Waters USA 2019 Agenda


Welcome Networking and Refreshments

12:00 - 13:00


Welcome Remarks and Explanation of the Day

13:00 - 13:05


OpsTech & Data Leaders Panel
Adopting Technology Solutions to Boost Efficiency and Lower Operating Costs

13:10 - 13:45

  • The benefits of AI and Analytics to improve business operational efficiency 
  • Analytics for improved decision making: case studies and practical advice to enhance your big data and analytics strategy 
  • Driving further advancements into the data agenda – The current innovations, business culture, and process trends
  • How is the proliferation of alternative and unstructured data impacting financial institutions


Meet the platform

13:45 - 14:15


Evaluate each platform with your peers during 20 minute roundtable discussions

10:00 - 12:30

Table 1: Establishing a functional, efficient and cost effective approach to data management

Table 2: Utilize the capabilities of AI solutions and analytical systems for compliance purposes

Table 3: Developing best practices and frameworks to enable operational excellence for transformation growth

Table 4: The Value of Blockchain Technology : Standards and Interoperability Pros and Cons

Table 5: Enhancing operational flexibility and optimizing business processes through agile market entrants and reinvented business models

Table 6: How RegTech can help firms to automate compliance tasks and reduce operational risks associated with meeting compliance and reporting obligations


Networking Lunch Break

15:00 - 15:30


Advisory Board Briefing

14:15 - 15:45

Meet the Waters USA 2019 Advisory Board! Available for sponsorship All board members are experts in the field of data, regulation, innovation & technology and are well placed to provide insight into the priorities of both sides of the industry. They will provide guidance, expertise and insight into the current key issues and challenges impacting the financial industry.


Networking Drinks Reception

17:45 - 19:00


Registration and Refreshments

08:00 - 08:50



Executive Breakfast Round-tables

Diversity & Inclusion Strategies for North-America

08:00 - 08:50

The changing structures and complexities in leadership and culture: How to enhance your diversity and inclusion strategy for long-term value creation and performance increase.  


Executive Breakfast Round-tables

Designing the Future of Work for Capital Markets

08:00 - 08:50

Transforming business models, legacy systems and talent strategy & adapt to emerging automation systems and predictive analytics.


Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

08:50 - 09:00



09:00 - 10:20


How to Drive Implementation of Cost-saving Strategies to Exceed Business Objectives

09:00 - 09:20

How to Maximize your Digital Transformation

09:20 - 09:50

Alla Whitston, EVP, Chief Technology Officer, CIT

-        Apurva Mehta, CTO, Head of Architecture, UBS Wealth Management Americas

-        Jean-Pascal Chauvet, CTO of Global Transaction Banking, Deutsche Bank

William Murphy, SMD, Chief Technology Officer, Head of Blackstone Innovations, The Blackstone Group

Alla Whitston

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.

Apurva Mehta

CTO, Head of Architecture


Jean-Pascal Chauvet

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).

William (Bill) Murphy

SMD, Chief Technology Officer, Head of Blackstone Innovations


How to translate what you’ve learnt back in your company?

09:50 - 10:20


Networking Morning Break & Start-up Showcase

10:20 - 11:00



DATA MASTER - Data Quality, Integrity, and Control

Driving Change to Enable a More Efficient Data Consumption: a Tech or People Focus?

11:00 - 11:20

  • What are the technology and operational challenges that need to be tackled when automating trading activities?
  • Addressing the need for change: real use cases for AI and the tech strategy of tomorrow
Andrew Foster

Deputy Chief Data Officer for the Americas


Alternative Data: Capitalising on The Explosion of New And Diverse Data Sources

11:20 - 11:40

  • Discussing the challenges that alternative and unstructured data poses towards pricing assets? How to mitigate the associated risks?
  • What are the key functions needed to use alternative data to its full extent? How to get them onboard?
Migrating The Front, Middle and Back Office to the Cloud: Options, Challenges and Opportunities

11:40 - 12:00

  • Benefits of the public cloud for real-time market data
  • Unique challenges for larger financial institutions (scalability, migration, reliability)
  • Pros and cons of various deployment approaches
Vijay Kasarabada

Managing Director and Global Head of Technology


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.


