WatersTechnology Live & Learn

WatersTechnology Live and Learn opportunity is a series of in-person roundtables that combine thought-leadership and future-looking content with fun and engaging activities.

WatersTechnology Live and Learn is a series of in-person roundtables that combine thought-leadership and future-looking content with fun and engaging activities.

Gathering the movers and shakers of tech, data and operations leaders, the events are the prefect opportunity for your organisation to interact with industry leaders in a lively, relationship-building format.

Available themes and topics

  • Digital transformation
  • Cloud migration
  • Emerging technologies
  • Data ecosystems
  • Operational resilience
  • Workflow redesign
  • Process automation
  • ESG data and standards
  • Alternative data
  • AI & ML at scale
  • and more

Stuart Gurr

Chief Technology Officer APAC

Deutsche Bank

Kelvin Tan

Head of innovation for treasury & markets, technology & operations

DBS Bank

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. 

Victor Alexiev

Director, head of programs and strategic partnerships


Victor heads Citi Ventures’ Programs and Strategic Partnerships across APAC. His focus is on developing the infrastructure, networks and talent necessary for the continuous origination of impactful ideas and experiments that have the potential to transform the financial industry.

Victor is a seasoned entrepreneur, global citizen, and systems thinker focused on business model innovation and advanced decision automation. He has over a decade of experience in building and scaling technology ventures across the globe.

Alexandre Beaumont

Vice-president - innovation lead

Société Générale

Alexandre has 13 years’ experience in Banking mainly in Investment Banking Operation.

Curious & always open to learn new things, he has expertise in product & process digitalization, continuous improvement and product management.

In his new role he gets to challenge the status quo, foster innovation & build partnerships with the Fintech ecosystem.

He recently launched the Asian version of the Global Market Incubator for Societe Generale in APAC.

He spent most of his career in Hong Kong in Operations. He relocated to Singapore in 2020 and is now the Innovation Lead for APAC, driving Open Innovation Initiatives for the group in the region.

TK Yap

Managing Director, Group Chief Transformation Officer

CGS-CIMB Securities

TK Yap is Group Chief Transformation Officer at CGS-CIMB Securities and will drive and accelerate its transformation in the areas of superior products, efficient technology, and effective scalability to maximize customer engagement.

He currently oversees the Group's digital solutions, technology infrastructure and solutions, operations and processes, electronic trading platforms, and program management office functions.

His 35 years in the securities industry has included roles in local and global firms, buy and sell sides, distribution and origination, as well as research and sales functions.

TK is an IBF Fellow and currently serves on its CMFAS Exam Board.

Kirill Petropavlov

Vice-president – technology, data & innovation

Deutsche Bank

Kirill Petropavlov is an experienced innovator at the cross section of Financial Services and advanced technologies in Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain. He has led and delivered key innovation projects in Open Banking, Blockchain for payments, Machine Learning powered digital automation and AI Driven data analytics for financial institutions and technology companies.

Rajesh Nandakumar

Head of Technology, APAC

Westpac Institutional and Retail Banking

Mr Nandakumar has two-decade-long experience in the IT sector with a professional background in Application & Infrastructure Engineering, Architecture, and Business Consultancy in the Financial Management sector. He is pursuing a Doctoral Scholar in Consumer Behavior – Psychological and Sociological impact with AI/ML. He holds certifications in Project Management, Lean Sigma, ITIL Masters, Certified AWS Cloud Solution Architecture, Statistical and Data Analytics. His overall service experience covers IT & Financial management consulting with exposure to varied domains within the Retail, Wealth, and Institutional Financial industry. Technology modernization, Delivery governance, Business Transformation, Cost Optimization, Merger and Acquisitions, Strategic Tools deployment, and in building/managing competency models and Event-driven architecture are his key areas of specialization. Mr Nandakumar’s current focus in his role as Technology Head, Asia Pacific, Westpac Institutional & Retail Banking, Asia-Pacific, drives a Customer-Centric technology program for transforming Institutional and Retail Banking experience.

Peter Bui

CIO & Head of Enterprise Architecture

Eastspring Investment

An energetic Business and Technology leader with an extensive background in the financial services industry, I have been fortunate enough to work in Australia, North America and Asia.

My consulting experience has allowed me the opportunity to experience different industry sectors including Financial Services, Real Assets (Commercial Property, Utilities), Aircraft Leasing, Oil and Gas and Mining.

I have demonstrated success in developing and delivering IT and Business Strategy by building strong relationships with senior business leaders and stakeholders. I am a people leader with experience in developing and leading highly capable and commercially focused cross-functional teams on a global basis.

Amith Rajan

Head of data & advanced analytics

Mashreq Bank

As Head of Data & Advanced Analytics, Amith leads the transformation of Mashreq Bank into a more Data-Driven organization. Straddling both business & technology, he manages the Data estate for the Bank, its modernization, and governance while seeking opportunities to monetize this data. He looks to break down silos within the Bank and create better customer experiences.

