Symposia, Conferences and Demo Days

Risk Economics® participation in various symposia, conferences and demo day events hosted by industry, academic institutions, governmental and non-governmental organizations.

Samantha Kappagoda was a speaker on AI & Data Governance at the WGOB Summit

Samantha Kappagoda was a Speaker on AI and Data Governance at the 3rd Annual WGOB Summit Toronto

Samantha Kappagoda, Chief Economist of Risk Economics, Inc. and Independent Director / Trustee of Credit Suisse Mutual Funds, was invited to speak at the 3rd Annual Women Get On Board Summit in Toronto on May 15, 2024. Women Get On Board Inc. (WGOB) was founded in 2015 with a mission to elevate the next generation of women corporate directors.

Samantha’s panel, Data and AI Governance, addressed how board members can consider incorporating AI into corporate strategy, and what risks and challenges might be faced in doing so. Samantha’s fellow panelists were Sam Ip,  Partner in the Technology practice at Osler Hoskin & Harcourt, and Della Shea.

Samantha Kappagoda was a speaker on AI & Data Governance at the WGOB Summit

Samantha Kappagoda currently serves as an Independent Director / Trustee, Nominating Committee Chair, and Audit Committee Member of Credit Suisse Mutual Funds, which are comprised of two closed-end funds (NYSE: DHY and CIK) and six open-end funds investing in commodity, quantitative and high yield and credit strategies. She is also Chief Economist and Co-Founder of Risk Economics® and Visiting Scholar at Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences NYU, advising research activities at RiskEcon® Lab for Decision Metrics @ Courant Institute.

About Risk Economics, Inc.
Risk Economics® specializes in economic analysis of risk and liability. It provides advisory services at the intersection of commercial business-process engineering and risk engineering with a particular focus on coupling commercial reinsurance and financial technology, through the rigorous application of agent-based, demographic, and statistical methodologies to microeconomic and macroeconomic analysis. The RiskEcon® client roster is diverse and includes governmental and quasi-governmental agencies, global insurance and reinsurance firms, leading law firms, technology firms, global banking institutions, asset management firms, multinational corporations with interests in natural resources, commodities, and energy, as well as government agencies and regulators. For additional information, please visit https://riskeconomicsinc.com/.

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Samantha Kappagoda was a Speaker on Artificial Intelligence at the Executive Forum

Samantha Kappagoda was a Speaker at the Executive Forum Panel Navigating AI from A to Z: Executive and Board Perspectives

Samantha Kappagoda, Chief Data Scientist of Numerati® Partners and Independent Director/Trustee of Credit Suisse Mutual Funds, was invited to speak at Executive Forum Navigating Artificial Intelligence (AI) from A to Z: Executive and Board Perspectives panel on May 10, 2024.

Samantha discussed the challenges in adopting AI and other  emerging technologies from the board and operating perspective. The panel was moderated by Wally Yosafat, Executive Forum member and Tech SIG Co-Lead. Samantha’s fellow panelists were:

  • Ron Bisaccia, Data Science Practice Leader, West Monroe Partners
  • Jon Eisenstein, AI Strategy, Product and Transformation Lead, Unlocked Ventures

The Executive Forum is a highly engaged community of C-level executives and directors serving on boards of public, private and non-profit organizations.

Samantha Kappagoda was a Speaker on Artificial Intelligence at the Executive Forum

Samantha Kappagoda currently serves as an Independent Director / Trustee, Nominating Committee Chair, and Audit Committee Member of Credit Suisse Mutual Funds, which are comprised of two closed-end funds (NYSE: DHY and CIK) and six open-end funds investing in commodity, quantitative and high yield and credit strategies. She is also Chief Economist and Co-Founder of Risk Economics® and Visiting Scholar at Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences NYU, advising research activities at RiskEcon® Lab for Decision Metrics @ Courant Institute.

About Risk Economics, Inc.
Risk Economics® specializes in economic analysis of risk and liability. It provides advisory services at the intersection of commercial business-process engineering and risk engineering with a particular focus on coupling commercial reinsurance and financial technology, through the rigorous application of agent-based, demographic, and statistical methodologies to microeconomic and macroeconomic analysis. The RiskEcon® client roster is diverse and includes governmental and quasi-governmental agencies, global insurance and reinsurance firms, leading law firms, technology firms, global banking institutions, asset management firms, multinational corporations with interests in natural resources, commodities, and energy, as well as government agencies and regulators. For additional information, please visit https://riskeconomicsinc.com/.

