Our fantastic expert speaking faculty includes:

Tanya Weisleder

Global head of conduct risk

Credit Suisse

Tanya joined Credit Suisse in January 2017 from Citi where she spent 16 years in various senior Business, Risk and Compliance roles; her most recent roles included the North America head of conduct risk and head of risk management practices for the US & Latin America International Private Banking Business. 

At Credit Suisse Tanya is the global conduct risk head focused on the continual development of the Global Conduct Risk Strategy. She is a regular speaker on Conduct Risk at the biannual risk.net training industry training forum. Tanya obtained a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University in New York, NY in May 2000 and a Bachelor of Arts in International Careers from the Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. 

Michael Kenney

Vice-president, operational risk, asset management and operations


As Vice President of Operational Risk, Michael leads the first line of defense risk management for financial crimes, privacy and information security, business resiliency, vendor management and compliance with regulatory requirements. Mike and his team establishes the risk direction by aligning the Multifamily Governance Framework with the business operating model. He continually improves governance by understanding the multifaceted drivers that effect risk environment.

Thomas Kaiser


Kaiser Risk Management Consulting & Goethe University

Thomas Kaiser has been working on risk management for more than 25 years. He is the founder of Professor Kaiser Risk Management Consulting and teaches Risk Management as an honorary professor at Goethe University as well as at other institutions. He is also active in executive education at Goethe Business School in Frankfurt and elsewhere and is organizing and leading conferences and seminars as well as speaking at conferences nationally and internationally. In his long-time affiliation with KPMG, he was responsible for advising leading banks and insurance companies globally on Non-Financial Risk Management. Thomas has also worked for Deutsche Bank, Commerzbank and HypoVereinsbank on Operational Risk and with WestLB on market risk topics. Thomas is the editor of the latest RiskBooks title „Non-Financial Risk Management: Emerging stronger after COVID-19“ and is co-author/editor of the RiskBooks titles “An Introduction to Operational Risk” and “Reputational Risk Management in Financial Institutions” and has written numerous articles and several further books. He is a member of the advisory board of FIRM (Frankfurt Institute of Risk Management and Regulation) and various other industry associations. Thomas holds a master’s degree in business administration from Saarbrücken University and a PhD in financial econometrics from Tübingen University. 

Christian Hunt


Human Risk

Christian is the founder of Human Risk, a Behavioural Science led Consulting and Training Firm, specialising in the fields of Ethics & Compliance. He was formerly MD at UBS where he was Head of Behavioural Science - a role created specifically for him, following his pioneering deployment of it within Compliance.

Christian joined the Firm in Compliance & Operational Risk Control, leading the function globally for UBS Asset Management and regionally for UBS Europe, Middle East & Africa (ex Switzerland). Prior to joining UBS, he was Chief Operating Officer of the UK Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA), a subsidiary of the Bank of England responsible for regulating financial services. Christian was Head of Department, International Banking Supervision at the PRA and its predecessor the Financial Services Authority.

He has also been a Principal in a Family Office and worked for Deutsche Bank, London in Investment Banking. While at Deutsche, he spent two years on secondment at the Panel on Takeovers & Mergers, the UK Takeover Regulator. Christian began his career at Arthur Andersen working in regulatory and financial consulting.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and holds an Masters from the University of Oxford. He is a Member of the Global Association of Applied Behavioural Scientists. Christian speaks and writes regularly about Behavioural Science and human risk. He also hosts and produces the Human Risk podcast.

Andrew Sheen

Senior associate

Chapelle Consulting

Andrew Sheen is best know for the 8 years he spent at the UK regulator, firstly in the FSA and subsequently at the PRA.

In his time with these authorities Andrew was manager of the Operational Risk Policy Team before moving to head the team responsible for assessing Operational Risk frameworks in a wide variety of financial institutions. Andrew also represented the UK on the Basel Committee for Banking Supervisors Operational Risk Working Group and the European Banking Authority’s Operational Risk Working Group. After leaving the PRA Andrew became Head of Operational Risk Use and Embedding at HSBC and subsequently joined Credit Suisse as the Head of their Operational Risk Regulatory Risk Management capability.

In 2019 Andrew retired and set up a consultancy to provide assistance and training in Operational Risk matters. Andrew actively promotes the development and discipline of Operational Risk and is a Fellow of the Institute of Operational Risk. He produced papers on Operational Risk with colleagues at the PRA and is a regular speaker and panelist at Operational Risk Conferences globally. 

Stuart Young


Societe General

Stuart Young works in Societe Generale’s Risk function as UK Head of Operational Risk. The function oversees from a 2nd line of defence perspective the risks for the bank’s markets, financing and payment services activities.

