Dr. Colin Lawrence
Director, Risk & Financial and former Director
Financial Stability Board (FSA)
Colin is a Senior Financial Services Advisor, sitting on multiple Advisory Boards as a Non-executive Director and Financial Risk / Regulatory advisor: expert in challenging & advising on critical risk strategies for major global financial institutions, central bankers and regulators to strengthen their business model/public policy framework. He was a former Director of the Risk supervisory Specialists Division at the Financial Services Authority and on the transition Board to create the Prudential Regulatory Authority in the Bank of England. He played a major role in the bail out of banks in the 2008 crisis, designed the new stress testing framework and built the new technology with cloud based computing for stress testing. He was then appointed Partner of Ernst & Young on the Risk Management & Regulatory Advisory Group to identify key challenges for major financial services clients. He is a renowned expert on BCBS standards and all aspects of the Basel Capital Accord, the Financial Stability Board and the Regulatory structure of the EU, including the ECB, the SSM and the Financial Stability Board; Also an expert on the UK financial structure, the PRA interactive supervisory structure and the FPC(Financial Policy Committee).
Currently he sits on the following Boards: Non Executive Director of OsTC Ltd and Chair Risk & Compliance: IHS Markit academic Advisory Board, Appomattox Fund Managers, USA ,Cass Business School, UK, And Prmia UK (Professional International Risk Association).
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.
Chairman of the Board
Central Bank of Kenya
Mr Mohammed Nyaoga is the Senior Partner at Mohammed Muigai Advocates. He was called to the Bar in 1985. He holds LLB and LLM degrees from the University of Nairobi and Diploma in law from the Kenya School of Law. He is a Certified Public Secretary (CPS); holds certificates in Corporate Governance from Commonwealth Association of Corporate Governance, Certificate from American Securities and Exchange Commission; a Certified Company Director and a Member of the Institute of Directors of Kenya. He specializes in Corporate Finance, Civil, Commercial, Litigation and Corporate Governance. In addition to the practice of Law, he has been Vice–Chairman of the Law Reform Commission, Chairman of its Business Laws Committee and Chairman of the Mining Licences Task Force. He has also been a Director of Capital Markets Authority, Chairman of International Commission of Jurists, Council member of Law Society of Kenya, Special Board Corporate Governance Advisor and Chairman of EcoBank Kenya. He has also been Chairman at the Commission of Inquiry into the suspension of the County Government of Makueni. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Central Bank of Kenya. He is also currently a PhD student researching on “The Role of Regulation and Corporate Governance of Banks in Kenya”.
In addition he is a certified training consultant in corporate governance with the Centre for Corporate Governance for over 13 years where he has trained over 10,000 directors in Kenya and in Africa at large. He has also been a consultant and Trainer for State University of New York on procurement (SUNNY Kenya) and a Lecturer (LLM Programme) University of Nairobi, School of Law (Business Law Department) on Public Procurement and accounting law. He is currently a regular Trainer/Speaker at Central Banking Publications (UK) Governance Training Series at Windsor, Cambridge and Oxford and also one of authors and editors of Central Banking Publications.
Board Secretary, Reserve Bank of New Zealand
and Principal of Mike Hannah Communications
Mike Hannah is the Board Secretary and, until August, was Head of Communications for the Reserve Bank of New Zealand.
As Board Secretary, he is also currently engaged in an inter-agency programme reviewing the statutory frameworks for the Bank's governance, and its monetary policy and prudential supervision powers.
As the RBNZ’s Head of Communications for more than 13 years, Mike was responsible for developing and implementing communication strategies, including through the global financial crisis, major earthquakes, and other significant business interruptions. A member of the RBNZ's senior management group, he developed strategies for the Bank’s key stakeholder relationships; issues management; publications; and public relations.
Mike’s experience has ranged across several industries in the private and public sectors. His career started with 14 years in economic and political journalism, before joining the RBNZ in 1991 as Public Affairs Manager. He then spent 5 years as Chief Executive of a manufacturers' lobby group and commercial property developer, before serving as the Strategic Development Manager and Board Secretary for the NZ Government's trade promotion agency, Trade NZ. Mike has provided consultancy services on export strategy development for the International Trade Centre and the Commonwealth Secretariat. He has a BA Hons (First Class) in History (Otago), and a Diploma in Journalism (Canterbury). He is a member of the NZ Institute of Directors, and an Associate Fellow of the NZ Institute of Management.
