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Mr. Catania has spent over 30 years as an active participant in the global derivatives markets. He has filled the roles of trader, broker, educator, and exchange official. His venues have included the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, the Chicago Board of Trade, INTEX Bermuda, the University Of Illinois, the University of Wisconsin, Illinois Institute of Technology, and Kent State University. He has been a speaker and an active participant in all the key global derivatives market conferences and symposia for many years. He has published numerous articles and texts on risk management and trading strategies. Over the years, he has been very active in developing and implementing strategies for emerging markets.

After retiring as Executive Vice President at the Chicago Board of Trade in 2002, Mr. Catania formed the Asia West Group, which specializes in financial market education and marketing. His clients have included the major financial and commodity exchanges of Hong Kong, Thailand, India and Eastern Europe, as well as a number of the major investment banks and trading companies.

Mr. Catania currently serves as the Vice-Chairman of the Swiss Futures and Options Association based in Geneva, Switzerland. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accountancy and Quantitative Methods, and a Masters Degree in Accountancy and International Business. He lives in Chicago with his wife Jean and their four children.