Speakers List - Operational Risk Asia


Efe Cummings

Head of Operational Risk


Efe Cummings is Head of Operational Risk for Nomura, Asia ex-Japan. Prior to this, Efe was Head of New Business Approval, EMEA and Global COO for New Business. Before joining Nomura, Efe worked for Deloitte and Export-Import Bank. Efe is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Cornell University.

Emile Dunand

Head of APAC OpRisk Capital & Advisory

Credit Suisse

Emile is the head of operational risk capital & advisory for Credit Suisse in Asia-Pacific. Prior to joining Credit Suisse, Emile worked for a number of leading banks in Europe (Rothschild, Lloyds Banking Group and Barclays) in an operational risk capacity. In his last role, Emile was responsible for the operational risk function at Investec. He holds an MSc degree in mathematics from the University of Paris VI.

Dr. Simon Goo

Executive Director, Head of Group Risk Analytics Division


Simon leads a multi-disciplinary risk analytics team that oversees enterprise-wide risk management models at United Overseas Bank. The team validates a wide range of risks and measurement models. Those models can be used to assess and manage credit, market, operational and asset and liability risks across the bank's global business.

Prior to joining the bank, Simon held senior corporate positions in technology and finance related companies in areas such as strategic planning, private equity investments and mergers and acquisitions. He has also worked with promising enterprises to assess the potential of their technologies for product commercialization and strategic investment.

Bharan Guntupalli

Senior Vice President, Head of Operational Risk


Bharan Guntupalli is a chartered accountant and company secretary from India. He is currently working as a senior vice president, head of operational risk, enterprise risk at HDFC Bank in Mumbai, India (the largest private sector bank in India).

In an earlier role at ICICI Bank in Mumbai, Bharan implemented operational risk management and advanced measurement approach frameworks, outsourcing and new product approval frameworks in domestic and international branches/subsidiaries. In his last role at ICICI he was responsible for the audit of retail liabilities, branch banking, AML and digital channels. Bharan also worked with ING Bank in India in a similar role.

Bharan has been a regular speaker on operational risk and related areas in OpRisk & Regulation magazine conferences in Singapore from 2007 onwards.

Martin Leo

Executive Director, Risk Management

Morgan Stanley Investment Management

Martin Leo is the head of Asia risk for Morgan Stanley Investment Management and is responsible for enterprise risk oversight of the asset management business across the region. He has over 20 years of experience in diverse strategic and hands-on leadership roles in the industry. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, he held various roles at ING, the last of which as chief administrative officer for ING Investment Management's India business. Prior to that, he was the Asia-Pacific head of non-financial risk. He holds an MBA, is a certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM) and CISSP.

Matt Maddocks

Senior Operational Risk and Compliance Executive


A senior executive, Matt has a consultative style identifying sustainable operational risk and compliance solutions, collaborating to understand the end-to-end change management, process re-engineering and technology initiatives needed to make them a reality. Since implementing ANZ's operational risk measurement and management framework across Asia in 2015-2016, Matt has been providing 2nd line operational risk objective challenges, oversight and advice to achieve an appropriate risk profile and control environment for their institutional, retail, private banking and wealth business lines across Asia.

Prior to working at ANZ, Matt's thought leadership was shaped by valuable insight gained through senior executive and independent consulting roles extending to institutional and investment banking, insurance, mutual funds, fixed income, and listed and OTC structured products in major corporations such as Morgan Stanley, Citibank, ABN Amro, ING Barings and Westpac.


Claudia Marcusson

Head of Risk Management APAC (ex Japan)

NN Investment Partners

Claudia Marcusson has been Head of Risk Management and ExCo member at NN Investment Partners Singapore since 2015. She is responsible for all financial and non-financial risk aspects covering all Asian markets (excluding Japan).

Claudia has 15 years of financial experience in the U.S., U.K., Germany, The Netherlands and Singapore, with a background in venture capital, mergers & acquisitions, and project management. Since 2016, she has been member of the Risk and Performance Committee of the Investment Management Association of Singapore (IMAS).

She hold a LL.M. degree in Chinese Business Law and MSc in Economics and Operations Research. A FinTech visionary, molecular home cook and licensed baker, her motto is "curious by nature, happy by choice."

Christoph Michel

Managing Director, Chief Risk Officer, Asia-Pacific


Christoph has served as a chief risk officer and a member of the Executive Committee of Natixis Asia Pacific since June 2011. He is based in Hong Kong and is responsible for market, credit and operational risk management as well as restructuring and compliance for the Asia Pacific region.

He brings more than 25 years of experience in senior management positions in front office, risk, operations and finance functions in commercial and investment banks, as well as in hedge funds in Europe and Asia. Previous employers include JP Morgan, UBS, Credit Suisse, CLSA and Nomura. He studied mathematics, economics and business administration. He completed his studies with an M.A. degree from the University of Zurich and an M.Sc. from the University of London.

Dr. Stuart Williams

Senior Manager Operational Risk – Asia Markets


For the last decade Stuart has been central to the development of scenario practices and challenging established industry norms in forums in Australia and globally through ORX. He led the development of National Australia Bank's AMA model and supporting scenario methodology, and then moved to ANZ where he lead an overhaul of the scenario processes and AMA model, culminating in reaccreditation in September 2015.

Stuart's view is that a narrow focus on regulatory capital has meant many approaches have lost sight of the risk management insights that should be derived from scenarios. In many ways this is what lies at the heart of the current existential crisis and questions such as "what do scenarios mean in a post-AMA world" are only meaningful if you have a narrow capital focused view of scenarios.