Stuart joined SG in 2007, in the Sourcing function, before becoming Chief of Staff to the UK Chief Country Officer in 2012. His role as Chief of Staff gave him an insight into the many challenges facing the banking industry during a period of significant change, including from a risk management perspective, and in 2018 he joined the bank’s Risk function.

Before moving to SG, Stuart spent a number of years working in Sourcing in Santander and Rhone Poulenc.

Dr. Hagen Rafeld

Executive Director, Head of Operational Risk

Goldman Sachs

Dr. Hagen Rafeld is Head of Operational Risk and Executive Director at Goldman Sachs Bank Europe SE, reporting into the Executive Board’s Chief Risk Officer.

He has more than eighteen years of risk and project management experience with specialization in Operational/Non-Financial Risk including Fraud Risk Management in multinational corporations, advising Senior Management up to Supervisory Board level.

He is a frequent lecturer, with consecutive teaching assignments on Corporate Governance, Risk, and Compliance topics at for example Frankfurt School of Finance & Management and most recently at WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management in Vallendar, conference speaker (House of Finance/Goethe University Frankfurt, Frankfurt Institute of Risk Management and Regulation, Bundesbank), and author.

Hagen holds a Master’s Degree of Business and Engineering from Steinbeis University Berlin and a Bachelor of Arts in Banking and Finance. In March 2019, he finalized his PhD in Finance at TU Dortmund University focussing on Collusive Rogue Trading and Organizational Misbehaviour.

Matthew Saines

Business & private banking divisional controls officer

National Australia Bank

Matthew Saines is a business and private banking executive, and divisional controls officer at National Australia Bank, where he is responsible for creating streamlined risk and control environments that consider end-to-end processes and the impact that increasing regulation, demands on customer experience, changing governance standards, greater use of technology and automation has on organisational processes and controls. He was previously a senior partner within the risk advisory division of Deloitte, serving organisations across financial services, public sector and mining. Through these experiences Matthew has become a global leader in redefining intelligent control design in a way that enables improved business performance instead of just managing risk and compliance.

He is also the joint author of “Get Out of Your Own Way: Unleashing Productivity” for Deloitte Australia.

Sandra Horma

Head of Financial Crime Operations Strategy

Wise Plc

Paula Fontana

Senior director of product marketing

Fusion Risk Management

Rich Cooper

Global head of financial service go-to-market

Fusion Risk Management

With many years of experience deploying business continuity and risk management platforms globally, Rich Cooper oversees customer success and business development for large, global accounts.

Rich has more than 20 years of experience in the business continuity and risk management marketplace, running programmes and implementing software in both Europe and North America for some of the world’s largest organsations. He has an MBCI certification from the Business Continuity Institute.

Rekha Gomes

Head of Global Risk Operations


Rekha has been in the financial services industry for 30+ years and has been the Global Head of Risk Operations (part of Global Operations) at HSBC Group since early 2021. In her last role with the Bank, she was the Chief Control Officer for HSBC Wealth and Personal Banking (WPB), responsible for building and maintaining a robust Risk and Control environment, whilst simultaneously ensuring alignment with business strategy.

Prior to joining HSBC, she held a number of Senior Management roles within Citi Group. She has worked across various geographies including India, Sweden, UK and now Hong Kong.

Rekha is passionate when it comes to supporting people, both within and outside the financial services sector, and takes an active role in mentoring colleagues internally as well as externally. She has an avid interest in staying abreast of developments across the wider industry and is a regular speaker at internal as well as external events on topics relating to risk operations, managing operational/financial crime risk and diversity and inclusion. A strong, female leader and passionate advocate for women in the organisation, Rekha also leads the Operations Diversity and Inclusion agenda, championing to build a diverse and even more inclusive organisation, leading on a number of initiatives across LGBT+, Disability, Gender, Ethnicity & Wellness.

Her interests and hobbies include physical fitness and travel, and she often combines her family holidays with cycling and trekking adventures. Rekha and her husband have two grown up children and they love to spend time walking their golden retriever. She recently relocated from London to Hong Kong and is enjoying life in this vibrant world city.

Jan Veldsink

Lead Artificial Intelligence


Michael Murphy

Global Head of FSI Risk & Compliance Financial Services Industry


Michael Murphy joined ServiceNow in June 2020 to lead the global risk and compliance business in the financial services industry. In this role, he collaborates with customers, partners and product teams to design industry solutions, drives alignment with the ServiceNow partner ecosystem, and brings solutions to market.

Prior to joining ServiceNow, Michael was the head of international risk governance strategy and transformation at Wells Fargo. In this role, he was responsible for leading high priority initiatives to assess, design, and implement second line of defense risk and compliance governance structures outside the United States.

