Suthashini Appiah

From my early teenage life, I have demonstrated an interest in technology by attending coding and graphic design afternoon workshops.

That is what motivated me to pursue a BSc Degree in Computer Science from King College London.

During my academic years I promoted technological initiatives by chairing the Computer Science Society of my University, organising technology career events while also representing the society at student fairs.

My professional career in technology has begun through the completion of a year in industry at Nomura International Plc followed by taking on the graduate scheme opportunity offered within the same company. The graduate scheme involved a rotational program that allowed me to gain exposure to various teams and roles within the technology department, including Web Operations, Middleware Operations, Network Engineering and Infrastructure Relationship Management (Project Management and Business Analysis). This allowed me to understand the role of different teams and their contribution to the business strategies.

After completing the graduate scheme, I worked as an Infrastructure Risk Officer within the Enterprise Infrastructure Services Risk and Governance team where I worked alongside the different teams in Infrastructure and with management to develop new tools and dashboards to improve the governance and risk reporting capabilities required by management in times of increased regulation.

My appetite for minimising risks along with my interest in Cyber Security has driven me to take on my current role as a Cyber Security and Risk Officer.

Philanthropy is one of my biggest passions as helping those in need and giving back to the community. It’s driven me to become one of the active members within Nomura’s Charity Committee which is responsible for organising fundraising campaigns for partnering charity organisations including Whizz Kidz and Rays of Sunshine. I take active part in mentoring students through Nomura’s mentorship programme while I also take part and contribute to Nomura’s Graduate and Women in Tech events.

Aside from my involvement within Nomura, I am a pioneer trustee for United Kingdom Tamil Students Union (UKTSU) where I help in various fundraising projects. One of my main responsibilities is to drive and coordinate initiatives that would improve the education and career prospects of children in Sri Lanka. That involved the coordination of a project which helped build a technology centre in one of the war torn areas in Sri Lanka. Moreover, through the creation of the technology centre, it is also aimed to enhance the communication between professionals in the UK to and young individuals in Sri Lanka with regards to career matters.  Furthermore, I have organised a careers network for UKTSU at London City University to provide an opportunity for students to meet professionals from various fields, enabling them to gain insight into the working world and finding similar role models who have made it to the top.