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Reformulate Data Analytics: Driving Efficiency and Revenues
Showcase Case Study

07:00 - 07:40

  • Tech in the spotlight: new uses of how artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), natural language programming (NLP), cloud and blockchain facilitate analytics  
  • Operational Efficiency: what are the next trends with sustainable analytics and what does it have to do with efficiency? 
  • Driving revenues, streamlining processes, out of the box use cases: where can we go to next with regards to facilitating data analytics 
Danielle Jiang

Assistant director - AI development office, fintech innovation group

Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS)

Danielle is promoting the adoption of responsible AI and data analytics in the financial sector, at the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). Her career vision is to transform the financial industry by the power of data and technology. Upon graduation with double honours degrees in quantitative finance and business administration from National University of Singapore, Danielle started her career as a quant, building risk management systems for banks and asset management companies. In 2015, she built a quantitative investment strategy of ETF portfolios for, one of the pioneering robo advisors in Singapore. She joined MAS in 2017 to start a couple of supervisory technology projects, including Project Apollo which captures stock market manipulation using machine learning. Danielle is now leading the Finance, AI and Marketplace (FINAiM) initiative to establish a vibrant AI ecosystem and community. The AI community works together to identify the potential and challenge of using AI in financial services.

Ayush Aggarwal

Head of business intelligence, data analytics & integration

Julius Baer

Christian Angkasa

analytics and decision making division div head, senior vice-president


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.

Amith Rajan

Head of data & advanced analytics

Mashreq Bank


Building the Path to a Data-driven Culture: Global Strategy, Data Ethics, Data First
Global Keynote Address from Credit Suisse Group

09:00 - 09:15

  • Global data strategy: what are the intricacies when planning at a global scale 

  • Data ethics: how to evaluate what is ethical and materialise it into a corporate data program  

  • The rise of data stewardship and the key elements to refine data governance model  

  • Business wide data-driven approach: advantages and challenges  


Adrian Pearce

Group chief data officer

Credit Suisse Group

Dr Adrian Pearce is the Group Chief Data Officer (GCDO) and acts as a Senior Advisor to the Group Chief Operating Officer with base in Zurich, Switzerland at the Credit Suisse Group AG headquarters. As GCDO, Adrian is focused on the architecture, governance, security and underlying quality of data within the bank. More recently Adrian has applied significant focus to the usage and analysis of existing Credit Suisse data to create business value for the organization. His advisory mandate is to improve the effectiveness of business processes and significant change programs globally across the Group. He is a member of the Group COO Management Committee. Before moving to Zurich, Adrian was a Managing Director at Credit Suisse, based in New York. As Head of Global Markets Change he took responsibility for the definition and execution of the change portfolio for the GM division. He was a member of the Global Markets leadership team and the bank's Global Leadership Council. Before his assignments in the US, Adrian was a Managing Director at Credit Suisse, based in London, where he joined the Credit Suisse Group in 2009. He acted as Global Head of Investment Banking Change for the IB division. Before Adrian served as Global Head of Strategic Risk Program, and prior to that as Global Head of Strategic Change and Operational Excellence. Prior to joining the Credit Suisse Group, Adrian held the position of Global Head of FID IT at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he worked for 13 years in a number of roles across Operations, Front Office and Technology. Before that he trained as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG and spent several years working in Mergers and Acquisitions.

Adrian holds a PhD in solid state Physics from the University of Warwick, UK and the Institute Laue-Langevin in Grenoble, France, plus a first class honors degree in applied Physics from the University of Hull, UK.


Overcoming the Data Deluge Challenge: Avoid Costs, Roadblocks and Blind Spots
Data Talks

10:00 - 10:40

  • Avoid the extra costs: what is the market doing about massive alt data flow 
  • Interoperability roadblocks: Steps to streamline incorporating cloud-based tools 
  • Where are our blind spots when it comes to data consolidation?  
  • Data ecosystem: insourcing vs outsourcing  
  • Learn to streamline the standaridisation process and structure your data before integrating into business processes 
Emma Kalliomaki

Managing director

Derivatives Service Bureau (DSB)

Emma Kalliomaki is Managing Director of the Association of ANNA. She is also Managing Director of the Derivatives Service Bureau (DSB), an organisation originally founded by ANNA and now working in collaboration with the industry as a fully automated global generator of ISINs, CFIs, and FISNs, for Over the Counter (OTC) derivatives. While Emma has been working as MD, the DSB has been designated by the Financial Stability Board as the sole service provider for the future UPI system supporting the DSB focus on industry requirements to deliver an OTC derivatives identification framework. Emma has over a decade of experience in financial data, standards and regulation, previously also working as head of the London Stock Exchange’s SEDOL Masterfile.

