Stress Testing Europe 2018

Aligning stress testing and business needs and increasing efficiency across institutions

6th Annual Stress Testing Europe

13-14 November, 2018 | London

2018 Highlights Include

Satisfying global regulators and managing multiple requirements across jurisdictions

Scenario forecasting
Developing strategic processes for effective scenario generation specific to institutions

Assessing how technology innovations can support and enhance stress testing practices

Transforming data platforms internally to increase granularity and quality

Internal Alignment
Increasing value proposition of stress testing through internal alignment of teams

Discussing IFRS9 projections to ensure preparation for application in stress testing

Ensuring relevance of regulatory stress tests to increase value internally

Hear From 20+ Senior Stress Testing Experts Including:


Etienne Varloot
Global Head of Market and Counterparty Risk
Credit Agricole


David Kindred
Chief Risk Officer
Weatherbys Private Bank


Sunil Verma
Head of Market Risk Stress Testing Methodology


Assad Bouayoun
Senior XVA Quantitative Consultant
HSBC Global Banking and Markets


Antoine Bezat
Head of Stress Testing Methodologies and Models
BNP Paribas


Alessandro Ricci
EMEA Head of Risk Stress Testing and ICAAP
State Street Bank and Trust


Jeff Simmons
Managing Director, Head of Enterprise Risk Management
Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi


Alexander von Felbert
Head of Risk Management
Airbus Bank

Stress Testing Europe | Agenda

13th November | London

08:00 Registration and breakfast

08:50 Chair’s opening remarks

Justin Lyon, CEO, Simudyne

09:00 Satisfying global regulators and managing increasing divergence in requirements across jurisdictions

  • Managing requirements internally and across entities
  • Balancing cost pressures to comply across jurisdictions
  • Reconciling local and global regulatory and capital requirements
  • Managing requests and scenario analysis under each
  • Timing and execution alignment
  • Building coherence across multiple regimes

Evgueni Ivantsov, Chairman, European Risk Management Council
Alessandro Ricci, EMEA Head of Risk Stress Testing and ICAAP, State Street Bank and Trust
Jeff Simmons, Managing Director, Head of Enterprise Risk Management, Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi

9:50 Breaking the Bank: A Case Study in Reverse Stress Testing

JL Drew, Director, QRM

10:30 Morning refreshment break and networking

11:00 Leveraging computational simulation for better stress testing

  • Building high fidelity simulation models
  • Scenario analysis for better decision making
  • Combining simulation models with artificial intelligence

Justin Lyon, CEO, Simudyne

11:40 IFRS 9: Organisational and computational challenges to incorporate in stress testing projections

  • Move towards long term trends and estimating losses
  • Accounting for loss up front
  • Integrating with stress testing processes
  • Organisational and computational challenges
  • Benchmarking IFRS 9 projection methodologies
  • Projecting for retail, wholesale and credit approaches

Antoine Bezat, Head of Stress Testing Methodologies and Models, BNP Paribas

12:20 Lunch break and networking

13:20 Continuously improving your stress testing process; topical areas to focus on

  • Stress Testing Framework; ensuring fit for purpose
  • Impact of ICB Ring fencing on the Stress Testing function
  • Model Risk challenges including SS3/18 compliance
  • Automation and efficiency of the end to end Stress Testing process

Nigel Milbank, Head of Stress Testing Control Management, RBS

14:00 Ensuring relevance in scenario generation to incorporate a range of scenarios for broader outcomes

  • Ensuring relevance to the business
  • Looking at both extreme and tail events alongside more realistic outcomes
  • Scalability and relevance to understand and tailor to the business
  • Leveraging platform and relevance to understand customer needs
  • Managing finite resources

Andrew Turvey, Head of Treasury Risk & Compliance, Clydesdale Bank

14:40 Afternoon refreshment break and networking

15:10 Model validation is a necessary but not sufficient condition for effective model risk management

  • Structure and importance of model risk governance compared to the quant side
  • Performance Monitoring of models
    • Back testing, stress testing, challenger models
  • Big Data, Machine Learning, Spreadsheets (EUCs)

Dennis Bennett, CEO & Founder, MRMIA, Former Head of Model Risk Management, Federal Home Loan Bank of New York

15:50 Key choices for scenario users, and how these impact modelling and implementation decisions

