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    ICAP Romania, member of the ICAP group of companies, the largest Business Information and Consulting group in South-eastern Europe, is organizing the 11th Annual Credit Risk Management Conference, on the 3rd of November, online.


    This year, the conference will address some of the most discussed topics of the moment:


    • Digitalization in Credit Risk Management and Fiscality – new Business solutions in current situation with COVID-19;
    • Benefits of Data Analytics and Big Data;
    • Growth Models and the Role of the State in the Crisis.


    For the eleventh consecutive year we are bringing together some of the best-known visionaries & leading figures in the field of credit risk management, on a local and international level.


    In 2020, we are honoured to have received the confirmation of:

    • Valentin Lazea, Chief Economist, National Bank of Romania
    • Cristian Paun, Conferentiar universitar, Economics Studies Academy Bucharest
    • Richard Hunter, Global Group Head – Corporate Ratings, Fitch Ratings
    • Markus Kuger, Chief Economist, Dun & Bradstreet Country Insight Services
    • Dumitru Nancu, Director General, FNGCIMM
    • Alecsandra Valasuteanu, Head of Factoring, UniCredit Bank SA
    • Daniel Anghel, Tax and Legal Services Leader, PwC Romania
    • Christian Bogaru, Legal Advisor and Lawyer, BCHLAW



    The Credit Risk Management Conference, organized by ICAP Romania is the place to be in order to explore new ideas and strategies, understand business disruptors and chart future developments in the industry.


    10:00- 10:10 “Welcome and how to use the conference platform”

    Claudiu Popa, Coordinator, Journalist

    10:10- 10:20 “Risk Professionals: news from ICAP”

    Alexandra Mehedintu, Country Manager ICAP Romania


    Financial and Economic Outlook

    10:20- 10:40 “Lack of innovation in the context of the financial package “EU Next Generation” of the European Commission, in Romanian companies”

    Valentin Lazea, Chief Economist, National Bank of Romania

    10:40- 11:00 “Growth Models and the Role of the State in the Crisis”

    Cristian Paun, Profesor universitar, Economics Studies Academy Bucharest

    Prodecan, REI – Presedinte al C.A, FNGCIMM

    11:00- 11:30 “The Pandemic and Corporate Credit”

    Richard Hunter, Global Group Head – Corporate Ratings, Fitch Ratings

    11:30- 12:00 “Country Risk and COVID – What’s in Store for the Global Economy in 2021?”

    Markus Kuger, Chief Economist, Dun & Bradstreet Country Insight Services

    12:00- 12:30 Networking break



    Credit Risk Models and Best Practices

    12:30- 12:50 “Credit Reports. What data were included, why you should care and what every credit risk analyst must know”

    Myrto Kyriakidou, Executive Director, Credit Risk Services, ICAP Group

    12:50-13:10 “IMM Invest Program and Advantages for Romanian Entrepreneurs”

    Dumitru Nancu, Director General, FNGCIMM

    13:10 – 13:30 “Best Practices in Portfolio Management”

    Apostolos Tsoubris, Executive Director, Management Consultants Private Sector, ICAP Group


    Panel discussion: Digitalization in Credit Risk Management & Fiscality – New Business Solutions

    13:30 – 14:00
    • Daniel Anghel, Tax and Legal Services Leader, PwC Romania
    • Christian Bogaru, Legal Advisor and Lawyer, BCHLAW
    • Alecsandra Valasuteanu, Head of Factoring, Unicredit




    Richard Hunter

    Global Group Head Corporate Ratings, Fitch Ratings

    Head of global corporate ratings group, covering non-financial corporates. Fitch’s corporate rating work is carried out by more than 350 dedicated corporate analysts, based in 22 cities around the world, and also covers all aspects of the rating and surveillance of upwards of 2,000 non-financial corporations across the globe, rating over $10 trillion of debt. Beyond ratings, the group also publishes timely commentary on different sector trends, scenario analyses for industries and individual companies, issuer forecasts, commodity price decks and loan and bond performance across regions.

