Judges

Constance Brown

Aerodynamic Investments

Connie was the brand manager for Eastman Kodak’s Professional Color Films when she left the firm for Wall Street in 1988. She has advised institutional clients who acknowledge her market timing and global strategies are often well ahead of the industry and is one of the top resources in the world using technical analysis. The 2007 book released by Bloomberg Press; “Breakthroughs in Technical Analysis; New Thinking from the World’s Top Minds” recorded in print her warning of a major global correction for 2008. She was four years ahead of the industry in thinking about a possible breakdown of the Euro currency and a global banking crisis. Now her assessment for the Oil markets by 2019 has started a new buzz within the industry. Her reputation is based on audited returns and remarkable documented market calls for significant trend reversals at specific dates and price levels.

Dan Draper

Managing Director, Invesco PowerShares

Dan Draper is a managing director at Invesco and global head of PowerShares Exchange-Traded Funds. He is also president of Invesco PowerShares Capital Management, the registered investment adviser and sponsor of the PowerShares family of ETFs. Draper has a B.A. in economics from the College of William and Mary, and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He holds the following designations: CFA, CMT, CAIA, FRM, CFP, ChFC.

James Sharpe

London South Bank University

James has been involved in the financial markets since the late 1970s. He has a Degree in Economics, a Masters in Finance (Exon.), PCIAM and Chartered MCSI. He is also a published author ‘Foreign Exchange the Complete Deal’ (Harriman’s 2012). His early career was geared towards financial analysis and wholesale lending but from 1979 his role was treasury based. Jim’s range of experience is extraordinary and is unlikely to be replicated. He has worked in the US and the Middle East where he was responsible for the region and interbank/central bank relationships. He has combined positions of chief dealer, trader and foreign exchange sales director The range of institutions he has worked for has been global, including: US, Japanese, Scandinavian and UK. He has dealt with an array of counter-parties including, banks, corporates, central banks, funds and multinationals. In recent years he advised and dealt with high net worth individuals at a leading private bank. Since 2014 he has been lecturing at LSBU in global finance, and other economics courses at undergraduate and Masters level.James also speaks at a number of international FX conferences as well as writing articles on economic topics of personal interest, such as recently ‘Fake Data-The Facts’ and ‘Great Crash 2007’ (the tenth anniversary).

Jim Biss

Managing Editor, The Technical Analyst

Jim Biss has been managing editor of The Technical Analyst since 2003. Previously he worked as a corporate treasurer for ABB in their London and Zurich offices (1994-97), ABB-Alstom in Amsterdam (1998-2000) and Smiths Group in London (2000-03), where he was in charge of FX & money market dealing, currency hedging and interest rate risk management. From 1997 to 1998, Jim worked for Hex Capital, an investment banking boutique in Prague, and was part of a team that acted as advisors to the Czech government for their privatisation programme. Jim has a BA from the University of Wales and an MPhil from Cambridge University, and is a qualified associate member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers (AMCT).

Matthew Clements

Editor, The Technical Analyst

Matthew Clements has been the editor of The Technical Analyst for 12 years. Previously he worked in the City for Prebon Yamane where he was head of market research, publishing fundamental and technical analysis to the firm’s clients. He holds a BSc and MSc in Economics from the University of London and is a member of the Society of Technical Analysts (MSTA).

Paul Netherwood

Beach Horizon

Dr Netherwood is a founding partner of Beach Horizon LLP with responsibilities for investment management and research for Horizon. He was responsible for designing and building the Horizon trading model and systems. He has over 25 years’ experience in designing and building trading systems and large-scale risk management systems in a number of investment banks. Prior to founding Beach Horizon in May 2005, Dr Netherwood was at Beach Capital Management from 2001 where he was responsible for building systematic trading systems. Paul started his career at AHL (now part of the Man Group plc) in 1993 where he was involved in trading system development. He later moved to Nomura to build risk management systems. Following that, he was Chief Architect at a risk management software house responsible for building Credit Risk Management systems for Deutsche Bank. He has a PhD in Pattern Recognition and a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science from Kingston University London.