Driven by her upbringing in Singapore, Sonia has a lifelong appreciation for multicultural environments and has led globally diverse teams around the world. During the 17+ years she was in Visa, she championed a host of diversity & inclusion initiatives to counter potential biases. In 2017, she co-hosted a Visa volunteer event with Peninsula College Fund to help low-income ethnic minority students navigate the journey from college to career. She was also the Co-chair for Visa Women’s Network in 2017, and up until April 2018 when she joined Intuit. Sonia now sits on the steering committee of Intuit’s Women Network and she is determined to continue her diversity work at Intuit and committed to building a pipeline of diverse talent. Externally, she mentors individuals with diverse backgrounds, including payment professionals around the world, women from the charities and social enterprises sector around the world, and ethnic minority talent in Tech, to help them fulfill their potential and reminding them they are worthy. In June 2018, Sonia joined the board of SPARC Initiative, a non-profit in San Francisco, focused on empowering the next generation of young leaders, especially those from underprivileged and underrepresented backgrounds, to catalyze and achieve their dreams through project-based learning and mentorship.
A Singapore-born Chinese, Sonia is a Director of Business Operations at Intuit, leading a team of 200 people responsible for payroll tax operations and risk operations. Throughout her career, Sonia has been driven by a lifelong appreciation for multicultural environments, and has led globally diverse teams around the world. During the 17+ years she was in Visa, she had championed a host of Diversity and Inclusion initiatives to counter potential biases and perceptions,. Last year, she co-hosted a Visa volunteer event with Peninsula College Fund to help low-income ethnic minority students navigate the journey from college to career. She was also the co-chair for Visa Women’s Network up until April 2018 when she joined Intuit. She has been an active mentor for a number of years, and is determined to continue her diversity work at Intuit and committed to building a pipeline of diverse talent. Externally, Sonia was a mentor for Aspire Foundation, mentoring aspiring women from the charities and social enterprises sector around the world of various backgrounds. She is currently a mentor for Everwise, to elevate Women in Tech.
Adizah regularly gives talks at universities regarding computer science and technology entrepreneurship, including a recent event with current Oxford University students of African and Caribbean descent who self-identify as women and Cambridge Judge Business School’s entrepreneurship programs. Her focus is often on ethnic minority women who are building careers in their predominantly white and male-dominated fields. She is also an advisor to UCL School of Management, bridging the divide between industry and academia in the technology industry. During her time at fintech accelerator Level39, she also set up a partnership with Code First Girls, which encourages women of all backgrounds to code and get into the technology profession. Additionally, Adizah cofounded Filanthropy*, supporting grassroots projects with small grants, and often giving her time to advise and coach young black professionals that would like to get into the technology industry. She also recently spoke at this year’s Tech in Ghana conference, which aimed to highlight the achievements of Ghanaians working in the London technology community. Adizah has spoken internationally about the impact of technology, business, and finance. She is regularly honoured for her work with ethnic minority women, and recognised as an inspirational figure in STEM.
Under his sponsorship, Ron has overseen a host of welcoming and inclusive initiatives that have focused on diversity and inclusion, including directly participating in reverse mentoring opportunities with individuals from different ethnic backgrounds; regularly speaking at town hall meetings and internal colleague-led gatherings; and welcoming their newest graduates on their induction days. He has also worked closely on pioneering the world’s first Masters programme in fintech which has brought together 72 colleagues from across 16 countries to share information and cultural experiences. Externally Ron regularly speaks at events aimed at encouraging inclusivity in the workplace including the All Party Parliamentary Group looking at cross-faith diversity. For two consecutive years, he has engaged FTSE100 and FTSE250 Chairmen during private events in the House of Lords and he also mentors many by providing advice and support for those who are often looking to change and develop their careers. Additionally, this year he was a Judge at the Asian Women of Achievement awards and has himself twice been awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise and the Payment Industry Personality of the Year in 2011 and 2016.
Ron is Vice Chairman and Executive Board Director of Worldpay Group plc and also sits on the boards of Visa Europe, QIWI plc, and UK Cards Association Ltd. Ron is credited with being the strategic architect behind the success of Worldpay, one of the worlds largest payments companies, which last year became the UKs most significant fintech IPO when it listed on the London Stock Exchange (current valuation: £5.2bn ($7.6bn).
With over 15 years experience within the global payments industry and an expertise in M&A and corporate strategy, Ron holds responsibility for the strategic direction of this FTSE 100 business which employs over 5,000 employees across 25 offices in 13 countries.
One of Worldpays core corporate sustainability objectives as a leader in modern money is to act as a progressive and inclusive employer. Our aim is to ensure our workforce reflects the diversity of our global customer base. The Group has a long standing commitment to bringing out the best in people and fostering a sense of community and belonging. We operate various colleague networks and working groups as well as external support programmes and policies to help address issues that are essential to building a fairer society and more sustainable future.