Risk USA 2020

Risk.net's award-winning conference, 25th annual Risk USA, is the eminent risk management event for North America's top tier banks, buy-side participants and industry regulators.


Risk USA returns on October 20-21

Risk USA 2020 gives market experts the information and insights needed to cope with a period of radical change in risk management and risk transfer markets, ensuring attendees leave Risk USA 2020 with a thorough understanding of what’s changing, how others are adapting, and how you and your business can get ahead.

By bringing over 450 industry front-runners together in one place, with over 350 being c-suite and senior influencers from banks, pension funds, asset managers, life insurers, hedge funds, private equity, academic institutions and regulators, and focusing on the critical market issues and trends at the heart of our leading publication Risk.net – this premium industry event comprehensively explores the direction of risk covering market, credit, liquidity and investment risk as well as the challenges and opportunities presented by the disruption of new technologies and new ways of working and the disintermediation of old business models.

Highlights from Risk USA 2019

Robert Engle

Professor and Nobel Prize winner in economics

NYU Stern

Robert Engle, the Michael Armellino Professor of Finance at New York University Stern School of Business, was awarded the 2003 Nobel Prize in Economics for his research on the concept of autoregressive conditional heteroskedasticity (ARCH). He developed this method for statistical modeling of time-varying volatility and demonstrated that these techniques accurately capture the properties of many time series. Professor Engle shared the prize with Clive W. J. Granger of the University of California at San Diego.

Professor Engle is the Director of the Volatility Institute at the Stern School at NYU. In this role he has developed research tools to track risks in the global economy and make these publicly available on the V-LAB website. These measures include volatility, correlation, long run value at risk and liquidity which are updated daily for thousands of global financial assets.

Professor Engle is a co-founding president of the Society for Financial Econometrics (SoFiE), a global non-profit organization housed at NYU. Before joining NYU Stern in 2000, he was Chancellor’s Associates Professor and Economics Department Chair at the University of California, San Diego and Associate Professor of Economics at MIT. He is a member of the National Academy of Science.

Joshua Rosenberg

Executive vice president, CRO

Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Joshua Rosenberg is executive vice president, chief risk officer and head of the Risk Group. Mr. Rosenberg oversees the Bank’s risk management framework including its approaches to operational, financial and enterprise risk. Mr. Rosenberg also serves on the Bank’s Executive Committee.

Mr. Rosenberg joined the Bank in 2001 as a research economist.  In 2009, he moved to the Risk Group and established and led the risk analytics function. In 2015, Mr. Rosenberg established and then served as the head of the Risk Group’s enterprise risk management function. During the financial crisis, Mr. Rosenberg contributed to the development and implementation of lending programs including the Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility and the Commercial Paper Funding Facility.

Prior to joining the Bank, Mr. Rosenberg was an assistant professor of finance at New York University’s Stern School of Business. His research focused on derivatives, volatility and risk management. His papers have been published in journals including the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal of Business and the Journal of Derivatives.

Mr. Rosenberg holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and religion from Oberlin College and a doctorate degree in economics from the University of California, San Diego.

Ben Golub



Ben Golub is the chief risk officer, co-head of the Risk & Quantitative Analysis Group and a member of the Global Executive Committee of BlackRock, Inc. He is responsible for the investment, counterparty, technology and operational risk of BlackRock and is also the chair of BlackRock's Enterprise Risk Management Committee. Previously at BlackRock, Dr. Golub was co-head and co-founder of BlackRock Solutions, BlackRock's risk advisory business beginning in 1995.

He is a board member of the Global Association of Risk Professionals, a member of the MIT Sloan School of Management's North American Executive Board and a member of the MIT Sloan Finance Group Advisory Board. He is also the Chairman of the Advisory Board of the MIT Golub Center for Finance and Policy, and the Chairman of the International Partners Committee of the Asset Management Association of China.

Dr. Golub earned an SB in Management in 1978, an SM in Management in 1982, and a PhD in Applied Economics and Finance in 1984, all from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Richard Jacobs

Assistant special agent in charge, counterintelligence/cyber division


Richard T. Jacobs is the assistant special agent in-charge of the Cyber Branch in the FBI’s New York office. The branch investigates national security and criminal cyber matters and responds to cyber incidents in the New York metropolitan area.  In 2014, Mr. Jacobs helped establish the Financial Cyber Crimes Task Force, a multi-agency initiative targeting cyber crime and technology-based fraud schemes.

