November 8, 2018 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Westin Hotel
Westmoreland St
Michael Hurl

We are delighted to announce the ACOI Conference and Annual Dinner which will both take place on Thursday, 8th November 2018 at the Westin Hotel, Dublin.

Our conference has become a must attend event for executives, board members, regulators and those working day to day in the growing area of compliance. As always you can expect interactive discussions as our panel of national and international speakers share their viewpoints and experiences on such topics as:

*Why culture is key?

*Speaking up

*The impact of digitalization on compliance/conduct risk

*Individual accountability – senior manager regime


ACOI 2018 Conference: Culture, Conduct & Compliance

Culture is Key

Ros O’Shea – Partner, Acorn Governance Solutions
In this session Ros O’Shea will address the following topics:
• Culture
• Leading with integrity
• Ethics

Improving Culture for a Better Outcome for Consumers

Gráinne McEvoy – Director of Consumer Protection, Central Bank of Ireland
In this session Gráinne McEvoy will address attendees on improving culture for a better outcome for consumers including the role Compliance can play as the voice of the consumer.

My Story

Eric Ben-Artzi – Partner, J&B Consulting
“I just got word from the Securities and Exchange Commission that I am to receive half of a $16.5m whistleblower award. But I refuse to take my share”.
In this session Eric Ben Artzi will share his story and views on how to protect shareholders from executive wrongdoing and the lessons he learned as a whistle blower at Deutsche Bank

Artificial Intelligence: Is it intelligent?

Dr Jochen Leidner – Director of Research, R&D London, Thomson Reuters, Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor of Data Analytics, University of Sheffield
Dr Alan Kearns – Professor of Ethics at DCU’s School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music
Caitriona Somers – Independent Non Executive Director, IPB Insurance
Clive Kelly – ACOI President
In this session our panel of experts will discuss:
• What AI means for Compliance, and what Compliance (and Ethics) Means for AI
• Will robots really replace compliance officers?
• Digitalisation – ethical challenges

Whodunnit? Individual Accountability

Kian Caulwell – Head of Conduct Risk, KBC
Joe Gavin – Partner, ByrneWallace
Dolores Geaney – Head of Compliance, Company Director, MLRO, Investec in Ireland
In this session our panel of experts will discuss:
• Senior management regimes
• Individual sanctions
• Lessons from other jurisdictions


Event Details:

Title: ACOI 2018 Conference: Culture, Conduct & Compliance
Date: Thursday, 8th November 2017
Venue: The Westin Hotel, Dublin 2
Time: 12:30 – 13:00 Registration & Networking
  13:00 – 17:00 Conference
CPD: LCOI 3.5 hours (2.5 Ethics)
  FCOI Compliance 3.5 hours (2.5 Ethics)
  Professional Banker 3 hours (2.5 Ethics)
  Chartered Banker 3 hours (2.5 Ethics)
  Certified Bank Director 3 hours (2.5 Ethics)
  QFA,CPD, RS Members 2.5 hours Ethics
  Certified Bank Director 3 hours (2.5 Ethics)
  FCOI Ethics 2 hours
  CFCPP 2 hours (2 Ethics)
  CDPO 2 hours (2 Ethics)
Fee: €150 for members, €250 for non members

Speaker Details:

Ros O’Shea – Partner, Acorn Governance Solutions
Ros is a highly experienced business leader having worked with the Board and Executive of two of Ireland’s largest and most-respected companies: CRH plc, where she was Head of Group Compliance & Ethics, and Smurfit Kappa Group plc. Ros is a partner with Acorn Governance Solutions, a consulting firm providing advice and leadership training on governance, compliance, risk and business integrity and she lectures on these topics with UCD Smurfit Graduate School of Business and the Institute of Directors. She is also an independent director, sitting on the board of the Bank of Montreal Ireland plc, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland and Pieta House and is also author of the book “Leading with Integrity – a Practical Guide to Business Ethics”, published in May 2016.

Eric Ben-Artzi – Partner, J&B Consulting
Dr Eric Ben-Artzi was a New York based quantitative analyst (“quant”) at Deutsche Bank’s Market Risk Management department. Before joining Deutsche Bank in 2010, he had received his Ph.D. from the Courant Institute at New York University, and worked for major financial institutions, including Goldman Sachs. Soon after joining Deutsche Bank, he began to question the risk and then the valuation and representation of the Bank’s credit derivatives portfolio. Dr Ben-Artzi received seemingly conflicting and increasingly alarming answers from his superiors about the models used to assess their risk and valuation. He eventually became convinced that the Bank was misrepresenting some of its trades, subsequently inflating their value and concealing their risk. Dr Ben-Artzi believed that in doing so, Deutsche Bank potentially overstated its position by billions of dollars, and propagated the notion it avoided a government bailout. After reporting his concerns to management, internal compliance, and regulators, Dr Ben-Artzi was terminated.
The alleged misconduct was first publicly disclosed in a series of articles by the Financial Times in December of 2012.

Grainne McEvoy – Director of Consumer Protection, Central Bank of Ireland
Gráinne McEvoy was appointed Director of Consumer Protection in January 2018. Prior to this appointment, she was Head of Securities and Markets Supervision Division and Deputy Head of the Financial Institutions and Funds Authorisation Division at the Central Bank. She was also acting Director of Securities and Markets Supervision for a period in 2017, having joined the Central Bank in 1997.

