fintechview sat down with Carla Nemr, Chief Business Development Officer, at Tickmill in an exclusive interview sharing her insights on the financial sector challenges, personal experiences and the future of the fintech sector.

How many years has Tickmill been in the business and if you can share some information about its operations and vision

Τhe Tickmill Group was established in 2014, and through the years, it has evolved into a global award-winning multi-regulated broker offering trading in a wide variety of CFD asset classes and exchange-traded derivatives (Futures and Options). The company has offices in London, Cyprus, and South Africa and employs over 250 individuals worldwide. Our goal is to empower traders to reach their full potential by providing the best possible environment and excellent trading conditions. Our vision is to continue growing, enter new markets, and expand our product offering, services, and tools while maintaining premium quality services and competitive trading conditions.

I joined Tickmill in 2017 and have been working on expanding the company’s outreach and partnership network globally. My focus is to grow Tickmill’s client base and find ways to develop the company to serve it better. I have been working in the retail brokerage industry for over a decade, occupying key positions in Sales and Business Development with reputable firms.

What’s the biggest challenge the financial sector is facing today in your opinion?

There are several challenges that the financial sector is facing today, such as regulatory compliance and cybersecurity, a constantly changing macroeconomic landscape, and the need to keep up with technological advances and stay ahead of the competition. It is essential for companies to uphold regulatory requirements to safeguard clients. At the same time, investing in cybersecurity measures is a must to prevent cyberattacks and ensure clients’ funds and data are protected. It is equally important for companies to be able to withstand the challenges of the uncertain macroeconomic landscape, be it inflation, market volatility or the current banking sector turmoil. I would also add to the list the significance of investing in innovation and technology to maintain a competitive edge.

What is in your opinion the future of the financial sector, how will it evolve and how is Tickmill getting ready for it?

In my opinion, fintech is revolutionising the financial sector through digitalisation, automation, and AI. This is best reflected in the changing behaviour of traders; for example, a growing number of people trade or manage their accounts through apps on their mobile phones. Consequently, new regulatory frameworks are being introduced to foster a safe environment for all, and this also ties in well with what we discussed above about cybersecurity and client protection. At Tickmill, we are committed to investing in the latest technologies and developing new business models to stay current and satisfy our clients’ changing needs and expectations. By enhancing our clients’ overall experience, increasing our operational efficiency, and developing our proprietary technology, we will remain an industry-leading broker.

What action or decision are you most proud of?

One of the defining moments of my life was the decision to lead a global team here at Tickmill and help it grow worldwide. It has been a challenging but rewarding experience as it allowed me to develop my skills, gain valuable experience and make a positive impact on the company. Taking on this position has helped me improve my communication skills and work effectively with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds. This experience has made me more culturally aware, which is vital when working with colleagues and clients from other parts of the world. I am very proud of the work we have accomplished as a team, and I look forward to new and exciting projects in the future.

What’s your view on motherhood and career?

Motherhood has been greatly beneficial to my career as it helped me gain valuable skills and experiences which have proven extremely useful in my professional life. As a mother, I improved my time management, leadership, multitasking, problem-solving, communication, and empathy skills, since a family is a microcosm of society or a company if you like. These skills have helped me increase my productivity, effectiveness, resilience and problem-solving and enabled me to communicate better and collaborate efficiently with my colleagues. It is essential that organizations recognize and support these skills and allow women to integrate work and family life. I appreciate that I am part of a company that values employees and helps them maintain a healthy work-family balance.

What advice would you give to young women who wish to enter the fintech world?

To all the women who aspire to pursue a career in the fintech world, I would suggest, first and foremost, staying up to date with the latest trends and developments, as this is a rapidly evolving industry. An excellent way to do that is to attend industry events, follow thought leaders on social media and connect with people in the industry to build your network and learn from others. Seek mentors, as they can help you navigate the industry and develop your career. Most importantly, though, be passionate, be curious, be confident. 

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Who is Who

Carla Nemr is the Chief Business Development Officer at Tickmill. Carla’s business acumen and market awareness have largely contributed to the Group’s expansion. She was voted one of the”Influential Arab Women”during the Arab Women Summit 2022 in Dubai.

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