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An international network for women in capital markets

The ICMA Women’s Network (IWN) provides a global, impartial and open forum to encourage, support and inspire women at all stages of their career and to further the aim of gender equality within the bond markets.

Through a combination of live events and online content, the IWN delivers practical workshops focused on skills for career progression and hosts discussions on relevant issues between influential industry stakeholders. Networking is central to the offering, supporting links between colleagues of different generations and levels of seniority, helping to foster inclusion throughout the industry.

The IWN supports gender equality at a global level: all employees of ICMA member firms are welcome to join, and international connectivity is achieved through active IWN committees operating worldwide. The IWN also actively welcomes participation from all genders and ethnicities, acknowledging that broad participation is essential in achieving positive, sustainable change.



IWN news

ICMA Women’s Network (IWN) announces new Chair of the IWN International Steering Committee


International Steering Committee spotlight

Highlighting the profiles of the International Steering Committee members


Thuy Van Nguyen

Meet Thuy Van Nguyen, Asia Pacific representative of the ICMA Women’s Network.

Van is Vice President at Clearstream Banking, Global Markets, based in in Hong Kong. She is responsible for product development and network relationship management in the APAC, Middle East and Africa region. She represents Clearstream in several industry committees, including the Asia Securities Industry & Financial Markets Association (ASIFMA) and the ASEAN+3 Bond Market Forum (ABMF).

Prior to this role, Van oversaw business development at Eurex Exchange out of Frankfurt and Singapore, with a focus on Asian Emerging Markets. Van started her career at Eurex Bonds, Deutsche Boerse Group, in Frankfurt in 2008, where she managed the relationship of top-tier European institutional clients. Van holds a master’s degree in Economics from the Goethe University in Frankfurt.

We chatted to Van about the insights she’s picked up over the course of her career.

ICMA: What’s the greatest enabler for gender equality?
TVN: Representation of female executives in leading positions is key. It’s also important to implement transparent career development plans, including criteria for promotions.

ICMA: What’s an example of how you’ve actively made efforts to address gender inequality at your firm?
TVN: I strive to lead by example, supporting young professionals with guidance and advice.

ICMA: What’s your biggest passion outside of work, and why?
TVN: Spending time with my family. That’s where I get my comfort, energy and motivation.

ICMA: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
TVN: Be in the driver’s seat; take control and ownership of your career. Be an advocate for your own interests and make your work visible.

ICMA: What are the main challenges for women in the period ahead?
TVN: We’ll continue to face challenges in balancing a career with family responsibilities, as well as overcoming cultural barriers.



Event spotlight

Highlighting events from the IWN’s vast archive

Getting noticed – a masterclass in using social media to build your personal brand

Howard Kingston shared his expertise at this event hosted by EBRD in 2017 on social media, explaining the importance of building a truly representative personal brand, raising personal profile and increasing visibility among colleagues, peers and across the industry. Howard demonstrated how to navigate the world of professional social media to maximum effect, imparting practical tips to get started and equipping the audience with the tools to effectively build a personal brand by way of social networking, LinkedIn, blogging and creating content.


The Women in Finance Charter

ICMA’s commitment to gender balance

Monday Motivation

Join IWN on LinkedIn to follow the Monday Motivation series



Further reading



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Upcoming events


ICMA Women's Network: Réussir sa carrière dans un environnement masculin: celles qui ont osé!

Date: 26 September 2023
Time: 17:30 - 20:30 CET
Location: ODDO BHF, 12 Boulevard de la Madeleine, 75009 Paris, France

Hosted by

Supported by


« N’osez plus, faites tout simplement. » "Don't dare, just do it." Sandra Rey

« Exister c’est oser se jeter dans le monde. » "Existing is to dare diving into the world.” Simone de Beauvoir

Les marchés financiers ont la réputation d’être majoritairement masculin. La bourse de Paris n’a été rendue accessible aux femmes qu’en avril 1967. De nombreuses femmes réussissent néanmoins une carrière brillante dans le milieu financier, bancaire ou dans le secteur économique. Le « plafond de verre » n’a pas résisté à leurs compétences et leurs qualités. Certaines d’entre elles nous font l’honneur de venir partager leur expérience. Elles parleront de leurs motivations, des défis qu’elles ont dû relever et comment elles ont réussi à s'imposer. Elles expliqueront si elles ont dû faire face à de fortes résistances ou bien si elles ont bénéficié de la bienveillance de certaines personnes dans le cadre de leur parcours professionnel. Enfin, elles partageront des conseils pour réussir à concilier des emplois très exigeants avec les aléas de la vie de famille.

