Disrupt | Digitize | Innovate | Secure

September 14 | New York, NY

Confirmed Facilitators Include:

Donald Kuk
Head Process Architect
BNY Melon Bank

Donald Kuk is an innovative multiple industry award winning Global Enterprise Transformation and Operational Excellence leading executive with an enviable history of delivering industry record setting growth, margin, and customer and employee satisfaction improvement in every assignment.  Donald’s many widely published successes include leading Enterprise Transformation and Operational Excellence for GE, JPMorgan Chase Bank, Computer Associates and AIG.

Known by Fortune Magazine as the “Enterprise Whisperer”, Donald delivers record setting growth, margin and customer and employee satisfaction improvement through his analysis of complex data, gap and improvement opportunity identification, strategy and roadmap creation, and redesign and delivery of industry leading enterprisewide and strategic processes, technologies and controls.


Thomas Simson
Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer
Bridgehampton National Bank

As the CIO of Bridgehampton National Bank, Thomas Simson is responsible for all aspects of technology, its deployment, its functionality and the mechanisms in place to keep bank data secure.  He and his team of 25 are constantly evaluating and implementing the latest technology to stay ahead of the increasing security threat environment.

Tom has been CIO since 1997 and been part of tremendous growth.  He has been involved in multiple acquisitions and in helping to scale up the technology to support a much larger and complex organization.

Before working with BNB, Thomas was a banking consultant with Kenneth J Sole and Associates, a leading community-bank consulting firm based on Long Island. Thomas also headed up IT at The Bank of the Hamptons.

Thomas has a Master’s degree from the University of Southern California in Systems Management, a degree in Geology from the State University of New York at Fredonia and served in the US Army from 1977-1983.   Tom is a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking.

Tom also referees junior high basketball.

Alyson Hudson
Vice President Corporate Technology
Guardian Life Insurance

Alyson is a senior technology leader with a diverse background and a proven track record in fortune 500 companies. A leader of people, Alyson understands the corporate business environment and enables her teams to successfully drive technology growth while nurturing relationships across the enterprise. With successes in consulting, public and private corporations, Alyson provides mentorship to all levels of people on career progression and building successful delivery models.

In her current role running corporate technology for Guardian Life Insurance, Alyson has delivered some of the company’s largest technology initiatives and provides leadership and guidance to various innovative workplace initiatives.

Assad M. Shaik
Head of Enterprise Data Science
Cuna Mutual Group

Assad M. Shaik is a well-known Chief Data Scientist with international repute for his expertise in the areas of large scale data processing, data management and data mining.  Mr. Shaik is acclaimed and well respected in the emerging areas of Big Data and large scale Machine Learning, especially in fields of Customer Centricity, Anti-Money Laundering, BCBS239 and Customer Lifetime Value. As a practitioner with extensive industry expertise in Banking and Financial Markets, Mr. Shaik currently holds a critical position of essential capacity in a large national bank with a distinguished reputation. He has also formerly served in other executive positions at large multinationals.

Mr.Shaik is also a prolific author and speaker in the field of data science and data mining. He has authored books and has original publications in cutting edge industry techniques in the areas of Master Data Management and Customer Journeys.


Anthony Branda
Chief Data and Analytics Officer
Embrace Home Loans

Mr. Anthony Branda is the Chief Data and Analytics Officer at Embrace Home Loans with expertise in marketing analytics and business intelligence.  He is currently an adjunct professor at Pace University where he is a doctoral candidate in Marketing and Analytics.  Formerly, he was the Executive Vice President and Head of Consumer and Small Business Decision Management at Citibank.  He holds an MBA in Marketing and Finance from Pace University.



Christy Hartner
Senior Vice President
Commerce Bank

Christy Hartner is a Senior Vice President of Commercial Banking Operations for Commerce Bank. Christy leads the Advisory Services Consulting Group and drives the maturation of the Business Process Management (BPM) practice by: Establishing a Benefits Realization Approach, Creating a Heath Check Protocol, Establishing a BPMS Automation Prioritization Plan, Creating an ROI Model for the BPM Practice, Providing a Cross-Functional Strategic Consulting Team, Developing a local BPM Users Group in the Kansas City area (consisting of approximately 40 large companies with an established BPM discipline).


Hugh Anderson
Senior Principal Insurance Value Advisory Practice

Hugh Anderson is a Senior Principal in the insurance value advisory practice at SAP.  In this position, he is responsible for growing SAP’s relationship with customers as a digital technology provider, business innovator, and trusted thought leader. Prior to joining SAP in 2006, Hugh held a variety of IT and business leadership positions at The Hartford Financial Services Group, and served as Director of Carrier Interface and Integration for Vertafore’s AMS Services business.

Paul Van Siclen
Director of Market Development, Financial Services

Paul Van Siclen previously worked for Qlik customer CIT Group where he successfully led the implementation of a Qlik solutions $5.0 billion (USD) Financial Services division.  The solution enjoyed typical Qlik success in consolidating 13 disparate systems, was used across the globe, and was delivered in months.

He has over 20 years of Banking and Finance industry experiencing supporting a variety of product types such as Auto Dealer Finance, Credit Card, Railcar Leasing and Mortgage.  His experience spans support groups including Financial Planning and Analysis, Pricing, Treasury Accounting, Regulatory & SEC Reporting, General Accounting, and Internal Audit.

