2019 Speakers

Don Burr headshot

Don Burr is an accomplished, resourceful, dynamic, and hands-on technology executive with 15 years of experience in the management of information technology. Don is adept at clarifying business requirements and then translating them into effective real-world solutions that are tightly aligned with business goals that increase productivity, reduce costs, and strengthen competitive advantage. Don has expertise in strategic planning, enterprise software development, vendor management, negotiation, the selection, purchase, and implementation of new technologies, building and motivating teams, working collaboratively in a cross-functional organization, directing successful IT departments, administering technology budgets, and a consistent track record of delivering high-quality solutions on time and on budget.

Sagar Gaikwad headshot

A passionate leader with a track record of building high performing engineering teams. Sagar demonstrates daily that hard work can be fun. Believes talent can win you games, but a cohesive team can win you championships

At Capital One, Sagar has led teams to build real-time cybersecurity platform processing petabytes of data, several big data initiatives, built infrastructure as a service to modernize data science for the cloud, AI-based recruitment sourcing tool.

Sagar is now scaling the cloud engineering team to handle the rapid adoption & growth of the data science infra-as-service platform. Before Capital One, Sagar spent 7 years building data engineering products at Micron Technology

Sagar earned his BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Mumbai and earned his Masters from George Mason University where he studied Information Systems and Software Engineering.

Occasional speaker at technology and leadership conferences. Startup advisor. Creating chaos with computers & growing leaders for the last 2 decades.

Kristin Boggiano headshot

Chair of the Board and President
Women in Derivatives (WIND)

Kristin leads AlphaPoint’s legal, regulatory, and government relations functions globally, and she is a member of AlphaPoint’s executive team. Prior to AlphaPoint, Kristin was a Managing Director with Guggenheim Partners, where she advised on asset management, broker-dealer, and insurance issues. Kristin was also Special Counsel at Schulte Roth & Zabel, where she structured complex financial products, launched private businesses, and provided regulatory advice. She also worked at Merrill Lynch on the derivatives desk, beginning her career with roles at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC).

Kristin is also the founder of Women in Derivatives, Inc. (WIND), a global non-profit with more than 6,000 members and a mission to educate and develop women leaders. She earned her law degree and M.B.A. from Northeastern University and her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College.

Ankit Manoj Vasa headshot

Ankit Manoj Vasa leads global initiatives to improve processes and infrastructure by aligning to the research and mission of his organization by collaborating with multiple teams and management to improve performance and scalability for existing applications by leveraging new technologies. Ankit Vasa’s interest in technology along with a penchant for management skills have enabled him to visualize complex real-world problems into smaller modules and thus develop and expand his analytical skills. Ankit Vasa’s hybrid background of technology and management have centered his belief in the power of technology to drive transformation in business.

Tassos Sarbanes headshot

Tassos Sarbanes is a mathematician turned computer scientist and an experienced IT professional with a wealth of capabilities and knowledge acquired specifically in information systems, data management, data (big, fast, and small) analysis and data science in international roles.

Tassos is driven by his ambition to become an established data scientist through gaining new experience in the data analytics field and improving his skills in areas such as handling big data and new technologies. Tassos has a real love for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and effectively combines his technical expertise with commercial acumen. He particularly enjoys researching, exploring, and understanding specific areas of the financial industry, often preparing presentations, papers, and books of certain areas such as algorithmic development for mathematical and statistical problems and optimization in numerical computing.

Tassos enjoys a collaborative approach to tasks, working alongside like-minded individuals from diverse backgrounds to align on a common goal or theme through healthy debate.

Harvey Stein headshot

Harvey J. Stein is the head of the Quantitative Risk Analytics Group, Bloomberg LP. Harvey does research on credit risk modeling, market risk analysis, and portfolio optimization. Their current project is ‘Risk-Neutral Risk Measures.’ Harvey’s experience and expertise include Numerical Analysis, Risk Management, Stochastic Processes, High-Performance Computing, Asset Pricing, Quantitative Finance, Parallel Programming, Numerical Methods, and Stochastic Analysis.

Dino Vitale headshot

HPC professional with expertise in building shared services environments for multiple application architecture models (Grid computing, private Cloud – PAAS, SOA, high speed messaging, Hadoop/data warehouse) and operational support models. Managing an engineering team focusing on HPC/BI/Big data products on public cloud platforms.

Experienced with line-of-business Application Development teams leveraging micro-services, streaming architectures, creating next generation self-service Data Platforms for Data Scientists/Analysts for machine learning. Leading efforts on public multi-cloud for Data Archiving and HPC bursting.

Specialties include: parallel computing, building large scale grids, GPUs/CUDA, MPI, OpenMP, Processor architectures, Linux optimization, scale out storage, workload schedulers, server scavenging, infrastructure performance tuning, sizing of Hadoop environment, data caching over grid, operational automation for large-scale clusters (provisioning, elasticity, utility billing, monitoring…)

Jason Mills headshot

I am a focused and creative business leader with 20 years of experience delivering innovative technology solutions within Fortune 100 companies.

“At the heart of what I deliver is a passion to transform the end users digital experience.”

I am an experienced technology executive whose business acumen, leadership and interpersonal skills have successfully executed technology strategies in Fortune 100 companies. My role is to create and deliver technology strategies designed to achieve the corporations’ business vision and goals. I do this by specializing in leading change within Technology teams. This is usually by me transforming technology divisions into profitable business units or developing new business strategies that will create continued measurable results delivered within tight timeframes.

I am interested in applying my executive management experiences and technology skills to entrepreneurial environments. I offer value to start-up companies because of my previous executive leadership positions in Mobile Tech, Big Data, Business Analytics as well as Business Strategy and Innovation. I have developed a significant skill set which includes leadership, communication, and strategic vision as well as an intimate knowledge of financial processes, operating results and profitability management. Together these promote organizational stability and ensure that any company I am involved with has an excellent chance of achieving growth.

Ryan Quick headshot

Ryan Quick received degrees in English and Philosophy from Vanderbilt University and went on to study American Christian Ethics at Yale Divinity School. His Lifelong hobby of working with computers provided a means to support himself through college and he has been a part of the Internet and Linux communities since the early 1990s. He has focused on distributed systems for the last 25 years, with special attention placed on the interaction between applications, operating systems, and the hardware and networks underlying them. He started his professional career consulting for high-throughput transactional platforms, security, and systems integration for health care, banking, and large campus computing environments.

Ryan holds patents for messaging middleware systems and is a pioneer in bridging High-Performance Computing technologies with enterprise best-practice infrastructure. His most recent work in leveraging HPC concepts for real-time analytics with his colleague Arno Kolster have garnered provisional patents, IDC HPC Innovation awards (SC12, SC14) and HPCWire Reader’s Choice awards.

Ryan is an expert at scale-out systems, UNIX kernel design, and profiling, and has been recognized for innovation in hardware and application design, as well as in messaging ontology and distributed event-driven systems. His current efforts bring machine learning, real-time streaming, set-selection, and digital signal processing technologies to bear on predictive analytics to provide self-healing for command and control systems. Always a systems integrator at heart, he is always looking for “cross-discipline” solutions to bring novel technical solutions to some of the toughest problems in the world today.

Asha is the Head of Product for AlphaPoint, where she oversees the strategy, marketing, and development of AlphaPoint’s portfolio of products including trading / secondary markets, asset issuance, and data. She joined AlphaPoint from ConsenSys, where she led product for its real-estate tokenization platform, Meridio. Prior to ConsenSys, Asha was a technology strategy consultant at Deloitte and was a founding member of its New York Blockchain Lab. She holds a B.B.A. in Finance and Economics from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.

Eric Terrell headshot

Eric Terrell brings 20 years experience in enterprise architecture, software engineering, and consulting services. Eric has been critical in the success of large, transformational projects for several companies across North America and Europe. Additionally, he brings significant experience in Systems Integration and Data Transformation across Telecom, Media & Entertainment, and Financial Services verticals. As Six Nines Managing Director; he specializes in enterprise architecture and cloud adoption strategy with focus on developing accelerated solutions for customers migrating to the cloud.

Over the past 10 years, Eric has focused on the technology sector as a thought leader and practitioner. His work has included: helping clients move to agile-based delivery models; establishing cloud-first architecture vision; and focusing on end to end automation in all aspects of software engineering and cloud operations.

Eric is a graduate of the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, a native of the St.Louis area, and a die-hard Cardinals baseball fan.

Rich Olivola

Rich Olivola is a Technical Storage Specialist in Intel’s Non-volatile Memory and Storage (NVMS) Group. Rich has been at Intel for five years working on a variety of network, server, security and storage related solutions. His career extents over 25 years working on converged systems for top OEM’s to the financial companies in the New York City area.

Jeremy Vaughan, a seasoned entrepreneur and software executive, is the unshakable optimist of Tauruseer. He co-founded the company in 2019 after directly experiencing how much of an impact product risk management of healthcare software and medical devices could have on patient safety. Jeremy’s vision is to lead change in building a culture of digital ethics, trust, and transparency through solving systemic operational problems in modern product delivery. Prior to Tauruseer, Jeremy popularized the concept of outcomes-driven software development in his role as Principal and Chief Strategy Officer of feature[23], serving on the leadership team that secured the company’s growth. Jeremy is passionate in building world-class software to help organizations improve security, simplify continuous risk assessments, and create more cost-effective compliance throughout the life cycle of products we depend on.

Dan Simerman is an investor and technical product manager well versed in consumer psychology, digital assets and open source software development. Dan has a history of building software for Fortune 50 financial institutions, multinational media companies and strategic consulting firms.

As Head Of Financial Relations at the IOTA Foundation, Dan’s goal is to support the technology for a new type of digital infrastructure, one where IOT devices and humans can seamlessly exchange value and data in a safe, secure, and decentralized economy.

Stephen Litster headshot

Steve is CTO at the Markley Group, New England’s premium provider of Colocation, Connectivity and Cloud services supporting Academia, Life Science and Financial Service organizations.

After obtaining his PhD in Chemical Crystallography in 1992, he continued his research career at the University of Calgary. During this time he was exposed to his first “super computer”-the Fujitsu VPX240, and realized the impact HPCC could have on scientific discovery. This was followed by a move to Harvard University in 1998 working under the supervision of Professors Don Wiley and Steve Harrison in the area of macromolecular and computational crystallography.

Following a brief adventure into telecom startups, he came back into the scientific computing world as HPC lead at Vertex Pharmaceuticals.

In 2004 he joined the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research as the Global lead for Scientific Computing, specializing in the application of High Performance, Data Analytics and Cloud Computing to advance drug discovery. After 14 years in the role he moved to Markley as CTO where he remains today.

Previously, Steve was a Managing Director and Global Head of the IT Research & Development at Credit Suisse including over fourteen years of driving innovative technology into solutions that differentiated Credit Suisse’s Trading and Analytics technology platform. In this role, Steve was responsible for setting the direction of the Firm’s next-generation computing environment across all of its IT divisions. During his tenure at Credit Suisse, Steve also served as Head of Global Core Technologies and CTO of Mission Critical Systems, including the Firm’s World Class Global Equity Trading and Analytic system. Throughout his career, Steve has worked closely with serial Entrepreneurs, top Venture Capital firms around the world, and some of the world’s largest technology providers including being a selected member of several CTO Advisory boards such as Sun Microsystems, Microsoft, EMC, HP, IBM Research, Veritas, and Cisco.

Zhibai Zhang headshot

Zhibai Zhang is a Vice President at an investment bank in NYC and an adjunct professor at NYU Tandon where he has taught financial machine learning. Prior to the current role, he was a Vice President at Guggenheim Partners where he built multiple machine learning based quantitative trading strategies on cross-asset futures. He has published on financial machine learning applications, volatility prediction and option pricing.

Steve Yatko headshot

Steve Yatko has over 20+ years of experience in advanced enterprise IT systems and technology as a result of leading his own boutique consulting firm, Oktay Technology, as well as his software development firm, Renascence Development, and Credit Suisse. Over the past eight years, he’s lead Oktay Technology into multi-year strategic technology advisory partnerships with some of the most innovative and successful firms on Wall Street, including Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Bloomberg, Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, Liquidnet and Bridgewater Associates. Over the past year, he’s also lead Renascence Development into strategic partnerships with the development of modern informatics, AI and Machine Learning systems for firms on Wall Street and Health Care, including Legg Mason and Care Finders Total Care. Steve is an industry advisor to Starr Investment Holdings (SIH), and also a co-founder of DynamicOps, a Credit Suisse spinout acquired by VMware.

Previously, Steve was a Managing Director and Global Head of the IT Research & Development at Credit Suisse including over fourteen years of driving innovative technology into solutions that differentiated Credit Suisse’s Trading and Analytics technology platform. In this role, Steve was responsible for setting the direction of the Firm’s next-generation computing environment across all of its IT divisions. During his tenure at Credit Suisse, Steve also served as Head of Global Core Technologies and CTO of Mission Critical Systems, including the Firm’s World Class Global Equity Trading and Analytic system. Throughout his career, Steve has worked closely with serial Entrepreneurs, top Venture Capital firms around the world, and some of the world’s largest technology providers including being a selected member of several CTO Advisory boards such as Sun Microsystems, Microsoft, EMC, HP, IBM Research, Veritas, and Cisco.

CONFERENCE ORGANIZERS