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The Technology Decision Makers School   |   14 April 2015

Assessing trends and innovation to support transformation in your institution
The financial services industry is witnessing the rise of some of the most exciting and disruptive innovations within and outside of the traditional banking sector today. New technologies have increasingly become an essential component of global enterprise strategy. Today, it is often the IT department which makes the business case for modernization across the organisation. To profit from these trends, financial institutions continue to invest in new technologies, research centres and start-ups. Furthermore, banks need highly skilled executives who can make the right choices when it comes to IT spending and management.

For this year’s event, The Asian Banker chose six topics central to understanding ongoing transformations taking place in banking technology and made them the focus of this one-day school. This is the right place to discuss forthcoming developments and day-to-day issues with highly experienced subject matter experts and renowned academicians.

Key topics of discussion:

  • Vendor selection and management
  • Open innovation and hackathons
  • Best practises in social media engagement
  • IT security and the human factor
  • Business planning for technology innovators
  • Transformation processes within organisations

The Asian Banker is pleased to invite technology professionals as well as retail and consumer banking executives from financial institutions to this school. The workshop will provide participants with a better understanding of key challenges and explain the framework of technological innovations. Delegates attending this one-day training session will gain complimentary access to the two-day Technology Decision Makers Conference, the most influential annual forum that brings together business and technology decision makers to benchmark technology choices and spending.

The Technology Decision Makers School Agenda

 14 April 2015, Tuesday

08:30-09:00 Registration
09:00-10:00 Knowing your solution providers: Understanding vendors and their methods for better value
This session focusses on knowing your technology solutions partner’s focus, methods and productsto better assess outcomes and manage key relationships related to technology developments. Issues to be discussed include:
  • Understanding key trends in technology solution provisions and the impetus behind them
  • Identifying core components when evaluating potential and existing technology vendors
  • The Asian Banker’s vendor selection methodology, including assessment of project management lifecycles 

Faculty: Colin Savage, Head of Research, The Asian Banker

10:00-10:30 Coffee/Tea Break
10:30-11:30 Open innovation and hackathons: Learn what’s the fuss and how to organise them
Hackathons are a great way to stimulate innovative thinking among employees, source new technology talent or uncover new product ideas. For this workshop we define “hackathon” as an intense session of brainstorming and technology product creation. We will learn how to: 
  • Define a hackathon structure around your objectives – staff innovation training, hiring or open-innovation
  • Find good start-ups and tech teams to participate
  • Absorb and assimilate outcomes from the hackathon

Faculty: Sudhanshu Ahuja, Founder and CEO, Ideatory


Business planning for technology innovators
This session is targeted at technology managers who need to develop and communicate business plans in order to influence budgets and drive innovation initiatives forward. We’ll cover the following topics:

  • Defining value propositions
  • Cost and revenue modeling
  • Competitive positioning
  • Project valuation

Faculty: Eric Tachibana, Managing Director, eXtropia Holdings

12:30-13:30 Lunch Break
13:30-14:30 The imperatives of change
Transformations from legacy systems to new technologies are painful and might even fail if IT systems are replaced without taking the changed processes into account.
  • Change is just not about tools and technology
  • Know the contours of change
  • Change is about knowing the unknown

Faculty: Debashis Sarkar, Global Head of Reengineering, Standard Chartered Bank

14:30-15:00 Coffee/Tea Break

The human factor in IT security: Awareness training 
One of the cornerstones in security is how people behave. Transaction monitoring and identification checks are often delegated to technology. IT systems are only a means of running generic scanning, and raising flags where there is a need to greater human focus on certain data elements, such as:

  • Identifying suspicious transactions: The relative value of machine analytics versus human intelligence
  • Tactics and techniques by which organisations can reduce incidences of crime
  • Can we use fuzzy data or are we dependent on simple information such as numbers and watch lists?

Faculty: Nigel Morris-Cotterill, Head, The Anti-Money Laundering Network


Leveraging on social media to engage and build better relationships with customers and staff

Social media is more than a marketing campaign and helps to create an organisational culture that is open, engaged and transparent. Banks need to relinquish their control to the customer and, in a new way, react more quickly to needs and wants, create empathy and delight and be present in every interaction as they are ‘always on’.

