Meet Team Financy

The Financy business is supported by a group of talented individuals who are united by a common purpose: to achieve equality and help organisations understand the business case for social-impact change.

Bianca Hartge-Hazelman


Bianca Hartge-Hazelman is the ceo of Financy, author of the Financy Women’s Index and mum of 3 girls.

Bianca lists the Women’s Index™ as one of her proudest career accomplishments. Launched in 2017, the Index is aligned to the United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) of which Financy is a signatory. 

Bianca has previously worked for Australian Financial Review, Channel Nine’s Financial Review Sunday program, Kaplan Professional and the ABC. She is a regular media commentator on women’s finance and contributor to the Australia Financial Review. Bianca holds a Communications Degree with a Broadcast Major, Masters in Journalism and Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance.

Neil Hazelman


Neil Hazelman is the chief creative director at Financy and strategic brand consultant to many purpose-led organisations. Neil is an award winning executive creative director, artist, illustrator, designer, advertiser, marketer and brand man. He is also the strategic brains behind brand Financy and The Women’s Index™. 

He brings over 25 years industry experience across global markets having worked in New York and London and consulted throughout the Asia Pacific. Neil is also an entrepreneur and the founder of creative cloud agency, We Are Why which helps organisations discover their unique “why” or purpose and align it to profits. Neil’s work brings bespoke teams together to execute on big ideas.

Thought leaders and industry experts across fintech, business and communications.

Financy is supported by investors Tech for Good Group and a team of game changing business leaders, who together sit on the Advisory Committee. They advise on strategic product and services transformation, execution and growth. 

The Financy Advisory Committee


Connie McKeage

Connie has an enviable track record of leading teams that deliver. She founded OneVue Holdings, an Australian All ordinaries listed company, and was Group Managing Director of OneVue from its founding in 2014 to 2020 when OneVue was acquired by IRESS. Connie has extensive experience in the Australian, Asian, European and North American financial services markets. Connie’s expertise is taking businesses from start-up to grown up. Connie was awarded the Centenary Medal for her contribution to Australian business leadership. She is a Founder of Financial Executive Women (FEW) and in 2015 was an Eastern Finalist for E&Y’s Entrepreneur of the Year. She has been recognised by Insights Success magazine as one of the “the 30 most influential Women in Business”, and most recently was awarded Chief Executive Officer of the Year at the Women in Finance Awards in 2018 and 2020. Today Connie is a full time non-executive Director and sits on the Genpact Global Advisory Board and Seven Consulting Advisory Board.
Research Advisor

Prof Carol Kulik

Prof Kulik is a Bradley Distinguished Professor at the University of South Australia (UniSA Business) and a senior researcher within the Centre for Workplace Excellence. She was the 2018-2019 President of the Academy of Management, the largest professional association of management scholars in the world. Carol’s research focuses on workplace inclusion and organisational fairness; she helps organisations develop employee-centred practices that address the needs of a diverse workforce. Carol is also the co-author of Human Resources for the Non-HR Manager (Routledge, 2023), a book that makes the latest research on people management activities accessible to managers with no formal training in human resources.
Emma Lo RussO

Emma Lo Russo

Emma Lo Russo is CEO of Digivizer, Australiaʼs leading digital marketing technology and activations company, which she co-founded in 2010. Her vision for the company remains to provide businesses of any size, located anywhere in the world, with the marketing insights they require to maximize the returns on their investments in digital marketing.

Cathryn Lyall

Cathryn Lyall is an adviser to Seed Space Venture Capital and a Non Executive Director (NED) for WISR and Fintech Australia plus many boards including Hutly. She has over 31 years experience in global Capital Markets as a Derivatives Trader, Exchange Executive, Strategic Advisor and markets infrastructure specialist. She also co-founded Seismic Foundry, a discretionary fund investing in SEIS and EIS eligible Capital Markets FinTech in London and remains a Partner.
Beth Carmichael

Beth Carmichael

Beth Carmichael has been practicing law since 1992, firstly in Canada and then Australia. Initially she served as in-house council to two of Canada’s largest banks and then, when in Australia, joined Allens Linklaters and later Gilbert & Tobin. In 2000 she pivoted and set up her own firm. Her law firm was expressly designed to support entrepreneurs, start-ups and rapidly growing businesses to attract capital by growing the value of their business and strengthening their legal and compliance infrastructure. Leveraging her “big end of town” expertise Beth helped many such clients effectively build their businesses. More recently Beth has been involved with the development of technology to support organisations to deal with the increasing complexity of compliance and regulation across different industries, as well as exploring opportunities to capture value out of such changes.
Brand Advisor

Neil Hazelman

Neil has 25 years of brand and creative director industry experience working across the United States, United Kingdom and Australia. He is the founder of creative agency, We Are Why Pty Ltd, which uses an inclusive and fair collaboration model to execute advertising, branding and marketing communications. We Are Why grows brands to become more socially conscious, helping them to innovate and influence proving profit thrives through purpose. Neil is a creative and strategic generator of ideas, motivator of teams and an inspirational servant leader. An accomplished, award winning executive creative director, artist, illustrator, designer, advertiser, marketer and brand man. Neil has a fascination with technology and an innate love and understanding of people. He uses this to promote brands to desired audiences – Business, Consumer, Shopper or Investor. He has empowered many businesses to succeed through multi-channel activations and has lead numerous Australian and Global brands to thrive.

Dr Lili Sussman

Dr Sussman has over 20 years of public, not for profit, academic and global industry experience across the United States, Canada, and Australia. She was recently named Female Fintech Leader of the Year 2023, and has held diverse strategy, transformation, innovation and product leadership roles across both startups and large multinationals, and is a former management consultant from The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). Her background is social science, with an MA and a PhD from Harvard University, and an MA from Yale University. She is also a humanist and a mother, and in the last decade, has recovered from a traumatic brain injury which has taught her important lessons of the heart.