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.

Bala Ayyar

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. 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.

Eric Hirshhorn

Chief data officer

BNY Mellon

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.

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Jean-Christophe Lionti

Managing director, Chief data officer


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Linda F. Powell

Enterprise head of data governance and deputy chief data officer

BNY Mellon

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.

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Yinghua Zhou

Chief data officer, Senior managing director


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Dr. Sheik M. Isaacs

Chief data office, director of data governance


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Dror Barber

CAO chief data and analytics officer

JPMorgan Chase

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. 

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Steve O’Bott

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.

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Yinghua Zhou

Chief data officer, Senior managing director


Cynthia DiBartolo

Founder & CEO

Tigress Financial Partners

CYNTHIA DIBARTOLO, ESQ. is the Founder and CEO of Tigress Financial Partners, the nation's only disabled & woman-owned investment bank, broker-dealer, NYSE floor broker and research provider. She guides the overall strategy and direction of the firm parlaying her extensive corporate and securities experience into a new generation of financial services firm. Stone X Group Inc., a Fortune 100 Company, owns a minority stake in Tigress Financial Partners.   Tigress is a Member SEC, FINRA, NYSE, MSRB & SIPC.  Cynthia has 30 years of accomplishment-laden experience aligned with Fortune 500 companies, driving achievements in revenue growth, brand expansion and new offerings. Her ability to set the overall vision and strategy for a company propelled her career at Merrill Lynch, Smith Barney-Morgan Stanley, Citigroup and Bear Stearns. 

Beginning her career as an institutional credit analyst with Bear Stearns, then an attorney with Merrill Lynch, Cynthia segued into a Compliance Director at Smith Barney. She earned a coveted position in management within the Private Client Group at Smith Barney. Upon the integration of Smith Barney and Citicorp, she transitioned to the bank platform spearheading the turnaround of under-performing “franchises". She is credited as a leader behind a plan between Smith Barney and Citicorp Investment Services to develop a Mass Affluent Offering, leading to the integration of the two broker dealers and later assumed a position as a Risk Management Director. 

Cynthia is a 9/11 survivor and became permanently disabled after battling head and neck cancer in 2009.  She then founded Tigress Financial Partners, a woman-owned and operated financial services firm sensitive to people with disabilities. Cynthia was profiled by Forbes CEO Series article entitled “A Tigress in a Shark Tank”. Forbes described Cynthia as "one tenacious Tigress...her father’s words inspired her to pick herself up from tragedy and start a business. Both the woman and her story are unique, amazing and forcefully inspiring." 

Cynthia is also the Member of the BNY Mellon Pershing Minority Business Enterprise Council; Member of the National Association of Securities Professionals (NASP) Advisory Council;  Chairperson of the Wall Street Project Economic Summit; Chairperson of the Diversity Broker-Dealer Coalition; Vice President of the Women's Syndicate Association and Chairperson of the Financial Services Committee for the Rainbow PUSH Coaltion. 

Dharrini Bala Gadiyaram

Global head, enterprise risk products


Dharrini Gadiyaram is the Global Head of Enterprise Risk Products for Bloomberg, responsible for developing the business strategy across risk solutions including market risk, credit & counterparty risk and collateral management that are used by the sell-side and buy-side. Ms Gadiyaram joined Bloomberg in 2014 and has held various roles including product management for front office risk solutions and FX/commodity derivatives across the terminal, enterprise data and risk solutions. Prior to joining Bloomberg, Ms Gadiyaram led oil refined products and exotic derivatives trading for Credit Suisse, and has held roles in commodities quantitative research and risk technology at Credit Suisse and Lehman Brothers. She graduated in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras.

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Laura Hamilton

Managing director

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

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Mary Fleisch

Deputy director of market data sourcing

Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Mary Fleisch, Deputy director of market data sourcing and vendor management, Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Mary has established herself as an accomplished professional in her field with her expanse expertise in market data content and cost containment, contract negotiation, information technology, compliance, training, library services, record retention, and business continuity, to list a few. 

Investment professionals significantly trust and respect Mary's remarkable communication skills and ability to clearly convey technical information and processes. She is recognized for her ability to lead teams through changes in the workplace while maintaining a positive and productive environment.  She is recognized for being able to cut through the noise and get to the bottom of the issue and work towards a resolution.  

As the Deputy Director of Market Data Sourcing and Vendor Management, Mary manages a team of six professionals responsible for the full lifecycle of data vendor procurement and management that includes data negotiations, billing, and liaising with individual departments as well as acting as a liaison with compliance, audit, human resources, and technology. 

Mary is also Vice President of Cerebral Palsy of Nassau, a not-for-profit entity that assists individuals with disabilities from infants through adults by providing multiple services.  She has been an active advocate for people with disabilities as has also served as Vice President of FedAbility a resource network at the Federal Reserve.  She also understands the pull of life/work balance as she cares for her disabled brother who lives with her on Long Island.  

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Marla Dans

Head of data management and governance

Chicago Trading Company

Marla A. Dans is Head of Data Management and Governance at Chicago Trading Company (CTC) – United States. Prior to CTC, Marla was Head of Data Governance at Tradeweb, consulted for data programs across multiple financial services firms, held a strategic position in JP Morgan Asset Management’s chief data office, and for nearly two decades worked for Morgan Stanley in executive director roles in information technology, across application development, DevOps, infrastructure, and information security roles. 

Marla is an active member of the global Enterprise Data Management (EDM) Council and co-founder of the EDM Council’s Women in Data Forum, a long-term member and former board member of the Women’s Bond Club of New York, and an active member of 100 Women in Finance. She is a keynote speaker and panelist on data and data analytics. 

Lory Nunez

Executive director

JPMorgan & Chase

Lory is a data science director for wealth management technology, responsible for leading global AI initiatives at JPMorgan. As a former law intern, software engineer, business intelligence analyst, research scientist and as "engineer one" of a start-up, she brings a unique perspective on data projects. This diversity of experience has driven her to make data science accessible for everybody. She holds multiple patents in AI applications, and is a published technical author and an international speaker for Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning. Lory was named the 2021 Data Science Professional of the Year at the WatersTechnology Women in Data and Technology Awards. Lory holds a bachelor's degree in Mathematics from the University of San Carlos in the Philippines.

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Prosasty Chaudhuri

Managing director, Chief data officer

Former Silicon Valley Bank

Prosasty is the former Chief Data Officer for SVB’s Commercial bank. As the Managing Director and Chief Data Officer, Prosasty oversaw the Bank’s largest revenue generating line of business, data strategy, data operations, governance, and architecture for the bank, ensuring that producer data is accurate, consistent, secure, and compliant for regulatory needs. 

Previously, Prosasty was the Global Head of Data Governance and Policy at Citi, where she led the development and implementation of the data governance framework, standards, and processes across the enterprise. 

Prosasty also held the role of Chief Data Officer for Global Banking and Markets at HSBC, where she was responsible for data quality operations, drive customer value through AI/ML techniques.

Prosasty also serves as an active Board Member for the EDM Council WDP, a network of data executives with over 250 member firms and 10,000 professionals. Prosasty leads Woman Data Professionals forum to promote DEI and raise global awareness for women in data through spotlights and rising star programs. 

Prosasty has also been recognized as one of the “Top 100 Global Data Power Women” by CDO Magazine for three consecutive years. Prosasty has a MS in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University, an MBA from Columbia Business School.