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The DEI Discussions

The ground-breaking podcast series, The DEI Discussions, is hosted by Nadia Edwards-Dashti, Chief Customer Officer here at Harrington Starr.

With an unwavering commitment to embedding Diversity and Inclusion into the foundations of FinTech, Nadia created The DEI Discussions to provide inspiration to people also looking to better DE&I in our industry.

The DEI Discussions features four series: Humans of FinTech, Talent of FinTech, Families of FinTech and the longest-running series, Women of FinTech.

Each episode, no matter the series, demonstrates the work we can be doing to #walkthetalk for change across the entire industry.

We are always looking for people from across the industry to join us on The DEI Discussions? Keen to get involved? Or know someone ideal for the show?

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    The DEI Discussions #WomenofFinTech | Yvonne de Ville, Chair of IoD Finance and FinTech Group

    ​Joining Nadia live from FinTech Connect is Yvonne de Ville, Chair of IoD Finance and FinTech Group, and Author of Cracking the Change Management Code.We currently sit at an exciting moment for FinTech growth, and a brilliant opportunity to position the UK as market leaders. To successfully execute this, we need to broaden our access to diversity of thought.Yvonne guides us through the responsibility we all have to ensure FinTech is accessible to all skillsets, backgrounds and experiences; and hence create the chance for the industry to evolve into an even grander movement of innovation and development. The benefits of inviting different life experiences into the conversation are unparalleled; we will be welcoming in the next generation that will disrupt the status quo. Nadia and Yvonne explore the practicalities of this, reinforcing the importance of leadership in welcoming this new era; as well as encouraging a greater commitment to psychological safety.Thank you Yvonne for joining us at FinTech Connect- this is a fantastic, reflective discussion that highlights the role we all play in crafting a new future for financial services.Stream the Full Episode now on your chosen podcast platform.Apple Podcasts:Spotify:

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    The DEI Discussions #HumansofFinTech | Suresh Vaghjiani, CEO of CLOWD9

    ​On today's episode of the Humans of FinTech Podcast, Nadia meets Suresh Vaghjiani, CEO of CLOWD9, live from FinTech Connect 2022.As CEO of a firm going from strength-to-strength, Suresh discusses his responsibilities as CEO, honing in on the role he plays in driving the company mission, and entwining it into their evolving, inclusive culture.We also hear about the team's busy day at FinTech Connect! As an exhibitor at the event, Suresh shares insights into some of the exciting conversations the team have been having with innovators across the industry. Hearing snippets of such discussions is testament to the power events such as FinTech Connect have on marketplace development.Suresh also shares what more we can all do to be an advocate in the space, walking the talk for positive, tangible change. He puts particular emphasis on diversity of thought, ensuring you are proactive in attracting and retaining a diverse pool of talent from all manners of backgrounds and experiences.Thank you Suresh for joining us at FinTech Connect for this episode of the The DEI Discussions #HumansofFinTech Podcast!You can stream the full episode via your chosen platform below.SpotifyAppleBuzzsprout​Follow us on LinkedInFollow us on YouTube​

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    The DEI Discussions #WomenOfFinTech | Lissele Pratt, Founder at Capitalixe

    Welcome to another episode of The DEI Discussions: Women of FinTech. Today, Nadia is joined by Lissele Pratt, Founder at Capitalixe.Lissele is a natural entrepreneur who is extremely passionate about helping women break into the financial industry. As one of Forbes' 30 Under 30, and TechRound's Top 29 Entrepreneurs Under 29; Lissele is a recognised pioneer in this dynamic industry. In this episode, the pair discuss the impact of having authentic diversity within a business and why more women should be promoted. Lissele also shares valuable insights and tangible actions that we can all take on board to improve inclusion within company cultures; from fully flexible working for parents & carers to implementing mentorship programmes for young women joining the industry. Thank you, Lissele, for your sharing your valuable thoughts and inspiring story with us on The DEI Discussions. Spotify​Apple​Buzzsprout​

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    Nadia's Humans of FinTech, Live @ FinTech Connect! | Geoffrey Tipton, CTO of AENCO Smartcap

    On today's episode of the Humans of FinTech, Nadia meets Geoffrey Tipton, CTO of AENCO Smartcap, live from FinTech Connect 2022. AENCO Smartcap's mission is to enable blockchain technology for "normal people" outside of the industry to make impactful connections between future technologies and capital today. Geoffrey's fantastic background started as a robotics engineer at Salford University and it was his fascination for the technical aspects of decentralised exchanges that led him to where he is today. He shares, "having a team with different perspectives helps solve problems properly," and elaborates on the importance of firms subscribing to more inclusive cultures.You can stream the full episode via your chosen platform below. SpotifyAppleBuzzsprout​ ​

