• Software Testing and
    Trading Technology Trends 2019

EXTENT is an annual forum for sharing innovative trading technology ideas and expertise among specialists working in the global financial markets industry.

  • Exclusive event with under 250 participants

  • Relevant content from experienced industry professionals

  • A chance to network with established industry leaders

  • Great buy-side and sell-side balance

  • 4th time in London

The event is devoted to trends in developing program- and hardware platforms used at exchanges, brokerages, investment banks and other trading participants with focus on quality assurance and efficiency of such platforms.


CEO, Exactpro

Iosif Itkin

CEO, Exactpro

Iosif is co-founder of Exactpro and has remained its Co-CEO after its acquisition by LSEG in May 2015. Iosif started his professional career as a software developer working on outsourcing projects for a number of US companies. In 2006, he joined a company specialising in providing Quality Assurance services for the financial industry as Head of Performance Testing and Test Automation projects done for a number of global investment banks and execution venues, including LSE Baikal. In 2009, Iosif co-founded Exactpro, an independent specialist firm focused on software testing for market infrastructures. He managed the first Exactpro project with LSEG: Turquoise migration to the MillenniumIT platform. He also created EXTENT Trading Technology Trends and Quality Assurance conference series, successfully launched by Exactpro in 2011. Iosif holds a Master of Science degree from the Theoretical Physics Department of the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute, graduated summa cum laude in 2001.

EXTENT speaker - Alyona Bulda, Senior QA Project Manager, Exactpro
Alyona Bulda

Senior QA Project Manager, Exactpro

EXTENT speaker - Dr. Maxim Rudovsky, Chief Technology Officer, Exactpro
Dr. Maxim Rudovsky

Chief Technology Officer, Exactpro

EXTENT speaker - Stanislav Klimakov, Senior NFT Analyst, Exactpro
Stanislav Klimakov

Senior NFT Analyst, Exactpro

Head of Market Risk QA, Environment and Release Management, Deutsche Bank

Yvette Berman

Head of Market Risk QA, Environment and Release Management, Deutsche Bank

Yvette has 30 years’ experience across financial risk technology, which includes working at 3 Investment Banks including DB and a specialist consulting firm. She has spent the last 22 years specialising in QA and Testing and the last 9 years of that with Deutsche Bank. During that time she has built out QA functions across Deutsche Bank’s Risk Systems and has been a key influencer in defining, shaping and implementing the banks QA practices across Risk platforms. With a strong focus on regulation across the Bank, in 2014 Yvette moved from a role running QA across the banks Front Office Risk systems to building the QA and Testing, Environment and Release Management team’s years across Market and Counterparty Credit Risk.

QA of Risk Systems and Platforms

Regulation has been a key driver for change across investment banking systems, in particular those systems focused on Risk. Historically investment in Risk systems have been Front Office centric and changes in regulation has caused a shift in focus towards Risk Managements functions. The change in focus has meant build out of Risk Management systems focusing on control functions and reporting requirements. Risk systems are complex in terms of the data they present and challenging of testing. Yvette will provide an overview of the challenges of testing risk management systems in a changing technical and business environment.

EXTENT speaker - Alexey Zverev, CEO, Exactpro
Alexey Zverev

CEO, Exactpro

Data Scientist, Exactpro

Dr. Anna Gromova

Data Scientist, Exactpro

Anna graduated as Master of Science from the Automation and Electronics Department of Kostroma State Technological University (KSTU) in Russia. She defended her dissertation on Automation of Industrial Technological Processes at Vladimir State University (VlSU), Russia, in 2013.

Anna’s scientific interests focus on Classification and Cluster Analysis of Defect Reports. Her works have been published in the Springer’s Computer and Information Science edition. Anna also manages research projects and summer internships for the Computer Science students of the Higher School of Economics.

Machine learning applied to defect report analysis

A software project can have thousands of defects. Some people choose to see the ugliness in it, the disarray. We choose to see the beauty and... possibilities. There is a deeper meaning behind the swarms of software bugs. They contain some inner truth that needs to be discovered.

