Dr. Marios Kyriacou has 17 years’ experience in the banking and financial services sector. He is currently consulting credit institutions, investment firms and investment funds with regards to their optimal structure and set-up, licensing, and regulatory compliance. He is considered to be an expert in treasury risk management, counterparty credit risk measurement, operational risk management, capital adequacy optimisation, stress testing, and risk-based internal audit. Dr Kyriacou was previously the Head of Risk Management with Piraeus Bank (Cyprus) for nearly 8 years; he was responsible for the management of credit and counterparty risk, market and liquidity risk, operational risk and treasury middle office operations. Marios also worked for 8 years as Risk Manager with BNP Paribas Group Risk Management in the UK. While at BNP Paribas, he represented the bank at the Institute of International Finance that was providing banking industry feedback to the Basel Committee of Banking Supervision towards the development of the Basel II Accord. He holds a Ph.D. from Cambridge University in extreme financial risk measurement, fully sponsored by the University. He also holds a M.Phil. (Distinction) in Finance from Cambridge University and a B.Sc. (First Class, Honours) in Mathematics, Statistics, Operational Research and Economics from Warwick University. He is a member of several risk management professional associations, a regular speaker at international risk events and an author of risk management articles published by Cambridge University Press, University of Cyprus, and UK professional journals. While working in the City of London, he was awarded the status of Chartered Statistician by the UK Royal Statistical Society. Mr Kyriacou is appointed as a non-Executive Board member in investment companies, and lectures risk management topics to M.Sc. Finance and MBA students at the University of Cyprus.