Roland Bellegarde is head of European cash trading and listing for NYSE Euronext, one of the world's largest and most diversified exchange groups. In this role, he oversees primary and secondary market activity for equities, bonds, ETFs, funds, warrants and certificates. Roland has been at the forefront of the transformation of the stock exchange industry.

He led the automation of the Bourse de Paris and played a leading role in merging the French derivatives and cash markets.By spearheading the implementation of a single platform and rule book, he was central to the development of Europe's first pan-European market, Euronext, created through the merger with the Dutch, Belgian and Portuguese stock exchanges. Following the merger between NYSE and Euronext in 2007, he was appointed to the Management Committee and named Group EVP. He is chairman of Smartpool, as well as member of the board of the Qatar Exchange.

He was recently appointed to ESMA's Securities Markets Stakeholder Group. Roland holds an advanced studies degree in Economics, Finance and Banking from the Sorbonne, University in Paris.

Stephan Hollander is an Assistant Professor of Accounting at Tilburg University. He holds a Ph.D. in Accounting from Tilburg University.

His research focuses on corporate disclosures and the role of informational intermediaries (e.g., financial analysts, auditors, and the press) in debt and equity markets.

His work is published in Journal of Accounting Research.

Hans Buysse is a partner of Syncap, based in Brussels. He has more than 15 years banking and corporate finance experience. This includes buy side and sell side assignments, as well as MBO and IBO, within the energy & utilities sector, telecom, real estate and infrastructure. He also has extensive experience in structured finance, financial restructuring, strategic advisory, valuations and PPP. He was involved in most large Belgian PPP deals.

He started his career at KU Leuven, moved to Generale Bank in 1992 (Corporate Banking, Group Treasury (financial markets) and Central Credit Department). He cofounded the Corporate Finance division at Deloitte & Touche Belgium in 1997, worked as a partner for KPMG Corporate Finance up to 2007 and at NIBC Bank Belgium where he was head of Advisory. Hans presides the Belgian Association of Financial Analysts ( He is EFFAS Executive Management Committee member since ( and XBRL Europe Executive Committee member. He is also member of the ESMA Corporate Reporting Standing Committee's Consultative Working Group (

He holds a master degree in Applied economics, specialized in finance, a master degree in management and a degree in Tax. He is a Certified European Financial Analyst (FSA accredited).

Wim Allegaert graduated from KUL Leuven in 1992. The next year he obtained his MBA in a combined program at ESSEC (Paris) and KUL.

Wim started his professional career with the KBC Group, where he held major responsabilities in the Asset Management department. In 2008 he was appointed General Manager of KBC Asset Management.

Since June 2010 Wim Allegaert is the Director Investor Relations of KBC Group and a board member of the BIRA.

Geoffroy Raskin heads Umicore's investor relations department since 2009. He graduated as an electronics engineer from the University of Ghent in 1995 and postgraduated in biomedical engineering three years later. Prior to joining Umicore he worked in the biomedical and space engineering field.

His Umicore career started in 2001 as a manager in process, product and application development at the Electro-Optic Materials business unit in Olen, Belgium, with partial collocation in Boston, US.

He joined the investor relations department in Brussels, Belgium, in 2005, and obtained the international investment analyst certification (CIIA) in 2007.

Jeroen Leenaers joined Imtech in January 2008 as Head of Investor Relations. He turned Imtech’s IR policy from a reactive approach into a proactive approach. The result of this change of approach was doubling the liquidity of the share (while the market showed a strong decrease of the liquidity) and a wider spread of Imtech’s shareholder base.

Since 2010, Jeroen is also a member of Imtech’s CSR Council to develop and implement a group strategy for CSR. Before joining Imtech, since 2001, Jeroen was Head of Economic Department at the Dutch Shareholders’ Association VEB with a focus on corporate strategy and corporate valuations for IPO’s, delistings and M&A. Jeroen was also involved in  major cases at the VEB like Ahold, Unilever preference shares, the legal merger of Royal Dutch and Shell Group into Royal Dutch Shell, the takeover of ABN Amro and KPNQwest. In 1996, Jeroen started his career at Van Lawick & Co, a small financial boutique in Rotterdam/The Hague, as a consultant for mergers and acquisitions for five years. Since 2009, Jeroen is a board member of the Dutch IR association NEVIR. Jeroen studied financial economics at Erasmus University in Rotterdam.

