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We have an esteemed group of speakers this year from all over the world. Please come back soon, as we will be updating this list as we finalize our logistics.


Kevin W. Knight – Australia

Kevin-W-KnightKevin W. Knight is known for his active work in developing, explaining and encouraging the use of Standards with respect to the management of risk. He is a founding member of the Standards Australia/Standards New Zealand Joint Technical Committee that produced the original AS/NZS 4360 Risk Management Standard in 1995 and its subsequent revisions in 1999 and 2004.

What Next for Standards on the Management of Risk – Nationally and Internationally

  • Will ISO 31000 emerge as the dominant global standard?
  • Moving from the “what” to the “how” of ISO 31000;
  • What does the global risk community want from Standards Bodies to assist with implementing ISO 31000;
  • To Certify or not – That is the question

Alex Dali – France


Alex Dali is President of G31000. He holds a MSC in Chemical Engineering, a degree in Business Administration and a post-masters in Risk Management. Alex has worked and lived during the last 20 years in many countries and has demonstrated vast experience in many aspects of risk management. He is well known as the active founder/owner of the ISO31000 LinkedIn group which has 30,000+ members.

ISO 31000 Risk Management Certification — Current Status and Perspectives

  • How to get the certification of your risk management system
  • The certification of organization vs. the certification of individuals
  • Current certifications available for the ISO31000 standard, worldwide
  • What are the current situation and trends

Tim J. Leech – Canada

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Tim J. Leech FCPA CIA CRMA CFE is Managing Director Global Services at Risk Oversight Inc.  He has over 25 years of experience in the risk and assurance fields, including global experience helping clients with ERM and internal audit transformation initiatives and litigation support work on officer/director due diligence actions. In Jan 2014 he co-authored a new Conference Board Director Notes article titled “Risk Oversight: Evolving Expectations for Boards” proposing a new paradigm in ERM and internal audit methods.  It is attracting global attention and accolades as break-through thinking.

Internal audit’s role in board-driven/objective centric ERM

  • Overview of feedback signaling an urgent need for corporate and internal audit change
  • Aligning internal audit’s efforts with the objectives of the organization
  • Specific practical  strategies to create and maintain effective risk appetite/ERM frameworks
  • Using ISO 31000 as the foundation for  change efforts

Beulah Misrole – South Africa

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Beulah Misrole has developed a resilient career as an executive in enterprise risk management (ERM) with experience in both the private and public sectors, including Eskom, Anglo Platinum, Babcock Africa, Worley Parsons SA. On 1 May 2014, she assumed responsibility in the West Cape Government Provincial Treasury as Director of Financial Governance to apply her knowledge and experience in the Provincial Municipalities.

The Value of Risk Management and ISO 31000 in the Public Sector

  • The value in practicing risk management in the public sector
  • Implementation process
  • Lessons learnt
  • ISO 31000 journey in the public sector

Angel Escorial – Spain

Angel-EscorialAngel Escorial is CEO of Riskia and member of AGERS (Spanish Association of Risk Management). Angel is Civil Engineer and has a BSc in Physics. He has over 25 years experience in RM consulting he is the project leader of the ISO31000 and Environmental Risk WG in AGERS.

Initiatives in Spain & Latin Regarding ISO 31000

  • AGERS translation of ISO TR 31004 into Spanish
  • CTN 307  – ISO 31000 Spanish Mirror Committee
  • AENOR Specification 31 on Risk Management
  • Training and certification in ISO 31000 in Spain, Peru and Colombia

Christopher Mandel – US


Christopher E. Mandel is SVP, Strategic Solutions for Sedgwick, Inc., the world’s largest and leading claims and productivity management firm. He has held leadership positions in insurance, consulting, brokerage, and large global corporates for over 30 years.

Aligning ISO 31000 with Success

  • Risk’s effect on Success
  • Why some risks matter more
  • Risk discipline and strategic focus
  • Next level risk management

Thinka Bor-Reijinga – Netherlands


Thinka Bor-Reijinga (b. 1957) is a risk management consultant based in The Hague, Netherlands. She is the founder of the Risk Expert Factory, a risk management development network focusing on the ISO 31000:2009 risk management standard and seeking to incorporate risk readiness into organizational thinking and learning. Her personal aim is to enhance the knowledge and skills needed to create effective risk management by striking the right balance between the hard and soft controls.

The Added Value of Risk Readiness in ISO 31000:2009

  • Paragraph 4.3.5 Resources People, skills and competences
  • Paragraph 4.3.5 Resources Training Programs
  • How to institutionalize Risk readiness?
  • How to operationalize MASTER?

Allen Gluck – United States


Allen Gluck, MA, CT31000, serves as VP of G31000 North America, Inc. and is the US representative of the Global Institute for Risk Management Standards, the international organization promoting risk management standards. He is an official member of the U.S. TAG to ISO/TC 262 (TAG 262) on Risk Management and the ISO/TC 176 (TAG 176) on Quality Management. He holds a Master’s Degree in Leadership from Bellevue University in Nebraska. Allen serves as an adjunct professor at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY, where he teaches the first risk management course based upon ISO 31000 in the Unites States.

How to Integrate Risk Management into the Proposed ISO 9001:2015

  • Annex SL: the requirement to align all ISO Management Systems
  • Impact of Annex SL on ISO 9001
  • Controversy regarding definition of risk
  • How to apply to apply risk-based thinking of ISO 9001:2015

Paul Palms – United States

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Working as a specialist in quality management and world-class quality systems over the past 28 years, he has enabled many organizations to improve profitability and culture and attain ISO 9001, ISO 14001,
AISC and API registration.

Risk-based thinking introduced in the revision of ISO9001:2015 

  • The Process of Revision – Who, What and How
  • Overview of DIS/ISO 9001 – Structure and Major Changes
  • ISO 9001:2015’s Reference to ISO 31000 and “Risk Based Thinking”
  • Opportunities and The Path Forward

Stefano Losi – U.S.


After having received his graduate degree at the Luigi Bocconi University of Milan, Stefano worked in different management roles in private and public sector institutions in Milan, London and New York, including Deutsche Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, mainly focusing on governance, compliance and risk management matters. As ERM Officer at the United Nations, he is currently responsible for coordinating the global efforts of the Organization towards the adoption and implementation of the Enterprise Risk Management and Internal Control framework across the entire range of its mandates and activities.

Enterprise Risk Management — A tool to enhance Governance and Decision Making

  • Organization-wide implementation at the United Nations
  • ERM as a strategic tool for the prioritization of objectives, risks and managerial responses
  • Risk management and governance
  • Linking ERM to decision making

Gerhard Rotter – France


Gerhard Rotter is an independent advisor providing consulting and training services to public and private companies in multicultural, multidisciplinary environments utilizing his in-depth knowledge of Finance and the Telecom, Energy, Transport, Chemical and Infrastructure sectors. Since 2006, he has held various positions at the global and regional level with solution business, finance and risk management responsibilities for portfolios of up to € 4 billion. Gerhard holds a Master of Science (Engineering) and a Ph.D. (Economics) of the Vienna University of Technology.

Embedding ERM Effectively by Combining COSO ERM and ISO 31000

  • Trends and key drivers
  • The embedding process, main axis and conditions
  • Enablers and the ERM framework
  • Embedding aspects for risk governance

Tony Simmonds – Australia

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Tony Simmonds’ career in risk and project mgm’t started some 37 years ago in the Military.  He was involved in writing the risk mgm’t policy and procedures for the Australian Land Army.  Tony is now a Director of a Risk and Project Mgm’t Consulting company in Australia as well as a Director of a Registered Training Organization that delivers formal accredited risk mgm’t qualifications aligned to ISO 31000.   He is also the President Director of a Risk and Project Mgm’t Consulting & Training Services company in Indonesia where he leads teams to design and implement Integrated, Enterprise-wide, Risk Mgm’t frameworks.

ISO 31000 – ERM Indonesian Style

  • Significant opportunities to improve the practices of risk management and the implementation of ERM.
  • Indonesia an ASEAN’s power house but it own worst enemy in many respects.
  • My mission is to try and make Indonesia a net exporter of risk managers.
  • The challenge is to come with an open mind, open heart and open will.

Charles T. Canfield – U.S.

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Chuck has a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Elmhurst College, Chicago, Illinois, USA and a Juris Doctor with a concentration in International Law from Northwestern University. Chuck is a Certified Public Accountant (Illinois) and a Chartered Global Management Accountant (London). Has over twenty years professional experience in accounting, consulting and law, with eleven years of that spent in the emerging markets of the former Soviet Union and East Asia and the Pacific. Assisted companies in these jurisdictions implement international best practices of corporate governance, and advised on draft legislation/regulations in ten separate countries. Extensive experience advising enterprises on accounting issues, internal control systems and internal audit functions and other issues related to corporate governance. In addition, has experience as an auditor and tax advisor with international accounting firms as well as legal experience as a corporate and securities attorney.

IFC’s Approach of Assessing the Corporate Governance of Risk Management

  • Introduction to IFC CG Methodology and Tools
  • IFC’s approach to the governance of risk management
  • International standards in risk management incorporated into IFC’s CG Methodology
  • Overview of IFC specialized tools to assess a firm’s governance of risk management

Hock Hwa Lau – Germany


Hock Hwa is a certified Lead Trainer by G31000 who can conduct English and Mandarin spoken training certification program. His designation in Heraeus Materials Technology business group is the Global Head of Precious Metal Management. With his established risk management into the organization’s management systems globally since 2012, there are tangible and intangible achievements such as improvement in the organization financial performance and the competency strengthening in protecting precious metal for Heraeus. His highest qualification is Master Degree in Engineering Management and a graduate of Singapore Military Institute for Battalion Tactics Course.

A Success Story Of Integrating ISO 31000 Into Organization’s Company Management Systems

  • Success Implementation Endorsed by G31000
  • Evaluation of ISO 31000 intention to the organization intention
  • Implementation milestones
  • The applied strategies with samples of related documents to share

Jason Shohet – United States


Jason Shohet is a risk management consultant, former Vice President of Enterprise Operations and Technology Risk Management at Citigroup where he provides global oversight of self-assessment
programs. He holds certifications in the governance of enterprise IT, auditing information systems, and IT infrastructure. He has twenty years of experience in operations, audit, regulatory compliance and risk management fields – most of that time in government and financial sectors. He has provided risk management expertise covering operations in market and credit risk, anti-money laundering, financial reporting, technology infrastructure, continuity of business and supplier management functions. Jason is also a graduate of a U.S. service academy and served for 11 years as an officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve.

Operational Risk [Not] By the Numbers

  • Financial / Insurance Risk characterized by statistics, use of robust modeling tools
  • Op-risk characterized by qualitative judgments that feed into infamous probability x Impact matrices
  • A dearth of statistical analysis is a bane on the op-risk profession which limits its value
  • Several challenges must be overcome for op-risk to take its quantitative place amongst its peers

Linda Conrad – Zurich

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Linda Conrad is Director of Strategic Business Risk Management for Zurich. She leads a global team responsible for delivering tactical solutions to Zurich and to customers on strategic issues such as business resilience, supply chain risk, Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), risk culture and Total Risk Profiling.

Building a resilient Management System 

  • Today’s inter-connected exposures demand a holistic approach to strategic business risk management
  • Cyber, supply chain, audit, compliance, continuity and project management go
    beyond technical disciplines
  • ISO 31000 standard is the cornerstone to building a resilient enterprise risk
    management system


Joseph Iyofor – Nigeria


Joseph Iyofor is the Risk Management and Strategy Advisor at Greenland Mega Options Ltd. He has seven years of experience specializing in ERM ISO 31000, COSO ERM, ISO 27001 implementation and risk-based auditing. He holds a B.Sc (Ed) in Economics from University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

Why Organizations Want To Be Certified in Nigeria