Chief Risk Officer Summit
Redefining your risk agenda
Chief Risk Officer
David Callanan has been Tower’s Chief Risk Officer since early 2016 and is responsible for leadership of their risk, governance, compliance, legal and internal audit functions. David is passionate about bringing risk to life across all aspects of the business in a way that drives strategic business outcomes. He believes that there is unrealised potential in getting everyone to understand risk and how they can use tools and thought processes to deliver better and more effective decisions across the organisation. He also has extensive experience leading risk functions focussed on helping communities understand the impacts of climate change and natural disasters, and how an understanding of risk helps to build resilience. David was previously the Chief Risk Officer at RACQ Insurance and has also held senior risk and compliance roles at other financial services organisations including at PwC and Sunsuper Superannuation Fund.
Vice-President and Group Chief Risk Officer
World Bank Group
Lakshmi was previously Chief Financial Officer and Director, Finance and Risk at the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), the political risk insurance and credit enhancement arm of the World Bank Group. Prior to joining MIGA in March 2011, she worked since 1994 at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), also part of the World Bank Group, where she was Director for Corporate Risk, and Director of IFC’s Risk Management and Financial Policy Department. She helped develop IFC's client risk management advisory services and IFC’s portfolio risk metrics which formed the foundation for the GEMs initiative across MDBs. She led the development of IFC’s integrated capital framework and was responsible for all financial risks in Treasury, lending and equity investment operations as well as rating agency issues. She was also Co-Chair of IFC’s New Products Assessment Group. Lakshmi is co-founder and Co-Chair of the Global Emerging Markets (GEMs) risk database, a Consortium for Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) and International Financial Institutions (IFIs). Lakshmi has consulted for a range of public and private sector institutions in the U.S. and in emerging markets. She has also served on the Board, and Finance and Risk Committees of institutions in emerging markets. Before joining IFC, Lakshmi was a faculty member at the MIT Sloan School of Management and earlier at The Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College. She has a Ph.D. in Finance from the MIT Sloan School of Management and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
*Winner of 2017 Continuity and Resilience Consultant Global Award by Business Continuity Institute
Kenny has over twenty-seven years of international experience in developing, implementing and managing business continuity and crisis management programs to protect organisations from the impacts of major incidents and disruptive events. He has extensive hands-on operational and consulting experience across government and industry, including financial services, health, education, transportation and logistics. Kenny was conferred the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) Australasia and Global Awards for Continuity and Resilience Consultant 2017. Kenny is a qualified ISO 22301 Lead Auditor and Trainer, and has a Bachelor degree in Psychology and Computer Science, Master degree in Business Administration and Specialist Diploma in Disaster and Emergency Management System. He is a Member of the Business Continuity Institute (MBCI), Approved BCI Instructor and former Director of BCI Australasia. He is also a volunteer rescue team member with the Western Australian State Emergency Service.