The QA Financial Digital Forum USA is a unique virtual conference for Heads of QA, testing, software engineering, DevOps, operational risk, and IT risk management. The Forum discusses the key issues facing banks, trading platforms and insurance companies as they seek to implement new technologies in software automation. A key focus is how financial firms benchmark software quality, especially as regulators increase their scrutiny of IT risk management.
Dr. Tanu Luke is Head of Artificial Intelligence at U.S. Bank. In this role, she leads the continued development of the AI practice within U.S. Bank’s Innovation group and drives AI strategies across the enterprise. Dr. Luke’s career has spanned multiple industries and sectors. She joined U.S. Bank from Capital One, where she served as the Head of Predictive AI and Machine Learning for Capital One’s Conversational AI Platform/Eno. Prior to that, Dr. Luke was the Chief Data Scientist at BitVoyant and was also previously a Technical Lead for the Department of Defense/DARPA Network Defense Program. She has also held leadership roles at companies supporting the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy. In addition, Dr. Luke’s research background includes lead roles at George Mason University, Harvard Medical School and the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Luke earned her Ph.D. in Theoretical/Mathematical Physics and M.S. in Physics and Applied Engineering from George Mason University. She received her B.A. in Physics and History from the University of Notre Dame/Saint Mary’s College.
Elena initially joined Exactpro as a QA analyst. Working in this position, she got first-hand experience in software testing, the focus of her work being post-trade systems, market data processing and storage. In parallel with her work on the project, Elena was involved in speaking on behalf of Exactpro at a number of IT and Fintech conferences, including EXTENT-2018 in London (June 2018). Most recently, having joined Business Development, Elena has represented Exactpro at the QA Financial Forum in Chicago (April 2019) and AI Test 2019 in San Francisco (April 2019). As part of the Exactpro Global Business Development team, Elena gets to leverage her experience of presenting at the conferences and continues to be actively engaged in the company’s Research & Development Strategy. Prior to joining Exactpro, Elena held a position of Associate Professor and Head of the Laboratory of Applied Linguistics for several years after obtaining her postgraduate degree. Her responsibilities included project management of scientific work aimed at computer resource design and development.
David Cafaro is a Director in the Information Security Office at Capital One focusing on US Card Partnerships and the US Card Horizontal Engineering program. David leads a team providing security and risk management expertise on application, cloud, and on-prem technologies. Though currently working in the financial sector, his career has brought him through a variety of industries over the last two decades including environmental lab testing, government, telecommunications, and cancer research. David holds a Masters in Computer Science from Georgetown University where he focused on security and privacy in the information age and holds both the CISSP and CCSP certifications.
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Gerold (Gerry) Rajesh is a Senior Vice President and Global Head of Quality and Release Management at Brown Brothers Harriman. Based in New York, Gerry leads a global team responsible for developing and implementing new tools, processes and workflows through a centralized Quality Assurance (QA) center of excellence for the entire firm. Gerry is a career QA professional with over 16 years of experience in various roles, contributing both on leadership and strategic levels. Prior joining BBH, Gerry was the Head of QA (Investment Banking) at Barclays Bank and worked in their Singapore, Tokyo and India offices before relocating to New York. Gerry has a Bachelors degree in Statistics and a Masters degree in Computer Science from Madras University, India.
Reena R. Bajowala is a partner at Ice Miller. With a broad-based background in complex dispute resolution, Reena represents clients in technology matters involving Information Technology (IT) disputes and data security and privacy issues. Reena is a Certified Information Privacy Technologist. Reena defends buyers and sellers of IT services in disputes involving contract, tort and copyright. She also regularly advises clients on data privacy and security issues, including developing privacy and security programs, proactive planning to avoid or mitigate data security risks and defending data breach litigation. Reena also helps navigate clients through issues relating to emerging technologies. Reena is a member of the CBA Financial and Emerging Technologies Committee, the Chicago Electronic Crimes Task Force and the International Association of Privacy Professionals, and an advisory board member for Hub88. She serves on the Firm’s Ideation Committee. Reena is also an adjunct professor at the University of Michigan Law School.
Bridget Ascenzo Labozetta is an IT Risk Lead for Enova International, a US-based multinational company that uses technology to develop innovative financial products and services for individuals and businesses. Bridget’s time with Enova has enabled her to gain valuable experience with a FinTech twist on areas such as regulatory compliance, third party risk, and data privacy. Bridget holds a certification in European data privacy (CIPP/E) from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and recently qualified as a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) with Scrum Alliance.
Subhadeep Bhattacharjee is SVP and Head of Quality Engineering at Northern Trust. Focusing on driving quality-engineering innovation to accelerate enterprise digital transformation and deliver outcomes such as improved client experience, test environment, test data, automation and production stability. Before joining Northern Trust Subhadeep served at Bank of America in the capacity to run a global Automation center of practice for its Investment banking and consumer products division. Subhadeep has significant experience in Technology Transformation & Innovation in Financial Services. Subhadeep is a recognized industry leader who has shaped strategies and executed digital transformation programs with a critical focus on improving quality of financial products for end clients.
Matthew Crabbe, CEO and Founder – QA Media
Speaker: Tanushree (Tanu) Luke, Ph.D.,SVP, Head of Artificial Intelligence - US Bank
Tanu will detail how using the power of AI, Machine Learning and cognitive computing she is developing a cognitive bank at US Bank.
Speaker: Elena Treshcheva, Business Development Manager and Researcher – Exactpro
With the world becoming more complex, there are more and more dimensions to analyze both in software (complex hybrid distributed software systems) and society (hyperconnectivity, more communication channels, wider audience contributions). How is this process affecting software testers and journalists? What are the similarities between these professions? Do they contribute to software and society resilience? Are there any insights that we can apply to our work?
Speaker: David Cafaro, Director, Information Security Office - Capital One
What is best practice in embedding security and penetration testing in the SDLC? And, as the move to the Cloud continues, how can firms create an enterprise view of data management that incorporates their investment in test environments? In particular, this session will discuss the potential and limitations of a DevSecOps framework, and identify which controls firms should be putting into place to position themselves to develop a mature and robust security framework.
Speaker: Pradeep Batchu, Director Enterprise Architecture - CNA Insurance
Pradeep will talk about how to migrate monolith applications to the Cloud with the confidence of testing as a service. He will also focus on how testing brings confidence in the continuous delivery of the software and ultimately on testers' responsibilities.
Speaker: Gerold Rajesh, SVP, Group Head Quality Management - Brown Brothers Harriman
How do you transform testing at scale in an enterprise? This session will explain how financial companies set out to reduce costs and accelerate delivery by modernising testing, and how its team benchmarked its success in terms of continuous delivery and quality. The presentation will cover the challenges financial firms face, and the strategies they have adopted to achieve greater automation and a better understanding of quality.
As financial firms increase their reliance on software-based digital capabilities, they have big decisions to make about how they manage software risk and compliance requirements. This is especially true of decisions around the out-sourcing of code development and testing and also the use of open-source and third-party components. This panel will discuss embedding regulatory compliance into outsourcing decisions, how to bench-mark code quality, security and risk, and consider new models for managing off-shoring.
Reena Bajowala, Partner, Data Security and Privacy - Ice Miller
Bridget Ascenzo Labozetta, IT Risk Lead - Enova International
Keynote speaker from Federal Reserve TBC
Speaker: Subhadeep Bhattacharjee, Senior Vice President, Global Head of Quality Engineering, Northern Trust Corporation
... in conversation with QA Financial's Matthew Crabbe
The "rocket fuel" for improving quality is a new blend of centralised services and federated development, says Northern Trust's Subhadeep Battacharjee. So what exactly should be centralised, and how do firms ensure they have the right quality gates for apps in the DevOps era? We'll be discussing the new diagnostics and dashboards for code quality that are critical to the development of CI/CD at Northern Trust, in particular the bank's Automated Production Validation System. Subhadeep will also be taking a deeper dive into two technical topics that are high on the agenda at many leading financial firms: the integration and risk management of open source tools and also the roll-out of microservices technologies.