WeAreTechWomen celebrate emerging talent at the TechWomen50 Awards

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WeAreTechWomen celebrated the winners of the inaugural TechWomen50 awards last night, at a prestigious ceremony at CodeNode, London.

Over 180 winners, sponsors, judges and guests celebrated and enjoyed a champagne and canapé reception. The evening was facilitated by Julia Streets, CEO of Streets Consulting, and attendees were welcomed by Vanessa Vallely, Managing Director, WeAreTheCity and sponsors, Tanya Channing, Worldpay.

Channing used her to speech to sing the praises of the technology industry and how it is branching out. She said, “I’m proud to work in technology with so many inspiring women in the room.”

In her opening speech, Baroness Joanna Shields OBE delivered powerful comments on women’s rights to vote, confidence, internet safety and sexual harassment.

Speaking about the awards, she said, “Tonight we are here to celebrate 50 exceptional women. These are true leaders that are discovering, creating and building great technology in companies all across the UK.

“We recognise the hard fought journey it takes to get here and you are worthy of this special recognition.”

Representatives of each of the award’s sponsors then invited winners to the stage, to collect their awards.

Amali de Alwis, CEO of Code First: Girls, and a former Rising Star winner, delivered the closing speech, which encouraged the winners to take opportunities and to pay it forward.

She left the audience with three pieces of advice. She said, “One is to acknowledge and appreciate what you have achieved.”

“The second thing is, and it sounds a little bit obvious, is to keep moving forwards.”

“The third is to not forget to take other people with you.”

Closing the awards, Vallely implored the audience to network with each other, make new connections and to enjoy the moment.

The TechWomen50 awards are the first of their kind to focus solely on the female tech talent pipeline and to also recognise the impact of champions, companies and networks that are leading the way for the future generations of tech talent.

The winners of these awards showcase remarkable women within the technology sector covering a wide range of roles across a multitude of industries.

In its inaugural year, the awards received over 500 nominations from across the UK and Northern Ireland. The awards were judged by a panel of 20 leading industry figures. Over 15,000 public votes of support were received for the 100 shortlisted nominees. In October, the shortlist was judged once more to help us identify our TechWomen50 winners.

Alongside the individual TechWomen50 winners, the winners of the TechWomen50 Champions, Company of the Year and Network of the Year were also announced.


TechWomen50 Awards | In Pictures

WeAreTechWomen celebrated the winners of the inaugural TechWomen50 awards last night, at a prestigious ceremony at CodeNode, London.

Over 180 winners, sponsors, judges and guests celebrated and enjoyed a champagne and canapé reception. The evening was facilitated by Julia Streets, CEO of Streets Consulting, and attendees were welcomed by Vanessa Vallely, Managing Director, WeAreTheCity and sponsors, Tanya Channing, Worldpay.

You can read more about the award’s here.

The TechWomen50 awards are the first of their kind to focus solely on the female tech talent pipeline and to also recognise the impact of champions, companies and networks that are leading the way for the future generations of tech talent.

The winners of these awards showcase remarkable women within the technology sector covering a wide range of roles across a multitude of industries.

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Sophia Grami 1

Sophia Grami | Synswap

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Sophia is the CEO and co-founder of Synswap, a blockchain-driven software designed to provide a better infrastructure to the OTC derivatives market. Prior to Synswap, Sophia’s career spans 6 years in derivatives and structured products. Following a first experience in Global Equities and Commodity Derivatives at BNP Paribas in Paris, Sophia joined the cross-asset solution sales team at Société Générale in London, where she covered emerging markets. Sophia combined her expertise in blockchain technology with her extensive knowledge of derivatives post-trade workflow to create Synswap and improve the OTC market processes. Sophia holds an MSc in Finance from EM Lyon Business School.

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Ellora James

Ellora James | Envirocache

Ellora James

I​​ ​​am​​ ​​a​​ ​​17​​ ​​year​​ ​​old​​ ​​high​​ ​​school​​ ​​student​​ ​​currently​​ ​​undertaking​​ ​​my​​ ​​Advanced​​ ​​Highers.​​ ​​​I​ ​​have​ been​ ​described​​ ​​as​​ ​​a​​ ​​conscientious,​​ ​​hardworking​​ ​​student​​ ​​and​​ I​​ ​​am​​ ​​always​​ ​​keen​​ ​​to​​ ​​undertake​ extra​ ​curricular​​ ​​activities​​ ​​and​​ ​​learn​​ ​​new​​ ​​skills.

I​ ​found​ ​a​ ​real​ ​passion​ ​for​ ​technology​ ​after​ ​taking​ ​part​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Apps​ ​for​ ​Good​ ​course​ ​2014/15 where​ ​you​ ​learn​ ​all​ ​the​ ​key​ ​aspects​ ​of​ ​new​ ​product​ ​development,​ ​from​ ​idea​ ​generation, technical​ ​feasibility​ ​and​ ​programming​ ​to​ ​product​ ​design​ ​and​ ​marketing.

