Risk Americas 2021

America’s premier financial risk and innovation Convention 2021

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RISK AMERICAS CONVENTION

May 25-26, 2021

40+ Speakers, 2 Keynote Sessions, 4 workstreams, 500+ attendees
TOPICS ADDRESEED FOR 2021

Digitalization | AI | Remote Working | RPA | Data Governance | Fintech

Plus much more…


Climate Change | Global Recession | Credit Risk | IBOR | Repo Markets

Plus, much more…a

COVID-19 | Data | Quantifying Uncertainty | Integration | Validation

Plus, much more…

ESG and Climate Risk

Regulatory Guidance | Reporting | Climate Change | Culture Agendas | Investment

Plus, much more…

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2021 SPEAKERS INCLUDE
Vijay Advani

Vijay Advani
Former CEO & Executive Chairman
Nuveen

Kieran Fallon

Kieran Fallon
Chief Risk Officer
PNC Financial Services Group

Joshua Kotok

Joshua Kotok
Chief Risk & Compliance Officer
First Savings

Ty Lambert 2015 Professional Pic

Ty Lambert
CRO
Bancorp South

Markus Lammer

Markus Lammer
Managing Director
Credit Suisse

Phil Masquelette Biz Casual

Phil Masquelette
SVP/CRO
Ulster Savings Bank

Frank Morisano

Frank Morisano
Chief Risk Officer
Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

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Ebbe Negenman
Chief Risk Officer and member of the executive board of Knab
Knab

Jeff Simmons

Jeff Simmons
Managing Director, Chief Risk Officer, Head of Support & Control
MUFG

Vivek Tyagi

Vivek Tyagi
CRO – Transaction Banking
Goldman Sachs

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Event Starting at 10:00am EST / 3:00pm GMT
DAY ONE | May 25, 2021

10:00 Chair’s opening remarks

KEYNOTE

PANEL DISCUSSION

10:10 Lessons learnt from COVID-19 pandemic: Looking ahead to business after the pandemic

– What might the new normal look like in financial services?
– The future of remote working
– Driving efficiency and collaboration
– Future of business continuity in light of pandemic response
– Impact of the new normal on risk profiles
– Rethinking business models
– Implementing new communication models to maintain an effective culture of risk management
– Digital adaptability needs

Frank Morisano, Chief Risk Officer, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited
Vivek Tyagi, CRO, Transaction Banking, Goldman Sachs
Ebbe Negenman , Chief Risk Officer, Aegon Bank
Markus Lammer, COO, Ultra High Net Worth, Credit Suisse
Kieran Fallon, Chief Risk Officer, PNC

10:40 5 minute transition break

Innovation in risk management

DIGITALIZATION

10:45 Managing demand for digitalization of products as customer demands evolve

  • Increased digitalization demands with COVID-19
  • Reduced demand for branches
    • COVID forcing many online
  • Challenges for industry and regulators
  • Acceleration of digitalization
  • Access to remote products during pandemic

 

 

 

PANEL DISCUSSION

11:15 Leveraging AI technology to drive digital transformation and enhance customer experience

  • Access to remote products during pandemic
  • Explainable AI
    • Using highly interpretable AI and machine learning
    • Criticality of interpretability in high stake environments
  • Validation of machine learning models
    • Reviewing models from development to deployments through to validation
  • Agility and governance processes within model risk
  • Model governance and response to major events
  • Regulatory scrutiny around use of AI and ML models

Harsh Singhal, Head of Decision Science and Artificial Intelligence Validation, Wells Fargo
Steven Dickerson, VP, Data Science, Discover Financial
Nison Nagdimov, Head of Risk, Chief Control Office, HSBC

Market and Financial RIsk

VOLATILITY

10:45 Lessons learnt from global volatility including inflation and impact on markets

  • Managing volatility in an uncertain environment
  • Credit risk impact as government stimulus reduces
  • Geopolitical uncertainty
  • Impact on markets and movement of cash
  • Changes to liquidity with political shifts
  • Operating in a zero rate environment
  • Revenue pressures and low profitability as a result of COVID-19

 

 

PANEL DISCUSSION

11:15 What are the risks that people aren’t thinking about

  • Stress testing future risks
  • Identifying portfolios at risk
  • Indicators to identify changes and exposures
  • Identifying risk factors in the economy
  • Considering qualitative effects
  • Transformation of infrastructure to become more agile

Arsa Oemar, Director, Wholesale Credit Model Risk Management, MUFG
Oskar Rogg, , Head of Treasury, Credit Agricole
Suman Datta, Head of Portfolio Quantitative Research, Lloyds Banking Group

 

 

 

Model Risk Managment

COVID-19

10:45 Reviewing model reactions to COVID-19 and capabilities through recovery

  • Impact on future models with volatility in 2020
  • Predicting the unpredictable
  • Managing models with continued uncertainty
  • Models capability to manage changes post COVID-19
  • Impact on credit modeling
  • Increased risk of defaults amidst pandemic
    • Changes to risk profile once government stimulus is retracted

Jing Zou, Managing Director, Enterprise Model Risk Management, Royal Bank of Canada

PANEL DISCUSSION

11:15 Building models based on historic data and impact on forecasting

  • Building models based on last recession data
  • Forecasting models based on historic data
  • Using non representative data in modeling
  • Displacement of current macroeconomic factors
  • Qualitative factor adjustment
  • Model monitoring: Prediction vs. actual losses

Adam Behrman, Head of Model Risk, Investors Bank
Aruna Joshi, VP, Model Risk Management, Visa
Emre Balta, SVP, Financial and Compliance Risk Model Validation, US Bank

 

 

 

12:00 30 minute refreshment break and networking

EMERGING TECHNOLOGY

12:50 Robotic Process Automation and Low-Code Applications, perspectives from a citizen developer

  • How financial institutions are leveraging low-code application development and robotic process automation (RPA) to increase efficiency and automate manual process more cheaply than ever before
  • Benefits of citizen development and RPA for operational resiliency
  • Fostering democratization of development while maintaining governance

