Kyriaki Dafni Galetza

I began my career as a 100m hurdles track and field athlete and a member of the Greek deaf national track and field team.

However, being deaf myself I was able to experience and see how technology was evolving to create products that helped make people’s lives more accessible and our society more inclusive. This led me into a different route where I pursued a 5 year masters degree in Greece in Electrical and Computer Engineering with Computer Science as a major followed by a masters on Risk Management and Financial Engineering at Imperial College in London.

My first role was in Malta as an IT intern where I was fast tracked and promoted to Technical Development Executive within 1.5 years after spearheading technical projects that optimized the company’s internal workflows significantly and contributed to financial saves.

I was then able to secure an internship with JP Morgan in Glasgow that subsequently led to a full-time software engineer graduate position in London. Since I started my journey in JP Morgan, as a graduate, I have been involved with different projects where I have delivered high quality work that is focused on improving processes for applications that deal with large transaction volumes. I have regular interactions with my colleagues and stakeholders to ensure that we deliver robust and scalable solutions.

Being deaf, my experience as a track and field athlete and being a female in an industry that is a predominantly male, has equipped me with the drive, ingenuity, and resiliency to be a success in everything I do. One of my main aspirations is to educate people that not being able bodied does not mean that you are less capable, rather you hone other unique skills to help you succeed. I have my challenges but that does not stop me reaching for the sky!