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Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore. Andre Gide

Bill Hoop Russell has over thirty years' experience in international markets, specializing in sales, trade and management. He is currently an industry consultant, a professional business speaker, a trainer and executive coach, and runs businesses in South Africa and New Zealand.

About Future Options

Bill Hoop Russell’s career spans thirty years and three continents. He has been successful as a trader, arbitrageur, salesperson and manager at Goldman Sachs and Citigroup – two of the world’s preeminent investment banks. He retired from Citigroup in 2007 as a Managing Director and Head of European Futures in London - and the proud recipient of Citigroup’s Excellence in Diversity 2006 Diversity Role Model Award.

Bill is a past Chairman of the Futures Industry Association’s (FIA) European Chapter and a former board member of the Futures & Options Association (FOA). He is also a past member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) and served on a number of the CME committees. Bill was an active participant in numerous industry roundtables organized by the FOA (working alongside regulators and politicians). He was also an industry representative/speaker at regulatory talks jointly hosted by the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the Committee of European Securities Regulators (CESR) – as well as an industry participant at the invitation-only International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) Technical Committee conferences.

Bill Hoop Russell has frequently been a featured speaker, presenter and moderator in the financial industry, performing presentations for the FIA, FOA, CME, Euronext.liffe, and Eurex for more than a decade.

Since starting Future Options in 2007, Bill has been a keynote speaker, consultant and trainer for blue-chip companies such as J.P. Morgan, General Electric, Deloitte, and Ernst & Young. He has also given freely of his time and expertise in speaking and consulting to such charitable organizations as Speakers Trust (as a trustee), Young Enterprise, Shelter, and TEACH South Africa. He has addressed appreciative audiences in Europe, America, Africa and the Middle East.

Bill was the 2011-12 President of the Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa’s Cape Town chapter, and is a Founder Member of the Professional Speakers Association in the UK. He is a recipient of an Associate Public Speaking Diploma (ALAM) from the prestigious London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). Bill has also been a proud member of Toastmasters International since 1995 and has held leadership roles with the organization in both Europe and Africa.

Bill is a citizen of the USA, UK and the Republic of Ireland and, as such, has no work restrictions in the US or any European Union countries.

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    It is rare in the business world to find a leader that not only is an expert in their field but also understands the importance of the human element. Bill can only be described as a leading authority in the Futures and Options business who also truly understands the culture dynamic in teams. Coupled with this, he is a detail oriented leader who examines all sides of a challenge before creating and implementing the solution. He is also a very engaging and entertaining professional public speaker. These qualities make it both an inspiration and pleasure to work with Bill.”

    Ian Woodley
    Change Creates International