This interview is part of a series of interviews featuring female Fintech leaders globally. LATTICE80, in partnership with Miss Kaya, recently published our Top 100 Women in Fintech 2019 list.The effort reflects our efforts in women empowerment and support in a field where women continue to be underrepresented. Check out the full list for 2018 here as well.
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Disclaimer: Th interviews are published on a rolling basis and the order by which they are published by no means representative of any rankings.
1. Tell us more about what you do and how did you move into Fintech?
I am the Editor-in-Chief of FinTech Futures, a digital and print publishing platform for the fintech community worldwide. I started my career in the B2B publishing area – which focused on banking technology – over a decade ago, long before “fintech” was a well-known phenomenon and the hot topic it is today! It was all about back office solutions at the time, and it is incredible to see how something so niche not that long ago is so mainstream today. Technology is evolving – and changing our lives – at an incredible pace.
2. What does being a woman in Fintech mean to you?
In an ideal world, I’d like to see no specific reference to gender to fintech – what does it matter if you are a man or a woman? What matters is your work, your character, your actions. But as we do not live in an ideal world, being a woman (i.e. a minority) in fintech to me means you can make your mark on the industry with determination, focus, willingness to learn and a bit of luck too!
3. What challenges do you think women face in Fintech?
Not being taken seriously, not being given a level playing field, being purposefully excluded and held back, being patronised – the list goes on. Personally, I have been lucky to have very supportive people around me throughout my fintech career (men and women!), but I think I my experience is more an exception than a rule, sadly.
4. What advice would you give to other women starting out and growing their careers in Fintech?
Persevere but be flexible. Stand up for yourself. Be open to new ideas, be willing to develop your knowledge and skills further – don’t stand still! Don’t be afraid to ask for help and also be ready to lend a helping hand. Most importantly, be a decent human being, whatever you do.
5. What are 3 keywords to describe Fintech for 2019?
Promising, exciting, unstoppable.