Speakers 2020

Speakers 2020

Roberts Grava

Institutional Investment Advisor

Roberts Grava is an independent institutional investment advisor, focusing primarily on central banks, sovereign wealth funds and national pension funds globally. Roberts has over 25 years of official institution investment expertise, having held senior roles in both public and private sector institutions. He has been Head of Quantitative Strategies, Risk and Analytics and also RAMP Engagement Manager at the World Bank, Managing Director, Institutional Solutions and Advisory, Head of Official Institutions and Senior Fixed Income Client Portfolio Manager at J.P. Morgan Asset Management, and Head of Reserves Management, Head of Market Operations and Member of the Executive Board at Latvijas Banka (the Central Bank of Latvia).

Juliusz Jabłecki

Director, Financial Risk Management Department

National Bank of Poland

Juliusz Jabłecki is the Director of Financial Risk Management Department at Narodowy Bank Polski. He graduated with a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Warsaw where he also teaches finance. Before joining the central bank, Mr. Jabłecki worked as an economic capital expert for Pekao Bank SA (then part of Unicredit Group). He is a co-author of the book “Volatility as an Asset Class: Obvious Benefits and Hidden Risks”, a contributor to Risk magazine, and author of numerous academic publications on monetary policy and quantitative finance. In his current role at NBP, Juliusz oversees strategic asset allocation for the central bank’s FX reserves portfolio. He is also responsible for financial risk management for NBP’s FX reserves portfolio as well as monetary policy and financial stability operations.

Franz Partsch

Director - Treasury Department

Oesterreichische Nationalbank

Franz Partsch is director of the treasury department of Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB). He joined OeNB in 1990 and previously served as head of the treasury strategy division and head of the equity interest management division. He also held positions in the credit division as well as the monetary statistics division. Before joining OeNB Franz worked as a credit analyst in a commercial bank. Franz Partsch holds a Master of Business Administration from Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration.

Jan Schmidt

Executive Director, Risk Management

Czech National Bank

Jan Schmidt serves as the Executive Director of Czech National Bank, Risk Management and Transaction Support Department. In his role, he is primarily responsible for setting of the Bank strategic asset allocation and defining the risk profile of the Bank. That includes currency composition of reserve, asset classes, duration, credit and liquidity benchmarking and guidelines. Compliance with applicable regulation on foreign markets is part of his responsibilities. Apart from this, his department contains back office and middle office functions, SWIFT operation and is managing a portfolio of correspondent banking and custody service providers. From 1 January 2019 he is also in charge of operating the central Czech koruna interbank clearing system and operating one of two central securities depositories in Czech Republic.  

Jan Schmidt graduated from Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague in 1989. He holds MBA from London International Graduate School (US).

Ricardo Martinelli

Head of Investment Division

Banco Central do Brasil

Solomon Kavuma

Deputy Director, Reserves and Investment Management Operations

Bank of Uganda

Solomon Kavuma worked previously with the Macro Economic and Financial Management Institute of Eastern and Southern Africa (MEFMI) where he worked extensively with member central banks in building capacity in the areas of risk, reserves and domestic financial market development. Currently he is the Deputy Director in charge of Reserves and Investment Management Operations at the Bank of Uganda. He holds a Bsc (Stat/ Econ) degree from Makerere University and an MA from Brandeis University, Massachusetts, USA.

Steve Opata

Head of Risk, Treasury Department

Bank of Ghana

Steve Opata is an Assistant Director and Head of Risk Management at the Treasury of the Central Bank of Ghana. He joined in June of 2006 and his current responsibilities include; risk management, performance evaluation and providing technical advice on strategic asset allocation of the central bank's foreign exchange reserves management program.
Prior to his current role, he was with JP Morgan Chase, New York as a portfolio risk manager. He also worked with KPMG Consulting, Washington D.C., where he was responsible for financial risk modeling and designed risk-scoring systems for a number of U.S. government agencies.

Morten Kjærgaard

Departmental Head, Reserve Management and Collateral, Banking and Markets

National Bank of Denmark

Morten Kjærgaard is Head of Reserve Management and Collateral at Danmarks Nationalbank. The reserve amounts to EUR 63 billion and serves to support the fixed exchange rate policy and financial stability. Responsibilities also include managing the domestic bond portfolio and collateral pledged in relation to monetary policy lending. Prior to his current position Morten has worked in various areas including monetary policy implementation, government debt management and international relations.

Helena Adegas

Head, Markets and Reserve Management Department

Bank of Portugal

Helena Adegas is the Head of the Markets and Reserve Management Department of Banco de Portugal, institution she joined in 1985. Formerly, she headed the newly created Risk Management Department, between 2012 and 2017, and was Executive Director of the Managing Company for the employees’ Pension Fund and Head of Department responsible for the Support Unit to the Deposit Guarantee Funds, from 2002 to 2012.
Previous positions held during her long career with the Central Bank include heading the Reserve Management Division, the Investment Analysis Unit and the Foreign Exchange Markets Unit.
Between 2011 and 2014, she was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Economists Professional Association.
Helena Adegas graduated in Economics from the Universidade Católica Portuguesa, she holds two postgraduate degrees in European Studies and in Banking Management from the same University and she has an MBA from the French business school INSEAD.

Isabelle Laurent

Deputy Treasurer

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Jasper Livingsmith

Director of G7 portfolio management, treasury

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Jasper is Director of G7 Portfolio Management within the EBRD Treasury. He oversees the central risk warehouse for all hard currency risks across the Bank’s balance sheet, and is also heavily involved with IBOR transition across various RFR working groups. Jasper joined the EBRD in 2011. Previously he worked as a macro trader, and was a market maker at ABN AMRO.

Audun Gronn

Special Advisor – Governor’s Office

Norges Bank

Grahame Johnson

Managing Director, Financial Markets Department (FMD)

Bank of Canada

Grahame Johnson was appointed Managing Director, Financial Markets Department (FMD), effective November 5, 2019. In this capacity, he is responsible for policy formulation and execution of the Bank of Canada’s financial market activities as they relate to monetary policy implementation, the Bank’s funds management activities and financial system liquidity. These activities—along with a range of research, analysis and policy advice related to domestic and international financial markets—contribute to the Bank’s monetary policy mandate, its fiscal agent role and its role in the promotion of financial system stability and efficiency.

Mr. Johnson joined the Bank in 2001 and has held positions as Assistant Director, Financial Risk Office; and Director and then Deputy Chief, Financial Markets Department. In 2013 he became Managing Director, Funds Management and Banking Department, and served most recently as Managing Director, Financial Stability Department. Mr. Johnson has extensive knowledge of markets, the financial system, and monetary and funds management policies. Before joining the Bank, he worked on the fixed-income trading desk of a major Canadian financial institution.

Mr. Johnson is a native of Montréal, Quebec. He has a degree in commerce from Queen’s University and holds a Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Etienne Lavigne

Head, Middle Office

National Bank of Belgium

Omar Zulaica

Asset Management Specialist

Bank for International Settlements