Managing Director and Global Head of Technology
LAZARD ASSET MANAGEMENT
Vijay Kasarabada is the Global Head of Technology for Lazard Asset Management. He began working in the investment field in 2000. Prior to joining Lazard in 2017, Vijay was a Managing Director within BlackRock's Aladdin product group helping build several aspects of their technology to support the wider investment management process from Front through Middle through the Back Office. Prior to that Vijay worked at large institutions such as Merrill Lynch, Citigroup and Goldman Sachs (where he started his technology career on Wall Street), helping architect solutions in the Capital Markets Sales and Trading domain, along with a core expertise in the Investment Management domain. Vijay’s responsibilities focus on all aspects of technology that support Lazard Asset Management’s global business operations. Vijay has an MBA in Finance and Business Strategy from Rutgers and a B.S. in Computer Science from Rohilkhand University.
CTO, Head of Architecture
UBS WEALTH MANAGEMENT AMERICAS
Managing Director, Global Head of Client Insight, Banking & Digital Channel's Technology
RBC CAPITAL MARKETS
Kim Prado heads the Global Client, Banking & Digital Channels Technology group across Capital Markets. She has been at RBC for over 12 years supporting the business in various capacities from running Global FIC Production Services to Head of Fixed Income Sales and Credit Trading technology. Currently, her role includes managing all aspects of client technology as well as Banking and Digital Channels across all lines of business within CM. She is also a member of RBC’s Global Markets Innovation Leadership Council. Prior to joining RBC, Mrs.Prado ran the API Connectivity Development team at ICAP and was part of the initial launch of BrokerTec. She has also held multiple technology positions across the street with Deutsche Bank, Mizuho and Chase Securities. Mrs. Prado received a BA from Stockton University in accounting.
Chief Technology Officer
CTO of Global Transaction Banking
JP Chauvet is CTO of Global Transaction Banking at Deutsche Bank, based in New York. In this role, JP drives the technology strategy and architecture governance across the main businesses that form the Deutsche Bank GTB franchise: Cash Management, Trade Finance, Securities Services and Trust & Agency Services.
Previously, JP held various roles in New York and Tokyo at Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse and Lehman Brothers, including Chief Architect of Equities, Head of Equities Production Services, and Head of Equities Trading System Development. JP holds a Master of Science in Electronics from ESIEE (Paris, France) and an Advanced Degree in Japanese Linguistics from Hiroo Japanese Center (Tokyo, Japan).
Dessa advises clients in the areas of data, analytics and risk. She has a 25-year proven track record successfully designing and executing global innovative solutions, often influencing a Board or Operating Committee. She built the Chief Data Office for JPMorgan Chase Asset Management, serving as the first CDO, and initiated the Capital Stress Testing Analytics team for JPMorgan Chase. She was Deputy Director of the Office of Financial Research (US Treasury), responsible for data, international standards (including the Legal Entity Identifier, LEI), analytics and technology and building the Office. As the first CRO, she launched the Chief Risk Office for Bunge. Dessa has held senior positions at Credit Suisse, Merrill Lynch, IBM and KPMG. She began her career teaching finance at Rutgers University. Dessa has a Ph. D. and MA in Economics from Fordham University and serves on the advisory Board of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She has a BS in Business from Fairleigh Dickinson University and was co-president of the Women's Bond Club of NY.
DATA CAPITAL MANAGEMENT
Michael Beal is the CEO of Data Capital Management. A systematic Hedge Fund that specializes in machine learning, advanced technologies and novel data sources to generate differentiated and uncorrelated returns for the clients of its DCM A.I. Absolute Return Fund.
Prior to DCM, Mr. Beal co-founded the Big Data and Advanced Analytics group for JP Morgan Chase and was an investor with TPG Capital and Morgan Stanley. Michael is a frequent Keynote and CNBC contributor and is passionate about investing, the onset of the “Data Economy” and the application of disruptive technologies to valuable “problems to solve”.
Michael earned a BA from Harvard College with honors in Economics and an MBA from Harvard Business School with distinction. Michael is an active Board Member of the City University of New York’s Medgar Evers College.
EVP, Chief Technology Officer
Alla Whitston is the SVP, Chief Technology Officer for CIT Group Inc., a leading national bank focused on empowering businesses and personal savers. In this role, Whitston leads the technology planning and development for enterprise functions and all lines of business. Whitston joined CIT in October 2018 from Bank of America where she was most recently the managing director and chief technology officer for enterprise functions. Previously, she also led end-user technology services and wholesale banking technology infrastructure. Prior to joining Bank of America, Whitston served as the managing director in the Investment Banking division at JP Morgan and was responsible for application and infrastructure management. She also held key technology positions at Bear Stearns, Goldman Sachs and Bankers Trust. She holds a master’s degree in computer science from Georgia Technical University.
Deutsche Bank Innovation Labs
With over 20 years in Financial technology across Banks and the vendor-side, Vijay leads the innovation coverage for the Investment Bank and FIC. Currently at Deutsche Bank he is a strategic partner to senior stakeholders, driving innovation strategy and keeping them abreast of industry technology trends.
Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Vijay has held multiple roles developing and delivering strategic technology initiatives at Citigroup, Goldman Sachs and Bloomberg. He actively mentors startups and interns. He holds a degree in Electrical engineering, enjoys photography and golf in his spare time.
Nagaraja Kumar Deevi
Managing Partner & Senior Advisor
DEEVI Advisory & Research Studies
Nagaraja Kumar Deevi is senior strategic executive with over two decades of Leadership experience advising Global Banking & Financial Institutions. He is Senior Advisor to number of companies. NAG is specialized in Digital Transformation, Banking regulations, Regulatory Policy & Affairs and Enterprise wide Strategic Risk initiatives. Designed and developed Enterprise Risk Governance Framework aligned with firm-wide Corporate strategy, setting high level Regulatory Policy, Risk Appetite Statement, Recovery, and Resolution Planning (RRP)/Living Wills, Culture, Conduct & Reputational Risk ad Cyber Risk. NAG works closely with Academia, as mentor, publish Research papers and has advanced management studies from Harvard, Columbia, NYU, Kellogg and MIT.
Founder & CEO
Sarah Biller is very active in the FinTech community. Sarah is the co-Founder of the FinTech Sandbox and currently sits on its Board of Directors. She is also an Entrepreneur, Advisor, Investor and teaches a graduate level course on the evolution of Financial Technology at Brandeis University.
Sarah was also most recently the Head of Innovation Ventures at State Street Bank's Global Exchange division and its Chief Operating Officer for Innovation. Prior to joining State Street, Sarah has been a Principal in the launch of several successful venture-backed start-ups in the FinTech and Life Sciences sectors. Most recently she was the Co-Founder and President of Capital Market Exchange (CMX), a venture-backed predictive analytics platform utilizing investor sentiment to help bond investors anticipate near-term changes in spreads.
Sarah has also held roles at Fidelity Investments; worked on MCI's corporate venture team; and launched and led research divisions for Fortune 500 CFO's and treasurers at the Corporate Executive Board. Ms. Biller studied Finance at West Virginia University and George Washington University.
Deputy Chief Data Officer for the Americas