  • Designing a scenario framework requires answers to many questions
  • Prediction/forecasting vs Risk identification
  • Short term or long term horizon
  • Speed vs accuracy
  • Products involved (e.g. Derivatives or Loans?)
  • Which measure are we stressing?
  • Specific uses may need a bespoke model, e.g. CCP Default Fund stress

Joanna Woods, Director, Credit Risk Analytics, Credit Suisse

16:30 Quantitative multi-period reverse stress testing using quantum and simulated annealing (applied to XVA)

  • Learn what is reverse stress testing and why it is important for financial risk management
  • Understanding how to apply it to XVA / total valuation
  • Following a concrete example of optimisation using simulated annealing
  • Introducing quantum annealing

Assad Bouayoun, Senior XVA Quantitative Consultant, HSBC Global Banking and Markets

17:10 Chair’s closing remarks

17:20 End of day one and drinks reception

14th November | London

08:15 Registration and breakfast

08:50 Chair’s opening remarks

JL Drew, Director, QRM

09:00 The future of stress testing and financial markets: Reviewing requirements globally amongst economic uncertainty

  • Impact of inflation and interest rate rises
  • Political considerations with US administration
  • The potential impacts of Brexit on markets
  • Climate change effect
  • Managing volatility spike
  • Changing operating models to incorporate change
  • Impact of ring fenced banking

Cecilia Gejke, Head of Risk, EWUB
Jeff Simmons, Managing Director, Head of Enterprise Risk Management, Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi
Eric Vergnaud, Deputy Head of Risk Strategy, BNP Paribas


9:50 Forecasting Impairments

  • EBA & PRA Stress Testing Assumptions
  • Merging IFRS 9 & Stress Testing Models
  • Impairment projections
    • Probability-weighted Approach
    • Bottom-up Account-level Approach
    • Top-Down Account-level Approach
  • Putting it All together

Dr Petr Zemcik, Senior Director, Moody’s Analytics

10:30 Morning refreshment break and networking

11:00 Increasing efficiency in stress testing processes annually to increase value proposition

  • Informing effective business decision making and risk management
  • Linking to other processes, such as business planning processes and recovery & resolution planning
  • Providing actionable number to senior management and stakeholders
  • Reviewing beyond immediate impact
  • Analytic capability to forecast with degree of accuracy
  • Optimising business mix and capital

Richard van Tilborgh, Head of Capital Analytics, ING Bank

11:40 Aligning departments across the institution to utilise stress testing outcomes to drive decision making beyond regulatory compliance

  • Building a toolkit for regulatory stress tests to add value beyond regulation
  • Demonstrating value
  • Balancing compliance with internal benefits
  • Linking to finance processes: Annual operating plan, business planning processes
  • Ensuring return on investment
  • Building a more cohesive end to end process and driving value on investment

Sunil Verma, Head of Market Risk Stress Testing Methodology, UBS

12:20 Lunch break and networking

13:20 Developing an efficient and streamlined risk management process to ensure accuracy of model inventory

  • Governance and adjustments: challenging at group level
  • Overriding non-performing models
  • Modelling human behaviours
  • Increased influx of models with introduction of IFRS 9
  • Independent model review
  • Level of expert judgement and adjustment

Etienne Varloot, Global Head of Market and Counterparty Risk, Credit Agricole
Dmitry Lobaskin,
Co-Head of Risk Model Validation, Executive Director, Nomura
Alexander von Felbert, Head of Risk Management/Authorised Officer, Airbus Bank

14:10 A practical approach to stress testing model validation

  • Stress testing vs. other risk models, key challenges
  • Analysis of various stress testing model components
  • Development of efficient tools for validation and model performance monitoring

Dmitry Lobaskin, Co-Head of Risk Model Validation, Executive Director, Nomura

14:50 Afternoon refreshment break and networking

15:20 Reviewing previous PRA bi-annual exploratory exercise and data model changes to better understand and prepare for 2019

  • Data and format requirements
  • Understanding PRA’s reasoning
  • Modelling requirements
  • New core data model: Understanding the changes

David Kindred, Chief Risk Officer, Weatherbys Private Bank

16:00 An approach for best practice in model validation

  • Uncertainty and model validation
  • Model life-cycle and types of validations
  • Validation tools
  • A structured approach to model validation

Alexander von Felbert, Head of Risk Management/Authorised Officer, Airbus Bank

16:40 Chair’s closing remarks

16:50 End of Summit

Please note, this agenda may be subject to change.

