Speakers List - Waters USA

Advisory Board

Sarah Biller

Former Head of Innovation Ventures


Sarah Biller is very active in the FinTech community. Sarah is the co-Founder of the FinTech Sandbox and currently sits on its Board of Directors. She is also an Entrepreneur, Advisor, Investor and teaches a graduate level course on the evolution of Financial Technology at Brandeis University.

Sarah was also most recently the Head of Innovation Ventures at State Street Bank's Global Exchange division and its Chief Operating Officer for Innovation. Prior to joining State Street, Sarah has been a Principal in the launch of several successful venture-backed start-ups in the FinTech and Life Sciences sectors. Most recently she was the Co-Founder and President of Capital Market Exchange (CMX), a venture-backed predictive analytics platform utilizing investor sentiment to help bond investors anticipate near-term changes in spreads.

Sarah has also held roles at Fidelity Investments; worked on MCI's corporate venture team; and launched and led research divisions for Fortune 500 CFO's and treasurers at the Corporate Executive Board. Ms. Biller studied Finance at West Virginia University and George Washington University.

William (Bill) Murphy

Chief Technology Office


William (Bill) Murphy is a Senior Managing Director and the Chief Technology Officer at Blackstone, leading the Blackstone Innovations and Infrastructure team. Mr. Murphy is responsible for the firm's technology efforts. Prior to joining Blackstone in 2011, Mr. Murphy was founding Chief Technology Officer for Capital IQ. Mr. Murphy was responsible for overseeing all product design, development, infrastructure and technology support and was involved with all operations of the business. Before Capital IQ, Mr. Murphy led teams at Sapient, delivering solutions for large clients primarily in financial services. He received a BSE in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania.


Victor Tewari

Senior Technology Officer, CM Institutional & Corp Banking Technology


Victor currently serves as a Senior Technology officer at the Bank Of Montreal (BMO). Servicing Global Capital Markets & Client Services Divisions; Victor and his team have accomplished the following since June of 2014:

• Implemented the global Client LifeCycle Management platform (Fenergo) for Capital Markets;
• Standardized customer data capture, enhanced regulatory and compliance controls and visibility over the Client On-Boarding process for North America & Europe.
• Reporting / reconciliation to support a broad range of regulatory processes (Volcker, IIROC, FATCA, DFA, CTR, etc.)
• Digitized the Legal Agreements Platform for Capital Markets
• Established eSignature solution for all of Compliance, Legal and Client Onboarding platforms.

Victor's recent focus has now shifted and he's become the Lead Solutions Architect and Supplier Manager for the firms' Capital Markets Client Data Strategy Program. The effort is targeted to complete in Oct '17.
The effort will merge various federated client customer "golden" sources onto one centralized platform, with the aim to "match & merge" customer information with trade detail and credit risk information. The effort will also provide greater line of sight to counterparty hierarchy, credit risk exposure, reduce operational risk & produce greater operating efficiencies of core client information. The bottom line business results will produce a vehicle where we can increase revenue generation through up-sell and cross-sell opportunities with clients.

In addition to the Client Data Strategy focus; Victor is also exploring and designing a CM "Big Data" Data Science solution. Various business use cases revolving around Data Discovery and Data Analytics has driven needs to implement the correct Hadoop/Big Data ecosystem model. The model needs to fully leverage or existing enterprise "Big Data" architecture but also help address current gaps. The main focus in this effort is to address scalable, "time to market" and performance while keeping "Total Cost of Ownership" at the lowest point possible.

Victor has a Computer Science & Math degree from the College of New Jersey; He possesses a PMP certification and also has obtained continued learning certificates from Columbia University and New York University.

Prior to BMO; Victor's career has provided the following experiences:

• Nomura Securities (2009-2014) - Regional Head of US Client Reference Data Technology - Vice President
• CIBC World Markets (1999-2009) -Regional Head of US Global Operations Web Technologies - Director
• Mellon Bank - (1997 - 1999)Technology Head
• Moore Capital Management (1997 - 1997) - Trade Floor Technology Lead
• PaineWebber/UBS - (1994 1997) Financial Technology Specialist

David Saul

Senior Vice President and Chief Scientist


David Saul is senior vice president and chief scientist at State Street Corporation, reporting to the chief information officer. In this role, he is responsible for proposing and assessing new advanced technologies for the organization as well as evaluating technologies already in use at State Street and their likely evolution in order to reinforce the organization's leadership position in financial services.

