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Sophia Aluko

Sophia Aluko is a Director and Head of Service Delivery for the Transitions Management Office at Barclays based in London where she is responsible for overseeing services that Barclays provides to divested banks in Africa and Europe. She has 17 years’ experience in Technology, FMCG and Banking sectors.

Sophia joined Barclays in 2008 and had held a number of senior roles in Finance and COO functions. Prior to her current role, Sophia was the Head of Customer On-boarding, where she led a multidisciplinary team that was awarded the most innovative team for designing and executing a customer-centric on-boarding platform across 8 countries.

Sophia was instrumental to the successful divestment of Barclays from Africa and had featured in internal and external publication for helping Barclays manage a thoughtful separation.

Prior to Barclays, Sophia worked in the FMCG sector at Diageo where she held management roles in Strategy, Finance and Technology functions. She was involved in the transformation programme that repositioned one of the flagship brands of the company.

Sophia started her career in Technology consulting where she developed a keen interest in innovation and using Technology to deliver great customer experience. Sophia has advised FinTech start-ups and recently completed the Oxford FinTech programme.

Sophia is a co-founder and non-executive director of Olajide Aluko Memorial Foundation; a not for profit organisation set up to provide scholarships to undergraduate students in Nigeria. She is the founder and CEO of The Steer Network; a social enterprise initiative that empowers and inspires individuals from diverse background to have successful careers.

She holds a B.sc Hons in Insurance & Risk Management and an MBA from Imperial Business College, University of London. She is a ACMA and CGMA qualified accountant with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountant.

Sophia lives in London with her husband. Her passion is travelling, learning about new cultures and mentoring others to achieve their career aspirations.

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