Ewan McAllan

Head of business design and innovation

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.


How Data Science is Driving Real Business Value Forward
Data Science Think Tank

14:00 - 14:40

  • Manage risks and drive decisions: steps data scientists take  

  • How are new ML models easing investment management workflows? 

  • Applying ML: with data volumes increasing, what data analytic tools/platforms are we getting meaningful insight from? 

  • The wild west of data: an insight into how data wrangling is optimising decision making 

Naomi Clarke

chief data officer


Naomi Clarke has over 30 years experience in the financial sector, and has worked with executive boards and the senior management of many well-known names, including buy and sell-side organisations, asset servicers, insurers, a data vendor and a pension fund. She specialises in business and data strategy and designing and enhancing operating models, with particular emphasis on data, operational risk, governance and process redesign. Naomi has also established central data functions and has recently been acting as interim Head of Data (CDO) for an investment manager. She holds an MA from the University of Oxford.

Anita Patel

Data scientist

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Anita Patel is a Lead Data Scientist in Global Corporate Investment Banking (GCIB) & Sales Technology at Bank of America. She has been with the bank for over 7 years, initially joining as a software developer, and has gone on to help build several predictive models for the bank. One of her most impressive projects to date was helping to develop Bank of America’s Predictive Intelligence Analytics MachineTM (BofA PRIAMTM), which is an artificial intelligence system that helps to optimize demand for equity capital market transactions, including IPOs. The product has won a number of external industry awards, including Gartner’s Eye on Innovation Award and Waters Technology’s AFTA for Most Cutting-Edge IT Initiative. Anita was named Data Science Professional of the Year by WatersTechnology in 2020.

Aishwarya Venkatesan

Data science and analytics lead for global trading


Julien Molez

Group innovation data & AI leader

Société Générale

Since 2019, Julien Molez is Group Data & AI Innovation Leader at Societe Generale within the Group’s Innovation Department. He joined Societe Generale in 2014 where he contributed to the development of the in-house consulting team (SG Consulting) as an associate director in the leadership team. From 2007 to 2013, Julien has contributed to the creation and development of different management consulting firms specialized on financial services on the Paris place. From 2001 to 2006, he was a technical IT leader working on CRM solutions for the financial industry within IBM Global Business Services and as a freelance. Julien is graduated from Ecole Centrale de Paris.

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The Next Imperative for Data Management: Cloud Migration and How to Ensure Data Privacy and Security Throughout the Process 
Up in the Clouds

07:00 - 07:40

  • From homomorphic encryption (HE) to zero trust architectures, what new tools are you using to protect your data?  
  • A closer look at data residency issue, cross-border privacy and data protection rules: how to maintain compliance in hybrid cloud?  
  • How to build sufficient internal controls over cloud capabilities, especially on data protection and security? 
Anthony Hodge

head, Cloud Governance

Standard Chartered Bank

A proven leader, strategist and skilled information technology practitioner with over 18 years of experience within banking technology, Anthony has demonstrated the ability to find technological answers to complex business problems whilst balancing commercial acumen. He is both highly motivated and results driven with a track record of strategic planning, risk management, building highly engaged teams and leading both people and technology transformation initiatives. He is currently the head of cloud governance and regulatory compliance.

Abhay Johorey

Design authority, digital strategy


Business leader with 30 years of progressively senior & diverse experience across Retail & Wholesale Banking, Insurance, Telecom, Fintech & Software.

Acted as a thought leader on Emerging digital business models and technologies and articulating the digital future for enterprises.

Honours / Awards :

  • Global Data Top 100 Visionary (Truata &                                                               (2020)

  • United Nations Task Force on intersection of Technology, Finance & SDGs          (2019)
  • Greatest Marketing Influencer by CMO Asia-2018                                                       (2018)
  • NPCI National Payment Excellence Award (Instant Payment Products)                 (2018)
  • IBS Product Innovator of the year (Partnerships in Digital Payments)                     (2018)
  • Listed as the Greatest Marketing Influencer by CMO Asia-2017                             (2017)
  • Alexander Graham Bell National award for service innovation                                (2014)
  • GSMA Award for the Best Telecom App (Global)                                                    (2013)

Abhay holds a B.E. degree from IIT Roorkee and also an MBA from IIM Calcutta.

