The QA Financial Forum Chicago is a unique 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.
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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.
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.
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.
Maged Ebeid is a Senior Technology Officer at BMO Harris Bank, leading the development, delivery and support of all solutions for US Private Bank, BHFA (BMO Harris Financial Advisors) and Stoker Ostler. He has demonstrated experience in managing global diverse technology teams in the Banking and Financial industries. More than 20 years of experience in a variety of technology roles, including senior management, architecture, design and development. Innovative architect, technology visionary and business leader with extensive experience in delivering reliable, scalable, and cost-sensitive business solutions with high quality.
Dr. Andrew Kumiega is Assistant Professor of Analytics at the Stuart School of Business. He has over 30 years of experience in applying his Ph.D. research in artificial intelligence to a broad range of challenges in the financial industry. Andrew is also currently serving as Director of Financial Engineering for Asset Management and has worked for firms such as Infinium Capital Management, Spectrum Global Fund Administrator, and TD Waterhouse. Andrew holds the CISA, CRISC, CISM and CGEIT Certifications from ISACA.ORG. He also holds the CQE and CSQE Certifications from ASQ.ORG. His research area focus is the intersection of IT Governance/Risk, real time algorithm quality monitoring and algorithm design for unique industry applications.
Ross Johnson leads technology for Fixed Income and Capital Markets at US Bank, where he is currently overseeing replatforming efforts for the Credit Fixed Income and Foreign Exchange lines of business. Prior to US Bank, Ross led the Transactional Foreign Exchange development team at Bank of America, where he was responsible for the launch of the web-based trading application CashPro FX and the API-based CashPro Flow. A former "test-obsessed" developer, he now works to foster a culture of agility and a DevOps mindset for his teams as well as for the wider bank. In his spare time, Ross is a film geek and a gamer, but still finds time to scratch his technology itch through home automation and home theater projects. And yes, he still codes for fun.
My career is an example of the indirect route. I graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in East Asian Studies, taught English in Taiwan, worked as an Analyst, Project Manager and DBA at a start-up in Chicago. I moved to New York and built out a wed based ticketing system for the New York Philharmonic with the hopes of challenging Ticketmaster. I joined Morningstar in 2011 and am currently the Director of QA and DevOps engineering. While at Morningstar, I have worked to build out development teams, to figure out how to measure performance, risk and reliability in meaningful ways and to reduce the toil involved in process of getting from an idea to working software. Outside of work you can find me practicing my banjo, doing woodworking or just walking my dog around the city.
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.
Christine Bentsen leads Continuous Testing and APIM Product Marketing at Broadcom. In this role, she is responsible for several products and solutions spanning the CT and APIM space, including DevOps go to market. Prior to Broadcom and CA, Christine spent 5 years at SolarWinds as a product manager and product marketer. She has also worked at several startups, including her own design and development firm, and has 25+ years of experience in technology. She holds an M. Phil from the University of Stirling, Scotland and an MBA from the University of Texas.
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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.
Sejal is Vice President of Compliance at CURO Financial Technologies and holds professional scrum master PSM I and in Six Sigma certificates. She considers herself a lifelong learner with B.S in Decision Science, M.S in Management Information System and most recently M.S in Law from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. Sejal has over a decade of experience working within FinTech and Regulatory Compliance; specifically bringing clarity to complex product workflows for State and Federal regulators within the lending space. She began her career as a front-end Java developer and proudly held various roles as Technical Writer, Process Re-engineer, Product Owner, and QA Manager. Although, her most proud accomplishment is completing South Island Te Araroa trail in New Zealand.
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.
Bo An is a Lead Examiner at Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago (Large, Specialized, and Regional Supervision and Regulation Department), leading the design, management, and execution of supervisory programs including capital planning, AI/risk modeling, liquidation, IT/Data governance and financial/non-financial risk management of large financial institutions. Bo also led initiatives with experts at Federal Reserve System, Bank of England, and academia to implement frontier AI and advanced analytics systems to enhance risk surveillance capabilities of emerging topics, track systemic risk relative to evolving regulatory rulemaking, and streamlining supervisory processes within the central bank. Prior to the Federal Reserve, Bo worked in the private sector for both global and regional banks in corporate finance and risk functions where he led the evaluation of corporate acquisitions and disposals, onshore/offshore process redesign implementations, and complex financial risk aggregation/reporting platforms. Bo obtained his B.S. in Finance and a minor in Technology Management from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his MBA with Honors from University of Chicago. Outside of work, Bo strives to provide excellent “white glove” service to beautiful wife and daughter, and enjoys spending time on random stimulating topics (NPR podcasts, gardening, tropical fishkeeping, standup comedy, dwarf fortress).
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Bowen has been leading, owning & supporting capital market risk modeling activities and projects across multi streams such as Sec lending, Capital Markets, Stress Testing etc. and has led teams both within and outside US.
