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I'm Chen (pronounced Hen), father to Yahli (10) and Maya (8) and life partner to Hadas. I was born in Israel and raised in Israel and Vancouver BC, Canada. I served a 4 year compulsory service in the military where my passions for software, technology and leadership emerged. I started coding in the service and started my first formal position in the first term of university as a software engineer. Over the years I was fortunate to work for the best companies in Israel and with very bright colleagues. I hold a Bachelor of Technology in Software Engineering and Management and I am a certified Scrum Master.
I am distinguished software engineer and a strong advocate of Agile and Open Source, matured to software engineering leadership. I have been leading technology and professionals in the FinTech domain for over 20 years, while developing my speciality- global FinTech innovation in Tel-Aviv, London, India and Australia. I am a hands-on software engineering leader/CTO/consultant previously employed by international tier 1 companies and high-profile start-ups.
 
In 2018 we relocated to Sydney, following an offer to join the leadership of an exciting and well funded startup. Since then, I have been leading technology and professionals, implementing, consulting, supporting and encouraging, in order to contribute, nurture and promote innovation in Australia in general and in FinTech in specifics.
In addition, I consult pro-bono to technical and community initiatives set to promote the financial well-being of Australian woman and children and contribute to the software entrepreneur community by serving as mentor in Sydney Start-up Hub. Furthermore, I connect Australian talent to international advice and funds and participate and present in meetups in Australia and Israel. I am proud and grateful to be living in Australia and contributing to its economy and to the FinTech software entrepreneur community.
Technology and leadership are my passions as well as family time, travelling, history, reading, foreign films and cultures.
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Chen Lahav

Software Engineering Leadership | CTO | Consultant

Global Financial Technology Expert

 

Phone:

+61 490 086 138

 

Email:

clahav@gmail.com 

 

Address:

184 North Road Eastwood, NSW

Australia, 2122

EXPERIENCE
 
2019-Present

Engineering Leadership|CTO | Consultant

CLC- Chen Lahav Consulting

Sydney, Australia

I consult early-stage start-ups and ASX listed companies on technical implementation, innovation and leadership in FinTech, adjacent and complementary domains. This entails validating the technical feasibility of business requirements under market and budget considerations, offering tactical and strategic technical solutions, working along c-suite executives and entrepreneurs and contributing to the overall definition of the product roadmap and progress. In addition, I consult pro-bono to technical and community initiatives set to promote the financial well-being of Australian woman and children and contribute to the software entrepreneur community by serving as mentor in Sydney Start-up Hub.

2018-2019

Senior Software Engineering and Operations Manager

Hyper-Anna

Sydney, Australia

A Deloitte Tech Fast 50 Rising Star 2018

Fintech- SaaS, AI and data analytics

Financial data exploration via natural language

I led development squads and company operations. In addition, I boosted Hyper-Anna’s operations to a higher level by executing multiple initiatives in coordination with the product team and proving value and ROI. Furthermore, I restructured and led the R&D recruitment process in in order to achieve better outcomes. I significantly increased product visibility by implementing NewRelic, considerably scaled the product to support increase in user on-boarding and led the design and architecture of several critical micro-services.

2016-2018

Software Engineering Manager (Tribe Lead)- VP, Risk and Analytics

Barclays Investment Bank

London, Tel Aviv, India

I served as VP in Barclays Bank, leading a domain in a major technology innovation and transformation in the Risk and Analytics department involving big data analytics, real time reporting and data enrichment

2014-2016

Software Development Team Leader- Java

BMC Software

Tel Aviv, Israel

I led the development of 2 mission critical products used by tier 1 companies and financial institutions. In addition I introduced, implemented and managed Scrum process in the department

2012-2014

Senior Software Engineer- Java

LivePerson

Tel Aviv, Israel

I took a prominent part in the implementation of a complex ecosystem of billing and provisioning services, introduced SalesForce.com as a development platform and Zuora as a billing configuration application on top of SFDC

2010-2012

Senior Software Engineer- Java

AT&T

Tel Aviv, Israel

I took a prominent part in the implementation the unified messaging application for AT&T subscribers

2009

Technical Entrepreneurship 

2006-2008

Software Development Team Leader- Java

Cisco

Tel Aviv, Israel

I led the Gateway team's implementation to expose network topology and health to consumers via UI and API

2005

Technical Entrepreneurship 

2000-2004

Java/C++ Software Engineer

SAP [TopTier, Acquired 2002]

Tel Aviv, Israel

I took a prominent part in the implementation of thee SAP Enterprise Portal by implementing the 'System Landscape' layer used to connect the portal to external systems

1999-2000

VB/C++ Software Engineer

Comverse Network Systems

Tel Aviv, Israel

I took a prominent part in implementing the CQS (Converse Quotation System) which won an Innovation award from Microsoft Israel for innovation

 

C

WHY FINTECH
 

The complex and ever changing financial and security regulations and compliance requirements have left this domain to the banks and big corporations thus there is great need for innovation in order to improve the financial wellbeing and agility of private consumers and small businesses. The industry is developing quickly and there is great potential and lots of room for innovation.

From buy now pay later to advanced analytics, consumer data right (CDR), credit and loans, mortgages and pensions.

FinTech is exciting and is improving the life of Australians by providing new financial tools, financial education, wealth management solutions, transparency and access to personal data (Consumer data right).

 
EXPERIENCE IN DEPTH
CLC- Chen Lahav Consulting

I consult early-stage start-ups and ASX listed companies on technical implementation, innovation, and leadership in FinTech, adjacent and complementary domains. This entails validating the technical feasibility of business requirements under market and budget considerations, offering tactical and strategic technical solutions, working along c-suite executives and entrepreneurs, and contributing to the overall definition of the product roadmap while doing some coding, design, and code reviews. In addition, I consult pro-bono to technical and community initiatives set to promote the financial well-being of Australian woman and children and contribute to the software entrepreneur community by serving as mentor in Sydney Start-up Hub.

Hyper-Anna

Continuously generating insightful and actionable business insights is critical to any Financial agile organization but is currently limited to structured dialects, lengthy query development, lengthy gathering of business definitions, data talent in the organization and limited visualization. 

Hyper-Anna was set to ease this by enabling easier financial data exploration by developing an innovative SaaS product which enabled financial data exploration via a non structured, more natural language, advanced insight visualization, system generated insights and more. Hyper-Anna raised high funding, relative to the Australian market, from AirTree Ventures and others and was circa 70 people in its hight, circa half of which were R&D.

Using the product, one would upload a dataset and start asking questions. The results were presented in a way that enabled drill down into the insight, exploring trends and contributing factors. Once we learned that customers are either not sure what to ask or not asking the rights questions,  we developed a new capability to detect anomalies to be suggested as insights. The motivation behind this was to surface insights that are implicitly hidden to the user but deduced by the application following data enrichment and data introspection.

Leading the company operations operations helped me get acquainted quickly with the market in Sydney. Operations included leading the recruitment process, scaling the product, selecting and implementing an APM solution, setting a 3rd tier support and support procedures, managing the relationship with the different cloud providers and overall improving product performance. In addition, I took the initiative to implement security and quality processes. There was great emphasis on personal growth of employees via continues formal/in formal positive and constructive feedback. We prepared a matrix of expected skills and behaviours per each role and level and used it for performance reviews every couple of months employing additional known appraisal methods such as 180/360 degree feedback, ranking and others.

Barclays Investment Bank

Barclays was going through a major technical transformation when I joined the center of excellence in Tel Aviv. New regulations required that the bank puts aside collaterals for each investment in correlation to the calculated risk thus the importance of real time risk data was emphasized. In addition, the existing implementation, architecture and technology stack were outdated and did not scale. The existing technology was based on Microsoft stack (MsSql and SSIS) that struggled to process the vast amount of data. Data governance was lacking and data contribution SLA were repeatedly breached.

The bank had multiple risk data contributors (stock exchanges, financial institutions, etc.) push data in SOD (start of day) and EOD (end of day) and other times into different locations internally. File watching applications pulled the file system continuously and transferred the risk data, persisting it in MsSql for processing and transformation via SSIS. The SSIS transformed and normalized the data, producing the final data set and placing it in file system to be collected and visualized by risk data consumers. 

The new approach abstracted the implementation from the risk data providers and consumers by using language agnostic IPC such as messaging and web services. Risk data contributors were now instructed to contribute the data via rest api calls to web services that stored the data in column based Parquet files in HDFS. Data normalization and transformation was achieved via Spark Sql on top of Hadoop. Data consumers were instructed to request the data synchronously via rest or asynchronously via messaging. 

I noticed however that somethings were not attended to in the existing architecture and proposed implementation.

First, a language or protocol was required to enable data and business analysts to describe the business logic level dependencies between the numerous data sets. Second, a decision component was required to parse those definitions and verify that all required datasets were indeed contributed and it is possible to generate an accurate report. These were the capabilities my teams and I were leading.

 
MEDIA

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Transparency in the BNPL market is vital

Consumers should be able to choose. Either through allowing the BNPL provider to engage with a credit score/report provider and receive a substantiated higher deal, or disallow this engagement and receive smaller BNPL deals.

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Can Australia become a more dominant global fintech hub?

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A global FinTech expert’s insights on the state of play in Australia

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How software technology can help grow SME lending

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Let’s talk about innovation

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