Nadia Edwards-Dashti co-founded the Harrington Starr Group in 2010, which has grown into the leading FinTech recruiter based in London with offices in New York. In 17 years in the financial services technology sector, she has been responsible for helping over 2000 people find jobs and has grown from a trainee to a Managing Director and now Chief Customer Officer of a global technology recruitment business. She runs her own successful ‘Women of Fintech’ Podcast Series where she has interviewed more than 150 women in leadership within the Financial Technology community to celebrate and showcase their successes. She created a ground-breaking podcast series exploring the ‘Maternity and Paternity of Fintech Stories,’ ‘The Humans of FinTech’ and ‘The Talent Surgery’ podcasts and has brought together these four podcast series under the banner of ‘FinTech with Nadia: The DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) Discussions.’
Nadia has written a book through Palgrave Macmillan called ‘Fintech Women Walk the Talk: Moving the needle for workplace gender equality in financial Services and beyond.’ This book celebrated all the people she interviewed in the first series of ‘The Women of FinTech’ podcasts and is a toolkit for businesses looking to have a more gender-balanced workforce. Nadia created the diversity, equity and inclusion programme ‘HSRAE-Success Is Inclusion’ as well as the ‘STEPFORWARD for gender equality' programme helping companies produce tailored workflows and operational plans to drive towards gender equality and workplace inclusion.
Nadia has built numerous processes that are now known in the financial services talent attraction industry that allow all Harrington Starr Group consultants to go the extra mile for their candidates when they represent them for jobs. She wants hiring managers to invest in their staff and promotes retaining staff throughout the industry to allow for people to onboard smoothly and progress quickly. She has a passion for helping people make the right career choices and succeed in their interviews, promotions, salary reviews and project meetings.
Nadia is a regular speaker at industry conferences around the world, has been a panellist at some of the largest FinTech events in London and a guest judge for technology and innovation competitions for female technologists. She also speaks at universities on ‘Demystifying Fintech’ to attract the next generation to the industry.
She has launched a hugely successful campaign called the ‘17% list’ which drives real change fast, to affect the gender imbalance in the technology space by giving better visibility and therefore career options to women in technology. The ‘17% List’ campaign has created numerous roles for women within Financial Technology and has challenged growing companies to change the way they recruit for the future success of their business. As of 2022 the percentage of technology roles filled by women in the UK moved to 19% and that was reflected in the list changing its name to the ‘19% list.’
Ultimately Nadia believes in people and businesses becoming the best they can be and knows awareness, acknowledgement and action is needed to drive this forward.
Her other accolades include: Winner of Investing in Talent 2019 Awards - Most Inspirational Recruitment Leader, Innovate Finance: Women in FinTech Powerlist and Brummel 2019 Top 30 Inspirational Women in the City.