MEETING HOST: Michael Imeson, Senior Content Editor, Financial Times Live, and Contributing Editor, The Banker

Michael Imeson is a Senior Content Editor at Financial Times Live, the FT’s conference division, where he organises and chairs conferences on various issues, and a Contributing Editor of The Banker magazine, which is part of the FT. He also owns Financial & Business Publications, an editorial services agency providing services to a range of organisations. Before setting up the agency he was a news reporter for The Times and Sunday Times in London. He is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (Chartered MCSI); a Member of the Institute of Internal Communication (MIIC); an Associate of the Institute of Directors; an Alumni Mentor for the London School of Economics. He has written and edited several books including Dangers in E-Banking, The Future of the Building Society Movement, and Finance for Growth.

He studied at the London School of Economics for an MPhil in Government and at the University of Bradford for a BSc in History and Literature.

MEETING CHAIR: Dr Evgueni Ivantsov, Chairman, European Risk Management Council

Dr Evgueni Ivantsov is Chairman of the European Risk Management Council and author of Heads or Tails: Financial Disaster, Risk Management and Survival Strategy in the World of Extreme Risk. He is a member of the Advisory Group on Global Risks of the World Economic Forum.

Evgueni has a more than 20-year career in the banking sector working in global and large banks. His most recent role in banking was Head of Portfolio Management & Strategy at Lloyds Banking Group. Prior to this role, he worked at HSBC as a Head of Global Analytics and a Head of Portfolio Risk. Evgueni also worked in senior risk management roles at ING Group and Banque Bruxelles Lambert. In his risk management career, he was responsible for areas like stress testing, risk appetite, capital management, portfolio risk optimisation and risk modelling and analytics.

Dr Ivantsov is also a visiting Professor of Cass Business School (City University, London) and before was a visiting Professor of International Economics at the Boston University and a visiting Professor of Money, Banking and Credit at the United Business Institutes in Brussels.

Sir Jeremy Greenstock GCMG, the Chairman of Gatehouse Advisory and former Permanent UK Representative to the United Nations

Sir Jeremy Greenstock’s principal career was with the UK Diplomatic Service, ending up as UK Permanent Representative at the United Nations in New York and then UK Special Envoy for Iraq (2003-04).

He directed the Ditchley Foundation (the geopolitical conference centre) from 2004 to 2010 and worked as a Special Adviser to BP and a Director of De La Rue in the same period.  He now chairs two advisory companies: Gatehouse, the geopolitical specialists, and Lambert Energy, the leading upstream oil and gas advisory.

Michael Cole-Fontayn, Independent Chairman of Association of Financial Markets in Europe and former Chairman of EMEA, BNY Mellon

Michael Cole-Fontayn is the Independent Chairman of Association of Financial Markets in Europe (AFME). Until December 2017, he was the Chairman of EMEA of BNY Mellon and a Member of the Corporate Executive and Operating Committees.

As Chairman of EMEA, Michael was responsible for governance culture and leads regional strategy development, execution and the delivery of enterprise initiatives in the region. BNY Mellon is an investments company focused on investment management and investment services. BNY Mellon employs more than 9,500 people in EMEA.

Michael has been with the Bank since 1984 starting as a Credit and Risk analyst. Michael worked on and took responsibility for a variety of special industry banking groups between 1986 and 1992. Michael joined the Depositary Receipts Division in 1992 Michael has previously served as CEO of Depositary Receipts and ran The Bank of New York Mellon’s Issuer Services Group in Hong Kong for seven years from 1993 – 2000.

He is a member of the Advisory Boards of TheCityUK and an Advisory Board Member of British American Business and OMFIF. He attends the All Party Parliamentary Corporate Governance Group. He is a Director of The Financial Markets Standards Board (FMSB).

Dame Colette Bowe DBE, Chairman, Banking Standards Board

Dame Colette Bowe has worked in the City, in regulation and in Whitehall.

