2023 Speakers

2022 Speakers

Previous speakers at Risk Live Europe London 2023

Jeremy Arnold

Chief risk officer

NatWest Markets

Jeremy Arnold joined NatWest Markets as chief risk officer in September 2018 and is responsible for leading the organisation's risk function by defining and delivering risk, conduct, compliance and financial crime strategies to support its ambition, strategy and risk appetite. He has extensive experience, spanning a variety of roles in trading and risk management over the past 30 years at a number of leading global financial institutions.

Chris Knight

Group chief risk officer

Legal and General

Chris Knight took the role of group chief risk officer (CRO) in May 2021. For the previous three years he had been the chief executive of Legal and General’s retail retirement business, where he led the expansion of annuity propositions, developed one of the leading providers of lifetime mortgages and launched our financial advice and care businesses. Knight also serves as Legal and General’s customer champion, representing retail customers’ interests across the whole product range, a perspective he brings to his CRO role. He has previously held positions at Legal and General of finance director of the international division, and chief financial officer of Legal & General Assurance Society. Knight has a first-class economics degree from King’s College, Cambridge and has worked on four continents in a career spanning more than three decades. He is a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.

Nick Silitch

Former chief risk officer


Kanwardeep Ahluwalia

Co-head global markets risk

Bank of America

Kanwardeep Ahluwalia is Co-head of Global Markets Risk for Bank of America.

Kanwardeep joined Bank of America from Swiss Re where he was the Group Head of Financial Risk Management, which included the role of CRO for Asset Management, as well as serving as the Reinsurance CRO for EMEA.  Prior to that, he worked at Bear Stearns where he had a number of positions leading to the roles of CRO for Europe & Asia and Global Head of Market Risk.  This was preceded by a period working in regulation for the UK’s former Securities & Futures Authority.

Sebastjan Smodis

Emea chief risk officer and global head of investment risk


Hanna Sarraf

Chief risk strategy officer

Starling Bank

Hanna Sarraf is a senior risk management executive, with over twenty five years’ experience in developing and implementing risk and regulatory management frameworks that deliver effective results in the financial services industry. He is currently the Chief Risk Strategy Officer at Starling Bank and was previously the Group Chief Risk Officer at Bankmed, a regional corporate, retail and private banking organisation with operations across the EMEA region. Prior to joining Bankmed, Hanna was the Group Executive, Head of Risk Strategy at Bank of Ireland and previously held senior risk and regulatory management consulting roles at Ernst & Young, KPMG and Accenture in the UK and globally.

Hanna’s international industry and client consulting experience spans a wide range of risk and regulatory management roles both at the strategic and execution levels gained with leading financial services organisations across all major industry segments in a wide number of geographic markets.

He holds a Specialised Master’s degree in Financial Engineering from the École Supérieure des Sciences Économiques et Commerciales (ESSEC) and an MSc in Finance from Dauphine University in France. He has authored many articles on financial risk management and is a frequent speaker at leading UK and international conferences.

Jasper Livingsmith

Director, head of G7 portfolio management, treasury

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Jasper is Director of G7 Portfolio Management within the EBRD Treasury. He oversees the central risk warehouse for all hard currency risks across the Bank’s balance sheet, and is also heavily involved with IBOR transition across various RFR working groups. Jasper joined the EBRD in 2011. Previously he worked as a macro trader, and was a market maker at ABN AMRO.

Julien Cuisinier

Head of financial risk

Artemis Fund Management

Julien joined Artemis in November 2019 to build their investment risk capabilities from the ground up including Market risk, credit risk, Liquidity risk & ESG risk oversight across all the mandates managed on behalf of clients. Prior to Artemis, Julien headed the front office investment risk team at Janus Henderson covering the EMEA mandates across asset classes. His responsibilities covered market risk advisory and oversight, liquidity risk management and support into the front office governance framework including best execution and product governance support.  Julien graduated from Brussels Free University in 2004 in Applied Economics and has completed the Certificate for Quantitative Finance and the CFA program.

Andreea Petreanu

Head of credit risk

Mizuho International

Andreea Petreanu is currently Head of Credit Risk Management at Mizuho International in London. Over the past 20 years, she has had various risk management roles with global investment banks such as Morgan Stanley, HSBC, Merrill Lynch, Bank of America and VTB Capital. Andreea is also an Independent Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Risk Committee of Globalworth, a leading real estate investment company in Central and Eastern listed on AIMS with portfolio value over EUR3bn.  Andreea’s educational background includes an Executive MBA from the University of Cambridge, Judge Business School and an MSc in Insurance and Risk Management from City University, CASS Business School. She is also an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute in London.

Salvatore Bilotta

Emea head of credit rIsk management


Ilja Faerman

Managing director, financial engineering, Emea


Ilja Faerman serves as the Managing Director and Head of Client Solutions Group at Numerix, where he has spearheaded the successful delivery of projects across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. His extensive expertise encompasses the pricing of complex derivatives across multiple asset classes, XVA desk support in building calculation infrastructure, and collaboration with structured product issuers on a wide array of processes, ranging from solutions for trade ideation to building platforms for comprehensive risk management of large portfolios. Faerman also possesses in-depth knowledge on various subjects, such as SIMM, FRTB, and buy-side industry solutions.

Before joining Numerix, Faerman gained valuable experience as a Financial Engineer and Model Validation Analyst at Thomson Reuters. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Computer Science, as well as a Master of Science degree in Finance from the renowned Frankfurt School of Finance.

Mark Findlay

Managing director and global head of financial risk analytics

S&P Global Market Intelligence

Mark Findlay is Global Head of Financial Risk Analytics at S&P Global Market Intelligence, which provides award winning products and solutions to financial institutions to measure and manage their counterparty credit risk, market risk, regulatory risk capital, derivative valuation adjustments as well as custom on demand risk services. Using the latest analytics and technology such as a fully vectorized pricing library, Machine Learning and a Big Data stack for scalability, the products and solutions are also available in the cloud and are used by the largest tier-one banks to smaller niche firms.

Prior to joining S&P Global, Mark worked as a Partner at TLG, a specialist risk management consultancy in London. Previously, Mark held Chief Operating Officer positions in financial markets trading and quantitative risk management roles at ABN AMRO, UBS and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He was also the Capital Management Program Director of global markets at HSBC.

Mark holds an MBA from CASS Business School, University of London, UK.

Nicolas Marchesotti

Research and product manager, AI research team

JP Morgan

Nico is a Research and Product Manager at J.P. Morgan’s AI Research team. He is responsible for bridging the gap between the research team and the business. He is responsible for developing and launching AI products across the organisation and his areas of focus include AI fairness, explainable AI, optimisation and AI planning. Previously, he worked in J.P. Morgan’s Wealth Management Investments Solutions division, where he was responsible for structuring discretionary investment strategies.

Nadia Bouzebra

Head of model risk management, banking

Close Brothers

Nadia is the Head of Model Risk Management in Close Brothers, a UK merchant banking group who provides lending, deposit taking, wealth management services and securities trading. Within her current role, Nadia is responsible for providing oversight and challenge to the models used in the Bank. The team ensures models are compliant with internal policy and governance, and with external regulations. We are also responsible for Close Brothers’ understanding and monitoring of the model risk through independent model validation and governance.

Nadia has a quantitative background - master’s degree in econometrics and a postgraduate in economics - with over 15 years of experience in risk management in the financial sector. She has worked in several significant engagements in France and UK, with a particular focus on model development, validation, risk governance, stress testing.

