Martha is founder and executive chair of Doteveryone.org.uk, a charity fighting for a fairer internet. In April 2016 she was appointed as a non-executive director of Twitter. Martha became a crossbench peer in the UK House of Lords in March 2013. In March 2014 she was appointed Chancellor of the Open University. Martha co-founded and chairs LuckyVoice, revolutionising the karaoke industry. She is a non-executive director of the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, the Creative industries federation, the Scale Up Institute and the Open Data Institute. Martha is a Patron of AbilityNet, Reprieve, Camfed and Just for Kids Law. In 2013 Martha was awarded a CBE.
In 1998. Martha co-founded Europe’s largest travel and leisure website, lastminute.com with Brent Hoberman. They took it public in 2000 and sold it in 2005.
Joanna Shields is a British-American technology industry veteran and parliamentarian who served as UK Minister for Internet Safety and Security from 2015-17. Previously Digital Advisor to David Cameron, she was made a Baroness in 2014. In 2016, she was appointed the Prime Minister's Special Representative on Internet Crime and Harms.
Jo is head of the Technology Division for EMEA and global head of Quality Assurance Engineering. She serves on the Technology Executive Leadership Group and Firmwide Technology Risk Committee. Jo is global co-sponsor of the Women in Technology Network. Jo joined Goldman Sachs in 1997 in the Investment Research Division in London. Since 2001, she has held roles across Technology in London and New York, predominantly focusing on the build out of the firm's global Compliance Technology and Conflicts Technology architectures. Jo was named managing director in 2008 and partner in 2014. Prior to joining the firm, Jo was responsible for Global Volume Trading Technology at NatWest Markets. Jo is an advisor to the UK Government Digital Service Advisory Board and is a board member of Women in Science and Engineering.
Bo leads Uber’s Diversity and Inclusion efforts in the company, with our stakeholders, and in the communities where we operate. Bo partners with senior leadership including its CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, to build a work culture where radically diverse and inclusive teams drive innovation, accelerate growth, and build a work culture and systems were all employees have the opportunity to excel and grow to their highest potential.
Prior to joining Uber, Bo was the first Global Diversity and Inclusion Officer for the Risk and Insurance Services businesses for Marsh and McLennan Companies. Bo also launched and led Aon/Hewitt Associates’ Global Emerging Workforce Solutions consulting practice and held diversity leadership roles at Ernst & Young and National Grid. Bo also served as a Director of Advisory Services at Catalyst, the leading non-profit focused on the advancement of women in business. As a consultant and thought leader, Bo has enabled dozens of clients to achieve their diversity & inclusion goals. Past clients include Marriott International, Northern Trust, John Deere, Allstate, Booz & Co., Discover, Aon, Human Rights Campaign, and McKesson.
Bo has an MBA with distinction from New York University’s Stern School of Business and a BBA magna cum laude from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. She is a frequently sought after speaker and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, MSNBC, Business Insurance, and other media outlets and conferences. She lives in New York City with her husband, daughters, Annabelle and Beatrice, and Betty the dog.
Lara is an old-timer in the digital world – her first job was with a publisher of full text poetry databases on CD-ROM (pre-Windows)! Her career has spanned working for digital publishers, consultancies, charities, government and for one of London's biggest digital agencies, Agency.com. She led the digital team at the Royal Horticultural Society, where she directed their digital publishing and developed the successful RHS Grow Your Own app, and the RHS podcast series. She has been working at Age UK for 4 years leading both the digital team and the organisation-wide digital transformation. In 2017, one of the team's digital products, Call in Time, won 4 awards for service innovation, whilst Lara herself won ‘Charity Digital Leader of the Year'.
Pamela is the Head of Diversity and Inclusion for Europe, Middle East and Africa at Bloomberg. In this role she serves as a partner and thought leader on the D&I strategy and vision in the region. Pamela is cited as one of the most recognized thought leaders and vocal advocates for diversity across the private sector and has more than 20 years' experience in managing diversity across engineering, financial services, technology and media. Pamela was recognized in the 2017 Power List of Britain's most influential people of African and African Caribbean heritage and was awarded Head of Diversity of the Year in the 2016 European Diversity Awards.
Damien Hooper-Campbell is eBay’s first Chief Diversity Officer and has deep expertise as an agent of change within the technology and finance industries, non-profit sector and academia. He is responsible for leading the design and implementation of eBay’s strategy for embedding diversity and inclusion across its global workforce, workplace and marketplace. He also leads eBay’s University Recruiting & Programs team to ensure that diversity and inclusion are inherent to eBay’s recruiting strategy.
Prior to eBay, Damien served as Uber’s first Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, where he helped set the company’s foundational Diversity and Inclusion strategy and led its community engagement efforts with the City of Oakland, CA. Before that, he advised Google’s senior leaders and built partnerships within the Black community as a Diversity Strategist in the company’s Diversity team. Prior to Google, Damien served as Vice President in Goldman Sachs’ Leadership Development Group, where he coached Goldman Sachs’ senior leaders. Previously, he led underrepresented minority outreach for Harvard Business School’s Admissions Board and empowered Harlem's non-profit community as an Associate Program Manager at the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation (UMEZ). He also completed the Investment Banking Analyst Program at Morgan Stanley.
Damien graduated with a B.A in economics from Morehouse College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, where he was both a Bert King and Morgan Stanley Fellow.
Sereena Abbassi is Head of Culture & Inclusion at M&C Saatchi, a Speaker and the Founder of All Here. With expertise that extends to both visual and postcolonial culture. Sereena has worked with organisations such as Creative Equals, and she is one of the few Diversity & Inclusion experts advising the UK Advertising & Media Industry's Diversity Taskforce.
Committed to creating organisational change that is grounded in creative and strategic thinking, Sereena has a firm belief that the advertising industry has the power to be used for good, transforming and inspiring a more connected world.
Charlie Nunn became Chief Executive, Retail Banking and Wealth Management (RBWM) in January 2018.
Previously, Charlie was Head of Group Retail Banking and Wealth Management, leading the Group teams supporting HSBC's Retail and Wealth businesses globally.
Since joining HSBC in 2011, Charlie has held leadership positions including Group Head of Wealth Management, responsible for leading HSBC's Wealth Management and Premier Businesses globally, Global Chief Operating Officer for RBWM based in Hong Kong and Group General Manager.
Charlie has worked exclusively in Financial Services since the early 1990s. He started his career at Accenture where he worked for 13 years in the USA, France, Switzerland and the UK, as a Partner, he then moved to McKinsey & Co as a Senior Partner.
Charlie holds an MSC in Economics from Cambridge University and an MBA from INSEAD in France.
Megan is Chief Platform Officer at Starling Bank, leading platform and API Strategy, partnerships and the development of the Starling Marketplace. Starling Bank is a leading challenger bank in the UK that was founded in 2014 by Anne Boden, former COO of Allied Irish Bank. In 2016 they raised $70 million in their first round of funding and received their official banking license. Prior to Starling, Megan worked in technology in San Francisco, having led product development at Intuit and Xero, two of the world's largest financial technology companies.
Ashley Quitoriano is a senior engineering leader at Uber who leads the Marketplace Driver Pricing Team. She has over 14 years of experience as a software engineer and manager at companies big and small. Ashley feels her team has a huge social responsibility to Uber’s driver-partners and values the personal connections she makes with them through her work. Ashley lives in San Francisco with her husband and daughter. Outside of work, Ashley leads the insights effort for the Silicon Valley Parents in Tech Alliance to further improve culture and benefits for working parents.
Daniel Kenyon-Smith is the Intelligent Cloud Lead and his role is to provide strategic technical leadership to the UK market. Daniel works across industries, to apply business outcome based approaches to help customers achieve their most challenging business and organizational goals.
Daniel Kenyon-Smith is the Intelligent Cloud Lead and his role is to provide strategic technical leadership to the UK market. Daniel works across industries, to apply business outcome based approaches to help customers achieve their most challenging business and organizational goals.
Elaine Safier joined the digital leadership team at HSBC in 2015 to take up the challenge of transforming its digital operations at a time when the financial services sector was experiencing massive change and disruption.