Stress Testing Europe | Speakers

Dennis Bennett, CEO & Founder, MRMIA, Former Head of Model Risk Management, Federal Home Loan Bank of New York

Founder and CEO of Model Risk Mangers’ International Association (MRMIA.ORG).  Founded in March, 2018, MRMIA has grown to over 2.000 professional model risk managers from all major risk centers globally. Prior to founding MRMIA, Mr. Bennett was Head of Model Risk Management, Federal Home Loan Bank of New York, a $150billion asset bank. There he was responsible for model validation and model governance for all FHLBNY models.

He was founder & CEO of Silver Bay Advisors, a consulting/advisory firm that built and used credit risk and prepayment models for daily, weekly and monthly forecasting of market values, prepayments, the probability of default, loss given default for over $1 Trillion face amount of mortgage and mortgage-related assets during the credit crisis.  Silver Bay also built and used custom valuation models for the sale of financial institutions in FDIC conservatorship.

His career has included risk-focused consultant/advisory and software models for most of the  world’s major financial institutions, covering all types of risk:  market, FX, commodity, credit, earnings, operations, etc.  He has been building, installing, using and improving models for over 30 years.  He has seen much of the best and worst that models, and model users, have to offer.

He sees the role of model risk managers to help ensure that management and the board are making decisions based upon the best models available, and so that they understand the strengths and weaknesses of those decision-support models and algorithms.

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Antoine Bezat, Head of Stress Testing Methodologies and Models, BNP Paribas

Antoine Bezat is responsible of Stress Testing Models and Methodologies globally for BNPP since 2017. This transversal role covers all risk classes (Credit, Market, interest rates,  Operational  and cybe, revenues and liquidity). Antoine is also in charge of the forward looking aspects of IFRS9 provisioning.

Antoine has been responsible of the independent validation for market activities of Dexia until 2009 where he joined BNPP.  Within BNPP Antoine worked on credit economic capital model, provisioning and stress testing. He became head of Credit Stress Testing in 2014.

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Assad Bouayoun, Senior XVA Quantitative Consultant, HSBC Global Banking and Markets

I am a senior XVA Quantitative Consultant at HSBC global market with more than 15 years’ experience in leading banks. I have designed industry standard hedging and pricing systems, first as a single asset quant (equity derivative at Commerzbank, credit derivatives at Credit Agricole) then as XVA quant in, in XVA at Lloyds in Model Validation, at RBS in Model Development and Scotibank.

I have an extensive experience in developing enterprise wide analytics to improve the financial management of derivative portfolios, in particular large scale hybrid Monte-Carlo and Exposure computation. developed a prototype of XVA platform integrating advanced technologies (GPU, Cloud computing) and numerical methods (AAD) to enable fast and accurate XVA, sensitivities, real time PNL attribution and reverse stress testing. I am now participating to its productionisation.

I hold an MSc in Mathematical Trading and Finance from CASS business school and a Master in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from Université de Technologie de Compiegne (France).

JL Drew, Director, QRM

JL Drew, CPA is a Director at Quantitative Risk Management (QRM) with over 15 years of experience. He currently is the lead consultant on Stress Testing and CECL/IFRS 9 engagements. Prior to joining QRM, JL worked as a Senior Risk Management Consultant at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago where he was part of the dedicated CCAR team. JL began his career at Deloitte and obtained his MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern.

Cecilia Gejke, Head of Risk, EWUB

Cecilia has a background in Material Physics before joining the world of finance and risk management. She has a broad experience from institutions like Bear Stearns, JP Morgan, Mizuho and Nordea where she has worked across the various risk disciplines and regulations with a focus on capital & liquidity and balance sheet management with stress testing as the favourite tool.

Evgueni Ivantsov, Chairman, European Risk Management Council

Dr Evgueni Ivantsov is Chairman of the European Risk Management Council and the author of Heads or Tails: Financial Disaster, Risk Management and Survival Strategy in the World of Extreme Risk. He is a member of the Advisory Group on Global Risks of the World Economic Forum and an external advisor to European Investment Bank.
Evgueni has a more than 20-year career in the banking sector working in global and large banks. His most recent role in banking was Head of Portfolio Management & Strategy at Lloyds Banking Group. Prior to this role, he worked at HSBC as a Head of Global Analytics and a Head of Portfolio Risk. Evgueni also worked in senior risk management roles at ING Group and Banque Bruxelles Lambert. In his risk management career, he was responsible for areas like stress testing, risk appetite, capital management, portfolio risk optimisation and risk modelling and analytics.
Dr Ivantsov is also a visiting Professor of Cass Business School (City University, London) and before was a visiting Professor of International Economics at the Boston University and a visiting Professor of Money, Banking and Credit at the United Business Institutes in Brussels.