Nuno Vieira is the Investor Relations Director at Portugal Telecom SGPS S.A. He holds this position since April 2008. Prior to working at PT he was an equity analyst at Millennium investment banking between 2000 and 2007 and also held various positions in the telecoms industry.

Nuno Vieira holds an engineering degree, by Instituto Superior Técnico, a MBA by Universidade Católica Portuguesa and is a CFA charter holder. Nuno Vieira has been ranked several times as an IR professional at the Institutional Investor, European equities survey, including best IR professional by the sell side and by the buy side in the telecommunications sector and in Portugal.

In January 2006, Luc Van Der Elst joined Bank Delen, one of the leading independent Belgian Private Banks. Their assets under management have grown to some EUR 16 bn. Bank Delen is 79% controlled by the listed Investment Company Ackermans & van Haaren. At Bank Delen, Luc is an advisor to the teams of Portfolio and Fund Managers on (des)investment opportunities in Europe with a focus on the Belgian stock market and individual European industrial stocks. For many years, he has contributed to publications and stock market presentations for the VFB, the organisation of Flemish Investment Clubs and Investors, with which he has always kept close contacts.

Luc has occasionally contributed to publications in the financial press (Tijd and Echo), representing Bank Delen’s or Fortis Bank’s Belgian research team or representing the Belgian Association of Financial Analysts (ABAF – BVFA, of which he is vice-president) on topics related to financial analysis and/or stock valuations. In addition, he has occasionally given courses on company valuations and financial analysis at ao. Brussels-based business schools Ehsal and Vlekho.

Chris Hollis has been the head of Financial Communications at LVMH since the end of 2000. Chris joined LVMH after 15 years in the oil industry, where he worked for Elf Aquitaine in various financial posts in London, Paris (2 years as a contract negotiator), Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei (5 years as Finance Director of an Exploration subsidiary) and finally in New York (5 years in investor relations).

Chris was a board member of the National Investor Relations Institute's New York chapter between 1996 and 2000 and has been vice president of the French investor relations society, CLIFF, since June 2007.

Chris has an honours degree in Law, Economics and Politics from Buckingham University and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.

Cyril Gerard is Head of Corporate Brokerage at CA Cheuvreux where he opened the business line in 2004. His 10 people team is in charge of all equity market business related to listed corporates, Private Equity and Sovereign Wealth funds and Family offices.

Involved in Strategic Equity deals, Share buybacks, Market Making and Corporate Actions, Cyril's team is regularly ranked within the European top 3 of Share buyback Houses.

Cyril joined Cheuvreux in 1994 after graduating from ESSEC Business School. He started as Equity Derivatives sales to institutional and Corporate clients.

Mark Hemsley was appointed chief executive officer for BATS Chi-X Europe in 2011 following the acquisition of Chi-X Europe by BATS Global Markets. BATS Chi-X Europe is currently the largest European equities market centre by market share and value traded. Mr. Hemsley was previously chief executive of BATS Europe taking a pioneering role as one of its first employees during its formation in 2008. Under Mr. Hemsley's leadership, BATS Europe became a dominant player amongst pan-European trading venues and a recognised leader in market structure, technology and innovation.

Prior to BATS, Mr. Hemsley was managing director and chief information officer at LIFFE, running its market solutions group. A LIFFE board member, he was also heavily involved in the sale of LIFFE to Euronext, the predecessor company to NYSE Euronext. Mr. Hemsley also previously held executive roles at Deutsche Bank GCI and Credit Suisse First Boston.

Philippe Kubisa, partner at the Capital Markets & Accounting Advisory Services Group at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Philippe joined PwC in Paris in 1994. He spent four years in the United States dealing mainly with US listed companies.

Philippe provides a full array of services to companies entering the capital markets and through conversion of their financial reporting to IFRS and or US GAAP. He leads the "Financial Communication department" at PwC and is the PwC representative at Observatoire de la Communication Financières ("OCF").

Philippe is Expert-Comptable, Commissaire aux comptes, Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountant ("AICPA").

Marc Lefèvre, Director, Head of Business Development and Client Coverage in Europe. Marc is also Head of Listings in France.

