We are delighted to welcome Fareedah Daranijo to our team, as our Digital Marketing & Operations Assistant. Prior to joining Augmentum, Fareedah studied Business and Management at university and conducted various placements across sales, marketing and project management, including with Bosch in Germany. Get to know her in our latest “Meet the Team” feature…

Why were you interested in joining Augmentum?
I knew that by joining Augmentum, I would be able work somewhere where I could have an impact and be directly involved in the growth of the company. I liked the sound of the team’s company culture and the opportunity to work with like-minded people that are talented and passionate about what they do, as well as priding themselves on their tight-knit culture. There is also room for growth and taking on new responsibilities with my new role.

What are you most looking forward to working on as our new Digital Marketing & Operations Assistant?
I am excited to deepen my knowledge of the VC ecosystem and fintech industry first-hand. With the industry being one of the UK’s strongest and fastest-growing sectors, there is a lot to discover about how technology can be used to help improve the financial services sector; Covid-19 has played a huge role in the willingness of people to use digital payments as just one example. I am also looking forward to broadening my experience as a digital marketer as I will have the opportunity to take on new responsibilities, allowing me to develop my skillset.

Who inspires you?
I tend to find inspiration in a variety of people. Whilst on my placement year at Robert Bosch I was given great career advice on the importance of stepping out of my comfort zone to experience new opportunities. Although tackling new tasks or projects may have been daunting at first, it allowed me to try new things that I was not comfortable with at first and in turn led to developing my skillset. I am also inspired by people who are passionate about doing things that makes them happy.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
I love travelling and learning about different cities and cultures – this is one of the reasons why I took my placement year in Germany. I was able to learn vital skills within the working environment as well as exploring different towns and neighbouring countries.

I also believe it’s important to help out the local community. Whilst at university I participated in collecting sanitary products for homeless women in Birmingham city centre.

What are you most looking forward to doing post-lockdown?
I am looking forward to spending time with friends and family outside, and enjoying what London has to offer in the Summer months. I hope this will include going to as many restaurants and food markets as I possibly can!

Learn more about our team here

Georgie Hazell

Georgie heads up engagement at Augmentum, which involves supporting portfolio companies, engaging with investors and the wider fintech ecosystem (including marketing and events), and supporting the team internally.

Georgie has worked in a number of startups across people, strategy and growth leadership positions. Following her MBA and a consultancy project with Crowdcube, Georgie moved into venture capital.

Passionate about diversity and inclusion, particularly in VC and entrepreneurship, Georgie founded women in tech network Elevate, led on UK expansion for Her Campus Media, volunteers with Diversity VC and mentored with The Girls Network.

Ellen Logan

Ellen is an Investor at Augmentum. She previously worked at OC&C Strategy Consultants and at HR analytics startup Bunch, after studying Economics at the University of Edinburgh. Ellen has a particular interest in emerging technologies such as the digital asset economy and alternative payment methods.

Outside of the office she spends her time practicing yoga, experimenting in the kitchen and exploring the art galleries of London.

Learn more about Ellen in her ‘Meet the Team’ blog here

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Sofia Wiecko

Sofia oversees the financial and administrative operations at Augmentum and has over 15 years’ experience in financial accounting.

Believing in giving back to the community, Sofia is active in a number of local charities.

Hayley Manning

Hayley is Augmentum’s Office Manager and PA. Prior to working at Augmentum, Hayley worked at law firm Stephenson Harwood.

Nigel Szembel

Nigel leads Public Relations and Investor Relations at Augmentum. Nigel has had an international career in corporate affairs, communications and investor relations which, over 30 years, has included responsibility for UK, regional (EMEA and Latin America) and global functions; covering high-profile public companies, private companies, prominent individuals and public bodies, primarily in the financial services sector but also taking in consumer/fashion, planning policy, arts and the environment.

Akash Bajwa

Akash is an Investor at Augmentum Fintech. Prior to joining Augmentum, Akash worked at the Cass Entrepreneurship Fund, Barclays Ventures and Deloitte. Akash studied Accounting and Finance at Cass Business School.

Outside of work, Akash enjoys writing a blog on trends in technology and venture capital, runs ‘The European Tech Club’ on Clubhouse and volunteers with networks that support more investment in impact-driven companies in the private markets. Akash always looks forward to reading great books and playing tennis with friends as a way to unwind.


Learn more about Akash in his ‘Meet the Team’ blog here.

Reginald de Wasseige

Reginald (Reggie) is an Investor at Augmentum Fintech. Reggie started his career in private equity in Belgium (his home country), at Cobepa, and went on to explore entrepreneurship through founding a software company focusing on document security for large organisations. Off the back of both experiences, VC was a natural evolution and Reggie joined ABN AMRO Ventures, the venture capital arm of the Dutch bank, and relocated to Amsterdam. This first VC position introduced him to the world of fintech and was also the start of his international adventure.

Learn more about Reggie in his “Meet the team” feature here

Fareedah Daranijo

Fareedah is Augmentum’s Digital Marketing & Operations Assistant.

Prior to joining Augmentum, Fareedah studied Business and Management at university and conducted various placements across sales, marketing and project management, including with Bosch in Germany.

Outside of work, Fareedah enjoys travelling, learning about different cities and cultures, and volunteering in the local community.