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 Peter Westmacott, GCMG LVO, a senior British diplomat and a former UK Ambassador to the United States, France and Turkey
Sir Peter Westmacott, GCMG LVO, is a senior British diplomat and a former British Ambassador to the United States from 2012-16. Prior to his position in the United States, Sir Peter served as Ambassador to France from 2007-12, and Ambassador to Turkey from 2002-06 where, in 2003, he dealt with a suicide bomb attack directed at the British Consulate in Istanbul, killing 15 people; thereafter he was closely involved in negotiations attempting to bring Turkey into the EU.
Sir Peter’s 40-year career in the British Diplomatic Service also included four years in Iran (before the Revolution) and an interim deployment to the European Commission in Brussels. Previously, he was the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Director for the Americas from 1997-2000, before taking a seat on the board as Deputy Under Secretary. From 1990-93, he was Deputy Private Secretary to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. He is now Distinguished Ambassadorial Fellow at the Atlantic Council, an Associate Fellow at Chatham House, Vice Chairman of Tellus Matrix LLP and a non-executive director of several companies.
Michael Cole-Fontayn, Independent Chairman of Association of Financial Markets in Europe and Chairman of Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment
Michael Cole-Fontayn is the Independent Chairman of Association of Financial Markets in Europe (AFME) and Chairman of Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI). 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).
Carol Sergeant CBE, Deputy Chairman of Danske Bank, and a non-executive Board Director and Chairman of the Risk Committee of BNY Mellon Bank SA/NV
Carol Sergeant has held senior positions in the Bank of England, Managing Director on the Board of the UK Financial Services Authority, Chief Risk Officer of Lloyds Banking Group and positions on the boards of several charities, educational bodies and companies. She is currently Deputy Chairman of Danske Bank A/S (Copenhagen), and a non-executive director and chairman of the Risk Committee at BNY Mellon Bank SA/NV (Brussels).
She is also Chairman of the British Standard Institute’s Standards Strategy and Policy Committee and was previously a non-executive director and chairman of the Risk Committee of TP ICAP, the world’s largest inter dealer broker (London) and a non-executive director at Martin Currie (asset management) and Secure Trust Bank.