Xavier Bellouard

Managing director and co-founder


Xavier Bellouard is the Chief Strategy Officer of ActiveViam and one of its co-founders, based in London. Before founding ActiveViam, Xavier was a key contributor to the development of Summit Systems, a software vendor of applications for front-office operations and trading desks. Xavier is passionate about the contribution that ActiveViam’s technology can make to the bottom-line of companies operating in highly demanding and complex markets. “Our bottom-up, experience-driven approach to innovation is a fundamental component of the company’s DNA. Since ActiveViam was created in 2005, we have valued it as a prerequisite to delivering cutting-edge data analytics technology and business solutions to the financial industry.

Naimish Shah

Global head of fixed income risk modelling


Martin Campbell

Head of risk

Mizuho Securities Europe

Peter McBurney

Professor of computer science

King's College London

McBurney is Professor of Computer Science and former Head of the Department of Informatics in the Faculty of Natural and Mathematical Sciences of King's College London. He is a member of the Distributed Artificial Intelligence (DAI) Research Group of the Department.

McBurney's primary areas of research are in AI and Computational Finance:

  • Distributed ledgers, blockchain, smart contracts, cryptocurrencies, and ICOs
  • AI applied to knowledge-intensive, regulated domains (law, finance, insurance, etc), and
  • Agent communications protocols and agent-based simulation.

His work finds application in computational finance and economics, cyber conflict, and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications. According to Google Scholar, McBurney has an h-index score of 49, and his most-cited publication has 673 citations.

Since 2007, McBurney has been Joint Editor-in-Chief of the refereed AI journal, The Knowledge Engineering Review, published by Cambridge University Press. He is a member of the Academic Advisory Council of the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), a board established in 2018 to provide advice on AI, data analytics and regulatory technology (regtech). During 2018-2020, he was an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Law Futures Centre at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.

McBurney is a regular speaker and advisor on Artificial Intelligence, on blockchains & distributed ledgers, and on cryptocurrencies. He has experience working on several blockchain Proofs-of-Concept, including for major financial institutions and commodities trading companies.

His research projects include the EPSRC-funded VOLT Project, which aimed to develop trusted voting systems using distributed ledger technologies for management of shareholder rights and for elections in non-government organizations

David Asermely

Global head of model risk management


David Asermely is the Global Head of Model Risk Management at SAS, responsible for product design, support, partner strategy and more. Passionate about translating data into actionable intelligence, David combines the best technologies and design principles to help financial services organisations improve modelling efficiency and quality.

David holds two master’s degrees from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Prior to joining SAS, he managed the Bank of New York Mellon’s Global Performance and Risk Analytics product set.

Malcolm Hibbert

Managing director - head of XVA trading

Credit Agricole

Gavan Nolan

Executive director, business development and research, fixed income pricing

S&P Global Market Intelligence

Gavan Nolan, a specialist in credit markets, is an Executive Director responsible for business development and co-heads research for Fixed Income Pricing at S&P Global Market Intelligence.

A published author, Gavan has written about the credit markets from the accounting scandals of the last decade through the financial and European sovereign debt crises. He is a well-known commentator on the credit default swaps (CDS) markets, including credit fundamentals and CDS mechanics, in particular ISDA definitions, credit events and auctions. He has been a frequent contributor to both print and broadcast media, and quoted in Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Daily Telegraph, Bloomberg, Reuters, Dow Jones, Global Capital, CNBC and BBC's R4 Today programs. Gavan played a key role in developing the Markit CDS pricing product, the leading service in the CDS market. Prior to joining Markit in 2003, now S&P Global, he worked at J.P. Morgan and TD Securities in a variety of fixed-income roles.

Gavan holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Queen Mary College, University of London, UK.

Miles Elliott

Risk management advisory lead, EMEA


Miles leads Risk Management Advisory at SAS for Europe, Middle East & Africa.  Miles has over 25 years of Financial Services experience spanning the 1st, 2nd and 3rd lines of defence, acquired through serving multiple Banking Groups, covering start-ups to GSIB’s, across both UK and International jurisdictions. Of relevance for this event Miles has previously held roles as a Risk Modeller, a Head of Risk Modelling and a Chair of Model Risk Committee.  Miles joined SAS in 2019 given his deep belief in SAS’ capability to enable Firms and power them through their Risk Management Transformation.

Nicola Crawford

Former chief risk officer

National Bank of Kuwait

Nicola is an experienced and qualified CRO / Head of Global Risk & Compliance with a demonstrable track record of creating and implementing superior risk management, financial and prudential strategies and frameworks aligned with corporate objectives and regulatory change/compliance to mitigate operational and commercial risk.

She is able to seamlessly analyse regulations into actionable requirements and deliver operational monitoring plans to drive robust compliance.

Nicola has proven transformation and risk delivery across SMEs to $multi-billion enterprises within banking, healthcare, insurance, government, energy, financial services, and technology. She embeds change into organisations to understand core risk objectives, re-engineering and deploying frameworks, processes and driving a culture of proactivity to ensure enhanced operational conduct, reputational and fiscal risk. An engaging lateral and forward- thinking communicator, building and fostering relationships with key stakeholders, resolving disparate agenda items, and providing solutions at operational level to solicit buy-in. Nicola acts as a trusted advisor to the Board, with a reputation of clear transparent objectives and solid delivery within agreed timeframes.

These skills have enables Nicola to see the changing role of the CRO over the past 25 years of her career and adapt to those changes.

Stephen Nurse

Expert on XVA, formerly global head of risk and capital for the Clearing and FnO business, JP Morgan

Dimitrios Papathanasiou

Global head of funding concentration and international treasury risk

Credit Suisse

Dimitris Papathanasiou is Global Head of Funding Concentration and International Treasury Risk in Credit Suisse. His responsibility is to establish a risk framework and monitor the liquidity and Treasury risks of all the EMEA entities. His previous role was Head of the Front Office team in Coca Cola HBC Group Treasury for 6.5 years. He was responsible for designing and implementing the hedging strategy of FX, interest rates and commodities. Prior to that he has worked in the Front Office and the risk management of Kaupthing Bank. At the early stages of his career he has worked as an auditor in Treasury and investment banking in a Credit Agricole’s subsidiary and in RBS.

Dimitris holds a BSc and an MSc in Banking, Finance and Investments. He is a CFA Charter holder and a recognized speaker at industry conferences.

David Hooper

Principal architect


David Hooper has significant experience architecting and developing systems for commodities markets. Prior to joining Beacon in 2016, David spent 13 years as a senior strategist at Goldman Sachs, with broad responsibilities across deal pricing, modelling, and implementation. He specialised in building pricing, trading, and risk management systems for physical commodities, including logistics components such as freight, warehousing, and supply.

Pierre Carotti

Senior client engineer


Pierre Carotti is a Senior Client Engineer at Beacon Platform. Pierre has over 20 years capital markets experience in Equity Derivatives trading.Prior joining Beacon, he held senior positions at Deutsche Bank within the Global Equity Derivatives team working as Architect and Data Lead Engineer and Head of EMEA Desk Strategies. In his early career Pierre worked as a trader for Deutsche Bank and Société Generale and a volatility arbitrage fund manager at Candriam.

David Drinkwater

Chief operating officer and chief compliance officer

Syncretic Capital

David Drinkwater is the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Compliance Officer for Syncretic Capital, cyclical multi-strategy hedge fund focused on digital asset markets. David has over 25 years’ experience in capital markets and investment management. He was previously with Manikay Partners since its founding in 2008, and Brown Brothers Harriman and ING Clarion prior to Manikay.  In these roles he oversaw the financial, operational and compliance functions in multiple jurisdictions across multiple asset classes and was directly responsible for launching and growing their hedge fund and private equity vehicles. Mr. Drinkwater was also a partner at Arthur Andersen and has provided consulting and advisory services to private companies in the U.S. and the U.K. 

