The changing shape of buy-side risk technology

The changing shape of buy-side risk technology

The changing shape of buy-side risk technology and the role of data for risk managers

Intense competition, market volatility, sophisticated clients, and a demanding regulatory environment continue to raise the stakes for investment risk management.

A robust risk function has underpinned buy-side firms strategy for some time. However, the unprecedented disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic is a reminder that a sound risk culture is now more crucial than ever for investment managers. Risk leaders must enable and support investment platforms, data and analytics capabilities, operations, and strategies to ensure a secure and compliant enterprise function.

This webinar aims to address how buy-side firms are adapting in volatile markets and beyond paying specific attention to the following:

  • The complexities of data aggregation, analysis and reporting
  • Integrated risk management tools – fat-tail risk, stress-testing, credit and liquidity, impact on investment and compliance risk management frameworks
  • Socio-economic uncertainty and the new requirements it poses on the risk management process
  • How COVID-19 is reshaping buy-side firms’ risk management strategies and solutions


Borjana Racheva-Iotova

SVP, Global Head of Quantitative Analytics and Risk


Boryana Racheva-Iotova, co-founder of FinAnalytica and former Global Head of Risk at BISAM is now Senior Vice President in charge of Risk Research and Cognity Operations at FactSet. She has over 15 years of experience in building risk and quant portfolio management software solutions. Before founding FinAnalytica, Boryana has led the implementation of a Monte-Carlo based VaR calculation to meet the Basel II requirements at SGZ Bank, as well as the development of six patented methodologies for FinAnalytica. She holds a Master of Science in Probability and Statistics at Sofia University, and a Doctor of Science, magna cum laude from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.

Racim Allouani

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.

Lisa Wang

Senior Vice President, director of investment risk


Lisa Wang is Senior Vice President, Director of Investment Risk at Alliance Bernstein. She oversees investment risk management of a wide range of strategies with a specific focus on Multi-Asset Solutions and Equities.  Her responsibilities include advising senior management on enterprise risk exposures, advising investment teams on portfolio construction, and leading the development of enterprise risk infrastructure,

Lisa holds a B.A.Sc in electrical engineering from University of Toronto and a MBA from York University, and is a CFA charterholder.

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