Aneesah Sarwar

Aneesah is a Strategy Assistant Vice President at Barclays driving strategy at one of the UK’s biggest retail banks which inherently touches a substantial part of society.

Before this, Aneesah graduated with a BSc in Economics from the University of Warwick, where she also led the 2019 Warwick Economics Summit. She then completed a graduate programme at Barclays, gaining experience in strategic transformation, product management, performance optimisation, data and digital.

She is passionate about helping disadvantaged or overlooked groups realise and reach their full potential. After winning Barclays’ Social Intrapreneurship Challenge, Aneesah channelled this passion to co-found and run Her Own Boss, a podcast and community with over 2000 members designed to help young women overcome career barriers and build confidence. Her Own Boss provides inspirational role models, a strong community and practical advice to help women get ahead in their careers and is sponsored by Barclays Eagle Labs in support of Barclays’ commitment to the Investing in Women Code. In 2021, Her Own Boss won a Barclays Citizenship and Diversity Award for enhancing skills and employment.

Additionally, Aneesah forms part of the leadership team for Inspire, which is Barclays’ new Employee Resource Group (colleague network) representing those from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, amplifying their voices and growing allyship by driving awareness, education and career development support. Specialising in communications at Inspire, Aneesah is building and providing strong mechanisms for Inspire to improve social mobility and socioeconomic inclusion in the workforce and across society.

Repeatedly fuelled by her passion to help people realise and reach their full potential, Aneesah also set up and now jointly runs a new support system for the graduates and apprentices in her business area. This includes a welcome induction, regular fireside chats with senior leaders, mentoring and buddy matches, socials and monthly support sessions.