Advisory Board

Advisory Board

These industry experts volunteer their time and knowledge to help develop the 2019 Waters Europe agenda. Their dedication was critical to the success of the event, ensuring high quality content and maximum ROI for all attendees.

Chris Bannocks

Group chief data officer


Chris Bannocks (1971) was appointed Group Chief Data Officer as of September 2015 which was a new role within ING. In this role he is responsible driving the data management strategy
and execution in support of the Think Forward strategy, including support for the data driven organization, analytics, AI and ML.

Prior to joining ING Chris held senior roles at Barclays Bank PLC, NomuraInternational, Thomson Reuters and Credit Suisse, all of these roles were strategic, operational or business focused data roles.

Chris’s career spans 20 years in the delivery of large scale change, business development, and operational execution with data management and analytics being a core focus and a common theme throughout all of his roles.


Stewart Carmichael



Stewart joined Schroders in March 2015 as Group Head of IT and in 2016 joined the Schroders Group Management Committee reporting to the CEO. Prior to joining Schroders, Stewart was Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for JP Morgan Corporate & Investment Bank in Asia from 2009 to 2014. From 1993 to 2008 Stewart held numerous senior leadership positions during a 16 year career at Merrill Lynch. These included CTO for Merrill Lynch Asia Pacific, Chief Administrative Officer of Merrill Lynch Global Services Pte Ltd and CTO for MLIM International. Stewart has lived in New York, Singapore, Hong Kong, and London where he is currently based. He is a keen squash player, skier and golfer and has a Bachelor of Science (with Honours) and an Honorary Doctorate from the of Hertfordshire. Stewart will be presenting at the keynote session where he talks about how Schroders is meeting the challenge with an enterprise-wide transformation of the way technology delivers value to the business. He explains how the entire business - not just IT - is being energised by a new operating model, a scaled agile approach and a culture of continuous innovation and improvement.

Joerg Guenther

Chief information officer C&IS and chief technology officer EMEA

Northern Trust

Joerg Guenther has been the Chief Information Officer for Corporate and Institutional Services at Northern Trust since February 2018. He also serves as Chief Technology Officer EMEA, a role he took on in June 2016.

Joerg spent the first nine years of his career as developer, data modeler, project manager and IT manager with Zurich Cantonal Bank where he was promoted to Vice President. During three years in various executive consulting roles, he successfully managed large scale international projects for UBS, Credit Suisse, the Swiss Funds Association, as well as Zurich Financial Services.

In 2001 he moved to New York and joined KPMG Consulting as manager in the financial services division before he took a position with Julius Baer North America as Head of IT and later Chief Information Officer. In his 12-year tenure with Julius Baer (later known as Artio Global) he successfully transformed Information Technology and established close business alignment enabling all investment strategies from Fixed Income (High Yield, High Grade, Hedge Funds) to U.S. and International Equity to grow and diversify the product lineup as well as their distribution channels. Under Joerg’s technology leadership, the company was able to grow assets under management from 2 billion dollars to 75 billion dollars. Joerg played a key part in several mergers and acquisitions as well as the Initial Public Offering preceded by the establishment of the Sarbanes Oxley control framework for the public company.

Joerg joined Northern Trust in 2012, where he was initially responsible for Hedge Funds Services Technology, overseeing the Omnium platform and its related functions. He established a Centre of Excellence organization with a follow-the-sun rotation that entails staff across the globe. In 2014, Global Derivatives Technology was added to Joerg’s responsibilities. Joerg took over the role as Chief Technology Officer EMEA as of June 1, 2016 where he also was responsible for Global Fund Accounting and Transfer Agency Technology. During that time he drove transformation, innovation and business expansion and played a key role in the UBS Fund Administration acquisition as well as the launch of Northern Trust’s new Private Equity Blockchain offering. In February 2018, Joerg was appointed Chief Information Officer for our Corporate and Institutional Services business globally.

Born and raised in Switzerland, Joerg holds a Swiss Federal Certificate in IT Project Management and the equivalent of a Bachelor's Degree in Management Information Systems.

Siobhan Clarke

Chief operating officer, investment operations

M&G Investments

Siobhan has worked in the Investment Management industry for over 20 years across the Front Office, Distribution, IT and Operational areas at Morgan Grenfell, Dresdner RCM, Threadneedle Asset Management, Henderson Global Investors, Schroders and M&G. She joined M&G in 2018 as COO Investment Operations where she has responsibility for front and back office operations, data and dealing.

