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UK Israel Business 70th Anniversary

February 25 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm GMT

Ann Cairns, Executive Vice Chair – Mastercard and Rakefet Russak-Aminoach, Managing partner – Team8 Fintech


Join us in celebrating ‘UK Israel Business’ (UKIB) 70th’ anniversary with the inaugural event of the 7for70 series.

We are honored to welcome Mastercard’s Executive Vice-Chair Ann Cairns, representing Mastercard on a global scale. Ann Cairns will be delving into the discussion on the financial sector, global trends and around restoring the business world post-Covid-19 as part of her new appointment as the lead non-executive board member at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Ann will be joined by Team8 Managing Partner Rakefet Russak Aminoach. A visionary in the global digital banking arena, included in the ‘100 Most Powerful Women’ Fortune Magazine’s three times for her groundbreaking role as President and CEO of Leumi Group, Israel’s largest retail bank, building Israel’s first bank held neo-bank. Rakefet will discuss her perspective on innovation disruption, and her perspective on building long-lasting tech companies in the fintech space.

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During this unique event, Ann and Rakefet will address 2021 trends in Fintech, their general observations on the business world, the government’s effort to rebuild economies, and the importance of promoting diversity in executive and board positions.

Ann Cairns

Executive Vice Chair – Mastercard

In her role as Executive Vice Chair, Ann represents Mastercard around the world, focusing on inclusion, diversity and innovation. She plays the important role of senior ambassador and executive leader and sits as part of the company’s global management committee. Prior to her current appointment, Ann was President of International Markets responsible for the management of all Mastercard customer-related activities in over 200 countries.
Ann brings more than 20 years’ experience working in senior management positions across Europe and the U.S. Prior to joining Mastercard in 2011, Ann was head of the Financial Services Group with Alvarez & Marsal, CEO of Transaction Banking at ABN-AMRO and held senior positions at Citigroup.
Ann is currently chair of ICE Clear Europe, owned by the Fortune 500 company Intercontinental Exchange (ICE). She is also global chair of the 30% Club, the chair of the Financial Alliance for Women and serves as a member of the UK government’s AI Council and the IBDE advisory board. She has a Pure Mathematics degree and honorary doctorate from Sheffield University and a M.Sc. with research into medical statistics and honorary doctorate from Newcastle University.

Rakefet Russak-Aminoach

Managing partner – Team8 Fintech

Rakefet previously served as President & CEO of Leumi Group, Israel’s biggest bank, between 2012-2019. Under her leadership, Leumi established itself as Israel’s leading bank in profits, market cap and innovation. Russak led this turnaround via digital transformation, enhanced efficiency and a culture change. She established LeumiTech, the Group’s Hi-Tech arm, and launched PEPPER – Israel’s first and only neobank. While serving as the bank’s Chief Credit Officer, Leumi attained a credit portfolio with minimal credit loss expenses, one of the best of its kind. In 2016, she was named as one of the “10 Most Innovative CEOs in Banking” by Bank Innovation for the second year in a row and was listed among the BBC’s “100 Most Inspirational and Influential Women” of the year. Her transformative work at Leumi resulted in a Harvard Business School case study, “Leading Bank Leumi into the Future” (October 2019).


February 25
11:00 am - 12:00 pm GMT
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UK Israel Business
+44 20 3510 0002


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