North American Financial Information Summit

Welcome to "NAFIS" 2019 - the premier conference and networking event for senior data, compliance and technology decision makers.

Welcome to "NAFIS" - the premier conference and networking event for senior data, compliance and technology decision makers.

Data is the most vital asset of any financial services firm. With volumes increasing exponentially, and the complexity and structure continuously changing, it is more vital than ever to keep on top of EDM strategy and analytical capabilities, while of course remaining compliant.

We are in the process of curating the agenda for 2019. In the meantime, please book your place.



The audience

Should you be attending the North American Financial Information Summit? If you are in one of these industries, we think you should!

Take a look at exactly who attends and which senior professionals you may be able to meet at our 2019 event.


These industry experts volunteered their time and knowledge and helped develop the 2018 North American Financial Information Summit agenda. Their dedication was critical to the success of the event, ensuring high quality content and maximum ROI for all attendees.

To find out how to join the 2019 Advisory Board, please click below.


Jenna Ahn

VP, Data Science and FinTech,


Brian Buzzelli

SVP, Head of Data Governance


Brian is a member of the 2018 North American Financial Information Summit Advisory Board - view the list of all 14 esteemed board members by clicking here

Mr. Buzzelli is Senior Vice President and Head of Data Governance for Acadian, a quantitative institutional asset management firm specializing in active global, emerging and frontier investments utilizing sophisticated analytical models and specialized research expertise. He has primary responsibility for data governance policies, standards, data quality measurement, and alignment of data taxonomy, dictionary and meta-data management. With more than 20 years of leadership experience in prior roles including: Executive Director, Head of Enterprise Data Management, Americas responsible for Nomura's client reference and product data as well as market data commercial vendor management supporting the U.S. and global broker dealer operations. Vice President, Americas Head for Thomson Reuters Enterprise Pricing and Reference Data business and strategic roles as Business Architect and Cross-Segment Product Manager for Mellon's Global Asset Services division. He began his financial career at Federated Investors and is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Information and Decision Systems and holds two Master degrees; Management of Information Systems and an MBA in Finance from the Katz Business School at the University of Pittsburgh.

Michael Radziemski



Michael Radziemski is a partner in Fortium's New York practice. He brings more than 30 years of global technology leadership in the Financial Sector, with extensive experience working with CEOs and executive business leadership teams. Expert at technology strategy, business alignment, and overall enterprise strategic planning and execution. Broad technology expertise includes: strategic software development, large project delivery, cyber security, thoughtfully leveraging cloud computing, optimizing staffing with full-time, contract, outsourced, and offshore resources, and risk management. Radziemski has earned a reputation as a technology executive who can provide steady, clear-headed leadership in periods of chaos and complex business transitions.

Leadership Roles:

• CIO and Partner, Lord, Abbett & Co., LLC
• Managing Director, Global Head of Technology, Citibank Global Asset Management
• VP, Head of Technology, MetLife
• Managing Director, Head of Technology, Bankers Trust Company
• Chair, Investment Company Institute (ICI) Technology Committee

Radziemski holds an MS in industrial engineering from Stanford University and a BS in operations research and industrial engineering from Cornell University.

Ellen (Robinson) Gentile

Assistant Vice President, Data Quality Manager & Data Steward


Ellen Gentile, Assistant Vice President

Information Control Department, Americas Division

Ellen Gentile is the data quality manager for the SMBC Americas Division of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation. Ellen has over 20 years of experience in the financial services sector and has worked in various capacities for companies such as Cowan & Company, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, Banc of America Securities and Pershing, LLC. As SMBC's data quality manager, Ellen works assiduously to establish and implement all facets of a comprehensive data quality program at the SMBC Americas division.

Prior to managing SMBC's data quality, Ellen championed the use of qualified data as a core enterprise resource supporting decision makers. To best deliver and monitor quality of service and information, Ellen established and set enterprise standards through operational quality scorecard products at Pershing, LLC. The quality based products she managed provided the much needed insight and transparency clients require to manage and grow their businesses.



David Saul

SVP and Chief Scientist


David Saul is Senior Vice President and Chief Scientist at State Street Corporation, reporting to the Chief Information Officer. In this role, he is responsible for proposing and assessing new advanced technologies for the organization as well as evaluating technologies already in use at State Street and their likely evolution in order to reinforce the organization's leadership position in financial services.

