Yes it Works: Semantic Technologies for Risk Controls and Compliance Certification
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  Elie Abi-Lahoud   Elie Abi-Lahoud
Chief Technology Officer, Co-Founder
Quarule, Inc.
  Wesley Moore   Wesley Moore
Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder
Quarule, Inc.


Wednesday, August 19, 2015
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Level:  Business/Strategic

The financial industry continues to suffer from an increase in regulations accompanied by staggered changes. These oversight attempts to mitigate risk are often slowed down by the waves of disconnected data and by the lack of automation. Despite a plethora of so-called technology solutions, financial institutions still rely on "stick-and-tapes" fixes. It turns out that in-house hand-crafted solutions reflect more the users' needs and embrace current industry culture.

This talk will showcase how a combination of semantic technologies can:

  • Store the meaning of the rules that guide the organization
  • Understand how rules interact with each other
  • Automate manual functions
  • Provide enterprise scale, transparency, consistency, and flexibility

Elie Abi-Lahoud, PhD, is Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Quarule, Inc. Elie innovates in combining technologies and designing optimized solutions with both the users and their environment in mind. Through Quarule, Elie is helping companies overcome organizational and operational challenges to achieve first class risk management and compliance oversight. Throughout his career in academia and in industry, Elie focused on technology transfer. He played a leading role in founding the Governance, Risk and Compliance Technology Centre, Ireland where he continues to engage a multidisciplinary research team with academic and industry partners. Previously, Elie held software engineering, consulting and lecturing positions. Elie is a regular speaker at industry and standards events, published over 15 peer-reviewed papers and plays an advisory role to several companies on Semantic Technology strategy and deployment.

Wesley Moore is Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Quarule, Inc. Wes is a career Compliance and Risk Program Director with perspective from direct global experience building tools, programs, and teams to prevent, identify, and remediate risks in exchanges, banks, broker-dealers, futures commission merchants and swap dealers. Through Quarule, Wes is leading a transformation in how firms will assure themselves, and certify to regulators, that they are operating legally and following applicable requirements. Over his career, Wes has led the development and operation of enterprise scale compliance programs in international capital markets financial institutions. He completed 13 years of service at Wells Fargo Securities, its predecessor companies, as Managing Director for Compliance Controls and Infrastructure, where he was accountable to manage compliance policy, oversight controls, annual certifications of compliance, registrations and enterprise risk reporting functions.

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