Risk & Compliance Leaders Summit 2020

06 - 07 November, 2020

Hilton Vienna Danube Waterfront

+44 (0) 207 368 9576

Past Speakers (2018)

Tim Palmer
Chief Risk Officer
HSBC Global Asset Management

Tim Palmer has been the Chief Risk Officer at HSBC for 13 years, where he is part of the global exuctive committee which sets the strategic direction for HSBC Global Asset Management. Prior to this, Tim was the Global Head of Risk Management at AXA Investment Managers. Tim will be discussing how to adapt your people, processes and technology to tap into new opportunities to boost profitability in your risk and compliance division. 

Andrew Soper
Chief Risk Officer

Andrew is Managing Director, Chief Risk Officer for SSGA Limited and EMEA Head of Risk responsible for all investment, credit, operational and fiduciary risks across SSGA's operations in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. Andrew was previously Head of the UK portfolio management in the Investment Solutions Group, where he was responsible for the oversight of all asset allocation portfolios in the UK and Ireland. Prior to that, Andrew was a member of the Global Equity Beta Solutions team and managed a wide range of structured equity portfolios in London and Hong Kong.

Christian Dahmen
Chief Risk Officer, Member of the Board of Management,
NewRe (Munich Re Group)

Christian Dahmen is Chief Risk Officer and member of the Board of Management of NewRe, a leading Swiss reinsurer and part of Munich Re Group. In this role, Christian oversees and ensures adequate risk management for a reinsurance portfolio spanning life and p&c reinsurance, including derivative and weather reinsurance business. Prior to this, Christian has held several management positions at Munich Re and has worked as a consultant on risk modeling projects in the German banking industry. Christian received a PhD in Physics from University of Technology in Aachen, Germany and a MSc in Mathematical Finance from the University of Oxford. 

Jean Charles-Delcroix
Chief Compliance Officer UK,
Amundi Asset Management

Jean-Charles Delcroix has been serving as Chief Compliance Officer of Amundi Asset Management UK entities since 2015. He is also a member of the Executive Committee (UK) and the Board of Directors of Amundi UK. He is in charge of the supervision on all the compliance topics for the UK and Asia subsidiaries. Amundi is Europe’s largest asset manager by assets under management and ranks in the top 10 globally. Thanks to the integration of Pioneer Investments, it now manages more than 1.4 trillion euros of assets across six main investment hubs.  Amundi offers its clients in Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle-East and the Americas a wealth of market expertise and a full range of capabilities across the active, passive and real assets investment universes.

Rory Conway
Chief Compliance Officer EMEA

Rory Conway is the Chief Compliance Officer for MetLife’s Europe, Middle East and African (EMEA) operations. Rory assumed this role in January 2016 and also serves as Chief Compliance Officer for the MetLife European Union Holding Company. He is a member of the EMEA Executive Leadership team.  Prior to his current role in EMEA, Rory was Head of Compliance for Metlife Western & Central Europe. Rory qualified as a Barrister to the Irish courts in 1996 having achieved a Bachelor of Law degree from University College Dublin and a Masters at Law from  Queen’s University Belfast before this.  He has worked in legal, risk and compliance roles in the financial 

James O'Connor
Head of Asset Management Compliance
Nordea Asset Management

James O´Connor has 24 years experience in Finance with the majority of this time in Asset Management and 18 years in Compliance. He has worked for firms such as Goldman Sachs Asset Management, Deutsche Bank, Threadneedle, Lombard Odier Investment Manager and currently is the Global Head of Asset Management Compliance for Nordea Asset Management and is based in Copenhagen. Along the way he has spent time implementing various market abuse surveillance systems.