Following graduation from the FBI Academy in 1999, Mr. Jacobs was assigned to New York where he investigated a variety of securities fraud matters.  From 2002 to 2005 he played the role of a corrupt stock broker in a market manipulation undercover operation which resulted in the conviction of 49 individuals.  In June 2010, he was selected to lead a Manhattan-based securities fraud unit which handled the Bernard L. Madoff and the Galleon Group insider trading investigations.  He was named assistant special agent in-charge in October 2014. 

Prior to joining the FBI, Mr. Jacobs was a risk manager on Wall Street.  He holds a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in finance and international business and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional.


Industry specialists


Leading expert speakers

World class line-up featuring regulators and industry visionaries


International & regional financial institutions

Leading international and regional financial institutions from North America and beyond


C-suite and MDs

The most influential decision-makers from buy-side firms and banks

Prasanna Someshwar 

CRO, global wealth management

J.P. Morgan Private Bank

Prasanna Someshwar is Chief Risk Officer for Wealth Management and a member of the  Wealth Management Operating Committee. As CRO, Mr. Someshwar oversees the credit, reputation, fiduciary, market & investments, and operational risk practices of the Wealth Management business, composed of J.P. Morgan Private Bank and J.P. Morgan Securities.

Before becoming Chief Risk Officer in 2017, Mr. Someshwar  was Head of Global Credit Risk &

U.S. Regional Risk for Wealth Management, where he played a key role in building the Private Bank’s credit book, and led the overhaul of the business’s risk policies and procedures, applying a more quantitative and consistent approach.

Mr. Someshwar joined Wealth Management in 2014 from the Corporate & Investment Bank, where he was the Regional Credit Executive for Greater China, South Asia, Asia-Pacific Commodities and had management oversight of the Credit Analysis unit. He began his career with the firm 18 years ago, covering South and Southeast Asian Financial Institutions for Chase Manhattan Bank in Mumbai. Mr. Someshwar led numerous key risk initiatives during his time in Asia, including the launch of J.P. Morgan’s Global Corporate Banking initiative, risk acceptance criteria in China, appropriateness for derivative transactions, the Global Commodities Group Credit restructure and Country Chief Risk Officer. 

Mr. Someshwar earned his bachelor’s degree in Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management. He lives in New York City with his wife and daughter. 

Andrew Chin

CRO and head of quantitative research


Flora Sah

CRO, data technology and enterprise initiatives

Bank of America

Flora Sah is the Chief Risk Officer for Global Risk Management at Bank of America. She is the lead risk partner and central delivery conduit, responsible for driving ownership, execution, and oversight between the technology teams and the horizontal risk functions to provide a holistic view of all risks and create robust future state strategy and implementation roadmap.

Before joining Bank of America, Flora was the executive advisory council at Gerson Lehrman Group, responsible for business advisory and technology consulting. Prior to that, Flora held multiple leadership roles at State Street Corporation, including COO of Enterprise Risk Management, Head of Risk & Regulatory Technology, and CTO & Head of Vendor Risk Management. Before joining State Street Corporation, Flora spent several years at Cambridge Technology Partners where she led consulting practices in financial services, retail, and healthcare industry.

Flora holds a M.S. in Engineering Management from Northeastern University and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Information Systems from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Daniel Moore



As Group Head and Chief Risk Officer for Scotiabank, Daniel Moore is responsible for global management of risk, including enterprise, credit and market risk. Prior to his appointment in April 2017, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Market Risk Officer.

Daniel is a member of the Bank’s operating committee, senior risk policy, asset liability committee, market risk, and credit committees. Daniel joined Scotiabank in 1997 and has held progressively senior roles in Toronto, Europe and Asia. Prior to becoming Chief Market Risk Officer in 2016, Daniel ran the Global Banking and Markets business in Asia-Pacific. He brings a strong focus in developing risk management strategies that align with the Bank's risk tolerance, business objectives and customer focus.

Daniel holds a D. Phil. in Theoretical Physics from Oxford University and a B.Sc. from Queen’s University.

He and his wife Deborah have three daughters.



Amy Wierenga


BlueMountain Capital

Amy Wierenga is a partner and chief risk officer at BlueMountain Capital, where she is responsible for the risk and portfolio Construction team. Ms. Wierenga is also Chair of the Risk Committee and a member of the Firm's Management and Valuation Committees. She joined BlueMountain in 2008 from Merrill Lynch, where she was responsible for market risk in the Global Rates and FX trading businesses. Prior to Merrill Lynch, Ms. Wierenga worked as a commissioned Bank Examiner and Market and Liquidity Risk Specialist for the Federal Reserve Bank. Ms. Wierenga received the Federal Reserve's C.M.L. Bishop Award for Excellence and Outstanding Achievement in 2004. Ms. Wierenga earned an M.B.A in Analytic Finance, Econometrics and Statistics from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business. She graduated with high honors from Butler University with Bachelor's degrees in Economics and Music.

