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ICMA Future Leaders







ICMA Future Leaders initiative is designed to benefit the younger generation of finance professionals in ICMA’s membership, connecting them with the services and networking opportunities which can enhance their careers in debt capital markets. ICMA Future Leaders focuses on three core areas: Career Progression; Education; and Networking.
ICMA Future Leaders (IFL) initiative is designed to benefit the younger generation of finance professionals in ICMA’s membership, connecting them with the services and networking opportunities which can enhance their careers in debt capital markets.

IFL focuses on three core areas: Career Progression; Education; and Networking.

It is led by a steering committee of individuals in the early stages of their career, to provide the Association with guidance and input on how ICMA can communicate with the rising generation of finance professionals, as well as ideas on events and initiatives. The committee members currently represent the main ICMA regions in Europe and Asia Pacific.

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ICMA Future Leaders is led by a steering committee composed of individuals in the early stages of their capital markets career, drawn from ICMA member firms across Europe. Members of this committee are as follows (click on the links below to see the profiles of the ICMA Future Leaders Committee members):

Michael Sansen (Chairman)
Citibank, N.A.

Rebekah L. Bray (Vice chair)
Nordea Bank Abp

Alejandro Martín Parrilla (Vice chair)
Banco Santander, S.A.

Annabel Ballance
Citibank, N.A.

Grégoire Denoy
Natixis

Stefano Finesi
European Stability Mechanism (ESM)

Cristina Freudenberger
White & Case LLP

Kumsa Gebremariam
ING Bank N.V.

Hendrik Kühne
Bayerische Landesbank

Alex Malitsky
TD Securities

Alberto Maria Villa
UniCredit Bank AG, Milan Branch

Charlotte Müller
Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Greig Ramsay
The Bank of New York Mellon

Waldemar Redinger
Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft

Anna Thomlinson
KBC Bank N.V.

Charles Tissier
Dentons UK and Middle East LLP

Brendan Wallace
Arthur Cox

Max Weis

UBS AG

Alice Westlake
Nomura International plc




Michael Sansen
Citibank, N.A.

Currently 33 years old, born and raised in Belgium. I studied at HUB-Ehsal in Brussels, graduating Magna cum Laude as a Commercial Engineer. I joined ING Bank Brussels straight out of university as an Operations Specialist, but quickly moved to Amsterdam, where I joined ING’s Credit Trading team looking after covered bonds and SSA’s. In July 2017 I moved to ING London trading Euro/Dollar SSA’s and covered bonds as a Vice-President. In May 2020 I joined Citibank as part of the Euro Covered Bond/SSA & Illiquids Trading desk.

As Chairman of the FLC, Michael's role is to ensure the ICMA board is kept abreast of the FLC’s activities as well as to bring members’ needs to the forefront of the FLC’s discussions and initiatives.




Annabel Ballance
Citibank, N.A.


Having previously worked as an Associate in Allen & Overy’s International Capital Markets department, Annabel has been with Citigroup since 2019 and is a Vice President in their Legal Debt Capital Markets practice in London. She advises on a broad range of capital markets transactions, including the update and establishment of wholesale, retail, EMTN and GMTN programmes, liability management exercises, corporate hybrid securities and sovereign and supranational debt offerings.

Annabel graduated from Durham University in 2012 with a BA first-class honours in Human Geography. After finishing her LLB at the University of Law in London, she completed her legal training with Allen & Overy with experience in leveraged finance, litigation and capital markets and including a six month secondment to Barclays Legal EMEA Debt Capital Markets team in London.

Annabel has been involved in the ICMA Future Leaders Committee since 2015 and enjoys working on initiatives to ensure the ICMA continues to engage the up-and-coming generation of industry professionals and provide a strong global community for its members. More specifically, Annabel is chair of the ICMA Future Leaders Newsletter which is now in its third year. The October 2019 edition had 43,172 recipients.