Renata Hoes
Head of Compliance
Generali Investments

Renata joined Generali Investments Luxembourg S.A. as Head of Compliance Officer/MLRO/Data Protection Officer in July 2015. Before moving to Generali Investments Luxembourg S.A., Renata was a member of PwC Luxembourg’s Governance, Risk and Controls Department. While at PwC, Renata was a member of PwC’s Fight against Financial Crime task force and an expert in general compliance matters with over 14 years of international experience in the insurance and asset management industry.  Before joining PwC, Renata was Head of Compliance at a leading Management Company in Luxembourg where she was in charge of strategic, tactical and operational compliance matters for the Company. Prior to this, Renata gained over 12 years of experience in the cross-border life insurance industry (as Head of Compliance). In 2000, Renata joined Luxembourg’s largest cross-border life insurance company and in 2009, Renata decided to join an international insurance group to set up and develop the Compliance Department in its bancassurance branch in Luxembourg. Renata is represented at local Compliance and AML associations in these areas on a regular basis and provides dedicated training in the area of AML/CTF and regulations.

Ed Harley
UK Head of Compliance
Fidelity International

Fidelity International provides world class investment solutions and retirement expertise to institutions, individuals and their advisers - to help our clients build better futures for themselves and generations to come. We are responsible for total client assets of £315.6bn (as at June 2018) from over 2.3 million clients across Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, and South America. Head of Compliance for all Fidelity’s UK operations covering investment management, the retail and adviser platform, pensions advice, and workplace investing. Has been part of the global leadership team introducing a new operating model for compliance, combining global connectivity with local accountability.Technology has an important role to play in

Heleen Rietdijk
Chief Compliance Officer
Andreas Uremovic
Director, Global Head Investment Portfolio Compliance
Allianz Global Investors

Andreas is Global Head of Investment Portfolio Compliance at Allianz Global Investors and responsible  for supervising, advising, coding  and monitoring of investment portfolio guidelines. Prior this role, Andreas was responsible for organizational development, implementation of strategic initiatives and business development projects to improve efficiency and effectiveness of the organizational setup. Andreas will be speaking on how to leverage automation in your investment compliance processes.

Enrico Massignani
Head of Risk Management
Generali Investments Europe

Enrico Massignani joined Generali Investments Europe (GIE) as Head of Risk Management in May 2010. He is responsible for investment risk of all the assets managed by GIE as well as for the company operational risks.GIE is an asset management company fully owned by Generali Group, dedicated to the management of all Generali Group insurance assets as well as to the management of mutual funds, sicavs and third party institutional mandates with over 350b Eur under management.Before joining GIE Mr. Massignani was Chief Investment Officer (Feb 2009) and Chief Operating Officer (May 2004) of Generali Thalia SGR a Fund of Hedge Fund company controlled by Generali Group. Previously Mr. Massignani worked as Project Manager within BSI Group (May 2000), a swiss private banking affiliate of Generali Group.

Julien Cuisiner
Head of Portfolio Risk & Analytics, EMEA
Janus Henderson Investors

Julien joined Henderson Global Investors in 2012 as a Senior Risk Analyst to develop the investment risk framework around the multi asset team before moving as a co-head of the investment risk team in 2014. In July 2016, Julien moved to the front office as a Head of Investment Analytics responsible for developing trading analytics to support the portfolio manager.  He has now also the responsibilities of the market risk team repotting into the front office. Before joining Henderson he held various positions in as quantitative analyst and risk analyst at major asset management firms, including Blackrock before joining Henderson. Prior to joining the asset management industry, Julien held analytical positions at custodian organizations in Belgium and Luxembourg. Julien is a CFA charter holder and has completed the CQF certification.

Antonello Russo
Director, Risk & Quantitative Analysis Group

Antonello Russo is a Director within BlackRock's Risk & Quantitative Analysis Group. Mr Russo is responsible for investment risk management of Index Strategies across the EMEA region, spanning segregated mandates, commingled funds, and the iShares ETF range. Before joining BlackRock, Mr Russo was Head of Risk for the investment management arm of Beazley plc., a Lloyds of London insurer. Earlier on, he worked for Deutsche Bank, where he was a Director on the collateralized equity financing and prime brokerage sales desk, and previously a Risk Manager for the fixed income area. Mr Russo holds an honour degree from Bocconi University in Milan, where he graduated in 1995 in Monetary and Financial Economics.

