2024 Advisory Board
2024 Advisory Board
Thanks to the NAFIS advisory board members, we’ve learned how crucial it is to ensure a strong foundation for data and technology before moving toward advanced, sophisticated tools. Strong foundations, as our data and technology professionals have put it, yield high rewards later on. Our advisory board shared with us that there can be no shortcuts when building and developing your teams and your data and technology. In order to maximize your time away from the office, our advisory board helped us think of new, creative formats to keep you engaged throughout the day, including morning workshops, startup spotlights, and interactive exhibitions.
Chief data officer – Americas
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. SG roles before that include, Head of the Project Management Office for the SG US Transformation project, Deputy CFO of the Americas Region 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. 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.
Chief data officer
Eric Hirschhorn is the Chief Data Officer for BNY Mellon and is a member of Global Operations & Technology’s Executive Council. In this role, he is focused on digital transformation, operational efficiency, artificial intelligence/machine learning, regulation and helping the firm evolve to become data driven by design.
Eric leads Enterprise Data Management (EDM) and oversees the delivery of the firm’s master data strategy. This is achieved through implementing enterprise data policies and governance, driving holistic access to data via our Lake, and enabling the business to deliver advanced outcomes for ourselves and our customers using AI/ML techniques.
Prior to joining BNY Mellon in November 2020, Eric was the Chief Information Officer for BGC Partners. He possesses a plethora of fintech expertise having served in numerous senior roles on Wall Street, such as Global Head of Rates and FICC eTrading Technology at Bank of America, Chief Technology Officer for Fixed Income at Morgan Stanley and a Managing Director at Citi in electronic trading.
Eric earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York, New York.
Managing director, Chief data officer
Linda F. Powell
Enterprise head of data governance and deputy chief data officer
Linda F. Powell is the Enterprise head of data governance and deputy chief data officer at Bank of NY Mellon. She has over 20 years of experience in the finance industry including commercial banking, banking supervision, and supporting economic research. She spent most of her career with the Federal Reserve System. She was also the Chief data officer at the Treasury Department’s office of financial research and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. In 2018 she joined Citibank as the Global head of data governance, data reporting, and end user computing and joined Bank of NY Mellon in 2021. She has published several papers on the topics of data standards, metadata, and data strategy. She has a B.A. in economics from Rutgers University and an M.S. in quantitative finance from George Washington University.
Chief data officer, Senior managing director
Dr. Sheik M. Isaacs
Chief data office, director of data governance
CAO chief data and analytics officer
Dror Barber is the Chief data and analytics officer for the Chief Administrative Office at JPMorgan Chase. In this capacity, he is focused on Data Management, Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning, Cloud Migration, Intelligent Automation, and Business Process Optimization. Dror partners with Executive Leadership to unlock the potential of their data and help them achieve their business goals through challenging the status-quo, addressing data risks within the system, and delivering innovative solutions using the latest in analytics, visualization, AI/ML and automation.
In addition to his experience as a Data Evangelist, Dror is a senior business leader with extensive front office, operational, technical and managerial expertise. He has a consistent track record of strategic project delivery for diverse financial service organizations, including wealth management, banking, supplier & procurement services, global investment banks, and trust operations. Dror provides hands-on leadership focusing on core business processes and resolving complex issues in a practical manner. He has cultivated many ideas and managed them from vision through implementation, consistently achieving dynamic impact.
Global head of investment and finance data architecture | Chief data architect
Steve serves as a trusted advisor to investment and finance line of business senior leaders on their business data strategies that enable them to achieve their business objective and key results. He establishes guiding principles and frameworks around data ownership, data quality, data sharing and data insights that are leveraged to increase the level of trust and the field of use of investment and finance data, data that is both produced internally and procured externally. Steve develops technical patterns and prescriptive guidance for building investment and finance platforms that power key business capabilities in the end-to-end investment lifecycle. He provides the senior technical leadership with his depth of subject matter expertise with cloud data technologies and platforms that ensure business and cyber resiliency, business scalability and business performance.