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Dato’ Arif Siddiqui is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Standard Chartered Bank in Malaysia and he was recently appointed to the role of the Group CIO of Islamic Banking Standard Chartered. Prior to this, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Scope International Malaysia, Standard Chartered’s Global Shared Services Centre in Kuala Lumpur. He joined Scope International Malaysia in 2005 as the Head of International Software Centre Malaysia (ISCM) and was appointed as the CEO in 2008.
As CIO of Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia, Dato’ Arif oversees the full spectrum of Technology and Operations and is responsible for systems development, technology support and banking operations for the Bank’s retail and wholesale banking businesses in Malaysia.
Cognizant of the trickle-down effect in an organization, Dato’ Arif has actively worked towards fostering a results-oriented culture that’s based on innovation whereby people are empowered to maximize their potential. His ability to elicit high quality output from his staff is in line with the respect he naturally commands by way of his personality.
His greatest achievement was in 2012 when he led a project that revamped the technological infrastructure of Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia and successfully implemented a state-of-the-art core banking system. The project required Dato’ Arif’s skills in mobilizing over 1,000 employees across multiple geographies including Malaysia, India and Singapore. Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia currently employs more than 2,500 employees.
Dato’ Arif is the Country Champion for Seeing is Believing and oversees other sustainability initiatives at Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia.
Fautsch, brings with him more than 30 years of experience in building and managing information technology, operations and consulting businesses across the Financial Services,Oil & Gas, Telecommunications, and Utilities industries.
Fautsch began his career with the World Bank under the prestigious Young Professionals Programme, starting his assignment in East Africa as an economist followed by an assignment as a Financial Officer in the Treasury Department in Washington, DC. He then assumed his role as a management consultant with McKinsey & Co in Iberia and Brazil.
Most recently, he served as the Managing Director, Chief Executive Officer, Partner and Company Director of Logica South East Asia and Hong Kong covering Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines and Hong Kong. He is currently the Director and Chairman of the EU Malaysia Chamber of Commerce and Industry and is also a member of the EU ASEAN Business Council.
Dr. Gyorgy Ladics is the Chief Operating Officer for Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam and International Director for Fajr Capital. He has 20 years of banking experience.
Previously he was Chief Information Officer at Barclays – Emerging Market region. He has enabled Barclays geographical expansion and entries into new markets like India, Pakistan, Russia; re-launch businesses in UAE, Egypt, Uganda by providing essential business capabilities. He was a key member for M&A and integration activities for Barclays and completed the integration of Uganda Nile Bank, Russia Expobank into the Barclays.
Prior joining Barclays he was Vice President at Citigroup – Central Europe Region where he had various senior positions. These positions included: Head of Operation and Technology – Czech Republic, Head of Technology for Central European Region, Senior Operating Officer – Hungary. In Central Europe he has led the standardization and migration effort into strategic end state technology platforms and operating models.In Hungary he led the technology effort at the integration of ING retail bank into Citibank.
Charles joined Arab Malaysian Merchant Bank (now known as AmInvestment Bank Berhad) in 2003. Mr. Tan has over 20 years hands-on experience in implementing major IT change initiatives and providing advisory expertise to banks and other financial institutions.
Charles has worked with leading financial institutions in ASEAN (specifically Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand) as well as India and Europe. Representative samples of his clients include OCBC Bank, Bank Mandiri, Bank Negara Indonesia, MBF Group and ABN AMRO (Global and Asia Pacific). Charles has the benefit of having an in-depth understanding across the major areas of banking operations and extensive expertise in IT to support the business needs.
He has implemented large scale core banking system replacements (both custom built and packaged software) in a number of financial institutions; implemented new systems in accounting and finance, internet banking and CRM. He has helped clients to design, reorganize and reengineer their IT organizations, and helped define new IT Governance and policies. He has developed business driven IT strategies and crafted group-wide IT architectures for several financial institutions.For a period of 2 years, he was the Advisor to the CIO of a large commercial bank.
Over the last 8 years, Mr. Tan has been overseeing the Technology portfolio which includes Investment Banking, Commercial Banking and Insurance. Charles has a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from Manchester University in Mathematics and Computer Science and a Master of Science from University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in Management Science.
Dave is an exceptional innovator and lateral thinker with more than 25 years corporate executive experience, both in Europe and more recently in Australia. Lateral thinkers see the world differently and make connections which yield amazing results -both for organisations and also for executives seeking to develop their creativity, or see situations through a different lens. Dave is a regular conference presenter and thought leader.
“Being conservative, Dave has personally generated more than $500m of benefit for the businesses he has helped with his unique talents” Andy Weir – CIO at Bank of Western Australia . As an innovator and creative thinker Dave is a driver of change – constantly looking for and encouraging the ‘next step’. The Financial Review described Dave as ‘a Serial Innovator’.
Leonard is a board certified in security management professional with over 16 years of experience gained in investment banking, telecommunication, and enterprise environments. He has been in both technical and management roles including network security, project management, corporate security, security consulting and information security.
Leonard is currently heading up a regional Information Security and Risk function at Citihub. Previously, he has worked in investment bank that operates in over 10 different markets within Asia Pacific region. Leonard has provided security consulting and services for large enterprises, telecommunication carriers and government agency.
He is serving in board of security associations such as ASIS International (Singapore Chapter), ISACA Singapore Chapter and Global Information Assurance Certification. Leonard has been a volunteer leader since 2007 with ASIS International (Singapore Chapter) and was elected as Honorary Chairman in 2011 and re-elected in 2012 for two years term. His longest voluntary activity was with ISACA Singapore Chapter that dated back a decade ago in 2003. In 2012, Leonard was elected as President of ISACA Singapore Chapter and was re-elected in 2013.
In 2005, the Singapore National Infocomm Competency Centre (NICC) awarded Leonard with ‘IT Specialist of the Year’ for his contribution to Information Security community and for exemplifying life-long learning & personal development. The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, (ISC)2, recognised Leonard’s contribution in the region and awarded him the prestigious Information Security Leadership Achievement for Senior Information Security Professional category.
Keith has over 20 years of experience in the field of information technology. He is First Vice President for Information Technology Group at Philippine Business Bank. He heads the Information Technology Group of the bank for more than 9 years.
Has pioneered in the implementation of Software as a Service (SaaS) for its SWIFT messaging system in the Philippines and has also implemented a remittance system in the cloud for another company of the group of companies. As the head of the information technology group, he is responsible for the disaster recovery management and a member of the Business Continuity Management team of the bank.
He participated as a member of the Banking Sector Technical Working Group, during a recent Philippine multi-sectoral Pandemic Preparedness Project (PREPARE) supported by the International Medical Corps and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Ravikiran Mankikar is presently working as Chief General Manager – Information Technology at the Shamrao Vithal Co-operative Bank, Mumbai. He has a rich experience in the field of banking and implementation of technological projects. He has bagged various IT awards including the CTO of the Year & CIO Gold Award and the Outstanding Achiever of the Year Award from IBA, etc.
He is driving the IT initiatives at the SVC Bank. Implementation of in-house developed ‘Genius’ Banking applications. Earlier to this he has had stints with the technology departments of the IndusInd Bank and the Janakalyan Sahakari Bank.
He is the only awardee from the Co-operative Banking sector of the C.H.Bhabha Scholarship & Research Award for his dissertation “Impact & Implications of Computerisation in Banks” conferred by the Indian Banks Association in 1997. He is actively involved with ISACA – Mumbai Chapter, has worked on the Managing Committee of the Chapter and has been the President of the Chapter. He was also on the Managing Committee of the Computer Society Of India – Mumbai Chapter in capacity of Treasurer and Secretary
Ian Whitehead has been Director of Retail & Business Banking at Commonwealth Bank Indonesia since December 2010. With over 15 years of experience in the banking industry, he is responsible for the bank’s Retail and Business Banking operations in Indonesia that encompasses Retail Branches, ATMs and eChannels, Business and SME Banking, Wealth Management services, as well as Marketing and Product Management.
Ian joined the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) Group in 2008, initially serving as Head of Marketing, Products and Strategy with Sovereign Assurance, a subsidiary of the Auckland Savings Bank in New Zealand. Ian has been actively involved in advocacy efforts in the banking industry covering new and emerging channels, channel optimisation and convergence at various regional financial summits. In 2012, he was elected as Board Executive Member of the Indonesian Australian Business Council (IABC) and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).
Eric Tachibana currently works for UBS as the Asia Pacific COO for the Chief Technology Office, covering Wealth Management, Investment Banking and Asset Management. Prior to his current role, Eric was Asia Pacific COO for Banking, Markets, & Wealth Management Technology and Operations for Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Eric began his career as a high-tech entrepreneur in Silicon Valley in the 1990’s during which he successfully sold four technology firms. Following 7 years as an entrepreneur, Eric ran a successful Private Equity Fund and continues to teach as an associate adjunct professor in the National University of Singapore business school.
Dr Sam has 14 years of experience in the areas of Technology & Operations Strategy, Planning, Architecture and project and portfolio management And 16 years of experience in consulting, advising, infrastructure management and Research & Development in the areas of computer science .
