9th Annual EU Financial Regulation Conference


Jacki Davis

Meade Davis Communications

Jacki Davis is a leading commentator and analyst on European Union affairs. She is a very experienced journalist, speaker and moderator of high-level events both in Brussels and in EU national capitals, the editor of many publications, a regular broadcaster on television and radio news programmes and documentaries commenting on EU issues, and both a Senior Adviser and member of the Governing Board at the Brussels-based think tank, the European Policy Centre. She has been based in Brussels for more than 25 years, and was previously Communications Director of the European Policy Centre; launch editor and editor-in-chief of E!Sharp, a monthly magazine on EU affairs launched in 2001; the launch editor of European Voice, a Brussels-based weekly newspaper on EU affairs owned by The Economist Group, from 1995-2000 (which has now become Politico); and the Brussels correspondent of a British national newspaper.


Dr Stefan Berger

Member of the European Parliament

Biography coming soon.

Caroline Gaye

Country Manager France, American Express

Caroline Gaye was appointed Country Manager, France of American Express in 2015. She sits on American Express France’s board of directors, and leads American Express France’s management committee. She is in charge of defining and implementing the group’s strategy in France to deliver American Express’ vision: provide the world’s best customer experience every day.

She is an active member of the Women’s Forum and has contributed to the launch of an internal network within American Express France, in order to guide both male and female employees throughout their career, as well as promote well-being at work.

From 2008 to 2015, Caroline Gaye was Vice-President, in charge of the Personal Cards Services division. In 2012, Caroline Gaye extended her responsibilities by taking over the corporate cards division for small- and medium-sized businesses.

Caroline joined American Express in 2000 as Manager, first for the co-branded Accor product, then for the Air France-KLM card. Caroline Gaye started her career abroad with Sopexa, first in Dublin as Product Manager (1994-1997), then in London as Group Manager (1997-2000).

She graduated from Paris Dauphine University and Edhec Business School.

Monique Goyens

Director General, BEUC

Biography coming soon.

Marcel Haag

Director, FISMA B, European Commission

Biography coming soon.

Peter Kerstens

Advisor for Financial Sector Digitalisation and Cybersecurity, European Commission

Biography coming soon.

Elisa Menardo

Director, Public Policy Europe and UK, Credit Suisse

Elisa Menardo works on European and UK securities regulatory policy issues, as well as broader European and UK government affairs for Credit Suisse. She develops Credit Suisse positions on these issues in coordination with colleagues from across the different parts of the firm and represents Credit Suisse views to officials, regulators, clients and other key stakeholders in the European Union and in the UK.

Elisa chairs the MiFIDII Steering Committee for the Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME) and represents Credit Suisse in other European and UK trade associations. Prior to joining the Public Policy team, Elisa ran the regulatory change advisory function at Credit Suisse and before that, she held similar positions at other investment banks. Earlier in her career Elisa worked in the General Counsel’s Division of the UK Financial Services Authority, in the protection of consumers of financial services at the European Commission and as a solicitor in the Financial Institutions Group at Herbert Smith Freehills.

Elisa holds a degree in economics and management of public and international organisations from Bocconi University (Milan) and postgraduate professional qualifications from the College of Law (Guildford). She qualified as solicitor of the senior courts of England and Wales in 2003.

Guillaume Prache

Managing Director, Better Finance

Guillaume Prache is the Managing Director of BETTER FINANCE, the European Federation of Investors and Financial Services Users. He is also one of the experts representing financial services users at ESMA (Securities & Markets Stakeholder Group), at EIOPA (Insurance and Reinsurance Stakeholder Group), and at the French financial regulator AMF. He has been the first chair of the ESMA Stakeholder Group, and former vice chair of the European Commission’s FSUG (Financial Services User Group) and member of the EIOPA Pensions and EBA Banking Stakeholder Groups.

He started as a magistrate at the French Court of Auditors, and has an extended and international experience in financial matters, most recently as Chief Financial Officer of Rhône-Poulenc Rorer, Inc., a “Fortune 500” publicly-listed pharmaceutical company (today Sanofi) from 1997 to 2000, and then as Managing Director of the European subsidiary of the Vanguard Group, Inc., a global leader in asset management, from 2000 to 2006.

He has taught asset management for the CIWM (Certified International Wealth Manager) program and wrote two books (Politique économique contemporaine in 1989, Les Scandales de l’épargne retraite in 2008) and various articles on economics and finance.

Corinna Schempp Head of European Policy, FIA

Corinna Schempp is Head of EU Policy, FIA where she is responsible for regulatory policy, advocacy and implementation. She joined the organisation in September 2014 from LCH.Clearnet Limited where she was a Senior Regulatory Advisor in the Compliance team. Most recently, her responsibilities covered regulatory compliance in relation to LCH.Clearnet’s SwapClear business, including liaison with the Bank of England, CFTC, Ontario Securities Commission, AMF Quebec, BaFIN and other international regulators.

During her time at the clearing house, Ms Schempp also worked closely with the legal team to provide support on European and US regulatory issues, including the implementation of Dodd-Frank and associated CFTC regulations across LCH.Clearnet impacted business units. Prior to joining LCH.Clearnet in May 2011, Ms Schempp, a dual qualified lawyer, was Legal and Regulation Manager at London Stock Exchange’s equity derivatives business, formerly known as EDX London.

Corinna Schempp also holds a post-graduate diploma in European Union law from Kings College, London, as well as law degrees from Germany.

Paul Schott Stevens

President & CEO, Investment Company Institute

Biography coming soon.

Michalis Sotiropoulos

Executive Director, Head of Brussels Office, DTCC

Michalis Sotiropoulos is Director of Government Relations for Europe and Head of DTCC’s Brussels office.

Michalis plays a key role in shaping, managing and executing DTCC's public policy as well as representing positions to officials of the European Union and its Member States He represents DTCC in dealings with other European bodies, such as market regulators, central banks and industry associations and is responsible for communicating DTCC's European policy agenda and for building upon existing relationships with key individuals and groups in the public policy-making process. In addition, he represents DTCC at relevant fora, advises senior management on pending legislation and policy issues as well as on political risks and provides input to DTCC line business managers about European issues relevant to their products. Mr Sotiropoulos joined the DTCC in 2011 and since then has worked on a variety of policy and regulatory topics including capital markets, market infrastructure, securities clearing and settlement, derivatives, collateral management, FinTech (distributed ledger and cloud computing in particular), cybersecurity as well systemic risk and political risk topics.

He joined from APCO Worldwide, a large public affairs advisory firm, where he provided advice to a plethora of corporate and government clients on energy, environment, financial markets and transport issues. He has worked for the European Commission as well as for a few thinks tanks in Greece.

Mr Sotiropoulos has a MA on Globalisation and Development from the University of Warwick (Coventry, UK) and a BA in International and European Studies from Panteion University of Humanities and Social Sciences (Athens, Greece). He has also executive trainings on Political Risk from NYU Stern School of Business (NYC, USA) and on Global Risks from the European University Institute (Florence, Italy).

Mr Sotiropoulos has a passion for history, philosophy and music; he is an amateur drummer and percussionist.