Speaker Gallery

Christoffer Kok

Deputy Head of Division- Stress Test Modelling Division, DG Macroprudential Policy and Financial Stability


Christoffer is Deputy Head of the Stress Test Modelling Division of the ECB's Directorate General Macroprudential Policy and Financial Stability. He has a leading role in the ECB’s work on macroprudential stress testing and in the team conducting the top-down challenge in the ECB/SSM supervisory stress tests, and has been involved in various stress test exercises in EU/IMF programme countries. He has also been extensively involved in quantitative impact studies of regulatory reforms, such as the macroeconomic assessments of Basel II and Basel III, derivatives reforms and TLAC.

Previously, he worked as a Principal Economist for 8 years in the ECB's Monetary Policy Directorate and he also worked at Danmarks Nationalbank.

He has published several articles on monetary and macroprudential policy issues in academic journals and books. He holds an MSc in Economics from Aarhus University and Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and an MSc in Finance from Copenhagen Business School

Dherminder Kainth

Senior Risk Specialist- Model Risk Manangement


Dherminder Kainth is a senior risk specialist within the PRA. Prior to joining the PRA he spent 17 years at RBS where I was head of Model Risk Management, responsible for defining the model risk framework and independent validation of all models across the organisation. Over my time at RBS I have worked on most model types, but with a particular focus on derivative valuation and risk models.  My further education was at Cambridge, where I obtained a PhD and conducted postdoctoral research in condensed matter physics.

Marlene Lenarduzzi

Vice-President and Head, BMO Model Validation


Ms. Lenarduzzi leads the Model Validation function for BMO Financial Group and is accountable for the assessment and vetting of models, including the evaluation and management of model risk at the enterprise level.

Her previous roles include Vice-President North American Business Services for BMO Financial Group, supporting the Canadian and US Personal and Commercial Bank. In this role, Ms. Lenarduzzi was accountable for delivering customer-centric fraud management and authentication experiences to BMO's Personal and Commercial customers across North America as we as card management, credit card underwriting and the management of vendor relationships related to payments.

Ms. Lenarduzzi has also held the role as Vice-President Canadian Consumer Credit Risk Enterprise Risk & Portfolio Management, BMO Financial Group Ms. Lenarduzzi was accountable for providing the appropriate risk oversight to the consumer segment of P&C and was also accountable for ensuring compliance to applicable regulations.

Ms. Lenarduzzi began her career with BMO in 1998 working in analytics for credit cards. She worked in progressively more senior roles and in credit risk analytics roles at another Financial Institution. Ms. Lenarduzzi rejoined BMO in 2007 as part of the Consumer Portfolio Management Group within P&C Risk where she was accountable for improving in Basel II Risk Quantification and Validation, and automated loan decisioning processes.

Holding a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering, a Master of Applied Science and an MBA, coupled with 10+years of banking experience, Ms. Lenarduzzi has a unique combination of technical skills and business acumen.


Eduardo Epperlein

Managing Director, Global Head of Risk Methodology


Eduardo Epperlein, Managing Director, Global Head of Risk Methodology, NOMURA INTERNATIONAL

Eduardo Epperlein has over 20 years experience in the financial industry and is currently Managing Director and Global Head of Risk Methodology at Nomura. He is responsible for credit, market and operational risk methodology, as well as stress testing anaytics. Prior to joining Nomura, Eduardo held various roles in risk methodology at Citigroup, including model validation. Eduardo holds a PhD in Plasma Physics from Imperial College, London, and spent 10 years as a research scientist prior to joining the financial industry.

Slava Obraztsov

Managing Director, Global Head of Model Validation


Slava Obraztsov has been Global Head of the Model Validation Group at Nomura since 2007. His previous roles include Global Head of Model Validation at Bear Stearns, Senior Quantitative Model Risk Analyst at Commerzbank and Head of Risk Analytics at ANZ. He was awarded a PhD in Mathematics from Moscow State University and has held a number of academic positions at Russian and Australian universities.

Paul Burnett

Head of Traded Risk Analytics, Global Risk Analytics


Paul is the Global Head of Traded Risk Analytics at HSBC, overseeing the development of Market Risk and Counterparty Credit Risk models across the bank. Paul has been at HSBC working in modelling for over 15 years. Prior to this, he received a PhD studying quantum mechanical behaviour in plasmas.

Agus Sudjianto

Executive Vice President, Head of Model Risk


Agus Sudjianto is an executive vice president and head of Model Risk for Wells Fargo, where he is responsible for enterprise model risk management.

Prior to his current position, Agus was the modeling and analytics director and chief model risk officer at Lloyds Banking Group in the United Kingdom. Before joining Lloyds, he was a senior credit risk executive and head of Quantitative Risk at Bank of America.