Over his impressive span of career Dr Sam is intimately experienced with managing multi-million dollar IT projects.
Arun Mehta is an experienced and certified Business Intelligence Senior Executive with 15+ Years of rich international experience (USA/ UK/ India/ Singapore) in solutioning, architecting, programme managing, delivering and heading complex Data Migration/ Data Integration/ BI/ MDM/ CDI/ CRM and Data Warehousing initiatives primarily in the financial industry (Investment Banking, Private Banking, Financial Risk Management, Retail/ Corporate Banking, Insurance and Credit Card Domain).
He is currently working as Vice President – Information Technology with Credit Suisse AG Singapore and is the Head the Software Engineering and Development function for Private Banking BI (International Data Warehousing domain).
Devotta has been an employee of SCB since 2002. During his tenure he has played several key roles and contributed to the technology team. Devotta has over 15 years of experience in the technology domain, of which 6 years have been as a senior manager. He is currently heading Technology Projects.
He has been instrumental in delivering multi-product projects, Ensure process standards and risk compliance, ensure continuous improvement in annual BAU costs, and build, lead, and motivate delivering teams.
Devotta had a liking to technology from his young days. His formal foundation into technology started at NIBM. He holds a MBA International from the Edith Cowan University, Australia.
Executive Consultant – Information Agenda, Banking and Capital Markets IBM Software Group, Singapore
In today’s interconnected world – where businesses are trying to harness, analyze and exploit an unprecedented amount of data – IBM is uniquely positioned to help clients derive new insights, seize new opportunities, and make more intelligent decisions by transforming information into a strategic business asset.
The Smarter Planet Solution Team, led by Suresh Kumar in ASEAN, was created comprises of expert industry consultants, business analysts and solution architects, this team engages with clients to help set their own information agendas, creating solution road maps designed to turn their enterprise data into a competitive advantage.
Most recently Suresh was Director, Marketing Competitive Programs, SAP Asia Pacific Japan. Suresh was responsible for design, development and execution of marketing competitive programs across Asia Pacific Japan. As part of the Strategic Initiatives in SAP Asia Pacific Japan, Suresh program managed key programs like the Insight Driven Demand Generation and setup of Line of Business (LoB) Sales organization.
Prior to this, Suresh was with Oracle Corporation, for almost 11 years, in various capacities. Last was as Director Fusion Applications and Analytics, Oracle Corporation Asia Pacific, primarily focusing on Oracle Application and Analytics for Enterprise Accounts in Asia Pacific, I managed large bids across Asia Pacific, which required complex solutions, architecture and teams.
Paul brings over 18 years of software development experience to Actuate. He is responsible for Engineering, Product Management, Product Marketing and Quality Assurance for the Content Services Group. Paul has had extensive customer-facing experience in all our global markets since 1999.
Most recently, he was the VP of Engineering and previously Paul held the positions of Chief Operating Officer, Director of Sales Engineering, and Director of Development. Prior to joining Actuate, Paul was a software developer at the Insurers’ Advisory Organization where he designed and developed online systems for the Insurance industry. Paul is a graduate of the University of Waterloo with a Bachelors degree in Mathematics (Honors Computer Science).
Laurence Liew is a veteran of the open source, Linux and High Performance Computing/Grid/Cloud community and has been promoting the use of Linux/HPC/Grid/Cloud since 1998.
Laurence is currently the General Manager of Revolution Analytics for Asia Pacific and is responsible for Revolution’s business in Asia and its Centre of Excellence for Analytics in Singapore in partnership with the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA). He also runs Revolution’s development team responsible for putting Revolution R in the Cloud.
Laurence was involved in building the very first commercial Linux cluster for a Singapore research institute in 1999 and has since implemented and consulted for many organizations in APJ, Europe and US, on HPC, Grid and now Cloud. Laurence also led a team from 2002- 2006 in Singapore to co-develop the San Diego Supercomputer Centre’s Rocks toolkit – the world’s most popular open source HPC cluster management system – which is now used to power many of the world’s largest Hadoop clusters for big data analytics.
Prior to joining Revolution, Laurence was the Director of Platform Computing in Singapore holding multiple portfolios which includes: R&D Centre Director for Platform’s Open Source Grid Development Centre which is responsible for the development and overall product strategy for Platform’s HPC management software, Director of Platform’s Cloud Innovation Centre helping customers in Singapore and the region to be Cloud enabled, and Platform’s HPCCommunity.org Community Manager – a portal for the global HPC community.
