Lion’s Den Risk Modelling


31 May - 1 June 2019 | Warsaw

Organizers: ING Bank Śląski | ING Tech Poland

About challenge

Are you a risk lion? Do you like being challenged?

Get real insight in what risk modelling is all about at Lion’s Den Risk Modelling Challenge!

Risk management is the strategic heart of banking and fintech. We’re looking for bright, talented students and young professionals to design the future of modeling and risk analysis.

Organized by ING Bank Śląski & ING Tech Poland, this event is your opportunity to learn about the future of risk – modelling, big data analysis and AI in banking. This is your chance to meet world-class experts, gain hands-on knowledge, and shape the future of risk management and modelling in the banking sector!

Channel your inner lion and find out what it means to be lionhearted at ING Bank Śląski & ING Tech Poland.

When and where?

31 May - 1 June 2019


Warsaw, ul. Postępu 14

Who is invited?

We’re looking for you if:

  • you’re a student or recent graduate (up to 2 years after graduation) in one of the following: Econometrics, Statistics, Mathematics, Physics, Economy
  • you have an experience in building statistical models and data analysis
  • one of your superpowers is programming in SQL, R, Python or SAS

What will you gain?

One of a kind access to real work & data being performed in banking

Great speakers and inspiring workshops

Chance to join ING Bank Śląski or ING Tech Poland

One-to-one mentoring from startups and ING top-notch professionals


1st Prize

12 000 zł

2nd Prize

9 000 zł

6 000 zł

3rd Prize

How to apply?

Apply as an individual or a team. You’ll meet awesome people when you get there!

Assemble your team or apply solo.

Sign up to Lion's Den here and fill in the application form.

Stay tuned for the result. It will be sent to you via email.

Solve the pre-selection assignment.

Work in a 3 - 4 member team. It can be created during the event.

Once you are chosen, join us at the Lion's Den Risk Modelling Challenge on 31 May - 1 June.

Design the future of modelling and risk analysis.

Win awesome prizes!

No team? No problem!


May 31

12:30 pm


Welcome & Opening Remarks

Keynote Speaker Session

Intro Workshop

Introduction of the mentors

1:00 pm

Start of the Challenge!

4:00 pm

Time’s up!

00:00 am

Lion’s Den Risk Modelling Challenge is a two-day event in Warsaw. You'll start off the day with an inspiring keynote from top experts in Risk Management, followed by a hands on workshop to get you ready to jump in feet first. You'll learn about the importance of sector analysis and a sector focused approach to risk management, and how to apply it. After the workshop, you’ll have time until midnight to complete your challenge submissions. Your work will be supported by expert mentors from ING Bank Śląski & ING Tech Poland.

June 1

On day two, you’ll learn to pitch your solutions in workshops and one-to-one mentoring sessions with expert coaches from ING Bank Śląski, ING Tech Poland and experts from the business & startup communities.

In the afternoon, the top 6 teams from the event round, will have the opportunity to present to our jury and win prizes equivalent to 27 000.


9:30 am


Pitch Workshops & Mentoring Sessions


10:00 am

3:45 pm

Award Ceremony

After Party

5:00 pm

Closing up


ING Bank Śląski

ING Tech Poland

We are customer centric. We offer products tailored to clients’ needs. We undertake actions intended to protect the natural environment and its resources. Our aim is to build an organisational culture based on trust, successful feedback and responsibility for tasks entrusted. ING Bank Śląski is the place you want to work. A place where people count.

ING Bank Śląski in figures:

ING Tech Poland is an innovative technology company. What makes us different? Working with the best technologies and programming languages, modern services that we provide for ING all over the world, but above all, creative people.

RiskHub was established as part of ING Tech Poland - an international team based in Warsaw, dealing with financial risk models, consisting in the near future of over 80 highly qualified specialists who work closely on international projects with teams in Amsterdam on a daily basis. Tasks realized by RiskHub can be divided into three parts: data scientist, credit risk modeling and validation of risk models.

RiskHub is the Modelling Expertise Centre shaping the future of risk modelling and data analysis in ING. Our ambition is to build the innovative community focused on risk and the position of employer of choice in Warsaw labour market.

ING Tech Poland in figures:

  • 4.8 million retail clients (2018)
  • 62 thousand corporate clients (2018)
  • 250 thousand Facebook fans
  • More than 330 bank branches
  • 1059 ATMs including:

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- 810 NFC-enabled ones

- 5221 hours of voluntary activity of our bank employees (2018)

  • 15 years on the market
  • over 950 employees
  • < 30 service customers in 23 countries from all over the world


Name Surname

Name Surname

Name Surname

Name Surname


Justyna Kesler

Patrick Roesink

Paweł Michalik

Kim Verhaaf

Praveen Khurana

Justyna is a highly qualified executive, experienced in managing various functions, especially in fields of IT, Retail & Wholesale Banking, Operations & Finance. Currently she manages ING shared services strategic positioning and initiatives, ensuring at the same time flawless executions of processes.

She is responsible for creating a strong talent pool in ING Business Shared Services with a special focus on data, technology, process design and performance.

Justyna describes herself as a person who is happy when having an impact on things that are changing for better, skier and sailor, likes reading and constantly learning.