Prior to his career in banking, he was a product design manager in the Powertrain Division of Ford Motor Company.
Agus holds several U.S. patents in both finance and engineering. He has published numerous technical papers and is a co-author of Design and Modeling for Computer Experiments. His technical expertise and interests include quantitative risk, particularly credit risk modeling, machine learning and computational statistics.

He holds masters and doctorate degrees in engineering and management fromWayne State University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Peter Quell

Head of Portfolio Analytics for Market and Credit Risk


Dr. Peter Quell is Head of the Portfolio Analytics Team for Market and Credit Risk in the Risk Controlling Unit of DZ BANK AG in Frankfurt. He is responsible for methodological aspects of Internal Risk Models, Economic Capital and Model Risk. Prior to joining DZ BANK AG Peter was Manager at d-fine GmbH where he dealt with various aspects of Risk Management Systems in the Banking Industry. He holds a MSc. in Mathematical Finance from Oxford University and a PhD in Mathematics. Peter is member of the editorial board of the Journal of Risk Model Validation.

Jos Gheerardyn

Co-Founder and CEO


Jos is the co-founder and CEO of Yields.io. Prior to his current role he has been active in quantitative finance both as a manager and as an analyst. Over the past 15 years he has been working with leading international investment banks as well as with award winning start-up companies. He is the author of multiple patents applying quantitative risk management techniques to imbalance markets. Jos holds a PhD in superstring theory from the University of Leuven (Belgium).

Azar Khurshid

Global FRTB Programme Director


Azar has over 10 years of experience in Financial Risk Management. Currently he is the Global Programme director for the FRTB project at Mizuho. He also manages the current Global VaR platform. Previously he was at Barclays capital for 7.5 years, where he worked with Equity derivatives risk management and risk reporting and also in counterparty credit risk.

 Azar has a doctorate degree in Neuroscience and Masters in Computational intelligence.

Suman Datta

Head Portfolio Quantitative Research CB Markets


Roberto Torresetti

Head of Risk Management


Roberto is currently Head of Risk Management of Banca Carige and previosly has been in the Model Validation of Banco BPM. Before he was portfolio manager for Quaestio Capital and San Paolo IMI Asset Management with a focus on tactical asset allocation and volatility strategies. He has also been Head of Credit Derivatives Structuring at BBVA and Senior Quantitative Analyst in credit derivatives at Banca IMI and equity derivatives at Lehman Brothers. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Università Bocconi in Milan. He also holds a MA in Economics from Universita` Bocconi and MS in Financial Mathematics from University of Chicago.

Rajiv Sesodia

Managing Director, Global Head of Quantitative Model Risk


Rajiv Sesodia is Global Head of Quantitative Model Risk and a Managing Director at Standard Chartered Bank. 

Keith Garbutt

Co-Head of Model Risk Management


Keith Garbutt is a Managing Director in the Risk Division of Credit Suisse, based in London. He leads Enterprise Risk Innovation, seeking to improve risk management capability and efficiency through the use of advanced technologies and process excellence. Keith was previously head of Model Risk Management, designing and implementing Credit Suisse’s global MRM programme.

Keith joined Credit Suisse in 2004 from Deutsche Bank, where he was global head of pricing model validation. Prior to that he worked at Bankers Trust and HSBC Samuel Montagu.

Keith holds a Ph.D. and Master of Engineering in Aeronautics and Astronautics, both from the University of Southampton, UK.

Lutz Weinert

Director-Group Market Risk


Lutz Weinert is a Director in Group Market Risk at Commerzbank AG with a focus on counterparty risk infrastructure and processes. He manages the infrastructure which runs an internal model covering a range of risk topics, including counterparty risk controlling, regulatory capital, and xVA. As a project manager Lutz is responsible for regulatory model changes and model audits. Over the last 12 years Lutz held a number of risk management position in Commerzbank. Previously Lutz worked as a consultant on risk management topics. Lutz holds a diploma in Economics from Otto-von-Guericke Universität Magdeburg.

Dr. Milan Dragaš

Head, Market Risk Analytics, Europe,


Milan has been with Standard Chartered Bank in London for 7 years, where his current job title is the Head of Market Risk Analytics, Europe. His main work interests include looking after the FRTB development (Residual Risk, SBA, ES), Market Risk and XVA VaR model methodology, backtesting, and writing code for bank’s Risk Analytics functional programming library. Previous banking experience also includes cross-asset class quant roles in Valuation Control Methodology at both SCB and Barclays Capital. Prior to his career in finance, Milan worked as a research scientist in optics and telecommunications for 5 years.

Milan holds a Ph.D. in Opto-Electronics and BEng in Electronics, both from the University of Bristol.


