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RiseUp Europe

Empowering inclusivity in leadership

Inclusion powers success

Diversity and inclusion is important on every level of an organization, especially at the leadership level.

RiseUp is our global program all about unlocking the next steps in your career, no matter what stage you are at. We provide tomorrow’s women leaders with the network, tools and techniques needed to help them strategically advance and level up in the industry.

RiseUp is an explicitly inclusive program for all who identify as women.

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Empowering women leaders

Since 2018 more than 175+ women from around the world participated in our RiseUp programs, with more than 60% of participants being women of colour. The impact of the progam is far reaching providing aspiring women leaders with a unique opportunity to strategically create an effective roadmap for their desired career path. What does impact look like?

  • Over half have received a promotion/moved into a more senior role since RiseUp
  • 80% felt more prepared for promotion after RiseUp
  • 82% felt the RiseUp network helped progress their career/opened new opportunities
  • 96% would recommend the programme to their peers

A note from RiseUp’s founder

Tracey Davies (Tracey Davies President, Money20/20) shares her thoughts on how RiseUp started on a piece of paper in 2018 to evolve into a program that features some of the most diverse women in the whole live events industry.

Who should apply?

The RiseUp programme is all about unlocking the next steps in your career, no matter what stage you are at. If you want to hone your leadership skills, gain confidence, grow your network and find your tribe - this is the program for you.

Our Advisory Board

Our global Advisory Board consists of respected industry executives from leading companies across the world with the likes of Ant Financial, Barclays, Citi, Google, PayPal and Wells Fargo; as well as female founders from the broader Fintech ecosystem.

We refresh our Advisory Board each year to ensure it is fresh and current. The RiseUp Advisory Board is responsible for;

  • Advising-Money20/20 on current topics relevant to specific regions to help inform our RiseUp program agenda
  • Mentoring-Each Advisory Board member commits to being matched with and building a relationship with one of the women from the cohort leading up to the show virtually and live in person at the show
  • Shouting from the rooftops-Sharing with their networks the great things that are coming from RiseUp including promoting when both applications are open and submissions
  • Judging-Narrowing down the hundreds of submissions we receive through our ‘blind’ judging process (no names, photos, age or ethnicity are shown) to choose the final women for each of our regional cohorts

The 2022 RiseUp Europe Academy

Ana Isabel Gallego

Manager, Government relation & regulatory strategy


Andrea Toucinho

Directrice Etudes, Prospective, Formations

Partelya Consulting

Aneta Bernat

Director, Global Retail Business Development


Charlotte Karg

Commercial Manager


Ebru Kapusiz

Head of Institutional Sales & Business Development


Elena Novokreshchenova



Elina Sokolovska

Senior Product Manager


Emily Harris

Head of Compliance

Fiat Republic

Lee-Jane Baird

Senior Product Manager


Lesley Li


impact4good GmbH

Lindsay Mulligan

Head of Marketing


Lizette de Wet

Business Development and Partner Lead


Olawunmi Akinniranye

Head, Human Resource Business Partner

United Bank for Africa

Sophia Qureshi

Director of Consulting Services


Victoire de Lavigne

VC - Associate

Portage Ventures

Jelena Jurane

Head of Leading Products


Hester Van Gool

Head of Product Marketing, Global Payment


Hermia Leung

Investment Manager

NAB Ventures

Ioanna Stanegloudi

Co-Founder & Chief Risk Officer


Jessica Notman

Junior account manager

Western Union

Jinyu Guo



Kathy Hao-Hsuan Chang

Head of Fintech Partnerships


Mirela Ciobanu

Senior Editor

The Paypers

Nabanita Roy

Data scientist

ACI Worldwide

Nilixa Devlukia


Payments Solved Ltd

Nida Sattar

International Payments Product Lead


"RiseUp gave me the confidence to go for a more senior role and negotiate higher pay"

Ellie Hewitt

Director, Real Time Payments


supporting partner


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