Risk USA 2023
Risk.net's award-winning conference, Risk USA, is the eminent risk management event for North America's top tier banks, buy-side participants and industry regulators.
Where leaders of financial risk management meet and exchange ideas on how to get ahead in the new era of risk
Nobody knows what the future holds but it’s a safe bet it won’t look much like the past. Our 2023 Spring agenda will be steered by the Risk.net editorial team and our advisory board which cover the most pressing issues facing next-generation risk managers and provide you with the practical, forward-looking insights and the innovative solutions needed to get ahead in the new era of risk.
Risk USA Spring is a must-attend for risk and investing professionals from buy-side organisations, banks, and non-financial corporates. To make sure you're there in 2023, book your ticket today.
Chief risk officer
Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
Kristen has 25+ years of experience in risk management and analytics at large buy- and sell-side firms. Currently serving as CRO for The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. Kristen also served as CRO of Natixis Investment Managers from 2020-2022.
Prior to Natixis, she was the Chief Operating Officer of BlackRock's Risk and Quantitative Analysis (RQA) Group from 2012-2020. Kristen reported to the firm's Chief Risk Officer (CRO) and is a member of RQA's EXCO. Her responsibilities included ensuring RQA effectively manages market, counterparty credit, liquidity and operational risk on behalf of BlackRock and fiduciary clients. She was also responsible for RQA’s strategic technology, analytics and reporting initiatives partnering with BlackRock’s financial modeling and application development teams. Kristen has been a member of the Commodities Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Market Risk Advisory Committee since 2014 and worked closely with BlackRock’s Vice Chairman / Head of Government Relations on risk-related regulatory issues.
Kristen previously worked for BlackRock’s CRO when he was co-heading BlackRock Solutions and focused on developing analytics for fixed income bonds and derivatives as well as portfolio risk analytics, such as VaR and stress testing. She also worked with BlackRock’s Institutional Client Business and Sovereign Wealth clients on risk measurement for AUM managed by BlackRock.
Kristen has also held senior positions in risk management at Goldman Sachs, PIMCO and Barclays Capital. Many of her risk roles have also involved addressing regulatory issues pertaining to risk management, including managing the Federal Reserve's initial stress testing exercise for Goldman Sachs during 2009. She has also done significant work developing analytics for market, credit and liquidity risk across cash and derivatives markets.
Kristen started her career in Supervision and Regulation at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and holds a MBA from Babson College and an undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Chief risk officer, Americas
Jonathan Hummel is the Chief Risk Officer (CRO) of the Americas for Deutsche Bank which includes oversight for Credit, Market, Non-Financial, Model and Liquidity Risk. He is a member of the Group CRO Executive Council as well as the Americas Regional Executive Council and serves as the Chair of the U.S. Management Risk Council, Americas Reputational Risk Committee, U.S. Liquidity Risk Council and Risk Data Governance Steering Forum. He is also the regional sponsor of the Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) strategy for Risk Americas to promote an inclusive organization.
Jonathan joined Deutsche Bank in 2004. He has held various senior roles in Credit Risk Management including global oversight of Financial Institution and Hedge Fund Portfolios. Additionally, he has held cross risk roles including Global Head of Risk for FX, Rates and Institutional Clients Group overseeing Market, Credit, Liquidity and Non-Financial Risk. Prior to working at Deutsche Bank, Jonathan was at Goldman Sachs where he worked in Credit Risk and Legal.
Jonathan has held leadership roles in a number of industry organizations. He is the former Chairperson of the Capital Markets Credit Analysts Society from 2008-2011. He is currently on the Board of Governors for the Risk Management Association (RMA) of New York. He has been a speaker on a number of industry panels and a guest lecturer at the London School of Economics and Fordham University.
Jonathan attended Dartmouth College where he graduated with honors.
Chief model risk officer
Rama Chirayathumadom is Chief Model Risk Officer of GS Bank and global head of model validation for consumer, credit risk and compliance models at Goldman Sachs. Over the last five years as Chief Model Risk Officer of GS Bank, Rama has overseen the model risk management of the bank’s retail expansion through notable product launches including Marcus loans and Apple Card.
Over his 16-year career at the firm, Rama has held roles in model development and validation across Global Markets, Controllers and Risk divisions.
Rama holds an MS in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras.
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.
Kris Devasabai is the New York-based editor-in-chief of Risk.net. Previously, he was bureau chief and US editor of Risk magazine. He manages the editorial team. Prior to joining Risk, Kris covered hedge funds, asset management, cross-border investing and law for several publications.
Kris holds a bachelor’s degree in law and government from the University of Manchester, and he completed his legal training at the Inns of Court School of Law in London. He was called to the bar of England and Wales in 2003.
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