Mr. Saul previously was chief information security officer, where he oversaw State Street's corporate information security program, controls and technology.

Prior to that, he managed State Street's Office of Architecture, where he was responsible for the overall enterprise technology, data and security architecture of the corporation. Mr. Saul joined State Street in 1992 after 15 years with IBM's Cambridge Scientific Center, where he managed innovations in operating systems virtualization, multiprocessing, networking and personal computers.

Mr. Saul serves as a trustee of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. In 2007 he was honored with a Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader Award.

American Banker named Mr. Saul as one of its Top Innovators of 2013 for his work on data semantics and standards.

Mr. Saul holds bachelors and master's degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Joseph Lodato

Chief Compliance Officer


As a Executive, with more than two decades of fast-track leadership experience in the financial services industry, Joe Lodato offers a comprehensive understanding of the issues, trends, challenges and solutions facing leaders in today's dynamic and volatile financial services organizations.

Joe's career success is based on strong and decisive leadership, combined with the ability to bridge the divide between technology and business and ensure alignment with corporate objectives delivered through technology.

In Managing Director and Chief Operating roles, Joe led the successful integration of technology with financial and operations processes to ensure compliance and drive productivity across all levels of the organization, and in a variety of settings, from startup organizations to large global services organizations, including Bank of America, Lehman Brothers, Barclays Capital and AllianceBernstein.

Joe earned his degree in finance from the Lublin School of Business at Pace University in New York City and presently is the Chief Compliance Officer at Guggenheim Securities.

Peter Keenan

Chief Information Security Officer


Peter is currently the Chief Information Security Officer at Lazard where he is responsible for the global information security strategy and program at one of the world's preeminent financial advisory and asset management firms with operations in 43 cities across 27 countries . Prior to Lazard, Peter was with Citigroup's global information security team. His most recent role at Citi was the Head of Information Risk Governance, where he led the team that is responsible for developing and maintaining Information Security Policy globally. Prior to his 5 year tenure with Citi, Peter had 19 years of experience in information security and technology. This included 6 years as a Director with PricewaterhouseCoopers' Threat and Vulnerability Management advisory practice. He also spent over a decade managing his own consultancy that specialized in designing, building, and operating secure high availability data centers and networks around the world for military, intelligence, and commercial clients.
His certifications include:
Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS)
Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
Amazon Web Services - AWS Technical Professional
Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
Cisco Certified Design Associate (CCDA)
Certified Netware Administrator (CNA)

Anthony Vigilante

Head of Global Information Technology


Anthony is a Managing Director and head of the Global Information Technology group at MacKay Shields. He graduated from New York University with a BS in Information Systems Management and from Fordham University with an MS in Computer Science. Anthony also holds an Advanced Certificate in Financial Econometrics and Data Analysis from the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at Fordham University. He regularly speaks at various technology conferences and is significantly involved with the Computer Science program at Fordham University. He joined MacKay Shields in 1999 and has been in the industry since 1994.

Michael Radziemski

Former Partner and Chief Information Officer


Mr. Radziemski was the Chief Information Officer responsible for managing the firm’s technology and infrastructure activities. Specifically, he oversaw the development, implementation, and maintenance of the applications and infrastructure that enhanced investment management and product performance and optimized operational efficiency throughout the firm. Mr. Radziemski joined Lord Abbett in 2003 and was named Partner in 2004. His prior experience includes Managing Director/Global Head of Investment Technology at Citigroup Asset Management and various positions at Bankers Trust. Mr. Radziemski is chairman of the Investment Company Institute’s (ICI) Technology Committee. He received a BS from Cornell University and an MS from Stanford University.

Stephen (Steffin) Harris

Senior Vice President, Head of Enterprise Data Strategy, Architecture & Transformation


Stephen (pronounced "Steffin") Harris joined Wells Fargo in June
2015 as head of Enterprise Data Strategy, Architecture, &
Transformation and Enterprise Global Services Strategy for
Enterprise Data & Analytics and reports to the company's Chief Data
Officer (CDO). The Enterprise Data & Analytics organization focuses
on leveraging data as a strategic asset across Wells Fargo, while
building and managing consistent and responsive data and analytics
capabilities that focus to improve customer experience, mitigate
risks, optimize costs, and increase team member engagement.

