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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.

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 2021 RiseUp Europe Academy

Chosen by an advisory board of industry leaders

Alexandra Nuth

Now or Never


Georgia Kyprianou

Director, PRIME Product Development


Anila Stein

Head AML Monitoring

Bank Julius Baer

Annie Guo



Shivani Baghel

IT Project Manager- EMEA


Katrina Elliott

Product Manager


Melanie Maier

Director Channel Partnerships EMEA


Sihem Mouelhi

Chief Operations Officer


Hala Zahran

Lead for AB Accelerator

Arab Bank

Abigail Komu

Digital & Financial Inclusion Consultant

Independent Consultant

Carolina Mem Correa

Head of Product


Olawunmi Akinniranye

Head, HRBP Nigeria

United Bank For Africa

Marta Palmeiro

Co-founder & CFO


Shivani Mukherjee

Head of Product Partnerships APAC

Thought Machine

Joy Adams

VP, Technology, Data & Innovation

Deutsche Bank

Claire Barratt

Head of Banks and Licensing

Pay Perform

Lea-Jane Baird

Senior Product Manager


Amanda Mickleburgh

Director, Product, Merchant Fraud

ACI Worldwide

Nadia Sood

Global CEO


Eugenie Casier

Risk & Compliance Director

Funding Options

Elena Novokreshchenova

Executive Vice President International


Perpetua Gitungo

Compliance Lead


Sezen Balibeyoglu



Tribeni Chougule

Head of Change Management - Europe Finance


Triona Meagher

Head of Strategy & Planning EUCIS/Africa Network

Western Union

Shannon Seitz

Global Projects, Partnerships & Strategy Office

Western Union

Elizabeth Ellerbee

Vice President Issuer Solutions Marketing


Alana Kazykhan

PSP Sales Manager

Paysafe Group

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

Ellie Hewitt

Director, Real Time Payments


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