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Fireside Chat

With Ravi Shastri

About The Network

Building a strong inclusive & diverse community

Women On The Wharf (WOTW), is a network of executives (primarily female and male allies) working predominantly for banking and consulting firms in and around London. We have around 33 member firms that count Citibank, UBS, EY, PwC, HSBC, KPMG as our members, amongst others. 


WOTW works with experienced passionate like-minded individuals to establish practical solutions to creating an inclusive environment for professionals, and supporting them in achieving their career goals.  


We add value and drive impact through creating a platform for our members: 

  • Networking and First-Hand Connections 

  • Access to Talent Pool

  • Access to Prominent Speakers 

  • Continuous & Ongoing Network Support 

  • Safe & Trusted Community



Member Firms

Prominent global brands and a diverse mix of senior corporate professionals and executives with a broad range of experience


Inspire Series 

Cross-firm collaboration, exchange of knowledge and experiences on driving female centric diversity agenda



Cross function, cross-firm mentoring program that is incredibly valuable for both mentors and mentees



Fireside chats, panel discussions, networking events, and exclusive experiences



Aashika Balaji

  • Aashika Balaji is a dynamic finance professional based in London. As Chief of Staff to the Founder and CEO at Aptia Group, a leading pension industry startup, and with a background in Citibank’s wealth management, she excels in strategic business development, transformation and investment. Recognized as a go-to expert on consumer trends, she advises some of the leading startups in India. 

  • Aashika’s academic credentials are top tier: an MBA from Cornell University, a Master’s from the London School of Economics, and a B.Com Honours from Shri Ram College of Commerce. She co-runs an NGO with her mother, focused on women’s empowerment through education and awareness. A trained classical dancer mentored by world-renowned artists, Aashika collaborates with prominent personalities, inspiring Gen Z with her commitment to learning, creativity, and excellence.

Life Philosophy...

"Constant Learning, Achieving  Creative Consciousness & Chasing Excellence in Everything I Do."

Samantha King

  • Previously worked as the Director of Agile @UBS. She is passionate about accelerating change, fostering a sense of community and sharing women’s achievements

  • She has worked in Program Management for over 10yrs in Insurance and Financial Services and loves being able to solve complex problems for companies to deliver solutions

Life Philosophy...

"If you listen to Baz Luhrmann’s, Everybody’s Free to Wear Sunscreen, that is life my philosophy, just he worded it first!"

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