Giselle Frederick – Speaker bio
Giselle developed an interest in technology when she was a teenager and her
desire was to work at Microsoft. She studied software engineering at City
University and after completion, she joined a graduate scheme at Investment Bank
of Canary Wharf where she stayed for seven years performing different roles. She
developed an interest in learning about how businesses work. As a result, she
spent more time doing business analysis and project management and also
consulting with banks.
Encounter with Blockchain technology
Giselle first heard about Blockchain around the year 2010 via online publications
which include register and Reddit thread. However, she was skeptical about
whether the government would ban it. By the year 2012, her friends were speaking
more about cryptocurrencies. At that time, bitcoin strengthened and many people
started mining it while others used it to circumvent the foreign exchange
restrictions. She gained interest in the year 2015 when R3 was formed.
Through research, she discovered the fundamentals behind Blockchain. The
information was crucial since it enabled her to start Zingr, a digital wallet that
enables people to carry out peer-to-peer payments on low commission charges.
Her own experience in international bank transfers also triggered her interest to
create Zingr. Through wire transfers and western union, she incurred high transfer
charges. Moreover, the local account receiving the cash could also be charged.
Currently, she only has a prototype wallet.
What she is interested in
Her zeal to help has seen her gain a lot of volunteer experience. She founded and
became the chair of Millennial Women Initiative whereby she worked with women
in banking and finance’s corporate members. The role of the organization was to
attract and retain millennial women in finance and related industries. She also
volunteered as a role model at Urban Synergy Mentoring Pool, a charity that
empowers young people through early intervention