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James Lam
President, James Lam & Associates

Founded in January 2002, James Lam & Associates (JLA) is singularly focused on risk management, and provides consulting and training solutions. JLA has been selected to serve on important risk management engagements by leading institutions, including Bank of China, Citigroup, the Federal Reserve, First Data, GMAC, United HealthGroup, and the World Bank. In a 2005 Euromoney survey, Mr. Lam was nominated by clients and peers as one of the leading risk consultants in the world.

Mr. Lam has over twenty years of experience in risk and business management. He is widely noted as the first ever “chief risk officer” and an early advocate of enterprise risk management. Previously, Mr. Lam served as Partner of Oliver Wyman, Founder and President of ERisk, Chief Risk Officer of Fidelity Investments, and Chief Risk Officer of FGIC Capital Markets Services, Inc., a GE Capital company. His work has been profiled as best practice in case studies published by The Economist, Price Waterhouse Review, and Risk Magazine.

Mr. Lam is the author of Enterprise Risk Management: From Incentives to Controls, which has ranked #1 best selling among 25,000 risk management titles on Amazon.com. In 1997, Mr. Lam received the inaugural Financial Risk Manager of the Year Award from the Global Association of Risk Professionals. For two years in a row (2005 and 2006), Treasury & Risk Management magazine named him one of the “100 Most Influential People in Finance.” He is a member of the Blue Ribbon Panel of PRMIA, and has worked with the IIA, RMA, SOA, and other professional associations. Mr. Lam speaks regularly at conferences, and has appeared on national TV and cable news programs. He has been published extensively, with over 50 articles and book chapters currently to his credit. Mr. Lam is a contributing author of numerous books, including “Modern Risk Management: A History” (with Nobel Prize winners Markowitz, Modigliani, Samuelson, and others) and “Derivatives Handbook” (with Alan Greenspan, Merton Miller, and others). He has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Risk Magazine, CFO Magazine, and American Banker.

Mr. Lam graduated summa cum laude with a BBA from Baruch College (1983), and has an MBA with honors from UCLA (1989). He was appointed a senior research fellow at Beijing University in 2004. Mr. Lam has lectured at Harvard Business School as the subject of a HBS case study, and has taught graduate-level courses in risk management and advanced derivatives at Babson College as an adjunct professor of finance.


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