Philip Best
Former Chief Risk Officer
Barclays Wealth

Philip has worked in the financial markets since 1985 and has held a number of senior positions in risk management. Prior to joining Barclays he was Chief Risk Officer for Columbia Threadneedle and prior to which he Head of Risk at UFJI London.  Philip published one of the first books on VAR: Implementing Value at Risk, Wiley, 1998. Philip focuses on ensuring that Risk is driving the business forward by embedding a strong commercial sense of the right risk and return trade-off , alongside a robust control and governance process. He enjoys driving change through an organisation, via risk management and more broadly as an executive within the business. Philip has led successful Cultural Change programmes in more than one organisation.

Jelle Ritzerveld
Chief Risk Officer Holdings

Dr Jelle Ritzerveld is Chief Risk Officer Holdings at Aegon. In this role, he is responsible for the risk management of all centrally managed activities, including group-wide risk projects. Prior to joining Aegon, Jelle Ritzerveld has held similar positions at Delta Lloyd, Kempen Capital Management and LeasePlan.

Jan Heemskerk
Head of Operational Risk Management
NN Investment Partners

Jan Heemskerk works for NN Investment Partners, the asset manager of NN Group NV. NN IP is headquartered in The Hague and manages approximately 250bln EUR in assets for institutions and individual investors worldwide. NN IP employs over 1.100 staff and is active in 15 countries worldwide. Jan is within NN IP responsible for operational risk. Together with his team he has build an integrated control framework, built by risk assessments and incident analysis, that is used at all levels in the organization to embed risk considerations in decision-making and execution. Before joining NN IP Jan was responsible for Operational Risk at BNP Paribas Investment Partners, Fortis Investments and ABN Amro Asset Management. He started his career with Atos and predecessors where he was managing business consultant on themes like Change Management and Knowledge Management.

Erik Vynckier
Board Member
Foresters Friendly Society

Erik Vynckier is board member of Foresters Friendly Society, general partner of InsurTech Venture Partners and Chief Investment Officer (Europe) of Eli Global LLC, following a career in investment banking, insurance, asset management and the petrochemical industry. He co-founded EU initiatives on high performance computing and big data in finance and co-authored “High-Performance Computing in Finance” and “Tercentenary Essays on the Philosophy and Science of Leibniz”.  Erik graduated as MBA at London Business School and as chemical engineer at Universiteit Gent.

Didier Michoud
Chief Risk Officer

Didier Michoud is the Chief Risk Officer of the Unigestion Group, the largest independent asset manager in Western Switzerland, with more than CHF 25 bln of AuM. When he joined 5 years ago, he constructed the risk department from scratch, with the mission to cover operational and investment risks as well as investment compliance for a broad set of investment strategies, ranging from traditional minimum variance long only equities to long short special situations, CTA, global macro and private equity. With a team of 4 risk managers and the firm’s CISO, Didier continues to develop Unigestion’s risk management capabilities in numerous directions to support the firm’s growth.  

Paul Martin
Head of Legal, Compliance and Risk
LGT Vestra

Head of Compliance for 25 years. Global Head for 7 years at BNP Paribas Asset Management (Fortis Investments) 12 years Global Head of Compliance at Pictet Asset Management. 2 years at Barclays Wealth & Investment Management Global Head of Product Compliance including Investment Management. Head of Risk and Compliance (CRO) at Quilter Cheviot for 3 years.

Marie Anne-Haegeman
Chief Risk Officer

Marie-Anne started her career in KBC Group, a Belgian bank & insurance company, in 1988. After having taken on different management positions in finance, she became a general manager of the group risk department at the end of 2007. In that role she was responsible for ALM risk management, ICAAP and the process and modelling department. In 2011 Marie-Anne moved to a 1 LoD role in treasury, becoming the treasurer for the KBC Insurance Group. As from 2014, she returned to the 2 LoD as the CRO of the Belgian business unit and of CBC (the KBC Group company in the French speaking part of Belgium). Recently, she decided to leave KBC Group to take on a new challenge within Euroclear. She started in September 2018 as the CRO of Euroclear Bank.

