2023 Speakers

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.

Neema Raphael

Chief data officer and head of data engineering

Goldman Sachs

Neema Raphael is Chief Data Officer and Head of Data Engineering at Goldman Sachs. He is also a member of the firm’s Americas Technology Diversity Committee.


Previously, Neema was head of Research and Development Engineering, responsible for determining the firm's strategy for emerging technology such as digital assets and artificial intelligence. Prior to that, he led various engineering teams in Core Engineering and was a member of the Core Strats team within the Securities Division that built SecDb. Neema joined the firm in 2003 as an analyst in the Technology Division and was named managing director in 2013 and partner in 2020.


Neema earned a BA in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2003

Kim Jaffee - Prado

CIO, US Capital Markets, I&CB and Office of the COO

BMO Capital Markets

Kim joined BMO in August 2021 from RBC where she was the Global Head of the Client, Banking & Digital Channels Technology group across Capital Markets.  Kim developed and implemented a comprehensive client data strategy adopted by Capital Markets, sunset legacy applications and united the global salesforce under a single CRM instance.  Collecting and connecting client touchpoints with external data sets allowed her team to proactively source opportunities and recommendations using advanced AI and machine learning to deepen client relationships and increase wallet share.  Kim held multiple roles at RBC over 15 years supporting the business in various capacities from running Global Fixed Income Production Services to Head of Fixed Income Sales and Credit Trading technology.

Prior to joining RBC, Kim ran Front Office technology at Mizuho as well as the API Connectivity Development team at ICAP and was part of the initial launch of BrokerTec. She has also held multiple positions across the street with Kidder Peabody, Deutsche Bank and Chase Securities. Kim received a BA from Stockton University in accounting.

Aishwarya Venkatesan

Managing Director and Head of Data Strategy and Analytics, 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

Mayank Goel

Vice president, compliance manager


Mayank is a Vice President - Data Governance Compliance Manager at MUFG Bank. He has over 13 years of experience, majority of which is in the field of bank risk management. In his current role, he works in the Financial Crimes Compliance second line risk management function. Prior to joining MUFG Bank in 2017, Mayank was a Data & Analytics (Financial Services Office) Manager at EY where he worked with large US and European banks. He has extensive experience working with the business to mitigate risks and solve complex data problems. He has proven execution skills on visible regulatory remediation matters and enjoys working with cross-functional stakeholders, from senior executives to examiners and auditors.

Mayank graduated Rochester Institute of Technology in 2010 and holds a Master’s in Computer Science. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, Sugandha, and their two young children. In his leisure time, he likes to travel, explore different foods and culture and spend time with his family. 

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. 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.

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David Shalders

Chief operating officer & head of integration

London Stock Exchange Group

David joined LSEG as Chief Integration Officer in November 2019, adding the responsibilities of COO in January 2020. He brings more than 30 years' experience in Integration, Technology and Operations in the financial services sector to the group.

He was previously Group operations and technology director at Willis Towers Watson, having led the integration of Willis and Towers Watson, and spent 19 years at RBS Group in a number of senior operations and technology roles, including COO, Global banking & markets, and Group head of integration for the ABN Amro acquisition. He has also held roles at UBS, JP Morgan and Accenture. 

David has an MA in Geography from the University of Cambridge and an MSc in computer science from London School of Economics.

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Yinghua Zhou

Head of enterprise controls intelligence and analytics

BNY Mellon

Yinghua is currently the Head of Controls Intelligence & Analytics team in the Enterprise Chief Control Office (ECCO). Her responsibility is to unlock the power of data to support the ECCO mission to simplify, scale, and automate the firm’s first line of defense control processes. Yinghua started with BNY Mellon as the Deputy Chief Data Officer in Finance. She built the Finance data governance function from scratch, which was recognized as “best in class” by the Enterprise.  She then headed the Enterprise Data Governance Capability & Control team to further scale the transformation efforts enterprise wide. She is an empowering data executive with proven track of delivering complex business data transformation initiatives in data governance, data management, and business intelligence and analytics. She has been recognized by CDO Magazine as a Global Data Power Woman. She is also the winner of a Woman in Data & Technology Award in 2022 from Waters Technology.

