Below are just a few of the leading speakers on the line-up for this year's event. Take a look at the full list of speakers confirmed so far please click here.
Jonathan was commissioned into the Parachute Regiment in 1981. He was a platoon commander with 3rd Battalion, Parachute Regiment, during the Falklands War. Having attended Staff College, Camberley, between 1989 and 1990, he was appointed Commanding Officer of 2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment, in 1997. He commanded the Multi-National Brigade (Centre) in Kosovo (1998-1999) and was appointed Director Special Forces in 2003. In January 2007 he became General Officer Commanding Multi-National Division (South East), Iraq, and went on to become Chief of Staff at HQ Land Forces in September that year. Between 2009 and 2012 he was based at the Ministry of Defence in Whitehall as Assistant Chief of Defence Staff. His responsibilities included developing UK policy on cyber security, a role which gave Jonathan a unique global perspective on the risks posed to governments and businesses by cyber attacks, and strong opinions on how to manage them.
Tim Harford is a world renowned behavioural economist and award-winning Financial Times columnist. Frequently described as ‘Britain’s Malcolm Gladwell,’ his first two books, The Logic of Life and The Undercover Economist, have been translated into 30 languages and sold well over a million copies. He is also presenter of Radio 4’s More or Less, and Pop Up Economics. Tim’s recent book is ADAPT: Why Success Always Starts With Failure. Drawing on psychology, evolutionary biology, physics, maths and economics, it shows how adaptive, trial-and-error processes can help tackle everything from innovation to financial crises. But whilst he’s a ‘serious’ economist with a career spanning Oxford, Shell and the World Bank, Tim’s FT columns dwell on the economics of daily life and offer tongue-in-cheek solutions to readers’ problems. He used a similar, highly accessible style as presenter of the BBC2 series Trust Me, I’m an Economist. Drawing on the frontiers of economic research and weaving evidence from sources like casinos and speed-dating, Tim shows that human behaviour is actually surprisingly logical.
Edward I. Altman is the Director of Research in Credit and Debt Markets at the NYU Salomon Center for the Study of Financial Institutions. Prior to serving in his present position, Prof. Altman chaired the Stern School's MBA Program for 12 years. He has an international reputation as an expert on corporate bankruptcy, high yield bonds, distressed debt and credit risk analysis and acts as an advisor to several central banks. Prof. Altman was inducted into the Fixed Income Analysts Society Hall of Fame in 2001, acted as President of the Financial Management Association in 2003 and was named one of the “100 Most Influential People in Finance” by the Treasury & Risk Management magazine in 2005. He was one of the founders and an Executive Editor of the Journal of Banking and Finance. He has published or edited over 150 articles and two-dozen books including his most recent works on Bankruptcy, Credit Risk and High Yield Junk Bonds (2002), Recovery Risk (2005), Corporate Financial Distress & Bankruptcy (3rd ed., 2006) and Managing Credit Risk (2nd ed. 2008).
Tim P. Clark is a Senior Associate Director in the Division of Banking Supervision and Regulation at the Board of Governors. His responsibilities include the supervision of the largest domestic and foreign banking organizations operating in the US, the Federal Reserve's annual Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review, and the Federal Reserve's supervisory stress testing program.
Since June 2013, Carlo di Florio has overseen FINRA's offices of Risk, Emerging Regulatory Issues, Enterprise Risk Management and Strategy. The Risk & Strategy team works closely with senior management, the board and regulatory programs across the organization to assess the most significant risks to investors and markets. Risk & Strategy then works with its regulatory partners to deploy risk-focused strategies to address those risks. Mr. di Florio also leads FINRA's Enterprise Risk Management program to enhance FINRA's internal governance, and risk management. He is also responsible for overseeing the development and monitoring of FINRA's strategy. Previously, Mr. di Florio served as the Director of the SEC's Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations. Before joining the SEC in 2010, he was a partner in the Financial Services Regulatory Practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mr. di Florio has been recognized by the National Association of Corporate Directors as one of the 100 Most Influential Leaders in Corporate Governance, and by Worth Magazine as one of the 100 Most Powerful People in Finance.
Mr. Flynn joined BMO Financial Group in 1992 and initially served in a number of roles within the BMO Capital Markets business, including Head of Financial Services, Corporate and Investment Banking Group. He was named Executive Vice-President, Finance and Treasurer of the Bank in 2004 and served as Executive Vice-President and Chief Risk Officer from March 2008 to March 2011. In March 2011, Mr. Flynn was appointed Chief Financial Officer. In this role he is responsible for financial governance and reporting, treasury and capital management, corporate development, investor relations, taxation and corporate communications.
