Our core team and Advisory Board members include industry experts with vast knowledge across a number of disciplines in Financial Services and have worked in a variety of senior roles.
John Humphries Jr.
Founder & CEO
Mr. Humphries is a senior Risk Management professional and entrepreneur with over 17 years of experience. Prior to founding Risk Priorities, John gained extensive Risk Management experience while working at the Federal Reserve Bank and multi-national corporations including Ernst & Young Australia and JPMorgan Chase Bank. In addition to the United States, he has worked in highly regulated regions and countries across the globe and has expertise in audit and regulatory engagement practices. John has a Master of Science Degree in Technology Management from Columbia University and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional and a Certified Information Systems Auditor.
Mr. Spielmann is the CEO & Founder of Risk Tao, LLC, a firm specializing in Enterprise Risk Training and Advisory Services. Craig has a wealth of expertise, which he gained while working in a number of senior risk management roles at large Financial Service companies. Prior to Risk Tao, Craig was the Global Head of Enterprise Risk Management Strategy at First Data Corporation. He also served as Head of Operational Risk Management (Americas) and Global Head of Operational Risk Management Systems and Analytics at Royal Bank of Scotland. While at J.P. Morgan, Craig was the Head of Information Technology Risk Management and headed J.P. Morgan’s Horizon Risk & Advisory Business. In this role, he created J.P. Morgan’s Horizon GRC platform, which he deployed at J.P. Morgan and later commercialized and sold to a number of global Financial Service companies and regulators.
Mr. Flax is a senior technology executive. Currently, he is VP of Professional Services at Broadway Technology. Prior to this role, Daniel was the VP, Engineering for CAN Capital where he was responsible for global product and application development. Prior to CAN, he was Chief Technology Officer of TheStreet, Inc. Daniel enjoys volunteering with several organizations. Daniel is a member of the board of trustees of VCG Governance Matters. For several years, he was active with NYC2012 in their efforts to bring the 2012 Summer Olympic Games to New York City. Mr. Flax holds a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University and was an Undergraduate Research Fellow in High Energy Astrophysics at CalTech in a joint program with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and NASA.
Mr. Nowicki is a senior banking professional with extensive experience in risk management and proprietary trading gained during 25+ years of managing complex balance sheet positions for a large number of complex financial institutions including Societe Generale, HSBC and Natixis. He is a front line risk manager with direct experience in accounting, finance, operations and governance of regulated entities. The framework of his career developed at the Federal Reserve Bank of NY, where he developed a unique appreciation of the evolution of the markets and the impact of technology on the regulatory reporting process. He currently consults as an independent auditor for major financial institutions with a focus on the impact of the developing regulations on the liquidity and funding models of banks in a global environment. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from New York University.
Mr. Safar is an entrepreneur and a technologist with more than 25 years experience in the FinTech Industry building distributed trading systems for Tier one investment banks such as Lehman Brothers, UBS and Dresdner Bank as well as for Technology Startups such as Renaissance Software and DataSynapse. Currently, Jean is Chief Architect at Calypso Technology. Prior to this role, he was a co-founder and CTO of QuartetFS where he designed and built the vision for component based distributed systems and in particular, Quartet’s real time aggregation engine. His interests lie in Distributed Systems and Big and Fast Data.
Mr. Cahoon is a regulatory relationship expert with extensive experience in the Financial Services industry, both at a federal regulator and at international and regional banks. He has successfully built regulatory relationship management teams, managed critical regulatory commitments, provided leadership on regulatory strategy, and directly managed regulatory relationships. His information technology, security, and risk management experience also provide him a unique perspective on solving regulatory challenges.