James McIntosh, Executive Director, Head of Enterprise Risk Management Programs, CIBC

 

 

 

 

RPA

1:20 Developing a Robotic Process Automation (“RPA”) tool risk management program

  • Describes basics of RPA
  • Discuss benefits and downside of RPA
  • Describe elements of successful RPA Tool Risk Management program
  • Regulatory and compliance considerations

Roderick Powell, Head of Model Risk Management, Ameris Bank

 

IBOR

12:50 The third line of defense’s role in Libor transition

  • Performing Risk Assessment and Establishing Audit Strategy
  • Assess Governance Structure and Activities
  • Review Project Plan and Project Management
  • Evaluate the Inventory of LIBOR contracts
  • Monitoring Execution of the Project Plan
  • Reporting to the Audit Committee

Erjun Chen, Director, Internal Audit, CIT

 

 

 

 

 

IBOR

1:20 Understanding impact of IBOR transition to risk profiles and transition progress

  • Reviewing impact to risk profiles
  • Transition progress
  • Updates from adjustable to fixed rate instruments
  • Implications to existing profiles
  • Changes in transition to mitigate transition risk
  • Understanding exposure

Vineet Gumasta, Head of Balance Sheet Risk Management, NA, Rabobank

CREDIT RISK MODELING

12:50 Model validation methodologies for corporate probability of default (PD) modeling

  • Alternative use cases and the quantification of model risk
  • Ensuring PD models are fit for purpose and intended use
  • Construction of through the cycle PD models and point in time models
    • Validation elements emphasis based on use
  • Model validation methodologies using a long history of publicly rated default data
    • Building on PD models based on financial and macroeconomic factors
    • Application of discriminatory and predictive accuracy tests

Michael Jacobs, Lead Quantitative Analytics and Modeling Expert, PNC

INTEGRATION

1:20 Integration of model risk management from data through to validation

  • Efficiency and effectiveness of processes
  • Bringing data together to the same place
  • Building models on data
  • Model validation processes
    • Driving efficiency
  • Automating processes
    • Identifying inefficiencies

Abhishek Adukia, Model Risk Director, Alliance Bernstein

1:50 End of day one

Event Starting at 10:00am EST / 3:00pm GMT
DAY TWO | May 26, 2021

10:00 Chair’s opening remarks

KEYNOTE

PANEL DISCUSSION

10:10 Driving profitability in a heavily regulated environment and future regulatory change

– Future of regulation under new administration
– Changes to regulation and reporting requirements
– Legal and regulatory advances and trends impacting the environment
– Fintech regulatory developments
– Future of Basel 4

Jeff Simmons, CRO, MUFG Securities
Phil Masquelette, SVP/CRO, Ulster Savings Bank

10:40 5 minute transition break

Innovation in risk management

PAYMENTS

10:45 Payments innovation risks

  • Zelle B2C model benefit to clients
    • Eliminating PCI compliance
  • RTP request for payment to eliminate fraud risks from ACH debit transactions
  • Universal payment identification code (UPIC) for ACH payments

Jim Maimone, SVP, Senior Enterprise Payments Platform Product Manager, Citizens Bank

 

 

PANEL DISCUSSION

11:15 Maintaining privacy compliance across jurisdictions as consumer demands evolve

  • Changes to consumer demands on privacy
  • State discrepancies in requirements
  • Impact of privacy agendas on who customers do business with
  • Increase in use of right to be forgotten
  • Protecting sensitive information in a WFH environment
  • Aligning data privacy and data protection

Joshua Kotok, Chief Risk & Compliance Officer, First Savings

 

 

Market and Financial RIsk

CREDIT RISK

10:45 Reviewing the impact to credit risk and defaults COVID-19 government stimulus reduces

  • Credit restructuring
  • Delaying delinquencies
  • Tracking and monitoring delinquencies
  • Monitoring money and credit structures
  • Understanding credit performance when stimulus drops
    • Q4 2020 credit performance at an all time high
  • Are we moving towards a default cycle?
  • Asset allocation strategies

Fred Han, Director of Design & Reporting, RBC

PANEL DISCUSSION

11:15 Managing increase in liquidity on balance sheets and boosting profitability

  • Allocating influx of liquidity
  • Market for investment of high numbers of liquidity
  • Impact of government stimulus on liquidity and lending
  • Increase in liquidity on balance sheets with limited investment opportunity
  • Compressed net interest margins
  • Where to use excess liquidity to boost profitability

Armel Romeo Kouassi, Head of Balance Sheet Modeling, Northern Trust
Mark Benaharon, Director, Market, Credit and Capital Stress Testing Risk Management, New York Community Bank
Mike Huff, Senior Director, Portfolio Management, TIAA

ESG and Climate Risk

ESG

10:45 Developing ESG strategy and aligning with future regulatory expectations

  • What does ESG mean and how are institutions adapting
  • Product adjustments to meet ESG standards
  • Unintended consequences of change
  • Governance strategies
  • Acceleration as a result of COVID-19 supply chain challenges
  • Regulatory focus and requirements

Lourenco Miranda, Head of ESG & Climate Change, Societe Generale

PANEL DISCUSSION

11:15 ESG reporting: Developing proxy and independent reports to provide transparency and assurance to stakeholders

  • Updating proxy statements for annual review
  • Independent sustainability reports
  • Committee structures
  • Managing risk profile of a company
  • Transparency of information available from companies

Yuhong Liu, Director, BNP Paribas
Nim Puri, Principal-IRM Customer Strategy, Global Sales, Riskonnect, Inc.

