Nicholas Silitch

Chief Risk Officer


Nick Silitch is senior vice president, chief risk officer of Prudential Financial, Inc. In this role, Silitch oversees Prudential’s risk management infrastructure and risk profile across all business lines and risk types. Under his direction, his team develops models, metrics, frameworks and governance to manage risk, and works with internal corporate partners and business groups to identify, assess and prioritize risk across the company. He is chairman of the organization’s Enterprise Risk Committee that evaluates current and emerging risks relevant to the company, and is a member of Prudential’s Senior Management Council.

Silitch also works with external stakeholder groups to forward industry interests. He is head of the International Affairs Committee for the North American Chief Risk Officers’ Council, and is a member of the Advisory Council for the International Association of Credit Portfolio Managers.

Silitch joined Prudential in 2010 as chief credit officer and head of investment risk management, overseeing Prudential’s general account and other proprietary investment risks globally, as well as maintaining and approving Delegations of Authority and Investment Policy Statements.

Prior to joining Prudential, Silitch held the position of chief risk officer of the Alternative Investment Services, Broker Dealer Services and Pershing businesses within Bank of New York Mellon. He also served on the Pershing Executive Committee.

Silitch joined Bank of New York Mellon in 1983 as a credit trainee. Throughout his career at the bank, he held senior positions in client management, investor relations, risk management, loan restructuring, credit portfolio management and Basel compliance.

He received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Colby College.

Isabelle Mateos y Lago

Managing Director and Chief Global Multi-Asset Strategist


Isabelle Mateos y Lago, Managing Director, is BlackRock’s Chief Multi-Asset Strategist. A member of the BlackRock Investment Institute (BII) leadership team, she is responsible for thematic investment thought leadership, and leads the firm’s research effort on geopolitics & markets. She contributes to form BII’s macro and market views, with emphasis on cross-asset themes, FX, commodities and private markets, based on the insights of our full investment community. She represents BlackRock’s market views to clients and in the media globally.

Ms. Mateos y Lago's service with the firm dates back to January 2015. She initially worked as senior advisor to Vice-Chairman Philipp Hildebrand and subsequently combined this role with that of global macro investment strategist in BII. Prior to joining BlackRock, she was a senior official at the International Monetary Fund, where she worked for 15 years in a range of positions straddling economic analysis, policy making, strategy, and global governance (including as G20-liaison and as a Member of the Executive Board). She started her career at the French Ministry of Finance.

Ms. Mateos y Lago is a member of the Board of Bruegel, a leading European policy think tank. She is also a member of the French Inspection Générale des Finances and a graduate of École Nationale d'Administration and Sciences Po, Paris. She also earned a Master’s degree in economics from the University of Cambridge

Guy Miller

Managing Director, Chief Market Strategist & Head of Macroeconomics


Guy Miller is Zurich Group’s Chief Market Strategist and Head of Macroeconomics and is part of Zurich’s Leadership Team. As Chief Market Strategist, Guy is responsible for defining the relative merits of equities, sovereign debt and corporate credit across the globe and on currency hedging. Guy is also responsible for providing the global economic backdrop that lays the foundation for planning and business decisions. Economic forecasts are made on both a short and medium term basis, capturing the major themes that are likely to shape the global economy.

Before joining Zurich in 2003, Guy led the US equity team at Shell Pensions, where he was a member of the Asset Allocation Committee and supervised the implementation of satellite investment mandates in the North American region. Prior to over 7 years spent at Shell Pensions, Guy was a US fund manager at National Mutual for 6 years.

Guy holds a BA Hons in Commerce, from Napier University, and is an Associate of the Institute of Investment Management and Research.

Elena Manola-Bonthond

Chief Investment Officer


Dr. Elena Manola-Bonthond, Ph.D., MBA, is the Chief Investment Officer of the Pension Fund of CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, based in Geneva, Switzerland. The Fund manages approximately 4 billion Swiss Francs in assets, both internally and externally. Dr. Manola-Bonthond played an instrumental role in defining and implementing an investment governance framework optimized for dynamic risk management.

Before joining the CERN Pension Fund, Dr. Manola-Bonthond worked in CERN's science sector where she had been responsible for the safety and risk management system of CERN's flagship installation, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Before that, she worked as a research physicist at CERN. Dr. Manola-Bonthond holds a Ph.D. in particle physics from the University of Savoie, France, and CERN, and an MBA in international management from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. She is a CAIA charter holder.

Seb Smodis

Global head of Liquidity Risk Management

State Street Global Advisors

Seb is a Vice President and Global Head of State Street Global Advisors Liquidity Risk Management, and is responsible for ensuring a robust liquidity risk management framework and governance across the organisation. He also chairs the SSGA Liquidity Committee and is a member of the State Street Country Risk Committee.

Before that he was a Senior Investment Risk Manager responsible for risk oversight across Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA) fixed income, liability driven investment (LDI) and multi-asset class portfolios.

Seb holds a post-experience Masters in Finance degree from London Business School and has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter and Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) Financial Risk Manager (FRM) certificate.