Prior to HSBC, Elaine was MD International at Atosho. She expanded the company into the UK and France and developed a new revenue source for online publishers. As Chief Commercial Officer at Tradedoubler, Elaine led Sales, Marketing and Operations across Europe and LATAM. She also spent a few years building digital TV/VOD services for broadband players taking advantage of IPTV technology innovation. Earlier in her career, she founded and ran start-ups in the digital media space.
She is passionate about increasing the role of women leaders in business, government and society overall, Elaine believes that diverse leadership, teams, and organisations are the real key to success in our ever more complicated world.
Elaine has an MBA and BSc in Economics from the Wharton School.
Verity Harding is Co-Lead of DeepMind Ethics & Society, a research unit established to explore the real-world impacts of artificial intelligence. The unit has a dual aim: to help technologists put ethics into practice, and to help society anticipate and direct the impact of AI so that it works for the benefit of all. Prior to this Verity was Head of Security Policy for Google in Europe, and previously the Special Adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Sir Nick Clegg MP, with responsibility for Home Affairs and Justice. She is a graduate of Pembroke College, Oxford University, and was a Michael Von Clemm Fellow at Harvard University. In her spare time, Verity sits on the Board of the Friends of the Royal Academy of Arts.
Prashaant is accountable for setting strategy and delivering global technology solutions across eight AstraZeneca business units. His global team of 800 people leads the digital transformation of R&D processes, systems and data using DevOps, Agile@Scale, robotics process automation, big data and artificial intelligence approaches, building our advanced analytics, clinical, regulatory, genomics and scientific computing capabilities.
Prashaant began his career in software start-ups, consulting and the consumer goods sector. Since joining AstraZeneca in 2009 he has played an integral role in the overall success of IT through a breadth of leadership roles. He is an entrepreneur, strategist and transformation expert with a 20 year track record of successful delivery. Since completing his MBA at Chicago Booth in 2012 Prashaant has also been an active member of the Chicago Booth Angels Network, PRISME and advisory board member of Talend and Pistoia Alliance.
Amy is passionate about creating an environment where people can leverage technology in innovative ways to deliver great experiences for consumers, and strong business results.
Amy joined Capital One as an analyst, following completion of her undergraduate degree in Economics from Harvard. Since then, she has led teams across multiple business areas in the US and UK, earned an MBA from Columbia, and is currently CEO of the UK arm of Capital One's business, gaining a deep understanding of credit, technology and marketing along the way. With a team of 1,200, split across Nottingham and London, Amy is driven by helping teams thrive so that they can do their best work in service of doing amazing things for customers. Beyond work, Amy is a musical theatre buff and a keen skier.
Jen Grant is the Chief Marketing Officer at Looker. Jen spent almost two decades building powerhouse brands from the ground-up. As the first executive marketing hire at Box, she oversaw its growth from a small “consumer back-up” start-up to an industry-leading enterprise content collaboration company used by the majority of the Fortune 500. After Box, she spent a few years advising Homebrew’s portfolio, on the board of directors of nonprofit K-12 Team, and led the rebranding of Elastic as CMO. Prior to Box, Grant spent 4 years at Google leading the Google Apps EDU, Gmail, and Book Search marketing teams.
Jane Wang started out as an applied physicist modeling the complex network dynamics of memory systems in the brain before moving into experimental cognitive neuroscience as a postdoc at Northwestern. Since joining DeepMind two years ago, her non-machine learning background has equipped her with a unique set of tools and perspectives for tackling the hardest AI problems. “It’s exhilarating to formulate theories of human brain function as powerful deep reinforcement learning models that can solve similarly complex tasks,” she shares.
Though Wang has been successful without a formal AI background, she’s concerned the steep learning curve and hypercompetitive atmosphere of AI research can discourage diverse participation. “Although competitiveness drives the field forward, it also discourages those who wish to work in more inclusive, cooperative environments,” she warns. Wang is on a steering committee at DeepMind to increase diversity in AI and is encouraged by the AI community’s openness for sharing research and driving collective progress.
As Director of the Global Inclusion Office at Intel Corporation Joanne is responsible for developing and delivering a global inclusion strategy for regions outside the US. This combination gives her unique insight into how inclusion is experienced around the world. She firmly believes that inclusion is rooted in context – our culture and societal norms are intrinsically related to our day to day interactions and a one size fits all approach will not drive optimum impact. Balancing this with the needs of a global company to provide enterprise-wide solutions is a dilemma she works through every day.
Joanne recently completed a Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership with the University of Oxford, including a thesis on Gender Diversity in the Technology Sector.
Jody Davids is Senior Vice President and Global Chief Information Officer of PepsiCo and leads the IT function. PepsiCo IT delivers all information technology to PepsiCo through a network of 3,700 IT associates, worldwide. Jody has more than 30 years of experience leading and developing technology functions for large organizations. Prior to joining PepsiCo in 2016, Jody was CIO for Agrium Inc. Over the course of her career, she has worked at Best Buy, Cardinal Health, Nike, and Apple. Jody's professional associations include serving on the board of Premier Inc., which provides performance improvement services to hospitals and other healthcare organizations. Jody earned a bachelor's degree and MBA from San Jose State University.
Allison is responsible for EMEA Global Banking and Markets Technology. Allison jointly reports to Andrew Butcher and David Reilly in this capacity. Global Banking & Markets Technology provides end-to-end technology solutions and support for Global Banking and Global Markets (including Equities, Electronic Trading, Rates and Currencies, Credit and Structured Products, Commodities, Sales and Capital Markets and Global Markets Operations & Middle Office, Wholesale Banking, Research, Commercial, Corporate and Investment Banking clients).
Allison is also head of EMEA Global Transaction Services Technology (GTST) reporting to Rick Knafelz. Allison joined GTST in August 2016 and has overall responsibility for the end-to-end delivery of technology solutions supporting the global corporate and transaction services business in the region. In addition, she is also responsible for the International Treasury Management and Commercial Banking platforms managed within EMEA region and utilized globally across EMEA, APAC, LATAM, and the US. Allison is a member of the GT&O Diversity and Inclusion forum in her role as co-lead of the EMEA GT&O and GBAM Technology D&I Council.
As Group Chief Data Officer at Sainsbury’s plc, Helen’s remit is to maximise the value of the Group’s data asset: democratising access and finding creative ways to unlock its insight potential in support of Sainsbury’s strategy to ‘know our customers better than anyone else.’ Over the last 8 years at Sainsbury’s in roles including Director of Innovation, and Director of Data and Relationship Marketing, Helen has brought to bear her experience of navigating large organisations to develop products and propositions at the intersection of data, digital, technology, performance marketing and loyalty. These have included Sainsbury’s Band Match and Sainsbury’s new Nectar.
Helen thrives on solving problems and delivering innovation by building both products and people. She relishes a blank sheet of paper against a clear strategic outcome and happily rolls her sleeves up to do the unglamorous housework of implementation. And supports people to be their best and realise their ambitions.
Renee joined ThoughtWorks in 2004 and has been a strong leader for our clients and our worldwide organization. She’s worn many different hats throughout her career from Project manager to Client Principal and now Head of Capabilities for our UK business. Renee’s a mother of two young children and a passionate advocate for inclusivity. She holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering, has been a finalist for Women in the City Future Leaders Awards and has worked in North America, Europe, India, China, Hong Kong and Singapore!
Niki is the Senior Director for Technical Communications at Arm. As a self-confessed geek, and dog-person, she has spent the last 28 years working in the technology industry trying to make technical documentation the first thing people turn to rather than the last.
Many people think that the user manual has had its day: with ever more intuitive user interfaces, and software and machines that ‘just work’, you never need to look at a book as you can always Google or YouTube it, right? She knows that people turn to documentation when they are learning, or when something goes wrong. Niki’s goal has always been to make the information you need available when you need it, in the form you need it, and when you find it, it actually helps you do what you need to do. She is deeply interested in how we all contribute to building great organisations that are diverse in thought and opinion, and strong in empathy and kindness.
SuperAwesome technology powers safe digital engagement for hundreds of companies and over half a billion kids every month. As COO for North America, Kate leads the company's regional growth strategy and execution. With her engineering education, contributions to growing the marketing technology ecosystem, and from raising two kids, she is uniquely qualified to be at the forefront of kids digital privacy and the kidtech sector. Previously, Kate was employee number three at Tapad (acquired by Telenor for $360M) and led the company’s advertising business as SVP and General Manager. Before Tapad, Kate was Product Director at MediaMath and a Lockheed Martin Senior Systems Engineer. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Engineering from University of Virginia and a Masters of Science in eBusiness Technology from Carnegie Mellon University.
Carol Johnson is an experienced IT professional, energised by delivery of tech solutions, service culture, behaviours and is a champion for TechWomen. Carol's experience includes leading & managing operations teams, outsourcing and service management, with proven results in setting up service desks and build & run teams. Her areas of interests include DevOps, ITSM and Agile for Operations. Carol focuses on delivering service culture, promoting behaviours and setting direction to build high performing teams. She enjoys the challenges of mentoring and coaching staff to help them succeed. Carol is the IT Director for the Telegraph Media Group.
Olga Hall, MBA has worked for several Tech Fortune 100 companies over her 20-year tech career. She has lead teams building software and services for digital commerce and media, while always keeping an eye on scale and performance. She is the Global leader of Prime Video availability, in this role she works with engineering groups across Amazon Retail and AWS to bring an uninterrupted streaming experience to all customers at all times.
Caroline has spent the last 3 years expanding the application of data science to global functions within AZ and is now very experienced at recruiting data scientists! Caroline has extensive experience of commercial analytics in pharmaceuticals, particularly forecasting, market research and competitive intelligence. She is driven by outputs and the need to quantify the impact of data science for internal customers. She has an MPhil from Cranfield and an MA from Edinburgh.
David currently works on finance related problems. His work involves building large-scale forecasting and decision systems to support the business in making smarter spending decisions. David has a PhD in Cognitive Science from the University of Cambridge and is passionate about researching human decision making and modelling bias. Past data science experience spans the finance, tech and charitable sectors and leading a large quantitative investment society.
Fruzsina currently works with real-world patient data to gather insight into population characteristics and patient journeys using analytics and data science methods. She has a background in data analytics, data science and research from both academia (University of Cambridge) and the pharmaceuticals industry, where she worked with cognitive neuroscience and respiratory data. She completed a PhD in developmental cognitive neuroscience.
Iris has been working as a software engineer since 2007, after graduating from University of York with a MSc in Software Engineering degree. She currently works for Zuhlke as a Senior Software Engineer with Java as her primary programming language. She's particularly interested in innovation, data streaming, CI/CD, and Agile.
Alienor is a Lead Software Engineer at ASOS, a global fashion destination for 20-somethings. Alienor has been working with software since graduating in the year 2000 with a BSc in Multimedia Computing, where she discovered her passion for programming. Her career has led her through a number of technologies and languages, both client and server side, kicking off with full-stack with ColdFusion, moving over to ASP, then through to PHP, ending her cycle with ASP.NET. She is an advocate of Software Craftsmanship and clean code, loving a good refactor!
Karen Rossi is the Global Head of Clearing Technology and EMEA Lead for Cash Equities Technology and Prime Services Technology at JP Morgan.
Prior to JPMorgan Chase Karen spent 10+ years at Goldman Sachs where she was most recently the Global Head of Prime Clearing Operations Technology, Global Head of Securities Trade Processing Technology, EMEA Head of Securities Settlements Technology and EMEA Head of Post Execution Synthetics Technology. Her responsibilities included managing global teams who supported Listed and OTC Derivatives as well as Equities Middle Office.
Prior to Goldman Sachs Karen was Global Head of Securities Lending International Trading Technology at Morgan Stanley. Her main focus and responsibility was rewriting and automating the trading system.
Karen has a MEng Computing (Software Engineering) from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine. She is Bilingual in Italian and English as well as fluent in French. Karen resides in the UK with her family.
Dayne is Senior Vice President, leading the UK&I Enterprise Business for Dell Technologies. He and his diverse team help companies embrace the challenges around digital transformation. He has recruited and developed one of Dell EMC's most high performing teams and is a leader within Dell EMC on delivering the diversity agenda. Dayne is also passionate about attracting greater numbers of girls and ethnic minorities into STEM subjects. He is on the Board of the Prince's Trust ensuring that Dell EMC provides mentoring, internships and even seed investment to well-deserving, underprivileged kids via the Trust. He is passionate about sustainability and champions Dell's Ocean Plastics CSR initiative. Originally from South Africa, Dayne has held a range of leadership roles internationally before joining Dell in 2010 and holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering.
Suzie leads teams at ASOS who are driving the agenda to enable ASOS to become a truly Data Driven organisation and put data at the heart of their business decision making. Leveraging new Cloud technology, her teams build the Data Platform for ASOS Advanced Analytics, enabling the business to create greater & faster insight across multiple departments and regions. She hasn’t always worked in Data though – starting out her technical career 17 years ago as a COBOL programmer, she built a foundation that took her on a varied and fascinating technology journey from delivering Financial crime systems for RBS to Recruitment Websites & Global Customer Demand Profiling applications for Tesco. She has a passion for diversity in technology teams, believing that it drives better technology solutions and a resulting higher business benefit.
Dr. Sybil Wong is COO of Sparrho, an AI-driven science research discovery platform. Sybil completed her PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Nottingham and Barts Cancer Institute, QMUL. Prior to joining Sparrho, Sybil was SVP Business Development & Director of OneStart, the world’s largest biotech and healthcare startup accelerator, at the Oxbridge Biotech Roundtable. Through OneStart, Sybil supported 70 budding biotech and healthcare startups from across Europe, North America and Asia, and managed partnerships with top pharma and venture firms, including SR One/GSK, Roche, Johnson & Johnson, and AstraZeneca/MedImmune.
Zoe has been at Softwire since 2000, in which time she has made it her mission to hold every role in the company – developer, project manager, consultant, sales, Operations Manager and now CEO. Zoe helps the company focus on its three pillars of happy teams, happy clients and commercial success. Under Zoe's leadership Softwire has been placed in the top 25 of the Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For, for seven consecutive years. She has been named as one of the 100 most influential people in Tech City, selected by the BBC as the Brightest Woman in Britain.
Carol leads Deloitte’s public sector design practice, and helps clients solve their most challenging problems. She imagines and delivers innovative, user-centred solutions that impact the lives of millions of citizens in the UK and beyond. Carol specialises in digital strategy, end-to-end service design, digital transformation and applying design processes to support large-scale agile delivery.
Jessica is a Senior Engineer at Deloitte Digital, working as an engineer since 2014. Jessica graduated from the University of Auckland, New Zealand with an MSc, specialising in Forensic Science. Having always been passionate in technology, it was her work at the crime lab which really peaked her interest in software development. Jessica is particularly interested in the evolution of the front end engineering space, and clean, lean code.
May Al-Karooni is the founder of Globechain.com, a reuse platform that connects corporates to charities and smes within a supply chain network providing a waste and social impact audit to its members.
May previously worked within the investment banking and asset management industry, fundraising monies for venture capital, property and hedge funds for the last 10 years totalling over £120 million in funds raised. In 2013 May set up Globechain after seeing a demand for a new online circular economy within the waste management industry after her own employer expressed a need to reuse items in a more collaborative way.
Cat Wildman is a scientist turned Technologist. Product bridges the gap between Technology and all the other business areas and its in this collaborative hub position that Cat is most at home. Obsessed with data and solving customer problems, Cat's MO is creating empowered and accountable product super-teams consisting of empowered leaders who run products as businesses within a business. Cat is an established public speaker and loves talking at conferences and schools about Digital Product as well as the issues she is active in: women in STEM and gender equality. Cat is the Director of Product at Telegraph Media Group.
Erika is an Application Development Manager at Microsoft, responsible for helping customers get the best from their technology choices and development teams. She is part of a group of developers, tinkerers, architects, makers and consultants from all walks of life and industries, where her goal is simple, to excite and inspire Microsoft customers. Her passion lies in automation, streamlining development processes and everything to do with DevOps!