Anna Hull
Chief Risk Officer
Aspect Capital

Anna joined Aspect Capital, the $7.5bn systematic investment manager, in June 2008 and was appointed to the Board in February 2017. She is in charge of the Risk team, which is responsible for the oversight of all market, model and operational risks across Aspect. Before joining Aspect, Anna worked as a Senior Portfolio Manager at Old Mutual Asset Managers and as a Quantitative Portfolio Manager at Deutsche Asset Management and Northern Trust Global Investments. Mrs. Hull holds an MA in Mathematical Sciences from Oxford University. She is also a Certified FRM and a CFA charterholder.

Guy Coughlan
Chief Risk Officer

Guy Coughlan as CRO is responsible for oversight and coordination of the risk management across USS including: funding, actuarial, investment, operational, strategic and enterprise risks. Since January 2015 he has established and built the risk function into a 28-strong team, and developed an effective risk management framework and culture across the company.

Dr. Sabine Dittrich
Global Head of Regulatory Intelligence
UBS Asset Management

Sabine Dittrich is a senior versatile Buy- and Sell-Side Professional with particular focus on Regulation and Strategy. Currently, she has global responsibility for a business-aligned (COO) team of permanent senior regulatory specialists and temporary business analysts for assessing regulatory impact within EMEA, Americas and APAC on strategy and operations and shaping the product, distribution and investment pipeline within the Asset Management Division. Sabine also is an experienced organizer and participant of panel discussions. She represents UBS Asset Management in a number of policy focused Steering Committees, is the former Chair of the AFME Post Trade Legal Committee and current Vice-Chair of the EFAMA Distribution and Client Disclosure Standing Committee. Prior to her current role, Sabine was, within UBS, inter alia Head of EU Public Policy for UBS Group and, prior to her career in UBS, senior Principal Associate for several years at law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in their Financial Institutions Group. Sabine has worked in Frankfurt, Milan, Paris, Zurich and London. She is author of a number of publication, holds a PhD in international securities law and an MBA of HEC Paris.

Chrystelle Charles-Barral
Head of EMEA Portfolio Analysis and Risk
Neuberger Berman

Chrystelle Charles-Barral, FRM, Senior Vice President, joined the firm in 2005. Chrystelle currently heads the European and Asia Portfolio Analysis & Risk team based in London. Prior to her current role, she managed the Equity Analysis & Risk team (2007-2011) and prior to that she built up the European manager selection platform based in London before transferring in 2007 to New York. Previously, she spent six years at Fortis Investment Management (Luxembourg) as a fund of funds analyst and manager. Chrystelle received a Master’s Degree in Business and Finance from Reims Management School (France). She has been awarded the Financial Risk Management designation.

Matthew Cheung
Chief Executive Officer

Matthew Cheung is CEO of London-based award winning fintech ipushpull, a data sharing and workflow automation platform for the buy-side and sell-side. Previously, Matthew co-founded RANsquawk, a ground-breaking real-time audio news service for institutional traders. Matthew has 20 years of experience in financial technology, financial news and trading and is an alumni of Imperial College.

Carsten Giersch
Senior Partner & Editor
Berlin Risk, Global Risk Affairs
Sebastian Rath
Principle Insurance Risk Officer
NN Group

Dr. Sebastian Rath is Principal Insurance Risk Officer at NN GROUP. He oversees and shapes NN’s international CRO functions, with their commercial and risk activities across 13 international markets. He joined NN Group at the time of its IPO as standalone company from ING Group. Throughout his professional career Sebastian addressed transformational modelling and capital management themes. He began with a PhD automating the use of big-data for large scale flood risk models. He joined RMS in London, building two national high-resolution catastrophe risk models. With HISCOX he was responsible for modelling, underwriting and pricing of global reinsurance. With the financial crisis and following regulation supported KPMG's clients and lead their projects, bringing Solvency II alive across Europe. Now based in Amsterdam, Sebastian is active across a number of EU markets with a wide range of products. As regular conference speaker he shapes operating models and attention points for Financial Services across global, ethical and sustainable value chains. On behalf of NN Group Sebastian is active with initiatives of Insurance Europe and the CRO Forum. As affiliate of the UK Institute of Risk Management Sebastian published two papers, on flood risk management and another on the use of blockchains in insurance risk management.

