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Charlotte Wood

Head of Innovation & FinTech Alliances, Schroders

Category: Professional & Financial Services

As the first Head of Innovation at Schroders, Charlotte has been instrumental in developing the company’s global strategic approach to innovation and setting the agenda for FinTech engagement across the organisation.

She established Cobalt, a ‘Startup in Residence’ programme, to enable Schroders to engage with early-stage fintech companies more effectively. This was the first example of an accelerator programme created by an asset manager in the UK, and was shortlisted for ‘Innovation of the Year’ at the Financial News Asset Management Awards 2018. Charlotte has particularly focused on enabling better collaboration between startups and corporates, but also between large institutions. She regularly speaks on these topics at conferences and industry roundtables, and has built strong and long-running relationships with VCs and accelerators across multiple countries to ensure Schroders has access to the latest innovations in tech solutions.

Passionate about improving diversity in tech and financial services, Charlotte delivered the keynote speech at Tomorrow’s Tech Leaders Today, a conference focused on informing female students about careers in technology. She also co-led the organisation of a two-day coding workshop for girls aged 5-16 with Stemettes, encouraging female students to consider further education and careers in STEM.

Raman Bhatia