12:00 30 minute refreshment break and networking

BSA/AML

12:50 Reviewing changes to BSA/AML and leveraging technology for compliance

  • Increased focus on BSA/AML
  • Brokerage as a means of fraud and money laundering
  • Increased unemployment fraud throughout pandemic
  • Fraud detection with government stimulus
    • Tracking money through deposits
  • Assessing risk of money laundering in cryptocurrency for banks

 

 

 

FINTECH

1:20 Interaction between fintechs and banks as regulators increase focus on fintech industry

  • Impact of OCC fintech charter on banking industry
  • Strategic changes for traditional banking
  • Interaction between fintechs and banks
  • Freedom and flexibility of fintechs
  • Regulation for automated data
    • Impact of COVID on use of automated data

Armel Romeo Kouassi, Head of Balance Sheet Modeling, Northern Trust

BALANCE SHEET OPTIMIZATION

12:50 Optimizing balance sheets and leveraging risk to improve financial performance

  • Integrate forward looking metrics into planning
  • Balance financial and regulatory risk
  • Offset margin compression
  • Manage portfolio risk
  • Drive accuracy into your business forecasts

Bill Collette, Director, Market Development, Wolters Kluwer, Finance, Risk & Reporting, Wolters Kluwer

 

 

 

CECL

1:20 Reviewing impact of CECL and response to the global pandemic

  • Future expectations under CECL
  • Impact of CECL on books
    • Changed during pandemic
  • CECL as a functional stress test
  • Delays to implementation of CECL standards
  • Cost of implementation of CECL

Jose Canals-Cerda, Senior Special Advisor, Supervision, Regulation & Credit, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

INVESTMENT

12:50 Impact of ESG requirements on investment in industries and institutions to protect reputation

  • Financing implications for banks
  • Setting minimum standards to continue financing of companies
  • Reputation impacts of financing non-compliant companies
  • Financing requirements within certain industries
    • Firearms and cannabis financing
    • Regulatory view on disassociating from financially stable and credit worthy companies
  • Exiting industries with minimal disruption
  • Determining ESG ratings of institutions

3RD LINE APPROACHES

1:20 How the 3rd line of defense should be considering and approaching ESG

David Iacucci, VP, Portfolio General Auditor, American Express tbc

 

 

 

 

1:50 End of day two

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Keynote
Vijay Advani

Vijay Advani
Former CEO & Executive Chairman
Nuveen

 

Biography

Vijay will be speaking at the 10th Annual Risk Americas Convention

Kieran Fallon

Kieran Fallon
Chief Risk Officer
PNC Financial Services Group

 

Biography

Kieran J. Fallon is chief risk officer of The PNC Financial Services Group. In this role, he has responsibility for PNC’s enterprise-wide independent risk management program, including credit, compliance, operational and market risk.
Prior to being named to his current position in February 2021, he was senior deputy general counsel responsible for PNC’s government, regulatory affairs and enterprise risk. Fallon also served as PNC’s chief counsel of Regulatory Affairs and briefly as acting general counsel.
Before joining PNC in May 2011, Fallon served as associate general counsel for legislation and special projects with the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington, D.C. While at the Federal Reserve Board, he played a key role in the development and implementation of numerous significant legislative and regulatory initiatives during the past two decades, including the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010, the Federal Reserve’s response to the financial crisis, and the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1999. In addition, Fallon served as general counsel to the Financial Stability Oversight Board, one of the Federal oversight bodies for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), from 2008 to March 2011. He is a recognized expert in a wide range of subjects under the Federal banking laws, and a regular speaker at industry conferences on regulatory reform and financial services regulation.
Prior to joining the Federal Reserve Board in 1995, he served as an associate in the financial services practice group of the Washington, D.C. office of Morrison & Foerster.
Fallon earned his J.D. from the New York University School of Law where he graduated magna cum laude, and his B.S. in Foreign Service was received at Georgetown University where he graduated summa cum laude.

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Ty Lambert
Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Risk Officer
BancorpSouth

Biography

Ty Lambert joined BancorpSouth in 2006 and has held a variety of management positions with responsibilities contributing to balance sheet management, credit risk management, corporate planning, and modeling and forecasting. In his current role as Chief Risk Officer, his team is responsible for data analytics, regulatory compliance, enterprise risk management, vendor management, and Bank Secrecy Act/ Anti-Money Laundering efforts. Prior to joining BancorpSouth, Ty was an investment portfolio manager.

Markus Lammer

Markus Lammer
Managing Director
Credit Suisse

 

Biography

Markus Lammer is the Chief Operating Officer of the Ultra High Net Worth business for Credit Suisse in the US. He launched the Ultra High Net Worth coverage platform in Investment Banking and Capital Markets, as well as the firm’s flagship “Entrepreneurs Summit” event series for this target segment. Markus is also the Chief Operating Officer for the Financial Institutions and the Oil & Gas Groups.

Previously, he was the Chief Operating Officer of Credit Suisse Germany and Central Europe, and also the Head of the Board of Credit Suisse Germany. Markus received his LLM from Yale University as a Fulbright Scholar and is admitted to the NY Bar.

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Phil Masquelette
SVP/CRO
Ulster Savings Bank

 

Biography

As Senior Vice President and Chief Risk Officer for Ulster Savings Bank, located in Kingston, NY, I am responsible for oversight of all Bank risk management functions, including the Bank’s Legal and Compliance departments; I also serve as the Chief Information Security Officer. I previously served as Vice President and Risk Manager at Bankwell in Bridgeport, CT, as First Vice President and Audit/Compliance Officer at Naugatuck Valley Savings and Loan in Naugatuck, CT, and as Senior Attorney with the FDIC. I hold a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Rhode Island, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Houston, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tulane University.

Frank Morisano

Frank Morisano
Chief Risk Officer
Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

 

Biography

Mr. Morisano is the Chief Risk Officer at the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China overseeing the Americas risk profile while having substantial influence on business activities. He serves as an independent director of a Fintech, sits on a cybersecurity advisory board, and also at a private company where he chairs the audit committee. He received his credit training at the Chase Manhattan Bank, holds an MSc in Information Systems and a BBA in Statistics.