Peter Tyson
Head of Brexit Strategy and Former Head of Compliance
Standard Life Aberdeen

Peter leads the Brexit Programme for Standard Life Aberdeen plc’s pensions & savings business, Standard Life. He has overall responsibility for designing, developing and delivering the multi-disciplinary and multi-jurisdictional programme of work required for the business in preparation for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. Prior to his current role, Peter was Standard Life’s Head of Conduct and Compliance, with responsibility for the Conduct, Compliance Assurance, Regulatory Advisory and Regulatory Environment teams based within the Risk function.  Prior to this, he was Standard Life’s Head of Legal Services, with responsibility for the teams providing legal advice and support to the Standard Life’s business areas.  Peter holds an MBA from Edinburgh University Business School and joined Standard Life in 2002, following a few years in private practice as a corporate lawyer, specialising in M&A and corporate finance work.

Dr Stefan Spreiter
Head Risk Management
Swiss Life Asset Managers

Stefan Spreiter is working with Swiss Life Asset Managers, the third largest institutional Asset Manager in Switzerland with a successful over 160-year track record in risk management. Heading the Risk Management department of Swiss Life Asset Managers in Switzerland he is responsible for the risk oversight of Swiss Life’s funds and institutional mandates across multiple asset classes including Real Estate and Infrastructure. In 2017, Stefan successfully transformed the former risk controlling team into a comprehensive risk management function of Swiss Life’s Fund Management Company in Switzerland.

Remi Kamiya
Director of Risk Management
M&G Investments

Remi has over 18 years of experience in asset management. He currently supports the development of M&G Investment's activities in Europe, including real estate and private debt investments. Prior to joining M&G, Remi worked for Schroders where he was in charge of risk management for the products distributed in Europe with a specific focus on liquid alternatives and infrastructure finance investments. He also led the Schroders enhancement programs for stress testing and liquidity risk management. Remi will be sharing his experience on private assets and liquidity risk management.

Patrick Den Besten
Head of Financial Risk
NN Investment Partners

Patrick den Besten works for NN Investment Partners, the asset manager of NN Group NV. NN IP is headquartered in The Hague and manages approximately 250bln EUR in assets for institutions and individual investors worldwide. NN IP employs over 1.100 staff and is active in 15 countries worldwide. Patrick is responsible for Financial Risk within NNIP, which includes, Credit & Counterparty Risk, Investment Risk, Investment restriction Control and Performance Attribution & Analytics. Together with his team he is responsible for the overall financial risk management for both Institutional clients/mandates as well as the NN IP fund ranges. The team covers asset categories including, Equity, Fixed Income, Private debt as well as Multi-Asset both on a regional and global level. Patrick has over 20 years of experience in the financial industry working in various roles within the 1st and 2nd Lod, both as Portfolio Manager, Analyst and Risk Manager. Patrick started his career at AEGON Asset Management as a Portfolio Manager in the Strategy team. Patrick holds a Master’s in Economics from the University of Tilburg. 

Deborah Traversa
Capital Markets Director
SIA, S.p.A

Deborah Traversa was born in Como on 9th August 1971. While graduating in Business Management at Bocconi University in Milan, she already started a job experience in the financial markets area at 24 ORE publishing Group. In 1996 she completed her studies attending the Master CEMS (Community of European Management Schools) at the Erasmus Universiteit in Rotterdam and worked in London for Banca Commerciale Italiana. In 1997 she began her professional career as a management consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Milan, where she dealt with projects based both in Italy and in Europe. In 2000, she moved to The Boston Consulting Group where she was actively involved in the financial services practice as a project leader. In 2004, Deborah Traversa joined SIA as Capital Markets marketing manager. As of June 2012, she is Director of Capital Markets Division supporting supervisory authorities, trading venues, CSDs (Central Securities Depositories), global custodians, associations and other financial market players. She is in charge of the whole capital markets offering development in the fields of trading, post-trading, compliance and surveillance services and platforms.

