We are pleased to announce Preet Bharara as this year’s Keynote – stay tuned for more speaker announcements!

Preet Bharara
Former United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York
Preet Bharara
Former United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York

From 2009-2017, Preet Bharara served as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, nominated by President Barack Obama. Mr. Bharara earned a reputation as one of “the nation’s most aggressive and outspoken prosecutors,” according to The New York Times. Under Mr. Bharara’s leadership, the office experienced one of the most productive periods in its history. During his term, Mr. Bharara supervised an office of more than 200 Assistant U.S. Attorneys, who handled a high volume of cases involving terrorism, narcotics and arms trafficking, financial and healthcare fraud, cybercrime, public corruption, gang violence, organized crime, and civil rights violations. His office’s case against SAC Capital, resulted in the largest fine ever paid in the history of insider trading prosecution and served as the inspiration for the hit television series “Billions”, currently airing on Showtime.


In 2012, Mr. Bharara was featured on the cover of TIME magazine and appeared on its list of the “100 Most Influential People in the World.” He was included in Bloomberg Markets magazine’s “50 Most Influential” lists in 2014. He was also included in Vanity Fair’s “New Establishment” lists, and Worth magazine’s “The Power 100: The 100 Most Powerful People in Finance” lists from 2012-2016.


Diana B. Henriques
New York Times Best Selling Author, The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust
Diana B. Henriques
New York Times Best Selling Author, The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust

Diana B. Henriques is the author of A First-Class Catastrophe: The Road to Black Monday, the Worst Day in Wall Street History and the New York Times bestseller The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust. In May 2017, HBO released its film-length adaptation of The Wizard of Lies, with Robert De Niro starring in the title role and Ms. Henriques playing herself. The film was nominated for four Emmy awards, including “best picture.”

A contributing writer for The New York Times, which she joined in 1989, she was previously a staff writer for Barron's magazine, a Wall Street correspondent for The Philadelphia Inquirer, and an investigative reporter for The Trenton (N.J.) Times. In 2005, she was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize and won a George Polk Award, the Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Reporting and Harvard’s Goldsmith Prize for her 2004 series exposing insurance and investment rip-offs of young military consumers. She was also a member of The New York Times team that was a Pulitzer finalist for its coverage of the 2008 financial crisis.


Expert Insights

Attend ENGAGE 2017 for a prime opportunity to meet, learn, and share experiences with industry peers and experts. Register today – don’t miss out on these highlighted speakers and many more!

