The European Central Securities Depositories Association (ECSDA) has appointed Anna Kulik as Secretary General. Ms Kulik takes over the role with immediate effect, following Soraya Belghazi, and will be the new face of European CSDs.
Ms Kulik has extensive expertise in post trade and European public affairs. A lawyer by training, she holds a Master in European Law and another Multidisciplinary Master in Law and Economics. She joins ECSDA from Euroclear, where for almost nine years she has held various roles touching upon outsourcing and operating risk, and up to Strategy and Government Relations of the group. She has also given lectures on financial regulation at the Shanghai University Law School. Prior to Euroclear, she worked at the European Parliament.
As ECSDA’s main spokesperson, her role will be to represent the industry and help European CSDs develop common solutions to address a host of regulatory, technological and business challenges in an increasingly competitive post trade environment.
Commenting the appointment, Mathias Papenfuβ, ECSDA Chairman and Member of the Executive Board of Clearstream, said:
“We are pleased to welcome Anna Kulik as our new Secretary General. The association’s previous head, Soraya Belghazi, has laid a very good basis for the association to be a trusted partner towards the European institutions. Over the past few years, we have seen many exciting developments such as the implementation of the first EU-wide regulation on CSDs and the launch of the first pan-European platform for settling securities in central bank money. I explicitly want to thank Soraya for the excellent work she has performed on behalf of ECSDA up to now. New challenges such as FinTech are now emerging and Anna will be a great leader to help ECSDA navigate through these challenges. Anna will bring the association to the next level: her expertise and personal qualities make her the ideal person to represent European CSDs.”
ECSDA is composed of 41 Central Securities Depositories (CSDs) established in 37 European countries. This year, the association is celebrating its 20th anniversary.