Mr. Drinkwater began his career at Arthur Andersen in London and became a Chartered Accountant in 1990.  He graduated from the University of Birmingham (UK) in 1987 with a First Class (Hons.) degree in Chemical Engineering.

Ram Meenakshisundaram

Senior vice-president, quantitative services

KWA Analytics

Ram Meenakshisundaram, MSCS, MBA, CQF, CAIA, MCSI is the Senior Vice President of Quantitative Services at KWA Analytics where he manages the development of analytical and quantitative solutions. He has over three decades of client experience working on financial projects in various industries and asset classes including energy, commodity, fixed income, FX, and equity.

Before joining KWA, Ram was the Principal Architect/Director at ION Group/OpenLink where he managed the Endur/Findur product development in Power and Capital Market sectors. Prior to joining OpenLink, Ram has worked at various investment firms and banks including BlackRock, SBC Warbug Dillion Reade, and Deutsche Bank on government securities, repurchase agreements, FX and equity derivatives.

Ram is on the advisory board of Hofstra University Zarb School of Business in Finance and is an Associate Professor in Finance at Hofstra University. He received a B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science with honors from Pace University and NYU Tandon School of Engineering. Ram earned his MBA in Finance from Hofstra University and the Certified Quantitative Finance designation from Fitch Learning. He is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) charter-holder and a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment.

Maithreyi Bharadwaj

Principal consultant

KWA Analytics

Maya is a hybrid Business Analyst/ Project Manager with over 17 years of experience leading key ‘Risk’ implementations for several investment banks and a leading clearing house covering Market Risk, Credit Risk, Operational Risk and, most recently, eTrading and Algorithmic Trading Risk.  Her project experience has been in performing gap analysis, implementing risk models that mostly involve changes to a suite of systems F2B, designing and embedding Target Operating Models that spans across departments.

Helena Frumson

Managing director of corporate and business development, EMEA


Helena Frumson is managing director of corporate and business development, Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), at Numerix. She oversees the strategy and expansion of the company’s channel sales and partnership network across the region. Helena’s team is responsible for building strategic relationships with key regulatory groups, fintech groups and lobby networks. She is a seasoned sales and business development professional.

Early into Helena’s career at Numerix, she acquired several of Numerix’s largest accounts. Now, she maintains her focus on overseeing key big-ticket collaborations within Numerix’s partner channel.

Prior to Joining Numerix, Helena consulted SunGard (Now FIS) and developed unprecedented growth channels for SuperDerivatives (Now ICE). She also ran a fintech start-up as chief executive and has consulted high-tech start-ups on revenue generation and fund-raising strategies to avoid share-dilution traps. Prior to joining the fintech field in 2003, she served in multiple executive-level sales and operational roles in the fashion industry, generating 100% sales growth in each project.

Helena is a zealous advocate of workplace diversity and leads a global career club for women.


Duncan Wood

Global editorial director


Duncan Wood is the London-based editor-in-chief of Risk.net. He was promoted to the role at the start of 2015, to lead the editorial reorganisation of the website and its print titles. Wood had been editor of Risk magazine since July 2011. He rejoined Risk as European editor in October 2009, having originally worked for Risk and Asia Risk in London and Hong Kong as a writer and researcher between 1998 and 2000.
In the intervening years, Wood was news editor for the Oliver Wyman-founded online start-up ERisk.com. He also worked freelance for six years while living in Germany, with his work featuring in Euromoney, Financial News, IFR, and The Wall Street Journal, as well as Risk magazine and its sister titles. Wood has written about derivatives and risk throughout his 17-year career in journalism. He is a Neal Awards finalist, and has won Incisive Media's journalist and editor of the year awards.

Philip Alexander

Desk editor, risk management and regulation


Philip Alexander is the regulation desk editor for Risk.net, overseeing a team of journalists in the UK, US and Asia. He was previously senior editor at The Banker magazine, covering financial regulation, capital markets, derivatives and central and eastern Europe.

Prior to entering journalism, he edited sovereign credit research for rating agency Standard & Poor’s in London. He was awarded a PhD in modern history by the University of Cambridge for a thesis on Britain and European integration.

Phil Harding

Commercial editor


Samuel Wilkes

Deputy editor, regulation


Samuel Wilkes is the deputy editor of Risk.net’s regulation desk, based in London. Sam graduated from the University of Hull with a bachelor’s degree in history.

Jean-Marc Bonnefous

Managing partner

Tellurian Capital Management

Mr. Jean-Marc Bonnefous is the founder and managing partner of Tellurian Capital, a London-based investment management firm focused on the digital assets and commodity sectors. Mr. Bonnefous has managed since 2007 a number of institutional funds and investment strategies. He is the investment manager for the Tellurian ExoAlpha Systematic Digital Asset fund, a long/short hedge fund strategy. Prior to launching Tellurian Capital, he was an investment banker at BNP Paribas from 1992 and 2006, based in New York and London, where he built and ran the Global Commodity Derivatives business. Mr Bonnefous is also an operating partner at Tioga Capital, a blockchain VC fund, a board member of Trakx.io, a digital assets marketplace, as well as an advisor in Finteum, a peer-to-peer FX liquidity marketplace.


Antonello Russo

Managing director


Antonello Russo is a Managing Director with BlackRock’s Risk and Quantitative Analysis department. Antonello is head of investment risk management for iShares ETFs and institutional index strategies across segregated accounts and commingled funds in EMEA. He is also the global lead for the integration of sustainable investment governance within the Index Strategies risk management framework.

Over the course of his career at BlackRock, Antonello fulfilled risk leadership roles for Trading and Liquidity Strategies and Alternative Investments.

Before joining BlackRock, Mr Russo was Head of Risk for the investment management arm of Beazley plc., a Lloyds of London insurer. Earlier on, he worked for Deutsche Bank, where he was a Director on the collateralized equity financing and prime brokerage sales desk.

Mr Russo holds an honour degree from Bocconi University in Milan, where he graduated in Monetary and Financial Economics.

Julien Haye


Julien is managing director & founder of Aevitium. Prior to founding his freelance consultancy Julien, worked at Fidelity International (FIL) from July 2017 as head of non-financial risk and has over twenty years’ experience in the financial industry. Haye has worked for several financial services institutions in treasury, risk, capital management, programme management and trading.

Sanne de Boer

Director of quantitative equity research

Voya Investment Management

Sanne de Boer is director of Quantitative Equity Research at Voya Investment Management responsible for overseeing the firm’s quantitative equity research agenda. Prior to joining the firm, he was a senior research analyst for quantitative strategies for Invesco. Previously, he was a research analyst for global quantitative equities at QS Investors as well as ING Investment Management, Voya’s predecessor firm. Sanne’s research has been published in the Journal of Asset Management, the Journal of Index Investing, and the Journal of Investing. He received a Ph.D. in Operations Research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.S. in Mathematics and an M.A. in Econometrics cum laude from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Alain Robert-Dautun

Head of risk management

Sycomore Asset Management

Alain Robert-Dautun has over 20 years of experience in the financial markets and asset management, including in hedge funds investment and risk management. Before joining Sycomore Asset Management in 2006 as head of risk management, he was senior investment analyst and member of the investment team at Allianz Alternative Asset Management, before which, he was portfolio manager for a long short equity fund for CPR Asset Management. Previously, Robert-Dautun has served as head of new products development for JP Morgan, head of asset allocation for State Street Global Advisors and quantitative analyst for Sinopia Asset Management. He holds a master's degree in statistics from the Paris Institute of Statistics, is a CFA charterholder and is member of the Institute of Actuaries. Robert-Dautun is a member of the risk commission for the French Asset Management Association.


