Advisory Board


Dr Evgueni Ivantsov is Chairman of the European Risk Management Council and author of Heads or Tails: Financial Disaster, Risk Management and Survival Strategy in the World of Extreme Risk. He is a member of the Advisory Group on Global Risks of the World Economic Forum.

Evgueni has a more than 20-year career in the banking sector working in global and large banks. His most recent role was Head of Portfolio Management & Strategy at Lloyds Banking Group. Prior to this role, he worked at HSBC as a Head of Global Analytics and a Head of Portfolio Risk. Evgueni also worked in senior risk management roles at ING Group and Banque Bruxelles Lambert. In his risk management career, he was responsible for areas like stress testing, risk appetite, capital management, portfolio risk optimisation and risk modelling and analytics.

Dr Ivantsov is also a visiting Professor of Cass Business School (City University, London) and before was a visiting Professor of International Economics at the Boston University and a visiting Professor of Money, Banking and Credit at the United Business Institutes in Brussels.

Advisory Board Members

Marian Martin is Chief Risk Officer at Virgin Money. Marian has been Virgin Money’s Chief Risk Officer since 2007. Virgin Money is a UK retail bank which is focused primarily on providing residential mortgages, savings and credit cards. The Virgin Money group also offers a range of investment and insurance products and a market leading basic bank account.

Marian is a chartered accountant and qualified with Ernst and Young. She is an Executive Director of the Virgin Money Bank; Chair of the Risk Management Committee and a member of Virgin Money’s Executive Team. She previously held roles in a range of financial services firms including Britannia Building Society, Britannic Group, RBS and Tesco Personal Finance.

Tomas Hazleton is Chief Risk & Compliance Officer at CivilisedBank based in London. He is delivering regulatory change and best practice, including: Pillar 2 (Governance, Risk Management/Appetite Framework, ICAAP), Liquidity Risk/ILAAP, regulatory remediation (Section 166s/Risk Mitigation Programs), and second line of defense arrangements (Risk, Compliance, AML & Data Protection). Previously, Tomas was the Chief Risk Officer of C.Hoare & Co Bank. Tomas and had senior risk management roles with several UK investment firms, including Threadneedle, GAM, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and AllianceBernstein. While based in New York, he earlier held senior roles at General Motors Asset Management, DTCC and Citigroup. 

Tomas received his MBA from Columbia Business School, where he has served on the advisory boards of the Chazen Institute of International Business and the Center for International Business Education & Research (CIBER), and also received a B.A. in Economics from Rutgers College in New Jersey.

Kevin O’Rourke is Managing Director and Chief Risk Officer of Mizuho Bank (Europe) and a Supervisory Board member of Mizuho Bank Europe based in Amsterdam. He is based in London and his responsibilities cover all aspects of risk oversight including market, credit, liquidity and operational risks. Although focussing on the EMEA region, he has a truly global view on risk management and risk regulation given that he works for a global systemically important financial institution (G-SIFI). Mr. O’Rourke has worked in the industry for over 25 years and has gained experience through a variety of roles, but his primary focus and discipline for the past 20 years has been in the area of risk management. He is a member of the PRMIA London Advisory Committee.


Harry Rogers is  Chief Operations Officer at Bank of China UK. Previously, Harry was the Head of Risk Management of Bank Of China London Branch and Bank Of China (UK) Ltd.  Responsibilities cover all aspects of risk oversight including market, credit, operational and portfolio risk; as well as capital planning. A 30 year career specializing in Risk and Operations has included risk roles across Europe in Greece, France, Belgium and the Netherlands and the UK. After graduating from the University of Exeter he was with Barclays for most of his career, and joined the Eurobank Group before moving to Bank of China.


Michael Imeson Michael Imeson is a Senior Content Editor at Financial Times Live, the FT’s conference division, where he organises and chairs conferences on various issues, and a Contributing Editor of The Banker magazine, which is part of the FT. He also owns Financial & Business Publications, an editorial services agency providing services to a range of organisations. Before setting up the agency he was a news reporter for The Times and Sunday Times in London. He is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (Chartered MCSI); a Member of the Institute of Internal Communication (MIIC); an Associate of the Institute of Directors; a Member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Regulation and Ethics at Queen Mary University of London; and an Alumni Mentor for the London School of Economics. He has written and edited several books including “Dangers in E-Banking”, “The Future of the Building Society Movement”, and “Finance for Growth”.

He studied at the London School of Economics for an MPhil in Government and at the University of Bradford for a BSc in History and Literature.

Chan Kok Seong is Chief Risk Officer of United Overseas Bank, one of the largest banks of South East Asia with the headquarters in Singapore. Mr Chan joined UOB Group in 1998 and currently is the Head of Group Credit and Risk Management. Prior to his appointment in Singapore in September 2012, Mr Chan was the CEO of UOB (Malaysia) from 2003 to 2012. He holds a Bachelor of Accounting from the University of Malaya, Malaysia and is a member of The Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He has over 30 years of experience in banking. Prior to joining UOB Group, Mr Chan spent 3 years working in a merchant bank, after serving the Central Bank of Malaysia for 9 years.

Yves Tomballe has been appointed as Chief Risk Officer for Singapore Branch at MUFG Bank since January 2018. Prior to his current role, he was the Head of the Market Risk Department for Asia ex-Japan. Prior to joining MUFG Bank, Yves worked as an interest rates options trader with Standard Chartered Bank in London, Dubai and New York covering interest rates derivatives in G10, Latam, EMEA and SEA markets before moving to risk management team in Singapore. Yves started his career with Dexia Bank in Brussels as a derivatives trader and structurer and holds a Master’s degree in Business Engineering from ICHEC Brussels.

Gino Abbruzzi is Group Chief Credit Officer at DBS, Singapore’s largest bank. He joined DBS in 2017 and oversees all the credit functions in both the institutional and consumer businesses across all markets. Gino has over 23 years of international banking and risk management experience with strong functional competence across credit risk, market risk, operational risk and governance frameworks. Prior to joining DBS, he was with ANZ Hong Kong as Chief Risk Officer of Hong Kong and North East Asia. He also served as Group Chief Risk Officer at Mediobanca, one of the largest Italian banks. Previously Gino covered various risk and business roles in ABN AMRO, RBS and Paribas in Tokyo, London, Amsterdam and Hong Kong. Gino has a Master Degree in Economics from Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo.

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