Walt Lukken Bio
Walt Lukken is the President and CEO of the FIA, the leading global trade organization for the futures, options and centrally cleared derivatives markets, with offices in London, Singapore and Washington, D.C.
FIA’s membership includes clearing firms, exchanges, clearinghouses, trading firms and commodities specialists from more than 48 countries as well as technology vendors, lawyers and other professionals serving the industry. FIA’s mission is to support open, transparent and competitive markets, protect and enhance the integrity of the financial system, and promote high standards of professional conduct. As the principal members of derivatives clearinghouses worldwide, FIA's clearing firm members play a critical role in the reduction of systemic risk in global financial markets.
Walt previously was CEO of New York Portfolio Clearing, the derivatives clearinghouse jointly owned by NYSE Euronext and the Depository Trust and Clearing Corp. Before joining the private sector in 2009, Walt served as Acting Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission for 18 months, a period that included the financial crisis of 2008 and as CFTC Commissioner since 2002.
Prior to joining the CFTC, Walt served for five years as counsel on the professional staff of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee under Chairman Richard Lugar. He received his B.S. degree with honors from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and his Juris Doctor degree from Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon.