Ugur is a Partner with Oliver Wyman, based in New York. He is currently Vice Chairman for Financial Services, leading content development, and the Global Head of Digital Assets.
Prior to this role, Ugur led Americas Finance & Risk, Public Policy, and Corporate & Institutional Banking practices, and continues to steer the firm’s high-impact, corporate finance and risk management projects for financial institutions across the globe.
As the Global Head of Digital Assets, Ugur leads the firm’s offerings to traditional finance players, crypto-native firms, investors, and public policy makers. His recent client work topics include digital asset risk management, regulation of crypto-assets, designing stablecoin strategies, CBDCs, comparative analysis of over 100 distributed ledger technologies and matching these for business cases, and new digital asset product design.
With the firm since 1997, Ugur has served senior executives at some of the largest banks, clearing and settlement houses, multi-lateral development banks, insurance companies, and private equity houses around the world. He supported over 100 financial institutions for the best management of bank’s limited resources, aligned with strategy, under the risk appetite and regulatory constraints and rating agency considerations for capital, liquidity, leverage, and collateral. This work includes balance sheet management, strategic planning, and budgeting as well as capital planning under CCAR, liquidity stress testing, recovery, and resolution planning.
In addition to project work, Ugur has contributed significantly to industry debates in risk management and published several articles. His most cited article, “Reconcilable Differences” with Andrew Hickman, was incorporated into Basel II, III, and IV, the capital requirements framework used by banking regulators worldwide, and is viewed as a breakthrough concept in credit risk management practices. The paper is also published as an independent chapter in four books. He is also the chief architect of Oliver Wyman’s COVID-19 Pandemic Navigator.
Ugur has a PhD in Engineering from Princeton University, and taught applied mathematics and engineering at Princeton and Turkey’s Koc Universities before coming to Oliver Wyman.