Dennis Cox

CEO of Risk Reward Limited
Dennis Cox

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Dennis William Cox, BSc FCSI FCA is a leading financial services risk management specialist and CEO of Risk Reward Limited, a capital raising, risk management, internal audit, recruitment, and consulting firm serving banks, insurance companies, regulators, and alternative financial institutions in developed and emerging markets globally from their offices based in the City of London and Miami.

Leadership Roles. He has held senior management positions within the banking and accountancy profession as Director, Risk Management at HSBC Insurance Brokers Limited and Director, Risk Management, Prudential Portfolio Managers.  Formerly he held a number of roles within the banking and audit professions including Senior Audit Manager (Compliance) at HSBC Holdings PLC and Senior Manager (Banking and Finance) at both BDO Binder Hamlyn and Arthur Young.  He has significant expertise in enterprise risk management, risk-based internal audit, forensic accounting, money laundering deterrence, treasury, credit risk, liquidity risk, operational risk and market risk.

He is a Fellow, Co-founder and former Chairman of the Risk Forum for the UK Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments.  A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (FCA), he was a National Council Member for 18 years.  He holds a BSc Honours degree in Mathematics from London University.  He also represented the public interest in the review of the Institute of Actuaries for 10 years.

Experience. Dennis has developed significant banking, finance and regulatory implementation experience in the UK, USA, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.  Recent and current assignments include major risk management and internal audit programmes for the biggest commercial banks from Los Angeles to the largest Islamic Bank in Saudi Arabia, and the Central Bank of Malaysia. Risk management/internal audit projects or advisory services include those conducted for the Monetary-, Audit-, Investment Authorities Audit Authorities and Central Banks worldwide.  He also regularly advises national trade associations of bankers and internal auditors.  He is a regular contributor to the professional financial services institutes in the UK and sits on key Board and risk committees.

He is also an expert on international regulation including the rules promulgated by the Bank for International Settlements and the Financial Actions Task Force.  Specific areas of expertise include model risks, the ICAAP, the ORSA, the ILAA, stress testing, scenario modelling and living wills.

Publications. Dennis is an accomplished international conference chairman and lecturer, and is the author of a number of publications including: Banking and Finance: Accounts, Audit and Practise, The Mathematics of Banking and Finance, Frontiers of Risk Management, An Introduction to Money Laundering Deterrence, and The International Handbook of Money Laundering Deterrence for Wiley Finance to be published September 2014 on the topic of anti-money laundering and terrorist financing regulations and techniques in global markets.

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The Global Economy – What is really happening. The markets are under constant threat.  Cox explores the key challenges facing the global market and talk through expectations for any industry or market in the coming years.

The Changing Financial Market. Cox explores how financial regulation is fundamentally changing the way the financial market operates and consider the impacts in the form of new entrants and changing obligations.  He also explores the impact of financial services regulation.

Things that go Bump in the Night. This presentation looks at what causes failure and whether it can really be identified in advance.  Are there common actions that could have been taken?  The focus is generally on financial services and major failures.

Leadership and Strategy. What is leadership and how does it link to strategy?  Is there a single leadership approach or does it vary?  Dos it add value and what needs to be done to ensure implementation?  Strategy in financial services is often weak and part of following the crowd which results in group think missing key opportunities.  Cox explores this phenomenon and this leads to different solutions.

Financial Crime and the Bribery Act. Based his text “An introduction to Money Laundering Deterrence”  Cox explains the key elements of the regulations and consider the impacts for the firm.

What is the Point of Risk Management?  Too often risk management is not part of the way that a business operates and becomes a voluntary add on.  Enterprise risk management needs to be seen to add value and should rive the business.  Looking at issues as diverse as risk appetite, risk measurement and stress testing this presentation explains how the area should add value and what the point really is.

Why do we have non executive directors? This presentation looks at corporate governance requirements and considers the key obligations of directors and how these could be met in practice.

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