Employee Spotlight: Priyanka Bommideni- Engineering Manager

Wahed Editor
August 18, 2022
Employee Spotlight: Priyanka Bommideni- Engineering Manager

“From developing products to leading a diverse global team, Wahed has empowered me to accomplish heights in my career at a pace that I wouldn’t have achieved elsewhere. I am proud to be a Woman in Tech at Wahed!”

Tell us more about your role at Wahed?

My official title is Engineering Manager at Wahed. My role involves directing, planning, and coordinating activities while supervising a team of engineers. It’s juggling people management, project management, and technical knowledge to deliver the right product, the right way. I am responsible for working on multiple projects at the same time, assembling and managing diverse teams of engineers from various disciplines, developing and implementing strategies, and coordinating with other managers. It also includes researching and coding new designs and products, and overseeing all the activities related to each project. There is a lot to learn and balance at the same time. There’s no one description that fits all. Duties vary from one job to another, so the role itself is very fluid. Just like technology, it evolves. You grow into it in your own way, by trial and error.

What is the number one reason you work with Wahed?

Prior to joining Wahed, I worked for an MNC, which did not provide me with the hands-on, direct customer-oriented experience like we get here at Wahed. It was a small start-up when I joined, and I saw it as my best chance to do something constructive. I recall being a part of the first launch of the app in the United Kingdom. This was done by a group of 4-5 engineers. It was incredible! Working for the big guys is like working for a very small entity, and you never know how your work is reflected. The moment we start coding, we know we're reaching out to a satisfied customer, and through our app, we make sure their experience is seamless.

How do you stay motivated at work?

So, at Wahed, we use the most up-to-date technology stack available! That motivates me because we are learning something new every minute of the day. Technology changes every day and there is a lot to adapt to! You'll never catch up. So people who are familiar with the type of technical slack we work with will have an idea of how much knowledge we gain from it. Not only that, but Junaid is our age - the fact that the CEO, tech lead, and tech developer are all from similar age groups. The energy just flows from there!

It was a bit of a struggle when we first started out four years ago. We were all pulling all-nighters and working hard for the first launch. However, the company has grown at such a rapid pace that the teams have become larger and more supportive. If I need to take time off to care for my child or fulfill domestic responsibilities, another team member is always willing to fill in for me. And because we all do that for one another, I'd say work-life balance is fairly well maintained.

Name one thing you love about Wahed's company culture.

The rich culture! One aspect of the company culture that stands out is that regardless of where we come from, we all work together as a team dedicated to the mission. Even in technology, I work with Europeans from Poland and Ukraine, as well as from Dubai and Mumbai.

What can be done to attract and retain more female talent in the Fintech industry?

At Wahed I never felt unequal as a woman in technology. Even though the male to female ratio in our technology team is higher, no one notices the difference. It is solely based on the fact that the more talent you have, the more you will grow. That would be extremely beneficial to women in Fintech, as it has been beneficial to me. You work hard, demonstrate your talent, and deserve to be recognised - regardless of gender. I strongly believe that more companies out there can retain female employees by appreciating them equally.

Tell us something you love about your hometown. What are some places you visit when you go back for a vacation?

I’ve lived in several states. Dubai, Kerala, and Hyderabad. I was born in Dubai and spent my entire childhood there. I married a Kerala-ite, so I enjoy the greenery when I return for vacation with my husband! As it's quite the opposite of living in Dubai. Wayanad is a beautiful place that  I recommend visiting if one is in Kerala. And, my native place being Hyderabad, I always come back home to eat biryani! Hyderabadi biryani is an absolute must!


This material has been distributed for informational and educational purposes only and the opinions expressed represent the views of the author and not necessarily those of Wahed Invest LLC or any of its affiliates, directors or personnel (“Wahed”).  Any assessment of the market environment as of the date of publication is subject to change without notice, and is not intended as investment, legal, accounting, or tax advice. Wahed assumes no obligation to provide notifications of changes in any factors that could affect the information provided. This information should not be relied upon by the reader as research or investment advice regarding any issuer or security in particular. Any strategies discussed are strictly for illustrative and educational purposes and should not be construed as a recommendation to purchase or sell, or an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any security.

Furthermore, the information presented may not take into consideration commissions, tax implications, or other transactional costs, which may significantly affect the economic consequences of a given strategy or investment decision. This information is not intended as a recommendation to invest in any particular asset class or strategy or as a promise of future performance. There is no guarantee that any investment strategy will work under all market conditions or is suitable for all investors. Each investor should evaluate their ability to invest long term, especially during periods of downturn in the market. Investors should not substitute these materials for professional services and should seek advice from an independent advisor before acting on any information presented.

Any links to third-party websites are provided strictly as a courtesy. We make no representation as to the completeness or accuracy of information provided at these websites nor do we endorse the content and information contained on those sites. When you access one of these websites, you are leaving our website and assume total responsibility and risk for your use of the third-party websites.

Other Articles

Employee Spotlight: Zayan Yassin- VP Business Operations

Employee Spotlight: Zayan Yassin- VP Business Operations

“Wahed is the place and opportunity for you to make a difference. Nothing beats the satisfaction of working with like-minded people who share a common goal and drive, to make an impact with everything we do. A growing company backed by real talents.”
What is market volatility and why should you care?

What is market volatility and why should you care?

The stock market has been very “volatile” throughout the year 2022. During the early stages of COVID-19, the stock market was "volatile.” Haven't we all heard the term "volatile" too many times in stock market discussions or market commentaries? But what does it actually mean in this context? Let’s find out. Basically, “volatility” occurs when stock markets experience frequent and unpredictable price movements, either up or down. A more technical definition is that volatility is the standard deviation of a stock's annualized returns over a given period and indicates the range within which its price can rise or fall. To simplify, a stock is said to have high volatility if its price fluctuates rapidly in a short period.Factors such as political and economic conditions, company performance, earnings reports, and interest rate decisions can all contribute to market volatility.
How do banks make money?

How do banks make money?

Banks, like any other profit-driven business, issue charges for the services and products they offer. These services primarily entail accepting deposits. Deposits are funds that people place in the bank with the understanding that they can withdraw them at any time or at a predetermined future date. But what do banks do with all of the money they receive as deposits? Here’s where a lending system comes into play. A significant amount of money the bank receives in terms of deposits is lent to other people. Loans are borrowed for homes, automobile purchases, education or personal requirements. Banks also provide loans to businesses that are looking for capital. While deposits and loans only play a small role in the overall banking game, the vital business of most banks is when interest is earned through this exchange. Profits start rolling in from interest earned by the banks!

Start your journey to wealth

Download the App now