Simon is the chief executive officer of Symphony AyasdiAI with strategic and P&L leadership responsibility. He brings three decades of market-recognized business experience in financial crime, risk, and compliance, and patented leadership in financial services technology innovation in network and edge computing, cognitive analytics, and AI.
Previously, Simon led Mantas, a firm that defined the founding phase of anti-money laundering (AML) and compliance behavior detection, led multiple other firms as founder, CEO, or board director, and most recently was global head of AI and automation for Infosys Consulting. He delivers a unique balance of strong leadership, deep subject expertise, and focused technology knowledge.
On Jan 22nd, 2020, Singapore launched its second edition of its Model AI Governance Framework at the
Jennifer Kloke is the Chief Technology Officer at Symphony AyasdiAI and has been with the company since its inception. Throughout Jennifer's tenure at Symphony AyasdiAI, she has led the efforts to automate and expand the insights and impacts possible with data. She has served as the lead for the Symphony AyasdiAI data science efforts for government services as well as the algorithmic side of the engineering team.
Jennifer earned her Ph.D. in Mathematics from Stanford University where she was advised by Dr. Gunnar Carlsson and published her dissertation on "Topological De-Noising: Strengthening the Topological Signal." Jennifer received her undergraduate degree in mathematics from Texas A&M University.
She is the author on several patents and has published in the Journal of Differential Geometry.
Jennifer is married with 3 young children, and when not solving problems, can be found quilting and gardening.
Ajith Warrier is responsible for conceptualizing and realizing Symphony AyasdiAI's product vision and for facilitating its adoption by customers. Previously, Ajith Warrier was the VP of Data Science where he had technical oversight and management of a team of data scientists in the financial services, healthcare, and federal spaces. He has multiple years of experience in various Data Science, Engineering, and Product roles at Symphony AyasdiAI.
Ajith earned his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from UC, Davis and has previously held postdoctoral fellowships at UC, Berkeley, and UCSF.
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Intelligent applications are only as valuable as the data they act upon. Cleansing, merging and combining
Peter has over two decades enabling technology companies to grow and scale on their way to successful exits. He has deep experience in strategic planning, budgeting, analytics, and fundraising. And he is passionate about driving high growth metrics while also improving operating efficiency. Prior to joining Ayasdi, Peter held senior finance and operating roles at several technology companies including Broadvision, Deem, nComputing, Siperian, and Xeeva. Peter earned his BA and MBA from the University of California, Berkeley. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). Peter enjoys mountain biking, skiing, all Bay Area sports teams and hanging out with his family.
David is the VP of Customer Success at Symphony AyasdiAI. He has worked in the Financial Services arena for the past 30 years. Prior to joining Symphony AyasdiAI, he was a Sr. Director and Head of the N.A. Financial Crimes Practice for Capgemini. He has managed Professional Services organizations for a few different solutions companies, including NICE Actimize, Fortent, and Oracle Mantas. Prior to working at these solutions companies, David spent several years as a VP at Merrill Lynch within their Securities Services Division and was a Compliance Officer at a few international banks with operations in NY. David has a Bachelors Degree in Economics from the City University of New York at Queens College.
The view of customer risk you have today is not reflective of the actual risk they pose to your firm.
Dr. Stephen Moody is the head of the Centre of Excellence (COE) for analytics at Symphony AyasdiAI. Stephen brings over 15 years of industry experience developing market-leading solutions to combat financial crime. Previously with Simility, ThreatMetrix and BAE systems, Stephen has led teams that have pioneered advanced fraud and financial crime solutions for organizations in financial services, commercial, telco, and government. Stephen holds a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Cambridge University.
John Dalton brings to AyasdiAI nearly two decades of leadership and risk management experience in the financial crimes sector. He most recently served as vice president of financial crimes, product management at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence. In his new role as VP Product Management - Financial Crimes, he will lead the strategy and execution of financial crimes roadmap investment across AyasdiAI’s portfolio.
Daniel Bastin is the Head of Sales at Ayasdi based in London and leads Ayasdi’s sales across Europe. He has almost 15 years’ experience in Financial Services specializing in Risk, Compliance and Financial Crimes. Daniel has successfully led several key engagements within tier 1 financial services organizations across the globe. He has key experience around leveraging technology to not only reduce operating costs but also drive operating revenue. The goal is to always help financial institutions become efficient and more accurate.
