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Adam Weiner, Vice President, AQR Capital Management

Bob Walsh, Deputy Chief Compliance Officer, Chief Financial Crime Officer, Chair of the US Compliance Committee AXA Group

Bob Walsh is the Deputy Chief Compliance Officer and Global Financial Crime Officer for AXA Group. AXA provides insurance, investment management and banking in over 50 countries. Bob is based in New York. His main focus is ensuring compliance with international laws on anti-money laundering, international sanctions, bribery and cross-border tax evasion.

His outside activities include:

  • Industry consultation to the Financial Action Task Force and the US Bank Secrecy Act Advisory Group
  • The Financial Crime Committee of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors
  • Chairing the Sanctions in Insurance Roundtable, comprised of most major global insurance companies

Bob started his career at an international bank, and had subsequent roles as a securities regulator and as an executive at an innovative technology firm. Bob has a Political Science degree from McGill University, a JD from Osgoode Hall Law School and an MBA from the Ivey School of Business

Roni Mizrahi, Head of Technology Risk & Regulatory Management, Barclays Investment Bank

Pamela Pecs Cytron, Founder & CEO, Pendo Systems

Pamela’s more than 30 years of financial services technology industry experience includes successfully growing companies from start-up to operational efficiencies while consistently increasing revenue. Her special expertise includes a clear vision of tracking technologies used to serve the financial services industry, and developing innovative strategies to meet the industry’s demands while keeping her focus on providing the ultimate customer experience.

Ms. Pecs Cytron launched her current company, Pendo Systems, Inc., a New Jersey-based financial technology company in 2008. Pendo provides technology for the global capital markets industry, specifically focused on extracting insights from unstructured data. In 2015 Ms. Pecs Cytron pivoted to create a business platform that could explore and repair degraded relationships within dark data by uncovering the hidden information in both structured and unstructured document sources.


John Byrne, CEO, Corlytics

John Byrne is founder and CEO of Corlytics, responsible for setting the company’s vision and strategy.

He is a serial entrepreneur in the financial technology sector, John has built and sold a number of global technology based enterprises. He co-founded one of the first campus companies in Ireland in 1985 in the energy technology sector and built Information Mosaic in 1997, a global player in the securities software industry which was sold to Markit in 2015.

He set up Corlytics to provide real regularly risk intelligence. Following a tsunami of global regulation arrived for the financial markets in 2009, John realised there was no joined up intelligence and predictive analytics to help the banks, regulators and their advisors make informed decisions. Corlytics was formed in 2013 and today is the global leader in regulatory risk intelligence.

John is an executive board member of the International RegTech Association IRTA.  A united community of individuals and organisations, with a shared vision to innovate, advance, and influence the future of regulatory technology

John is a frequent speaker at industry events and has spoken at events such as SIBOS and NEMA. He has also spoken at many other conferences on operational and systemic risk and at RegTech Summits in London and New York. John is a graduate of Stanford Business School and has a Bachelors degree in Electronic Engineering


Ruth Wandhofer, Citi Transaction Services, Global Head of Regulatory & Market Strategy

Hemathri Balakrishnan, Global Head of Platform Architecture, Compliance & Regulatory Affairs, Credit Suisse

Joseph Lodato, Global Head of Compliance Technology & Surveillance, Guggenheim Partners

As a professional with more than two decades of leadership experience in the Financial Services industry, Joe Lodato offers a comprehensive understanding of the issues, trends, challenges and solutions facing CCOs in today’s dynamic and volatile financial services organizations.
Joe’s career success is based on strong and decisive leadership, combined with the ability to bridge the divide between technology and business and ensure alignment with corporate objectives delivered through technology. In Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Operating roles, Joe led the successful integration of technology to ensure compliance and drive productivity across all levels of the organization, and in a variety of settings, from startup organizations to large global services organizations, including Bank of America, Lehman Brothers, Barclays Capital and Alliance Bernstein.
Joe earned his degree in finance from the Lublin School of Business at Pace University in New York City and presently is the Global Head of Compliance Technology and Surveillance at Guggenheim Partners.

Stephen Epstein, VP of Product Marketing, Digital Reasoning

Nirvana Farhadi, Global Head, Financial Services RegTech, Risk & Regulatory Compliance Affairs, Hitachi Data Systems

As the Global Head, Financial Services RegTech, Risk and Regulatory Compliance Affairs for Hitachi, Nirvana is the strategic leader for Hitachi’s Financial Services RegTech business. A thought leader and pioneer in the financial services RegTech sector, she is a global compliance, operations and risk expert across multiple sectors and jurisdictions with over 20 years’ experience.

