Women in Treasury EMEA Forum 2023

Women in Treasury EMEA Forum 2023 panellists


We were absolutely delighted to host our Women in Treasury EMEA Forum on Thursday 14th September, at the stunning Plaisterers’ Hall in the city of London from 12 noon to 4.30pm. This was the eleventh year of this buzzing and hugely popular industry event and it was great to be back together again with our WiT community.

The forum opened at midday with a vibrant pre-lunch reception which included a welcome address by Meg Coates, Joint Publisher & Head of Operations, Treasury Today Group.

Following this, guests were welcomed into the Grand Hall where the presentation of our Woman of the Year EMEA Awards were held. We were thrilled to present the awards to our Overall Winner – Kemi Bolarin, Head of Treasury – Europe, GXO Logistics and our Highly Commended Winner – Brigitta Kocherhans, Head of Treasury, Siemens Healthineers AG.

After the award presentation, our insightful panel discussion took place featuring our renowned industry speakers:

  • Kemi Bolarin – Head of Treasury – Europe, GXO Logistics
  • Brigitta Kocherhans – Head of Treasury, Siemens Healthineers AG
  • Adesola Orimalade – C-Suite Level Treasury Professional, Writer, Business Consultant, Public Speaker
  • Karen Wall – Vice President, Head of Open Banking & Value-Added Services Product Management, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), J.P. Morgan

Moderated by Sophie Jackson, Joint Publisher & Head of Strategic Content, they discussed the challenges and key issues surrounding gender equity and career progression in the industry.

This was followed by a lively Q&A session, giving guests the chance to share their own experiences and pose questions to the panel, with further opportunity to network afterwards.

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EMEA 2023 panellists

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Kemi Bolarin

Head of Treasury – Europe, GXO Logistics Inc

Treasury Today’s Woman of the Year EMEA – Overall Winner 2023
Kemi Bolarin is Head of Treasury Europe at GXO Logistics. She joined GXO in July 2021; previously she was Director, Treasury at GTT Communications and prior to that, Group Treasury Director at Travelport. Kemi is a chartered accountant (ACA) and qualified corporate treasurer (AMCT) with over 25 years’ experience in the banking and corporate sector, working in various treasury and finance roles. Outside structured work, Kemi is a board member of a multi-academy trust and the Dean of Career Nuggets Academy. She is actively involved in delivering mentoring to schools and coaching to young female leaders, as well as engaging in various initiatives towards inspiring the ‘future’.
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Brigitta Kocherhans

Head of Treasury, Siemens Healthineers AG

Treasury Today’s Woman of the Year EMEA – Highly Commended Winner 2023
Brigitta Kocherhans is Head of Treasury at Siemens Healthineers. Since taking the role in 2015, Brigitta has built a diverse treasury team through her belief in empowering employees by providing guidance and allowing them to explore, grow and innovate. Brigitta’s leadership has led to Siemens Healthineers receiving the Treasury of the Year Award in 2022. Having previously served on a diversity council, she takes proactive steps to encourage her employees to participate in similar groups that promote diversity. Brigitta is a mentor in various development programmes and is involved in the United Nations children’s charity UNICEF supporting Treasury.
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Adesola Orimalade

C-Suite Level Treasury Professional/Writer/Business Consultant/Public Speaker

Adesola Orimalade is an accomplished C-Level executive with over 25 years’ experience across various industries, including banking, retail, telecom, travel and renewable energy. He is a transformative leader, having introduced value-add initiatives, led projects that integrated new systems and processes, built and re-organised teams and enhanced profit and loss. Adesola has been involved in mentoring teams, expanding skills and fostering growth, including partnering with universities for talent development. He currently sits on the board of Citizens’ Advice Redbridge. An acclaimed global speaker, author and podcaster, his recent works include the children’s book “Grandpa’s Shoes” and the anthology “Lessons Life Has Taught Me”. His podcast “Stories Unpeeled” is now streaming on Spotify.

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Karen Wall

Vice President, Head of Open Banking & Value-Added Services Product Management, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), J.P. Morgan

Karen Wall is the J.P. Morgan EMEA Head for Open Banking & Value-Added Services Product Management with the Payments and Commerce business which combines Global Payments and Merchant Acquiring to provide integrated solutions to clients around the globe. Karen has over ten years’ experience covering both compliance and product domains. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, Karen began her career in Dublin at Western Union and relocated to London in 2016 before joining Revolut in 2018. Karen attended university at Trinity College, Dublin and is passionate about enabling financial inclusion on a global scale via the use of technology.

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