This year's speakers include: 

Otto Huber

Manging Director and Global Head of Liquidity Risk


Otto Huber is Manging Director and Global Head of Liquidity Risk within Credit Suisse’s Risk Division. In this role he has been responsible for the development of the bank’s new universal risk metric for liquidity risk and the corresponding liquidity risk control framework that has been cascaded across the firm. In his previous role at Credit Suisse’s Treasury, Otto has been in charge for the deposit modeling, the valuation and risk assessment of Treasury-issued debt and capital instruments, as well as for the Treasury funds transfer pricing methodology.

Otto holds a PhD in Finance from the University of St.Gallen in Switzerland and is a certified Financial Risk Manager.

Sebastjan Smodis

Vice President, Global Head of Liquidity Risk Management


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

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

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

Ashan Ramakrishnan

Head of Investment Risk and SIRO


Ashan Ramakrishnan, CFA is Head of Investment Risk and SIRO for BNY Mellon Investment Management EMEA Limited (IM EMEA). In his role, Mr Ramakrishnan is responsible for managing the investment risk reporting framework and for overseeing all information risk related matters (including cybersecurity) for IM EMEA.

Prior to joining BNY Mellon in 2012, Mr Ramakrishnan worked for Man Group between 2003 and 2012 in various roles, the last of which was in Product Risk. Mr Ramakrishnan holds a MA in Mathematics and Computer Science from Hertford College, University of Oxford and is a CFA Charterholder.

Gaëtan Viallard

Head of Unit


Gaëtan Viallard has worked several years for the French banking supervisor. He has a strong experience in on site and off site control and has been the head of legal units in ACPR. He has also worked at the French Treasury on banking regulation. Before joining the Single Resolution Board, he was Deputy Director of the Resolution Directorate in France. He is now one of the heads of unit working at the SRB.

Erik Vynckier

Chief Investment Officer


Erik Vynckier is board member of Foresters Friendly Society, general partner of InsurTech Venture Partners and Chief Investment Officer (Europe) of Eli Global LLC, following a career in investment banking, insurance, asset management and the petrochemical industry.  He co-founded EU initiatives on high performance computing and big data in finance and co-authored “High-Performance Computing in Finance” and “Tercentenary Essays on the Philosophy and Science of Leibniz”.  Erik graduated as MBA at London Business School and as chemical engineer at Universiteit Gent.

Roberto Virreira

Risk Director, IRRBB


Roberto Virreira works as Risk Director for State Street in London. Previously he was in charge of redesigning the IRRBB framework of Standard Chartered Group, and was in charge of Group HSBC IRRBB reporting and IRRBB stress test methodologies. He was Head of ALM and BSM with Bank of America and worked in consulting projects for several other global and regional banking organisations.

He participated actively in the review, discussion and feedback of BCBS 368 with several banking associations including BBA, EBF and IIF. He has published articles on IRRBB on the Journal of Risk Management in Financial Institutions and Written a chapter in the second edition of The hand Book of ALM edited by Risk Books. He has chaired IRRBB conferences in New York, London and has been a speaker in seminars in Hong Kong and other European, American and Asian venues.

Roberto is an industrial engineer, holds a master degree in economics and an MBA from Warwick Business School.

Antonello Russo

EMEA, Head of Risk and Quantitative Analysis


Antonello Russo is a Director within BlackRock's Risk & Quantitative Analysis Group.Mr Russo is responsible for investment risk management of Index Strategies across the EMEA region, spanning segregated mandates, commingled funds, and the iShares ETF range.

Before joining BlackRock, Mr Russo was Head of Risk for the investment management arm of Beazley plc., a Lloyds of London insurer.Earlier on, he worked for Deutsche Bank, where he was a Director on the collateralized equity financing and prime brokerage sales desk, and previously a Risk Manager for the fixed income area.

Mr Russo holds an honour degree from Bocconi University in Milan, where he graduated in 1995 in Monetary and Financial Economics.

Mark Sinclair

Group Commercial Treasurer


Mark qualified as a chartered accountant in 1996 with E&Y and joined Credit Agricole CIB London in 1997.  In 1999 Mark moved internally to the front office Money Market Desk to manage the GBP book, progressing to the position of Head of Money Markets London in 2005.  In 2008 Mark joined the Prudential Risk Division of the Financial Services Authority as a Liquidity & IRRBB risk specialist.  

During his time at the FSA Mark progressed to the position of technical specialist and was a key contributor to the design of FSA's ILAS liquidity regime and SLRP process.  Mark was a key supervisory partner to the prudential supervision teams and during 2008 and 2009 interacted directly with senior executives of the FSA, Bank of England, HM Treasury and the largest regulated firms.

In 2011 Mark joined HSBC Group initially as Group Head of ALM control quickly progressing to Group Head of Liquidity and Structural Interest Rate Risks.  In January 2017 Mark was appointed Group Commercial Treasurer focussing on commercial optimisation and partnering with the Global Businesses and is a member of the Group Treasurer's management team and a member of the HSBC Group ALCO.

Mark is also a non-executive director of CAF Bank being a member of the Board and the Board Risk & Compliance Committee.