She has been chairman of Electra Private Equity plc and of Ofcom. She has also served on the boards of Morgan Stanley International, Axa Investment Managers, Goldfish Bank, the Yorkshire Building Society, London and Continental Railways, Thames Water Utilities and the Department for Transport.  She was the founding chairman of the telecoms Ombudsman Service and of the Ofcom Consumer Panel, and chaired the Council of Queen Mary, University of London.

She is currently the chairman of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, and serves on the boards of the UK Statistics Authority and the Nuffield Foundation.  She is a Visiting Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford and a trustee of the IFRS Foundation.

Dr Lee Howell, Member of the Managing Board, World Economic Forum

Dr William (Lee) Howell has been a Member of the Managing Board at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland since 2011. As Head of Global Programming, Lee is responsible for the design and development of the Forum’s flagship Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland; Annual Meeting of New Champions in China (“Summer Davos”); and Annual Meeting of the Global Future Councils in the United Arab Emirates. He also oversees the Forum’s collaboration with science and security organizations.  He was Editor-in-chief of the Global Risks Report (2012 & 2013 editions) and served previously as Senior Director for Asia (2004-2009) and was responsible for business and government engagement in ASEAN, China, India, Japan, Korea and Pakistan. Lee returned to the Forum in 2004 after serving as Senior Advisor to the Assistant Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Dr Howell is also affiliated with the International Centre for Corporate Governance at the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland) where he completed doctoral dissertation on the topic of uncontrollable risks and the role of the board of directors.

Sir John Holmes GCVO, KBE, the Chair of the UK Electoral Commission, former UN Under-Secretary-General and Overseas Adviser to two UK Prime Ministers

Sir John Holmes is the Chair of the UK Electoral Commission, and the Chair of the Board of the International Rescue Committee in the UK. He was previously Director of the Ditchley Foundation from 2010-2016, and UN Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs from 2007-2010. Before that he had a long diplomatic career in the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

He was overseas adviser to Prime Minister John Major from 1996-7, and to Prime Minister Tony Blair from 1997-9. He was subsequently British Ambassador to Portugal from 1999-2001, and to France from 2001-2007.

Colin Church, Chief Risk Officer EMEA, Citigroup

Colin Church, EMEA Chief Risk Officer, has overall responsibilities for market, credit, franchise and operational risk in the EMEA region. He is a member of the EMEA Operating Committee and Citi’s Risk Management Executive Committee. Prior to his current role, Colin was head of EMEA Market Risk, with Global Market Risk responsibility for Global FX, Treasury, and Citibank Japan. Colin joined Salomon Brothers in New York in 1980, relocated to London in 1984, and in 1993 he was appointed European Treasurer. He was promoted to Managing Director in 1994, joining the Citigroup Independent risk management group in 1999. Colin has also served as a Board member of Euroclear and as Company Director of Salomon Brothers International Ltd.

Kevin O’Rourke, Managing Director & Chief Risk Officer (EMEA), Mizuho Bank

Kevin O’Rourke is Managing Director and Chief Risk Officer of Mizuho Bank (Europe) and a Supervisory Board member of Mizuho Bank Europe based in Amsterdam. He is based in London and his responsibilities cover all aspects of risk oversight including market, credit, liquidity and operational risks. Although focussing on the EMEA region, he has a truly global view on risk management and risk regulation given that he works for a global systemically important financial institution (G-SIFI). Mr. O’Rourke has worked in the industry for over 25 years and has gained experience through a variety of roles, but his primary focus and discipline for the past 20 years has been in the area of risk management.

He is a member of the PRMIA London Advisory Committee and a regular contributor and Advisory Board Member of the European Risk Management Council.

Marian Martin, Chief Risk Officer, Virgin Money

Marian Martin has been Virgin Money’s Chief Risk Officer since 2007. Virgin Money is a UK retail bank which is focused primarily on providing residential mortgages, savings and credit cards. The Virgin Money group also offers a range of investment and insurance products and a market leading basic bank account.

