Speakers List - Italian Summit Rome


Damien Buchet

CIO Total Return Strategy

Finisterre Capital

Damien joined Finisterre in September 2015 and is CIO for the EM Total Return Strategy. From 2010 to 2015 prior to joining Finisterre he was Global Head of EM Fixed Income at AXA Investment Managers. Previously he was Head of EM Proprietary Trading and Structuring for French-Belgian Bank Dexia and before that Deputy Head of Alternative EM Funds at Barep-AM, the alternative arm of Societe Generale. Damien is a graduate of EDHEC Business School and is a CFA Charterholder.

Sonia Fasolo

Echiquier Positive Impact & Echiquier Major SRI Growth Europe fund manager

La Financière de L'Echiquier

Sonia Fasolo has a master's degree in management sciences and a DESS post-graduate degree in finance from Montpellier I University. She is a member of the French Society of Financial Analysts (SFAF) and began her career as a Small & Mid Cap financial analyst at Euroland Finance in 2003. She joined the French equity research team at Berenberg Bank in 2007. At the end of 2010 she joined La Financière de l'Echiquier as Echiquier Major financial analyst. Sonia is now Head of the SRI team and SRI Growth Europe fund manager.

Felix Martin

Fund Manager and Partner

1167 Capital

Felix is a Fund Manager and founding Partner at 1167 Capital. He began his career as an Economist at the World Bank in Washington, DC in 1998, working mostly on sovereign lending programmes and debt restructuring in Eastern Europe. In 2008 he joined Thames River Capital as an Economist and Investment Analyst advising on sovereign and corporate investments, before moving to Liontrust Asset Management in 2013. Felix is the author of Money: The Unauthorised Biography - which was a Financial Times economics book of the year in 2013. He graduated from Balliol College, Oxford with a First Class degree in Classics and subsequently a D.Phil. in Economics from Oxford University.


Emeric Préaubert

Founding Partner & Co-Head of Portfolio Management

Sycomore AM

Emeric Préaubert, founding partner of Sycomore Asset Management, has over 24 years of experience in the asset management industry.

After working within the LBO department of BNP Paribas in New York, Emeric spent over 7 years at the Banque du Louvre where he cofounded and codirected the equity management strategy. In 2001, he cofounds Sycomore Asset Management.

CEO of Sycomore AM, Emeric is co-head of investments as well as co-manager of the Sycomore Partners' fund.

Emeric Préaubert holds an MBA from ESSEC Business School in Paris and is a member of the French Financial Analysts Association.



Matthew Sethard-Wright

CEO and Partner

1167 Capital

Matthew is the CEO of 1167 Capital, the specialist global and emerging market bond fund management firm he co-founded in 2016. He was previously a Partner and member of the management committee of Nevsky Capital, one of the world's leading global long/short equity fund management firms. Matthew has nearly twenty-five years of experience in the fund management industry, including spells as Head of European Sales at BMO Asset Management and Baring Asset Management, and Head of Sales at Thames River Capital. He also holds the Investment Management Certificate.


Pierre Verlé

Head of Credit and Fund Manager


Pierre Verlé has 13 years of experience in credit markets. Before joining Carmignac, Pierre Verlé co-managed the distressed debt fund at Butler Investment Managers in London and was in charge of special situations investments for France and Benelux at Morgan Stanley. A former student of the Ecole Polytechnique (economics and mathematics applied to finance), Pierre holds a Master's degree in finance from HEC. Pierre Verlé is a CFA and CAIA charterholder.

Benjamin Melman

Head of Asset Allocation and Sovereign Debt

Edmond de Rothschild Asset Management

Benjamin Melman joined the Edmond de Rothschild Group in 2006 as head of asset allocation, structured and quantitative management; in 2009, he was appointed director of the absolute performance. In 2012, he was appointed head of the Asset Allocation and Sovereign Debt team and in 2018 he was appointed CIO Asset Allocation & Sovereign Debt. He started his career in 1995 at CDC Gestion as economist before joining Crédit Lyonnais; he then became Head of Economic Analysis, further to which he was appointed Head of Investment Strategy.
Benjamin Melman is a graduate from ENSAE and holds a Master's degree in Monetary Policy, Banking and Finance from the University of La Sorbonne Paris I Panthéon. He has 24 years of experience in the industry including 13 at Edmond de Rothschild AM.

Federico Verdirrame

Client Relationship Manager

UBS Asset Management

Federico joined UBS AM in 2017 as a Client Relationship Manager from GAM where he worked in the sales team since 2015. He started his career at Morgan Stanley in 2014 in the real estate buy side team responsible for the valuations of potential investment opportunities in the Italian market. He graduated in Financial Markets and Institutions at the Catholic University of Milan and he holds a Master in Finance from IE Business School of Madrid. Federico is a Regular Member of the CFA Society of Italy and the CFA Institute

Uday Patnaik

Head of Emerging Market Debt, Active Fixed Income

Legal & General Investment Management

Uday is responsible for developing LGIM's active emerging market capabilities. Uday has 30 years of experience investing in emerging market fixed income securities, including hard and local currency sovereign and corporate debt. Uday joined LGIM in April 2014 from Gulf International Bank (UK) Ltd where he held the title of Chief Investment Officer with primary responsibility for managing the flagship EMD hedge fund and other fixed income portfolios. Prior to that, Uday set up the Bear Stearns' Eastern European sovereign trading desk in London, and at Merrill Lynch in New York helped build out the institutional customer base and manage the firm's Latin America exposure. Uday has an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago and a BSc degree in Industrial Management from Carnegie Mellon University (High University Honors)

Justin Craib-Cox

Co-manager of the RWC Defensive Convertibles Fund

RWC Partners

Justin joined RWC Partners as a senior member of the Convertible Bonds team and co-manager of the RWC Defensive Convertibles Fund in March 2018. He brings extensive industry experience via Investment Management, Trading & Execution, Equity & Credit Research, and Corporate Development. Prior to joining RWC, Justin worked as Senior Fund Manager to the Global Convertible Bond Portfolio, with peak AUM of +$2.5bn, at Aviva Investments. Justin was responsible for global allocation, security analysis and selection, trading and execution and generation of risk-adjusted returns. Prior to Aviva Investments, he was deputy fund manager/analyst for global convertible bonds at M&G Investments, working alongside the lead manager for a +€1bn portfolio. Justin is a CFA Charterholder, graduated from the University of Virginia where he gained a degree in English and History and earned a Masters in Finance from London Business School.

Panel Session Moderator

Vittorio Eboli


Sky TG24

Italian journalist, graduated in law, PhD in economic communication, skilled in financial markets. Anchor at Sky Tg24 (the first Italian all news channel), former reporter for Class CNBC/MF, Italian financial all news.

Panel Speakers

Stefania Luzi

Head of Economics and Finance


Stefania Luzi is head of Economics and Finance area in Mefop, the company, owned by The Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) and over ninety pension funds, whose institutional mission is the development of welfare sector. She supports general manager and is responsible for financial training courses and networking with industry professionals. She graduated in Statistical and Economic Sciences at the University La Sapienza (Rome) .

Dr. Roberto Violi

Senior Director, Portfolio Risk Management Dept.

Banca d'Italia

Roberto Violi is Senior Director of the Bank of Italy's Financial Markets and Payment Systems Department and Team Manager in the Financial Risk Management Directorate. He is a member of the Bank's Investment Committee and advisor to the Bank's Strategic and Risk Management Committee. Previously he has served as Senior Director in the Portfolio Management Department of the Bank. Before then he was Head of Financial Markets Division in the Bank's Research Department and worked as a Senior Economist at European Department of the IMF and as Research Officer at the IMF Capital Market Department in Washington (DC). He has published extensively on economic, banking and financial markets issues in scholar as well as central banking reviews and books. He has taught as an adjunct professor Financial Markets and Risk Management topics in several Master Programs at the Universityof Bologna, Brescia, Parma, Rome (Tor-Vergata) and LUISS (Rome). He holds a DPHIL degree in Economics, Oxford University (UK).

Filippo Stefanini

Head Multimanager Investments & Unit Linked

Eurizon Capital

Filippo graduated in Management Engineering from Università degli Studi di Bergamo in 1998. He started his career in the consultancy business working with Accenture from 1999 to 2001. In 2001 he joined the start-up of Aletti Gestielle Alternative where he held various positions up to deputy cio. In the period 2007-2011 he has been lecturer of Risk Management at Università degli Studi di Bergamo. In 2008 he joined Eurizon AI as head of research. Since January 2012 he is Head of the Multimanager Investments & Unit Linked team. Filippo is the author of the books "Investment Strategies of Hedge Funds" and "Newcits: Investing in UCITS Compliant Hedge Funds", both published by John Wiley & Sons

Orazio Di Miscia

Head of Asset Allocation and Portfolio Management of Liquid Asset Classes

Poste Vita

Orazio Di Miscia is the Head of Asset Allocation and Portfolio Management of Liquid Asset Classes at Poste Vita. His previous roles include head of portfolio strategy at Axa-Mps, head of financial engineering at Banca Intesa and analyst at Meliorbanca, Banca Commerciale Italiana and Epta Group. 

Orazio has a PhD in Statistics at University in Florence and Marie-Curie Fellowship in Aarhus, Denmark.