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David Kindred, Chief Risk Officer, Weatherbys Private Bank

An experienced CRO with strong quantitative skills, derived from 25+ years within Banks, Building Society’s and through consultancy delivered across the financial sector. Risk management exposure has spanned FTSE 100 to start-up organisations where I have enhanced and implemented improvements across risk management.

A financially astute and IT literate commercial director focused on balanced and sustainable portfolio development, in line with risk appetite. Thus, whilst planning for growth utilises stress testing to assess and mitigate risk.

David is currently approved by the Regulator as a CRO and is also a trustee for a number of Christian Charities.

Dmitry Lobaskin, Co-Head of Risk Model Validation, Executive Director, Nomura

I have over 10 years of experience in model validation, starting from various Front Office Pricing Models, covering Equity, IR, FX and Hybrids, and switching to all types of Risk Models afterwards. My current primary focus as a Co-Head of Risk Model Validation at Nomura is on validation of credit exposure, margin calculations and stress testing models implemented in Nomura Group globally. I have PhD in theoretical physics from Augsburg University and MSc in applied math and physics from Moscow Institute for Physics and Technology.

Justin Lyon, CEO, Simudyne

Justin is a leading expert in simulation technology and artificial intelligence. Throughout his career as a serial entrepreneur, he worked on discreet assignments for a number of highly reputable national institutions and companies in the United States, the United Kingdom, Honduras, Kuwait, South Africa and Iraq. For more than 15 years, his work focused on helping them to understand the ways in which advanced analytics, simulation and artificial intelligence can help business, government and civic leaders to shape a better world for the next generation. He has worked as a contractor for the US Department of Defence, Bank of England, Microsoft, ExxonMobil, Apple, Humana, BP and several others. Justin has presented at Bloomberg, FT Innovate and TEDx, and has also appeared on CNBC and BBC as an expert commentator. His work has been featured in publications including Wired, The Guardian and Dow Jones.

Nigel Milbank,  Head of Stress Testing control management, RBS

Nigel is a Chartered Accountant and has held various roles in banking having worked in Internal Audit at Schroders and Credit Suisse. Previous roles also include Head of Operational Risk and Enterprise Risk reporting to CRO’s at Santander. In the last 7 years Nigel has been Head of ICAAP and held various Stress Testing roles at RBS.

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Alessandro Ricci, EMEA Head of Risk Stress Testing and ICAAP, State Street Bank and Trust

Alessandro has 20 years experience as a professional in the consulting and banking industries. He is currently covering the position of EMEA Head of Risk Stress Testing and ICAAP at State Street Bank & Trust, based in London. He is also in charge of other strategic initiatives such as Brexit risk management, Culture & Conduct and Governance. Alessandro was formerly the Chief Risk Officer of State Street Bank S.p.A., the Italian subsidiary of State Street Group. Prior to State Street, he worked several years in McKinsey & Company and Arthur Andersen, after his first working experience at the Italian Clearing House.

His certifications of Certified Public Accountant and Auditor complete his academic background in Economics and Banking

Charles Richard, Senior Vice President, QRM

Charles will me the moderator of the Stress Testing Europe Summit on day 2.

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Jeff Simmons, Managing Director, Head of Enterprise Risk Management, Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ

Jeff Simmons joined MUFG Bank in June 2014 as the Head of Enterprise Risk, tasked with creating the function. He has been involved intensively with the enhancement of the Risk Management framework in MUFG Bank (Europe). This has involved him in the formation of an Enterprise Risk function in Amsterdam tasked with delivering the full range of regulatory submissions.  In April 2018 he transitioned to MUFG Securities to become involved in the Brexit project. In this capacity he is the CRO for MUFG Securities (Europe) N.V. the Dutch subsidiary of MUFG Securities (EMEA).

Prior to joining the bank he spent some 20 years specialising in best practice Risk Management including Market Risk, Credit Risk, Risk Model Validation and Regulatory Risk consulting. As well as have line management responsibilities in various institutions he has also gained extensive experience in implementing Risk Management frameworks from both a technical and operating model based perspective.

Andrew Turvey, Head of Treasury Risk & Compliance, Clydesdale Bank

Andrew Turvey is the Head of Treasury Risk & Compliance at Clydesdale, responsible for the management of liquidity, interest rate and compliance risk at this £40bn UK-focussed challenger bank.

