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Open Source in Finance Podcast: Legend - Ffion Acland, Goldman Sachs and Symphony BDK - Olivier Poupeney, Symphony

September 24, 2021
In this episode of the podcast, two of Grizz's FINOS colleagues "sit down" with a couple of our Open Source Strategy Forum speakers who are preparing to talk in London on October 5th and New York on November 10th.
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First up, Aitana Myohl, FINOS Strategic Initiatives Manager talks to Ffion Acland, Co-Head of the Global Markets Data Models & Governance Team at Goldman Sachs. Ffi and her colleague Beeke-Marie Nelke who is a VP in the Goldman Sachs Data Engineering department; and who both have been instrumental in helping prep and contribute the Legend project to FINOS; will be discussing "An Open Sourced Solution to Data Governance? How Legend May be the Answer to Data Quality Concerns in the Financial Industry". Aitana and Ffi talk about the talk, Legend, and why the are important in financial services and open source.
Next, Julia Ritter, FINOS Community Manager talks to Olivier Poupeney, Director of Developer Relations at Symphony Communications Services about his talk in New York on how to "Develop Automated Workflows in Seconds" using the Symphony BDK for Java (and Python) FINOS projects.

Ffion Acland

Goldman Sachs
Vice President
Ffion is co-head of the Global Markets Data Models & Governance Team at Goldman Sachs tasked with defining, building and governing the internal data models for derivatives products. Since joining the Data Models and Governance team four years ago, she has contributed to many internal consumer implementations and most recently championed the project to open source the firm’s proprietary data management software ‘Legend’. Previously, Ffion was a member of the Credit Middle Office team in Operations where she gained experience over a six year period in derivatives and cash products. The need to successfully navigate the complexities of trade processing during that role led to a recognition of the industry-wide lack of coherence in data models. Ffion joined the firm as an analyst in 2011, made associate in 2014 and was named vice president in 2017. Ffion earned a Bachelors Degree in Mathematics and Management from University of Surrey in 2011 and an MBA with University of Exeter in 2021 with her project focused on industry-wide data models.
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Olivier Poupeney

Symphony Communication Services
Director Developer Relations
Olivier is an expert in technologies related to software development. With over 20 years of experience working for software vendors or being entrepreneur himself, Olivier developed expertise in guiding and assisting developers to get the right tooling with the proper knowledge and to follow the evolution of technologies. Olivier is the author of a patented method to create customizable applications and the co-founder of Ecensity Presentation Server, a Portal framework embedded into the Infovista product offering, as well as the creator of DreamFace, the first Open-Source low-code platform available on the IBM cloud. Olivier Since 2017, Olivier joined Symphony where he served as Global Head of Platform Solutions and is currently Director, Developer Relations where he put in place a training and certification program for developers aiming to implement interactive Bots and automated workflows.
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About the Open Source in FINANCE Podcast

The FINOS Open Source in Finance Podcast celebrates open source projects and interesting topics at the cross section of financial services and open source. So far, our industry experts have discussed practical applications of and their real-world experiences with a range of open source projects including desktop interoperability, low code platforms, synthetic data, and data modeling. They’ve also discussed best practices for inner source, common myths about open source and why commercial companies choose to introduce open source offerings. Tune in and subscribe to hear what comes next.

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