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Samantha Kappagoda was a Speaker at the Independent Directors Council Webinar – The Nuts and Bolts of AI: A Primer for Fund Directors

Samantha Kappagoda was a Speaker at the Independent Directors Council Webinar – The Nuts and Bolts of AI: A Primer for Fund Directors

Samantha Kappagoda, Chief Economist of Risk Economics® and Independent Director/Trustee of Credit Suisse Mutual Funds, was invited to speak at the Independent Directors Council (IDC) webinar – The Nuts and Bolts of Artificial Intelligence (AI): A Primer for Fund Directors – on May 1, 2024.

The session was moderated by David Blass, Partner at Simpson Thacher, and Samantha was joined by co-panelist Tim Persons, Principal, Digital Assurance and Transparency at PwC. The panel discussed implications for the asset management industry, how investment advisors are approaching the use of AI, and its potential impact on the oversight role of fund directors.

Samantha previously presented on AI and Asset Management: Considerations for Fund Boards at the 2023 IDC Fund Directors Conference in Chicago, as well as the joint IDC/MFDF event last month on Diversity and the Board of the Future. The IDC represents independent directors and trustees who serve on the boards of mutual funds, closed-end funds, exchange-traded funds and other registered investment companies.

Samantha Kappagoda was a Speaker on AI and Asset Management for Independent Directors Council

Samantha Kappagoda currently serves as an Independent Director / Trustee, Nominating Committee Chair, and Audit Committee Member of Credit Suisse Mutual Funds, which are comprised of two closed-end funds (NYSE: DHY and CIK) and six open-end funds investing in commodity, quantitative and high yield and credit strategies. She is also Chief Economist and Co-Founder of Risk Economics® and Visiting Scholar at Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences NYU, advising research activities at RiskEcon® Lab for Decision Metrics @ Courant Institute.

About Risk Economics, Inc.
Risk Economics® specializes in economic analysis of risk and liability. It provides advisory services at the intersection of commercial business-process engineering and risk engineering with a particular focus on coupling commercial reinsurance and financial technology, through the rigorous application of agent-based, demographic, and statistical methodologies to microeconomic and macroeconomic analysis. The RiskEcon® client roster is diverse and includes governmental and quasi-governmental agencies, global insurance and reinsurance firms, leading law firms, technology firms, global banking institutions, asset management firms, multinational corporations with interests in natural resources, commodities, and energy, as well as government agencies and regulators. For additional information, please visit https://riskeconomicsinc.com/.

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Samantha Kappagoda was a Speaker at the Private Directors Association AI in the Boardroom – What Independent Directors Should Know

Samantha Kappagoda was a Speaker at the Private Directors Association AI in the Boardroom – What Independent Directors Should Know

Samantha Kappagoda, Chief Economist of Risk Economics® and Independent Director/Trustee of Credit Suisse Mutual Funds, was invited to speak at the Private Directors Association (PDA) New York Metro Chapter’s event AI in the Boardroom – What Independent Directors Should Know, held on April 30, 2024 at Wells Fargo NYC.

The session was moderated by Adriana Rizzo, and Samantha was joined by co-panelists Susan Youngblood, Pouya Lavian, and Anne Mai Bertelsen. Samantha’s comments focused on the challenges in assessing the tradeoffs between potential benefits and corresponding risk and liability implications of adopting AI and other emerging technologies.

Samantha Kappagoda on AI in the Boardroom at Private Directors Association

Samantha Kappagoda currently serves as an Independent Director / Trustee, Nominating Committee Chair, and Audit Committee Member of Credit Suisse Mutual Funds, which are comprised of two closed-end funds (NYSE: DHY and CIK) and six open-end funds investing in commodity, quantitative and high yield and credit strategies. She is also Chief Economist and Co-Founder of Risk Economics® and Visiting Scholar at Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences NYU, advising research activities at RiskEcon® Lab for Decision Metrics @ Courant Institute.

About Risk Economics, Inc.
Risk Economics® specializes in economic analysis of risk and liability. It provides advisory services at the intersection of commercial business-process engineering and risk engineering with a particular focus on coupling commercial reinsurance and financial technology, through the rigorous application of agent-based, demographic, and statistical methodologies to microeconomic and macroeconomic analysis. The RiskEcon® client roster is diverse and includes governmental and quasi-governmental agencies, global insurance and reinsurance firms, leading law firms, technology firms, global banking institutions, asset management firms, multinational corporations with interests in natural resources, commodities, and energy, as well as government agencies and regulators. For additional information, please visit https://riskeconomicsinc.com/.

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Samantha Kappagoda was a Speaker at the Joint IDC/MFDF Event on Diversity and the Board of the Future

Samantha Kappagoda was a Speaker at the Joint IDC/MFDF Event on Diversity and the Board of the Future

Samantha Kappagoda, Chief Economist of Risk Economics® and Independent Director/Trustee of Credit Suisse Mutual Funds, was invited to speak at the Independent Directors Council (IDC) / Mutual Fund Directors Forum (MFDF) joint event on Diversity and the Board of the Future, hosted by KPMG in New York City on April 25, 2024.

