Open Source Strategy Forum

Featured Speakers

  • Jo Ann Barefoot is CEO & Founder of AIR – the Alliance for Innovative Regulation and host of the global podcast show Barefoot Innovation. A noted advocate of “regulation innovation,” Jo Ann is Senior Fellow Emerita at the Harvard Kennedy School Center for Business & Government. She has been Deputy Comptroller of the Currency, partner at KPMG, Co-Chairman of Treliant Risk Advisors, and staff member at the U.S. Senate Banking Committee. She’s an angel investor, serves on the board of Oportun, serves on the fintech advisory committee for FINRA, is a member of the Milken Institute U.S. FinTech Advisory Committee, and is a member of the California Blockchain Working Group Advisory Board. Jo Ann chairs the board of directors of FinRegLab, previously chaired the board of the Financial Health Network, and previously served on the CFPB’s Consumer Advisory Board. She was a Cofounder of Hummingbird Regtech.

  • Pierre is a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs and the Lead Architect of the recently open sourced Data Management Platform Legend. In addition, he co-manages Goldman’s global Data Platform team which is responsible for developing data-centric and user-focused solutions to power the firm’s Data Strategy. During his 15-year tenure at Goldman Sachs, his technological designs significantly increased data quality and streamlined data production flows. Before joining Goldman Sachs, he was a senior Consultant at Gemini Systems building out a software to uplift various trading floor workflows at the NYC Stock Exchange. Before that, he was Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Apeera.

  • Alejandra “Ali” Villagra is a Managing Director in the Markets and Securities Services division of Citi.   She is the head of Citi Velocity, Citi’s #1 ranked Digital Platform for Institutional Clients.   Since joining Citi in 2001 she has held positions in investment-grade debt origination, institutional fixed income sales and in Citi’s innovation organization.    She is also an active participant in women’s leadership and development networks at Citi. Ali is a graduate of Dartmouth College and lives in New York with her husband and 4 yr old son. 

  • John Jeremiah Product Marketing Manager, GitLab
  • Democracy activist, open source sustainer, co-founder & CEO at Open Collective and Chair of DemocracyEarth Foundation. I worked in politics in Argentina and developed technology for democracy around the world. YC Alum, YGL (World Economic Forum),  globe-trotter and Roma’s mum.

  • Alessandro leads the business and technology strategy to accelerate the adoption of Red Hat open source technologies in the FinServ/FinTech industry working with customers, technology and service partners across product management, engineering, marketing and sales.

    In his role, he leads Red Hat in assisting banks and other financial services firms in the go-to-cloud journey, adopting DevOps, influencing Red Hat R&D to focus on solving Finserv line of business’ challenges developing open source reference architectures and open collaborative environments.

    Prior to Red Hat, Alessandro has spent sixteen years serving top financial institutions including Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch Bank of America, Societe Generale, Citicorp and Deutsche Bank. He has covered leading roles as a consultant covering engineering, operations, software development, and consulting. As banking IT director he has implemented mission-critical distributed solutions for capital markets and retail banking, managing large international teams.

    Alessandro graduated in Master Computer Engineering and Business Administration at the University of Trento, Italy, and lives in New York.



  • My technological focuses have been in recent years Open Source; Cloud and Utility Computing; Infrastructure automation; and Data (big and small; relational and non-relational).

    My calling, though, lies in sharing my excitement about technology and coalescing a group around a consistent vision. I love meeting people and rapidly assessing what information I need to impart in order to draw them into the vision or story that I have to share.

    My background has consistently included leading operational IT and development teams as well as external facing work – Biz Dev; Sales Engineering; Customer Support; and, of course, Public Speaking. I enjoy bridging the gap between the business world and the tech world. 

  • Gabriele is an open source executive and technologist at heart. He spent over 15 years building developer ecosystems to deliver value through open source across Europe and the US. He thrives on driving innovation both contributing to open source communities and joining commercial open source ventures, whether it’s for an early-stage tech startup, a Fortune 500 firm, or a non-profit foundation. Previously Director of Product Management at Alfresco, as Executive Director Gabriele grew the Fintech Open Source Foundation FINOS from the ground up, with the vision of creating a trusted arena for the global financial services industry to innovate faster, leveraging open source as a model of collaboration. Gabriele holds a Master in Computer Engineering, is a Committer for the Apache Software Foundation, and advises open source startups. He’s a passionate soccer fan, reggae music connoisseur, and special needs dad and advocate wannabe.

  • Tosha has spent more than 18 years in financial services and technology working with banks, software companies and start-ups in a wide variety of roles. Leveraging this experience Tosha is driving our Member Success initiative to help our members maximize value from their engagement with FINOS and open source software more generally. Before joining FINOS Tosha co-founded eCo Financial Technology to give banks a new way to source and evaluate software. Prior to that Tosha spent 13 years at Credit Suisse in London and New York where she held a range of technology roles in both Equities and FICC before becoming COO for eFX and then FID eCommerce.  Tosha started her career in a Silicon Valley financial  technology start-up after earning BAs in Psychology and Mass Communications from the University of California, Berkeley.

  • Kim Prado heads the Global Client, Banking & Digital Channels Technology group across Capital Markets. She has been at RBC for over 12 years supporting the business in various capacities from running Global FIC Production Services to Head of Fixed Income Sales and Credit Trading technology. Currently, her role includes managing all aspects of client technology as well as Banking and Digital Channels across all lines of business within CM. She is also a member of RBC’s Global Markets Innovation Leadership Council. Prior to joining RBC, Mrs.Prado ran the API Connectivity Development team at ICAP and was part of the initial launch of BrokerTec. She has also held multiple technology positions across the street with Deutsche Bank, Mizuho and Chase Securities. Mrs. Prado received a BA from Stockton University in accounting.

  • Dov Katz is the chair of FINOS and a Managing Director and Distinguished Engineer at Morgan Stanley. He has been at the Firm for 19 years, involved in a wide array of technologies ranging from instant messaging, to client facing electronic trading, to web platforms and toolkits, and has most recently been driving the Firm’s DevOps efforts. He currently leads the global Enterprise Application Infrastructure organization which is responsible for driving developer productivity through curating and delivering key frameworks, architectures, toolkits and middleware to the Firm’s application development teams.

    Within the Firm’s Institutional Securities Tech division, Dov led the delivery and architecture of the Firm’s award-winning Matrix electronic trading, pricing and analytics platform, serving the Institutional sales and trading desks and the Firm’s clients. He has been directly involved in the creation and execution of the Firm’s broader strategy around client-facing technology, and infrastructure needed to support it. Prior to leading Matrix, Dov created a web platform Application Infrastructure team, and was responsible for internal collaboration products.

    Dov holds a BSc in Computer Science from Columbia University and an MBA from New York University.

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