8th Annual QED Conference on Cross-border regulation of financial services


Rebecca Christie

Non-resident Fellow, Bruegel

Rebecca Christie is a Non-resident Fellow at Bruegel, the Brussels-based European affairs think tank.

She worked in financial journalism from 1999-2016, reporting for the Financial Times, Dow Jones/the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg News. That time included 13 years in Washington, covering the U.S. Treasury, the Federal Reserve and U.S. bank regulators, as well as five years in Brussels as Bloomberg’s senior economics and politics correspondent. Since 2017 she has been an occasional contributor to outlets including the BBC, RTE Irish Broadcasting, the Irish Times and IMF Finance & Development magazine. She also served as an expert advisor to the European Economic and Social Committee’s working group on corporate taxation.

She served as the lead author on “Safeguarding the Euro: The Inside Story of the ESM in Times of Crisis,” the official history of the European Stability Mechanism. She is a graduate of Duke University and holds a master’s degree in public policy from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.


Nick Collier

Managing Director, Brussels Office, City of London Corporation

Nick Collier joined the City of London Corporation as its new Managing Director of the Brussels office in March 2019. Mr Collier was previously Global Head of Government Relations at Refinitiv (Thomson Reuters) and before that worked at a range of organisations in the financial services sector, including Morgan Stanley and the Bank of England and, until recently, served as Chair of TheCityUK’s Public Affairs Group as well as Deputy Chair of the International Regulatory Strategy Group.

Mr Collier is chair of diplomatic engagement at the International Business and Diplomatic Exchange and holds a MSC in Economics and Finance from the London School of Economics and a BA from Oxford.

Paulina Dejmek Hack

Director, General Affairs, DG FISMA, European Commission

Paulina Dejmek Hack is Director for General Affairs at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Financial Services, Financial Stability and Capital Markets Union (FISMA).

Paulina joined the European Commission in 2004, after having worked in a law firm in Frankfurt am Main and at the EFTA Surveillance Authority in Brussels where she was responsible for financial services, capital movements and company law.

After a couple of years in the unit for insurance and pensions in DG MARKT, Paulina joined the Legal Service of the Commission in 2007, providing legal advice on financial services and financial market matters. During the Swedish EU Presidency in 2009, Paulina was seconded to the Swedish Permanent Representation as a financial attaché.

Paulina joined the private office of Commissioner Michel Barnier, subsequently Vice-President of the European Commission, in 2010. She was the Deputy Head of Cabinet between February and October 2014.

Between November 2014 and November 2019, Paulina was an economic adviser and Director for Coordination and Administration (from June 2019) to the then European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

From December 2019 and until 15 February 2021, Paulina was Director for strategy in the European Commission’s Task Force for relations with the United Kingdom and directly involved in the negotiations between the European Union and the United Kingdom.

Paulina is a Swedish and Czech citizen, she holds a Master of Laws degree from the University of Lund, Sweden, and a doctorate degree from the University of Heidelberg, Germany.

Danuta Hübner

Member of the European Parliament

Danuta Hübner, Poland's first-ever European Commissioner, is one of her country's foremost economists and policymakers and has played a key role in the enlargement of the EU.

Since July 2009 Ms Hübner is a Member of the European Parliament. Currently, she is the Chair of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs as well as a member of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Delegation for relations with the United States. She was also a member of the two successive Special Committees on Tax Rulings and Other Measures Similar in Nature or Effect from February 2015 to July 2016. In addition, she is a substitute member of the Parliament's Committee on International Trade, the Delegation to the EU-Mexico Joint Parliamentary Committee and the Delegation to the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly.

In 2004 Professor Hübner was entrusted as European Commissioner with the trade, then the regional policy portfolio. Earlier, during the past decade, her roles in Poland's Government have included Minister for European Affairs, Head of Office of the Committee for European Integration and Secretary of State for Poland's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Deputy Minister for Industry and Trade and Minister Head of the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland. In 2000-2001 Professor Hübner was Under-Secretary-General of the UN and Executive Secretary at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe in Geneva. She studied at the Warsaw School of Economics where she obtained an MSc (1971) and a PhD (1974). In 1988-1990 Professor Hübner was a Fulbright scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1992 she was conferred with the scientific title of Professor of Economics by the President of the Republic of Poland. She has been awarded with five doctorates honoris causa by European universities.

