2020 Programme

See you on July 9, 2020 in Hong Kong



08:15 - 08:55


Chairperson’s opening remarks

08:55 - 09:00


Opening keynote address

09:00 - 09:30

Jorge Sebastiao

CTO EcoSystem

Huawei Technologies

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.


Unifying IT & Data functions for next-generation operating models

09:30 - 10:10

  • Understanding the roles and responsibilities of CDO, CIO, CISO, CTO
  • How should different functions collaborate and align with each other
  • Who is responsible for decision making in data monetisation/ governance/ analytics
  • Incubating the data-driven culture from top to down
Lionel Bruchez

Chief Information Security Officer

UBS AG | Hong Kong

Lionel Bruchez is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Hong Kong and deputy CISO APAC, covering regulatory and governmental engagements across Asia Pacific and the cybersecurity program, capabilities and cyber defense for 25,000 staff members in Asia across 13 countries. In addition, Lionel is key committee member of the global Cyber Threat Management board and the strategy and governance lead for the bank’s Cyber Threat Intelligence service.

In his role, Lionel focuses on generating a business context for the cyberdefense capabilities and providing strategic and tactical awareness to the key decision makers. The wide array of issues he pursues include Geopolitical Analysis, Threat Intelligence, Threat Modeling, Security Monitoring, Security Reporting and Analytics, Compliance Monitoring, Cryptography, Signal Processing or System Security. 

Patrick Khong

Chief Data Officer, Retail Banking & Wealth Management, Asia Pacific


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.

Simon Lee

Regional Chief Operating Officer

AXA Partners Asia


Making the best business case out of data and technology

10:10 - 10:50

  • How to identify business opportunities in the age of change
  • Building a win-win ecosystem with fintech and data partners 
  • How to strike the right balance between risk and innovation 
  • Evolving your workforce: driving a culture of innovation 
Andy Chun

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.

Ewan McAllan

Head of Business Design and Innovation GBM ASP | GBM ASP Chief Data Officer

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.

Medhy Souidi

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.


Morning networking break

10:50 - 11:20




How the modern cloud is changing the data game

11:20 - 12:00

  • A closer look at how cloud access to, store and analyse data
  • The regulatory considerations on cloud security and the implications of GDPR
  • Complying with data residency regulations in different jurisdictions
  • How to exercise your control over cloud and mitigate risks
  • Innovating the operating models to maximise value in cloud 
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.



How is AI and machine learning disrupting the financial landscape

11:20 - 12:00

  • Simplified automation: deep learning, Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and the new breed of automation tool in place  
  • How is AI driving higher IT productivity with greater flexibilities and scalabilities
  • Aligning the front, middle and back office to accelerate automation   
  • How to consolidate systems in the perspective of business, operations and technology 




Unlocking the potentials for real-time data

12:00 - 12:40

  • Integrating real-time data: benefits and best use cases 
  • The transformation of data centers and how to comply with regulations
  • How to tackle real-time data distribution challenges
  • Real-time data 2.0: emerging tech and innovation to watch for



The decentralised world of finance: how to map out our next step with digital assets

12:00 - 12:40

  • Constructing the infrastructure for digital assets: the liquidity, connectivity and custody considerations
  • What are the key elements to watch in achieving institutional legitimacy and regulatory compliance
  • How to handle risk and security concern in your next step


Networking lunch

12:40 - 13:40


Women in leadership panel

13:40 - 14:20




The transition and future state of data analytics

13:40 - 14:20

  • Moving towards automation with intelligent predictive and prescriptive capabilities  
  • Find confidence in every decision: instant analytics and smart insights  
  • Are there any flexibilities in customising analytics models? 
  • Exploring the new trend on data as a service 
Shikha Gupta

Vice President

DBS Bank



How low latency data is transforming the trading landscape

13:40 - 14:20

  • Exploring the potentials on low latency trading network 
  • Speed is no longer the only differentiator. How data-driven analytics are driving right and fast trade 
  • What are the benefits to enable global connectivity on trading venues 
  • Automating post-trade operations
Sumit Kumar