Rebekah L. Bray
Nordea Bank Abp


Rebekah hails from the United States, where she spent most of her early years in Raleigh, North Carolina. After receiving a BSc in Finance and International Business and completing a student internship with Credit Suisse, Rebekah decided to move abroad and continue her education in Denmark at Copenhagen Business School. Rebekah completed an MSc in Economics and Finance, during which time she worked on the Quantitative Analytics team at Dong Energy. In 2015 Rebekah joined Nordea Markets as a graduate; upon completion of the graduate program, Rebekah joined Nordea’s Fixed Income Syndicate team, where she has remained since.

Aside from ICMA, Rebekah has distinguished herself through her involvement in organizing an internal lecture series for Nordea’s wholesale banking employees. She looks forward to representing Nordea within ICMA, and hopes to use the opportunity to expand her network and establish new connections with fellow young professionals



Grégoire Denoy
Natixis

I was born in 1987 in Guadeloupe, French West Indies. Graduated from the Advanced Master in Financial Techniques at ESSEC Business School in Paris, I began my career in the financial sector 6 years ago. I started working for EY before being selected for the "Inspection Générale" Programme (some kind of a graduate programme in French banks) of the BPCE group, the holding company of Natixis. I am currently working for Natixis CIB Global Markets as a project manager, mainly on debt capital market issues.

I decided to join the ICMA Future Leaders initiatives in order to further deepen my professional skills on capital markets and more particularly on debt capital markets. I would be glad to work on projects and share ideas on key trends and future challenges of our industry with people from my generation. Moreover, this is a great opportunity to be part of a community of young colleagues from different countries in order to compare and to share best practices, but also to connect and enhance our respective careers. I would be most keen to contribute and attend to the professional events and conferences set up by the ICMA.



Stefano Finesi
European Stability Mechanism (ESM)


Stefano is a legal counsel at the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), where he deals with a wide range of capital markets matters. He joined the ESM in 2017. Prior to this, he spent almost six years in private practice, in Italy and London, working primarily on banking and debt capital markets transactions as well as regulatory issues.
He holds graduate and postgraduate degrees in law from LUISS Guido Carli University (Rome) and is dual-qualified in England and Italy.

Stefano looks forward to contributing to the work of the Future Leaders Committee, with a view to increasing awareness of ICMA’s potential among the younger generations, particularly in terms of networking opportunities and as a platform to share innovative ideas and best practices.



Cristina Freudenberger
White & Case LLP

Cristina Freudenberger is a Local Partner in White & Case’s Capital Markets practice in Frankfurt. She focuses on the issue, underwriting and placement of primarily investment grade debt and equity securities as well as financial regulation.

Cristina obtained her law degree from the University of Freiburg and spent time abroad studying at the University of Toronto and the University of Geneva. Cristina also obtained a master degree in international financial law from King’s College London.

“I am looking forward to working in a committee of highly motivated young professionals and to further develop the great potential the ICMA Future Leader’s platform has to offer.”



Kumsa Gebremariam
ING Bank N.V.

Kumsa Gebremariam, currently 29 years old, born and raised in Maastricht, Netherlands. He graduated end of 2012 from Maastricht University, Master’s degree in International Business - Controlling. During an extracurricular exchange semester as a part of his Master’s degree he studied International Finance in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Directly after university he joined ING Bank as a trader at the Liquidity Management desk of the treasury. When he joined, his main focus was mostly on FX and Money Market for the banking books of ING Bank in Amsterdam. Since two years approximately he has added a strong focus on fixed income products such as repo and collateral swaps for the purpose of steering the bank’s (regulatory) liquidity position. His experience within the treasury of a global bank in the area of funding and liquidity management will be of added value because it can add a fresh angle to the fixed income experience within the FLC.

He views his membership of the FLC committee as a great opportunity to facilitate young professionals to connect with the established leaders within the financial industry of the Netherlands and abroad. This will help both generations to benefit from each other’s view on different challenges that the industry is currently facing.



