October 18-19, 2022 | New York City


Determining best practice for formalizing and maturing ESG in financial institutions


Convergence of ESG risk and traditional forms of risk and understanding interconnected nature across business


Managing increase in reporting requirements and standardization across the industry


Understanding impact to finance businesses and managing the transition and changes to products


Monitoring and establishing best practices in disclosure requirements


Developing standardized metrics and ratings and embedding into strategy


Future of regulation on ESG and preparing for upcoming change


Maintaining sustainability of ESG agendas to ensure consistency and meet long term strategic goals



James Norman

James Norman
Managing Director: Sustainability & Impact
Goldman Sachs Asset Management

Lakshmi Murthy
Global Lead – Climate Risk Strategy and ESG Analytics
Credit Suisse

Lourenco Miranda

Lourenco Miranda
Managing Director, Regional Head of ESG Risks
Former Societe Generale


Jennifer Grzech
Director, Responsible Investing

Frederick Iseleib

Frederick Isleib
Director of ESG Research
Manulife Investment Management


Amit Madaan
Managing Director
BlackRock Financial Management Inc.

Fanny Charrier

Fanny Charrier
VP – Sustainable Finance Coordinator – Corporate & Leverage Finance
Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment


Eivind Lorgen
Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) – Investor Advisory Group (IAG)

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Michael Savicki
VP, Risk, Compliance & ESG for the Americas and Chief Privacy Officer
American Express Global Business Travel

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Olga Puntus
SVP, Environmental and Social Risk Management Lead
Wells Fargo


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Barbara-Ann Boehler
Regulatory Compliance Analyst
Aravo Solutions


Barbara is an attorney and adjunct lecturer with over twenty years of compliance experience. Barbara currently serves as a Product Marketing Director, at Aravo Solutions, Inc. and teaches “Compliance Practice Skills” at both Suffolk University Law School and Boston University Law School. Barbara formerly served as the Director of Programming and Education at Compliance Week, Securities SME at Wolters Kluwer Financial Services, Global Chief Compliance officer for Arete Research, a limited-purpose, FINRA-registered broker/dealer specializing in equity research. Barbara has also held compliance roles at Fidelity Investments, JP Morgan Invest, Standish Mellon Asset Management, and Babson Capital Management. Barbara holds a BA from Suffolk University, a JD from Suffolk University Law School, and an LL.M. from Boston University School of Law.

John Bree
Chief Evangelist & Chief Risk Officer
Supply Wisdom

John Bree is Chief Evangelist & Chief Risk Officer with Supply Wisdom, the industry-leading patented solution for Real-Time and Continuous Risk Intelligence & Monitoring of Third Parties and Locations. Prior to joining Supply Wisdom, John held senior positions in New York, Tokyo, Singapore and London for Citi and Deutsche Bank covering corporate, investment, commercial and consumer banking internal and vendor operations. John is a member of the Shared Assessments US and UK Steering Committees and Co-Chair of the Financial Industry Vertical Strategy Group. He has authored numerous articles and blogs on Third-Party Risk Management and Governance in the Digital era.

MaryKate Bullen
Director of Sustainability and ESG
Forest Investment Associates

MaryKate Bullen leads Forest Investment Associate’s (FIA’s) sustainability and ESG programs, working across the business to identify opportunities to preserve and create value for FIA and throughout its clients’ sustainable forestry portfolios. As a Registered Investment Adviser and environmental steward, FIA has helped clients across the world invest in sustainable forestland since 1986. Throughout her career, MaryKate has focused on development and implementation of innovative approaches to sustainable investment in forestry, carbon markets, and conservation across North America, Australasia, Southeast Asia, and South America. MaryKate is an active participant in industry developments for responsible investment in forestry and natural climate solutions, including serving on working groups and advisory roles related to carbon accounting, impact measurement, and private markets responsible investment. She is a current member of the advisory councils of the Women’s Forest Congress and the Social License Platform.

Fanny Charrier
Fanny Charrier
VP – Sustainable Finance Coordinator – Corporate & Leverage Finance
Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Fanny Charrier is a Vice President in Crédit Agricole CIB’s Corporate and Leverage Finance group, primarily covering the loan originations and syndication of the Chicago portfolio including U.S. automotive, healthcare, agricultural, semi-conductor, engineering & construction and telecom sector. In addition, she manages the origination and syndication of sustainable financings within the U.S., liaising with the global sustainable banking team to facilitate the structuring and placement of ESG-related loans & HY instruments including Ford’s US$15.5bn sustainability-linked revolving credit facility that was recently named “2021 North America Loan” by the International Financing Review (“IFR”).

Fanny joined CA-CIB NY in 2012 as part of the Portfolio and Balance Sheet Management team and prior to that worked for Dexia NY in the Project Finance group. She was previously located in Paris, France, where she held various roles in export and structured finance.