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    Markus Kuger

    Chief Economist, Dun&Bradstreet

    Markus is the Chief Economist of Dun & Bradstreet and is based in the company’s London office. He holds a Diploma in Economics with a specialisation in labour markets, monetary policy and European economics.In 2009, he obtained a Robert Schuman Scholarship in the European Parliament where he worked for the Committee for Economic and Monetary Affairs, as well as assisting in the Monetary Dialogue between the Parliament and the European Central Bank.After a stint as academic research assistant at the University of Würzburg, he joined Dun & Bradstreet’s Country Insight Services in the UK as a Country Risk Analyst in 2010. In this role, he is covering the UK, France and his home country Germany, combining the company’s vast micro-economic data with his macroeconomic and political expertise. Since 2016 he has been one of Dun & Bradstreet’s media spokespersons. In this role, he has featured in newspapers and magazines many times and has also participated in interviews on national television. In addition, he regularly speaks in front of domestic and international audiences.


    Valentin Lazea

    Chief Economist, National Bank of Romania

    Valentin LAZEA is Chief Economist of the National Bank of Romania, as well as President of the Board of TranFonD SA. He attended advanced courses at renowned institutions, such as: IMF Institute, Washington DC, USA, Sussex University, Brighton, Great Britain, Istituto Giordano dell'Amore, Milan, Italy.

    He is a founding member and President of the Steering Committee of the Romanian Center for Economic Policies (CEROPE).

    He has published numerous studies and specialized books as an author or co-author, such as: ``Conditionalities in the financial-banking field for Romania's admission to the EU``, CEROPE, 1999; ``Estimating the Balassa-Samuelson effect in Romania``, CEROPE, 2003; ``Rural development and agricultural reform in Romania``, CEROPE, 2004; ``Ways of measuring the quasi-fiscal deficit in Romania``, CEROPE, 2005; „Environmental taxes in Romania’, CEROPE, 2006; ``Structural changes in the Romanian economy after integration``, CEROPE, 2007; ``Prioritizing EU policies in the process of reviewing the Community budget``, CEROPE, 2012; co-author of ``The EU and Romania: Accession and Beyond``, The Federal Trust, London, 2006; co-editor and co-author of the volume “Structural changes and economic performance in Romania”, IRLI Publishing House, Bucharest, 2003; editor of the volume “Economic growth and convergence”, Ed. Mustang, Bucharest, 2008. He also participated in three technical assistance programs for the National Forecast Commission, the Ministry of Finance and the Prime Minister's Office, financed by PHARE funds (2001-2007 ).

    Alexandra Valasuteanu

    Alecsandra Valasuteanu

    Head of Factoring, Unicredit

    UniCredit Bank Romania is a member of UniCredit, a leading European bank, and one of the traditional providers of factoring, forfeiting and supply chain financing solutions. With close to 20 years of experience in the financial sector, Alecsandra started in UniCredit Leasing Romania as Senior Relationship Manager. In 2007, she joined the Bank’s team, specializing in receivables management and financing. She has been representing UniCredit Bank S.A. in the Romanian Factoring Association Board of Directors since its establishment.


    Apostolos Tsoubris

    Executive Director, ICAP Management Consultants, Private Sector

    Apostolos Tsoubris is the Executive Director and global head of the Management Consulting Practice of ICAP Group. ICAP Management Consultants provide solutions and services globally with specialization in Customer Strategy, Risk Management & Finance, Operational Excellence and Sales & Marketing. A strong team of business consultants and technology experts combine business consulting and innovative technologies resulting to a unique value proposition. Apostolos previously worked for many International solution provider companies & their partners like Sungard, Fiserv, FUNDTech, Unisys, IBM etc.
    During his 28 year career he has delivered consulting services and complex technology projects to most Banks and Firms like Alpha Bank, Eurobank, Piraeus Bank, Praxia Bank, Optima Bank, Emporiki Bank, Credit Agricole, National Bank of Greece, First Data Hellas (Sia) to name a few.
    Apostolos is specialized in Credit Risk Management, Customer Loyalty and Analytics, Digital Transformation and Big Data & Analytics. He leads teams specialized in Strategy & Business Consulting, Business Process Management, Corporate Performance Management and Compliance. He is the CEO of Comply.Data, a 100% ICAP Company specialized in Compliance. Apostolos has an excellent domain knowledge in Banking, Telco and Retail business. He holds a Bachelor degree with highest distinction in Computer Engineering, and Masters in Artificial Intelligence, Polytechnic School of Engineering, University of Patras. During his professional career, Apostolos has been trained in different phases of the Adizes program for organizational transformation (Worldwide Leading methodology for accelerating organizational change).


