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How to Use Big Data for the Financial Industry
Dr Joanne Hannaford, Partner and Managing Director, Goldman Sachs
Mr Gavin Leo-Rhynie, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs
Date : 17 May 2016 (Tuesday)
Time : 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Venue : IAS Lecture Theater, Lo Ka Chung Building, Lee Shau Kee Campus, HKUST
Co-sponsored by the School of Engineering and Women Faculty Association, HKUST
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In recent years it has become clear that data must be managed as a corporate strategic asset. The combination of data, technology, and analytics creates previously impossible business-intelligence opportunities. How well companies can capture and manage their data so that it can be easily and consistently queried will be a key differentiator in deriving commercial value from data.

Large organizations, such as Goldman Sachs, create very large amounts of data. Traditionally, most of this data is managed in functional silos, making it difficult and expensive to discover, query, and analyze data across these silos. Overlapping and sometimes redundant repositories, differences in meaning of data, and lack of transparency on ownership present challenges, inefficiencies, and inconsistencies. How do we know what data is available? How trustworthy is it? How do you deal with different meanings resulting from traditional silo-based data management? In this talk, the speakers will explain how Goldman is tackling this problem by developing an enterprise platform to unify and manage data across the firm.


About the speakers

Dr Joanne Hannaford received her PhD in Computer Science from University College London. In 1992, she was appointed as the Vice President of Equities Analytics in the UBS Investment Bank and moved to NatWest Markets in 1994. In 1997, she joined Goldman Sachs in the Investment Research Division in London.

Dr Hannaford has held a number of roles across Technology Division in both London and New York since 2001, predominantly focusing on the build out of the firm’s global Compliance Technology and Conflicts Technology architectures. She was named Managing Director in 2008 and partner of Goldman Sachs in 2014. In February 2016, she was named as an advisor to the newly formed UK Government Digital Service advisory board.

Mr Gavin Leo-Rhynie received his bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1993. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1994 in New York as a programmer analyst in the Technology Division. He relocated to London in 1999 to head the Foreign Exchange Trading and Sales Technology team. In 2003, Mr Leo-Rhynie moved back to the United States to manage the Interest Rate Products Technology team. He managed the Securities Database (SecDb) Cross Product Technology team from its inception in 2004 until 2012, when he moved to Global Securities Services Technology. Mr Leo-Rhynie became a Technology Fellow in 2006 and was named Managing Director in 2010.

Mr Leo-Rhynie is also the regional head of Asia Pacific Technology. He serves on the Technology Executive Leadership Group and the Technology Division Risk Operating and Clearing House Risk Committees. Previously, he was the head of the Prime Services Risk, Core and Goldman Sachs Execution & Clearing Technology teams and served as the chief technology officer for Prime Services Technology.

For attendees’ attention


  The lecture is free and open to all. Seating is on a first come, first served basis.
  Light refreshments will be served from 11:00 to 11:30 am.



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