Marian is a chartered accountant and qualified with Ernst and Young. She is an Executive Director of the Virgin Money Bank; Chair of the Risk Management Committee and a member of Virgin Money’s Executive Team. She previously held roles in a range of financial services firms including Britannia Building Society, Britannic Group, RBS and Tesco Personal Finance.

Sir Stewart Eldon, KCMG, OBE, former UK Permanent Representative to NATO and UK Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN

Sir Stewart Eldon KCMG OBE was UK Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations (1998–2002), UK Ambassador to Ireland (2003-06) and UK Permanent Representative to NATO (2006-2010). He advises the NGO Transparency International on counter-corruption in the defence and security sectors and collaborated in the preparation of major reports on corruption and fragile states. He is Senior Civil Adviser to the Higher Command & Staff College at the UK Defence Academy for officers judged capable of reaching the most senior ranks of the British Armed Forces. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Strategy and Security Institute at Exeter University.

In addition to providing training in negotiation, communication and diplomatic skills to personnel in International Organisations and various Foreign Ministries, Sir Stewart has undertaken several consultancy assignments. He is an Independent Member of the Parole Board for England & Wales and holds a number of other quasi-judicial appointments. In 2012 he was appointed to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Panel of Senior Experts for Building Mediation Support Capacity.

Jeremy Arnold, Chief Risk Officer EMEA, Nomura

Jeremy has 25 years’ experience, both as a trader and risk manager. Having started his career at BZW as an equity derivative trader, he moved into market risk management, before returning to a trading role in the late 90’s. He then moved to Commerzbank in 1998 back into a market risk role, progressing to the Global Head of Market Risk in 2001. Since then, he held a variety of market risk roles in both UBS and Investec, before joining Nomura as EMEA Head of Market Risk in 2011. He was appointed Chief Risk Officer, EMEA in Nomura in July 2015.

Jeremy holds a Masters in Economics from Cambridge University.

James Watt CVO, Chairman of Council for British Research in the Levant and former British Ambassador to Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt

James Watt ‘s 37-year career in the British Diplomatic Service, mostly dealing with the Middle East, is the basis for first-hand experience of political and security challenges in a range of countries. His postings include the UAE, Pakistan and Afghanistan, as well as the UN in New York, and responsibility for consular protection and crisis management worldwide as Director of Consular Services. Having served as British Ambassador in Lebanon (2003-06), Jordan (2006-11) and Egypt (2011-14). He has dealt with some of the major issues and conflicts affecting West Asia and the Arab world, including the unresolved issue of Palestine, the consequences of the Iranian revolution, the Iran-Iraq war, the conflict in Afghanistan, relations between Pakistan and India, the situation in Iraq, sectarian conflict in Syria and Lebanon, and the experience of Egypt following the removal of Mubarak in 2011 and of Morsi in 2013.

He has significant hands-on experience in international crisis management, notably the Israel-Lebanon conflict of 2006, and the three years of turmoil in Cairo after the revolution (2011-14). James now works in political risk consultancy and alternative dispute resolution as a partner in the Ambassador Partnership LLP. He is based between homes in London and Beirut.

John Scott, Chief Risk Officer of Commercial Insurance, Zurich Insurance Group

John Scott is Chief Risk Officer of  Commercial Insurance, Zurich Insurance Group. He joined Zurich in 2001 becoming Head of Risk Insight in 2007 and took on his current role in 2009. John leads the global, regional and local implementation of the Group’s enterprise risk management strategy across Zurich’s Global Corporate business.

A graduate of Oxford University, with a PhD in geology from Aberystwyth University, John’s early career was in the upstream oil & gas industry, where he gained wide-ranging international experience with BP. In 1995 he gained his MBA at Cranfield and joined BOC, working in Group Strategy & Planning team and then helping to develop BOC’s fast-growing Edwards business division.

John is a member of the Institute of Directors in the UK and is a contributor to the World Economic Forum Global Risks Report.

