OUR TEAM

Toronto Centre's headquarters is based in Toronto, Canada, and we have a large network of experts across the globe who work with the Centre in various capacities – as advisors, board members, authors of program materials and case studies, and as teachers at our programs.

Babak Abbaszadeh

President and CEO

Babak Abbaszadeh joined Toronto Centre in 2010. Former Director – Stakeholder Relations, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board; former Director – Government and Industry Relations, Sun Life Financial; former Chief of Staff to two senior cabinet ministers.

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Clive Briault

Chair, Banking Advisory Board

Clive Briault became Chair of Toronto Centre’s Banking Advisory Board in 2015. Former senior adviser on regulation at KPMG; Consultant to the IMF, World Bank, and Asian Development Bank. Former Managing Director of Retail Markets, Director of Central Policy, and Director, Prudential Standards at the Financial Services Authority.

Carl Hiralal

Chair, Insurance and Pensions Advisory Board

Carl Hiralal became Chair of Toronto Centre’s Insurance and Pensions Advisory Board in 2020. Former Inspector of Financial Institutions, Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago; former Senior Director – Banks and Insurance Companies/Pension Plans, Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions.

Jean Lorrain

Chair, Securities Advisory Board

Jean Lorrain became Chair of Toronto Centre's Securities Advisory Board in 2020. Former Senior Director of International Affairs and Strategic Oversight, Autorité des Marchés Financiers du Québec (AMF); former Corporate Secretary, Cambior Inc.; former manager, Commission des valeurs mobilières du Québec.

Phang Hong Lim

Senior Director, Supervisory Guidance

Phang Hong Lim joined Toronto Centre in 2015. Former risk management MD, Deutsche Bank; former Chief Risk Officer, CIMB Group; former Division Head – banking and integrated supervision, specialist risk supervision, internal risk management, Monetary Authority of Singapore.

Anatol Monid

Senior Director, Programs

Anatol Monid joined Toronto Centre as a Program Director in 2020. Former Program Leader – Toronto Centre; former Executive Director, Licensing and Market Conduct Division – Financial Services Commission of Ontario; former Senior Supervision, Financial Institutions Group – Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions.

Demet Çanakçı

Senior Program Director

Demet Çanakçı joined Toronto Centre in 2014. Former Deputy Head – Financial Sector Assessment Division, Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey; former Deputy Head, Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency of Türkiye; former Economist, International Monetary Fund.

Chuin Hwei Ng

Senior Program Director

Chuin Hwei Ng joined Toronto Centre in 2018. Former Director – Prudential Policy Department, Monetary Authority of Singapore; Head – Regional Surveillance Function, ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research.

Juan Carlos Alfaro

Program Director

Juan Carlos Alfaro joined Toronto Centre as a Program Director in 2023. Former Deputy Superintendent for Financial Conglomerates, Banking and Insurance - Financial Superintendency of Colombia (SFC). Former Chief Risk Officer - Fondo Latinoamericano de Reservas (FLAR). Former employee of the Banking Superintendency of Colombia for six years.

Arvind Baghel

Program Director

Arvind Baghel joined Toronto Centre as a Program Director in 2021. Former Director of Supervision – DFSA; former Head of Supervision – Insurance Commission of the Bahamas; former Managing Director – OSFI.

Wynnell De Landro-Robinson

Program Director

Wynnell De Landro-Robinson joined the Toronto Centre in January 2024. Former Advisor to the Inspector of Financial Institutions - Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago. Associate of Canadian Institute of Actuaries; Associate of Society of Actuaries. She has worked in technical and managerial roles in many areas, such as insurance, pensions, and risk management.

Richa Goyal

Program Director

Richa Goyal joined the Toronto Centre in July 2021. Richa has over two decades of experience as a financial services regulator as well as an industry professional.

Eric Pezet

Program Director

Eric Pezet joined the Toronto Centre as a Program Director in August 2023. He has more than 20-years financial services regulatory and technology experience. Most recently, he led his own consulting company, where he advised emerging and developing countries’ capital markets agencies on development. Prior to this, Eric was Business Development Manager at the Euronext group in Paris.

Lay Geok Yeo

Program Director

Lay Geok Yeo joined the Toronto Centre as a Program Director in October 2023. She has more than two decades of experience in financial services, including 15 years with the Monetary Authority of Singapore supervising banks and payment systems and covering supervisory technology.

Harry Krishan Mohith

Program Manager

Harry Krishan Mohith joined the Toronto Centre as Program Manager in May 2023. Over 20 years with the Financial Services Commission Mauritius, he held various progressive positions, including Manager, AML & CFT. Harry was also seconded as a Manager to the Committee of Insurance, Securities and Non-Banking Financial Authorities Secretariat of the Southern African Development Community.