Dr. Robert M. Mark

Dr. Bob Mark is a Managing Partner of Black Diamond Risk Enterprises, which provides corporate governance, risk management consulting, risk software tools and transaction services. He is also the Founding Executive Director of the Masters of Financial Engineering Program at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Dr. Mark was awarded the Financial Risk Manager of the Year by the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) and is cofounder of the Professional Risk Managers’ International Association (PRMIA). He serves on several boards.

Prior to his current position, he was the Senior Executive Vice-President and Chief Risk Officer (CRO) at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC). Dr. Mark was a member of the Management Committee and was also responsible for the Corporate Treasury function. His global responsibility covered all credit, market, and operating risks for all of CIBC as well as for its subsidiaries.

Prior to the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC), he was the partner in charge of the Financial Risk Management Consulting practice at Coopers & Lybrand (C&L), now PwC. The risk management practice at C&L advised clients on risk management issues and was directed toward financial institutions and multi-national corporations. This specialty area also coordinated the delivery of the firm’s accounting, tax, control, and litigation services to provide clients with integrated and comprehensive risk management solutions and opportunities.

Prior to his position at C&L, he was a managing director in the Asia, Europe, and Capital Markets Group (AECM) at Chemical Bank, now JPMC. His responsibilities within AECM encompassed risk management, asset/liability management, research (quantitative analysis), strategic planning and analytical systems. He served on the Senior Credit Committee of the Bank. Before he joined Chemical Bank, he was a senior officer at Hong Kong Shanghai Bank (HKSB) where he headed the technical analysis trading group within the Capital Markets Sector.

He earned his PhD in applied math from New York University’s Graduate School of Engineering and Science, graduating first in his class. Subsequently, he received an Advanced Professional Certificate (APC) in accounting from NYU’s Stern Graduate School of Business, and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program. He is an Adjunct Professor and co-author of Risk Management (McGraw-Hill), published in 2001 as well as a co –author of The Essentials of Risk Management (McGraw Hill) published in 2006 & the 2nd Edition published in 2014. Dr. Mark was a Risk Advisory Director at Entergy, served on the boards of ISDA, Royal Conservatory, Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences, IBM’s Deep Computing Institute and PRMIA as well as the Chairperson of the National Asset/Liability Management Association (NALMA).

Dr. Robert Mark

has developed best practices for Credit Risk, Market Risk and Operational Risk for banks, brokerages and insurance companies in North America, Europe and APAC regions.