Hello Martin, tell us more about the woman that ultimately inspired you to start Neyber.
As many here at Neyber may already know, my Mum has been a huge inspiration in my life.
She’s a large part of why Neyber exists today. After the financial crash and all that went with it, it was clear that we needed more of a sense of community when it came to money and her community approach inspired me to start my own business on the same foundations.
My mother was a nurse. As I was growing up, she and her colleagues used to have a jar which they would all put cash in every week. At the end of the month, one of them would take the pot of money. This was very common right across Africa. It's called Sou Sou. Meaning 'pooling of funds’.
Tell us about the woman that has helped you the most in your career and why
I came from a background in technology and knew nothing about finance. Monica was one of the first people I met at Goldman Sachs and guided me through my first project, looking at European banks during the financial crisis.
When I then decided to start Neyber, Monica was the natural choice to join me as Co-founder. I knew she’d be a great driving force and knew she shared the same mission as I did for financial inclusion. I think we can all agree on the reach of her resolve and hard work here at Neyber.
Why do you think it’s important to celebrate International Women’s Day?
Going from traditional banking roles to starting my own business, it’s clear to see that things have moved in right direction but we’re definitely not there yet, and until we are, it serves as a reminder that there’s still work to be done.
Is there enough being done to promote women in the workplace and within fintech?
There are definitely some great initiatives around, but there’s more that needs to be done from the top down. We work with the 30% Club who run a number of very specific and targeted initiatives that look to encourage women at all levels, from “schoolroom to boardroom” which is a great start in moving the dial on gender equality in the workplace.
We will hopefully start to see the effectives of these initiatives as we all work harder to encourage women and see the positive effect that having more women higher up will ultimately have.
Why do you think it’s important to teach the next generation about gender equality?
Hopefully the lessons we teach the generation now will, in time, mean wider societal change in the future. Essentially, the earlier we start the better. I can already see, through some of the younger generations in the company, what the future could be like if we put the time into encouraging them now.