FUNDING Circle’s female staff are flying the flag for peer-to-peer lending on Innovate Finance’s 2018 Women in Fintech Powerlist.
Four Funding Circle employees have been included on the industry trade body’s annual list of 150 women said to be making a real impact beyond their day-to-day role in fintech.
The list is compiled based on nominations and a judging panel across seven categories that identify senior leaders, rising stars, technology professionals, investors, policymakers, regulatory experts, marketers and financial and professional services.
Funding Circle’s chief strategy office Lisa Jacobs (pictured) was named in the senior leaders’ category, while its engineering manager Anna Keren and chief information security officer Swati Lay were included in the technology professionals section.
Its head of communications Natasha Jones was named as a rising star.
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Other P2P professionals on the list included Clare Gambardella, chief customer officer at Zopa and Roxana Mohammadian-Molina, chief strategy officer at Blend Network.
“This year’s list is formed of a number of truly inspirational women and innovators who are pushing for change and inspiring others in the process. I am truly proud to have been included in this year’s senior leaders’ category,” Mohammadian-Molina said.
“It is an honour but also a responsibility to inspire future generations of female who are looking to join the sector.”
There were no employees from P2P lenders included in the list’s stand out 35 section.
Several other individuals who work with the P2P sector were also included such as Emily Reid and Yvonne Dunn, partners at Hogan Lovells and Pinsent Masons respectively, as well as Roisin Gallagher, head of partnerships at Funding Options.
“These fantastic women are making a major impact on the fintech talent pipeline,” Charlotte Crosswell, chief executive of Innovate Finance, said.
“This is despite continued under-representation in terms of funding female-led firms. It is vital that the sector doesn’t just pay lip service to inclusion and diversity. We must now be geared more towards action and ensuring change actually happens.”
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