Hendrik Kühne
Bayerische Landesbank

Born in 1986, Hendrik Kühne has a Master of Arts (M.A.) and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Specification Banking Accounting & Controlling. From 2006 to 2009, Hendrik undertook the Dual Degree Program: Bachelor of Arts and Banking apprenticeship at HSH Nordbank in Kiel. Then, from 2009 to 2011, he pursued his Master's degree studies at the University of Applied Sciences in Kiel, spending his internships at PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC) in Hamburg and BayernLB in Munich, where in 2011 he joined the credit trading team as Assistant Vice President. He was promoted in 2017 to Vice President and is a Senior Fixed Income Trader since then.

Through the ICMA Future Leaders Committee he intends to connect the younger finance community in Munich and to help the younger generation in capital markets throughout ICMA and the FLC to have better contact with each other and to build an European network right at the beginning of their careers.



Alex Malitsky
TD Securities

Alex Malitsky born in Kiev, Ukraine and raised in Hannover, Germany, works as a DCM Originator at TD Securities in London. Prior to this position, Alex spent 4 years as a FIG/SSA Syndicate at NORD/LB. He holds a Master of Science in International Accounting and Finance from the University of Liverpool as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. During his studies in Liverpool, Chicago and Detroit, Alex has published several academic papers on impacts from low interest rates and remuneration models of DAX30 executives. He is currently a CFA Level 3 candidate.

Alex won the 2018 ICMA Essay competition and thus was invited as a public speaker at the European Central Bank as well as the Public Issuer Sector Forum 2019 in Vienna.
 
“I am truly looking forward to being part of the Future Leaders Committee! There are so many opportunities arising from closer collaboration between generations but also across different experts within our industry. IFL displays a unique platform to make the best of each new development, build long-lasting business relationships and establish the foundation for trustful collaboration within international capital markets.”



Alberto Maria Villa
UniCredit Bank AG, Milan Branch

Alberto Maria Villa, from Milan Italy, is a Bocconi University graduate (with a Msc. in Finance and a Bachelor in Economics) and a Merit Award Scholarship recipient, class 2006.

At the present date, Alberto is a Director in the IG & CEEMEA Bond Syndicate within UniCredit.

Alberto has been working in Syndicate since 2010 and in Fixed Income since 2008, after a stint in Lazard&Co on its Italian M&A Desk.

Alberto day-to-day advises European and CEE Financial Institutions across the capital structure on pricing and optimized wholesale market access. Furthermore, he utilizes the UniCredit Value Chain platform to deliver to its client base an efficient, de-risked and nimble execution.

Alberto is keen to contribute within ICMA Future Leaders and looks forward to the networking and best practices sharing opportunities the platform offers.



Charlotte Müller
Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Charlotte is a Swiss and Swedish national, and has a strong affinity to Asia where she lived for the first 16 years of her life. She holds a Bachelor and Master degree from the University of St. Andrews in the UK, where she studied Finance and Management. Upon graduating in 2015, Charlotte joined Swiss Re's Asset Management division in Switzerland. She works in the macro investment strategy team, which is responsible for assessing economic and financial market developments as well as producing Swiss Re's top-down investment strategy views across asset classes and geographic regions.
 
"As a member of the ICMA Future Leaders committee, I am keen to strengthen further connections among young professionals and experienced leaders. I am also eager to help foster an open and constructive dialogue on the key opportunities and challenges facing our sector both now and in the future."



Alejandro Martín Parrilla
Banco Santander, S.A.

Alejandro is a Spanish Economist who joined the Santander Fixed Income Sales & Trading area in 2011. Now he is part of the FI eCommerce team, running the Product Management function for Europe and Americas from Madrid. Additionally he was appointed by the MiFID II Programme as the Fixed Income Cash and EM Offshore Business Owner, assuming all the responsibilities of a Market Structure Strategist for both global franchises.
 
“I truly believe that ICMA's FLC provides to the young finance community a unique framework: a highly qualified and talented professional network combined with a broad first-class educational offering. During this time I will make sure that Iberia, my native region, will increase ties with ICMA providing bespoke value added to the current members and running the necessary actions to onboard new ones.”



Greig Ramsay
The Bank of New York Mellon


Greig joined BNY Mellon as Product Manager for APAC based in Hong Kong in January 2019. He is responsible for strategic development of collateral management product within the region.

