Consultant for chief data architect, enterprise data management
Rick Aiere is a strategic solutions-focused executive and trusted C-level advisor, with over 25 years of experience in data management and data strategy. He is currently engaged in an initiative as a consultant advising on MDM and Data Governance for the Chief Data Officer at NYU where he is helping with implementation of authoritative data sourcing methodology. In addition, Rick provides data management advisory services to financial institutions with a focus on reference data management, AML and CCAR. Prior to his current engagement, Rick has produced results for high-growth Fortune 500 companies such as AIG, Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs.
Senior vice president, head of data, architecture and salesforce development
Julia Bardmesser is Senior Vice President, Head of Data, Architecture and Salesforce Development at Voya. In her role Julia is leading the transformation of Voya's enterprise assets in Data, Architecture and Salesforce to increase agility and speed to market by eliminating redundant data silos and consolidating and automating data processes to deliver key insights from proprietary data; and to reduce costs through re-use and infrastructure simplification.
Prior to joining Voya Julia was a Global Head of Data Integration at Deutsche Bank, where she led the implementation of global metadata management platform that enabled data lineage and robust front to back data quality measurement.
Julia has over twenty years of experience in data management, data governance, architecture and cross-platform solution delivery in the financial industry. She also worked at Citi, 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.
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.
Managing director data governance & standards, Americas
Doris Brophy joined Société Générale in 2016 as the Director of Data Governance & Standards for the Americas. Prior to Société Générale, Doris had over 25 years in the Financial Services Industry on both the buy side and sell side. Doris has an extensive Technology and Data Background. In her prior role at a large Asset Management organization, Doris served as Domain Executive for the Chief Data Office for the Business Products and Services Data Domain. Doris has also held positions as CIO of a hedge fund, CIO of Debt Capital Markets at a large broker dealer and COO of Technology for Equity and Electronic Trading. Doris began her career programming innovative market data solutions, complex options models, trading systems, and global networking solutions. Doris was an early adopter and influencer of client server, SBA (Service Based Architecture) solutions, thin client, browser deployment and process re-engineering.
Doris Brophy earned her B.A. in Computer Science and Economics with a concentration in Mathematics from Hiram College. She studied graduate Economics at Rutgers university and was a judge for the MIT Sloan School of Business CIO of the year award from 2009 through 2016.
Head of technology risk management
Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Asia) Limited (ICBC (Asia))
Welcome Chan is the Head of Technology Risk Management of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Asia) Limited (ICBC(Asia)). With his capacity, he is responsible for ensuring the ICBC(Asia)’s information security policies, technology risk matters to ensure the adherence of regulatory and compliance requirements. He also plays a key role on information and cyber security risk matters of the bank and provides security advises to businesses, projects, IT infrastructure and application reviews to alleviate the potential security risks. Prior to joining the ICBC(Asia), he was the Security Manager of CMB Wing Lung Bank, Assistant Vice President of IT Security of China CITIC Bank International, the Information Security Manager of Bank of Communications, Hong Kong Branch, and had held different IT audit management and Security roles of listed companies and manufacturing enterprises.
Welcome holds an MBA degree from the Hong Kong University of Science Technology (HKUST), and a Bachelor Degree of Electronic and Communications Engineering from The University of Hong Kong. Welcome is also a qualification holder of CISA, CISM, CISSP, CSSLP, CGEIT, CRISC, CCNP, CREST CPSA, CRT and IRCA ISO27001 ISMS Lead Auditor.
CDO and P&C chief actuary
Peili is a multi-lingual (hyper-polyglot) and inter-culturally experienced senior executive in the insurance industry. He is currently the Chief Data Officer of AXA Philippines but also Chief Actuary for their P&C Business, in charge to lead the data driven transformation of the company while leading the actuarial functions.
Prior to that, Peili was Chief Technical Officer / Chief Actuary & Underwriting in AXA Philippines (2016-2017) and AXA Indonesia (2012-2015), with supervision on actuarial & data analytics, product development, underwriting and claims management at different time. He managed various teams with very different profiles: geographically, culturally and functionally.
Peili started his career in France as Life Actuary in Allianz (internships) and AXA, before moving to P&C insurance as reinsurance Actuary. In total, he has a 15 year experience mainly in operational roles across mature and emerging markets, serving both Retail and Corporate customer segments with life and non-life insurance.
Peili was born in China, raised up there before migrating to France at the age of 13 to join his parents. He is a typical economic migrant from grassroots, worked outside school time in his parents' restaurant and McDonald's to support the family. As such, he is a highly adaptable leader with skills and experience on Data Analytics & Visualizations, Financial Modelling, Digital Innovation and People Management.
His accomplishments in the past includes the launch of first reverse mortgage insurance and first index based insurance in France (2008), the set-up of a bancassurance joint-venture in Indonesia (2012-2015) with positive P&L after 3 years, the initiation of an organizational and digital transformation of a half century old claims organization in the Philippines (2016-2017).
Regional director - technology innovation
Prudential Corporation Asia
Andy Chun is a seasoned senior executive and a broad technologist with over 30 years of experience in a wide range of industries, including finance, insurance, health, transportation, and education. He is widely recognized as a top IT leader and an AI pioneer. Chun has a diverse background, achieving success in academia, industry, consulting, and start-up operations. Currently, he is with the global financial services group Prudential plc as the Regional Director of Technology Innovation for Asia. Chun provides leadership in the use of AI to improve customers’ health and wealth, and transform business. Chun is also an honorary Adjunct Professor at City University of Hong Kong, where he previously served as its Chief Information Officer and was an Associate Professor. Chun received numerous AI and ICT awards, including the HK CIO Award and the Top 5 Greater China CIO Award. He is also a senior advisor to the HK Government on AI and IT strategies. He is a Council Member of the Hong Kong Computer Society and serves as the Convenor for its AI Specialist Group, promoting AI and advising the Government on policies. Chun holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and attended executive MBA training at Boston University.
Nagaraja Kumar Deevi
Managing partner & senior advisor
DEEVI Advisory & Research Studies
Nagaraja Kumar Deevi is senior strategic executive with over two decades of Leadership experience advising Global Banking & Financial Institutions. He is Senior Advisor to number of companies. NAG is specialized in Digital Transformation, Banking regulations, Regulatory Policy & Affairs and Enterprise wide Strategic Risk initiatives. Designed and developed Enterprise Risk Governance Framework aligned with firm-wide Corporate strategy, setting high level Regulatory Policy, Risk Appetite Statement, Recovery, and Resolution Planning (RRP)/Living Wills, Culture, Conduct & Reputational Risk ad Cyber Risk. NAG works closely with Academia, as mentor, publish Research papers and has advanced management studies from Harvard, Columbia, NYU, Kellogg and MIT.
Vice president and chief operating officer CUSIP global services (CGS)
S&P global market intelligence
Roger is responsible for the global growth of the CGS business units including: global data operations, which encompasses credit derivatives, syndicated loans and private placements, product support and development, the ANNA Service Bureau product lines, and our enterprise feeds and terminal products. Roger is focused on the significant expansion of CGS’s services and presence in the Americas, EMEA and APAC. From 2010-2015, Roger was accountable for commercializing the delivery of S&P’s Credit Ratings solutions and Cross Reference Services. Roger joined Standard & Poor's in 1998 as Municipal Research Analyst in Standard & Poor’s Securities Evaluations Group. He holds a B.B.A. in International Business from Iona College. Roger is co-chair of the International Securities Association for Institutional Trade Communication’s (ISITC) Regulatory Forum whose mission is to increase understanding of new regulations across our Industry and partner with regulators and industry standards organizations to define best practices. Roger was also a member of the ISO Study Group tasked with creating appropriate ISIN assignment rules for OTC derivatives as required by MiFID II. Roger is a regular speaker at industry conferences and forums.
Head of client services technologies
Darrell is responsible for the design, development and implementation of technology solutions that underlie new services and capabilities supporting a fast, flawless, and simple experience for our 16,000 institutions, our more than 4 million plan participants and our internal associates.
Darrell brings to TIAA an outstanding record of digital transformation, innovation and delivery, having developed technology strategy, delivered transformational initiatives to achieve business outcomes, and enabled individual business lines to self-fund market-differentiating capabilities as a result of efficiency gains. He joined TIAA from Fidelity, where he spent 22 years in IT roles of increasing responsibility and most recently served as the Head of Technology Strategy & Planning. His notable accomplishments include establishing and implementing the enterprise-wide strategic direction for the IT organization, including the shift of $700 million of expense out of the existing IT cost base; leading the delivery of customer-oriented, integrated platforms and experiences across all areas of the company, while working closely with Fidelity’s executive leadership team.
Prior to joining Fidelity, Darrell worked at Keane, Inc., as a consultant and JR Medical Search as a programmer/analyst, he holds a BA in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics from Villanova University. Darrell has been an active mentor in the Women’s Unlimited LEAD program and is a member of the advisory boards of the University of New Hampshire’s College of Engineering & Physical Sciences, SCRUM.ORG, and the Waterville Valley Foundation, and is also the Treasurer of the Waterville Valley Historical Society.
CDO - Americas
Dessa advises clients in the areas of data, analytics and risk. She has a 25-year proven track record successfully designing and executing global innovative solutions, often influencing a Board or Operating Committee. She built the Chief Data Office for JPMorgan Chase Asset Management, serving as the first CDO, and initiated the Capital Stress Testing Analytics team for JPMorgan Chase. She was Deputy Director of the Office of Financial Research (US Treasury), responsible for data, international standards (including the Legal Entity Identifier, LEI), analytics and technology and building the Office. As the first CRO, she launched the Chief Risk Office for Bunge. Dessa has held senior positions at Credit Suisse, Merrill Lynch, IBM and KPMG. She began her career teaching finance at Rutgers University. Dessa has a Ph. D. and MA in Economics from Fordham University and serves on the advisory Board of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She has a BS in Business from Fairleigh Dickinson University and was co-president of the Women's Bond Club of NY.
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.
CDO, retail banking & wealth management, Asia Pacific
Head of APAC trade execution technology and architect APAC equities
Senior advisor for data and artificial intelligence
UnionBank of the Philippines
Director of digital & innovation, Asia Pacific
Elvie Lahournere is Director, Digital & Innovation, Asia Pacific at Natixis as part of the bank’s move towards digitalisation in the pursuit of creating high value-added solutions for its clients. In this role, Elvie is responsible for promoting and facilitating the Digital and Innovation Strategy across the APAC platform and the bank globally. After 12 years of experience across Asia and Europe, with expertise in operational, and strategy development across different industries, Elvie has held senior roles with several technology and strategy businesses based in China such as Alten, and most recently Roland Berger. Elvie also developed her deep knowledge and network within the technology landscape in China as the co-founder and board member of French Tech Hong Kong.
BOA International Financial Group
As the Group CEO of the BOA International Financial Group, Mr Leung is leading his teams to build and grow the first digital platform providing financial services to clients around the world.
Prior to his current appointment, Mr Leung was Chief Information & Operations Officer of China CITIC Bank International since December 2013. As a C-suite executive, he managed the Bank’s IT, Operations, Corporate Services, and the FinTech Innovation Center which built the first non-face-to-face remote account opening App in HK. Concurrently he was a member of the Board as well as Audit Committee and Compliance Committee of CITIC Bank International (China) Ltd.
Earlier on Mr Leung spent 14 years with Bank of America (Asia) and China Construction Bank (Asia), reaching the position of Deputy Chief Executive. His banking career also includes Standard Chartered Bank and Dao Heng Bank (now DBS).
Mr Leung graduated from CUHK in 1978 and is an Engineering Faculty Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. He received the prestigious Philips Scholarship to pursue Master’s degree study in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, followed by a Graduate Diploma (1st honour) in Retail Bank Management from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, USA. Since then he worked in Philips, IBM, Computer Science of Australia and Price Waterhouse, residing in Holland, Sweden, US and Australia before returning to Hong Kong in 1997.
The many public duties Mr Leung has served include President of HK Computer Society, Exco Member and FinTech Committee Chair of HK Institute of Bankers, Adjunct Professor and Information Systems Departmental Advisory Committee Chair of City University, Panel Member of the Research Assessment Exercise of University Grants Committee, Industry Specialist and Panel Chair of HK Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications, Chairman of HK Down Syndrome Association, among others. In 2016 Mr Leung received a Medal of Honour (MH) in recognition of his contribution to the society.
Digital programme head
Hong Kong Broadband Network
Clare Liu is a data scientist at Hong Kong Broadband Network. She is also a contributing author at several publications including Towards Data Science and KDnuggets. Her new video channel - AI Sensei was launched in March this year delivering innovative and cutting edge AI and Machine Learning knowledge in Hong Kong for everyone.
Prior to joining HKBN, Clare was working in DBS innovation and ecosystems team to drive various data-related projects in different teams and her major role was to involve in data mining research projects and bring innovative insights to her teammates.
Chief technology officer
Keith Lubell is CTO at Berkery Noyes. Since 2002, Keith has been developing an application and database of the Mergers and Acquisitions marketplace, encompassing more than 47,000 transactions and 123,000 companies in the software and information industry, including a toolset to understand business models and identify short and long-term trends. Prior to Berkery Noyes, Keith worked as Director of Application Development at Valinor – Ikon Office Solutions, where he obtained certifications as a Microsoft Certified Solution Developer, Microsoft Certified System Engineer and Microsoft Certified Trainer.
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.
Head of standards
Karla McKenna is an international standards specialist in the area of financial services. Ms. McKenna is the Head of Standards for the Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation (GLEIF) for which she is responsible for facilitating the development and implementation of GLEIF standards and leveraging international standards from organizations such as the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to maximize data quality and the operational integrity of the Global LEI System. Ms. McKenna chaired the International Organization for Standardization Technical Committee 68 (ISO/TC 68), Financial services, from 2006 to 2018 and continues work with the committee in the areas of standards interoperability, regulatory use of international standards and best practices for financial services standards. Ms. McKenna currently serves on the Board of XBRL International and is a member of the inaugural Board of the Eurofiling Foundation. Ms. McKenna is Immediate Past Chair of the Securities Market Practice Group (SMPG) and also has served on the Board of the International Securities Association for Institutional Trade Communication (ISITC) and the Accredited Standards Committee X9 (ASC X9).
Global Head of GIA analytics & insights
Imrankhan is an experienced leader, with a decade and half of experience building analytics practices and leading large-scale global strategic initiatives with organizations such as UBS, JPMC, Exxon, FDIC, and SIPC. As a founding member of UBS GIA's data analytics group, he has helped the department set up an industry leading analytics practice (rated by external consulting firm Deloitte as a top tier analytics practice among all banking peers). In his six years at UBS, he has developed high impact analytics, including presenting analytics driven insights to the chairman of the board, Americas CEO/COO. He brings in the ability to not only drive the vision for a data analytics driven organization but also the ability to execute and transform the organization strategically while delivering high impact results along the way to create buy-in from most senior to lowest levels of the organization.
Director, AI innovation
Bank of Singapore
Managing director, global head of client insight, banking & digital channel's technology
RBC capital markets
Kim Prado heads the Global Client, Banking & Digital Channels Technology group across Capital Markets. She has been at RBC for over 12 years supporting the business in various capacities from running Global FIC Production Services to Head of Fixed Income Sales and Credit Trading technology. Currently, her role includes managing all aspects of client technology as well as Banking and Digital Channels across all lines of business within CM. She is also a member of RBC’s Global Markets Innovation Leadership Council. Prior to joining RBC, Mrs.Prado ran the API Connectivity Development team at ICAP and was part of the initial launch of BrokerTec. She has also held multiple technology positions across the street with Deutsche Bank, Mizuho and Chase Securities. Mrs. Prado received a BA from Stockton University in accounting.
Jordan and Jordan
A seasoned CTO, with experience in AI, Blockchain, Cloud Computing, Cyber Security, Disaster Recovery, Bigdata, &managed services professional focused on business value. Jorge As delivered advice in several AI, ML, ICO, STO with comprehensive understanding of technology disruption effects caused by both Artificial Intelligence & Blockchain technology.
He created the process A6 of security: Assess, Architect, Apply, Administer, Awareness and Agility. He architects practical & business focused solutions using standards and industry best practices, designed SLAs to meet today’s business resiliency using cloud computing & managed services business requirements. Mr. Sebastiao has been the speaker at numerous international conferences with topics including: Blockchain, AI, Cloud Computing, Cyber Security, Big Data, & Managed Services.
CIO and head of technology services
Head of fintech & startup Xchange
Medhy Souidi is the Head of FinTech and the Startup Xchange programme of DBS Hong Kong. Medhy is co-chair of the FinTech Association of Hong Kong’s Blockchain committee, and was named by global FinTech hub LATTICE80 as one of 50 top FinTech influencers, and by Whub as one of the Startup and FinTech influencers.
Prior to joining DBS, Medhy was a Senior Project Manager at Privé Technologies. He has also held senior positions at financial and technology companies and institutions in France, Canada and Hong Kong.
Innovation for treasury & markets, technology & operations
I am currently leading Innovation for Treasury & Markets at DBS Bank, Technology & Operations group.
Previously, I was head of FinTech & Data at Singapore Exchange Limited (SGX), Technology group. In the area of FinTech, I led SGX's efforts in various proof of concepts involving blockchain and machine learning, represented SGX in several of Singapore's SMART nation initiatives such as project Ubin, and drove the internal innovation program. As for Data, I led the successful transformation of SGX into a data-driven organization by executing the enterprise data strategy so as to extract maximum value from SGX's data assets. I re-architected the data infrastructure to centralize all the business data within a high performance data warehouse. I then managed all the data within the data warehouse to ensure data quality and accuracy for downstream applications and consumers. I also introduced new concepts such as integrated applications, data democracy and distributed sandboxes. Finally, I instituted a data science practice to leverage machine learning, quantitative finance, advanced data analytics and real-time data visualization.
Before transferring to technology, I was head of Data & Analytics at SGX Derivatives business unit where I had supported the growth of SGX’s derivatives business by providing the sales and product managers with data insights to make better informed decisions. I also designed and developed a major application to streamline much of a critical business workflow to improve the productivity and efficiency. I also led SGX’s efforts in areas such as data visualisation, gamification, automation, quantitative finance and research in market microstructure and high frequency trading.
Prior to joining the financial industry, I was an engineer in the virtual reality industry.
Regional Head of Technology Strategic Partnerships, Asia
Prudential Corporation Asia
Melecio G. Valerio Jr.
Head of enterprise data management
FWD Life Insurance
Currently the Head of Enterprise Data Management for FWD Life Insurance Philippines focusing on Data Governance, Data Architecture and Data Visualization. Has more than 6 years of Data Governance experience. Has piloted a Data Warehouse application in Maybank Philippines and developed various data models in consolidating multiple source systems to generate single source of data while establishing Data Stewardship council which focuses on addressing Data quality related issues. Previously worked in QBE Philippines who successfully strengthened the team's capability in establishing a Data Center of excellence across all Divisions focusing on data quality, Meta data, Reference and Master data management.
Head of change and innovation APAC
ABN AMRO Bank N.V.
Guilhem is a seasoned executive with 7 years in Fintech and 13 years in Banking. Passionate digital evangelist, he challenges status quo, fosters innovation, drives strategy and develops partnerships with the Fintech ecosystem. He has extensive knowledge in lean transformation, core banking and product & process digitalisation. He genuinely believes innovation can make life better for everyone. He spent most of his career in Europe in project management. He relocated to Singapore in 2015 and is now the Head of APAC Change Management & Innovation.
Regulatory Product Manager
Colin is a Regulatory Product Manager at BNY Mellon. He is responsible for ensuring that all products within Asset Servicing are compliant with upcoming regulations and serve our client’s needs to meet the regulatory requirements. He is focused on helping clients understand how they will be affected by upcoming regulations, including MIFID II, GDPR, MMFR etc, and how BNYM product solutions can assist them in ensuring compliance.
Prior to joining BNY Mellon, Colin spent 4 years working at Barclays initially as Industry & Regulatory Engagement Lead for Data Management, and then leading on the Impact Assessment for GDPR. Previously, he was Global Product Manager for Omgeo CTM responsible for developing the product to meet all client and regulatory requirements. He has also spent time at a number of leading Investment Bank institutions, including Deutsche Bank, Nomura, and Goldman Sachs, across a broad range of Data Management, Client Service and project management roles.
CDO, 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
Head of IT audit
Bank of China (Hong Kong)
Tinsley Zhu is a client solutions analyst at BlackRock. In her role, she provides strategic advisory and customized product solutions to help clients with issues related to performance attribution, risk analytics, portfolio construction, and quantitative modeling. Tinsley graduated from UC Berkeley in 2019 with double major in Industrial Engineering and Computer Science. Prior to BlackRock, she had internship experience across financial consulting, quantitative research, software engineering, and private equity, and side projects in personal investment and leadership facilitation.
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.
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.
Director Portfolio Management
PanAgora Asset Management
Mike Chen, Ph.D.
Dr. Chen is a Portfolio Manager at PanAgora. In this role he is responsible for novel alpha research and model development in the Dynamic team and across the wider Equity group, and daily management of firm’s Dynamic portfolios. Dr. Chen is also responsible for leading the development of PanAgora’s ESG strategy, including alpha research, portfolio management, and model and product development. Dr. Chen’s research interests are in the areas of machine learning, ESG, and alternative datasets. Previously, he was a portfolio manager at PanAgora’s Stock Selector team.
Prior to joining PanAgora, Dr. Chen was a Portfolio Manager at BlackRock’s Scientific Active Equity (SAE) team, where his responsibilities include portfolio management and research into alpha insights for use across the entire SAE platform. While at SAE, Dr. Chen won “Signal of the Year” award for a signal he researched and developed. Prior to BlackRock, Dr. Chen worked at Google where he was a member of the team that managed Google’s fixed income investment portfolio and FX exposures. Dr. Chen started his career at Morgan Stanley in New York where he traded and managed a portfolio of exotic US rates derivatives. While at Morgan Stanley, Dr. Chen researched, developed and patented a framework that allowed for pricing of derivatives based on two rate curves with dynamic multiplicative spread, one of the first such models on the street.
Dr. Chen graduated from the University of Illinois in 2005 with a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He has published in leading engineering and applied mathematics journals, and had been invited to talk at numerous conferences.
VP, data quality manager & data steward
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.
Executive director, data governance