2nd Annual Asia Pacific Buy-Side Summit 2018


Asia’s asset management industry is changing rapidly due to the impact of transformational technology. These changes are occurring across markets and jurisdictions; they are impacting buy-side firms both large and small; and they are changing everything from the interpretation of news-flow to the evaluation of analyst recommendations.

Now, instead of too little data, we perhaps have too much – a reality which has raised numerous questions.  How can Asia-based asset managers distinguish meaningful information from noise? How is the proliferation of alternative data, and the changing regulatory landscape impacting research? And how will continued technological innovation and disruption impact trading?  

Please join us at this exclusive Thomson Reuters event, which will highlight the disruptive technologies impacting Asia’s asset management industry, and also provide insights on how to benefit from the efficiency gains unleashed by these new, paradigm-shifting innovations.

Event information:

Date17 April 2018

Time 09:00 - 17:00

Location Conrad Hotel, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong

Agenda Click here to view latest agenda

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About the speakers

Adam J. Baron, Director of Big Data Quantitative Research for StarMine, Thomson Reuters Labs

Adam J. Baron is the Director of Big Data Quantitative Research for StarMine, which is part of the Thomson Reuters Labs family. He utilizes distributed machine learning techniques to build quantitative finance models that can predict events which influence security prices such as company defaults, mortgage prepayments, crop planting and barge transport. Adam received an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and started his career at Morgan Stanley. With a growing interest in finance while working on Wall Street, Adam obtained an MBA at NYU Stern where he realized Quantitative Finance was his true passion. A series of fortunate events (mainly marriage) brought him to San Francisco where he landed at Thomson Reuters and pursued his dream at StarMine.

Just around that time, Big Data was becoming a thing so he self-taught himself emerging technologies such as Hadoop, Hive, Mahout, Spark, Spark MLlib and AWS. Adam enjoys exploring nontraditional content sets (text, credit card transactions, mobile phone GPS, satellite images) while keeping tabs on the latest open source developments.

Pru Bennett, Managing Director - Head of Investment Stewardship APAC, BlackRock

Pru Bennett is a Managing Director at BlackRock and is Head of BlackRock's Investment Stewardship team for the Asia Pacific Region based in Hong Kong. In that role Pru leads a team that is responsible for engagement and proxy voting activities in relation to the companies in which BlackRock invests on behalf of clients. Pru's team is located in Hong Kong and Tokyo.

Pru is an active participant in the public debate on corporate governance, stewardship and responsible investment and as such regularly speaks and writes on the importance of these issues for company performance and investment decisions. In 2013, Pru was named as one of Australia’s top 10 Women of Influence in Corporate Governance. Pru represents BlackRock on a number of industry and regulatory bodies including ESG Working Group of the Australian Financial Services Council and the Public Shareholder Group of Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission.

In April 2017 Pru was appointed by the Government of Hong Kong to the Advisory Board to the Securities and Futures Commission.

Pru is a champion of diversity and inclusion of all kinds. She is an alumna of BlackRock's Women's Leadership Forum. She is a member of steering groups for the Australian and Hong Kong chapters of the 30% club, a market initiative to increase the number of women on boards and in senior management. Pru has published a number of papers on board diversity.

Before taking on her current role in August 2010 Pru was head of Corporate Governance at institutional advisor Regnan Governance and Research until July 2010. From 1998 to 2009 Pru was a director of Australian proxy advisor Corporate Governance International, which was acquired by Glass Lewis & Co in 2006 and is now known as CGI Glass Lewis. Prior to working in the area of corporate governance Pru was Investor Relations Manager for Qantas Airways Limited.

Pru has a BCom from the University of New South Wales and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Gurvinder Brar, Global Head of Quantitative Research, Macquarie Securities Group

Gurvinder Brar is Global Head of Quantitative Research group at Macquarie. The Global Quantitative Research group comprises 13 analysts, with teams operating in all the major equity market regions. They aim to produce cutting-edge, topical and actionable research focusing on alpha, risk and portfolio construction issues and are keen to form deep partnerships with clients. The regional teams work closely together, aiming to build a common global knowledge base of techniques, backed up with specific local expertise where required. In addition, the group undertakes custom projects for clients which assist with all aspects of the investment processes.