Diane Cote, Group Chief Risk Officer, London Stock Exchange

Diane Côté is the Chief Risk Officer and Executive Team member of the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG). Diane was previously Aviva Plc’s Chief Finance Operations Officer, Standard life’s Group Risk Managing Director and Group Head of Audit. Prior to this, Diane held the position of Aviva’s Chief Audit Officer. Diane also has many years’ experience holding senior positions within Standard Life Assurance both in the UK and in Canada; she has worked for Prudential Assurance and for Ernst & Young.  Diane is a CA-CPA.

In addition, she is a Non-Executive Director at Novae Syndicates Limited and chairs their Risk and Audit Committee. Diane is the Executive Sponsor and Co-Chair of the LSEG Women’s network.

Patrick Jenkins, Financial Editor and Assistant Editor, the Financial Times

Patrick Jenkins has been Financial Editor and Assistant Editor at the Financial Times since January 2014. In this role, Mr Jenkins shapes the FT’s overall financial coverage, with a focus on financial services and investment. He works closely with the editors of Markets, Lex, FT Money, FTfm and the financial services team. Mr Jenkins contributes to leader writing and comment, while continuing to write for the Inside Finance column. Previously, Mr Jenkins was Banking Editor since 2009, leading the 10-strong global financial services reporting team. Prior to this post he was Companies Editor and Assistant Editor, and before that he was the Editor of international company news. Mr Jenkins joined the FT Group in 1996 as Editor of the newsletter FT world insurance report, before becoming UK companies reporter in 2000. Prior to taking up the post as International Company News Editor, Mr Jenkins spent four years in Germany as Frankfurt Correspondent for the FT.

Matthew Blake, Head of Financial and Monetary System Initiative, Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum

Matthew Blake heads the World Economic Forum initiative on the Future of Financial and Monetary Systems. The initiative is focused on: regulatory, human capital and competitive forces reshaping the global financial system; existing and emergent risks. Previously, Matthew oversaw WEF Banking and Capital Markets Industry team.

Prior to joining the WEF, Matthew was an analyst concentrating on systemically important banks at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and an investment consultant at Oppenheimer & Co. Matthew currently serves as Deputy Mayor of the Incorporated Village of Ocean Beach, Suffolk County, New York. Matthew holds a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a bachelor of arts in international studies from Boston College. He has also attended Universite Robert Schuman, Institut D’Etudes Politiques (IEP) in Strasbourg, France. He is a Certified Investment Management Analyst from the Wharton School of Business in conjunction with the IMCA.

Jacques Beyssade, Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Group Chief Risk Officer, BPCE

Jacques Beyssade, 54, graduated from HEC. He began his career with Crédit Lyonnais as a financial analyst in London before holding various positions in the same bank in Paris and New York. He was then appointed manager of the bank’s Champs Elysées business center and subsequently Country Manager for Korea. During Crédit Lyonnais’ acquisition by Crédit Agricole, which gave birth to CACIB, he was in charge of debt markets in New York before being promoted to Head of Capital Markets for the Asia-Pacific region at the end of 2005. At the end of 2008, he joined Natixis with the task of identifying and organizing the assets to be run off by the bank, before being appointed Chief Risk Officer in 2009.

In May 2015, he has been appointed Chief Risk Officer and a member of the Executive Committee for Groupe BPCE. On February 15, 2016 he joined Groupe BPCE’s General Management Committee as Deputy Chief Executive Officer, in charge of Risk, Compliance and Permanent Control.

Nausicaa Delfas, Executive Director of International and a member of Executive Committee, Financial Conduct Authority

Nausicaa is the Executive Director of International, a Member of the FCA’s Executive Committee, and acting Chief Operating Officer since November 2016. She is co-chair of the CPMI-IOSCO cyber group and represents the FCA on the G7 cyber expert group. She was previously Director of the Specialist Supervision Division, leading on FCA’s approach to IT and cyber resilience, financial crime, client assets and resolution, prudential regulation and complex cases, across all sectors. She has been actively engaged on a national and international level on these issues. Prior to this she has held many senior roles at the FSA in Supervision, Risk and Policy Divisions, across different industry sectors. She has led innovative and complex reviews, often involving building new functions and expertise.

Nausicaa joined the FSA’s Enforcement Division in 2000, where she led investigations and disciplinary actions in retail and wholesale markets. She is a solicitor, having trained and qualified at City law firm Freshfields in London.

David Suetens, Executive Vice President, Country Head, State Street (Luxembourg)

David Suetens is an executive vice president and is the country head for State Street and its affiliates in Luxembourg and is the managing director of State Street Bank in Luxembourg. In this role, he is responsible for the business strategy and governance, and is the chair of the management board. Prior to his current role, he was international chief risk officer for State Street and was responsible for leading the company’s risk management function internationally.  Mr. Suetens is a member of the Supervisory Board of State Street Bank International Bank GmbH, supervised by the ECB and chairs a key sub-committee. He’s also a member of the ALFI Board of Directors (Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry) and a Board member of the Luxembourg House of FinTech since July 2017.

Mr. Suetens joined State Street in May 2012 from ING Investment Management Europe where he served as chief risk officer and a board member. Previously he served as the board member for ABN AMRO Asset Management. Mr. Suetens also served as chair of several SICAV boards in Luxembourg. Mr. Suetens holds a Faculty of Law – Juris Doctor from the Catholic University Leuven and a degree in investment advice from St Aloysius University in Brussels. He also holds a master’s degree in international banking law and finance from Boston University School of Law.

Kevin Duffey, Chief Executive, Cyber Rescue

Kevin Duffey runs Europe’s leading cyber risk mitigation company, helping Board-level executives to reduce harm when digital defences are breached. From Vodafone to Swedbank, from the Institute of Directors to the Institute of Chartered Accountants, organisations turn to Cyber Rescue when executives must lead recovery from cyber attack. Cyber Rescue’s members include some of the largest companies in the world, with services including boardroom simulations, business continuity plans and crisis coaching.

Kevin was formerly Group GM at International SOS, and on the UK Board at Logica.  He has worked in more than 40 countries, delivering business continuity, crisis management and cybersecurity solutions for governments and major enterprises. His experiences range from creating the Global Mobile Commerce Forum, to overseeing the evacuation of 4,000 people during the Arab Spring.

Simon Hills, Director of the Prudential Capital and Risk Team, UK Finance

Simon Hills is the Director of the Prudential Capital and Risk Team at UK Finance. His team focuses on influencing the shape of the reforms to Basel 3 and implementation in the EU via the CRDV/CRR2 package as well as the international regulatory architecture more broadly as it develops in the wake of the global financial crisis. He is also leads the UK Finance’s work on the  senior managers’ regime, which seeks to improve individual accountability and bank-wide governance.

He interacts with politicians, finance ministries, regulators and central bankers around the world. He is also interested in crisis management, Recovery and Resolution Planning and different types of bank capital and funding instruments such as convertible capital instruments, covered bonds and securitisation structures. His banking background is in fixed income sales, trading and origination and he also has experience of energy and aerospace project finance. He studied at London Business School and Imperial College and has also completed a Masters’ in Financial Services Regulation at Guildhall University. He has more recently passed the Institute of Directors’ diploma in company direction.

He is liveryman of the Worshipful Company of International Bankers and is a member of the European Banking Authority’s Banking Stakeholder Group.

Simon Lewis OBE, Chief Executive of the Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME)

Simon Lewis was appointed Chief Executive of the Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME) in October 2010. AFME is the trade body which represents the pan-European capital markets industry.  Previously Simon was Director of Communications and the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman at 10 Downing Street.

He has held a number of senior corporate roles including Director of Corporate Affairs at Vodafone, Centrica and NatWest.  Simon was appointed as the first Communications Secretary to The Queen in 1998.

