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Ayanna Clunis – Managing Director – Markets Operations Transformation & Market Asset Servicing and controls
Ayanna Clunis – Managing Director – Markets Operations Transformation & Market Asset Servicing and controls
Diversity is an imperative — and together, we are all accountable for our culture of respect, equity and inclusion. J.P. Morgan is working to drive a diverse and inclusive culture for our employees and our business. Everything has to start at home – leaving no stone unturned, we’re looking at our diverse recruiting practices, training, our products and services, and supplier diversity. Partnering with Women in Data helps us work towards closing the gender gap and increasing diversity in data careers. This enables us to bring the very best ideas to the forefront while continuing to drive innovation across all areas of our business.
Education: Veer Narmad South Gujarat University (Surat, Gujarat, India), Masters in Computer Applications, 1996, Bachelor in Physics, 1993
Dipa Angreji is Head of Reference Data Product Solutions in the Chief Data & Analytics Office at J.P. Morgan. She is responsible for transforming reference data product solutions through a reusable and scalable “Reference Data as a Service” framework, partnering with business and technology stakeholders across the firm.
Dipa began her career at J.P. Morgan in 2019 and has over 20 years of experience in information technology and data management across financial services, consumer goods and pharmaceuticals. She received her bachelor’s degree in Physics and her master’s degree in Computer Applications both from Veer Narmad South Gujarat University, in Surat, India.
Throughout her career, Dipa has built and managed high-performing teams to design and deliver cutting-edge data management solutions. “I believe having an entrepreneurial and leadership mindset helps build a data-driven culture,” said Dipa. “I’m also a strong believer in creating a culture of in-the-moment feedback. It empowers my teams and allows them to think outside the box to deliver creative solutions for the firm.”
Dipa values authenticity, gratitude, courage, humility, integrity and versatility. “I come from humble, lower-middle class background, where I had limited exposure and access to even basic human needs,” said Dipa. As a result, she’s built a resilient and driven personality, and is passionate about helping people reach their highest potential and breaking barriers. “I’m always looking to coach women from different cultures on how to navigate their career, how to balance work and life, and how to create their own identity by leveraging their own experiences.”
Education: MBA, University of Texas at Austin, MS Computer Engineering, University of Texas at Dallas, BE Computer Science & Engineering, University of Madras (India)
Sarah Victor is Head of Strategic Execution in the Chief Data Office (CDO) at J.P. Morgan’s Corporate & Investment Bank (CIB). In this role, her team is responsible for driving the end-to-end execution of the strategic and transformational programs of the CIB Data Strategy. Sarah joined J.P. Morgan in 2016 and prior to this role, she was the senior business manager for the CIB Chief Data & Analytics Office (CDAO), with a core responsibility to drive the business priorities and execute to the strategic and financial objectives of the business.
Sarah received her bachelor’s degree in Computer Science & Engineering from the University of Madras, in Chennai, India, before immigrating to the U.S. to continue her studies. There, she earned her master’s in Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Dallas.
She started her career as a hardware engineer at Intel in Austin, Texas. Five years into her first job, she was curious to learn more about the business model, the impact and the value generated by the products that were built. She explored formal ways of learning to successfully manage a business and enrolled herself in a part-time MBA program at the University of Texas at Austin. “Managing a full-time job and school was quite daunting and exhausting,” said Sarah. “Looking back, I’m glad I went back to school at the time that I did because it helped me transition my career from core engineering to finance and business.”
After graduating from business school, Sarah joined AT&T’s Leadership Development Program and worked on multiple roles across operations, data and customer experience. Through her gamut of experiences across various businesses and industries, she gained a vast knowledge about data and analytics, and the power of a data-driven business model.
Sarah is an active member of the CIB CDAO Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Council and several other mentoring circles. She, along with her colleagues, co-founded the Women in CDAO forum, an open and informal community to discuss and support the unique challenges working women face.
“I firmly believe there needs to be a good balance of risk and reward – and my journey is no different,” said Sarah. “Where I am today is an outcome of several calculated risks.”
Sarah has a continual learning mindset and embraces change by staying true to her favorite quote: “be comfortable being uncomfortable.”
Allie Gillon-Livesey is Head of Strategic Partnerships in the Chief Data & Analytics Office (CDAO) at J.P. Morgan’s Corporate & Investment Bank (CIB). In this role, her team is responsible for setting the strategy for external partnerships – enterprise agreements, investments, acquisitions – with relevant Data & Analytics companies. Allie has been with J.P. Morgan since 2014 and was recently promoted to Executive Director. Throughout her tenure, she has gained experience across multiple teams and several lines of business – giving her a broad understanding of how external Data & Analytics solutions could be relevant to different parts of the bank.
Formerly, Allie was the Global Data & Analytics Lead on the Digital Innovation team. The team combines strategy, thought leadership and execution to shape the CIB digital agenda and FinTech investment portfolio.