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    Nadia's Humans of FinTech, Live @ FinTech Connect! | Paul Staples, Global Head of Banking as a Service and Embedded Finance Proposition at HSBC

    Joining Nadia live from FinTech Connect for this episode of the Humans of FinTech Podcast is Paul Staples, Global Head of Banking as a Service and Embedded Finance Proposition at HSBC.Paul offers us an exclusive insight into the world of embedded finance, sharing how his positively disruptive role is changing the way banks operate from the outside in. The pair discuss the role Fintech Connect plays in showcasing the latter, making this exciting future accessible to all.A vital part of this future is ensuring diversity of skills is the norm amongst teams in the industry. Paul reminds us to invite individuals into our team that think differently to us, approaching recruitment with an open-mind so no one is excluded from the opportunities of the space.Diversity of thought should be given every chance to thrive, and so the pair explore what it takes to create a speak-up culture in your workplace.Thank you Paul for joining us on the Humans of FinTech Podcast!Stream the Full Episode now on your chosen podcast platform.Apple Podcasts:Spotify:

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    Nadia's Humans of FinTech, Live @ FinTech Connect! | Malin Lignell, Digitalization and Innovation at Handelsbanken

    On today's episode of the Humans of FinTech Podcast, Nadia meets Malin Lignell, Digitalization and Innovation at Handelsbanken, live from FinTech Connect 2022.Nadia and Malin discuss what's new, what's happening next and what's in store for the future of our industry- inspired by Malin's brilliant panel discussion on the day. The event was full of learning and inspiration, and the pair recap on topical themes such as the metaverse, blockchain and algorithms, and what this will mean for future marketplace evolution.Malin shares how to ensure we are providing a positive professional experience for people in Financial Services; it is important for companies to offer different opportunities and build inclusive cultures, making retention a norm for the industry.Thank you Malin for joining us for a brilliant discussion!​Stream the full episode below.SpotifyAppleBuzzsprout

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    Nadia's Humans of FinTech, Live @ FinTech Connect! | Sohail Raja, Head of Execution Platforms & UK Chief Digital Officer, Société Générale

    Joining Nadia on the Humans of FinTech Podcast, live at FinTech Connect, is Sohail Raja, Head of Execution Platforms & UK Chief Digital Officer, Société Générale.Sohail's role captures the exciting opportunities currently active across the financial services space. With conversations around decentralised finance becoming ever more prominent, and technological innovation becoming synonymous with the industry, an exciting future is taking shape. But amidst the technological jargon, we mustn't lose sight of the human-side of the industry. Understanding that these new tools can also welcome in a new era for collaboration, connecting data with knowledge, should not be a theme that is dismissed.For Sohail, the latter will become an ever more important and inevitable theme as a new generation welcomes in new mindsets. Social education will be vital in furthering this mission, making opportunities to partake in the industry more accessible.And Sohail closes by guiding us through his understanding of the intervention strategy. He discusses the importance of empowering everyone to be part of change, demonstrating what it will take to inspire and embed structural changes.Thank you Sohail for joining us on the Humans of FinTech Podcast at FinTech Connect!Stream the Full Episode now on your chosen podcast platform.Apple Podcasts:Spotify:

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    Nadia's Women of FinTech Podcast | Emma and Robyn of Seven Consultancy

    We explore a different side to the FinTech marketplace on this episode of The Women of FinTech Podcast, as Nadia is joined by Emma Harvey, Founder, and Robyn Margetts, Managing Director, of Seven Consultancy.As a PR and Communications firm, Seven Consultancy work with industry-leading market participants to elevate their brand, establishing them as respected businesses and thought leaders in the space.Seven Consultancy came to the marketplace with disruption in mind. They disbanded the old PR model, committing themselves to working with clients on a closer basis, getting to better know the people behind the brand. And it is this that has truly allowed the team to pave a new communications model in the FinTech space.Emma and Robyn discuss the centrality of people in the ever-growing FinTech space. By placing the people driving the innovation at the heart of PR releases of the likes, Seven Consultancy are changing perceptions and understandings of what it means to work in the financial technology sector. Through this, crucial diversity of thought is allowed to thrive and is not hidden behind overly-polished text and graphics that overshadows individuality.Thank you Emma and Robyn for this masterclass on PR and Communications- and for walking the talk with us on The DEI Discussions.Stream the Full Episode now on your chosen podcast platform.Apple Podcasts:Spotify: