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  • Stephen J. Dubner
    Award-winning Author, Journalist, and Radio and TV Personality

    An award-winning author, journalist, and radio and TV personality, Stephen J. Dubner is the co-author of the international best-selling business books Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics. Originally published in the U.S. in 2005, Freakonomics instantly became a cultural phenomenon. Hailed by critics and readers alike, it went on to spend 4 years on The New York Timesbest-seller list, having sold more than 4 million copies around the world, in more than 35 languages. Dubner and his co-author, the University of Chicago economist Steven Levitt, have appeared widely on television and maintain the popular FREAKONOMICSblog. Mr. Dubner is also host of Freakonomics Radio, which includes radio, podcast, web, and live event programming imbued with the bestselling book’s iconoclastic approach to everyday economics.

    The FREAKONOMICS Phenomenon. The No. 1 business book hit the best-seller lists on its first day in print and continues to be phenomenally popular in the U.S., Europe, Canada, and around the world, selling over 4 million copies worldwide. Freakonomics introduced to the world a new way of thinking – a way of getting beneath the surface of modern life – and the title itself has become a catchphrase spoken everywhere from college campuses to corporate boardrooms. The book has won numerous awards and its way of thinking also lives on the popular Freakonomics blog, which has been called “the most readable economics blog in the universe.” SuperFreakonomics offers an entirely new set of lessons to be learned. The book delves into the biggest issues of our time, such as healthcare, terrorism, global warming, the financial crisis, and much more.

    The Freakonomics documentary is an anthology based on different chapters of the book. Variety calls the film “a revelatory trip into complex, innovative ideas and altered perspectives.” The documentary spent weeks among the Top 10 iTunes film downloads. 

  • Stephen J. Dubner
    • Stephen J. Dubner
      Award-winning Author, Journalist, and Radio and TV Personality

      An award-winning author, journalist, and radio and TV personality, Stephen J. Dubner is the co-author of the international best-selling business books Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics. Originally published in the U.S. in 2005, Freakonomics instantly became a cultural phenomenon. Hailed by critics and readers alike, it went on to spend 4 years on The New York Timesbest-seller list, having sold more than 4 million copies around the world, in more than 35 languages. Dubner and his co-author, the University of Chicago economist Steven Levitt, have appeared widely on television and maintain the popular FREAKONOMICSblog. Mr. Dubner is also host of Freakonomics Radio, which includes radio, podcast, web, and live event programming imbued with the bestselling book’s iconoclastic approach to everyday economics.

      The FREAKONOMICS Phenomenon. The No. 1 business book hit the best-seller lists on its first day in print and continues to be phenomenally popular in the U.S., Europe, Canada, and around the world, selling over 4 million copies worldwide. Freakonomics introduced to the world a new way of thinking – a way of getting beneath the surface of modern life – and the title itself has become a catchphrase spoken everywhere from college campuses to corporate boardrooms. The book has won numerous awards and its way of thinking also lives on the popular Freakonomics blog, which has been called “the most readable economics blog in the universe.” SuperFreakonomics offers an entirely new set of lessons to be learned. The book delves into the biggest issues of our time, such as healthcare, terrorism, global warming, the financial crisis, and much more.

      The Freakonomics documentary is an anthology based on different chapters of the book. Variety calls the film “a revelatory trip into complex, innovative ideas and altered perspectives.” The documentary spent weeks among the Top 10 iTunes film downloads. 

  • Jennifer Morgan
    President, SAP North America

    Jennifer Morgan was appointed president of SAP North America in May 2014. She is responsible for leading the business in the North America region, serving more than 89,000 customers in 25 industries across the United States and Canada.

    Previously, Jennifer was president of the regulated industries market unit for SAP U.S., which encompasses federal, state, and local government, as well as the higher education, aerospace and defense, healthcare, and utilities industries. In her role, she was responsible for leading the strategy, business operations, revenue performance, customer relationships, and overall customer satisfaction in the market segments throughout the United States.

    SAP Regulated Industries was formed in 2013, adding the healthcare and utilities businesses to SAP Public Services Inc., which Jennifer led since 2011.As president of SAP Public Services, she was directly responsible for the company’s federal civilian and defense, aerospace, state and local government, and higher education industry practices. She has more than 20 years of experience in helping develop, sell, and implement enterprise-wide solutions for government and private sector customers.

    Before joining SAP, she served in a variety of positions for Siebel Systems. Earlier, Jennifer served as a client manager at Accenture, where she primarily oversaw large system modernizations at consumer products companies, as well as numerous government agencies.

