Executive Director - Head of Model Research and Evaluation
Ioana has a PhD in Atmospheric Sciences from University of Washington and is heavily involved with the Willis Research Network and the application of scientific findings within our industry. She actively researches, works and presents within the climate change arena.
Founder and CEO
Carbon Cap Management LLP
Michael Azlen is a senior investment professional with 25 years of industry experience including the founding, growth and sale of a regulated investment management business.
After a 15 year career spanning two Canadian banks and several alternative asset management companies, Mr. Azlen founded Frontier Investment Management in 2005 and grew the business to profitability before selling the business to a public company in 2013 and completing his earnout in 2016.
Michael then focused on research into climate change and impact investment strategies. As we have seen from recent record-breaking heatwaves and increased incidences of drought/wildfires, our climate is changing rapidly due to human generated emissions. The next 10 to 20 years are the most important period for mankind to make substantial and sustainable emissions reductions and the urgency of this objective cannot be overstated as the potential negative impacts to society are immense.
Michael formed Carbon Cap Management LLP in 2018 as an environmental asset manager focused on climate change and launched the World Carbon Fund in February 2020. The fund invests into multiple liquid and regulated carbon markets and aims to generate strong uncorrelated returns and a direct impact on carbon emissions. Carbon Cap’s mission is to raise awareness about climate change and to provide solutions directly related to the capping and reduction of carbon dioxide emissions.
Mr. Azlen holds a Sloan Masters Degree in Leadership and Strategy from London Business School and is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) and has completed the LSE’s “Economics and Governance of Climate Change” course. He is a regular speaker at investment conferences and has been a guest lecturer on the graduate degree programs at London Business School for more than 15 years.
EMEA principal risk specialist
Peter Plochan is the EMEA Principal Risk Management Advisor at SAS who helps financial institutions to deal with their challenges around finance and risk regulations, enterprise risk management, risk governance, forward looking risk analysis, stress testing, model risk management, risk modelling and climate change risk management.
Peter has a finance background (Master’s degree in Banking) and is certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM) with 14 years of experience in risk management in financial sector. He has assisted various banking and insurance institutions with large-scale risk management implementations while working both internally and also externally as a risk management advisor (PwC). Since joining SAS in 2014, Peter serves as a global acting domain expert - leveraging the latest trends in risk analytics & technology with his deep risk management & finance expertise.
Peter also acts as the Risk Management trainer for PRMIA (Professional Risk Management International Association) where he developed and delivers training on Model Risk Management and ERM & Stress Testing for the global risk community. Peter regularly speaks & presents at risk events/webinar and publishes risk management thought leadership materials.