University of Nottingham professor named one of the most influential women in UK finance

Tuesday, 09 April 2024

Professor Meryem Duygun, from Nottingham University Business School, has been named on the Innovate Finance Women in Fintech Powerlist for the third time.

Professor Duygun was previously named on the list in 2022 and 2020, after making significant contributions to the fintech industry.

The list, compiled by Innovate Finance, celebrates senior leaders, marketers and investors, all leading the way in finance and technology innovation.

This year, Professor Duygun has been recognised in the Policymakers and Regulatory Experts category, alongside nine other women, underscoring her commitment to advancing financial inclusion through policy initiatives.

The category highlights those women who work in regulation, government affairs and strive to encourage innovation in their sectors.

Professor Duygun said: “I am deeply honoured to once again be recognised on the Fintech Powerlist, alongside such distinguished individuals. This acknowledgment not only celebrates my ongoing dedication to innovation and advancement in the FinTech sector but also underscores the importance of collaborative efforts and diversity in driving meaningful change.

“I am particularly proud of the significant role that INFINITY, the University of Nottingham Inclusive Financial Technology Hub, has played in shaping our collective impact. Through INFINITY, we are fostering a culture of inclusivity and pioneering research that is shaping the future of FinTech.

I remain committed to empowering more women and underrepresented groups in FinTech and look forward to continuing our journey towards a more inclusive future together.”
Professor Meryem Duygun, Nottingham University Business School

Professor Duygun established the very first FinTech research network in 2018. She is an Endowed Chaired Professor in Risk and Insurance, funded by Aviva.

In September 2021 Meryem was conferred the Fellowship of the Academy of Social Sciences, in recognition for the excellence and impact of her work and her wider contributions to the social sciences for public benefit.

Professor Duygun also recently established the University of Nottingham Inclusive Financial Technology (INFINITY) Research Hub, which aims to improve inequalities in access to financial services and products. The hub was recently awarded a £1.4m grant from Research England to establish a fintech hub on the university’s new Castle Meadow Campus.

Professor Jeremy Gregory, Pro-Vice Chancellor for the Faculty of Social Sciences said: "It is a fantastic achievement that Professor Duygun has been named on the Fintech Powerlist again this year. It is a testament to her hard work and achievements across the Fintech sector, and helps to show the excellent developments being made at Nottingham in this industry."

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