The Brexit Clock is Still Ticking with COVID-19 Commetary

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The Brexit Clock is Still Ticking. We will discuss what could happen when you marry 'Covid-19' and 'Brexit'. Two speakers will discuss the topic that will cover the current geopolitical developments from a macro and micro perspective.


Jim Power is Chief Economist for Aviva Ireland. He was previously Treasury Economist at AIB (1987-1991), Chief Economist at Bank of Ireland Group (1992-2000) and Chief Economist Friends First Group (2000 to 2018).

He is owner manager of Jim Power Economics Limited, an economic and financial consultancy. The company carries out consultancy projects, public speaking, and training for a variety of public and private sector entities. He is Chairman of Love Irish Food. He is a member of the Institute of Directors in Ireland.

He is a graduate of UCD and holds a BA and a Master of Economic Science Degree. He lectures part-time on the MSc Management and the MBA at Smurfit School of Business, UCD.
Richard Pike has extensive experience of working with financial institutions throughout the world, assisting companies in managing enterprise risk more efficiently while addressing local regulatory guidelines and standards. Richard is currently Chairman of Citadel Securities (Ireland) Ltd and an Independent Non-Executive Director at, FBD Insurance plc, The National Cyber Security Society, JPMorgan fund administration, JPMorgan hedge fund administration and Citadel Securities Europe. He is also the founder and CEO of Governor Software.

Prior to these roles, Richard has worked in various senior banking, insurance, credit and market risk roles at Permanenttsb bank, Wolters Kluwer Financial Services, ABN AMRO, Bain, COMIT Gruppe and Quay Financial Software.  He has analysed, designed and managed the development of core treasury and enterprise risk management systems for large financial institutions, including UBS, Citibank, Schroders and Unicredito.

In 2009, Richard was recognised as a "Top 50" Face of Operational Risk by Op Risk & Compliance magazine and was a contributing author to two books on risk management.  He was also a founding board member of the Governance, Risk and Compliance Technology Centre which focuses on research in the area of financial services governance, risk and compliance. He teaches on risk management at the Institute of Banking and at the UCD Smurfit Business School. Richard has also received the designation of ‘Certified Bank Director’ from the Institute of Banking.


Dr Monika Smatralova is a senior risk practitioner and has been working in risk function of major high street and captive banks focusing mainly on the credit, operational risk management and measurement and Enterprise Risk Management. Her academic background is in ‘Financial Risk Management’and ‘Banking, Investment and Treasury’. Monika is also actively involved in the senior leadership at PRMIA (Professional Risk Managers’ Association),successfully leading the Irish Chapter since 2013. Since 2014, when she was elected, she has been serving as the EMEA Regional Directors Committee Co-Chair. Monika is also a guest lecturer at various universities in Ireland and abroad and actively participated at many international conferences with topics covering a range of the Risk Management Area.


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