Prior to joining BNY Mellon, he worked in Goldman Sachs Liquidity Management Team, focusing on developing collateral funding flows.

Greig holds a Bachelor of Law with Honors from the University of Aberdeen.

He is appreciative of the opportunity to join the IFL committee and looks to be able to foster and facilitate dialogue amongst all participants within the financial industry; looking to provide a platform for talent to shape the way ICMA advocates for issues and approaches different challenges.



Waldemar Redinger
Commerzbank AG


Waldemar joined Commerzbank in 2011, attending a dual-degree program, which he concluded with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Banking & Finance. Following his graduate program he worked in the Financial Engineering department of Commerzbank where he was focusing on the orgination and structuring of ECA-backed transactions in CEE & CIS. Waldemar is based in Frankfurt, currently working in Debt Capital Markets where he provides structuring and execution advice on Hybrid Debt, Sustainable Bonds and Liability Management across all client groups (SSA, Corp, FIG) and regions.  
 
“I’m very happy and excited to be part of the FLC and I’m looking forward to contribute in this special network of young professionals and established market professionals."



Anna Thomlinson
KBC Bank N.V.

Anna Thomlinson is Managing Director of Start it @KBC, the largest accelerator in Belgium supporting entrepreneurs in learning skills and acquiring the network to support their high growth businesses. Before she committed herself to Start it @KBC, Anna worked in the UK for accelerators, incubators, a government fund for startups and a university department for entrepreneurship. Since most of these were startup organisations themselves, Anna has worked across departments of sales, finance and marketing to raise the profile of these programmes, giving her much experience in techniques to engage audiences.

Anna studied her BA in Literature and Politics and completed her Masters in Literature at the University of Edinburgh before beginning her journey in the startup ecosystem.



Charles Tissier
Dentons UK and Middle East LLP

Charles Tissier is a Senior Associate in Dentons’ Banking & Finance practice in Paris and is specialised in Capital Markets transactions. He regularly advises financial institutions and French and foreign corporates on their debt capital market transactions, including plain-vanilla and structured bonds, Euro PP, EMTN programmes, hybrid securities, covered bonds, high yield, commercial paper and liability management transactions.

He also focuses on derivatives transactions as well as advising on issues relating to netting, collateral, the role of clearing houses and the implementation of new regulations applying to these products.

He joined Dentons in 2018. Prior to this, he spent 8 years in the Capital Markets departments of other international law firms. He holds graduate and posgraduate degrees in law from Paris X and Paris Dauphine.

Charles hopes to contribute to the FLC by continuing to promote the IFL initiative to facilitate young professionals to connect with the leaders within the financial industry, especially in Paris. This initiative also allows the future leaders to share their views in a current regulatory and market environment which is becoming increasingly complex.



Brendan Wallace
Arthur Cox

Brendan is a Senior Associate in Arthur Cox’s Finance Group in Dublin, Ireland where his practice includes debt capital markets, derivatives, structured finance, financial regulation and financial markets infrastructure.
 
Brendan graduated from UCD (Dublin) with a Bachelor of Business and Legal Studies (International) degree, having also completed a year studying at the Louvain School of Management at the Université catholique de Louvain in Belgium. Prior to working at Arthur Cox, Brendan worked in London, Brussels and Washington DC, where he gained experience with a leading investment bank and with Freddie Mac. Brendan has worked with the Arthur Cox Finance Group since 2009.
 
“I am excited to join the Future Leader Committee as representative for Ireland and very much look forward to working with the FLC to strengthen connections among ICMA young professionals and to help to further promote the ICMA platform and education opportunities among the younger generation in capital markets, both in Ireland and across the ICMA network”.



Max Weis
UBS AG

Max joined UBS in 2013 initially working in Debt Capital Markets. In 2018 he moved to CHF Syndicate focusing predominantly on the issuance of CHF bonds for financials across their capital structure. Prior to joining UBS, Max graduated with a Bachelor of Economics from the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich as well as a Master in Banking and Finance from the University of St. Gallen.

"Joining ICMA in 2020 is dually exciting and challenging due to the unprecedented market environment. I value the opportunity to contribute to the shaping of the future of financial markets through collaboration with ICMA colleagues and the broader market participants."



Alice Westlake
Nomura International plc

Alice is a senior associate within Nomura’s Debt Capital Markets team in London, having joined the team in April 2016. In her current role, she helps Northern European banks and insurance companies access global debt markets for their funding and regulatory capital needs. Prior to this, she began her career at RBS also within the Capital Markets division, working across the DCM, Syndicate and Financial Institutions Advisory teams.

Alice grew up in Ipswich in the UK and graduated from the University of Oxford in 2014 with a degree in Engineering Science.

By being a part of the ICMA Future Leaders Committee, Alice is looking forward to promoting the network as an important tool to connect young and experienced professionals having benefitted from the network herself early on in her career. She also aims to expand the awareness of the initiatives and services provided by ICMA to help professionals in today’s constantly changing industry.

UPCOMING EVENTS


ICMA Future Leaders virtual event: Challenges facing young professionals post COVID-19

Date: 29 September 2020
Time: 17.00-18.30 CEST | Time Zone Converter

What advice can we give to people about navigating their career at a time when the future is unpredictable? How are careers evolving and how can we adapt to this new environment to build the networks which will sustain them? Is this period of dramatic change going to increase diversity and inclusion in the industry? Will the rapid technological advances of 2020 create new career opportunities?

Join us for an ICMA Future Leaders virtual panel, where a mix of finance professionals and career coaches will discuss working life and career opportunities in the world after Covid-19, featuring:
  • Cynthia Davis, CEO & Founder, BAME Recruitment & Diversifying.io
  • Mads Leonhardt Thomsen, Founder and Business Coach, Leonhardt Coaching
  • Ella Robertson, Managing Director, One Young World
  • Tim Skeet, Senior Adviser, Bank of China, London Branch
  • Jill Watt, Partner and Executive Coach, The Preston Associates Ltd.

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PAST EVENTS


ICMA Future Leaders: La révolution digitale dans le secteur bancaire, Paris, 5 February
Hosted by Moody's Investors Service

Transformation numérique généralisée, développement de l’écosystème financier, nouveaux besoins des clients… le secteur bancaire fait sa révolution digitale. Organisée dans le cadre de l’initiative des Future Leaders de l’ICMA, cette conférence visait à échanger sur les stratégies digitales mises en place dans le secteur bancaire.

Stephane Malrait, Head of Market Structure and Innovation for Financial Markets chez ING Bank;
Delphine d’Amarzit, Directrice Générale déléguée de Orange Bank; et,
Philippe Reynier, Head of Digital Strategy chez UBS Switzerland

ont partagé leur expérience sur les effets de la transformation numérique dans le milieu du secteur bancaire : Quels sont les nouveaux entrants? Comment les banques appréhendent-elles leur nouvelle relation avec les clients et comment identifient-elles les nouveaux besoins? Comment sont opérés les choix dans les investissements numériques?

Serait également abordée la question de la mutation culturelle et managériale liée à la révolution digitale: comment diffuser ce changement culturel au sein de l’entreprise? Comment former les collaborateurs aux bouleversements numériques?

La conférence serait suivie d’un cocktail networking.

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ICMA Future Leaders: How do banks and their employees stay relevant in this rapidly changing industry?, London, 21 November 2019

Hosted by Baker McKenzie

ICMA members joined us for this ICMA Future Leaders networking event featuring an industry leader from an incumbent bank and one from the fintech sector looking at how innovation is changing banking and how this is affecting careers.

Our keynote speaker, Daniel Klier, Group Head of Strategy and Global Head of Sustainable Finance, HSBC was joined by Richard Cohen, General Counsel and Head of Strategy, Nivaura for a discussion about their own experiences, including tips for young professionals on how they can gear up for change and adapt their own career strategies, and covering issues as varied as work life balance and ‘De-learning’.

A networking reception followed with senior market participants from ICMA’s membership.

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