  • What can you achieve through social media?
  • Identifying best practices developed by pioneering players
  • Inviting customers to improve products and services in a collaborative way

Faculty: Matt Dooley, Managing Director, Connected Thinking

Delegates attending this one-day training session will gain complimentary access to the two-day Technology Decision Makers Conference

For more information please contact Gerlinde Gerber
Program Manager, The Asian Banker, +86 10 5869 4642

  • Board-level and senior management involved in technology decisions in the bank
  • CIOs, CTOs, CMOs
  • Heads of technology, infrastructure, channels, digital, cards
  • Heads of retail banking, consumer banking, marketing, data and analytics
  • Senior executives responsible for transformation and innovation
  • Executives who have roles in technology and operations

Participants will be presented with a Technology Innovation School Diploma issued by The Asian Banker’s Banking Academy.


Debashis Sarkar, Global Head of Reengineering, Standard Chartered Bank, India
Debashis Sarkar is currently global head of reengineering at Standard Chartered Bank. He is also a best-selling author, thought-leader, columnist, American Society of Quality fellow, sough-after-speaker and coach, He has invested more than 23 years in enhancing performance of some of the best known companies in the world. Sarkar is a global authority in lean management and customer performance improvement and his pioneering work in this space has been adopted by practitioners worldwide. Through his career he has held various leadership positions in companies such as Unilever, Coca Cola, and ICICI Bank.

Eric Tachibana, Managing Director, eXtropia Holdings
Eric Tachibana is an experienced Silicon Valley start-up entrepreneur as well as successful private equity fund manager. He also teaches intrapreneurship and entrepreneurship as an adjunct professor at the National University of Singapore and Thammasat University business schools. Tachibana has held senior banking roles at Barclays Capital, Merrill Lynch, Bank of America, and COO of the Asia Pacific chief technology office at UBS. Most recently, he joined Amazon Web Services where he supports the APAC platform strategy and transformation.

Sudhanshu Ahuja, Founder and CEO, Ideatory
Sudhanshu Ahuja (Sudh) is founder and CEO of Ideatory, a start-up operating an online platform, which helps companies to select the best talent in the field of data and analytics by providing online quizzes and analytics challenges to evaluate potential hires. It also provides innovation services by organizing private hackathons and intra/entrepreneurship training where client’s employees work alongside young entrepreneurs to imbibe a start-up work culture. Its clients include DBS, Electrolux and several other large companies in the region. Ahuja also works as technology scout for Electrolux where he identifies technologies that could be of strategic importance to Electrolux’s product lines. Prior to founding Ideatory, he worked for the Monetary Authority of Singapore.

Matt Dooley, Managing Director, Connected Thinking
Matt Dooley is founder and director of Connected Thinking, providing digital strategy, marketing, and training to banks. He is a member of the Next Bank team with over 20 years international experience driving change at two of the world’s leading banks, across three continents. He was global head of Internet strategy and head of digital experience for the global commercial banking division in HSBC. He pioneered HSBC’s global Internet design standards as a result of establishing the first Internet banking platform back in 2000. He stays abreast of the latest trends in mobile and virtual technology as well as social media and is instrumental in helping participants develop their own personal disciplines in handling these areas.

Nigel Morris-Cotterill, Head, Anti-Money Laundering Network
Nigel Morris-Cotterill founded the Anti-Money Laundering Network as a compliance and risk management consultancy in 1993. Since then he has worked with many leading banks, central banks and other financial institutions around the world concentrating on the fight against financial crime. Morris-Cotterill started his career as solicitor in tracing proceeds of fraud and other crimes and pursuing large-scale recoveries and international actions. He is the author of three books and countless articles and is frequently quoted in national and international media. He writes several blogs and publishes the World Money Laundering Report.

Colin Savage, Head of Research, The Asian Banker
Colin Savage has nearly twenty years’ experience in research, analysis and strategic planning in Asia and Europe. While he oversees all aspects of The Asian Banker’s research team and efforts – from developing innovative methodologies and metrics to producing reports and consulting – he is particularly focused on leading the company’s research work into and ranking of vendor selection and management (for banks) and vendor evaluation (for vendors). Prior to joining the Asian Banker, Savage led the global research and strategy of a major Japanese life insurance group. He is a telecoms and mobile technology thought leader as well as risk consultant.

Delegates to this workshop will also receive complimentary registration to The Asian Banker Summit Technology Decision Makers Conference, which will feature more than 30 other world-class speakers and subject matter experts.

For programme and content related inquiries please contact:
Programme Manager

Gerlinde Gerber
+86 10 58694642


To book your seat today and for inquiries about group discounts please contact:
Marketing Manager
Janice Chua
+65 6236 6532

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