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Winnie MakMarina Antoniou - Wednesday 27th February 2019

Marina is the EMEA Head of Audit for Rates trading as well as the France Head of Audit for Citigroup.

In the past, Marina acted as Head of Audit for Citigroup in Greece and Luxembourg. She is a member of the London Citigroup 'Charity of The Year Fundraising' Committee and the 'EMEA IA Diversity Council'. Marina is a qualified Chartered Accountant and member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. She studied FinTech at the University of Oxford Said Business School, during which she developed a FinTech innovation idea.

Marina studied Investment Management at the London Business School and has an MSc in Economics & Finance from Warwick Business School. She is a Warwick University Ambassador and sits at the Warwick Business School Finance Committee. Marina is also a Hellenic Bankers Association (HBA) Ambassador and sits at the HBA 'Student Awards' panel. Marina also takes part at the governance of the University of Warwick and sits at its Governance Committees. She acts as a guest speaker to conferences specialising in subjects such as leadership and Innovation. Marina enjoys mentoring and acts as mentor for 'The Global Thinkers Forum' and the University of Warwick.

Marina enjoys travelling and experiencing different cultures and customs. She is a multiple award-winning photographer and uses her photography work to fundraise for charities. In 2018, her work was included in the Biennale of 'Fine Art & Photography' in Barcelona. Marina published five photography books: ‘Protecting Antarctica’, ‘Greenland and Antarctica: The Climate Change’, 'Namibia' and 'Kenya' and 'Black & White: Europe & Asia'. The book sale proceeds of the first two books are donated to support the ‘Haven House’ and ‘Richard House’ hospices for children.

Attendees said:

‘Lovely atmosphere. I feel very inspired! I look forward to the next talk very much'

‘Marina’s talk was very informative because it is applicable to a wide range of situations’

‘Even though I am not interested in a career in Fintech, I could so easily relate to her story and it was so helpful’

Winnie MakWinnie Mak - Wednesday 30th January 2019

Winnie Mak founded the company ‘One Dear World’, an educational toy company with a vision of nurturing future global citizens. Originally from Hong Kong, an international city with mainly Chinese, she got her first in-depth multicultural experience through her MBA programme in Warwick Business School. She then discovered her interest in cultural exchange and later on founded her company when her son was 1 year old.

She believes all children, both boys and girls, deserve a doll that represents them so that they can appreciate themselves as they are. Seeing dolls that look different from them ensures that children can grow up with a broad worldview, preparing them to make friends with people from around the world. Hence, she crowdfunded the project in early 2017 and produced a collection of multicultural rag dolls and a children's book called "London Hat Hunting Mission" that introduces world cultures to young children. The company has recently won the Family Business of the Year by the Federation of Small Business (FSB) London and featured on BBC. Winnie also continues developing her brand by working with not-for-profit organisation and fair trade producer while maintaining a work family balance.

Attendees said:

‘I walked into the room today feeling negative about various things in my personal life and left having forgotten all of it and feeling positive. This talk was so lovely and genuinely inspiring in an accessible way’

‘Winnie is such a great lady and so inspiring with her life story and her business. Not only is the idea so important but also the step to start your own company is o brave. It makes her a great role model for anybody was listening’

‘it gave a head start to work more confidently on my ideas’

‘Great event – enjoyed listening to the speaker and watching the presentation. Great to be able to network after – I look forward to the next event’

wadia.jpgDr Khursheed Wadia - Wednesday 14th November 2018

Khursheed is a member of the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender, at Warwick. She has published extensively on gender, ethnicity and politics and has been PI and Co-investigator on a number of research projects funded by the ESRC and EU Commission. She is currently PI on a two-year project funded by the British Academy on ’Forced Marriage Policy in France: a Study of Inclusivity and Gender Transformation’. Find Dr Wadia's research profile here.

Attendees said:

It is really great to have these impressive speeches they are very inspiring. Looking forward to hearing more. Thanks!’

‘The talk today was once again very inspiring and also thought provoking in the most positive sense possible. After this one is determined to stand up for one’s rights and also pursue a career one is really interested in and one has a passion for’

‘It’s really interesting to see how different people in diverse fields of careers and how there is no one way to success’.

Emma Kennedy

Emma Kennedy - Wednesday 24th October 2018

Hear from Oxford-educated Emma Kennedy about the importance of ‘Never giving up’. Multi award winning author of ten books, which includes two best sellers, a screenwriter and occasional actress. She is only the 6th woman ever to write a BBC1 sitcom (The Kennedys) and has written extensively for children’s television including Dangermouse, Strange Hill High and Waffle the Wonderdog. Acting credits include Hollywood film Notes on a Scandal, Miranda, People Like Us, Goodness Gracious Me and Jonathan Creek. She is part of cult podcast As It Occurs To Me and was the Runner Up World Conker Champion. She also is a Guinness World Record Holder and won Celebrity Masterchef and Celebrity Mastermind. Warning: Strong language and a great deal of humour!

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Attendees said:

‘Excellent – entertaining and full of excellent advice. I’m beginning to believe I might be able to be a writer who gets paid!’

‘Truly inspiring session. Your words ‘never give up’ will stay with me’

‘It was really inspiring to hear Emma talk. The advice that she gave was very genuine and needed especially now’

‘I’m really glad I signed up for this talk on a whim. Emma was funny and yes inspirational so I just wanted to say thank you for providing us with this opportunity’