STAR scholarship

Meet the STARs of Sibos 2021

The Sibos Talent Accelerator Route (STAR) scholarship returned for Sibos 2021, 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 25 women took part in the programme from countries including Bangladesh, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Turkey, the UK and the US.

The STARs enjoyed special access to the conference programme with facilitated networking and mentoring activities alongside senior industry figures. They also hosted the Changemaker small group networking sessions, where groups of 15 Sibos delegates exchanged ideas on topics such as how to be a good role model, and making change for the better.

View news on the STAR scholarship, as well as insights and experiences from STARs themselves.

Sibos TV

Watch the 2021 STARs speak to Sibos TV about their careers.

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Sibos Insider: Podcast

Hear the 2020 STARs discuss the programme on the Sibos Insider podcast.

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Sibos Insider: Blog

Read the 2020 STARs’ view on a range of issues via the Sibos Insider blog.

A participative approach to tech implementation

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Technology as a force for good

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A time to flourish

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Collaboration is vital to success

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Banks of the future

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Feedback from previous STAR scholars:

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 2021

Emma Loftus
Executive Vice President Head of Treasury Management, PNC Financial Services Group

Maria Semedalas
International Banking Executive and Board Member

This year's STARs are: