OpRisk Europe

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

Factors such as geopolitical risk, digital transformation and climate risk have had a clear impact on the scope of regulation and the remit of the head of operational risk. Never before has it been so important for those focusing on operational risk to keep pace with industry developments as they unfold.

Uniting sell-side firms, buyside firms, regulators, technology providers and consultants, OpRisk Europe is the largest regional event dedicated to operational risk, attracting 150+ experts in operational, cyber, third party, compliance, technology, esg, and enterprise risks. Each year, the operational risk community gathers to find solutions to the pressing challenges facing the industry, witness the newest technical innovations and benchmark excellence.


Stefana Brown

Chief risk officer, UK protection and fintech, and director, IT and data protection risk

Legal & General Retail

Stefana Brown is chief risk officer, UK protection and fintech, and director, IT and data protection risk, at Legal & General Retail. She spent 10 years at Lloyds Banking Group and four at M&G Investments before joining Legal & General Retail.

Julien Haye


Julien is managing director & founder of Aevitium. Prior to founding his freelance consultancy Julien, worked at Fidelity International (FIL) from July 2017 as head of non-financial risk and has over twenty years’ experience in the financial industry. Haye has worked for several financial services institutions in treasury, risk, capital management, programme management and trading.

Eelco Van-Dijk

Former senior operational risk analyst capital management, ING

Independent expert

Eelco van Dijk joined ING Bank in 2008 and started working in the modelling and scenario team of Group Operational Risk.

Since 2013 ING reports operational risk regulatory capital according to the AMA model.

The AMA model uses among other internal loss events. Therefore Eelco deals with many aspects of internal loss events (data quality, completeness, etc)

Prior to moving to ING Eelco worked at ABN AMRO in a variety of risk roles for almost 20 years.

Eelco is member of the Risk Committee of the Dutch VBA CFA chapter  


Sean Titley

Director of enterprise and operational risk

Metro Bank

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.

Bob Barclay

Risk manager

ABN Amro

Bob Barclay has over forty years financial services experience gained in both domestic and international environments.

During his 17 years of operational risk and 19 years of internal audit experience he has specialised in consumer products, fiduciary, asset management, private banking, securities servicing, stockbroking and commercial banking with firms including RBS, Citibank (that included two years in Australia as Internal Audit Manager), BNY Mellon and Société Générale. He currently holds the position of Risk Manager at ABN AMRO Bank N.V., UK Branch and is a member of the bank’s Conduct and Ethics committee. Bob has also been involved in the implementation and embedment of risk management frameworks during periods of major regulatory change and has held senior risk management roles that has required dealing with external stakeholders including clients, Regulators and external auditors.

Bob is a member of the London Institute of Banking and Finance, the CISI Risk Forum Committee and the Association of Foreign Banks Operational Risk Committee

Merlin Linehan

Risk manager

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Merlin Linehan is a Risk Manager at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). He is also a regular commentator and speaker on geopolitical and climate topics.

Nitesh Patel

Group operational risk director

Lloyds Banking Group

Nitesh is the group operational risk director at Lloyds Banking Group. Nitesh joined LBG in 2022 from Credit Suisse where he had an extensive audit career most recently as chief auditor for technology, operations, change and third party risks. Nitesh has over 20 years of operational risk experience, including control design, risk culture and use of emerging technology.

On a personal level, he has a love of travel, football and also spends some of his time helping local charities.

Michael Grimwade

Managing director, operational risk

ICBC Standard Bank

Michael Grimwade is managing director, operational risk, at ICBC Standard Bank and has previously held senior op risk management roles at MUFG Securities, RBS and Lloyds. Prior to this, he held management consultant positions at PwC and Deloitte Consulting. Grimwade has been a director of the Institute of Operational Risk (IOR) and is currently the chair of the Association of Foreign Banks' Operational Risk Expert Panel. He has authored a number of articles on setting appetite for op risk; scenario analysis techniques; climate change; quantifying emerging risks; and modelling op risk capital. He received an award in 2014 from the IOR for his contribution to the profession. His second book, Ten laws of operational risk, was published in December 2021.

Jamie Bell

Head of secondary market oversight

Financial Conduct Authority

Jamie joined the FSA/FCA in October 2007 following 10 years as an industry lobbyist. At the FCA, he has held a number of roles across consumer affairs, supervision, risk and markets, holding senior leadership roles in retail banking supervision, risk & compliance oversight and market oversight. He was deputy accountable executive for MiFID II implementation in the UK and accountable executive for the project onshoring the MiFID regime in the UK in preparation for Brexit. He is currently head of secondary market oversight, responsible for discharging the FCA’s duties under MiFID and MAR in secondary markets.

Maria Lombardo

Head of ESG advisory, sustainable finance,

Standard Chartered Bank

Maria heads the global ESG advisory team at Standard Chartered Bank, supporting the bank clients in their sustainability and transition strategies.

Maria spent more than 25 years in investment banking as managing director, heading emerging market equities sales at Lazard, UBS, Sberbank and Unicredit. She moved into sustainability in 2016 when she joined the non-profit CDP as head of their financial investor members. She then headed the ESG Client strategies and climate change strategies at Invesco Global Asset Management in EMEA, leading the growth of sustainability investment solutions and the set-up of the global asset manager’s climate strategy.

Authors of ESG thought leadership whitepapers, mentor, and contributor to industry initiatives in sustainable financing. Maria holds a CFA ESG, a diploma at Cambridge University Sustainability Leadership Institute, along with a CEMS Master and a bachelor’s degree in financial intermediaries at Bocconi University. Maria is a member of the CFA UK Climate and Investing committee, she is a mentor of the acceleration programme at the Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership.

Sophie Dupre‑Echeverria

Chief risk and compliance officer

Gulf International Bank

Sophie is the chief risk and compliance officer of Gulf International Bank (UK) Limited. She is responsible for driving an effective risk culture throughout the company, designing the risk and compliance frameworks and overseeing risk management and regulatory compliance practices. Sophie joined GIB (UK) with extensive experience in the field, having previously served as executive director for compliance and operational risk control at UBS Asset Management. Before this, she was the global head of operational organisational risk at Barings and non-executive director of the Baring-Coller Secondaries Fund. Sophie was also an operational risk manager and the group head of investment risk framework at Schroders.


Sophie graduated from Université Lumière Lyon 2 with a master’s degree in economics and finance. She is a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment, a fellow of the Climate Safe Lending Network and a trustee of First Light South West, a charity supporting people affected by sexual violence and domestic abuse.


Chief control officer, wealth and personal banking


Reasons to attend:

  • Share insights with 150+ of your industry peers
  • Hear from the experts paving the way for best practices in operational risk with perspectives from HSBC, ICBC, State Street, Barclays and more.
  • Get involved and join one of our Chatham House Executive Boardrooms dedicated to confidential peer-to-peer benchmarking 
  • Network with your peers across Risk Live Europe with dedicated operational risk Knowledge Cafes hosted by practitioners
  • Gain unrivalled insight into the key priorities on the regulators' agenda


Re-engage and re-connect:

The pandemic put our lives on hold, now is the time to generate leads and re-connect with the senior leaders of the OpRisk community

Raise the bar:

Add your voice to the discussion as the community builds a framework that is forward-looking and can withstand the next crisis​


We bring together the largest, most global community of senior OpRisk professionals so you can better understand their needs

Advanced operational risk management for leaders

Supplement your participation in Oprisk Europe conference with Risk Learning's course 'Advanced operational risk management for leaders' in London on June 5–6.

This practitioner-focused programme is designed to aid risk professionals in adjusting practices to remain at the forefront of industry development and regulatory expectations.

Key reasons to attend:

  • Address current issues in operational risk management

  • Understand the key skills modern risk professionals need to invest in your teams

  • Review practical examples, case studies and industry benchmarks


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