Speakers

Speakers

Russ Bowdrey

Senior ALM Manager and Climate Change Physical Risk Workstream Lead

UK Insurance Investment Actuary

Russ Bowdrey is a UK-qualified actuary and currently oversees and provides advice on strategic asset allocation for several business units and assists them with portfolio design and implementation, including evaluation of alternative investment opportunities. Alongside that Russ contributes regularly to ALCo and Board papers on capital allocation topics. Russ led the physical risk wokstream of a major multinational insurer climate change disclosures programme. Much of his time is now spent focusing on the impact of climate change on portfolios, and the wider businesses and works closely with experts across the business on integrating sustainability into the way the company invests.

Prior to this, Russ had taken a round-about route to an actuarial career via the Royal Air Force and a stint in aerospace engineering. He worked in both life and pensions teams at Ernst and Young, ran the investment risk and hedging programme at enhanced-annuity provider Just Retirement, before joining his current company in the Group ALM team. He holds a MSc in aerospace engineering from the Cranfield University – Royal Military College of Science.

Russ is a regular speaker at industry and professional events and recently chaired the organising committee of the IFoA Momentum conference for newly qualified actuaries.

 

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Peter Plochan

EMEA principal risk specialist

SAS

FRM certified Risk Management specialist with strong analytical mindset and finance background. By combining my 10+ years of Risk Management experience with SAS Analytical and Risk & Finance Solutions I am uniquely positioned to provide the leading financial institutions with valuable advice for addressing their Risk & Finance management challenges.

My main Finance & Risk Management competency areas include:
- Finance and Risk Management technology;
- Risk regulations ( Basels /CRDs, ICAAP, ILAAP, Solvency II, ORSA);
- Accounting standards: IFRS 9 ;
- Enterprise Risk Management;
- Model Risk Management;
- Financial Risk Management and Asset Liability Management;
- Risk data / analytics;
- Planning, Forecasting, Stress Testing, Scenario analysis and Capital management.
- Risk and Finance integration

I am passionate about helping companies to improve their existing risk and finance processes, providing advice, educating and driving business development in the areas above.

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James Belmont

Director

Baringa Partners

James is an accomplished financial services risk and treasury practitioner with over 20 years’ experience of building tools and processes, and using them to motivate balance sheet and risk profile changes.  He led Risk Analytics, Credit Portfolio Risk Management and Liquidity Modelling teams in a major UK bank, before joining Baringa Partners to lead their Risk Advisory practice.  James now works with a wide range of FS clients to support them in understanding and delivering strategic change to their risk management capabilities.  Bringing together Baringa’s Energy and FS capabilities, James has increasingly worked with UK banks and insurers to support them in building climate change risk management capabilities.

Judson Berkey

Managing director, group head of sustainability regulatory strategy

UBS

Judson Berkey is a Managing Director at UBS based in Zurich where he has worked since 2003 on global regulatory and compliance topics including recovery and resolution planning, global derivatives and investor protection reforms, revisions of prudential regulatory regimes, and various operational risk and internal control programs.

He also has led global teams to manage UBS interactions with supervisors. He currently focuses on policy and regulatory issues related to sustainable finance. He graduated from Harvard Law School and holds degrees in mathematics, economics, and physics from the University of Virginia. He is on the board of Grassroots Business Fund and ECOFACT and serves as Vice-Chair of the Institute of International Finance Sustainable Finance Working Group.

Simon Connell

Head of sustainability strategy

Standard Chartered

Simon is Head of Sustainability Strategy at Standard Chartered. In this role he leads the Bank’s external engagement and co-ordinates internal action on sustainability across the organisation with a specific focus on climate change and human rights.

Simon has over a decade’s experience in helping banks understand and manage environmental and social risks and opportunities presented by their client portfolios, holds a BSc in Politics with Economics and is a qualified Corporate Treasurer and Management Accountant. He is Chair of the University of Cambridge’s Banking Environment Initiative, and a member of the European Banking Federation’s ESG Taskforce.

Gerhard Mulder

CEO & co-founder

Climate Risk Services

Gerhard’s career in climate finance spanned both the public and private sector, having worked in consulting in Washington DC, environmental markets on Wall Street, and for the Dutch government (Netherlands Enterprise Agency), Dutch banks (ABN AMRO and Rabobank) and a leading non-profit (IUCN) in the Netherlands.

He co-founded Climate Risk Services together with Stephanie Gnissios to advise public and private sector organisations on climate risk after he completed his MBA at Oxford in 2018. He studied environmental economics and international affairs at Columbia University in New York, and Public Policy at the University of Amsterdam. 

Marek Piskorz

Chief operating & risk science office

Lloyds Banking

Marek leads climate scenario analysis and stress testing at Lloyds Banking Group building and embedding this activity across the Group and representing the Group in related industry working groups.

Marek is a risk and change professional with over 25 years leadership experience across a number of international financial institutions. He has worked across both first and second lines of defence having led corporate and financial institutions credit teams at different banks, developed first line risk teams, managed global counterparty risk change programmes and established a data management capability in the Commercial Banking division at Lloyds.

Marek has delivered risk management courses at prior employers both internally and externally. He is a Chartered Banker and is actively involved in green policy issues.

Nick Stewart

Partner

Baringa Partners

Leanne Bouvet

Assistant Director, Sustainability & Climate Change

PwC

Leanne is an Assistant Director in PwC’s Sustainability & Climate Change team, specialising in sustainable finance, ESG, climate strategy and TCFD.

Leanne works with her financial sector clients to develop strategies to better understand ESG and climate risks and unlock value from the transition to a net-zero carbon, sustainable economy.

Leanne has a multi-industry finance background including 12 years experience in banking followed by 5 years in sustainable finance and climate change.