Renato Zaffuto

Global chief investment officer

Fideuram Investments

Renato Zaffuto

Head of Investment Solutions

Fideuram Asset Management

Managing Director at Fideuram Asset Management UK since March 2020.

Chief Investment Officer at Fideuram Investments from 2016 to 2020.Responsible for equites at Fideuram Asset Management Ireland from 2014 to April 2016.

Previously he held senior positions at ABN AMRO Asset Management SGR, Banca MPS, Capitalgest SGR (Gruppo UBI), IMI-Fideuram Asset Management and Unicredit.

Graduated with honours in Economics and Business Administration from Pavia University, where he also earned a Masters Degree in Finance and Control. He is Chartered Accountant, Financial Auditor and registered with the Register of Financial Advisors.

Richard Bravery

Managing director, risk and quantitative analysis


Richard Bravery, Managing Director, is a member of the BlackRocks Risk and Quantitative Analysis team. Since 2017 he has been the head of the EMEA Equity Risk team based in London where he is responsible for the investment risk management of the active equity strategies within the region. Prior to this he held roles within BlackRocks Behavioural Finance team and he also spent more than 10 years within BlackRock Solutions as the EMEA Head of the Financial Modelling Group, building risk models and analytics solutions, having started his career as a software engineer at Mercury Asset Management.

Mr. Bravery holds an undergraduate degree in Medical Physics and a postgraduate degree in Information Technology from University College London.

Alpesh Doshi


Redcliffe Capital

Alpesh Doshi is a thought leader that focuses on how organisations can transform and future-proof their businesses using emerging technologies – particularly big data, analytics and blockchain. He is focused on innovative thinking and practical strategies to add value for his clients fast and often, introducing an agile approach of working to digital transformation.

Eoin Murray

Head of investment

Federated Hermes Limited

Eoin is Head of Investment and a member of the Senior Management Team for Federated Hermes Limited based in London. Eoin joined in January 2015 with almost 30 years’ investment experience. Eoin leads the Investment Office, which is responsible to clients for the investment teams’ consistent delivery of responsible, risk-adjusted performance and adherence to the processes which earned them their ‘kitemarks’. He is also the Executive sponsor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. Eoin is a Freeman of the City of London, a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths, Past Master of the Guild of Investment Managers, and a Fellow of the RSA. He is a member of the Exmoor Search and Rescue team, a fully qualified Swift-water Rescue Instructor, a Powerboat Rescue Operator, a Flood Water Incident Manager, and a Member of the Institute of Search & Technical Rescue. Eoin earned an MA (Hons) in Economics and Law from the University of Edinburgh and an MBA from Warwick Business School. Additionally, he has a Certificate in Energy Innovation and Emerging Technologies from Stanford University, a Certificate in Inclusive Leadership through Behavioural Science from the LSE, and a Diploma in Specialist Rescue from Coventry University.  He is currently studying for a Masters in Sustainable Aquaculture at the University of St Andrews.


Richard Jones

Head of investment risk analysis and senior expert risk manager

AXA Investment Managers

Juan Jose Salcedo

Assistant vice president - risk governance and strategic analysis

BNP Paribas UK

Juan Jose is Assistant Vice President of the RISK Governance and Strategic Analysis team at BNP Paribas UK office. He oversees the Risk Appetite metric computation and management information for the global banking UK portfolio. He has a background in economics and statistics holding a master degree in economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a career that expands banking, consultancy, and economic research in three countries. More recently he’s been certified in Sustainability and Climate Risk. He is passionate about integrating market events into business decisions and over the lockdown periods picked up birdwatching a banana bread baking as hobbies.

Stefana Brown

Chief risk officer, UK protection and fintech, and director, IT and data protection risk

Legal & General Retail

Stefana Brown is chief risk officer, UK protection and fintech, and director, IT and data protection risk, at Legal & General Retail. She spent 10 years at Lloyds Banking Group and four at M&G Investments before joining Legal & General Retail.

Cinzia Dicorato-Rura

Head of Emea operational resilience risk

State Street


Chief control officer, wealth and personal banking


Tom Osborn

Editor, risk benchmarking


Prior to joining Risk, he reported on the futures and foreign exchange industries for Dow Jones' Financial News and the Euromoney group of publications. Osborn holds a bachelor's degree in English literature from the University of Warwick.

Michael Grimwade

Managing director, operational risk

ICBC Standard Bank

Michael Grimwade is managing director, operational risk, at ICBC Standard Bank and has previously held senior op risk management roles at MUFG Securities, RBS and Lloyds. Prior to this, he held management consultant positions at PwC and Deloitte Consulting. Grimwade has been a director of the Institute of Operational Risk (IOR) and is currently the chair of the Association of Foreign Banks' Operational Risk Expert Panel. He has authored a number of articles on setting appetite for op risk; scenario analysis techniques; climate change; quantifying emerging risks; and modelling op risk capital. He received an award in 2014 from the IOR for his contribution to the profession. His second book, Ten laws of operational risk, was published in December 2021.

Wei Pang Bennett

Deputy general manager and chief risk officer

China Construction Bank

Wei Bennett is the Deputy General Manager and Chief Risk Officer at the China Construction Bank London Branch (CCBLB). She is responsible for the CCBLB's enterprise risk management covering a spectrum of credit risk, market risk and operational risk. Wei also led the CCBLB's Culture & Change Programme in delivering robust culture, conduct and governance at the bank. Prior to CCBLB, Wei worked at Bank of England for 10 years across risk management & regulatory supervision areas. Wei is a keen promoter for the Sino-UK engagement and cooperation in financial markets and financial regulation, and contributed to the PBOC-BoE joint Symposium during the 10th UK-China Economic and Financial Dialogue ("EFD") in 2019, one to name.   Wei has a PhD in Economics and is a qualified Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). Wei has a number of publications in leading journals on implications of uncertainty to economic and financial activities. Wei's current interests include Green Finance and Data Analytical in risk management.  

Bob Barclay

Risk manager

ABN Amro

Bob Barclay has over forty years financial services experience gained in both domestic and international environments.

During his 17 years of operational risk and 19 years of internal audit experience he has specialised in consumer products, fiduciary, asset management, private banking, securities servicing, stockbroking and commercial banking with firms including RBS, Citibank (that included two years in Australia as Internal Audit Manager), BNY Mellon and Société Générale. He currently holds the position of Risk Manager at ABN AMRO Bank N.V., UK Branch and is a member of the bank’s Conduct and Ethics committee. Bob has also been involved in the implementation and embedment of risk management frameworks during periods of major regulatory change and has held senior risk management roles that has required dealing with external stakeholders including clients, Regulators and external auditors.

Bob is a member of the London Institute of Banking and Finance, the CISI Risk Forum Committee and the Association of Foreign Banks Operational Risk Committee

Eelco Van-Dijk

Former senior operational risk analyst capital management, ING

Independent expert

Eelco van Dijk joined ING Bank in 2008 and started working in the modelling and scenario team of Group Operational Risk.

Since 2013 ING reports operational risk regulatory capital according to the AMA model.

The AMA model uses among other internal loss events. Therefore Eelco deals with many aspects of internal loss events (data quality, completeness, etc)

Prior to moving to ING Eelco worked at ABN AMRO in a variety of risk roles for almost 20 years.

Eelco is member of the Risk Committee of the Dutch VBA CFA chapter  


Sean Titley

Director of enterprise and operational risk

Metro Bank

Julien Haye


Julien is managing director & founder of Aevitium. Prior to founding his freelance consultancy Julien, worked at Fidelity International (FIL) from July 2017 as head of non-financial risk and has over twenty years’ experience in the financial industry. Haye has worked for several financial services institutions in treasury, risk, capital management, programme management and trading.

Nitesh Patel

Group operational risk director

Lloyds Banking Group

Nitesh is the group operational risk director at Lloyds Banking Group. Nitesh joined LBG in 2022 from Credit Suisse where he had an extensive audit career most recently as chief auditor for technology, operations, change and third party risks. Nitesh has over 20 years of operational risk experience, including control design, risk culture and use of emerging technology.

On a personal level, he has a love of travel, football and also spends some of his time helping local charities.

Merlin Linehan

Risk manager

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Merlin Linehan is a Risk Manager at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). He is also a regular commentator and speaker on geopolitical and climate topics.

Praveen Singh

Head of global IT risk and cyber security

ICBC Standard Bank

Praveen heads up the IT risk and cybersecurity at ICBC Standard Bank. He has spent over 20 years in the financial services sector, including 10 years in management consultancy.  He likes to speak about technology, risk, regulation, cybersecurity and transformation. He is also a fan of Formula 1 and cricket.

Richard Flood

Managing director and global head of operational resilience risk

State Street Bank

Richard (Dick) Flood


Dick is a managing director.  He is the global lead for the operational resilience risk function within State Street’s non-financial risk organization. Prior to his current role, Dick led operational risk across State Street’s EMEA business.

Dick has worked at State Street for more than 30 years, where he has held various positions across both the first and second lines of defence in Boston and London.

Philip Alexander

Desk editor, risk management and regulation


Philip Alexander is the risk management and regulation editor for Risk.net, overseeing a team of journalists in the UK, US and Asia. He was previously senior editor at The Banker magazine, covering financial regulation, capital markets, derivatives, and central and eastern Europe.

Prior to entering journalism, Philip edited sovereign credit research for rating agency Standard & Poor’s in London. He was awarded a PhD in modern history by the University of Cambridge for a thesis on Britain and European integration.

Gennaro Scalo

Director, Emea


Gennaro Scalo is responsible for Archer business and Go to Market strategy across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. In his role he is responsible for the overall success of both Archer’s customers and business. Gennaro has a career that spans the broader areas of governance risk and compliance (GRC), and information security. He has helped organisations build integrated functions to address the many challenges associated with risk, including risk management, regulatory compliance, business continuity, disaster recovery, e-discovery, cyber investigations, computer forensics, incident response, IT audit, records management, and privacy. In his many roles he has worked alongside leading organisations to help define strategic, efficient, sustainable, and integrated risk programs

Anna Mazzone

Vice-president and head of risk business, Emea


Anna Mazzone leads the Risk & ESG Business in EMEA for ServiceNow and is a non-executive director for The ODI (Open Data Institute) founded by Tim Berners-Lee. In 2013, Anna founded the global capital markets first KYC Managed Shared Services while at Thomson Reuters. In 2016, Anna was named to Innovate Finance ‘Women in Fintech Powerlist.’ Ms. Mazzone’s deep domain expertise in information technology for GRC, KYC, third party risk/vendor (KYS/KYV) and financial markets (FinTech), has contributed to significant growth at companies including BsAML, Thomson Reuters, CME Group, Markit, and MetricStream.

Jamie Bell

Head of secondary market oversight

Financial Conduct Authority

Jamie joined the FSA/FCA in October 2007 following 10 years as an industry lobbyist. At the FCA, he has held a number of roles across consumer affairs, supervision, risk and markets, holding senior leadership roles in retail banking supervision, risk & compliance oversight and market oversight. He was deputy accountable executive for MiFID II implementation in the UK and accountable executive for the project onshoring the MiFID regime in the UK in preparation for Brexit. He is currently head of secondary market oversight, responsible for discharging the FCA’s duties under MiFID and MAR in secondary markets.

Simon Stanley

Security consultant

BAE Systems Digital Intelligence

Simon is a risk manager and security consultant specialising in the management of supply chain risk with professional with experience in defence, financial services, health and the security sectors. He has extensive experience as a service manager, managing complex supply chain risk management processes for a global Tier 2 financial services company. 


He is currently developing a supply chain & risk (Scar) assessment product as part of the Stara product family for BAE Digital Intelligence.  This product evaluates a customer's supply chain risk management (SCRM) capability and then provides managed capability improvement and transformation plans to enhance the customer's ability to identify, evaluate and treat supply chain risk.


Prior to joining BAE Digital Intelligence, Simon worked at JP Morgan as a KYC specialist managing the initial onboarding and due diligence AML risk assessments of the bank’s multinational corporate clients.  Subsequently joining the bank’s project re-engineering team to refine and enhance their KYC and AML platforms and manage the cultural change for these enhancements. 


This role was preceded by a year’s Internship with Barclays Bank PLC, delivering risk and change management for the corporate bank in the wake of the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, focusing on compliance and governance.


This second career in project and risk management, has been based on 15 years of commissioned service in the British Army, gaining broad experience in the practical management of risk, infrastructure security, the procurement of military technology and the personal protection of VIPs, whilst serving in the Middle East and Europe.

Maria Lombardo

Head of ESG advisory, sustainable finance,

Standard Chartered Bank

Maria heads the global ESG advisory team at Standard Chartered Bank, supporting the bank clients in their sustainability and transition strategies.

Maria spent more than 25 years in investment banking as managing director, heading emerging market equities sales at Lazard, UBS, Sberbank and Unicredit. She moved into sustainability in 2016 when she joined the non-profit CDP as head of their financial investor members. She then headed the ESG Client strategies and climate change strategies at Invesco Global Asset Management in EMEA, leading the growth of sustainability investment solutions and the set-up of the global asset manager’s climate strategy.

Authors of ESG thought leadership whitepapers, mentor, and contributor to industry initiatives in sustainable financing. Maria holds a CFA ESG, a diploma at Cambridge University Sustainability Leadership Institute, along with a CEMS Master and a bachelor’s degree in financial intermediaries at Bocconi University. Maria is a member of the CFA UK Climate and Investing committee, she is a mentor of the acceleration programme at the Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership.

Benjamin Brundell

Head of risk oversight, operational resilience

Lloyd’s Banking Group

Ben leads LBG’s oversight of operational resilience and technology resilience risks.  Ben enjoys building functions that anticipate new risk challenges, develop innovative ways of optimising the treatment of risk, and help our business succeed.  He has a passion for coaching, enhancing capability and bringing executives and regulators on the journey.  As LBG embarks on it’s biggest transformation yet, operational and technologyresilience remains at the forefront of our mission to Help Britain Prosper.

Tin Lau

Group head of risk


Tin will join a European digital currency exchange later this year as Group Head of Risk. He has worked at Flow Traders as the Head of Risk. Previously he worked for TP ICAP and before that the FCA, where he was responsible for supervision of areas such as the review and evaluation of firms, model waivers, structured products, the UK Regulated Covered Bond market and the UK Securitisation market including STS. He has also represented the UK at IOSCO and various ESAs. His previous industry experience was from various roles on the buy- and sell-side including quantitative analysis, fund management and economic capital modelling. He holds a dual-honours Masters in Engineering from the University of Warwick, called to the Bar of England and Wales, Fellow Chartered Management Accountant, Chartered MCSI, a member of the Institute of Operational Risk and of the Network of Operational Risk Modellers.

Sophie Dupre‑Echeverria

Chief risk and compliance officer

Gulf International Bank

Sophie is the chief risk and compliance officer of Gulf International Bank (UK) Limited. She is responsible for driving an effective risk culture throughout the company, designing the risk and compliance frameworks and overseeing risk management and regulatory compliance practices. Sophie joined GIB (UK) with extensive experience in the field, having previously served as executive director for compliance and operational risk control at UBS Asset Management. Before this, she was the global head of operational organisational risk at Barings and non-executive director of the Baring-Coller Secondaries Fund. Sophie was also an operational risk manager and the group head of investment risk framework at Schroders.


