Eugene Zhuchenko has more than 15 years of infrastructure experience and is Executive Director of Long term Infrastructure Investors Association. Founded in 2014, LTIIA gathers investors that collectively manage in excess of 5 trillion dollars of assets and that include some of the most active investors globally in the field of long term investment in infrastructure. The Association has three key priorities at the core of its action: (i) proactive engagement with public stakeholders to support attractive investment frameworks, (ii) development of financial performance benchmarks, and (iii) definition and sharing of best practices in relation to Environmental, Social and Governance issues.
Prior to his appointment to LTIIA, Eugene managed an infrastructure portfolio at APG Asset Management, led M&A projects at Dubai Ports World and APM Terminals and provided transport and energy advisory services at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He is a Chartered Certified Accountant and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Tony Williams, Head of Employer Services at the London Pensions Fund Authority
Currently employed as Head of Employer Services at London Pensions Fund Authority (LPFA) working on all actuarial, legal, covenant and employer risk issues in the fund since June 2003, Tony has over 27 years’ experience in defined benefit pension schemes.
As part of the 2013 valuation process Tony was instrumental to implementing a new risk based approach to employer contribution rate setting in a Local Government Pension Scheme fund using differential discount rates and enabling fund employers to move to a lower risk rating if they could implement security. This has helped mitigate the risk of pension liabilities falling on taxpayers.
His current role involves working with senior contacts both in the LGPS, government and funding agencies together with a large number of legal actuarial and consultancy advisors.
By implementing the new risk based approach to contribution rate setting at LPFA the group have implemented over £360 million additional security to the fund in terms of first charges, enhanced contributions, escrow accounts, parent company guarantees and letters of assurance from Government Departments.
In addition they were the first Local Government Pension Scheme to implement sector specific covenant checks working with funding bodies and key government departments to minimise risk to taxpayers.
As well as working for LPFA Tony has worked for a number of funds on employer risk management issues and is currently working to ensure fund compliance with code of Practice 14 which relates to all Public Sector Pension schemes.
The LPFA were recognised as finalists in the risk reduction category at both the Professional Pension awards 2015 and LAPF Investments 2015 which demonstrates how you can use a private sector approach, utilising Pension Regulator best practice in a Local Government arena.
Previous roles included working on pension administration at London Borough of Hillingdon and British Telecom as well as National Insurance issues at Department of Work & Pensions.
Tony’s values are to work to create a centre of excellence of liability management within both the Local Government Pension scheme but also to look to work with other Public Sector Pension schemes on employer risk management issues.
Fergus is Programme Director and Head of Public Policy for the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF), the membership association for sustainable and responsible financial services. UKSIF promotes responsible investment and other forms of finance that support sustainable economic development, enhance quality of life and safeguard the environment. Fergus is responsible for supporting the work of the UKSIF Leadership Programme and leading on UKSIF’s public policy work. Before joining UKSIF, Fergus worked as a Parliamentary Researcher in the House of Commons for a range of MPs, writing briefings and assisting on a wide variety of policy issues at local, national and European levels.
Matti Leppälä, Secretary General/CEO, PensionsEurope
PensionsEurope is the leading voice for workplace pensions in Europe. It represents 24 European national associations of pension funds and other IORPs. PensionsEurope’s members cover pensions of more than 70 million European citizens and € 3.5 trillion of assets.
In additions to its full members PensionsEurope has 26 Corporate & Supporter members who are various service providers who work with workplace pensions. PensionsEurope has a Central & Eastern European Countries Forum to discuss issues common to pension systems in that region and an advisory group for multinational companies.
Prior to joining PensionsEurope in 2011 Matti worked for almost 11 years for The Finnish Pension Alliance, an industry association which represents all Finnish pension institutions. From 1990 until 2000 Matti was with the Finnish employee unions, first at the Union of Health and Social Care Professionals and then for seven years at the Finnish Confederation of Professionals, where he was Director responsible for collective bargaining and social policy. From 1986 until 1990 Matti worked in the Finnish Ministry of Justice in the law drafting department with public law issues.
Matti has a LLM from the University of Turku, Finland, 1987. He is also Executive MBA in Insurance and Financial services from the University of Tampere, Finland, 2007.
Darwin Bayston, CFA, President and CEO Life Insurance Settlement Association
Darwin Bayston is President and CEO of the Life Insurance Settlement Association (LISA). His charge is to extend the outreach of the Association to all participants of the life settlement industry from consumers to capital providers, including producers, brokers, providers and service providers who are part of the life settlement market. He was previously Managing Director of Life Settlement Consulting & Management (LSCM), founded in 2004 and specialized in life settlement policy and portfolio valuations, and life expectancy analysis. He has published several articles and participated as speaker at a number of life settlement conferences. Previous to that he operated an investment advisory firm. From 1980 to 1993, he served in several capacities, including President and CEO the CFA Institute (and its predecessor organizations). While at CFA, he founded the continuing education program, was editor of the CFA Digest and supervised research projects funded by the Research Foundation of the ICFA. He began his career as an investment analyst with a Midwest life insurance company. Mr. Bayston has been Chairman of the Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation ($100 million), a member of the Hospital’s Finance Committee and a past member of the Board of the Institute for Quantitative Research and Finance (Q Group).