Sydney, November 21, 2017 – Women in Payments together with Mastercard today recognized exceptionally talented women in the payments industry at the second annual Women in Payments Symposium in Sydney.

The awards were presented to outstanding payments professionals, with recipients commended for their leadership, innovation and commitment to strengthening the industry, and more broadly FinTech and women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).

“Women in Payments has been recognizing the outstanding work of female payment leaders and innovators since 2013. The awards are a chance to celebrate the achievements of the women who pave the way for rising stars across the payments industry,” said Kristy Duncan, founder and CEO of Women in Payments.

Presented by Karen Lee, Head of Strategy at Mastercard Loyalty Solutions and Sonia Steiner, Head of Payments and Cash Operations at ANZ Australia, the awards were across four categories: Emerging Leader, Innovation, Thought Leader and Distinguished Payments Professional.

The Women in Payments Emerging Leader Award recognizes emerging talent in the Australian payments industry. The award pays tribute to women who demonstrates leadership, professional excellence, and a commitment to motivating others to make a positive impact on the payments ecosystem. This year, the award was presented to four women. Congratulations to Kate Thompson, Director of Projects, Mastercard, Georgina Mackenzie, Project Delivery Team Lead at WEX, Hayley Rugg, Director Visa Performance Solutions at Visa and Anne McDonnell, Head of Online and Product Management Asia Pacific at Bambora.

The Women in Payments Award for Innovation is presented to a woman who has promoted payments innovation through creativity, vision. This year the award was presented to Anna George, Head of Product Manager, Asia Pacific, WEX.

The Women in Payments Award for Thought Leader is presented to a woman who actively contributes to the payments debate by speaking publicly or publishing content about the evolution of the Australian or the global payments ecosystem. This year, the award was presented to Dianne Shay, Senior Manager Payments Industry, National Australia Bank.

The Women in Payments Award for Distinguished Payments Professional is a lifetime achievement award that recognises a woman who has served as a role model and contributed greatly to the overall positive image of the payments industry. This year, the award was presented to Trish McGuinness, Manager Compliance, Australian Payments Network.

“Each year we see such diverse talent represented in the awards and the breadth of impressive payments initiatives that nominees are working on continues to grow. This is a real testament to the achievements and leadership of women driving innovation in the payments industry locally,” said Karen Lee, Head of Strategy at Mastercard Loyalty Solutions.

Mastercard is committed to developing the next generation of payments professionals, last week announcing that Sydney will become one of the five global centres for innovation with the opening of a Mastercard Global Tech Hub and Innovation Centre in 2018.

This is an important milestone for Mastercard as it will allow us to continue designing the future of commerce. The space will foster a collaborative environment and will give future leaders the ability to transform how Australians interact with technology,” added Lee.

Mastercard is committed to advancing women’s representation in the payments industry, recognising diversity as an underlying factor in achieving cutting edge innovation and technology.


About Women in Payments
With symposiums in the UK, Canada, the USA and Australia, Women in Payments was founded by Kristy Duncan in 2012 to facilitate career development, payment systems education, and community building for women working across the global payments ecosystem. Symposiums provide a platform for women payments professionals to demonstrate and hone their leadership and expertise in various roles, including keynote presentations, executive panel discussions, and breakout sessions. The Symposiums have proven to be successful around the world, with plans now to expand into Asia.

About Mastercard
Mastercard (NYSE: MA),, is a technology company in the global payments industry.  We operate the world’s fastest payments processing network, connecting consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories.  Mastercard products and solutions make everyday commerce activities – such as shopping, traveling, running a business and managing finances – easier, more secure and more efficient for everyone.  Follow us on Twitter @MastercardAU, join the discussion on the Beyond the Transaction Blog and subscribe for the latest news on the Engagement Bureau.

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