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2023 speaker highlights
National Bank of Ukraine
Andriy Pyshnyy assumed the position of Governor of the National Bank of Ukraine on 7 October 2022. The Governor manages the NBU's activities within his competence, as defined by the Law of Ukraine On the National Bank of Ukraine, acts on behalf of the NBU, and represents the NBU’s interests in relations with stakeholders without a power of attorney. He also directly oversees the activities of the NBU units responsible for HR management, legal support, risk management, communications, consumer protection in financial services, security, state secret protection, and anti-corruption efforts. Pyshnyy has been working in the financial sector since 2000. From March 2014 to November 2020 he served as the Chairman of the Management Board of Oschadbank JSC. In 2012, Pyshnyy was elected a member of the Ukrainian parliament and the First Deputy Head of Parliamentary Committee on Rules of Procedure, Parliamentary Ethics, and Administration of Verkhovna Rada’s Work. Between 2009 and 2012 he held the position of the Director of Social Strategy Fund LLC. Between August 2007 and June 2009 Pyshnyy served as Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine. From April 2007, Pyshnyy was the First Deputy Chairman of the Management Board at Ukreximbank OJSC, and later a member of the Supervisory Board of Ukreximbank OJSC and Oschadbank OJSC. From 2003 to 2007 he held positions as a Management Board Member, First Deputy Chairman of the Management Board, and Acting Chairman of the Management Board of Oschadbank OJSC. In 2000, Pyshnyy embarked on his banking career as Head of the Legal Support Department at Oschadbank JSC. Pyshnyi started his career in 1996 as a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Constitutional, Administrative, and Financial Law at Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University. He graduated from Chernivtsi National University with a degree in law, and from the Ukrainian Academy of Banking of the National Bank of Ukraine with a degree in banking. He holds a PhD in Law.
Reserve Bank of India
Abdirahman M. Abdullahi
Central Bank of Somalia
Governor Abdullahi has over 25 years of progressive career in financial management and banking. He started his career working in the Finance Ministry of Somalia 1986, but immigrated to Europe during the civil war in Somalia and worked in number of organizations in Norway and UK, both in public and private sector. For several years Abdi had also been the Regional Managing Director in Europa of a large Money Transfer Business based in UK.
Abdi’s compassion for development issues has also taken him to work in aid organizations operating in Yemen, Djibouti, and Kenya, before returning to Somalia to take part in the rebuilding efforts of his country of birth.
Abdi was appointed as the Governor of the Central Bank of Somalia (CBS) in 2019. Under his leadership, CBS hassuccessfully implemented transformative institutional reforms to develop key policy areas including institutional capacity development, strengthening the regulatory framework for financial institutions, regulating the mobile money services and the implementation of a new national payment system.
Prior to his appointment as CBS Governor, Abdi worked as Senior Public Finance Policy Advisor for the Prime Minister of Somalia, where he contributed significant reforms in the area of fiscal policy and played a major part in Somalia’s debt relief program with IMF.
Abdi holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Norwegian University of Technology and Science (NTNU), andmaster’s degree (MSc) in Finance and International Banking from Liverpool John Moores University (JMU) in U.K
Senior portfolio manager
Evertjan Veenendaal is Senior Portfolio Manager within the BIS Asset Management unit. His responsibilities include managing the first BIS Green Bond Fund since its inception in 2019 and managing the BIS Asian Green Bond Fund since its inception in 2022. Prior to joining the BIS, Evertjan worked as senior portfolio manager at the Dutch Central bank where he worked on unconventional monetary policy before moving to Asset Management and ultimately assuming the responsibility for all internally managed funds. He started his career as a derivatives trader at one of the large principal trading firms in Amsterdam. Evertjan earned his master’s degree in analytical finance with distinction from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. He is a CFA charterholder and an FRM.
Head of market operations directorate
Born in Rome on 27 February 1968, she graduated with honours from the University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’ in 1990 with a degree in Political Science, with a focus on international studies. She joined the Bank of Italy in 1991 and was assigned to the Foreign Exchange Operations Centre, where she worked on exchange market transactions, reserve management, market analysis and the management of Italian debt denominated in foreign currency. During that same period, she also provided support to the Chairman of the Foreign Exchange Policy Sub-Committee in preparation for the launch of the euro. In 1999 she moved to the Official Reserves Management Division of the Monetary Policy and Foreign Exchange Operations Department, managing portfolios in numerous currencies, and was later put in charge of the ECB reserves investment portfolio. In this role, she was also a member, since its creation, of the Eurosystem’s Working Group on Foreign Reserve Assets Management. In 2008 she was made Deputy Head of the Investment Operations Division of the then Financial Investment Department and, in 2011, she became Head of that division, responsible for the operational management of all the Bank’s foreign currency and euro-denominated investments, the Bank of Italy’s staff pension fund and investments on behalf of the ECB. She played an active role in international groups, in particular, the Eurosystem’s Monitoring Working Group. In early 2016 she was appointed Deputy Head of the newly formed Operations and Payments Settlement Directorate, helping to start up this new directorate dedicated entirely to post-trading and other support activities for market operations and the payments sector. In April 2020 she was made Head of the Market Operations Directorate, a member of the Market Operations Committee and one of the advisors to Assiom Forex chosen by the Bank. She has authored publications on the management of central bank’s reserves and has represented the Bank of Italy in a variety of international forums on this topic.