A Few (More!) Noteworthy Women in Global FinTech (Part 2!)
Financial institutions are not only transforming in terms of technology, but are also promoting diversity and inclusion in the fintech segment. Here are some more successful women, who are making the best of this segment with their innovative fintech-leadership skills.
Carla Ghosn, Visa
Carla Goshn is the Head of Emerging Fintech at Visa. Visa is a fintech company that enables its customers to use digital currencies via credit card, debit card, and prepaid cards. Carla joined Visa in 2015 as a head of business development in strategic parterships. In 2017, she started collaborating with emerging Fintech companies to introduce to the latest solutions offered by Visa. Carla has held multiple sales and business leadership roles in companies like Salesforce, CipherCloud, Marvell Semiconductor, and Sun Microsystems. She is also the CEO and Founder of MyCaal.com, a company that is reinventing the retail mortgage sector. Carla holds a B.S in computer engineering from the Southern Methodist University and an MBA in business administration from Wharton.
Kahina Van Dyke, Standard Chartered Bank
Kahina is presently the Global Head of Digital Channels and Data Analytics at Standard Chartered Bank. Kahina is one of the leading women in the fintech sector and is also known to be a strong advocate for black women in Fintech. She is an industry veteran in banking, global payments, and Blockchain. Before her recent shift to Standard Chartered Bank, Kahina was the SVP of Business and Corproate development at Ripple. Her career consists of various leadership roles in companies like Citi Bank, Mastercard, Facebook, to name a few. She studied Corporate finance, banking and securities law at the New York University, and also holds a B.A in political science and government studies.
Peggy Alford, PayPal
Peggy Alford is the Executive Vice President of Global Sales at PayPal, an online payment company that facilitates online money transfers and is an electronic alternative to traditional payment methods. At PayPal, Peggy is responsible for boosting sales operations and merchant support in global markets like US, UK, Australia, and Germany. Peggy has served executive roles with companies like Rent.com, eBay, and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. She was also chosen to be on Facebook’s board of directors as its first black female leader and is also serves on the board of directors of the Macerich, a real estate investment trust. Peggy holds a B.S. in accounting and business administration from the University of Dayton.
Carey Kolaja, Au10TIX
Carey Kolaja is the President and Chief Operating Officer at Au10TIX, an identity verification company based in Israel. Carey holds more than 25 years of experience in payments, identity and adaptive technologies. Carey has worked with well-known companies like PayPal where she held various executive positions for 12 years, and at Citi FinTech as Chief Product Officer at from 2015-2019. Given her influence in the field of Fintech, she has also been a TEDx speaker and spoken on the topic – future of money and fraud and has given several keynote speeches at international conferences. Some of the key areas of her specialisations include: Identity intelligence, financial services, identity management, product management, and product development.
Diana Biggs, HSBC
Diana Biggs is the Global Head of Innovation, Private Banking at HSBC. Given her extensive background in financial technology, Diana is an expert in blockchain and fintech. Her role at HSBC is responsible for innovations in HSBCs private banking and leading fintech partnerships, focusing on emerging technologies to help modernize banking infrastructure and legacy models, among other responsibilities. Before joining HSBC, she was a part of the program at University College London’s Centre for Blockchain Technologies, and has worked with companies like Uphold Inc., Soko, and Oliver Wyman Financial Services. Diana has gained a lot of recognition in the field of fintech like being one of the 100 Most Influential Blockchain People, in the Kurtosys Women in Finance Power 100 and on Innovate Finance’s Women in Fintech Powerlist 2016, amongst many others.
Kim Crawford Goodman, Fiserv
Bringing 25 years of payments and technology experience with her to Fiserv in 2018, Kim Crawford is the President of Merchant Joint Ventures and Acquirer Processing at Fiserv. Prior to joining Fiserv, some of Kim’s experience consists of being the CEO of Worldpay US and President of Global Business Travel and Merchant Services Americas for American Express, and leadership roles at Dell Inc, among others. In 2019, Kim was also named one of the Most Powerful Women in Corporate America by Black Enterprise magazine and is known to be one of the most influential African American female executives in the nation.
Lynn Cherry, Brightwell Payments, Inc.
Lynn Cherry is the Chief Compliance Officer at Brightwell Payments, Inc., a company that offers end-to-end payment solutions. Lynn holds more than 20 years of experience in financial services and payments including an extensive background in payroll cards focused on BSA/AML, OFAC and Regulation E compliance. Lynn began her career in financial services at Wachovia, now Wells Fargo Ban. Prior to Brightwell Payments, Lynn served as Chief Compliance Officer for Skylight Financial. Lynn holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Shorter University and is currently pursuing a Juris Master degree at the Emory University School of Law.
Shyama Rose, Amount
Shyama Rose is an industry veteran with over 18 years of experience in cyber-security. Shyama is presently the Chief Information Security Officer at Amount, a fintech company that is help banks and financial institutions to enhance their retail banking through a modern API framework to help them improve their user experience. In her previous roles, Shyama has worked as a Chief Information Security Officer at Avant, an online lending platform. Shyama is often seen as a keynote speaker at various global conferences, sharing her thoughts on female leadership in the industry.
Catherine Kraus, Fundation
Catherine Kraus is the Director of Parterships at Fundation, a digital lender and credit solutions provider that develops integrated small business lending solutions. Catherine has acquired Juris Doctor of Corporate and Securities Law from Washington and Lee University School of Law. Her professional journey started with being a corporate transactional attorney for Capital One, soon after which she held several management positions in the same company. She then moved on to work with TD bank as their Business Development Strategy and Development manager. Her expertise in legal and management roles enables her to seamlessly lead the company in providing business lending solutions.
Elena Ionenko, TurnKey Lender
Elena Ionenko is the Co-Founder and Business Development Leader at TurnKey Lender, a cloud-based platform for evaluating borrowers, decision-making, support, and online-lending process automation. Elena holds over twenty years of experience in business development, sales, and management and is now a global leader in unified lending management solutions and services. Prior to co-founding TurnKey Lender, Elena worked with companies like Unicon Systems, Mizuho Bank, and Plug&Score. She has been a receiver of several awards and was shortlisted two years in a row for Women in IT’s Woman of the Year awards for Asia. Elena is also often spotted sharing her experience at various events, and webinars.