Europe Editor, The Banker
Stefanie Linhardt is Europe Editor, writing about the economies and banking sectors in western, central and eastern Europe as well as capital markets. For The Banker and in her previous role at EuroWeek, she chaired several conferences and roundtable discussions, and has interviewed numerous high level personalities such as finance ministers, central bank governors and senior executives on camera and for print publication. At EuroWeek, Ms Linhardt covered capital markets with a focus on corporate bonds, high yield and leveraged finance, and, prior to that, worked for equity newswire S&P MarketScope. While in Munich, she held part-time positions as researcher with Munich University (LMU) and journalist with German news agency Deutsche Presse-Agentur. She holds a Magister (bachelor and master) in politics from LMU in Munich and a post-graduate diploma in journalism from Westminster University in London.
Senior Policy Adviser, Banking Supervision, European Banking Federation
Mr Buenker joined the EBF in September 2010 to advise EU policymakers on Crisis Management, Deposit Guarantee Schemes and Banking Supervision Reform. Since joining the EBF he has also taken on the responsibility of coordinating the Prudential Supervision Working Group for the International Banking Federation. He started his career as an inward investment advisor for the City of Frankfurt's Economic Development Office focusing on financial services and IT. He later represented the new Eastern German states in Washington DC in the same capacity focusing on attracting North American investment. Mr Buenker then joined the British Bankers’ Association as a Policy Advisor in the Prudential Capital and Risk team, focusing on capital, liquidity, Deposit Guarantee Schemes (DGS) and supervisory arrangements. His involvement included the consultation of the UK FSA's new liquidity regime, Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), the review of the European DGS Directive and the implementation of the EU Capital Requirements Directive (CRD). Mr Buenker holds a Masters in Economics from Maastricht University and a Bachelors degree in Political Science, Economics and International Affairs from the University of Nebraska. He is married and lives in the little village of Saint-Amand in the province of Namur, Belgium.
Member of Cabinet of Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis, European Commission
Jan Ceyssens is a Member of the Cabinet of Valdis Dombrovskis, Vice-President of the European Commission for Euro, Social Dialogue, Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union. He was previously a Member of the Cabinet of Vice-President Barnier responsible for financial services, and Team Leader for Financial Supervision at the European Commission's Internal Markets and Services Directorate General in the Unit responsible for Financial Services Policy and Relations with the Council. He graduated in law from Humboldt University in Berlin and holds a Masters degree in European Law from King's College London. He works at the European Commission since 2006, initially in the Directorate General for Competition's Cartels enforcement Directorate and since 2009 in the Internal Markets and Services Directorate General.
Divisional Board Member, Group Management Development & Strategy, Commerzbank AG
Jörg Hessenmüller is divisional board member Group Development and Strategy. Prior to that he was a member of the Management Board of Poland’s mBank, with responsibility for Finance and Investor Relations, as well as the strategic development of the Commerzbank subsidiary. He began his career at Dresdner Bank with an apprenticeship in 1989 and worked in interest rate derivatives trading and treasury before assuming senior positions in financial controlling. In the course of the integration of Dresdner Bank into Commerzbank in 2009 he became Global Divisional Head Investment Banking Finance in Group Management Finance. Jörg Hessenmüller graduated from the Hochschule für Bankwirtschaft in Frankfurt am Main with a major in banking and finance.
Member of the European Parliament, Rapporteur on bank recovery and resolution
Gunnar Hökmark is a Member of the European Parliament since 2004. In January 2007, he was elected Vice-Chairman of the EPP Group in the European Parliament, a position he held until 2014. Mr Hökmark is the leader of the Swedish delegation to the EPP and active in the Committee of Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Committee of Industry, Energy and Research. He is also a member of the delegation to the EU-Serbia Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee and active in the Delegation to the EURONEST Parliamentary Assembly. From 2003 until 2012, Mr Hökmark was Chairman of the Sweden-Israel Friendship Association and between 2006 and 2011 Chair of European Friends of Israel. From 2009 until 2013, Mr Hökmark was the Chairman of the Delegation to the EU-Croatia Joint Parliamentary Committee.
Head of Regulatory Policy, Barclays
Mr Thomas Lodder is based in Barclays’ London office with responsibility for leading the policy component of Barclays’ response to the complex regulatory issues impacting the Barclays Group globally, including the UK’s exit from the EU. Mr Thomas Lodder has particular strengths and experience in formulating and advocating responses to changes in financial regulation across a diverse range of jurisdictions globally and has focussed in particular on cross-border regulation with an extra-territorial impact. Prior to moving back to London in 2017, Mr Lodder was the Head of Regulatory Policy for Barclays in Singapore with responsibility for the Asia Pacific region, as well as head of Barclays’ FICC Legal team. Whilst in Asia, Tom was chair of the joint ASIFMA-ISDA Public Policy Committee. Before joining Barclays in 2004, Tom was an associate at Clifford Chance in London. Mr Lodder represents Barclays on a number of external policy fora including the International Regulatory Strategy Group and speaks regularly on issues relating to financial services regulation.
Director, Recovery and Resolution, BPCE
Mr Gérald Niochaut holds an MBA from London Business School, a Master from ESSEC Business School and a Master of Engineering. He recently graduated from Groupe BPCE Advanced Management Program and belongs to BPCE “Club des 100”. Gérald started its career in 2001 in merger and acquisitions at BNP Paribas London office. He joined in 2003 the General Inspection of Groupe Banque Populaire holding company where he specialized in investment banking, asset management and group financial functions. Gerald was promoted in 2010 director at Groupe BPCE general inspection and member of the group audit executive committee. On top of supervising audit assignments, Gerald was in charge of coordinating the operational relationships between BPCE and the supervisory function of the European Central Bank. Gerald was appointed Head of recovery and resolution in 2016.