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. If you would like to share your story get in touch! digital@wibf.org.uk

Carolyn Porretta

Carolyn Porretta

Macquarie

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Carolyn is a Managing Director of Macquarie Bank’s Commodities and Global Markets’ Securitisation team The bulk of her experience is in investment banking but also spans private equity, advisory and asset management. She has been a director of start-ups, LLP’s and Fortune 500 companies and is respected as a proven strategic thinker with entrepreneurial drive.
Amani Kiflemariam

Amani Kiflemariam

Winner of the 2019 Young Professional Award

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Amani is the Head of Risk & Control, Impact Advisory and Finance Department (IAF) division at Credit Suisse. Amani has shown exemplary leadership and made significant contributions to the business and to enhancing the Diversity & Inclusion initiatives of Credit Suisse.
Alex Cesar

Alex Cesar

Refinitiv

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Alex, Global Head Elektron Data Platform at Refinitiv, has forged a tight interlock between the Technology and Product teams, using her experience in the financial industry to highlight the importance of helping customers combat financial crime.
Leanne Allen

Leanne Allen

KPMG

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Leanne Allen is a Director in KPMG’s FS Tech Consulting Practice and leads KPMG’s Data capability driving 100% growth over two years with an impressive gender diverse team of 60% female.
Anna Somaiya

Anna Somaiya

Winner of the Champion for Women Award 2019

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Anna leads KPMG’s Digital Technology & Data Strategy. Three years ago, she founded the IT’s Her Future Programme which she continues to expand and lead. The programme has impacted technology teams across KPMG UK and globally, partnering with external organisations to deliver the best results for women in technology, and speaking with clients to assist with their transformations.
Piyali Williams

Piyali Williams

Santander UK

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Piyali has spent the last 20 years in financial services, specialising within the Commercial & Corporate segment, with a particular focus on liquidity management. She joined Santander as Head of Liquidity Solutions in September 2016 leading product & proposition management of the Corporate deposit portfolio, as well as taking responsibility for driving the sales pipeline and origination activities to support the delivery of strategic, regulatory and commercial targets including new business growth.
Jude Cook

Jude Cook

ShareIn

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Jude Cook is the CEO of Edinburgh-based ShareIn, the market leading experts in crowdfunding software and regulatory compliance. ShareIn operate some of the largest impact investing and property crowdfunding platforms in the UK.
Michelle Prance

Michelle Prance

Innovation and Strategy Team, Lloyds Banking Group

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The Innovation & Strategy team is leading the way in terms of diversity. The team of 46 represent 15 nationalities from diverse social and cultural backgrounds, across an age range of 21 – 62. Gender diversity is high on the teams’ agenda and over 40% of colleagues in Innovation & Strategy are female; with 50% of senior roles fulfilled by women.
Joanna Crew

Joanna Crew

Barclays

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Joanna is a Barclays Brexit Technology Programme Manager, successfully coordinating four project management teams to deliver complex objectives in a shifting regulatory environment. Joanna studied Politics and Russian, joining the Barclays graduate scheme in 2012. Her rapid career progression has seen her hold roles as Regulatory MI Business Partner and a Chief of Staff.
Sushmita Saraswat

Sushmita Saraswat

KPMG, LLP

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Sushmita is currently working with KPMG in their Testing Practice and is an expert on automation testing. She has shown great results while working under tight timelines and towards complex client requirements. Her ability to find solutions to complex defects and attention to detail while defining test methodologies makes her an inspiring team member. She mentors all juniors, graduates and new joiners in the team who are new to testing.