Stewart Callaghan,Pan-Asia Deputy Head of Research, Citigroup

Stewart Callaghan is Citi’s Pan-Asia Deputy Head of Research, based in Hong Kong. Stewart has over 20 years of finance experience in senior client-facing research roles. Before joining Citi in 2016, he was the Managing Director of Jefferies’ nine co-branded ventures in the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to that, Stewart was Head of Asia Equity Research at Standard Chartered in Hong Kong in 2014-15, Head of Asia-Pacific Equity Research at Nomura in 2006-14, Regional Head of Company Research at BNP Paribas in 2004-06, and Deputy Global Head of Research and Head of Asia-Pacific Research at ABM AMRO in 1997-2003. Stewart has a BA and a BCom from the University of Auckland.

Steven Carroll, Head of Market Development, Buy-Side, Asia, Thomson Reuters

Steven Carroll is the Head of Buyside Market Development, Asia Pacific. With more than 15 years experience working with Asset Management customers, Steven is an expert in the Buyside investment process and the analytics and content that underlie this process. Steven works closely with Institutional Asset Management and Hedge Fund customers across the region to understand and incorporate Thomson Reuters suite of capabilities. Steven has worked with Thomson Reuters in Singapore, UK and the United States, in equity markets in Australia and has also held consulting positions with several small Buyside Technology “FinTech” firms.

Sanjeev Chatrath, Managing Director, Region Head - Asia, Thomson Reuters

Sanjeev Chatrath is the Region Head and Managing Director of Financial & Risk business at Thomson Reuters. He is responsible for client business in Asia encompassing end to end customer experience, account management, market development, and sales. Sanjeev is the chairman of the Global Operating Leadership Team for the business, and member of the Global Women’s Action Taskforce at Thomson Reuters. He also chairs Thomson Reuters’ Corporate Responsibility & Inclusion Asia Council, and the Regional Operating Committee for the business. The Financial & Risk business is recognized as a pioneer and market leader for delivering trusted and unbiased Intelligent Information and solutions to the Global Financial Community. Sanjeev has worked in Global financial markets for over 21 years in business leadership roles spanning Asia Pacific, South Asia and Middle East.

Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, Sanjeev worked with Citigroup where he was Chief Operating Officer and Region Head of Client Sales Management for the Treasury and Trade solutions business. Before joining Citi, Sanjeev held senior management positions with ABN Amro Bank, and Standard Chartered Bank based in Singapore, UAE and India. Sanjeev is a member of the Board of Governors of American Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong, Board Member of ASIFMA (Asia Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association), co-chair of the Industry-wide Male Allies in Hong Kong, and a member of 30% Club promoting gender diversity in Hong Kong boards.


Emily Chew, Global Head of Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance Research & Integration, Manulife Asset Management

Based in Hong Kong, Emily is Global Head of Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) Research and Integration. As the primary lead on ESG, Emily has oversight over Manulife Asset Management’s ESG research agenda, works to engage with companies and portfolio managers on ESG issues, and sets the strategic direction for ESG investment for the firm.

Before joining Manulife Asset Management, Emily was Head of ESG Research for Asia-Pacific at MSCI Inc., where she led a team of nine ESG analysts across the region, commencing her role in Beijing and later continuing in Hong Kong. Her team had oversight into research quality and issue identification for approximately 1,200 stocks, and under her leadership produced original research on the relevance of ESG to Asian and emerging markets, with a particular emphasis on China. Prior to that, she was a capital markets lawyer with Baker & McKenzie in Melbourne, Australia, with a focus on funds management, capital raisings, and REITs.

Emily holds an MBA from the University of Oxford, and Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne. She is a member of the United Nations-sponsored Principles for Responsible Investment’s Listed Equities Integration Subcommittee, and chairs the Asian Investor Group on Climate Change’s Member Working Group.


Michael Chin, Co-Head of Trading, Thomson Reuters

Michael Chin is Managing Director, Co-Head of Trading at Thomson Reuters where, together with Neill Penny, he is responsible for Thomson Reuters’ global trading business across all asset classes, including FX, rates, credits, equities and other exchange-traded instruments. Prior to this role, Michael was Managing Director, Global Head of Equities at Thomson Reuters.

