Emerging Analytical Trends in Financial Services

2019 Signature Series Event

Thursday, Aug 29th, 2019

NASCAR Hall of Fame, 400 E M.L.K. Jr Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28202

During our reception, you will have the opportunity to network with some of the brightest minds in the industry while enjoying Wine and delicious Hors D'Oeuvres.

Event Schedule

4:30 PM - Registration    5:00 PM - Speaker Session     6:30 PM - Wine and Hors D'Oeuvres


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      Swaroop Yalla, PhD | LinkedIn

SVP, Enterprise Portfolio Analytics Executive - Bank of America

TOPIC: Advanced Analytics for Banking & Risk Management - Journey & Lessons Learnt

Swaroop Yalla heads the Enterprise Portfolio Analytics group at Bank of America. His team delivers high value risk-return analytics for the Enterprise Portfolio totaling $1 Trillion (Wholesale and Consumer loan portfolios) to support Responsible Growth, Risk Appetite, Concentration and Limits Framework. His team also produces Analytics and tools utilizing Advanced Analytics (Machine Learning, NLP) as well as Visualization/BI capabilities for active portfolio surveillance. He has over 17 years of experience with varied roles in Capital Markets, Quantitative Analytics, Securitization, and Risk Management. In his prior roles, Swaroop was a Wall Street Analyst and Trader covering real estate sector with Morgan Stanley, and was Head of Credit Portfolio Strategies at KeyCorp. Swaroop received his bachelor’s degree from IIT Delhi and a PhD from the University of Notre Dame. He also received a Masters in Quantitative Finance and Data Science from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.


Dr. Wenwen Dou | LinkedIn

Assistant Professor - UNC Charlotte College of Computing

Dr. Victor Zitian Chen | LinkedIn

Associate Professor of International Management - UNC Charlotte Belk College of Business

TOPIC: Can Machines Reason & Tell Stories? A Causal Knowledge Graph & Platform for Sustainable Enterprise Performance

Dr. Victor Zitian Chen is an associate professor (with tenure) in Management Department, The Belk College of Business, University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He conducts research on enterprise performance, institutional environments, corporate governance, and strategic management. His recent research focus is to develop a research platform for a cumulative causal knowledge graph on business key performance indicators (KPI). His research has been published or in press at Journal of Management, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Corporate Finance, Global Strategy Journal, and Columbia FDI Perspectives amongst others. He received Academy of Management Meeting Best Paper Award in International Corporate Governance, Academy of International Business Meeting Best Paper Nomination in Emerging Economies (twice), and Asia Pacific Journal of Management 2014 Best Paper Award. His research has been quoted by CNBC (USA), The Globe and Mail (Canada), Valor Econômico (Brazil), RT (Russia), and Shanghai Daily (China) among others. He is also an academic contributor at the Lorange Network – a learning platform for large-scale family business offices. He finished a Ph.D. in strategy from Segal Graduate School of Business, Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. Between December 2011 and August 2018, he served as the Global Coordinator and Editor of Emerging Market Global Players (EMGP) Project at Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment. Before academia, he completed all three levels of CFA exams and cofounded a startup on foreign direct investment database and research. He was named Charlotte Chamber Young Educator of the Year in 2015.

Dr. Wenwen Dou is currently an assistant professor of College of Computing and Informatics and a core faculty member at Charlotte Visualization Center at University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her research interests include Visual Analytics, Text Mining, and Human Computer Interaction. She works in the cutting-edge research area of Visual Text Analytics, which integrates statistical and machine learning methods with powerful interactive visualization for analyzing large amounts of textual data. Dou has worked with various analytics domains in reducing information overload and providing interactive visual means to analyzing unstructured information. She has experience in turning cutting-edge research into technologies that have broad societal impacts, partially demonstrated by supports from both academic and industry partners, including the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, US Army Research Office, US Special Operations Command, National Science Foundation, US Army Engineering Research and Development Center, and Lowe’s company Inc. Dou has served on the organizing and program committee of the IEEE VIS conference, the premier conference for visualization research for the past 4 years.

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Doug Hague | LinkedIn

Professor of Practice - UNCC Data Science Initiative

TOPIC: Bias, Fairness, and Trust in AI: The Journey in Financial Services and Beyond

Doug Hague is a professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Data Science Initiative. He recently joined UNC Charlotte after a career as an analytics and modeling advisor who achieved transformational business results by aligning business objectives with data and analytical capability. With more than 20 years of experience, he has had consistent success at developing and implementing highly effective analytical organizations across a variety of industries. A system-level thinker, he easily translates technical data into language that resonates with peers, executives, and board members. He supports the valuable relationship between reliable science and engaged employees by creating and leading efforts that recruit, develop, and retain leaders in the field.

Doug provided advice to a wide range of industries that are undergoing transformations through analytics and data science. In 2018, he was named one of the Top 50 Data and Analytics Professionals in the USA and Canada by Corinium Global Intelligence. He has worked with leaders in healthcare, manufacturing, financial services, and the service industry to identify the most efficient and effective analytical organization, infrastructure, and data platforms, while also advising on regulatory matters.

During his more than ten years at Bank of America, Doug created a culture around quantitative improvement across the entire company. As Chief Analytics Officer of Bank of America Merchant Services, he was responsible for influencing business and portfolio strategies through data research and analysis. He also designed and executed a new analytical structure that improved quality and access to company data, increasing sales performance and customer profitability. In addition, he led the commercial development and launch of data products for BAMS.

Doug and his wife Lynette have been married 30 years and have two sons. He enjoys contributing his skills both as an analyst and avid sports photographer to high school cross-country teams.