    Jennifer is a graduate of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

  • Jennifer Morgan
    • Jennifer Morgan
      President, SAP North America

      Jennifer Morgan was appointed president of SAP North America in May 2014. She is responsible for leading the business in the North America region, serving more than 89,000 customers in 25 industries across the United States and Canada.

      Previously, Jennifer was president of the regulated industries market unit for SAP U.S., which encompasses federal, state, and local government, as well as the higher education, aerospace and defense, healthcare, and utilities industries. In her role, she was responsible for leading the strategy, business operations, revenue performance, customer relationships, and overall customer satisfaction in the market segments throughout the United States.

      SAP Regulated Industries was formed in 2013, adding the healthcare and utilities businesses to SAP Public Services Inc., which Jennifer led since 2011.As president of SAP Public Services, she was directly responsible for the company’s federal civilian and defense, aerospace, state and local government, and higher education industry practices. She has more than 20 years of experience in helping develop, sell, and implement enterprise-wide solutions for government and private sector customers.

      Before joining SAP, she served in a variety of positions for Siebel Systems. Earlier, Jennifer served as a client manager at Accenture, where she primarily oversaw large system modernizations at consumer products companies, as well as numerous government agencies.

      Jennifer is a graduate of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

  • Ross Wainwright
    Global Head of Financial Services Industries at SAP

    Ross Wainwright, Global Head of Financial Services Industries (FSI) at SAP, is responsible for SAP´s end-to-end footprint and ambition in FSI, which today covers more than 17,000 existing FSI clients. Ross´ leadership team incorporates all industry, development, sales, professional services, support, partner and other SAP organizations.

    Leveraging SAP´s set of solutions, capabilities and global capacity, the overall objective for Ross and the FSI leadership team is to help customers in two main dimensions:

    -To help transform their legacy applications and architecture to meet the industry drivers of regulatory compliance, reduced cost and complexity and increased customer centricity across all channels

    -To help banks and insurance companies accelerate their modernization, standardization and innovation programs to more rapidly address the IT drivers of cloud, big data, mobile, consumerization of IT and social media

    Previous to his roles in the Financial Services Business Unit, Ross Wainwright has served as COO of SAP North America providing leadership for the following areas of the business: License Sales and Services Operations, Pre-Sales support and Value Engineering, as well as the Mobility, Line of Business and Business Analytics organizations. Prior to that, Ross served as executive vice president (EVP) of Services for North America.  He was responsible for the Services line of business, including sales, consulting delivery and education.  Prior to joining SAP in 2002, Ross served in a number of senior sales management positions at Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC) where he represented the company’s mechanical engineering and product life-cycle management solutions for the high tech vertical.

    Ross obtained his honors Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario, Canada; he currently resides in Chicago, Illinois.

  • Ross Wainwright
    • Ross Wainwright
      Global Head of Financial Services Industries at SAP

      Ross Wainwright, Global Head of Financial Services Industries (FSI) at SAP, is responsible for SAP´s end-to-end footprint and ambition in FSI, which today covers more than 17,000 existing FSI clients. Ross´ leadership team incorporates all industry, development, sales, professional services, support, partner and other SAP organizations.

      Leveraging SAP´s set of solutions, capabilities and global capacity, the overall objective for Ross and the FSI leadership team is to help customers in two main dimensions:

      -To help transform their legacy applications and architecture to meet the industry drivers of regulatory compliance, reduced cost and complexity and increased customer centricity across all channels

      -To help banks and insurance companies accelerate their modernization, standardization and innovation programs to more rapidly address the IT drivers of cloud, big data, mobile, consumerization of IT and social media

      Previous to his roles in the Financial Services Business Unit, Ross Wainwright has served as COO of SAP North America providing leadership for the following areas of the business: License Sales and Services Operations, Pre-Sales support and Value Engineering, as well as the Mobility, Line of Business and Business Analytics organizations. Prior to that, Ross served as executive vice president (EVP) of Services for North America.  He was responsible for the Services line of business, including sales, consulting delivery and education.  Prior to joining SAP in 2002, Ross served in a number of senior sales management positions at Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC) where he represented the company’s mechanical engineering and product life-cycle management solutions for the high tech vertical.

      Ross obtained his honors Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario, Canada; he currently resides in Chicago, Illinois.

