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RiskMinds Americas - America's Top Risk Management Event

The Leading Risk Management and Capital Allocation Conference in America. Setting The Agenda For The Future Of Risk Management In The New Market

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.

Meet & Learn From 80+ Senior Risk Experts Including:

Meet & Learn From 80+ Senior Risk Experts Including:

Major General Jonathan Shaw CB CBE Former Assistant Chief Of Defence Staff UK MOD

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 Behavioural Economist, Author & Financial Times Journalist .

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.


Ed Altman Max L. Heine Professor Of Finance STERN SCHOOL OF BUSINESS, NYU

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 Senior Associate Director, Division Of Banking Supervision & Regulation FEDERAL RESERVE BOARD

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.


Carlo di Florio Chief Risk Officer & Head Of Strategy FINRA

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.


Thomas Flynn Chief Financial Officer BMO FINANCIAL GROUP

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.


Brian Gunn Chief Risk Officer ALLY FINANCIAL

Brian Gunn was named chief risk officer for Ally Financial in November 2011. In this role, Gunn has overall responsibility for achieving an appropriate balance between risk and return, mitigating unnecessary risk and protecting the company’s financial returns. Gunn joined Ally Financial in 2008 as chief risk officer for the Global Automotive Services business where he was responsible for overseeing disciplined risk processes, governance and analytics in support of Ally’s efforts to diversify and grow its automotive product lines. In this role, Gunn established a global auto risk management framework for all product lines across North America, Latin America, Europe and China. Prior to joining Ally, Gunn served in a number of senior leadership positions with GE Money, most recently as chief risk officer for GE Money Canada.


Ken Phelan Chief Risk Officer RBS AMERICAS

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 US Chief Risk Officer SANTANDER

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 Chief Enterprise Risk Officer FREDDIE MAC

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 Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer OPPENHEIMER FUNDS

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 Maple Financial Professor of Derivatives & Risk Management UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO

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.


Joan Mohammed CRO, Wealth Management & Head, Operational Risk Management BMO FINANCIAL GROUP

Joan Mohammed has accountability for managing all risk in the Wealth Management Business, Global Operational Risk Management, Enterprise Policy, Portfolio Management, Risk Reporting, Model Risk and Vetting, and Risk Operations. Joan started her career in 1983 at BMO. After several years of holding management and executive roles at another financial institution, Joan re-joined BMO in 2001 as Vice-President, Credit Risk Management, in the Personal and Commercial Client Group. The following year, she was appointed Vice-President, Risk Management Group with responsibility for developing the infrastructure to support the delivery of the New Basel Capital Accord. In 2003, Joan joined the HR group and was promoted to Senior Vice-President, Operational Management & Governance. In 2008, Joan was appointed as Senior Vice President, Risk Renewal Strategies and assigned accountability for reengineering risk management and leading strategic and change management initiatives. In 2010, Joan assumed Management of the Corporate Risk function and, assumed accountability for Global Operational Risk Management and the CRO, Wealth Management.


Sanjay Sharma Chief Risk Officer, Global Arbitrage & Trading RBC CAPITAL MARKETS

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.


Dessa Glasser Managing Director, Capital Stress Testing Analytics JP MORGAN CHASE

Dessa Glasser manages modeling, challenger and control teams responsible for enhancing capital stress testing at JPMorgan Chase. Previously, she was Deputy Director and Chief Business Officer for the Office of Financial Research, delivering data, technology and analytics to the Financial Stability Oversight Council. Dessa has broad experience in financial products, data, risk and technology. She was the CRO for Bunge Limited and held senior positions at Credit Suisse, Merrill Lynch, IBM, and KPMG Consulting. She taught at Rutgers University and has a Ph. D in Economics from Fordham University.