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Ebbe Negenman
Chief Risk Officer and member of the executive board of Knab
Knab

Biography

Ebbe Negenman is the Chief Risk Officer (CRO) of Knab. As a member of the executive board he is co-responsible for the management of the bank. Till 2017 Ebbe worked as Head of Regulatory Risk at ABN Amro and was highly involved in the innovative strategy of the bank. Till 2010 Ebbe was employed as a Managing Director Risk Management at ING Bank in Amsterdam and was several years based in Hong Kong where he had responsibility for the Asia Pacific region he started his career at the Dutch merchant bank MeesPierson. Ebbe has over 20 years risk management experience, including strong expertise in Regulations.

Ebbe has two MSc’s (mathematics and econometrics) and a PhD in Operations Research and considers the ability to learn faster than your competitors as the only sustainable competitive advantage .

Jeff Simmons

Jeff Simmons
Managing Director, Chief Risk Officer, Head of Support & Control
MUFG

Biography

Jeff Simmons joined MUFG Bank in June 2014 as the Head of Enterprise Risk, tasked with creating the function. He has been involved intensively with the enhancement of the Risk Management framework in MUFG Bank (Europe). This has involved him in the formation of an Enterprise Risk function in Amsterdam tasked with delivering the full range of regulatory submissions. In April 2018 he transitioned to MUFG Securities to become involved in the Brexit project. In this capacity he is the CRO for MUFG Securities (Europe) N.V. the Dutch subsidiary of MUFG Securities (EMEA).
Prior to joining the bank he spent some 20 years some 20 years specialising in best practice Risk Management including Market Risk, Credit Risk, Risk Model Validation and Regulatory Risk consulting. As well as have line management responsibilities in various institutions he has also gained extensive experience in implementing Risk Management frameworks from both a technical and operating model based perspective.

Vivek Tyagi

Vivek Tyagi
CRO, Transaction Banking
Goldman Sachs

 

Biography

Vivek is Chief Risk Officer for Transaction Banking at Goldman Sachs.
He previously served as Division Risk Executive at SVB Financial, Bank of America, JP Morgan and Citigroup. Earlier in his career, Vivek served as head of Global Banknotes at Bank of America, and as transactor in Structured Finance at Citigroup.
Vivek earned an MBA from the Fuqua School at Duke University and a BCom from the Shri Ram College of Commerce at Delhi University.

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Steven Dickerson
SVP, Chief Data Scientist
Discover Financial

 

Biography

Steven Dickerson is speaking at Risk Americas 2021

Joshua Kotok

Joshua Kotok
Chief Risk & Compliance Officer
First Savings

 

Biography

Joshua Kotok is the Chief Risk and Compliance Officer at First Savings Mortgage Corporation. Joshua is an accomplished executive with demonstrated performance in leading operational and technology risk management and compliance initiatives. In addition, Joshua has identified and assessed operational and information technology risk from the regulatory and audit perspectives.
Prior to joining First Savings Mortgage Corporation, Joshua was the lead examiner for ongoing monitoring and targeted examinations of Freddie Mac’s Operational Risk program for the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). Joshua also served as the Senior Manager of Operational and Technology Risk for the Making Home Affordable program where he led the development of the ORM framework and all supporting components. Joshua also has prior experience as a Big Four management consultant where he led several engagements for Financial Services clients specializing in operational, technology and compliance risk reviews, governance and supporting technology implementation (GRC).
Joshua holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems from Florida State University. Joshua is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) as well as a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA). In addition, Joshua has held numerous industry association board positions including serving as the President and Education Director of the ISACA South Florida chapter and Vice President of the iCoast CIO council. Joshua is also a past presenter for the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) and the Operational Risk North America conferences.

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Maura Liconte
Director, Deputy Regional Head of Financial Crime Operations
Deutsche Bank

Biography

Maura Liconte is speaking at Risk Americas 2021

Jim Maimone

Jim Maimone
SVP, Senior Enterprise Payments Platform Product Manager
Citizens Bank

Biography

Jim Maimone is speaking at Risk Americas 2021

James McIntosh

James McIntosh
Executive Director and Head of Enterprise Risk Management Programs
CIBC

Biography

Mr. McIntosh joined CIBC in Toronto, Canada in 2006 and currently works and resides in Chicago where he leads CIBC’s enterprise risk programs for the US region including risk identification, risk appetite and reporting, resolution planning, and risk governance. He previously worked in CIBC’s New York office leading CIBC’s implementation of Enhanced Prudential Standards. In 2016, he spearheaded the creation and implementation of CIBC’s US Region risk identification program. Prior to moving to New York, Mr. McIntosh was a credit risk manager in CIBC’s Canadian large corporate lending business.

Nison Nagdimov

Nison Nagdimov
Head of Risk, Chief Control Office
HSBC

 

Biography

Nison Nagdimov is speaking at Risk Americas 2021

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Roderick Powell
Head of Model Risk Management
Ameris Bank

 

Biography

Roderick Powell is Senior Vice President and Head of Model Risk Management at Ameris Bank in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to joining Ameris Bank, Powell was a Director at KPMG LLP where he specialized in model development, implementation, and validation for large Financial Institutions, including Banks, Insurance Companies, and Mutual Funds. He also worked at Bank of America where he was Senior Vice President and Head of Market Risk Management for the Mortgage Securities Trading Desk. Powell earned his MBA from Florida State University. He also earned a Certificate in Applied Data Science and Machine Learning from Emory University. In addition, Powell is a Certified Financial Risk Manager (“FRM”). He is a frequent speaker on the use of Artificial Intelligence, i.e., Machine Learning, and Robotic Process Automation (“RPA”) in the Financial Services industry.

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Armel Romeo Kouassi
Senior Vice President
Northern Trust Corporation

 

Biography

Finance Executive with extensive experience in Global Banking, Corporate Finance, Asset Liability Management, Entrepreneurship, AI & Fintech. Shifted between entrepreneurial and senior banking leadership roles, comfortable with new ideas, innovative and willing to challenge the status quo. Transformative, Thoughts leader and frequent speaker and author in banking magazines in USA and Europe. Armel serves in the board of multiple non-profit organizations that make a difference in the community and society.

