Session: Women in the investment industry: Why I left my high-flying career in trading to join a fintech start-up
In 2019, I was rung up by a former colleague who asked me to join a fintech start-up. Many might think it was too risky to leave my trading job at a leading bank to get involved in a fintech project, but I saw it as an opportunity to build an exciting company to disrupt the ETF industry.
Today, I would like to tell you a bit more about my journey and why women are still underrepresented in the investment industry.
I will be talking about the initiatives I have supported to educate, encourage and empower women to take care of their finances and my time as an investor at Alma Angels where I backed female founders building global companies.
Diversity and inclusion are also a key component of our success at GHCO. We have people with over 20 different nationalities, a gender-neutral parental leave. We also have a recruitment policy in place that makes it mandatory to put forward a diverse pool of talent.
- How to support women seeking to pursue a career in finance
- Start-up fundraising: what I learned
- Management: How to support colleagues
I am head of strategy at GHCO, a registered market maker and one of the fastest-growing liquidity providers, specialising in ETFs and ETPs on and off all major European exchanges. Passionate about tech and entrepreneurship, I joined GHCO just as the company emerged as a leading fintech company. I advanced the fixed income ETF market making and investor relations, and now focus on innovative areas of growth such as digital assets. Prior to joining GHCO, I held positions at Merrill Lynch and HUBX. Fierce advocate for diversity & inclusion, I joined Alma Angels from its early days in 2019, an inclusive community of investors actively supporting ambitious female founders.