2021 WatersTechnology Asia Awards Programme

All timings in HKT/SGT


Opening remarks

10:00 - 10:10

Katie Palisoul



Victor Anderson

Global content director


Victor Anderson is editor-in-chief of Waters magazine and WatersTechnology. He joined the Risk Waters Group, now part of Incisive Media, in 2001. Victor was born and grew up in South Africa and was an English, History of Art and Director of Sports teacher before making the change to journalism. Before leaving South Africa, while working for Redsand Publishing, he edited a number of magazines for the United Cricket Board of South Africa, the South African Rugby Football Union, and the Professional Golfers' Association of South Africa. 


Leading for Change: How a Global Technology Agenda Enables Transformation
Keynote Address

10:10 - 10:30

  • What are the external forces driving change?
  • How are these external forces shaping our strategic priorities?
  • How are we identifying and using emerging technologies to enable strategic priorities?
    • Cloud
    • Platforms & APIs
    • Data
    • Embracing new ways of working and the digital workplace
    • Reducing carbon footprint
Sham Arora

Global Head, Enterprise Technology

Standard Chartered Bank

Sham is the Global Head of Enterprise Technology and is responsible for group-wide shared technology capabilities, such as cloud, data, and central and end user infrastructure.

Sham is passionate about three main areas:

  1. Delivering client value with robust, secure and resilient technology solutions that are fit for the future.
  2. Innovating and striving to lead change through tribes of competence; championing tech experimentation through aXess Academy and aXess Labs, both created under his leadership.
  3. Building and fostering a culture of collaboration, empowerment, inclusion and learning with our diverse talent.

His strategic priorities include enablement of the Bank’s Cloud first strategy to facilitate the acceleration of cloud deployments in the Bank and the transformation of the Bank’s digital workplace. In addition, he is leading the shift towards a software defined infrastructure which is secure, resilient and compliant by design, whilst also evangelising the Bank’s global data lake, among other priorities.

Sham also places a huge emphasis on the value of creating a diverse and inclusive culture in the Bank. He represents Technology & Innovation in the Bank’s global D&I Council, and has led programmes to attract, retain, engage, and develop diverse talent; reaching thousands of employees through multiple initiatives in 2020.

He has been with Standard Chartered for more than 17 years and has held several leadership roles, before being appointed to his current role in 2021. Most recently, as CIO Foundation Services & Tech Strategy, he was responsible for enterprise wide technology strategy and the foundational elements of the Bank’s technology infrastructure. He also headed GBS India, Malaysia, China and Poland T&I teams helping to build an engineering culture, driving talent uplift through learning and aXess, and significantly upping employee engagement and collaboration in our tech centres.

Outside of work, you’ll find Sham at home, taking on the next boardgame challenge with his daughter, potting pool balls with his son or binge-watching the latest Netflix boxset with his wife whenever time allows.


Winners Announcements - Technology & Data Vendor Category

10:30 - 10:35

  • Best Front Office Platform
  • Best Middle Office Platform
  • Best Back Office Platform
  • Best AI-Based Solution
  • Best Front-To-Bank Office Integration
  • Best Market Surveillance Tool
  • Best Outsourcing Provider
  • Best OMS
  • Best KYC/AML Service


Winner Interviews

10:35 - 10:40


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

10:45 - 11:00

  • 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.


Winners Announcements - Technology & Data Vendor Category

11:00 - 11:05

  • Best Alternative Data Provider
  • Best ESG Data Provider
  • Best Analytics Solution
  • Best Enterprise Data Management Provider
  • Best Risk Management Solution
  • Best TCA Solution
  • Best Trading Network
  • Best Regulatory Reporting Initiative
  • Best EMS
  • Best Reconciliation Platform


Winner Interviews

11:05 - 11:10


ESG Investing: How to Build a Flexible Framework
Fireside Chat

11:15 - 11:35

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


Meaghan Muldoon, Global Head of ESG Integration, leads the integration of ESG considerations across all active investment platforms at BlackRock. She most recently served as EMEA Head of Sustainable Investing, focused on identifying drivers of long-term return associated with environmental, social, and governance issues, integrating them throughout BlackRock's investment process, and creating solutions for our EMEA clients to achieve sustainable investment returns. Previously, Meaghan served as a Managing Director and Liaison to BlackRock's Board of Directors within the Corporate Strategy team, where she led the Board of Directors function and managed a range of complex strategic projects.

Prior to joining BlackRock in 2016, Ms. Muldoon served for more than seven years as a fiscal and economic policy advisor in the Obama Administration. Most recently, she served as Counselor to the Treasury Secretary, coordinating the Department's fiscal, domestic, and economic policy efforts.

In previous roles, Ms. Muldoon served at the White House as Deputy Assistant to the President and Policy Advisor to the Chief of Staff, as Associate Director to the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (Bowles-Simpson Commission), and as a lead advisor to three Directors of the Office of Management and Budget.

Ms. Muldoon earned a Bachelor of Arts in government, cum laude, from Georgetown University, and a Master of Public Policy from Duke University.


Winners Announcements - End-User Category

11:35 - 11:40

  • Best Client Communication Initiative
  • Best Cloud Migration Project
  • Best IT Initiative
  • Best IT Team
  • Best Alternative Data Initiative
  • Best AI Initiative


End of WatersTechnology Asia Awards Program

11:50 - 11:55