His hobbies include Graphic Design, Western Classical music & Art History.

Hartnell Ndungi

Chief data officer

Absa Bank Kenya

Hartnell was the first Chief Data Officer in the East & Central Africa Region. His specialty is in the Banking and Financial Services sector where he has been able to master the development and execution of key Data & Digital Strategies for large financial institutions. He was previously a senior data consultant providing advisory and analytics services to governments, banks, insurance firms and Telco’s.  He has also led and set up data teams for top banks in the region.

He is currently the Chief Data Officer at Absa Kenya where he leads the Data Science, Data Governance, Business Intelligence and Analytics teams. With a deep understanding of Artificial Intelligence, Digital Transformation, Data Management, Business Intelligence, Machine Learning and Governance, he seeks to ensure that organizations are able to set up dynamic data teams, understand the data they hold, harness actionable insights and deliver key use cases encompassing profitability, operational efficiency, growth and transformation.

Hartnell holds a Master of Science in Analytics from Georgia Institute of Technology, an Executive Data Science specialization from Johns Hopkins University, a Bachelor in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Moi University and multiple certifications in Digital Transformation and Data Analytics.


Leveraging Cloud Adoption in 2021 to Unite the Fragmented Data Ecosystem
Cloud Think Tank

13:00 - 13:40

  • The drive to cloud migration: exponential data, advanced data, and analytics capabilities 

  • Analytics in the cloud: What areas of the bank value-chain can benefit from cloud analytics?  

  • Better-connected real-time data: unravelling efficiencies in the trading process, including post-trade services and automated reconciliation  

  • Accessibility vs control, a fine balance in an investment environment   

John Bottega


EDM Council

John Bottega is a senior strategy and data management executive with more than 30 years of experience in the industry.  As the former Chief Data Officer at Bank of America, John was responsible for driving the enterprise data management strategy for the firm.  This included championing the data management policy and standards, establishing and operationalizing data governance, working with technology to define the data platform, infrastructure and tool simplification, and supporting the bank's data scientist team in their efforts to drive improved information analytics.

Before coming to Bank of America John was the Chief Data Officer for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (FRBNY) where he worked with domestic and foreign regulators on financial sector data management and data quality.  While at FRBNY, John led the effort to define and establish a new international data standard known as the LEI (Legal Entity Identifier), a global standard for unique organizational identification, key to enabling and strengthening system risk analysis in support of global financial stability.  During his time at FRBNY, Bottega also served as a Senior Advisor to the Director of the Office of Financial Research (OFR), an agency established by the Dodd-Frank Act within the US Department of the Treasury, responsible for analysis and monitoring of industry-wide systemic risk.  

Prior to joining the Federal Reserve Bank, Bottega was Chief Data Officer for Citigroup's Corporate and Investment Banking group where he defined their data management improvement strategy and roadmap. While working with Citigroup he led an effort that reduced the bank’s BASEL capital risk exposure through improved data quality initiatives, and resulted in significant bottom line savings to the firm.  Prior to Citigroup, he worked for other financial institutions including Credit Suisse, Merrill Lynch and Lehman Brothers.

Bottega currently serves as the Executive Director of the Enterprise Data Management Council (EDMC) and is a member of the Executive Advisory Board of NewVantage Partners. 


A Competitive Analysis to Understand the Latest Data Trends in Capital Markets
Ask the Expert

14:00 - 14:20

Presented by industry veteran Douglas Taylor, this session will explore how industry spend is changing, where consumers are spending their money, and show an overview of where different providers rank. 

Douglas Taylor

managing partner

douglasbtaylor International Consulting LLC


Data Governance and Driving Business Growth in 2021: The Tightrope Walk
The Big CDO Debate

15:00 - 15:40

  • With the growing regulatory business requirements, how do firms create a competitive advantage? 

  • Conquering the data quality challenge: how to design and build the foundations of a data governance framework that adapts to your goals 

  • Unlocking maximum value to gain a competitive advantage: how to achieve your business goals whilst observing the regulatory needs? 