Andrew Chin

CRO and head of quantitative research


Andrew Y. Chin is the Chief Risk Officer and Head of Quantitative Research for AB. As the Chief Risk Officer, Chin oversees all aspects of risk management to ensure that the risks being taken are well understood and appropriately managed.  In the Quantitative Research role, he is responsible for the firm’s data science strategy and for optimizing the quantitative research infrastructure, tools and resources across the firm’s investing platforms. He joined the firm in 1997 and held various quantitative research roles in New York and London.  In 2004, Chin became a senior portfolio manager for Style Blend Equities. In 2005, he was named director of Quantitative Research for Value Equities. Prior to joining the firm, Chin was a project manager and business analyst in Global Investment Management at Bankers Trust from 1994 to 1997.

Chin teaches in the School of Operations Research and Information Engineering (Master of Financial Engineering Program) at Cornell University.  He also leads teams of students on capstone projects utilizing quantitative and data science skills to address investment issues.

Chin earned a BA and an MBA from Cornell University.

Guy Coughlan

Chief Risk Officer


Guy is Chief Risk Officer at the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), a UK pension plan with assets of over £64 billion. He joined in January 2015 as a member of the USS executive team to establish the group risk function. Guy is also a member of the executive team of USS Investment Management, the investment subsidiary of USS and chair of the Group Risk Committee.

Guy spent most of his career at JP Morgan, where he held several senior leadership positions, including heading the European Pension Advisory and Longevity Risk Transfer businesses.

He holds a D.Phil. (i.e., PhD) from Oxford University, a BSc (Hons) from the University of Western Australia and an MBA from Henley Business School.

Susanna Wooders

Chief Risk Officer


Susanna has worked in the Financial Services industry for over 25 years in a variety of business and risk management roles across all three lines of defence. She joined Fidelity in January 2016 to lead risk management activities for the UK businesses. Prior to this, Susanna worked at RBS and Barclays where she gained hands‐on experience in risk management and internal audit across various business and client segments, including International, Corporate, Investment Bank, Coutts, Retail Group Risk and Internal Audit.

From 2000 to 2008 Susanna enjoyed an international risk management consulting career at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ernst & Young in Europe, Asia and the US, advising a broad range of clients on credit, operational and regulatory risk matters. She reviewed, improved and implemented numerous risk management frameworks, risk models and ICAAP assessments for asset managers, hedge funds, insurers and banks.

Susanna’s early career was dedicated to customers and operational excellence at Commerzbank, Germany where she spent seven years in the International business. In 1995, she was hired by one her clients, a private commodity trading firm, where she led the international credit risk department for five years.

Susanna is holding a master degree in banking as well as an MBA from the University of Wales.

Mike Huff

‎Director, Portfolio Management & Asset Allocation


Mike is a member of the team that manages the TIAA General Account Investment Portfolio. His responsibilities include Investment Strategy, Asset Allocation/ALM, Portfolio Hedging and Yield Enhancement.

Before joining TIAA, Mike was a Director of Investment Risk Management at Genworth Financial where he was responsible for Asset/Liability Management, derivatives risk oversight and counterparty credit risk. Mike was also a Senior Derivative Trader at Genworth where he managed and traded the derivatives portfolio and developed hedging strategies. Prior to joining Genworth, Mike worked at Principal Financial Group where he managed a portfolio of structured products and derivatives. Earlier in his Career, Mike worked in treasury and corporate finance at BBVA/Compass Bank.

He holds a Bachelors in Industrial Engineering from University of Michigan and an MBA in Finance from University of Illinois. Mike is a CFA Charterholder and a Professional Risk Manager (PRM).

Paul Diouri

Head of Risk, Americas


Since March 2016, Head of Risk Management - Americas at Schroders with responsibilities for the Firm's business activities in North America (US, Mexico, Canada), and Latin America (Brazil, Argentina and Chile).

From 2011 to January 2016, Head of Investment Risk Management and Performance Analytics at JP Morgan Asset Management- Americas with responsibilities for public equities, fixed income and alternatives assets representing more than $1 trillion in AUM.

From 2007 to 2010, Chief Risk Officer and member of the Executive Committee at Primus, a $25+ billion NYSE-listed credit asset manager. Prior to Primus, was Managing Director and Head of Risk Management for private finance at TIAA-CREF between 2005 and 2007.

Began career in finance in 1994 at Natixis Bank, a global banking institution headquartered in Paris; held several front office positions in leveraged finance, oil and gas lending, structured credit products origination and investing, and during his last five years with the institution, as head of the US Loan Portfolio Management Group.

BS in Applied Mathematics and MBA in Finance from the University of Houston.

Darrel Yawitch

Chief Risk Officer


Darrel Yawitch is Chief Risk Officer of Man Solutions, Man AHL and Man GLG ('GLG') with responsibility for risk management. Darrel joined Man Group via GLG in 2011.

Prior to this, he worked at Investec Bank PLC for over 10 years where he headed the Market Risk and Asset and Liability Management teams for the bank before working in the Principal Finance area.

Darrel holds a BSc (Hons) degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, an MSc (Quantum Fields and Fundamental Forces) from Imperial College, London and a PhD in Theoretical Physics from Kings College, London. Darrel is a Fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries.