Risk USA 2020

Risk.net's award-winning conference, Risk USA, is the eminent risk management event for North America's top tier banks, buy-side participants and industry regulators.

Risk USA 2020


Risk USA


4-day interactive program giving you the information needed to cope with radical change in risk management and risk transfer markets

Due to government guidelines, it is impossible for us to host Risk USA as we have in previous years. The event will be brought to you virtually on November 16-19, we will still have industry leading experts speaking and a high quality program giving you 

  • a thorough understanding of what’s changing
  • how others are adapting
  • how you and your business can get ahead

Join us as we bring together 450+ industry front-runners from banks, pension funds, asset managers, life insurers, hedge funds, private equity, academic institutions and regulators to explore the direction of risk covering market, credit, liquidity and investment risk as well as the challenges and opportunities presented by the disruption of new technologies and new ways of working and the disintermediation of old business models.

Day one

The state of financial markets, Covid-19 lessons, credit risk, Libor transition & stress-testing

Day two

AI models and ethical algorithm, innovation & digitalization, fintech, BCM framework, operational risk

Day three

Climate risk, model risk, market risk, ESG investing, portfolio risk management, the new shape of liquidity 

Day four

Exclusive insights into response to Covid-19, macro dynamics, diversity & inclusion, building agile risk management teams

Kevin Stiroh

Executive vice president, head of the supervision group

Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Kevin J. Stiroh is Executive Vice President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and head of the Supervision Group, which is responsible for supervising financial institutions in the Second District of the Federal Reserve System. Mr. Stiroh is currently a member of the Bank’s Executive Committee, a member of the Federal Reserve’s Supervision Committee and Large Institution Supervision Coordinating Committee (LISCC), co-lead of the Basel Committee’s Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Risks, and chair of the Senior Supervisors Group.

Mr. Stiroh joined the Bank in March 1999 as an economist in the Research and Statistics Group and has held a range of positions in the Research and Statistics, Supervision, Markets, and Integrated Policy Analysis groups. Mr. Stiroh played a leadership role in the development and execution of supervisory stress testing progams including the Supervisory Capital Assessment Program (SCAP) and the Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review (CCAR); led work related to financial institution analysis, market monitoring, financial stability, and the discount window; and participated in international working groups on macroprudential supervision, collateral usage, and the reform of reference interest rates. Mr. Stiroh became head of the Supervision Group in October 2015.

Mr. Stiroh's academic research includes work on productivity and the sources of economic growth, the economic impact of information technology, and the efficiency and behavior of financial institutions. This research has been published in the American Economic Review, Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Review of Economics and Statistics and other academic and business publications.

Mr. Stiroh holds a bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College in Economics and Psychology and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University in Economics.

Rostin Behnam


The U.S Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Rostin Behnam was nominated by President Trump as a Commissioner of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission on July 13, 2017, was unanimously confirmed by the Senate on August 3, 2017, and was sworn in to serve as a Commissioner on September 6, 2017 for term expiring in June 2021.

Prior to joining the CFTC, Mr. Behnam served as senior counsel to U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, Ranking Member of the Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee. Mr. Behnam served as counsel to Senator Stabenow since 2011, focusing on policy and legislation related to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Department of Agriculture.
Prior to serving Senator Stabenow, Mr. Behnam practiced law in New York City and worked at the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General. Mr. Behnam is a graduate of Georgetown University and earned a J.D. from the Syracuse University College of Law.


S.P Kothari

Chief economist, director of the division of economic and risk

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

S.P. Kothari was named the Chief Economist and Director of the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis (DERA) in March 2019. In this role, he oversees economists, data scientists, and other professionals who provide financial economics and data science in support of the SEC’s mission.

Dr. Kothari joined the SEC from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he was a professor of accounting and finance and a former Deputy Dean.

Dr. Kothari spent nearly two decades at MIT, both as a professor and as an administrator. His research interests include financial reporting, valuation, asset allocation, international accounting practices, executive compensation, investment performance, and derivatives.

Dr. Kothari has served as the Co-Chair of the Board of Governors Asia School of Business, Kuala Lumpur, faculty director of the MIT-India Program, and editor of the academic publication Journal of Accounting & Economics. In 2008, he served as global head of equity research for Barclays Global Investors, where he was responsible for research supporting the firm’s active equity strategies and for managing a team of approximately 50 PhDs based around the world.

Dr. Kothari received his B.S. in Engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology & Science and his MBA from the Indian Institute of Management. Dr. Kothari earned his PhD from the University of Iowa.

Dr. Kothari has received honorary doctorates from University of Technology, Sydney (2013), University of Cyprus (2017), and London Business School (2019).

Unparalleled insights ...

...  into the state of financial markets provided by top regulators, including SEC, Federal Reserve Bank of New York and CFTC

Exclusive address ...