Josie is a Solutions Architect at ASOS working with the BI and Analytics teams, leveraging new technology to enable greater insight across the business. Josie has a passion for data and has worked as a BI Developer and Consultant, building data driven solutions for companies like Walmart, EDF Trading , and Virgin Atlantic for over a decade before joining ASOS in 2015.
Anusha has worked in the tech industry for over 10 years. Her most recent roles include Head of Growth, Data and AI at JustEat and Head of Product, European Product Development at eBay in London. She has contributed to a variety of diversity and inclusion programmes in the corporate and voluntary sector. She has a Computer Science degree from Queens’ College, Cambridge University. Twitter - @anusha_n
Jo's career to date spans industries as diverse as retail, travel and hospitality, gaming and telecommunications, with the last 10 years leading consumer innovation for brands such as O2, Home Retail Group (Argos, Homebase and Habitat) and TUI (a global tour operator).
Jo took the opportunity to step out of corporate innovation on the client side to move to AKQA to head the Tech team in January this year. While not a software engineer or web developer by background, Jo's appointment as Head of Technology is natural fit because of the global agency's innovation credentials. Jo is passionate about supporting the start-up community and people starting out or early in their careers. She is an advocate for diverse workplaces and champions women choosing Tech careers.
Tom Hudson has worked at Sky Betting & Gaming for more than 7 years; spending time as a Software Engineer, DevOps Engineer, Solutions Architect, and Technical Trainer. His broad range of experience and passion for both learning and teaching make him the ideal person to develop and deliver technical training for experienced engineers and recent graduates alike.
Georgina is Software Academy Manager for Sky Betting & Gaming, a Tech unicorn business based in Yorkshire. Georgina spent the first 6 years of her career specialising in technology recruitment. She is extremely passionate about helping to play a proactive role in helping to solve the technical skills shortage in Yorkshire by upskilling gradates with the right technical skills through Sky Betting & Gaming's Unique Software Academy in which graduates will have the opportunity to work towards a company sponsored Masters in Digital & Technology Solutions, accredited by Sheffield Hallam University.
Petek Ergul is an Executive Director and the Global Head of Unified Communications for JP Morgan Chase.
Based in London, Petek is responsible for providing telephony services to firm's 240,000 employees, 42,000 call center agents and 5,200 retail branches. This includes the development and the delivery of the firm's Unified Communications service strategy and the operation of its network infrastructure. In addition to her role, Petek also sponsors the Take IT Forward (TIF) program in London in support of the development, retention and advancement of women in Global Technology.
Prior to joining JP Morgan in 2016, Petek held various senior technology leadership roles in Telecommunications industry. Most recently she led Vodafone UK's Technology Strategy in support of their consumer and enterprise business units. Prior to that, she head up Vodafone UK's Mobile Networks Engineering operations, accountable for the modernization of their radio access network and the rollout of 4G infrastructure, incl. carrier aggregation and 3G/4G small cells technologies. Petek began her career in 2001 with Orange in the UK, where she held various engineering roles in 3G voice, video and data mobile networks.
Petek holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Systems Engineering, a Masters of Science in Broadband and Mobile Communication Networks from University of Kent in Canterbury (UK) and an Executive MBA from Cass Business School in London.
Petek lives in London with her husband Marco and their two French bulldogs, Cleopatra and Calypso.
Laura is the Digital Lead for Avanade in the UK & Ireland and a member of the UK Leadership Team. She works daily to help clients realise value from digital innovation using the Microsoft ecosystem. She finds great enjoyment in exploring new and emerging technologies, harnessing the power that analytics, design and AI can play in our daily lives. Prior to joining Avanade in 2014, Laura spent nearly 20 years working in the UK and Australia with industry leaders including Oracle, Capgemini and IBM. She has held a variety of roles spanning technology, consulting and sales, but her real passion is for digital transformation and leadership, particularly in growing and mentoring female talent. She thrives on change and wants to help people and technology to fulfil their potential to make the world a better place.
Known as the girl with the rhyming, Tanda was born and raised in London. Tanda has a BSc in Computer Science and Multimedia and a MSc in Computing and Internet Systems. Tanda started her career on ASOS's first Software Engineering Graduate Scheme and continues to build her career at ASOS as an Associate Software Engineer.
Sheridan is the Technology and Investments Director for PwC in the UK. She campaigns passionately to get more young girls and women into tech careers. That’s why she set up and leads PwC’s Women in Technology initiative. Sheridan’s professional life has been unexpectedly varied, from high fashion to high tech! Leaving school at 16 with very few qualifications, having undiagnosed dyslexia, her first career was as a fashion model, before returning to education in her 20s. Her career in tech came through an unusual path, and that is why she so actively encourages girls and women with diverse backgrounds to consider opportunities in technology.
Robyn works in the Technology and Investments team at PwC focused on managing their Women in Tech programme, from engagement internally to more recently managing The Tech She Can Charter, a new initiative bringing together 45 organisations to help tackle the issues of a lack of females by focusing on improving education. Alongside this role, Robyn also works on marketing and communications for PwC's emerging technologies like AI, Blockchain, Data and Analytics and Drones.
Vicky is the Lead Data Engineer at Cox Automotive Data Solutions. She has over 4 years' software engineering experience using Big Data technologies such as Hadoop and Spark. She graduated from the University of Warwick with a Master of Mathematics degree in 2013 and, after a brief stint in Android development, has been solving data problems ever since. She now spends most of her days building and optimizing data pipelines, as well as creating tools which enable the BI and Data Science teams to leverage the power of the cluster.
Emma began her career writing enterprise C# and C++, at a couple of companies before tinkering enough with Android development in her free time to know she wanted to move into it full time. After working at a couple of different agencies building apps for a wide variety of clients and products, she moved on to Monzo to help build the best bank in the world.
Helen Hosein is an award-winning public speaker who loves helping others to find their voice through mentoring, training, and feedback. In addition to speaking at lots of tech conferences and meetups, Helen has been a club officer at Bloomsbury Speakers Toastmasters for three years, including a year as club President. Helen works as a Customer Success Manager at Google.
Fernanda is a manager in the Production Engineering team at Facebook, leading the engagement with Ads. Her teams work on projects related to reliability, efficiency, performance and scalability of our Ads products and infrastructure services. Fernanda is originally from Brazil, and has been at Facebook since May 2012. Prior to that, Fernanda worked at Google Zurich, IBM and other smaller companies in Brazil.
Meg is the VP of Corporate Technology for Zalando DE. In this role she leads the efforts to enable a Digital Workplace for Zalando. Meg is a dynamic, driven senior IT leader with 20+ years of progressive experience in working with large and mid-market Global Companies. She has deep expertise in sponsoring Global IT transformation initiatives, developing comprehensive strategies, leading innovation programs, improving effectiveness through organizational design and developing teams.
Heather leads the Java Community standardization efforts at Oracle, and is a leader of the global community driven adoption and user group programs. She is Chairperson of the Java Community Process (JCP) program. In this role she drives the efforts to transform the JCP program and broaden participation and diversity in the community. She is passionate about Java, women in technology and developer communities, serving as an International speaker and community organizer of developer hack days around the world. Heather enjoys speaking at conferences, such as OSCON, FOSDEM, Devoxx, Wonder Women Tech, and the JavaOne Conferences. She resides in the San Francisco Bay Area, California USA and enjoys trying new sports and fitness activities in her free time.
Sophie has been Microsoft's Customer Success Lead for Data & AI since December last year. Prior to that, since the start of her career, Sophie worked with Business Application Systems including CRM solutions as a technical consultant. Sophie has a huge passion & excitement for the role that Data & AI plays in organisations transforming & the innovation in this space. Sophie is a keen speaker and recently compered for Microsoft's Azure Summit at the London Excel Centre. Sophie has recently stepped up to act as a Mental Health Ambassador for Microsoft, a topic close to her heart.
Marjorie is a Cloud Solution Architect working at Microsoft specialising in artificial intelligence and advanced analytics. She works on technical customer engagements across multiple industries to deliver successful cloud and hybrid solution designs and data science platform deployments. Marjorie is passionate about making new machine learning techniques accessible to a wide audience. She holds a Master's degree in Engineering from Warwick University, UK.