Michael has defined his 26-year career in financial trading and capital markets as an entrepreneur and visionary in the financial technology sector. As CEO & president of two successful financial technology start ups, Michael has a proven track record as an innovative change agent, harnessing technology and best practices to solve complex business problems with optimal investment and maximization of returns. He is recognized in the industry for creating “best of breed” customer solutions, which incorporate his extensive background as a financial markets trader, salesperson and technologist.

Prior to Thomson Reuters, Michael spent 3 years as president and CEO of Mantara, Inc., spearheading critical initiatives to successfully transform Mantara into the foremost leader in developing ultra-low latency trading solutions for the buy- and sell-side communities. Prior to Mantara, he spent nine years in executive roles at TradingScreen, Inc., most recently serving as president and global head of sales and a member of the board of directors. It was under Michael’s management and strategic initiatives that saw TradingScreen become the global leader in execution management systems across equities, derivatives, fixed income and foreign exchange.

Earlier, Michael spent 13 years at JP Morgan and served as head of JP Morgan Investment Management’s Fixed Income Trading Group. During his tenure at JP Morgan, he held a series of regional and global trading and management positions, operating from New York, London, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Michael graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 1988 with a degree in Information Decision Systems.



David DeRose, VP, Head of Institutional Sales, Pacific Epoch

David joined the team in 2013 and is responsible for managing the research sales team and directly covers several clients globally. Prior to this, David was Co-CEO and Co-Founder of Primary Insight, originally built inside Bear Stearns in 2006 and acquired by J.P. Morgan in 2008. In 2009, David led a management buyout from JPM along with his partners and establish the company as an independent entity where he expanded the firm into China, UK and Australia through early 2013. Previously, David held senior direct sales and sales management roles for Vista Research and Jupiter Research earlier in his career. David holds a BA from Colgate University.



Huayi Dong, Global Head, Electronic Trading Solutions, Daiwa Capital Markets

Huayi Dong is Global Head of Electronic Trading Solutions at Daiwa Capital Markets, based in Hong Kong. He is focused on algorithmic trading and high-medium frequency electronic equities trading.

Prior to this, Huayi worked at UBS for nearly 7 years, focusing on algorithmic trading and leading UBS's expansion of electronic trading services in China.




Martin Emery, Quantitative Strategist, GMO

Martin is a portfolio strategist for GMO’s Systematic Global Macro team. Prior to re-joining GMO in 2013, he was the head of quantitative strategy at Macquarie Equities in Asia and served in a similar capacity for the Commonwealth Bank.

He previously worked on GMO’s Systematic Global Macro team from 1999 to 2001 and also worked for Westpac Investment Management. He currently serves as an Adjunct Professor in Economics and Finance at the City University of Hong Kong. Martin has a Master’s and a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of New South Wales.


Jayme Fagas, Global Head of Valuations & Transparency, Pricing and Reference Services, Thomson Reuters

Jayme Fagas has been the Global Head of Valuations and Transparency services with Thomson Reuters’ Pricing and Reference Services (PRS) business since January 2014. Prior to this role Jayme was the Global Head of Evaluated Pricing with Thomson Reuters former Enterprise Content sector.

Ms. Fagas brings significant expertise to the Thomson Reuters having worked in evaluations, trading and analytics at a number of major Wall Street firms and has been a pivotal driver in transforming the evaluated pricing market. Jayme has over 30 years valued experience within the global financial industry.

As a member of the Thomson Reuters PRS Leadership Team, Ms. Fagas focuses on managing our evaluated pricing and transparency propositions which are delivered via Thomson Reuters DataScope Select, the strategic data delivery platform for non-streaming content.

Ms. Fagas is an active industry participant working closely with mutual funds, hedge funds, asset managers, fund administrators and custodians, to provide solutions that meet the industry's regulatory and compliance needs.


Tim Gaumer, Global Director of Fundamental Research, Thomson Reuters

Tim is the global Director of Fundamental Research at Thomson Reuters. He held the same position at StarMine, a company acquired by Thomson Reuters in 2008.With more than 20 years of experience conducting fundamental analysis, Tim is widely regarded as an expert helping fundamental investors apply StarMine's innovative quantitative research in their investment process. Tim previously worked at several buy-side and independent research firms as an equity analyst, portfolio manager and Director of Research. Tim is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering and graduate degree in Business Administration.