It​ ​was​ ​during​ ​this​ ​that​ ​Envirocache​ ​was​ ​born.​ ​My​ ​team​ ​member​ ​Mari-Ann​ ​Ganson​ ​and​ ​I worked​ ​throughout​ ​the​ ​year​ ​on​ ​the​ ​app​ ​as​ ​part​ ​of​ ​the​ ​course.​ We​ ​continued​ ​working​ ​on​ ​the app​ ​after​ ​the​ ​course​ ​and​ ​have​ ​spent​ ​the​ ​last​ ​3​ ​years​ ​developing​ ​and​ ​shaping​ ​it.​ ​Envirocache is​ ​​a​​ ​​mobile app​​ ​that​ ​​will​​ encourage​​ ​​children​​ ​​to​​ ​​get​​ ​​outside​​ ​​and​​ ​​take​​ ​​part​​ ​​in​​ ​​nature treasure​​ ​​hunts.​​ ​​It​​ ​​allows​ ​​children​​ ​​to​​ ​​use​​ ​​technology​​ ​​to become​​ ​​more​​ ​​active,​​ ​​and​​ ​​can​​ ​​be​​ ​​used​​ ​as​​ ​​an​​ ​​educational​​ ​​tool​​ ​​to​​ ​​help​​ ​​them​​ ​​and their​​ ​​families​​ ​​learn​​ ​​more​​ ​​about​​ ​​the​​ ​​nature​​ ​​that​​ ​​surrounds​​ ​​them.

I​ ​have​ ​attended​ ​Outbox​ ​Incubator​ ​where​ ​I​ ​was​​ ​​selected​​ ​​to​​ ​​be​​ ​​an​​ ​​'Outbox​​ ​​Executive'​​ ​​on​​ ​​a​ ​Europe​​ ​​wide​​ ​​Incubator​​ ​​program​​ ​​comprising​​ ​​of​ ​funding,​​ mentoring​​ ​​and​​ ​​support​​ ​​for​​ ​​my​​ ​​startup.​ During​ ​this​ ​I​ ​learnt​​ ​​about​ ​Business​​ ​​Development,​​ ​​Marketing,​​ ​​Product​​ ​​Development​​ ​​&​ Finance.

I've previously been invited to speak at the BETT Show 2016 on how to get an equal balance of genders in STEM subjects, and invited on a panel discussing equality in technology at the Sage Summit 2017.

Alongside​ ​working​ ​on​ ​the​ ​Envirocache​ ​app​ ​I​ ​have​ ​been​ ​studying​ ​computing,​ ​developing​ ​my programming​ ​skills​ ​and​ ​working​ ​with​ ​Raspberry​ ​Pi’s.​


Crystal Downie

Crystal Downie | Credit Suisse

Crystal Downie

My career started in July 2005 when I joined as a Summer intern in the Equity Application Support team. I returned in July 2006 as a graduate within the same team and over a 4 year period built up my knowledge on the business and technology to become the deputy European Equities support team lead.

I decided to take the skills I had learnt into a new role within Fixed Income and took over support of the electronic FX platform in January 2010. In this role I assumed responsibility of the global support function in London, New York and Singapore and drove efficiencies which significantly stabilized the platform for FX business users.

With my success in e-FX, I went on to run global support teams in Rates and Credit.

After returning from maternity leave after having my daughter there had been a huge restructure at Credit Suisse and the role I previously had no longer existed. In July 2016 I assumed my current role in managing the electronic trading technology production support platform in addition to global FX electronic products. I am currently responsible for 20 individuals located in London, Raleigh, Wroclaw, Mumbai and actively face off to multiple senior business stakeholders in London.

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Ivy Wong

Ivy Wong | Lexoo

Ivy Wong

I currently work as the Operations and Marketing Manager at Lexoo, a legal tech startup that is creating a curated digital legal marketplace. My job is to: a) build and fine-tune the processes to effectively match experienced and high-quality lawyers to corporates, mid-sized businesses and tech start-ups looking for legal advice; and b) oversee content creation, particularly on the topics of the future of law and how technology will affect the legal services industry.

I started this role in February 2017, and before this, I worked for four years as a lawyer in the London and Hong Kong offices of Allen & Overy (A&O), a magic circle law firm. It was during my time at A&O that I started to believe in the need for innovation in legal services delivery, and the potential for technology to truly transform the sector. Unlike many other industries, the legal sector has been slow to change; there is a lack of price transparency in legal bills, difficulty in measuring the quality of lawyers, inefficient processes ripe for automation, and an entrenched club of knowledge-keepers that protect the rules of the game.

With the legal tech sector gaining momentum, I decided to join Lexoo to be a part of the disruption. I am now building a career in tech, and learning data analytics, coding and digital marketing both on the job and through online courses. I am actively involved in the legal tech and startup space, and frequently attend meetups and events on topics ranging from product management to user experience.


