2018 Speakers

Elly Hardwick

Head of Innovation


Elly Hardwick is Head of Innovation at Deutsche Bank, responsible for leading the bank's innovation activities and managing the Deutsche Bank Labs globally.

Working at the intersection of technology and financial services, Elly works closely with fintechs and Deutsche Bank's business divisions to discover, evaluate and drive the adoption of innovations that will shape the future of banking.

Elly was the founding CEO of the fintech start-up Credit Benchmark prior to joining Deutsche Bank, where she led the company to be the independent source for wholesale credit risk data and analytics. Her career experience includes roles with Thomson Reuters, Morgan Stanley and the UK Department of Trade and Industry.

She holds an undergraduate degree from Cambridge University and an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School.

Elly is based in London.


Stephen (Steffin) Harris

Global Head of Data Management Strategy


Joseph W. Lodato

Global Head of Compliance Technology and Surveillance

Guggenheim Partners

As a professional with more than two decades of experience in the Financial Services industry, Joe Lodato offers a comprehensive understanding of the issues, trends, challenges and solutions facing CCOs 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 technnolgy. In Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Operating roles, Joe led the successful integration of technology 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 Global Head of Compliance Technology and Surveillance at Guggenheim Partners.

Rick Aiere

IT Manager


Rick Aiere currently works at AIG in the Corporate Business IT function for Enterprise Risk Management. He has over 20 years of experience in technology most of it in the financial industry providing data management solutions. As an industry expert and thought leader, he has provided a unique perspective and approach to define the architecture for data sourcing in his former role at Credit Suisse. As enterprise architect, he has proposed and implemented simplified strategic architectural solutions, defined global standards and led a team to build a framework for data sourcing. Rick has extensive experience in capital markets including trade data management, data governance, front to back trade flows, reference data, master data management, enterprise risk management and equities regulatory compliance.

David Saul

Former SVP and Chief Scientist


David Saul is a former Senior Vice President and Chief Scientist at State Street Corporation, reporting to the Chief Information Officer. In this role, he was 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.



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. 

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.

Ellen Gentile

Vice President, Data Quality Manager & Data Steward


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.



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.



Manan Rawal

EVP, Head of US Model Risk Management


Manan is currently a Senior Vice President at HSBC where he focuses on stress testing and enterprise wide risk management. Previously, he was Regional Manager of OTC Derivatives Pricing and Risk for HSBC's securities services division which involved evaluating client portfolios across multiple asset classes and strategies in the alternative investment space. Manan also worked at Deutsche Bank, Swiss Re and DKR Capital. At DKR, he ran a portfolio focusing on global volatility trading across convertible bonds and equity derivatives. His experience covers portfolio management for derivative products as well. He is also an adjunct faculty member at the New York Institute of Finance. Manan specializes in courses related to the trading and risk management of derivatives across asset classes, including equity, fixed income, foreign exchange and credit. His course offerings have also included stress testing, Asian capital markets, and structured products.
Manan has a B.S. Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, M.Sc. in Economics from the London School of Economics and an executive MBA from the Trium program.

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).


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.



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.

Kevin Green

Global Market Data Lead


With over 20 years industry experience, Kevin Green has worked in a variety of data management roles for Data Vendors, Sell-Side and Buy-Side Institutions. Most recently, Kevin served 5 years as the Head of Market Data for the global hedge fund York Capital Management; before moving back to the sell-side as Director and Head of Market Data Services the Americas, for Societe Generale. Currently, Kevin is the Global Market Data lead for Citadel where he is focused on traditional market data and implementing governance and controls across the enterprise.

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.

Lauren Kline

Vice President, Senior Strategist Content & Technology Solutions


Lauren Kline, Ms. Kline is Vice President, Senior Strategist, for FactSet's Content and Technology Solutions. Specifically, Ms. Kline is responsible for analyzing market research and determining the direction of the FactSet content, cloud and technology strategy. Since joining FactSet in 2006, Ms. Kline
worked as a Consultant until 2008, and then as an Economic Specialist until 2013, when she assumed her current role. Ms. Kline received
her B.S. in Policy Analysis from Cornell University.