A Chartered Accountant and AMCT, he has worked for a range of banks and building societies from mid-tier domestic banks to GSIBs. He has led the implementation of key regulatory changes, from BIPRU 12 to CRD IV and MIFID II, as well as implementing new risk systems. He has had responsibility for ILAAPs at three different firms and led supervisory reviews of ILAAPs and ICAAPs while working for the FCA.

Richard van Tilborgh, Head of Capital Analytics, ING Bank

After obtaining a Master’s degree in econometrics, Richard van Tilborgh joined ING Barings in 2000 as market risk analyst for the Trading and Treasury Books where he was involved in risk monitoring and development of risk and pricing models. In 2003, he joined the ALM department where he modelled prepayment behaviour in mortgage portfolios and replication of savings portfolios, and was involved in the internal hedging program of the relevant portfolios. As part of the Basel II implementation program, ING started in a Model Validation department where Richard was involved with developing and implementing validation processes for market risk models and for internal and regulatory capital models. In 2011, Richard joined the Risk Integration & Analytics department where he was involved with the Basel III implementation and with the further development of the Risk Appetite Framework. After being the Global Coordinator for Recovery & Resolution Planning, Richard was appointed as head of Capital Analytics wherein he is responsible for the group-wide Stress Testing Framework and Risk Appetite Framework.

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Etienne Varloot, Global Head of Market and Counterparty Risk, Credit Agricole

Étienne Varloot has 20 years of experience in market finance in Paris and London. After holding quant, strategist, and then trading positions at Citigroup and UBS, Étienne Varloot was Deputy Head of Market and Counterparty Risks of the Banque de France between 2009 and 2011. He then joined Natixis as Global Head of the Market Risk. Étienne has been in charge of Global Markets Regulatory Strategy and Quant Research since 2015. He graduated MSCS from École Centrale Lyon and Columbia University, a MBA from INSEAD and is certified actuary.

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Sunil Verma, Head of Market Risk Stress Testing Methodology, UBS

Sunil currently works at UBS as a Director in Stress Testing Methodology team. He has been primarily involved in quantitative risk measurement approaches such as Basel 2 & 3 modelling and stress testing. His key areas of involvement have been trading and wholesale books. He has been working on both credit risk and market risk methodologies.

Alexander von Felbert, Head of Risk Management, Airbus Bank

Alexander von Felbert has over 12 years of work experience in the insurance and banking fields. He joined the finance world after studying pure mathematics and computer science. He has worked as a risk manager, quant, and software developer in the banking and insurance industry gaining expertise in market, credit, counterparty, operational and liquidity risk.

In his current role at Airbus Bank, he is responsible for the risk management and controlling department. At Airbus, model validation is considered to be a valuable tool to increase the trust in model results. Alexander has had the opportunity to validate a wide variety of models throughout his career, ranging from different market, counterparty-credit and credit risk models to alternative asset and insurance risk models.

Beside his position at Airbus Bank, Alexander is doing research in math finance. He lives with his wife and daughter in Munich, Germany.

Joanna Woods, Director, Credit Risk Analytics, Credit Suisse

Joanna is the Head of CCR Exposure Stress Testing Methodology at Credit Suisse, where she is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of scenario exposure models for regulatory and internal stress testing. Her team works closely with stakeholders in Credit Risk Management and Enterprise Risk Management to agree scenario definitions, scope and approach.

Joanna has been at Credit Suisse for 12 years, also heading other functions such as EMEA Trade Analysis. She has an Economics Degree from Cambridge and an MSc in Banking & Finance.

Prior to her banking career, Joanna was a professional violinist for 10 years, working with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO), Royal Opera House and other orchestras.

Petr Zemcik, Senior Director, Moody’s Analytics

Petr is a Senior Director at the Moody’s Analytics London office who manages of a team of risk modelers and economists in London and Prague offices. He frequently serves as an engagement lead and a head modeler for projects across several lines of business in the U.K., continental Europe, the Middle East, and Canada to design and validate PD/LGD/EAD credit risk models for IFRS 9, A-IRB, and stress testing. He supervises quality control, development, and validation of macroeconomic country models, credit risk products using proprietary data, satellite market risk models, and other forecasting products in Europe and the Middle East. In addition, he is involved in development and calibration of alternative macroeconomic scenarios. He previously worked at CERGE-EI, a joint workplace of the Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education of Charles University in Prague and the Economics Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, and at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. He has published numerous articles on econometric methodology and on real estate bubbles in the United States and in Europe in peer-reviewed professional journals such as Journal of Real Estate Economics and Finance, Journal of Housing Economics, and Journal of Multivariate Analysis. Petr holds a Ph.D. and MA in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh and MSc in Econometrics and Operations Research from the University of Economics in Prague.

Stress Testing Europe | Insights


Aligning risk disciplines for a more integrated stress testing approach delivering a firm-wide view of risk

By Marc Irubetagoyena, Head of Stress Testing & Financial Synthesis, BNP Paribas

Aligning stress testing with BAU practices for a more integrated view of risk

By Jeff Simmons, MD, Head of Enterprise Risk Management, Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi


16th June 2021

Fintech advances and financial services – what does the post-covid road hold?

28th October 2019

ClimWISE – Assessment of climate risk for credit portfolios

Article by Deloitte
16th October 2019

Increasing interaction and integration of liquidity and capital stress tests for a unified view of impacts

By Martin Marchesi, Head of Stress Testing & Credit Projection, Intesa Sanpaolo
16th October 2019

Exploring modelling techniques for non-financial risk and stress testing

By Alexander Von Felbert, Head of Risk Controlling, Airbus Bank
15th October 2019

Improving capabilities internally to deliver stress tests in a more comprehensive way and increase the efficiency of stress testing

By Pradyumna Javalekar, Executive Director, Head of CVA Stress Testing, JP Morgan Chase & Co.
17th September 2019

Integration of AI and machine learning to apply a broader spectrum of appropriate shocks to individual portfolios

By Assad Bouayoun, Senior XVA Quantitative Expert, former HSBC
1st August 2019

Emerging trends and utilising Stress Testing as a tool for driving strategic business decisions

By Sophie Bottazzi, Senior Research Executive, CeFPro
7th May 2019

Integration in balance sheet optimization

By Thomas Steiner, Partner, BearingPoint
7th May 2019

Regulatory landscape – Increasing global cooperation and managing the regulatory agenda

By Paul Kennedy, Chief Risk Officer, National Bank of Kuwait
18th April 2019

Reviewing the impact of Brexit on liquidity risk and potential changes to business strategy to stay ahead

By Phil Headley, Managing Director, Regulatory Reporting, Mizuho
18th April 2019

Reviewing compliance risk, technology and resiliency

By Liv Watson, Sr. Director of Strategic Customer Initiatives, Workiva
12th April 2019

Pool Party – Examining the potential of pool models

By Tobias Noll, Senior Relationship Manager/Deputy Head of Marketing & Sales, RSU Rating Service Unit
5th March 2019

Leveraged debt financing: Is there a debt crisis in the making?

By Atanas Dimov, Head of Credit Risk, Aviva Investors

Stress Testing Europe | Sponsors

Can your organisation contribute at our Stress Testing Europe 2018 Summit?

Contact us today to discuss how we can deliver your thought-leadership at the event, help you generate leads, and provide you with unique networking and branding opportunities. Please visit for an outline of what we can offer, and contact [email protected] or call us on +44 (0) 207 164 6582 where a member of the team will be happy to tailor the right package for you.

2018 Co-Sponsors

Quantitative Risk Management (QRM)

Quantitative Risk Management (QRM) is the world’s premier enterprise risk management consulting firm. QRM develops industry-leading risk management principles, practices, and models, and provides clients with the advice, knowledge, and tools necessary to leverage those innovations into higher risk-adjusted returns. Since 1987, we have partnered with our clients to enhance their ability to measure risk, identify profitable opportunities, and make sound financial decisions. With offices in Chicago, London, and Singapore, QRM has established over 250 long-term engagements with top financial institutions from the banking, finance, and insurance industries worldwide.


Simudyne believes that all decisions of consequence should be subject to computer simulation. Our toolkit powers computer simulations at massive scale that provide greater foresight into the future and enable radically better decisions.

Simudyne has built tomorrow’s simulation toolkit: their technology allows businesses to understand the past by creating realistic models of the world from the bottom up. They can then explore their environment by testing all possible decisions in a safe virtual environment. Finally, they decide their future by leveraging the wisdom of computational simulation. Simudyne is already in use by global banks looking to address challenges relating to stress testing, contagion risk and liquidity management.

