Meet the Refinitiv Labs team at the Singapore FinTech Festival Innovation Lab Crawl

We’re excited to open our doors to share how we are working with customers, partners and FinTech startups to co-create quick, agile, collaborative experiments and proofs-of-concepts to real-world business challenges.

With labs in New York, London, Cape Town, San Francisco and Singapore, the Refinitiv Labs (formerly Thomson Reuters Labs),  is a global network of data scientists, UX designers and engineers that drives experimentation with advanced data analytics and machine intelligence to real-world industry challenges. Our Labs provide capabilities across the disciplines of data science, artificial intelligence, blockchain engineering and data visualisation and combine that with deep domain knowledge of the financial and risk industry.

Join us to discover how we work, and explore how you can collaborate with us.


4:00pm - Registration

4:30pm - Introduction to Applied Innovation & AI in Finance: Meet the team, learn about what we do, and how we leverage artificial intelligence for the world of finance

5:00pm -
Transforming the global financial ecosystem with AI & Data:  The financial services industry is leading the way when it comes to adoption of emerging technologies. From managing assets, process automations, to detecting money laundering and fraud, financial institutions are tapping AI to process massive amount of data, and unlock powerful insights. Join us to hear from industry experts on how data, analytics and AI can be leveraged to transform the global financial ecosystem.

6:00pm - Networking Drinks

Event info

  • Date

    15 November 2018
  • Time

    4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Location

    One Raffles Quay, #28-01 North Tower, Singapore 048583


Sanjna Parasrampuria, Head of Applied Innovation, Asia, Refinitiv Labs

Sanjna Parasrampuria spearheads Refinitiv Labs in Asia. Refinitiv Labs creates innovative products using artificial intelligence techniques of NLP, machine learning as well data visualizations for the finance and risk markets.

Sanjna has successfully led large corporations and startup companies across Asia by leveraging emerging technology, advanced analytics & data. Currently she is pioneering several artificial intelligence driven innovations in wealth management, financial crime and risk screening in Asia with a global network of 150+ data scientists, engineers and designers.

She brings together 15 years of experience in tech innovation grounded in strategic planning, deep empathy for the customer & a keen understanding of how technology and data can deliver new value.

Sanjna is an active investor and advisor to FinTech and RegTech startups and an Entrepreneur in Residence at INSEAD. She holds an MBA from INSEAD (France), a post-graduate masters in finance and a graduate degree in mathematics.


Tim Baker, Global Head of Applied Innovation, Refinitiv Labs

Tim Baker is the Global Head of Applied Innovation at Refinitiv. Applied Innovation is a team of engineers, data scientists, and subject matter experts.  The team supports proposition and product teams to solve for specific challenges, helping test business hypotheses while engaging and validating these with customers.  The global team is located primarily in New York, San Francisco, London and Singapore.

Tim is a major sponsor of Refinitiv’s open platform strategy and has been an early proponent of the firm’s Open PermID initiative (see, as well as the launch of the firm’s associated big data solutions, also known a Big Open Linked Data Solutions. 

Prior to Refinitiv, Tim was a Managing Director at UBS – joining the firm as an equity research analyst based in Mexico, after which he became head of Latin Research, Deputy Head of US Research and CTO for Global Research. Latterly he was leading the firm’s investments in independent research and fintech startups, and assumed a number of board positions in portfolio companies. 

Tim was originally trained as an electronic engineer at Rolls-Royce, having graduated with a BSC Electronic Engineering, and an MBA both from Bath University.  Tim is also a CFA Charter Holder.


R. Jesse McWaters, Financial Innovation Lead, World Economic Forum

R. Jesse McWaters leads the World Economic Forum’s exploration of FinTech and financial innovation where he has authored some of the most comprehensive and influential publications to date on how the fourth industrial revolution in reshaping the financial ecosystem. Through close collaboration with c-suite financial executives, senior regulators and a global network of leading FinTech innovators he has produced a number of in-depth analyses on the implications of open banking, blockchain, digital identity, and AI on the competitive dynamics of the financial sector and the broader role of financial services in society.

