WatersTechnology Australia

WatersTechnology Australia senior data, compliance, and technology decision-makers will gather together to address the most pressing issues in Australia.


WatersTechnology Australia

WatersTechnology Australia

August 25, 2022

Delivering the future tense of data & technology in capital markets





Senior end-user professionals



Leading international and local financial institutions from Australia



Experts from investment banks, asset managers and regulators



Meet the top decision-makers and elevate your career

Ashish Bajaj

Chief technology officer

DSP Mutual Fund

Lionel Bruchez

Head of chief information security officer Singapore


Lionel Bruchez is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Singapore 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. 

Peili Chang

CDO 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).

Sandeep Deobhakta

President & chief executive officer

Manulife China Bank Life Insurance Corporation

Leadership that drives business growth | Aspiring writer | Speaker | BAI Global Innovation awards Jury | Fin-tech & Design thinking influencer

I am a leader with a proven track record of successful businesses. I am also a very keen student, influencer and practitioner of financial services in Asia and Africa and have been fortunate enough to spend over 25 years working on both these continents. I want financial services to work harder for the customers and communities we serve.

Financial services must drive better outcomes for customers. I believe that Design thinking can create superior financial products and services. I believe we can design really great financial products and services using design thinking, analytics and technology.

Superior EXECUTION, along with the benefits of a customer led approach, enabled by technology can help build really successful customer propositions and profitable models. My career has been shaped by my early days at Citibank and then the transformation work at Shinsei Bank

Tinku Gupta



Ms Tinku Gupta is the Chief Technology Officer and a member of the SGX Executive Management Committee, where she is responsible for the overall planning, development and implementation of the company’s technology-related strategies and initiatives, as well as operations of SGX Technology environment.

Tinku joined SGX in 1996, and over the past 20 years she successfully led Technology, Programme Management and Business functions, implementing trading and clearing platforms while driving operational resilience and innovation programmes. Tinku has also led Market Data and Connectivity business at SGX establishing new business lines like the co-location services and the index business.

Tinku holds a Masters’ degree in Engineering.

Amran Hassan

Head of innovation and CIO


Martin Granell

GM data services and platforms

National Australia Bank

Martin is GM for Data Services and Platforms at NAB, where he is responsible for the bank’s data warehouses and modern cloud-based intelligence platforms.  He was previously the CTO for AGL Energy, as well as Head of Customer Decisioning at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. He has been a consultant, start-up owner, general manager, solution architect and data analyst. He has worked across industries such as energy, finance, travel & media, driving the adoption of technology and data-driven capability to further business strategy. He has spoken on topics ranging from software factories to next best action marketing and is passionate about technology enabling businesses to engage with their customers in a deeper and more sustainable manner.

Eiichi Kashiwagi

Executive Officer, Member of the Board

Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management

Parag Kulkarni

Senior director, operational excellence, Hong Kong & GCNA (Greater China and North Asia) Region

Standard Chartered Hong Kong

IBM certified Lean Master, Six Sigma Black Belt Certified from Indian Statistical Institute, Human Centered Design Thinking Practitioner recognized by LUMA Institute, SCB Dynamic Work Design Thinking Facilitator and SCB A3 Coach

15 years of overall experience in Lean Six Sigma Business Process and Strategy Consulting, Program Management (Regional Portfolio), Process Automation, Digital Transformation (STP & API focused), Process Outsourcing, Vendor Engagement & Management, IT Delivery Management, SAP Consulting catering to global clients across Banking, IT, Pharmaceutical & Energy industries

Global experience in working with Clients Business Groups and Operations in UK, Europe, Canada, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Thailand, SE Asia & India

Scott Lam

Head, data governance

Standard Chartered Bank

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.

Patrick Liu

Chief Information Security Officer

Fusion Bank

Patrick Liu has more than 20 years of IT and Security experience including security operation, risk and control and IT audit within top tier financial institutions. As an experience security practitioner, Patrick has been responsible for performing and managing a wide range of security consulting, risk and threat assessment, security training, cyber crisis management planning program. Patrick is currently the CISO of Fusion Bank. He was awarded the Hong Kong Cyber Security Professionals Awards in 2017 in recognition of his commitment in the cyber security field.

Patrick Liu acquired several professional certifications including CISSP, CISSP-ISSAP, CISA, CGEIT, CRISC, CIA and ABCP.

