Course speakers

Michael Hammer


BDO Austria

Michael has been working for over 20 years in internationally active banks. He holds a Master’s degree from Vienna’s University of Economics & Business. He started his career at Raiffeisen Bank International where he soon was promoted to be the Head of Financial Accounting.
In 2014 he moved to Erste Group Bank where he held several senior positions and was the Chief Accountant before moving on to BDO Austria in 2018. He is an expert on IFRS Accounting for Financial Instruments, Hedging and Treasury Products.
He holds seminars and is speaking at conferences on current accounting topics. He is a member of AFRAC (Austrian Financial Reporting and Auditing Committee) financial instrument working groups and is well connected within the international Accounting & Banking community. On behalf of BDO Austria he commented on the second public consultation of the ESTER-based term structure methodology.

Paul Brooks

Head of market risk GM

Bank of Ireland

Paul’s background is in Theoretical Physics, but he has spent the last 12 years working in financial markets, in risk-taking and quantitative roles. He spent the bulk of that time as a prop trader in rates derivatives and bond markets, but in 2016 he founded the XVA desk at BoI, consolidating their approach to the management of VAs, and driving a mandate to reduce XVA related costs and improve capital efficiency. More recently, he made the jump from front to middle office, becoming head of Traded Market Risk. Paul studied for his PhD at Durham, focussing on mathematical aspects of quantum field theory. He lives in Dublin with his wife and son.

Bhavin Shah

Independent consultant and former head of libor transition at NatWest

Bhavin led the Libor Transition programme for Nat West, who issued the first SONIA loan ever under his guidance. He has extensive leadership and banking experience, with 20+ years in the UK and US. He has led activities spanning from product management, financial analysis, corporate finance, risk & portfolio management and transformational change.

He started his career with KPMG in London, before moving to New York with RBS in 2004. He relocated back to London in 2016.

John Ewan


Benchmark Advisory Services

John has spent his career working around all aspects of market data and benchmarks.  He cut his teeth working at FTSE, carrying out reviews of their indices and working with their independent committees.

He then ran LIBOR for the British Bankers Association, working with the private and public sector to put in place the first sets of reforms to the operation and governance of the benchmark.

John then moved to Thomson Reuters – now Refinitiv – to develop their portfolio of benchmarks across all asset classes and territories, including the LBMA Sliver Price and WM Reuters FX benchmarks, which were two of the first regulated benchmarks.

John was a founder member of three of the first oversight committees for regulated benchmarks and sits on various public and private sector bodies that govern and develop benchmarks. 

He now works as a consultant, helping industry meet the challenges of *IBOR transition, benchmark regulation, the FX Global Code and other related matters.

Navin Rauniar

Risk director

Quantico Consulting

Navin is an independent risk director with over 16 years’ experience in advising the sell side on front to back risk and regulatory matters. Navin also specialises in the delivery of Risk Methodologies, Models & Governance for Tier One and Tier Two investment banks; whilst spearheading the analysis for IBOR Transition, FRTB, IRRBB, Basel IV, CRR 2 and CRD V offerings. He most recently worked as a Senior Manager at a leading global advisory firm where he led the analysis of the impact of the LIBOR Transition on financial institutions. 

Prior to this, Navin spent 15 years in the industry working in global run-the-bank and change-the-bank roles for Credit Suisse, RBS, Commerzbank and JP Morgan across Front Office, CRO and Operations. Navin is a member of the Professional Risk Managers Association and sits on the London Chapter Steering Committee. Navin supports the CRO community via mentoring of risk professionals and the organisation of risk, regulatory & leadership events. 

Paul Dobbs



Paul is a risk and regulatory specialist who has worked in banking, capital markets and consultancy for over 15 years. Before joining Sionic, Paul worked in investment banks, for a global technology vendor and in a global credit rating agency, helping to deliver quality risk and regulatory advice across the domains of  data, risk technology, risk analytics and reporting, right through to the application of artificiaI intelligence. Paul has advised many banks globally on risk and regulation, helping them move from regulatory box ticking to producing highly optimised frameworks on workflows, processes, technology and people.

Brendan Crowley


KPMG Ireland

Brendan is a Director in KPMG’s Risk Consulting team with over 12 years advising clients on complex data-led implementation programs.  He has worked with all of Ireland’s pillar banks and the Central Bank of Ireland on assignments including implementing new regulations such as the mortgage credit directive, provisioning assessments, asset quality reviews, liability and guarantee scheme reviews. In addition Brendan as acted as Independent External Party for recent remediation projects at several banks.  A qualified ACA accountant, Brendan is also an ISACA information systems auditor and Prince II project manager with a background in software engineering.