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Harsh Singhal
Quantitative Analytics Manager /Senior Vice President Head of Decision Science and Artificial Intelligence Validation
Wells Fargo & Company

Biography

Harsh Singhal is Head of Decision Science and Artificial Intelligence Validation within the Model Risk group. His team is responsible for validating and approving all retail Credit Decision, Commercial Credit Rating, Financial Crimes & Fair Lending including Fraud and BSA/AML, Operations Risk, Marketing, and other artificial intelligence/machine learning models.
Prior to his current position, Harsh was responsible for new model development for Wholesale Risk in Bank of America. Harsh also led the Retail IRB model qualification at Bank of America and contributed towards the development of first generation of deposit balance models for Asset-Liability management.
Prior to joining the financial industry, he worked on quantitative modeling for pharmaceutical and telecom industries. He is passionate about developing quantitative talent and fostering a culture of responsibility and intellectual curiosity. His technical expertise includes machine-learning, multivariate analysis, commercial and consumer credit.
He has Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Statistics.

MARKET AND FINANCIAL RISK TRENDS
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Mark Benaharon
ERM: Director of Liquidity, Market and Capital Stress Testing Risk Management
New York Community Bank

Biography

Mark Benaharon is speaking at Risk Americas 2021

Jose Cerda-Canals

Jose J. Canals-Cerda
Sr. Special Advisor
Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

 

Biography

José J. Canals-Cerdá is a Senior Special Advisor and leads the Supervisory Research and Policy Forum (SURF) at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia in the Supervision, Regulation, and Credit Department. He is a Ph.D. Economist from the University of Virginia, a Darden Executive Training program graduate, FRM-GARP certified, and holds an undergraduate degree in mathematics, statistics, and decision sciences. He led the development of the Federal Reserve Stress Testing methodology for cards portfolios. He leads R&D and benchmark/challenger modeling projects for CCAR/CECL.

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Erjun Chen
Audit Director
CIT Bank, NA

 

Biography

Erjun Chen is a director of Internal Audit Department at CIT. His responsibilities include leading an audit team auditing the liquidity risk management, interest rate risk management; and capital stress testing. Currently, his team is also involved in covering the Libor transition program for the bank.
Before joining CIT, Erjun worked at Ernest & Young and KPMG as a Senior Audit Manager and an Audit Manager, respectively, focusing on the financial statements audits in the banking industry. Prior to that, he worked as a Foreign Exchange trader at one of Chinese Banks.

Erjun holds MBA in Finance from Fordham University Graduate School of Business. He is a CPA licensed in New York State. He obtained a certification of Data Analytics from eCornell.

Bill Collette

Bill Collette
Director, Market Development, Wolters Kluwer, Finance, Risk and Reporting
Wolters Kluwer

Biography

Bill has worked in the financial services space for over 20 years in several senior roles, specifically within Product Management for more than 10 years. Bill is focused on delivering integrated finance, risk and regulatory compliance and reporting solutions to support regulated financial institutions in meeting their obligations to external regulators and their own board of directors. He has traveled extensively, working with banks in more than 20 countries globally. In his product management capacity, he managed several product suites and teams, across product lifecycles, including the launch of products focused on Balance Sheet management, Risk (Interest Rate, Liquidity, and Credit) and Financial performance.

Datta Suman

Suman Datta
Head of Portfolio Quantitative Research
Lloyds Banking Group

 

Biography

Suman Datta is speaking at Risk Americas 2021

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Vineet Gumasta
Head of Balance Sheet Risk Management, North America
Rabobank

Biography

Vineet Gumasta is speaking at Risk Americas 2021

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Mike Huff
Senior Director, Portfolio Management
TIAA

 

Biography

Mike Huff is speaking at Risk Americas 2021

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Arsa Oemar
Director, Wholesale Credit Model Risk Management
MUFG

Biography

Arsa Oemar will be speaking at Risk Americas 2021

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Armel Romeo Kouassi
Senior Vice President
Northern Trust Corporation

Biography

Finance Executive with extensive experience in Global Banking, Corporate Finance, Asset Liability Management, Entrepreneurship, AI & Fintech. Shifted between entrepreneurial and senior banking leadership roles, comfortable with new ideas, innovative and willing to challenge the status quo. Transformative, Thoughts leader and frequent speaker and author in banking magazines in USA and Europe. Armel serves in the board of multiple non-profit organizations that make a difference in the community and society.

MODEL RISK MANAGEMENT
Abhishek Adukia

Abhishek Adukia
VP, Model Risk Director
Alliance Bernstein

 

Biography

Abhi Adukia manages model risk governance for AllianceBernstein (AB). He is responsible for executing all aspects of model governance activities including model due-diligence reviews, periodic reviews and model error assessments for all covered models used in the investment processes at AB. Prior to assuming this role in 2013, he worked for AB’s Internal Audit Group for 3 years. Before joining AB in 2009, Abhi has worked for AIG’s Financial Services Unit, doing reviews of credit derivatives valuation models. He holds a MBA in finance from University at Buffalo and a bachelor in accounting from Mumbai University. Abhi is a CFA charter holder and has CPA and FRM certifications.

Emre Balta

Emre Balta
SVP – Head of Financial and Compliance Risk Model Validation
U.S. Bank

Biography

Emre Balta is leading the Financial and Compliance Risk model validation within the Model Risk Management Group at U.S. Bank.
In this capacity, he provides leadership and strategic direction to model risk management and validation of a broad spectrum of models covering AML, fair lending, PPNR, market risk, counterparty credit risk, treasury, and AI/ML models and a wide variety of risk tools used by the bank. He has over 15 years of experience in credit, market and operational risk modeling across full spectrum of asset classes (retail, corporate, capital markets) and model risk management, including governance, framework design and implementation, model development, validation, regulatory strategy and remediation plans. Prior to his role at US Bank, Emre was a management consultant in the Finance & Risk practice of Oliver Wyman, and a senior financial economist at the Risk Analysis Division of OCC.