Simon has a degree from Oxford University in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.  He also holds an M.A. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley as a Fulbright scholar.  He is a Visiting Professor at the Cardiff School of Journalism.  Simon is a board member of TheCityUK and a member of the Chatham House North American Advisory Council, as well as a member of the Academy’s Advisory Board.  He is Chairman of the Governing Council of University College School (UCS) in Hampstead, North London. Simon is a Patron and former Chairman of the Fulbright Commission.  He is married with three children.

Simon was appointed an OBE in the 2014 New Year Honours List for public service and services to international education through the Fulbright Commission.  He was made an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) in 2016.

Adam Farkas, Executive Director, European Banking Authority

Adam Farkas is the first Executive Director of the European Banking Authority, a position he has held since 2011. Previously, he was the Chairman of the Hungarian Financial Supervisory Authority in 2009-2010. Prior to joining the regulatory and supervisory community, he held senior positions in the banking sector including three years as the Co-CEO of Intesa Group’s subsidiary in Budapest, and another three years at the helm of Allianz Bank, setting up a retail banking operation for the market leading insurance company in Hungary. Before that he spent four years as a central banker as a Managing Director and Member of the Board of the National Bank of Hungary with responsibility for reserve management and market operations. He started his career as an assistant professor in Finance at Corvinus University, Budapest and was a visiting fellow at London Business School and also at Erasmus University. He holds a doctorate in Finance from Corvinus University, and an M.Sc. in Computer Based Simulation and Modelling from Sunderland University (UK).

Susanne Chishti, CEO FINTECH Circle & FINTECH Circle Institute

Susanne Chishti is the CEO of FINTECH Circle, Europe’s 1st Angel Network focused on fintech opportunities & Founder of the FINTECH Circle Institute, the 1st peer-to-peer online fintech learning platform. She is also the Co-Editor of the Bestseller “The FINTECH Book” which has been translated into 5 languages and is sold across 107 countries. Susanne is recognised in the European Digital Financial Services ‘Power 50’ 2015, an independent ranking of the most influential people in digital financial services in Europe. She has been selected as top 15 FINTECH UK twitter influencer and as a “City Innovator – Inspirational Woman” in 2016. She has also been a fintech TV Commentator on CNBC and is a guest lecturer on financial technology at the University of Cambridge. Susanne worked more than 15 years across Deutsche Bank, Lloyds Banking Group, Morgan Stanley and Accenture in London and Hong Kong.

Denis Hall, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Hyundai Capital Bank Europe

Denis Hall is currently the non-executive Chairman of the supervisory board of Hyundai Capital Bank Europe and holds non-executive roles on the boards and Risk and audit committees of Cembra Money Bank in Switzerland and Moneta bank in Czech Republic. He is on the board and is the chair of the board Risk Committee at the Skipton Building Society. He is a domain expert in risk management; he has held senior Chief Risk Officer Positions in Citibank, Deutsche Bank and GE Capital. Following this successful and fulfilling global career in Retail Banking spanning more than 42 years across 46 countries, he has now moved to a plural career.

Rolf Riemenschnitter, ‎Partner and Cyber Leader, ‎McKinsey & Co

Rolf Riemenschnitter is a Partner and cyber leader in McKinsey & Company’s global risk practice, based in the Frankfurt offie. In addition to cyber, his functional specialties include transformation management, digitization and data privacy. Rolf worked for 19 years at Deutsche Bank in various leadership roles within IT and HR. While at Deutsche Bank, he successfully implemented and led the first Group-wide Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) organization. In leading global organizations, Rolf worked from Frankfurt, New York, London, and Bangalore. Rolf holds a degree in commercial information technology from the University of Koblenz-Landau, which he earned with honors.

