The WFE's Technology Conference 2019

The WFE’s Technology Conference aims to provoke thought, debate and ideas as technology changes the shape of our industry and society at large. The bi-annual meeting seeks to capture and discuss the latest trends and innovation in technology, and give participants the opportunity to interact with their peers, academics and thought leaders. It will be of most interest to Chief Technology Officers, Chief Information Security Officers, Chief Innovation Officers, Chief Digital Officers and Heads of Strategy globally. This is the first year we have partnered with Umeå University and participation is by invitation only.

About the WFE

Established in 1961, the World Federation of Exchanges is the global industry association for exchanges and clearing houses (CCPs). (WFE) Headquartered in London, represents over 250 market infrastructure providers, including standalone CCPs that are not part of exchange groups. Of our members, 37% are in Asia-Pacific, 43% in EMEA and 20% in the Americas. WFE exchanges are home to nearly 48,000 listed companies, and the market capitalisation of these entities is over $70.2 trillion; around $95 trillion (EOB) in trading annually passes through the infrastructures WFE members safeguard (at end 2018).

The WFE is the definitive source for exchange-traded statistics, and publishes over 350 market data indicators. Its statistics database stretches back more than 40 years, and provides information and insight into developments on global exchanges.

The WFE works with standard-setters, policy makers, regulators and government organisations around the world to support and promote the development of fair, transparent, stable and efficient markets. The WFE shares regulatory authorities’ goals of ensuring the safety and soundness of the global financial system, which is critical to enhancing investor and consumer confidence, and promoting economic growth.

About Umeå University

Umeå University was founded in 1965 and is the fifth oldest within Sweden's present borders. Throughout its proud history, the university has remained committed to providing a world-class teaching and research environment that is characterised by excellence, innovation, openness and diversity. 

Our innovative and ground-breaking research spans the fields of humanities, medicine, natural sciences, social sciences and the science of education. We aim to produce research that is characterised by high quality, confident risk-taking and a long-term perspective toward solving today’s most pressing global challenges.

Many of our more than 2,000 researchers belong to top national and international research teams with access to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment. This has enabled us to become international leaders in a number of research disciplines. 

Umeå University has over 900 exchange agreements with universities across the globe. Approximately 3,600 international students with over 60 different nationalities study with us every year. And together with our 400 international researchers they bring new perspectives and help create a more exciting, creative and culturally diverse academic environment.


Hans Adolfsson

Vice-Chancellor, Umeå University

Dr. Adolfsson is since 1 July 2016 the Vice-Chancellor of Umeå University, appointed by the Government for a six-year term. As the Chief Executive of the University, he leads the ongoing work and represent the University both internally and externally. The work also includes deciding over overall institution-wide strategies on e.g. research, education and finances.

Before he started his current position, Dr. Adolfsson worked with managerial issues at Stockholm University. As section dean of the Chemistry Section between 2010 and 2013, and as Pro-Vice-Chancellor between 2013 and 2016.

Dr. Adolfsson’s research career includes a PhD in organic chemistry at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in 1995, postdoctoral studies at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, USA, 1996-1998, employment as assistant professor at Stockholm University, and a full professorship in organometallic chemistry at the same university in 2007.

Siobhan Cleary

Head of Research and Public Policy, The World Federation of Exchanges

Siobhan joined the World Federation of Exchanges as Head of Research and Public Policy in November 2015. In this role she coordinates the work of The WFE membership in areas of sustainability, emerging markets and SMEs and also drives research in these areas.

Prior to this, Siobhan was Director of Strategy and Public Policy at  the Johannesburg Stock Exchange where she was responsible for the development of corporate and business strategy and engaged with national and international regulators on issues of financial policy.

Siobhan has an LLB and an MBA from the University of Cape Town and an MA in International Relations and Economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. She is also a Yale World Fellow of 2011.

Virginia Dignum

Professor of Social and Ethical Artificial Intelligence, Umeå University

Virginia Dignum is Professor of Social and Ethical Artificial Intelligence at Umeå University, Sweden and associated with the TU Delft in the Netherlands. Her research focuses on the ethical and societal impact of AI. She is a Fellow of the European Artificial Intelligence Association (EURAI), a member of the European Commission High Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence, of the World Economic Forum’s Global Artificial Intelligence Council, of the Executive Committee of the IEEE Initiative on Ethically Alligned Design, and a founding member of ALLAI-NL, the Dutch AI Alliance. She has a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from Utrecht University and in 2006 she was awarded a Veni grant by the NWO (Dutch Organization for Scientific Research). She a well-known speaker on the social and ethical impacts of Artificial Intelligence, is member of the reviewing boards for all major journals and conferences in AI and has published over 180 peer-reviewed papers.

Sandra Ro

Chief Executive Officer, Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC)

Sandra was named to the Innovate Finance, Women in Fintech 2016 Power List and holds directorships on several industry boards as well as advises and invests in emerging tech start-ups across blockchain, robotics, digital assets, IoT, VR/AR. She was appointed to CEO of the Global Blockchain Business Council in March 2018 from founding Board member, focusing on blockchain education, advocacy & partnership across over 40 countries. In addition, she serves on the US Department of State Speakers Bureau for blockchain / security, the EU Blockchain Observatory & Forum, Use Cases & Transition Scenarios Working Group, as well as on the Global Blockchain Policy Council (GBPC, founded by South Korea bipartisan Congresspeople). 

Previously, she served as a former Treasurer and founding board director of the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) and founding member of the Post Trade Distributed Ledger  Group (PTDL), founding member of Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger. Sandra was also the former Executive Director, Head of Digitization,CME Group, where she was responsible for the company’s digital asset and blockchain/distributed ledger technology (DLT) initiatives, including Bitcoin futures & index pricing products. Previously as Executive Director, Head of Foreign Exchange (FX) & Metals Research and Product Development, she was responsible for the global development, CME Group FX & metals solutions within listed and cleared OTC products.

Prior to joining CME Group in 2011, Ro led the EMEA M&A FX and interest rates derivatives advisory group at Morgan Stanley, London and worked at Deutsche Bank as a FX structurer on the London trading floor. Ro holds a M.B.A. in Finance from London Business School, studied Computer Science  at Columbia University, School of Continuing Studies and earned a double B.A.Degree in History and Studies in the Environment from Yale University, specializing in the proliferation of chemical and biological weaponry in the 20th century. 

She is focused on helping to solve real world problems, particularly of those most excluded and vulnerable, by creating opportunities for tech, financial resources, academia, policy decision makers & entrepreneurs to come together and develop workable solutions for a better society.

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