Sophie graduated from Université Lumière Lyon 2 with a master’s degree in economics and finance. She is a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment, a fellow of the Climate Safe Lending Network and a trustee of First Light South West, a charity supporting people affected by sexual violence and domestic abuse.

Fazal Mohammed

Head of ORM – asset management

Phoenix Group

Fazal is the head of ORM – asset management at Phoenix Group. He has 15 years of financial services industry experience working across investment banking and insurance domains covering global businesses i.e., public and private markets. Focused on supporting first line functions in making sound business decisions on a risk adjusted basis is a key motivation for success.

In his spare time, Fazal enjoys football, movies and the company of a good book.

Sean Mills

Head of operational risk

Shawbrook Bank

Sean has 27 years’ experience working in risk, compliance and assurance in financial services, including banking and payments for Santander, Barclays and Shawbrook. Sean has been responsible for implementing, overseeing and embedding risk, compliance, data protection and resiliency frameworks.  

Sam Barrett

Researcher, climate adaptation and climate change

International Institute for Environment and Development

Sam Barrett is a researcher at the International Institute for Environment and Development. He works on evaluations and value-for-money of adaptation projects and programmes, the integration of climate into development planning and decision-making, private sector investment in adaptation and developing investment cases for adaptation.

Costas Mourselas

Financial journalist


Costas Mourselas is a financial journalist and deputy editor on the risk management desk at Risk.net. He previously reported on derivatives at GlobalCapital. Costas has a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of York, UK.

Ruben Cohen

Operational risk analytics and re-insurance solutions

Howden Group

Ruben Cohen currently works in Operational Risk Analytics and Re-insurance Solutions at Howden Group, London. He joined the financial industry in 1999 after working 10 years as a university faculty in the US. His experience in the financial industry includes quantitative modeling in asset management, corporate finance, operational and credit risk and insurance optimisation and pricing. 
Ruben has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and a Masters in Economics from McGill University.  He has published over 50 technical papers in engineering and finance journals.
Robert Taylor

Head of enterprise risk

London Stock Exchange Group

Gaurav Kapoor

Co-CEO, co-founder


Gaurav Kapoor is the Co-CEO and Co-founder of MetricStream.

Gaurav Kapoor has also served as chief operating officer with responsibility for the overall strategy, marketing, sales, partners, customer success, services and support.  Prior to that, he served as chief financial officer of MetricStream until 2010. He has nearly a decade of international operating experience with Citi and other organisations. He has been serving as an advisor and on the board of other Silicon Valley tech companies.

Gaurav is a thought leader in integrated risk management with deep domain expertise and has built a legacy of innovation from the onset of governance, risk management, and compliance solutions. He has also served as a speaker and contributed writer for Garp, RMA and the Sifma investment community. He currently serves on the Forbes Technology Council.

Previously, Gaurav held executive positions at OpenGrowth and ArcadiaOne. Prior to these, he spent several years in business, marketing, and operations roles at Citibank in Asia and in the U.S.

He also serves on the board of Regalix, a digital innovation and marketing company. Gaurav has a bachelor's degree in technology (with Honors) from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), a degree in Business from FMS, Delhi, and an MBA from the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated as a Palmer Scholar.

Zoi Fletcher

Associate commercial editor


Asif Razaq

Global head of FX algo execution

BNP Paribas

Asif Razaq is an experienced foreign exchange algo trader with over 15 years of experience developing electronic trading platforms. He has a masters of science degree in artificial intelligence (AI) and joined BNP Paribas from Citi, where he worked on various initiatives including e-FX pricing engines and algorithmic trading. Utilising his experience in AI, Razaq developed and launched Cortex iX, a cutting-edge FX algorithmic execution platform that has been highly acclaimed by clients and industry experts globally.

Myriam Sifaoui

Global emerging chief operating officer and director

Societe Generale Corporate and Investment Banking



Marcus Butt

Managing director prime services

NatWest Markets

Prior to taking responsibility for FX Prime Services, Marcus was responsible for sales across Prime Brokerage, Futures & OTC Clearing and for the OTC Clearing product in EMEA.

Before joining RBS, Marcus spend 17 years at UBS where he held a number of roles in Prime Services, Securities Lending and FX

Stephane Malrait

Global head of market structure and innovation for financial markets

ING Bank

Stéphane Malrait is Managing Director, Global Head of Market Structure and Innovation for Financial Markets, at ING Bank. Stephane is responsible for following the market structure and industry challenges impacting the financial market industry. He is leading innovation activities internal to ING and also external partnerships and developments with Fintech companies. He actively contributes to industry working groups to represent ING Bank.

Stéphane joined ING in 2015 to lead the bank e-commerce initiatives across all financial market products and to develop on the financial market group’s cross-asset eCommerce strategy. Before joining ING, Stephane spent eight years at Société Générale, where he was Global Head of FIC eCommerce, creating an eCommerce business covering credit, rates, money market, emerging market, and FX. Prior to this, Stéphane worked at JPMorgan Chase for ten years, serving in different roles in Global FX E-Commerce Business Management and cross-asset eCommerce technology and was based in London and New York.

Stephane has a strong background in financial markets and understands the need for continued technological development to drive positive change in trading and market structure workflows. He is leading ING's Financial Market Innovation strategy and also working on the implementation of financial regulations that will impact the client trading activities and transform how the trading floor operates.

Stephane is also a board member for several Fintech market initiatives and trading associations. Since 2005 he has been active with the ACI Financial Market Association - an international non-profit organisation that represents the interests of market professionals in foreign exchange and money markets. Here, he has chaired the ACI FX Committee, representing the views of professionals in the FX sector. He is also an active member of the ECB FX contact group working on the BIS Global FX code of conduct working groups.

Conception Alonso

Head of section, international markets

European Central Bank

Conception Alonso is the head of the International Markets Section in the Directorate General Market Operations at the ECB.

She has been working at the ECB since its inception where she first worked as economist in the Directorate General International Relations. She joined the Directorate Market Operations in 2004 and was involved in the implementation of monetary policy. From 2007 to 2016, she has primarily focused on the design and the implementation of non-standard monetary policy measures (fixed rate full allotment policy, longer term refinancing operations) and in particular the assets purchase programmes (ABSPP, CBPP3 and CSPP). She is heading the International Markets Section since November 2016 and is responsible for FX related matters, market intelligence in several market segments and the management of the ECB’s foreign reserves.

Lisa Dukes

Co-founder and treasury consultant

Dukes & King

Lisa has over 15 years experience across senior roles spanning treasury, corporate finance & complex derivatives. More recently Lisa co-founded the corporate finance and risk management firm Dukes & King, putting this value driven expertise into practice for a greater number of corporates and funds. She is active in sharing corporate best practice in the application and development of value optimising risk management featuring in a number of global publications. Over the last few years in particular her focus has been structuring innovative new solutions, spanning the entire corporate finance spectrum. These multi-faceted derivatives and treasury solutions consider and balance the often competing factors to deliver the end-to-end solutions, many of which have won awards and high commendations. Lisa is also a member of the FX Joint Standing Committee chaired by the Bank of England and is the UK Representative to the Global FX Committee for the private sector.

