Innovative Finance has opened applications for its Women in FinTech Powerlist 2020, which aims to recognise the pioneering women championing financial innovation over the last year.
The trade body’s 2020 Powerlist will acknowledge 150 women across seven categories who have made a real impact over and above their day-to-day role.
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A panel of independent judges will then select the standout 35 that have made a significant difference across fintech.
The judges include: Amy French from Level39, Impact X Capital’s Ezechi Britton, Samos Investments’ June Angelides MBE, Magdalena Krön from RISE by Barclays, FinTech Scotland’s Stephen Ingledew and Russ Shaw from Tech London Asso.
People can apply for themselves or on the behalf of others, before the January 2021 deadline.
“Our Powerlist is an integral and key element of our Women in FinTech initiative, celebrating the women who are spearheading innovation in financial services,” said Charlotte Crosswell, chief executive of Innovate Finance.
“Our sector has made some positive strides in addressing diversity issues, but we still have more work to do.
“2020 has highlighted the important role fintech plays in our financial well-being and economic stability.
“We need to ensure the sector now remains robust, and that we choose our future talent from a diverse and inclusive pool, to benefit the wider development of the financial services industry.”
Last year’s list 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.
Innovate Finance has been busy during the Covid-19 crisis.
Croswell has previously said that she has been in regular contact with the British Business Bank and Treasury about the role fintechs can play in future schemes.
She said that the Treasury “missed a trick” by not using fintech firms more for Covid-19 support schemes but has an opportunity to utilise them in subsequent initiatives.
Crosswell will also represent P2P lending and fintechs in trade talks with countries outside of the European Union, as part of her role of the financial services group supporting these negotiations.