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A De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) graduate who is working to close the gender gap in the financial services sector has been named one of the world’s top 100 female executives.

Dr Bijna K. Dasani FRSA was named in the Financial Times and HERoes Champions of Women in Business List 2018.

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The annual list is published every year to recognise the strides being made to increase the number of women working in senior roles across all industries and sectors globally.

Dr Dasani, 34, who is Head of Architecture and Innovation at Lloyds Banking Group, graduated from DMU in 2005 and was made an Honorary Doctor in Business Administration in July.

Judges chose Dr Dasani as one of their top 100 female executives because of her long commitment to improving opportunities for women, particularly within STEM and finances.

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Dr Dasani’s Master’s thesis explored the gender gap at board level in UK financial companies, and she went on to create exercises to upskill and establish new ways of working.

She pioneered video content, seminars and training to develop female staff and recruit more women to STEM roles. Dr Dasani serves on advisory boards as a champion for equal opportunities, has been a presenter for the Women in Business channel and commented in the media on women in the workplace.

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She has also been mentoring for Women in Technology in London for three years and has filmed a series of leadership videos for their new mentoring-on-the-go app, Cajigo to encourage more women to work in the technology space.

Judges were Mellody Hobson, president of Ariel Investments, Mark Wilson, group CEO of Aviva, Gigi Chao, vice-chairman of Cheuk Nang Holdings, Helena Morrissey, head of personal investing at Legal & General, Suki Sandhu CEO at Involve,  Carola Hoyos, an editor at the Financial Times and Harriet Arnold, assistant editor at the Financial Times.

Posted on Monday 1st October 2018

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