Vladimir Chorniy

Senior Technical Lead


Vladimir Chorniy started his career in finance as a founding member and later led Credit Risk Analytics team in Barclays Capital. Later he headed Risk Methodology and Analytics team in BNP Paribas responsible for methodologies covering counterparty risk (EE/PFE models), market risk (VAR, IRC, CRM), credit value adjustment, capital calculations and exotic derivative treatment. Since 2014 Vladimir has assumed a new role to determine long term strategy of risk modelling in BNP Paribas as Head of Risk Modelling Strategy and Senior Technical Lead. Vladimir holds a Ph.D. in Physics from Cambridge University.

Adolfo Montoro

Director, Market Risk Management & Risk Methodology - Global Head of Market Data Strategy & Analytics


Adolfo Montoro FRM, is a Director within Deutsche Bank's Risk Methodology department in London. He currently leads the FRTB Methodology team and represents DB in the Industry Working Group supporting elements of the FRTB implementation and advocacy.

Adolfo earned an MSc in Risk Management from Bocconi University, Italy, and graduated with a degree in economics (with honors) from Universita' della Calabria, Italy. He earned his Financial Risk Manager (FRM) certification in 2005

Adolfo is currently affiliated with the Global Association of Risk Professionals, where he serves both as a Regional Director for the UK Chapter as well as member of the FRM Committee


Anish Shah

Senior Audit Manager, Quantitative Models


Anish is a Senior Audit Manager - Quantitative Models with NatWest Bank.
He spent the 1st half of his professional career researching and developing credit risk methodologies, primarily for the Commercial Real Estate asset classes, for clients in the USA and the UK. He later progresses into the internal audit function, first with Barclays and now with Natwest Bank, as a Subject Matter Expert in Model Risk Management. In this capacity, he provides control assurance to the Group Audit Committee on the design and effectiveness of the controls supporting the firm-wide model risk management process and particularly the effectiveness of the model validation function as a key control function.

Roberto Virreira

Risk Director IRRBB


Roberto Virreira works as Risk Director for State Street in London. Previously he was in charge of redesigning the IRRBB framework of Standard Chartered Group, and was in charge of Group HSBC IRRBB reporting and IRRBB stress test methodologies. He was Head of ALM and BSM with Bank of America in Latin America, and worked in consulting projects for several other global and regional banking organisations.

Roberto participated actively in the review, discussion and feedback of BCBS 368 with several banking associations including BBA, EBF and IIF. He has published articles on IRRBB on the Journal of Risk Management in Financial Institutions and Written a chapter in the second edition of The hand Book of ALM edited by Risk Books. He has chaired IRRBB conferences in New York, London and has been a speaker in several courses and seminars in Europe and Asia.

Roberto is an Industrial engineer, holds a Msc. in Economics and an MBA from Warwick Business School.

Christophe Drozo

Head of Model Risk Management


Christophe Drozo, Head of Model Risk Management

Christophe leads the Model Risk Management for Natixis. He previously worked as XVA Senior Project Manager for Natixis, in charge of accompanying the set-up of the XVA desk. For several years he has been heading the Global Risk Analytics department of Natixis in charge of defining and delivering the risk management tools for Natixis CIB.

Prior to this, he headed the Risk Analytics team of BNP Paribas Prime Brokerage platform after several years as a quantitative analyst on interest rates derivatives.

Christophe holds a PhD in Computational Fluid Dynamics from Sorbonne Université (UPMC), Paris, and is graduated from Ecole Centrale de Nantes.

Philip Alexander

Regulation Desk Editor


Philip Alexander is the regulation desk editor for Risk.net, overseeing a team of journalists in the UK, US and Asia. He was previously senior editor at The Banker magazine, covering financial regulation, capital markets, derivatives and central and eastern Europe.

Prior to entering journalism, he edited sovereign credit research for rating agency Standard & Poor’s in London. He was awarded a PhD in modern history by the University of Cambridge for a thesis on Britain and European integration.

Mauro Cesa

Quantitative Finance Editor


Mauro Cesa is quantitative finance editor for Risk.net, based in London. He leads the team responsible for the publication of quantitative research across all brands of the division. The section of Risk.net he manages, Cutting Edge, publishes peer-reviewed papers on derivatives, asset and risk management, and commodities.
Mauro holds a degree in economics from the university of Trieste and a masters in quant finance from the University of Brescia.

Nazneen Sherif

Associate Quant Finance Editor


Nazneen Sherif is the associate quant finance editor for Risk.net and senior staff writer on the derivatives desk. Based in London, her topics of interest include the Fundamental review of the trading book, market risk, counterparty credit risk, funding risk, valuation adjustments, collateral management and risk modelling.