The capital markets have a reputation of being predominantly male. The Paris Stock Exchange was only accessible to women from April 1967. Nonetheless, numerous women have had brilliant careers in the financial, banking and economic sectors. The “glass ceiling” was no impediment to their skills and qualities. We are honoured to welcome a few of them to share their experiences. They will talk about their motivations, the challenges they had to overcome and how they managed to achieve their success. They will share their experiences of facing both resistance and support in the context of their professional career. Finally, they will share tips on managing the balance between very demanding jobs and the ups and downs of family life.

Please note that this event will take place in French and in English.

Admission: This event is free to attend; however, it is only open to ICMA members or by invitation. Register now.

Check if you work for an ICMA member firm here

Registration will close at 17:00 CET on 25 September 2023.

If you have any questions, please contact ICMA events.

Past events

Security, sustainability and inclusive recovery

Hosted by Nordic Investment Bank in Hesinki in June 2023, this event saw experts discussing the nexus between security, sustainability and the rebuilding of war-torn countries.

Hanna Smith, Senior Strategic Advisor to the Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, delivered a keynote on the current security environment in Europe. Following this, our panel of industry and market experts discussed how sustainable finance is keeping pace amid turbulent financial and geopolitical climates. To conclude, Antti Kuronen, foreign news correspondent at the Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle, discussed the situation in Ukraine, and the challenge of rebuilding through the lens of the economy, infrastructure and human capital.

The Generation Game

This event, hosted by Ashurst in London in 2023, comprised a keynote presentation from Victoria McLean of City CV, on practical solutions for the five biggest challenges that all generations face in their careers, from imposter syndrome to personal branding and beyond. Following this keynote, industry speakers considered how the workplace has changed over the generations, by reference to lived experiences of women and men. They discussed whether enough progress has been made in terms of workplace gender equality and specifically, how to ensure there are more women on boards, and how to smash gender and cultural taboos, such as menopause and menstruation. The panel also highlighted the importance of ensuring that younger generations – including our sons and daughters – are aligning with the gender equality agenda.

Challenges for the future: value proposition for attracting diversity and young talent in the financial and technological sector

This 2023 event, hosted by Insituto de Crédito Oficial in Madrid, featured speakers from the financial and technology industries (including Google, Eniax, eBay, BBVA and Santander) discussing the role of diversity in establishing best practice and value for the future of those industries.

Diversity and inclusion in a multi-cultural environment

Financial markets have ever been multicultural, multilingual and intergenerational, but our professional interactions have multiplied the opportunities to be confronted with practices whose social acceptability could differ. In this event hosted by Moody’s in Paris in 2022, the panel addressed how misunderstandings can arise when what may be considered appropriate behaviour for one culture is inappropriate for another, leading to misinterpretation, misunderstanding or even unintentional insult.

Speaker Spotlight: An audience with Clare Cole

Clare Cole of the UK FCA gave a powerful keynote at Allen & Overy in 2022 on the FCA’s efforts on diversity & inclusion, with a strong focus on neurodiversity, social mobility and educational diversity, including by reference to her own career experiences.

Tackling obstacles in women’s careers

This French webinar in 2021 focused on the role of the spouse in women's careers; reconciling motherhood and career progression and ensuring a salary equivalent to men for identical responsibilities. Tips and tricks to help women who want to climb the corporate ladder were shared in a roundtable which also discussed whether companies have developed a real inclusion strategy, and the effects of the health crisis and remote working.

Speaker Spotlight: Connecting the generations - a conversation with Allegra Berman

A virtual inter-generational conversation in 2021 exploring how the challenges facing women in finance have changed over time, citing shifts in culture and expectations, the importance of adaptability and resilience, and what the future may hold as the different generations weather the storm together and prepare for what’s next. 

Gender Lens Investing: A fresh perspective

At this event, hosted by White & Case in 2019, speakers from the asset management and investment industry gave their insights on a panel into how the diversity agenda is impacting investment strategy and business practices. They addressed how altering investor behaviour has the potential to effect meaningful change in the financial markets and discussed how this can drive forward diversity and inclusion in the economy.