Before joining BNY Mellon, Yinghua was the Head of Reference Data Management Office covering the Americas region and Head of Finance Systems & Data for BNP Paribas. She has led various cross functional regulatory remediation projects to improve data quality and data management practices. Before BNP Paribas, Yinghua was a Senior finance manager on the CFO team of Bloomberg. She oversaw the core terminal P&L, balance sheet, headcount reporting, financial modeling for budgeting and projections as well as associated process automations.   
Yinghua has been an active leader and speaker in the industry forums on data related topics and influenced best practice development. She is also keen on diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts to drive a positive and healthy organizational culture. She is currently the co-chair on the Development Pillar of the Asian Leadership Forum.

Yinghua was born and raised in Shanghai, China. She pursued her Master of Business Administration degree in the US. Yinghua currently lives in New Jersey with her family. 

Jennifer Klimko Courant

Head of sustainability, culture and talent

Deutsche Bank

Jennifer is the Head of sustainability, Culture and Talent for Deutsche Bank.   Jennifer joined the bank in 2019 from Deloitte, where she spent two years as a Managing Director in the Risk Advisory practice, specializing in data solutions for large, multinational financial institutions. Prior to that, Jennifer was a Managing Director at Citigroup, where she spent 18 years in the Risk Management organization in a number of leadership roles. In her last role at Citigroup, Jennifer was Head of Risk Systems and Technology, where she was responsible for the decision making, strategy, architectural design, execution and management of Global Risk Management’s core systems and infrastructure.  This included the oversight and execution of multiple large-scale regulatory programs with the goal of remediation, mitigation and prevention of issues from Citi’s global regulators. Jennifer was also responsible for various Enterprise-wide initiatives, including the firm-wide reconciled Risk and Finance Data Warehouse, the firm-wide Data Roadmap and the build out of Data Governance and a Data Office for Risk Management.  Jen holds a BS in Economics and Mathematics from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA and has completed graduate studies in Economics at Boston College.

Steve O'Bott

Global head of investment and financial data architecture, Chief data architect


Steve is known a passionate chief data architect who is recognized as a business leader with a wide-range of experience in large enterprises architecting, designing and managing data in effective ways that produce meaningful business outcomes to grow new revenue, increase operational efficiency, and lower business risk.

Business leaders seek Steve out for his real world experience, industry perspective and insights to develop innovative data designs and they rely on him to deliver global data solutions in the cloud as well as in integrated hybrid environments.

Steve is known for his executive presence, ability to make decisions, and track record for getting things to the finish line. He put his thoughts into compelling stories to effectively communicate to senior business and technical leaders across an organization.

As a leader Steve sees the unique qualities of each person and is adept at figuring out how people who are different can be intentionally inclusive and work collaboratively to get things done.

* Data Platform and Architecture - Enterprise Architecture, Business Architecture, Data Architecture, Database Architecture, High Availability, Resiliency, Multi-Region, Scalability, Capacity Planning, Multi-Tenancy
* Architecture & Process Frameworks: TOGAF, Zachman, CMM / CMMI DMM, DAMA / DMBOK, Six Sigma, COBIT, ITIL, ITSM
* Data Management Strategies: Data Governance, Data Stewardship, Data Quality, Data Modeling and Design, Database Engineering, Master Data Management, Metadata Management
* Date Store Technologies: AWS (Aurora, RDS, DynamoDB, Redshift, Neptune, ElastiCache, DocumentDB, Keyspaces); PostgreSQL, MySQL, GCP (Cloud Spanner, Cloud SQL, Cloud Bigtable), Oracle, SQL Server, DB2, Aerospike, Couchbase, MongoDB, Cassandra
* Data Analytics Technologies: AWS (S3, Glue ETL, Glue Catalog, Athena, EMR, Redshift, Kinesis, Quicksight, FinSpace, Data Exchange); GCP (Cloud SQL, Cloud Spanner, BigQuery, Spanner, Data Catalog), Tableau, Hadoop, HBase, IBM Netezza

Anthony Malakian



Anthony joined Waters in October 2009. He is the Editor-in-Chief of WatersTechnology Group, running all editorial operations for the publication. Prior to joining Waters, he was a senior associate editor covering the banking industry at American Banker. Before that, he was a sports reporter at daily newspaper The Journal News. You can reach him at anthony.malakian@infopro-digital.com or at +1 646-490-3973.

Eric Walk

Director of enterprise data strategy


Eric Walk is the director of enterprise data strategy at Perficient where he focuses on the intersection of strategy, data and technology, and business outcomes that drive growth. Before shifting his concentration to strategy and architecture, Eric worked on the product side as a technical architect building tailored, practical roadmaps and business cases for clients. Eric holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Biomedical and Electrical Engineering degree from Vanderbilt University.

Sumanda Basu

Head of data quality and data domain lead, Americas

Societe Generale Americas

Sumanda Basu held different roles since joining Société Générale in 2017. Currently, he is leading the data quality function in SG Americas and leading data governance implementation in several data domains. Previously, he was leading data governance and data management technology in SG Americas. Prior to joining SG, he was heading data quality functional for JP Morgan Asset and Wealth Management globally. He also worked in Citigroup and HSBC USA for ten years in various data management, internal audit and data architecture roles supporting businesses and functions globally.

Born and brought up in Kolkata India, Sumanda has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and Master in Business Administration from India. He lives in New Jersey, USA.

Jacklyn Osborne

Enterprise business data strategy & integration executive

Bank of America

Jacklyn Osborne, Managing Director, Bank of America. I joined Bank of America in April 2020 as the Risk & Finance Data Quality Control Executive where I am responsible for the design, development, delivery, and adoption of a best-in-class Data Management program to ensure regulatory compliance, support operational efficiency, and facilitate digital transformation.

I have over fifteen years’ experience in data governance, client data management, change delivery, and information security in the public and private sectors, including seven years at HSBC where I was the Global Banking & Markets, Chief Data Officer.

I have a Bachelors in Business Administration and a Masters in Engineering Management from George Washington University. I am a member of the American Society of Management Engineers, the National Association of Female Executives, and National Association of Professional Women.

I live in the suburbs of Connecticut with my husband, three young boys and beloved spirited pub Diesel. Weekends are the most cherished times and I spend them doing everyday things like playing sports, hosting parties, and baking cookies with the boys. My overall wellness and happiness are of paramount importance to me. As part of my own life journey, I started a Blog and have have recently launched a Podcast with the same name 52 Weeks of Me.  The goal of the Podcast is to help others find their best self through a collection of open discussions with professional experts and well as individuals sharing their own success stories as we all strive for work-life balance.

Ellen Gentile

Data quality lead

Edward Jones

Ellen Gentile is the data quality lead for Edward Jones. 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. 

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.



Sri Ganesan

Global head of financial services practice

Ness Digital Engineering

Sri brings 20+ years of Financial Services experience with Capital Markets domain expertise focused on Digital Transformation/Application Modernization value propositions at buy-side/ sell-side firms and financial market utilities.

Sri takes a technology-driven thought leadership approach that leverages Cloud, Data, and User Experience Design to address scalability, derivability, and usability challenges within Risk, Trading, and Regulatory Reporting domains to achieve quantifiable business outcomes

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Chris Petrescu


CP Capital

Dessa Glasser

Principal/Independent board member

FRG, Oppenheimer Holdings Inc, GLEIF

Dessa advises clients in the areas of data, analytics and risk. She has a 25-year proven track record successfully designing and executing global innovative solutions, often influencing a Board or Operating Committee. She built the Chief Data Office for JPMorgan Chase Asset Management, serving as the first CDO, and initiated the Capital Stress Testing Analytics team for JPMorgan Chase. She was Deputy Director of the Office of Financial Research (US Treasury), responsible for data, international standards (including the Legal Entity Identifier, LEI), analytics and technology and building the Office. As the first CRO, she launched the Chief Risk Office for Bunge. Dessa has held senior positions at Credit Suisse, Merrill Lynch, IBM and KPMG. She began her career teaching finance at Rutgers University. Dessa has a Ph. D. and MA in Economics from Fordham University and serves on the advisory Board of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She has a BS in Business from Fairleigh Dickinson University and was co-president of the Women's Bond Club of NY.

Jay Wolstenholme I Moderator

Research director


Having joined Chartis in July 2020, Jay’s primary focus is to lead and build-out our offerings for the buy-side, both in asset management and wealth management. Buy-side is a focused area of Chartis’s expansion and we are delighted to have Jay leading this area which is increasingly important for both our clients and the industry in general. Jay was most recently a Senior Principal at Finastra. Prior to this he spent 4 years as a Senior Analyst at Celent, 4 years as the Director of Capital Markets at HP, 5 years as a Research Director at Gartner and his first 8 years in industry as a Group Manager in fixed income IT at UBS.

Jay holds a BFA from Cooper Union, a BA from Saint Lawrence University and an MBA in Finance from NYU Stern School of Business. Additionally, Jay is Series 7 certified with FINRA.


