Athens, 1 October 2018 – The World Federation of Exchanges ("WFE"), the global industry group for exchanges and CCPs, and Athens Stock Exchange, today rang the opening bell at the exchange to formally launch the WFE's General Assembly & Annual Meeting (2-4 October, Athens).

Athens Stock Exchange is hosting the event, which will see more than 300 delegates gather for the WFE Annual Meeting, with a public programme of 14 speeches and panel sessions, in addition to member-only sessions for the Working Committee & Board and the Federation's 58th General Assembly.

Speakers at the two-day public conference will include: Steven Maijoor, Chair, European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA); Chris Leslie, Member of Parliament, Labour and Cooperative Party, UK Parliament; Tajinder Singh, Deputy Secretary General, International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO); Masamichi Kono, Deputy Secretary-General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); and Samara Cohen, Managing Director & Head of iShares Global Markets, BlackRock.

The event will also include one Fireside Chat with Arunma Oteh, Treasurer of the World Bank, in conversation with Nandini Sukumar, CEO, WFE, and another with William Coen, Secretary General, Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, Bank for International Settlement (BIS), in conversation with Edward Tilly, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Cboe Global Markets.

Nandini Sukumar, CEO, WFE said: "The WFE would like to thank Athens Stock Exchange for its warm welcome and hospitality as the global leaders of the exchange and CCP industry meet in this historic city for the 58th WFE General Assembly & Annual Meeting. Over the coming days we will debate the great issues impacting not only the market infrastructure industry, but the world more widely, such as Brexit and sustainability. Part of our discussions will also focus on the key role of markets in driving renewal. We are therefore delighted to be in Greece at this moment in time, as we simultaneously look back over the past decade of reform since the great financial crisis, and look ahead to a future of renewal."

Socrates Lazaridis, CEO, Athens Stock Exchange said: "Athens Stock Exchange is honored to host the 58th WFE General Assembly & Annual Meeting in Athens, and on behalf of the ATHEX team we would like to thank the WFE for choosing Greece to accommodate this event. As sustainable growth is paramount for the future of our country, we are delighted to offer the opportunity to our local ecosystem to hear from the policymakers and our distinguished speakers on the key role of the capital markets in a rapidly challenging and competitive environment. At the same time, it is a great opportunity to exchange and share ideas and experiences with our colleagues on the financing of SMEs through capital markets for the implementation of their business plans, and the preservation and strengthening of their leading role to guarantee transparency, corporate governance and sustainable development."

For the full agenda, please click here.


For more information, please contact:

Anna Watson
Head of Communications, The World Federation of Exchanges
Email: awatson@world-exchanges.org
Phone: +44 20 7151 4137 / +44 7850 287 685
Twitter: @TheWFE