... on the global response to Covid-19 from Judith Monroe, president and CEO, The CDC Foundation

The future ...

... of ethical algorithm presented by industry renowned scholar Michael Kearns, professor, University of Pennsylvania & Amazon scholar, Amazon

Interactive think tanks

Highly engaging moderated discussions designed for idea sharing and candid debate about some of the industry’s biggest pain points – and how to solve them.  

Judith Monroe

President and CEO

CDC Foundation

Dr. Judith Monroe, president and CEO of the CDC Foundation, has dedicated her career to protecting people and saving lives. She joined the CDC Foundation in February 2016 as president and CEO, following her role as a deputy director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and director of CDC’s Office of State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support.

In her work at the CDC Foundation, Dr. Monroe advances priority programs that improve the health of people across America and around the world. The CDC Foundation mobilizes philanthropic and private-sector resources to support CDC’s critical health protection work, managing hundreds of programs in the United States and in more than 140 countries.

The CDC Foundation is actively supporting CDC and U.S. health departments’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Under Dr. Monroe’s leadership, the CDC Foundation has provided support to vulnerable populations; procured personal protection equipment for frontline health workers; is hiring surge staff for all 50 states, six large cities, tribal organizations and territories; and is supporting data solutions for contact tracing. In addition, the CDC Foundation is supporting communications and clinical research, including a portfolio with a focus on health equity. The CDC Foundation is also partnering with cross-sectoral leaders to provide expert panel discussions and scenario planning to help safely reopen the U.S. economy.

The CDC Foundation responded to the Zika epidemic as an implementing partner in addition to mobilizing resources; supported the response and recovery from the 2017 hurricane season; and serves as CDC’s strategic partner for global health security. In 2019, Dr. Monroe was recognized by the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce with a MAC Heroes of Global Health award.

Prior to the CDC Foundation, Dr. Monroe oversaw key activities and technical assistance at CDC supporting the nation’s health departments and the public health system. Throughout the 2014–15 Ebola epidemic she served as senior advisor for the domestic response. During her tenure as the state health commissioner for Indiana she served as president of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials through the H1N1 pandemic. She envisioned and founded the ASTHO president’s challenge in 2008. This leadership platform resulted in initiatives with significant health improvements and focus of ASTHO annual meetings.
Dr. Monroe currently serves on the board of directors for the Center for Global Health Innovation and for the Georgia Global Health Alliance, and is a member of the Milken Institute’s Public Health Advisory Board.

Additionally, she serves as a member of the World Health Organization Foundation’s Advisory group and on the Advisory Council of the Pandemic Action Network.
Dr. Monroe was recognized in 2020 by CDC’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity as their Summer 2020 Health Equity Champion. In 2019, she received the American Public Health Association’s Presidential Citation for her work to improve the health and well-being of people around the world, and for her commitment to the future of public health as a mentor to young physicians and public health students.

Dr. Monroe received her doctor of medicine from the University of Maryland and a bachelor of science degree from Eastern Kentucky University. She completed her residency in family medicine at the University of Cincinnati, a rural faculty development fellowship through East Tennessee State University, and a mini-fellowship in obstetrics through the University of Wisconsin. She also participated in the State Health Leadership Initiative at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and received an honorary doctorate from Purdue University in Health and Human Services.

Michael Kearns


University of Pennsylvania

Dr Michael Kearns is Professor and National Center Chair in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, with secondary appointments in the departments of Economics, and in Statistics, and Operations, Information and Decisions of the Wharton School. Kearns is the Founding Director of Penn’s Warren Center for Network and Data Sciences, as well as the Penn Program in Networked and Social Systems Engineering. His research includes topics in machine learning, algorithmic game theory, computational social science, and quantitative finance and algorithmic trading.

Kearns spent a decade at AT&T Bell Labs, where he was head of the AI department, which conducted a range of systems and foundational AI and machine learning research. He has consulted extensively in the technology and finance industries, and is currently Chief Scientist of MANA Partners, a New York trading and technology company. He studied maths and computer science at UC Berkeley, and completed his PhD in computer science at Harvard University in 1989. He is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Association for Computing Machinery, the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, and the Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory.

Risk management lessons from Covid - 19
Spotlight on Libor transition efforts
Vendor resiliency & third party reliance during the pandemic
Rethinking portfolio strategies in volatile markets
Etical AI in finance
Effective processes and models to manage climate risk
Innovations and regulatory development in credit risk management
Assessing cyber resilience during the pandemic
Rewriting the playbook for the business continuity management
The economic fallout of the Covid-19 and outlook for markets
The new shape of liquidity in the markets
Effective tools to measure market risk
Winners and losers in the fintech space
Managing model risk in rapidly changing markets
Spotlight on data quality and when it becomes a risk
Decoding the ESG investing
Conference Awards