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We are proud to announce the top 10 shortlisted individuals for the Banking category, sponsored by Societe Generale

The individuals contained within the shortlist are now able to receive public votes of support. If you wish to show your support, please cast your vote below.

We look forward to welcoming all shortlisted nominees to our celebration drinks reception sponsored by Bloomberg on 17 May.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our judges for their time and to wish all nominees the very best of luck in the next round of judging.

We are proud to announce the top 10 shortlist for the Banking category, sponsored by Societe Generale

These individuals will now be invited to celebrate their shortlisting alongside our sponsors, judges and guests at a celebratory reception sponsored by Bloomberg on 17 May 2016.   

Judging will now begin to identify the final five winners for each category.  Winners will be notified by 6 June 2016 and invited to celebrate at the winners party sponsored by Barclays on 30 June 2016.

Should you wish to cast a public vote of support for any of the individuals below, please vote on the right hand side of this page.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our amazing shortlisted nominees the very best of luck in the final stages of judging.


Shortlist in Banking

Ebi Obode

Ebi Obode | RBS

Recognised as a Young Achiever by the Financial News Extra Mile 40; Ebi has built a reputation for her creativity, resourcefulness and commitment to effecting positive change . Her current role involves the development, design and embedding of front office controls within the Corporate and Institutional Banking division. Ebi is also a chair of the Young Bankers Association within RBS and served on the Committee of the Focused Women’s Network to attract, retain and develop female talent. She supports the RBS Early Careers team in their recruitment initiatives; getting involved in schemes such as National Careers Week and mentoring new joiners to the Business. Outside of work, she volunteers with charities such as Cancer Research UK and mentors University & School students.  She also hosts monthly networking events to encourage entrepreneurship,  personal and professional development.
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Indianne Lewis

Indianna Lewis | BNP Paribas

My name is Indianna Lewis. I’m 25 years of age and currently living in London. I work For BNP Paribas as an Investment 20/20 Trainee. I am currently on the Client Service Team whereby I carry out a range of support tasks and help projects run smoothly. Away from my day job I support the CSR committee whereby I carry out various events around our Bank in order to help raise awareness of the Alzheimer’s Society which is our chosen charity partner. The events range from setting up clothing donations to bringing in trained speakers to educate employees about Alzheimers. I am also on the Mixcity committee which is a network within our bank that aims to raise awareness of gender equality. We do this through a range of events. Our biggest events are based around Diversity Week and International Women’s Day. These events range from information boards, speakers, movie…
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Khalia D. Newell at the Black British Business Awards 2015.

Khalia D. Newell | Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Khalia recently became the Global Middle Office Risk and Control at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Before this, she was an AVP of Risk and Control at Barclays. Her unique journey into the world of Banking, outstanding contribution in Financial Services and extracurricular work in diversity and inclusion has earned her The Black British Business Rising Star Award in 2015. When she isn't mentoring the next generation of female talent, she spends time reading novels or watching TV programmes such as Scandal (where she tries hard to pretend she does not share the same mannerisms as Olivia Pope). She is currently writing a book on problem solving and strategy in the workplace.
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Lauren Garey

Lauren Garey | J P Morgan

Lauren Garey is a Private Banker at J.P. Morgan who focuses on advising female clients, predominantly entrepreneurs, executives and other women of influence. Lauren previously worked in Barclays’ US, UK and Asia Private Banks across Boston, London and Singapore. Lauren was recently awarded a coveted spot on Citywealth’s inaugural Future Leaders List. Lauren started her career in microfinance with Fundacion Mujer in Costa Rica to provide female entrepreneurs with seed funding, authoring a report measuring the economic impact of microfinance in India, and ultimately creating a micro-fund to support small-scale businesses in Ghana. Lauren graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Global Business Management from Babson College and holds RDR Level 4 qualifications. Lauren is a Trustee of Ubunye Challenge, member of the Ellevate Women’s Network, mentor for Angel Academe and the Social Mobility Foundation, board member of the Groton Women’s Network, and a passionate volunteer for microfinance initiatives.
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Luma Zitani

