Speakers for Risk Live 2020

Manuela Veloso

Managing director, head of AI research

J.P. Morgan and School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University

Manuela M. Veloso is the Head of J.P. Morgan AI Research, which pursues fundamental research in areas of core relevance to financial services, including data mining and cryptography, machine learning, explainability, and human-AI interaction. J.P. Morgan AI Research partners with applied data analytics teams across the firm as well as with leading academic institutions globally.

Professor Veloso is on leave from Carnegie Mellon University as the Herbert A. Simon UniversityProfessor in the School of Computer Science, and the past Head of the Machine Learning Department. With her students, she had led research in AI, with a focus on robotics and machine learning, having concretely researched and developed a variety of autonomous robots, including
teams of soccer robots, and mobile service robots. Her robot soccer teams have been RoboCup world champions several times, and the CoBot mobile robots have autonomously navigated for more than 1,000km in university buildings.

Professor Veloso is the Past President of AAAI, (the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence), and the co-founder, Trustee, and Past President of RoboCup. Professor Veloso has been recognized with a multiple honors, including being a Fellow of the ACM, IEEE, AAAS, and AAAI. She is the recipient of several best paper awards, the Einstein Chair of the Chinese Academy of Science, the ACM/SIGART Autonomous Agents Research Award, an NSF Career Award, and the Allen Newell Medal for Excellence in Research. 

Professor Veloso earned a Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Instituto Superior Tecnico in Lisbon, Portugal, a Master of Arts in Computer Science from Boston University, and Master of Science and PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University. See www.cs.cmu.edu/~mmv/Veloso.html for her scientific publications.

Edward Fishwick

Managing director, global co-head, risk & quantitative analysis,


Edward Fishwick, Managing Director, is Global Co-Head of Risk & Quantitative Analysis at BlackRock. In addition, he is a member of the European Executive and Global Operating Committees of the firm, and is a member of the Board of BlackRock Group Ltd.

Mr. Fishwick has worked in quantitative finance for over 30 years in London, New York and Boston. Previously he was Head of Risk Management and Investment Process Research at AXA Investment Managers, and Director of Research at Quantec.

Mr. Fishwick is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Asset Management, and is the Chairman of the London Quant Group.

Sarah Breeden

Executive director, UK deposit takers supervision

Bank of England

Sarah is the Executive Director for UK Deposit Takers Supervision, responsible for the supervision of the UK’s banks, building societies and credit unions. She has oversight of the Bank of England’s (Bank) work enhancing the financial system’s resilience to climate change.
Sarah was previously the Executive Director for International Banks Supervision, where having joined the directorate in 2015, she was responsible for supervision of the UK operations of international banks.
Before moving into supervision, Sarah was a Director in the PRA’s Financial Stability Strategy and Risk Directorate, where she focused on developing the UK’s macroprudential policy making framework and supporting the Financial Policy Committee. Previously she was head of the division in the Financial Stability Directorate that assessed risks to financial stability from financial markets, the non-bank financial sector, and the real economy.
Sarah led the Bank’s work to support the transition of prudential regulation of banks and insurers from the Financial Services Authority to the Bank.
Prior to that she was head of the Bank’s Risk Management Division and head of Special Projects in the Markets Directorate, leading the design and risk management of financial market operations undertaken by the Bank including those launched during the financial crisis.

Tom Wipf

Vice chairman of institutional securities.

Morgan Stanley

Tom is responsible for Morgan Stanley’s transition efforts to alternative reference rates to
replace LIBOR through the firm’s Global LIBOR Transition Steering Committee. This
group, spanning ISG, Wealth Management and Investment Management, will ensure that
all businesses and infrastructure organizations have a consistent set of Firm-level
guidelines, their own transition plans and accountability for transition readiness before
year-end 2021.
Tom most recently led the firm’s Global Business Continuity Management Organization,
which is responsible for strategic planning and risk management for potential cyber and
physical disruptions. He is a member of the firm’s Securities Operating Committee, Risk
Management Committee and Asset/ Liability Management Committee.
Prior to being named Vice Chairman, Tom was the Global Head of the Bank Resource
Management Division where he was responsible for the firm's secured funding, securities
lending, global hedging and collateral management activities.
Beginning his career in the industry in 1977, Tom joined Morgan Stanley in 1986 and has
been engaged in the Firm’s funding, collateral and hedging activities throughout his
career at the firm. Based in New York, Tom has also completed multi-year assignments
in Morgan Stanley’s London and Tokyo offices.
In April, 2019, Tom was named Chair of the Alternative Reference Rates Committee
(ARRC) by the Federal Reserve Board. The ARRC is a group of private-market
participants convened to help ensure a successful transition from USD LIBOR to a more
robust reference rate.
Tom was appointed Chair of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Market
Risk Advisory Committee (MRAC) Interest Rate Benchmark Reform Subcommittee in
October, 2018.
Tom served as Chair of the Treasury Market Practices Group (TMPG) until May 2019.
The TMPG is sponsored by the New York Federal Reserve and is an industry group
committed to supporting the integrity and efficiency of the U.S. Treasury and Agency
Mortgage Securities Markets.
Tom serves on the board of directors of International Swaps and Derivatives Association,
Inc. (ISDA). Tom was appointed to the Alternative Reference Rate Committee,
sponsored by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve in 2014. Tom previously
served on the Financial Research Advisory Committee to the US Treasury Office of
Financial Research from 2012 to 2017.

