Mike Bellaro, CEO, Plato Partnership.

Prior to his current role, Mike was global head of equity trading for Deutsche Asset Management (DeAM). Bellaro joined Deutsche Asset Management in 1988 and held senior positions across the business including head of equity, derivative and FX trading in Frankfurt. He also oversaw the US equity and derivative trading for Deutsche Asset Management in New York.

As a founding member of Plato Partnership, Mike previously held the role of buy side co-Chair.

Chris McConville, Sell-Side Chairman, Plato Partnership

Chris is a Managing Director and Global Head of Platform Licensing at UBS

As Global Head of Platform Licensing, Chris’s responsibilities include working with the banks’ teams and clients across the world and across all asset classes. Chris not only focusses on origination but also helps those clients looking to outsource, mutualise and white label.

Chris is also a board member of Plato and serves on the Plato Strategic Investments Group.

Chris joined UBS in 1999 and has held a number of different roles through his tenure at the Swiss bank, including technology, Equity trading, and more recently held the role of Global Head of Electronic Trading.

Chris graduated from the University of Newcastle with MEng (1st) in Civil Engineering in 1999.

Chris is heavily involved in D&I initiatives, is also founder of UBS EFAP, the ex-military program at UBS. His passion lies in helping ex-military transition into civilian life and finding employment outside the Forces and he is a passionate follower of Singularity Uni and committed to 10x thinking.

Christoph Hock, Buy-Side Chairman, Plato Partnership

Christoph is Head of Multi-Asset Trading at Union Investment. He joined Union in April 2014 and, with his team, is responsible for all trading activities associated with portfolio management of cash equities, fixed income, fund and ETF business, FX, listed and OTC derivatives, and securities lending.

Christoph graduated with a Diplom-Bankbetriebswirt, and has more than 20 years of international investment banking, trading and management experience, having worked for companies on the sell- and buy-side, most recently as Head of Execution Sales at Barclays Bank and at Alpha Trading.

Prior to this, Christoph was founder, partner and co-CEO/Head of Portfolio Management and Trading at Tungsten Capital Management, a hedge fund company (2005-2010). He was Head of Proprietary Equity Derivatives Desk at J.P. Morgan in London and Frankfurt from 1998-2004. Christoph began his career at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson in Cash Equity Trading.

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