Media Publications

We are happy to support publications, associations and organisations at this event. From a simple company listing with your logo to taking advantage of some of our sponsor benefits listed above. To discuss a media partnership further please email [email protected] or call +44 (0)20 7164 6582.

Stress Testing Europe | Venue


Etc Venues
Monument 8, Eastcheap
LondonEC3M 1AE UK

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Stress Testing Europe | FAQs

If you cannot find the answer to your question below, please email [email protected]

Can I present at Stress Testing Europe?

Yes, the Center for Financial Professionals are happy to discuss speaking opportunities at Stress Testing Europe. For further information on this please contact [email protected]

What is the dress code?

Business attire is requested. The Summit 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 main Summit, as outlined on our pricing tab. Registration includes breakfast, refreshment breaks, lunches, the drinks reception at the end of Day One, full access to the Summit sessions and exhibition area. Presentations from sessions are also available, subject to speaker approval.

Where can I find the Summit documentation and speaker presentations?

All registered attendees will receive an email with access to documentation and speaker presentations* All available documentation will be provided after the Summit has taken place. However, we will work with our presenters to make these available before the Summit where possible. *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 there be opportunities to network with other attendees?

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

  • Breakfast, lunch and refreshment breaks
  • Q&A, panel discussions and audience participation technology at the event and during the sessions
I have several colleagues that would like to attend, is there a group discount?

Certainly! We are pleased to offer you a 50% discount on the third registration or provide a fifth registration for free. If you would like to register more than five colleagues please contact us on +44 (0) 207 164 6582. Please note:

  • Registrations must be made at the same time
  • Registrations must come from the organisation
  • The lowest registration will be discounted
Are there any opportunities to share my thought-leadership at Stress Testing Europe?

Yes there are plenty of opportunities for the Center for Financial Professionals to share thought-leadership to the attendees of Stress Testing Europe and our wider risk professionals community. At the event we can distribute your material to the attendees or even offer you an exhibition booth so that you may enjoy a more prominent presence at the Summit. Visit the Sponsor tab for further information or contact [email protected] / +44 (0) 207 164 6582.

Risk Insights
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Are there media partnership opportunities available for Stress Testing Europe?

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 Summit website
  • Place your logo on the Summit brochure
  • Place your logo on promotional content where applicable
  • Distribute your media/marketing at the Summit
  • Promote through social media channels

To discuss this further please contact [email protected] or call +44 (0) 207 164 6582.

Networking & Drinks Evening with MRMIA

Monday 12 November | 6-8pm
Bringing Model Risk Management professionals together to share daily challenges and solutions unique to their profession.

MRMIA’s first networking event is being held on Monday, 12 November in conjunction with CeFPro’s 6th Annual Stress Testing Europe 2018 (November 13-14)

Relax and unwind after work at the networking evening, enjoy complimentary drinks, canapés and the opportunity to network with fellow Model Risk Professionals.

Why should you attend the MRMIA networking event?

In addition to the complimentary drinks and canapés, the event will include:

  • Opening presentation from Dennis Bennett
    • What is a model?
    • What does it mean to be “independent”?
    • What does “effective challenge” mean?
    • How to tell a model owner their model is mis-specified, or needs improvement?
    • Organisational structure – and how do we report to the Board of Directors?
  • A chance to network with fellow Model Risk professionals


ETC Venues, Monument 8, EastcheapLondonEC3M 1AE UK

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Hear from Dennis Bennet, Founder of MRMIA and former Head of Model Risk Management at Federal Home Loan Bank of New York, who has been in the field since the 1980’s!

A little background on MRMIA

Model Risk Managers’ International Association (MRMIA.ORG). This is the global organization for the Model Risk Managment profession. The goal of MRMIA is to promote Model Risk Managment as an independent profession within the banking, finance, consulting and technology industries. MRMIA will provide knowledge-sharing, education, and certification of model risk managers. 
MRMIA formed the non-profit business association in March, 2018 followed by the LinkedIn group “Model Risk Managers’ International Association (MRMIA)” in June, 2018. You can join here. 