Micky Lo

Chief Information Risk Officer

The Bank of New York Mellon

Micky Lo joined BNY Mellon in July 2013 as Chief Technology Risk Officer APAC. He is leading the regional team with the mission to enable business solutions while proactively protecting BNY Mellon from information risks in a balanced control environment. He oversees and govern the implementation of the bank wide information risk roadmap in the region with particular focus on IT regulatory compliance

He has over 30 years of IT experience in Financial Service Industry that spans across a diversified IT management disciplines including regional and location management, IT and security architecture, distributed computing engineering, technology infrastructure operation, outsourcing/in-sourcing management, IT risk management and technology audit.

Before joining BNY Mellon, Micky was the Head of IT Security APAC and Head of Technology Greater China for Deutsche Bank. Micky has held various management positions in IT management, IT Security/Risk management and Audit with JPMorgan and Citibank.

Micky serves as an industry advisor of the Bachelor of Management Science and Information Management Programme of Hang Seng University.

Micky received a Bachelor of Mathematic degree from the University of Waterloo (Canada) and an Executive Master of Business Administration degree from University of Western Ontario (Canada).

Ewan McAllan

Head of Data Centre of Excellence Asia

Morgan Stanley

Daisuke Nakao

Chief advisor, global financial crime division


Nakao is the Chief Advisor for the Global Financial Crimes Division Financial Crimes Office for Japan, at MUFG Bank.  He joined the Bank of Tokyo in 1987 after graduating from the International Christian University. He has been in the AML field since 2009.

He has contributed articles to professional journals and has co-written two books on AML/CFT and Economic Sanctions.  He is a frequent speaker at the ACAMS Tokyo Conference and was awarded the ACAMS Al Gillum Volunteer of the Year in 2017.

Takehiro Nakayama

Executive officer, CDO

MetLife Insurance

Takehiro Nakayama, Executive Officer & Chief Data Officer, has been with MetLife Japan since 2018. He is responsible for driving the data roadmap and prioritization of applying analytics, enforcing data governance, and adoption of strategic data implementation.

Before joining MetLife, he was a Chief Data Officer & Head of Smart Data at AXA Life Insurance. He set up a cross-functional data team that engaged in data platform development, data management, and data analytics. Prior to that, he was a director of Big Data Group at NTT DOCOMO, where he was responsible for the development and operation of its data analytics platform. He was also responsible for deriving business value from one of the largest data repositories in the world. He started his career as a researcher at Fuji Xerox and FX Palo Alto Laboratory, where he developed techniques for web data mining. He also worked on several research projects related to information retrieval, natural language processing, data analytics, and mobile terminal architecture.

Masahiro Ono

Assistant general manager

Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company

Masahiro is an Assistant General Manager of International Department, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance (MSI), where he joined in 2000, after more than ten years carrier in Japanese banking sector.  Masahiro has been engaged mainly in legal and documentation (including ISDA) for international business (mainly cross border M&As) and financial solutions business, including Alternative Risk Transfer (eg. Weather Derivatives)

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.

Yutaka Sakurai


AI Finance Application Research Institute

Yutaka Sakurai is data science and AI expert with a strong background in Financial theory and practice. After more than twenty years' experience of fund manager, trader and quant in Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi and Sony Bank, he became a managing director of Research and Pricing Technology Inc.  in 2010. He started AI Finance Application Research Institute in 2017. He published a number of books on Finance and AI.

Amit Saxena

Deputy chief technology officer

State Bank of India

Global Deputy Chief Technology Officer with over 22 years plus of experience in Strategy formation, Short and Long term goals planning, Application development, Implementation, Stakeholder Management, product development and Business management

Leader in transforming digital banking, innovations introducer for customer centric journeys .

Excellent leader with exposure in conceptualizing and architecting very complex and big strategic transformation technical projects and influencing stakeholder views on acceptable investment.

Extensive experience in developing strategy and implementation plans, SOP for overall management, supervision and management of programs across domains and verticals

Extensive consulting experience with stakeholders, demonstrative effective relationship with them.

Shared focus with cross functional teams – business, horizontals, partners

Adept at handling day to day administrative activities in coordination with external and internal departments.

Strong communicator with ability to ensure execution of time bound deliverables.

Adam Singer

Managing director, head of core compliance and operational risk, Asia Pacific

J.P. Morgan

Adam Singer, Managing Director, is the Head of Core Compliance and Operational Risk for Asia Pacific and based in Hong Kong.  Adam is responsible for operationalizing the independent risk management framework across Asia Pacific with a strong focus on ensuring global best practices are applied locally. As a function of his role, Adam is directly responsible for Operational Risk, Compliance Practices, Employee Compliance, Corporate Functions Compliance, Controls, Data Privacy and Anti-Bribery and Corruption.

Prior to taking on his current role, Adam was business manager for the Asia Pacific Equities Sales & Research business and earlier in his career Adam was global head of Research Technology and Distribution based in New York.

Adam speaks English and French and is familiar with Mandarin. Adam holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and Applied Mathematics from McGill University.

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.

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. 

Jamie Vachon

Managing Director – Technology


Jamie is Managing Director – Technology with Temasek. He was previously responsible for all of technology functions for Eastspring Investments (Prudential plc’s Asian asset manager, across 13 countries.

Jamie has extensive experience in driving business value through technology, both within the context of large change programs and also through operational excellence. His work spans multiple industry verticals and organisations as well as international geographies.

Wei-Shen Wong

Asia Editor


Wei-Shen Wong joined Waters Technology in June 2016. She heads the publication's Asia coverage. She covers both the buy side and sell side, overseeing issues related to advancements in technology, new regulations and how firms are managing their data.

Philip Woo


Tokio Marine Life Insurance Singapore

Philip Woo is the Chief Risk Officer and oversees corporate governance and risk management in Tokio Marine Life Insurance Singapore (TMLS). He has over 26 years of experience in the financial sector, and began his career at MAS before joining the insurance industry. Over the period, he has played leadership roles in Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), Business Continuity & Crisis Management, Outsourcing/Vendor Risk Management and Technology Risk Management (TRM). He currently chairs the Governance, Risk and Compliance Committee (GRCC) at TMLS, and oversees the managing of operational, financial and strategic risks in the company. In addition to risk management, Philip has a wealth of experience in strategic planning, financial technology and payment system matters.

Eiichiro Yanagawa

Senior Analyst, Financial Services


Eiichiro Yanagawa is a senior analyst with Celent’s Banking practice and is based in Tokyo.

Eiichiro's research focuses on IT strategy issues in the Japanese and Asian banking and financial industries. His recent research has included core banking systems, ATMs, and anti-money laundering technology, and focused on the technologies driving disruption in three areas: innovation, digital, and legacy and ecosystem transformation. Eiichiro's consulting experience includes development of bank IT strategies, thin client / desktop virtualization to support business continuity, evaluation of data centers for hosting core systems, and vendor selection of AML, risk management, and other technologies.

Eiichiro is widely quoted in the press, including Nikkei, Nikkei BP, ITmedia, The Japan Times, Bloomberg, SNL/ S&P Global, Gtnews, The Trade AsiaAsia Insurance Review, Asia Risk, and Asian Banking & Finance. He is a regular speaker, chairman, and panel moderator at the leading industry events in Japan and Asia.

Prior to joining Celent, Eiichiro was the Chief Manager of the Financial Global Solutions Division and the Regional Bank Financial Solutions Division at NEC Corporation in Tokyo. He was responsible for developing NEC’s core banking system, strategic marketing planning, and consulting on financial institution systems.

Prior to that, Eiichiro was the General Manager of the Financial Services Division at NEC Corporation of America in New York. In this role, he worked on the development of IT strategy and advised clients, mainly Japanese financial institutions, on outsourcing and selection of software packages.

Eiichiro earned his Bachelor of Economics from Shizuoka University and his MBA at Hitotsubashi University Graduate School of Commerce and Management.

Gary Yiu

Head of IT audit

Bank of China (Hong Kong)

Stephen Young

Head of technology - data ecosystem and advanced analytics


Stephen Young is the Head of Technology, Data Ecosystem and Advanced Analytics, for Australia and New Zealand Bank, based in Chengdu, China.  Stephen is responsible for creating the next generation data ecosystem, unlocking the untapped potential of rich data assets through advanced analytics and insights.

Stephen’s career spans over 20 years in Banking and Finance technology in the UK, Australia, Singapore and China.  At ANZ he his roles include General Manager Data Technology,  Executive Program Director OTC Derivatives, and Program Manager Foreign Exchange specialising in algorithmic trading platforms.  Prior to ANZ Stephen worked for National Australia Bank as Technology Director Business Internet Banking.

Stephen is the chairman of the Australian Chamber of Commerce, West China.

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