Diversity in Trading: Emerging Trends in a Post-COVID Era hosted by CBA with WiBF

22nd February 2023 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Style of Event: Networking Drinks & Panel Discussion
WiBF Member: AUD $20.00 Website Subscriber: AUD $30.00
Commonwealth Bank of Australia Level 1, 11 Harbour Street, Sydney, 2000 NSW


You're invited to a special panel discussion with CBA and Women in Banking and Finance (WiBF) as part of CBA’s ‘Diamond Sponsorship’ package.

The pandemic has transformed the world of financial services. With a rapidly evolving finance industry, how we think about inclusion and diversity in the workplace has become more important than ever. Join us for discussion with important voices from the trading floor around how the industry is responding and changing towards inclusivity and diversity in a historically male field as well as how organisations can lead this change.

Women in Banking and Finance are proud to partner with our Diamond Member CBA to present an in-person panel discussion to discuss all aspects of diversity in trading. Join us with our incredible panel for an insightful and thought-provoking session.

Pre Work

No pre-work required.


The goal of the event is to bring together the Women in Banking and Finance community for an evoking conversation on the emerging trends in the banking & finance industry in a post-COVID world.


Attendees will learn how the industry is responding and changing towards inclusivity and diversity in a historically male field.

Has the role of trading changed since COVID in terms of work/life balance and the forced-technological advancements to make working from home possible?

What makes a good trader in the first place regardless of gender or orientation?

And how can organisations better support male counterparts in areas of inclusivity and diversity?


Mitchell Grosser has been in the role of MD Global Head of Trading since 2019.

Over nearly 20 years he has gained Broad Institutional Banking experience working in Singapore, New York and Sydney.

During this time he has gained deep experience both Trading and leading teams of Traders in a wide array of Fixed Income, Derivative and FX markets. He started in the Trading team at CBA in 2004 and spent 7 years with CBA before moving to a US Institutional Bank where he broadened his experience and skill set for several years and then subsequently moved back to CBA.

Sarah McCann is a AUD/NZD rates trader for Goldman Sachs. Sarah joined the firm in 2013 on the graduate training program, travelling to New York to meet fellow graduates across the firm. Initially Sarah joined the sales desk, covering onshore & offshore clients for 2yrs before moving to trading. Since then Sarah has been an integral part of the team, and has had the opportunity to trade several products as well as travel to London, New York and Asia representing GS & expanding her network.

Sarah holds a Bachelor of Science (Advanced) in Mathematics & a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from Sydney University. Before joining Goldman Sachs, Sarah also interned at Credit Suisse in FICC.

Ef Kazepidis, NAB Head of Derivatives, is an accomplished interest rate options trader with more than 15 years’ experience. Under Ef’s leadership, NAB’s derivatives trading team strive to deliver high-value customer solutions and were proudly recognized as a leader in the Australian dollar interest rate market in the 2022 Peter Lee Associates Large Corporate and Institutional Banking Survey

Prior to joining NAB in 2014, Ef spent five years with ANZ, however, her career did not originate in the banking and finance sector; Ef commenced her career as an Electrical Engineer after completing a degree in Electronical Engineering and Mathematics at the University of Wollongong.

Kitty Lu is a Credit Trader at CBA, trading AUD fixed financials and Asia currency credit.

With a background of studies in Commerce and Law at the University of NSW, Kitty joined the CBA Graduate Program in 2018. After completing two years working in Credit Risk, Kitty made the move to the trading floor at CBA.

Sangeeta Venkatesan is an experienced banker, board advisor, investor and entrepreneur. She currently serves on several boards including as Chairman of RSL Life Care, one of the oldest age cares in Australia, with 56 retirement villages and age care homes across NSW and ACT, President at Women in Banking and Finance (WIBF), and Investment Committee Member at EG Funds Management.

Sangeeta has worked with some of the most prominent and globally recognised firms such as Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Nomura, and The Commonwealth Bank of Australia across the globe including London, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Sydney, in senior roles.

As the co-founder of FairVine superannuation fund, she won the ‘Innovator of the Year’ award at Money Management and Super Review’s Women in Financial Services Awards 2019, and the Finance Monthly Women in Finance Awards 2020, and was featured in the CEO Magazine for her contribution to women in business.

Sangeeta is a highly sought-after speaker and thought leader and has covered topics including fintech, ESG, and cognitive diversity, and is a regular judge at Finance Asia annual awards.