Luma Zitani | Barclays

Born and raised in Syria, Luma obtained her BA in Economics from Damascus University and worked as an Economist for two years while teaching Principals of Banking at the Commercial Polytechnic in Damascus. In 2003, Luma won the UK’s FCO Chevening Scholarship to complete her master’s degree in the UK at Cass Business School. Luma joined BACB, a London-based bank in 2004 where she rotated between the Front Office relationship team, Trade Finance operational area and the Risk Management team. In 2012, Luma left BACB to join Barclays Plc where she continues to work today. She provides Subject Matter Expertise within Barclays’ Financial Crime function. Luma is Member at the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment, has CISI's Diploma in Investment Compliance and an ICA Diploma in AML with distinction. She’s married and lives in Kent with avid interest in current affairs, foreign policy and photography.
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Naa Corporate

Naa Amanshia Mettle-Nunoo | JP Morgan

Naa Mettle-Nunoo is a Senior Associate and Strategic Projects Manager at JPMorgan. She leads the training and communication work stream for the Economic model project, a multi-year project to enhance client experience, increase transparency and comply with local regulations. Naa graduated cum laude with an economics degree from Mount Holyoke College in 2008 and joined JPMorgan in New York. In 2010, she moved to London and immediately joined the leadership team of BOLD, the network for employees of African and Caribbean heritage. She currently serves as Marketing Chair managing a team across London, Bournemouth and Glasgow. During her long tenure on the leadership team, membership has grown from 100 to 725 with 60% of members now from non-African/Caribbean/Black heritage. They also received the Network Impact Award at the 2015 Black British Business Awards. Naa is most proud of her work with Business in the Community, where she mentored 14 young,…
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Rachel Scandling

Rachel Scandling | Barclays

Rachel is an experienced and professional Project, Change and Operations Manager with a proven track record of getting things done, driving through change, adding value and delivering results with a strong focus on team work. Having spent the majority of her career as a Logistics Officer in the Royal Navy, she has served at home, abroad and at sea in a variety of challenging appointments. She has also undertaken various voluntary roles, including co-chair and founding member of the Naval Servicewomen's Network and Communications Director for the Royal Navy Rugby Union. Rachel left the Royal Navy in 2015 and embarked on her second career as a Change Manager in Financial Services joining Barclay's in October. Passionate about inspiring and empowering others to achieve their potential through career development and mentoring, she is currently a mentor for The Girl's Network. In her spare time, Rachel is a keen mountain biker and fundraiser…
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Rachel Webster

Rachel Webster | Barclays

In 1985 I left school with limited qualifications and choose at the time a slightly different career path - against all odds in the mid 80's I was accepted on a welding apprenticeship. After 4 years as a 'welder' I felt I needed a new challenge and decided to join the army.  I never thought when I walked through the Army Careers Office in 1989 that I would complete 24 years service and not only that but work my way up through the ranks from Private soldier to a commissioned officer, leaving as a Captain. I spent over 11 years deployed on operations; serving in NI, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2013 it was time to hang up the combat boots and become a civilian - I started working in Barclays, initially supporting the military programme and more recently as a Business Manager. I am single, no children but own…
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Rebecca Tuff | Barclays

I have worked for Barclays Bank since 2008 in a variety of roles, currently as a VP Project Manager for the Investment Bank working on a Structural Reform related project. Currently the Head of the Comms team for the Barclays London Gender Network (Win), I was previously the COO from 2013 to 2015 and helped shape the strategy of the network and its implementation. Toastmasters is a volunteer led club which is aimed at improving people’s public speaking skills . I resurrected a Toastmasters club which had only had three members. I became president for the 2014/2015 term and built the club up to 40 members despite no prior experience of Toastmasters. The club won a Distinguished Club award (indication of a high performing club). I am also setting up an employability programme with a local school including a mentoring programme and skills workshops
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Yvette Forrester

Yvette Forrester | BNY Mellon

Yvette is a Company Secretary at BNY Mellon where she performs comprehensive company secretarial services to a large portfolio of entities in the UK/EMEA region with responsibilities for compliance with statutory and corporate governance requirements. Yvette has several years of Senior Administration experience in large firms, including Accenture, United Broadcasting Entertainment and previously as a Senior Analyst at Goldman Sachs. Yvette recently completed her Masters in Corporate Governance gaining a distinction in her dissertation around inhibitors preventing women from gaining senior roles. Alongside her main duties Yvette has Co-Chaired London Community Partnership (2013/14); and for the last four years as Co-Chair of Employee Resource Group, IMPACT Community Affairs adding a new task looking at the strategic and recruitment efforts of diverse talent for IMPACT. She is also a mentor with City Parents, Inspiring the Future, Girls Network and 30% Club Sports & Business. Yvette is married with two sons.
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