Stephen Skrobala
Senior Director of Financial Services

Stephen Skrobala is Senior Director of Financial Services at SAP. In this role, he helps banks and capital market firms align IT investments with business objectives and priorities. Leveraging his commercial and retail banking experience in Europe and the US at ABN AMRO and JPMorgan Chase, he helps banks embark upon strategic initiatives with multi-line, business impact.

His background includes extensive work with corporates and financial institutions. His variety of management and client-focused roles include product management, commercial account relationship management, and consumer banking.

Mr. Skrobala has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Villanova University and an MBA from Fordham University.


Raymond Perez
Chief Information Security Officer
Institute for Cyber Security & Business Excellence

Retired Major General and managing partner in a global consulting corporation with over 20 years as CIO, CSO, and CISO. Specialization in cyber security policy development and governance. Expert in cloud security, cloud application development and security, ransomware detection and removal, fraud detection, and digital forensics. Technical expert in finance, banking, federal and state government agencies, and DOD security. Agile and Scrum Master.

Assisted banking and finance institutions globally, including United States, Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and several middle-east banking institutions.

Kathleen Hurley
Information Technology Director
Madison International Realty, LLC

Kathleen Hurley loves simplifying technology for people. She is currently responsible for directing the global IT operations for Madison International Realty including service delivery, project management, process improvement and software design. Her goal is to demystify and untangle computing and process, which delivers enhanced value to the business. She believes that possessing an understanding of IT allows people to get excited about it, and to make better decisions. Prior to working with Madison, Kathleen served as the Regional CIO at CBRE in the Mid-South region for almost 20 years. She loves to travel and reads voraciously.


Bijon M. Mehta
Association of FinTech Professionals

Bijon has 25yrs of wholesale and consumer banking experience in financial technology, corporate innovation and new product development.

In his career, he has worked for 4 global banks (Citigroup, Standard Chartered Bank, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley), a fintech startup in the FX/payments space that IPO’d on NASDAQ, and his  own entrepreneurial venture having founded a fintech consulting firm. During this time, he has led the founding, strategy, and development of over 6 new innovative execution platforms and corporate venture businesses.

Bijon is an active member of the global fintech community both as an Advisor to startups and as the founder of the Association of FinTech Professionals (est. Dec 2010). He serves as a Mentor at both SWIFT’s Innotribe and StartupBootCamp’s Fintech Accelerator.

Miquel Noguer
Executive Director
Adjunct Professor

Columbia University

Miquel Noguer i Alonso is a financial markets practitioner with more than 20 years of experience in asset management, he is currently working for UBS AG (Switzerland) as Executive Director. He worked as a CFO and CIO for a European bank from 2000 to 2006. He started his career at KPMG.

He is Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University teaching Asset Allocation, Big Data in Finance, Fintech and Hedge Fund, Big Data in Finance and Fintech Professor at ESADE. He taught the first Fintech course at the London Business School.
He received an MBA and a Degree in business administration and economics in ESADE in 1993. In 2010 he earned a PhD in quantitative finance with a Summa Cum Laude distinction (UNED – Madrid Spain). He also holds the European CFA – CEFA 2000.
His research interests range from asset allocation, big data, machine learning to algorithmic trading and Fintech. His academic collaborations include a visiting scholarship in Columbia University in 2013 in the Finance and Economics Department, in Fribourg University in 2010 in the mathematics department, and giving presentations in Indiana University, ESADE and CAIA and several industry seminars like the Quant Summit USA 2017 and 2010.

Scarlett Sieber
Senior Vice President, Chief Innovation Officer, Head of Strategic Transformation & Digital
Opus Bank

Scarlett Sieber is SVP, Chief Innovation Officer of Opus bank where she leads strategic transformation and digital. Prior to Opus, Scarlett was SVP of Global Business Development at BBVA. In this role, Scarlett leveraged BBVA’s assets to secure the right partnerships and opportunities within the ecosystem and implemented the innovation global strategy and vision within the US. Scarlett was also the US lead for BBVA’s millennial initiative. Prior to BBVA, she was COO and co-founder of data visualization tech startup, Infomous, whose clients include The London Olympics, Super Bowl XLVII, and NFL Films on the events side and The Economist, Entertainment Weekly, The Guardian and USA TODAY on the publisher side.


Mark Gleason
Head of Strategy and Planning
Validus Holdings Inc

Mark Gleason is a venture capitalist and currently Head of Strategy and Planning for Validus Holdings Inc. Mark is a well-known keynote speaker on topics such as technology, leadership and risk management.  Mark is also the host of the APEX LevelToPower program; a Leadership Podcast downloaded in over 30 countries.

Throughout his career Mark has worked in many industries including Finance, Insurance, Media, Technology and Defense. Mark is author of numerous articles on topics of technology and leadership; his latest book: Reclaiming the Power of the Tribe- How Leaders Drive Change is due out in the Fall of 2017.

Joe Noonan
Manager, Advanced Solutions

For the past 25 years, Joseph (Joe) Noonan has been engaged with organizations facing and overcoming transformational IT roadblocks. Currently, Commvault has tasked Joe and his team with helping organization derive deeper understanding and more benefits from their data.

Prior to joining Commvault, Joe spent over 20 years with Oracle with his last role as Global Sales Vice President for Modernization. His organization was responsible for assisting organization migrate proprietary legacy works loads to open systems in order to meet the changing business requirements.


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