International Womens Day FinTech Friday

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The program, occurring monthly, functions within an office-hours structure, and will be open to all FinTech startups in the London ecosystem

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If you are accepted to attend the event you will receive an email with time confirmations. This event will be virtual, using video conferencing for the meetings and the time slots are 30 mins each.


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Ani Petrova -

Ani is an experienced fintech marketer and a passionate industry advocate. She is the founder of The Fintech Marketing Hub – a new digital community space for fintech marketing PROs and enthusiasts. Over the past couple of years, Ani has also been running her own boutique fintech marketing consultancy in London, UK. She started her career with a fast growing UK RegTech startup, then moved to one of the leading Fintech brokerages in Europe and eventually ended up managing the UK retail marketing channels for a global investment management house with EUR 500 billion in AUM.

Cinzia Rascazzo -

Cinzia is an experienced business strategy coach specialising in helping founders and teams of tech startups get started and find their brand identity. She focuses on building products and services that answer unmet customers’ needs and have a purpose. Cinzia has more than 20 years’ experience in Marketing and in building brands that solve customer’s problems and have an impact. Cinzia is passionate about the Fintech world. After attending an MBA at Harvard Business School, she worked at Goldman Sachs in London.

Donna Parisi -

Donna Parisi is Shearman & Sterling’s Global Head of Finance, Financial Services and FinTech, where she advises clients on the full range of derivatives, structured products, securitization, capital markets, finance, digital assets and commodities matters. She also leads Shearman Women, the firm’s women’s initiative. In particular, she helps clients develop and structure new financial products and has extensive experience in the negotiation and documentation of OTC derivative transactions across all asset classes, including digital assets. Ms. Parisi has broad and deep knowledge of financial institutions, regulatory requirements and the evolving business landscape. Ms. Parisi also spearheads the firm’s FinTech Foundry program, which supports the FinTech-related activities of the firm’s clients and the wider global FinTech ecosystem including financial institutions, FinTech startups, accelerators and incubators, venture capital and private equity investors and policymakers.

Gillian Kerr -

Gillian is CMO at Trade Horizions Limited. She is a C-level International Business specialist with a proven track record in building businesses and profit for MNCs, SMEs, as well as start-up and scale-up companies. Specific expertise in business strategy, branding, marketing and communications. Substantial experience in supporting entrepreneurs, start-up and scale up companies with growth within the Fintech sector, including mobile payments, secure authentication, financial platforms, AI and specialist targeted B2B products. Currently working in the UK FDI sector, helping companies from around the world realise their international expansion ambitions, including a number of international Fintech Companies. Additionally, an active Mentor for the Mayor’s International Growth Programme and Business Growth Programme.

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Hannah Bernard -

Hannah became Head of Business Banking for Barclays in April, having moved across from running the Mortgages business for the past 3 years. She began her Barclays’ career in 2015 as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Retail Products and Segments. She has previously held a range of leadership roles at Sainsbury’s and Sainsbury’s Bank, spanning Finance, Buying, Marketing, Banking Products and Customer Experience. She spent seven years on the Board of Sainsbury’s Bank as Bank CFO, interim Bank CEO and Bank Commercial Director and was heavily involved in the sale of Lloyds’ share of Sainsbury’s Bank to Sainsbury’s in 2013. Hannah is a qualified Management Accountant and a Chartered Banker. Hannah cares passionately about the need for inclusive and diverse leadership and is co-Executive Sponsor of the Barclays Spectrum Executive, the Barclays LGBT+ network.

Lillian Shaw -

Lillian is part of the Digital and Fintech Innovation team at JP Morgan, where she focuses on understanding business pain points and fostering Fintech relationships which could provide potential solutions. She works closely with JP Morgan partners across the Investment Bank, which often involves communicating industry updates and highlighting notable start-ups to senior leaders and clients. Lillian has a background in capital markets as a former FICC trader, so is well placed to help anyone who is looking to break into capital markets tech.

Tazim Essani -

Tazim has 30 years professional experience in corporate strategy and M&A roles. She spent 10 years advising and then working for Misys plc, a FTSE100 software and services business. Through the 2000’s her career was focused on financial services initially at GE Capital where she led the acquisition of a wide range of consumer finance businesses across Europe (mortgages, credit cards, personal loans, full service retail banks). She then spent 9 years as Group Head of Corporate Development at Close Brothers leading strategy for this diversified financial services group – banking, wealth management and securities trading. Tazim has a deep understanding of technology and how business models can be developed to monetise innovation. She couples this with deep practical experience of some of the challenges incumbents face when deciding to select partners to implement technology change.

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