Kaushalya Somasundaram

Fostering Growth

Kaushalya Somasundaram leads Industry Relations and Payments Partnerships for Square in the UK. In this talk, Kaushalya shares her journey of progressing her career in FinTech, what she’s learned along the way, and how Square is fostering growth for self-identified women and allies.

Key Takeaways: 1) Establish your own set of values. 2) Get close to the meaningful impact of your work. 3) Aim high. Ask questions.

Kaushalya leads foundational industry and regulatory relationships across the UK business at Square. Prior to joining Square, Kaushayla spent 12 years at HSBC, where she was Managing Director of Fintech Partnerships including representing on various company Boards including Tradeshift and R3. Kaushalya has joined the committees and boards of several companies and organisations, and is currently an advisory board member of PayU, and a member of the World Trade Board and is a mentor for Barclays Techstars in the UK. She has been quoted widely in the media and recognised on numerous lists of women innovators and women in fintech. Kaushalya hails from Botswana and holds an MBA in Finance from the University of New South Wales.

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