STAR scholarship

Meet the STARs of Sibos 2020

The Sibos Talent Accelerator Route (STAR) scholarship is back for Sibos 2020, empowering the female leaders of tomorrow with a special programme uniting women in finance from around the world.

The scholarship provides women who are rising stars within their organisations with growth opportunities to support their progress to senior levels, while accelerating their knowledge and professional connections.

A global initiative

This year 21 women are taking part in the programme from countries including the US, Germany, the UK, France, Belgium, Canada, Singapore, Lebanon, UAE, Austria, South Africa, Hong Kong, Turkey, Poland, Thailand and Malaysia.

The STAR scholars are benefitting from privileged access to the conference programme and are closely involved with the new monthly Sibos sessions that run on the second Tuesday of each month, starting on 10 November 2020. This includes exclusive facilitated networking and mentoring activities with senior financial and technology industry figures.

The mentoring sessions give the STARs exposure to seasoned and respected professionals in the upper echelons of their sector.

The sessions took place every day during Sibos week in October, and continue on a monthly basis, allowing the STARs to gain valuable industry knowledge and advice on career development.

View the latest news on this year’s STAR scholarship, as well as insights and experiences from the STARs themselves.

Sibos TV

Watch the STARs speak to Sibos TV about their careers.

Watch this video

Sibos Insider: Podcast

Hear the STARs discuss the programme on the Sibos Insider podcast

Hear this podcast

Sibos Insider: Blog

Read the STARs’ view on a range of issues via the Sibos Insider blog:

A participative approach to tech implementation

Read this article

Technology as a force for good

Read this article

A time to flourish

Read this article

Collaboration is vital to success

Read this article

Banks of the future

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Feedback on the programme:

I have taken some amazing notes and kept the one-liners at my desk from the inspirational speakers. Hearing the journeys of these outstanding individuals made me feel really motivated and reiterated not to worry when challenges show up.

Gurpreet Saluja, Wells Fargo

The daily mentoring sessions left the best impression – their advice and anecdotes will stay with me for some time to come when planning and navigating my career.”

Mona Tan, Standard Chartered Bank

I was very inspired by some mentors and colleagues from the programme who emphasised that it is not your position or rank that matters, but the skills that we acquire by taking on a variety of different assignments. This changed my approach to my personal development.”

Monika Leśniak, Euroclear

The speakers were great and I really liked the fact that they were holding very diverse functions, within very different organisations, from financial crime studies to fintechs.” 

Camille Papillard, BNP Paribas

Speakers who inspired
the STARs during Sibos week 2020

Lisa Lansdowne-Higgins
VP Business Deposits and Treasury Solutions, RBC

Leda Glyptis
Fintech Visionary

Tom Keatinge
Director of the Centre for Financial Crime & Security Studies at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)

Catriona Wallace
CEO & Founder, Flamingo AI

This year's STARs are: