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Richard van der Wath

SVP: Head of Artificial Intelligence & Advanced Analytics, Emirates NBD

Emirates NBD's vision is to be globally recognised as the most valued financial service provider in the Middle East. As Senior Vice President, Head of Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Analytics (AI & AA) I'm tasked with establishing and growing a new Centre of Excellence for Data Analytics in the Digital Office, serving the whole Emirates NBD group globally.

Aligning with the bank's vision my strategy is to leverage on existing analytics capability through upskill and mentorship, and at the same time to attract new highly skilled Data Science talent (MSC and PhD level) with a fresh perspective on novel applications of AI and Machine Learning in a bank echo system.

I'm bringing with me a new school of thought to organise the mix of analytics skills reporting to me according to their core strengths: a Descriptive Analytics team (with core strength in Business Intelligence, Transparency and Automation), a Predictive Analytics team (with core strength in Statistical and Machine Learning based Predictive Modelling), and a Prescriptive Analytics team (with core strength in real-time Prescriptive AI Algorithmics and Simulation). These three teams form the AI & AA group and follows an agile and DataOps methodology for rapid delivery and deployment of new models and reports.

Current projects focus on advanced analytics solutions for financial crime prevention and risk (Fraud/AML/CTF), personalised client offers, financial virtual assistants (chatbots), growth hacking, credit risk, process automation, and transparency.