Prior to Wells Fargo, Michael was a management consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he helped financial services clients identify, assess, prioritize, and manage risks throughout their organizations and across the third parties supporting them.

Michael served as a non-commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

Ann Caruso

Senior vice president head of operational risk and ERM

Investors Bank

Ann has over 20 years of experience in financial services in various roles within accounting and risk management. Ann is currently the Head of Operational Risk and ERM at Investors Bank. She is responsible the Enterprise and Operational risk framework for the bank. Additionally, Ann oversees, Third Party risk management, Model Risk and BCP for the bank. Prior to joining Investors Bank, Ann spent 19 years at Nomura Holding Americas in various risk management roles. Ann has Bachelors of Science in Accountancy from Villanova University.

Mandar Rege

Managing director, operational risk management, technology and cybersecurity


Mandar has over 20 years of engineering and risk management experience across Technology Operations, Governance and Audit, helping organizations meet business objectives through technology. Currently he is serving as a Managing Director at Citigroup in the Operational Risk group. Prior to Citi, Mandar was the Global CTRO at TD Bank Group, before which he served as the CTRO and CISO at the Bank of Montreal. In his prior career, Mandar has worked extensively with financial institutions globally through leadership roles at Cisco Systems, Inc., Accenture LLC, Alvarez & Marsal LLP,  KPMG LLP and Ernst & Young LLP.

Mandar is an active member of the professional community and has presented at industry forums like Risk.Net, RSA and IAPP Conferences. Additionally, he is active in various profesional organizations such as ISACA, IAPP and ISC2 and has served as the Chair of the Canadian Banking Association’s CIRT (CISO Forum). He holds the CISSP, CIPP, CISA, and PMP certifications.


Evan Sekeris

Head of non-financial risk - Americas


Evan's background is in the measurement and quantification of credit risk and operational risk.  His primary focus is currently on supporting institutions in building operational risk modeling for stress testing, developing their risk identification process and developing their model risk management frameworks.
Some of his recent client engagements include:
For a foreign global bank, helped them develop a comprehensive operational risk framework for their US based IHC. Ensured both integration of the framework in their international framework as well as US regulatory compliance.
For a large internationally active US bank: supported major change of course in CCAR operational risk stress estimates a few months prior to submission in reaction to regulatory guidance.
For a large regional bank: built their CCAR loss projection model and wrote the documentation for the full CCAR operational risk submission.
For a global bank conducted a validation of their operational risk modeling framework for CCAR
  Prior to joining Oliver Wyman, Evan was the Head of Risk Consulting for Financial Institutions for Aon in Columbia, Maryland. He was in charge of building Aon's risk consulting practice for financial institutions and managed multiple teams based in North America and Europe to deliver services to clients worldwide. Previously, Evan was an Assistant Vice President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, where he created the center of excellence for operational risk which served the System needs for operational risk related matters. The team was in charge of the supervision of all AMA and CCAR banks in the US and developed the Fed's CCAR model for operational risk.
Evan earned a B.A. and M.A. in Economics from the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium. He received an additional M.A. as well as his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Rajat Baijal

Head of enterprise risk

The Clearing House

Rajat Baijal is the Managing Director – Global Head of Enterprise Risk at Cantor Fitzgerald. In this role, he is responsible for designing and embedding a robust Risk Framework across the firm. This includes articulating and implementing a robust Risk & Control Self-Assessment (RCSA), Risk Event Management, Key Risk Indicators etc. and ensuring that the Board is suitably informed about all material issues.

Rajat has an MBA in Finance and has previously worked for Kensington Mortgages, Lloyds Banking Group and Aviva specialising in global implementation of their Risk Framework. Rajat is a regular speaker at risk conferences across London and New York and has authored a number of articles for risk journals/textbooks.

Fred Harris

Managing director, global head of risk and compliance for enterprise technology and operations


Fred Harris is the managing director, global head of risk and compliance for enterprise technology and operations at Citi. Before that he was with Société Générale Americas. Fred is an accomplished technology executive with more than 30 years of technology and cybersecurity experience in the financial services industry. Before joining SG, Fred was in a similar role at Bank of America and before that he was with Deloitte for 16 years in a variety of roles.

