OpRisk Europe

OpRisk Europe gives you the practical, forward looking insights and innovative solutions you need to remain compliant, ensure business continuity and develop value-add for your firm in an era of uncertainty.

We’re living in an era of extraordinary disruptions.

56% of attendees at Risk.net’s recent OpRisk Global Week felt they were not confident in identifying their vulnerabilities when COVID hit. FIs were forced to shift their operating models and rethink their controls, the full impact on operational risk losses is yet to be determined. Emerging from this all encompassing event, regulatory expectations are more stringent, forcing FIs to ensure best practice in operational risk and focus on resilience, cyber risk, third party risk management, fraud and more. Never before has operational risk been so central to every CRO and regulators agenda globally. 

More than 300 regional specialists came together for this editorially-driven discussion week offering practical tools needed to:

  • Overcome even the most sophisticated forms of fraud, with a focus day drilling down into COVID related incidents, insider risk, synthetic fraud, the dark web and more. 
  • Better identify, quantify and mitigate cyber, third party and ICT risk whilst better understanding your full ecosystem of risks
  • Keep up-to-speed with the regional regulatory expectations with unrivalled insights from across Europe and the UK with open audience fireside chats and confidential post-session Q and As where you can get the answers you need.
  • Identify the new threat actors on the block with in depth educational sessions on IoT, 5G and technology risk.
  • Visualize where climate risk, diversity and well-being sit within the operational risk remit and how you can better position your team to mitigate risk in this crucial areas. Join one of our interactive, face-to-face operational risk working groups geared to help practitioners voice their challenges in a confidential and supportive peer-led environment.

Key trends during the 2021 discussion:

  • Post-crisis the FCA is likely to review all regulated firm's operations resilience across the financial services sector

  • A particular area of focus will be on FCA-regulated firms ensuring that ongoing CASS compliance and governance are adhered to and met

  • The increase for cloud-based applications has increased to help overcome some of the challenges that employees face working remotely, especially around accessing on-premise applications

  • Going forward it is predicted that many firms will offer more flexible working from home schemes which in turn will increase the need for BAU to be carried out from any location

Jeff Simmons

Managing director, head of enterprise risk management EMEA


Jeff Simmons joined the Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ ("BTMU") in June 2014 as the Head of Enterprise Risk, tasked with creating the function.

Prior to joining the bank he spent some 20 years working in the Risk Management arena, this included Market Risk, Credit Risk, Risk Model Validation and Regulatory Risk consulting.

At BTMU his responsibilities include the development of a Regional Risk Appetite Framework, including the design and implementation of a forward looking risk appetite framework which can be used for strategic decision making and control purposes. He is also developing an Integrated Stress Testing framework, and subsequently integrating this with the Risk Appetite framework including the analysis of the Banks forecast under varying macro economic environments. He is now working extensively with both the Tokyo based Head Office and the continental offices to develop a global framework in these 2 areas. Over the past year he has been working cloely with the Amsterdam based subsidiary in the development of the ICAAP/ILAAP and SIRA Frameworks.

He is also responsible for the implementation of an EMEA Risk Governance framework, this involves him working closely with the Regional offices to ensure that there is a standardised and efficient Risk Framework across the region.


Angela Johnson de Wet

Head of Governance and Compliance - Cloud Enabled Business Transformation

Lloyds Banking Group

Head of Governance and Compliance - Cloud Enabled Business Transformation

Ange is responsible for Governance and Compliance for Lloyd Banking Group’s Cloud Enabled Business Transformation Programme. Before her current role, Ange was Head of Cloud and Technology Change Risk.

Prior to working at Lloyds, Ange led transformation teams and programmes at Deutsche Bank including: Cloud Security, Risk and Compliance, Anti-Financial Crime Analytics, Data Quality People Change and Money Markets Finance, Risk and Regulatory Reporting. 

Before joining Deutsche Bank, Ange worked as a Senior Manager at EY across Asia Pacific and EMEIA within the Financial Services Organisation focusing on Corporate Banking and Capital Markets transformation and business, technology and programme advisory. Ange started her career at IBM in Australia working as a developer, tester, designer and then business analyst and project manager.

Ange has an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering (Mechatronics / Robotics) and Computer Science from the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Hasintha Gunawickrema

Chief control officer, wealth and personal banking


Prof. Dr. Thomas Kaiser

House of Finance

Goethe-Universität Frankfurt

Thomas Kaiser has been working on risk management for more than 25 years. He is the founder of Professor Kaiser Risk Management Consulting and teaches Risk Management as an honorary professor at Goethe University as well as at other institutions. He is also active in executive education at Goethe Business School in Frankfurt and elsewhere and is organizing and leading conferences and seminars as well as speaking at conferences nationally and internationally.

