Simon Vine is Head of the Fixed Income and Currency Markets Division of Alfa Bank. His responsibilities include structured finance, fixed income sales and trading, international and local markets, and foreign exchange (FX). His division provides a world-beating financial advisory service, and currently accounts for over 40 per cent of the Russian inter-bank market volume in FX trading. Prior to joining the Bank in 1998, he was Senior Director of derivatives at American Express Bank. He managed a proprietary hedge fund at Refco, the Foreign Exchange and Metals Options Group at Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS), and foreign exchange trading at Société Générale both in inter-bank activities and on the floors of the Philadelphia and Chicago Exchanges. Vine holds an MBA from Columbia Business School (US) and a BA from the Institute of Finance and Economics in Moscow. He was born in Moscow on 19 September 1966.