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Adam Behrman
Head of Model Risk
Investors Bank

 

Biography

Adam Behrman is speaking at Risk Americas 2021

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Darius Grinvaldas
Head of Model Risk & Validation
Luminor Group

 

Biography

Darius Grinvaldas is speaking at Risk Americas 2021

Michael Jacobs

Michael Jacobs, Jr.
Lead Modelling & Quantitative Analytics Expert
PNC Financial Services Group

Biography

Mike is a lead model development and analytics expert across a range of risk and product types, having a focus on wholesale credit risk methodology, regulatory solutions and model validation. Mike has 25 years of experience in financial risk modeling and analytics, having worked 5 years at Accenture and Big 4 consulting as a Director in the risk modeling and analytics practice, with a focus on regulatory solutions; 7 years as a Senior Economist and Lead Modeling Expert at the OCC, focusing on ERM and Model Risk; and 8 years in banking as a Senior Vice-President at JPMC and SMBC, developing wholesale credit risk and economic capital models. Skills include model development & validation for CCAR, PPNR, CECL, credit / market / operational risk; Basel and ICAAP; model risk management; financial regulation; advanced statistical and optimization methodologies.

Aruna Joshi

Aruna Joshi
VP, Model Risk Management
Visa, Inc.

 

Biography

Aruna Joshi, Ph.D. has more than two decades of experience in the financial services industry. Currently, she is Vice President, Model Risk Management at Visa Inc, where she heads the Model Risk Management department.

Dr. Joshi started her career in the financial services industry as a software engineer in the Fixed Income
Department at BARRA and then at Advisor Software. She was also Director of Risk Modeling at PMI, where she was responsible for projects, including mortgage behavior modeling and NPV models for determining economics of loan modifications. She then worked at Union Bank and Wells Fargo & Company validating models related to retail and commercial credit risk. Most recently she was at Bank of the West where she led model validations for CCAR and BAU models including retail and wholesale credit and PPNR models

Aruna holds a BTech from the Indian Institute of Technology, M.S. from Iowa State University and a Ph.D. and MFE from University of California, Berkeley. She also holds the FRM designation.

Aruna is a frequent speaker on model risk at conferences and has co-authored a paper entitled “Measuring Model Risk – A Practitioner’s Approach” that was published in the Risk Management Association Journal. She recently published a book entitled “Managing Risk of Financial Models – A Smart and Simple Guide for the Practitioner,” which can be found on Amazon.

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Chris Smigielski
Director, Model Risk Management
Arvest Bank

 

Biography

With over 30 years of financial services industry experience, Chris has an in-depth knowledge of model governance, model validation, financial model development, market risk modelling, Asset Liability Management and team development. Chris is currently the Director of Model Risk Management at Arvest Bank and was previously with TIAA Bank’s Enterprise Risk Management Group for seven years. His experience includes leadership roles at Diebold and Fiserv, where he consulted with financial institutions nationally and internationally to design and implement financial strategies to maximize productivity and growth, as well as Asset/Liability Management and quantitative analysis at HSBC and First Niagara Banks. Chris is active with Diversity & Inclusion initiatives at Arvest Bank and served as Co-Chairman for Our Corps, TIAA Bank’s Veterans-based employee resource group.

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Jing Zou
Managing Director, Model Risk Management
Royal Bank of Canada

 

Biography

As Managing Director in Enterprise Model Risk Management (EMRM) in Group Risk Management, Jing Zou is responsible for validating models in securitized products, interest rate derivatives, pre-provision net revenue, retail mortgage, and insurance. She also developed the Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review (CCAR) model fragility analysis, which identifies and aggregate the impact of model uncertainty on capital ratios. In addition, she also designed a model performance monitoring and reporting framework. She is an invited speaker for many industry conferences and training courses.

Jing joined RBC in 2014 as a Director in local model risk manager, where she was responsible for engaging the business about model risks. Later on, she was promoted to a Senior Director and then a Managing Director. She has been one of the main presenters from RBC’s model risk team in many Fed exams. Prior to joining RBC, Jing worked at Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo, and Fannie Mae in various quantitative analytics roles or risk manager roles covering front office quant, market risk, and model risk areas.

Jing has a Ph.D. in Applied and Computational Mathematics from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Computational Mathematics at Xi’an Jiaotong University.

ESG AND CLIMATE RISK
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David Iacucci
VP, Portfolio General Auditor
American Express

 

Biography

David Iacucci is speaking at Risk Americas 2021

Yuhong Liu

Yuhong Liu
Director
BNP Paribas

 

Biography

Yuhong holds Plasma Physics PhD from Columbia University. She currently works in BNP Paribas for model validation covering liquidity models, Asset Management portfolio models, valuation models, stress testing models, etc. In the past, she has worked across market risk, credit risk and model risk at Morgan Stanley and Citi Group.

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Lourenco Miranda
Managing Director, Regional Head of Model Risk Management (Americas)
Societe Generale

Biography

Lourenco Miranda is speaking at Risk Americas 2021

Nim Puri

Nim Puri
Principal-IRM Customer Strategy
Riskonnect, Inc

 

Biography

Nim works with our sales and account management teams to help customers find GRC opportunities that will lead to their desired business outcomes. Prior to joining Riskonnect, Nim worked for Thomson Reuters on global market expansion, development/management of presales resources, and development of solution-based selling approaches. Nim also has held business strategy and audit responsibilities at several corporations, including Oracle, The Quaker Oats Company, Sara Lee Corporation, and PwC. Nim is a frequent presenter and panelist for GRC and audit conferences, such as IIA, ISACA, and regional GRC events.

Why attend

key agenda highlights

Networking

Ample networking opportunities are available throughout the virtual event; networking breaks, round table discussions and exhibition hall across all days to allow for further discussion and networking.

LIVE Q&A

Live Q&A

Throughout the Convention attendees are invited to ask our speaker faculty leading questions. During the multiple presentations and panel discussions questions will be delivered live to the presenters so they can answer your burning questions and provide extra insight.

Virtual Roundtable Discussions

We will be hosting multiple round table discussions where professionals can debate key industry trends. In an informal and relaxed environment round table leaders will host an interactive discussion with a small number of virtual attendees.

Technology

Technology

Whilst on the virtual platform attendees can interact with other participants, speakers and event partners. Throughout the convention attendees are encouraged to make digital connections with peers via networking and sharing of virtual business cards.

Latest videos & resources

How leaders foster an inclusive culture

A quick look back at Risk Americas 2019

Interview with Model Risk Director of Arvest Bank

Latest articles & interviews
25th February 2021
Mohit Dhillon, MD, Quantitative Analytics, Barclays

Reviewing model reaction to COVID-19 and assessing the impact of volatility in 2021

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the thought leader and not those of CeFPro. By Mohit Dhillion, Managing Director, Quantitative Analytics, […]
25th February 2021
Fares Triki, Head of model risk Management MUFG securities

Quantification of model risk and tiering of models for a risk sensitive approach

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the thought leader and not those of CeFPro. By Fares Triki, Head of Model Risk […]
22nd February 2021
Julian Horky, Head of Risk Controlling, Berenberg Capital Markets

Automation in model risk management

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the thought leader and not those of CeFPro. By Julian Horky, Head of Risk Controlling, […]
23rd November 2020

Building cyber resilience to protect customers and the institution

7th September 2020
Oskar Rogg, Head of Treasury, Credit Agricole

What a difference a year makes – Looking at the liquidity and repo markets going forward

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the thought leader and not those of CeFPro. By Oskar Rogg, Head of Treasury, Credit […]
1st September 2020
Tom Wipf, Vice Chairman of Institutional Securities, Morgan Stanley / Chairman, ARRC

The ARRC’s progress to date and priorities going forward in the transition

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the thought leader and not those of CeFPro. By Tom Wipf, Vice Chairman of Institutional […]
1st September 2020
Martin Lange, Director, Client Experience Strategy, BNY Mellon

Establishing a mature client experience practice as part of the digital transformation strategy

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the thought leader and not those of CeFPro. By Martin Lange, Director, Client Experience Strategy, […]
1st September 2020
Alpa Inamdar, Head of Third Party Governance Advisory, BNY Mellon

Developing business continuity and incident response plans for damage limitation in a loss event

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the thought leader and not those of CeFPro. By Alpa Inamdar, Head of Third Party […]
1st September 2020
Oscar Kitasoboka, Chief Actuary, UAE Insurance Authority

Communication and understanding of impacts of IFRS17 on company accounts to internal and external stakeholders

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the thought leader and not those of CeFPro. By Oscar Kitasoboka, Chief Actuary, UAE Insurance […]
20th July 2020

CeFPro Webinar – IFRS 17 – A frank discussion on what to know, do and avoid

2nd July 2020

Assessing the impacts and consequences of LIBOR transition including timelines, reference rates and the path forward

By Shannon Harris, Senior Research Executive, CeFPro 
24th June 2020
Bill Coen

Has regulation gone too far or is there still more to be done?

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the thought leader and not those of CeFPro. By Bill Coen, Former Secretary General, Basel […]
2nd June 2020

CeFPro Webinar – Managing risk through volatile markets and uncertain times

7th April 2020

CeFPro Webinar: Practitioners guide to IBOR transition

9th March 2020
Jim Maimone

Reviewing the evolution and changing nature of the payments landscape and future expectations

By Jim Maimone, SVP, Senior Enterprise Payments Platform Product Manager, Citizens Bank
9th March 2020
Chris Smigielski

Model Inventory: Tools and techniques for an accurate inventory

By Chris Smigielski, Model Risk Director, Arvest Bank
6th March 2020

CeFPro Webinar: AML – Is it time to move to real-time inbound monitoring?

2nd March 2020
Apurva Anand

Measurement and quantification of model risk: Aggregating model risk for a holistic view

By Apurva Anand, Director – Model Risk Management, Barclays
2nd March 2020
Julia Lo

Risk identification and risk reporting as a value added process to drive decision making

By Julia Lo, Director, Internal Audit, Prudential
21st February 2020

Building resilience principles into operational risk to maintain critical services

By Melissa Mellen, Officer and Department Head of Policy, Analytics and Vendor Strategy, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
19th February 2020
James Bone

Positioning and evolving privacy programs to account for different programs across jurisdictions

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the thought leader and not those of CeFPro. By James Bone, Lecturer in Discipline, ERM, […]
co-sponsors

Kamakura Corporation


Kamakura Corporation History

Founded in 1990 by Dr. Donald R. van Deventer, Kamakura Corporation is the world’s leading provider of risk management information, risk management software and risk management consulting. Kamakura’s executive team represents a broad and diverse cross-section of in-depth experience in economics, financial management, information technology, credit modeling, risk assessment, accounting, business administration, higher education, banking and regulatory oversight.

Onetrust GRC


OneTrust GRC enables risk, compliance and audit professionals to identify, measure, and remediate risk across their business to comply with internal rules and external regulations. With OneTrust GRC, companies can seamlessly integrate risk management into their day to day activities. OneTrust GRC is a part of OneTrust, the #1 most widely used privacy, security, and governance platform trusted by more than 7,500 customers and powered by 130 awarded patents.
To learn more, visit OneTrustGRC.com or connect on LinkedIn.

Strategic Risk Associates


Built by bankers for bankers, Strategic Risk Associates’ Watchtower System advances risk and performance management for executives and the board in financial institutions. SRA Watchtower is a SaaS based Enterprise Risk Intelligence and Collaboration System that aggregates, integrates, normalizes, and reports all critical risk and performance indicators on a continuous basis, providing real time access to company wide risk performance data, integrated in a way so as to strategically optimize risk strategy to the bottom line.

Wolters Kluwer


Wolters Kluwer’s Finance, Risk & Reporting business is a market leader in the provision of integrated finance, risk and regulatory compliance and reporting solutions, supporting regulated financial institutions in meeting their obligations to external regulators and their own board of directors.