Mr. Saul previously was Chief Information Security Officer, where he oversaw State Street's corporate information security program, controls and technology. Prior to that, he managed State Street's Office of Architecture, where he was responsible for the overall enterprise technology, data and security architecture of the corporation. Mr. Saul joined State Street in 1992 after 15 years with IBM's Cambridge Scientific Center, where he managed innovations in operating systems virtualization, multiprocessing, networking and personal computers. Mr. Saul serves as a Trustee of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. In 2007 he was honored with a Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader Award. American Banker named Mr. Saul as one of its Top Innovators of 2013 for his work on data semantics and standards.

Mr. Saul holds Bachelors and Master's degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.



Meltem Kilicoglu

Data Strategy Leader, Data Strategy, Architecture & Transformation


Meltem is a member of the 2018 North American Financial Information Summit Advisory Board. To view all board members please click here.

Meltem Kilicoglu is a data management professional with over 23 years of experience in the financial services industry. Through her work on both the consumer and vendor sides, she has led programs and teams towards developing and maturing data strategies and processes, delivered data and technology products and solutions to market, and successfully deployed them in consumer firms.

As Data Strategy Leader at Wells Fargo, she oversees customer data strategy and alignment, strategy governance, and oversight as part of the Enterprise Data & Analytics Strategy team. EDA's primary focus is on leveraging data as a strategic asset across the enterprise. Data is critical to Wells Fargo's continued success at deepening relationships with our customers, meeting our commitment to satisfy our customers' financial needs and responding to regulatory and risk management requirements.

Prior to this role, Meltem was the head of Business Advisory and Compliance, Market Data Services (MDS) at Wells Fargo, overseeing a team responsible for assisting line of business partners optimize their market data spend by choosing products and services that best met their needs and budgets, understanding and managing their usage and costs and ensuring that usage of market data was compliant to the underlying agreements for those services.

Prior to joining Wells Fargo in 2010, Meltem worked as a market and reference data consultant and product manager delivering products and solutions and executing projects aimed at selecting, integrating, and managing market and reference data for financial and regulatory institutions. She worked extensively with market data vendors and was employed at UBS and, prior to UBS, at Thomson Reuters for more than 10 years, most recently as the head of Enterprise Product Management for Data Scope Fixed Income and Corporate Actions products.

Meltem holds a BSc. in Industrial Engineering and an MBA in Finance and International Business and is a certified Financial Information Associate (FIA) from Financial & Information Services Association (FISD). She lives and works in New York City.



Karla McKenna

Chair, ISO TC 68, Financial services and Head of Standards


Karla McKenna is an international standards specialist in the area of financial services. Ms. McKenna is director of Market Practice and Standards at Citi and in this role drives development and adoption of financial services standards for Citi's Securities businesses.

Within the industry, Ms. McKenna is Chair of the International Organization for Standardization Technical Committee 68 (ISO/TC 68), Financial Services, Chair of the Securities Market Practice Group (SMPG), and serves on the Board and Executive Committee of Accredited Standards Committee X9 (ASC X9). Ms. McKenna also has served on the Boards of the International Securities Association for Institutional Trade Communication (ISITC) and XBRL International.

In May 2015, Ms. McKenna began a secondment to the Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation (GLEIF) as the Head of Standards for the GLEIF. In this role, Ms. McKenna is responsible for facilitating the development and implementation of GLEIF standards and leveraging international standards from organizations such as the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to maximize data quality and the operational integrity of the Global LEI System (GLEIS).


Lila Gordem

Market Data Sourcing Manager


Lila is a member of the 2018 North American Financial Information Summit Advisory Board - view the list of all 14 esteemed board members by clicking here

I currently work in the Strategy and Sourcing division at Credit Suisse as the Market Data Sourcing Category Lead. My goal is to be a trusted partner for internal stakeholders on all Market data strategic sourcing activities by delivering optimally priced, risk mitigated third party supplier contracts that support key business activities and generate revenue for the firm. I have been at Credit Suisse for 18 years, always in the Market Data arena. My previous roles include Regional lead of Market Data, Market Data Business Analyst, and Market Data Finance team lead. Prior to Credit Suisse, I worked as a Process Engineer for Kvaerner and Honeywell. I have a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Cooper Union in Chemical Engineering.

Edmund Flynn

Executive Director, Global Market Data Sourcing


Ed is a member of the 2018 North American Financial Information Summit Advisory Board - view the list of all 14 esteemed board members by clicking here

Ed is a Vice President at Morgan Stanley and has the responsibility of managing global exchange relationships and sourcing for exchange data use across the Morgan Stanley enterprise.

Prior to Morgan Stanley, he founded The Flynndex Company in 2011 to provide market data training and consulting services. Ed developed training classes to support the FISD Financial Information Associate Professional Certification program and collaborated with the eLearning firm "Finance Modules" to produce online market data training for the FISD FIA Certification.