Jessica Willis-Bücken

Jessica Willis-Bücken | Data Science Festival

Jessica Willis-Bücken
After her art studies in Canada, Jessica began her UK career in the world of neurology. Helping the most vulnerable in our community to deal with life changing conditions and diseases. She met the team at the Data Science Festival and knew that her work for enabling information to be available for the community would be welcomed. She helped found the festival with the basis that Data Science from an open source perspective is the only way we can evolve our bigger ideas. We can then inspire people to use Data Science for good and connect people and companies together to better humanity. Jessica joined the Data Science Festival at its launch over 2 years ago. She became the community manager and has helped to launch the fastest growing Data Science Community in London. With the success of the Data Science Festival Live last year she will now be working on a Data Science Festival online. A series of free webinars to help educate, share information and empower Data Scientist internationally. She will also help to expand the Data Science Festival community groups to communities across the UK and into Europe in 2018.

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Hena Patel

Hema Patel | BNY Mellon's Pershing EMEA

Hena Patel

On completion of an MSc in Information Systems from Brunel University, I began my career at BNY Mellon's Pershing EMEA, 13 years ago. Over this period, I have progressed up through the hierarchy to Vice President and I am currently focused on progression to the next level as a Group Manager.

My first role as a graduate was of a Software Configuration build engineer for the test regions. The team consisted of myself alone, and the role was challenging with the majority of the development team having little faith in a new graduate, to be able to take on the role. Thirteen years on I am now responsible for Pershing EMEA’s Software Configuration Management (SCM) team of nine engineers, promoting 1000 + releases across five change environments including Production.

When the opportunity arrived to form an SCM team, it bought with it many challenges, namely managing individuals who were older and longer serving employees, as well as setting up a team extension in India, where the associates initially struggled to accept me, a female, as their manager.

After overcoming these initial challenges and with the support of the team, we have been able to deliver significant change and enhancement to the SCM process, supporting business growth without an increase in resource cost (detailed in achievement section).
Seeking new challenges, over the last couple of years I have taken on a broader role within the technology group, with new management responsibilities for:

  • Release Management team - which requires growth and establishment of a formal release management function
  • Database Administration – overall management of the team and function as well as mentoring two new team leads
  • Technology Pre Sales – Representing and providing technology responses for all Pershing EMEA pre-sale opportunities
  • Acting as Interim Head of Service Management – while recruitment was on going for a permanent resource.

Dinah Diab

Dinah Diab | NatWest Markets

Dinah Diab

I graduated with a BSc in Economics from Royal Holloway University of London in 2015. Shortly after graduating I started a 2 year Alumni Program with Mthree Consulting (Oct 2015). The program's main goal is to get graduates into a Tech related roles within Banking, and I was placed with NatWest Markets where I worked as a Business Analyst in Trade and Transaction Reporting Technology.

Following the conclusion of the 2 year program, I have been offered a permanent Associate position with NatWest Markets (starting mid October 2017).

During my two years I have had two main roles:

1. Technology Controls for the MiFID Transaction Reporting system

In this role I ensure that any external factors such as upstream releases or development changes do not impact reporting to the regulator by performing regression testing and reviewing results with our development team in India. I monitor transaction flows which allow us to manage and investigate issues early to ensure we meet the T+1 reporting obligation and notify senior stakeholders of any heightened awareness periods or risks associated with releases.

2. Business Analyst on the Corrective Reporting Project

In this role I analyse live trade data to identify trade populations impacted by regulatory breaches for corrective reporting delivery. I also streamline processes to work towards our target operating model.


Magdalena Krön

Magdalena Krön | Barclays

Magdalena Krön

Magdalena Krön is Head of Rise London and VP for Open Innovation at Barclays. At Rise, Magdalena is building a community of the most transformative technologies in financial services today. Working closely with over 50 FinTech companies she helps entrepreneurs connect their technologies and businesses with opportunities at Barclays and with Barclays corporate clients.

Magdalena started her professional career in retail management and went on to study a BSc in Information Management for Business followed by a MSc in Technology Entrepreneurship, both at UCL. Focusing on how technologies will disrupt traditional industries she has repeatedly helped organisations build networks that can accelerate innovation.

Magdalena is an entrepreneur at heart and co-founded a company building a flexible workforce application for retail chains in 2012. She was then was presented with the opportunity to work with Capital Enterprise in 2013. Here she co-funded Capital List, a service bridging the gap between investors and entrepreneurs and launched the London Co-Investment Fund. In her current role Magdalena keeps one foot in the startup world and another in the corporate world as she’s facilitating connections between the two.

As a great advocate for improving (gender) diversity in technology she is also the co-founder of the Geek Girl Meetup community in the UK and Singapore. Over the last 5 years Magdalena has helped inspire thousands of women in tech. She has been leading a team with the aim to create more female role models and showcasing their stories, talent and passion on stage through GeekGirl Meetup's monthly events and yearly conference (check out geekgirlmeetup.co.uk).