Hanna Zubko

Hanna Zubko

Co-Founder & VP of Business Development, IntellectEU Inc New York City, New York @hanna_intellect | LinkedIn Profile What was your experience like growing up in the Ukraine, specifically concerning STEM studies? Ukraine has a very powerful educational system for high level mathematics, computer science and engineering. Given that students start working as early as their first or second year of their bachelors’ degree program, a twenty year old university graduate in computer science is often considered…

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It’s not about just surviving – It’s about thriving

You’ve met a powerhouse before, right? Remember how kinetic the energy, how bright the aura, how electric the air was around them? That’s Ramona Ortega: Powerhouse. And I had the great fortune of sitting down with her for a blazing fireside chat last Thursday evening at our FemTechLeaders meetup in New York. Some of you may have already heard of Ramona, for those of you who haven’t, you need to – and I’m doing my…

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Sara Holoubek

CEO ofLuminary Labs New York City, New York @sarita  | LinkedIn Profile   You grew up in Wisconsin yet ended up studying abroad in Paris for your MBA.  What gave you the itch to travel and study overseas?  How did this experience shape your approach to business? I inherited the travel bug from my parents, who always argued that we would learn more through travels than sitting in a desk. In addition to my roots in…

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Femtech: A Business Case for Women in Technology

There’s nothing quite like sharing a vision of a utopia with others that can intoxicate one to the point of an opiate haze where everything and everyone is lovely, loving, and lethargic about doing some of the hard slog that actual Utopia requires. I admit, I’m buzzing with that happy hum from having quite literally circled the globe to hit up Femtech laden Fintech events (when did I get so lucky that my two favorite…

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Maria Deam

Vice Consul, Financial Services at UK Trade & Investment New York City, New York Maria Deam  |  LinkedIn Profile Can you provide some background on your role with UK Trade & Investment? UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) is the British Government’s economic development arm, and I work on foreign direct investment for financial services in New York. This means that as part of UKTI’s free and confidential service, I focus on helping New York (as…

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Céline Lazorthes

Founder and CEO at Leetchi.com and MANGOPAY Paris, France @CelineLz  |  LinkedIn Profile Congrats on the success of both Mangopay and leetchi.com  Why do you believe the companies resonate so well with your customers? In both cases, I believe our offer answered a need that hadn’t been addressed. I founded leetchi.com in 2009 after having struggled to gather money for a college week-end. I thought it would be so much easier to collect funds online and created the…

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Diversity Buffet: Sydney FemTech Meetup

By Michelle Moffatt & Amy Ciolek Since our inaugural Femtech Leaders Meet Up a few new and exciting things have happened here in Sydney which we want to let you know about: We linked up with the New Finance Sydney Meet Up group, cosying up for a fireside chat with Blythe Masters (block chain guru and fellow Femtech Leader) The Tyro Fintech Hub that hosts our Meet Up moved into their brand spanking new hub…

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Namita Bhide

FemTechLeaders, Singapore Chapter Singapore @namita_bhide  |  LinkedIn Profile What was your experience like growing up in India? Amazing! I call it the theory of “Organised Chaos” – there is method to the madness. Growing up in India laid a foundation of comfort with constant change, and it set the framework for my personal and professional journey. My father was in the Indian Air Force, so for our family, it meant we grew up moving every…

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Singapore: Hot in the City

It’s not my first time in Singapore – it will surely not be my last – and every time I step off the plane I’m hit by the overwhelming heat and humidity. For a northern clime, high altitude gal like me, it’s a physical shock, and I haven’t yet mastered my thoughts enough to quell the obsessive, repetitive one that constitutes the slipstream of my consciousness: wow, it’s so hot. Hot. Hot. Hot. It’s so…

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Leigh Amaro

Senior Vice President, Global Strategic Alliances at MasterCard San Francisco, California @leighamaro  |  LinkedIn Profile Please provide a summary of your current role & responsibilities at MasterCard. As Senior Vice President of Global Initiatives, I’m chartered with the commercialization of emerging payment solutions around the world to serve the next generation of commerce.  My primary focus is to digitize new payment flows, which include P2P payments, disbursements and cross-border remittances.  Prior to this role I was…