BAI Rising Star Award

As part of the BAI Global Innovation Awards, we’ve added the BAI Rising Stars Award, honoring up-and-coming leaders in the financial services industry. The award is given to candidates who are innovative, passionate, intellectually curious and making a positive impact in financial services.

If there’s an up-and-coming innovative leader in your organization, tell us what drives their success and makes them stand out.

Be sure to nominate your rising star by June 30! All nominations must be submitted via the awards portal.

Congratulations to the 2022 BAI Rising Star Award Winners and Nominees

To further recognize innovation in financial services, a new award was established in 2022 to recognize individual leaders. The BAI Rising Star Award honors individuals who are up-and-coming leaders in financial services innovation. Leaders were nominated by their organizations and the recipients of the BAI Rising Star Award were selected based on their impact on and passion for innovation and their ability to drive positive change in their organizations.

Sachin Chandna

Senior Vice President, Head of Customer Intelligence & Engagement
Emirates NBD

Geoff Ellis

Senior Director Application Development
Ally Financial

Ashley Fiore

Chief Business Intelligence Officer

Snigdha Kumar

Head of Product Operations

Larricia Lumpkins

Senior Vice President, Senior Strategy Manager
Citizens Financial Group

Niki Neumann

Executive, Lead Ecosystem Agriculture
Standard Bank Group

Dr. Chetna Pandey

Deputy General Manager
Union Bank of India

Stacy Regnier

Senior Vice President, Retail Strategic Programs and Business Transformation
Commerce Bank

Bradwin Roper

FNB Connect

Paul Whelpton

Group Analytics Officer and Group Head of Trading

2022 BAI Rising Star Award Nominees
Joel Amoakon

Head of Innovation
Stanbic Bank

Nicole Bayard

Head of Growth
SoLo Funds

Krishna Chaitanya

Head of Product
Yabx Technologies

Craig Choy

Managing Counsel

Sheena Collier

Head of Customer Support
SoLo Funds

Wes DeBord

Assistant Vice President, Principal Platform Engineer
Fifth Third Bank

Krysten Dipollino

Assistant Vice President, Program Manager
Citizens Financial Group

Josh Dunaway

Vice President Treasury Management Sales
Fifth Third Bank

Eric Eicke

Director of Software Innovation
Software Development

Sabrena Foxx

Senior Director, Enterprise Accessibility program
Ally Financial

Chuck Freeman

Senior Engineer
Source Technologies

Anna Golsa

Director of Digital Business and Marketing

Vashon Gonzales


Cliff Green

Green Payments

Julia Hernandez

Chief Operating Officer
The CorePoint

Gregory Hoeg

Management Consultant
Hoeg & Company, Ltd.

Deirdre Jannerelli

First Vice President, Digital Marketing Director

Amanda John

National Account Manager and Certified Business Transformation Coach
Old Mutual SA

Adwait Joshi


Alyson Karow

Product Manager
TD Bank

Prasanna Karunanithi

Director, Product Management

Kshitij Kasliwal

Senior Engineering Manager
NCR Terafina

Jonathan Kolozsvary

Director of New Ventures, SVP
M&T Bank

Janelle Locante

Product Specialist
TD Bank

Dustin Mason

Principal Cloud Engineer
Citizens Financial Group

Sarah Murray

Deposit Product Manager and Counsel
Compliance Systems

Francois Nadal


Harish Naik

Senior Director Lead, Ally Tech Labs
Ally Financial

Swaminathan Panchapakesan

Principal Platform Engineer
Fifth Third Bank

Akash Pandey

Assistant Vice President, Enterprise
Yabx Technologies

Janet Perez Shensky

Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships

Nikkee Rhody

Executive Vice President, Strategy
Central Payments

Keith Riddle

CEO of the Americas

Andrea Rodrigues

First Vice President, Marketing & Community Relations

James Romer

Principal: Product Management

Christine Ross

Product Manager
TD Bank

Yashika Saini

Human Resources Manager

Marissa Scott

Digital Marketing Specialist

Yan Shtefanets

Head of Product

George Thekkekara

Chief Risk Officer
Yabx Technologies

Tom Voaden

Strategic Partnership Lead

Demian Voorhagen

CEO & Co-Founder

Duncan Wells

Market Strategist

Jamie Wilson

Vice President, Bank Secrecy Act Officer
The Bank of Princeton