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Zainab holding her Black British Business Award for Financial Services Rising Star


  • Graduated with a Mathematics MSci from the University of Bristol  and joined Barclays Graduate Programme

  • Launched new features into the Barclays app using Open Banking Technology​

  • Promoted to Senior Product Manager (Vice President) 

  • Became Deputy Chair of the Barclays Black Professionals Forum diversity network in 2019, overseeing all career development initiatives including mentoring programmes

  • Became Chair of Barclays Black Professionals Forum in 2020

  • Founding member and writer for gal-dem magazine

  • Published debut book on Afro hair in 2022 as part of 'A Quick Ting On' book series on Black British history and culture


  • Finalist for FDM everywoman in Technology Awards 2021, Digital Star Category

  • Winner of the Black British Business Awards Rising Star in Financial Services Award 2020

  • #6 in the EMpower Top 100 Future Leaders List 2020

  • Project shortlisted for FSTech ‘Best Open Banking Service’ award 2020

  • Shortlisted as a finalist for the WeAreTheCity ‘Rising Star in Digital’ 2020 Award

  • Won Inclusion Champion Award in Barclays Global Citizenship and Diversity Awards 2019

  • University of Bristol Student Leader of the Year Award winner 2016

  • #10 in Powerlist's Top 100 Future Leaders 2016

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