Announcing Nominees for the 2022 EMEA Awards

Mar 24, 2022 | News and Media Releases

March 24, 2022 (Toronto, Canada): Women in Payments is pleased to announce our shortlisted nominees for the 2022 EMEA Awards celebrating the achievements of women who are making waves in the global payments system.

Our distinguished EMEA Awards Committee, comprised seasoned professional women across the payments industry reviewed all nominations and shortlisted 20 nominees in six categories. The winners of each category will be announced at the EMEA Symposium, which runs from April 26-27, 2022, in Madrid, Spain.

“Women in Payments is delighted to recognize and celebrate the award nominees from across EMEA this year. The superb quality of nominations speaks to the wealth of talent we enjoy across the payments and fintech ecosystem. Our congratulations to each and every nominee – your leadership, innovation, and dedication establish you as role models for the entire industry,” says Kristy Duncan, Founder and CEO of Women in Payments. “I’d like to extend my personal thanks to members of the Awards Committee for taking on a near-impossible task of selecting winners in each category.”

Shortlist nominees for the 2022 EMEA Awards are:

Advocate for Women

The Women in Payments Award for Advocacy for Women will be awarded to a person in the payments and fintech industry who promotes female leadership and encourages and supports the career development of all women in the workplace, as well as ensuring their work positively impacts women working in EMEA.

  1. Stew Cofer – J.P Morgan Payments
  2. Lorraine Fahy – CR2
  3. Jacqui Kirk – Bank of America
  4. Sharon Sharples – Barclays


The Women in Payments Award for Innovation will be awarded to a woman in the industry who has promoted payments innovation through creativity, vision and perseverance in her organization or the payments industry. The nominee has been instrumental in promoting innovations or creative reengineering and is currently employed in EMEA.

  1. Connie Blacklock – J.P. Morgan
  2. Natalie Lewis – Travers Smith LLP
  3. Candice Pressinger – Elavon
  4. Kelly Price – Services DAC


The Women in Payments Award for Inspiration will be awarded to a woman, often an unsung hero in the industry. She can create a strong vision and inspire a team towards achieving a goal either in her organization or the industry. She remains focused and navigates the team towards the goal and adjusts priorities as needed.

  1. Miranda McLean – Banking Circle
  2. Priyanka Rath – J.P. Morgan
  3. Duygu Yenidogan-Schmidt – American Express

Rising Star

The Women in Payments Rising Star Award will be awarded to a woman who has up to eight years of working experience in the financial services or fintech industry. The recipient is expected to be working as an individual contributor in EMEA and has demonstrated leadership and professional excellence in the payments industry.

  1. Mehwish Amanullah Jangda – Citi
  2. Livia Benisty – Banking Circle
  3. Palwasha Siddiqi – American Express

Social Impact

The Women in Payments Social Impact Award will be awarded to a woman in the industry who is a strong leader that advocates for sustainability, social justice, and mental health, personally and professionally. The recipient is consistently seizing opportunities to steer co-workers and the industry to a place of positivity through empathy and mutual support in times of uncertainty and great change.

  1. Natasha Condon – J.P. Morgan
  2. Isabel Naidoo – FIS
  3. Jackie Willcox – Visa

Distinguished Payments Professional

The Women in Payments Distinguished Professional Award will be awarded to a woman in the industry who has influenced industry trends, acted as a role model, and successfully reached and exceeded goals – taking her team, organization and/or the industry to the next level.

  1. Funmi Dele – Giwa – MFS Africa
  2. Elizabeth Rossiello – AZA Finance
  3. Sara Savidge – J.P. Morgan

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About Women in Payments

Women in Payments is a global community that offers women opportunities for career development through learning, speaking, mentorship and recognition in all stages of their careers in the payments sphere. The organization runs conferences, award and mentorship programs, and other career development opportunities in Canada, the United States, Australia, EMEA, Asia and Latin America. Engagement and support come from global leaders in payments and fintech. For more information, visit



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