The Pink Dynasty programme is designed to empower gifted and talented young women to succeed in professions that are typically dominated by men. Our internship scheme ensures PD members are fully equipped to succeed in the corporate world.

Here from Georgina Appeagyei – Pink Dynasty Mentee, 2015 Cohort

During my work experience placement at Standard Chartered I felt incredibly lucky, but, equally, deserving; a key feature of the Pink Dynasty programme.

My first week with Corporate and Institutional Clients (CIC), in the Public Sector and Developmental Organisations (PSDO) team, was action-packed. My internationally-diverse team invited me to an evening networking event, where I experienced the interaction between the London PSDO team, credit analysts and employees from risk. Their extended network within the bank, colleagues who they frequently rely on to ensure they can fulfil their clients’ needs, was strengthened; setting the basis for a better working partnership in the future. I accepted an invite to listen to the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning of Ghana, deliver a speech at Chatham House. As a British Ghanaian, it was a pleasure to witness the minister, Seth Terkper, seek investor’s confidence by shifting the focus from the over-reliance on tentative commodity prices to the strength of policy-making in controlling the economy in Ghana.

I was trusted with using the International Monetary Fund database to find data on particular countries of interest. I was also tasked to write a summary of trading capabilities and restrictions regarding Government Bonds from Thailand and Malaysia and was responsible for working with the wider PSDO global team to ascertain the relationship type of Central Banks and other Financial Institutions.

My second week proved the first week to be a great learning experience as I had already felt settled. I had the opportunity to meet my host for the first time as she is whisked away to various corners of the globe to handle business. I learned to prioritise my work, multitask and train myself to have good working hours. As my work experience drew to a close, I can only hope that the team will miss me as I leave behind something to improve their efficiencies: a Global PSDO Directory.