Peter Moss


The SmartStream Reference Data Utility

Peter Moss, CEO of The SmartStream Reference Data Utility (RDU); in partnership with Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase and Morgan Stanley.
Peter joined the company in August 2016 following 25 years at Thomson Reuters. During his time at Thomson Reuters he established the Thomson Reuters Enterprise business, lead the integration of the Thomson Financial and Reuters businesses, ran data and technology operations as CTO and most recently lead the Financial Division, a global $6bn revenue business.
Peter graduated from Bristol University with honours in Mathematics and Computer Science.

Luis Valdich

Managing Director, Venture Capital Investing


Luis Valdich joined Citi Ventures in late 2015 as a Managing Director and leads its New York office and venture capital investing activities in the US east of the Rockies and in Europe.

Luis is currently focused in Fintech, ecommerce and big data/analytics applications relevant to financial services. Luis actively looks for opportunities to invest in innovative startups that are pioneering new business models and technologies that intersect with Citi's businesses and where Citi can eventually add value via a commercial relationship as a user, service provider and/or partner which in turn can help Citi innovate. As such, Luis actively partners with the venture capital and startup ecosystems and with Citi businesses and functions firmwide.

From 2008 to 2015, Luis founded and ran JPMorgan Chase's Strategic Investments group; he was part of the investment committee, made over 40 investments, and participated in several boards. Previously Luis was a consultant at McKinsey and venture capital principal at Softbank.

Luis received his MBA from Harvard University and BA from Franklin & Marshall College.


Mostafa Raddaoui

VP, Capital Market Systems and Market Data Services IT


With more than twenty years of significant experience culminating in Application Development, Systems Management for advanced technology solutions including background in Market Data Service, Market & Banking Systems (Across all Asset Classes), Systems Integration, Records Information Management , Electronic Content Management. Planning, developing and implementing strategic directions associated with technology infrastructures, development required to support business and corporate objectives for the dynamic, highly demanding financial services industry.

Charismatic, Motivated and Possess strong analytical, interpersonal and communication skills.

Mostafa Raddaoui began his career as a developer then transitioned to software engineering, system engineering as well as an Architecture, well versed in technology especially the financial services.

Holds and M.S. Degree from Computer Science at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Tamara Uvaydov

VP, Data Governance Delivery Manager, Financial Crime Risk, US Chief Data Office


John Ahrendt

Senior Vice President, Enterprise Data and Analytics


John Ahrendt manages the Data & Analytics Product team within the Enterprise Data & Analytics group at Wells Fargo & Company, focused on delivering a world-class customer experience and business results through generation of customer and business insight and innovative application of data capabilities.

Under John's leadership, the team's responsibilities include the major data and business intelligence platforms, business applications and analytical solutions. This includes data and analytics product development and delivery, supporting product management, credit management, risk management, operations, marketing, service, channels and other key business processes. In addition, John's team provides program leadership for customer experience data initiatives.

John has been with Wells Fargo since 2002 and has 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, with the last 20 years specifically in the data warehouse and business intelligence field.

Prior to joining Wells Fargo, John was the Director of Customer Information Systems at E*TRADE and prior to that, he was Director of Decision Support Applications at Bank of America. Earlier in his career, John was with Security Pacific Corporation and Citicorp, holding various management positions in Information Technology, Service Quality and Finance.

John resides in San Francisco and has a BS Degree in Business Administration from the University of South Dakota.