Joe Seah has been in involved in the IT for more than 20 years having started since 1992 and specifically in the Internet and online industry since 1995. Having started in website and web application development way back in 1997, he has since help develop and promote the use of Internet as the new channel for marketing, communication, business and collaboration into corporations big and small. For the past 5 years, he has been actively involved in implementing Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) based projects and developed an implementation framework of best practices to guide SOA and EAI implementations. Currently, he heads SOA Practice of Beans Group Sdn Bhd and consults and implement cutting edge solutions utilizing prevalent technologies. He is a technical consultant by nature with core competencies in Internet and EAI technologies utilizing principles of SOA.
Founder and Chairman of IASA Asia Pacific Co-Author of the IT Architecture Body of Knowledge (ITABOK) Chief Architect of ATD Solution group of companies (Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Australia)
Aaron Tan Dani has a strong passion for the IT Architecture and IT Architecture related fields. He firmly believes that only with the proper practice of this IT discipline that maximum value can be realized by the business. With this keen passion and selfless contribution, he has been actively involved as the Founder and the Chairman of IASA Asia Pacific, the global professional body of IT Architects since 2004 and was actively involved in setting up and leading IASA Chapters across the Asia Pacific countries.
Aaron close connection with the industry leaders and government bodies in the respective APAC countries gives him the edge in the latest technology landscape. As an industry thought leader in the IT Architecture arena, Aaron is a frequent public speaker and he speaks with passion and charisma and has been consistently ranked in the top 10% in speaker ratings in most of the international IT events.
He has been public speaking frequently since 2004 in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, Vietnam, United Arab of Emirates, USA, Korea and Indonesia. In April 2013, Aaron has been officially appointed as an expert in the Community of Practice Enterprise Architecture (COP EA) for Malaysian public sector by MAMPU (Malaysia Administrative Modernization & Management Planning Unit under Prime Minister Office to assist in the formation of National Enterprise Architecture Frameworks and Practices.
Hasan serves as the President of IASA Malaysia and has overall 24 years working experience in large conglomerate (including multinational) and Government Linked Companies (GLC) in business strategy, technology management and service operations. His working involvement covers various functional areas of Enterprise Architecture, Project Management, Consulting & Business Process Improvements, Strategic ICT Planning, Data Warehouse & Business Intelligence, Systems Development, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery planning, Integration & implementation of ICT projects, e-Commerce, ERP, CRM, and Human Resources etc.
His working experience growth, ranges from various technical aspects, project implementation, IT operations and business management towards providing solutions, managerial and consulting role, and finally as the strategic role in a large e-commerce company in Malaysia, through implementation of company strategies, technology architectures & solutions, operations management, policies and procedures which aligned towards organisational and business objectives.
In April 2013, Hasan has been officially appointed as an expert in the Community of Practice Enterprise Architecture (COP EA) for Malaysian public sector by MAMPU (Malaysia Administrative Modernization & Management Planning Unit) under Prime Minister Office to assist in the formation of National Enterprise Architecture Frameworks and Practices.
Eckart Koerner is heading the Financial Risk Management Services of KPMG Malaysia. He is attached to the Malaysian practice since 2007 being transferred from KPMG Germany where he joined in 1999 the advisory team in the financial services business line with the specific focus on risk management. He has extensive experience in risk management for the financial industry.
Prior to joining KPMG, Eckart worked for more than 7 years with major financial institutions in Germany and he holds German equivalents of the MBA and Chartered Banker qualifications.
Shailendra Soni has 12+ years of research and consulting experience. His experience spans across industry, developed through years of research experience and regular interaction with regional and country level top executives in the collaboration space.
He has been managing the team of analyst to deliver competitive intelligence research services to global clients. He keeps tap of the unified communications market, tracking industry activity round the clock and maintains 3600 view of enterprise communications market dynamics. He has spends years in drafting and delivering value creation strategies such as Market Entry & Geographical Expansion, Product portfolio Review, Competitive intelligence for the fortune 500 companies.
He is a thought leader in the unified communications and contact center sectors and regularly presents at various forums and events. He is also sought by print and news media for his opinions on industry developments.
Currently, she is a Sr Analyst in CyberSecurity Malaysia and entrusted with a range of responsibilities for implementing Information Security Management Systems (ISMS) and maintaining ISO/IEC 27001:2005 ISMS certification for CyberSecurity Malaysia.
She has conducted various awareness and trainings related to information security and ISMS to Critical National Information Infrastructure (CNII) agencies and organizations. She also received the Asia Pacific Information Security Leadership Award (ISLA) under Information Security Practitioner category in 2011
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