Transforming into a data-driven culture is about changing mindsets, ways of thinking, and ingrained practices. It is an evolutionary process that impacts all aspects of an organization. Leading a One Data & Analytics team in the Bank is at the core of this transformation.

In a 20+ year career, Amith has moved seamlessly between business and technology, multiple times all over the world. From Derivative Trading in India to Tech consulting in UK, UK & Germany to Chief of Staff and Data Analytics in Singapore, he has experienced the move from analog to increasingly digital business models and been in the front row seat driving AI/ML and Data Analytics before they became the buzz words of today.

Amith is passionate about data-driven decision-making with contextual, intelligent analytics available at the right time across multiple channels and he looks to embed the data-driven culture everywhere he goes. Keynote speaker and active panelist for industry events, Amith enthusiastically mentors fintech startups and students in Singapore & Dubai as he enjoys sharing his experience with people.

Amith has successfully completed an Engineering from Pune University India, a PGDM from SCMHRD
India and an MBA from University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Anthony Hodge

Head, Cloud Governance

Standard Chartered Bank

Ewan McAllan

Head of Data Centre of Excellence Asia

Morgan Stanley

Memo Hayek

General manager, group cyber transformation and delivery

Commonwealth Bank

Memo is the MD of Group Cyber delivery and transformation accountable for the roll out of all security technology across the Bank.  Prior to this, Memo was the CIO of Global Markets and Institutional Bank internationally for CBA, running a large team across Sydney, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, London, New York, Malta and Amsterdam.  Leading technology teams for both run and change supporting: FX, Derivatives, Fixed Income, Commodities, Institutional Lending, Credit, securitisation, and Trade finance businesses.

She has unique skills that span across all aspects of technology with strong delivery of large complex transformations, IT operational excellence, driving innovation and digitisation leveraging latest technologies, data, IT and business operating models to differentiate and position organisations for future profitable growth.  This is combined with extensive Information Technology, Strategy, Leadership, Corporate, Institutional Banking and Financial Markets expertise.

An experienced C-suite executive, Memo has significant exposure working alongside other C-suite focussing on strategic direction and operation of organisation.  She has experience working globally in London and New York at Credit Suisse, and multiple leading financial institutions in Australia including Westpac, NAB, Macquarie Bank, BNP Paribas and consulting.  She has lead initiatives for digitisation and focused on emerging IT models and technologies such as decentralised services and platforms, software as a service models, agile delivery models,  “pay per use” technology, multi-tenant models, building of Lego style architecture and creating strategic partnerships with technology organisations globally.

She comes from a strong technology background of engineering, architecture coupled with formal education in business, finance and leadership.  She has a keen interest in leveraging unique and innovative technologies to solve complex business problems for growth and differentiation.  Draws executive management insights from uniting teams in complex markets, through diverse cultures and market research to add unique value as a CIO.

Vidhya Veeraraghavan

Vice President - Artificial Intelligence Delivery Lead

Standard Chartered Bank

Vidhya is a Senior leader driving business outcome with clear Data and Digital strategic direction who is a Winner of Analytics India Magazine Women In AI Leadership Awards 2021 & CXO BFSI Top 100 Women Achiever Award 2021.

She has hands-on problem solving experience at all levels of business. She adds value to the business through data analytics offerings and insightful advisory services using Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning.

She is adept in developing & leading top-performing teams with Data Scientists and Machine Learning experts to solve challenges by providing data-driven sustainable solutions through Big Data technologies and analytics storytelling.

Certified in Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Business Analytics, Business Intelligence, Deep Learning, Agile and Product Owner.

Her strengths include Strategic Planning & Forecasting, Business Intelligence, Develop & communicate compelling narratives, strong networking, communication & influencing skills, ability to build, shape, lead, inspire, coach & mentor high-energy teams.

Elvie Lahournere

Director of Digital & Innovation


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.

Nonna Milmeister

Chief Data & Analytics Officer

RMIT University

Nonna is Chief Data & Analytics Officer at RMIT University and is helping RMIT to improve the lives of students, staff and community through trusted insights. Through the development and implementation of Data & Analytics Strategy, Nonna is establishing data-driven culture and foundations for better decision-making to support learning, teaching and research and deliver innovative outcomes using data, ML and AI capabilities.

With wide range of industry experience in consulting, telecommunications, finance and IT, Nonna is an award winning Data and Analytics Champion. She is a thought leader in data quality and use of analytics to improve customer service and productivity of Australian businesses. Nonna partners with business stakeholders and IT to drive data strategy, develop enterprise Data Governance and deliver large, complex data and analytics related initiatives, significantly improving business bottom line. Nonna has been recognised by IAPA in the top 10 Analytics Leaders in Australia in 2021 and by Corinium in the top 100 Data and Analytics Innovators in the world in 2020. Nonna is a frequent presenter at Australian and International conferences and podcasts.

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