Fanny holds a Masters in finance from ESSCA (Ecole Supérieur des Sciences Commerciales d’Angers) and a Masters in project and structured finance from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées.

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Michael Cook
Director of ESG and Sustainability
American Express


Michael Cook is an experienced ESG leader that has worked with leading brands to innovate within their businesses, engage investors and regulators, launch new environmental products and services, improve governance and risk management, and build trust with stakeholders.

Michael is currently the Director of ESG and Sustainability at American Express where he helps develop and execute the company’s Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) strategy. Prior to his work at American Express, Michael guided ESG and sustainability programs as a consultant for companies including Citibank, FedEx, JetBlue, MetLife, Mattel, Medtronic and more.

Hal Corin
Vice President Sustainability | Global Real Estate
JPMorgan Chase & Co.


As Vice President of Sustainability at JPMorgan Chase & Co., Hal Corin oversees development and operations of sustainability, energy efficiency, renewable development and procurement, water conservation, and physical decarbonization ambitions of the firm’s Global Real Estate division.  Hal’s focus is on achieving the firm’s public commitments including a 40% Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions reduction by 2030, 70% electricity sourcing of on-site or grid procured renewables by 2025, a 20% reduction in global water consumption by 2030, among others.

Hal holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University and a Master in Business Administration from Elon University.

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Cristina Dolan
Head of Global Strategic Alliances


Cristina Dolan is the co-author of recently published, ‘Transparency in ESG and the Sustainable Economy, Capturing Opportunities through Data’. She currently heads up Global Strategic Alliances at RSA NetWitness and has been an advisor to several cyber risk, FIDO and cybersecurity organizations. In addition to being an MIT Media Lab alumna, engineer and Internet pioneer, she has over two decades of experience building transformational businesses and products form FinTech, InsurTech, Media, Telecom and Healthtech. The European value based healthcare company she co-founded, Additum, has won several awards. She was a co-founder of, which grew to be the 10th largest ISP after a successful IPO (Acquired by Earthlink). Formerly, Ms. Dolan held executive roles at Disney, Hearst, IBM and Oracle. She is a member of Forbes Technology Council and the former Chair of the MIT Enterprise Forum in New York. The award-winning student competition she founded, Dream it. Code it. Win it., was the subject of her TEDx Talk, Just Solve It. She earned a Master’s Degree from the MIT Media Lab and holds a Master of Computer Science and Bachelors of Electrical Engineering with concentrations in Computer Science, Data Communications and Business

Mark Etherington


Mark is the Chief Technology Officer of Crux, overseeing Platform Engineering, Data Engineering, Operations, and Information Technology initiatives. Mark started his career at Logica, a UK software house, and later worked at J.P. Morgan, where he built major systems across the firm as well as headed their distributed computing group globally. Joining Goldman Sachs in the mid 2000’s, Mark led their infrastructure group in EMEA prior to leading the Application Systems Infrastructure group that established virtualization within the firm and led to the development of the Goldman private cloud. Leaving the firm in 2015 to help bring a trading spin-off to market, Mark joined Thomson Reuters through acquisition in 2017. Prior to joining Crux, he was the Global Head of Trading Technology at Refinitiv. Mark lives in New York with his wife Louise, has three children, and loves travel and skiing.

Alessia Falsarone
Managing Director, Portfolio Strategy and Risk DMFI


Alessia Falsarone, SASB FSA, is a Managing Director with PineBridge Investments in New York, a global asset manager focused on high-conviction investing. She is responsible for the alignment of portfolio strategy and investment risk across the developed markets credit platform, including as head of sustainable investing. Prior to PineBridge, she held senior investment roles at AIG, Citigroup and Credit Suisse. Ms. Falsarone is a mentor in the Stanford IGNITE accelerator program and a Member of the Board of 1787fp, a digital platform focused on consumer finance. Ms. Falsarone is an alumna of Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Adam Fleck
Director of Equity Research

Adam Fleck is the director of equity research, ESG for Morningstar Research Services LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Morningstar, Inc. He leads Morningstar’s environmental, social, and governance equity research efforts, including collaboration with Sustainalytics, along with a team of analysts in Chicago and Amsterdam. Before assuming his current role, Fleck was Morningstar’s regional director of equity research in Australia and New Zealand and director of North American consumer equity research. He joined Morningstar in 2006. Fleck holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame, where he graduated cum laude. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation.

Ivan Frishberg
Chief Sustainability Officer 
Amalgamated Bank


Ivan Frishberg is the Chief Sustainability Officer at Amalgamated Bank where he leads impact and shareholder engagement programs. As a commercial banker, Ivan has been instrumental in rallying bank sector commitments to combat climate change, including growing the Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials (PCAF). Under Ivan’s leadership, Amalgamated has taken a l leadership role within (UNEP FI) in helping to develop guidance for how banks set targets to reduce financed emissions. Ivan is on the Steering Group of the NZBA and a member of and on the Advisory Panel for the Glasgow Finance Alliance for Net Zero.

Ivan also steered the way to make Amalgamated Bank the first U.S. bank to commit to the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) and the first bank to set portfolio wide targets under the United Nations guidelines for target setting.

Jennifer Grzech
Director, Responsible Investing


Jennifer Grzech is a director and member of the responsible investing (RI) team at Nuveen, the investment management arm of TIAA. Nuveen’s responsible investing team oversees the firm’s holistic RI vision and unified framework across Nuveen and TIAA.


Jennifer’s responsibilities include developing Nuveen’s strategy of engagement with companies, policy-makers, regulators and industry organizations around important ESG issues and standards.


Jennifer received her M.A. in International Relations from the University of Chicago, and graduated with her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Kentucky.

Frederick Isleib
Director of ESG Research
Manulife Investment Management

Frederick W. Isleib III, CFA, is Director, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Research and Integration at Manulife Investment Management. He collaborates directly with US-based portfolio managers and investment analysts responsible for some of the firm’s largest equities and fixed income strategies (by AUM) to integrate ESG risks and opportunities into the investment decision-making and risk monitoring process.  In his role, Fred leads ESG engagements with high profile Fortune 500 companies, as well as the broader US investment universe, to foster improved ESG management standards among some of the firm’s most significant holdings. He is also responsible for the generation of the thematic and top down research related to emerging ESG investment issues.

Prior to joining Manulife, Frederick was director of research of clean energy markets at Nexant Inc., where he focused on the US renewable energy markets and the development of distributed energy generation.

Previously, Frederick spent 17 years at Putnam Investments, including seven years as a global fundamental equity research analyst following the financials, technology and industrials sectors. He is a CFA charterholder and a member of the CFA Society Boston.

Education: Bentley University, BS in Accounting, 1993; Babson College, MBA, 2001

Bruce M. Kahn, Ph.D.
Climate Solutions Specialist


Bruce is responsible for delivering technical advice to investors on MSCI’s Climate Solutions tools and data sets for investment decision making, risk management, reporting and engagement. His previous work experience includes Climate Change Investment Research, Institutional Portfolio Management and Wealth Management, as well as E&S Risk assessments at firms such as Citibank, Deutsche Bank, Macquarie and SICM. His work has covered various themes including clean tech, real estate, water, and agricultural-based investment strategies as well as ESG/SRI strategies. He also serves as a Trustee and Chair of the Finance Committee of the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation, and previously was a Member of the Board of the US SIF, Board Member and Treasurer of Confluence Philanthropy, and as a trustee and member of the finance committee of the Jesse Smith Noyes Foundation. Bruce earned a PhD in Land Resources from University of Wisconsin, Madison, an MS in Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures from Auburn University, and a BA in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Connecticut.

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Jag Lamba
Founder and CEO

Jag is the founder and CEO of Certa, a no-code third party lifecycle management platform for procurement, compliance, and ESG. Jag is a Wharton and McKinsey alum. Certa is backed by Techstars and top global VCs.

Eivind Lorgen
Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) – Investor Advisory Group (IAG)


Eivind Lorgen is the former CEO & President of Nordea Asset Management (NAM) and the former Head of the Manager Selection. He is a founding member of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Investor Advisory Group (IAG) and the current Chair for SASB’s IAG.  Board Chair, Board Member and senior expert advisor to corporate issuers, investment management funds and firms, non-profit organizations including leading business schools.


Prior to joining Nordea, he was an Executive Managing Director at Zurich Insurance Group.


Eivind is on the Reiman School of Finance Advisory Board for the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. He holds a BSBA from the University of Denver. His Master’s Diploma is issued by the Norwegian School of Economics. His Executive Management education is from IMD, Switzerland and The London Business School. Eivind is also an Adjunct Professor and has lectured at Daniels College of Business and Columbia Business School.


Eivind served 16 months in the Norwegian Royal Air Force and played varsity soccer for University of Denver. He lives in Harlem, Manhattan with his family

Amit Madaan
Managing Director
BlackRock Financial Management Inc

Amit Madaan, CFA, FRM, is head of modeling and research for sustainable investing within Aladdin Sustainability Lab. He is responsible for building BlackRock analytical capabilities in climate change risk on financial instruments.

Prior to this role, Mr. Madaan was co-head of commercial credit modeling and research. Mr. Madaan was responsible for the design, estimation and monitoring of models for US CRE debt and CMBS.

