Dr. Drew Rae

Manager, Safety Science Innovation Lab

Griffith University

Dr. Drew Rae manages the Safety Science Innovation Lab at Griffith University (Brisbane), where he and his team work to study and subvert compliance bureaucracy. Drew's research brings a critical cross-disciplinary approach to the examination of the myths, rituals and bad habits that surround risk, compliance and safety practices within organisations. His publications challenge the common assumption that risk assessment is a useful decision-making tool, and examine instead the social role risk assessment plays in reducing uncertainty and justifying decisions that have already been made. Drew presents the DisasterCast podcast and is associate editor for the journal Safety Science.

Markus Blattmann

Chief Risk Officer Asia

Bank Julius Baer

Markus Blattmann is currently the Chief Risk Officer for Bank Julius Baer in Asia, a role he has held since 2012. In this role, Markus oversees the legal, compliance and risk management functions covering all business units in Asia.

Markus has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry, of which 16 years in Asia and predominantly in the area of credit risk management. Prior to joining Julius Baer in 2012, Markus has held senior leadership positions with UBS, including serving as their Chief Risk Officer Wealth Management Europe and Chief Credit Officer Wealth Management Asia-Pacific. Throughout his career, Markus has been involved in mergers and acquisitions, setting up new businesses and "Change the Bank" initiatives.

Markus holds a Master of Law in Legal Studies from the University of Basel.


Benedicte Gardner

Managing Director, Head of Operational Risk, APAC

Credit Suisse

Benedicte Gardner is a managing director at Credit Suisse in the risk division, based in Singapore. She heads the APAC Operational Risk Management (ORM) team covering markets, private banking, financing and technology.

Benedicte joined Credit Suisse Singapore in April 2015 from Société Générale Investment Banking where she was previously regional head of security and anti-fraud expertise APAC. Prior to that she held various positions as regional head of management control, head of capital market back-office APAC and program director for offshoring in Paris, Hong Kong and Singapore at Société Générale.

Benedicte holds a degree in Finance from ESCEM Business School in France.

Venkatesh Subbaraman

Regional Chief Operating Officer, Institutional Banking


Venkatesh is a senior leader with 25 years of financial services experience in transaction banking, operations, credit, and sales. He has developed a reputation as a trusted advisor via a track record of strategic foresight, shaping customer centric solutions and leading teams through complex change.

He is currently the Regional COO for ANZ's institutional division. His role includes end to end operational management responsibility for all institutional client needs, as well as property and administration for countries across Asia. In this role, Venkatesh has been able to draw on his experience and collaborative work style to strengthen ties with country CEO's, thereby helping to deliver the strategy, protect the bank, and improve overall performance.

Prior to ANZ, Venkatesh was an executive director with ABN Amro, where he was responsible for the bank's global service centre in Chennai. Earlier in his career, he held sales and credit roles at GE Capital.

Throughout his career Venky has taken a keen interest in personal and professional development of staff. He assigns challenging opportunities to high potential staff, provides honest feedback, mentors junior staff, presents at training programmes and participates in external speaking engagements.

Urban Wilde

Regional Chief Risk Officer

EFG Bank

Urban is a Swiss national who graduated from Basel University with a degree in law, then started his banking career as a trainee with Swiss Bank Corp in Basel in 1986. Following various assignments in Basel and Geneva in different areas of credit risk, he became regional head of credit risk control for private banking in Geneva. Following the merger with UBS, Urban was appointed regional head of credit risk control in New York in 2000 and in Singapore 2005. After a "gap year" with UBS in Switzerland in 2009, he was appointed regional chief risk officer for Barclays Wealth Asia in 2010, again based in Singapore covering credit risk, operational risk and governance. Following the sale of Barclays' wealth business in 2016, Urban was recruited as regional chief risk officer for EFG Bank in Singapore in 2017 covering credit, operational and market risk.

Liz Bell

Vice President, Chief Controls Office, Asia Pacific


Liz Bell has been within financial industry for 28 years, working with leading companies such as Aegon and Barclays, and possesses experience in building and leading award winning international distribution channels. Constantly working within tough regulated environments has meant keeping on top of regulation, risks and controls within the business. This has provided her the opportunity to deliver innovative ways to ensure effective controls, such as voice biometrics. Currently Liz is working within Barclays Investment Bank Chief Controls Office, specializing in conduct risk and looking at best practices in line with existing and new regulatory requirements.

Wolfgang Boffo

Head of Corporate Insurance Partner (CIP) Asia

Munich Re

Wolfgang Boffo is the head of Corporate Insurance Partner (CIP) Asia at Munich Re. Based in Singapore, Wolfgang is responsible for Munich Re's CIP experts, who underwrite traditional insurance products and innovative risk transfer solutions for major industrial clients out of Singapore, Hong Kong and Tokyo. In his role, Wolfgang committedly focuses on innovation within insurance to design new risk transfer solutions that meet individual risk profiles and their transfer to adequately reflect the changes in risk in today's world. To do so, he helps his clients to craft applicable risk scenarios in close collaboration. This modelling is done in a qualitative as well as quantitative fashion.