Valentin Guerlesquin is the director of test automation, test data management and performance testing at National Bank of Canada. He has been a software testing professional for more than 12 years. Valentin has worked in several roles, including test environment management, manual functional testing, mobile, and testing process improvement. He is an ISTQB full advanced and TMMi certified professional. He has trained dozens of his peers in several organizations from telecom, to the aerospace industry, to finance.
Speaker: Matthew Crabbe, CEO and Founder – QA Media
Speaker: Anton Fernando, VP, Engineering - US Bank
This opening session will address the transformation path from Quality Assurance to Quality Engineering at US Bank. Anton will explain how the performance of engineers, software automation and CI / CD developers can be evaluated and how this transparency becomes a key factor for change. Shedding light on current techniques, this presentation will talk about the latest quality engineering paradigms including chaos engineering. Ultimately, this transformation concerns people: the conquest of hearts and minds and the formation of high-performance teams can change the level at which organizations operate.
Speaker: Tanushree (Tanu) Luke, Ph.D.,SVP, Head of Artificial Intelligence - US Bank (TBC)
Tanu will detail how using the power of AI, Machine Learning and cognitive computing she is developing a cognitive bank at US Bank.
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: Elena Treshcheva, Business Development Manager and Researcher - Exactpro
Exactpro Systems is a specialist in automated software testing for complex financial firms and markets. In this session, Exactpro will host a discussion on the challenges of constructing and testing distributed ledgers and smart contracts for both the back office and clearing functions, as well as for low latency, high volume markets. The obvious opportunity is to build automation into the architecture from the very outset. The challenge is how to coordinate standards and processes across the network. Iosif Itkin will lead this discussion on how software technologies are shaping the future of finance.
Most financial firms have targets for increasing rates of test automation. But many are only at the start of that transformation, and even among the leaders there is no agreed best practice or the toolset. Our panel will discuss the relationship between automation, DevOps and Agile and the business case for technologies such as test service virtualisation and the potential that lies in AI, machine learning and robotic process automation.
Moderator: Andrew Kumiega, Assistant Professor - Illinois Institute of Technology
Ross Johnson, Head of Fixed Income & Capital Markets Technology - US Bank
Maged Ebeid, Senior Technology Officer, Technology Head - BMO Financial Group
Stephen Weinberg, Director of Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) - Morningstar
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.
Most large financial firms share one common challenge as they transition to technology businesses: their existing technologies are substantially outdated in terms of code and software quality. Mergers and growth have, over the years, created over-dependence on mainframes and legacy coding, particularly COBOL. Innovation is stifled by the weight of what seems to be almost unchangeable, for fear that it breaks. Our panellists will share their experiences of how to overcome inertia and establish the true RoI that underpins the digital transition. Metrics for progress and tools to establish the hidden risks in legacy code are essential starting points.
Gerold Rajesh, SVP, Group Head Quality Management - Brown Brothers Harriman
Christine Bentsen, Head of Continuous Testing Product Marketing - Broadcom
Calum Courtney, Vice President - Morgan Stanley
When we introduce processes and technologies, how can we encourage quick adoption and time to value? How can we move past pockets of success and base-level feature adoption to realized value across the organization? What are the tipping points and best practices to encourage teams to welcome new technologies, adopt new workflows, and get the most out of advanced features and capabilities? We’ll discuss keys to success in any change initiative, and share some lessons learned from real life scenarios.
Speaker: Dr. Bill Curtis, Founding Executive Director - CISQ
A founder of the Consortium for Information and Software Quality, an industry body that promotes standards for software quality across different industries, Dr Bill Curtis will explain why financial firms can revise their measures of technical debt in order to promote and calculate the true cost of improving code quality. He will explain how CISQ's standards work in practice - for example in the management of vendor performance and pricing - and how those standards are sourced from code repositories. He'll also cover two areas of growing risk in financial software that regulators and supervisors are likely to be focusing on in future: how financial firms should measure software risk in mergers and acquisitions that involve different legacy systems, and the "iceberg risk" of managing open source software licences.
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.
Sejal Patel, Vice President of Compliance - CURO Financial Technologies Corp
Reena Bajowala, Partner, Data Security and Privacy - Ice Miller
Bridget Ascenzo Labozetta, IT Risk Lead - Enova International
Bill Curtis, Founding Executive Director - CISQ
Speaker: Bo An, Lead Examiner - Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
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.
In the context of automated testing and continuous app delivery, companies can often underestimate the importance of data management. This presentation will discuss key factors that determine the ROI of investing in data environments, including - at the micro level - the choice between hidden and synthetic data and - at the macro level - the opportunity to fully integrate data management with the company's data management. The impact of the Fundamental Review of the Trading Book (FRTB) by the Basel Committee on the requirements for testing trading and risk systems will also be addressed.
Bowen Qian, VP, Capital Market Risk Modeling - Northern Trust Corporation
Sean Ghassemi, Executive Director, Global Head of Quality Architecture - J.P. Morgan Chase
Valentin Guerlesquin, Director for Test Automation, Performance Testing and Test Data Management - National Bank of Canada