Aida is Lead Program Manager for the Artificial Intelligence (AI) team at Google, launching AI educational initiatives worldwide. She works to democratize machine learning so that everyone - Google, Google's users and the world, can harness the power of data and technology. Prior to this, Aida worked launching Computer Science Education initiatives worldwide at Google, training millions of secondary and university students in all things from Internet Literacy to Android Programs. Aida combines her job at Google with her entrepreneurial journey: initially taking a big role in her native country (Spain), Aida founded E3 Union, a youth entrepreneurial organization that aims to unite entrepreneurial minds and connect them to resources, networks and organizations. Furthermore, she took this venture to the next level being a founding member of Startup Generation (worldwide entrepreneurial network). More recently Aida has founded Pugs & Pals (a dog events company in London) and a movement to help provide tech education to young refugees stranded in Greece.
For the almost 20 years, Mamta worked in Broadcast Media as Project Manager, Programme Manager/Director and headed up delivery and engineering teams, responsible for managing over 60 employees and multi-million pound budgets. After the experience gained from working in large organisations such the BBC, Sky TV and Amazon, Mamta launched a Leadership Coaching business in October 2017. Mamta now works as a Leadership Coach and strives to help her clients to reach their dreams, goals and ambitions.
Jackson is currently Chief Operating and Technology Officer at Gocompare.com. He has many years' experience working at the leading edge of technology and software development. He is also a mentor and investor, advising start-up companies in London and San Francisco. Previously he was CTO at Student.com, leading a global team and building the foremost global marketplace for student accommodation, and at onefinestay (acquired by Accor hotels in 2015), where he and his team re-built the product and experience. He co-founded Chatterfly, a mobile start-up, which was acquired by San Francisco-based Plum District, the leading daily deal company for mums in the USA. Jackson went on to become CTO at Plum District, which was subsequently acquired by nCrowd.
Earlier in his career, Jackson acted as CTO and VP Product Development, as well as a software developer, at VC-backed Sitoa, the largest US SaaS drop-ship platform provider. Jackson has a degree in Mechanical and Material Science Engineering from the University of California, Davis, and a Masters in Information Systems from the University of California, Berkeley, both awarded with honours.
Ariane Gorin is the President of Expedia Partner Solutions (EPS). In 2017, EPS was formed combining two of Expedia, Inc.'s B2B businesses – Expedia Affiliate Network (EAN) and Expedia Global Partner Solutions (GPS). The new group serves as Expedia, Inc.'s B2B brand, powering hundreds of partners around the world. Gorin previously served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of EAN. She joined Expedia in 2013 as Vice President of Market Management for EMEA and led the EMEA team in rapidly expanding the hotel network in the region. Prior to joining Expedia, Gorin spent 10 years at Microsoft in various sales, distribution and marketing roles.
James Stanbridge, a 13-year Microsoft veteran, is a leadership practitioner based in United Kingdom, having spent the past 10 years living in Asia, moving to Shanghai, China in 2005 and to Singapore in 2009.
During his corporate career, James successfully attracted, hired and developed diverse teams of technologists in China, Singapore, India, Japan as well as Europe for Oracle, Microsoft, Alta Vista and Yamaha Motor in a multinational, corporate leadership career spanning more than 20 years.
James is a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF), has been an Executive coach in the ‘Excelerrate' program at Fudan University and is a formal mentor to young leaders inside and outside Microsoft and a former Board member of the not-for- profit organization Lifeline Shanghai. He is currently the CTO of a Singapore based NGO fighting human trafficking and travels to Cambodia to support Sala Bai, a school for young women who are at risk of trafficking.
Narelle is an Education Outreach Manager for PwC with over ten years experienced in the technology and educational sectors. She specialises in the design creation and deployment of the technology educational programmes which are internal and external to the firm covering topics such as coding, cyber security, artificial intelligence, VR and AR. Her in-depth understanding and awareness of the national curriculum and business training requirements allows her to create education and training programmes that cater to an organisation purpose as well at the educational sector as a whole.
Paris Petgrave is the CEO of We Love Work, an award winning people analytics platform that uses employee data on a company's organisational culture to predict performance and fit. Prior to this Paris ran her own head hunting firm for 7 years working with a number large, multi-national organisations including Barclays, Harrods, Virgin, and the NHS on recruitment programmes. Paris is also the founder and managing partner of Rare Seed Capital, a seed fund which invests in early stage technology companies with at least one female or ethnic minority founder on the founding team.
Paris is a passionate entrepreneur and advocate for women in tech and entrepreneurship. In 2017 she was listed as the top 100 EMpower leaders in the Financial Times. T:@ParisPetgrave @weloveworkltd T:@Rareseedcapital
Rhea Fox is EU Customer Insight Director at ebay. Rhea has spent 16 years in customer insight, in a wide range of roles from communications agencies to clientside. Before joining ebay 4 years ago, she led insight teams at RBS, Daily Mail Group, and the haircare company GHD. At ebay she leads a team of 6 Insight Managers delivering local, regional and global insight and strategy across all business units. She's a passionate advocate of business decision making based on robust, commercially focussed knowledge.
Kate took the Chief Commercial Officer role at City Pantry at the end of 2017 as a natural extension of her professional journey and personal values. A mother of two, it was easy to believe in the mission of getting teams around a table to share a meal: if families that eat together, stick together, then of course this could apply to teams. Previously at HelloFresh, Kate championed the customer, making the case for long-term growth vs short term gain, working across the business functions to bring the customer to the forefront of company strategy. Before entering the food tech space, Kate worked for Google in the development and implementation of their go-to-market strategies as well as their sales processes and discipline across Asia Pacific. Prior to Google, she was at McKinsey in London focusing on multi-channel strategy and digital transformations for retail and travel clients as they adapted to the evolving digital landscape. She helped clients respond to their new and constantly changing customer journeys as well as identify the back-end requirements needed to support the new digital capabilities. A digital strategist who has lived and worked across the globe from Hong Kong to Paris, Kate is passionate about developing women in the workplace and supporting them up the ladder. She also is dedicated to improving diversity in tech, working towards developing and retaining diverse talent in the fast growth, start-up world.
Clare Sudbery is a lead consultant developer with ThoughtWorks. She is a maths graduate with 18 years of software engineering experience, and a particular interest in teaching and mentoring; encouraging more women into IT; and banishing impostor syndrome. Seven years ago she returned to IT with a sigh of relief after a few years as a secondary school maths teacher. Since then she has embraced all things XP. She is on a mission to awaken the inner geek in clever women (and men) everywhere.
Caroline Apsey is a Technology Evangelist for Oracle UK. She is an advocate for Innovation, working with multiple brands to advise and support them on their next level of evolution and adoption of technology. Caroline is a sponsor of Inclusion and Diversity within Technology, working with Meetup & Education groups to promote this movement.
Caroline is also Creative lead for the Oracle BloodhoundSSC project and is a BloodhoundSSC Ambassador; encouraging, supporting and endorsing STEM activities within the UK.
Francine is currently a Cloud Solution Architect at Microsoft. She is a technology enthusiast who enjoys interpreting business outcomes into technology capabilities, to maximise value from solutions for our clients. As a Solutions Specialist, she is currently helping manufacturing companies digitally transform in all their value chains from R&D, to Manufacturing, Sales and after sales to name just a few. Francine is privileged to be part of this Industry 4.0 that allows manufacturing companies to improve the product they produce, improve their collaboration with their suppliers, improve efficiency in their factories, improve their customer experience, etc
All this transformation is underpinned using Cloud Technology; Advanced Data Technology such as AI (Artificial Intelligence), IoT (Internet of Things), machine learning and big data; and Business Apps.
Grace first gained an interest in software development once she'd left college and got a job working for her Father. Both spent months building up his website for his travel magazines, and even though they didn't know what they were doing Grace realised how much fun she had doing it! Having enjoyed doing this so much she went on to study a Computer Science BSc at Aston University loving all the modules which got her head down writing code. She did her placement at Pinewood Technologies Plc were she really started to really learn the ins and outs of how an agile software development team worked. However Grace's dream job was to work at ASOS and was thrilled to find out that an office had opened in Birmingham! Now working in a scrum team at ASOS and primarily working server side, Grace has strived to not only be a software engineer but to be a good software craftsman and in her own words, has ‘been able to do this by the support of my wonderful team'.
