Alumna recognised as a Rising Star in Women in Finance Awards

Anya van den Berg (Ergonomics, 2007) has been recognised as a Rising Star at the Markets Media European Women in Finance Awards.

The alumna is the Vice President of Data and Analytics at Deutsche Börse, an international exchange organisation. She received her award, presented by Best Execution and Markets Media, at the end of 2022. Anya has had a successful career in data and technology, having worked in this part of the financial sector for 15 years. She has recently been promoted to her new position as Vice President.  

The awards ceremony was held at the Four Seasons Hotel in London and celebrates established and rising women in the finance industry.  

Following her recognition at the awards ceremony, we asked Anya what advice she would give to women looking to enter the financial industry. She said:  

The Financial Industry is an exciting world to be a part of. It is ever-changing and fast paced but is still predominantly male-dominated in many departments.  

My advice would be to join a Women's Network that specialises in Finance. If you enroll into a mentorship programme then you will have a safe space to talk through any challenges that arise and receive valuable advice from a senior mentor in the same industry.  

There are also fantastic networking and thought leadership events organised through these programmes, to allow women to come together and be able to share experiences, grow their connections and enhance their knowledge. 

What have been the highlights of her career so far? Anya said: 

Being promoted to lead the analytics sales team globally has most certainly been the highlight. My leadership journey has been so enriching, from hiring my own team and watching them flourish to enrolling on some very thought-provoking leadership courses. 

Sharing her vision for the future, she continued: 

My aim is to work at Deutsche Börse long-term and work my way up to Managing Director. I will also continue to be a mentor to junior women in the industry through the 'Women in Banking and Finance' programme. Giving back to others and watching them succeed is very important to me. 

Anya also shared what winning this award meant to her:  

“After becoming a mother a few years ago, I decided to go back to work full-time. This was a very hard decision and meant sacrificing a great deal of precious time with my daughter. This award therefore validates all the long hours and hard work I spent away from her. I hope to be a role model for her in the future and this award goes a long way to demonstrating this.” 

We asked Anya if Loughborough has had an impact on her career. She added: 

Loughborough University gave me the foundation blocks I needed to face the world of employment. My time as an undergraduate was life-changing, I loved the campus and community at Loughborough as well as the work. I would not have fallen into the world of finance and the career I love without having that experience.” 

Congratulations to Anya on her latest achievement.