Ilesha Dua

Ilesha graduated from Brunel University with a BSc (Hons) Finance and Accounting with Professional Development, including an internship assisting the VP of FP&A at Chubb.

Ilesha is a Chartered Certified Accountant and a Digital Accelerator at PwC’s Global HQ in London. She is part of an elite specialist global network of 4000 people leading digital transformation, implementing technological innovation and bringing transformational change.

Ilesha has a track record of leadership and taking on transformational challenges. She was President of Brunel University’s Economics & Finance Society, transforming it from inactivity to one of the University’s leading Societies, reactivating links with Professional bodies and Employers, organising events, bringing opportunities to fellow students and generating exponential growth.

At University, she was instrumental in bringing Bloomberg Assessment Tests to Brunel, opening a myriad of employment opportunities for her fellow students, winning recognition by being placed in the top 60 ambassadors Worldwide by Bloomberg.

Ilesha was also competitively selected by ICAEW for the single post of Student Brand Manager and assisted with hosting the “Women in Accountancy” event in London. Ilesha has long believed in the importance of female role models and her essay “Most inspirational female role model: Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook)” was selected as winner of ICAEW’s Essay Competition in 2014.

Thereafter, Ilesha went to Harvard University to study Managerial Finance. Ilesha also holds certifications from the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment and is a Chartered Certified Accountant.

Convinced of the enormous potential of technology in finding innovative solutions, Ilesha applied for an EU Scholarship for Android Development, funded by Google learning to make Apps. This was followed by a perfectly timed Graduate Placement with PwC in the Tax and Reporting Strategy division focused on technology, where she assisted a major Private Healthcare group with their tax transformation and a Global Insurance Company with a VAT technology solution.

Amidst the pandemic, Ilesha secured a place on PwC’s Applied Analytics Programme (AAP) developing in-depth Data & Analytics capabilities. Strengthening PwC’s delivery capability in data wrangling and visualisation to practitioner level; Enhancing knowledge of advanced analytics, leading to new services and further capability development.

Projects include: Automating Data visualisation of large data for Financial Services Tax; Automating global tax reclaim processes; and Developing end-to-end automated compliance solutions.

As a Digital Accelerator, Ilesha is part of PwC’s select global network creating excitement about digital transformation. Ilesha is continually upskilling, developing invaluable leadership, digital skills and helping teams develop a digital mindset. She also holds the post of Senior Associate Representative on the Asset Wealth Management Staff Council.