Judith Hilton


DWS Americas

Michelle Beck


TIAA Financial Solutions

Michelle McCarthy Beck is CRO for the TIAA Financial Solutions division of TIAA, which provides retirement, wealth management and banking services to the institutions and individuals that TIAA serves. Her previous role at TIAA was as CRO of its asset management subsidiary, Nuveen. 

Before joining Nuveen in 2010 she had prior roles including CRO at Russell Investments, and Chief Market and Operational Risk Officer at Washington Mutual Bank. From 1986-2003 she worked at Bankers Trust and then Deutsche Bank in roles including derivatives portfolio manager, head of market risk management for Europe/Middle East/Africa in London, and head of risk management for the bank’s asset management division. 

Michelle holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in Government from Harvard University.  She serves on the board of trustees of the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP), and is a member of GARP’s Buy Side Risk Managers Forum.

Michelle’s publications include “Measuring and Managing Market Risk,” co-authored with Don Chance, Ph.D., published by the CFA Institute in 2016, and “Utilizing Downside Risk Measures,” CFA Institute Conference Proceedings, Third Quarter 2014.

William Moran

Chief risk officer, technology and head of future risks

Bank of America

Previously, Bill was head of the Corporate Operational Risk team responsible for enterprisewide operational risk policy, standards, and program execution, which included overall operational excellence. Prior to that role, he led Global Risk Technology. Bill joined Bank of America in 2013 as head of Enterprise Capital Management Technology.

Before joining Bank of America, Bill was head of Fixed Income Technology at Morgan Stanley and later at Nomura. Prior to that role, he was a partner and founder in several equity statistical arbitrage groups where he worked on portfolio optimization, factor groups, and clustering and price forecasting. He also spent several years at IBM Research where he was responsible for multiple patent applications and peer-reviewed papers.

He is involved in numerous community activities and currently sits on the board at Celebrate the Children, a school for children with alternative learning styles, which is located in Denville, New Jersey.

Bill worked on a Ph.D. in computer science at Yale University. He holds a master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in computer science, with a minor in pure math, from Union College. Bill is based in New York City.

Marco Ossanna



Marco Ossanna is Senior Vice President and Chief Risk Officer for the Futures Commission Merchant at HSBC Securities USA Inc.  Mr.Ossanna has worked as subject matter expert of Central Clearing Counterparties (CCPs) at HSBC since June 2014 advising the FCM on establishing risk appetite and managing exposure towards Clearing Houses.

From 2011 to 2013, Mr. Ossanna, was Executive Director at Chicago Mercantile Exchange, in charge of Clearing Membership, Risk Management and Default Management for Over-the-Counter Derivatives.

From 2000 to 2010, Mr. Ossanna was Executive Vice President and Global Risk Officer of Structured Equity Derivatives at Intesa Sanpaolo, supervising teams in New York and London. In 1990's he worked in the Research Department of Banca Commerciale Italiana in Milan, Italy, publishing market wide bank sector analysis and bank's strategic papers supporting the CEO.

Mr. Ossanna received a Laurea in Economics from the Universita' degli Studi di Pavia in 1991 and he is a Certified European Financial Analyst. He is also an active member of industry groups and periodically represent HSBC at meetings with Regulators on matters concerning derivatives and clearing.

Suzanne Smore

Chief risk operating officer & global head of counterparty risk

State Street Global Advisors

Suzanne is a Managing Director and Chief Risk Operating Officer at State Street Global Advisors as well as a member of the firm’s Senior Leadership Team.  She oversees Counterparty Credit Risk and Risk Infrastructure.  She leads a team of analysts responsible for the management and development of credit risk policies and procedures, comprehensive trade exposure reporting, oversight and monitoring of counterparties, as well as regulatory deliverables and project management of key technology and platform initiatives.

Suzanne has deep credit experience in both front office and risk management.  Prior to joining State Street Global Advisors in 2013, Suzanne worked at Fidelity as a senior analyst in Counterparty Research.  Previously, she held fixed income analyst positions at Eaton Vance and Deutsche Asset Management covering a broad range of industries and debt instruments.  Early in her career, Suzanne completed the credit training program at Bank of Boston and was a corporate relationship banker.

Suzanne earned her MBA from Boston University’s Questrom Business School and BA from Hamilton College.  She has been a speaker on fixed income and risk industry panels as well as a contributor to Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) publications.  She is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a member of the CFA Institute.  She is also involved in the arts and serves as a board member for the Boston Ballet Volunteer Association.  

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