STAR scholarship

Meet the 2023 STAR Scholars

The Sibos Talent Accelerator Route (STAR) scholarship returned at Sibos 2023, bringing together women in finance from around the world and championing the leaders of tomorrow.

The scholarship not only recognises women who have made outstanding contributions to their organisations, it also provides a platform to foster meaningful professional connections and learning opportunities.

A global initiative

This year marked the largest scholarship since the inaugural programme in 2019, with 33 women taking part in the programme from 13 countries (Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Kenya, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, the UK and the US).

The STARs enjoyed special access to the Sibos 2023 conference programme with facilitated networking and mentoring activities alongside senior industry figures to help them maximise their full potential.

This year's STARs are:

Learn more about the 2023 STAR scholarship, as well as insights and experiences from STARs themselves.

Sibos TV

Watch the 2023 STARs speak to Sibos TV about their careers.

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Sibos Insider: Blog

Read the 2023 STARs’ view on a range of issues via the Sibos Insider blog.

STAR view: Network interoperability — the next opportunity in enhancing the cross-border experience

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STAR view: Retaining and attracting talent in today’s payments space

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STAR View: Optimising foreign exchange for cross-border payments by leveraging artificial intelligence

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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