+ | - | reset

Past Programmes

4 CPD points HRDF Claimable

Risk Management During the Crisis – Part 1 Overview

Dr David Bobker

As the world is struggling to cope with the coronavirus crisis, the importance of risk management has risen to prominence. Crisis management is all about making the right decisions fast, despite the uncertainty. This session will cover an overview of risk management and establish the key issues needed to be addressed in a crisis situation. Part 2 will look at some ideas about how they may be tackled.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss – To relate and deliberate the new learnings
  • Summarise – To reflect and review the key learnings
  • Apply – To develop ways to integrate new learnings into the boardroom

Target Audience

  • Aspiring and New Directors
Virtual Classroom Format
icon ifl 01 Interactive Facilitated Learning


Dr David Bobker

ICDM Faculty
MA, DPhil, ACA, FRM, DPhil Oxford University

Dr David Bobker is the Associate Professor in Risk Management and Director of the Centre for Economics and Risk at the Malaysia University of Science and Technology (MUST), where he is leading initiatives to enhance research and teaching in these areas as well as the development of software applications for risk analysis, stress testing and econometric analysis. These are based on his unique “inverse risk logic” approach which encompasses reverse stress testing methodologies and a top-down approach to strategic risk management.

Prior to July 2014, he was Head of Risk at the Asian Institute of Finance in Kuala Lumpur, a body set up by Bank Negara Malaysia to promote human capital development in the banking and financial services industry. As the Head of Risk, he conducted research in risk management, designed and delivered training programmes including hands-on operational risk management and Monte Carlo methods as well as the strategic approach to risk management, governance and auditing to directors and C-suite senior managers of major organisations.

He developed the Risk Management Module of Bank Negara’s Financial Institution Directors Education (FIDE) programme in 2009 and 2010, delivering a 2-day training session to board members of most of Malaysia’s banks and insurance companies and subsequently moved to Malaysia in 2010.

He has also been providing risk consultancy services since 2001 – recent assignments include work for the International Finance Corporation (IFC – part of the World Bank) to implement a risk governance and audit framework for one of IFC’s banking clients, and more recently, the development of an econometric model for a large bank.

In his past career, David worked as a senior audit manager and consultant with KPMG and Deloitte. He was also Group Head of Internal Audit of Alliance & Leicester and Norwich Union, both FTSE 100 financial institutions, and was a supervisor and policymaker at the UK Building Societies Commission (now part of the FSA). With a varied career spanning over three decades, David has worked for blue-chip and small organisations, both successful and failed and has observed many fascinating issues worthy of study. He is, therefore, able to share his wealth of experience during the programme, which balances hard technical aspects with equal emphasis on the realities of corporate life.

David holds a DPhil in Mathematics from Oxford University. He is a UK (ICAEW) Chartered Accountant and holds the GARP FRM qualification.

Thursday | 14 May 2020 (Facilitator: Dr David Bobker)

Programme Outline:

What is a “crisis”?
Differences between management in a crisis and in “normal” times
Risk assessment as part of decision making under uncertainty
The Inverse Risk Logic approach to surviving the crisis
Some common risk areas to be considered:

  • IT/cyber risk
  • Management continuity
  • Cash flow/solvency