Risk Live North America

Risk Live North America will host five stages including Risk Management, Investment Risk, ALM, OpRisk and Climate Risk.

About the festival
  • Risk Live North America unites senior risk management and risk transfer professionals providing a convenient platform for the exchange of ideas, access to cutting-edge insights, benchmarking, and relationship building
  • Whether you are interested in risk management, operational risk, investment risk, climate risk, or ALM, join us to future-proof your business
Why attend?
  • Connect with your peers and create meaningful business relationships
  • Gain insights from over 100 industry leading speakers on the latest developments in the industry
  • Get exclusive access to cutting-edge discussions that will keep you ahead of the curve
  • Discover the array of innovative solutions available to address current market issues


Why sponsor?
  • Meet and connect with 400+ senior decision makers
  • Position your subject matter expert as a speaker
  • Elevate brand awareness showcasing your organisation's latest innovations and services
  • Schedule 1-2-1 meetings with attendees and speakers


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Welcome to Nashville, y'all

The Risk.net Nashville team has put together a list of the top 10 things to do when you come to town for Risk Live North America. Hint: hot chicken and line dancing are involved.

See the top 10 list

Max Gokhman

Head of MosaiQ

Franklin Templeton Investment Solutions

Max is responsible for defining the next generation of multi-asset investment processes for Franklin Templeton Investment Solutions. Previously, he was president and chief investment officer of the start-up asset manager AlphaTrAI, where he harnessed artificial intelligence to build alternative strategies for traditional and digital assets. Before that, he was head of asset allocation at the asset management arm of Pacific Life Insurance for seven years. Prior to Pacific Life, Max was a portfolio manager with Mellon Capital’s multi-asset group and a founding member of Coefficient Global, a quantitative macro hedge fund. Outside of work he’s an amateur racecar driver.


Suzanne Smore

Chief risk operating officer & global head of counterparty risk

State Street Global Advisors

Suzanne is a Managing Director and Chief Risk Operating Officer at State Street Global Advisors as well as a member of the firm’s Senior Leadership Team.  She oversees Counterparty Credit Risk and Risk Infrastructure.  She leads a team of analysts responsible for the management and development of credit risk policies and procedures, comprehensive trade exposure reporting, oversight and monitoring of counterparties, as well as regulatory deliverables and project management of key technology and platform initiatives.

Suzanne has deep credit experience in both front office and risk management.  Prior to joining State Street Global Advisors in 2013, Suzanne worked at Fidelity as a senior analyst in Counterparty Research.  Previously, she held fixed income analyst positions at Eaton Vance and Deutsche Asset Management covering a broad range of industries and debt instruments.  Early in her career, Suzanne completed the credit training program at Bank of Boston and was a corporate relationship banker.

Suzanne earned her MBA from Boston University’s Questrom Business School and BA from Hamilton College.  She has been a speaker on fixed income and risk industry panels as well as a contributor to Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) publications.  She is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a member of the CFA Institute.  She is also involved in the arts and serves as a board member for the Boston Ballet Volunteer Association.  

Steve Boras

Executive vice-president

Citizens Bank

Steve Boras is the Head of Model Risk Management & Validation at Citizens Bank in Boston, focused on managing the model risk of the bank via validation of models, performance management and monitoring of outcomes, and serving as a sounding board for new and emerging modeling techniques and their respective appropriateness. Since joining Citizens in 2015, Steve has led several risk analytics functions, most recently heading the Risk Architecture Center of Excellence (covering loss forecasting model development for CCAR/DFAST and CECL, and PD, LGD, and EAD modeling for wholesale), as well as anti-money laundering modeling, macroeconomic scenario generation, and Data Science.  Steve also holds leadership roles in enterprise risk, ESG and Inflation/Stagflation scenario analysis, and artificial intelligence and machine learning governance.

Bala Ayyar

Chief data officer, Americas

Societe Generale

Since joining SG in 2009, he has held a range of positions.  Currently, he is the Chief Data Officer, SG Americas, with responsibility for data management and governance within the Region.  This function is responsible for implementing the requirements of BCBS 239, establishing sound data governance framework that meets Group needs and local supervisory expectations, and creating a solid platform for the data to be leveraged for strategic business decisions. Prior to that, he headed up the Project Management Office for the SG US Transformation project.  SG roles before that included Deputy CFO of the Americas Region of their Corporate & Investment Bank and Head of Finance Offshoring in SG Bangalore. 

Prior to joining SG, Bala was with the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) for fourteen years in a range of positions in Toronto and New York.  As Senior Vice President of the Wholesale North America Finance, he headed up the controllership function for CIBC’s World Markets and Treasury & Risk Management Strategic Business Units within North America. With a global team across Toronto and New York, he was responsible for establishing a SOX-compliant industry-leading Finance control environment as well as supporting the efficient execution of business initiatives and managing the Finance related US regulatory relationships during a very demanding period. Prior to that, he also had stints as the business-line controller for the Bank's US origination businesses (Corporate Lending, Investment Banking, Merchant Banking, Structured Finance, and High Yield), as well as the 2/ic to the Chief Accountant, with responsibility for consolidated financial, management and regulatory reporting at the corporate level.

Born and brought up in Mumbai India, Bala has a degree in mathematics from the University of Mumbai and holds professional accounting qualifications from both India and the United States.  He lives in Montclair, New Jersey is married with two children, and enjoys long-distance running.

Kris Devasabai



Kris Devasabai is the New York-based editor-in-chief of Risk.net. Previously, he was bureau chief and US editor of Risk magazine. He manages the editorial team. Prior to joining Risk, Kris covered hedge funds, asset management, cross-border investing and law for several publications.

Kris holds a bachelor’s degree in law and government from the University of Manchester, and he completed his legal training at the Inns of Court School of Law in London. He was called to the bar of England and Wales in 2003.

Add Risk Learning to your Nashville agenda

Start Risk Live early by attending this interactive in-person learning experience covering the most topical issues related to credit risk. The live course titled Credit risk management will take place in Nashville on Tuesday, October 15, 2024.

Participants will explore the possibility of increased loan defaults and the interest rate impact on credit risk portfolios while analysing best practices for managing these situations. Through a group discussion, participants will network with other professionals to discuss ways to mitigate credit risk during uncertain times.  

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