Elena Pykhova


The Op Risk Company

Elena Pykhova is a Director at the Institute of Operational Risk responsible for the Institute's educational portfolio. As founder of her own consultancy company, Elena has been working with many international institutions to deliver practical solutions in Operational Risk Management. She has over 20 years experience in the financial services industry, and her former roles include Head of Global Internal Control, American Express Bank, Group Head of Operational Risk, Private Bank at Standard Chartered Bank, Group Head of Operational Risk at VTB Capital and advisor to the Head of Operational Risk, Deutsche Bank.
Elena is an experienced and respected Operational Risk trainer. She runs public and in-house training courses in the UK and internationally, and delivers Operational risk executive master classes at Cambridge and Oxford Universities. She has trained hundreds of senior executives of different nationalities over the recent years.
Elena is a member of the Council of the Association of Foreign Banks and Chair of the Operational Risk Committee. She organises and leads monthly meetings on the topics of interest, oversees working groups and committee papers on 'good practices'. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and writes articles for various magazines.



Nicolas Renard

Managing director

Chapelle Consulting Belgium

Nicolas Renard has 17 years of experience in Financial Services. Over the last 8 years, he specialised in the delivery of Non Financial Risk Management projects, working mostly in transversal teams on critical Operational Risk and Compliance projects, including the delivery of several bank-wide projects in IT risk management fraud risk, and scenario analysis.

Nicolas holds a Master degree in Management, is certified in Project Management (PRINCE2 Practitioner) and Process Improvement (Six Sigma Green Belt). He is has extensive experience in Operational Risk and Enterprise Risk Management and is a member of various professional risk organisations. He has recently been appointed member of the board for the newly launched regional group of the IRM, covering Belgium and Luxembourg.

Nicolas is a trusted advisor, able to understand the key concerns of business & IT stakeholders, passionate about demonstrating the added value of risk management. He was most recently as a Senior Manager in Risk Consulting for KPMG in Belgium, before joining CHAPELLE CONSULTING.

Freyan Panthaki

Head of risk and control for non-financial risk management framework

Deutsche Bank

Freyan Panthaki is a financial services executive with 12 years experience working in NYC, London and Hong Kong in various roles. Starting as an equity derivatives research analyst, she then worked as 1LoD operational risk manager for benchmark's administration team and Global Head of Business Control Unit for Research. She has since been Head of Risk and Control for non-financial risk management framework for the last two years. 

Sean Titley

Senior risk consultant, Cambridge and Counties Bank, and member of the Operational Risk Advisory Committee

The Institute of Operational Risk/IRM

A leading member of the Operational Risk community in London, with over 20 years of experience in Risk Management, Sean has co-authored several papers and acted as a speaker at many conferences, seminars and webinars.

He has an extensive network of contacts in the discipline as the Director of Business Development for the Institute of Operational Risk (IOR), promoting the development of the IOR and its Certificate in Operational Risk Management, and was until recently the Deputy Chair of the Association of Foreign Banks Operational Risk Committee, sourcing speakers and chairing discussions about regulatory issues and leading practices.   

Sean has held Director-level roles in Operational Risk, Credit Risk, Strategy/New Business and Governance and Front Office Supervision, having extensive practical knowledge of treasury, capital markets, lending and advisory businesses, including front, back and middle office operations and risk and support functions.

He has experience of regulations applicable across Europe and Asia Pacific and has handled a number of major regulatory reviews.

Sean has developed many governance and risk policies and frameworks and run bank wide risk projects reporting to Boards and executive level committees, benchmarking against regulatory requirements and leading practices.