Ilieva Ageenko brings a wealth of knowledge and executive experience in risk management and quantitative analytics, leading quantitative technology operations and managing advanced modeling capabilities to evaluate and adjust risk appetite for global financial institutions. She is a strategic thinker, author, and innovator with 25 years of experience across research, academia, and Fortune 100 financial services. Ilieva has expertise in Fintech driving the evaluation and commercialization of emerging technologies. She is actively engaged in mentoring women.
In August 2014, Ilieva joined Grant Thornton as leader of its Financial Services Advisory Model Risk Management Practice. Prior to Grant Thornton, Ilieva led the Quantitative Risk Modeling and Technology organization at Bank of America where she was responsible for big data sourcing, quantitative analytics and reporting platforms for the bank’s credit risk portfolio. She also had the program office executive responsibilities for the Enterprise Quant Council with over 1300 employees and served as the executive sponsor of Women in Quant and Analytics. Prior to this role, she was the Emerging Marketing Trends Director at Wells Fargo and the Director of Business Applications of Emerging eCommerce Technologies at Wachovia.
During her career, she had led company-wide transformational efforts using new technologies and analytics with over $100 million in new account opening, savings, and operational efficiencies. In 2006, she orchestrated the commercial launch of mobile banking in the U.S. and multimillion dollar nationwide marketing campaigns with AT&T and Verizon.
Ilieva is a strategic thinker with a unique ability to forge strategic relationships, drive organizational effectiveness, attract and mentor top talent. As an industry innovator, Ilieva organized eCommerce banking innovation labs in partnership with Google, IBM and Microsoft to Proof of Concept emerging technology capabilities. Her company, Todus Advisors, consults on the monetization of emerging technologies and analytics. Along with her professional expertise, Ilieva is an engaging speaker in international forums and media outlets such as Wall Street Journal, American Banker, Banking Technologies, Bank Advisor and CNN.
Ilieva had served in multiple industry advisory boards. She was the regional director of an international NGO that provided medical aid to victims of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Ilieva has a strong passion for mentoring and actively promotes women in STEM careers; she met with the Secretary of Labor in Capitol Hill to advocate for creating educational opportunities for women in STEM and is the author of the women and leadership book “Connecting My Dots.” In 2010, 2012 and 2014, Ilieva was named one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in Information Technology in the country by the Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC).
Ilieva has a Masters in Mathematical Economics and a Ph.D in Applied Mathematics (Artificial Intelligence).