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Women in Technology at the forefront of banking transformation

Women in Technology at the forefront of banking transformation

Banco Sabadell is leading its digital transformation and one of its captains is Monica Rafekas, the unit’s youngest manager and head of Cloud Office. His love for the game and technology has made him one of the best American football players in Spain and inspired him to successfully meet the challenges of Claude’s journey in the financial world.

By Luis Nez-Villaveiron Blanco

sOne of his most “disruptive” moments was when, at age 11, he found what is now one of his passions: American football. A fairly minority sport in Spain, but even more so if you are a woman. “It’s a way of understanding life, of attitude, of what it means to me,” he explains.


With that fighting attitude and ready to break any barriers and disciplines, Monica Rafecus decided to start a double degree in Business and Computer Engineering. She says that very few women started studying but “only three completed it”. He also did this as part of the second part of his preaching. “There is no sport or boys’ race,” he claims.




With this background, Monica landed in Banco Sabadell 6 years ago. She began leading Azure’s landings, and shortly afterwards gained recognition for becoming the bank’s youngest manager and responsible for the financial institution’s cloud office.


Cloud technology is one of the technical pillars on which Banco Sabadell’s digital transformation is based. Because of its strategic component and its complexity, cloud migration projects present significant challenges, as they require a combination of great technical knowledge with the ability to manage and coordinate all sectors and agents involved. Realizing projects requires a lot of leadership.


As the head of a team of three people, Monica sets the guidelines for moving information to the cloud. It highlights the importance of “scalability, efficiency and flexibility”, which includes the digitization of management of a system such as the financial system.


Along this path, they have selected Kindrill as a partner to face the evolution of this new modern, flexible and scalable digital infrastructure. A process that started two years ago and is changing the way employees work and improving the service provided to the bank’s customers.




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“I don’t want them to give me an opportunity because of my gender or age,” Rafekus explains and continues, “I believe that hard work and effort always has a reward,” he concludes. . At work, in sport and in life.


This same morality has made Monica one of the best American football players in the history of Spain. Captain of a team that has won 10 of the 12 leagues played in our country and also in its contact and non-contact version of the Spanish American football team, with which she has been European champion at the European Championship played in Israel .


Monica’s leadership is evident when she is seen training with her teammates at Barbera Rookies Field (in Barbera del Wallace, Barcelona), of whose team she is the quarterback. The training, drama, organization is done by a person who enjoys his off-road work.


Regarding tolerance, Banco Sabadell’s youngest manager believes that in the world of sports, especially where there is a lot of contact, there is not as much contact as it should be. However, she, who has always considered herself an ‘outsider’, maintains that “one who wants to achieve extraordinary things cannot do ordinary things”.




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