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Head of Operational Risk and Reputational Risk, Credit Risk Validation and Basel Compliance
UniCredit Bank Austria
Günther Helbok joined Bank Austria in 1999 and is responsible for operational risk and reputational risk, as well as validation of credit risk models at UniCredit Bank Austria. Within his 14 years of experience in operational risk and Pillar 2, he has managed the operational risk system selection, development and rollout at Bank Austria and led the Austria and central & eastern European countries through AMA validation by the respective regulators. Within ORX Günther works on the definition of operational risk event definition and the credit-related boundary. Prior to his engagement he worked at the Manchester School of Accounting and Finance where he holds a PhD.
Jonathan Howitt has extensive experience in risk management on the buy and sell sides. Most recently he held group risk and chief risk officer roles at two major UK-listed investment firms with businesses in alternative fund management, brokerage, investment banking and private wealth management. Jonathan has also held senior finance, chief operational officer and risk roles in New York, Tokyo and London with Citibank, UBS and Dresdner Kleinwort, and, during the early 2000s, was directly involved in industry discussions with regulators for Basel II. He currently chairs PRMIA’s Education Committee and has been a member of PRMIA's London Chapter Steering Committee since 2004.
Head, Risk Analytics, Consulting Engineering and Content
Laura Polak has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services and energy sectors. She currently manages the risk content business and global consulting engineering for GRC. The risk content business oversees the IBM Algo FIRST Risk Case Studies Database. She has worked with the FIRST business for more than eight years and, prior to that, spent four years working at TD Bank in its corporate operational sisk group where she supported the business in its software selection and implementation process for operational risk and Sarbanes-Oxley. Laura‘s earlier experience includes heading up product and development teams, large-scale implementations and architecture/design for new products both at TD Bank and Union Energy.
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