April is driven by her passion of Microsoft Azure and works with customers to educate and design the art of the possible in the public cloud. She focuses on application development and datacentre transformation for customers that are looking to leverage some of the newest technologies and move away from traditional IT infrastructures. April shares her love of technology with triathlon, using her experiences to guide others to set goals and drive them to achieve more than they thought possible.
Over the past 10 years, Lily Q Jolly has built products that help people forecast fashion trends, bring their friends together through events, plan more personal travel and grow their businesses. As a Product Lead at Facebook, Lily manages a team of product managers working on tools to help local businesses thrive. She's particularly interested in how online experiences can help us lead better and more efficient lives in the real world. She also likes to talk about product growth. Lily studied digital media at New York University and lives in London with her husband, daughter and dog.
David Turner joined William Hill in January 2018 as CIO for Retail, Trading and Corporate. David is main sponsor of agile transformation within William Hill and is leading the initiative to drive agility in both IT and the business. He is introducing new ways of working and coaching teams to focus on continuous improvement and delivery. David has over 22 years of experience in IT graduating with an MSc in Computer Science from Queen Mary College, London University. David worked his way from IT graduate to Java developer and then Solution Architect at HSBC. He then consulted for several years working for a few of the FTSE 250 companies including Barclays, Wm Morrison and William Hill.
During his career he has had the opportunity to work with many start-ups, as well as some of the bigger technology names such as Google and Microsoft. David also ran a successful innovation lab where his team were nominated for Innovation Team of the Year Award at the Retail Industry Awards.
Danielle is one of William Hill's Technology Graduates, completing a 2 year scheme across 6 different areas of technology within the company.
Prior to joining William Hill, Danielle had completed her Masters in Forensic Computing from Cranfield University, and was working in London as a Forensic Analyst. She joined the Technology Graduate Scheme to develop her understandings of other areas of technology, and then advance her career into one of them.
Rachel is one of William Hill's Information Risk & Assurance analysts. Prior to joining William Hill, Rachel had concurrently completed a degree in Natural Sciences with the Open University whilst progressing a career as a project manager with a large telecommunications company, rolling out Secure email to Local Government amongst other projects. At William Hill, Rachel’s favourite part of the role is meeting colleagues in the business whilst completing the Security Awareness Workshops and understanding their day to day roles and how information security plays a part in enabling them.
Daisy McAndrew is a freelance radio and TV presenter, reporter and writer. She is an accomplished and experienced corporate facilitator and moderator, having compered countless awards and conferences for a wide variety of clients – including many large multinationals, banks and trade bodies.
McAndrew regularly presents shows on TalkRadio, London Live and has recently been presenting Radio 4's The World Tonight. She can be seen commenting on politics for the BBC and ITV most weeks as well as reviewing the papers for BBC News and Sky News. She presented her own daily election show for London Live TV in 2016. McAndrew left ITV News to go freelance in early 2013 after a very successful seven years during which time she was their most senior female reporter, having been Chief Political Correspondent, Economics Editor and Special Correspondent. As Economics Editor she reported on the credit crunch and recession from all over the world. As well as reporting for ITV News she also presented their Lunchtime and Weekend News and ITV's Moral of the Story.
Before joining ITV McAndrew presented the BBC's Daily Politics and was BBC Breakfast News' Political Correspondent. McAndrew was the host of the O2 Business Show on LBC 97.3 in 2013 which was a weekly discussion with leading British business experts.
David McQueen is a dynamic international speaker, facilitator and presentations coach. He is passionate about effective communication and leadership and has had the opportunity to to speak, present and chair conferences and awards all over the world.
David is also presenter. He is the current host of The David McQueen Show a leadership podcast, and was the former host of Pioneers TV for Virgin Media and Vocation Vocation Vocation for Channel 4.
David comes to this conference based on his work around widening participation in tech. From conducting presentation skills for tech companies to getting students being more engaged in careers in STEAM. He has also worked extensively in coaching startups and scaleups for pitching for finance. He is well known as the resident pitch coach for Sir Richard Branson's VOOM competition. More recently he was one of the founder members of UKBlackTech, an organisation tasked with advocating more talent from the BAME community into the tech industry.
Angela Bos is a Technology Specialist at Microsoft, working with customers to identify more effective and efficient means of collaboration using Cloud technologies. Her professional experience extends over 15 years, having worked for major technology vendors including Microsoft, Polycom, Cisco, Avaya and Nortel in the United Kingdom, United States and Australia. She loves sharing her enthusiasm for technology through social media platforms and regularly speaks at technology events and user groups. As the Women in Technology lead on the UK Women@Microsoft Board, Angela is incredibly passionate about supporting activities and initiatives to attract, inspire, develop and retain women in technology careers.
Daryn is an energetic and accomplished executive whose progressive career in the technology sector has been developed internationally within global enterprises as well as key industries. Recognised by ComputerWeekly’s Most Influential Women in UK IT list, Daryn speaks on a range of topics in digital technology, commercial development, diversity and leadership. As an active startup mentor, Board member and angel investor, Daryn is skilled at building relationships to produce value and influence direction.
With success, as both an entrepreneur with start-up companies as well as an intrapreneur within a global multinational, Daryn has a proven track record structuring deals and operations that drive value for the business plans in play. Commercially driven with achievements in turnarounds and mergers and acquisitions, Daryn excels at developing international teams within a culture of trust and inspiration.
Mindy Jhakra is currently an Agile Coach at Expedia Affiliate Network. She started her career as a technology recruiter before making the jump into the industry herself, starting with a Technology Graduate Scheme at Tesco. After coming top of the class on her scheme, she was promoted to Technical Programme Manager before deciding to explore team psychology and the agile world in more depth at Expedia. Apart from building high performing teams, Mindy's interests include astrophysics, social justice and animals.
Allison is a highly energetic executive and experienced intrapreneuer with a track record of driving strategic growth and transformation through data and insight. At Cox Automotive, Allison has led the launch of Cox Automotive Data Solutions, helping internal and external clients use data to improve decision-making. Previously Allison developed the entire product portfolio for LexisNexis's new UK venture, leading to double-digit year-on-year growth for while transforming the motor insurance industry. A trained quantitative political scientist, Allison holds a BA in mathematics and international relations from the College of Wooster, and an MA in political science from the University of Michigan.
Barbara is a Strategic Cloud Engineer at Google with strong software development background. While working with a variety of different companies, she gained experience in building diverse software systems. This experience brought her focus to the Data Science and Machine Learning fields.
She believes in the importance of the data and metrics when growing a successful business. Alongside collaborating on data architectures, Barbara still enjoys programming activities. Currently speaking at conferences in between working in London. Tweets at @BasiaFusinska and blogs on http://barbarafusinska.com
Susie is a Software Developer at the Guardian on the Editorial Tools Team. She works mainly with scala and AWS. Her goal is to produce high quality tools to allow the Guardian editorial team to report the news as it happens and use the power of the web to find new ways to tell a story. She is an active member of the Digital Department's Diversity and Inclusion Group and the Guardian's Education Centre. Outside of work she can often be found chasing a football on Clapham Common (along with 21 other people).
Shola Kaye is a multiple award-winning public speaker, author of ‘How to be a D.I.V.A. at Public Speaking' and an international performer. She helps clients create exciting, stand-out talks and become more confident at speaking up in meetings, Q&A sessions and other high pressure situations. She runs corporate workshops and specialises in helping introverts maximise their public speaking superpowers.
She has been an expert contributor to Marie Claire, Metro and BBC national radio and appeared at events run by Harper's Bazaar, Belkin and Sony Pictures. A former management consultant, she graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in Natural Sciences and has a Masters in Analytical Chemistry.
