Investment Operations

About Us

Who We Are

Investment Operations Inc is the leading provider of middle- and back-office training, events and news for the capital markets industry. Our mission is to bring together professionals from all segments of the industry – buy-side, sell-side, custodians and vendors – to exchange ideas and information on the latest processes, technology, risks and regulatory issues.

Our Team

Ledia Koka, is co-founder and Chief Learning Officer at Investment Operations Inc, managing both strategic and day-to-day operations of the largest provider of capital markets operations, compliance and technology-related training. 

Prior to joining Investment Operations Inc, Ledia was Head of Training at TABB Group, a leading provider of research and publications to the capital markets industry, where she created the training division and managed the development, delivery and marketing of over 50 capital markets-related courses. 

Before joining TABB, Ledia was co-founder and Director of Training of Financial Markets World, where for 15 years she managed the delivery of over 100 classes per year covering capital markets products, operations, risk, compliance and technology. Before co-founding FMW, she was a training and conference administrator for Securities Operations Forum and the Director of Administration for the Distance Learning Forum. 

Ledia has a BBA in Finance and Investment from Baruch College in NYC and a BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Tirana, in Albania

 

Scott Porter, Managing Director, Research and Content at Investment Operations Inc, was most recently Director of Aite-Novarica Group’s Buyside Operations Research Council and a senior analyst on their Capital Markets team, focusing on post-trade processing, compliance and technology. 

Scott has spent over 30 years in post-trade processing and related compliance, risk, and technology. At Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., he led a growing global custody department responsible for corporate actions, securities lending, and global securities and income reconciliation, eventually leading the projects to automate those functions. As an independent consultant, he designed systems to automate U.S. corporate actions, mortgage-backed securities custody, and fixed income settlement optimization for major buy-side clients. 

At Thomson Reuters, Scott was the founding publisher of Securities Industry News, a weekly newspaper covering securities operations and technology. He has published many feature articles in major industry publications, including Wall Street & Technology and Investment Operations Magazine, and was the author of the book, Processing Non-Standard Securities, published by Asset International. At The Summit Group, he was the publisher and executive editor of Fixed Income Daily and the Journal of Securities Operations

Scott was a co-founder and principal of Securities Operations Forum, where he was director of research and conferences as well as the editor of Securities Operations Letter, the first operations-related newsletter in the securities industry. He was also the co-founder of Financial Markets World, overseeing the development of post-trade research, training, and conferences for hundreds of top buy-side firms, broker-dealers, and custodian banks in the U.S. and Europe. 

Scott has a BA in Economics from New York University and also has an MBA from Wagner College in New York City and a B.S. in Organizational Management from Nyack College. 

Content Advisory Board

Matthew Porio

Matt Porio, CFA, CTP

L. Burke Files, DDP, CACM

Hasse Brandt

Douglas Carroll, CFA

Joe Rosen

Michael Barrett

Elaine Marino

Mickey Rosen

Tate Shafer

Russell Rhoads, Phd, CFA