October 26, 2021

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Women in Technology: Karen Jean-Francois

Our latest interview in our Women in Technology series features Karen Jean-Francois, Analytics Consultant at Cardlytics, an advertising platform in banks’ digital channels.

Karen leads on Bank Analytics at Cardlytics, helping clients to understand the value of their data and how to better engage their customers through the platform to maximise revenue from advertisements.

In this interview, Karen talks about her career journey so far. Growing up in Guadeloupe, a French island in the Caribbean, without a computer or any knowledge of what jobs were available in technology, she wanted to be a Maths teacher, just like her grandad. She moved to Paris to complete her master’s in mathematics where she discovered a love of data during applied statistics.  

Karen explains how she suffered from Imposter Syndrome a few years ago and how the Women in Data community supported her at that time. She now hosts and produces the Women in Data podcast which aims to inspire people by showcasing the amazing women working in data, how different people use data, and how it impacts their work and the world.

More interviews in the series

Alison Williams, Global Head of Data at dunnhumby, a customer-centric data science company talks about the career-defining moment she had early on in her career, as well as the challenges of being a senior woman, working part time, in a very male-dominated industry. Watch Alison’s interview here.

Stella Power, Chief Operating Officer at Defra Digital, Data & Technology Services talks to our CEO Wendy Morgan about the journey she went on from being a shy, introverted, reserved Welsh girl to becoming a Senior Civil Servant. Stella talks about her biggest achievements to date, her ambitions for the future, and the importance of life-long learning. Watch Stella’s interview.

Lynne Bailey, Chief Data Officer at KPMG spoke to our Client Services Director Lorraine Rourke, about her role as Chief Data Officer at KPMG and the varied career that led her there. She also talks about the importance of using coaches and working with mentors throughout your career and how she manages to get her voice heard in a male-dominated environment. Watch Lynne’s interview.  

Want to take part in our series?

If you would like to take part in our Women in Technology interview series, please get in touch.