Professor and Nobel Prize Winner in Economics
Robert Engle, the Michael Armellino Professor of Finance at New York University Stern School of Business, was awarded the 2003 Nobel Prize in Economics for his research on the concept of autoregressive conditional heteroskedasticity (ARCH). He developed this method for statistical modeling of time-varying volatility and demonstrated that these techniques accurately capture the properties of many time series. Professor Engle shared the prize with Clive W. J. Granger of the University of California at San Diego.
Professor Engle is the Director of the Volatility Institute at the Stern School at NYU. In this role he has developed research tools to track risks in the global economy and make these publicly available on the V-LAB website. These measures include volatility, correlation, long run value at risk and liquidity which are updated daily for thousands of global financial assets.
Professor Engle is a co-founding president of the Society for Financial Econometrics (SoFiE), a global non-profit organization housed at NYU. Before joining NYU Stern in 2000, he was Chancellor’s Associates Professor and Economics Department Chair at the University of California, San Diego and Associate Professor of Economics at MIT. He is a member of the National Academy of Science
Managing Director, Quantitative Risk and Stress Testing
Head of Applied Sciences Business Integration
Lloyds Banking Group
Abhijit is bringing machine intelligence to life at the Lloyds Banking Group. His focus is on combining machine and human intelligence with data to fundamentally change the way the Bank does business and create new opportunities for customers and colleagues. Additionally, he is setting up an Academy in the Lloyds Banking Group to democratise AI skills across 75,000+ employees to empower them to succeed in the data driven future. Also, Abhijit sits on the Expert Advisory Panel of All Party Parliamentary Committee on Artificial Intelligence.
Earlier, at McKinsey & Company, Abhijit engaged with leaders from large enterprises across Europe, Asia, and North America to help them take strategic and investment decisions, build new digital business models, and drive above-market growth. He led a venture with a leading digital corporation to develop analytical offerings for energy and investment sectors.
Previously, at HCL Technologies, Abhijit built and led tech-enabled businesses in Europe and Asia. He helped large corporations and governments embrace technology to improve performance. This included setting up technical support infrastructure with over 3,000 people for the UK-wide broadband launch by BT.
An engineer by training, Abhijit has an MBA from London Business School with exchange at MIT Sloan.
BARUCH COLLEGE, CUNY
Ken Abbott is currently on the faculty at Baruch College where he teaches both undergraduate and graduate students. He also is an adjunct faculty member at Claremont Graduate University and NYU. Until May 2018, he served as Chief Risk Officer for the Americas at Barclays a position he held since 2015. Prior to that, he spent nine years at Morgan Stanley, where he served as Chief Operating Officer for all Firm Risk. He also covered Commodities, Rates, FX, Retail and Emerging Markets businesses at Morgan Stanley, and was CRO for Its buy-side activity. Mr. Abbott spent 14 years at Bankers Trust in a number of trading, research and risk management roles. He also spent over 5 years at Bank of America in several senior Market Risk Management roles. Mr. Abbott currently sits on the Boards of the New Jersey Scholars Program, the Harvard Club of New Jersey, and CGU’s Financial Engineering Program, where he has recently been appointed as a Senior Fellow. Mr. Abbott has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Harvard University; a Master of Arts in Economics and Master of Science in Statistics and Operations Research from New York University. Mr. Abbott is an avid musician, playing clarinet, saxophone, oboe, English horn, and tuba.
Executive Director, Head of Operational Risk
NATIXIS CIB AMERICAS
Michael Barry is an Executive Director and Head of Operational Risk and Information Security. Mr. Barry, who has nearly 20 years' experience in financial services, is responsible for identification, monitoring and control of the Operational Risk and Information Security functions.
Prior to joining the Americas Platform, Mr. Barry was a Director - Asia Pacific Head of Operational Risk, based in Hong Kong, and before that a Vice President, Asia Pacific (ex-Japan) Global Markets Business Management, Planning and Strategy at Nomura International. Prior to joining Nomura, Mr. Barry worked at DTCC and Citigroup.