Sebastian Hess
Cyber Risk Engineer

Sebastian Hess has been Cyber Risk Engineer for Austria, Germany, and Switzerland of AIG Europe Limited in Frankfurt since June 1, 2017 with responsibility for the strategic further development of Cyber Risk Consulting. Sebastian Hess is an international business leader with experience in both the military and private sectors and specialization in Information Technology Security and Cyber Defense. He has spent the last 20 years working for high level and highly exposed national and global or-ganizations focusing on protecting their IT environments. He has racked up an impressive record of achievements and advancements on multiple continents. He started his career as a military officer with the German Air Force, where he rose quickly through the ranks to become responsible for all German information security services through the Northeast and Southern corridors of the U.S. Before leaving the military, he was appoint-ed Chief Information Security Officer for NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan at ISAF Joint Command. He then successfully transitioned into the NATO organization itself, being a member of the team that directed the design and imple-mentation of NATO’s Computer Incident Response Capability, a system that would eventual-ly protect the highly confidential data of the international organization. In 2015, Sebastian transitioned completely into the private sector. Most recently Sebastian Hess served as Chief Information Security Officer for a leading financial services provider in Belgium. 

Stefan Hofrichter
Head of Global Economics and Strategy & Member of the Group of Economic Advisors
Allianz Global Investors

Stefan is the Global Economist and head of Allianz Global Investors’ Economics & Strategy team since 2011, covering global macro and capital markets developments. Stefan joined the firm in 1996 as an equity portfolio manager and assumed the role as an economist and strategist in 1998. Between 2004 and 2010, he also had responsibility for various retail and institutional multi-asset mandates, including traditional global and European balanced funds, global multi-asset absolute return and multi-manager alpha-porting funds. Stefan became a member of the firm’s Global Policy Council in 2004 and is a member of the Global Tactical Multi Asset Investment Committee, established in 2013, as well as the Global Bond Investment Committee since 2016. Stefan chaired the German Asset Allocation Committee between 2010 and 2012. In October 2016 he became a member of the ESMA (European Securities and Markets Authority) Group of Economic Advisers. 

Alain Robert-Dautun
Head of Risk Management
Sycamore asset management

Alain Robert-Dautun, has over 20 years of experience in the financial markets and asset management, including in hedge funds investment and risk management. Before joining Sycomore AM in 2006 as head of Risk Management, Alain was senior investment analyst and member of the investment team for Allianz Alternative AM. Prior to that, he was portfolio manager for a long short equity fund for CPR AM. Previously, Alain served as head of new products development for JP Morgan, head of Asset Allocation for State Street Global Advisors and quantitative Analyst of Sinopia AM (now part of HSBC GAM). Alain holds a Master's Degree in Statistics from the Institute of Statistic from Paris (ISUP), he is a CFA® charterholder and member of the Institute of Actuaries (France). Alain is also member of the Risk Commission for the French Asset Management Association (AFG).

William Coatsworth
Head of Enterprise Risk Management
Pension Insurance Corporation

William Coatesworth is Head of Enterprise Risk Management for Pension Insurance Corporation, a leading provider of insurance solutions to the trustees and sponsors of U.K. defined benefit pension schemes.  William is responsible for risk strategy and enterprise risk activities within the business including developing, embedding and coordinating the risk management framework, coordinating the ORSA process as well as acting as a business partner with the various teams within PIC, to provide insight and advice on key risks and opportunities in these areas. 

Geraldine Gibson
Chief Executive Officer

Geraldine is CEO of AQMetrics and is responsible for AQMetrics business strategy and corporate direction. AQMetrics provides cloud based automated risk and compliance solutions to both buy and sell side firms. With 20 years’ experience in delivering financial technology to global financial institutions, Geraldine holds a Masters in History from Trinity College Dublin, in Computer Science from the National University of Ireland and a MBA from University College Dublin.  