Patrick Dutton

SVP, financial crime - Compliance


Simon Wills

Executive Director


Yakut Akman

Independent operational risk consultant

Stan Yakoff

Head of Americas supervision

Citadel Securities

Stan is the Head of Americas Supervision at Citadel Securities where he covers the Equities, Futures, and ETF businesses, systematic trading, and trading technology.  Stan is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law teaching Trading, Risk Management & Market Structure Regulation.  Stan previously was a Compliance Officer at Marshall Wace North America L.P. where he specialized in Quantitative Compliance and helped build the core US compliance program and scaled globally to EU and APAC.  Prior to that he worked at Knight Capital Group focusing on algorithmic trading, market structure, and surveillance. He holds a J.D. in Law from Fordham University School of Law where he was an Associate Editor on the Journal of Corporate & Financial Law, and additionally holds an M.Eng. in Engineering Management, M.S. in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Engineering, and M.A. in Technology, Policy & Ethics from Stevens Institute of Technology.  Stan is Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (“CRISC”), a Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer (“CDPSE”) and is also a Certified Fraud Examiner (“CFE”). Stan lectures and publishes on topics including FinTech, RegTech, market structure, alternative data, artificial intelligence, regulatory and enforcement matters, surveillance, cybersecurity, data privacy, and risk management. 

John Keogan

Head of anti-finacial fraud department

Riyad Bank

Jeannie Pumphrey

Director, and head of third-party and operational risk management

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group

Tom Osborn

Editor, risk benchmarking


Prior to joining Risk, he reported on the futures and foreign exchange industries for Dow Jones' Financial News and the Euromoney group of publications. Osborn holds a bachelor's degree in English literature from the University of Warwick.

Luke Clancy



Steve Marlin

Staff writer


David Sirkin

Operational risk and asset management


Michele Ushkowitz

Managing director, Americas, and head, operational risk

SG Corporate and Investment Banking

Michele was appointed to Americas head of operational risk in July 2016 reporting to the chief risk officer. Responsible for defining the goals, missions, day-to-day management of the overall operational risk management framework including data, technology and business continuity risk, cyber security risk management, third-party risk management, control testing and global risk monitoring teams.

Michele’s career at Société Générale began in 1993 and has worked in all three lines-of-defense. Her career began as a manager in internal audit. In 1999, Michele moved to San Francisco and worked in the investment banking division. She has held various positions in operations including: control manager responsible for accounting, system administration and managementreporting; chief of staff and head of operational risk management; head of structured finance operations, as well as responsible for the oversight of all operations in Brazil and Canada.

Michele received a Master’s in Finance from St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia, and a B.S. in Accounting from St. Joseph's University. Michele has successfully obtained series 99 regulatory license.

Marc Saidenberg


Ernst & Young

Marc Saidenberg is a Principal in EY’s Financial Services Consulting practice and is the Americas lead of EY’s Global Regulatory Network. He focuses on risk- and regulatory-driven transformational change facing global financial institutions. He has worked with clients globally to enhance capital management and stress testing, liquidity risk management, risk governance, model risk management and recovery and resolution planning capabilities. Marc is currently working with clients on initiatives to address emerging challenges related to digital business and risk transformation, financial inclusion, climate risk and operational resilience.

Marc has over 20 years of banking experience and extensive cross-jurisdictional regulatory and supervisory experience, including more than 15 years with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York where he was a senior vice president and director of supervisory policy. While at the Fed, Marc was a member of the committee that developed the supervisory strategies and standards and oversaw the assessments of the US GSIBs. He was also a member of the Fed’s Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review (CCAR) and Comprehensive Liquidity Analysis and Review (CLAR) executive committees. In addition to his senior leadership roles in Supervision, Marc also represented the New York Fed on the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision and served as co-chair of the Committee’s Working Group on Liquidity during the development of the Basel III capital and liquidity standards. 

Marc was also a Managing Director at Merrill Lynch, working in its Finance and Treasury functions. He received a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley and a BA in Economics from Vassar College.

Gbemi Yusuff

Senior Compliance Counsel


Lisa Choi


Ernst & Young

Lisa is a Principal in the Financial Services where she specializes in working with business leaders and Boards on issues related to operational resilience, risk management and corporate governance. Lisa leads our Enterprise Resilience offering and also leads our Structural Reform group which includes Recovery and Resolution Planning. Lisa is the Global Markets partner for three US GSIB clients and Diversity and Inclusion leader for the banking and securities sector. Lisa has held various management positions in financial services for over 25 years.

Prior to joining Ernst & Young, Lisa was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) in the Americas for the Financial Institutions Group (FIG) and Global Healthcare in the Corporate Investment Banking division of Deutsche Bank Securities. Lisa was a Principal at another Big Four consulting firm in their Capital Markets Risk Advisory Group, leading the group’s advisory services in risk infrastructure and technology and served as Banking and Securities industry leader. Lisa began her career in financial services as a bank examiner with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York where she led the capital markets examinations of large domestic and international banking organizations operating in the Second Federal Reserve District.  Lisa received her BA from Smith College and an MBA from Columbia University.