Our members and their stories are at the centre of WIBF’s identity. The women (and the men who champion us), from all career levels, are at the heart of the industry. Together, we are not afraid to say what needs to be said. We strive to go the furthest. We lead from the front. We drive change. We encourage solidarity. We are proud of our members’ achievements and the role WIBF plays in helping them get where they are. Read a selection of our member stories below.

Rachael Coomber

Rachael Coomber

RBC

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A languages graduate from the University of Bristol, Rachael is fast-approaching her fifth year at RBC Europe where she now leads the investment grade Sterling credit trading pod, having joined the desk from the graduate programme in 2014.
Hayley Rosenlund

Hayley Rosenlund

RBC

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Hayley Rosenlund joined RBC Capital Markets in 2011 on the graduate program. After spending the first three years of her career trading local currency product, she transitioned to Nordic Credit Sales in 2014, and has since delivered over 400% growth in the region. She now runs Nordic, Dutch and Bank Treasury Credit Sales, and oversees a team of three salespeople.
Ciara Houlihan

Ciara Houlihan

HSBC Institutional Trust Services (Ireland) DAC

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Ciara has used her extensive experience in Financial Services globally to lead and inspire others in championing women in her own organisation, HSBC and in the sector as a whole. This is evidenced through her work with HSBC’s ‘Balance’ network which supports recruitment, development, advancement and engagement of a gender-balanced workforce, where she is a local and European lead and through her extensive mentoring at HSBC and beyond.
Olya Meier

Olya Meier

RBC

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Olya founded and launched RFuture, a global employee group with the mission to engage, connect, empower, and inspire the next generation of leaders at RBC. RFuture provides a platform whereby employees can shape the next generation in banking in an inclusive and diverse environment through self-driven corporate entrepreneurship. Olya’s significant achievement has been a powerful example that determination, thinking outside the box and strong leadership can drive change in spite of lack of seniority.
Ayesa Latif

Ayesa Latif

Citi

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Ayesa is a Director and the Head of the EMEA e-Commerce sales team for Foreign Exchange (FX) and Local Market (LM) Rates and manages over a $100 million dollar business at Citi. Citi is an industry leader in FX with presence in 74 countries with market share of over 10% globally and the e-commerce business is a core component of their strategy to stay at the top of the market.
Alexandra Fogal

Alexandra Fogal

Barclays

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Alex, at the age of 35 has delivered a lot of added value for clients and the business over the years. Currently a Director at Barclays Corporate, a Global Diversity Award winner at Barclays 2017 Diversity awards for Business Impact and shortlisted and runner up in the 2016 Insider Young Dealmaker of the Year.
Women Connect

Women Connect

Credit Suisse

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Credit Suisse’s Women Connect initiative, led by Lisa London and Tanya Bhairo, has been nominated for driving the diversity agenda by establishing a highly successful, cross-divisional network that focuses on professional development and career management.
IT’s Her Future

IT’s Her Future

KPMG

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Since being founded in 2015, IT’s Her Future has grown from a team of five into a programme with seven work streams and over thirty committed members, all of whom are dedicated to driving the programme forward and seeing tangible results.
Balance Ireland Team

Balance Ireland Team

HSBC Ireland

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For HSBC employees who aspire to work for an organisation with gender balance across all levels, the BALANCE network in Dublin provides colleagues and management with opportunities to influence the culture and the brand of the firm, develop their career within the firm, and feel more engaged with HSBC and their colleagues, both in Ireland and abroad.
Susan Urkevich

Susan Urkevich

HSBC

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Susan Urkevich is Managing Director, Chief Operating Officer for Corporate, Financials and Multinational Banking (CFMB) as well as Chief Operating Officer for Credit & Lending at HSBC. Susan’s role is far reaching and extends from overseeing capital management initiatives to leading change transformation programmes and risk management for a global division of the bank of which she serves on the executive management committee.