MSRM Hosts its first Annual Risk Symposium

The Master of Science in Risk Management Program was proud to host its first Annual Risk Symposium on May 30-31. The Risk Symposium offered an impressive speaker lineup, including former TARP Inspector General Neil Barofsky, NYU Stern Dean Peter Henry, BlackRock Managing Director Paul Tice, and NYU Stern Professors Bill Silber and Richard Sylla. The symposium was held over two days and welcomed MSRM students, alumni, and guests from across the globe. MSRM alumni attended from as far as Sweden, Kenya, and the Netherlands.  The 2-day event welcomed over 80 guests from over 20 countries.

The Risk Symposium started off with a “fireside chat” with MSRM Academic Director Ingo Walter and Neil Barofsky, former TARP Inspector General. Barofksy had a front-row seat during the peak of the financial crisis and was charged by the Obama Administration with reporting to the taxpayer on the use of their money and guarantees – a report that led to his new book “Bailout.”


The symposium continued with morning lectures and panel presentations. NYU Stern Dean Peter Henry spoke about his new book “Turnaround,” and focused on what separates victories and losses in terms of sustainable economic performance. Dean Henry’s talk was followed by a session on an innovative project- related fixed income financial structure recently brought to market by BlackRock, conducted by Paul Tice Managing Director in charge of this new investment and risk management option.

The morning ended with lecture on leadership in high finance with a historical focus on financial “heroes” from Alexander Hamilton to Paul Volcker. NYU Stern Professor Bill Silber is author of the best-selling new biography of Volcker, and NYU Stern Professor Dick Sylla is the nation’s leading Hamilton scholar – and Chairman of the Museum of American Finance on Wall street.


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