Mr. Barry holds a BS in Economics from the University of London and a MBA - Finance, Business and Management from Hong Kong University - School of Business and Management.
EVP, Head of Risk Architecture
Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer
FIRST REPUBLIC BANK
As Chief Risk Officer, Ms. Bontemps is responsible for maintaining a robust enterprise risk management program that supports the strategic goals of the Bank and builds upon its longstanding conservative risk culture and client service focused business model. At First Republic, she previously served as an Executive Loan Committee Member and Director of Credit Administration.
Prior to joining First Republic, Ms. Bontemps worked for Citibank in corporate and investment banking in New York and San Francisco where she held leadership positions in both relationship management and credit risk management.
Ms. Bontemps graduated from the Anderson School at UCLA (MBA) and UCLA (BA, Economics).
Chief Risk Officer and Head of Quantitative Research
Sidhartha is a Research Director at Chartis with over 20 years of experience in the financial, energy, and commodities markets in various functions across the trade life-cycle (risk management, trading, and product structuring) and software development life-cycle (risk, analytics, and trading). Sidhartha has held various roles in product development, trading, risk management, software development, and consulting in banks, hedge funds, and risk advisory and software firms, including Standard Chartered Bank, TCG Group, HCL, and Cognizant.
His specific areas of interest and research include risk data, model risk management, quantitative models in illiquid markets, high performance analytics, energy and commodity trading risk, market structure design, new computational models, and the use of innovative mathematical methods in various emerging areas of risk management.
Sidhartha holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management and is a qualified Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst CAIA , Financial Risk Manager (FRM) and Energy Risk Professional (ERP) member of GARP.
Mark has over 30 years’ experience in global capital markets, consulting and associated technologies, focusing on risk management, front- and middle-office platforms and data management. Before Chartis he held executive positions in large global financial institutions, consultancies and FinTechs, in various roles including platform and software development, solution architecture, large-scale program management, vendor selection and implementation, and strategy development and execution.
With a background covering the front, middle and back office, Mark brings to Chartis a holistic view of business, technology and regulatory issues across the enterprise, and how these issues can be addressed by leveraging appropriate technology solutions. His primary focus has been risk technology, and his work in this area includes: leading the global teams for risk technology at RBS Capital Markets and AIG; working with middle- and front-office technology teams at Barclays Capital; extensive consulting experience with major consulting organizations including EY and Deloitte; and extensive vendor experience, including time at Algorithmics and Misys (now Finastra). Mark has an MA from Oxford University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Chief Digital Officer for the Americas
Simon Letort is the Chief Digital Officer for the Americas at Societe Generale. The Digital Office defines the digital strategy and focuses on Innovation, Data Science and Digital Transformation (big data, API, cloud, web).
Simon joined Societe Generale in 2001, initially in Equity Capital Markets. In 2003, he moved to NY as Quant for the risk division. In 2005, he joined the Equity Derivatives department as financial engineer. He was appointed head of Equity Product Design in 2007 and head of Cross- Asset Product Design, covering Equity, Rates, FX, CTY and hybrids in 2009. In 2012, Simon moved to Sao Paulo as co-head of the Global Markets division for Brazil. In 2015, he returned to New York as head of Financial Engineering for the Americas. He was named Chief Digital Officer for the Americas in 2017.
Simon holds an MS in financial mathematics from Ecole Centrale Paris.