Margaret Ammon
Chief Risk Officer
M&G Investments

Margaret was appointed Chief Risk Officer of M&G Investments in December 2017. She has over 20 years’ experience in senior risk roles within institutions including Schroders and Old Mutual Asset Managers, and has worked in the UK, Asia and Australia.  Margaret holds a Masters in Applied Finance from Macquarie University, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia and a B.A. in Accounting from the University of Canberra

Pascal Traccucci
Global Head of Risk
La Francaise Group

Pascal Traccucci is CRO at la Francaise AM, one of the top 10 French manager with € 70 Bn AuM. He was previously global head of risk at Allianz AM in Munich covering PIMCO and Allianz Global Investors after joining from Invesco with the same position. He implemented there the Solvency II project for the AM. Pascal started his career at JP Morgan in the quant team and moved to portfolio management at Invesco. He graduated in both Business and Mathematics in France and Germany.

Søren Agergaard Andersen
Chief Risk Officer
Nordea Asset Management

Søren Agergaard Andersen is the Chief Risk Officer for Nordea Asset Management, the biggest asset manager in the Nordics with more than € 220bn AuM. Søren Agergaard Andersen is responsible for the overall risk function, managing an international team of risk professionals in Denmark, Sweden and Luxembourg. Prior to this Søren was Head of Risk in SEB Denmark. Søren has for the past seven years worked on improving the governance and risk framework, as well as the overall risk culture. Making ends meet between Group functions, local control functions and regulatory requirements.

Ashan Ramakrishnan
Head of Investment Risk & SIRO
BNY Mellon Investment Management EMEA

Ashan Ramakrishnan, CFA is Head of Investment Risk and SIRO for BNY Mellon Investment Management EMEA Limited (IM EMEA). In his role, Mr. Ramakrishnan is responsible for managing the investment risk reporting framework and for overseeing all information risk related matters (including cybersecurity) for IM EMEA. Prior to joining BNY Mellon in 2012, Mr. Ramakrishnan worked for Man Group between 2003 and 2012 in various roles, the last of which was in Product Risk. Mr. Ramakrishnan holds a MA in Mathematics and Computer Science from Hertford College, University of Oxford and is a CFA charterholder.  

Piotr Chmielowski
Chief Risk Officer
Fulcrum Asset Management

Piotr Chmielowski is Fulcrum’s CRO. The risk team in charge of all aspects of risk oversight and analysis for both the discretionary and systematic strategies, including both market, liquidity, credit, counterparty, and operational risk. Fulcrum takes an active approach to risk management in which risk assessment is communicated to and debated with portfolio managers using a common framework on an ongoing basis with the objective of improving long-term risk-adjusted returns while keeping the risk parameters of the strategies within their predefined parameters. Fulcrum’s stress tests are designed specifically for the multi-asset relative-value portfolios and are tied to macroeconomic analysis as well as quantitative analysis of the markets. The ever-evolving dynamic aspect of the risk management process is aimed at adapting to the changing markets and strategies.

Francesco De Matteis
Head of Risk Management
Azimut Group

Francesco De Matteis is Head of Risk Management at Azimut Holding, Italy’s leading independent asset manager, sine 2017. In this role, he is responsible for Market, Credit and Operational Risk. He led Azimut’s market risk department for 5 years. Francesco has more than 15 years of experience in Risk Management working for both sell-side (Investment Banking) and buy-side (Asset Management).

Ulrich Karl
Head of Clearing Services

Ulrich Karl is head of clearing services at the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA), with responsibility for leading ISDA’s global clearing strategy. This includes issues related to central counterparty (CCP) risk management (resilience, recovery and resolution), the impact of Brexit on the clearing landscape, as well as clearing mandates (for products and counterparties), clearing access, capital charges for CCP exposures and related topics.Before ISDA, Mr. Karl worked for HSBC, where he most recently served as co-head of CCP risk in the global markets division. While at HSBC, Mr. Karl served as the industry chair for ISDA’s clearing, risk and capital working group. Mr. Karl holds a MSc in Electrical Engineering from Technische Universität in Darmstadt.

