Samah Dagash

Samah is a Senior Manager within the Technology Risk team at EY, London.

Having joined EY as a graduate, she specialised in IT audit and governance, and actively complemented her skills through secondments in related disciplines such as financial fraud, banking payment systems as well as due diligence exercises for mergers and acquisitions. She spent two years at the Royal Bank of Scotland specialising in controls for AML and Sanctions compliance systems.

Recognising that international exposure and an understanding of the commercial world would be instrumental to her growth, Samah left EY to explore other frontiers, taking up a Program Manager role in a large conglomerate in Africa, where she led the IT Strategy efforts for the company’s agriculture, food manufacturing and distribution businesses. Despite this role being out of her comfort zone, she was promoted to a Business Development role in which she served for 4 years, working with a range of corporate and governmental institutions, and securing funds for expansion from some of the world’s largest banks.

During her time working in Africa, she supported in her spare time, young entrepreneurs with technology and social enterprise start-ups, and recognised the increasingly fundamental importance of wider applications of technology in resolving human challenges, changing societal behaviours and encouraging creativity and inclusion. She also developed a renewed respect for the importance of controls and governance in technology within organisations of all sizes.
She returned to EY in 2018 as part of the firm’s “Reconnect” program, aimed at reintroducing women back into the Finance and Technology sectors after time away. While she had to re-set her career, within three years of returning, Samah re-established herself as one of the most capable, respected and inclusive members of the team.

She is currently the lead global IT coordinator for one of EY’s largest audit clients in the banking and capital markets industry, navigating the complexities of a changing technology landscape and teams across over 20 locations globally.

Samah contributed to the firm’s Gender Advisory Board proposals for upskilling returners, leads her team’s Diversity and Inclusion working group and has been selected as a member of an EMEIA-wide working group that is driving innovation and quality in IT audits through the standardisation of processes.