Harris and his team are responsible for leading EDA and Wells Fargo
on its transformational data journey by developing and delivering
enterprise-focused data strategies and programs that address risk
and regulatory matters, improving customer experience, and
executing programs that enable effective and efficient use of data assets for the enterprise.

Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Harris was with Capgemini where he
was the North American Head of Big Data and Analytics. Previous to
that, he led Technology Platforms, Business Intelligence, and
Analytics at Hitachi Consulting and was also a key leader in the
Business Analytics & Optimization practice at IBM. He has more
than 20 years of professional experience in the data, strategy, and
information technology domain.

Harris holds a MS in Information Systems Management from George
Washington University and a BS in Aeronautical Science/Air Traffic
Management from Hampton University.
Harris is based in San Francisco, CA.

Matt Joseph

Head of the Jersey City Innovation Center


Matt Joseph is the Head of the Jersey City Innovation Center at BNY Mellon. His responsibilities include innovation projects, improving developer productivity, client engagement, startup community engagement, NEXEN strategy, talent engagement, and more. Matt is a self-described "geek" who is passionate about technology, equally at ease with writing code, testing products, and iterating on the user experience.

Prior to his role at the Innovation Center, Matt was part of BNY Mellon's Enterprise Business Architecture team. He has worked on a variety of strategic projects, including business architecture analysis, analytics platform onboarding and cloud migration.



Ruth MacQuiddy

Technology Strategist, Deutsche Bank Labs, Startegy & Innovation


Nicole Wadlinger

VP, US, OCDO, Data Management Program Lead


Alla Whitston

Managing Director, Enterprise Chief Technology Officer and End User Computing Executive


Alla is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Bank of America's enterprise functions, as well as the End User Computing executive. She is also the bank's relationship manager for Microsoft and Hewlett Packard.

In her CTO role, Alla owns the end-to-end client engagement, design, plan, build and operation of infrastructure solutions for the company's enterprise functions, which includes Global Technology & Operations, Corporate Audit, Finance, Global Human Resources, Global Marketing & Corporate Affairs, Legal, Compliance and Regulatory Relations.

In her role of End User Computing executive, Alla is responsible for delivering end-to-end technology and operations supporting desktop platforms, mobility services, communication and collaboration technologies, secure messaging, spam/anti-virus, Office Suite and managed desktop and print/fax services.

Alla's team operates in more than ten countries and includes approximately 1,900 employees and contractors world-wide.

Previously, Alla led the Infrastructure Solutions team where she was responsible for client relationship management for Global Wholesale Banking, which included the plan, design, architecture and delivery of infrastructure for the Global Wholesale Banking business.

Prior to joining Bank of America in 2011, Alla served as Managing Director in the Investment Banking division at JP Morgan, responsible for Application and Infrastructure Management supporting global equities and prime brokerage. Previously, Alla was Senior Managing Director at Bear Stearns responsible for Global Cash Equities Infrastructure and Application Management. She also held leadership positions at Goldman Sachs, Bankers Trust and Home Insurance.

Alla earned a Computer Science degree from Georgia Technical University.

She lives in New York , NY with her husband and son.


Keynote: Scott Blandford

Chief Digital Officer


Scott Blandford has an extensive track record of successful large program delivery, user experience design, product launches and transformation efforts. He joined TIAA in 2010, bringing nearly 25 years of experience in innovative technology systems, financial services and executive leadership.

As Chief Digital Officer for TIAA, Mr. Blandford leads the firm's online, mobile and eBusiness automation program. In this position he is charged with taking the firm's self-service and automation capabilities to the next level-leading TIAA to a digital future where technology fully realizes the customer-focused mission of the company.

In his first four years with the firm, Mr. Blandford served as Chief Information Officer for the Retirement and Individual Services business, where he was responsible for all tiers of the retirement, insurance, education savings, brokerage, banking and wealth management platforms. In this function he led the strategy, design, delivery and ongoing operations for TIAA's client systems utilizing innovative, patent-pending technologies.

He also successfully launched new secure participant and plan sponsor websites-providing users with simple, modern and intuitive online experiences and a full 360-degree view of their financial lives. DALBAR, an industry group that rates web properties for financial services firms awarded this work with accolades: TIAA is DALBAR's #1 rated site for life insurance & annuities, #1 rated for plan sponsor retirement, #2 rated for mutual funds and #1 rated for participant retirement (as of 4Q15).
In addition, Mr. Blandford was responsible for a multi-year, ground-breaking re-imagining of the sales and service desktop experience, yielding substantially improved productivity and customer service in year one. TIAA is now delivering more, better capabilities to clients faster than ever before. For this work he was recognized as one of Wall Street & Technology's "Elite 8."

Prior to joining TIAA, Mr. Blandford served as Managing Director, Head of Online and Retirement Technology, at Bank of America Merrill Lynch for four years. During his tenure, he delivered the $150M rebuild of Merrill Lynch Online and served as a key thought leader in envisioning and delivering Merrill's next-generation integrated banking/brokerage web and mobile capabilities, Merrill Edge. Mr. Blandford was also the CTO for Merrill's Institutional Retirement business, running the technology that supports the retirement plans of some of the country's largest employers.

Before his time at Merrill Lynch, Mr. Blandford spent 11 years at Fidelity Investments, where he served as Senior Vice President for Fidelity eBusiness and was responsible for all of Fidelity's Total Retirement and Benefits Outsourcing web and mobile applications.

Mr. Blandford holds B.E.E. and M.S.E.E. degrees from the University of Dayton.

Ellen (Robinson) Gentile

Assistant Vice President, Data Quality Manager & Data Steward


Ellen Gentile, Assistant Vice President

Information Control Department, Americas Division

Ellen Gentile is the data quality manager for the SMBC Americas Division of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation. Ellen has over 20 years of experience in the financial services sector and has worked in various capacities for companies such as Cowan & Company, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, Banc of America Securities and Pershing, LLC. As SMBC's data quality manager, Ellen works assiduously to establish and implement all facets of a comprehensive data quality program at the SMBC Americas division.

Prior to managing SMBC's data quality, Ellen championed the use of qualified data as a core enterprise resource supporting decision makers. To best deliver and monitor quality of service and information, Ellen established and set enterprise standards through operational quality scorecard products at Pershing, LLC. The quality based products she managed provided the much needed insight and transparency clients require to manage and grow their businesses.



Rick Aiere

IT Manager


Rick Aiere currently works at AIG in the Corporate Business IT function for Enterprise Risk Management. He has over 20 years of experience in technology most of it in the financial industry providing data management solutions. As an industry expert and thought leader, he has provided a unique perspective and approach to define the architecture for data sourcing in his former role at Credit Suisse. As enterprise architect, he has proposed and implemented simplified strategic architectural solutions, defined global standards and led a team to build a framework for data sourcing. Rick has extensive experience in capital markets including trade data management, data governance, front to back trade flows, reference data, master data management, enterprise risk management and equities regulatory compliance.

Julia Bardmesser

Head of Data Quality Management, Americas


Julia Bardmesser, Head of Data Quality Management, Americas, DEUTSCHE BANK

Julia Bardmesser is the Head of Data Quality Management - Americas in Deutsche Bank's Chief Data Office. The goal of Data Quality Management program at Deutsche is to make data quality core to how all business is managed by creating a culture of self-regulation for data quality.

Julia has over twenty years of experience in data management, data governance, data architecture and cross-platform solution delivery in the financial industry. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank Julia was a Global Lead for Business Data Management at Citi. She was responsible for defining requirements for the implementation of consistent and controlled approach to the development and use of enterprise information assets and critical data elements across Citi.

Julia also worked at FINRA, Freddie Mac, Thomson Financial Services, Bear Stearns and Bloomberg L.P.

Julia has a Master of Arts degree in Economics from the New York University.


Alex Fuss, MBA, PMP

Director, Enterprise Architecture, Office of the CTO


A Booz & Co. corporate strategist, CSC award-winning technologist, and certified program manager, who has helped many Fortune 500 companies and start-ups develop strategic plans and implement roadmaps to enhance capabilities, processes, products, and services, as well as to transform businesses to address opportunities and challenges.

A published author and speaker on Technology Innovations Powering 21st Century Business, and other CIO topics, featured in the Financial Times.

At Reuters/Instinet, Alex and his team designed and implemented the first automated trading system for corporate bonds; at Deutche Bank, he developed the first collateral management system for derivatives, and co-led a team that development GlobeSet, a patented way of using a mutual fund to settle futures and option instantaneously with finality.