  • Katherine Burger
    Editorial Director, Bank Systems & Technology and Insurance & Technology

    Katherine Burger is Editorial Director of Bank Systems & Technology and Insurance & Technology, communities that are part of UBM Tech's InformationWeek Financial Services. She assumed leadership of Bank Systems & Technology in 2003 and Insurance & Technology in 1991. In addition to directing the editorial strategy of both brands, Kathy is charged with the creation and development of new products, digital supplements and reports, and live and online events including I&T's Executive Summit, webinars, custom forums and executive roundtables. Kathy is a frequent speaker/moderator at financial services industry live and online events. She is a graduate of Carleton College.

  • Katherine Burger
    • Katherine Burger
      Editorial Director, Bank Systems & Technology and Insurance & Technology

      Katherine Burger is Editorial Director of Bank Systems & Technology and Insurance & Technology, communities that are part of UBM Tech's InformationWeek Financial Services. She assumed leadership of Bank Systems & Technology in 2003 and Insurance & Technology in 1991. In addition to directing the editorial strategy of both brands, Kathy is charged with the creation and development of new products, digital supplements and reports, and live and online events including I&T's Executive Summit, webinars, custom forums and executive roundtables. Kathy is a frequent speaker/moderator at financial services industry live and online events. She is a graduate of Carleton College.

  • Grainne McNamara
    Managing Director in Firm Management at Morgan Stanley

    Women in Financial Services Leadership Luncheon Speaker

    Grainne McNamara is a Managing Director in Firm Management at Morgan Stanley. She plays a key leadership role in the transformation of the Finance Division through the implementation of a new accounting and control infrastructure. Grainne is a specialist in designing and running multi-disciplinary projects crossing front, back and middle offices. She has played leadership roles in operations and operational risk, technology and finance during her tenure at Morgan Stanley.

    She joined Morgan Stanley in 2009 from Goldman Sachs. Over a 10-year period at Goldman Sachs, she held several senior line and project management roles in the Operations Division, Technology Division, and in the Fixed Income Division. As well as working in London and New York, Grainne also lived in Asia for a number of years building out the change management organization in the region. Prior to her work in Goldman Sachs, she was a consultant with Accenture, where she worked on infrastructure projects for Financial Institution clients. Grainne started her career at Barclays Bank in London and went through the management development program, performing several retail banking roles.

    Grainne serves as board member of the New York Women’s Foundation where she supports the foundation’s mission of achieving sustained economic security and justice for women and girls.

    Grainne studied European Business and French at the University of Ulster in Ireland and the University of Liege in Belgium. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and three young children.

  • Grainne McNamara
    • Grainne McNamara
      Managing Director in Firm Management at Morgan Stanley

      Women in Financial Services Leadership Luncheon Speaker

      Grainne McNamara is a Managing Director in Firm Management at Morgan Stanley. She plays a key leadership role in the transformation of the Finance Division through the implementation of a new accounting and control infrastructure. Grainne is a specialist in designing and running multi-disciplinary projects crossing front, back and middle offices. She has played leadership roles in operations and operational risk, technology and finance during her tenure at Morgan Stanley.

      She joined Morgan Stanley in 2009 from Goldman Sachs. Over a 10-year period at Goldman Sachs, she held several senior line and project management roles in the Operations Division, Technology Division, and in the Fixed Income Division. As well as working in London and New York, Grainne also lived in Asia for a number of years building out the change management organization in the region. Prior to her work in Goldman Sachs, she was a consultant with Accenture, where she worked on infrastructure projects for Financial Institution clients. Grainne started her career at Barclays Bank in London and went through the management development program, performing several retail banking roles.

      Grainne serves as board member of the New York Women’s Foundation where she supports the foundation’s mission of achieving sustained economic security and justice for women and girls.

      Grainne studied European Business and French at the University of Ulster in Ireland and the University of Liege in Belgium. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and three young children.

  • Tiki Barber

    Tiki Barber is a 1997 graduate of the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce (Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society), with a concentration in Management Information Systems. At UVA, Tiki excelled both academically and athletically - football and track and field. He left the Cavaliers as their all-time leading rusher and began a 10 year NFL career with the New York Football Giants.

    Tiki Barber joined Marshall Faulk and Marcus Allen as the only players in NFL history with at least 10,000 yards rushing and 5,000 yards receiving in a career. Barber retired ranking third all- time in yards per carry (4.7) and 10th all-time in yards from scrimmage (15,632; rushing and receiving). He holds almost every NY Giants rushing record - total yards, rushing yards, rushing attempts and is second in rushing touchdowns.

