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Marc Leipoldt
Former CRO and CEO at Global Risk Advisory Services


Mr Leipoldt is Managing Director of Global Risk Advisory Services (GRAS) since 2008. In that capacity, he is responsible for risk management advice for financial institutions ranging from specific investigations to full scale risk management set up. His main focus is (Operational) Risk Management, Enterprise Risk Management, Business Continuity Planning, Compliance, Anti-Money Laundering, Fraud Management and Technology Risk. His recent assignments have been interim positions in Asia and the Middle East for risk change projects. He regularly consults for IFC and provides advice to both the banking side as well as regulators. More details can be found at, including a list of 15 countries where he has direct work experience.

Prior to setting up GRAS, he worked for ABN AMRO for 11 years in various capacities. Latest, he was responsible for Global Operational Risk Review, a new discipline to complement Credit Risk Review. Previously, he was responsible for the ABN AMRO Operational Risk Advisory team,

covering 15 banks throughout Asia, the Middle East, Europe and South America with a team of 14 people. That work was founded in his earlier work on Compliance, ORM and AMA development within ABN AMRO Globally. He was head of Non-Financial Risk for a bank in Saudi Arabia and interim CRO for a Bruneian bank covering Financial and Non-Financial Risk and various projects including Audit, Compliance and Finance projects, such as FATCA, IFRS9 and ICAAP.

Before moving into risk management, Mr Leipoldt was project manager for ABN AMRO Bank, running complex international system and process introductions. He is actively involved in interbank discussions on Operational Risk, and has practical experience in teaching Operational Risk concepts and implementation issues across the many institutions and occasionally regulators.

Mr Leipoldt has been involved in the definition of Operational Risk loss data specifications for ORX. ORX, a consortium of then 23 internationally active banks which has been created to share Operational Risk loss experiences. These specifications have become the international standard for Operational Risk loss databases.

Mr Leipoldt has 30 years of working experience, 11 of which at ABN AMRO and 20 of which were in Risk related roles. Before he joined ABN AMRO in Amsterdam in 1997, he was head consultant at Origin. He started his working life with research and teaching posts at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam and Delft Technical University.

Mr Leipoldt graduated from the Erasmus University of Rotterdam in 1984 with an honors agree in Development Economics.

Marc Leipoldt's Network

Agenda Sessions

  • CRO discussion: Risk and the business

  • Interview with a CRO

  • What does achieving organisational excellence look like in risk management?


Speakers at this event