  • New techniques to managing internal data assets and fostering processes that support effective data management capabilities  

  • Data lake management: biggest opportunities to harness the value of metadata and tips on how to overcome roadblocks 


Dessa Glasser

Principal & board member

FRG and Oppenheimer Holdings

Dessa Glasser, Ph.D., is a principal consultant with a 25-year track record designing and innovative solutions and teams in risk, data, and analytics.
Dessa moved into the private sector after teaching at Rutgers University. At JPMorgan Chase, she launched firm-wide Capital Stress Testing Analytics then, as its first Chief Data Officer, she built the Chief Data Office for Asset Management. She was Deputy Director of the Office of Financial Research for the US Treasury, supporting the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC), implementing data and analytic solutions, including the global Legal Entity Identifier (LEI). She established the Chief Risk Office for Bunge, serving as the first Chief Risk Officer. She also held senior positions at Credit Suisse, Merrill Lynch, IBM, and KPMG.
Dessa has a Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics from Fordham University, and serves on the Advisory Board for the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She has a B.S. in Business Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University

David Wright

Chief data officer, North America


David Wright has led financial services and market data strategy across process, technology, and people to advance data management practices for nearly 20 years. Over his career, he has been surrounded by data, data analytics and system architecture which are the pinnacle to materializing proper enterprise data management and strategy. Currently, as Chief Data Officer for Commerzbank NA, David leads the data strategy for North America including alignment with the Enterprise Chief Data Office to improve data integrity, gain operating efficiencies, and transform data to enable insight. Previously, David led a global team boosting the data governance ecosystem including the principal framework, data dictionaries, tools, and data integrity to enable strategic data management practices across all S&P Global Ratings key domains. And, while a part of JPMorgan Chase, David grew the Reference Data Chief Data Office as part of the developing enterprise CDO functions.  He also enabled data management strategy while leading enterprise finance initiatives including global ledger platform and functional consolidations including related corresponding logical and physical data model development

Donna Rudnicki

Chief data officer

RBC Capital Markets

Donna Rudnicki, Managing Director, Head of Global Data Management at RBC Capital Markets is leading the implementation of RBC CM’s Data Strategy, establishing and operationalizing a data governance framework, and providing leadership to small and large scale projects that are serving to deliver on the business and data roadmaps.

Donna has spent twenty (25) years in progressively more senior technology roles, both as a consultant and in leadership roles with the last decade focused on leading Data and Information Management teams.  Prior to her current role at RBC Capital Markets, Donna led both IT Infrastructure and Data Management teams at the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), developing both Technology and Data Strategies and executing a wide range of initiatives that supported the delivery against those.  Donna has had opportunities to speak at a number of data conferences in both Toronto, New York and London, won the Waters Technology EDM Professional of the Year in 2020 and advocates for data management through her role on the Board with the Enterprise Data Management Council (EDMC).  Donna also chairs the EDMC Women in Data group for the Americas.

Donna is passionate about making a difference in the community having previously chaired the Board for the Burlington Family Resource Center (BFRC), sat on the Board for the Reach Out Center for Kids (ROCK), participated in a leadership capacity for the United Way campaigns at both the CPPIB and RBC Capital Markets and has been a mentor in the Women in Capital Markets programme.  Donna is involved with The Salvation Army as part of the National Advisory Board and is most excited about the opportunities that lie ahead with this work.

Gordon Wilson

Chief data officer - Americas

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation


Exclusive post-session Q&A with the speakers

09:00 - 09:05

This session will be held under the Chatham House Rule and on Zoom.  

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Private Markets Trading: Finding New Data Sets and Facilitating Compliance
Solution Focused Fireside Chat

07:00 - 07:40

  • Availability of data – accessing relevant data to support private market trading 
  • Compliance: how to standardise and digitalise processes and integrate data in a compliant manner?  
  • Tech advancement around clearing and settlement: blockchain applications and case studies  
  • How are some innovative vendor solutions tackling the data transparency and accessibility issues?  


Data Focus Lab

10:00 - 10:10

This expert-led interactive session allows attendees to explore and dissect the latest developments with an emphasis on practical outcomes. 

