Innovate Finance Women in FinTech Powerlist celebrates some of the amazing women making an impact across the FinTech and Financial Services ecosystem. The highly anticipated WIF Powerlist 2023 will shine a spotlight on +250 women across 8 categories who have made a significant difference across the sector’s many facets.

Amongst those on the Powerlist are the Standout 45: a selection of women who are making an incredible, lasting impact in FinTech, over and above their day-to-day role.

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The Standout 45

Women in FinTech Powerlist 2023

  • Senior Leaders

Senior Leaders

Senior leaders truly driving forward change within the FinTech space, above and beyond their day-to-day role. They have excelled in their career, but are also passionate about helping others make progress in theirs – through mentoring, setting up support groups to share experiences or voluntary work.

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Kimberley Abbott, CEO and Founder, Vested Impact

Ella Alkalay Schreiber, SVP, GM Fintech at Hopper, Hopper

Tracy Andersson, Co-Founder / Joint CEO, SendSpend

Basak Toprak, EMEA Head of Coin Systems, Onyx by J.P. Morgan, JP Morgan

Emilie Bellet, Founder, Vestpod

Tatiana Botskina, Founder, Deriskly, MintyCode

Maria Campbell, Chief Operating Officer, Griffin

Geeta Chauhan, Co-Founder & CEO, HiWi Pay

Afiya Chohollo, CoFounder, CloudFO

Chryssi Chorafa, Director - Former Founder, StarLiX

Zoë Chowney, CEO,

Claire Conby, Co-Founder, Head of UK, Chief Risk Officer, OneStep Financial and the Digital Pound Foundation

Sophie Condie, Chief Operating Officer (COO), Shieldpay

Jude Cook, CEO & Co-Founder, Share In Ltd

Charlotte Crosswell, Chair, Centre for Finance, Innovation and Technology (CFIT)

Rachel Curtis, Chief Executive Officer, Inicio.AI

Sabrina Del Prete, CEO and Founder, Kore Labs Ltd

Stefania Di Bartolomeo, President and CEO, Physis Investment

Iana Dimitrova, Chief Executive, OpenPayd

Liz Dionisio, Chief Product Officer, Kore Labs

Priyanka Dubey, director partnerships, fable data limited

Kristy Duncan, CEO, Women in Payments

Georgina Fairhall, Founder and CEO, WAC

Merve Ferrero, Chief Strategy Officer, Zopa Bank

Alex Ford, President, North America, Encompass Corporation

Anna Freeman, CEO/Founder,

Vivi Friedgut, Founder and CEO, Blackbullion

Kelly Fryer, Executive Director (CEO), Fintech Sandbox

Hema Gandhi, CEO and Founder, LatentBridge

Shilpika Gautam, CEO and Founder, Opna

Leslie Gillin, Chief Growth Officer, Pagaya Technologies

Adina Grigoriu, Founder & CEO, Active Asset Allocation

Priya Guliani, CEO, EarthID

Nim Haas, Global Chief Marketing Officer, BPC

Lena Hackelöer, Founder & CEO, Brite Payments

Emma Hagan, Chief Risk and Compliance Officer, ClearBank

Zahra Hassan, Founder, Eligible

Lindsey Haswell, Chief Legal Officer, Chief Administrative Officer, MoonPay

Nicki Hinton-Jones, Chief Investing Officer, Timeline

Lara Hodgson, Co-founder, President & CEO, Now®

Ren Hooi, Founder and CEO, Lightning Reach

Laura Hutton, Chief customer Officer and Co-founder, Quantexa

Lauren Ingram, Founder, Women of Web3

Leica Ison, Founder & CEO, Skyjed

Amanda Jenkins, Chief Impact Officer, 10x Banking

Alison Jessup, CEO & Co-Founder, Canefin Ltd

Janthana Kaenprakhamroy, CEO, Tapoly

Malini Kannan, CEO Office Leader, Thunes

Sandeep Kaur, Director BFS DLT Solutions Lead, Innova Solutions

Katherine Keddie, Co-founder, Adopter

Anna King, Chief Financial Officer, Mesh Payments

Emma Kisby, CEO, Cogo

Anna Kogan, CEO, Duckfund Real Estate Inc

Marta Krupinska, Cofounder and CEO,

Gabriella Kusz, Senior Fellow, AI2030

Corinna Lamberti, Chief Product Officer, Chip

Jenny Lee, Chief Commercial Officer, Zing by HSBC

Manjula Lee, Founder and CEO, World Wide Generation

Sharon Lewis, Sector Leader of Finance, Insurance, and Investment (FII) and Partner, Hogan Lovells

Alla Liberman, CFO/COO, Beacon Platform Inc.

Monika & Denise Liikamaa & Johansson, Co-CEOs & Co-Founders, Enfuce

Winnie Ling, General Counsel & Head of Legal, Blend Labs, Inc. (NYSE: BLND)

Corinne Lleti, General Manager of Southern Europe, Provenir, Provenir

Yi Luo, CEO and Co-Founder, Eunice

Lihi Lutan, Co-Founder and CEO, Opstream

Holly Mackay, CEO and Founder, Boring Money

Roisin McCarthy, CEO & Founder, Verifoxx

Sinead McHale, CEO, Satago

Miranda McLean, Chief Marketing Officer, LHV Bank

Neha Mehta, CEO, FemTech Partners

Clare Mitchell, Senior Vice President - FinTech Venture and Growth at HSBC Innovation Banking, HSBC Innovation Banking UK

Roxana Mohammadian-Molina, Chief Strategy Officer, Blend

Inga Mullins, CEO, Fluency

Isabel Naidoo, Chief People Officer, Wise

Amy Nauiokas, Founder and CEO of Anthemis Group, Anthemis

Tram Anh Nguyen, co-founder, CFTE

Crystal Noe, Sanctions Director, Head of Global Sanctions Compliance, Kraken

Ylva Oertengren, COO & Co-Founder, Simply Asset Finance

Ramona Ortega, Founder, WealthBuild

Princess Oti, Co Founder/COO, Kaoshi Network

Stephanie Pagni, Group General Counsel and Company Secretary, Monzo

Donna Parisi, Global Head of Finance, Shearman & Sterling LLP

Rebecca Park, Managing Director, Global Counsel

Maria Pasquale, Co-Founder, UpSpark

Rupal Patel, Founder, Women in Risk & Control (WiRC) & Acin

Michelle Pearce-Burke, Co-founder & Chief Strategy Officer, Wealthify

Ruth Pearson, General Counsel & Company Secretary, Ex LendInvest plc

Hephzi Pemberton, Founder, Honordex

Kate Phillips, Regional Director, Timeline

Melek Pirgon, Chief Product Officer, Modulr Finance

Laura Pomfret, Co-Founder, Financielle

Barbara Pozdorovkina, Chief Growth Officer, LMAX Group

Payal Raina, Global Head of Marketing, Torstone Technology & Founder of FinTech B2B Marketing Community, Torstone Technology and FinTech B2B Marketing Community

Uma Rajah, CEO, CapitalRise

Myrtle Anne Ramos, CEO, Block Tides

Katie Ramsey, Head of Fintech, Department for Business & Trade

Eve Read, Senior Director of Strategic Delivery, Smart

Jana Reid, Head of Commercial Bank Partnerships, TrueLayer

Fiona Roach Canning, Co-founder and CEO, pollinate

Elizabeth Rossiello, CEO and founder, AZA Finance

Betsy Samuel, Chief Marketing Officer, Thredd

Vicky Sanders, Chief Digital Officer, OpenFin

Roxane Sanguinetti, Head of Strategy, GHCO

Lisa Scott, CEO Europe, Banked

Joyce Segall, Global Head, Insurance Innovation & Strategy, Pattern Insurance

Amber Skinner-Jozefson, CEO and Co-Founder, ePOP AI

Mirna Sleiman, Founder and CEO, Fintech Galaxy

Ophelia Snyder, Co-founder and president,

Nadia Sood, CEO, CreditEnable

Gaye “Gaia” Soykok, Cofounder & CEO, Tokens of Appreciation (

Noa Srebrnik, CEO, CitrusX

Emma Steeley, CEO, Aro

Louise Stewart, Founder and CEO, ProjectPay

Niv Subramanian, Chief Lending Officer, Allica Bank

Laurel Taylor, Founder and CEO, Candidly

Sophie Thurner, Co-CEO, beatvest

Valeria Vahorovska, CEO, Fondy

Sarah-Jayne van Greune, Chief Operating Officer, Payen Limited

Prema Varadhan, Chief Operating Officer and President, Product, Temenos

Ruth Vero, Vice President of Operations, GoHenry

Ash Viens, Founder, Eutony Consulting Inc.

Cristina Vila, CEO & Co-Founder, Cledara

Lorna Waldron, VP Marketing, Moneythor

Ruth Wandhofer, Fintech Professor, NED, Author, Speaker, Bayes Business School (formerly CASS)

Cynthia Wandia, Co-founder & CEO, Kwara

Rowan Whittington, Chief Operating Officer, Finding Somebody Ltd

Amanda Wick, Founder and CEO, Association for Women In Cryptocurrency

Sarah Williams-Gardener, CEO, FinTech Wales

Vicky Wilson, CEO and Founder, Settld

May Yang, President – Head of North America, Synechron

Zara Zamani, CoFounder and COO, Neoki

  • Rising Stars
  • Professional & Financial Services
  • Technology Professionals
  • Policymakers & Regulatory Experts
  • Investors
  • Marketers & Communicators
  • Industry & Knowledge Champions

Meet the Judges

Hear from previous years’ Standout winners


As one of the Standout #35 Women in the FinTech (2019), this pivotal initiative has facilitated my creating closer synergy between industry/academia, as follows. First, invites to speak about the National FinTech Network/FinTrust research at CogX/international conferences, universities and reviewing FinTech research applications. Second, increasing my industry footprint: input to organisational strategy, multiple panel invitations, commenting on policy/regulatory innovation around Corporate Digital Responsibility (CDR)―named as a ‘Founder’ of the CDR movement led by Rob Price (formerly Worldline). Likewise, working with Moneyline and the Aster Foundation in addressing how FinTech can assist in alleviating financial exclusion in the UK/globally (funding: The Gates Foundation).

– Karen Elliot, Senior Lecturer in Enterprise/Innovation (FinTech), Newcastle University