    In January of 2011, Tiki was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, located in Portsmouth, VA.

    Tiki has been active in media and journalism for most of his professional life. In 1999, he began his broadcasting career working for WFAN radio, which led to stints at WCBS-TV, Sirius Satellite Radio, the YES Network and Fox News.

    Upon retiring from the NFL, Tiki signed a three year contract to work as a correspondent for NBC News and Sports, primarily for The Today Show and Football Night in America, but also covering the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing for MSNBC.

    In January 2013, Tiki began his latest media endeavor as co-host of CBS Sports Radio’s new national morning show.

    He is also an entrepreneur, co-founding Thuzio.com, an eCommerce marketplace makes it easy for businesses to book sports talent for bespoke events and experiences.

    Tiki is a board member of the Fresh Air Fund and on the Advisory Board for the Hospital for Special Surgery.

    In September 2007, Tiki released his memoir, "Tiki: My Life in the Game and Beyond." He has also co-authored, with his twin brother, Ronde, three successful children’s books and eight young-adult novels.

    The Barber brothers jointly donated $1MM to the University of Virginia in October 2006, and the University retired Tiki’s #21 in November 2007.

  • Tiki Barber
    • Tiki Barber

      Tiki Barber is a 1997 graduate of the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce (Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society), with a concentration in Management Information Systems. At UVA, Tiki excelled both academically and athletically - football and track and field. He left the Cavaliers as their all-time leading rusher and began a 10 year NFL career with the New York Football Giants.

      Tiki Barber joined Marshall Faulk and Marcus Allen as the only players in NFL history with at least 10,000 yards rushing and 5,000 yards receiving in a career. Barber retired ranking third all- time in yards per carry (4.7) and 10th all-time in yards from scrimmage (15,632; rushing and receiving). He holds almost every NY Giants rushing record - total yards, rushing yards, rushing attempts and is second in rushing touchdowns.

      In January of 2011, Tiki was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, located in Portsmouth, VA.

      Tiki has been active in media and journalism for most of his professional life. In 1999, he began his broadcasting career working for WFAN radio, which led to stints at WCBS-TV, Sirius Satellite Radio, the YES Network and Fox News.

      Upon retiring from the NFL, Tiki signed a three year contract to work as a correspondent for NBC News and Sports, primarily for The Today Show and Football Night in America, but also covering the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing for MSNBC.

      In January 2013, Tiki began his latest media endeavor as co-host of CBS Sports Radio’s new national morning show.

      He is also an entrepreneur, co-founding Thuzio.com, an eCommerce marketplace makes it easy for businesses to book sports talent for bespoke events and experiences.

      Tiki is a board member of the Fresh Air Fund and on the Advisory Board for the Hospital for Special Surgery.

      In September 2007, Tiki released his memoir, "Tiki: My Life in the Game and Beyond." He has also co-authored, with his twin brother, Ronde, three successful children’s books and eight young-adult novels.

      The Barber brothers jointly donated $1MM to the University of Virginia in October 2006, and the University retired Tiki’s #21 in November 2007.

  • Willie Stegmann
    CIO Personal & Business Banking SA IT, Standard Bank of South Africa

    Willie has a background in Engineering, IT and General Management. Prior to joining Standard Bank, Willie worked for one of the Top 3 IT/Business Outsource companies in South Africa for 5 years as CEO of the Network & Infrastructure business.

    Willie holds a B.Eng, M.Comm (Business Management) and completed the Oxford AMP in 2000. After qualifying as engineer

    in 1990, he spent 5 years working for Altech (a listed IT company in South Africa), holding various positions in design, systems engineering, programme management and finally divisional management. In 1995, he was appointed as IT and Technology Head at one of the subsidiaries of Absa Bank, and in 1997 as MD of the subsidiary. Following a successful spin-off of

    the entity in 1998, Willie joined the IT Organisation in Absa in an executive role, responsible for architecture, networks and distributed infrastructure.

    In 2005, Willie joined Standard Bank as Director in Business Operations, with the brief of consolidating all the Retail Bank back-office processing operations. He placed significant emphasis on improving process proficiency through lean and six-sigma programmes and structures. A key milestone was the delivery of an Integrated Processing Center, run on lean manufacturing and lean engagement principles. During the first half of 2009 Willie was requested to Head up a new, integrated enterprise Business Performance Solutions area to further the O perations experience across the enterprise (including delivery of projects and programmes).