Head of Wholesale and Markets Risk Analytics
RBC CAPITAL MARKETS
Head of Firmwide LIBOR Transition Efforts
Goldman Sachs Asset Management
Jason is responsible for the firm's London Inter-bank Offered Rate (LIBOR) transition efforts. Previously, he was deputy head of Liquidity Solutions for Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM). From 2010 to 2017, Jason was the head of International Liquidity Portfolio Management for GSAM, responsible for the management of international liquidity portfolios. From 2007 to 2010, he was co-head of the Secured Funding team on the Central Funding desk, where he and his team were responsible for all financing transactions and financing counterparty relationships across the Investment Management Division. Prior to that, Jason worked in the portfolio and risk strategy group of GSAM’s Fixed Income team from 2004 to 2007. Before joining GSAM, he was an analyst in Fixed Income Operations. Jason joined Goldman Sachs in 2000 and was named managing director in 2012. Jason was recognized by Financial News as one of the “FN 40 Under 40 Rising Stars of Asset Management” in 2013 and 2014. Jason serves on the Board of Trustees of Fairy Bricks. Jason earned a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan in 2000.
Head of Surveillance
Eric Hains is the Director of Surveillance for TD Ameritrade, Inc. In this role he is responsible for the firm’s AML and Trade surveillance functions. Prior to joining TD Ameritrade, Eric was the head of Sales – Americas for the Nasdaq SMARTS Trade Surveillance system. From 2001 to 2010, Eric was a director in the Compliance department of Citi Global Markets, Inc. Mr. Hains holds a B.A. from Franklin & Marshall College.
Director and Senior Credit Risk Officer
Jae Ho Kim
Head of Risk Research
POINT72 ASSET MANAGEMENT
Jae Ho Kim is the Head of Risk Research at Point72 covering both equity as well as macro strategies. Prior to joining Point72, he was a member of the Fixed Income Quant Research team at AllianceBernstein. Jae Ho has a PhD from Princeton University and a Bachelor’s from Cooper Union.
Head Innovation Americas
Joerg Landsch is the Head of Deutsche Bank Innovation Labs Americas with presences in New York and Silicon Valley. Since joining Deutsche Bank in 2001, he has held a number of business and strategic roles across Corporate & Investment Banking, business development as well as corporate M&A and worked for the bank in Frankfurt, Hanoi, London and New York. Most recently, Joerg supported the bank’s digital transformation through his Regional Management responsibilities. Joerg is also an active startup mentor.
Senior Vice President and Head of Quantitative Risk Analytics
Steve is Senior Vice President and head of Quantitative Risk Analytics at Regions Bank, where his current responsibilities focus on quantitative aspects of forecasting and stress testing, risk rating, valuation, economic capital, credit strategy, reserve methodologies and credit portfolio management. Steve has 20 years of industry experience in quantitative modeling and risk management and has prior experience building portfolio management and analytics infrastructure at Merrill Lynch, Bank of Montreal and ABN AMRO.
Steve has a Ph.D. in applied physics from Northwestern University, a B.S. in physics from University of Colorado in Boulder, and has held Series 7 and Series 63 certifications.
Special Agent in Charge, Counterintelligence/Cyber Division
Chief Risk Officer
As Chief Risk Officer for Scotiabank, Daniel Moore is responsible for global management of risk, including enterprise, credit and market risk. Prior to his appointment in April 2017, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Market Risk Officer.
Daniel is a member of the Bank's operating committee, senior risk policy, asset liability committee, market risk, and credit committees. Daniel joined Scotiabank in 1997 and has held progressively senior roles in Toronto, Europe and Asia. Prior to becoming Chief Market Risk Officer in 2016, Daniel ran the Global Banking and Markets business in Asia-Pacific. He brings a strong focus in developing risk management strategies that align with the Bank's risk tolerance, business objectives and customer focus.
Daniel holds a D. Phil. in Theoretical Physics from Oxford University and a B.Sc. from Queen's University.
He and his wife Deborah have three daughters.
Officer, Head of Policy, Analytics, and Vendor Strategy
FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF NEW YORK
Melissa J. Mellen is an Officer within Procurement Value Management, leading the Policy, Analytics, & Vendor Strategy team. In this capacity, Melissa is responsible for overseeing Procurement Policy related compliance, and advisory client driven services. She also manages the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Vendor Management, and Supplier Diversity Program.