Ciara Quinlan

MD, global head of principal electronic trading FRC


Ciara joined UBS in 2013 as head of eFX Quantitative Trading and in March 2015 took on the expanded role of Global Head of Principal Electronic Trading for FX, Rates and Credit (FRC).

She is responsible for all electronic principal algorithms spanning pricing, automated risk management, and big data analytics.

Ciara studied electronic engineering at University College Dublin, Ireland, and received a PhD in biomedical digital signal processing and pattern recognition. She graduated in 2007 and started her career at Dresdner bank working as a quant trader on the eFX team. In 2009 she moved to Barclays where she worked on the eFX Quant Analytics team where she was promoted to co-head the team. In 2011 she moved to State Street as Head of eFX Quantitative Trading where she was responsible for building eFX principal market making from the ground up.

As well as running FRC principal electronic trading Ciara is heavily involved in the mentoring and diversity initiatives at the bank.

Buck Rogers

Global head of resilience risk


Professor Cameron, or Buck Rogers as he prefers to be known, is currently Global Head of Resilience Risk at HSBC, he joined in June 2019. Buck joined from the Bank of England (BoE) where he was Chief Information Security Officer and latterly Chief Security Officer, during this period Buck designed the CBEST program, was responsible for managing the second line risk functions covering cyber, physical, BCIM and supporting the PRA on subject expertise in the Cyber space. Before joining the BoE, Buck held a number of senior leadership roles at the Ministry of Defence, following a 15-year career in the Royal Navy. Buck holds a Professorship in Cyber Security at the University of Gloucestershire, and in recognition of his contributions to the Information Security industry, Buck was awarded a fellowship from the Council of Registered Ethical Security Testers (CREST).

Outside of work, Family, Moomins, Depeche Mode and Norwich City FC fill his time.

Craig Rice

Director of cyber resilience and chief information security officer (CISO)


Alexei Kondratyev

Managing director, global head of data analytics, CCIB

Standard Chartered Bank

In his role as Managing Director and Global Head of Data Analytics, Alexei is responsible for providing data analytics services to Corporate, Commercial and Institutional Banking division of Standard Chartered Bank.

He joined Standard Chartered Bank in 2010 from Barclays Capital where he managed a model development team within Credit Risk Analytics. Prior to joining Barclays Capital in 2004, he was a senior quantitative analyst at Dresdner Bank in Frankfurt.

Alexei holds MSc in Theoretical Nuclear Physics from the University of Kiev and PhD in Mathematical Physics from the Institute for Mathematics, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.

He was the recipient of the 2019 Quant of the Year award from Risk magazine.

Blanka Horvath

Lecturer in financial mathematics

King's College London

Dr Blanka Horvath is a Lecturer at the Department of Mathematics, King's College London. Blanka’s current research interests evolve around a new generation of option pricing models (Rough Stochastic Volatility models), and their asymptotic and numerical properties. Prior to her current appointment, she was at ETH Zurich, specialising in functional analytic and numerical properties of SABR-type stochastic models. Blanka holds a PhD in Mathematical Finance from ETH Zurich, a Diploma in Mathematics from the University of Bonn and an MSc in Economics from the University of Hong Kong.

Manmohan Singh

Senior economist

International Monetary Fund

Manmohan Singh is a Senior Economist with the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC. He writes extensively on topical issues including, monetary policy and central bank balance sheets, financial plumbing,  rehypothecation of collateral, collateral velocity,  shadow banking, deleveraging in financial markets, etc.. He has written a second edition of his book Collateral and Financial Plumbing that looks at all the above themes from the lens of financial collateral. Manmohan has led work-shops for the IMF to official sector policy makers on strategic asset allocation and impact of regulations on financial markets.  He holds a PhD and MBA from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a B.S. from Allegheny College.