Arvind Joshi

Head of data governance

Rockefeller Capital Management

Arvind Joshi is the Head of Data Governance at Rockefeller Capital Management. 

Arvind Joshi was part of U.S. Finance at Scotiabank. His team was responsible for the execution of day-to-day data management activities, remediation of data quality issues, and implementation of change management processes. He worked closely with colleagues at the U.S. Data Office to establish and maintain strong data management capabilities, such as data quality measurement and monitoring, data management, and data lineage. He served as the Data Governance Officer for U.S. Finance, and as such he is the primary point of contact for all U.S. Finance data matters. In his time at Scotiabank, he championed data as an strategic asset.

Before joining Scotiabank, he was an advisor at Deloitte. At Credit Suisse Holdings (USA) Inc., Arvind led the CCAR data governance initiative. At Morgan Stanley Arvind was responsible for defining, establishing and implementing data governance/data quality program for Basel and CCAR compliance. Arvind also represented the CFO office in establishing the "Enterprise Data Office” for regulatory compliance (DFAST/CCAR and BASEL).

Max Bowie



Max is editor-at-large at WatersTechnology.  Max is editor of Inside Market Data and Inside Data Management. Max joined then-Risk Waters Group (prior to its acquisition by Incisive Media) in 2000, and has worked as a reporter on Risk MagazineFX WeekTrading Technology Week (now Sell-Side Technology) and Buy-Side IT (now Buy-Side Technology), before joining IMD as European reporter in 2003. He moved to New York as US reporter in 2005, and became editor in 2006.

Max lives in Astoria, New York with his wife and twin girls, and enjoys playing rock music, wine tastings, and market data.

Suvrat Bansal

former Chief data officer


Suvrat Bansal is President and Founder of Stellar Data Labs, an innovative data company helping clients in harnessing the power of data and analytics. Prior to forming Stellar Data Labs, Suvrat was the Chief Data Officer for UBS Asset Management, where he led the full suite of data and analytics capabilities from data management and governance to AI/ML and advanced analytics. Suvrat has 25 years of leadership experience in driving data and analytics strategies for global organizations.

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Ken Lamar

Principal partner

Lamar Associates

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Rohit Bhat

Director, Google Cloud - Capital Markets, Digital Assets, and Exchanges


Rohit Bhat leads Google Cloud’s efforts in Capital Markets, Digital Assets, and Exchanges in North America. His focus areas include technology enablers for accelerated quantitative research, pattern and anomaly detection, market data distribution, and insights based risk and underwriting. Prior to joining Google Cloud, Rohit spent over a decade at Dell EMC leading strategic IT initiatives around hybrid cloud, PaaS, data fabrics and operationalization of next-gen technology for Fortune 500 clients. Before Dell EMC, Rohit was part of the information management leadership team at General Electric. Rohit is a masters graduate from Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering and resides in downtown Chicago.

Edgar Zalite

Chief data architect, Americas

Deutsche Bank

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Brian Greenberg

Senior director, business engagement lead for enterprise data management

BNY Mellon

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Julia Bardmesser


Women Leaders in Data and AI technology advisory council

Philip Flood

Global business development director, regulatory and STP services

Gresham Tech

With more than 20 years fintech and regulatory reporting experience, Phil is responsible for setting the strategic direction of Gresham’s Connect solutions and services spanning Message Services, STP, Payments and all things Regulatory. He has been instrumental in helping both buy-side and sell-side customers navigate the complex regulatory landscape ensuring that they remain compliant whilst optimising their processes and technology.

Phil is a passionate speaker and contributor on the global regulation agenda lending his voice to a wide range of topics impacting both business and technology leaders.


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Anthony Zawadzki

Head of NYSE Market Data Products


Cynthia DiBartolo


Tigress Financial Partners

CYNTHIA DIBARTOLO, ESQ. is the Founder/CEO of Tigress Financial Partners, the nation’s only disabled and woman-owned financial services firm.  Tigress is an NYSE Member offering highly ranked equity research, capital markets debt/equity underwriting, international trade execution and distribution to 30,000+ accounts and $17.6 billion in AUM. 

Cynthia is also CEO of RISE Financial Services, the only woman-owned prime broker which offers a patented FinTech platform providing global virtual capital introductions for hedge funds and emerging managers.  RISE is a mission-driven firm, dedicated to inclusive investing and the democratization of access to capital.