Wolfgang joined Munich Re in 2008, being one of the first employees to build-up the special enterprise risks unit that provides innovative risk transfer solutions. Before coming to Asia, he headed the Munich-based client management team of CIP. He is a Banker by education, holds degrees from Passau University and the University of New South Wales in Sydney, and has more than 10 years of consulting background within operational risk management - i.e. facilitation of workshops to identify and assess risk scenarios and how to report them to senior management and discuss potential risk management measures.

Stuart Christmas

Head, Surveillance Optimisation

Standard Chartered Bank

Stuart has been applying data science and machine learning algorithms to risk mitigation problems and strategies for over 10 years, in both startup environments and large financial institutions. His work has spanned corporate strategy, financial instruments and products, IT security, and financial crime. He is currently head of surveillance optimization in the financial crime division of Standard Chartered Bank. Stuart graduated from the University of Kent, UK, with a master's degree in nuclear physics, and Loyola University, Maryland, with an MBA focusing on computational finance.

June Crawford

Acting Director, Operational Risk Framework

Credit Suisse

June Crawford is a senior manager at Credit Suisse within internal audit. In this role, June provides global audit coverage for operational and compliance risks, including specialized expertise in outsourcing and conduct risk.

Prior to this role, June has worked in both first and second line of defense risk and compliance functions at various investment, private and consumer banks, including Deutsche Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland and Bank of New York Mellon.

Throughout her career, June has held a variety of leadership roles in supervising large complex financial institutions, across the three lines of defense. She has significant experience in developing and implementing risk frameworks and methodologies, including systems and risk assessment implementation.

June is a qualified Chartered Accountant and Prince 2 Qualified Project Manager. She is an active professional member of the Institute of Operational Risk, and leads the development of the Singapore Chapter.

Lee Hsia Foo

Head of Operational Risk, Asia-Pacific


Like you, risk practitioner Lee Hsia Foo has witnessed the implementation of the three Lines of defence model in varying degrees of formality as business complexity and regulatory expectations have grown. Precedence, experience and judgment in the frontlines in dealing with the risk-reward balance are at the heart of day-to-day practical business execution. How do the first and second lines of defence for risk management differ? Whose responsibility and accountability for operational risks is it? In which line of defence should the subject matter experts sit? Drawing on her varied experience in roles across all three lines of defence, Lee Hsia understands the value that can accrue for an organisation that not only gets the framework approach right, but also attains the point of equilibrium between rigor and flexibility in implementation that suits its maturity and protects the organisation.

From her early years in corporate credit analysis and debt restructuring and recovery, Lee Hsia assumed leadership roles in group internal audit in an international bank before charting a new course as general manager of the country retail distribution network and business banking unit. She has held global leadership roles in operational risk management covering business banking and private banking, and currently focuses on corporate and institutional banking.

Lee Hsia holds an MBA from Brunel University / Henley Management College, a bachelor's degree in civil engineering (hons) from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and is a certified internal auditor.

Eva Gessner

Head of Business Risk Organization South East Asia

UBS Wealth Management

Eva Gessner currently heads the wealth management business risk organisation for UBS South East Asia, a first line of defense risk team, where she was one of the pioneers since 2012. German by birth and having worked in diverse cultural environments across continents from Switzerland to the USA, UK, Mexico City and now in Singapore, Eva is no stranger to various business risk topics and challenges.

Her risk specialisation is also reinforced by the different lead positions she has assumed across the organisation as well as the front office. Those who have worked with her would attest her risk management style is pragmatic, strategic and bears a long term view. On the personal front, she is an ardent supporter of all sports and a strong believer in leadership. Hence she has taken up a personal challenge and recently completed her master's degree in Christian leadership. In addition, Eva also holds an MBA and has graduated with a double bachelor's degree in mathematics and economics.


Anthony Hodge

Head, Cloud Governance and Regulatory Compliance

Standard Chartered Bank

A proven leader, strategist and skilled information technology practitioner with over 18 years of experience within banking technology, Anthony has demonstrated the ability to find technological answers to complex business problems whilst balancing commercial acumen. He is both highly motivated and results driven with a track record of strategic planning, risk management, building highly engaged teams and leading both people and technology transformation initiatives. He is currently the head of cloud governance and regulatory compliance.

Willem A. Hoekstra

Head of Business Continuity Management, Asia ex-Japan


With an initial background in finance, Willem moved to business continuity management over 15 years ago. He has since been running BCM programs in ABN AMRO, RBS and Société Générale. He is currently head of BCM for Nomura, Asia ex-Japan.

Willem is also chair of the Hong Kong Financial Services Business Continuity Management forum (HKFSBCM) and leader of WISE2015 and WISE2017 - the industry-wide crisis management exercise for the financial industry in Hong Kong. He is forum leader of the Hong Kong forum of the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) and board member of the BCI Asia Chapter. He is also president of Continuity Group Ltd, a licensed BCI training provider. Willem has presented on BCM related topics at numerous conferences and seminars around the globe. He was awarded BCI Asia Personality of the year in 2013.