Prior to joining the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Ms. Mellen spent over ten years in the private sector, focused on Procurement, Supplier Diversity and Vendor Risk Management for firms such as: MUFG Union Bank, JP Morgan Chase, OppenheimerFunds, and Mizuho Bank, Ltd.
Ms. Mellen received her Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from SUNY Albany, and also holds a MBA with a concentration in Risk Management from Saint Peter’s University. She recently earned a Professional Certificate in Diversity & Inclusion from Cornell University. Melissa is currently a Doctoral Candidate at Pace University, with a focus in Business Management.
Managing Director & Global Head of Enterprise Technology
BANK OF AMERICA
Global Head, Risk Informatics
Murad is the global head of the Risk Informatics group at Goldman Sachs. Before that, Murad was the global head of Market Risk Analytics and Reporting as well as Market Risk Core Technology, responsible for calculating and reporting firm-wide market risk and capital metrics. In previous roles, also at Goldman Sachs, he managed the Market Risk Modelling team in the Americas driving the development of Market Risk, CCAR and Capital models, he also managed the Corporate Treasury Modelling team developing models of Liquidity risk. He joined Goldman Sachs in 2005 as an associate in Market Risk Technology. Murad was named managing director in 2017.
Previously, Murad worked as a research scientist in Computational Biology at Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Columbia University in New York where he used physical and statistical models as well as machine learning techniques to predict the function of proteins and the manner in which they interact with drugs.
Murad holds an MD from Damascus University, a PhD in Biophysics from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Masters in Mathematical Finance from the Courant Institute, NYU.
Managing Director ,Risk Management
Chief Technology Risk Officer
Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer
FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF NEW YORK
Joshua Rosenberg is executive vice president, chief risk officer and head of the Risk Group. Mr. Rosenberg oversees the Bank's risk management framework including its approaches to operational, financial and enterprise risk. Mr. Rosenberg also serves on the Bank's Management Committee and chairs the Bank's Risk Subcommittee.
Mr. Rosenberg joined the Bank in 2001 as a research economist. In 2009, he moved to the Risk Group and established and led the risk analytics function. In 2015, Mr. Rosenberg established and then served as the head of the Risk Group's enterprise risk management function. During the financial crisis, Mr. Rosenberg contributed to the development and implementation of lending programs including the Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility and the Commercial Paper Funding Facility.
Prior to joining the Bank, Mr. Rosenberg was an assistant professor of finance at New York University's Stern School of Business. His research focused on derivatives, volatility and risk management. His papers have been published in journals including the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal of Business and the Journal of Derivatives.
Mr. Rosenberg holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics and religion from Oberlin College and a doctorate degree in economics from the University of California, San Diego.
Chief Risk Officer, Data Technology and Enterprise Initiatives
BANK OF AMERICA
Flora Sah is the Chief Risk Officer for Global Risk Management at Bank of America. She is the lead risk partner and central delivery conduit, responsible for driving ownership, execution, and oversight between the technology teams and the horizontal risk functions to provide a holistic view of all risks and create robust future state strategy and implementation roadmap.
Before joining Bank of America, Flora was the executive advisory council at Gerson Lehrman Group, responsible for business advisory and technology consulting. Prior to that, Flora held multiple leadership roles at State Street Corporation, including COO of Enterprise Risk Management, Head of Risk & Regulatory Technology, and CTO & Head of Vendor Risk Management. Before joining State Street Corporation, Flora spent several years at Cambridge Technology Partners where she led consulting practices in financial services, retail, and healthcare industry.
Flora holds a M.S. in Engineering Management from Northeastern University and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Information Systems from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Chief Risk Officer, Global Wealth Management
J.P. MORGAN PRIVATE BANK
Prasanna Someshwar is Chief Risk Officer for Wealth Management and a member of the Wealth Management Operating Committee. As CRO, Mr. Someshwar oversees the credit, reputation, fiduciary, market & investments, and operational risk practices of the Wealth Management business, composed of J.P. Morgan Private Bank and J.P. Morgan Securities.
