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The awards programme is managed by a highly professional team of research analysts in Asian Banker Research with outstanding expertise in the banking industry in Asia, Middle East and Africa. Their work is supervised and verified by our distinguished advisory council, consisting of prominent and highly respected individuals in the financial services industry.


Anne Weatherston
Anne Weatherston has over 28 years of experience in banking and technology. She was group CIO of ANZ Bank for four years, during which she was responsible for a major transformation of the bank’s technology strategy. In this role, she helped to turn around the infrastructure, design and execution of a new technology roadmap to support the bank's super-regional agenda in Asia. Prior to ANZ, Weatherston was group CIO at Bank of Ireland. She has also taken on technology leadership roles at Santander, National Australia Bank and Royal Bank of Scotland.
Ajit Kanagasundram
With over three decades of experience, Ajit Kanagasundram was formerly managing director, technology, Asia Pacific, at Citibank. He has an extensive experience in technology that includes building Citibank’s global card processing capability from Singapore and also developing the consumer banking platform that is used globally by Citibank. He also served as a managing director at DBS Bank.
Andra Sonea
Andra Sonea is former lead solutions architect at Digital Innovation Labs, Lloyd Banking group. A strategic thinker with over fifteen years of international experience in consulting focused on financial services industry, Sonea has led diverse, highly specialised teams on projects ranging from complex systems implementations to new technology evaluations or roadmap advice and gained first-hand experience of the architectural landscapes of some of the leading financial institutions. She has previously worked at Ernst and Young, Deutsche Bank, KPMG and IBM Global services in different roles and is also a mentor at Startupbootcamp Fintech.
  Raymond Leung Chun-Kow
Raymond Leung has over three decades of diverse experience across banking and technology. He was previously group COO of Alliance Bank, Malaysia where he was overseeing the operations, technology and various support functions of the bank, and was instrumental in developing key strategies that encompass all aspects of the bank’s business to drive growth. Prior to joining Alliance Bank, he gained a wealth of experience in Citigroup, with assignments in Hong Kong, Toronto, New York and Singapore. He has held key positions in both country and regional capacities for operations, technology, internal audit and product management.
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