Prior to Hitachi, Nirvana was the Head of Regulatory Reporting at KPMG. She has served as a lead regulatory expert across Trade, Transaction, Periodic, and Positional reporting requirements under global regulations including, but not limited to: MiFID, MiFID2/MiFIR, EMIR, REMIT, DFA, SEC, CFTC, Hong Kong TR, Canadian TR, ASIC TR, Commodities Position Reporting, and Threshold reporting requirements. In 2014, she was appointed as the lead expert to a European regulatory body on the MiFID II/MiFIR Transaction Reporting Technical Standards and Instrument Reference Data Standard.

Nirvana is published in various industry articles, co-authoring the upcoming RegTech book, and presents to industry audiences worldwide. Nirvana is also a founding member of the Committee to Establish the RegTech Council.

Paul Caulfield Executive Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer, Israel Discount Bank

Paul Caulfield is a recognized compliance professional who has successfully rehabilitated enterprise-wide compliance programs and implemented global solutions to improve operational efficiencies. A former Manhattan prosecutor, Paul has his Series 7, 24 and 66 securities licenses and has appeared on Fox News, MSNBC and other media outlets in connection with his crisis management work. In his current position, he travels frequently throughout Latin America and Israel to stay abreast of regulatory developments and monitor bank performance.

Marcy Cohen, Managing Director - General Counsel & Head of Regulatory Affairs, ING Americas,

In this role, responsibilities include providing leadership, guidance and support to ING globally on major strategic initiatives, corporate governance, regulatory, litigation and transactional matters, as well as serving as a member of the Americas Regional Management Team, Innovation, Operational Risk and Compliance Committees.

Before joining ING in 2005, Ms. Cohen held similar roles for other major global financial institutions. 

Ms. Cohen is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of American Finance, a Director of the Atlantic Legal Foundation and is an active member of various professional organizations serving on the General Counsel committee of the American Association of Bank Directors, the Regulatory and Legislative Committee of the Institute of International Bankers, the Economic Club of New York, ISDA, the Banking Law Committee of the NYC Bar Assn. and the Securities Industry Financial Markets Assn. She has also served as Chair of the International Banking Committee of the American Bar Association, the Corporate Counsel Committee of the NYS Bar Association (“NYSBA”), and Chair of the Litigation Committee of the Futures and Derivatives Committee of the NYSBA.  She is a frequent speaker at various industry conferences covering various timely topics including risk management, governance and compliance culture. She has published several articles on various financial and risk topics.


Alexander Abramov, Head, Information Risk, Markets, Large Financial Institution

Alex Abramov is an IT Governance, Risk, Audit, and Security senior leader with over 20 years of experience in Financial and Advisory Services. His current role is the Head of Information Risk for a broker dealer at a major financial firm. Previously Alex has served as a Technology Risk Controller at JP Morgan, Practice Leader for IT Governance and Compliance at EY, Senior Manager at BDO Seidman, and Head of Application Development and a DISO at Bristol-Myers Squibb. Alex is a co-author of “Cyber Risk” book (2016.) An accomplished speaker, he has presented at over 30 conferences in North America and Europe on the topics of Risk Management and IT Compliance. His credentials include CISA, CGEIT, and CRISC. [www.linkedin.com/in/abramovalexander]

Anthony Dell, Advisory Board Member & Chair of COO Roundtable, Integra Ledger

Anthony S. Dell is an independent consultant, attorney, and industry-leading regulatory strategist. He is also an Advisory Board Member and Chair of the Chief Compliance Officer Roundtable for Integra Ledger, a blockchain-based technology platform for legal professionals and services. He applies strategic business principles and tech-forward thinking to design, build, and execute scalable, efficient, integrated risk-intelligent functions and programs that are “run like a business” to enhance enterprise value.
His most recent position was Partner and Global Chief Compliance & Ethics Officer for Ares Management, a leading global alternative asset manager. At Ares, he was responsible for the all regulatory risk management and compliance functions across the global organization, including U.S. and Non-U.S. businesses. He was the firm’s Global Anti-Money Laundering Officer, Global Privacy Officer and Global Anti-Corruption Officer. He was designated Chief Compliance Officer for various regulated entities within the Ares Management organization, including registered investment advisers in the U.S. and U.K., registered investment companies, and a broker-dealer.

Bradley Giemza, Chief Technology Officer, MUFG Union Bank

Russell E. Perry, Co-Founder & CEO, kompany

Russell co-founded kompany together with long-time friends and business partners.
Russell was the start-up CEO of the largest people-search engine with more than 50 million monthly uniques, operating in 13 countries in 11 languages. He expanded the company from a garage operation to a profitable business within six months and oversaw the sale for EUR 15 million, generating up to a 5x return for investors. For nearly six years Russell was a member of the senior management team at the online gaming company bwin. He led product management betting with more than EUR 2.5 billion in wagers, established strategic and media partnerships in 25 countries.
Russell’s mobile and telecommunications roots go back to 1998 when he joined Austria’s third mobile operator ONE (which became Hutchison 3 Austria) as head of product management data. He oversaw several European firsts, such as mobile banking, SMS content services, SMS payment for vending machines and the first real-time multi-user gaming platform. Russell then joined Telefonica Movile’s 3G Mobile AG in Zurich as Director of Products & Services where he defined and led the launch portfolio of the 3G green field mobile operator.

Erin Piatek, Senior Manager - Regulatory Risk & Technology Compliance, Macquarie Group

Erin Piatek is a Senior Manager in Macquarie’s Risk Management Group and the Head of Technology Compliance for the Americas. Erin joined Macquarie’s Sydney office in 2011, providing regulatory advice on outsourcing, workplace transformation initiatives and compliance with prudential banking regulations.

In 2016, Erin moved to Macquarie’s New York office where she leads Technology Compliance for the region. In this role, Erin advises on a range of regulatory issues with a particular focus on cybersecurity, cloud computing and third-party service providers.

Prior to joining Macquarie, Erin worked as a project finance attorney at the international law firm of King & Wood Mallesons in Sydney. Erin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce and Law from the University of Wollongong.


Shawn Melamed, Managing Director - Global Head of Technology Business Development & Innovation, Morgan Stanley

Arlington Gordon, Vice President, Financial Crimes Risk Review, J.P.Morgan

Arlington joined J.P. Morgan in 2015 as VP, for the Global Financial Crimes Compliance team as AML Compliance Manager, in charge of risk reviews for JPMC high and very high risk clients across AM/CIB/CB LOBs. Prior to joining JPM, he spent nearly 2 years as BSA Compliance Officer at Itau Unibanco (NY Branch), in charge of their AML/KYC Program. Prior to Itau, Arlington spent nearly 2 years at Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS PLC) as Assistant Vice President of OFAC Sanctions Unit, in charge of reviewing all escalated transactions for possible sanction nexus; provided guidance on OFAC sanction matters. Prior to RBS PLC, he spent 5 1/2 years at Bank of New York Mellon (BNYM, as Senior Associate-KYC Specialist. Key responsibilities include full spectrum KYC process (On-boarding; Quality Assurance; Project Management; Alert Management; new hire trainer) as well as supervisory duties for 5 Associates.

Ron D’Vari, Executive Chairman, CIO & Co-Founder, NewOak

Schan Duff, Senior Fellow, Financial Security Program, The Aspen Institute

Matt Homer, Senior Policy Advisor - Digital Finance, U.S. Global Development Lab, USAID

Matt Homer leads the Digital Finance team’s policy and partnerships activities at USAID as well as its financial inclusion investments in India. He recently conceptualized, designed, and launched the RegTech for Regulators Accelerator, a first-of-its-kind program to retool regulatory capacity using digital technology. He was previously a member of the FDIC’s consumer protection policy staff where he focused on mobile financial services, emerging payments technology, and financial inclusion. Prior to that, he worked for Deloitte Consulting, where he engaged regulators and financial institutions on matters related to financial regulatory reform. He received his Master of Public Policy with an emphasis in international global affairs from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Ryan VanGrack, Senior Advisor to the Chair, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)

Ryan VanGrack is Special Counsel and Advisor to the Co-Directors of the Enforcement Division at the Securities and Exchange Commission.  In addition, Mr. VanGrack leads the SEC’s FinTech Working Group, which manages the agency’s efforts related to financial innovation.  Before joining the Enforcement Division, Mr. VanGrack was Senior Advisor to Chair Mary Jo White from 2014 to 2017, providing counsel on a broad range of regulatory matters, including FinTech, enforcement strategy, compliance policies, cybersecurity, asset management and international coordination.  Prior to his time at the SEC, Mr. VanGrack served in the White House as a Deputy Associate Counsel, where he oversaw the selection, examination and confirmation of the President’s Cabinet and handled congressional oversight issues.  He previously worked at the law firm of Williams & Connolly, focusing on financial services litigation and congressional investigations.  Mr. VanGrack received a B.A. from Duke University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Roseanne Lazer, Compliance Officer, North America, Transferwise

Annu Warikoo Global Head - Enterprise Risk Identification Wells Fargo

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