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Choosing to challenge: #IWD2021

Female leaders Tasnim Ghiawadwala and Ebru Köksal discuss challenging inequality

International Women’ Day

To mark International Women’s Day 2021, the Head of UK Corporate Banking, Tasnim Ghiawadwala, sat down for a (virtual) fireside chat with Ebru Köksal, Chair of Women in Football, to discuss female leadership and challenging inequality.

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Tasnim Ghiawadwala
UK Corporate Banking Head

Ebru Koksal

Ebru Köksal
Chair of Women in Football

Female leaders

Ebru and Tasnim have both had careers in finance, but while Tasnim is now Head of UK Corporate Banking at Barclays, Ebru moved into football after a career that started at Morgan Stanley.

Her position today as the Chair of Women in Football is the culmination of a career that saw her be the first female CEO of a Turkish football side – Istanbul’s Galatasary – the first female executive on the European Club Association, and the first and only female General Secretary of the Turkish Football Federation.

We hear from both women about the challenges of being a female leader in traditionally male-dominated environments, and what all leaders in organisations can do to challenge inequality.

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Barclays and Women in Football

Barclays has a long history in football and in November 2019 agreed to extend its ten-year association with WiF (women in Football). The partnership is helping WiF to grow its reach and offer, expand its highly regarded leadership course to more levels and helping to upskill, empower and connect more women working in and around football.

Earlier in 2019 Barclays announced the biggest ever investment by a brand in UK women’s sport when it became the title sponsor of the of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League and made a commitment with the FA to ensure girls get equal access to football by 2024. Barclays continues as Banking Partner of the Premier League.

Read more about Women in Football’s work here.

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