Working group 1 – How are Different Asset Managers Implementing ESG Strategies within their Firms

Working group 2 – Digital Public Policy and Regulatory Requirements for 2021

Chris Johnson

Senior product manager, market data

HSBC Securities Services

Chris joined HSBC Securities Services in 2006 and is the Head of Product Management, Market Data Services. Chris was previously at Threadneedle Investments where he was Head of Investment Information Services. Before then he was a Director at UBS. Chris started work in the city with Laurie, Milbank stockbrokers, in their futures and options operations team, continuing with Chase Manhattan for a further ten years, culminating in three years as head of the equity derivatives middle office. He also headed OTC derivative client valuations at Bankers Trust. Chris is a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment


The State of Play of the Digital Transformation of Regulatory Compliance
RegTech Think Tank

15:00 - 15:40


  • New ways to improving regulatory compliance and reporting: MiFID II, EMIR and SFTR 

  • Achieving your business goals whilst meeting regulatory requirements and maximising the value of reference data 

  • How is cloud boosting regulatory reporting and increasing efficiencies? 

  • What are the risks associated with migrating regulatory data to the cloud? How to overcome these?  

  • Identifying trends and optimising regulatory compliance with cloud analytics and real-time insights 

Malavika Solanki

Management team

Derivatives Service Bureau (DSB)

Malavika Solanki is part of the Management Team at the Derivatives Service Bureau, (DSB), a global numbering agency for OTC derivatives that allocates ISINs, CFI codes and FISNs - all recognised and adopted ISO standards for identifying, classifying and describing financial instruments. The DSB will in due course also provide UPIs, following recent nomination by the Financial Stability Board. Malavika has worked in the OTC derivatives market for over 20 years, is part of the team that oversees the DSB and was previously responsible for the development of LCH. Clearnet’s credit default swap clearing service. Malavika’s experience lies predominantly in launching and scaling new ventures across a variety of OTC derivative asset classes, with skills focused on service and product development and business modelling. Malavika is a graduate of London Business School’s Executive MBA programme and enjoys mentoring high-growth, fintech teams.


New Strategies to Effectively Manage Reference Data
Regulatory Outlook

16:30 - 17:00

  • New strategies to build a robust transaction reporting framework 

  • Easy steps to meet regulatory needs, particularly GDPR, MiFIDII and SFTR 

  • Impact of the new ESMA proposals on reference data reporting regimes  

  • Getting the data right: automation and reporting accurately to regulators 

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ESG Investing: How to Build a Flexible Framework
Expert Update Fireside Chat

09:00 - 09:20

  • Global trends: assessing the policy framework and regulation in the US and Europe 

  • ESG portfolios and taxonomy: key lessons learnt to help you through 2021   

  • ESG ratings: best approaches to material ESG scores and traditional ones 

  • Separating the wheat from the chaff. How do you avoid building models that are biased and look for a specific result? 

Jay Wolstenholme

Research Director


Having joined Chartis in July 2020, Jay’s primary focus is to lead and build-out our offerings for the buy-side, both in asset management and wealth management. Buy-side is a focused area of Chartis’s expansion and we are delighted to have Jay leading this area which is increasingly important for both our clients and the industry in general. Jay was most recently a Senior Principal at Finastra. Prior to this he spent 4 years as a Senior Analyst at Celent, 4 years as the Director of Capital Markets at HP, 5 years as a Research Director at Gartner and his first 8 years in industry as a Group Manager in fixed income IT at UBS.

Jay holds a BFA from Cooper Union, a BA from Saint Lawrence University and an MBA in Finance from NYU Stern School of Business. Additionally, Jay is Series 7 certified with FINRA.


Meaghan Muldoon

Global head of ESG integration



ESG Data Goldrush: From Data Snapshots to Predictive Analysis

10:30 - 11:10

  • Since ESG data tends to be point-in-time, how are firms adjusting their strategies to make their models more predictive?
  • What are the first steps to take when creating predictive models?
  • How should we fill the significant gaps in ESG data, and how to assess data providers in the space?
  • How to avoid data decay, and what are some good strategies to identify unique datasets in a crowded market?
Eric Nietsch

Head of ESG Research & Integration Asia

Manulife Investment Management

Based in Singapore, Eric is responsible for setting the ESG research, integration, and active ownership agenda in Asia. In his role, Eric conducts proprietary research to identify and manage investment risks and opportunities related to the sustainability strategies of companies in the region. Eric also works with Asian based portfolio managers on evaluating ESG exposures at a portfolio level. He collaborates with the ESG team on methodologies for product development and represents Manulife IM’s ESG capabilities among the local investment community..