Siobhan sits on the Investment Association’s Velocity Fintech Accelerator panel, is co-chair of the Risk Free Rate Market Infrastructure Working Party and is a board member of the London Women’s Forum.

Chris Johnson

Senior product manager, market data


Chris joined HSBC Securities Services in 2006 and is the Head of Product Management, Market Data Services. Chris was previously at Threadneedle Investments where he was Head of Investment Information Services. Before then he was a Director at UBS. Chris started work in the city with Laurie, Milbank stockbrokers, in their futures and options operations team, continuing with Chase Manhattan for a further ten years, culminating in three years as head of the equity derivatives middle office. He also headed OTC derivative client valuations at Bankers Trust. Chris is a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment

Chad Giussani

Head of transaction reporting compliance


Chad Giussani leads the Operations and Transaction Reporting Compliance team at Standard Chartered bank covering post-trade operations and global trade and transaction reporting obligations. He has been involved with regulatory trade and transaction reporting since 2006, covering MiFID, Dodd-Frank, EMIR and more recently many other G20 risk reporting and prudential jurisdictional requirements. Chad originally worked in the transaction reporting vendor area before moving into a leadership role within investment banking technology, then onto business change and more recently into compliance.

Chad represents Standard Chartered at the trade and transaction reporting industry working groups with various trade associations including ISDA, BBA and FIA on the emerging rules and regulations , chairs the GFXD Post Trade Regulations working group and is the former Chairman of the Regulations Business Unit at ISITC Europe

Sophia Bantanidis

EMEA head of regulatory & market strategy


Berkan Sesen

Quantitative researcher and portfolio manager

JP Morgan Asset Management

M. Berkan Sesen, PhD, is an executive director and quantitative portfolio manager in the Quantitative Beta Strategies group at JPMAM. His current focus areas are machine learning, alternative data, systematic investing and efficient trade execution. Prior to JPMAM, Berkan worked as an algorithmic trading quant at Citigroup and co-led the firm’s global data analytics group. Berkan holds a doctorate in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Oxford and specializes in the applications of machine learning and statistics to finance.

Naomi Clarke

Chief data officer


Naomi Clarke has over 30 years experience in the financial sector, and has worked with executive boards and the senior management of many well-known names, including buy and sell-side organisations, asset servicers, insurers, a data vendor and a pension fund. She specialises in business and data strategy and designing and enhancing operating models, with particular emphasis on data, operational risk, governance and process redesign. Naomi has also established central data functions and has recently been acting as interim Head of Data (CDO) for an investment manager. She holds an MA from the University of Oxford.

Angela Johnson

Global programme director, cloud centre of excellence responsible for security, risk and compliance


Angela is the Global Head of Anti Financial Crime (AFC) Analytics Technology at Deutsche Bank. She is responsible for delivering data and analytics tools to enable improved anti-financial crime tasks and processes in alignment with the banks AFC strategy and regulatory requirements.

Before joining Deutsche Bank, Angela worked as a Senior Manager at EY across APAC and EMEIA within the Financial Services Organisation focusing on Corporate Banking and Capital Markets transformation and advisory programmes. Angela started her career at IBM in Australia working as a developer, tester, designer and then business analyst and project manager.

Angela has an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering (Mechatronics / Robotics) and Computer Science from the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Dr Tony Chau

Executive director, lead architect - IB CTO

UBS Investment Bank

Tony is Executive Director and Lead Architect in the CTO Office at UBS, where he drives technology strategy in multiple areas important to UBS's trading and investment banking businesses across different asset classes globally. For the past 2 years, Tony was the Chief Architect to all UBS Investment Bank regulatory programs (MIFID 2, Brexit, FMIA etc.) having design a number of new cross asset applications/components for these programs.

Prior to UBS, Tony spent 12 years with J P Morgan and was their Global Chief Architect for Credit, Rates and Global Emerging Market; Chief Business Technologist for EMEA Credit Markets and Chief Business Technologist for JPMorgan Equities EMEA. Tony also spent 2 years with NEON (New Era of Networks) as their European CTO and before that was Head of Equity Trading Group IT at Nomura International plc..

Tony received his Ph.D. in Information Engineering at City, University of London and a B.Sc. from University College London. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Chartered Engineer.