RiSK smart inc helps firms control their Risks by the writing of policies, standards and frameworks.

Risk Smart Inc. is a highly-experienced, focused boutique risk management firm. Our approach is highly customized and personalized to each client’s specific needs. We make the most sense for either a large organization’s specific project or a smaller entity’s risk management content and strategy.

 As your selected risk management partner, you will benefit from the depth and breadth of our knowledge in both financial (Credit/Market/Operational) and non financial risks (Cyber, Fraud, Anti Money Laundering, Reputation, Model and Third Party). This translates into a best-in-category service at a more affordable rate.

“Great value, without the need to overstay, oversell or overpay.”

— Michael DeMarco , Broker Dealer, New York, USA

We specialize and focus on the documentation and remediation of Audits, Compliance and Regulatory Finding.

Writing technical risk and control documentation for internal and external stakeholders

Providing independent verification and evaluation of risk and compliance management documents



Remediator of Audit and Regulatory Findings.

Re-evaluation of Risk Documentation.

Enterprise Risk Management Frameworks.

Risk Strategy and Risk Governance.

Risk Controls and Key Metric Definitions.

Risk Assessment and Gap Analysis.

Policies, Standards and Procedures.







Risk Smart Inc based in the NYC Metro Area, was founded to help firms more effectively control and manage their risks by evaluating and writing risk documentation.

Risk Smart Inc - CEO - John Thackeray

LEADERSHIP: John Thackeray

John Thackeray is a risk practitioner and has held many diverse risk positions in his career. As a Chief Risk Officer working at Citigroup, Deutsche AG and Societe Generale, he has had active interaction and engagement with US and European regulators. John holds an MBA from the Chartered Institute of Bankers and was a Lecturer in Banking, Economics and Law at various further educational colleges in the U.K.

He is a frequent contributor and speaker on risk industry insights for the Financial Executive Networking Group (FENG) and Financial Executives International (FEI). John's risk engagements have also included published risk articles and white papers for the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP), Risk Management Association (RMA), the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) and the Association of Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS).


 Broker Dealers

  Asset Managers

Insurance Companies


Private Businesses

Pension Funds




  • Panelist at Kelley Drye & Warren LP on Data Privacy issues which included Cybersecurity, GDPRS and Vendor Risk.

  • Global Market Limit Structure and Standard for Mizuho US Operations to meet US regulatory standards.

  • Independent Price Verification Policy and Standard for Mizuho US Operations to meet US regulatory standards. 

  • Policy and Standards for a US Swap Dealer involving Operational, Liquidity, Credit, Market Risk, Model, New Product and Central Clearing Counterparty Risk to meet Enterprise needs.

  • Policy and Standards for a US Swap Dealer involving Collateral Management and ISDA SiMM Model to meet National Futures Association needs.

  • Credit and Market Risk Governance and Policies Document for Amherst Pierpont, an US Broker Dealer which enabled it to pass the FINRA examination.

  • Risk Identification Program for the Royal Bank of Canada and BancWest (subsidiary of BNP Paribas) which served as the foundation stone for CCAR.

  • Global Prime Brokerage Platform for Societe Generale, HSBC and Citigroup which serviced multi product asset classes across various jurisdictions. 

  • Risk Radar for Societe Generale for portfolio and forecast balance sheet changes to reduce risk and volatility.

  • Cross Product Margin Platform for all asset classes for Deutsche Bank AG, whose system has since proved to be best in class in the Prime Brokerage Industry.

  • Risk Control Self Assessment Program for an US Regional Bank which was successfully rolled out to all business and support functions.

  • Enterprise Wide Risk Framework and structure for an US broker Dealer, compliant with both US and European Regulators.

  • Policy and Procedures document FINRA Rule 4210 for an US Broker Dealer which improved organizational efficiency and accountability.





I can attest to his high standards in risk management, his professionalism and vigilance.
— John Dell'Aquila/Managing Director at Societe Generale New York, USA
John was very highly regarded in the Risk community and had a very pragmatic approach.
— Raymond Bunge/MD chez Société Générale Paris, France
John has an intuitive understanding of risk management and excellent communication skills.
— Jeff Fletcher/Senior Risk Management Professional, Market Risk Specialist at Proprietary Trading and Clearing Organizations Chicago, USA
“It has been great working with you, and you have helped out the organization tremendously”.
— Kenneth Le Gall, Deputy COO. Mizuho, USA
John’s rich background and the expertise he possesses in his chosen field are amplified by a friendly and sociable demeanor which enables him to explain complex issues and ideas in terms and in a manner that speaks clearly to all audiences.
— Scott Mullins/Worldwide Financial Services Business Development at Amazon Web Services Dallas, USA
Was able to effectively communicate his vision.
— Terry Bourne, FCSI/SVP - Head of Operations - Toronto, Canada
He understood the importance of monitoring the risks of the portfolio without impeding business goals.
— Michelle Harlan/Director at Credit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank New York, USA
He is excellent at establishing Risk frameworks to shape overall corporate policy.
— Steve Potamis/Vice President at Nomura New York, USA
He understands markets and has the skills to define process and best practices.
— Bill Yancey/Managing Director FirstSouthwest Dallas, USA
Understands complex matters even when outside of his direct area of expertise.
— Robert Kirk/VP & Head, ISG - Wealth Management at Mphasis Dallas, USA
He brought in-depth knowledge of the issues and complexities our business faced and was important to the solution.
— Mark Munoz/Managing Director at Contineo Limited, Hong Kong
He was effective as a global risk manager and his writing skills are exemplary.
— Vincent Pfalzer/Senior Consultant at Scotia Bank New York, USA
I would recommend John’s work in the re-evaluation and fine tuning of risk frameworks.
— Paul Knepper/Head of Systems HSBC London, UK
John is a pivotal player in the risk space, with a rare capacity for excellence
— Mark Frankenberg Director Citigroup New York, USA




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