Mr. Madaan has published extensively including co-authoring “Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities”, which was published in 2021. Mr. Madaan also co-authored a chapter in the “World Scientific Encyclopedia of Climate Change: Case Studies of Climate Risk, Action, and Opportunity”, which was published in 2021.

Mr. Madaan co-authored BII publication “Getting Physical: Scenario analysis for assessing climate-related risks” paper and has published research articles to Commercial Real Estate Finance World and Pension Real Estate Association magazines.

Mr. Madaan holds B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and MBA from Emory University.

Naresh Malhotra
Naresh Malhotra
Societe Generale Corporate and Investment Banking

Naresh is a director at Societe Generale (SG) focused on capital markets and investment management activities, and an Adjunct Professor in Finance and Risk Engineering program at NYU. Prior to joining SG, Naresh served as US lead director of traded risk at KPMG. Previously, Naresh worked at Diamond Notch Asset Management, a hedge fund, as a portfolio manager and head of European Credit Trading. In prior roles, he served as head of credit exotics at Commerzbank (London), and as a senior credit derivatives trader at UBS and Merrill Lynch in New York. Naresh has a Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign, IL), and a BS in Aerospace Engineering from IIT-Kanpur (India). The academic preparation was followed by a research faculty position in Engineering & Applied Math at Caltech (Pasadena, CA).

Sally Michalski
Head of ESG Strategy & Engagement for Alternatives


Sally Michalski, CFA, Director, is Head of ESG Strategy & Engagement for BlackRock Alternative Investors (BAI). Most recently, Ms. Michalski was Chief of Staff to the Global Head of BAI. She joined BlackRock in 2013 as a member of the Global Institutional Marketing team. Prior to BlackRock, Ms. Michalski worked at PwC as a consultant, advising banking and capital markets clients on risk and regulatory matters. Ms. Michalski earned a BSFS degree in International Economics from Georgetown University.


Colleen Milazzo
SVP, TPR Software Products
Shared Assessments


Colleen is the Senior Vice President of Third-Party Risk Software Products at Shared Assessments, where she leads the TPRM software team in the development of the software products/tools for third party risk assurance.

Colleen has over 20 years of experience within the financial services industry and consulting. She has led programs associated with risk management, procurement/contract negotiation, mergers and acquisitions, and business process reengineering. She has regulatory and global experience executing portfolios to meet the corporate strategy.

Recently, Colleen managed the Third-Party Security Risk Assurance team for a bank where she reported to the CSO and ensured all due diligence, continuous monitoring, and privacy requirements were met for the third-party inventory. She also was the Chair for the BITS Third Party Risk Committee with representation from multiple firms addressing the best practices and increased regulatory focus on fourth parties. She also managed the Cyber Delivery Management team executing the projects including third parties.

Lourenco Miranda
Managing Director, Regional Head of ESG Risks
Former Société Générale


Dr. Lourenco Miranda is the Regional Head of Environmental & Social Risks and Model Risk at Société Générale Corporate Investment Bank. He joined the Bank in New York in February 2016 as Managing Director Head of Capital Planning, Assessment and Review (CCAR) in New York. Prior to that, within his 24 years of financial industry experience, Dr. Miranda has held multiple leadership roles in Risk Management and Finance at internationally active Financial Institutions in multipl regions and more than 70 countries and regulatory jurisdictions in 5 regions. On the academic world, for the past 25 years, Dr. Miranda has held faculty positions in multiple academic centers worldwide in the field of Risk Management and Financial Mathematics and has been in the board of international professional institutions and a regular speaker at major international risk conferences. Currently, he is Adjunct Professor of Risk Management, Stress Testing, Machine Learning and Data Science at Fordham University in NYC. Besides that, Lourenco is a published author of academic and professional articles in peer-reviewed journals. He is also a reviewer of professional and academic Journals in Risk and Finance. Lourenco holds a PhD in Statistical Physics and Quantitative Financial Risk Modeling.

Lakshmi Murthy
Global Lead– Climate Risk Strategy and ESG Analytics
Credit Suisse


Lakshmi Murthy is the Global lead for Climate Risk Strategy and ESG Analytics at Credit Suisse.

She is an experienced Financial Services leader with a passion for building scalable data-enabled products to solve business problems using advanced analytics.

Lakshmi has a Master’s degree in Computer Science from India, and an Master’s degree in Business Analytics from NYU Stern School of Business

James Norman
Managing Director, Sustainability and Impact
Goldman Sachs


James is a managing director within JGoldman Sachs Asset Management

(GSAM) focused on working with clients on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) and equity strategy, implementing customized solutions leveraging GSAM’s full suite of ESG and equity capabilities. He joined Goldman Sachs as a managing director in 2019.