There are hidden links and interdependencies between different defect attributes. We apply machine learning and cluster analysis to reveal them. Nostradamus, a new analytical tool developed by Exactpro, will enhance the ability of QA, Software Developers, Project Managers and other IT specialists to manage their projects better.

Experienced Industry Technology Leader

Mark Ryland

Experienced Industry Technology Leader

Mark has extensive experienced in wholesale financial services technology projects. He has worked for several of the top tier sell side firms e.g. at HSBC he was Global Head of Equities and Futures Technology, several market infrastructure providers e.g. at LSEG Turquoise he was the CTO. More recently he has been working as a consultant to several large banks and technology vendors. Mark has always taken a very keen interest in the QA testing aspects of large project delivery finding that great testing makes a pivotal contribution to project success.

EXTENT speaker - Anna-Maria Lukina, Business Development Director, Exactpro
Anna-Maria Lukina

Business Development Director, Exactpro

EXTENT speaker - Kaushalya Kularatnam, Head of Quantitative Surveillance and Technology, LSEG
Kaushalya Kularatnam

Head of Quantitative Surveillance and Technology, LSEG

EXTENT speaker - Marina Kudryavtseva, Senior QA Project Manager, Exactpro
Marina Kudryavtseva

Senior QA Project Manager, Exactpro

Head of Equity Product Technology, London Stock Exchange

Phil Penhaligan

Head of Equity Product Technology, London Stock Exchange

Product manager with 8 years experience in the build and provision of low latency equity trading venues, and 10 years prior experience in Investment Banking, mostly equities front office. Specific areas of expertise are cash equities, program trading & algorithmic trading. Original technical background in C/Unix/Sybase development. Most recently (past 12 months) have been a key player in the transition of LSEG equities development from waterfall to agile (scrum).

CEO, Alignment Systems

John Greenan

CEO, Alignment Systems

John Greenan is a commercially aware and creative technology disruptor, strategist, business analyst, developer and manager. He combines market knowledge, commercial/financial savvy, relationship building skills and an enviable contact list. He has considerable experience of buy-sides, sell sides, execution venues and exchanges.

He created FIIDL, the forerunner of FIX Orchestra and has been a consistent innovator in the Electronic Trading space.

He works with multiple asset classes (fx, fixed income, equities, futures, options, money markets, Cryptocurrency) building out electronic trading and the necessary workflow and business process changes.

He has specialisations in: digital transformation, portfolio management decision support and analytics, fixed income trading, strategy for trading systems/processes, market microstructure, OMS & EMS, ecosystem integration, FIX, project management, business analysis, real-time systems and vendor relationship management.

Principal Consultant, Atos

David Santais

Principal Consultant, Atos

Product Owner with 10 years experience in the build and provision of core systems for CCP and CSD including business architecture consulting for large market infrastructures and 7 years prior experience in Business Analysis, mostly Post Trade infrastructure. Specific areas of expertise are cash equities, listed derivatives, post trade & risk management. Original business background in Finance. Most recently (past 12 months) have been involved in large post-trade migration program and about to embark on new challenges.

EXTENT speaker - Jeremy Norwood, Director of Project & Programme Management, Compagnie Financière Tradition
Jeremy Norwood

Director of Project & Programme Management, Compagnie Financière Tradition

Corporate Development Director of QA Media, QA Vector

Justyn Trenner

Corporate Development Director of QA Media, QA Vector

Justyn Trenner is Corporate Development Director of QA Media and responsible for the QA Vector research offerings. Prior to joining QA Media, Justyn built ClientKnowledge, a financial services research and advisory business, providing a range of market research, strategic and business development advice and quantitative trading solutions. Several leading banks developed their global markets and e-commerce strategy based upon this advice, while several regional banks based their automated pricing, real-time analytics and risk management on the innovative solutions. Justyn sold the business to ICAP plc in 2012 where his executive responsibilities included the build of hosted trading software solutions and also corporate acquisitions and development. After completing his earn-out, he has advised a range of financial technology startups and banks on strategy, corporate development and technology strategy. Justyn’s LinkedIn profile is at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/justyntrenner/.