Tony Morris

Global head quantitative strategies


Tony is a Managing Director in Nomura’s Global Markets Research team, based in London. He heads the Quantitative Strategies (QS) team, which clients rank as one of the leading groups of its kind in the industry. QS focuses on objective measurement of fundamental economic and market dynamics around the world. Grounded in these measurements, QS makes recommendations that a number of internal and external clients track. Asset classes covered include interest rates, commodities, currencies, credit and equities. The team’s combined portfolio has outperformed relevant hedge fund benchmarks. Tony holds a PhD in financial economics from New York University and a BA from Dartmouth College, where he earned a place in the Phi Beta Kappa academic honour society

Christian Schwarz

Executive director, data analytics group

Standard Chartered Bank

Christian leads the innovation efforts within the Data Science and Innovation team at Standard Chartered. He currently focuses on synthetic data generation, measurement of uncertainty and Reinforcement Learning as part of his development of algorithmic trading signals and engines. He also applies evolutionary algorithms to the non-linear optimisation of RWA relief via loan securitisation.

Previously, he spent 3 years as senior Credit Strategist and Head of Quant Research at Mizuho International leading the Machine Learning Algo market making project for corporate bonds.Christian also spent 10 years at Credit Suisse where he was most recently Senior Credit Strategist. Prior to that, he held positions within Interest Rate and FX Controlling at HVB Group.

Christian has a diploma in Financial Mathematics from Technische Universität München.There are 3 things about Machine Learning and AI that keep him up at night: The maths behind, the commercial opportunities and the impact on society.

Phil Allison

Head of Automated Trading, Fixed Income Division

Morgan Stanley

Julien Turc

Head of the QIS lab, global markets

BNP Paribas

Julien Turc is a visiting researcher in economics at Ecole Polytechnique (Palaiseau) and head of the QIS Lab at BNP Paribas. He has 23 years of experience working on quantitative and systematic strategies in all asset classes. His research covers allocation processes, alternative risk premia and hedging. Julien used to be head of cross-asset quant strategy at Societe Generale. He teaches credit derivatives at Paris 6 University and graduated from Ecole Polytechnique in 1997.

Rowland Johnson

Director responsible for international development


Ali Khan

MD, rates options and exotics trading


Ali Khan is Managing director – Rates Options & Exotics Trading at Nomura, with over 15 years’ experience in Options Markets.

Prior to joining Nomura in 2009, Ali was an Exotic Rates Trader at Lehman Brothers for 4.5 years where he started his career.

Ali has a BA in Mathematics and an MPhil in Statistics from the University of Cambridge.

Vitali Kalesnik

Partner, director of research

Research Affiliates

Vitali Kalesnik is a partner and senior member of the investment team.
He leads research and business strategy in the European region.
Previously, Vitali led the Equity Research team and continues to
perform general equity-related research.
Articles he has co-authored with others have been recognized with two
Graham and Dodd Scroll Awards, a Financial Analysts Journal Readers’
Choice Award, a William F. Sharpe Indexing Achievement Award, and a
Bernstein Fabozzi/Jacobs Levy Award. His research strengthens and
expands Research Affiliates’ products—in particular, RAFI™
Fundamental Index™ strategies—and supports our global tactical asset
allocation products.
Vitali earned his PhD in economics from the University of California,
Los Angeles, where he was a winner of the UCLA Graduate Division
Fellowship for 2001–2005. He speaks fluent English, Russian, and

Bob Koster

Commercial director


Danny White

Executive director, credit structuring

J.P. Morgan

Danny White is head of J.P. Morgan’s Credit Index Structuring team, responsible for creating quantitative investment strategies in the credit space that can be directly invested in by clients. Prior to moving to structuring in 2015, Danny worked in J.P. Morgan’s Credit Derivatives and Quantitative Credit Research team for five years, writing papers, trade ideas and thematic pieces on a wide number of topics in credit including credit default swaps, indices, options, tranches, systematic strategies and quantitative corporate bond investing. Danny holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge.

Tom Osborn

Editor, risk management


Tom Osborn is the desk editor of Risk.net’s risk management coverage. Prior to joining Risk, he reported on the futures and foreign exchange industries for Dow Jones' Financial News and the Euromoney group of publications. Tom holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of Warwick, UK.

Rini Laskar

Director, Investment banking technology


Rini was recently named as one of the most inspirational women in the City of London in 2019 by Brummell magazine, for her work in Investment banking technology and as a leader in the field of diversity. 

She studied at the University of Warwick then forged a career as a management consultant working in Oil and Gas in global locations such as Dubai, Singapore and the US. 

As a Director at UBS Rini has led some of the most high profile technology initiatives in the organisation including Cloud Transformation, Artificial Intelligence and Biometric Authentication.  

Rini gives back to her local community as a board member of BritBangla. She is Co-Chair member of the BAME diversity network at UBS representing over 1000 members which has board level sponsorship from Switzerland. Rini is also identified as one of the top 100 muslim women in the UK under Baroness Uddin’s ‘Change the script’ initiative. 

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. Duncan 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, Duncan 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 appearing in Euromoney, Financial News, IFR, and The Wall Street Journal, as well as Risk magazine and its sister titles.
Duncan has written about derivatives and risk throughout his 17-year career in journalism. He is a Neal Awards finalist, and has also won Incisive Media's journalist and editor of the year awards.