Stephen Howard, CEO, Howard Trading

Stephen is a senior markets executive and a responsible officer with board level experience for Hong Kong Regulated Banking entities with over 24 years trading and management experience across sell and buy-side businesses.

His sell side career spanned twenty years, ten within JPMorgan’s Equity Derivative business, and later recruited by ABN Amro to start the Equity Prime and Non-Recourse derivative franchise.

His buy side career started in 2015 as Head of Trading and a Delta One portfolio manager for Asia Ex-Japan with Enhanced Investment Products.
Since 2017, Stephen has been the C.E.O. of a Hong Kong proprietary trading company focussed on Multi Asset Class trading within the construct of Event, Macro and Thematic Investments.

He holds a degree in Accounting & Finance from Kingston University. Having completed several post-graduate programmes he is currently undertaking Machine Learning studies with Stanford University.



Monica Hsiao, Founder and CIO, Triada Capital

Founder and CIO of Triada Capital, a Pan-Asia credit multi-strategy manager based in Hong Kong focused on event-driven and fundamental credit plays in Asia. Prior to launching Triada, Monica was last at CQS, a US$14+ billion UK based hedge fund, in their Hong Kong office, where she spent several years as Senior PM and Head of Asian Credit Strategies for CQS, having set up this business for them from inception in 2009.

In London, before joining CQS, Monica successfully managed a global credit long-short credit fundamental strategies portfolio as a proprietary trader in London at both Merrill Lynch and Credit Suisse. She started her career in finance as a portfolio manager of a capital structure arbitrage book as a VP at Nomura International, Asset Investment Division in London. Before finance, Monica worked for around five years as a corporate lawyer managing mergers and acquisitions and private equity deals at Fried Frank Shriver & Jacobson, a top-tier corporate law firm in their New York City headquarter office.

Monica holds a Bachelors in Economics with Honors and Distinction and Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University; an MA in International Policy Studies from Stanford University; a JD from UCLA School of Law; and a MS in Finance from the London Business School.


Ryan Keunho Kim, Portfolio Manager and Alternative Data Lead, Samsung Asset Management HK

Keunho is a portfolio manager and alternative data lead at Samsung Asset Management (HK). He focuses on quantitative research combined with fundamental and macro analysis and also on alpha generation from alternative data using local market knowledge and machine learning technique.

Formerly he was a fundamental equity analyst and macro-driven asset allocation analyst based in Samsung Asset Management’s Seoul office. Keunho received his MBA from University of Texas at Austin and BS in Mechanical Engineering from Korea University.



James Levy, Global Head of Trading & Head of Trading Asia-Pacific, HSBC Global Asset Management

Based in Hong Kong since 2011, James is responsible for the management and oversight of the trading function working closely with the portfolio managers and traders to maximise the effectiveness of trade implementation across all asset classes. Among his significant previous positions, James began as a Designated Trading Representative (DTR) trading Australian equities with ABN AMRO Securities based in Sydney and has worked as a Senior Equity Sales Trader at ITG. Prior to that, was Head of Dealing, Asia-Pacific at AMP Capital Investors. James holds a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) from La Trobe University and more recently attended Columbia University, Columbia Business School (Executive Education, Value Investing).

Kevin Mak, Co-Founder, Ironfly Technologies

Kevin Mak is the co-founder of Ironfly Technologies, a company established in 2013 specializing in data aggregation, analytics, and trading systems for buy-side firms.

Previously Kevin was the senior trader at Nezu Asia Capital Management, an Asia focused long/short hedge fund trading global equities. Prior to that he was an options trader for London based market making firm, Liquid Capital Markets.

Kevin holds a Bachelor of Computer Engineering, a Master of Biomedical Engineering, and a Master of Finance.

Bill Maldonado, Chief Investment Officer, Asia-Pacific, Global Chief Investment Officer, Equities, HSBC Global Asset Management

Bill Maldonado is HSBC Global Asset Management's CIO for Asia-Pacific and the Global CIO for Equities. Based in Hong Kong, Bill oversees the investment strategies in the region and works closely with the local CIOs and investment teams to align our strategies, process and best practices for equity portfolio management globally.

