At TARA, we share knowledge and connect female University students entering Financial Services* to inspiring role models.

We encourage organisations globally to establish collective impact by collaborating to create an inclusive world.

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I may remember. Involve me and I learn.”

Benjamin Franklin

*Financial Services

Financial Institutions
Asset Management (Private Equity, Hedge Funds & Alternatives)

Venture Capital
Consultancy & Advisory
Financial communications

Legal industry
Financial roles within corporates

TARA in Sanskrit means STAR. Our mentors are the guiding stars and our mentees are the rising stars.

The TARA mission is to bridge the gap between the Education sector and the Corporate world. Female University students need improved access to opportunities in the corporate world through trusted mentors and a professional network. The Corporate world needs access to diverse & talented female candidates to build their pipeline.

Identifying & developing female talent is critical for achieving an inclusive, diverse & sustainable workplace.


“Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen”
Brene Brown

Become a Mentee

Female University students (undergraduate, masters or PHD)

Partnering universities & Institutions will identify and select successful candidates; eligibility criteria provided. Mentees selected each year and must commit to attend minimum of two speed mentoring sessions.

Join us on this journey to a more connected & inclusive future

Become a Mentor

As business leaders our shared purpose is to support and guide the next generation into values-based leaders.


Farah Foustok is the Chief Executive Officer of Lazard Gulf Ltd. based in Dubai. Prior to joining Lazard in 2014, she was Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of ING Investment Management Middle East from 2008.