    Myrto Kyriakidou

    Executive Director, ICAP Credit Risk Services

    Myrto Kyriakidou is Executive Director of the Credit Risk Services at ICAP and responsible for the function of ICAP as a Credit Rating Agency.
    Prior to ICAP, she was Director of the Portfolio Analytics Department of Qualco, leading a team of experts who evaluated and designed credit & collections strategies, based on data mining findings and risk modelling. She has held a Risk Analytics consultancy position at National Bank of Greece (NPL Division), contributing to the improvement of Credit and Collections processes. As Head of Statistical Decisions Hellas, she analyzed and evaluated credit portfolios for leading Retail Banks. Her first position was actuary at Interamerican Property & Casualty Insurance Company S.A.



    With the support of:

    ICAP Romania , together with CYCLE European, members of the ICAP group of companies, the largest group providing Business and Consulting information in South-Eastern Europe, organizes, in Romania, the 10th edition of the Credit Risk Management Conference .

    The event will take place on Wednesday, May 22 , at the JW Marriott Grand Hotel, Bucharest .

    This year we are talking about a decade marked by challenges , the economic crisis, rising inflation, currency fluctuations and uncertainty.

    How Romanian companies have managed the risks associated with lending in the last ten years and what is the current economic situation in the context of automation and digitization of products and services are just some of the topics covered at the 10th edition of the Credit Risk Management Conference .

    Prestigious speakers from Romania and abroad will provide valuable information, provoking debates and reflections on Commercial Risk management.

    This exchange of ideas, together with the dialogue within the conference on concrete practices for minimizing Credit Risk, are the beginning of future action plans.


    08:30 – 09:00    Registration / Coffee
    09:00 – 09:10 Introduction
    Emma Zeicescu , Event Coordinator, Journalist
    09:10 – 09:30 Opening address
    Nikitas Konstantellos , President & CEO, ICAP Group of Companies
    09:30 – 10:00 “An X-ray of the Romanian economy in the first half of 2019”
    Adrian Vasilescu , Adviser to the Governor of the National Bank of Romania
    10:00 – 10:30 “Romanian Banks: A Strong Macro-Economy Supports Banking Performance”
    Melina Skouridou, Assistant Vice President of Financial Institutions, EMEA, Moody’s Investors Service Cyprus

    10:30 – 11:00
     “Latest Global Trends in Credit Risk Management”
    Christian Berger , Senior VP, Practice Leader, Trade Credit, Guarantees and Policy Risks, Central and Southeast Europe, Marsh
    11:00 – 11:15 Coffee break
    11:15 – 12:00 “Structured Financial Rating: Old Sins and New Challenges”
    George Christodoulakis , Associate Professor, Professor of Finance, Manchester Business School
    12:00 – 12:30 “Corporate risk profile: the quantitative method”
    Myrto Kyriakidou , Executive Director, Credit Risk Services, ICAP SA
    12:30 – 13:00 “Rethinking Businesses, Ecosystems and Economies with Blockchains”
    Haris Linardakis , IBM Cloud Leader,  Greece and Cyprus
    13:00 – 14:15 Lunch break
    14:15 – 14:45 “Organic Growth by Optimizing Efficiency: The Industry’s 4.0 Digital Transformation Journey”
    Marcella Antolini , EMEA New Business Development Director,  CRIF
    14:45 – 15:15 Reinventing debt management”
    George Sotiropoulos , CEO, Cycle Credit, ICAP group of companies
    15:15- 15:30 Coffee break
    15:30 – 16:30  Panel: “Automation in Credit Risk Management”
    • Stefan Ponea , CEO, Industrial Access
    • Alexandru Ososchi , Lawyer, Bogaru & Associates
    • Alina Platica , Head of Retail Credit Management, Garanti Bank
    • Lucia Gheorghe , Credit Manager, Etex Group
    • Claudia Stan , Senior Manager People Services, KPMG
    16:30  The end of the conference



    Melina Skouridou

    CFA Assistant Vice President – Analyst Financial Institutions Group Moody's Investors Service

    Melina Skouridou is an Assistant Vice President and lead analyst for EMEA financial institutions, with a focus in Central and South Eastern Europe. In this role, she currently provides ratings analysis for a portfolio of banks in Hungary, Romania and Slovenia. Prior to that she covered Norwegian and Cypriot banks, as well as financial institutions in Egypt, Israel and Bulgaria. This included large private, public, and state affiliated banks; small and mid-sized commercial lenders, and government-related institutions.