    Willie was appointed as Head of the Core Banking Programme September 2010 in which Standard Bank has undertaken a major business transformation initiative to achieve the Personal and Business Bank’s 2015 vision. The key enabler of this initiative is the Core Banking Transformation Programme (CBT). Appointed as CIO for PBB SA IT March 2014 reporting into the CEO for PBB SA in addition to being responsible for the CBT Program in South Africa.

  • Willie Stegmann
    • Willie Stegmann
      CIO Personal & Business Banking SA IT, Standard Bank of South Africa

      Willie has a background in Engineering, IT and General Management. Prior to joining Standard Bank, Willie worked for one of the Top 3 IT/Business Outsource companies in South Africa for 5 years as CEO of the Network & Infrastructure business.

      Willie holds a B.Eng, M.Comm (Business Management) and completed the Oxford AMP in 2000. After qualifying as engineer

      in 1990, he spent 5 years working for Altech (a listed IT company in South Africa), holding various positions in design, systems engineering, programme management and finally divisional management. In 1995, he was appointed as IT and Technology Head at one of the subsidiaries of Absa Bank, and in 1997 as MD of the subsidiary. Following a successful spin-off of

      the entity in 1998, Willie joined the IT Organisation in Absa in an executive role, responsible for architecture, networks and distributed infrastructure.

      In 2005, Willie joined Standard Bank as Director in Business Operations, with the brief of consolidating all the Retail Bank back-office processing operations. He placed significant emphasis on improving process proficiency through lean and six-sigma programmes and structures. A key milestone was the delivery of an Integrated Processing Center, run on lean manufacturing and lean engagement principles. During the first half of 2009 Willie was requested to Head up a new, integrated enterprise Business Performance Solutions area to further the O perations experience across the enterprise (including delivery of projects and programmes).

      Willie was appointed as Head of the Core Banking Programme September 2010 in which Standard Bank has undertaken a major business transformation initiative to achieve the Personal and Business Bank’s 2015 vision. The key enabler of this initiative is the Core Banking Transformation Programme (CBT). Appointed as CIO for PBB SA IT March 2014 reporting into the CEO for PBB SA in addition to being responsible for the CBT Program in South Africa.

  • Brad Katsuyama
    Founder & CEO OF IEX (Investors Exchange) and Subject of Michael Lewis’ “Flash Boys”

    Brad Katsuyama, Founder & CEO OF IEX (Investors Exchange), Subject of Michael Lewis’ “Flash Boys”. Referred to as the most powerful person on the market floor by Michael Lewis, Brad Katsuyama is the subject of Lewis’s latest best-seller, “Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt” one of the most provocative books ever to hit the financial market. The story reveals how the much talked about practice of computerized high-frequency trading (HFT) has allowed certain Wall Street players to work the stock market to their advantage.

    As the former Head of Electronic Sales & Trading at RBC, Brad Katsuyama noticed the seemingly small discrepancies (often fractions of a penny) that, when compounded, were costing his clients and many other major market players millions of dollars. Brad uncovered the inner-workings of this computerized trading system, and was one of the first to draw attention to a practice that—as Lewis puts it is “rigging the market.” Brad helped devise a plan to identify and correct the effects of HFT tactics with the creation of IEX (the Investors Exchange), an upstart stock trading venue.

  • Brad Katsuyama
    • Brad Katsuyama
      Founder & CEO OF IEX (Investors Exchange) and Subject of Michael Lewis’ “Flash Boys”

      Brad Katsuyama, Founder & CEO OF IEX (Investors Exchange), Subject of Michael Lewis’ “Flash Boys”. Referred to as the most powerful person on the market floor by Michael Lewis, Brad Katsuyama is the subject of Lewis’s latest best-seller, “Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt” one of the most provocative books ever to hit the financial market. The story reveals how the much talked about practice of computerized high-frequency trading (HFT) has allowed certain Wall Street players to work the stock market to their advantage.

      As the former Head of Electronic Sales & Trading at RBC, Brad Katsuyama noticed the seemingly small discrepancies (often fractions of a penny) that, when compounded, were costing his clients and many other major market players millions of dollars. Brad uncovered the inner-workings of this computerized trading system, and was one of the first to draw attention to a practice that—as Lewis puts it is “rigging the market.” Brad helped devise a plan to identify and correct the effects of HFT tactics with the creation of IEX (the Investors Exchange), an upstart stock trading venue.

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