Kritika Shekar, Executive Director at J.P. Morgan, has been awarded the ‘outstanding contribution by a female in financial technology’ prize at the Banking Technology Awards. The prize celebrates the influence of leading women in the banking IT sector.

Having been at JP Morgan for the past thirteen years, Kritika was crowned the winner because of her contribution to the success of the company’s technology business and dedication to inspiring her female colleagues. Through the company’s mergers and recent market turmoil, she provided motivation for her team as well as strategic thinking and innovation to maximise efficiencies and save costs.

She has also had a significant impact on the organisation’s women agenda, as a mentor, spokeswoman and an instrumental figure in the success of an EMEA Women’s Executive Director Sponsorship Programme.

“I certainly was not expecting to win this award, but am delighted” says Kritika. “I’ve had the opportunity to lead from the front, and work with some of the finest technological minds to create change in this industry. I have greatly benefited from inspiring role models, male and female alike, and I hope that my own experiences help advance the careers of top female talent within technology.”

It’s fantastic to be able to celebrate the achievements of such great and influential women like Kritika. She was a very worthy winner – we need more female role models like her in the industry!

Highly commended were Maxine Gee, Head of Service Delivery, Standard Bank Corporate Investment Banking International and Tadeja Zupancic, Technology Infrastructure Customer Service Manager EMEA, Citi. Both were acknowledged for their influence and contributions to their companies’ success and culture.