Mihir Mysore, a Partner and Crisis Response lead, McKinsey & Co

Mihir Mysore, a partner in McKinsey’s Houston office, leads McKinsey Crisis Response globally. He has helped over 30 major organizations— in basic materials, financial, automotive and consumer sectors—manage operational risk (including cyber risk), stabilize crisis situations, and build resilience. In addition to deep experience advising clients in crisis situations, Mihir is a leading voice on crisis preparedness and response in external forums, speaking regularly at industry forums and convening CEO/Board discussions. Mihir has published in the McKinsey Quarterly, among other leading journals. Mihir holds a Masters of Science in Decision and Risk Analysis from Stanford University. He also holds an Masters in Energy Technology and Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering, both from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.

Simon Newman, Chief Strategy Officer, London Digital Security Centre

Simon is the Chief Strategy Officer of the London Digital Security Centre. He has over 15 years’ experience working in senior management roles across a number of law enforcement agencies, including the Home Office. Prior to joining LDSC, Simon worked as a Strategic Advisor to the Ministry of Interior in the United Arab Emirates where he led on the development of several new crime reduction strategies and a major reorganisation of the Ministry.
Simon’s role is to work with our staff and partners in developing and implementing the long term strategy of the Centre. He also supports the CEO by reviewing our progress against the strategy and in identifying new priority areas.

Lisa Nowell, Chief Risk Officer, Masthaven Bank

Lisa Nowell is the Chief Risk Officer of Masthaven Bank. She has spent the last 25 years in the banking sector, developing her specialism in risk management, compliance, corporate governance and internal audit. Her global portfolio boasts a diverse range and size of organisations, including Nationwide Building Society, Royal Bank of Scotland and Barclays.

Lisa is also a well-respected external speaker on the topics of operational risk, internal audit, corporate governance and risk culture.

Jason Cowley, Editor-in-Chief, The New Statesman magazine

Jason Cowley is a magazine editor, journalist and writer. He is Editor-in-chief of the New Statesman. Before this, he was editor of the literary magazine Granta, a senior editor on the Observer and a staff writer on the Times. A book of his political and cultural essays, Reaching for Utopia: Making Sense of an Age of Upheaval, will be published in September 2018.

Dr Cosimo Pacciani, Chief Risk Officer, European Stability Mechanism

Cosimo Pacciani has been the Chief Risk Officer for the European Stability Mechanism since 2015. He has joined this key European institution as Senior Credit Officer and Deputy Head of Risk in 2014. Previously, he spent 20 years working in the City of London. He has been for 11 years at Royal Bank of Scotland, where he has been Chief Operating Officer for the Group Credit Risk function and Head of Risk and Compliance for the Asset Protection Scheme, the mechanism established by the British government to rescue the banking system. Previously, at RBS he was Head of Credit Risk for Corporate and Public Institutions in Europe.

He has worked previously in portfolio management at Credit Suisse First Boston and for the London branch of Monte dei Paschi di Siena in London, dealing with derivative products and portfolio management. He holds a Ph.D. from the Faculty of Economic Sciences of the University of Siena and a Master Degree from the Faculty of Economics of the University of Florence.

Martin Arnold, Banking Editor, Financial Times

Martin Arnold has worked for the Financial Times since 1999 and been the FT banking editor since January 2014. Before that he was deputy companies editor for three years, overseeing business and financial coverage. Previously, he covered private equity, winning the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association award of private equity correspondent of the year and was shortlisted for scoop of the year at the Business Journalist of the Year awards. His other FT roles have included Paris correspondent for five years, before which he wrote about technology, media and telecoms in London and consumer industries in New York.

He received a masters degree in journalism from Goldsmith College in London and an undergraduate degree in French and Politics from Leeds University.

Dr Jon Danielsson, Director of the Systemic Risk Centre, London School of Economics

Jón Daníelsson is Director of the  Systemic Risk Centre at the London School of Economics.  His research interests include technology and financial stability, systemic risk, financial risk forecasting and financial regulations. Jón has written two books “Financial Risk Forecasting” and “Global Financial Systems: Stability and Risk” and published a number of articles in leading academic journals.