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Kirsten

Kirsten Wegner

Chief Executive Officer

Kirsten Wegner is the Chief Executive Officer of Modern Markets Initiative, the education and advocacy organization devoted to the role of technological innovation in creating the world’s best markets.  She is known for her thought leadership in advancing secure savings and investment through innovation.  Previously, she served as Senior Vice President of Business Development.

Kirsten is frequently quoted on a number of market structure issues including exchange data fees, the negative implications of a potential financial transaction tax as well as the trading of cryptocurrencies in publications including The Wall Street Journal, Business Insider, and Politico and regularly pens Op-Eds on these and other topics.

Prior to joining MMI, she served as director, government relations for the International Securities Exchange where she created bipartisan outreach and advocacy strategy on financial services and tax matters impacting exchanges and retail investors.

Previously, she was a Senior Associate at Squire Patton Boggs LLP, providing strategic counsel to technology startups, stock exchanges, Industry trade organizations, and brokerages on financial services, tax, and technology matters.

Kirsten holds a J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. degree from Columbia University.

“Numerous studies – including the recently released UK Foresight HFT project – have shown that transaction costs for both retail and institutional traders decreased substantially with the growth of high-frequency trading."

Larry Harris, former sec chief economist

Financial Times, December 27, 2012

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