Ken Phelan joined RBS as Chief Risk Officer for RBS Americas in June, 2011. Reporting to both the RBSA CEO and the RBS Group Head of Risk and Restructuring, Ken is responsible for overseeing Credit, Market, Regulatory, Operational and Compliance risk in the region. He is also an active member of the Group Risk Executive and Management Committees and chairs the Group Risk Operating and RBSA Risk Committees. Most recently, Ken has been appointed as interim CRO of both International Banking (IB) and M and IB Americas. Ken served as the post conservatorship CRO for Fannie Mae from 2009 – 2011, before which he joined Wachovia in 2008 as CRO. Prior to Wachovia, Ken held a variety of senior risk roles at JP Morgan, UBS and Credit Suisse. He has more than 20 years of experience across risk management, capital markets and structured products. He holds a JD from Villanova University School of Law and an MS in Economics from Trinity College, Dublin.
Juan Yanes became Chief Risk Officer in charge of all Santander operations in the United States in 2013. He moved to the US in 2009 to become the Chief Corporate Officer responsible for the consolidated supervision of all Banco Santander, SA activities in the US. During that time, he was also responsible for Compliance and Internal Control Departments. Formerly, he served as Deputy CRO at Group Level (2003-2009). He led the risk integration process for five years aiming to consolidate a strong Enterprise Wide Risk Management function. In 1999, he was appointed as global head of Market Risk in charge of the then newly merged group. In the 1990s, Mr. Yanes had various responsibilities in the areas of Investment Banking, Corporate Finance and Financial Markets. Before joining the Bank he was at Citibank in the Capital Markets area in Venezuela. Mr. Yanes holds a dual Master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Finance and Public Policy & Planning.
Paige Wisdom was appointed Freddie Mac’s chief enterprise risk officer on April 1, 2010, and is a member of the company's senior leadership team, reporting directly to the CEO. In this role, Wisdom is responsible for providing the overall leadership, vision and direction for enterprise risk management and leads an integrated risk management framework for all aspects of risk across the company. Previously, Wisdom served as Freddie Mac's Business Unit CFO, and earlier in her career held senior finance and risk-management positions with Bank of America, Bank One Corporation/J P Morgan, UBS/Warburg Dillon Read, Citibank Salomon Smith Barney, and Swiss Bank Corporation. She holds an MBA from The University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business.
Geoffrey Craddock is responsible for OppenheimerFunds’ independent risk management function with oversight of investment and enterprise risks throughout the firm’s complex. Prior to joining OppenheimerFunds in 2008, Mr. Craddock was a Senior Vice President and global Head of Market Risk Management for CIBC, where he oversaw market risk management globally for the bank’s investment banking, trading and retail activities. In total, Geoff spent 15 years with CIBC in a variety of risk management and trading roles and 12 years prior to that in trading and brokerage positions with various investment banks in Europe and the United States. Mr. Craddock holds an MBA from Cranfield School of Management.
John Hull is an internationally recognized authority on derivatives and risk management. He was, with Alan White, one of the winners of the Nikko-LOR research competition for his work on the Hull-White interest rate model and was in 1999 voted Financial Engineer of the Year by the International Association of Financial Engineers. He has acted as consultant to many North American, Japanese, and European financial institutions. He has won many teaching awards, including University of Toronto's prestigious Northrop Frye award. He has written three books: “Risk Management and Financial Institutions” (now in its 3rd edition), "Options, Futures, and Other Derivatives" (now in its 8th edition) and "Fundamentals of Futures and Options Markets" (now in its 7th edition). The books have been translated into many languages and are widely used in trading rooms throughout the world, as well as in the classroom. Dr. Hull is co-director of Rotman’s Master of Finance program. In addition to the University of Toronto, Dr. Hull has taught at York University, University of British Columbia, New York University, Cranfield University, and London Business School.
Before joining RBC Capital Markets, Sanjay Sharma was the Chief Credit Officer of Natixis Capital Markets for five years. Prior to his tenure at Natixis he held investment banking and risk management positions at Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, Moody’s, and Citigroup respectively. At Merrill he headed the ratings advisory practice for the Americas and also advised the firm’s clients on issues related to liability management and capital structure. At Goldman he advised the firm’s clients on issues related to capital structure and ratings. Prior to his career in the financial services industry, he worked as a marine engineer. He holds a Ph.D. in Finance and International Business from New York University.
Over the last few years Evan has focused on firm-wide projects regarding Basel-II, B-II.5, and Basel-III, stress testing and the enhancement of the measurement, implementation and use of Economic Capital. Evan has led the development of the methods used at Citi for measuring market risk and counterparty credit risk. He is on the Advisory Board of the IAFE (International Association of Financial Engineers) and is co-head of the IAFE Credit Risk Committee. For the last 16 years he has very actively worked on Basel issues as a member of several industry associations’ working groups.
Eduardo is responsible for the development of the methods and models used to measure market and credit risks as well as for the independent review and validation of pricing and risk models used by the bank. Prior to his current position, Eduardo was with Lehman Brothers for three years as Managing Director and Global Head of Quantitative Risk Management. He was responsible for all quantitative risk functions in the Risk Management organization including market, credit and operational risk analytics, model validation, risk technology and regulatory interface related to the implementation of the quantitative frameworks. Eduardo has also worked for Goldman Sachs and Salomon Brothers in Quantitative Research, Modelling and Risk Management.