David Page

Head of macroeconomic research

AXA Investment Managers

David Page is head of macroeconomic research at AXA Investment Managers. He manages a global team of 10 economists and strategists, is a regular guest on Bloomberg TV and other global media. Page joined AXA Investment Managers in July 2014 as a senior economist to provide economics coverage on US and UK economies. He has written extensively on the US economy, covering elections, fundamental monetary policy debates and issues of fiscal stimulus. Before joining AXA Investment Managers, Page worked for four years at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking as a senior economist, primarily covering the UK economy. During this time, he was twice voted the top forecaster in the region in 2011 and 2012 (and came third in 2013). Prior to this, Page worked for 10 years at Investec Bank as a global economist, primarily covering the UK and European economies. Before this, he spent five years in the Government Economic Service, initially working for the energy regulator before joining the UK Debt Management Office – an executive agency of HM Treasury – at its inception in 1998, considering issues of primary issuance for the UK gilt market. Page holds a masters of science degree in economics from the University of Warwick, UK and a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of York.


Allan Guild


Hilltop Walk Consulting

Bhupen Velani

Global head of transactional FX trading

Bank of America

Bhupen leads the Transactional FX Trading (TFX) business globally for BofA. He has ultimate responsibility for the market risk, pricing, P&L and governance associated with the FX flows the desk manage. As a product function, TFX are responsible for evolving the client offering and ensuring successful technology deployment into the client facing channels; this implies close collaboration and cross-over of activity between GTS and Consumer bank partners.

Bhupen initially joined Bank of America in 2014 based in Hong Kong, where he led the TFX Trading business for the Asia Pacific region. In 2018 Bhupen relocated to London where he was tasked with evolving and growing the TFX business across EMEA. Leaving the Bank in 2021 he spent 18 months at JP Morgan before deciding to return to BofA.

Prior to BofA, Bhupen spent 4 years at HSBC focusing on FX and FX payments. His broader experience covers FX risk management, FX derivatives and structuring. 

Itay Tuchman

Independent FX markets expert

Francesco Pesole

FX strategist


Arnob Biswas

FX macro-strategist

SMC Global Securities

Viraj Patel

Senior strategist and partner

Vanda research

Viraj is a Senior Strategist and joined Vanda in 2020 from Arkera where he was Head of Macro & Geopolitics Research. Prior to this, Viraj worked as an FX Strategist at ING and had roles at Barclays Wealth and the Bank of England. Viraj graduated in Economics from the University of Cambridge and is a CFA charterholder.

Nikita Fadeev


Fasanara Capital

Hinrich Wilhelm Paul

Global head of financial markets


Hinrich Paul joined Commerzbank in 2010 starting his career in the inhouse consultancy of
Commerzbank. After serving as Executive Assistant for the IB CEO Hinrich joined the trading
desk of Commerzbank’s Treasury department and took over the local trading head for FX
Germany thereafter. Since 2021 Hinrich is responsible for the global FX, IR and
Commodities trading of Commerzbank.

Hinrich holds a Master in Economics from the University of Tübingen.

Alan Verschoyle-King

Head of business development, emea head


Alan is the Head of EMEA Business Development for RTGS.global, joining the firm in February 2023. During his career, Alan has held a series of senior leadership positions with firms such as Citi, Barclays, ABN Amro, BNY Mellon and Western Union Business Solutions. He has worked in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London and New York in roles such as Global Head of Business Development, Global Head of Product Management, Regional Business Head and Global Head of AML Compliance. Alan is a qualified lawyer with extensive banking experience in payments, liquidity management, treasury management, risk management and tradefinance. An acknowledged Transaction Banking subject matter expert and thought leader, Alan is a regular speaker at leading industry events and advisor to a number of C-suite leadership teams.


Andy Ross

Global head of prime brokerage

Standard Chartered Bank

John Stead

Global head of pre-sales


John Stead is global head of pre-sales and marketing at smartTrade Technologies. He and his team are responsible for understanding client business requirements and showing how smartTrade can add long-term demonstrable value. Stead has over 15 years of experience in e-FX, working with sell-side clients, real money, brokers and hedge funds. As well as FX, he is particularly focused on the crypto market, the synergies between the asset classes and the benefits it can bring to the wider industry.

Ralf Donner

Head of FICC execution strategies

Goldman Sachs

Ralf Donner is Head of FICC Execution Strategies at Goldman Sachs. He is responsible for the firm’s client FICC algorithmic execution offering, pre- and intra-trade liquidity and transaction cost analytics, and post-trade reporting.

Ralf started his professional career at ABN Amro in 2006 as an FX options quant, followed by 8 years with Morgan Stanley in London and New York, first in model validation of options pricing models and then in quant sales, focusing on systematic FX trading strategies and FX market microstructure. From 2014-2016 he ran Morgan Stanley’s QSI team in New York.

Ralf holds a Masters in Physics and a Doctorate in Theoretical Physics from Oxford University.

Divay Malhotra

Director, FICC e-trading and market structure

Bank of America

David Thorne

Head of eFICC Europe and America


David Thorne joined ANZ in 2017 having worked for both JP Morgan and RBS in eFX Trading as well working on the buy side. David has been within FX since 2004 and has worked both in Sydney and London. David now heads eFICC at ANZ within Europe and America as well as being responsible globally for liquidity management.

Lilah Zaman

Head of Europe electronic FX institutional sales

Deutsche Bank

Eric Murphy

Multi-asset dealer

Irish Life Investment Managers

Gemma Laman

Managing director - global head of platform sales, foreign exchange


Sam Horowitz

Head of FX distribution and liquidity management

CMC Markets

Prior to joining CMC Markets in 2021, Sam ran global eFX trading for BBVA. Working alongside quant trading teams, he is responsible for ensuring that CMC Connect liquidity distribution aligns the needs of clients with risk management capabilities. With almost 30 years of wholesale FX industry experience, Sam also sits on the ACI's UK executive and Global FX Committees.

Ross Newell

Business development manager, institutional FX and CFD business

CMC Markets

Ross joined CMC Connect as a Business Development Manager in 2019. He is responsible for driving new business growth in EMEA and has over 15 years’ experience working with institutional firms in the FX and CFD space. Ross works with a number of firms using a range of strategies and business models, enabling him to relate and understand client needs.

Victoria Collins

Global head of climate risk and ESG


Victoria’s career spans over 25 years working in financial institutions, in trading, finance and risk roles, predominately in Risk Management. She has been with Nomura for ten years, focused on enterprise-wide risk management. She was appointed Global Head of Climate Risk & ESG three years ago. She is responsible for establishing and managing the global risk management framework for Climate Risk and ESG, and for ensuring risk management is aligned to the firm’s Sustainability objectives, such as Net Zero.

Margot von Aesch

Head of sustainable investment management


Margot von Aesch is Head of Sustainable Investment Management at Schroders, looking after the sustainable research, models and integration teams. She joined Schroders in 2021 and is based in London.

Between 2014 and 2021, Margot occupied a number of different roles at Redburn, an independent equity research house where she became a partner in 2018. Her roles included Co-Head of ESG, Head of Sales and Income Specialist. Prior to Redburn, Margot worked in Equity Sales for institutions such as BNP Paribas, Natixis and Société Générale, in Paris and London. She started her financial career with Cazenove in 2000.

Margot sits on the Board of the Sevenoaks Suns Basketball Club. She is also a member of the Senior Business Leaders Group of Women in Banking and Finance.

Margot holds a BSc (Hons) in Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies.

Nick Stansbury

Head of climate solutions

Legal & General Investment Management

Nick joined in 2013 as a Fund Manager in LGIM’s Global Equity team, focused on energy and natural resources. Prior to joining LGIM he was an Investment Director for Developed Asia and Global Emerging Markets at Standard Life Investments. He previously worked for an emerging market focused hedge fund investing in equities, convertible bonds and distressed debt. He has also worked in a corporate advisory role and as a software developer. Nick has a law degree (LLB.) and a Master’s in jurisprudence (MJur.), focused on securities law, from the University of Durham.

