Current Speakers APAC

Cloud and Data Transformation in Banking Summit

Johan Fantenberg

Principal Solution Architect | ForgeRock

Johan Fantenberg

Johan is an experienced technologist with a keen eye for emerging technologies and technology driven business opportunities. With more than 25 years of experience from the high tech industry, he brings insight and innovation to ForgeRock, its customers and the digital identity market place. His career has seen him working with iconic companies such as Nokia, Ericsson and Sun Microsystems across industries such as financial services, telecommunications as well as in international standardisation.

Ajay Bhiyani

Regional Vice President, ASEAN | ForgeRock

Ajay Bhiyani

Ajay is a strategist, innovator, and communicator of digital identity, access, security, and privacy, with a particular focus on creating successful wide-scale ecosystems and fostering individual empowerment. He drives Identity Relationship Management adoption for the ForgeRock Open Identity Stack in APAC & Japan.

He specialises in advising clients on emerging identity and security solutions, distributed authorisation, privacy enhancement, and API security solutions and their impact on the Web and the Internet of Things. He has been invited as a guest speaker in major security events and online security webinars.

Shiwei Wu

Chief Technology Officer

Shiwei Wu

Shanker V Selvadurai

Vice President & CTO

Shanker V Selvadurai

Dev Nadgir

CTO

Dev Nadgir

Dev Nadgir is the CTO for cloud technical strategy focused on FSI & Fintech across Microsoft APAC. He focuses on driving the technical vision for financial services customers to realize their cloud journey. Dev’s 20+ year career in technology spans across being a developer, researcher, and an architect with patents in areas of programming models, edge computing, analytics pipelines and autonomic computing amongst others.

Sriram Venkatraman

FX and Micro-payments Regional lead

Sriram Venkatraman

Arsalaan (Oz) Ahmed

Chief Executive Officer

Arsalaan (Oz) Ahmed

Arsalaan (Oz) Ahmed is an international banker experienced across Europe, GCC and South East Asia. From Analyst to Chief Executive innovating and championing change that delivers progress for an industry and communities it serves.

Skilled in Corporate Banking and Retail Banking. Leader in Debt Capital Markets / Sukuk involved many World First deals including overseeing the World First ‘United Nations Sustainable Development Goals’ Sukuk used by HSBC Amanah.

Pioneer industry leader in banking for Value-Based Intermediation (Value Based Banking); adapting banking practices for greater social and environmental impact. A thought leader in Sustainable Business Strategy.

Active supporter and mentor of UK FinTech entrepreneurs from minority communities.

Arivuvel Ramu

Group Chief Technology Officer ( CTO/CIO )

Arivuvel Ramu

Arivuvel Ramu is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Tonik, the Philippines’ first purely digital neobank overseeing the Digital Banking IT Organization (Engineering, Technology, Security and Operations Units). He built and launched the first pure-virtual digital bank in SEA Region from the ground up over multi-cloud.

He brings over 18 years of expertise in information technology strategy, enterprise architecture, Innovative agile product development, program management, technology operations, procurement, vendor management, building an agile organization, budgeting, and cybersecurity from the banking and telco industries.

Prior to joining Tonik, he served as IT Director for Capgemini Singapore where he spearheaded a Digital Transformation program for the leading telco in Malaysia.

Further, Ramu worked as a Chief Architect (Deputy Director) for Tagit Singapore where he architected and implemented over two dozen retail and business banking solutions.

Luis Carlos Cruz Huertas

SVP, Head of Infrastructure - Group Consumer Banking & Big Data Analytics Technology

Luis Carlos Cruz Huertas

Luis Carlos Cruz Huertas is an Executive Solutions Enterprise Architect with over 15 years of experience in managing technical and business teams across the globe to deliver strategic projects for high-profile clients across various industries including P&G, CEMEX, Verizon, Allianz and Hertz.

He always been intrigued by the ability and use of Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and Cloud Solutions to transform the nature of businesses irrespective of the industry. Beginning his career as an IT Manager, He takes his strong leadership skills and technical knowledge of cloud tech, block chain and Iot to optimise processes for the Banking, Finance and Telecoms industries.