Richard Bistrong
CEO, Front-Line Anti-Bribery LLC
Former FCPA Violator & FBI/UK Cooperator
Richard Bistrong spent much of his career as an international sales executive and currently consults and speaks on foreign bribery, ethics and compliance issues from that front-line perspective. In 2017, Richard was named by Compliance Week as a Top Mind in governance, risk and compliance. In 2016, Richard was named one of Ethisphere's 100 Most Influential in Business Ethics and is a Contributing Editor of the FCPA Blog. Richard’s chapter “The Anatomy of a Bribe” appears in the 2016 edition of the Trace International How to Pay a Bribe. Richard was also recognized by JD Supra as Top Author in the 2017 and 2016 Readers Choice Awards, for Compliance. Richard has also presented to the World Bank, the International Anti-Corruption Academy, as well as to international law enforcement agencies, multinationals, and conferences on a global basis.
Julie Conroy
Research Director, Aite Group
Julie Conroy is research director for Aite Group’s Retail Banking practice and covers fraud, data security, anti-money laundering, and compliance issues. Ms. Conroy brings to Aite Group more than a decade of hands-on product management experience working with financial institutions, payments processors, and risk management companies. Most recently, she was a senior vice president of product management with Golden Gateway Financial, where she developed and managed new financial services lines of business. Prior to that, she was vice president of product solutions with Early Warning Services, where she managed a suite of fraud-prevention. Ms. Conroy has presented at numerous risk management conferences, including BAI Payments, NACHA, the Members United Economic Forum, MasterCard Global Risk Symposium, and various vendor user conferences. She has been quoted in numerous media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, U.S News and World Report, American Banker, SmartMoney, and NPR.
Ellen Chang
Contributor, TheStreet.com
Ellen is an experienced financial journalist who writes about finance, investments, business trends, and energy for TheStreet, a financial news website which drives consumers to take action in their personal financial lives. In addition to her nearly 5 years with TheStreet, Ellen has also written for MergerMarket, Thomson Reuters, and BridgeNews -- covering a range of financial topics including futures, options, commodities, municipal bond markets and more. Residing in Houston, Ellen is an avid volunteer, whose latest project involves helping Harvey flood survivors get back on their feet by ensuring they have access to technology by getting them laptops donated by individuals and private companies. She is a proud Purdue graduate. Follow @EllenYChang on Twitter.
Eugene Grygo
Chief Content Officer, FTF News
Eugene Grygo is the chief content officer of FTF News, part of Financial Technologies Forum LLC, covering the complexities of securities trading operations, IT management and more. A business and technology journalist with 33 years of experience, he also managed a Dow Jones/Financial News website for breaking news about investment banking, the private equity sector, asset managers, the pension fund industry, structured products and trading technology. He helped launch SCREEN Markets in 2007 and served as editor of SCREEN Magazine which focused on major market data and the financial technology management issues that challenged global institutions. He is also the founding editor of Trading Technology Week. While at InfoWorld, he won the 2000 Gold Award from the American Society of Business Publication Editors for his feature on an IT project at the U.S. Mint. He is an alumnus of the Pennsylvania State University, and an award-winning playwright. Follow @E_Grygo_FinTech on Twitter.
Tom Hardin
Tipper X Advisors
Tom Hardin previously spent much of his career as a long-short equity analyst focused on the technology sector. In 2008, as part of a cooperation agreement with the Department of Justice, Tom assisted the U.S. government in understanding how insider trading occurred in the hedge fund industry. Known as “Tipper X,” Tom became one of the most prolific informants in securities fraud history, helping to build over 20 of the 80+ individual criminal cases in “Operation Perfect Hedge,” a Wall Street house cleaning campaign that morphed into the largest insider trading investigation of a generation. Since resolving his case in 2015, Tom was invited by FBI-NYC to speak to their rookie agent class in 2016 and now consults and speaks on insider trading, conduct risk, ethics and compliance issues from his former front line perspective to investment firms, banks, associations and universities through his company Tipper X Advisors. Tom's perspectives have been featured in The Hedge Fund Law Report. He holds a B.S. in Economics with a Finance concentration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Valentina Pasquali
Reporter, Moneylaundering.com
Valentina Pasquali is the Washington D.C.-based reporter for Moneylaundering.com. She covers financial crime, especially money laundering, terrorist financing, international corruption and sanctions violations. She started her job the day the Panama Papers story broke. You can say it was baptism-by-fire. She has reported on issues from energy to banking to inequality — from Italy, the United States, Afghanistan, China, India, Indonesia, Nepal, post-earthquake Haiti, Turkey, and others. Her articles, and sometimes photographs, have appeared in many different publications including the International Business Times, the World Politics Review, Foreign Policy, Global Post, NPR.org, openDemocracy, and The Washington Post. She holds a Masters in International Policy and Foreign Affairs from George Washington University. Follow @VPasquali on Twitter.
Arin Ray
Analyst, Celent
As an analyst at Celent, Arin Ray's expertise lies in capital markets where he has extensive research experience in exchange trading, clearing and settlement, brokerages, and use of technology in capital markets. In his recent consulting work, he has advised a large European financial services provider to devise their post trade (settlement) strategy, a tier 1 Japanese brokerage in their product and technology strategy, and a leading international exchange in their market entry and growth strategy in Asian markets. He has published research reports on exchange and over the counter trading, exchange strategies, and adoption of trading technology in different sub-segments of capital markets. Arin has been quoted regularly in the media, including Reuters, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Dow Jones, Press Trust of India, Economic Times, Financial Express, Finance Asia, Global Investor Magazine, BusinessWeek, Business Standard, Asian Investor, Pension & Investment, Business Week, and Securities Industry News.
Ron Shevlin
Director of Research, Cornerstone Advisors
Ron Shevlin leads research at Cornerstone Advisors including the Cornerstone Performance Report and the Insight Vault. Cited often in the industry press, Ron is the author of Smarter Bank and a regular contributor to both GonzoBanker and The Financial Brand’s Snarketing column. He is a nationally sought after speaker, including Financial Brand Forum, Banking Growth Forum, BAI and American Banker events. Ron’s prior experience includes research and consulting for Aite Group, Forrester, and KPMG. He is a graduate of the University of Texas and SUNY Binghamton. He stays Gonzo through a love of family and the Grateful Dead.
Danielle Tierney
Senior Analyst, Aite Group
Danielle Tierney specializes in capital markets and covering equity and derivatives market structure, exchanges, electronic trading, and macroeconomic and regulatory drivers. She also covers buy-side equity research, buy-side macro trends (hedge fund and asset management, ETFs, mutual funds), research portals, and market data. Before joining the firm, she served as an equity research associate at Jefferies & Co. as part of a team analyzing U.S.-listed stocks; in that capacity, she monitored industry trends and company fundamentals to help formulate investment recommendations. Prior to that, she was a member of the Emerging Markets Equity team at Wellington Management.
Bryan Yurcan
Senior Writer, American Banker
Bryan Yurcan is a senior writer with American Banker, with a focus on financial technology. Prior to American Banker, Bryan served as an editor with Bank Systems & Technology for nearly four years, as well as holding various other editorial roles for B2B tech and business publications. Bryan has been a guest speaker at bank technology industry conferences and has been quoted on the subject in numerous publications, including the Providence Business Journal and Columbus Dispatch. Follow @BryanYurcan on Twitter.