Cathy Hampson is the Regional Head of Operational Risk Management for Europe and Asia for AIG Asset Management (Europe) Limited, London. Cathy joined AIG in 2013 from Morgan Stanley, where she was responsible for the global Sarbanes-Oxley program and the Finance Operational Risk department. Cathy has extensive experience in Operational Risk Management across all asset classes and has also held previous roles at Barclays Global Investors and Chase Manhattan. In addition to being a founder developer of the Corporate Operational Risk framework in her previous role, she has also held roles in Securities Lending Trading, Operations, IT, Finance and Compliance and Project Management. Cathy graduated in Fuel and Energy Engineering/Management Studies from Leeds University, holds an MBA from the London Business School, is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants and is involved in the examination setting for the Advanced Operational Risk Examination of the Chartered Institute of the Securities and Investments Institute.
Tom is the Chief Risk Officer for Allianz Group, responsible for global risk controlling and risk management policies and guidelines. Prior to joining Allianz in 2008, Tom was the Chief Risk Officer for ING's global insurance operations. Prior to joining ING in 2005, Tom was the Global Head, Finance & Risk Practice at Oliver Wyman & Company (OWC), a consulting firm specializing in serving financial services firms in risk, strategy and organization. Prior to joining OWC in 2002, Tom was the CFO & CRO for Swiss Re New Markets (SRNM), responsible for the risk management, financial / management reporting, treasury and back-office operations for the alternative risk transfer and capital markets activities of Swiss Re. Prior to joining SRNM in 1998, Tom was the Global Head, Risk Management Practice, at McKinsey & Company. Tom has spent most of hisprofessional career in Europe, having lived and worked in Munich, Amsterdam, New York, London and Zurich. Tom earned his BSc in Business Administration with honours from the University of California at Berkeley and his PhD in Economics from Stanford University. Tom is a dual American- / Swiss-citizen.
Didier Sornette is the author 500+ research papers and 7 books. Prof. D. Sornette's research is based on the hypothesis that most extreme risks (and gains) are ``dragon-kings'', that is, they almost always result from maturations and drifts towards a critical instability, with measurable precursors either at the technical and/or socio-economic levels. Didier Sornette uses rigorous data-driven mathematical statistical analysis combined with nonlinear multi-variable dynamical models including positive and negative feedbacks. In 2008, he launched the Financial Crisis Observatory to test the hypothesis that financial bubbles can be diagnosed in real-time and their termination can be predicted probabilistically.