Dr Jochen Leidner – Director of Research, R&D London, Thomson Reuters; Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor of Data Analytics, University of Sheffield
Dr Jochen Leidner is Director of Research at Thomson Reuters and Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor of Data Analytics at the University of Sheffield. He is a computer scientist and computational linguist by training, and he leads the London site of its global Corporate Research & Development organization, which he built up in 2013.He joined Thomson Reuters in 2008 in various research capacities and has worked in the UK, Switzerland, and the US. Prior to that, he held a Royal Society Edinburgh Fellowship at the University of Edinburgh, where he was Principal Investigator on a mobile question answering project. He also held founding roles in start-ups and worked as a software developer for SAP. He holds a Master’s degree in computational linguistics, English language and literature and computer science from Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg. In 2002 he obtained a Master of Philosophy in Engineering (MPhil) at the University of Cambridge in Computer Speech, Text and Internet Technologies. In 2007, he obtained a PhD in Informatics with his thesis ‘Toponym Resolution in Text’, which also won the First ACM SIGIR Doctoral Consortium Award In 2015 and again in 2016, he was twice winner of the Thomson Reuters Inventor of the Year award for the best patent application across the company globally.
He has edited, authored or co-authored several dozen publications and over a dozen patent applications/patents. In 2016, his paper on social media mining of medical drug side effects won the ‘Best Method Paper’ award at the meeting of the Social Media Society in London. His research focuses on improving information access to or using textual data, especially information extraction, and question answering. He is also interested in methodology and ethics.

Kian Caulwell – Head of Conduct Risk, KBC
As Head of Conduct Risk within KBC Bank Ireland, Kian’s primary responsibility is the design and operating effectiveness of Bank’s Conduct Risk Management Framework.
Prior to joining KBC Bank Ireland in July 2018, Kian was a director in the banking regulation practice of BDO UK, based in London. Whilst at BDO, Kian specialised in delivering PRA/FCA Skilled Person regulatory investigations and regulatory remediation programmes in the areas of corporate governance, operational risk, conduct of business, credit risk and financial crime.
In addition, Kian assisted several UK banks, EEA bank branches and Non-EEA bank branches in the design and implementation of accountability frameworks to address the requirements of the PRA and FCA’s Senior Manager and Certification Regimes.

Joe Gavin – Partner, ByrneWallace
Joe Gavin is partner and Head of Financial Services at ByrneWallace.
With over 30 years’ financial services experience in Ireland, Europe and the United States, Joe advises clients on a broad range of regulatory and compliance issues which may affect their business. His expertise ranges from setting up funds to debt structures, advising on creditors’ rights to coordinating high court applications, structuring to restructurings and enforcements including liquidations. Prior to 1995, Joe he trained a US banking lawyer at Bingham, Dana, & Gould in Boston and as a solicitor at McCann FitzGerald in Dublin. Between 1995 and 2010, Joe set-up and led the Financial Services practice at a top tier Dublin law firm. Between 2010 and 2015, Joe was the first person appointed as General Counsel to the Central Bank of Ireland, following the merger of IFSRA. In 2016, Joe returned to private practice setting up a financial services practice at ByrneWallace, where he advises clients on a wide range of financial services transactions and financial regulation matters.

Dr Alan Kearns – Professor of Ethics at DCU’s School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music
Dr Alan J. Kearns is an Assistant Professor of Ethics at DCU’s School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music. He originally trained as a second-level teacher and taught English at the Fachsprachenzentrum, University of Tübingen in Germany. His PhD, which examined the concept of person in health care ethics, was the first doctorate to be presented and defended in the newly established School of Nursing at Dublin City University.
Alan joined the academic staff of Mater Dei Institute of Education, a former College of DCU, in 2005. During his time there, he was the lead developer for the MA in Ethics programme and for the Institute’s policy on child protection and safeguarding. He was the convenor of the Ethics for All Lecture Series, which included notable speakers such as the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins. He was the Chair of the college’s Research Ethics Committee from 2009 to 2016.
Presently, Alan teaches a number of introductory ethics modules as well as applied ethics modules in the area of bioethics, global ethics, computer ethics and other contemporary issues. He is the Co-Chair and Academic Coordinator of the MA in Ethics and MA in Ethics (Corporate Responsibility) courses. He is the School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music’s Teaching & Learning Convenor. Alan is also the Chair of the School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music’s Ethical Review Panel.

Dolores Geaney – Head of Compliance, Company Director, MLRO, Investec in Ireland
Head of Compliance, MLRO and Member of Executive Committee and Audit Committee for Investec in Ireland, which includes Investec Bank plc (Irish Branch) and Investec Wealth & Investment. Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General – Audit Committee member. Expertise, Compliance for regulated entities, AML, Corporate Governance, Board Director, Audit Committee, Banking, Portfolio Management etc.

Caitriona Somers – FCII, FCILA, MSc Bus(Hons), CDir
Caitríona, a Chartered Director, holds a number of independent director positions within the financial services sector to include IPB Insurance CLG and Brown Brothers Harriman Fund Administration Services Ltd. Caitríona’s career started with Hibernian Insurance following which she spent time praticising as a Loss Adjuster before being appointed CEO of the then GAB Robins Ireland. Following the sale of GAB Robins International Caitríona joined the global senior executive management team of Cunningham Lindsey, an international claims and risk management company in 2009, a position she held until February 2013.
A keen interest as well as executive experience in change management and implementing ICT enabled innovative ways of doing business prompted Caitríona to embark on a Masters qualification in Digital Innovation at UCD Smurfit Business School, a qualification she completed in June 2015.
And now while concentrating on a portfolio of non-executive roles in insurance and the wider financial services sector Caitríona also participates in Insurance Irelands innovation taskforce as well as lecturing and writing on technology in Insurance in her my spare time.