Prior to joining Manulife Investment Management, Eric led the Sustainable Finance initiatives for Asia-Pacific at S&P Global where he helped to develop and launch the ESG Evaluation Framework.  He worked closely with analysts across the region to evaluate ESG exposures in corporate and infrastructure entities. Before joining the Sustainable Finance team, he covered various sectors as a credit ratings analyst at S&P in both the United States and Asia. Preceding S&P, Eric worked on an equity portfolio at Barclay’s PLC in New York, and on the special situations desk of the boutique investment bank StormHarbour Partners LP.

Eric holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Colgate University. He is a CFA charterholder and a member of the CFA Society of Singapore.

Phineas Glover

Head of ESG equity research, Asia Pacific

Credit Suisse

Phineas joined Credit Suisse in April 2018 as Head of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) research in Australia, and was subsequently appointed to lead ESG research for the APAC region. He was previously Head of ESG research at Macquarie Bank and his career has spanned investment research, fund management and ESG specialisms. Phineas co-founded the UK Investor Forum, a membership organisation now representing institutions with c. £14 trillion global AuM. He previously headed up collective shareholder engagement on behalf of fund managers at the Association of British Insurers, worked on the buy-side as an equity analyst at The Co-operative Asset Management and had spells as a senior adviser to EY. Phineas holds a BA from Brunel University in business management and economics and an MSc from Birkbeck College, University of London in business strategy, economics and the environment.

Tanya Seajay

Founder & chief executive officer

Orenda Software Solutions Inc

Tanya Seajay is the Founder and CEO of Orenda Software Solutions Inc, a Canadian Alternative Data company established in 2015 with offices in Toronto, Ontario and Membertou, Nova Scotia.

Seajay is a thought leader when it comes to calculating a company’s alignment with society’s values, validating a company’s Environmental, Social and Governance actions, as well as its progress in contributing to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. This has led her and the Orenda team to the capital markets, providing large and actionable datasets that blend with traditional data to create financial models that predict market movements and generate alpha.

Seajay has a Master of Communications Management degree from McMaster University and is a graduate of journalism. She is an alumna of the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference for emerging leaders and has held numerous community leadership roles. She is the proud mother of two adult boys, one who is attending the Royal Military College to be a pilot in the Canadian Armed Forces, and a second son who is attending Holland College to become a chef. 

Kalpana Seethepalli

Director of ESG – Asia Pacific

Deutsche Bank

Kalpana Seethepalli is the Director of ESG for Asia Pacific and leads the work on results frameworks, measurement, monitoring and sustainable finance taxonomies for ESG transactions.

Dr. Seethepalli brings 20 years of sustainable finance experience across 15 countries from the multilateral and private equity markets. She is a global expert in design, measurement and reporting frameworks to achieve positive ESG impact through commercially viable investments.

Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Dr. Seethepalli was Managing Director, Sustainability & Impact for Infra-Tech Capital, an impact fund investing in companies utilizing technology to provide infrastructure services and achieve UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She joined Infra-Tech Capital after a long career with the World Bank Group focusing on sustainable development and investment policy, blended finance and Public Private Partnerships (PPPs). She has $2 billion in direct investment experience in sustainable finance, and led complex World Bank advisory mandates in Indonesia, Vietnam, India, Mexico, Philippines, South Korea, South Africa, Poland, Timor Leste, Kenya and Ghana.

Dr. Seethepalli led the World Bank Group’s dialogue with APEC, ASEAN, G20 Finance Ministers, multilaterals and development partners, and is a frequent speaker participant on sustainable financing at global fora, such as the World Economic Forum, convening private investors, advisors and thought leaders. She has also strengthened dialogue with NGOs and global civil society on ESG issues on live investments.

Dr. Seethepalli has a Ph.D. in Strategic Management & Public Policy focusing on infrastructure privatization in emerging markets from the George Washington University, USA.


ESG Data & AI: How to Unlock Valuable Insights
Interactive Tech Talk

14:00 - 14:30

  • Standardising ESG reporting 

  • Does the lack of standardisation in the field of ESG hinder how AI can be used? 

  • Gaining new insights: how is AI assisting ESG investment decisions?  

  • ML and NLP: finding correlations between different ESG factors 

  • What is the human factor that needs to be considered when developing AI-driven portfolios?