Leena Kalani

I am a Digital Business Consultant at Cognizant and engage with Banking and Financial Services clients to support them through their digital transformation journey.

I leverage latest technology enablers like Open APIs, Cloud and Artificial Intelligence to solve business problems in the most cost effective way.

Growing up in a family of doctors, I always aspired to tread the same career path. But India’s emergence as one of the technology hubs, fascinated me to pursue a degree in Computer Science. However, my real interest in technology developed while building an interactive accounting software for a client as part of my coursework. The joy of a useful product and customer delight pushed me onto my tech journey.

To apply technology to real business and consumer problems, I did MBA in Finance.

At Cognizant, I lead the ‘Design Thinking’ programme in Open Banking. This programme is intended to explore data monetisation opportunities for banks and FinTechs ultimately benefitting the end consumers with hyper-personalisation.
I collaborate with like-minded technologists at hackathons and industry workshops. At one of the RBS Hackathons, it resulted in solving a complex mortgage process with API technology.

As a firm believer of ‘’I am more than my gender’’, I promote Diversity and Inclusion at workplace. I work as one of the co-ordinators of Women@Cognizant programme and mentor graduate analysts within the organisation.
Outside of work, I enjoy music, reading and cooking. I love to visit my home country and spend quality time with my family.