Our Team

Talal A. Debs

Risk and Investment Technology and Innovation

Role at RSR Partners

Talal serves as head of both the firm’s Risk Practice and its Investment Technology and Innovation Practice. In the former, he focuses on the recruiting talent to navigate new risk, regulatory, and compliance issues for clients, including those in insurance, investment banking, trading, and asset management. In the latter case, he advises management and investors in responding to the talent challenge posed by rapid innovation: finding the right blend of talent, skill and aptitude for continuous change in leaders and problem solvers, especially in sectors which are being creatively disrupted by new technologies and insights.

Experience and Expertise

He joined the firm from J.P. Morgan, where he worked for fifteen years. Most recently, he served as an executive director in risk management in J.P. Morgan’s Commercial Bank. In this role, Talal was the head of the engineering and technical team, as part of the bank’s leading oil and gas finance lending business. In previous roles, in J.P. Morgan’s Investment Bank, he had the responsibility for credit structuring on numerous, complex commodity transactions and financings, including volumetric production and structured commodity hedges. Talal also served as a senior credit executive assessing and accepting credit default risk for a portfolio of energy and commodity clients, and as an energy investment banker. Talal also worked with leading global insurance companies to develop and implement a novel Basel capital compliant loan credit insurance program for use in the modern regulatory environment, establishing a new risk distribution channel. In addition to his work in finance and risk management, Talal has over eight years experience in academic research and teaching, within the field of the philosophical foundations of quantum mechanics and relativity theory. He has served as a post-doctoral research fellow at Harvard University, and on the teaching faculties of the London School of Economics and the American University of Beirut. He has lived or spent extended periods abroad in the Middle East, the UK and Europe.

Outside RSR Partners

Talal earned his AB in Physics and History & Science from Harvard College, his MPhil in History and the Philosophy of Science from the University of Cambridge, and his PhD in the philosophical foundations of physics, also from Cambridge. He serves as a trustee of Gordon College, a research associate at the Centre for the Study of Natural and Social Science at the London School of Economics, a director of Indian Harbor Yacht Club, and a board member of the Burke Neurological institute, in White Plains, New York.

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