Anna McDonald

Director, global ESG strategy


Anna McDonald is a Director, Global ESG Strategy at PGIM based in London, UK. She joined PGIM in 2022 from the Church of England where she ran the Ethical Investment Advisory Group providing ethical investment advice to the Church’s investing bodies which include the Church Commissioners’ for England, the Church of England Pensions Board and the CBF Church of England Funds, managed by CCLA. Prior to moving into asset management, she spent nearly twenty years in investment banking with Barclays, Société Générale and BNP Paribas.

Ulf Erlandsson

Founder and chief executive

Anthropocene Fixed Income Institute

Dr Ulf Erlandsson is CEO and Founder of the Anthropocene Fixed Income Institute (AFII), the research organisation empowering fixed income to drive the climate transition.

Launched in 2020, AFII provides fixed income investors with the insights and tools they need to align their portfolios with ambitious climate targets. He previously ran global credit, SSAs and a total return alpha strategy at Swedish state pension fund, AP4. Prior to that, he was a quantitative strategist at Barclays Capital.

Ulf’s publication record covers a spectrum of credit and climate pieces such as “Credit alpha and CO2 reduction”, “High-frequency CDS index trading”, “Carbon negative leveraged investment strategies”, “An option pricing approach for sustainability-linked bonds” and books such as “Systematic CDS index trading handbook”, “CDS curve trading handbook” and “Empirical analysis of the credit cycle.”

Dr Erlandsson was awarded Environmental Finance’s Bond Personality of the Year 2022 as well as CFA Sweden’s ESG Prize 2021. He earned his Ph.D. in Economics from Lund University.

Jonathan Walker

Associate director, Sustainable investment

Gresham House

Jonathan is Associate Director, Sustainable Investment at Gresham House, a specialist alternative asset manager with £7.8bn AUM. Jonathan has a particular focus on real assets, including sustainable infrastructure and housing and is involved in all aspects of sustainable investment, from impact measurement, to reporting, to tackling UK and European sustainable finance regulation.

Before joining Gresham House, Jonathan worked at Morgan Stanley for six years, most recently as a research analyst within the Sustainability Research team ranked number one for SRI research in the European Institutional Investor survey. His primary areas of focus included cross-sector sustainability research and European sustainable finance regulation, as well as working closely with the firm’s institutional clients on incorporating ESG into their investment processes.

Jonathan holds a first-class degree in English Literature from the University of Bristol and is a CFA charterholder.

Krista Tukiainen

Founder and CCO, ClimateAligned; Senior advisor, Climate Bonds Initiative

Mili Fomicov

Co-director, Centre for Climate Finance & Investment

Imperial College London


Mili Fomicov is a researcher at the Centre for Climate Finance and Investment, Imperial College London. Before joining Imperial College, she was a Director and Portfolio Manager in the Multi-Asset Strategies team at BlackRock. Previously, Mili was a Portfolio Manager on J.P. Morgan's CIO team, and managed US and Japan equity funds at Barclays. She started her career at AllianceBernstein in the US. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where she received an MBA in Finance, Economics, Econometrics and Statistics

Matthew Wright

Research analyst

Impax Asset Management

Matthew works in Impax’s Listed Equities team, covering companies across the water value chain. He is also a specialist in physical climate risk research and impact, as they apply to Impax’s investments.
Matthew previously worked as an analyst in both a management consulting firm and in his first role as a carbon data analyst for an investment data analytics company, formerly known as Engaged Tracking.
He graduated from Imperial College London after gaining a master’s degree in Environmental Technology with a focus on environmental economics and policy. Matthew also has a bachelor’s degree in Geophysics from Imperial College London.

Prerna Divecha

Global lead, market strategy and development, climate-linked credit and risk solutions

S&P Global Market Intelligence

Prerna leads the global market strategy for our Climate and ESG-linked Credit & Risk Solutions. She joined S&P Global Market Intelligence in May 2017 as a Director in the Product Specialist team for Credit Risk Solutions, leading efforts in South East Asia and Japan.

Previously she was at Fitch Ratings where she was part of the Business and Relationship Management team in Singapore managing new business initiatives for the corporate ratings business. Prior to that, she spent 2 years at Standard Chartered on the debt markets desk, where she assisted Indian corporates in issuing debt in G3 and select Asian currencies, such as SGD and JPY. She also spent 7 years in J.P. Morgan’s investment banking team, covering financial institution clients in India. Prerna is a certified Chartered Accountant from India.

Nina Seega

Director, Centre for Sustainable Finance

Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

Dr Nina Seega is the Director of the Centre for Sustainable Finance at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL). The Centre incorporates CISL’s finance industry groups to provide the insight and cooperation needed to advance policy and market practices including; the Banking Environment Initiative (created in 2010 by CEOs of some of the world’s largest banks) ClimateWise (set up in 2007 for global insurance), and the Investment Leaders Group (leading investment managers and asset owners with over $ 14 trillion under management). Nina has worked with De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) on the financial impact of disruptive energy transition, collaborated with the South African National Treasury and Banco de Mexico on embedding environmental scenarios into financial risk frameworks, and was the knowledge partner for the G20 Green Finance Study Group in 2016 and 2017. Previously, Nina was the Head of the London Traded Products Desk for Dresdner Kleinwort. In addition to her role at University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, Nina is a member of the Sustainable Finance Advisory Panel at the Monetary Authority of Singapore, Strategic Advisory Board on Sustainable Finance at the British Standards Institute, the Sustainable Finance Scientific Council at S&P Ratings, and the Board of Directors at the Global Research Alliance for Sustainable Finance.

Nina is driven by mainstreaming environmental and social considerations into daily financial and corporate decision making. Previously a risk manager with leadership experience in traded credit risk management. Nina has defended her PhD on strategic practices that drive resilience in finance at the University of Cambridge. She also holds an MPhil in Innovation, Strategy and Organisation from University of Cambridge and an MSc in Information Systems from the London School of Economics.

David Carlin

Climate risk lead

UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative

David Carlin is an acknowledged authority on climate change and its implications for the financial system. He is the founder of Cambium Global Solutions, an advisor to governments, corporates, and financial institutions on climate and ESG topics. He has authored numerous reports that provide practical tools for financial actors looking to address climate change and has run capacity-building programs for financial institutions and supervisors around the world. 

David is the head of climate risk and TCFD for the UN Environment Programme’s- Finance Initiative (UNEP FI). Over the past years, he has worked with over 100 global banks, investors, and insurers on climate scenarios, climate risk assessments, and climate governance. 

He is an advisor to UNEP FI’s TNFD pilot program on nature and biodiversity related risks as well as the Net-Zero Banking Alliance (NZBA). He has also been a technical advisor to the Glasgow Financial Alliances for Net Zero (GFANZ). David is also a contributor to Forbes and a Senior Associate at Cambridge’s Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL).

David has worked as a Principal in Finance, Risk, and Public Policy for Oliver Wyman and in Model Risk Management for PNC Bank. His background is in quantitative modeling and decision science.

Navin Rauniar

Co-chair, ESG working group, and member & UK SteerCo member

Professional Risk Managers'​ International Association

Stella Farrington

Commercial editor


Stella Farrington has been writing about energy markets for over 20 years, working at Futures World News and Dow Jones Newswires before moving to Energy Risk in 2004. She spent eight years as the editor of Energy Risk and six as a writer, before moving into her current role as Energy Risk’s head of content and a commercial editor with Infopro Digital’s Ignite team.

Andres Guerra Londoño

Strategy director

Clarity AI

Andres currently works in global business strategy at Clarity AI. Previously, he was a Senior Vice President in the Energy team at London-based investment bank Hannam & Partners, where he advised companies and investors in M&A transactions and capital raises globally. He has over ten years of experience in energy and finance.

Sharon Thiruchelvam

Regulation reporter