North American Financial Information Summit

Your only opportunity to learn from and network with North American CDOs and Data Leaders from Banks and Asset Managers

NAFIS is the largest North American Data conference for Banks and Asset Managers looking to the future of data in financial services. 

Hiroki Ishihara

Senior vice president, global head of operations engineering audit


Hiroki is the Senior Vice President and Global Head of Audit for Operations Engineering for Goldman Sachs and responsible for driving strategic initiatives, audit planning and resourcing, regulatory interactions, continuous monitoring, and audit projects. His global audit portfolio focuses on a variety of risks and controls related to the technology eco-system that supports pre- and post- trade execution functions, including data governance and management, client on-boarding, trade processing and settlement, treasury, margin, collateral & client valuations, asset servicing, and regulatory/tax reporting and monitoring. Prior to his current role, he was a head of Americas Operations Technology Audit. Before that, Hiroki was responsible for technology audit for Asia in Tokyo, Japan.

He joined Goldman Sachs in 2008, was named Vice President in 2012 and Senior Audit Manager in 2018. Prior to joining the firm, Hiroki worked at Ernst & Young and at Oracle in Tokyo, Japan. Hiroki earned a B.S. in Photonics Engineering from Ritsumeikan University in Japan in 2002.

He has been a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) since 2006 and became a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder in 2022. He is a member of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), CFA Institute and CFA Society New York.


Eric Hirschhorn

Chief Data Officer

BNY Mellon

Eric Hirschhorn is the Chief Data Officer (CDO) of BNY Mellon. He is part of the Global Operations and Technology Executive Committee and reports to the firms CIO, Bridget Engle. As CDO, Eric is focused on digital transformation, operational efficiency, artificial intelligence/machine learning, regulation and helping the firm evolve to become data driven by design.

Before joining BNY Mellon, Eric was the Chief Information Officer for Cantor Fitzgerald and BGC Partners. Prior to Cantor, he spent several years in various senior roles on Wall Street, most recently as Managing Director of Global Fixed Income eTrading & Rates Technology at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Prior to Bank of America, Eric was at Morgan Stanley serving as CTO of Fixed Income, at Citi where he ran Global FX technology, at Lehman where he was responsible for Global Fixed Income eTrading, and at JPMorgan Chase where he ran International Treasury technology. His professional life has taken him around the world including several years living in London. Eric is an authority on how technology drives transformation in financial markets. He has been involved in various industry working groups.

Eric graduated Cooper Union in 1989. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering and current serves as Vice Chair of the Board Trustees at the Cooper Union. Eric lives in New Jersey with his wife, Hillary, and their two children.

Thomas Mavroudis

Chief Data Officer, Global Head of Data Management


Tom is an accomplished Data Management and IT professional with over 20 years of management experience. He is considered a thought leader in the Data Management space and has built the Global Data Management practices at two of the largest financial institutions. His experience spans managing bank consolidations and conversions, global IT

transformation and Innovation initiatives, as well as standing up Centers of Excellence around Data management, Operations and Technology services.

He spearheaded the Basel II Data Quality reporting to the Board of Directors as well as developed targeted Corporate KPIs which were used to manage the Liquidity and Capital Ratio of the firm. He also built the global Big Data Shared service supporting advanced analytics to effect expense reduction and revenue growth

Bala Ayyar

Managing director and chief data officer, Americas

Societe Generale

Since joining SG in 2009, he has held a range of positions.  Currently, he is the Chief Data Officer, SG Americas, with responsibility for data management and governance within the Region.  This function is responsible for implementing the requirements of BCBS 239, establishing sound data governance framework that meets Group needs and local supervisory expectations, and creating a solid platform for the data to be leveraged for strategic business decisions. Prior to that, he headed up the Project Management Office for the SG US Transformation project.  SG roles before that included Deputy CFO of the Americas Region of their Corporate & Investment Bank and Head of Finance Offshoring in SG Bangalore. 

Prior to joining SG, Bala was with the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) for fourteen years in a range of positions in Toronto and New York.  As Senior Vice President of the Wholesale North America Finance, he headed up the controllership function for CIBC’s World Markets and Treasury & Risk Management Strategic Business Units within North America. With a global team across Toronto and New York, he was responsible for establishing a SOX-compliant industry-leading Finance control environment as well as supporting the efficient execution of business initiatives and managing the Finance related US regulatory relationships during a very demanding period. Prior to that, he also had stints as the business-line controller for the Bank's US origination businesses (Corporate Lending, Investment Banking, Merchant Banking, Structured Finance, and High Yield), as well as the 2/ic to the Chief Accountant, with responsibility for consolidated financial, management and regulatory reporting at the corporate level.

Born and brought up in Mumbai India, Bala has a degree in mathematics from the University of Mumbai and holds professional accounting qualifications from both India and the United States.  He lives in Montclair, New Jersey is married with two children, and enjoys long-distance running.

Ashish Bhatnagar

Chief Data Officer


A result-oriented leader with proven business acumen and relationship building skills who partners with stakeholders to identify value creation opportunities, develop pragmatic solutions and supports their execution. Over 17 years of experience in data and analytics leading data strategy, org design, operating model, strategic planning, data operations, data privacy, platforms and tooling, data security, data quality, data sourcing and Information Technology (IT) roadmap.

Aishwarya Venkatesan

Data science and analytics lead for global trading


Aishwarya Venkatesan leads the Analytics and Data Science team within BlackRock's Global Trading group. In her current role, Ms. Venkatesan focuses on using data to analyze trading performance and on integrating Data Science into trading workflows

Alternative data

Combining structured and unstructured data sets and managing the associated infrastructure.

ESG and sustainability
Incorporating new reporting requirements and upcoming ESG measures 
Big Tech in data management

Staying one step ahead of the latest disruptive technologies to support your business needs

Predictive analytics

Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing.

What do I need to know about CAT and new data compliance?
Generating alpha
Using data to generate alpha and create new revenue streams.
Privacy & ethics

The latest in safe, ethical acquisition, management and sharing of data.

Changing capital markets ecosystem

The impact of new collaborations revolutionizing data management