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In his previous role as Head of Innovation at Virgin Money, Dhiraj implemented a partnership with UpRising, a youth leadership development charity whose mission is to open pathways to power for talented young people from diverse and under-represented backgrounds. He facilitated over 40 mock interviews led by Virgin Money colleagues to help young people from UpRising to improve their employment options, as well as create opportunities for roles within Virgin Money. He was recognised by the Financial Times as one of Europe’s Top 50 technology entrepreneurs in 2015, and speaks regularly at major conferences on entrepreneurship, FinTech and emerging technologies. He was also elected as a member of The Digital Banking Club’s “Power 50” in 2016, and Smith & Williamson’s “Power 100” in 2017 for supporting entrepreneurs. Externally, he actively mentors startups and social enterprises, including BAME and female founders and CEOs.

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