Central Banking Training - Chairs & Speakers
Chairs & Speakers
As central banking enters a new era, we remain eager to reflect upon the changing sets of challenges. To this end, we have strengthened our portfolio of expertise by bringing together the very best in their fields to chair and speak at our training courses.
Senior Financial Sector Expert
International Monetary Fund
Atilla Arda is a Senior Financial Sector Expert in the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Monetary and Capital Markets Department; prior to this, he was a Senior Counsel in the IMF’s Financial & Fiscal Law Unit. Mr. Arda joined the IMF in February 2007 from the central bank of the Netherlands where he held a Senior Counsel position and was Substitute Secretary to the Board; he also contributed to the workings of the Legal Committee of the European System of Central Banks. Mr. Arda has consulted for over 70 countries, half of which on-site, including for the central banks of countries as diverse as Myanmar, Indonesia, Jamaica, Ukraine, Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Kosovo, and Egypt. In recent years, he was the deputy mission chief for the IMF Financial Sector Assessment Program (FSAP) for Switzerland and he led the crisis management workstream for the Euro Area FSAP; currently, he is leading the crisis management workstream for the USA FSAP. Mr. Arda is specialized in central bank governance and law, financial law, institutional frameworks for macroprudential policy and crisis management, financial safety net arrangements, crisis preparedness, and bank resolution regimes. Mr. Arda is a contributor for ‘Smit & Herzog on The Law of the European Union.’ He is a regular speaker at international conferences and has been chairing Central Banking Publications’ course on ‘Central Bank Governance and Legal Risks’ since 2014.
Chair of Financial Market Infrastructures and Risk
Professor Ron Berndsen is an independent director of LCH and chairs the LCH Risk Committees. He is also attached to the Tilburg School of Economics and Management at Tilburg University as full professor of Financial Market Infrastructures and Systemic Risk.
Ron is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Financial Market Infrastructures and a member of the Advisory Council of the SWIFT Institute.
The author has been active in the field of payments and market infrastructures for over 15 years. He was Head of the Oversight Department and Head of the Market Infrastructures Policy Department at De Nederlandsche Bank. Ron also served as a member on the Market Infrastructure Board at the European Central Bank and as member of the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures at the Bank of International Settlements. He also co-chaired the FSB Group on Cross-Border Crisis Management for Financial Market Infrastructures and was a member of the oversight committees of CLS, EuroCCP, Euroclear, LCH, SWIFT and TARGET2.
He was awarded a doctorate of Tilburg University in 1992 for his PhD thesis in Economics and Artificial Intelligence.
Former adviser on strategic planning and risk management
Bank of Canada
Janet Cosier is the former Chief Risk Officer and Adviser on Strategic Planning at the Bank of Canada. She continues in her capacity as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Payments Association. She has served in a variety of functions including comptroller and chief accountant, as well as chief internal auditor, before being appointed adviser to the governor. She has provided technical assistance to various central banks in the areas of strategic planning, risk management, governance and financial reporting. Before joining the Bank of Canada, she worked with the Office of the Auditor General of Canada and with the Department of Industry, Trade and Commerce. Mrs Cosier holds degrees from York University and the University of Windsor in mathematics, computer science, accounting and financial management.
Former Director, Internal Audit, European Central Bank and Chairman of the Internal Auditors Committee
European System of Central Banks
Klaus Gressenbauer joined the European Monetary Institute in December 1997 and the European Central Bank (ECB) at its inception in 1998. He held a number of management positions in international banking, primarily in the area of controlling and general management. Upon joining the ECB Mr Gressenbauer first served as Director Planning & Organisation and was later on appointed Director Internal Audit. In his ECB capacity and prior to becoming Director Internal Audit, he inter alia also served as Chairman of the European System of Central Banks' (ESCD) Benchmarking Working Group, Chairman of the ESCB Organisational Analysis Working Group, member of the ECB Budget Committee, member of the ECB Management Committee, member of the ECB Project Steering Committee, member of the ECB Assets and Liabilities Committee and is now Chairman of the ESCB's Internal Auditors Committee. Mr Gressenbauer studied communication theories and philosophy and holds a PhD in political sciences from the University of Vienna. He also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the International Management Institute in Geneva.
Former vice president and senior policy adviser
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Richard Heckinger was formerly vice president and senior policy advisor, Financial Markets Group, at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. He started his career in financial markets at the Chicago Board Options Exchange in 1973. His career has included executive management of financial market operations and risk. He has a wide range of international experience including positions in Montreal, London, Hong Kong, Boston and Chicago. He has served on international committees, including a Federal Reserve Bank of New York working group, the OTC Derivatives Regulators’ Forum, SWIFT, and the International Securities Services Association. He has a MPhil degree in economics from the London School of Economics, a BA degree in mathematics from the Illinois State University, and completed the Advanced Management Course at the University of Chicago.
