Frida Jonsdottir | Deloitte

As a Senior Consultant at Deloitte I head up the firm's Nordic FinTech capability. Growing up in Reykjavik Iceland, I spent most of my spare time training classical and modern ballet, and attended the National Ballet Academy of Iceland as well as the Commercial College of Iceland. Eventually academics took over though and after graduating college at 19, I moved to the UK to become an au-pair and later attended university. After completing a degree in Economics and Finance from Exeter University I joined Deloitte as an Analyst in their Technology Consulting business. I quickly started focusing on technology innovation in the financial sector and began to specialise in the industry. After a secondment with a FinTech startup accelerator I started focusing solely on FinTech, working with both big corporates and startups across EMEA, helping them collaborate to create new products and services in the industry. I have always been passionate about building new businesses and entrepreneurship, which is what attracted me to this type of work and the industry.

Outside of work I run my own company on the side together with my mother, creating and producing natural and organic skincare products in Iceland. The company is my passion which I started as a result from battling with my own skincare problems. We are currently selling our products in six countries across Europe, and have been featured in several magazines and other media.

I also loves to travel and experience new cultures and scenery, with this year’s travel plans already including Thailand, Singapore, New York, South Africa and Bali. I am a water sport enthusiast and try to spend as much time as possible both sailing and diving, and plan to start learning to surf later this year.

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Carla Mazzaccherini | Morgan Stanley

As a Business and Languages graduate, I didn’t imagine myself to be working in Technology, let alone Cyber Security at Morgan Stanley. Looking back, technology and understanding how technology works has always been core to my professional experience. After completing my Masters in Information Technology, I spent a few years working in the IBM Support organization, as a Lead Product Specialist and then as a Technical Writer. I find technical writing to be a good bridge between my interests in language and learning about technology. This interest led me to work for Morgan Stanley, writing technical security documentation for developers and technologists across the Firm. This was my first experience of IT Security and it served me well as a foundation and learning more about security. Today I work in Vulnerability Management, as a Project Manager for penetration testing.

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Katerina Domenikou | Bloomberg

Born and raised in Ithaca, Greece, Katerina's childhood dream was to discover the palace of Odysseus. In her teens, she realised where her true passion lay and set off to pursue her personal Odyssey in technology. She studied Computer Engineering & Informatics at the University of Patras, graduating as the top student; then moved to London to do an MSc in Management at Cass Business School to engage more with her entrepreneurial side.

Katerina joined Bloomberg in 2010 as a software developer to put in practice her skills and further develop and challenge herself. She worked for six years on developing a high-capacity trading platform focusing on improving its performance. To quench her thirst for learning, Katerina joined the News Search Team to work on the News Alerting backend. This processes around 10 million search queries a day and is based on the open-source project, Apache Solr.

As a passionate advocate of Diversity and Inclusion, Katerina has been leading Bloomberg's Women in Tech Community (BWIT) in London since 2013. This initiative promotes female talent in technology, inspiring the younger generation to pursue a career in technology. Public speaking was her kryptonite, but Katerina was determined to overcome this, believing it is imperative for achieving her goal of making people excited about technology and championing Diversity and Inclusion. She grabs every opportunity to engage with a larger audience, from participating to panel discussions to delivering workshops and keynotes. One of her key priorities is supporting female tech speakers and providing them with a platform to grow and increase their visibility. That was the birth of BWIT Tech Talk Series, successfully running for a 3rd year this year.

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Nana Yaa Mensah | Worldpay

After an early career in financial services underwriting mortgages for companies such as Abbey National (now Santander) and the Woolwich, I was lucky enough to be involved in a technology initiative and fell in love with creating great software.

Moving into the world of payments a couple of years ago was quite daunting, but it very quickly became clear it was a great move. It's such an exciting industry that really embraces innovation. I never cease to be amazed by the different ways there are to pay, across countries and cultures. Enabling businesses to reach new customers around the world, giving people access to goods, services and opportunities that our grandparents couldn't have dreamed of is very rewarding to me.

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Isabel Cooke | Barclays

Isabel works in Barclays’ Blockchain R&D Team, identifying opportunities to experiment with distributed ledger technology (DLT), and other emerging tech. She is a delivery manager, and focuses on running experiments with business units within Barclays, often collaborating with startups, consortia and other companies in this space. She also helps to educate colleagues across the bank on the opportunities, and threats, of this nascent technology.

Isabel is an active speaker at events, recently participating as a panellist at a TechUK event, discussing the current state of the UK DLT industry, one year after the release of the Government Science Office’s whitepaper addressing this topic.

Her previous role was Operations Lead at Rise London, one of Barclays Open Innovation Labs, connecting the bank to startups, to co-create the future of financial services. Here, she worked with an array of FinTech companies in fields ranging from AI, to RegTech, and of course, Blockchain. Isabel maintains a passion for connecting incumbent companies with startups, and is a ‘chaperone’ on Accenture’s FinTech Innovation Lab, helping these startups to meet with relevant contacts within Barclays.

Isabel started her career on the graduate programme at Barclays Investment Bank, in Events Marketing, where she developed her aptitude for project and stakeholder management. She then discovered her passion for Fintech, recognising that she could help shape the future of financial services by being more closely involved with emerging technology. With this realisation, Isabel moved to Rise, and now into blockchain, embarking on a mission to help the bank look forward; she hasn't looked back since.