THE INNO-TECH ROOM - Answering the Call for Innovation

Benefits and Pitfalls: How will Advances in Big Data & Analytics Impact the Way in Which we Process and Analyze Data

11:00 - 11:20

  • Reviewing the current offerings to automate your trade execution and reduce the workload
  • Implementing data visualization and visual analytics for effective understanding, reasoning and decision making process
Dan Schleifer

CEO and Co-Founder


CEO and co-founder of financial technology company ChartIQ, Dan Schleifer has spent his career building and taking to market enterprise software solutions in the information security, sales enablement, and fintech markets. With a huge passion for data visualization, Dan co-founded ChartIQ in 2012 with the goal to bring modern technologies to capital markets.

Keith Lubell

Chief Technology Officer


Kim Prado

Managing Director, Global Head of Client Insight, Banking & Digital Channel's Technology


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.

Designing and Implementing Innovative Data Driven Analytical Solutions to Attract New Assets, Chase Alpha, and Reduce Cost

11:20 - 11:40

  • Streamlining and standardizing legacy processes across the firm to improve efficiency and drive results that are more customer centric
  • Embracing agile practices and data-driven decision making to deliver better, less expensive, and faster outcomes
What are the New Tools and Business Models Enabled by Cryptocurrencies and DLT

11:40 - 12:00

  • Digitizing data governance to increase volume, speed and reduce friction
  • What are the barriers to implementation; both operationally and with regards to regulation
  • What should you be doing now in order to ensure that you are part of this reshaping and are not left behind?


HOW TO translate what you’ve learnt back in your company?

12:00 - 12:30


Networking Lunch Break

12:30 - 13:30




The AI Revolution in Finance: Decoding Latest Artificial Intelligence Capabilities and How to Implement Them

13:30 - 14:00

  • Planning and implementing transformative AI & ML projects to resolve complex governance and disparate storage
  • Streamlining processes and automating repetitive tasks to reduce overhead costs of old systems and focus on higher value added activities
How AI and Machine Learning Transform Data Processes, Automate Reconciliation, and Enhance Post Trade Operations

14:00 - 14:30

  • How to mitigate ongoing geopolitical changes and market uncertainty 
  • What are the key lessons learnt and best practice that can be derived and applied across the industry to a variety of institutions
  • Capital Market’s skills of the future: 


THE TACKLE BREAK - Identify and Tackle complex & Strategic Challenge

Tackling the Operational Challenges of Managing Technology, Processes and People to Successfully Develop AI and Advanced Analytics Capabilities

13:30 - 14:00

  • How to move ahead in your data-driven development in a more efficient manner 
  • Embarking on a data-driven road map  to ensure that companies have a good foundation that suit their stage of data-driven development
  • How to build the right expertise internally to deliver a full scale data product
Enhancing Operational Flexibility and Optimizing Business Processes Through Agile Market Entrants

14:00 - 14:30

  • Determining how to best engage with FinTechs to drive innovation and accelerate change, given the contrasting organization sizes and cultures 
  • Vendor management strategy: Creating an effective ecosystem with accountability, quality control and innovative processes


How to translate what you’ve learnt back in your company?

14:30 - 15:00


Networking Lunch Break

15:00 - 15:30



Drill Down Discussion Roundtables 1

A. Automated Trading Systems & Data Platforms

15:30 - 16:00

C. Enabling Business Scalability and Flexibility with Cloud Computing

15:30 - 16:00

E. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning: Discussing Business Use Cases

15:30 - 16:00


Drill Down Discussion Roundtables 2

B. How ESG Factors can Contribute to Long-term Financial Performance

15:30 - 16:00

D. Developing an appropriate Data Foundation for Artificial Intelligence

15:30 - 16:00

F. Efficient and Effective Vendor Management

15:30 - 16:00


Harvest Session

16:00 - 16:30


Chairperson’s 5 Key Take Aways & Closing Remarks

16:30 - 16:45