As Director, Enterprise Architecture, Office of the CTO, Alex led AXA U.S.’s Cloud Computing strategy initiative, in partnership with parent AXA Group, France, and AXA’s worldwide infrastructure implementation partner AXA Tech.

Alex drafted AXA US’ Cloud Computing position paper and CTO guidelines; updated CTO architecture governance principles, standards, and processes to reflect the leveraging of hybrid, multi-cloud technologies and agile methodologies; and contributed to multiple cloud implementations, migration assessments, and DevOps initiatives.

Alex is currently researching how to leverage Blockchain to streamline the financial settlement process.



Joan Dal Bianco

SVP, Head U.S. Office of the Chief Data Officer (OCDO)


Maryse Gordon

Senior Pre-Sales and Business Development Manager

UnaVista, LSEG

Maryse Gordon

Senior Pre-Sales and Business Development Manager, UnaVista, LSEG

Maryse has worked with financial software for 10 years and gained a wealth of knowledge and experience ranging from product development and support, to product management and pre sales. Starting her career at Hewlett Packard and progressing onto Logica, Maryse now represents UnaVista as a Pre-Sales and Business Development Manager covering the Regulatory Compliance, Risk and Controls, and Data Solution offerings. In demonstrating and delivering details on the application capabilities and supporting the overall sales process, Maryse actively contributes to the growth of the business, providing thought leadership and ensuring solutions are inline with industry appetite. Now based in the United States, Maryse plays a fundamental role in driving and generating new business for the organization, identifying new opportunities for growth as well as supporting local client engagements.



Rodion Pryazhentsev

Global Head of Business Management


Rodion Pryazhentsev, Strategy Executive, J.P. Morgan Chase

Rodion Pryazhentsev is currently based in New York Headquarters and leads tech related efforts associated with Department of Labor Fiduciary Rule Changes and its impacts on the Consumer Bank Wealth Management business. Prior to his current role in the Consumer Bank, he was a Chief of Staff in the Asset Pricing & Reference Data Operations of J.P. Morgan Corporate & Investment Bank responsible for multi year strategic initiatives and people agenda. He has over 17 years of global experience and has held senior positions in Operations, Client Service, Business and Program Management.
Originally from Russia and having worked in several locations, Rodion is a speaker of five foreign languages. He and his son reside in New York City.

Sanjeev Khati

Head of Business Development-Banking & Financial Services USA


Sanjeev Khati
Head of Business Development-Banking & Financial Services USA
Tata Consultancy Services Limited


As the Head of Business Development for Banking and Financial Services USA, Sanjeev is responsible for driving the unit's business development vision, strategy and targets, leading the sales force to structure and shape deals that deliver value and sustainable outcomes for clients.

Sanjeev also heads the Capital Markets Unit for TCS USA, responsible for guiding the development of client relationships, driving overall unit strategy, customer centric offering development and fostering industry partnerships.

Sanjeev specializes in envisioning and delivering large scale Technology and Business change programs for clients in the Financial Services Industry. With more than 19 years of experience and a proven track record, he has overseen many large transformation programs encompassing Application and bespoke Software development, Package Implementations & Reengineering, Systems Integrations, Operations & Infrastructure Outsourcing and Consulting engagements for his clients. His work experience has spanned across clients from various industry sub segments viz. Payments, Core Banking, Wealth and Asset Management, Capital markets and Market Infrastructure firms.

In his previous roles as Senior Client Partner, Sanjeev has led TCS's relationship with some of the world's largest investment banks, asset managers, hedge funds, clearing houses and exchanges to deliver results in the areas of business planning and process optimization, business and IT architecture, application management, IT and Infrastructure outsourcing and business process outsourcing.

Sanjeev is an avid business reader and golfer. He has a passion for sustainability and supports multiple non-profit organizations. He has completed an Executive Leadership Program from Ross School of Business, University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering, and he is based in New Jersey.


Steve Goldstein

Head of Product Management, Enterprise Content & Delivery


Steve Goldstein recently joined Thomson Reuters as Head of Product Management, Enterprise Content & Delivery, based in New York City. Previously Steve was co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Alacra, a company started in 1996 to sell and re-distribute licensed business information over the internet. Once established, Alacra expanded by building reference data and regulatory compliance workflow solutions for financial institutions and professional services firms. Alacra was acquired by Opus, a PE-backed compliance technology platform, in 2015. Steve was Vice Chairman of Opus until early 2017.



Peter Memon

Head of Emerging Technology


Peter Memon, Head of Emerging Technology at Synechron, has over 25 years of experience in financial services, investment banking, capital markets and emerging technology. Throughout his career, Peter has made a name for himself by working with the most advanced new technologies to solve tomorrow's problems today. He has hands-on experience building front-office trading systems from his time at HSBC, was in charge of architectural development at Lehman Brothers, managed risk/trade/analytics data at Barclays, and most recently has been designing next generation technologies leading an elite R&D team at JP Morgan.

Igor Telyatnikov

President & Chief Operating Officer


Igor Telyatnikov

President & Chief Operating Officer

Igor has over 15 years of experience in building, operating, and investing in financial services, security, and media technology firms. Prior to AlphaPoint, Igor served as Managing Director of Cvetlo, an early stage venture firm making investments in fintech, adtech, and online media. Prior to Cvetlo, Igor led West Coast Business Development for LiftDNA, a digital ad exchange platform focused on managing online publisher ad revenue by making real-time pricing predictions for over 10 billion Ads Per Month. LiftDNA was acquired by OpenX, a global leader in digital and mobile advertising, in 2012. Previously, he held multiple roles over 5 years in the Security Technologies and Systems Integration divisions of Ingersoll Rand (TICKER: IR) / Allegion (TICKER: ALLE), where he drove adoption of new security technologies.

Craig Peretz

Chief Compliance Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer


Craig J. Peretz has been the Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer as well as a Consultant to Sierra Global Management, LLC since 1998. Mr. Peretz is responsible for the non-portfolio management side of the business at Sierra, including operations, compliance, investor relations and risk monitoring. Mr. Peretz joined Sierra in 1998 from International Fund Administration (1995-1998), where he was in charge of client administrative operations, financial review/preparation, fund set-up and investor/manager relations. Prior to that, Mr. Peretz worked in the private equity, corporate finance and investment recovery divisions of Equitable and Alliance Capital Management for seven years (1988-1995), also serving as a member of Equitable's demutualization team. Mr. Peretz completed his undergraduate studies at Alfred University in 1988 and received his MBA from The Stern School of Business at New York University in 1993. Mr. Peretz also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Alfred University as well as a Director of the Sierra Funds.

Dr Ginny. A. Baro

CEO and Founder


Dr. Ginny A. Baro is a Fortune 100 certified executive coach, speaker, #1 bestselling author of Fearless Women at Work, and leadership expert. She is the CEO and founder of Fearless Women @WorkTM, an executive coaching and career strategy company that offers proven techniques and tactics to help organizations and support talented professionals to develop as leaders in business and in life.
Armed with more than 26 years of experience working in competitive corporate environments in financial services and technology in the New York City area, she is a sought-after speaker, trainer and facilitator for teams and leaders at all levels of management.
Prior to starting her own business, Ginny held various Director level roles at Lord, Abbett & Co., LLC, where she worked for more than 16 years. Before joining Lord Abbett, she was a Senior Software Engineer at Alliance Bernstein, and a Systems Manager at Prudential.
Ginny's academic degrees include a PhD in information Systems, an MS in Computer Science, an MBA in Management, and BA in Computer Science and Economics.

Raymond Hanson

Managing Director, Global Technology Lead for the Financial Regulation (FinReg) Program


Raymond Hanson is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse in the Global Markets division, based in New York. He is the global technology lead for the Financial Regulation (FinReg) Program, responsible for the technology delivery of regulatory driven change across multiple regions, jurisdictions, and asset classes. Ray is also a member of the DTCC DerivServ Technology Advisory Council.

Prior to this role, Raymond held a variety of front office technology roles at Credit Suisse in both New York and Tokyo, primarily focused on Fixed Income Trading across cash and derivatives markets. In addition, he has served in a number of regional IT management roles, including Head of Tokyo IT. Raymond received a bachelor's degree magna cum laude from the University of Rochester.


Michael Dobrovolsky, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Machine Learning, AI & Decision Science


Executive with over 25 years of experience in Advanced Analytics space, Business and Technology strategy
Designed and Delivered ML and AI, Knowledge Management, HPCC Advanced Analytics and Technology Solutions for Fortune 500 companies and leading Technology labs

Dessa Glasser



Miquel Noguer Alonso

Executive Director


Miquel Noguer Alonso, Executive Director, UBS & Adjunct Assistant Professor, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

Miquel Noguer i Alonso is a financial markets practitioner with more than 20 years of experience in asset management, he is currently working for UBS AG (Switzerland). He worked as a CFO and CIO for a European bank from 2000 to 2006. He started his career at KPMG.

