Anandha Ponnampalam

1.Please describe your job in detail?

I am a people manager and programme manager within the investment banking, retail banking and commodities sector. I have a proven track record of success managing, driving and delivering large and complex globally distributed programmes consistently on time and within budget in the financial services sector in Europe, Middle East and Australia. My specialities are solving complex problems with creative and simple solutions; Bridging the gap between business and technology teams; Digital Transformation; Agile at Scale; Machine Learning; Lean Software Engineering; Facilitating any type of workshop - small, large or geographically dispersed; Building high performing and engaged teams.

2.How would you describe yourself?

Tenacious and determined. I'm results driven and very future focussed. I enjoy leading teams toward tangible results even if that means challenging the system. I enjoy change and thrive in fast-paced working environments.

3.What attracted you to being part of the judging panel?

I enjoy being a leader in my field and welcome the opportunity to help others succeed.

4.What advice would you give to beginner public speakers?

Learn as much as you can about public speaking and don't lean on your own perceived ideas, even if you have a natural outgoing personality. There's often a better way! 

5.What's the biggest lesson you have learnt throughout your career?

It's all about people. You are only as strong as your network.

6.What do you love most about public speaking?

I enjoy the challenge of presenting ideas to a group, and love the opportunity to mobilise people.

7.What are you hoping to see from the contestants?

I'm looking for them to open well, with confidence but not inappropriate informality. Good eye contact, clear purpose (no detours), appropriate and well-timed use of slides (I don't want to see gimmicks or over reliance on Power Point Tools). I'd like to see evidence of thorough preparation, good open and confident body language. Equally important, I want to see them close their presentation well.

8. Have you had the opportunity to contribute to any magazines or national/local

No, I am introverted by nature.

8.What do you feel is your contribution to the world of public speaking?

If my presentation skills help people's understanding and promote action within a work environment, then I believe my contribution is worthy.

9.Are you a member of any specific speaking clubs and/or groups?

Not at present. I was a member of the Beckenham Speakers Club but work has since taken over

10.Please list your own website, twitter, LinkedIn details.