Prior to joining the firm, James was a founding partner and president at QS Investors, an equity and asset allocation boutique. At QS Investors, he worked globally with institutional asset owners and large retail platforms on implementing investment solutions to meet their investment needs and managing the equity portfolio management team. Prior to that, James served as a managing director at Deutsche Asset Management in the Quantitative Strategies Group.

James earned an AB in Economics from Vassar College and an MBA in Finance and Management from New York University Stern School of Business with distinction.

Karl Petterson
Chief Sustainability Officer, Americas
Société Générale


Karl Pettersen is Chief Sustainability Officer for the Americas at Societe Generale, with the mandate of fostering a client-centric sustainability conversation for the Americas, as well as overseeing all aspects sustainability product and target development in the region.

 Prior to his role as CSO, Karl was Head of Ratings Advisory for the Americas at Societe Generale, where he developed deep and long-standing advisory relationships with the bank’s key clients, around communication tactics, financial policies, and the development of novel analytical tools.

 Karl worked at UBS in London from 2005 to 2007, as Head of Emerging Markets Ratings Advisory, where he advised primarily Russian and CIS clients, and supervised ratings advisory for European leveraged finance at UBS.

 From 2000 to 2005, Karl worked at Moody’s in London, where he held a variety of senior analytical roles; Karl was also Vice President – Standards & Criteria, where he was in charge of formulating, writing, and publishing Moody’s corporate finance rating methodologies.

 Karl holds a B.A. in Economics from Yale University.

Olga Puntas
SVP, Environmental and Social Risk Management Lead
Wells Fargo


As Head of Environmental and Social Risk Management (ESRM) team, I lead Wells Fargo’s efforts to understand customers’ E&S impact and performance, and manages E&S risks across the enterprise. ESRM team also engages with key external stakeholders to understand their perspectives about the industries Wells Fargo supports, and identify solutions to pressing and emerging E&S issues.
The ESRM function provides lines-of-business the clarity and tools they need to make informed decisions when growing relationships in sensitive industries. The ESRM approach also helps the corporation more effectively manage business and reputational risk to Wells Fargo, while at the same time allowing it to deeper understand customers’ operations and long-term viability, and protect people, communities and the environment.
Prior to joining Wells Fargo, I spent 14 years at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) conducting global E&S risk management, due diligence, supervision, and audit in the infrastructure, apparel, manufacturing, oil and gas, mining, and health and education sectors. At IFC, I worked in a number of regions, including Europe, Central Asia, Northern Africa, Middle East, Central and Southern Americas. I hold an MS in Environmental Science and Sustainability Management from Columbia University in New York; Masters of Law from Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany; and the equivalent of a JD from Belarusian State University in the Republic of Belarus. I am fluent in English, Russian, German, and Spanish. I am a certified yoga teacher and mindfulness practitioner. For fun I travel the world and practice circus arts.

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Phil Redman
ESG Director


Phil Redman serves as the ESG Director for OneTrust which simplifies the complex task of collecting and reporting on corporate ESG data. In his role, Redman is responsible for the product development and direction of the technology, leading the sales and product engineering team on OneTrust, and day-to-day delivery. He enjoys working with customers and providing features and benefits they now love but didn’t know they needed. Redman brings over 15 years of global, enterprise experience and has led teams on technology product development and strategy at Accenture, Citrix, and was VP and Distinguished Analyst at Gartner. He has a B.A. from Temple University and an M.S. from Boston University on Business Communications.

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Michael Savicki
VP, Risk, Compliance & ESG for the Americas and Chief Privacy Officer
American Express Global Business Travel


Michael F. Savicki is American Express Global Business Travel’s Vice President for Risk, Compliance & ESG – The Americas and Chief Privacy Officer.  Michael is responsible for all risk and compliance disciplines throughout the Americas region and Privacy Compliance globally.  Prior to joining American Express GBT, he was Senior Attorney – Compliance & Corporate Governance at Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, Secondee Counsel at Deutsche Bank’s Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Group and Senior Litigation Associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, LLP.  He began his legal career as a law clerk at the United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals.  He is a graduate of Tulane Law School and Connecticut College and a member of the Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York state bars.

Felician Stratmann
Vice President, US Credit Strategy
Morgan Stanley


Felician (Felix) Stratmann is a Vice President in Morgan Stanley’s Fixed Income Research department, based in New York. He covers US corporate credit, with a focus on investment grade corporate bonds, credit derivatives, and ESG within the broader US credit markets. Felix joined Morgan Stanley in 2014 and worked in the firm’s Global Capital Markets division prior to joining Research. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of South Carolina.

Beth Strobel
Vice President, Growth Strategy


Beth has been in the governance, risk, and compliance space for 15 years, helping enterprises find technology solutions that solve their biggest challenges. She recently helped create an automation and reporting solution for ESG management in Onspring that streamlines processes and serves up real-time data to ESG owners, execs, and Boards. Beth also has hands-on experience working with enterprises to improve their third-party risk management programs, business continuity plans, and regulatory compliance. When she is not living the GRC-lifestyle, she is applying her technical aptitude and business sense in the Women in Security – Kansas City Chapter.

Liesel Van Ast
Deputy Head
UNEP Finance Initiative


Liesel van Ast is Deputy Head of the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative. She is responsible for financial sector engagement and regional coordination and oversees industry, nature, pollution & circular economy, communications and training workstreams. She also supports the Head of the New York Office at UNEP and UN Assistant Secretary-General to help the UN leverage sustainable finance for the 2030 Agenda.

Before joining UNEP FI in 2016, Liesel was Programme Manager of the Natural Capital Declaration (now the Natural Capital Finance Alliance), a joint initiative of UNEP FI and Global Canopy Programme. She developed a technical work programme with financial institutions to strengthen integration of environmental issues into financial decision-making. From 2007- 2013, Liesel was Research Editor at Trucost, the environmental research provider (now S&P Global Trucost). From 2005-2007 she was a Writer and Online Editor for the leading environmental business journal The ENDS Report. She holds an MSc in Business Strategy, Politics and the Environment; and Certificates in Environmental Management, Investment Management, and Leadership.


Karl Viertel
General Manager, GRC


Over the last 15 years, Karl Viertel has solved risk and regulatory challenges for some of the largest organisations in the world. After working in the technology and risk divisions of Accenture and Deloitte, in 2015, Karl co-founded one of the first RegTech companies, Alyne, which was acquired by legal and risk software leader Mitratech in 2021. Today, Karl is the Managing Director for Mitratech’s global GRC business unit.

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Leah Wooldridge
Principal ESG Solution Engineer


Leah Wooldridge is a Principal Solution Engineer for ESG at Workiva. Prior to joining Workiva in October 2021, Leah was an ESG Consultant at MSCI, a global provider of ESG research. At MSCI, Leah worked closely with leading investors around ESG integration into their investment process. Prior to MSCI, Leah spent several years in asset management at Nuveen. Leah has a BSBA in Finance and resides in Michigan today.

Ken Wolckenhaur
VP, Vendor Management
Nordea Bank


Ken Wolckenhauer is the Head of Vendor Management at Nordea Bank’s New York branch. Leading up to this position, Ken was as a subject matter expert, trainer, solutions provider, and consultant for FIS, the world’s largest global provider dedicated to banking and payments technologies. With FIS, Ken specialized in financial industry regulatory risk and compliance, mostly in the area of anti-money laundering and watchlist compliance. Nordea Bank leveraged Ken’s risk and compliance knowledge to build out the vendor management program for the New York branch, developing a program that would properly manage risk as well as gaining acceptance to the US regulators. The success of the US program is now being used to advise Nordea’s European branches on enhancements to its TPRM program. Ken is a graduate of Bucknell University and is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist.


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Developing exit plans and contingency arrangements in the event of a major supplier servicing issue or a planned exit

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19th May 2022

Presentation: Transition planning: transforming complex ESG data into reliable quantifiable data

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Interview: Søren Agergaard Andersen from Nordea Asset Management

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Understanding impact of inclusion of climate risk in internal and external stress tests

Understanding impact of inclusion of climate risk in internal and external stress tests By Doug Baird, Head of Climate Risk Analytics and Pension Risk, NatWest Markets
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Identifying critical third parties and determining effective oversight requirements

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Updating onboarding practices and alignment of teams for effective oversight and management of risk

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17th May 2022

Incorporating non-financial risks within the risk appetite framework

Why people risk has become a top risk for most firms and how to respond By Adrian Burbanks, Deputy General Manager, London Branch, Agriculture Bank of China
16th May 2022

Data collection and identification techniques to integrate into strategy

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Reviewing heightened complexity of global regulations and divergence in expectations

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Identifying critical third parties and determining effective oversight requirements

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Presentation: The evolution of non-financial risk practices in financial services and the future of the generalist

5th May 2022

Interview: Michael Sparks from BNY Mellon

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Yes, the Center for Financial Professionals are happy to discuss speaking opportunities at the ESG USA 2021 Congress. For further information on this please contact [email protected] or call us on +1 888 677 7007.

Are there any rules on the dress code?

Business attire is requested. The Congress is a formal opportunity to network with like-minded professionals and to gain knowledge from the industry’s finest risk management experts.

What is the cost and what is included in the registration fee?

We offer incentives for ‘early bird’ registrants of the Congress, as outlined on our pricing structure. Registration includes breakfast, refreshment breaks, lunches, the cocktail reception at the end of the day, full access to the sessions and exhibition area. Presentations from the sessions are also available, subject to speaker approval.

Where can I find the Congress documentation and speaker presentations?

All registered attendees will receive an email with access to documentation and speaker presentations after the Congress*. We will work with our presenters to include as many presentations as possible on our App during the Congress.

* Please note that our speakers often have to gain permission from their relevant compliance departments to release their presentations. On rare occasions compliance may not allow presentations to be distributed.

Will breakfast, lunch and refreshment be provided?

Yes. As with all of our events, the Center for Financial Professionals will be providing brilliant coffee, breakfast, lunch, refreshments, and smaller bites during the networking breaks.

Will there be opportunities to network with other attendees?

There are ample opportunities for networking and interaction throughout the Congress, such as:

  • Breakfast, lunch and refreshment breaks
  • Cocktail reception at the end of the day (subject to confirmation)
  • Q&A, panel discussions and audience participation technology
Are there opportunities to share my thought-leadership at the ESG USA Congress?

Yes there are plenty of opportunities for the Center for Financial Professionals to share thought-leadership to the attendees of ESG USA Congress and our wider risk professionals community. At the event we can distribute your material to the attendees, offer you an exhibition booth, and provide speaking opportunities so that you may enjoy a more prominent presence at the Congress. Visit the Sponsor tab for further information or contact [email protected] / +1 888 677 7007

Are media partnerships available for the ESG USA Congress?

Yes. As part of a media partnership we can offer a variety of options to increase the branding and awareness of your association, company, certificate, publication or media. We are flexible with what we can offer however we usually:

  • Provide a discounted rate to attend
  • Place your logo and profile on the Congress website
  • Place your logo on promotional content where applicable
  • Distribute your media/marketing at the Congress
  • Promote through social media channels

To discuss this further please contact [email protected] or call +1 888 677 7007.

What can I do if I can't attend the event due to Covid-19?

If you are unable to attend the Congress due to national/Covid restrictions, CeFPro would be more than happy to offer you a refund, credit note or the option to transfer the ticket to a colleague who is able to attend.

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Jeremy is NatWest Markets’ Chief Risk Officer, having joined the bank in 2018. He has an extensive experience as a trader and risk manager. His roles in risk management include running regional and global market risk teams at a variety of firms including Commerzbank, UBS, Investec and Nomura, and the role of Chief Risk Officer, EMEA at Nomura since 2015. Jeremy holds a Masters in Economics Cambridge University.
Jeremy is NatWest Markets’ Chief Risk Officer, having joined the bank in 2018. He has an extensive experience as a trader and risk manager. His roles in risk management include running regional and global market risk teams at a variety of firms including Commerzbank, UBS, Investec and Nomura, and the role of Chief Risk Officer, EMEA at Nomura since 2015. Jeremy holds a Masters in Economics Cambridge University.
Søren Agergaard Andersen is the Chief Risk Officer for Nordea Asset Management, the biggest asset manager in the Nordics with more than € 250bn AuM. Søren is responsible for the overall enterprise risk function, managing an international team of risk professionals in Denmark, Sweden and Luxembourg. Before joining the asset management industry, Søren held leading positions within risk in banking and pension/life insurance. One of his main priorities is to define and uphold a strong and yet flexible governance and risk framework, which can support a sound overall risk culture. Søren holds a M.A. in Mathematics and Economics and a PRM certification.
Kimberley brings more than a decade of executive leadership experience in the Governance, Risk and Compliance space, building brand recognition, thought-leadership and revenue-accelerating marketing programs at companies including Thomson Reuters, SAI Global, the Global Association of Risk Professionals, Practical Law Company and Compliant. As part of her role at Aravo, Kimberley develops thought leadership content designed to help third party risk professionals benchmark their programs, share best practice, elevate their conversations to the Board, and build the business case for investment in the development of their programs. Kimberley is originally from New Zealand, and has also lived and worked in London and New York. She now lives in San Francisco, and in her spare time enjoys exploring and al fresco dining with her husband and bulldog.
Louise Waite is the Supply Chain Management & Assurance Director at Lloyds Banking Group. She leads a team of 50, delivering a group-wide approach to supplier risk assessment, supplier assurance and supplier management. Louise and her team maintain an effective Supply Chain Management framework, run a Centre of Excellence for Supplier Management and conduct hundreds of assurance reviews every year. Having spent several years in the IT and Pharmaceutical industries, Louise is enjoying her return to Financial Services where she started her Procurement career.
Jean-Francois Valette is leading Global Third Party Compliance & Risk management at eBay. Jean-Francois is responsible for enhancing eBay’s legal, risk and compliance program around all third parties impacting eBay’s operations and business activities directly or indirectly. He oversees the development and management of a third-party risk management program across the business units; engaging and supporting the management of the controls functions for the company, including Business Ethics Office, Information Security, Resiliency, Compliance investigations and reporting amongst others. Prior to joining eBay, Jean-Francois worked as the Head of Operations for Volkswagen Payments and held the roles of Head of Outsourcing and Global Third Party Compliance and Risk management for PayPal. He also held different positions in the Banking & Asset Management industry, and holds his Law and Investment Management certifications, specializing in regulatory compliance and outsourcing.
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Alex is Head of Supply Chain Risk for Lloyds Banking Group (LBG), responsible for ensuring that the supplier onboarding & management frameworks drive effective risk management and regulatory compliance. Alex has worked with LBG for 10 years, and has over 20 year experience in Sourcing and Supply Chain Risk.
An Alumni of De Monfort University & London Metropolitan University, Desmond is a seasoned Third-Party Risk Management Lead as well as a specialist in Supplier Relationship Management. He has worked both in the Public and Private sectors gaining foundational experience at London Underground over a 17 year career. He has also worked for Deutsche Bank, HSBC and now with Vodafone leading on Third Party Risk programme activities. Desmond is married with two children and enjoys travelling.
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Dilbagh is a Partner at Fintegral and leads the firm’s UK practice. He specialises in the areas of traded risk and climate risk, helping banks to enhance their analytics capabilities to better identify, quantify and manage current and emerging risks. He has over 20 years of experience in trading, risk management and quantitative modelling at banks and hedge funds, including Credit Suisse, Man AHL and Nomura. Dilbagh holds a degree in Natural Sciences (Physics) from the University of Cambridge.
Vishwas has deep international FS consulting and risk management experience across Europe, US, Middle East and SE Asia. Vishwas has led complex risk transformations for G-SIBS, challenger banks and fintechs in the UK and EMEA, focusing on prudential regulation, capital and stress testing. Vishwas has also led a number of banking authorisations, fintech and Brexit applications and has experience of helping clients deliver to regulatory expectations and their internal performance targets. Vishwas also has experience in thought leadership and eminence, having led a number of conferences, speaker sessions and panel discussions with regulators and industry participants
Charis is a Risk Management generalist with 13+ years of experience in investment and retail banking. He is currently the Chief Risk Officer of SIB (Cyprus) Ltd, Sberbank Group, where he is responsible for developing the Risk Management framework, overseeing regulatory initiatives and driving strategic projects related to risk. His interests include Fintech and innovation in Risk Management. He holds an MBA and a Master’s in Financial Mathematics. He is also a CFA charterholder and a certified Financial Risk Manager.
Stuart Burns currently has the role of Senior Technical Specialist at the PRA, working in the team reviewing and approving IRB models. He has responsibility for aspiring IRB firms. He previously ran the IRB risk weight analysis in the Annual Cyclical Scenario (ACS) stress test, challenging firms’ stressed projections and recommending capital responses. Stuart has over 20 years experience delivering credit risk, stress testing and economic capital models. This includes roles as: Head of Model Validation for S&P Europe. Head of Models for the Rainbow Business at Royal Bank of Scotland. Head of Credit Risk Methodology at Barclays Capital, where he rebuilt the team following the departure of the previous head, and managed all IRB related regulatory issues. Head of Corporate Analytics at HSBC, where he was responsible for Credit Risk Modelling and saw the bank achieve Advanced IRB status. He also introduced credit risk stress testing and economic capital. Head of Economic Capital and Model Risk Management at Standard Chartered Bank, where his responsibilities included building an offshore validation team, and coordination of stress testing across portfolios and risk types. Advanced IRB status was delivered on the strength of these areas.
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Nigel Milbank is a Cambridge University graduate and Chartered Accountant having trained with Arthur Andersen and Deloitte. Nigel has held audit positions in Schroders and Credit Suisse as an Audit Director, following which he helped set up the Operational risk function and Product Control global assurance at Credit Suisse. Nigel was Director of Enterprise and Operational Risk at Santander UK from 2006 to 2011 and joined RBS in 2012 to run the Group ICAAP function. He has held various stress testing delivery and improvement roles at RBS/ Natwest Group and since 2020 has been Programme Manager on the Climate Programme building climate stress capability and embedding climate financial risk management.
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Jérôme Henry is Principal Adviser at the ECB, in the financial stability area. He led Quality Assurance for SSM stress tests and was a BIS fellow. Originally from the Banque de France, Mr Henry started at the ECB leading its modelling team and thereafter its projection exercise. Mr Henry has a number of research publications, eg the ECB STAMP€ e-book. An ENSAE graduate, he holds an Economics PhD and a History BA from Paris Sorbonne.
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Andrea Pozzi will be presenting at the 10th Annual Risk EMEA Summit.