STAR scholarship

Meet the 2022 STAR Scholars

The Sibos Talent Accelerator Route (STAR) scholarship was back at Sibos 2022, empowering the 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

In 2022 25 women took part in the programme from 16 countries including Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, the UK and the US.

The STARs enjoyed special access to the Sibos 2022 conference programme with facilitated networking and mentoring activities alongside senior industry figures to help them maximise their full potential.

Speakers who inspired the STARs during Sibos 2022

Maria Semedalas
International Banking Executive and Board Member

Samantha Emery
Payments Industry & Development Director, Lloyds Banking Group

Rosemary Stone
Chief Business Development Officer, Swift

Sophia Lopez
Founder & COO of

Cheri McGuire
Chief Technology
Officer, Swift

This year's STARs are:

Look back at the 2022 STAR scholarship, as well as insights and experiences from STARs themselves.

Sibos TV

Watch the 2022 STARs speak to Sibos TV about their careers.

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Sibos Insider: Blog

Read the 2022 STARs’ view on a range of issues via the Sibos Insider blog.

STAR view: Competition with fintechs – how should incumbents respond?

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STAR view: Achieving a long and successful career in banking

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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