Jonathan Cheung

Director Open Banking & API

Jonathan Cheung

Director of Open Banking & API, Digital Banking from Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited. His role involves spread heading the open banking development for retail banking business in Hong Kong, ranging from ecosystem partnership collaboration, regulatory engagement to product development to facilitate business growth and digital transformation.

He is an entrepreneurial business development leader with over 10 years of experience in both start-up & corporate environments in Greater China, covering a range of industries including banking, financial services, and real estate, driving various digital transformation projects. Prior to joining Standard Chartered, Jonathan had served various business development roles at TransUnion, IBM, Microsoft and a local family office.

He acquired both his master and bachelor degrees from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Swaranjit Singh

Senior Manager - Financial Crime Analytics and Intelligence

Swaranjit Singh

Swaranjit is an experienced professional with a proven record in the project and function management backed by versatile skills including Big Data, Data analytics, Risk and Compliance, agile and waterfall Project methodology and people management acquired from domains including Financial Crime – Sanctions, AML and Trade, Fraud, Credit and Operational Risk, and Mortgages from 15 years at ANZ. Financial Crime has been the focus for last 5 years with demonstrated expertise in strategic use of data, strong problem solving and delivery focus with governance at the forefront.
Swaranjit is a proficient people leader and believe in ‘Make it happen’ and ‘out of box’ thinking. Uniquely positioned between the execution and management layers, getting hands dirty and communicating at all levels of management is a strength. All this has been well supported by continuous professional education to become a Certified Anti Money Laundering specialist and a certified Product Owner along with learning hands on machine learning and artificial intelligence skills, and many more.
As a Product Owner of Data Visualisation, delivery of network link analytics to visualise the data enables holistic management of Financial Crime risk and improve the operational efficiency of the Financial Crime community.
Alongside, pursuing a course in Digital Transformation Strategy to further strengthen the use of data analytics, computing and technology, people skills and the management and technology degree (from RMIT) in harnessing the potential of data in the digital world.

Pirapat Phongpatanakijchote

SVP, Head of Cloud Center of Excellence

Pirapat Phongpatanakijchote
  • SVP, Head of Cloud Center of Excellence (CCoE) at Siam Commercial Bank (SCB) governing the standard and adoption of cloud technologies in one of the biggest enterprises in Thailand.
  • Despite his formal roles of managing Cloud CoE, he also has a passion in creating apps that adopt new tech to elevate standard-of-living. He self-learned and single-handedly developed Machine Learning Model and created Thai Baht Coins Detection web app to detect and calculate value from picture of coins, and published various mobile apps on app store by using Swift, Firebase, TensorFlow and GCP.
  • His previous roles were Deputy Delivery Project Executive, ASEAN Transition & Transformation Manager at IBM Thailand, and Head of Data Center, Head of IT Security Infrastructure at Kasikorn Business-Technology Group, and Head of Cloud CoE at CIMB Thai Bank.
  • He managed various regional projects at the ASEAN and Asia-Pacific level and traveled extensively around ASEAN region. Some of his previous assignments covered 10 countries across Asia-Pacific, 3 Global Delivery or Regional Support Centers. He is also a continuous learner and has been enriching his skills to be able to capitalize in this new era.

Sigrid Rouam

Head of Data Science & Analytics

Sigrid Rouam

Dr Sigrid Rouam is Head of Data & Analytics Platforms at Credit Suisse. She is responsible for developing and driving the data strategy for APAC. This includes designing the data architecture, enhancing data flows, advancing data visualization, generating client reports, developing Open APIs and, ultimately, creating business impact through advanced analytics and data science.

Prior to Credit Suisse, Sigrid worked in various industries including Genomics Research, FMCG and Telco. She set up the data science teams at Singapore Exchange and Standard Chartered and led the development of the data science capabilities for both institutions. She is also deeply interested in innovation and continuously brings new methodologies to solve business use cases.
Sigrid is regularly invited to speak at conferences in Singapore and overseas. She is active in the start-up community as an advisor and mentor and was part of the 2020 Singapore Fintech Festival mentoring program. She has coached, trained and guided many young aspiring data scientists at different stages of their careers, both in Singapore and overseas.

