Regulation Correspondent, Thomson Reuters
Mr Jones has been a correspondent at Reuters for twenty years. He joined in New York where he covered commodities exchanges before moving on to writing about Wall Street during the dotcom boom. He returned to London where he wrote about the creation and emergence of a pan-European stock market with the launch of the euro, stock exchange mergers and regulation, including the first MiFID directive.
He then spent four years in Brussels as an EU correspondent, covering financial services, telecoms, media and industry. Since 2009 he has been based back in London, covering the G20's regulatory agenda, EU and UK regulation.
Head of Unit C1 - Capital Markets Union, DG FISMA European Commission
Mr Niall Bohan (b. 1967) studied economics at Trinity College Dublin (1984-1988) and the College of Europe in Brugge, Belgium (1988-1990). He worked at the Centre of European Policy Studies, Brussels, before joining the European Commission in 1994 where he has worked in a variety of technical and management, principally focused on financial market regulation. This includes responsibility for drafting the COM proposal for MiFiD (2000-2002), serving as Deputy Head of Unit for financial policy coordination (2002-2004) and as Head of Unit for the Asset Management unit between 2004 and 2009. Between 2011 and 2013, he was seconded to the Task Force for Greece (DG ECFIN), where he coordinated the provision of technical assistance to the Greek government to support reform of customs, public procurement, competition and investment licensing. From January 2014 to March 2015, Mr Bohan was Head of the Banking Unit, with responsibility for implementation of the Capital Requirements Regulation and Directive. On 1 April 2015, he assumed responsibility for management of the unit responsible for the Capital Markets Union in DG Financial Stability and Capital Markets Union.
Head of Regulatory Strategy Deutsche Börse AG
Dr Alexandra Hachmeister (born in 1975) is Chief Regulatory Officer of Deutsche Börse AG. Dr Hachmeister joined Deutsche Börse AG in 1999. Since then she served in various positions and departments including Market Design Functionality, Systems Business Development and Boards & Committees. Prior to becoming Chief Regulatory Officer she managed the Group’s Corporate Office. In her role as Head of Regulatory Strategy and Deputy Head of Global Public Affairs she is responsible for the development, implementation and communication of the Group’s global regulatory strategy and positioning.
Dr Hachmeister is member of the Group of Economic Advisors to ESMA (European Securities and Markets Authority) and the working groups ‘Role of Financial Services in Society’ (World Economic Forum) and ‘Financial Transaction Tax’ (German Exchange Experts Commission). She chairs the Board of Examiners ‘Certified Board of Director’ of Deutsche Börse Capital Markets Academy.
Dr Hachmeister studied business in Germany, France and the US, earning a Ph.D. in market microstructure from European Business School. She is married with two sons.
Financial Policy Expert, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber
Mr Erich Kühnelt has been working for the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (Wirtschaftskammer Österreich) since 1996 on the topics SME finance, capital markets and financial services, and on EU-regional policy.
From 1992 to 1996 he worked as a trainee of the Federation of Austrian Industries (Industriellenvereinigung) in different organisations including an investment bank. Mr Kühnelt studied Law at the University of Vienna.
Member of the European Parliament
Mr Pablo Zalba Bidegain is a Spanish Member of the European Parliament, vice-president of the Committee of Economic and Monetary Affairs and substitute member of the International Trade Committee.
Before becoming member of the European Parliament, Mr Zalba Bidegain worked as sales and business development director of SIC Lázaro, as head of exports in Comansa and as head of Business development and Marketing at the Construction unit of Arcelor Mittal in Spain.
Mr Zalba Bidegain holds a bachelor degree in business management form the University of Navarra and a MBA from the London Business School.
As MEP he has been rapporteur of the bilateral safeguard clause of the EU-Korea Free Trade Agreement, of the Association Agreement EU-Central America and of the opinion on the protection of the euro and other currencies against counterfeiting by criminal law, replacing Council Framework Decision 200/383/JHA.
He is now rapporteur for the Amendment of Regulation (EU) No. 99/2013 on the European statistical programme and for Interchange fees for card-based payment transactions.