Yasmin Johal

Yasmin Johal | CMS

I am a Financial Services Regulatory Associate, specialising in FinTech at CMS London.

I have extensive experience advising FinTech firms (ranging from start-ups to more established organisations), as well as domestic and international investors in the FinTech industry, on a range of complex UK and EU regulatory issues.

I have a wealth of industry experience across the UK and US markets, having:

• undertaken a secondment to a leading global professional services firm working within their fiduciary management business.
• acted as one of three business leads for HSBC North America’s (Private Bank) Global Standards project under the Deferred Prosecution Agreement with the US Department of Justice, focusing on implementing technological innovation in change and transformation to enhance the client onboarding processes in North America and the Americas (from a business perspective).
• worked in Barclays’ corporate compliance team, advising on compliance risk and enhancing the banks New Product Approval process through the use of software and programmes.
• supported Morgan Stanley’s investment banking team across all aspects of legal and compliance, and leading a project which looked at the use of high-frequency trading and deployment of algorithms in the bank’s products.

I have always had an interest in technology, and its deployment within financial services, from both an incumbent and FinTech perspective. I have taken the lead on large global projects which have revamped traditional financial services and embraced technology through the use of programming, coding and algorithms, in enhancing both business-facing and client-facing offerings.

I am a member of the equIP accelerator programme (at CMS) which is one of the world’s prominent start-up legal incubators and a founding member of the CMS equIP #LeadHers campaign, which focuses on supporting female founded Tech start-ups. I am also an active member of the FinTech, InsurTech and Blockchain Associates groups at CMS, helping contribute to thought leadership, participating in industry events and being a pivotal point of contact for clients on areas of my specialism, all of which has helped champion female-founded Tech start-ups.

Sharon Boxer

Sharon Boxer | TechPixies

Sharon Boxer

With a background in Financial Services, I took time out to raise 3 kids, live overseas for 10 years overseas and as 50 approached I decided I was ready for something new!!

In 2019 I signed up for TechPixies course in Social Media and quickly realised that despite societal prejudices I had plenty to offer and was keen to develop myself. My focus and energy had been diverted to family but my ambition to get back out there and re-establish myself hadn't diminished. I was ready for whatever unfolded. I voluntarily ran the School Association social media accounts at my son's school. The Headteacher encouraged and trusted me to establish community links and build relationships with local businesses.

I invested in some software, taught myself new skills and implemented them on social media platforms.....my fav without a doubt is Twitter!! I attended the WeAreTechWomen Conference in November 2019 which consolidated my self belief.

During lockdown I took a free Open Uni Course in Design Thinking and attended a host of Virtual Webinars run by WeAreTechWomen which were invaluable in order to up my game and provided networking opportunities that wouldn't otherwise have been available to me.

In May 2020 I became 1 of 50 mentees on the Ada Lovelace Program sponsored by JP Morgan and in June I took up a position with TechPixies.

Bridie Sheldon

Bridie Sheldon | Hitachi Vantara

Bridie Sheldon

My passion for technology really started when I joined Inralinks as a sales associate in 2012 where I quickly progressed to Account Directing managing the top strategic global account and hitting 290% of my target.

I then moved to Hitachi Vanatara in 2018 where I was given the opportunity as Client Director to enable some of the largest global banks drive value from their data from storing it to running analytics, AI and machine learning. I was able to replicate the success I had at Intralinks at Hitachi hitting 300% of my target in 2019. This opportunity has allowed me to broaden my knowledge of technology and present opportunities to further develop how I can help meet my customers needs.

Priya Kanda

Priya Kanda | Atos

Priya Kanda

It all kicked off 3 years ago as I enrolled onto the Apprentice Project Management Scheme following the completion of my A Levels. It was the best decision I made.

During my time as an Apprentice Project Manager, I coordinated 15-20 projects at any one time. Each project required the engagement of different suppliers and project resources, an understanding of different scopes and requirements and each with different levels of complexity and expertise. I was able to successfully turn over 50 projects for my client in the healthcare sector, improving efficiency across the hospital and enabling the release of front-line staff time by automating many administrative processes. Many of my recent projects in the area of outpatient transformation have also helped significantly with the increase of remote working due to Covid-19.

Diversity & inclusion is very much intrinsic to my career - presently and in the future - which is why 6 months into my Apprenticeship, I supported the organisation of our first “Changing face of technology” event. Two and a half years on, I’ve taken on a lead role and the third run is well underway, and it’s bigger than ever. The event invites BAME university students to explore the wide-ranging careers in technology with the opportunity to build a valuable network with professionals through our bespoke mentorship program. It fills me with pride to say many ex-attendees of the event have gone on to join Atos or other respective tech firms.

Atos Aspirations Event is another key event I ought to mention. This initiative targets 16-18-year-old from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds. Students have the chance to experience cutting-edge Atos innovation and the various routes to get into the tech sector such as Apprenticeships. I strongly believe this exposure will empower and provide young people with tangible goals to work towards.

Having successfully completed my Project Management Apprenticeship, I have moved into a Global Change & Employee Engagement role for our Healthcare and Life Science (HLS) Industry. The transition of going from a UK&I focus to a Global focus is challenging, but I adore the vast impact I can make through designing and implementing tools and creating an environment to enable all 12,000 employees in HLS to perform and feel supported.

Sophie Sutcliffe

Sophie Sutcliffe | PwC

Sophie Sutcliffe

If someone had told me 5 years ago that I would have ended up with a career in technology, I would have been very surprised.

After leaving university, the extent of my technical expertise was very much limited to “if you turn it off and on again, that will probably fix it”.

After joining PwC as a graduate in 2016, I was motivated to pursue a career in technology after witnessing the fundamental role it plays in almost every engagement across the firm. Since specialising in our Technology practice for Government & Health, I have had the opportunity to work at the heart of some of our largest technology driven transformation programmes within the sector (a passion and interest I have held since completing a degree in Politics and International Relations). Over the last few years I have worked on a range of projects such as a £1 billion modernisation of the UK Courts Service and a major technology programme at one of London’s universities (focused on transforming the overarching student experience and supporting the university’s response to Covid-19). As part of these roles, I have developed a deep technical skill set spanning across design and delivery including; enterprise-wide operating model design, service design, technical debt analysis, business architecture and technical requirements development.

Outside of my day-to-day project work, I have a passion for community & inclusion, something which I have sought to promote throughout my career to-date. Within Technology Government & Health, I have organised various events over the last few years, across multiple regions (including an away day for over 100 of our staff). As part of these events I have sought to embed a culture of openness and support within our practice, where staff are encouraged to form genuine relationships. I have also acted as a mentor to new joiners within our team, ensuring that they are supported in their induction into the firm.

In addition to building our community within Technology Government & Health, I committed to supporting and nurturing female talent within our firm. I am an active member of our Women In Tech network which encourages women across the firm to share their experiences and support each other in their career progression. As part of my role within this community, I have acted as a mentor to women in more junior grades and have used this role to challenge preconceptions and to encourage women to pursue a career within technology. I have also previously been shadowed by work experience students as part of PwC’s “Women in Business Shadowing Scheme” where I have sought to provide a genuine insight into what it is like to work in technology as a way of attracting talent to the firm.

Zahraa Kadri

Zahraa Kadri | Atkins

Zahraa Kadri

Zahraa is a Senior Analyst within Digital Asset Management, Transportation in Atkins.

Her background is in Mathematics and her work involves digital innovations, asset valuations and building decision support tools for strategic clients and projects. She leads the analytics used in the multi award-winning customer and behavioural insights work for Highways England, where Zahraa was featured on the BBC as part of their Tailgating Campaign. Using latest technologies, softwares and analysis techniques, she is informing key decision making at the highest level.

Her strong reputation amongst her peers has resulted in her successful nominations for several positions on national and international committees such as; PIARC – World Roads Association, Institute of Asset Management NxtGen, and the British Standards Institute Asset Management committee.

She is a chartership mentor and helps graduates develop professionally. As a STEM advocate, Zahraa annually visits her old secondary school, an inner-city school of which almost 40% are pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds, encouraging Year 9 pupils to pursue careers in mathematics and technology

Susan Falola

Susan Falola | JUUBIX

Susan Falola

Having worked in finance, marketing and project management for several years. I am dedicated to increasing diversity and inclusion as CEO / Creative Director of JUUBIX.

I am actively involved in and focused on using technology such as blockchain, augmented reality, machine learning and artificial intelligence to underpin my ideas and creations. With an enhanced cognitive ability, and real passion for diversity & inclusion I have successfully managed over 24 collaborators with 10 members having senior experience to my own standing. I now seek to develop and disrupt financial markets with my innovative eco-system called JUUBIX, a distributed connected cloud based solution for internal and external collaboration activities. Connecting ideas to expertise and investment, JUUBIX acts as a Jukebox for selecting matched collaborators and stakeholders creating real time connections based on criteria, whilst mathematically shuffling them like a rubik cube across sectors and disciplines to create liquid networks. Now everyone can feel inclusive and JUUBIX their way to the top!

Holly Mattinson

Holly Mattinson | Atos

Holly Mattinson

During Holly's studies at Lancaster University for an undergraduate BBA Management degree, she undertook a placement year with Atos.

Working as a Change Coordinator for a year in Atos' Service Management Centre opened her eyes to the incredibly fast paced and exciting world that is the technology and IT industry.

Following the achievement of a first class degree, Holly decided to start her career as a graduate in HR leading on the digital communications campaign for the launch of Atos' internal mobility programme. Leveraging her desire to learn and understand new tools and platforms in which to collaborate effectively, within a short time frame of her start date, she had designed and built a collaboration space and coordinated a supporting communication plan for the launch. During her time in HR, Holly also progressed into a project based role conducting projects such as the gender pay gap analysis for the company and subsequently driving efficiencies into the process using self taught macros that she built. Leveraging her new found excel skills, Holly also created a pay review modelling template to automatically calculate and illustrate different modelling scenarios.

Holly continued to challenge herself and was able to introduce the use of a desktop app building site as an internal means of information sharing in an interactive and engaging manner. This has since been widely adopted across the company with Holly conducting training sessions with colleagues from across Atos globally. Within her time in HR Holly was also recognised as a Digital Idol for her work.

Following her HR role, Holly became a customer engagement manager, responsible for creating a digital induction portal which has since grown into a global portal. She continuously sought innovative solutions to drive digital into her ways of working including creating an interactive PowerPoint pack as a different way of communicating key messages.

As of September this year, Holly has started a new role as Head of Internal Communications for Atos' Business Transformation Services division and is seeking out opportunities to drive innovation in digital communications.

Outside of her day job, Holly is an active member of Atos' diversity networks, leading on the relaunch of the UK&I STEM Network. As part of this initiative, she is part of a team of four launching Atos' first STEM Challenge this October and as well as supporting the development of a new STEM strategy as part of Atos' wider social value strategy. This includes supporting the organising of a STEM Innovation event and leading on designing blueprint collateral to support Atos employees in running their own STEM events. Holly also participated in the 2018 Million Makers competition with seven others in aid of The Prince's Trust, raising an incredible £307,000.

Georgie Hazell

Georgie Hazell | Augmentum Fintech

Georgie Hazell

Georgie has worked in a number of startups across people, strategy and growth positions and now leads engagement at fintech-focused VC fund Augmentum.

Following her MBA and a consultancy project with Crowdcube, Georgie moved into venture capital. Passionate about diversity and inclusion, particularly in VC and entrepreneurship, Georgie founded women in tech network Elevate, led on UK expansion for Her Campus Media, volunteers with Diversity VC and is a coach, working primarily with women in tech. She has brought together thousands of women over the years through hosting diversity initiatives, including women in fintech speed mentoring sessions and monthly women in tech breakfasts.

At 29 years old, she now heads up engagement at Augmentum Fintech, the UK’s only publicly listed fintech venture capital fund. This involves supporting portfolio company growth, engaging with investors and the wider fintech ecosystem (including marketing, partnerships and diversity initiatives), and supporting the team internally. Georgie has worked hard to put Augmentum 'on the map' and the fund has won numerous awards, including AIC Shareholder Communications Awards for 'Best use of social media' and 'Marketing Campaign', AltFi Awards 'VC Investor of the Year' Finalists, Growth Investor Awards 'Growth Investor of the Year, One to Watch' and Investor Allstars 'Venture Capital Fund of the Year' Finalist. Georgie puts innovation and supporting individuals to fulfil their potential at the heart of her work.

Eleonora Balaoura

Eleonora Balaoura | IBM

Eleonora Balaoura

My relationship with technology started 10 years ago when I got accepted to the department of Civil Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA).

This day marked the beginning of my journey in the field of technology which continues until today in one of the largest IT companies globally. Five years later, I graduated at the top 3% of my year with an integrated B.Eng - M.Eng. in Structural Engineering and received a €20,000 scholarship from Karelias Foundation to pursue an M.Phil. in Management at the University of Cambridge. Spending an unforgettable year in Cambridge, I broadened my understanding of Business Strategy, Supply Chain, Finance and Economics and realised that my true passion lies in IT. So, in 2018, I interned at Amazon's Supply Chain team as a Data Scientist and got hands-on experience for the first time with the tech world. Having no previous coding experience, I learnt how to code in Python and MySQL as well as work with Big Data in a fast-paced environment. My love for technology continued when I joined IBM as a Technology Consultant in the Blockchain team a few months later. Since joining IBM, I have assumed roles from Blockchain Consulting to highly technical roles in complex IT Delivery projects for industrial clients in oil & gas and automotive. The next stop in my technical journey involves becoming hands-on with Cloud and learning all about architecting complex Cloud projects!