The role of the Chief Information Officer (CIO) is continuing to gain relevance across Southeast Asia.\nThe financial services industry is no exception, being a market that is experiencing unprecedented technology disruption. To be at the forefront of this competitive sector, firms need bold technology leaders who can steer them into the future.\nHere we have a list of 10 of the top CIOs and IT executives in the financial services industry across the ASEAN region.\nSurachai Chatchalermpun, CISO, Krung Thai Bank, Thailand\nChatchalermpun is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of Krung Thai Bank (KTB), a state-owned bank in Thailand formed in 1966 following the merger of \u00a0Kaset Bank and Monton Bank.\nHe leads an IT security team responsible for app penetration testing, IT security compliance, security solution architecture, security awareness and user activity monitoring (UAM). Prior to joining KTB, Chatchalermpun was regional IT security manager and head of IT security at Maybank Kim Eng Securities (Thailand), where he was responsible for the entire spectrum of the company\u2019s IT security.\n Krung Thai Bank\n\nSurachai Chatchalermpun, CISO, Krung Thai Bank\n\n\nChatchalermpun is currently working on the implementation of next-gen security operations centres (SOCs) and cyber resilience.\nFollow him on LinkedIn.\nMary Bernadette James, CIO, Bank Danamon, Indonesia\nJames has over 20 years of experience in IT within the banking and telecommunications sectors, with a focus on turnkey projects, product development and implementation of mission-critical application systems and processes.\nShe also has expertise in conceptualising business models and delivering cost efficient, quality solutions to enterprises. James\u00a0has written\u00a0about the importance of the finance sector adapting to digital disruption. \n Bank Danamon\n\nMary Bernadette James, CIO, Bank Danamon\n\n\nHer team at Bank Danamon is now focused on moving towards micro service platforms: \u201cThis is a large endeavour but it will allow us to quickly launch new products across multiple channels and to ensure we bring new products and services quicker to market and to ensure that we can support large transactions volumes,\u201d she explains.\nJames\u2019 previous roles include Group CIO and head of infrastructure at Alliance Bank, Malaysia and CIO at NIB, Pakistan. You can follow her on LinkedIn.\nTahir Muzaffar, CIO at Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD), Brunei\nMuzaffar is CIO at Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD), Brunei\u2019s flagship Islamic bank and the country\u2019s largest financial services provider.\u00a0\nHis experience leading people and managing technology spans over 25 years, having held CIO and IT executive roles in international banks, including Al Hilal, Barclays and Commercial Bank of Qatar.\u00a0\nHe was behind BIBD\u2019s\u00a0deal with Ramco Solutions\u00a0in 2016 to integrate the bank\u2019s business processes across HR and ERP functions with the vendor\u2019s ERP solution integrated with full suite human capital management (HCM) and global payroll applications.\nVoranuch Dejakaisaya, CIOO, Bank of Ayudhya (Krungsri), Thailand\nVoranuch Dejakaisaya has been recognised as the top technology executive in ASEAN at the recent CIO50.\n Bank of Ayudhya (Krungsri)\n\nVoranuch Dejakaisaya, CIOO, Krungsri\n\n\nAfter 10 years of service in Krungsri bank as CIO leading the information technology group, Dejakaisaya was appointed to be Chief Information and Operations Officer (CIOO) in January 2017, extending her responsibilities to the operational arm of the firm.\nThrough exceptional leadership, Dejakaisaya has transformed Krungsri through a series of projects making use of emerging technologies such as blockchain, robotics process automation (RPA) and artificial intelligence (AI).\nDejakaisaya\u2019s current projects include the development of artificial intelligence and machine learning credit scoring solutions, as well as application program interfaces (APIs) and core banking modernisation to make connecting to partners\u2019 and clients\u2019 platforms faster and easier.\nFollow her on LinkedIn.\nIndra Utoyo, CIO, Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI)\nAnother CIO50, Indra Utoyo is transforming the BRI from a legacy bank into a fintech leader through digital technology and APIs.\nBy the end of 2021, BRI expects to have reached a 70 percent financial inclusion rate among the country's population, in part due to the adoption of the Cloud Apigee API Management Platform as the bank's digital core.\n Bank Rakyat Indonesia\n\nIndra Utoyo, CIO, Bank Rakyat Indonesia\n\n\nAmong Utoyo\u2019s current projects are the modernisation of the core banking environment to allow flexible and agile business innovation and the deployment of next-gen cloud based IT infrastructure to cope with the exponential growth of digital transactions. He is also implementing Master Data Management (MDM) to enhance business decision-making and integrate customer management.\nYou can follow Utoyo on Twitter and LinkedIn.