Yvette Hollingsworth Executive Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer WELLS FARGO & COMPANY

Yvette Hollingsworth is responsible for leading Corporate Risk’s Regulatory Compliance Risk Management Group, which provides independent oversight of business-based compliance management activities. She is responsible for ensuring that all areas of the company meet compliance risk management responsibilities and abide by all applicable laws and regulations. Additionally, she chairs the Regulatory Compliance Risk Management Committee and reports regularly to the Audit & Examination Committee of the Board of Directors, as well as the Enterprise Risk Management and Operating Committees. Yvette joined Wells Fargo in 2012 after serving four years at Barclays Corporate & Investment Bank in various roles, including managing director and global head of Operations Compliance and Financial Crimes Compliance & Risk Management. Previously, Yvette spent approximately 10 years as a regulator with the Federal Reserve System and has held a variety of senior compliance roles for financial institutions. Yvette previously served on the Supervisory Committee of the Federal Reserve Credit Union and Vice President of Administration and Operations for the NY Chapter of the National Black MBA Association.


Evan Picoult Managing Director, Risk Architecture CITI

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 Canabarro Managing Director, Head Of Credit & Market Quantitative Risk MORGAN STANLEY

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.


Leslie Thompson Independent Corporate Director .

Leslie Thompson currently serves as an independent director on the board of TSX-listed Home Capital Group Inc. and Home Trust.  She has also served as board member of the Ontario Municipal Employees' Retirement System- OMERS AC, a $56 Bn. public sector pension plan (Chair, Corporate Governance); the Deposit Insurance Corporation of Ontario (Chair, Risk Oversight); Chair of the City of Toronto's Investment Advisory Committee and as a Sinking Fund Trustee for the City of Toronto. Leslie is a member of the Directors’ and Chief Risk Officers’ Governing Council and participated in the DCRO’s recent definition of board director risk competence.  She has served as an independent corporate director or trustee for over 17 years. Previously, Leslie was Vice President, Capital Markets, Treasury for The Chase Manhattan Bank (now JP Morgan-Chase), Vice President, Business Development of Union Bank of Switzerland, and the founding Director of Capital Markets for the Province of Ontario (now Ontario Financing Authority).


Kevin Oden Executive Vice President, Chief Market & Institutional Risk Officer WELLS FARGO & COMPANY

Kevin Oden manages market risk oversight, the market risk regulatory calculation, model risk management and counterparty credit risk. He chairs Wells Fargo’s model and market risk committees. He is the principal contact for various regulatory bodies on market and institutional risk issues. Kevin is a board member of the Risk Management Association and chair of the RMA market risk advisory council.


Peruvemba Satish Senior Managing Director ALLSTATE INVESTMENTS

Peruvemba Satish leads Portfolio Management at Allstate Investments, overseeing investments in fixed income, equities and alternative strategies.  He has served in a variety of leadership positions within banking and asset management in the areas of quantitative research, investment strategies and risk management.  Most recently, he was the chief risk officer at Allstate Investments.  Satish joined Allstate from Jamison Capital Partners, where he was CRO responsible for portfolio construction and risk management of commodity and macro strategies. Earlier, he was a partner and the CRO at DKR Capital Partners. Prior to joining DKR, Satish was director of risk management at Soros Fund Management. Satish received his PhD in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin and is also a CFA charter holder.


James Baldino Executive Vice President, Chief Credit Strategist UNION BANK

James Baldino is the Chief Credit Strategist for Union Bank.  Jim and his management teams are responsible for the strategic deployment of credit capital, the oversight of credit activities, portfolio optimization and research, and the alignment of risk taking activities through the management of Economic Capital and development of the institution’s credit risk appetite.  Jim’s career began at Salomon Brothers and has continued to advance through positions of increasing responsibilities.  Prior responsibilities including serving as the Global head of Portfolio Risk management and Co-Chief Credit Officer at Banc One and as Head of Credit Portfolio – Commercial and private Bank at JP Morgan. He currently serves as an active Board Member of the International Association of Credit Portfolio Managers (IACPM).


Gary Mandelblatt Chief Risk Officer NOMURA HOLDINGS AMERICA INC.



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