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Global Industry Experts to Judge 2022 FICO Decisions Awards

The awards recognize FICO clients who achieve outstanding results with AI, machine learning and digital transformation

SAN JOSE, California, 23 November 2021 / PRNewswire / –

Judges 2022 (left to right): Sidhartha Dash, Paul Deall, Senthil Erulappan, Armando Junior (2nd row): Sheila Leverone, Graham Rand, Sibulelo Ncamani, Dinesh Suresh

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  • FICO announces panel of independent industry judges for prices 2022.

  • Entries for the FICO® Decisions Price are due December 3, 2021

  • The nine award categories are AI, machine learning and optimization, cloud deployment, customer onboarding and management, debt management, decision management innovation, ESG champion (new category ), financial inclusion, fraud management and regulatory compliance.

  • Registration form and information are on

FICO has announced its panel of independent judges for the FICO 2022® Price decisions, that honor companies that achieve exceptional results by using analytics and decision management technologies to grow their business, manage risk and reduce costs.

The group of eight global industry experts bring a variety of perspectives and knowledge as well as significant business experience. They will assess nominations on the basis of measurable improvement in key parameters; demonstrated use of best practices; the scale, depth and extent of the project; and innovative uses of technology.

For more information and to submit an application, visit

This year, our judges, in alphabetical order, are:

  • Sidhartha dash, research director at Chartis
    Sid has over 20 years of experience in the financial, energy and commodities markets. He has held various positions in product development, risk management, software development and consulting for banks, hedge funds and software companies including Standard Chartered Bank, TCG Group, HCL and Cognizant. Sid’s analyst research focuses on the intersection between risk management and high performance analysis. He holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management.

  • Paul Deall, risk manager, mortgages at Westpac (former winner)
    An accomplished leader with 18 years of credit risk, banking and analytics experience in the Australian market, Paul has a proven track record in using technology and data to develop and implement strategic changes to achieve tangible business results. He has successfully used data to solve complex business problems throughout the credit lifecycle, including customer engagement, origination journeys, line management and collection strategy optimization.

  • Senthil Erulappan, Director, Product Engineering for Merchants, Risks and Collections at FIS
    Senthil has over 20 years of technological experience in payments, banking and financial services, leading and implementing large-scale technology initiatives and building enterprise-wide products and platforms. Senthil led the technology strategy, direction and execution of the digital / cloud transformation of the merchant underwriting experience at FIS, which helped streamline and dramatically accelerate merchant onboarding times.

  • Armando Junior, Managing Director, Risks and Compliance at Dock (former winner)
    Armando has over 15 years of experience in financial services with a specialization in credit products for major lenders. Armando has worked as a senior consultant on transformation projects in private, retail and wholesale banks. At Dock, he helped the payment and banking platform as a service increase fraud detection by 25%. Armando holds an MBA from from Brazil Foundation Getulio Vargas.

  • Sheila leverone, marketing director at eDriving (former winner)
    Sheila is a senior executive with over 30 years of experience in marketing, product innovation, product management, and general management of technology products and services. She has experience with consumer and commercial brands in the areas of fleet security, education, media, telecommunications and information services. Sheila holds an MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and a BBA from the University of Notre-Dame.

  • Sibulelo Ncamani, Head of Operational Risks and Governance at Absa Bank (former winner)
    Sibulelo is responsible for operational risk management, valuation strategy, management assurance and governance at Absa Bank. He is a seasoned executive with a career focused on strategic development and project management spanning over 20 years across multiple industries including mining, ICT and financial services. Sibulelo is a published author and is currently a doctoral candidate at Wits Business School.

  • Graham Rand, operational researcher and editor of Impact
    Graham is the editor of Impact, a magazine published by the Operational Research Society, which reports on successful applications of analytical work. Graham spent his career as an operational researcher, first at Cadbury-Schweppes, then for over 40 years teaching at the University of Lancaster, United Kingdom. He has undertaken many analytical projects, often with postgraduate students. He is an Operations Research Fellow and a member of the International Federation of Operations Research Societies.

  • Dinesh Suresh, digital constructs manager for secured consumer loans at OCBC Bank (former winner)
    Dinesh is an executive with over 15 years of IT, manufacturing and banking experience who has used his engineering background and analytical skills to help solve complex design and process management problems. At OCBC, he has led numerous award-winning projects such as Instant Approval Auto Loans and the 60-Minute Mortgage that have accelerated the bank’s digital transformation in builds and integration. Dinesh holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the national university of singapore.

Prizes will be awarded in nine categories: AI, machine learning and optimization; Cloud deployment; Integration and management of clients; Debt management; Innovation in decision management; ESG Champion (new category); Financial inclusion; fraud management; and regulatory compliance. Applications are due December 3, 2021, and the winners will be announced January 28, 2022.

The winners will receive recognition at FICO® world, which will be held at May 2022. The winning implementations will be featured in the conference activities, and two representatives from each winning company will receive free conference passes.

“Once again, we have a wonderfully talented and diverse panel of judges for this year’s awards,” said Nikhil behl, Marketing Director at FICO. “Our eight judges come from all parts of the world and have extensive experience in manufacturing, ICT, resources, transportation, consulting and of course financial services. These unique perspectives mean that we can expect a detailed and diverse analysis of the We thank the judges for their time and attention as well as the independence and objectivity they demonstrated in selecting the most impressive projects for. 2022. “

Last year’s winning companies represented multiple industries and countries around the world, with outstanding results: Boeing (AI, Machine Learning and Optimization); Avon Cosmetics and Care by Volvo (cloud deployment); OCBC (integration and customer management); Absa and Cox Communications (Debt Management); eDriving (Innovation in decision management); Monge Group (Financial inclusion); Driver Brazil (fraud and security); Alfa-Bank and Eurobank (regulatory compliance); and T-Mobile (Industry Leading FICO Award)

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