Techweek TV: How women are developing technology to promote financial inclusion.

From varied backgrounds, these women demonstrate a common passion for using innovation and technology to promote financial inclusion.

What's it all about?

According to the World Bank, “financial inclusion” means that individuals and businesses have access to useful and affordable financial products and services that meet their needs – delivered responsibly and sustainably.

Find out how these women got into the tech sector and see how they demonstrate a common passion for using innovation and technology to promote financial inclusion.

They are part of the driving force for promoting financial inclusion both in New Zealand and overseas. Technology is not the sole solution though. Their use of data, insights and understanding their respective customers’ experiences has optimised the way you’re able to understand, assess and respond to your customers’ requests seamlessly, easily and quickly.

Join us to find out what challenges they addressed and how they achieved them as they share their rich experiences and insights into the FinTech scene.


The Panelist are from varied backgrounds, the single thread of passion for innovation and technology will be shared through their rich experiences and insights in the local FinTech scene.

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Friday 31 Jul
1:00pm - 2:00pm

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Bindy Egden

Head of Growth and Partnerships, JRNY

With an education in sustainable practice, business, economics and law (with first-class honours) Bindy’s gained experience in commercial law and marketing and communications, and does volunteer work with children in need both here, in New Zealand, and abroad.

As the Head of Growth & Partnerships at JRNY, she manages everything including events, content, strategy and social media, along with the digital, reporting and PR side.

Bindy was recognised for her work, becoming a finalist for the 2019 Marketing and Comms Executive of the Year in the inaugural Women in Insurance Awards, an event dedicated to celebrating the successes of women in the insurance sector.

JRNY helps insurance providers to protect their customers better.
As an InsurTech company, JRNY utilises AI to enable insurance providers to streamline their customer journey so they can improve their customer experience, sales efficiency and understand their customers more deeply.

JRNY’s white-labelled tools help to simplify insurance for the end customer. This in turn decreases the costs to serve, improves adviser efficiency and increases premium revenue for the insurer.

With Wellington-based headquarters, JRNY is working with some of the biggest insurers in the Asia Pacific region.

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Carmen Vicelich

CEO and Founder, Valocity Global

Carmen Vicelich is not your typical anything - a powerhouse entrepreneur who built two international, multi-million-dollar, data and technology businesses in just five years, all the while balancing life as a wife and mother of four young children.

Carmen’s energy, drive and ability to make the complex simple has already earnt her numerous awards - both personally and across both her businesses. She was named a finalist in the 2016 ‘Women of Influence’ awards and won the Auckland University Business School’s ‘Entrepreneur’s Challenge’ award in 2015. She has also been a finalist in the ‘EY Entrepreneur of the Year’ awards.

In 2018 one of Carmen's businesses, Valocity, was recognised as one of five global finalists at the global FinTech awards in Singapore, as well as a top ten finalist for the Fintech Hackcelerator. In 2019, Valocity took home the FinTech Startup of the year Award at the India FinTech Awards.

Carmen is a published author, having launched ‘The Data Revolution’ in late 2017.

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Leeanna Kohn-Hardy

Founder, finappster

As the Founder, Leeanna’s leading the development of finappster™ to reimagine how people manage their investments.

Winning the Kiwi FinTech Hackathon 2019, Leeanna’s now in the Creative HQ incubator programme, New Zealand’s hub for innovative entrepreneurs, and working with fund managers to more actively promote the socially responsible activities of investee companies.

Using her extensive background in digital marketing and finance, Leeanna’ career includes high profile brands across advertising and banking. She’s a self-taught investor who understands the difficulties faced by investors. Her mission is to utilise financial data and A.I. to promote financial inclusion with a socially conscious ethos.

In her own time, Leeanna is an active participant with FinTechNZ, the Sustainable Business Network and manages her own Meetup group – the Sustainable Network.

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Melisa Shore

NZ Sales Lead, ambit

After a career in financial services spanning 20 years, Melisa sought to embark on a new path. Her passion for solving problems led her to early-stage technology companies.

During her financial services career, Melisa worked across customer service and product roles before moving into relationship management, sales and financial advice. Becoming an Authorised Financial Adviser in 2011 to provide advice and financial education to corporate superannuation and KiwiSaver members.

In 2017 Melisa decided to make the move out of financial services, considering how to transfer her skills to a new challenge. A passion for innovation, technology, data and solving real business problems lighting the way down a new path.

Now three years into her technology career Melisa continues to expand her knowledge and break down the barriers to using technology to solve the problems businesses face today.

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