The Route to Better Software, Sooner: A Perspective from QA Vector Research

Justyn Trenner will explain that QA Vector Research clearly shows how financial institutions face the structural challenges of successful software quality assurance. He will focus his presentation on QA for trading platforms, discussing the specific challenges facing trading firms and also the challenges they face in common with firms in other financial market verticals. The presentation will conclude with some key recommendations for delivering better software, faster, all based on exclusive and recent customer research.

Head of Market Supervision, London Stock Exchange Group

Liam Smith

Head of Market Supervision, London Stock Exchange Group

Liam joined the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) as Head of Market Supervision LSE plc in 2015. His role encompasses real-time and post trade coverage of the London Stock Exchange plc, Turquoise MTF and the Curve Global Derivatives market. At LSEG Liam has overseen the transformation of the LSE plc automated alerting system, including the implementation of an operational quantitative surveillance department, development of proprietary trade surveillance algorithms and data visualisation tools within the LSEG’s bespoke surveillance platform – Pentagon.

Prior to joining LSEG Liam worked as a proprietary trader for a European based principal trading firm, specialising in equities and index futures, intraday high-throughput strategies. Additionally Liam has held roles at the FSA/FCA as part of the Market Monitoring division, investigating and prosecuting instances of market abuse. While at the regulator this included direct oversight of a criminal insider dealing ring which was subsequently prosecuted by the FCA. Additionally Liam developed the FCA’s first internal market replay tool which was used for order book rebuilds in subsequent manipulation cases.

Following the FCA Liam worked on the sell-side for a number of years at a European broker in a senior regulatory advisory and equities market structure capacity. This included oversight of regulatory impact on execution strategy, equities advisory (execution, ECM, research), deployment of an automated trade surveillance/electronic communication surveillance platform and best execution/venue routing analytics.

Chief Operating Officer, ASX Limited

Tim Hogben

Chief Operating Officer, ASX Limited

Tim Hogben is the Chief Operating Officer of the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). Tim has overall responsibility for the live service environment at ASX. This incorporates compliance with licensing conditions, execution of the organisations business strategy and delivering service excellence to customers. In addition to this he has responsibility for providing clearing and settlement services to Chi-X Australia, National Stock Exchange (NSX) and Sydney Stock Exchange (SSX).

He has a thorough understanding of the operational, technical and regulatory complexities that drive trading, clearing and settlement from both a stock exchange and market user perspective. This has been formed through considerable experience in service delivery, operational workflows, system development, control environments and managing "1 in 20 year" events.

More recently Tim has been exploring next generation technologies such as digital assets, distributed ledgers and block chain for potential use in financial services.

EXTENT speaker - Dr. Elena Treshcheva, QA Analyst, Exactpro
Dr. Elena Treshcheva

QA Analyst, Exactpro

EXTENT speaker - Sergey Pavlov, Head of QA, Consolidated Team, Exactpro
Sergey Pavlov

Head of QA, Consolidated Team, Exactpro

EXTENT speaker - Dr. Rostislav Yavorskiy, Associate Professor, Faculty of Computer Science, School of Data Analysis and AI at Higher School of Economics
Dr. Rostislav Yavorskiy

Associate Professor, Faculty of Computer Science, School of Data Analysis and AI at Higher School of Economics

Chief Technology Officer, Minium, a Cinnober Group Company

Alexander Sehlin

Chief Technology Officer, Minium, a Cinnober Group Company

Before joining Cinnober in 2012, Alex worked 10 years managing teams building and supporting complex data-driven platforms at Lehman Brothers and Nomura. He now manages the Sweden based technology division at Minium.

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