Mr. Grant has a twenty-eight-year career in financial services and a lifelong entrepreneurial edge. Most recently a Managing Director at the global bank BBVA, Gene has balanced a career that included senior roles at global banks, seven years as a senior member of a specialist derivatives consultancy, and a period as a floor trader on the New York Futures Exchange. As an entrepreneur, Gene started his first business at the age of 14, received a patent at 21, and at 29 he founded and listed an early stage company on the AIM division of the London Stock Exchange. His private equity projects included a financial services consultancy and an award-winning luxury goods retail store. Within his professional career, Gene has lived in 3 continents, six cities, and has led globally disbursed teams. Gene has the FINRA Series 24, 4, 7, and 66, and was registered as a Commodity Pool Operator and Floor Broker. Gene worked permanent and consulting assignments at firms including Deutsche Bank, Barclays Capital, Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, UBS, Standard Chartered Bank, ANZ bank, PIMCO, and BBVA. Before starting in financial services, he attended the doctorate program in Finance at New York University Stern School of Business and received the Bachelor of Science from the University of Manitoba.