BANKING TECHNOLOGY | Staff Reporter, Philippines

Former MAS chief data officer is UnionBank's new senior adviser for data and AI

David Hardoon led the development of AI strategy for MAS and Singapore’s financial sector.

UnionBank has appointed data scientist Dr. David Hardoon Ph.D., as Senior Advisor for Data and Artificial Intelligence, the bank revealed in a press release.

Hardoon replaces John Januszczak, who is expected to focus on his role as president and CEO of UBX, UnionBank’s fintech subsidiary.

Prior to his appointment in UnionBank, Hardoon was the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s (MAS) first appointed chief data officer and head of the data analytics group, and subsequently MAS’ special advisor on AI. In these roles, he led the development of the AI strategy both for MAS and Singapore’s financial sector as well as efforts in promoting open cross-border data flow.

Aside from his role with the Bank, Hardoon is concurrently senior adviser for AI to Singapore’s Corrupt Investigation Practices Bureau, and Senior Advisor for Data Science to Singapore’s Central Provident Fund (CPF) Board.

Hardoon will be working with various centres, groups, and units to reinforce data infrastructure and governance, behavior modelling, machine learning, and AI capabilities as well as applications in the bank and its parent company Aboitiz Equity Ventures, according to UnionBank.

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