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Women in Treasury London Forum 2016

Group photo of the panellists at the WiT London Forum 2016

Women in Treasury London Forum 2016

The 2016 London Women in Treasury Forum took place on Thursday 15th September at the superb venue of Gibson Hall in the City of London, with over 180 guests attending. The event started at noon with a pre-lunch networking drinks reception during which Meg Coates, Associate Publisher EMEA and Americas, set the scene with a presentation outlining some of the key findings of our global 2016 Women in Treasury Study. This was followed by lunch in the ballroom, during which the panel discussion took place, focusing on four broad themes highlighted by the respondents of the Women in Treasury Study.

Our panellists:

  • Rana Fayez El-Hajjar, Treasurer, Qatargas

  • Lucie Harwood, Head of Treasury and Investor Relations, Laird plc

  • Ebru Pakcan, Head of Global Payments and Receivables, Treasury and Trade Solutions, Citi

  • Julia Persson, Head of Cash Management, GTS, Large Corporates and Institutions, Swedbank

Thank you to these four senior industry speakers who were a fabulous panel and an inspiration to all.

The topics they debated were around the themes of:

  • Diverse Teams – how to get the best mix

  • Come Together – bringing on board male allies

  • Transparency – the solution to gender bias

  • Crystal Ball Gazing – what will our working future look like?

The panel discussion was followed by a very lively question and answer session, with many participants taking the opportunity to put forward their views and make their voices heard.

London 2016 Panellists

Portrait of Rana El-Hajjar, Treasurer, Qatargas

Rana Fayez El-Hajjar

Adam Smith Awards 2016 Woman of the Year

Rana Fayez El-Hajjar leads the treasury organisation, managing the Financial Risk, Cash Management, Insurance, Treasury Operations and Compliance functions for all the companies operated by Qatargas. Rana started her career in the accounting profession in 1994 and transitioned into a career in Treasury in 2007 when she was tasked with establishing the Cash Management function at Qatargas. Rana is the Adam Smith Awards Woman of the Year 2016.

Portrait of Lucie Harwood

Lucie Harwood

BA, ACA, Head of Treasury and Investor Relations

Lucie Harwood joined Laird as Group Treasurer in 2008 and became Head of Treasury and IR in 2015. She has 18 years of experience in finance, including 12 years in Treasury. During her career she has gained experience across all areas and levels of Treasury from FX trading and IFRS accounting to establishing a Treasury function from scratch as well as major re-financing projects. Lucie is a Qualified Chartered Accountant and AMCT and holds a BA (Hons) degree in Politics & History.

Portrait of Ebru Pakcan, Head of Global Payments and Receivables Treasury and Trade Solutions, Citi

Ebru Pakcan

Head of Global Payments and Receivables, Treasury and Trade Solutions

Ebru Pakcan moved to New York in 2012, following her appointment to run Global Payments and Receivables Products. She recently moved back to London. Prior to her current role, Ebru was Head of Payments for EMEA from 2008 to 2011. Ebru moved to the UK in 2004 to lead the Transaction Services EMEA Implementation team. Previously, Ebru was Securities Country Manager in Turkey, managing the Custody and Clearing Business. She joined Citibank Turkey in 1997 and held various roles in Citi’s local Business, Operations & Technology divisions. Ebru holds a degree in Computer Engineering from Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey. She serves on the Board of The Clearing House Payments Company L.L.C. in the US.

Portrait of Julia Persson

Julia Persson

Head of Cash Management, GTS, Large Corporates and Institutions

Julia Persson is the Head of Cash Management within Swedbank, overseeing all aspects of cash management for Large Corporates and Institutions. Prior to joining Swedbank in 2013, Julia was Deputy Head of Corporate Treasury, responsible for the internal bank at A.P. Moller-Maersk. She holds a Master’s in Business and Economics from Lund University and a Master’s in Accounting and Audit from Kiev National Economic University.


Portrait of Sophie Jackson

Sophie Jackson

Associate Group Publisher at Treasury Today Group

Sophie Jackson is Associate Group Publisher at Treasury Today Group and has almost nine years experience in publishing. She began her career in a role in cultural publishing at the Dazed Group, coordinating both editorial content and creative partnerships in Europe and the US. After moving to Tokyo in late 2010, Sophie headed up the launch of Treasury Today Asia in 2012. This was followed by a move to Hong Kong in 2014. Treasury Today Asia is now read by 65,000 corporates across Asia-Pacific and our Adam Smith Awards Asia are in their third year. Along with Angela Berry, Group Publisher, Sophie has been an integral force behind our global Women in Treasury initiative and is a passionate proponent of diversity. She is a UCL graduate who studied in Paris and London prior to beginning work in editorial and publishing.


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