Graduated from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales du Nord (EDHEC) with a Master's degree in Finance, he began his career in 1992 in Société Générale as an auditor and a management controller for Americas. From 1996, he was a partner in a management consulting firm, Odyssée, where for almost ten years, he worked with more than twenty financial institutions on issues of strategy, organization, project and change management.

In 2005, he joined Euronext Group as the Head of Cash Sales Team in France and was in charge of coordinating the European Cash Sales programs.

Gilles Lequeux : 15 Years of International and Multi-Sector Experience in Equity Research sell-side+buy-side
• Master In Business Management, Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Toulouse
• CEFA (Certified European Financial Analyst)
• Member of the SFAF - Société Française des Analystes Financiers
• 1997-1998 : Research Analyst at BNP Paribas, Paris
• 1998-2001: Research Analyst at CCF Securities, Paris
• 2001-2005: Head of the Consumer Team at WestLB Panmure, London
• 2006-2009: Consumer Analyst + Mid caps stock picking at JP Morgan Cazenove, London
• 2010: Joined Petercam as a buy-side analyst covering Capital Goods, Automotive and Business services

João Vermelho is Head of Investor Relations at Mota-Engil since 2002. He is also a Board Member of APAF, the Portuguese Financial Analysts Association and Managing Director of FIR, the Portuguese Investor Relations Association. Prior to joining Mota-Engil he held several positions in financial institutions in Portugal including Head of Capital Markets Division at Banco Nacional de Crédito Imobiliário, Chief Executive Officer at Central Investimentos and Head of Research at Banco Finantia.

João holds a degree in Economics from Universidade Nova de Lisboa and an MBA from HEC School of Management. He was ranked and won several awards as Best Investor Relations Officer in surveys conducted by Institutional Investor, IR Magazine and Deloitte.

Vincent Gouley is founder and CEO of Watchowah, a start up company which has developed an innovative business intelligence solution for investor relations. After starting his career as a financial analyst at Oddo, Vincent, 40 years, went on to head investor relations, first at Wanadoo in 2001 then at PagesJaunes Groupe in 2004.

During these years Vincent has shown a keen interest in research in economics and finance and has kept up to date on developments. In particular, he has become particularly interested in behavioural finance, a new branch of research in the field of economics, and in which he identified an opportunity to understand better the decision making processes of investors. It is on the basis of the principles of behavioural finance that Vincent has created an innovative business intelligence solution intended for investor relation professionals.

Vincent graduated from the University of Toulouse and has a Masters in Finance from the Business School of Lyons.

Tim Stiers is Research Coordinator for KBC Asset Management. After working for four years as an analyst for KBC AM covering the telecom and media sector he is now responsable for coordinating the efforts of the KBC AM financial analyst team. This includes setting methodologies, selecting areas of interest and overseeing valuation work.

He graduated from the Universiteit Hasselt as a Commercial Engineer and holds a Master's degree in Accountancy from the KUL. He is also a CFA charterholder.

Dirk-Jan Dirksen: senior portfolio manager at Delta Lloyd Asset Management, who has a history investing in information technology, media and telecom since 1994.

After graduating from Tilburg University in 1993 he started his carreer as an investment advisor and private banker in the Rabobank Group.

He joined Delta Lloyd Asset Management in 2001 where he took responsibility for the thematic technology investment portfolios. He is currently the portfolio manager of the Delta Lloyd (L) Technology Trends Fund and a member of the Global Thematic Equity Team.

José Tijssen has more than twenty years of experience in the fields of investor relations, corporate communications and corporate governance.She was selected best M&A PR officer in the Netherlands in both 2008 and 2009. An experienced boardroom coach in the area of reputation management, José has managed multiple corporate stakeholder positionings, M&A and integration programmes and crisis management projects.

Before joining Citigate First Financial, she was Director Corporate Communications for ING Group. Prior to this she was Head of Investor Relations at KPN, responsible for communication relating to the IPO, the demerger of the Mail division, foreign listings and several other projects. Before joining KPN she worked as IR manager at Wolters Kluwer. Her career began at the international corporate banking division of ABN AMRO after finishing the Business School of Management at the Erasmus University.

Tjerk Huysinga was born in Leiden, the Netherlands. He graduated at the Groningen University in 1987 (Business Economics) and, after concluding his military service with the Royal Dutch Navy, joined the Shell Group in 1989. His first position was Assistant Treasurer for Shell's metals marketing and trading business (Billiton).

He then joined Shell's chemicals business to first work as a business analyst and in a second assignment as the controller of Shell Nederland Chemie at Shell's Pernis site in the Netherlands. In 1996 Tjerk moved to the United Kingdom to join Shell Trading as the finance advisor in the crude oil trading business. After this assignment he was part of the leadership team establishing Shell's European Gas and Power trading business as the General Manager Finance and IT. During the period 2002 to 2006 Tjerk held the position as Vice President Finance and Planning for Shell Energy Europe, the organisation which managed all Shell's gas and power trading, wholesale and industrial & commercial activities across Europe.

In 2006 he was appointed Vice President Investor Relations for Europe, responsible for all contacts and relationship management with current and potential institutional shareholders of Royal Dutch Shell plc. in Europe (including UK).

Jella Benner-Heinacher is Chief Managing Director (Deputy) of Deutsche Schutzvereinigung für Wertpapierbesitz (DSW), the leading shareholder association in Germany. Ms. Benner-Heinacher, an attorney, having studied in France, Switzerland and the U.S., is primarily responsible for international activities as president of Euroshareholders in Brussels.

She is also chairwoman of the Expert Corporate Governance Services (ECGS) in London, and a member of the Stock Exchange Board in Düsseldorf.
Furthermore she is responsible for Corporate Governance issues as well as for DSW's participation in the legislation procedure at both national and international level.

Ms. Benner-Heinacher is also a member of the supervisory boards of K+S AG and A.S. Creation AG.

Katrin Leksa is an executive advisor in CEB’s Finance practice supporting CFO's, IRO's and senior finance executives. Prior to joining the Finance practice, Katrin spent six years in CEB's European Legal & Compliance Practice, responsible for new business development across Europe and South Africa.

Katrin received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Duke University, North Carolina and speaks fluent German.

Michel Hülters is an investor relations consultant. Michel's career combines 20 years experience in the financial services sector including treasury, investor relations and asset management. Michel started his career at the treasury department of AEGON in 2002. His responsibilities included the Group's cash and currency (risk) management. In 2006 he became sales manager of ABNAMRO bank's Global Clients Team, responsible for foreign exchange and money market products. He was appointed Business Manager Global Foreign Exchange in 2000.

Michel rejoined AEGON in 2002 to become Head of Investor Relations. He moved on to AEGON's asset management business in 2007. In his final position at AEGON Michel was European Head of Institutional Sales at AEGON Asset Management.
Michel graduated at The Hague Business School and holds a MBA from Nyenrode University and Rochester University, New York (with honors). Michel is a Certified European Financial Analyst.

Steven Zietsman is a Senior Manager in the Insurance Domain of Oliver
Wyman's London office. He has over ten years experience working with major financial institutions in Europe, the US, Asia and Africa. He works with senior management at insurers as well as regulators and industry bodies on numerous Solvency II topics,
assisting them understand the impact the change in regulations will have on insurance business and how they can implement the
changes in their business.

He regularly engages with the industry and supervisors on a wide range of financial effectiveness topics. Steven writes regularly on a number of industry topics, including a recent report on Solvency II titled "Solvency II: The Long and Winding Road". Prior to joining Oliver Wyman, Steven worked in a variety of roles in the insurance industry in South Africa.

Gerd-Jan van Wiggen is Basel III Leader at Ernst & Young in The Netherlands. He is a member of the Ernst & Young Global Credit Risk Team and the Securitisation Team. In his current role he is responsible for a large number of Basel II and Basel III implementation projects, including Basel III impact assessments and migration plans. He frequently presents to Supervisory and Executive Boards on Basel III implementations and business impacts. Gerd-Jan is also responsible and a presenter for Basel III training at a large Dutch banking group. He is project manager and subject matter expert for implementation and review of loan loss provisioning methodologies based on Basel II models for several large and mid-sized Dutch banking groups.
Gerd-Jan joined Ernst & Young in 2004 as a senior manager responsible for Basel II implementations and reviews in the areas of credit risk, market risk and (structured) transactions including asset securitisation.
Before Gerd-Jan joined E&Y he was a Senior Consultant at KPMG, responsible for quantitative & financial modelling. He started his career at ECT as a Project engineer
Gerd-Jan hold a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering (Technical University Delft) and a Master degree in Business Administration (Erasmus University Rotterdam).