WatersTechnology Innovation Exchange

This coming September we are launching a global virtual event to connect over 800 global decision-makers, innovators, subject-matter experts and movers & shakers to discuss the future of data & technology in capital markets.

Our first virtual event gathered on September 9-22 and connected decision-makers, experts, practitioners, and industry mavericks from across the globe. The 2020 digital gateway to innovation in data, technology, and compliance within capital markets. 

The event turned the spotlight on 3 overarching themes Technology & Transformation, Data Insights and Business Strategy & Leadership. The themes had been developed after close consultation with over 100 international industry experts and the agenda was endorsed by our Global Advisory Board and the WatersTechnology editorial team. This event ensured you stayed at the leading edge of market developments within capital markets. 


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hours of engaging content

Technology & Transformation Spotlight

Emerging tech trends, financial innovations and tech adoption strategies

Data Insights Spotlight

Data Governance, improving investment decisions and unlocking the value of analytics

Business Strategy & Leadership Spotlight

Operational resilience, maximising investment on technology platforms, risk, regulation and compliance

Key themes

Emerging tech trends:

Capitalising on AI, ML and cloud to deliver top-down growth

Financial innovations:

Discovering Fintech and Blockchain latest developments

Tech adoption strategy:

Standardising workflows and automating secondary tasks

Data Governance:

Ensuring consistent and trustworthy information

Generating alpha:

Applying alternative data to generate alpha returns and create new revenue streams

Improving investment decisions:

Unlocking the value of analytics platforms and alternative data sets

Operational resilience:

Boosting operational agility and efficiency in the midst of COVID-19

Future proofing:

Maximising your investment on technology platforms

Risk, regulation and compliance:

Navigating the latest regulatory changes and transition

Alla Whitston



Alla Whitston is the SVP, Chief Technology Officer for CIT Group Inc., a leading national bank focused on empowering businesses and personal savers. In this role, Whitston leads the technology planning and development for enterprise functions and all lines of business. Whitston joined CIT in October 2018 from Bank of America where she was most recently the managing director and chief technology officer for enterprise functions. Previously, she also led end-user technology services and wholesale banking technology infrastructure. Prior to joining Bank of America, Whitston served as the managing director in the Investment Banking division at JP Morgan and was responsible for application and infrastructure management. She also held key technology positions at Bear Stearns, Goldman Sachs and Bankers Trust. She holds a master’s degree in computer science from Georgia Technical University.

Andrew Foster

CDO - Americas

Deutsche Bank

David Hardoon

Senior advisor for data and artificial intelligence

UnionBank of the Philippines

David is the Senior Advisor for Data and Artificial Intelligence at UnionBank Philippines.

Concurrently David is an external advisor to Singapore's Corrupt Investigation Practices Bureau (CPIB) in the capacity of Senior Advisor (Artificial Intelligence) and to Singapore's Central Provident Fund Board (CPF) in the capacity of Senior Advisor (Data Science).

Prior to his current roles, David was Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) first appointed Chief Data Officer and Head of Data Analytics Group reporting to the agency Deputy Managing Director for Financial Supervision and subsequently Special Advisor (Artificial Intelligence) reporting to Deputy Managing Director for Markets and Development. In these roles he led the development of the AI strategy both for MAS and Singapore’s financial sector as well as driving efforts in promoting open cross-border data flows.

David has extensive exposure and experience in both industry and academia and he has consistently applied advanced technology with an analytical mindset to shape and deliver new innovation. David holds a PhD in Computer Science in the field of Machine Learning from the University of Southampton and graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London with First Class Honors B.Sc. in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence. Out in the "field", David is more likely to consider himself a data artist instead of a pure data scientist.

Ewan McAllan

Head of business design and innovation | GBM ASP CDO

HSBC Global Banking and Markets

Currently working as Head of Business Design and Innovation in HSBC GBM, developing practical solutions to support business growth and improvement, and also leading the GBM ASP Chief Data Office. The solutions lean on past experiences that have involved Data Management and Strategy, Data Quality, Change Management, MI and Analytics, and Risk Analytics.

I started life working as a musician which fed a lifelong interest in team interactions and dynamics, leadership, and culture.

Gunjan Gupta

Head of enterprise data


Gunjan has 16+ years of experience in the areas of Data & Analytics in the BFSI (Banking, Financial Services, Insurance) industries across US, Europe, and APAC.  She has successfully led, jumpstarted, and scaled up Data & Analytics teams for organizations such as HSBC, Fidelity Investments, Genworth Financial, and Bajaj Allianz Insurance.  She is a data evangelist and has delivered several business use-cases that harnessed and monetized data for organizations.  She is well-versed with the complexity of managing Big Data challenges in terms of the 5Vs (volume, velocity, variety, veracity, and value).  In her current role, Gunjan is executing on a firm wide data management strategy to enable the use of data as an asset by focusing on areas of data quality, lineage, golden source etc.  Gunjan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and has earned a MBA in the areas of IT, ecommerce, and supply chain management.  She is a regular speaker and contributor at industry forums and events.

Janet Adams

Head of Strategic Projects and Performance, SME

TSB Business Banking

Janet Adams is a disruptive tech advocate with 20 years experience in Banking Risk and Technology, currently working at TSB Business Banking as Head of Strategic Projects & Performance. With previous experience gained in commercial and investment banking sectors at HSBC, RBS, and Barclays, Janet has recently completed a MSc in Artificial Intelligence at the University of Essex where she developed a path breaking dissertation on Explainability and Accountability of AI for global banking regulatory compliance, fair customer outcomes and market stability, in which she investigated and assessed different algorithmic approaches for 9 AI banking use cases across retail and wholesale sectors. Janet’s blend of technology, risk, conduct and AI gives her a unique perspective on the ethics of Artificial Intelligence in Banking, and she is committed to the principles of inclusivity and benefit for all through the AI revolution.

Kate Taylor

Executive director, data governance

Morgan Stanley

Kate Taylor is an Executive Director at Morgan Stanley, focused on Data Governance within the Data Center of Excellence for the last 18 months.  Prior to her work in data management, Kate spent eight years in leadership positions at Morgan Stanley and Bank of America, driving IT security and risk management programs.  Kate’s success in driving large-scale technology and organizational change programs across a variety of industries and functions is a function of decades of experience at Accenture and other major consulting firms.

Kevin Welch

MD workforce transformation & shared services

Brown Brothers Harriman

Kevin Welch is responsible for the Workforce Transformation & Shared Services disciplines within BBH Investor Services.  In this role, Mr. Welch manages a process engineering team that identifies and implements business and technology solutions with the goal of constantly improving the services BBH offers to our clients.   He is also responsible for developing and executing our globalization plan, operational strategy and relationships with outsourcing partners. 

Mr. Welch joined BBH in 2004 and previously served as the Head of Service Delivery and the Head of Custody, Markets and Client Service in Krakow.  He was instrumental in establishing the Krakow office. Mr. Welch began his tenure at BBH in Boston within Corporate Actions, and later became the department head for the division.

Mr. Welch has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and History from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. 

Lawrence Wee

Chief Data Scientist


Innovator and strategist in data science and artificial intelligence. I lead and mentor data scientists, co-creating AI solutions in healthcare, pharmaceuticals, financial services and cybersecurity. 

Michael Ruttledge

CIO and head of technology services

Citizens Bank