She has 35 years of accomplishment-laden practice in finance, driving revenue growth and brand expansion. Her ability to set the overall strategy propelled   her career at Merrill Lynch, Smith Barney and Citigroup.

Forbes CEO Series profiled Cynthia in the article entitled “A Tigress in a Shark Tank”, describing her 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 outside business affiliations include:

  • Chairperson - Rainbow PUSH Coalition Steering Committee for Financial Services
  • Chairperson - Diversity Broker-Dealer Coalition
  • Board of Consultors - Villanova Law School
  • Board of Director - Siebert Financial Corp
  • Board of Director - NASP
  • Council Member - BNY Mellon Bank/Pershing Minority Business Enterprise Council
  • Vice President - Women’s Syndicate Association
  • Former Business Leader - White House Business Council for the Obama Administration
  • Business Leader - New York State Governor’s Ten Points-Women’s Initiative
  • Member - Small Business Majority Summit at the White House


In 1980, Cynthia was a Congressional Nominee to West Point Military Academy. She attended Wagner College on Scholarship and went on to earn a Juris Doctorate from Villanova University, School of Law.

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Gideon Mann

Head of machine learning product and research, CTO office


Gideon Mann is the head of the ML Product and Research team in the Office of the CTO at Bloomberg LP. At Bloomberg, he guides corporate strategy for machine learning, natural language processing (NLP), information retrieval, and alternative data. His mandate includes building AI infrastructure (from GPUs to NLP libraries), incubating new technology (e.g., large language models), and new businesses (e.g., Bloomberg Second Measure). He has more than 30 publications and more than 20 patents in machine learning and NLP. He hasserved as a founding member of the Data for Good Exchange (D4GX). Before joining Bloomberg in 2014, he worked at Google Research NY, where his team carried out basic research, as well as developing machine learning products such as Colaboratory. He holds a Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University.

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.

Laura Hamilton

Managing director - global head of treasury technology

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Laura Hamilton is Managing Director, Global Head of Corporate Treasury Technology and Financial Forecasting Technology at Bank of America. Prior to joining the bank in 2017, Laura was the Chief Information Officer for Enterprise Stress Testing Technology, Global head of Compliance Technology, America’s Head of Risk Technology at Deutsche Bank. Laura spent twenty years in various roles across J.P. Morgan where she was Chief Technology Officer delivering global enterprise business initiatives and industry-leading technology programs within Corporate and Investment Banking (Global Markets). Other experiences include the launch of technology innovations for eCommerce platforms for brands such as Nike, Estee Lauder and Best Buy.

Laura has extensive experience setting technology strategy and delivering business value through innovative and cost effective technology across various roles including: Line of Business IT Development, IT Infrastructure, Risk & Control, Chief Data Office/Data Architecture, Financial Crime Compliance, Technical Architecture, Regulatory Reporting, Corporate Treasury (Capital, Liquidity, Funding, Market Access). Laura’s experience spans Lines of Business including Global Markets, Commercial/Business Banking, Wealth Management, and Consumer Retail. Laura evaluates emerging technology and design principles with an entrepreneurial spirit along with a mindset of controls, ongoing sustainability and reusability. Laura has successfully implemented programs leveraging Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics/Process Automation, Public Cloud, and Advanced Data Analytics. She has a proven track record for delivering collaboratively with Agile and Lean principles to focus on the highest business value. Multiple Patent applications.

Laura is a passionate technologist who enjoys helping individuals develop professionally in their careers, especially women in technical and applied STEM roles.

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Mary Fleisch

Deputy director of market data sourcing

Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Mary Fleisch 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 also recognized for being able to cut through the noise and get to the bottom of the issue and work toward 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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Prosasty Chaudhuri

Managing director, Chief data officer

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.

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Aidan Kelleher

Information systems officer (data analyst)

United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund

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Jim Halcomb

Global head of product management

EDM Council

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Aaron Walters

Exchange and ecosystem strategy


Lory Nunez

Executive director, AI engineering and product development

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.

Bhanu Batta

Head of client engagement protection IT Americas

BNP Paribas

Experienced Technology Program Manager / Executive focused on Digital Projects in Financial Services Sector. Career spanning from analytical and technical roles in Operations and IT to managing Communications Americas Surveillance IT both in a consulting role and as part of financial services firms.

Successfully led multiple regional and global projects and specializing in building disciplined and high performing agile teams from the ground up, delivering on business / regulatory critical projects.


Mikaela Steutermann

Quantitative Analyst, Sustainable Research

American Century Investments