Jesse is a frequent speaker and media commentator on FinTech, having been featured on CNBC’s Closing Bell, and cited in Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, and the New York times. Moreover, presentations on his outlook for the future of the financial system are frequently sought out by leading financial institutions and global policymakers including the Financial Stability Board, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, the Federal Reserve Board, the Peoples Bank of China, the European Parliament, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.


Shameek Kundu, Chief Data Officer, Standard Chartered Bank

Shameek is Chief Data Officer (CDO) at Standard Chartered Bank, and is a member of the bank’s global IT and Operations Management Team. As CDO, Shameek is responsible for Data Strategy and Data Quality governance, and plays a key role in shaping the bank’s response to regulatory/ industry initiatives on Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Analytics (e.g., as a member of the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s Fairness, Ethics, Accountability and Transparency committee). Shameek is also the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for corporate functions.

Prior to this, Shameek led the bank’s Big Data / analytics and traditional data warehouse technology platforms, and the bank’s innovation centre (“eXellerator”). In these roles, he played a key role in enabling the Group’s innovation agenda through engagement and experimentation with Technology start-ups

Shameek joined Standard Chartered Bank in August 2009 from McKinsey.

Connie Leung, Senior Director, Financial Services Business Lead, Asia, Worldwide Financial Services, Microsoft Corporation

Connie Leung is the Senior Director & Financial Services Business Lead - Asia of the Worldwide Financial Services Industry team. Connie has dual responsibility as Asia lead for driving high level engagement and industry spokesperson and thought leader in Asia, and provides the strategic direction and leadership for all aspects of the Financial Services business as part of the Worldwide Financial Services group, including Banking, Capital Markets and Insurance. As part of the worldwide financial services team, Connie has led various global initiatives including Blockchain and AI/Machine learning for corporate banking and industry digital transformation initiatives. Connie brings many years of diversified industry experience to this role including banking & finance, vertical business segment such as payments, treasury and trade, technology & infra-structure, sales and management experience to this role.

Before joining Microsoft, Connie was a Director, Payments & Trade markets, Asia Pacific at SWIFT responsible for corporate, payments and trade markets activities in Asia Pacific. She was with SWIFT since March 2006 initially focusing on launching the new Trade Services Utility(ICCBPO) in the market and moved into her last position in September 2010 to develop SWIFT’s corporate, payments and trade & supply chain business in Asia Pacific.

Prior to joining SWIFT, Connie held management positions with various financial information services providers including as Misys, Surecomp and Fidelity Information Services, offering trade finance, core banking, treasury and payment systems to banks. Prior to that, Connie served as vice president and in other management roles for companies such as smart card management system, credit card payment terminals and internet e-commerce portals for the financial sector.

Connie has a strong track record in sales, marketing and growing new business in the financial sector, is capable of bringing innovative solutions to the market. She is a regular speaker at industry events such as Eurofinance, Asia Trade Finance week, Exporta, Finance Asia, APEC and Euromoney events and contributor to media and publications such as GTR, The Asian Banker, The Asset, Finance Asia and the BAFT newsletter. Connie holds an honors degree in Computer Science and is fluent in English and Chinese.

Mark Wightman, Partner, Wealth & Asset Management ASEAN Leader & APAC Advisory Leader, EY

Mark leads EY’s ASEAN Wealth & Asset Management & APAC WAM Advisory teams. He joined in 2014 after spending over 20 years in industry with operations, technology & strategy roles. He started his career in financial technology spinning a business out of the London Business School in ‘94 and later raising VC and exiting.

He has worked across the breadth of the buyside including projects on strategy, operating model, products, distribution, alternatives, derivatives & risk. 

Clients helped by Mark include asset managers, asset servicing firms, wealth managers, private banks, hedge funds, PE funds, SWFs and family offices.

Mark has been a Singapore Permanent Resident for over a decade and focused on APAC markets for over two decades. Mark has a BA & MA from Oxford University.

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