Ed began his career with Interactive Data and Moody's Investors Service, then joined Fidelity Investments managing market data and investment research for the Fidelity Funds and the Fidelity enterprise.

Ed has an MBA from Babson College, a BS from the University of Vermont, is a member of the CTA Advisory Committee, the SIFMA Market Data Subcommittee and the FISD Executive Committee.



Joseph Lodato

Managing Director, Global Head of Compliance Surveillance and Technology


As a Executive, with more than two decades of fast-track leadership experience in the financial services industry, Joe Lodato offers a comprehensive understanding of the issues, trends, challenges and solutions facing leaders in today's dynamic and volatile financial services organizations.

Joe's career success is based on strong and decisive leadership, combined with the ability to bridge the divide between technology and business and ensure alignment with corporate objectives delivered through technology.

In Managing Director and Chief Operating roles, Joe led the successful integration of technology with financial and operations processes to ensure compliance and drive productivity across all levels of the organization, and in a variety of settings, from startup organizations to large global services organizations, including Bank of America, Lehman Brothers, Barclays Capital and AllianceBernstein.

Joe earned his degree in finance from the Lublin School of Business at Pace University in New York City and presently is the Chief Compliance Officer at Guggenheim Securities


Robin A. Doyle

Managing Director, Office of Regulatory Affairs


ROBIN DOYLE has worked at J.P. Morgan Chase for 24 years and is currently a Managing Director, Office of Regulatory Affairs, where she is responsible for developing strategic responses to a broad array of regulatory initiatives, analyzing the impact of regulatory proposals, developing the firm's positions and preparing for the implementation of final rules, specializing in data topics. She is also a leader in recent global efforts to standardize reference data. Ms. Doyle also spent over seven years as the Chief Financial Officer for Corporate Risk reporting to the firm's Chief Risk Officer and has worked in JPMC's Chase Home Finance business unit and managed the Firm's Accounting Policies Group. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan Chase, Robin worked for Midlantic National Bank, KPMG Peat Marwick, and Prudential Insurance Company.

Ms. Doyle is on the Board of Directors of the Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation. She is a member of multiple ISO Committees, the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, the New York Clearing House, and the Risk Management Association.

Ms. Doyle has an MBA in Finance from The Graduate School of Management, Rutgers University; a BS in Accounting from Rutgers, The State University; and is certified as a CPA in the State of NJ.


Ayana Cavelle Richards

VP, Data Governance Delivery Manager, US Chief Data Office


Ayana is a member of the 2018 North American Financial Information Summit Advisory Board. To view all board members please click here.

Over 10 years as a Data practitioner between Health Insurance and Finance industries covering regulatory reporting, business intelligence, data quality and analysis, data stewardship, data architecture, drafting/vetting EDM Policies and strategies. Creator of the MUFG Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Data Management Office and currently BCBS and CCAR Data Governor in the HSBC US Chief Data Office.

John Bottega

Executive Director

EDM Council

John Bottega is a senior strategy and data management executive with more than 30 years of experience in the industry.  As the former Chief Data Officer at Bank of America, John was responsible for driving the enterprise data management strategy for the firm.  This included championing the data management policy and standards, establishing and operationalizing data governance, working with technology to define the data platform, infrastructure and tool simplification, and supporting the bank's data scientist team in their efforts to drive improved information analytics.

Before coming to Bank of America John was the Chief Data Officer for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (FRBNY) where he worked with domestic and foreign regulators on financial sector data management and data quality.  While at FRBNY, John led the effort to define and establish a new international data standard known as the LEI (Legal Entity Identifier), a global standard for unique organizational identification, key to enabling and strengthening system risk analysis in support of global financial stability.  During his time at FRBNY, Bottega also served as a Senior Advisor to the Director of the Office of Financial Research (OFR), an agency established by the Dodd-Frank Act within the US Department of the Treasury, responsible for analysis and monitoring of industry-wide systemic risk.  

Prior to joining the Federal Reserve Bank, Bottega was Chief Data Officer for Citigroup's Corporate and Investment Banking group where he defined their data management improvement strategy and roadmap. While working with Citigroup he led an effort that reduced the bank’s BASEL capital risk exposure through improved data quality initiatives, and resulted in significant bottom line savings to the firm.  Prior to Citigroup, he worked for other financial institutions including Credit Suisse, Merrill Lynch and Lehman Brothers.

Bottega currently serves as the Executive Director of the Enterprise Data Management Council (EDMC) and is a member of the Executive Advisory Board of NewVantage Partners. 

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