\nJimmy Ng, Group CIO and Head of Group Technology and Operations, DBS Bank, Singapore\nJimmy Ng is Group CIO and Head of Group Technology and Operations at what\u2019s considered one of Asia\u2019s leading banks, and dubbed by Euromoney in 2018 as \u201cWorld\u2019s Best Digital Bank\u201d.\nHe was appointed to the role in August 2019, after David Gledhill\u2019s retirement.\nAs Head of Group Technology and Operations at DBS, Ng manages more than 10,000 technology and operations professionals across the company. Prior to this role, Ng was deputy head of group technology and operations, where he was responsible for running the bank\u2019s first technology development centre outside Singapore, DBS Asia Hub 2 in Hyderabad, India.\n DBS Bank\n\nJimmy Ng, Group CIO and Head of Group Technology and Operations, DBS Bank\n\n\nPrior to his career in DBS, Ng spent 13 years with ABN Amro, working in Singapore, London and Amsterdam across a broad range of functions, including middle office, operations, risk advisory services and product control.\u00a0He joined ABN Amro from JPMorgan and started his career with Singtel.\nNg holds the 10th position in the CIO50 list. Follow him on LinkedIn.\nSarabjit Singh Anand, Regional CIO, Standard Chartered Bank, Singapore\nSince being appointed Regional CIO for Standard Chartered (SC) in March 2019, Anand has spearheaded the thinking and design of a technology service monitoring tool, created to identify potential issues before a user could be affected.\n Standard Chartered Bank\n\nSarabjit Singh Anand, Regional CIO, Standard Chartered Bank, Singapore\n\n\nThe tool automatically triggers notifications to support staff at pre-defined thresholds for early investigation and recovery. Since launch, system availability and self-discovery\/recovery rates have improved, resulting in an improvement of the company\u2019s Net Promoter Scores (NPS).\nAnand\u2019s focus in 2020 is to support SC\u2019s digital transformation journey and ensure that its clients have a seamless and secure banking experience.\n\u201cThis is particularly important in ASEAN where there\u2019s high digital engagement,\u201d says Anand. \u201cMany of our clients are digital natives who expect reliable and innovative digital services. To effectively deliver on client needs, my team works with service providers and fintechs on API, cloud and data initiatives. We are also continually investing to improve and enforce our cybersecurity posture to protect our clients from cyberthreats.\u201d\nAnand holds the seventh position in the CIO50 list and can be followed on LinkedIn.\nToto Prasetio, VP of IT, Bank Mandiri, Indonesia\nAs senior executive Vice President of IT of Bank Mandiri, Toto Prasetio has helped launch key innovations across automation and open banking.\nPrasetio says that as digitalisation is shifting IT\u2019s focus from technology to information, the CIO role is changing from a delivery executive to a business executive.\u00a0\n Bank Mandiri\n\nToto Prasetio, VP of IT, Bank Mandiri\n\n\n\u201cIn order to influence other executives I need to become a CIO that focuses on business outcomes, a collaborative agenda, revenue building and platforms-. By changing this attitude, I can give more added value to others, especially business leaders, who will see IT as a strategic business partner that creates more business values rather than just a cost centre,\u201d he adds.\u00a0\nPrasetio holds the 13th position in the ASEAN CIO50 list.\nBhuvanesh Shukla, CTO, AGD Bank, Myanmar\n AGD Bank\n\nBhuvanesh Shukla, CTO, AGD Bank\n\n\nAs Chief Technology Officer of Asia Green Development Bank (AGD Bank), a public commercial bank in Myanmar providing banking services and products, Bhuvanesh Shukla is modernising the business through branch banking transformation and digital banking solutions.\nAmong Shukla\u2019s many current projects is the deployment of \u2018Genie Digital Banking\u2019, a Singapore-based startup that offers mobile device-based banking integrated into teller operations in branches. Aimed at providing digital banking to Android and iOS devices, the cost-effective project is also secure and compliant with banking regulations.\nThrough Shukla\u2019s leadership, AGD Bank intends to run large branches housing 15 people, with the payroll savings set to be re-invested in more branches and strengthening sales and marketing capabilities.\nShukla, who was included in the ASEAN CIO50 list, can be followed on LinkedIn.\nMohd Suhail Amar Suresh Bin Abdullah, Group CTO, Maybank, Malaysia\nMohd Suhail Amar Suresh Bin Abdullah has been Group CTO at Malayan Banking Berhad (Maybank) since April 2015.\u00a0\nThere he is responsible for the development and implementation of the group technology strategies, platforms and capabilities in collaboration with other departments to achieve the bank\u2019s business goals.\u00a0\nPrior to this post he was he was the Group CIO and head of virtual banking and payments, where he led the evolution of the digital strategy roadmap and was responsible for the roll out of several key digital platforms and capabilities across multiple markets.