Dr. Romesh Wadhwani is the founder and CEO of SymphonyAI Group, a fast-growing operating group of leading AI companies that deliver a new generation of advanced AI solutions to transform the enterprise. SymphonyAI Group companies focus on driving revenue growth and operational excellence for customers in their vertical sectors, including retail, CPG, life sciences, payer/provider, manufacturing and process industries, defense, financial services, and media.
Prior to founding Symphony AI Group, Dr. Wadhwani was the founder and CEO of Symphony Technology Group, a strategic private equity firm that helps build great software and technology-enabled services companies. Dr. Wadhwani founded STG in 2002, growing it from startup to $ 2.5 billion in combined revenue and 15,000 employees. Prior to that Dr. Wadhwani was the founder and CEO of Aspect Development Inc., a B2B software firm. Aspect Development was acquired in 2000 for $9.3 billion, the largest software acquisition at the time.
Dr. Wadhwani established the Wadhwani Foundation in 2001 to accelerate job creation and economic development in India and other emerging economies through large scale initiatives in entrepreneurship, innovation, and skilling. Today, the Wadhwani Foundation is active in India and in more than 20 countries across Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Wadhwani Advantage, Wadhwani Entrepreneur and Wadhwani Innovate are three large initiatives for helping hundreds of entrepreneurs start new businesses and grow existing SME businesses each year, creating a large number of new jobs. The Wadhwani Advantage initiative helps tens of thousands of students each year learn employability and soft skills and get placed in high-quality jobs.
Dr. Wadhwani and his brother Sunil Wadhwani have established the Wadhwani Institute for AI for Social Good in Mumbai, a research institute and global hub for developing AI solutions for social good in public health, education, skilling, job creation, and infrastructure. WIAI was inaugurated by Prime Minister Modi in 2018. WIAI was awarded the Google Prize in 2019 for one of its innovative initiatives.
Dr. Wadhwani was appointed by President Barack Obama to the board of trustees for the John F. Kennedy Center. He is a board member of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC. He is a member of the Gates Buffet Giving Pledge.
Dr. Wadhwani holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay and a master of science and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Wadhwani also received an honorary doctorate from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay in August 2018.
Gunnar Carlsson is the advisor and co-founder of Symphony AyasdiAI. Gunnar is one of the most renowned mathematicians in the world. He has an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and a doctorate from Stanford, where he was Chair of the Department of Mathematics from 1995 - 1998.
Over the past 35 years, Gunnar has taught at the University of Chicago, University of California, Princeton University, and since 1991, Gunnar has been a professor of mathematics at Stanford University, where he has been a thought leader in a branch of mathematics called topology, the study of shape. In the theoretical sense, topology has been around since the 1700s, but Gunnar pioneered the applied use of topology to solve complex real-world problems starting in the late 1990s. In the early 2000s, this work led to $10M in research grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and DARPA to study the application of Topological Data Analysis (TDA) to problems of interest within the U.S. government. In 2008, based on the success of these efforts, Gunnar, along with two other Stanford mathematicians, co-founded Ayasdi.
Gunnar is married, has 3 grown boys including two sons who are mathematicians and live in Palo Alto.
In their very provocative paper, Peter Battaglia and his colleagues, posit that in order for artificialWhy Prediction Needs Unsupervised LearningNovember 6, 2018
The appeal of forecasting the future is very easy to understand, even though it is not realizable. That
Harlan Sexton is an advisor and co-founder of Symphony AyasdiAI.
In 2004, after more than 20 years in applied research and software development, he joined Gunnar Carlsson to work on the DARPA TDA project to apply topology to real world problems. Before this, Harlan spent a decade at Oracle where he was part of the five-person team that implemented a Java Virtual Machine (JVM) for the Oracle RDBMS. One of the innovations in the Oracle JVM was a production-quality stack-conservative garbage collector that allowed tight integration between Java and the database. Parts of the code he wrote there still run hundreds of millions times per day, as Oracle databases carry out routine financial and retail transactions throughout the world. Earlier in his career, Harlan worked at Lucid, where he took the lead on Lisp performance and interoperability and wrote an incremental C/C++ linker that was later deployed by Sun Microsystems, and at Object Design, where he was an architect and implementer of an object-oriented database for Smalltalk.
Harlan received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Stanford University, and owns more than 30 software patents. He also has a B.S. in Mathematics from Ohio State, is married with 2 grown children, and when not inventing things, enjoys the game of golf.
One of my favorite things about Topological Data Analysis (TDA) is how malleable it is, because itsHow TDA and Machine Learning Enhance Each OtherSeptember 24, 2015
People new to topological data analysis (TDA) often ask me some form of the question, "What's the difference