Anastasiya began her career in New York in investment banking but has since found her passion for technology in finance.

After her first role, she moved to focus on developing and implementing a new company-wide system that saved over $25 million within the first year of function. She then led other technology product development and improvement efforts across the firm. After this, Anastasiya moved to U.K. and earned her MBA at the University of Oxford focusing on strategy, entrepreneurship and financial technology. After her MBA, Anastasiya joined Barclays Bank. While in the Group Innovation team within the Chief Technology Office, she was first responsible for setting up and managing innovation projects, such as proof of concepts and pilots, to test viability of emerging technologies.

Anastasiya is now Head of Rise London and the Fintech Platform Lead at Barclays. Rise is Barclays’ financial technology platform and is the largest fintech ecosystem in London. The Rise community consists of 47 scale-up companies that collectively have over 500 physical members, over £1.5 billion in funding and even include three unicorns! The platform provides entrepreneurs with meaningful connections, mentorship, exposure and thought leadership, to accelerate their growth. Anastasiya and her team also focus on working closely with the developers, engineers and senior technology leaders at Barclays to foster open innovation and bring in cutting-edge technologies into the bank.

Outside of work, Anastasiya is passionate about mentorship. In NY she volunteered extensively with the World Trade Center rebuilding efforts and for initiatives improving education for inner-city youth. After her MBA, she mentored the pilot cohort of a startup accelerator in Uganda. She mentors female students at University of Oxford, is a member of Women’s Network in Barclays and is a guest lecturer at Oxford for their MBA and Executive MBA courses. Having grown up in Ukraine, Anastasiya is also passionate about leveraging technology for financial inclusion and is developing a platform to improve financial education for women.