He is Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University teaching Asset Allocation, Big Data in Finance, Fintech and Hedge Fund Professor at ESADE. He received an MBA and a Degree in business administration and economics in ESADE in 1993. In 2010 he earned a PhD in quantitative finance with a Summa Cum Laude distinction (UNED - Madrid Spain). He also holds the Certified European Financial Analyst diploma ( 2000 ).

His research interests range from asset allocation, big data to algorithmic trading and fintech. His academic collaborations include a visiting scholarship in Columbia University in 2013 in the Finance and Economics Department, in Fribourg University in 2010 in the mathematics department, and presentations in Indiana University, ESADE, London Business School, CAIA Association, AFI and several industry seminars.

Sudhir Kaloth

Director - IT MIS/Regulatory and Compliance


Sudhir kaloth has 20 years of IT experience across the industry in different role with concentration in financial industry for the past 10 years, He Has a Masters Degree in Computer from BITS, Pilani, Inida. Presently working at Oppenheimer as a Director, Information Technology (MIS/Regulatory & Compliance). He worked on designing Business Intelligence products using Artificial Intelligence technique for data-mining and prediction related to financial and healthcare data. Managed e-commerce,e-publishing,e-procurment technology for retail industry.
He worked as Sr. Scientific officer at Department of information technology, Government of India and interconnected research institute accross the subcontinent during 1995. Published research paper In Neural Networks. His field of interest are Machine learning & Neural networks and its application in Risk, Surveillance, Financial Crime and intelligence.



Abel Picardi

Managing Director and Chief Compliance Officer

Bank of China

Mostafa Raddaoui

VP, Capital Market Systems and Market Data Services IT


Mostafa Raddaoui is Vice President of Capital Market Systems Technology

With more than twenty years of significant experience culminating in Application Development, Systems Management for advanced technology solutions including background in Market Data Service, Market & Banking Systems (Across all Asset Classes), Systems Integration, Records Information Management , Electronic Content Management. Planning, developing and implementing strategic directions associated with technology infrastructures, development required to support business and corporate objectives for the dynamic, highly demanding financial services industry.

Charismatic, Motivated and Possess strong analytical, interpersonal and communication skills.

Mostafa Raddaoui began his career as a developer then transitioned to software engineering, system engineering as well as an Architecture, well versed in technology especially the financial services.

Holds and M.S. Degree from Computer Science at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Robin Doyle

Managing Director, Office of Regulatory Affairs


ROBIN DOYLE has worked at J.P. Morgan Chase for over 20 years and is currently Managing Director, Office of Regulatory Affairs, where she is responsible for developing strategic responses to a broad array of regulatory initiatives, analyzing the impact of regulatory proposals, developing the firm's positions and preparing for the implementation of final rules. Ms. Doyle also spent over seven years as the Chief Financial Officer for Corporate Risk reporting to the firm's Chief Risk Officer and has worked in JPMC's Chase Home Finance business unit and managed the Firm's Accounting Policies Group. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan Chase, Robin worked for Midlantic National Bank, KPMG Peat Marwick, and Prudential Insurance Company.

Ms. Doyle is on the Board of Directors of the Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation and has been on the Board of NJ Junior Achievement and Easter Seal of New Jersey. She is a member of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, the New York Clearing House, and the Risk Management Association.

Ms. Doyle has an MBA in Finance from The Graduate School of Management, Rutgers University; a BS in Accounting from Rutgers, The State University; and is certified as a CPA in the State of NJ.