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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.
Martin Townsend will be speaking at Vendor & Third Party Risk Europe 2021
Sean Titley will be speaking at Vendor & Third Party Risk Europe 2021
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.
Daniel Cameron will be speaking at Vendor & Third Party Risk Europe 2021
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.
Over the last 3 years, I have provided trusted advice and guidance to a variety of organisations looking to change their approach to GRC. The organisations I have worked with have often been looking to advance their approach to GRC through the use of modern, intuitive, and insightful technology. My job is to help these businesses and people with this often daunting task, and make it as seamless as possible.
Rob is responsible for New Business Sales and Account Management in EMEA. Based out of our London office, Rob helps guide organisations through the vendor evaluation process, remaining a key point of contact through the implementation process and throughout the ongoing relationship. Rob joined Riskonnect in September 2017 and has over 7 years experience in Governance, Risk and Compliance solutions helping a range or organisations from different industries including Telecommunications, Financial Services, Maritime and Infrastructure Projects, and more, evaluate, select and implement highly successful solutions.
David Cassonnet is Director of Business Development at ActiveViam, leading the creation of new solutons and use cases for the company. In his role, David ensures that the new product features developed by the company's R&D team translate into innovative and actionable use cases that deliver tangible value to the clients' business. With over twenty years of experience in financial markets, David has a double expertise in business development and solutions implementation. Previously he was Managing Director of ActiveViam in APAC where he and his consulting team were involved in several front-office and risk management projects with large local and international banks. David also held several roles at Mysis and Summit Systems.
Benjamin Westwood will be presenting at the 10th Annual Risk EMEA Summit.
Suresh Sankaran will be presenting at the 10th Annual Risk EMEA Summit.
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.
Alistair McLeod will be presenting at the 10th Annual Risk EMEA Summit.
Melissa Longmore will be presenting at the 10th Annual Risk EMEA Summit.
Libor Krkoska will be presenting at the 10th Annual Risk EMEA Summit.
Pradyumna specializes in Market Risk and Counterparty Risk with experience spanning both the Front Office and Risk Management functions at two of the largest global investment banks. In his current multi-dimensional role he is the market risk manager for JPM’s differential discounting desk, the banking book loan portfolio and also is the head of CVA stress testing. He is also involved in developing a climate risk management framework for JPM’s trading book. Outside of work, he is a bit of a musician and is working on his first album.
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.
Per Hansson is a Director and Head of CCR Exposure Management within Credit Risk Management at Deutsche Bank, responsible for the bank’s IMM and pre-deal exposure models for counterparty credit risk. Per is additionally responsible for capital planning and the bank’s Pillar 2 capital model for credit risk. Previously, Per worked in Market Risk Management for Credit Trading and CVA at Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan and was also a risk manager in JP Morgan’s prime finance business. Per has an MSc in Engineering Physics from Lund University, Sweden.
Atanas Dimov will be presenting at the 10th Annual Risk EMEA Summit.
Ashish Bansal, a certified Chartered Accountant from India, is the Head of Finance & Regulatory Reporting in Union Bank of India (UK) Limited. In his 8 years of industry know-how, his range of experiences span from application of operational aspect of conventions at grassroot, to administering and formulating policy blueprints at the executive stratum. His in-depth technical understanding of banking products and demonstrated cognizance of RBI’s as well as Bank of England’s regulatory governance, adds to his industry’s proficiency.
Yingbo Bai currently heads up the global valuation methodologies team at UBS, where he is also a D&I ambassador . Previously, he worked in a number of quantitative roles at Morgan Stanley and JP Morgan, after starting his career at CICC. Yingbo graduated from Oxford University with MSc in Mathematical Finance and London Business School with Masters in Finance, with undergraduate at Tsinghua University.
Sean Titley will be presenting at the 10th Annual Risk EMEA Summit.
Member of the Fraud Leadership Team across Natwest for 5 years; previous fraud prevention responsibilities have covered various products, customer journeys and fraud typologies. Currently accountable for the overall prevention and strategy of First Party Fraud (covering onbook, mules and application fraud) Previous roles include Operations Manager for Debt Management and Head of Customer Experience for Ulster Bank.
Praveen Singh will be presenting at the 10th Annual Risk EMEA Summit.
Gary Savill is Head of Enterprise Risk for Saga Group and has over 12 years of extensive risk management expertise, working previously in general and medical insurance for AXA UK for 10 years and as Deputy Head of Operations for Sanlam Investment Management for 4 years. Gary is a Chartered Management Accountant, qualifying whilst working for Nestle UK and is also a Specialist member of the IRM and member of the Institute of Management.
Alex Rothwell will be presenting at the 10th Annual Risk EMEA Summit.
Andrea Pozzi will be presenting at the 10th Annual Risk EMEA Summit.
Ozgur Ozel will be presenting at the 10th Annual Risk EMEA Summit.
Vikas Munshi will be presenting at the 10th Annual Risk EMEA Summit.