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25th gala anniversary of the National Depository of Securities

November 7th 2019, marked the 25th anniversary since the Central Securities Depository of Poland (KDPW) first began its operation as an independent company. A prestigious gala took place in Warsaw to celebrate the occasion, with the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda taking honorary patronage as host and speaker at the event. Also present at the gala was President Andrzej Duda, who emphasized in his speech that KDPW is the foundation of the security of

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World class AI expert to join OSTC in 2020

The year may nearly be over, but some exciting new appointments and more collaborative partnerships for OSTC are still very much underway. The latest non-executive director to join our board in January 2020 is Professor Rose Luckin, a world leading educational technology (AI) expert from UCL Knowledge Lab, London. As Professor of Learner Centred Design at the UCL Knowledge Lab in London, Rose’s research involves the design and evaluation of educational technology using theories from the learning sciences and techniques from Artificial Intelligence (AI).

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A Strategic New Appointment: Corey Smalley

It’s been a year of new recruits and new faces across the business and in all of our global hubs, with November being no exception. This month, we’re pleased to announce our new Head of Strategy & Change, Corey Smalley. Corey brings a wealth of strategic experience and expertise with him, earned during many meaningful roles on the global stage.

Kickstarting his education at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Corey’s first

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ZISHI and SGX celebrate new educational partnership

This week saw CEO Lee Hodgkinson and Chief Creative Marketing Officer Trefor Thomas ring the bell at the Singapore Exchange (SGX). The reason for their visit? To celebrate a prestigious collaboration with the SGX and Asia’s first official employer-led accredited trading programme. Kicking off in 2020 (subject to regulatory approvals) the immersive course be delivered over 5-weeks full-time in Singapore and repeated throughout the year. Participants will get to experience our signature hands-on experiential deep dive into the global derivatives markets and a world of immersive knowledge provided by ZISHI Cornerstone.

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Saracens and Ospreys Choose ZISHI

We’re thrilled to announce another landmark autumn partnership, this time between ZISHI and Saracens and Ospreys Rugby clubs. Both institutions have elected ZISHI and its core educational arm Cornerstone to provide dual career development and sports transition programme for Senior and Academy players. The educational programme, which kicks off this month, will be delivered over 10 months in London and South Wales and constitutes a Level 5 advanced diploma in financial trading.

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It’s been a wonderful year of ambitious new finance and educational partnerships for our central knowledge suite ZISHI. Adopted by a series of large exchanges and financial institutions across the Asian continent and elsewhere worldwide for its comprehensive educational offering, we’re excited to announce our latest collaboration is with China’s Dalian Commodity Exchange (DCE). The fourth prestigious Chinese exchange to select ZISHI’s world-class learning tools and trading technologies, Dalian and ZISHI have devised a unique educational programme for its top ten high ranking officials to be rolled out September 2019. These individuals will be guided through a two-week, hands-on immersion into trading and market-making courtesy of ZISHI’s educational platform, Cornerstone. The intention of supporting the development, management and growth of Dalian going forward.

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OSTC: Trading With a Biometric Edge

We’re extremely excited to launch ZISHI Elite, our new tech solution to help traders globally measure their performance and maximise their efficiency. Part biometric app, part wearable tech, ZISHI Elite gives traders the edge in markets by measuring numerous factors underpinning each trader’s unique physiological output. The tech determines optimal Heart Rate Variability (HRV) state as well as data on sleep, mood, anxiety & stress levels. This information is then analysed in conjunction with the trader’s volume, P&L and level of order activity to find their personalised optimal zone.

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Internal Auditing Key Player to Join OSTC

This autumn, we’re excited to announce the arrival of Nigel Holt as our new Head of Internal Audit. Nigel will join OSTC Group from the 1st October 2019 and brings with him over 30-years’ worth of senior experience across audits, risk, internal control and corporate governance to our growing global network. Prior to this, Nigel worked with Colas UK Ltd and has held previous senior audit roles at a range of corporations, including Friends Life, Partnership Assurance, the UK Debt Management Office and the London Stock Exchange.

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ZISHI partners with Northern Irish SERC to offer Level 5 Diplomas

Another great announcement for ZISHI: we’ve partnered with the prestigious Northern Irish South Eastern Regional College (SERC) to offer a vocational new Level 5 Financial trading diploma. The training will be delivered with the help of our new digital learning suite ZISHI and offers students a comprehensive foundation from which to launch a career in the financial services sector.

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Polish students finding their edge

We’re excited to announce that one of Eastern Europe’s leading universities, Poznań University of Economics and Business, will be enlisting our ZISHI knowledge suite from July 2019. Top Polish Finance and Business students will receive a deep digital immersion into global markets. From July 2019 onwards, students of Finance & Accounting and Business Management programmes will experience hands-on

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Students Find Their Edge with ZISHI

We’re excited to announce that Sheffield Business School (part of Sheffield Hallam University) has now implemented ZISHI Cornerstone to offer fully immersive training for students on the undergraduate BSc (Hons) in Financial Trading and Investment Management programme. All undergraduates will study in-depth theory in Sheffield for their first and third years. The second

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Appointment of OSTC Group’s new Chief Risk Officer

It’s an honour to acknowledge the appointment of OSTC Group’s new Chief Risk Officer, Surya Fletcher. With a distinguished career in finance under her belt, Surya joins us from CBOE where she has been Head of Risk in Europe for the last 5 years. Prior to this, Surya was an Executive Director at UBS, where she held responsibility for operational risk control for several corporate functions. She also

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ZISHI and China Forge Educational Alliance

We’re pleased to announce that ZISHI has been selected to provide key education and expertise on options markets by the Zhengzhou Commodity Exchange (ZCE). As one of China’s four main regulated futures markets, the education agreement with the ZCE is the third to be signed with China. Currently, the Chinese Futures Association and Shanghai Futures Exchange are already clients.

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Where Performance Meets Ping Pong

It’s no coincidence that OSTC attracts sporting athletes into its fold. After all, we are in the business of finding that competitive edge, which sporting professionals also know a thing or too about. Last month, we invited OSTC ambassador and Welsh Rugby Captain Alun Wyn Jones and Para-Olympian Ashely Facey Thompson into our Swansea offices for a spot of ping-pong, to get their take on what it means to cultivate a winning formula for success.

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Introducing the NEDS

We’ve proudly selected a variety of Non-Executive board members to join OSTC in our pursuit of risk-averse leadership in chosen global markets. Bringing a broad level of experience and expertise from military, education, risk management, politics and media into our expert network, we’re confidently championing difference and inclusivity across every strata of the business – from the top and bottom up.

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Meet Our New Chief Creative & Marketing Officer

Trefor, or Tom as he prefers to be known, boasts over two decades of international creative and marketing experience. He joins the OSTC Group to drive our creative, marketing and innovation direction across all OSTC and ZISHI brands. Previously at LIDA, the loyalty agency and SapientNitro for two and a half years as Executive Creative Director, he was responsible for its multi-channel campaigns for clients including SKY, TUI and Harley Davidson.

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Discover Our New Centralised Knowledge Suite: ZISHI

Blending our extensive industry knowledge of chosen markets with future-facing technologies and tools, ZISHI provides a digital gateway into the industry for traders and non-traders alike. Featuring advanced learning and specialist trading software, ZISHI is an open-to-all platform that offers anything from accredited trading diplomas, certificates to a broad series of bespoke workshops and masterclasses that ensure candidates are ‘industry ready’ – fast. The platform also plays host to the OSTC biometric performance-enhancing app, ZISHI and a growing range of AI tools that we are rolling out across our network to elevate the team’s real-life trading experience.

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