Keith Braithwaite has written software for money since 1995. He has worked in, or has lead, managed, trained, or coached development teams from the North of England to New South Wales via Singapore, Chennai, Seattle and London. He has done commercial development work in C, C++, Java, Smalltalk, Prolog, Python and Perl. Keith was one of the earliest adopters of eXtreme Programming and Test-Driven Development in the UK, and following on from that “Agile” processes including Scrum and Kanban. He is now Director Customer Solutions for Zuhlke Ltd in the UK and also manages their team in Manchester.
Anna Curapina is a technical lead in the Commercial Optimisation department at Lloyds Banking Group, managing transparency and control over IT spend. Prior to that Anna worked as a consultant in Apptio implementing complex Technology Business Management (TBM) solutions across the globe. She has also directly supported the CIO at ENRC in setting up their Group IT Function. With expertise in shaping data from data-driven systems, Anna's real passion lies in the successful adoption of change, and inertia management. Having worked in the USA, Europe, and Central Asia, she is a firm believer that understanding culture and organisational behaviour is the key to success.
Anna was born in Lithuania and studied Business at Cass Business School and Natural Sciences Engineering at Imperial College London.
As Director and member of the UK Talent Solutions leadership team, Janine is focused on providing companies the solutions to help them attract, find and develop the talent they need to succeed. With over 25+ million members in the UK and 562+ million members globally, LinkedIn's vision is to create economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce.
Janine has over ten years' experience building and leading teams at LinkedIn, having joined the company in its infancy in 2008 when she helped to grow the Marketing Solutions business. Her role developed into Director, Client Solutions for EMEA, consulting with clients on the best way to achieve their marketing objectives and educating them on the benefits that the platform and products can provide, before moving to Talent Solutions. Prior to LinkedIn, Janine held positions at a number of small organisations leading online advertising teams at Wanadoo and then Orange UK for two years. Janine is passionate about technology, diversity, and talent – and has a flair for coming up with strategies to scale, grow and deliver value for businesses. In 2017, she completed a master's degree in Consulting and Coaching for Change at INSEAD.
Amy cut her teeth at one of the world's biggest advertising agencies where she worked on everything from global TV ads to digital video content campaigns. During this time she realised that it's really difficult for brands to get their videos in front of their audience in a cost effective and positive way. That's why she founded the ethical video advertising platform - Good-Loop.
Angelique is CCO of Ohpen UK, the first technology company in the world to create a fully cloud-based core banking platform. She has been a key member of Ohpen's team and a core banking pioneer since 2012, managing the first ever robo-investor in the Netherlands. Prior to this, Angelique held leadership roles at Dutch insurance and banking giant ING/NN Group and was pivotal in the rejuvenation of asset and wealth manager Robein.
At the heart of Angelique's success is a deep belief in workplace culture, resulting in Ohpen having a 50:50 gender split and investing in people from diverse backgrounds.
Aarthi Raju is a Solutions Architect at Amazon Web Services who is passionate about Cloud Computing. She loves building things, so it's perfect that her role helps partners build their businesses on Amazon Web Services. She focusses on the networking platform and is responsible for helping strategic partners build solutions that are well architected and optimized. Prior to this, she worked as a Sr. Technical Account Manager supporting AWS enterprise customers acting as their advocate within AWS, helping them build groundbreaking technologies. She holds a Master's degree in Computer Networking from Wichita State University, Kansas.
Benedicta Banga is a highly skilled negotiator, Career Strategist, Coach and Author of How to land your perfect career after graduation. She runs career brand Leadher Initiative helping women design careers that they love and enjoy so they can progress in their careers. She has coached and mentored hundreds of ambitious career women and has worked with a number of prestigious brands including Natwest, Google Digital Garage, MAC Cosmetics and Condé Nast College. Her writing and work has been featured in The Guardian, Metro, Fast Company, BBC and Thrive Global. She can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Denise Jones is a 20-year veteran of the Seattle tech industry, at such companies as Microsoft, Corbis Corp., and Expedia. She spent ten years as a database engineer and architect, and transitioned to program and product management at Microsoft. In 2015 she was transferred to Expedia's London office, where she is the Technical Product Manager for the Search Engine Marketing engineering team, which builds personalized landing pages based on search engine queries. She previously managed an Expedia product which personalized the user experience based on clickstream data and machine learning. She is one of the co-presidents of Women at Expedia.
Jenny is responsible for supporting some of Microsoft's top retail customers on their journey to public cloud, helping them to become more profitable and delight their customers through digital transformation. She has been working in Microsoft's Azure cloud business for the past 5 years, having graduated with a BSc in Physics from Bath University. She is focused on ensuring her customer's strategy is understood and the very best of Microsoft is leveraged to deliver business outcomes. Jenny is passionate about driving change to deliver success and is supported by fantastic teams of Cloud Solution Architects to bring solutions to life.
Francesca is the Head of Engineering at ustwo working with a team of talented engineers to launch products, services and companies that have a meaningful impact on the world. After spending nearly a decade working as a full stack engineer and expanding into the native world, she believes in the power of technology to have an impact in human lives and interactions. Francesca worked as Solution Architect and Mobile Lead at The Telegraph exploring new technologies like NLP, AI and ML. She holds a master degree in Logistic Engineering from Rome University and in her spare time she loves running and mentoring young people.
Nicola Beste leads all IT Projects and Programs in the Omnichannel space in adidas IT. Her teams implement Order Management, Finance and Payments Solutions across the globe, making possible that all adidas consumers have a seamless shopping experience no matter whether they buy online or in the store. Nicola has more than 20 years of experience in the technology industry. She has worked within the retail, utilities and manufacturing sectors, starting as a Programmer. In adidas she has had several managerial positions in IT, a department of more than 1,200 people with the ambition of creating the best technologies to allow adidas being the best sports company in the world. Nicola is passionate about running, and enjoys travelling. Her strong conviction that women bring diverse thinking into technical topics made her take part of an adidas initiative to bring more women into IT. Nicola is married and has 2 kids.
Gaby is Managing Director of Mendeley, a software platform that helps academic researchers to build and share their research knowledge, and stay up to date. Mendeley is owned by Elsevier, part of RELX Group, a global provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries. Before this, she was Elsevier’s Global Director of Strategy and worked with the CEO and the management team on a range of digital transformation issues. Before joining Elsevier, Gaby worked at McKinsey management consultants to help clients develop responses to climate change, and at Procter & Gamble on branding for nappies and denture adhesive. She has a first class degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University.
Gaby’s passion is for finding ways to tackle complex problems and get something done about them. She plays touch rugby, representing the Netherlands at the touch rugby World Cup (2015) and European Championships (2016), and has children aged 6 and 8.
Viola Sommer is a director at Auticon, an award-winning tech company that exclusively employs autistic adults in cutting edge tech roles.
Viola studied psychology in London, where she specialised in autism. After two years as a researcher and teacher, Viola joined Auticon's German operational team in 2014. In 2016, she moved back to London to launch Auticon's UK enterprise with funding from Richard Branson's Virgin Group. The social enterprise has since grown 200% year-on-year, winning major UK blue-chip clients, including GlaxoSmithKline, Allianz and Channel 4. Having a very personal connection, Viola is a passionate advocate for neurodiversity in the workplace.
Julia Barbosa is a development and business effectiveness specialist, with a consistent track-record of leading people and organisations through change, equipping others with tools and skills to thrive. She is currently Special Projects Lead at Save the Children, where she leads strategic projects, focusing on driving engagement, CRM and customer experience. Julia speaks and writes about personal development, the learning power of failure and happiness in the workplace.
Marteka has a passion for people with over 15 years' experience effectively implementing transformational change and service redesign across health and social care. Marteka is an expert in health, providing consultancy across a range of NHS programmes and company wellbeing strategies. She co-founded Benevolent Health in 2017 to bring her expertise across emerging digital technologies, supporting innovators to accelerate improvements in health at scale. Marteka's specialism is in mental health, with a Masters in Psychodynamic Counselling & Psychotherapy, a member of the BACP and registered BPC psychotherapist. She practises as a psychotherapist in one of the UK's largest Trusts supporting both organisations and individuals internationally to improve emotional wellbeing.