Bill has worked in the asset management industry since joining HSBC in 1993 as a European derivative-based portfolio manager and later on headed up a number of investment functions, such as non-traditional investments (including passive indexation mandates, fund-of-funds, structured products and hedge funds) and the Alternative Investments team. He became Global CIO, Equities and CIO for the UK in 2010 and relocated to Hong Kong in July 2011 to take up his current position. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Physics from Sussex & Uppsala Universities, a D.Phil in Laser Physics from Oxford University and an MBA from the Cranfield School of Management.

Dr. Stephen Malinak, Chief Data and Analytics Officer, TruValue Labs

Stephen leads TruValue Labs’ quant research team and efforts to build analytics solutions for new markets. An industry leader in quantitative analytics, Stephen joined TruValue Labs from Thomson Reuters, where he spearheaded the company’s quantitative models offering, StarMine, which produced over 15 quantitative models. He attended college at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Malinak went on to receive his Masters and PhD in Engineering-Economic Systems from Stanford University.


Kelly McKenney, Director, Tradeweb

Kelly McKenney is head of distribution for Asia (ex-Japan), responsible for Tradeweb’s buy-side growth in the region. Mr McKenney joined the company in September 2006 as Director of Sales, responsible for France.

Prior to joining Tradeweb, he was Director of Sales for France and Benelux at MarketAxess, pioneering e-trading fixed income solutions for institutional investors and banks. Before this role, he spent 9 years at Deutsche Bank/Bankers Trust where he was a Vice-President in the Futures and Options Division, based in Paris and London. Mr, McKenney’s role was sales and execution of derivative solutions for institutional clients. His first position in financial markets was with Societe Generale in Paris where he was responsible for marketing OTC bond options and warrants.

Mr McKenney graduated from McGill University in Montreal, Canada in 1991 with an MBA – Finance Specialisation. His undergraduate degree was received from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada in 1987 where he obtained a BSC(Honours) in Geology.



Pradeep Menon, Global Head of Investment & Advisory, Thomson Reuters

Pradeep is the Global Head of Investment & Advisory at Thomson Reuters. He has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry working in New York, London and Hong Kong. He started his career in JP Morgan initially as a quantitative developer and later trading equity derivatives. He co-founded RiskMetrics Group, that spun out of JP Morgan which he took public (NYSE: RISK), and eventually sold to MSCI. Post the sale, he is an active venture investor and most recently served as Chief Revenue Officer for Dataminr, a Venture backed start-up that built natural language processing algorithms on open source, unstructured data. Outside of work, Pradeep has set up an eco-friendly coffee plantation that uses sustainable methods in the production of Coffee, Pepper & Cardamom. This is also a socio-economic venture that is as much about the people working on the plantation as it is about the environment and its bio-diversity.


Linus Ong, Systematic APAC Trader

Linus is presently overseeing the trading of APAC fixed income derivatives in a systematic hedge fund. He previously performed a similar role covering fixed income and FX for the systematic arm of Bluecrest Capital Management. Prior to that he was managing director and head of trading at Superfund, covering all asset classes.



Sanjna Parasrampuria, Head - Thomson Reuters Labs, Asia

Sanjna Parasrampuria spearheads Thomson Reuters Labs in Asia based in Singapore. Thomson Reuters Labs aims to create innovative products using artificial intelligence techniques of NLP, machine learning as well data visualizations for the professional markets. Sanjna is experienced in leading large corporations and startup companies through periods of strong monetization growth and digital transformation across Asia. She is an active investor and advisor to startups and also an Entrepreneur in Residence at INSEAD.

Prior to founding Newcleus, a machine learning startup which was acquired, Sanjna served in several executive roles in Asia Pacific & India. She was the Region Head –APAC at HDFC, one of Asia’s largest finance company with assets over US$ 40 bn. She led HDFC’s foray into Asia Pacific where she successful launched and grew the business making it one of the fastest growing business units delivering over US$ 150 mn/year. Sanjna brings together 15 years of experience in business innovation, deep expertise in analytics applications, and a proven track record of success, setting up successful businesses and products, driving rapid growth. She holds an MBA from INSEAD (France), a post-graduate masters in finance and a graduate degree from Narsee Monjee College of Commerce & Economics (Mumbai-India).


Neill Penney, Managing Director and Co-Head of Trading, Thomson Reuters

Neill Penney is Co-Head of Trading at Thomson Reuters where, together with Michael Chin, he is responsible for Thomson Reuters’ global trading business. The trading business provides pre-trade insight, execution capabilities, and transactional workflow solutions for the sales, trading, and research of FX, rates, credit, equities and other exchanged-traded instruments. Neill joined Thomson Reuters in May 2013 as Workflow Management Proposition Manager for Marketplaces. In that role, Neill led the development of multiple FX products for Thomson Reuters, including FXall’s relationship trading products and TR Electronic Trading.

Prior to joining Thomson Reuters in May 2013, Neill was Managing Director and European Head of Fixed Income E-Trading Strategy at Morgan Stanley. Neill originally joined Morgan Stanley in 2009 as Head of Product Strategy for Foreign Exchange and Emerging Markets, overseeing the design and development of Morgan Stanley’s eFX platform. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Neill was Head of Product Strategy at FXall and a member of their Management Committee. Before joining FXall in 2001, Neill was Vice President at J.P. Morgan where he held a number of quant-related roles within their STIRT, FX Options and eCommerce trading businesses. Neill graduated from the University of Oxford with a First Class degree in Mathematics in 1991.


Dr. Francois Perrin, Portfolio Manager, East Capital

Dr. Perrin - a French national - joined East Capital in 2015 as Portfolio Manager for Greater China.

Previously, he has worked as Head of Greater China Equities and Head of Asian SRI Equities at BNP Paribas IP Asia in Hong Kong, Senior SRI Portfolio Manager at Fortis Investments in Frankfurt am Main/Germany, SRI Portfolio Manager at Lombard Odier in Geneva/Switzerland, Manager at Suez in Paris/France and Auditor at KPMG in Paris/France.

Dr. Perrin has been involved in the development and management of financial products offering an exposure to sustainable and responsible investments and green finance over the last 18 years. He managed global thematic funds and since 2009, he successfully launched and managed one of the first ever China dedicated equity environmental fund offering access to Chinese onshore opportunities.

Dr. Perrin graduated from the École Normale Superieure (Cachan/France) in Economics and holds a PhD in Finance from Grenoble University in France, a Post-graduate diploma from EM Lyon/IAE Lyon in France and a MA Economics from Paris Sorbonne University in France. He is fluent in French, English and German.


Madalin Prout, Vice President, Head of Relationship Management APJ, Securities Finance, FIS

Madalin Prout, vice president and head of product and relationship management APAC for FIS’ securities finance business, is based in Hong Kong and responsible for client relationships and product management across the APAC region.

Madalin has been with SunGard/FIS since 2010, initially based in London and relocating to Asia in 2014.


Michael Rude, Head of Trading Platforms for Exchange Traded Instruments, Thomson Reuters

Michael Rude is the Head of Trading Platforms for Exchange Traded Instruments, overseeing business development and strategy for the REDI execution management system. Michael was previously the Chief Operating Officer of REDI Global Technologies LLC, which was acquired by Thomson Reuters in January 2017, where he oversaw all aspects of the firm’s day-to-day operations. Prior to joining REDI, Michael was Head of Electronic Trading in Asia Pacific for Goldman Sachs, where he supervised the electronic sales trading desk, business development and product development for the region. Michael also led cross-channel product development within Goldman Sachs’ electronic trading business, including Asia and Global Futures.

Michael earned a Master’s in Business Administration, Finance, from New York University, Stern School of Business, and his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

Just around that time, Big Data was becoming a thing so he self-taught himself emerging technologies such as Hadoop, Hive, Mahout, Spark, Spark MLlib and AWS. Adam enjoys exploring nontraditional content sets (text, credit card transactions, mobile phone GPS, satellite images) while keeping tabs on the latest open source developments.

Ian Smith, Managing Director - Regional Head of GS Electronic Trading, Goldman Sachs

Ian is head of Goldman Sachs Electronic Trading (GSET) in Asia Pacific. He joined Goldman Sachs as a managing director in 2013. Prior to joining the firm, Ian was head of Execution Trading in Asia Pacific at Citigroup. Previously, he held various leadership positions in AES Product and Algorithmic Development at Credit Suisse. Ian holds a Master of International Economics from Anglia Business and Management School in Cambridge, United Kingdom.


Christopher M. Tiu, Sales Director, Transaction Sales, Thomson Reuters

Mr. Tiu is Sales Director responsible for Asia Pacific Transaction Sales at Thomson Reuters. Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, he was Director of APAC Business Development at Eze Software Group focusing on trading operations, front office workflow, and execution strategy implementation & optimization.

He has 20 years of experience working in Financial Technology for brokers, hedge funds, and vendors in New York and throughout Asia Pacific. Mr. Tiu studied Computer Engineering at The Rochester Institute of Technology.



Debra Walton, Global Managing Director, Customer Proposition, Thomson Reuters

Debra Walton is the Global Managing Director, Customer Proposition, Financial & Risk at Thomson Reuters; she is a member of the Financial and Risk Division’s Executive Leadership Team and Executive Sponsor of the Women’s Network. Ms. Walton has been in senior management at the company since 2003, with roles in sales, marketing, strategy, product development, Financial & Risk and Operations. She currently has end-to-end responsibility for the division’s solutions and product offerings.

Working from the firm’s Enterprise Innovation Hub in Baar Switzerland, she manages several large enterprise projects, including an ongoing effort to unify Thomson Reuter’s data across the enterprise as well as leading the execution of the firm’s open digital platform strategy.

An expert on big data and the challenges it poses in today’s business world, Ms. Walton speaks frequently at global conferences and industry events where she discusses data management, innovation, and leadership. She blogs frequently on those topics, as well as on gender diversity issues, for sites such as The Huffington Post, Business Insider, and Financial IT.

Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, she was president and chief executive of Nucleus Inc., a technology start-up delivering enterprise solutions. Before that, she was the first female partner at Cantor Fitzgerald and a founding board member of the Cantor Financial Futures Exchange, the first electronic platform for trading U.S. Treasury futures contracts.

In addition to her day to day responsibilities at Thomson Reuters Ms. Walton represents Thomson Reuters as a board member on the Tradeweb Board of Managers and she is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Data Science Institute at Imperial College in London. She is a board member at the Women’s Refugee Commission, a non-profit organization serving refugee women and children around the world, and an advisory board member at Springboard, a New York based nonprofit that brings together entrepreneurs, investors, and industry experts to help women take their business plans to market.

Ms. Walton recently was awarded the Waters Women in Technology and Data 2018 Lifetime achievement award and in 2017 the Gertrude Crain Award from the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) for her extraordinary record of achievement and service. In 2016 she was acknowledged as a Springboard Enterprises Oracle honoree, championing women entrepreneurship. In 2015, she was named a Woman of Vision by the Anita Borg Institute, won the coveted Merit Award from the Women’s Bond Club, and earned a spot on the New York Business Journal’s inaugural “Women of Influence” list. She has also won the New York Women’s Agenda Galaxy Award and the Women’s Venture Fund Highest Leaf Award.

An avid golfer and sailor, Ms. Walton lives in Switzerland with her husband Marc.


Angel Yang, Market Development Manager, Enterprise, Thomson Reuters

Angel Yang is Market Development Manager for Thomson Reuters Enterprise Solutions. She is responsible for designing, developing, and executing ongoing market and business strategy integrated into all aspects of the Enterprise business. Angel analyzes the rapidly changing business dynamics by leveraging technology enabled innovation to transform strategies, products, and services. She is focused on machine readable news, metadata, real-time and historical market data, and digital online solutions.

Howard Zhu, Head of Analytics Products, APAC, MSCI

As Head of Analytics for APAC, Howard Zhu is responsible for spearheading business strategy development for MSCI’s analytics product line in the region, across all client segments. Throughout his tenure at MSCI, Howard worked extensively with global investors to integrate the use of analytics tools into the investment decision making process. Before joining MSCI, Howard was client portfolio manager at ING Investment Management APAC, where he led the growth of ING’s systematic investment strategies across APAC.

Howard also worked as a research analyst, then, as product manager at Investment Technology Group (ITG) in Boston USA. He developed ITG’s suite of portfolio analytics products, including risk models, transaction cost models and fair value models. His research work on the capacity of liquidity-demanding equity strategies was published in Journal of Portfolio Management. Howard began his career as a statistician at Merck in USA. His main responsibilities included implementing statistical modelsin large scale dataset. Howard obtained his Master of Computer Science focusing on Artificially Intelligence from Columbia University. Howard also graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in biophysics from Fudan University in China. Howard holds a patent on Creating A Turnover Efficient Frontier For An Investment Portfolio. He is also a CFA Chartholder.


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