A number of women from the peer-to-peer lending industry have been recognised by Innovate Finance’s 2019 Women in Fintech Powerlist.
The fintech trade body named 200 women, across seven categories, who are at the forefront of innovation in financial services.
Within the senior leadership category, names from P2P platforms included: Lisa Jacobs, UK managing director at Funding Circle; Natasha Wear, P2P chief executive at Zopa and Roxana Mohammadian-Molina, chief strategy officer at Blend Network and Julie Ashmore, who was previously commercial director at Growth Street but has since moved to become chief executive at NatWest RapidCash.
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Swati Lay, chief technology officer at Funding Circle and Vivant Shen, lead data scientist at Lending Works were listed in the technology professionals category while Helen McKay, risk and compliance officer at LendingCrowd was featured in the category of policymakers and regulatory experts.
Natasha Jones, head of communications, UK at Funding Circle, came under the marketing and communications category and featured in Innovate Finance’s standout 35 stars, a list of 35 women chosen for their outstanding contributions to fintech.
“Our Women in Fintech Powerlist is an eagerly awaited spotlight on the wide range of female talent at the forefront of innovation in financial services, and I would like to thank everyone who participated,” said Charlotte Crosswell, chief executive of Innovate Finance, said:
“All the women on our list are making a difference in the fintech ecosystem around the world, yet females continue to be under-represented throughout, be it at board and executive level, or as founders looking for still elusive funding.”
“As a key voice of the sector, Innovate Finance is determined to move the dial and make a difference, especially with regard to the low amount of funding going to female-led organisations.
“Our recent Investment Landscape report showed that 90 per cent of funding is still going to firms with no female representation at the senior leader or founder level.”
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“We were delighted to receive so many high-quality applications this year and grateful to our panel of prestigious judges who helped us to select the women who are moving the dial in fintech,” said Clare Black, head of diversity at Innovate Finance.
“I am confident that the Powerlist and other events that are part of our Women in Fintech initiative are paving the way to a fairer and more inclusive sector, although we cannot underestimate the distance we still have to travel to achieve this.”
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