Global Head of ING Business Shared Services

Vice-President of the Management Board of ING Bank Śląski

Head of ING Tech Poland

Patrick has more than 20 years’ experience as a Risk Manager within ING. He has held many international managerial positions, including those based in Czech Republic, the Netherlands, South Korea, Poland and Romania. Since July 2015 he is the Vice-President of the Management Board of ING Bank Śląski serving as Chief Risk Officer.

Patrick is passionate about innovation and digital transformation in the area of Risk Management.

He spends his free time with his wife and two teenage sons with whom he enjoys playing music and going to heavy metal concerts.

Paweł is an experienced executive with more than 10 years of Customer Experience, Finance, IT and General Manager positions.

He is a highly qualified manager with various responsibilities across carrier at ING, controlling company budget of +70m EUR and directly responsible for local branch of hiring over 900 FTEs with customers in 23 countries.

Paweł can be described as a pragmatic leader with the drive and commitment to success and engagement to people and teams development. Privately, he is a father to 3 kids and sport and outdoor activities enthusiast.

With over 10 years’ experience at ING, Kim has a broad spectrum of expertise in different areas.

His Financial Risk Modelling teams work with different business units to develop financial risk models used for managing credit, market and trading risk.

He also manages an Advanced Analytics team that works with different business units in applying Machine Learning and Deep Learning knowledge methods and technology to improve and develop predictive and prescriptive risk and pricing models.

Praveen has over 20 years of experience in managing credit, collections and operational risk across products. He has been in the bank for nearly 7 years (including 5 years as a Head of Retail Risk in India).

Currently he is Global Head for Retail Credit Risks focusing on consumer, mortgages, SME and midcrop segments for all retail countries.

He’s got a deep understanding of digital lending, usage and development of risk models.

Head of Financial Risk Modelling and Advanced Analytics at ING

Global Head of Retail

Credit Risk at ING


How much does it cost to participate?

There’s no entry fee for Lion’s Den Risk Modelling Challenge.

How can I apply?

Sign up for the Lion's Den at and fill in the application form. You can submit your finished pre-selection projects until 6 May, 2019

Who can participate in the Challenge?

Everyone who is at least 18 years old and is a student or graduated from university no earlier than 1 June 2017.

When and where the event will take place?

Lion’s Den Risk Modelling Challenge will take place from 31 May to 1 June in HubHub, at Postępu Street 14 in Warsaw.

What are the prizes of the Challenge?

1st place: 12.000 PLN per team, 2nd place: 9.000 PLN per team, 3rd place: 6.000 PLN per team

What do I need to do if I want to participate?

First of all, please register at and fill in the application form. Then, you will be asked to solve the pre-selection task. The solved assignment must be sent out by 6 May, 2019 23.59 CET.

How many members can be in a team?

3 or 4 members.

Is there a limit of people who will be qualified for the on-site challenge?

Yes, the top 60 participants will be selected to participate in Lion’s Den Risk Modelling Challenge.

Can I apply if I don't have a team?

If you don’t have a team, please include this information in your application form. If you are qualified to the second phase, you will be teamed up with other participants during the on-site challenge.

What kind of equipment should I bring with me during the event?

All participants have to bring their own PC in order to carry out the competition project.

Do I have to pay for transport and accommodation?

In case of participants from outside Warsaw, the Organizers will provide reimbursement of travel and accommodation expenses up to 250 PLN total.

Who is the Organizer of the event?

Lion’s Den Risk Modelling Challenge is organized by two entities: ING Tech Poland and ING Bank Śląski.

Who can I contact if I have more questions?

Please stay in touch with us via mailbox.

2019 edition

Weeks of preparations, 57 participants, 18 teams, 21 mentors and liters of coffee - second edition of Lion’s Den Risk Modelling Challenge is over! There were as many as 87 keen to take part in the challenge, yet only 57 solved a statistical analysis assignment correctly. Participants who qualified for the second stage, were invited for the event.

On 30 May all attendees met at HubHub in Warsaw to face an 8-hour challenge. Their task was to prepare a credit risk analysis based on given banking, financial and macroeconomic data. On the second day, the participants had a chance to brush up on their auto presentation and body language skills during dedicated workshops. To their help came expert coaches from ING Tech Poland, ING Bank Śląski as well as business & startup communities.

Solutions that teams sent to our experts on the first day helped to choose top 6 groups. The finalists pitched their presentations in front of our jury >>. The judges were impressed by the solutions, analytical skills and engagement of all finalists. However, to win one of the three main prizes, it wasn’t enough to come off well. The teams had to come up with answers for many inquisitive questions, present logic behind calculations and support reasons for the conducted analysis. The jury assessed presentations on the basis of their innovativeness, attractiveness, business potential, accordance with the main topic, as well as presentation form and overall impression.

At 4 pm the winners were announced:

  • 1st place: Los Dziubkos
  • 2nd place: ML Ithaca
  • 3rd place: Kumple

Once again, congratulations to all winners and participants! You were amazing!

We’re coming back from Warsaw with new ideas, positive energy and hope for future editions!

Take a look at our photo relation from the event:

2019 edition

2018 edition

2018 edition


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