John Polis

Chief Operating & Technology Officer


John W. Polis is an entrepreneurial information management and business operations leader with a 20+ year track record of creating and enhancing technology enabled businesses and building platforms that allow for significant scale.
Prior to joining Star Mountain Mr. Polis was a Founding Member, COO and CTO for Visionary Access, Inc., an Investor and Business Development platform, where he oversaw sales and integrated marketing, finance and accounting, client servicing, human resources, and information technology platform development.
Prior to joining Visionary, Mr. Polis was COO and CTO for Guidepoint Global, a primary research firm and expert network serving the world's leading Institutional Investors, Private Equity Firms, Consulting Organizations, and Corporations. Brought on in 2011 with a direct turnaround mandate, Mr. Polis changed the operating culture leading positive change in process and people management along with directing significant improvements to their information technology platform guiding the company back to profitability and significant double digit growth.
Before Guidepoint, Mr. Polis served as COO and CTO for Coleman Research Group (CRG), also a primary research firm and expert network where he was recruited immediately after company secured financing. Without delay Mr. Polis led the product management and development effort on their custom built, Web based CRM, Recruiting, and Payment Processing platform - Knowledge BrokerTM - while also being responsible for overseeing all operational areas of the company including research, relationship management, compliance, human resources, and data management. CRG also had a broker dealer arm, Coleman Brokerage Group, for which Mr. Polis served as compliance officer for. During his tenure Coleman Research scaled from 5 to 140 employees worldwide and in 2009 was voted one of Crain's New York "Best Places to Work in New York City".
Earlier in Mr. Polis' career he served as a Co-founder and Executive Vice President Operations and CTO for Dotcom Distribution and Chief Information Officer for the GT Media family of companies.
Mr. Polis holds a BA in Economics from New York University, an MBA in Management from Wagner College and is FINRA Series 63, 7 and 24 licensed. He is also an adjunct at NYU where he teaches graduate level courses in Integrated Marketing Database Modeling and Management. Prior to NYU Mr. Polis was an adjunct at Touro College Graduate School of Technology where taught courses in Database Design and Modeling for Business.



Nitin Gupta

Global Head of Financial Services Solutions and Partners


Nitin Gupta is the Global Head of Financial Services Solutions and Partners at AWS. In this role, he is responsible for strategy, solution development, go to market, and sales with financial services technology and consulting companies worldwide.
Nitin Gupta is a seasoned executive with over 15 years of product strategy, business development, and technology innovation experience involving fintech and financial services consulting firms. Over the course of his career, Nitin has worked with firms like Envestnet Yodlee, Capgemini Financial Services, and Headstrong Genpact. At Envestnet Yodlee, Nitin led the wealth management, credit analytics, and business banking practices.

Nitin holds an MBA from Indian Institute of Management Calcutta and undergraduate degree in Economics from Delhi University, India.


Hans Robert

CTO for Client Strategy & Transformation at Digitate


Hans is the CTO for Client Strategy & Transformation at Digitate, a TCS Venture. He engages with CxO as a thought leader, defines transformation roadmap using ignioTM, the cognitive automation solution that enables smarter and faster decision making, allowing enterprises to predict problems.

Prior to Digitate, Hans was at Morgan Stanley for 17 years, most recently as the head of the Enterprise Systems Management, overseeing solutions such as CMDB, Enterprise Monitoring, Analytics, Logging as a Service, IT Service Management, Runbook Automation.

Gayle Sheppard



Gayle leads Intel's overall market vision,strategy and fundamental direction for knowledge representation and reasoning systems inside Intel's AI platform.

Formerly Chairman and CEO of Saffron Technology, Inc., acquired by Intel in 2015, Gayle's career has focused on bringing operational and decision sciences software solutions to the Global 1000. In her current role she continues to work closely with leading global companies across financial services, manufacturing, government, energy, health care and life sciences.

Prior to Saffron, Gayle held roles as Vice President and Managing Director at Peoplesoft, CEO and President of MarketMile, LLC (now part of Rearden Commerce) where she led the development and launch of a new Software as a Service e-procurement business for American Express.

She has also held positions as Vice President, Worldwide Sales, J.D. Edwards & Company, President and General Manager of J.D. Edwards Japan, K.K., and Vice President of J.D. Edwards Asia Pacific Ltd, Hong Kong. Her Asia Pacific and Japan mission was focused on accelerating J.D. Edwards growth in international markets prior to its IPO while working with leading European and American manufacturing companies to automate their supply chains.

She is a graduate of the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, where she received a B.S., Business Administration with focus in operations research and management science.


Frank Zhao

Director, Quantitative Research


Frank is a Director and a key member of S&P Global Market Intelligence's Quantamental Research group. His primary focus is to conduct systematic alpha research on global equities with publications on natural language processing, newly discovered stock selection anomalies, event-driven strategies and industry-specific signals. Frank has a master's degrees in Financial Engineering from UCLA Anderson and in Finance from Boston College Carroll, and has undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and Economics from University of California, Davis.