Banknote Ethics Initiative
Antti Heinonen has been the chairman of Banknote Ethics Initiative since its inception in 2013. He was the chairman of the Central Bank Counterfeit Deterrence Group between 2008 and 2012 and the Director, Banknotes at the ECB from 1998 until 2008. He chaired the Banknote Committee of the European System of Central Banks for more than 10 years and the Eurosystem Cash Changeover Co-ordination Committee in 2001 and 2002. Prior to joining the ECB he was the chief cashier for the Bank of Finland. He holds degrees in economics and mathematics from the University of Helsinki, and has recently written two books, one on the history of Finland’s markka banknotes, and another on euro banknotes. The latter is also translated in English (The First Euros) and German (Die Ersten Euros).
Former general counsel and corporate secretary
Bank of Canada
John Jussup was general counsel and secretary of the Bank of Canada, from 2009 until July 2012. Prior to joining the central bank, he was senior vice-president, chief legal officer & secretary of Cognos Inc., one of Canada’s leading software companies, from 1993 until its acquisition by IBM in 2008. Before joining Cognos, Mr Jussup held increasingly senior in-house counsel and secretarial positions in the mining, medical diagnostics and finance industries. He graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada and from Queen’s University, in Kingston, Canada (LLB). He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1979. He was a recipient of the Canadian General Counsel of the Year Award in 2005 in recognition of his achievements corporate governance. He currently sits on a number of boards and consults in the areas of in corporate secretarial and in-house legal practice.
Head of Oversight Division
European Central Bank
Klaus Löber is a senior adviser in the Directorate General Market Infrastructure and Payments of the European Central Bank (ECB). His areas of responsibility encompass the ECB’s global regulatory policy activities with a focus on payments and market infrastructures. More specifically, he works on the ECB’s FinTech and digital innovations agenda and acts as chair of the Committee of Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI) working group and co-chair of the CPMI-IOSCO working group looking into these developments. Previously, Mr Löber was head of the CPMI Secretariat, after being head of the oversight division of the ECB.
Strategic Advisor on Anti-Money Laundering, CFT and Financial Integrity
Chairman, Fintech Institute & former Head of National Payments Systems, Central Bank of Kenya
Central Bank of Kenya
Advisor in the directorate of financial stability, regulation and resolution
Bank of Spain
María J. Nieto is Advisor in the Directorate of Financial Stability, Regulation and Resolution, at Bank of Spain where she has developed her career since December 2000. She is author of several articles on banking, financial stability and regulatory issues that have been published by prestigious peered reviewed journals and she is member of the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Banking Regulation and the Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance. She has cooperated as consultant with the IMF and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and has worked at the ECB, Council of Economic Advisors to the Spanish President and the IMF. Ms Nieto earned a PhD cum laude from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and MBA (finance) from the University of California Los Angeles.
European Central Bank
former Director General for Market Operations
European Central Bank
Francesco Papadia is chair of Prime Collateralised Securities, chair of the Selection Panel of the Hellenic Financial Stability Fund, resident fellow of Bruegel and lectures at various Universities. Between June 1998 and May 2012 he was director general for Market Operations at the European Central Bank. Before that he held different positions at Research Department and Foreign Department of Banca d'Italia. Between 1980 and 1983 he was economic advisor at the Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs of the European Commission. From 1974 to 1979 he served as economist in the Research Department of Banca d'Italia. Francesco Papadia holds a degree in Law from the University of Rome. He did his postgraduate studies in Economics at Istao, Ancona and at the London Business School. He has published numerous articles and books.
Central bank communications consultant and former Director of the General Secretariat
Czech National Bank
Marek Petruš is an external relations consultant with deep expertise in financial and economic policy communications. He has worked closely with top monetary policymakers as a strategic advisor to governors in the Czech Republic as well as more than a dozen low-to-middle income developing countries. He has been affiliated with the International Monetary Fund as a short-term expert for central bank communications, advising central banks across Eastern Europe, Asia, and Africa to make their policies more transparent and on modernising their communications. His expertise and experience stems from an assignment as Director of Communications and later chancellor at the Czech National Bank (CNB), preceded by a career with the world’s leading news media companies, including Reuters and the Wall Street Journal. During his tenure, the Czech central bank upgraded its policy communications and brought its transparency and communication toolkit into line with global best practices. These advances helped solidify the CNB’s standing as one of the world's most transparent and best communicating central banks.
Founder and CEO
Financial Network Analytics
Kimmo Soramäki is the founder and CEO of Financial Network Analytics (FNA) and the founding editor-in-chief of The Journal of Network Theory in Finance. He started his career as an economist at the Bank of Finland where he developed in 1997 the first simulation model for interbank payment systems. In 2004 while at the research department of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Mr Soramäki was among the first to apply methods from network theory to improve our understanding of financial systems. During the financial crisis of 2007-2008 he advised several central banks, including the Bank of England and European Central Bank, in modelling interconnections and systemic risk. This work led him to found FNA in 2013 provide solutions to monitor the complex financial networks that play a continually larger role in the world around us. Mr Soramäki holds a Doctor of Science in Operations Research and a Master of Science in Economics (Finance), both from Aalto University in Helsinki.
Central Bank Consulting (and former Senior Financial Expert, International Monetary Fund)
Kenneth Sullivan was until 2015 a senior financial sector expert with the International Monetary Fund. Previously, he spent seven years at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand as chief manager of both Accounting and Corporate Services where the bank won accounting prizes for the transparency of its published financial statements. Prior to that he provided a financial management information system consultancy, held senior accounting roles in insurance and wholesaling, and worked in education. Starting in 1993 he served as accounting expert on IMF missions, providing accounting technical assistance to central banks around the world, organized and presented at central bank accounting workshops and participated in Financial Sector Assessment Program and Safeguard Assessment
Director, Human Resources Department
National Bank of Romania
An economist by education, Mugur Tolici has gained a significant experience in central banking activities, during the 20+ year career in the National Bank of Romania, in the fields including monetary policy, economic research, cash issuance and circulation, and human resources. During his career, he has been head of monetary policy division, adviser to the deputy governor, head of the governor's office, deputy director of cash dept. and HR director. In his last capacity he led a major transformation project aimed at creating and implementing a people management system based on the best HR practices, suited to organization’s needs and culture, and ready to address the challenges of a continuously changing environment. For 1 year, between 2018-2019, Mr. Tolici worked for the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC as a Senior Adviser for the Executive Director (Dutch-Belgium Constituency) representing Romania and North Macedonia. He has a rich academic experience as lecturer at the Bucharest University of Economic Studies and National University of Political Studies and Public Administration.
Mr Tolici holds a degree in banking and finance, and a PhD in economics.
Elsie Addo Awadzi
Second Deputy Governor
Bank of Ghana
Mrs. Elsie Addo Awadzi was appointed 2nd Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana in February 2018, with responsibility for financial supervision, financial stability, and financial integrity, among others. She is the second woman to be appointed Deputy Governor in the Bank’s 62-year history.
Before her appointment as Deputy Governor, she was Senior Counsel of the Financial and Fiscal Law Unit of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)’s Legal Department, based in Washington, D.C. In that role, she helped to assess the stability of financial systems in a number of G-20 member countries, and provided technical assistance to help strengthen financial systems and manage financial crises in a variety of IMF member countries. She also advised on legal and institutional aspects of public financial management, public debt management, and fiscal responsibility frameworks.
Director Strategic Planning
State Bank of Pakistan
Muhammad Akmal, has banking experience spreading over three decades. Joining the State Bank of Pakistan in 1991, he has worked in areas of regulation and supervision of banks and nonbank financial institutions. His areas of expertise include Banking Inspection, Foreign Exchange Policy formulation and implementation, Consumer Protection, Banking Conduct, etc. In view of his vast experience in Central Banking, he has been entrusted with the charge of Director Strategic Planning to provide leadership to SBP in formulation and implementation of strategic goals and SBP Vision 2020. He has attended a number of local and foreign trainings/expert panels and attachment programs offered by other central banks, IMF and the World Bank. He is member of various committees of the SBP. He also remained Co-Chairman National Financial Inclusion Strategy (NFIS) Technical Committee on “Financial Literacy & Consumer Protection”, Country Coordinator for Asian Clearing Union, especially for attending issues relating to import/export. He has conducted various capacity building programs for SBP and the Banking Industry. He has been a resource person from SBP for imparting trainings at Foreign Services Academy, Government of Pakistan, National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Trade bodies/Chambers and National Institute of Banking & Finance (NIBAF).
Shehzad Ali Sharif
Joint Director – Strategic Planning Department
State Bank of Pakistan
Shehzad Ali Sharif is head of the Business Continuity Planning (BCP) Division at the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP). Mr. Sharif has been involved in the Business Continuation Program at the State Bank since its inception in 2006, and has been instrumental in the development of the BCP manuals, policies and procedures as well as the development of multiple backup sites and the BCP course curriculum. Due to his accomplishments in the field of BCP at SBP, Mr. Shehzad was awarded with the Organizational Competence Award, which is the highest achievement award in the organization. Mr. Shehzad holds an engineering degree and an MBA degree.
Hanna Armelius works as a Senior Advisor at the Sveriges Riksbank. Her main focus is on the macroeconomic effects of structural changes in the payment markets. She has been extensively involved in the analytical part of the Riksbank’s digital currency project (the e-krona project). Hanna has a Ph.D. in Economics from the Uppsala University and has published work in the fields of public economics, monetary policy and digital currencies.
former Director, Accounting and Finance
Bank of Albania
Anjeza Beja is an experienced financial sector expert currently working as an independent international consultant on central bank issues. She has undertaken a number of projects in several countries for the IMF related to IFRS implementation in central banks and also with the World Bank on payment systems issues. Previously she spent 12 years with the Bank of Albania, 5 of which as Director of Payments, Accounting and Finance where she was in charge for IFRS and IFRS 9 implementation. Before that she worked in the Supervision Department as an onsite supervisor and in several managerial positions. She holds a PhD in Economics from University of Tirana and has concluded a Leadership Program in Financial Inclusion from Fletcher School at Tufts University
Head of Web Communications
Bank for International Settlements
Christian Beslmeisl is the Head of Web Communications at the Bank for International Settlements (BIS). His team is responsible for the BIS’s website, www.bis.org, its intranet and for visual communications services. Christian joined the BIS as a Senior Business Analyst in 2002 and in this role was responsible for developing the BIS’s intranet. He has held increasingly responsible positions at the BIS, including Head of Publishing. Prior to joining the BIS, Christian worked for the Deutsche Bundesbank, with his last position being deputy team leader of the eCollaboration team. Christian holds a degree from the Deutsche Bundesbank University of Applied Sciences
Senior Vice President Public Affairs
Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis
Karen Branding is the St. Louis Fed’s senior vice president for public affairs, overseeing the Bank’s external and internal communications, industry and government relations, public outreach, economy museum and creative services. She is a member of the Bank’s Management Committee.
Before joining the Bank in 2011, she was the associate dean of marketing and communications for Washington University’s Olin Business School. She was with Anheuser-Busch for 15 years, serving as chairman, president and CEO of its Busch Creative Services subsidiary; corporate vice president of Busch Entertainment Corporation; and director of corporate communications for the parent company. Her early career was in Washington, DC, where she was a public policy analyst at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget and U.S. Department of the Treasury. She entered the federal government as a presidential management fellow.
Ms. Branding earned her bachelor's in public administration from Drake University, masters in public affairs from Indiana University and MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.
Ms. Branding is active in the community, with current or past board service at Drake University, United Way of Greater St. Louis Executive Committee and chair of its Public Affairs Committee, St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors, Eden Theological Seminary, Unleashing Potential/Neighborhood Houses, St. Louis Regional Chamber, and others. She is the recipient of Washington University’s Emory Award for leadership and scholarship, YWCA’s Leader of Distinction Award, and Drake University’s Alumni Loyalty Award.
Former Vice President
Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
Senior Research Director, Funds Management and Banking
Bank of Canada
James Chapman is the senior research director in the Funds Management and Banking Department at the Bank of Canada. He received a Ph.D. in Economics and an MSc in Statistics from the University of Iowa in 2006. He joined the Bank of Canada as a senior analyst in that year. His primary research focus has been on interbank market and financial market infrastructure issues such as liquidity risk and credit risk in large-value payment systems as well as the efficiency of interbank markets. Recently his research focus has evolved to include research on fintech related topics. These topics include the use of distributed ledger technology in financial market infrastructure, specifically the Bank’s Project Jasper, as well as questions related to digital currencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum and initial coin offerings.
Director, External Stakeholder Management,
Bank of Canada
Lisa Cronier-Gabel joined the Currency Department of the Bank of Canada in September 2016 as the Director, External Stakeholder Management. She is responsible for building and managing critical business relationships with external partners to ensure confidence and pride in Canada’s bank notes as well as delivering various initiatives related to bank note development and issuance. Prior to joining the Bank, Lisa spent 14 years at Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) managing various programs, most notably the Citizenship program.
former Financial Accountant
Bank of England
Robin Darbyshire is a chartered accountant who has worked, as an independent consultant for 10 years, mainly on central bank issues. He has undertaken a number of projects for the International Monetary Fund, including implementation of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) in central banks. He has also worked on a payments system at a middle eastern central bank. Previously he spent 19 years with the Bank of England, for 17 of which he was responsible for the Bank’s accounts. He was a founder member of the committee that devised the accounting framework and policies for the European System of Central Banks and has recently undertaken projects for the European Central Bank related to Eurosystem accounting. He has written a number of articles on issues in central bank accounting and regularly speaks at conferences on central bank finances.
former Deputy Comptroller General
Banque de France
Currently an international consultant in central banking and financial sector issues, Christian Durand was until 2018 deputy comptroller general of Banque de France, with direct reporting to the governor. His domain of responsibility included the audit function, operational risks and on-site inspections conducted by French examiners at the request of the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM) or the French banking supervision authority. Before that, he was deputy director general for economics and international affairs at the Banque de France, and in this context was a member of Banque de France Monetary and Financial Stability Policy Committees and regularly attended CGFS meetings at the BIS. During his career, Mr. Durand has held senior positions with the International Monetary Fund’s Monetary and Capital Markets Department, the French Banking Supervisory Authority and the French Securities and Futures Commission and led negotiations ending with the signing of MOUs with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). He has also worked extensively with financial institutions in France and other organizations, including the New York Federal Reserve Bank, the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO), FIRST initiative and the AFRITAC project. Through his different assignments he has developed a professional experience in central banking, international economics, financial supervision and financial sector development and stability issues. He has conducted or supervised the implementation of several technical assistance projects for the EU, the IMF or the Banque de France and led, for the IMF FSAP program, financial stability assessment missions in a wide range of countries starting with Cameroon in 1999 and ending with the United States in 2010. His academic education is in economics (thesis on “the concept of money in the controversies on capital, interest and fluctuations in the early thirties”), finance and law.
Bank of Albania
Head of Accounting Division
Henrik Gardholm is the head of the Accounting Division of the Sveriges Riksbank, which is responsible for the central bank’s financial reporting and budgeting. He is also a member of the Accounting and Monetary Income Committee at the European Central Bank (ECB). Mr. Gardholm joined Sveriges Riksbank in April 1998, in a role responsible for financial reporting. He was then promoted to his current position in February 2006. Prior to joining Sveriges Riksbank, he was an internal auditor at a commercial bank called Nordea as well as an authorised public accountant at KPMG.
Special advisor to the governor
Head – Supervisory Methodology Department
Central Bank of Hungary
FinTech Specialist and former Head of Financial Stability
Swiss National Bank
Head of Monetary Policy Implementation
Bank of Finland
Niko Herrala is an economist in the Market Operations and Analysis division of the ECB. His tasks include designing the monetary policy implementation framework of the ECB such as the recent non-standard monetary policy measures. Prior to joining the ECB he has been a market operations expert in Bank of Finland and Bank of Estonia implementing monetary policy auctions, liquidity management, bond purchases and foreign exchange operations in practice.
Vice President, Strategic Bank Services
Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
Matthew Hite is the vice president of Strategic Bank Services for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. In his role, he oversees the Bank’s Enterprise Risk Management, Strategy and Performance Management, Information Security, Business Continuity, and Continuous Improvement teams. He also supports the Federal Reserve System’s risk management program, with a focus on operational risk. Mr. Hite has 25 years’ experience in risk management, compliance, operations, and audit at both the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and in the private sector.
Manager, Future of Financial Market Infrastructure,
Bank of England
Rachel is Manager of the Future of Financial Market Infrastructure team in the Bank of England’s Financial Market Infrastructure Directorate (FMID). Rachel joined the Bank of England in a payments policy role in 2017. After a secondment to HM Treasury’s Financial Services Group, Rachel returned to the Bank of England to manage FMID’s programme of payments policy work on the regulation and supervision of Fintech payment systems with a focus on the international and domestic regulatory approach to emerging stablecoins.
Prior to joining the Bank, Rachel completed a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree at the London School of Economics, specialising in Public and Economic Policy, and International Development. During her master's degree she worked as an associate at a specialist provider of training and consultancy services in financial crime prevention and anti-corruption, developing projects for government bodies and international organisations primarily in Asia, Eastern Europe and the Caribbean. Prior to that, Rachel worked at an international development NGO developing a regional Asian disaster resiliency microinsurance programme based out of Jakarta, Indonesia. Rachel has an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University, majoring in philosophy with a double minor in economics and Mandarin.
Head of Function, Prudential Analytics
Central Bank of Ireland
Allan Kearns is head of analytics within the Insurance Supervision Directorate at the Central Bank of Ireland (CBI). In this role, he is responsible for the establishment of a new analytics function as part of the Solvency II change programme within the central bank. The vision for this function is to extract insights from the new Solvency II Pillar 3 reporting to enhance data-driven supervisory and financial stability decision making. Prior to this role, Allan was a founding member of the CBI's risk management division, with responsibility as a deputy chief risk officer for both financial and non-financial risk management frameworks. Allan has an MSc Economics (London School of Economics), an MSc Risk Management (University College Dublin) and a doctorate from Trinity College (Dublin). He lectures on risk management topics domestically and internationally, including governance and culture, and has published on a broad range of central banking topics.
Senior Financial Expert
International Monetary Fund
Ashraf Khan is a senior financial sector expert at the Monetary and Capital Markets (MCM) Department at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). He leads MCM’s work on central bank governance, risk management, and currency management. He also contributes to the Fund’s work on fintech, and Islamic Finance, and coordinates the IMF’s Central Bank Legislation Database. Before joining the IMF, Mr. Khan worked as head of the Governance and Accounting Department at the Central Bank of the Netherlands, as a trade policy advisor at the world trade organization (WTO), and as a corporate lawyer with CMS Derks Star Busmann. He holds a Master of Dutch Private Law, and a Master of International Law from the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam, as well as a Master of Philosophy from Jawaharhal Nehru University, New Delhi.
Assistant Director, Internal Audit
Mads G. Kristensen is the deputy head of the Internal Audit department at Norges Bank. He is certified as a state authorised public accountant as well as an internal auditor. A substantial part of his work is devoted to the banks operations for managing the Government Pension Fund Global, which is one of the largest sovereign wealth funds in the world. Mr. Kristensen holds an MSc in Accounting and Auditing from BI Norwegian Business School.
Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Daniel Kuhn is a Counsel in the Enforcement and Litigation Division of the Legal Function at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Mr. Kuhn has been at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York for over six years.
Mr. Kuhn conducts investigations of unsafe and unsound banking practices and possible violations of banking regulations and laws by financial institutions and institution-affiliated parties subject to the jurisdiction of the Federal Reserve. Mr. Kuhn has developed an expertise in Bank Secrecy Act, Anti-Money Laundering and OFAC sanctions related issues and works with other regulatory and prosecutorial agencies in the United States and abroad. He also advises examiners in the Bank’s Supervision Group and the Bank’s Compliance Function on issues relating to BSA/AML and OFAC sanctions compliance. Mr. Kuhn is also a seasoned litigator and represents the Bank in litigations where the Bank is a party and handles other litigation-related matters.
Mr. Kuhn graduated from Syracuse University with a BA political science, and earned his Juris Doctor from Syracuse University College of Law. Prior to working at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Mr. Kuhn was a litigation associate at Arnold & Porter. Mr. Kuhn is a member of the American Bar Association.
Business transformation manager
South African Reserve Bank
Rabi Narayan Mishra
Former executive director (supervision & suptech)
Reserve Bank of India
A central banker for more than three decades and half, he was the Executive Director in charge of Supervision & SupTech of RBI. He had earlier held the position of Principal Chief General Manager of Risk Monitoring Department of RBI, and the Head of the Reserve Bank Staff College, Training Institute of senior central banking professionals of RBI, at Chennai. He was the Head of Financial Stability Unit in RBI and had advised Central Bank of Oman in setting up of their Financial Stability Department, post-crisis. He was RBI’s Regional Director for the States of Jharkhand & Uttar Pradesh. His professional expertise hinges on Bank Regulation/Supervision, Financial Stability - Macro-Financial Surveillance and Risk Mitigating Mechanics in Banking and Central Banks. He has been RBI’s Nominee with the Analytical Group on Vulnerabilities and the Supervisory & Regulatory Co-ordination Committee at the Financial Stability Board. He was the RBI’s Nominee in NABARD’s Board of Supervision and Director in Punjab national Bank and Indian bank.
He is a Chattered Associate of Indian Institute of Banking & Finance (CAIIB) and an awardee of the Golden Jubilee Scholarship of RBI and the Diamond Jubilee Fellowship of Indian Institute of Banking and Finance (IIBF).
Bank of Jamaica
Livingstone Morrison is the chairman of the National Payments Council (NPC) of Jamaica which plays a critical role in facilitating the contribution of industry participants in the oversight and development of National Payments System Infrastructure. Through the work of the NPC he guided the modernisation of the National Payment System of Jamaica to meet international standards of safety and efficiency.
He currently chairs the Bank of Jamaica FinTech Work Group as well as the CARICOM FinTech Work Group. Mr Morrison is a member of the Financial Inclusion Steering Committee of Jamaica and Chairman of the Retail Payments and Financial Market Infrastructure Working Group. Mr Morrison holds the position of deputy governor of Bank of Jamaica, with responsibility for administration and technical services, finance and technology, and payment system and risk management. He also heads the Bank’s Strategic Planning Team. He is a member of the Management Committee and chairs the Committee of Administration.
Head of Function
Central Bank of Ireland
Diarmuid has spent a considerable part of his career working on and writing about the operational aspects of central banking. He has worked across the globe with many central banks.
Diarmuid began his central banking career at the Central Bank of Ireland (CBI) in 2001 and became a key figure in the CBI’s response to the Irish financial Crisis. In recent years, Diarmuid has worked in the market operations area of the European Central Bank, specialising in collateral issues, and he also spent a number of years at the International Monetary Fund working in both the monetary operations and crisis management areas where he undertook key roles in important IMF Financial Sector Assessment Programs (FSAPs). Diarmuid is currently undertaking a Fellowship at the Financial Stability Institute at the Bank for International Settlements where he is co-authoring a paper on the Irish financial crisis. This work represents an opportunity to document the Irish crisis and to identify the institutional and operational gaps and the key lessons learned from this time during the crisis. On his return to the CBI following the Fellowship, Diarmuid will be working on prudential and crisis management issues as they relate to Covid-19 and Brexit.
Diarmuid is also co-leading the development and delivery of a dedicated central banking module as part of a new online Global Central Banking and Financial Regulation master’s degree course with Warwick Business School (in conjunction with the Bank of England).
Process Manager, Directorate General Information Systems
European Central Bank
Claudio has more than 15 years of experience as central banker, mainly acquired in the area of enterprise service and vendor management. Claudio works in the Governance and Transformation Services Division of the European Central Bank (ECB). He supports the business in their journey to become customer-centric and service-oriented areas. For many years he has been Service Level Management Process Manager at the ECB serving the Directorate General Information Systems, with focus on value creation, lean process improvements and service optimization. He is currently facilitating the dialogue between internal service providers and their customers. Claudio holds a Ph.D. in Economics and a Ph.D. in Methodological Statistics.
Strategy Advisor to the Board (External Communication and Public Relations)
National Bank of Romania
Following the graduation IT College and the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest, Mirela Roman joined the Monetary Policy Department of the National Bank of Romania for almost three years up to 1994 when switched to gain almost 12 years of valuable experience as an economics correspondent at Reuters News Agency, working in Bucharest, London, Prague, Warsaw or Copenhagen. In 2005 she rejoined NBR as an Adviser to the Governor and has run a newly created Communication Department for eight years before taking a new challenge: the strategy path. Economic analysis, news coverage, project development and team coordination defined her business for years, while her focus was growing with memberships in the local Foreign Press Association, the Romanian-Chinese Association, the Club of Rome Romanian arm, Ethics Board of the ICCO-Affiliated Romanian Association of Public Relations as well as a lecturer in Winsor or Cambridge training series by Central Banking Publications for a decade now.
Bank of Canada
Trevor Sabean was appointed interim senior director of the Bank of Canada’s Data and Statistics Office in October 2017. In this capacity, he oversees the divisions responsible for ensuring that the Bank of Canada’s economists and researchers have efficient access to high quality data and statistics, as well as the required IT tools (High Performance Computing, analytic packages, dedicated research zone, etc.), and technical and statistical support. Prior to joining the central bank, he worked for Statistics Canada. When he joined the central bank in 2010, he worked as the assistant director where he was responsible for the bank’s Macroeconomic Indicators and Financial Institutions Statistics division. Mr. Sabean holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University, a Masters of Arts in Economics from the University of Ottawa, and a Masters Certificate in Risk Management & Business Performance from York University.
Head of Cash Management
Bank of Israel
Amir Safranovich has been with the Bank of Israel since 1997. Mr Safranovich has headed the Cash Management Division in the Currency Department of the Bank of Israel since 2003.
He is responsible for determining and implementing cash management policy in Israel and among other things, he is responsible for the supervision of cash centre, the regulation of the cash market, the contingency plan for cash, the banknotes quality standards, the reduction of counterfeits in circulation and the BOI cash centres operation.
Previous to this appointment, Mr Safranovich worked in the Banking Supervision Department in the Bank-Customer Relations Unit (1997-2003). He has a Master of Science degree in Economics from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, and an MBA from Bar Ilan University.
Head of Penetration Testing
Bank of England
Manit Sahib is the Head of Penetration Testing at the Bank of England. He is an Offensive Security (OSCP) and CREST certified tester with NCSC’s CHECK status. Previously a security consultant at PwC, he has obtained a vast amount of technical experience from a variety of global organisations. Now, leading BoE’s offensive team to plug the gaps in a collaborative approach.
Head of Reporting Development
National Bank of Austria
Guenther Sedlacek is Senior Reporting Development Manager and head of the unit “integrated data model” in the statistics department of the Oesterreichischen Nationalbank (OeNB). Since 2013 he has been responsible for the development of the new integrated reporting data model used in the Austrian banking market as well as for the cooperation with reporting agents belonging to the financial sector and software providers.
He studied Technical Mathematics und started his business career as a research assistant at the statistics department of the Vienna University of Economics and Business, where he also received his PhD. In 2001 he changed over to the statistics department of the OeNB. There he was responsible for the development and operation of the security-by-security reporting and compilation system till 2010. During this period he also worked several months for the directorate statistics at the ECB and in the financial market division of the OeNB. In 2010 he became head of the direct investment unit in the statistics department and in 2012 he took over the collection and management of micro data, including the central credit register. In 2013 he was nominated to be the chair of the Austrian Standing Committee on Reporting, where – among others - strategic decisions concerning the integrated reporting data model (timelines, contents, etc.) are made and amendments to national legal acts are discussed. He is strongly involved in some European projects regarding the future of reporting. In 2020 he has been responsible for developing a data governance concept for the OeNB in order to strengthen data usage.
Director General, Institute for Monetary and Economic Studies
Bank of Japan
Shigenori Shiratsuka is the director-general of the Institute for Monetary and Economic Studies at the Bank of Japan, a position he has held since 2016. Prior to this, he worked in various positions at the Bank, including deputy director-general of the Monetary Affairs Department, general manager of Kanazawa and Matsuyama Branches, and division head of the Economic and Financial Studies of the Institute for Monetary and Economic Studies, as well as head of the Financial Analysis and Research of the Financial Systems and Bank Examination Department. Mr. Shiratsuka has written numerous publications on monetary policy as well as macro prudential policy. He holds a B.A. and a Ph.D. in Economics from Keio University.
Head of Risk Management
Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates
Evangelos Tabakis is the head of Risk Management and Compliance in the Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates, responsible for financial and operational risk, business continuity, information security and compliance across the activities of the central bank. Previously he had been at the European Central Bank (ECB) in Frankfurt for fourteen years, holding positions in Market Operations and Risk Management. Most of his work at the ECB was related to the operational, risk management and financial stability issues posed by large scale collateralized lending to banks. Prior to his central banking career, Mr. Tabakis held academic positions at Yale University, the University of Bayreuth in Germany and the Athens University of Economics and Business in Greece. He holds a first degree in Mathematics from the University of Athens and a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics (Mathematical Statistics) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Senior Communications Consultant
Bank of Canada
Jeremy Torobin has been a senior communications consultant (speechwriter) at the Bank of Canada since mid-2017. Torobin came to the Bank from Canada’s Finance Department, where he was a senior communications strategist responsible for financial sector policy. Prior to Finance, he was an analyst at Medley Global Advisors, a macro intelligence firm in New York, where he directed research on Canada and helped cover the US Federal Reserve and international organizations such as the G20 and IMF. Before Medley, Torobin spent 14 years in journalism including three years covering the Mark Carney-led Bank of Canada for The Globe and Mail, and four years just before that as a government/economy editor at Bloomberg News. This included a year in Washington DC at the height of the 2008-09 crisis. Earlier, he spent 2000-2004 in Washington working at CQ-Roll Call, reporting on everything from economic policy and trade to the response to 9/11 and authorization of the Iraq War. He left CQ in the fall of 2004 to spend the 2004-05 academic year at the London School of Economics, where he earned a master's in international relations on a British Chevening Scholarship. He also holds a journalism degree from Carleton University in Ottawa.
Executive Director, Head of Communication Department
Director of Public Relations
Bank of Jamaica
Tony Morrison, Director of Communications at Bank of Jamaica (BOJ), is now a veteran and award-winning central bank communicator with nearly 20 years of central banking experience that began in the latter part of the Greenspan era.
His recruitment by BOJ in 2001 interrupted a near-seven year stint as a multiple award- winning investigative journalist who specialized in covering crime, politics, business and the economy in general and tourism in particular. The competitive advantage that he brought to tourism reporting, of understanding the local industry and knowing the major players, evolved from the fact that he became a journalist (by accident) after leaving a job as a resort entertainment manager after an intensive six-year career in tourism.
Bank of Jamaica’s communication output has slowly but steadily and significantly increased and improved on his watch because of his work behind the scenes to push the envelope, and his strategic advice has at critical stages helped successfully guide Jamaica through its current highly acclaimed but difficult economic reform programme. His communication advice guided two successive governments (in 2010 and 2013) through the potential minefields of two debt exchange programmes, and he piloted the smooth 2017 introduction of BOJ’s ongoing FX market reform programme.
In 2018, however, he was forced into the spotlight as a thought leader by becoming an ‘overnight sensation’ in central banking and wider circles. His revolutionary, ground-breaking, and reggae music-infused communication campaign to sensitize the Jamaican population to BOJ’s policy switch to formal inflation targeting is like nothing ever seen before in central banking circles, and has taken the world by storm, producing viral videos and attracting coverage from over 30 international media houses plus the public commendation of the IMF, IDB, and a plethora of fellow central bank communicators, central bankers in general, economists, business journalists, local and international politicians, and the wider public.
What is lesser known is that simultaneously, he is also the full-time personality and strategist behind BOJ’s critically acclaimed and highly engaging Twitter account, which in just over two years of existence has rapidly and emphatically earned the undisputed status of the best central bank Twitter account in the world, and earned BOJ the title of ‘coolest central bank in the world.’ There are no prizes for guessing that he is also the mad genius behind BOJ’s new virtual spokesperson, the James Bond inspired/BOJ logo derived ‘Secret Agent Croc. O. Doyle,’ who has a licence to target (what else?) inflation!
Mr. Morrison is no stranger to Central Banking Publications, as, in addition to his communication programme attracting its coverage on several occasions and earning BOJ the award for best communications initiative for 2019, he was a course attendee in 2002, course chairman in 2003, and wrote the article “How a central bank should talk” for Central Banking Quarterly Journal also in 2003.