Mental health in the city

This fireside chat hosted by Freshfields in 2019 focused on mental health in the challenging environment of financial markets, discussing the stigma which still exists around mental health in city workplaces, explaining the resources and support that are available and how to maintain mental wellbeing.

Sustainability: the perspective of influential women in the rapidly growing ESG market

This event held at HSBC in 2018 assembled a number of senior influential women in sustainable finance, those who provide thought leadership and are at the centre of innovation. They explored the impact of green bonds, social bonds, sustainable bonds and other innovative financing solutions on the finance industry and the workplace as a whole, as well as by reference to their own career paths.

Embracing change: future proofing your career with Fintech

Allen & Overy hosted this event in 2018. It set out to illuminate the world of FinTech, with a panel of female FinTech experts addressing questions such as: what does FinTech actually mean for the way debt capital markets will function in future? And what do we need to do now to position ourselves for career advantage in this exciting new environment? What are the barriers to entry to a FinTech-based career for women? Can we repurpose skills that we already have to be part of the revolution?

Challenging perceptions: Unconscious bias – how it affects networking & career progression

This event which took place at UniCredit in 2017 took a practical look at how unconscious bias may be subtly influencing our ability to make and maintain the contacts that we need to help us progress in our careers. Unconscious bias training has become a standard feature of workplace diversity programmes, but outside the formal office environment, is our tendency to make snap judgements based on stereotypes affecting the way we network? 

Getting noticed – a masterclass in using social media to build your personal brand

Howard Kingston shared his expertise at this event hosted by EBRD in 2017 on social media, explaining the importance of building a truly representative personal brand, raising personal profile and increasing visibility among colleagues, peers and across the industry. Howard demonstrated how to navigate the world of professional social media to maximum effect, imparting practical tips to get started and equipping the audience with the tools to effectively build a personal brand by way of social networking, LinkedIn, blogging and creating content.

Negotiation skills for women

Negotiation is a tool which we all use every day, without even realising it. In this negotiation workshop held in Paris in 2017, Vincent François, former crisis and hostage negotiator, explained negotiation techniques to ensure we don’t become destabilised at the first step.

Bouncing back – developing resilience at work

Resilience is often cited as the key attribute of successful businesspeople, and it has never been more important than in the current market environment. At this event, held in the Barbican in 2016, professional resilience coach, psychologist and author Jane Clarke explained the importance of resilience in a professional context, how it can help one to handle difficult situations and setbacks and, most importantly, how to develop resilience.

Speaker Spotlight: Julia Hoggett

Drawing on her own experiences working in a number of high-profile roles in both the private and public sector, Julia Hoggett (CEO of the London Stock Exchange and former Head of Wholesale Banking, Supervision Division, FCA), shared her views at Nomura in 2016 on the visibility and role of women in financial services, the importance of recognising the contribution made by women and how firms can develop a culture in which women can succeed and fulfil their potential.

Impact coaching

This event, hosted by Barclays in 2015, focused on practical tips for getting yourself and your ideas noticed at work and for making a positive impact when interacting with colleagues and clients, all in the context of career development in capital markets. A panel discussion with senior industry figures drawing on their own experiences and successful strategies was followed by an interactive session with Impact Coach Esther Stanhope. Esther demonstrated how to ooze confidence and upgrade our communication skills, sharing practical tips on how to craft content for the right audience and use body language, eye contact, gestures, vocal emphasis effectively. 

The current composition of the ICMA Women's Network Steering Committee is as follows:


Thuy-Van Nguyen

Clearstream Banking S.A.

Nadia Zubairi
Bank ABC


Representative TBC


Angela Brusas
Nordic Investment Bank

Nathalie Masset
(Interim chair)       
Euronext Paris SA 
South Africa

Mosidi Sibaya

South African Reserve Bank

Cristina Freudenberger

White & Case LLP

Susana de Pablo

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A.

Aisling Kelly
Arthur Cox

Charlotte Mueller
Swiss Re

Nicole Della Vedova

Enel SpA

Camille McKelvey

MarketAxess Europe Limited

Isa Ribeiro

Clearstream Banking SA
West Africa

Representative TBC
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