Aug 072014

A holistic approach to risk management amidst global uncertainty


In today’s fast-moving, complex environment, risk executives must cultivate an understanding across all risks and
businesses. Business problems are multifaceted, interrelated and increasingly global. Executives must possess enhanced skills to identify and address a wide range of risks with an integrated approach and enterprise-wide perspective.

The RMA/Cass Business School Advanced Risk Management Programme exposes participants to a rigorous, yet inspiring blend of theory, practice and cutting-edge research, instilling knowledge and skills applicable to the real world of global business. In addition to its focus on known and quantifiable risks – credit risk, market risk and operational risk – the programme also concentrates on those risks which are unknowable and difficult to measure – business risk, strategic risk, and reputational risk. Cass has excellent links to City of London firms and institutions and is able to complement Cass faculty with guest faculty and senior level business practitioners, considered by their peers to be industry thought leaders.

Areas of focus for the programme include:

  • Risk management as a strategic competitive strength
  • An integrated approach to risk management
  • Fostering a culture and climate that openly communicates risk
  • A framework for rapidly responding to known risks and unraveling the complexities of the unknown
  • A focus on risk informed by global perspectives
  • Gaining a perspective on risk management and its implications for corporate governance

The programme will be led by Professor of Finance Stephen Thomas of the Cass Business School Faculty of Finance.
Professor Thomas joined Cass in February 2007, after being Professor of Financial Markets at Southampton University since 1996, and prior to that at the University of Wales, Swansea, from 1992. He is a member of the editorial board of  the Journal of Business Finance and Accounting and in a recent review was ranked 11th in Europe for finance research.

He is a director of Bear Stearns’ Global Alpha (hedge) fund, and since 1988 has been consulting editor of a range of
credit publications for FT Interactive Data. He is an examiner for the Investment Management Certificate of the Society of Investment Professionals, and author of the accompanying Official Training Manual.

this is an extremely well-pitched course and relevant to the sector”.

Will Jennings, Head European Risk Monitoring Unit,

Rabobank (2014 Programme attendee)

For more information or to enrol, please visit:


Curriculum Themes:

  • A Holistic Approach to Managing Risk Amidst Global Uncertainty
  • Global Economic Perspective
  • Outlook for Financial Institutions
  • A Risk Management Framework for Tomorrow
  • Risk Strategy and Appetite
  • What Shareholders/Investors Expect from Banks
  • Key Regulatory Developments
  • Governance
  • Risk Processes and Methodologies
  • Optimising the Credit Process
  • Modern Credit Parameters/Credit Risk Modelling
  • Counterparty Risk
  • Actively Managing Credit Risk
  • Market Risk
  • Liquidity Risk
  • Operational Risk
  • Firm-wide Risk Management
  • Stress Testing
  • Risk Data and IT Systems
  • Risk Management Skills, Resources and Culture


Varied and integrated teaching methods are used, including:

  • Project work
  • Presentations
  • Team-oriented learning
  • Lectures
  • Panel sessions
  • Case studies


  • Meet and network with executive peers to gain a diverse and thus broader understanding of risk issues
  • Broaden your knowledge of leading-edge theory and practice to increase your ability to create and sustain a high level of performance
  • Take part in focused learning which will result in advanced proficiency, leading to strategic advantages
  • Interact with renowned faculty and thought leaders to improve your decision making
  • Strengthen your ability to steer projects to completion through understanding the issues impacting your institution

“Good, well organised programme that touches on topical subject matter. Great presenters. Very imp r e s s e d ”. Reshma Shah
Senior Risk Manager, BNY Mellon
(2014 Programme attendee)


This programme is designed for participants who work in the financial sector in the UK, the EMEA Region or Asia and are senior risk practitioners or business-line executives on track for broader assignments within their organisation.

Candidates attending this programme must demonstrate significant leadership capabilities, subject matter expertise, and progress along a positive, long-term development and responsibility trajectory.

The programme is also considered suitable for independent non-executive directors of financial sector firms.


The RMA and Cass Business School

About RMA

Founded in 1914, The Risk Management Association is a not-for-profit, member-driven professional association whose sole purpose is to advance the use of sound risk principles in the financial services industry. RMA promotes an enterprise approach to risk management that focuses on credit risk, market risk, and operational risk.

Headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, RMA has 2,500 institutional members that include banks of all sizes as well as nonbank financial institutions. They are represented in the Association by more than 16,000 risk management professionals who are chapter members in financial centres throughout North America, Europe, and Asia/Pacific.

About Cass Business School

An integral part of City University London, Sir John Cass Business School is among the global elite of business schools that hold the gold standard of ‘triple-crown’ accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS). Cass is consistently ranked amongst the best business schools and programmes in the world which, coupled with an established 40-year reputation for excellence in research and business education, enables Cass to attract some of the best academics, students and businesses worldwide into the exclusive Cass net work.

Cass enjoys unrivalled links to the City. The outstanding quality of the learning resources, academic faculty and its City location make Cass an intellectual powerhouse, firmly plugged into one of the world’s greatest business centres, the ideal place to access and exchange the latest ideas, expertise, business practice and technical know-how. We have ready access to the people shaping markets and leading new trends. To enrich our programmes with new perspectives and experiences we draw speakers and course leaders from this extensive net work of people at the top of their professions.

For delegates attending programmes, London is a choice location. As one of the world’s leading cities, its rich history and dynamic cosmopolitan culture generate an exciting mix of cultural and social opportunities. A major transport hub, London is highly accessible from anywhere in the world.

For more information or to enrol, please visit:


Cass Business School
Executive Education
200 Aldersgate Street
London EC1A 4HD
United Kingdom


Programme cost: £5,500
The fee includes attendance, course materials, daily lunch and refreshments and a private dinner at a London restaurant.
As this is not a residential programme you will be required to arrange your own accommodation. Should you require any assistance in making your hotel arrangements, please contact Cass.

    • Monday 23rd February 2015: 10:00 to 18:00
      Opening session followed by welcome lunch, then in-class sessions and project work
    • Tuesday 24th February 2015: 09:00 to 18:00
      In-class sessions and project work
    • Wednesday 25th February 2015: 09:00 to 18:00
      In-class sessions and project work
    • Thursday 26th February 2015: 09:00 to 18:00
      In-class sessions and project work, followed by cocktails and dinner with a guest speaker
    • Friday 27th February 2015: 09:00 to 17:00
      In-class sessions and project work, followed by group presentations to a panel of experts


In the United Kingdom

Joanne Paktsun, Client Relationship Coordinator, Cass Executive
Education, +44 (0) 207 040 8711,

Caitriona Conway, Business Development Director, Cass
Executive Education, +44 (0) 207 040 8269,

Steven Shaw, Senior Regional Consultant, Europe, The Risk
Management Association, +44 (0) 1732 463875,

In the United States

Stacy Germano, Associate Director, Enterprise Risk Management,
The Risk Management Association, +1-215-446-4089,

Mark Zmiewski, Director, Enterprise Risk Management,
The Risk Management Association, +1-215-446-4085,

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