During the earlier part of her career, Allie spent two years on the CIB Strategy team, which supports the CEO of J.P. Morgan’s Corporate & Investment Bank. During this time, she worked on numerous projects including the creation of an AI Research Lab at the bank. This project impelled her to further her interest in the field of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning; and she impulsively applied to Imperial College London to study a part-time Masters in Business Analytics. Looking back, Allie believes she would never have made the decision if she had considered the two years of studying whilst working ahead. The best advice she ever received was to not overthink career choices.
As a champion of diversity both within J.P. Morgan and the external community, Allie sits on the CIB CDAO Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council and is a mentor for J.P. Morgan’s Women on the Move initiative. In 2020, Allie and three other colleagues pioneered employee-led change to address some of the root causes for a lack of diversity in Financial Services. Allie continues to be passionate about effecting change by solving for the root cause, including encouraging girls to code and choose a career in technology, data and analytics.
Nicole began her career at J.P. Morgan in 2003. She started in the firm’s Sydney office before moving to London, Hong Kong and now Singapore. Throughout that time, she has worked in both Asset and Wealth Management (AWM) and the Corporate & Investment Bank (CIB). This experience working across lines of business helped her understand how the bank operates across different markets and regions.
After working as the APAC Business Controls Head for Securities Services, Nicole was given the opportunity to lead the APAC Chief Data Office. This has been a unique career experience, since it allowed Nicole to establish a new team, a rare opportunity when working for a large bank. In this role she is focused on driving data strategy and governance, which supports both safeguarding data and the growth agenda in CIB, whilst ensuring the firm remains compliant with our regulatory obligations.
Nicole is a strong believer in realizing the value of data and has represented J.P. Morgan to talk about data quality at several client events. She is a member of a number of Asia’s leading industry bodies helping to drive consensus, advocating solutions and effecting change on a number of key data–related initiatives.
Having had some inspiring mentors early on in her career, Nicole is always looking to support junior employees. Pushing mentees out of their comfort zone and helping them tackle new challenges is an experience Nicole finds rewarding in her own career. She is passionate about developing high-performing, diverse talent and future leaders of the firm, and finds time to personally coach, inspire and sponsor women at all levels.
Halima Dhami holds a Bachelor of Arts in History with Arabic, from the University of London, School of Oriental & African Studies, and her Masters of Science in International and Economic History, from the London School of Economics.
After graduation, Halima started her career at SEI, a financial services company providing front-office and back-office technology and investment solutions. She started on the graduate scheme, which entailed spending four months in all departments across the business unit, then took up a permanent position as a Business Analyst.
Her main projects involved working on data migrations, on-boarding accounts, data readiness and data integrity. Whilst working on these projects, she understood the necessity of maintaining ‘good’ data and the importance of data-driven decisions. Through these projects, Halima became aware of the company’s data architecture and general data lineage across systems. “I found this interesting, as data is the core driver of many strategic business decisions,” said Halima.
Outside of her role at SEI, Halima took a course in coding through the initiative “Code First Girls” and became a STEM ambassador, encouraging girls to study STEM and apply for jobs within the field. “I felt I could be an effective champion for this initiative given my educational background in the social sciences,” said Halima.
Halima joined J.P. Morgan’s Data Quality Program in November 2021. In her role, she focuses on the data lineage and remediation of Critical Data Elements (CDEs) as part of the account open process. The requirement of having stringent checks and following data protocols and procedures can alleviate data exceptions and breaks, especially as data is passed across various downstream systems.
She has also worked on Robotics Process Automation (RPA) projects, looking at manual operational processes and identifying areas for automation to enhance efficiency, but also alleviate errors caused by manual touchpoints.” Although my educational background is in the social sciences, and not data or analytics related, I have always been a methodological and evidence-based thinker,” said Halima. “This ties in with my passion for strategic, data-driven decision making.”
In an effort to upskill and enhance her knowledge, Halima continues to purse courses and certifications in various tools including Tableau and Alteryx, which assist with data parsing, analytics and visualisation.
Halima is also active in the firm’s “Women on the Move” and “NextGen” Business Resource Groups, stating, “I hope to be a champion of diversity, not only within J.P. Morgan, but across the financial services industry.”
Investments in data and analytics are changing our industry and the way we work. Today, our data and analytics teams, led by top experts in the field, are helping serve our customers and clients with greater depth, sophistication and innovation. Our team of experts in data and analytics sit at the intersection of data science, research and innovation to solve the most pressing financial problems. We create solutions to help our customers and clients achieve their financial goals, improve their experiences and protect their information. Whether working with big data, top analytics tools, artificial intelligence, machine learning models or robotics, our teams collaborate using cutting-edge technology to drive real world impact and solutions. By innovating and investing in our people and tool sets, we’re able to maximize our employees’ skills by removing the manual work out of day-to-day processes and simplifying tasks to save time.
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