Rising Star Award
Arman Eshraghi, Associate Professor of Finance & Accounting, University of Edinburgh
Arman is a Senior Lecturer in Finance and Accounting, and Director of Masters in Finance at the University of Edinburgh. He is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has held visiting positions at University of Manchester and UCL. Prior to academia, Arman was a management consultant in the banking and telecom sectors. His research encompasses behavioural finance, banking, fintech, interdisciplinary accounting and fund management. Arman has published several papers in world-leading academic journals; his research is featured in the Financial Times, Washington Post and Bloomberg among others; and has contributed to books published by Cambridge, Wiley and Springer. He has been invited to speak, inter alia, at the Federal Reserve Bank in New York, Centre for European Economic Research in Mannheim and CFA Institute in London. As a passionate teacher, Arman has also won accolades for Best Teaching Innovation and Best Inspirational Teaching. He engages with several public and private firms to offer bespoke research and training.
Miro Gregorovic, Senior Information Technology Business Consultant, Sopra Steria
Miro joined Sopra Steria in December 2015 as a Business Intelligence Consultant and has since been promoted to Senior IT Consultant. Miro has gained a reputation within Sopra Steria as a leading voice on FinTech and emerging technologies. He has been instrumental in establishing an online community, ScotFinTECH, to discuss and debate key issues and developments within FinTech, providing insight and balance to this topic of growing importance. Due to strong levels of engagement, this has now developed from a virtual to a physical community where clients and colleagues meet to share, learn and promote innovative FinTech ideas across Scotland and beyond. Miro has been a key member of the Sopra Steria team at a number of ‘Hackathons’, and most recently his team designed, created and presented a working prototype for an open API voice activated banking assistant – creating the vision for the 2018 Open API Banking legislation.
Victoria MacLean, Equities Investment Manager, Aberdeen Standard Investments
Victoria joined the Global Equity team as a graduate in 2012 and quickly progressed to Investment Manager after passing CFA. Since then, Victoria has travelled extensively working with regional teams, getting involved in client meetings, doing media interviews and presenting at industry events. Early in her career Victoria was nominated to participate in ASI’s Emerging Leadership Programme and the Edinburgh University Women’s Executive Leadership Programme. She is a founding member of Aberdeen’s Innovation Committee and sits on two working groups that drive the use of technology within the equity division. This represents just a fraction of Victoria’s advocacy for innovation at ASI. Victoria is a founding member of the SFE Steering Committee for the Young Professionals Group. As a 30% Club mentor, she takes an interest in improving diversity within the industry, recently promoting the anonymization of CVs, making bias training mandatory and publicly adopting the Equality & Human Rights Commission’s recommendations for Executive Board recruitment practices.
Rory Marsh, Business Manager to Standard Life CEO, Standard Life Aberdeen
Rory runs the office of the Standard Life CEO. As part of his role, he is responsible for leading strategic projects on behalf of the CEO and providing guidance and support to the CEO’s Executive Committee. Rory joined Standard Life as a graduate in 2011, working in a number of finance roles while gaining his qualification as a Chartered Accountant. Before taking on his current role, he played a leading role in the establishment and growth of Standard Life’s financial planning business, 1825, as part of a small M&A team Rory has a passion for promoting young people in Scottish financial services and is the founding Chairman of SFE Young Professionals. He leads a group of peers aiming to provide young people with enhanced opportunities to enter the industry, build networks and develop their careers. In particular, Rory looks to ensure young talent has a voice in discussing key industry challenges and future opportunities.