    Melina joined Moody’s Limassol office in 2006, and started her Moody’s tenure covering financial institutions operating in the Gulf Cooperation Council. Prior to joining Moody’s, she worked as analyst for a local investment management firm conducting analysis for various securities and participating in the investment decision process.

    Melina has an MSc Financial Mathematics from King’s College, University of London and a BSc Mathematics from the same school. She earned her CFA designation in 2009.


    Christian Berger

    Practice Leader, Trade Credit Marsh Central and South Eastern Europe

    Christian Berger is Practice Leader for Trade Credit in Marsh’s Central and South Eastern European region, encompassing activities in 17 diverse markets from the Baltics to Israel. Christian is based in Vienna and manages, among other things, the links of the regional trade credit teams with the wider Continental European and Global Marsh Trade Credit Practice.

    Before joining Marsh in 2016, Christian spent 17 years as a manager at Coface, where he was responsible for the establishment of the trade credit network in Central Europe. During his career at Coface he held numerous CEE regional as well as national management positions, including the country manager of Austria and the Czech Republic.


    Haris Linardakis

    Cloud leader IBM Greece and Cyprus

    Haris Linardakis is the IBM cloud leader, Greece and Cyprus since 2015. Within his role, he is helping enterprises of all sizes in Greece and Cyprus to assess cloud readiness, develop cloud adoption strategies and power their digital transformation.

    Throughout his career in IBM, he held business development positions in global technology services and enterprise business unit. As a professional, he is committed to deliver business value through technological advancement and innovative thinking. His main interests include cloud platforms and services, business analytics, internet of things, cognitive applications and agile application development.

    Haris’ academic background includes electrical and computer engineering degree and a PhD degree in telecommunications, both from the National Technical University of Athens. He has published and participated in research programmes in the area of medium access control protocols in Optical Networks.


    Adrian Vasilescu

    Counselor to the Governor of the National Bank of Romania

    Adrian Vasilescu started as a journalist and has more than 57 years of uninterrupted journalistic career for newspapers, magazines, radio and television. Until 1996 he was associate professor at the Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest University and the Higher School of Journalism, followed by occupying several key positions in the National Bank of Romania: coordinator of the communication strategy, part of the team of counselors to the governor of NBR and currently NBR Strategy Counselor. In 2000 he was a member of the government, in the team of advisers of the Prime Minister, at that time Mugur Isarescu.

    Mr. Adrian Vasilescu has weekly financial headings in Romanian newspapers, interviews and reviews in numerous other publications and has been awarded numerous awards for his activity.


    George Christodoulakis

    Associate Professor of Finance, Manchester Business School

    Dr George Christodoulakis is a member of the ICAP Board of Directors, an academic at Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, a financial advisor and entrepreneur. He has served as the State Secretary for Asset Restructuring and Privatizations of Greece, Advisor to the Governor of the Bank of Greece, member of the Hellenic Corporate Governance Council, as well as an academic at Cass Business School of City, University of London. His expertise concentrates on credit and market risk, financial forecasting and regulation, he has published widely in research journals and books and has edited the book Managing Risks in the European Periphery Debt Crisis, Palgrave Macmillan 2015 and co-edited The Analytics of Risk Model Validation, Elsevier 2008 and the Journal of Risk Model Validation, Risk Journals 2006.


    Marcella Antolini

    EMEA New Business Development Director CRIF

    Marcella Antolini’s prime focus during her career has been in retail banking, primarily involved in credit risk, fraud prevention and process optimization, focusing on improving the performance of credit and risk functions for International, Strategic Clients.



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