Speakers

  • Asad Ahmed

    Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal

    Asad Ahmed comes with more than 30 years of experience in banking, credit management and in formulating and managing strategic and operational changes in financial institutions. At A&M, Asad has led assignments ranging from review of operational risk at a major Gulf bank to corporate debtor advisory. He has also served as Interim General Manager with one of the largest brokerage firms in the UAE. In his previous roles, he was at National Bank of Fujairah, last serving as General Manager. He oversaw bank operations and was responsible for extending the service offerings, branch / ATM network, strengthening corporate governance (audit, compliance, KYC) and setting up the bank for Basel 2 Implementation. Before joining A&M, he worked as a managing director with Gulf African Bank (Kenya), the largest Sharia compliant bank in East Africa. In the past, he has served on the Governing Council of the Kenya Bankers Association, and the Board of Nairobi Hospice. Mr. Ahmed has also worked for nine years with Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (Toronto), co-leading a team to successfully setup new lines of business and increase non-traditional lending to intellectual property based business. He also developed a mezzanine finance program and two other quasi-equity funds, and served on their credit committees.

  • Shanker Ramamurthy

    Keynote Address
    GM Strategy & Market Development IBM Global Industries, Blockchain & Industry Platforms President IBM Industry Academy

    Shanker Ramamurthy is currently the General Manager Strategy & Market Development for Global Industries, Blockchain & Industry Platforms. He is also the President of the IBM Industry Academy and a member of the IBM Growth & Transformation Team.


    Over the last 25 years as an executive and consultant he has worked in all the six continents across thirty plus countries in the intersection of general management, strategy, information technology, big data and analytics. He is a well known thought leader with five patents relating to addressing complexity, has authored several white papers and been ranked as one of the 50 most influential financial services consultants worldwide by Euromoney magazine.


    Prior to rejoining IBM, he was the President of Thomson Reuters’ Financial Professional & Marketplaces’ business, a $5.5 billion business. He also setup and ran as President its Global Growth Organization comprising over 15,000 employees in over 100 countries. Earlier in his career he held a number of leadership roles in IBM including Global Managing Partner for Strategy & Analytics practice with over 15,000 consultants, General Manager globally for IBM’s Banking & Financial Markets business and Global Managing Partner for IBM Banking & Financial Markets consulting. He was also a consulting partner with PwC in Australia and New York.


    Shanker has an MS in Information Science from the University of New South Wales in Australia and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Madras.