Samantha joined a panel entitled My Board Journey, moderated by Eddie Ramos, Independent Director of Calvert Funds, in which participants described their pathways to the boardroom and early experiences. Her fellow panelists were:

  • Sharmila Chatterjee Kassam, Independent Director of Calamos Investment Trust and
  • Thomas Melendez, Independent Director of SEI

Samantha previously presented on AI and Asset Management: Considerations for Fund Boards at the 2023 IDC Fund Directors Conference in Chicago. IDC represents independent directors and trustees who serve on the boards of mutual funds, closed-end funds, exchange-traded funds and other registered investment companies. MFDF also serves independent directors of mutual funds and other U.S. registered investment companies.

Samantha Kappagoda was a Speaker at the Joint IDC/MFDF Event on Diversity and the Board of the Future

Samantha Kappagoda currently serves as an Independent Director / Trustee, Nominating Committee Chair and Audit Committee Member of Credit Suisse Mutual Funds, which are comprised of two closed-end funds (NYSE: DHY and CIK) and six open-end funds investing in commodity, quantitative and high yield and credit strategies. She is also Chief Economist and Co-Founder of Risk Economics® and Visiting Scholar at Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences NYU, advising research activities at RiskEcon® Lab for Decision Metrics @ Courant Institute

About Risk Economics, Inc.
Risk Economics® specializes in economic analysis of risk and liability. It provides advisory services at the intersection of commercial business-process engineering and risk engineering with a particular focus on coupling commercial reinsurance and financial technology, through the rigorous application of agent-based, demographic, and statistical methodologies to microeconomic and macroeconomic analysis. The RiskEcon® client roster is diverse and includes governmental and quasi-governmental agencies, global insurance and reinsurance firms, leading law firms, technology firms, global banking institutions, asset management firms, multinational corporations with interests in natural resources, commodities, and energy, as well as government agencies and regulators. For additional information, please visit https://riskeconomicsinc.com/.

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David K.A. Mordecai was a Speaker on Artificial Intelligence and the Legal Profession

David K.A. Mordecai was a Speaker on Artificial Intelligence and the Legal Profession

David K.A. Mordecai, President of Risk Economics, was invited to speak at the 7th Annual Disruption and Innovation in the Delivery of Legal Services Conference 2023, entitled  Transformative Impact of AI on the Legal Profession organized by Sandpiper Partners, hosted at Paul Weiss on October 26, 2023. The conference co-chairs were Katherine B. Forrest, Partner at Paul Weiss, and William J. Perlstein, Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting.

Dr. Mordecai  was invited to join the second panel of the day entitled Generative AI Tools: How Transformation Occurs, to describe and discuss applicable underlying technical functionality. His fellow panelists were the following:

  • Adam Aft, Partner at Baker McKenzie
  • Jonathan H. Ashtor, Partner at Paul Weiss
  • Matt A. Kelly, Counsel at Debevoise & Plimpton
  • Shawn Malhotra, Head of Engineering at Thomson Reuters
  • Sophie Ross, Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting

David K.A. Mordecai was a Speaker on Artificial Intelligence and the Legal Profession

Dr. Mordecai was also invited to the closing panel of the day entitled: Navigating the Future Including AI and the Changing Regulatory Landscape, to address practical mitigation of functional technical limitations and corresponding risk and liability implications.  His fellow panelists were the following:

  • Jonathan H. Ashtor, Partner at Paul Weiss
  • Laurence A. Cunningham, Special Counsel at Mayer Brown
  • Bonnie Jonas, Co-CEO of Pallas Group
  • Rashida Richardson, Senior Counsel for Artificial Intelligence at Mastercard

Dr. Mordecai is President and Co-Founder of Risk Economics, Adjunct Professor of Econometrics and Statistics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and Visiting Scholar at Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences NYU, advising research activities at RiskEcon® Lab for Decision Metrics @ Courant Institute.

About Risk Economics
Risk Economics specializes in economic analysis of risk and liability. It provides advisory services at the intersection of commercial business-process engineering and risk engineering with a particular focus on coupling commercial reinsurance and financial technology, through the rigorous application of agent-based, demographic, and statistical methodologies to microeconomic and macroeconomic analysis. The RiskEcon® client roster is diverse and includes governmental and quasi-governmental agencies, global insurance and reinsurance firms, leading law firms, technology firms, global banking institutions, asset management firms, multinational corporations with interests in natural resources, commodities, and energy, as well as government agencies and regulators. For additional information, please visit https://riskeconomicsinc.com/.

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