Before becoming Chief Risk Officer in 2017, Mr. Someshwar was Head of Global Credit Risk &
U.S. Regional Risk for Wealth Management, where he played a key role in building the Private Bank’s credit book, and led the overhaul of the business’s risk policies and procedures, applying a more quantitative and consistent approach.
Mr. Someshwar joined Wealth Management in 2014 from the Corporate & Investment Bank, where he was the Regional Credit Executive for Greater China, South Asia, Asia-Pacific Commodities and had management oversight of the Credit Analysis unit. He began his career with the firm 18 years ago, covering South and Southeast Asian Financial Institutions for Chase Manhattan Bank in Mumbai. Mr. Someshwar led numerous key risk initiatives during his time in Asia, including the launch of J.P. Morgan’s Global Corporate Banking initiative, risk acceptance criteria in China, appropriateness for derivative transactions, the Global Commodities Group Credit restructure and Country Chief Risk Officer.
Mr. Someshwar earned his bachelor’s degree in Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management. He lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.
Eugene Stern, Global Market Risk Product Manager
Eugene Stern is head of market risk products at Bloomberg, working on the firm’s enterprise risk services business, which ties together market and reference data, instrument-level analytics for both risk managers and the front office. He helped start the business and has held a number of different leadership roles in product management, implementations, and client services.
Previously, Eugene spent ten years at RiskMetrics where he started as a quant researcher, building models for market and credit risk, and eventually moved to the business side, leading the product management team and overseeing all offerings across the risk business.
Eugene holds a Ph.D. in Math from UC Berkeley, and worked at the University of Pennsylvania as a lecturer in mathematics before beginning to work in risk.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Shyam Sreenivasan is the Founder and CEO of Quantel AI. Shyam was previously at Morgan Stanley for over 20 years where he led many transformational technology initiatives in various leadership capacities in New York, London and Mumbai. Throughout various points in his long career at Morgan Stanley, he was the Global Head of Program Trading Technology, Exchange Connectivity and Algorithmic Trading Risk Controls. He is a proven thought leader and innovator, creating many high-performance teams in fast paced environments. Shyam is a domain expert in algorithmic trading and analytics across equity and fixed incomes asset classes, trading systems, quantitative finance, high frequency trading, regulatory controls and risk management, machine learning and deep learning techniques as well as its application in finance.
Shyam proudly holds a Bachelors in Engineering (CS) from Bharathiar University, India, Masters in Computer Science from University of South Carolina, Columbia, Masters in Business Administration (Finance) from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and Certificate in Quantitative Finance (CQF) from the CQF Institute.
Head of Model Risk
Agus Sudjianto is an executive vice president and head of Corporate Model Risk for Wells Fargo, where he leads a highly technical team to manage model risk across the enterprise. Prior to his current position, Agus was the modeling and analytics director and chief model risk officer at Lloyds Banking Group in the United Kingdom,where he was responsible for the enterprise development and oversight of all risk management models (retail and wholesale credits, market, regulatory capital, stress testing, asset liability management, and insurance).
Global Head of Risk Technology
RBC CAPITAL MARKETS
Head of Commercial Credit Policy and Innovation
Azlina Wetmore heads Commercial Credit Policy & Innovation at Capital One. Prior to this, she led the Regulatory Risk Management, Governance and Strategic Transformation for Credit Suisse. Other roles held during her time at CS include Chief Operating Officer for the Americas Risk Division, Americas Head of Operational Risk Governance, Director for New Business in Asia and Head of Legal & Compliance in Malaysia. Azlina has also spent some time as a regulator in the Securities Commission, Malaysia. Azlina holds a Masters of Commercial Law from Cambridge University, a law degree from Warwick University. She has also been called to the Bar of England and Wales.
Managing Director, Credit and Operational Risk Analytics
BMO Financial Group
Jimmy has 20 years of experience as senior executive in risk analytics for large / global banks across US, Asia and Canada.