Sanchit Maini

Regional Director, Financial and Operational Risk Management

Prudential Corporation Asia

Sanchit has over 18 years of experience in the insurance industry, having mainly worked in Asia but also the UK, United States and France. His experience covers several aspects of the business including actuarial, products, finance and risk management.

Sanchit is currently the regional director, financial and operational risk management for Prudential's Asia insurance business and is based in Singapore.

Sanchit is actively involved in the actuarial profession and currently serves as Chair of the ERM Organising Committee of the Actuarial Consulting Congress of Asia, Chair of the Risk Management Advisory Group of the Institute of Actuaries of India and as a member of the Enterprise and Financial Risks group of the International Actuarial Association.

Sanchit is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia (FIAA), Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of India (FIAI) and Fellow of the Singapore Actuarial Society and a Chartered Enterprise Risk Actuary (CERA).

Claudia Marcusson

Former Head of Risk Management APAC ex-Japan

NN Investment Partners

Claudia Marcusson was the Head of Risk Management and ExCo member at NN Investment Partners Singapore from 2015 to February 2018. She was 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."

Patrick Naim



Patrick Naim is the CEO of Elseware and is widely recognized as an expert for operational risk modelling and quantification. Patrick has extensive experience in advising Fortune 500 companies in the banking, insurance and energy sectors for over 20 years in Continental Europe, the UK and North America.

Patrick is a frequent speaker on operational risk management. He is also the author of "Risk Quantification: Management, Diagnosis and Hedging" (Wiley, 2006), "Bayesian Networks" (Eyrolles, 2007) and "Bayesian Networks: a Practical Guide to Applications" (Wiley, 2008). Patrick graduated from Ecole Centrale de Paris (M.Sc.) in with a degree in economics and applied mathematics, and is qualified as an Associate in Risk Management (ARM).

Theo Nassiokas

Director, APAC Cyber & Information Security


A senior security and technology risk specialist and member of the Barclays international business and chief security office (CSO), Theo is director, APAC cyber security, responsible for guiding the cyber security capability at Barclays through a complex regulatory landscape across the entire region. With diverse experience ranging from law enforcement and criminal intelligence, to risk and security strategy and policy within government and financial services, Theo is well equipped to take on the challenges of cyber security at Barclays across APAC.

Aurélie Saada

Former Head of Enterprise Risk Management


Aurélie joined AIG in January 2016 as head of risk for Singapore, where she covered insurance risk, operational risk, model risks and financial risks. Prior to this, she worked in HSBC for about 7 years, mainly for the private bank and asset management, still in the risk function.

She has over 12 years of international experience in risk management and audit, both in major banking and insurance companies. She accumulated a strong knowledge in all risk areas, as well as in product development, conduct risk, compliance and regulatory matters.

Born in France, she discovered Singapore through an exchange program in 2004 and fell in love with the country, its culture and food. She moved to Singapore in 2010 with her family and considers the "little red dot" as her home.

She holds a master's degree in management in audit and consulting from a French international business school, as well as few local certifications from the Singapore College of Insurance.

Aurélie believes in developing diversity in the workplace and increasing ethics in the day to day functions. She was part of a corporate group raising inclusion and awareness for disabled individuals in the working environment. Aurélie is also a board member with the Primetime Business and Professional Women's Association, whose vision is to connect diverse women through a variety of events to socialize, learn and contribute.

Harkanwal Sodhi

Director, Risk Framework and Initiatives

Credit Suisse

Harkanwal has over 17 years of experience in financial services, with a comprehensive understanding of business risk management within the first line, acquired through various risk management roles held in banks across the UK, India and Singapore.

Harkanwal is a director at Credit Suisse Singapore and is responsible for driving and implementing risk frameworks and initiatives across the private banking businesses in APAC. He joined Credit Suisse Singapore in July 2016 from HSBC in London where he was the regional head of business risk and controls management for the retail and wealth management businesses across Europe.

Harkanwal has a Master's degree in statistics and is a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt.

Yusuf Yasin

Director Operational Risk – Financial Markets

Standard Chartered Bank

Yusuf is currently working with Standard Chartered Bank as senior operational risk officer for financial markets with an overall responsibility for operational risk from front to back process. In his previous role at Lehman Brothers in Tokyo, he was responsible for operational risk in Asia and played a key role in building the Bank's AMA compliance framework. Yusuf also has a broad range of experience gained from roles in investment and commercial banking.

Tom Osborn

Desk Editor


Tom Osborn is the desk editor of Risk.net's risk management coverage. Prior to joining Risk, he reported on the futures and foreign exchange industries for Dow Jones' Financial News and the Euromoney group of publications.

Tom holds a bachelor's degree in English literature from the University of Warwick, UK.

Alexander Campbell

Divisional Content Editor


Alexander Campbell is the divisional content editor for Risk.net. He was formerly the editor of Operational Risk & Regulation and news editor of Risk magazine. He is based in London.