Anastasiya Kizima

Originally from Ukraine, Anastasiya immigrated to New York with her family and started her full time career at 17 when she began working in FX trading operations of Merrill Lynch in New York while also attending full-time University to earn her bachelors degree in Finance.

Upon graduation, she out a Business Development and strategy role within a travel startup in Italy, which brought her to over 15 countries in Europe through this work. After some time with the startup, she deiced to return to New York in order to have a bigger impact and develop her skills further. Anastasiya then joined Moody’s Corporation and worked on developing and delivering new company-wide systems. She acted as the key liaison between the technology and business area teams. At the same time, she devoted a great deal of her time to volunteering with the World Trade Center rebuilding efforts and several non-profit organizations aimed at development of inner city youth, which she considers instrumental in city’s development.

In 2016 Anastasiya was accepted to University of Oxford and moved to UK to pursue her MBA degree, focusing on Strategy and Entrepreneurship. Upon graduation she joined Barclays, where she has been promoted into her current role as Vice President in Innovation. In this role, Anastasiya works closely with entrepreneurs, technology teams and senior leadership within the bank. She is responsible for the Barclays UK portfolio of innovative projects and works closely with business to understand specific needs and problems to define, project manage and execute various proof of concepts and pilot project to deliver strategic solutions into the bank.
Anastasiya and her team establish a vital bridge that enables rapid change and idea generation as well as a valuable connection into the external world of financial technology. Additionally, Anastasiya also volunteers within sustainability initiatives, programs supporting girls in STEM and is on a core team that is creating an impact investment fund in her spare time.