Meet the women who are giving back and paying it forward as the dedicated Committee members responsible for managing the Women in Payments Australia Awards.
Executive Director Head of Australia and New Zealand, International Banking, Commercial Banking
Carolyn leads the J.P. Morgan CB International Banking team based in Sydney, Australia and is the Network Lead for APAC. Carolyn has over 26 Yeats of experience in corporate banking. She joined J.P. Morgan in March 2014 and has been leading the team for the past five years. Carolyn has a Bachelor of Commerce degree, majoring in Economics and Management from Wollongong University, and a Masters of Business in Finance from the University of Technology, Sydney.
Vice President & General Manager, Internal Card Services for Australia & New Zealand
Emily is VP & GM, Internal Card Services for Australia & New Zealand at American Express. She is also the relationship lead for strategic partnerships across the airline and retail sectors. Emily utilises customer-driven strategies to identify and exceed customer needs and deliver business growth.
Executive Sponsor for Community Partnerships and the Disabilities Awareness Network, Emily also plays an active role in the Families@Amex network and as a PRIDE ally.
Director, Commercial Cards Product Head Treasury & Trade Solutions, Australia & New Zealand
Melissa Russo has 12 years of experience in the Finance and Banking industry in both Australia and Hong Kong across product management, client solutioning, account management and balance sheet management. Melissa is currently leading the Product Management team for TTS Commercial Cards for Australia and New Zealand and is responsible for driving innovation and product development, commercialization of B2B solutions, and strategy for the local portfolio.
Head of Fintech
Sonja is Head of Fintech at Coles, leading the team building and delivering strategic technology solutions for payments and financial services.
An experienced financial services executive with deep payments expertise, Sonja has driven large payments and operations transformations. She previously served as Head of Wrap Operations at Colonial First State and as Head of Payments & Cash Operations Australia at ANZ Bank.
She is also a Senior Fellow of FINSIA.
Debra Taylor is Co-founder and COO of Fintech scale-up’s OpenSparkz and PAX Technology. She is a board member of Stone & Chalk and serial entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience within the industry. She has received multiple awards including in 2020, the Women in Payments - Distinguished Payments Professional, a lifetime achievement award.
Managing Director - Transaction Banking
Lisa is the Managing Director, Transaction Banking at ANZ. With a career in banking and finance spanning over 25 years, the early part of her career in Retail and Wealth followed by a move to the Institutional Bank across relationship and product roles.
Lisa holds a BA from the University of Sydney with majors in Economics and Economic History and recently completed a Digital Transformation program at MIT, Cambridge.