APAC GM IT Trade Execution Technology

Credit Suisse




Case study: Designing a scalable, fit-for purpose data governance program

14:20 - 14:50

  • What is data governance and what it isn’t 
  • Understanding the fundamentals of a well-established model 
  • The role of privacy, ethics and security in best approaches 
  • How to implement effective data management with mass data 
  • Leveraging data governance and analytics capabilities to enhance productivity  
  • How data is being used in AI models 
Gary Yiu

Head of IT audit

Bank of China (Hong Kong)



Driving regulatory compliance in the new era

14:20 - 14:50

  • The current state in managing regulatory compliance: trends and challenges 
  • How is regtech evolving alongside with the digitalised financial institutions 
  • Compliance is transforming; how should regtech scale up on coverage and loopholes identification 
Welcome Chan

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.

Vinay Pampapathi

Equities Business Manager, Asia

Daiwa Capital Markets Hong Kong

Vinay is Regional Equity Business Manager (Asia-x-Japan) at Daiwa Capital Markets Hong Kong Ltd, managing the operational and infrastructure side of the Equities business across the region.  Vinay previously headed Asia-x-japan Equities Technology Department managing technology systems, projects and support across APAC.  Before moving to Hong Kong, he spent many years in various technology positions in London designing, developing and integrating front, middle and back office systems covering Equities, Derivatives, Risk and Settlements.

Vinay holds a degree in Electronic Engineering and a PhD in the field of Medical Electronics.




How to do Data Science without Technical Debt

14:50 - 15:30

  • Why is Data Science the newest biggest source of technical Debt for the IT industry?
  • Software Engineering v. Data Engineering v. Data Science
  • Operationalising Machine Learning / AI – do’s and don’ts
  • Deploying AI without technical debt
Peili Chang

Chief Data Officer and P&C Chief Actuary

AXA Philippines

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).



FinTech - use cases in banking and the wider society

14:50 - 15:30

  • FinTech developments and opportunities: major footsteps that are shaping financial world
  • Real-life use cases: capitalising on a healthy fintech ecosystem with tech and APIs
  • Insider view: the emergence of virtual banks with their ground-breaking business models
  • The new frontier in anti-money laundering (AML): what are some advanced technologies to watch for?
Michael Leung

Group Chief Executive Officer

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.

Mark Li

Digital Programme Head

DBS Bank

Ken Lo

Head of Strategic Partnership

ZA International

Ken Lo is currently the Head of Strategic Partnership of ZA International, and being the founding member.

ZA International was established in Hong Kong in December 2017, by ZhongAn Insurance, the first online-only Insuretech company in China to explore international business development, collaboration and investment opportunities in the areas of Fintech and Insuretech in overseas market. It obtained Hong Kong Virtual Banking License on 27 March 2019 and established ZA Bank, which is the first virtual bank launching a pilot trial in Hong Kong.

Ken has more than 10 years of financial industry experiences, ranging from banking, consulting and Fintech spaces and is an experienced thought leader.

He started his career as HSBC HK management trainee, spanning across retail and corporate banking businesses, included managing 300+ relationship managers in Hong Kong branch network, established HSBC China Digital team and Asia Pacific strategic partnership team from ground up, driving the partnership, innovation and exploring investment opportunities with Global Tech Firms and Fintechs.

He has also been with McKinsey and Ernst and Young advisory, specializes in serving banking and insurance companies on digital transformation and Fintech strategies.

Ken graduated at HKUST BBA and obtained Master of Finance (Investment Management) at HKUST.


Afternoon networking break

15:30 - 16:00


Out of industry case studies: innovative data and tech applications for a non-financial institution

16:00 - 16:30


Drill Down Discussion Roundtables

16:30 - 17:30

Table One: Digitalizing the bank VS virtual banking  


Table Two: Deciphering structured and unstructured data in the context of business and customer engagement 


Table Three: Emerging technologies: implications and risk 


Table Four: Driving the operational efficiency 
Host by: Parag Kulkarni, Director, Operational Excellence, Hong Kong & GCNA (Greater China and North Asia) Region, Standard Chartered Hong Kong


Table Five:  Identifying, prioritising and remediating data & tech gaps 


Table Six: Addressing the challenges on data location 


Closing remarks

17:30 - 17:40