Sigrid holds an engineering degree (Hons) in Agronomy, Bio-engineering and Statistics from AgroParisTech, INA P-G, Paris, France (top institute of higher education in life sciences in France), a Masters degree (Hons) in Probability and Statistics from AgroParisTech/ Universite Paris-Sud/Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris, France and a PhD in Biostatistics (Hons) from University Paris-Sud, Paris, France.

In 2021, Sigrid was nominated as one of the top 100 Singapore Women in Tech, in partnership with Singapore Computer Society and Infocomm Media Development Authority.

Tony Ohlsson

Chief Data Officer

Tony Ohlsson
  • Chief Data Officer of Volt Bank
  • Tony has extensive experience in financial services and advanced analytics in senior leadership roles in Australia, and with major banks globally. He is the founder of global Data Science consulting group Alpha Zetta and led Teradata’s International Centre of Excellence for financial services, retail and communications industries.

Michel Hamilton

Chief Strategy, Transformation & Digital Officer

Michel Hamilton

Chief of Strategy, Transformation and Digital Officer for Maybank Indonesia. Pak Michel is mandated to lead and be the agent of change in the bank to shape, transform, redefine, fine tune and sharpen the corporate strategy as well as ensuring the execution & benefit realization of the strategic transformation program. In addition to that, Pak Michel is also the digital business lead for Maybank Indonesia that responsible to execute the digital strategy of the bank. Pak Michel has 16+ years working experience working in multi-national organization such as Accenture, EY, Commonwealth Bank, Rabobank and Oracle. Pak Michel has deep business and technology exposure in banking, insurance, telecommunication and retail domain industry

Victor Alexiev

Director, Head of Programs for Citi Ventures APAC

Victor Alexiev
  • Heads Citi Ventures’ D10x (incubation) Program for ICG, which takes a client-centric, entrepreneurial, mid-term perspective on growth and disruption of wholesale banking. In his role, Victor strives to provide a unique point of view to Citi’s Leadership, informed by targeted, thematic experimentation and commercially-driven, greenfield product, service, and/or capability development.
  • Originally from Bulgaria, Victor is a seasoned entrepreneur, global citizen, and systems thinker with keen interests in business model innovation and automated decision support systems. He has over a decade of experience in building and scaling technology startups across the globe. His venture involvements range from intelligent content curation and discovery through forestry tokenization to HR automation and talent analytics.
  • He holds an MS in Decision Sciences from the London School of Economics, a double MS in System Dynamics Modelling from the University of Bergen in Norway and Radboud in the Netherlands, and a BSc in International Business from the Copenhagen Business School.

Payam Mokhtarian

Principal Data Scientist – AI CoE

Payam Mokhtarian

He has been working in machine learning (ML) and AI product development, data platform, ML/AI best practice and academic research since 2009. He received his PhD degree and Post-doctoral in Machine Learning application in biometrics from National Institute for Applied Statistics research Australia, University of Wollongong, Australia. Currently, he is working in Suncorp as a principal AI scientist and technical lead of AI Centre of Excellence to build scalable and reproducible ML/AI development and deployment platform as well as establishing an ML core engineering discipline. Before joining Suncorp, Payam was at Tabcorp, Macquarie Bank, Domain Group and Optus where he was integral part of data science and machine learning functions who mainly involved transitions, product development, model deployment, data and platform.

Payam’s main area of expertise are in establishing scalable platform for end-to-end ML and AI product development application in fraud detection, money laundering activity analysis, automated quality assurance, anomaly detection and pattern recognition in general. Payam has been actively working with universities and research institutes on state-of-art data science and machine learning technologies. He has also been keynote speaker in several international conferences and publishing scientific articles in high-profile computer science and statistical journals.

Krista Bell

Senior Manager Data Governance

Krista Bell

He specialises in Data Strategy, Data Governance and how to create data-enabled capabilities within organisations, including AI in Financial organisations and Open Banking. She has worked across several industry sectors including the financials, resources and member sector within Australia, UK and Europe. She also has a keen interest in data ethics within AI.