He is currently Managing Director, Global Head of Credit and Operational Risk Analytics at Bank of Montreal – One of the top 4 banks in Canada with asset size more than 700B USD.
Before Jimmy joined BMO, he was Managing Director at MUFG (largest Japanese Bank with more than 3 trillion USD asset size) as Head of North America Credit Analytics, Executive Vice President for First Horizon National Corporation and Senior Vice President for Wells Fargo.
He also had prior experience managing Model validation and Enterprise risk management.
Jimmy was a Peking University graduate in computational mathematics and he also has a PhD in applied mathematics and an honor graduate of Southwestern Graduate School of Banking.
Jimmy is a well-known industry expert, speaking and chairing many industry conferences each year: RiskMinds, Risk USA, Stress Testing USA, Quant Congress, IACPM, RMA, FIMA, Moody’s Risk Practitioner and IFRS-9 / CECL conferences etc.
Jimmy also published several papers in Academic Journals and is a contributor to two books published by RiskBooks.
Chief Risk Officer
Amy Wierenga is a partner and Chief Risk Officer at BlueMountain Capital, where she is responsible for the Risk and Portfolio Construction team. Ms. Wierenga is also Chair of the Risk Committee and a member of the Firm's Management and Valuation Committees. She joined BlueMountain in 2008 from Merrill Lynch, where she was responsible for market risk in the Global Rates and FX trading businesses. Prior to Merrill Lynch, Ms. Wierenga worked as a commissioned Bank Examiner and Market and Liquidity Risk Specialist for the Federal Reserve Bank. Ms. Wierenga received the Federal Reserve's C.M.L. Bishop Award for Excellence and Outstanding Achievement in 2004. Ms. Wierenga earned an M.B.A in Analytic Finance, Econometrics and Statistics from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business. She graduated with high honors from Butler University with Bachelor's degrees in Economics and Music.
Head of Fixed Income Quantitative Investments & Research
T. ROWE PRICE
Head of Balance Sheet Modeling
Armel R. KOUASSI is an experienced financial professional with global and broad-based asset liability management and treasury portfolio management experience in the most respected financial institution in the world GE Capital, Merrill Lynch, Citi Bank, HSBC Asset Management, State Street Corporation and Northern Trust. Armel has a proven ability to develop strategic plans to optimize the balance sheet and successfully manage risk, resulting in improved earnings. Recognized in the industry for his ability to develop strong predictive analytical models made possible by well-honed skills in data science. Armel has demonstrated with his 15+ years’ experience in banking competency with all Banking regulations, including Dodd-Frank. Armel is certified Financial Risk Professional and aa member of Global Association of Risk Professional. Armel is passionate of Classical music and is member of the Board of Directors of the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra. Armel received a MBA from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School, a Master in Finance from ESCP Europe, Paris, France and a Master of Applied Economics and Statistics from ENSEA Cote d’Ivoire.
Currently Armel is overseeing $120Bn Bank’s Balance sheet and heading Northern Trust’s Asset Liability Management and Balance sheet
Head of Portfolio Construction and Risk Management
Racim Allouani (New York) joined KKR in 2015 and oversees the Risk Management and Portfolio Construction efforts across KKR's Public Credit, Private Credit and Special Situations businesses. Prior to his current role, Mr. Allouani had a similar responsibility in the Hedge Funds business. Prior to joining KKR, he spent five years at the hedge fund of Lombard Odier as a senior quantitative portfolio analyst and risk manager, covering equities and credit strategies. Prior to that, he was at fund of hedge funds Arden Asset Management in the portfolio optimization and risk management group. Mr. Allouani held previous positions at Deutsche Bank in equity research and Bank West LB in fixed income research. Mr. Allouani earned a M.A. in International Economics from Sciences Po Paris, in Financial Engineering from Cornell University, as well as a and Bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from Ecole Nationale des Ponts Et Chaussees.