP, Philips, Atos and ASML – building up an experience in many vertical industries using semiconductors, ranging from finance and medical imaging to avionics. Outside his work Frederic is insatiable traveler, an avid reader - and a loving father.

Cliff Maddox, Director of Sales, NovaSparks.
Cliff has been working in the finance industry for the past 30 years. For the past year he has been focused on helping prop shops, hedge funds and banks upgrade their infrastructure using NovaSparks ultra-low latency market data solutions. Prior to that he spent 8 years at ACTIV Financial where he expanded their presence throughout the trading community. Cliff spent the first 20 years of his career building trading solutions for a wide variety of financial firms.

Graham McKenzie, Senior Field Applications Engineer, Intel.
Graham’s career spans over 25 years in electronic design. Currently in the Intel Network and Custom Logic Group (NCLG), Graham specialises in supporting customers implementing financial applications on FPGAs. His career started as an electronics design engineer for local electronics companies but after working with FAEs calling on these companies and having always had a passion for teaching others, Graham moved on to become an FAE supporting Altera FPGAs in 1998. Graham has held several technical roles and 5 years as an FAE manager at Altera and now Intel, following the acquisition in 2015.

Matt Meinel, SVP Solutions Engineering, Sales and Business Development, Levyx.
Matt is a veteran innovator / entrepreneur in Capital Markets financial technology. He has been a key player at several successful, innovative financial technology firms including:Co-founder at startup 29West (low latency messaging technology) which exited to Informatica; RedHat CIO during transition period to the now popular subscription business model; Principal at O’Connor & Associates (bought by Swiss Bank which was acquired by UBS Investment Bank). At Swiss Bank he served as co-CIO and later at UBS Investment bank was Global Head of IT for the Fixed Income & Treasury Division.

VR Satish, Co-Founder and CTO, Pavilion Data Systems.
More than 20 years of experience in enterprise storage software products. Prior to joining Pavilion Data, he was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Artiman Ventures. Satish was an early employee of Veritas and later served as the Vice President and the Chief Technology Officer for the Information & Availability Group at Symantec Corporation prior to joining Artiman. His current areas of interest include distributed computing, information-centric storage architectures and virtualization. Satish holds multiple patents in storage management, and earned his Master’s degree in computer science from the University of Florida.

Ronak Shah, Director, FPGA’s AI & Acceleration Marketing Strategy, Intel.
Ronak is the director of Intel FPGA’s AI & Acceleration Marketing Strategy. In this role, he is responsible for driving the strategy, developing the go to market campaign and building the ecosystem. Prior to taking over this role, Ronak managed the Data Center & Aerospace Systems Engineering teams focused on developing complex algorithms to market the capabilities of our chips and tools. Ronak has a M.S in Electrical Engineering from University of California, Santa Barbara with a focus in Digital Signal Processing and an MBA from University of California, Berkeley.

Dr David Snowdon, Director of Engineering, Arista.
David was co-founder and CTO at Metamako, which got acquired by Arista in 2018. Prior to founding Metamako, David gained a wealth of experience working in and for electronic trading firms, optimising their network structures, network performance, and building performance hardware, gateware and software. He has a PhD in Operating Systems from the University of NSW, Australia, looking at the effect of frequency scaling on power and energy usage. Outside of work, David spends time designing, building and racing high-performance solar powered cars in international events and formerly held the Guinness record for the world’s fastest solar powered vehicle.

Mark Taplin, Ethernet Sales UK&I, Mellanox Technologies.
Based in London, Mark works as part of Mellanox’ Global FSI team helping deliver technology for the optimization and acceleration of applications in finance, cloud/virtualization and datacenter migration with end to end 10G, 25G, 50G & 100G and higher data rate Ethernet. Beyond data rates, the team focus on improving application performance through accelerators and offloads in the NIC silicon unique to Mellanox solutions. Mark will briefly talk about how Intelligent-NICs & Smart-NICs offload IO processing meaning reduced IO time, handle microbursts and how this creates competitive advantage in FSI applications.

David Taylor, Chief Technology Officer, Exegy.
David oversees product strategy, architecture, research and development, and also leads the pre-sales engineering, product management and marketing efforts at Exegy. He is an inventor on 37 United States and 29 international patents and patents-pending. Prior to joining Exegy, David served on the faculty and researched high-performance computer networks at the Applied Research Laboratory at Washington University in St. Louis.

Glenn Wright, Systems Architect, Kx Systems
Glenn has over 30 years of technical experience in the high-performance computing industry, working on server, networking and storage elements of extreme performance solutions. At Kx, Glenn is a senior systems architect, where he advises kdb+ customers on new offerings from system vendors and public cloud vendors. Renown for high performance data analytics, Kx continues to promote technology helping with higher performance or availability metrics for kdb+ based market data solutions. Glenn has led the Kx Systems relationship with STAC for the past 4 years, during which time Kx have continued to innovate on new systems technology, resulting in many STAC benchmark improvements for kdb+, over that period.

Dan Zheng, CEO, Tick Tock Networks.
Dan is a technologist passionate about building products to improve lives of millions of people. As an early employee at Google, he held senior engineering and business roles He was recognized for his contributions on search appliance, advertising, and Android. After leaving Google in 2010, he held leadership positions at various startups, from mobile commerce to mapping and location analytics. Just prior to Tick Tock Networks, Dan was a senior research scientist at Stanford University working with a team of faculty and PhD students on the topic of Self-Programming Networks. Dan received his computer science degree from Princeton University.