Wolters Kluwer (WKL) is a global leader in professional information, software solutions, and services for the health, tax and accounting, governance, risk & compliance, and legal & regulatory sectors. We help customers make critical decisions every day by providing expert solutions that combine deep domain knowledge and specialized technology and services.

Riskonnect


Riskonnect is the leading global integrated risk management solution provider that enables organizations to anticipate and manage strategic and operational risks across the extended enterprise. Its unique, holistic approach to integrated risk serves more than 900 companies across 6 continents. Riskonnect has operations in the Americas, Europe and Asia, employing more than 500 risk management experts.

For more information about Riskonnect, visit riskonnect.com, email info@riskonnect.com or call 770-790-4700.

Exhibitor

360factors


360factors empowers organizations to accelerate profitability, innovation and productivity by predicting risks and streamlining compliance. Predict360, its flagship software product, is a Risk and Compliance Intelligence Platform augmented with Artificial Intelligence technology to predict and mitigate operational risks while streamlining regulatory compliance. 360factors is the exclusive endorsed solution provider for risk and compliance management by the American Bankers Association (ABA). Visit www.360factors.com for more information.

Workiva


Workiva Inc. (NYSE: WK) simplifies complex work for thousands of organizations worldwide. Customers trust Workiva’s open, intelligent, and intuitive platform to connect data, documents, and teams. The results: improved efficiency, greater transparency, and less risk
Sponsorship

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CAN YOUR ORGANIZATION CONTRIBUTE?

Please contact the Center for Financial Professionals today to discuss how we can deliver your thought-leadership at the event, help you generate leads, and provide you with unique networking and branding opportunities. For more information on what we can offer, please contact sales@cefpro.com or call us on +1 888 677 7007 where a member of the team will be happy to tailor the right package for you.

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How can your organization benefit from a CeFPro partnership?

MEDIA PARTNER

ORX


ORX is the largest operational risk association in the financial sector and for nearly two decades has been an ever-expanding global community that brings together thousands of operational risk professionals to share knowledge, expertise and experience.

ORX’s services include a range of solutions focused on effective management and measurement of operational and non-financial risk. As well as enabling the secure and anonymous exchange of loss data between financial organisations, their services also include ORX News, a platform that collates publicly-reported loss events from around the globe, an extensive research programme, and many global networking events.

ORX not only supports individual organisations to assess their vulnerability to losses, but also to shape industry-wide development of best practice. ORX is owned and managed by over 100 financial firms from all over the world. As a not-for-profit organisation, ORX invests all income back into providing high-quality benefits for operational and non-financial risk professionals. This ultimately helps develop the discipline.

CPE
CPE

Earn CPE Credits. 

  • Prerequisites: Knowledge of financial risk management
  • Advanced Preparation: No advanced preparation is required
  • Program Level: Intermediate to advanced
  • Delivery Method: Group-live

The Center For Financial Professionals is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.learningmarket.org

FAQs
Can I present at the Risk Americas Convention?

Yes, the Center for Financial Professionals are happy to discuss speaking opportunities at the Risk Americas Convention. For further information on this please contact alice.kelly@cefpro.com or call us on +1 888 677 7007.

Where can I find the Convention documentation and speaker presentations?

All registered attendees will receive an email with access to documentation and speaker presentations after the Convention* We will work with our presenters to include as many presentations as possible on our Risk Insights App during the Convention. *Please note that our speakers often have to gain permission from their relevant compliance departments to release their presentations. On rare occasions compliance may not allow presentations to be distributed.

Will there be opportunities to network with other attendees?

There are ample opportunities for networking and interaction throughout the virtual Convention, such as

  • Roundtables
  • Virtual networking capabilities
  • Virtual business cards (you will be in control of what information is visible)
Do I have to attend the whole event or can I just attend one session?

You have the option to attend either the whole event or just one session. Throughout the four day virtual gathering you can log in and out where necessary. You will need to pre-register for the gathering on our registration page.

Can I access the presentations after the event?

After the virtual event we will create a post-event website where you can access some of the materials. The sharing of presentational material is subject to speaker approval.

Can I log onto the virtual event using a PC, tablet or smartphone?

Yes, our technology developers recommend to use Google Chrome for the best experience.

Are there opportunities to share my thought-leadership at the Risk Americas Convention?

Yes there are plenty of opportunities for the Center for Financial Professionals to share thought-leadership to the attendees of  Risk Americas Convention and our wider risk professionals community. At the event We can distribute your material to the attendees, offer you an exhibition booth, and provide speaking opportunities so that you may enjoy a more prominent presence at the Convention. Visit the Sponsor tab for further information or contact sales@cefpro.com / +1 888 677 7007 . Risk Insights Feature your content on our Risk Insights website and supporting Risk Insights monthly newsletter.

Are media partnerships available for the Risk Americas Convention?

Yes. As part of a media partnership we can offer a variety of options to increase the branding and awareness of your association, company, certificate, publication or media. We are more flexible with what we can offer however, we usually offer:

  • Provide a discounted rate to attend
  • Place your logo and profile on the Convention website
  • Place your logo on the Convention brochure
  • Place your logo on promotional content where applicable
  • Distribute your media/marketing at the Convention
  • Promote through social media channels

To discuss this further please contact amy.greene@cefpro.com or call +1 888 677 7007

RISK AMERICAS IS A FREE TO ATTEND EVENT…

You are able to register for free using our link below. All registrations are manually reviewed and approved before any confirmation emails are sent. If you have any questions please email alex@cefpro.com

Register here

IF YOU ARE REPRESENTING A SERVICE PROVIDER, VENDOR OR CONSULTANT…

You are able to register for a nominal fee of $299. Online registration will be made available shortly.
If you would like to register or have any questions please email alex@cefpro.com

co-sponsors
OneTrust GRC
SRA
Wolters Kluwer

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Riskonnect
Exhibitor
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Workiva

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