Julien Jardelot

Head of Europe, Government Relations & Regulatory Strategy, LSEG

Mr Jardelot is leading LSEG Government Relations and Regulatory Strategy in Europe, supporting LSEG operations on EU regulatory matters. He helps LSEG entities achieving greater efficiency through key regulatory and legislative changes and represents the Group in trade associations including EACH (Co-chair of the Association) and CCP12 (co-chair of the Policy working group). Mr Jardelot spent most of my career in the public sector at the French AMF and the European Commission where he worked on Post-Trade and Asset Management issues.

Alexandra Jour-Schroeder

Deputy Director General, DG FISMA, European Commission

Biography coming soon.

Richard Knox

Director Financial Services (International), HM Treasury

Richard Knox is co-Director of the Financial Services Group at HM Treasury.

He is responsible for the range of international policy covered by the Group, including EU engagement, the Government's policy and engagement with the rest of the world, trade negotiations on financial services, and policy on capital markets, financial market infrastructure, and prudential banking.

Previously Mr Knox was Deputy Director for securities and markets and has led EU negotiations on major financial services legislative files and the asset protection scheme for the Royal Bank of Scotland.

His first job in Treasury was working on the 2007 comprehensive spending review and later fiscal spending policy. He started his civil service career as an operational research professional in the Department for Education, where he later worked on school policy.

Jacqueline Mesa

Chief Operating Officer & Senior Vice President of Global Policy, FIA

Jacqueline Mesa joined the FIA in June 2013 to lead the FIA’s global policy work. In 2019, Mesa was appointed Chief Operating Officer at FIA. As COO, Mesa advises the CEO on all strategy, policies, and operations of FIA and serves as a liaison with the FIA Board.

In her role as SVP, Global Policy, Ms Mesa is responsible for helping develop, implement and manage FIA’s global regulatory, government relations, and policy agenda. Mesa works with the FIA policy teams in the US, Europe, and Asia to implement consistent global policy positions for members worldwide and works with regulators and policy-makers on cross-border policies that impact members. Mesa also leads FIA’s work on capital requirements for cleared derivatives and clearinghouse risk.

Prior to joining FIA, Ms Mesa served in various positions at the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission, including as Director of International Affairs from 2006-2013. As a director, she was the principal advisor to the Commission on international policy.

She also represented the CFTC in international groups, such as the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) and in bilateral fora, such as the US-EU Financial Markets Regulatory Dialogue (FMRD) and the US-China Strategic Economic Dialogue. Mesa served as IOSCO’s Chair for Committee 7 on Commodity Derivatives Regulation and IOSCO’s Chair for the Monitoring Group for the Multilateral Memorandum of Understanding Concerning Consultation and Cooperation and the Exchange of Information.

Ms Mesa is a board member of Women in Derivatives. She holds a J.D. degree and is a member of the Bar in Washington, DC, and Missouri.

Thomas Pohl

Head Governmental Affairs, UBS & Secretary to the Board, Swiss Finance Council

Thomas is UBS's Head of Governmental Affairs, based in Zurich. Together with his team across three continents, Thomas ensures that UBS is aware of emerging regulatory policy priorities and manages the firm’s engagements with policymakers, industry associations, and other political stakeholders globally.

Thomas joined UBS in 2006 as Advisor for International Regulatory Developments and assumed his current role in 2020.

A graduate in Economics and International Relations from the University of Hamburg/Germany, Thomas started his career in the Economics department of Dresdner Bank Lateinamerika AG, working in Hamburg, Frankfurt, Buenos Aires, and Miami.

Thomas serves as Secretary to the Board of Swiss Finance Council as well as on the Board of the British-Swiss Chamber of Commerce.

Sharon Yang

Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of the Treasury

Sharon S. Yang is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the International Financial Markets office in Treasury International Affairs. Sharon heads a team of international economists and financial analysts responsible for addressing a wide range of international financial policy issues, including advocating U.S. financial regulatory interests in multilateral forums such as the Financial Stability Board and G-20, bilaterally through formal dialogues with international counterparts in Europe and Asia, and by assessing potential systemic financial risk in key international financial markets. She leads Treasury’s international engagement on financial innovation, including through G7, FSB, and the IMF High-level Advisory Group on Finance and Technology. Prior to her current role in Treasury International Affairs, Sharon was in Treasury’s Office of the General Counsel.

Sharon's work at Treasury builds on 15 years' private sector financial regulatory, strategy and legal experience, including as in-house counsel and in private practice in New York. Sharon began her career as a management consultant, where she advised Fortune 500 companies on corporate strategy. Sharon holds a Juris Doctorate from the Georgetown University Law Center and is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.