Course tutors

James Atkinson
Senior Associate

James Atkinson is a Senior Associate at Norton Rose (Asia) LLP in Singapore. James has a wide range of financial markets experience, having worked on OTC derivatives, debt issuance and structured products in both the conventional and Islamic sectors. James has advised financial institutions and corporate end users active on numerous risk management and investment transactions, often involving tailored credit support arrangements. Prior to his move to Singapore in January 2010, James was based in Norton Rose's London office where he worked on a number of innovative structured products in emerging markets.


Chris Matten

Chris is a Partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) Singapore Financial Services practice. Chris is charged with the development of risk and capital management solutions for financial institutions and corporate treasuries. He is also the global leader of PwC’s Risk-Based Capital Management network.

Chris has over 17 years experience in the financial services industry, working in various risk- and financial-control roles. His work experience has taken him from the UK, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant, to Japan, Switzerland, Australia and Singapore. Prior to joining PwC, Chris was the CFO of OCBC, a listed Singapore-based bank. His two previous roles before that were as head of balance sheet management for the National Australia Bank and group financial controller for Swiss Bank Corporation.

Chris has carried out a large number of risk and capital management projects for PwC. His Basel II work encompasses projects at banks in Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, China, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. His Economic Capital work (including Basel II Pillar 2 ICAAP engagements) has taken him to Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, Japan, Taiwan, China and South Africa. His book Managing Bank Capital (2nd edition 2000) has been translated into several foreign languages).

Chris has a BA (Hons) 1st Class from London University and is a qualified chartered accountant. He is also a member of the Professional Risk Managers’ Industry Association (PRMIA) and an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

bart-pironBart Piron
Principal Consultant

Bart studied economics at the University of Antwerp (Belgium) and at INSEAD (France) and has a CFA from the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands). He worked for a range of consulting and software organisations, including Dun & Bradstreet, Misys and Oracle. Bart has 27 years of experience in the financial services industry.

He has been at Algorithmics since 2001, and has been involved in the implementation of risk solutions at major banks, including Nordic Investment Bank, Danske Bank, NIB Capital HSBC and Standard Chartered Bank. Most of these projects span market and credit risk, and cover not just the regulatory aspects but also the bank's internal decision making.

Regis Tabaries
Domain Manager, FX Cash, Money-Market, Fixed income

Regis studied mathematics and finance at the University of Toulouse (France) and at the ISFA (Lyon). He works as a senior manager in Murex South-East Asia since two years after eight years spent in Murex Europe working on money-market, interest rates and inflation derivatives.

He now specializes in providing software solutions in FX Cash and Money-Market to the major banks in Asia. He is also advising banks managing their banking book and liquidity risk within Murex software.

Shekhar Mehta

Shekhar Mehta is a consultant with MSCI advising and assisting clients in Asia on market risk and credit risk. Previously, as Head of Credit Consultancy Business in Asia at RiskMetrics, he assisted various institutions in the region to implement portfolio credit risk, counterparty exposure and economic capital.

Previously, he was at American Express where he worked in various functions in Credit Risk for the US and Asia-Pacific portfolios. In addition, he has worked for a leading technology house HCL Technologies developing solutions for fund management companies and a regional consulting firm working on working capital assessment.

He has been involved in formulation of credit strategies, application of economic capital, underwriting and model review. His initial training is in engineering and has an MBA‚ÄźFinance (IIM Calcutta), FRM (GARP).


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