William (Bill) M. Cohee

Data Quality Manager, Chief Data Office


Gordon Ritter



Gordon Ritter is a Professor at NYU Courant and Tandon, Baruch College, and Rutgers, and an elite buy-side quantitative trader / portfolio manager (selected as Buy-Side Quant of the Year, 2019). His scholarly research papers have 10,000+ downloads; he is an expert in statistical machine learning and its applications in finance. Most recently Gordon founded his own quantitative trading firm; before that he was a senior portfolio manager at GSA Capital where he designed, built, and managed statistical arbitrage strategies in multiple geographies and asset classes, and directed research in GSA's New York office. (GSA won the Equity Market Neutral & Quantitative Strategies category at the Eurohedge awards four times, with numerous other awards.) Prior to GSA, Gordon was a Vice President of Highbridge Capital and a core member of the firm's statistical arbitrage group. Gordon is frequently an invited speaker and typically speaks at 20+ conferences per year. Prior to entering the hedge fund industry in 2007, Gordon completed his PhD in mathematical physics at Harvard University, where he worked with Arthur Jaffe and published papers in international journals across the fields of quantum computation, quantum field theory, and abstract algebra. He earned his Bachelor's degree with honours in Mathematics from the University of Chicago.

Ryan Burdick

SVP of Business Development


Maryse Gordon

Senior Pre-Sales and Business Development Manager

UnaVista, LSEG

Maryse has worked with financial software for 10  years and gained a wealth of knowledge and experience ranging from product development and support, to product management and Pre Sales. Staring her career at Hewlett Packard and progressing onto Logica, Maryse now represents UnaVista as a Senior Pre-Sales and Business Development Manager covering the Regulatory Compliance, Risk and Controls, and Data Solution offerings. Alongside being responsible for driving revenues across the US, leading market, industry and product research around regulatory compliance, Maryse actively contributes to the growth of the business, providing thought leadership and ensuring solutions are inline with industry appetite.


Anthony Vigilante

Head of Global Information Technology


Anthony is a Managing Director and head of the Global Information Technology group at MacKay Shields. He graduated from New York University with a BS in Information Systems Management and from Fordham University with an MS in Computer Science. Anthony also holds an Advanced Certificate in Financial Econometrics and Data Analysis from the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at Fordham University. He regularly speaks at various technology conferences and is significantly involved with the Computer Science program at Fordham University. He joined MacKay Shields in 1999 and has been in the industry since 1994.

Dr Ginny. A. Baro

CEO and Founder


Dr. Ginny A. Baro is a Fortune 100 certified executive coach, speaker, #1 bestselling author of Fearless Women at Work, and leadership expert. She is the CEO and founder of Fearless Women @WorkTM, an executive coaching and career strategy company that offers proven techniques and tactics to help organizations and support talented professionals to develop as leaders in business and in life.
Armed with more than 26 years of experience working in competitive corporate environments in financial services and technology in the New York City area, she is a sought-after speaker, trainer and facilitator for teams and leaders at all levels of management.
Prior to starting her own business, Ginny held various Director level roles at Lord, Abbett & Co., LLC, where she worked for more than 16 years. Before joining Lord Abbett, she was a Senior Software Engineer at Alliance Bernstein, and a Systems Manager at Prudential.
Ginny's academic degrees include a PhD in information Systems, an MS in Computer Science, an MBA in Management, and BA in Computer Science and Economics.

David Rukshin

Chief Technology Officer


Mr. Rukshin is the Chief Technology Officer. Mr. Rukshin is responsible for the Firm's technology infrastructure, and for the operations function. From 1998-2014, Mr. Rukshin worked at D. E. Shaw group, a global investment and technology development firm with more than 1,000 employees. Most recently, Mr. Rukshin led a global team responsible for building a global technology infrastructure platform for quantitative trading businesses. From 2007 until 2011, Mr. Rukshin was global head of D. E. Shaw group's IT infrastructure engineering and operations. He held a variety of management and technical roles with D. E. Shaw group's IT organization from 1998-2007. Before coming to D. E. Shaw group, Mr. Rukshin worked at Chase Manhattan Bank supporting Equities, FX, and Fixed Income trading desks. Mr. Rukshin started his career in 1996 as a systems programmer at AT&T Labs Research. Mr. Rukshin holds M.S. in Technology Management from Columbia University, and B.S. in Management Science and Information Systems from Rutgers University.

Miquel Noguer Alonso


Artificial Intelligence Finance Institute (AIFI)

Miquel Noguer Alonso, Co-founder and Chief Science Officer, Artificial Intelligence Finance Institute (AIFI)