Nicola Crawford
Former Chair, Institute of Risk Management and Managing Director
i-Risk Europe

Nicola is the founder of i-Risk Europe Ltd and is currently the managing director.  Nicola is also the immediate past Chair of the Institute of Risk Management (www.theirm.org) and she has over 20 years’ experience in risk management, strategic management, change management, leadership coaching and training development & delivery. Motivated and high-performing risk professional offering with significant  experience in governance, regulatory change/compliance, assurance, internal control, and enterprise risk management (ERM) combined with solid record of accomplishment in identifying and implementing strategies to capture improvement opportunities within global banking groups, public sector/local government, healthcare, retail, energy, utilities, investment banking, asset/wealth managers and insurers (Life and GI). Nicola offers a strong track record in uniting ERM strategy, Risk Governance and putting new regulatory strategy into action whilst delivering commercial benefits. Nicola has held a number of very senior risk roles where third party risk management has been within her remit.

Henk Becquaert
Member of the Management Committee, FSMA Member of the Board of Supervisors, EIOPA

Graduated from the Free University of Brussels in Business Engineering, Henk Becquaert has been a member of the Belgian Federal Planning Bureau and has worked on the staff of several ministers. In 2005 he joined the CBFA, which was reorganized and renamed the FSMA as from 1 April 2011. Since 2 May 2014, he is responsible for the operational supervision of financial products and pensions, for IT services and for Facilities & Infrastructure.

Steve Ward
Trade Performance and Psychology Coach
Performance Edge

Steve is the owner of Performance Edge Consulting Ltd and is passionate about performance and enhancing people’s performance. He specialises in working with trading, investing and banking clients helping them to enhance their performance by providing training, coaching and consultancy that is focused around the three key areas of psychology, physiology and performance. Prior to his work in the financial world he worked as a performance coach to elite athletes and teams in over 30 sports, and he has also coached professional poker players. He provides a highly practical approach to performance enhancement drawing upon a unique combination of performance psychology, decision science, neuroscience, biology, stress physiology, mindfulness-based strategies and elite performance principles.



Philip Fry
VP Product Strategy

Philip has over thirty years’ experience within the Financial Services Industry. Nearly 20 years at Deutsche Bank heading up the Voice Engineering, where he drove and implemented leading edge, innovative solutions for both Front & Back Office Voice Technologies as well as developing Regulatory and Compliance tools and automated assurance capabilities. Philip Is now leading the Go-to-Market strategy for Financial Compliance with Verint, with a remit to deliver differentiation to the market.

David Cowland
Director, Technology

Fidelity International provides world class investment solutions and retirement expertise to institutions, individuals and their advisers - to help our clients build better futures for themselves and generations to come. We are responsible for total client assets of £315.6bn (as at June 2018) from over 2.3 million clients across Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, and South America programme Director with responsibility for General Counsel (Risk, Compliance, Legal, Tax and Internal Audit) and Finance Technology change. RegTech lead at FIL driving change through implementation of RegTech solutions. David writes on ‘The Future Shapers’ site (www.thefutureshapers.com) where FIL is a corporate sponsor.

Mark Holmes
Chief Executive Officer
Waymark Tech

Mark Holmes is Founder & CEO of Waymark Tech, a company that provides AI-powered software to compliance officers to automatically identify and analyse changing regulations. He previously spent almost 15 years in financial services, holding roles at Traiana, HSBC, Nomura, Deutsche Bank, and Morgan Stanley.

Veerle De Schryver

In 1990 Veerle De Schryver joined the Belgian financial regulator, the Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA). Since 2011 she is the Head of the Department which is responsible for the Transversal supervision of financial products, such as funds, banking products and insurance products (life and non-life). In the period 1990-2003 she worked for the Supervision of Financial Information and Markets for Financial Instruments Department, where she dealt mostly with public offerings of securities, legal questions concerning collective investment schemes and takeover bids. As a member of the Legal Department (2003-2011) she provided in-house legal advice in the field of securities law (in particular takeover law and the legislation on collective investments schemes) and company law. In the period 2008-2011 she was a Press Officer.