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.
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 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.
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Bank of Canada
Jeremy Farr was appointed General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of the Bank of Canada in June 2012. In this capacity, he supports the Bank’s Board of Directors and its senior management and acts as the principal liaison between them. Mr. Farr is responsible for all legal matters and provides expertise and direction in corporate governance practices.
Mr. Farr was a partner in the Ottawa office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) prior to his appointment to the Bank of Canada, with a practice in corporate and securities law, including corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions. He was Regional Managing Partner of the Ottawa office and a member of BLG’s National Executive Committee from 2001 to 2005. He was also a member of the firm’s National Council from 2000 to 2005, and served as its Chairman in 2004 and 2005.
Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Mr. Farr holds a BA in political science from Carleton University (1979) and an LLB (magna cum laude) from the University of Ottawa (1982), and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1984. Mr. Farr maintains the designation Certified In-House Counsel – Canada (CIC.C).
Mr. Farr is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the County of Carleton Law Association and the Canadian Bar Association. He has served on the Advisory Board for the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University, the Executive Committee of the Ottawa Chapter of the Institute of Corporate Directors, Chair and a member of the Board of Directors for the National Capital Region YMCA-YWCA, and as President and a member of the Board of Directors of the Royal Ottawa Golf Club.
Head of Model Risk and Governance Function, Chief Risk Office
David Jamieson Bolder is currently head of the World Bank Group’s model-risk function and will be undertaking a new position with the Nordic Investment Bank this summer. Prior to his present appointment, he provided analytic support to the Bank for International Settlements’ (BIS) treasury and asset-management functions and worked in quantitative roles at the Bank of Canada, the World Bank Treasury, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. He has authored numerous papers, articles, and chapters in books on financial modelling, stochastic simulation, and optimization. He has also published two comprehensive sole-authored books on fixed-income portfolio analytics and credit-risk modelling, respectively. His principal focus during his, almost 25, years as a quantitative-finance practitioner is the application of mathematical techniques towards improving our practical knowledge and informing decision-making in the areas of sovereign-debt, pension-fund, portfolio-risk, asset-liability, and foreign-exchange-reserve management.
European Central Bank
Founder and CEO
Financial Network Analytics
Kimmo Soamäki 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.
former Director General Statistics and Vice-Chairman
European Central Bank and Irving Fisher Committee
Aurel Schubert is a lecturer at Vienna University, in the department of Economics and Business. Previous roles of his included director general statistics at the European Central Bank (ECB), director of Statistics at Oesterreichische Nationalbank and head of the Foreign Research Division before his promotion at Oesterreichische Nationalbank. Mr. Schubert holds a Master of Science in Business Administration from the University of Economics and Business and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of South Carolina.
Head of Statistics
Jyry Hokkanen is the head of Statistics at Sveriges Riksbank. He has held that position since 2008 and has worked in different positions at the Monetary Policy Department, including forecasting, since joining the central bank in 2000. The Statistics Division is responsible for general data management issues at the central bank as well as the official financial statistics and the Riksbank Company Survey. Mr. Hokkanen also represents the Sveriges Riksbank in various international committees such as at the European Central Bank (ECB) and the Bank of International Settlements (BIS). Prior to joining the Sveriges Riksbank, he worked for the Swedish Ministry of Finance with a focus in forecasting and as an expert on Fiscal Policy. Mr. Hokkaken also holds a PhD in macroeconomics.
Head of Financial Research
Central Bank of Chile
Rodrigo Cifuentes has been head of financial research at the Central Bank of Chile since April 2010. His unit is in charge of the design and supervision of the Survey of Household Finances, and for undertaking research on macro-finance issues, with systemic risk and macroprudential policies among them. From 2006 to 2010, Mr Cifuentes was head of financial stability. He was visiting scholar at the Bank of England from 2002-03 and 2005-06. Mr Cifuentes holds an MA and PhD in economics from Harvard University.
Head of Prudential Analytics Division, Insurance Supervision
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.
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.
Cyber Resilience Strategy Expert
European Central Bank
Founder and Managing Director
Manager, Digital Currencies Team
Bank of England
Ben Dyson leads the Bank of England's research and policy work on digital currencies, covering cryptoassets and Central Bank Digital Currencies. He was involved in developing the UK’s policy response to cryptoassets through the Cryptoasset Taskforce (consisting of the Treasury, Bank and FCA). He recently published Broadening Narrow Money, a Staff Working Paper on the monetary policy implications of Central Bank Digital Currency.
Process Manager, Directorate General Information Systems
European Central Bank
Claudio has more than 15 years of experience in the area of IT Governance at the European Central Bank (ECB). He is currently a Senior IT Expert in the Governance and Transformation Services Division in the Chief Services Office. He is the Service Level Management Process Manager serving the Directorate General Information System with focus on process improvement activities. As Service Level Manager for a number of business and technical applications across the ECB, Claudio is responsible for ensuring the stability of core IT business applications and a cost-conscious management of the IT infrastructure landscape. Claudio supports IT Projects in the collection of non-functional requirements and makes sure that SLAs are implemented in a timely manner. For many years, he has been in charge of leading ECB's ISO standard IT internal audits and he is currently responsible for coordinating IT procurement activities for the Directorate General Information Systems. Claudio holds a Ph.D. in Economics and a Ph.D. in Methodological Statistics.
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.
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.
Senior Research Fellow
George Mason University
Brian Knight is the director of the Program on Financial Regulation and a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. His research focuses on numerous aspects of financial regulation, including the creation of pro-innovation regulatory environments and the role of federalism in fintech regulation. Prior to joining Mercatus, he worked for the Milken Institute, where he headed up the FinTech and Capital Access programs. Mr. Knight also has experience working for a broker-dealer with a focus on the emerging online private-placement market and was the co-founder of CrowdCheck, a company providing due-diligence and disclosure services to companies and intermediaries engaged in online private offerings. Mr. Knight received his Law degree from the University of Virginia and his bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary.
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.
Vice President & Information Security Officer
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Jake Middleton serves as VP and Information Security Officer for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, providing oversight for the Banks cyber security program. He has over 15 years of experience in the technical, operational and program-management aspects of information security and risk management. Jake has been with the Bank since 2004 and is responsible and accountable for executing the information security policies of the Federal Reserve as well as implementing risk management frameworks, programs, services and investments that protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of the Bank’s information assets and critical systems. Collaborating with business leaders, Enterprise Risk Management, executive leaders and the board of directors, Jake has established a strong culture of security innovation and thought leadership.
His areas of focus include cyber incident response, IT governance & compliance, security logging & analytics, insider threat, cloud security and cyber intelligence. Jake regularly consults with both executive and business leaders on emerging cyber threats and industry trends and how to minimize the risk of exposure of any of the data collected or created by business lines throughout the Bank.
Prior to joining the Bank in 2004, Jake held engineering and security positions for top legal and financial institutions around Chicago. He holds a B.A from DePaul University in Computer Science. He is married to Mary Middleton and has three young children.
CyberSpace Defence Ltd.
Graham is no stranger to speaking engagements having addressed numerous conferences and events over the years covering aspects of both marketing and cybersecurity. He is also an accomplished trainer on the subject of marketing, CRM systems and business-orientated cybersecurity.
Graham describes himself as a marketer first and foremost. Having studied Marketing at Cranfield he began his career in market research and business consultancy, becoming editor of Dun & Bradstreet’s business directories. This role led him into a career in computing. Latterly, whilst at D&B, he was instrumental in the development of the early computer-driven direct marketing and CRM systems.