In his long-time affiliation with KPMG, he was responsible for advising leading banks and insurance companies globally on Non-Financial Risk Management. Thomas has also worked for Deutsche Bank, Commerzbank and HypoVereinsbank on Operational Risk and with WestLB on market risk topics.

Thomas is the editor of the latest RiskBooks title „Non-Financial Risk Management: Emerging stronger after COVID-19“ and is co-author/editor of the RiskBooks titles “An Introduction to Operational Risk” and “Reputational Risk Management in Financial Institutions” and has written numerous articles and several further books.

He is a member of the advisory board of FIRM (Frankfurt Institute of Risk Management and Regulation) and various other industry associations. Thomas holds a master’s degree in business administration from Saarbrücken University and a PhD in financial econometrics from Tübingen University.

Soren Andersen

Chief risk officer

Nordea Asset Management

Cinzia Dicorato-Rura

Head of EMEA operational resilience risk

State Street

Michael Grimwade

Head of Operational Risk


Michael Grimwade first worked on Operational Risk Management 25 years ago. He is Head of Operational Risk for ICBC Standard Bank and has previously held senior Operational Risk management roles at MUFG Securities, RBS and Lloyds TSB, and he has also been a Director of the Institute of Operational Risk. Michael is the author of a number of articles and papers on scenario analysis techniques, climate change, quantifying emerging risks and modelling Operational Risk capital. He received an award in 2014 from the Institute of Operational Risk for his contribution to the profession. His second book, “Ten Laws of Operational Risk” is due to be published in December 2021.

Svetlana Belyalova
Svetlana Belyalova

Head of operational risk management

Rosbank Societe Generale Group

Rajat Baijal

Managing director, global head of enterprise risk

Cantor Fitzgerald

Rajat Baijal is the Managing Director – Global Head of Enterprise Risk at Cantor Fitzgerald. In this role, he is responsible for designing and embedding a robust Risk Framework across the firm. This includes articulating and implementing a robust Risk & Control Self-Assessment (RCSA), Risk Event Management, Key Risk Indicators etc. and ensuring that the Board is suitably informed about all material issues.

Rajat has an MBA in Finance and has previously worked for Kensington Mortgages, Lloyds Banking Group and Aviva specialising in global implementation of their Risk Framework. Rajat is a regular speaker at risk conferences across London and New York and has authored a number of articles for risk journals/textbooks.

Stefana Brown

Head of operational risk

Legal & General Insurance

I am experienced Operational Risk Professional with over 17 years in the financial services industry (14 in risk). I have  spent 10 years with Lloyds Banking Group, moving to M&G investments for 4 years and the last three with L&G, which has given me a broad exposure to banking, asset management and more recently insurance.  Since commencing my career in banking I have been proactively involved in the Diversity & Inclusion conversation and have been a member of various Inclusivity forums and Groups.

Learn: content that goes above and beyond
  • Hear how the regulators and supervisors are finalizing policy and promoting best practices, from operational resilience through to principles

  • Learn from the UK and European experts paving the way for innovation and excellence in operational risk

  • Gain the practical tools you need to cope during this vastly unprecedented time, remain compliant and develop robust, industry leading practices

Experience: we're doing things differently
  • Our exciting new formats: in the era of live streaming, it's nice to see some real faces. We bring you face-to-face with your industry peers by alternating live streamed panels with confidential video Q and As with speakers.

  • Peer-to-peer benchmarking is crucial: you've spoken and we've listened. Our events bring together senior risk managers from around Europe and the UK to share and gain insights. Facilitating Chatham House discussions, join one of our peer led Think Tanks, Scenario Sessions, Roundtables or Briefings to benchmark, share and learn. 

  • Gone are the days of death by power point: don't get us wrong, everyone benefits from an educational slide or two, but we actively work with our speaking faculty to ensure the balance is right and your experience is at the heart of our formats.

Benefit from going virtual
  • Access event content at your convenience: never miss a session again with on-demand viewing

  • Truly connect and stay engaged: we're keeping things fresh with live interviews, including our Fireside Chats with leading FIs and In Conversation with..., exploring live interviews with out of industry speakers, along with our open panel discussions offering you an industry leading learning experience 

  • Connect with the right people: make use of our smart AI-powered matchmaking tool for the ultimate networking experience

  • Explore our knowledge hub: benefit from additional exclusive Risk.net reports, whitepapers, webinars, surveys, articles and more

Resilience Playbook

Without a doubt, 2020/2021 has been the most volatile and precarious year in recent history. For the first time, all organisations faced significant challenges to business continuity and felt the immediate impact of decentralisation. Our Resilience Playbook brings together the key insights and practical takeaways from the 2021 OpRisk Global event.


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