Sonal Shah

Sonal Shah | Barclays

Sonal Shah

Many years experience in Programme, Project Management Office and Tech, including set up of PMO working in large IT and business change programmes and projects.

Successfully changed careers into Tech by taking a year out to study for MSc in Computing & IT and have since worked in a range of IT, Change, Regulatory and digital security projects to the present role - Vice President at Barclays International in the Investment Bank.

Outside the Investment Bank day job my commitment, enthusiasm and passion are well received through all voluntary activities whether through my company or externally, where I organize and participate to inspire and share my passion to encourage diversity.

I like to encourage and influence within the fast paced, growing Tech industry and also women in senior management through active charity work to inspire and be inspired from others by giving back to the community.

I’m delighted that my company encourages diversity and this is one of the qualities I really appreciate which further give the opportunity to create real impact on the issues that matter for encouraging more into STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics).

This helps to inspire others whether from deprived backgrounds, school age through to professional women to encourage more diversity in Tech and women in senior management.

Previous Rising Stars winner in Diversity.


Sonal Shah

Sonal Shah | Barclays

Sonal Shah

Sonal changed careers into IT in 2001 by taking a year out to study for MSc in Computing & IT and has since worked in a range of IT, Change and digital security projects ranging from the public sector to BP in their companywide Digital Security programme up to present time at Barclays Investment Bank.

When starting out in Tech, her previous experience as an IT Trainer was used when teaching adults IT in evening classes from college beauty and sports students through to recent as a keen voluntary worker teaching OAPs in spare time in the local community centre to learn / coach on PC and iPads to become more ‘IT savvy’ right through to sharing tips through her blogs (see URLs published by a global author in her eZine and websites).  I enjoy sharing and encourage women into IT and to share my passion and knowledge.

Maggie Semple Fashion Magazine recently approached Sonal to blog for them on Tech. She is also an active committee member of WIN The Gender Network at Barclays where she volunteers and organises many tech/non tech based voluntary activities and give support outside the demanding day job such as last year developed the WIN internal website pages for the committee for wider internal network coverage, active member of Women in IT where she helps and mentors younger people school ages to encourage females into Tech, mentor females, a cyber champion at work and has held voluntary events to share security knowledge and staying safe, also having gone into schools to share and speak re tech, assist in IT and CV help and to encourage interest for females to join the tech sector.

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