Since the early 1990’s Graham has focused his talents within the information security industry. He devised the hugely successful sales strategy for Dr Solomon’s, the UK’s premier Anti-Virus vendor, culminating in the buyout by McAfee. On leaving McAfee Graham took up an EMEA-wide strategic alliance role at Symantec before being head-hunted to run the EMEA operation of Bruce Schneier’s Counterpane Internet Security. During the noughties Graham held roles in various cybersecurity organisations covering all aspects of the cybersecurity sector, including founding the Information Security Vendors Association (ISVA), of which he is Executive Director.
In 2012 Graham was appointed Managing Director of Encode UK Ltd. and later additionally Group CMO. He currently holds a number of executive and non-executive roles in numerous cybersecurity related businesses.
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.
Expert, Statistics Department
Dr Jens Mehrhoff is currently on secondment to the Directorate-General Eurostat of the European Commission. Prior to joining Eurostat, Jens was Head of the Section for Business Cycle, Price and Property Market Statistics in the Directorate General Statistics of the Deutsche Bundesbank. His work focusses on consumer price statistics and indicators on residential as well as commercial real estate. In that position, Jens commits research on big data issues, such as electronic transactions and web-scraped data, and also acts as trainer in international courses on price and volume indices. He gave talks at several high-profile international conferences as well as to major international organisations. He has a post as lecturer in time series econometrics at Goethe University Frankfurt.
Senior Manager, Analytics Strategy and Change
Bank of England
I am a Data Scientist passionate about using data and analytics to uncover all the dimensions of a business problem and provide a roadmap for ways to tackle it.
Previously I have worked in Accenture AI, as a Data Scientist and Data Scientist Manager. Now at the Bank of England, I report directly to the Chief Data Officer, and main responsibilities are as follows:
- Responsible for the design and implementation of the Target Operating Model (covering areas under the CAO, CDO and DataOps space) that supports the Big Data and Analytics strategy in the Bank
- Working with the different Business Areas across the Bank to ensure value realisation from the Big Data and Analytics strategic investments
- Thought leader on the design of the Bank-wide Data Analytics Strategy and Change initiatives
Information Technology Team Leader
Bank of England
I work in the Bank’s Technology department, in the Data Analytics and Modelling (DAM) Domain, reporting directly to the Domain leader.
I have been working at the Bank for over 20 years, since I graduated. I spent many of those years as a developer, in both front and back end development, whilst spending much of my time collecting business requirements. I moved into a team leader role in 2011, and to my current role as Technical Product Owner of the Banks Big Data Platform in 2016.
My key responsibilities are:
- Run the Data Platform Operations team, which provide support to the Banks data platform
- Run the Data Platform Delivery team, who are delivering the next tranche of improvements to our data platform
- As Technical Product Owner, work with colleagues from DAM, our business areas and our Enterprise Architecture to understand subsequent roadmap for the platform
- Work on the Target Operating Model to ensure that it makes a good fit for Technology, and as the Product Owner, for the platform users too.
Head of Financial Regulation Policy and Coordination Division, Financial Stability Department
Banque de France
Morgan Després is head of the Financial Regulation Policy and Coordination Division in the Financial Stability Department of the Banque de France and also serves as the Head of the NGFS Secretariat. He joined the Banque de France in 2005 and served in the Payment and Settlement Systems Department and as deputy Head of the Macroprudential Division. Other professional experiences include a secondment as Deputy Head of the Financial Stability Unit within the French Treasury Department and some technical assistance missions for the IMF. Morgan holds a MBA from ESSEC business school, graduated from the Institute d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and studied at the Harvard Extension School.
Chief Risk Officer
Clearstream Banking S.A.
Since January 2019 Eckart is Chief Risk Officer of Clearstream Banking in Luxembourg, one of the top 2 international central security depository responsible for the risk management within the group. He was previously executive director for risk management consultancy with two Big4 audit companies in Malaysia and Germany.
He has extensive experience in risk management, in particular integrated and enterprise risk management, Basel III and IV implementation (risk measurement & management, internal capital adequacy assessment process, regulatory reporting), and risk specific regulatory requirements for financial institutions.
Prior his time in the advisory industry, Eckart worked several years with major financial institutions in Germany in the area of credit management for corporates, project and structured finance, customer relationship management for medium sized companies as well as intensive care clients.