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Who We Are

Coenobium Advisors brings together a network of highly experienced professionals with a core focus on the private and public sectors of the broader financial industry. We partner with international consulting firms to provide senior-level subject matter expertise and strategic advisory services in support of their engagements in the areas of Governance, Risk and Compliance.

Based in Europe, the US, and the Middle East, our globally experienced team members work across geographies, including our area of primary business activity, the Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA) region.

Seasoned Practitioners

Our experts are all seasoned practitioners, having on average 25 years of experience working with top-tier financial institutions, consulting firms, and supervisory authorities, in client- and regulator-facing roles.

Our Team is Your Team

Our multidisciplinary global network of senior subject matter experts brings together a flexible team with deep
experience
and the ability to support your GRC engagement with ‘plug-n-play’ efficiency, whatever the challenge.

Arion Petasis

Chief Executive Officer
Nicosia | Cyprus

Arion has 25 years of consulting experience in the strategy, regulatory, and GRC space. He previously held senior roles with Promontory Financial Group, where he led engagements in 25 countries in Europe, North America and the Middle East for both banks and regulatory authorities. He also held positions in risk consulting with PwC in Chicago and Booz Allen in Washington DC and New York.

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Claes Norgren

Chairman of the Board
Stockholm | Sweden

Claes is an economist, former head of the Swedish FSA, Deputy Governor of the Swedish Central Bank and Auditor General. He was also a member of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, chaired the Banking Advisory Committee of the European Union, and was President of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). He has worked with numerous clients in the private and public sectors in the EU and in the Middle East, advising them on governance, regulatory and compliance matters, and supporting and evaluating the operating frameworks of central banks and supervisory authorities in several countries. Claes previously worked as a consultant and Managing Director & Head of the Nordics practice at Promontory Financial Group from 2015 until 2024.

Damian Robinson

Chief Operating Officer
Athens | Greece

Damian has more than 35 years of experience in the financial services and consulting industries. He previously held senior roles with the international banking division of the American Express Company in the US and Europe, and was a senior consultant with Promontory Financial Group. For the last 15+ years has advised banks and regulatory authorities in Europe and the Middle East on governance, risk and compliance matters.

Chris Tatham

London | United Kingdom

Chris has over 25 years’ experience in Financial Services and Consulting, including 13 years in the Middle East. He was previously a Managing Director and MEA Regional COO at Credit Suisse, where he also ran the Private Bank onshore and Chief of Staff of Saudi Fransi Capital.

Tom Loughlin

Washington, DC | USA

Tom spent 18 years as a Managing Director at Promontory Financial Group, where he led numerous complex engagements for financial institutions in the U.S, Bermuda and Australia. Previously, he served for over 20 years with KPMG and KPMG Consulting, where he was an Audit Partner and then a Consulting Managing Director.

Juan Perez Calot

Madrid | Spain

Juan is an internationally recognized expert in the financial industry. He worked with the BBVA Group for more than 20 years, serving as UK Country Manager before becoming Joint General Manager of the Group.

Vikram "T T" Bhat

Stamford, CT | USA

T T has more than 35 years of experience in the finance industry, having worked in senior roles with HSBC Banking Group in Asia, the Middle East, the UK and the US. His expertise includes the areas of Treasury, Market Risk, Risk Strategy, Balance Sheet and Capital Management, and he served as Chief Operating Officer of HSBC’s Global Asset Management business in the USA.

Mona Shibel

Dubai | UAE

Mona has 28 years’ experience in banking and consulting for banks, financial institutions, regulatory authorities, and governments in the areas of risk and compliance. She has been involved in numerous AML/CFT compliance assessments in the Gulf region and has assisted national competent authorities to prepare for FATF & FATF-style body mutual evaluations. Her experience includes credit risk and transaction advisory services. Previously, she was a senior consultant with Promontory Financial Group and she began her career with Bank Audi.

Sadeer Munir

Dubai | UAE

Sadeer Munir is an experienced consultant and banker who has advised senior leaders, management and boards of private and public entities on key strategic and operational issues including global acquisitions, divestitures, restructurings and financing transactions. He started his career with Booz Allen Hamilton’s US technology practice and held positions with Deutsche Bank in New York.

Amedeo Cristofaro

Florence | Italy

Amedeo is an experienced leader in the payments and financial services industries with over 25 years of experience working with global players. He previously held senior positions with Wells Fargo, Standard Chartered, and American Express, as well as both executive and advisory roles with several fintech startups in the payments, trade finance, open banking, embedded finance and crypto spaces.

Katrina Jermolova-Rebjatnikova

Riga | Latvia

Katrina has 10 years of banking and energy sector experience, specializing in organizational transformation, outsourcing, regulatory, compliance, governance, risk and control. Previously she was with Luminor Bank, where she led strategic programs in the areas of audit, compliance, and regulatory risk, and where she was instrumental in setting up multiple international branches.

coenobium (se-NO-bee-um) OR (kee-NO-bee-um)

Noun (plural coenobiums or coenobia)

A conventual or monastic community; also, a convent or monastery.  
Synonyms: cenoby, coenoby

(by extension)
1.
(botany) A fruit of a plant from either of the families Boraginaceae (the borages) or Lamiaceae which has small loculi or compartments, reminiscent of the cells in a convent or monastery.

2. (botany) A colony of algae which acts as a single organism; a coenobe. 

3. (zoology) A colony of unicellular organisms (such as protozoa) which acts as a single organism