Leon Hagopian

Director - APAC Regional Head of Digital Solutions

Leon Hagopian
  • Senior director who has more than 15 years of global experience with successful delivery across a diverse number of industries including Automation, Artificial Intelligence and Digital Transformation. He is currently the Regional Head of the APAC Digital Technology team for UBS, with teams situated in Singapore, HK and Shanghai. The team delivers F2B AI solutions for the firm across the entire APAC region.
  • Leon is passionate about transforming the way established teams work via digitisation, transformation, automation and delivering agile as a service. Having lived and worked in Sydney, Singapore and Hong Kong, he has succeeded in delivering high performance teams, across a diverse set of cultures, which are highly certified and motivated in driving successful digital outcomes.

Leon’s other passion is developing emerging technology solutions for Armenia. He is currently consulting with the National Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship within the Ministry of Economy for Armenia.

Patrycja Wisniewska

COO & Product Lead

Patrycja Wisniewska

Patrycja is a driven leader with more than 10 years experience in digital transformation at ING Bank, working in Strategy, Innovation, Product Management & Analytics. Over the last two years, she has hammered out the product side of Blacksmith KYC. As a result, Blacksmith KYC has now been adopted globally by ING Bank to perform customer due diligence on wholesale banking clients. Today, Patrycja’s focus is on expanding the product towards other financial institutions and KYC related services.

AJ Boelens

Managing Director

AJ Boelens

AJ’s expertise is focused on customer-centric strategy, innovation and commercial excellence. He advises senior leaders on how to achieve greater customer focus by reorienting strategy, people, and processes to maximize customer value.

Advisory Profile
• Founder and Managing Director of Innovation Connected
• Registered Management Consultant (RMC)
• Certified Advisory Board Chair

Academic Profile
• Adjunct Faculty at Nanyang Business School
(teaching MBA and EMBA strategy and consulting)
• Executive Education Lecturer

EXPERIENCE
The Economist Group – Director of Strategy and Insights
• Launched Global Business Review – Chinese language app, developed media partnerships, lead
innovation efforts in Asia Pacific, member of the APAC management committee

BASF – Marketing and Innovation consultant
• Projects include: Industry value chain analysis, value pricing, needs-based segmentation, sales process and
activity alignment, business model innovation, design thinking, customer innovation workshops

Siemens Healthcare – Training and Development
• Projects include: Design/implement training management system, design and delivery of training programs

Deepak Mathur

ED, Analytics & Digital Marketing Transformation, Group Technology & Operations

Deepak Mathur

Analytics & Digital Marketing Transformation leader with 22 years of global, multi-cultural experience and strong technology background. Track record in monetizing banking use cases, real time analytics, MarTech / AdTech implementations & Cloud integration. Well exposed to APAC / EMEA region and setting up large development teams. Prior international experience in technology consulting, pre-sales & business development.

Gary Lam

Chief Technology Officer

Gary Lam

Working as technologist for over 20 years from retail insurance to commercial banking and wealth management industries. He has gained a lot of exposure in various technology architecture and platforms. In recent years, he focused on the Asia-Pacific region and leveraged customer-centric design principles. He has developed a few key digital products including WeChat mini-banking, trade finance blockchain platform and other digital banking products for retails and ultra-high net-worth individuals.

In livi bank, he is now fully dedicated to promoting financial inclusion and delivering secure, safe and customer-centric banking experience to HK customers.

Izzat Aziz

Director- Emerging Technology Risk and Cyber Technology Advisory

Izzat Aziz

Assistant Vice President-Emerging Technology and Cyber Security Group Technology Risk Management, CIMB

The Group Technology Risk Management is a strategic unit to manage technology innovation such as Artificial Intelligence,
Blockchain, Digital Wallet, Cloud and Internet of Things (IoT) within CIMB Group by assessing the risk and threat exposure to the company.

These enable CIMB to digitalized its core, enhance customer experience and where necessary, disrupt CIMB as a whole.

Previously, he served as the Assistant Chief Information Security Officer for KPMG Co-Sourcing Program with a Regional Telecommunication Company and prior to that he was holding a similar position for another engagement with a Major Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) Company. His role was to assist the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) to provides overall strategic vision and direction towards’ Information Security initiatives and advice the client’s top management on how they can improve their organization cyber security posture

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