Speakers List - Investment Conference 2019

Keynote Speaker

Steven Bell

Chief Economist, Managing Director

BMO Global Asset Management EMEA

Steven Bell is Managing Director, Global Macro and BMO Global Asset Management EMEA's Chief Economist.

He manages BMO GAM's Global Market Strategy and chairs the Global Market Themes committee as part of the asset allocation process for BMO GAM.

Steven joined BMO after seven years running a successful Global Macro hedge fund at GLC Ltd.. Before that, he spent 20 years at Deutsche Bank and predecessor companies as Global Chief Economist and Head of Global Markets Research.

Steven has economics degrees from the London School of Economics and Stanford University and started his career as an Economic Adviser at the UK Treasury. He appears regularly on TV and radio and has written numerous articles on finance and economics.


Leo Cohen

Research Fellow

University of Leeds

Leo Cohen is a research fellow at the University of Leeds, where he is investigating the behavioural finance biases in the investment decisions made by institutional investors. He has a masters in Finance from the LSE and a PhD in psychology from UCL, and his work focuses on the intersection between economics, finance, and experimental psychology, in particular researching financial decisions and risk judgements.

Prior to joining academia, Leo was a consultant with Oliver Wyman, where he provided management and strategy advice to banks, asset managers, pension funds, and exchanges, across Europe.



Mary-Therese Barton

Head of Emerging Market Debt

Pictet Asset Management

Mary-Therese Barton joined Pictet Asset Management in 2004 and is the Head of Emerging Debt. Before taking up her current position in 2018, she was a Senior Investment Manager in the team. Mary-Therese joined as an Emerging Debt Analyst.

Prior to joining Pictet she worked at Dun & Bradstreet, where she was an economist responsible for analysing European countries.

Mary-Therese graduated with a BA (Hons) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Balliol College, Oxford. She also holds an MSc with distinction in Development Finance from the Centre for Financial Management Studies, SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), part of the University of London. Mary-Therese is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder.


John Gray

Emerging Markets Credit Analyst

Legal and General Investment Management

John is an Emerging Markets Credit Analyst with particular expertise in Financial Institutions. He joined LGIM in 2015 from The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) where he was a vice president within the EM Credit Trading team. John is a Chartered Accountant and a CFA charterholder.

Phil Redding

Head of UK Business Development



Jonathan Stapleton


Professional Pensions

Jonathan is editor-in-chief of Professional Pensions and Workplace Savings & Benefits (WSB).

He started work as a journalist on capital markets magazine Central European in 2000 before joining internet start-up ii-Q.com, a pensions news service.

Jonathan joined Professional Pensions in July 2001 and has been there, barring a nine month sabbatical in 2004, ever since. He launched PP Online in 2006, became deputy editor of Professional Pensions in 2008, editor in 2009, launched WSB in 2012 and became editor-in-chief of both brands in 2014.

Jonathan has won a number of awards throughout his career - most recently the Society of Pension Professionals' Journalist of the Year Award 2014 and the Investment Association's Trade Journalist of the Year Award 2015 - and is holder of the Pension Management Institute's Retirement Provision Certificate.

Outside of pensions, Jonathan enjoys spending time with his young son and is becoming increasingly addicted to US box sets on his commute to and from the West Sussex coast.