Mark Austen is the Chief Executive Officer of the Asia Securities Industry & Financial Markets Association (ASIFMA). Since joining ASIFMA in 2012, he has led the expansion of the association to encompass Equities, Compliance, Post-Trade and Asset Management in addition to its original division for Fixed Income, and its membership has grown to over 100 firms. Mark is also the CEO of the Global Financial Markets Association (GFMA), which represents the common interests of the world’s leading financial and capital market participants, and speaks for the industry on the most important global market issues. GFMA comprises ASIFMA based in Hong Kong, The Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME) in London and Brussels and the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) in New York and Washington. Mark’s key objectives at ASIFMA are to expand its product divisions, continue to build a broad membership base and further strengthen its ability to act as a collective voice for the industry. Mark was formerly with AFME as Chief Operating Officer. He joined AFME (then called The Bond Market Association or TBMA) in 2005 to head up the European Primary Dealers Association (EPDA), which addressed issues of specific interest to government bond markets.
Mark holds an LL.M. from the London School of Economics and an LL.B. from Osgoode Law School in Toronto.