Rebecca Simmonds is a senior software engineer at Red Hat. Here she is part of an emerging technology group, which comprises of both data scientists and developers. She completed a PhD at Newcastle University, in which she developed a platform for scalable, geospatial and temporal analysis of the Twitter data. After this she moved to a small startup company as a Java developer creating solutions to improve performance for a CV analyser. She has a keen interest in architecture design and data analysis, which she is furthering at Red Hat with Openshift and ML research.
Pip Wilson is a successful entrepreneur and angel investor who is passionate about empowering women in tech and disrupting traditional business models. She is co-founder and CEO of amicable, which uses technology to disrupt the family law market for divorce and separation, focusing on better outcomes for families. Pip's business philosophy is underpinned by a strong commitment to social purpose. She is a vocal advocate of diversity in tech and encouraging girls and women to enter STEM subjects.
Currently cofounder of Lendingblock, a securities lending platform for digital currencies on the blockchain. Find out more about what we are doing at lendingblock.com. Previously CEO of Lendr, a London based fintech startup bringing robo-advice technology to the mortgage lending industry. We streamlined the process of getting a mortgage from an average of 24 days to 24 hours and to make intelligent, dynamic, mortgage advice accessible to everyone at anytime.
Linda started her career in management consulting and went on to build digital identity products on the ethereum blockchain in 2014. After struggling with her own mortgage process, she went to build her mortgage-tech business in Entrepreneur First, Europe's top deep technology accelerator programme. Linda has a Masters (MSc) in Computer Science from UCL and a Bachelors (MA, Cantab) in Land Economy from Cambridge. Linda is also a CEMAP qualified mortgage advisor as of 2017.
Dr. Anastasia Dedyukhina is a coach, TEDx and public speaker, Huffington Post blogger and author of Homo Distractus. She got rid of her smartphone as well as her senior international career in digital marketing, when she realised how dependent she had become on her gadget. She eventually set up Consciously Digital, a consultancy that helps people and organizations develop a healthier relationship with technology. She is frequently quoted in the press (BBC, The Guardian, Metro etc) talking about tech-life balance and the importance of ethical technology.
After a decade in the corporate world, Sukhi Jutla became a serial entrepreneur and author. She is the Founder & COO of MarketOrders, the online global marketplace connecting independent jewellery retailers directly to their suppliers and manufacturers. As a Female Techpreneur Ambassador, Sukhi is a regular speaker at entrepreneur and start-up events/conferences and passionate about helping others build their businesses as well as supporting female entrepreneurship. Sukhi is the author of 'Escape The Cubicle: Quit The Job You Hate. Create A Life You Love' and 'The FinTech Book', and is a FinTech and blockchain advocate.
Alicia is a marketing leader at Intuit and has been recently recognized as one of the top 100 most influential B2B marketing leaders in Europe. At Intuit, Alicia has driven double and triple digit growth for the business and is passionate about empowering women at work through coaching and mentoring. She also founded the Intuit UK Women's Network.
Prior to Intuit Alicia worked for Sage and Western Union, two of the world's largest fintech brands where she led marketing globally and across Europe.
Alicia is passionate driving exponential growth for businesses while ensuring people and the customer are at the center.
Marie heads up the new products team at Zopa, focusing on high-engagement mobile products to help people feel good about their money. Her passion for fintech stems from its potential to improve people's lives (and probably an element of being a personal finance nerd for almost a decade). Before Zopa, Marie spent over 5 years driving growth for technology companies. She spearheaded marketing at Hopster, the UK's leading preschool entertainment and education app, where she led the app's launch across iOS, Android, and Apple TV and gained over 500,000 downloads and tens of thousands of subscribers, plus multiple App Store features. Marie hails from rural Austria and holds a Bachelor's degree in Business & Law from the University of Klagenfurt. The only thing she remembers from it is her programming elective, which still comes in handy every day.
Sara Shahvisi is of Kurdish-British heritage and Director of Programmes at Fearless Futures. Fearless Futures engages people in critical thought to understand and challenge the root causes of inequalities and grow powerful new ways of leading transformative change. Sara's expertise lies at the intersection of equalities pedagogy, research, design and facilitation and she has brought unique diversity and inclusion thinking to organisations in the public, private and not-for-profit arenas. Alongside her BA in Politics, Psychology and Sociology from University of Cambridge, she has an MSc in Social Policy from the London School of Economics.
Anisha Malde graduated from Imperial College London with a 1st class master's degree in Bioengineering before supplementing her resolve to enter a career in technology, by teaching herself how to code. She is currently a Developer at IBM UK. A major part of her work in IBM involves using Blockchain technology- Hyperledger, where she was the lead developer on a flagship implementation of the technology. In the immediate future, she is looking to work with React, to create innovative solutions for IBMs client base. With an unwavering passion for getting more women into technology, Anisha has piloted a crash course in coding within the IBM studios. Prior to IBM, she was a finalist for Female Undergraduate of the Year which landed her an internship at Rolls Royce. Additionally, with a mind on broadening her horizons in the world of technology, she undertook an internship working on MPesa at Safaricom (Vodaphone) in Kenya, where she grew up.
Stefania Chaplin, Solutions Engineer at Sonatype. She is responsible for helping customers understand and implement DevSecOps across the EMEA region. She has a history as a Python/Java developer and enjoys the challenge of improving the quality of software across different languages and ecosystems. Stefania is passionate about women in technology and is Founder and President of 'Women at Sonatype'.
Laura K. Inamedinova is a 23 years old founder of international marketing, PR and communications company LKI Consulting that is focusing on fintech and crypto companies. She has helped ICO companies raise more than $100M USD in total. Miss Inamedinova also shares her expertise about fintech marketing in her columns at Forbes and Huffington Post. Laura has also been actively involved in various NGOs - she is a member of World Economic Forum Global Shapers Vilnius hub. Laura K. Inamedinova holds a Bachelor of Physics from Vilnius University.
Jennifer is Founder and VP Marketing at MATRIXX Software, an award-winning company that is disrupting the Telecoms market. She co-founded MATRIXX in 2009 with a mission to help Telcos reinvent themselves into leaders of the digital economy. With over 20 years working in high tech, she has a diverse background that spans systems delivery, sales, product marketing, and customer programs. She is committed to harnessing that experience to help women navigate, grow and lead successful global companies.
Sue has over 20 years sales and marketing leadership experience in Outsourcing and in the 3 years before Abodoo in Online Recruitment. As Regional CEO of the third largest online recruitment and event management company in China she initially built a start-up office to headcount of 120 in Shanghai, going on to be responsible for multiple locations and a team of 600 in North China - playing an instrumental part following the acquisition of China HR (Monster). Sue's earliest success was building an outsourced start-up to revenues of £28 million in just 5 years and was fundamental in the acquisition by Domestic & General for £13.5million. She has extensive experience across the UK, China, US and Europe and consultative and Director roles she has played with multiple companies on business development, marketing, operations and team leadership.
Gosia Syta is the founder of the communication skills consultancy Walk Your Talk, the President of London Public Speakers and a member of the Professional Speaking Association. As an experienced trainer and coach, Gosia helps women express themselves with power, authority and conviction in meetings, phones calls and presentations. Using the latest research in behavioural psychology, Gosia teaches women how take control of their body language to project more confidence in male-dominated environments and – by doing so - advance in their careers.
Senior UX and Innovation Consultant at Zuhlke Engineering. Specialising in discovery and product strategy. Originally from Poland, graduated in Biotechnology, now living and working in London. An experienced product designer and UX consultant, passionate about delivering great products and innovation programmes. @susanengel
Lynne Johnson heads the consultancy and web technologies competence unit at Zuhlke Engineering UK. Born in Seattle Washington USA, a model in Europe in the '80s, a fashion label owner and a hotelier. Since achieving a Software Engineering degree in London in the '90s, she has been working as a Java Software Engineer, Team Lead, Agile Project Manager, Agile Coach and Line Manager / Career Coach - now an Agile evangelist and self-proclaimed eco-warrior. @LMGJohnson
Lisa Dittmar runs the Project Management Office for Bloomsbury Publishing. She and her team implement the new technology applications used across Bloomsbury's six global offices. She has run projects on three continents and in two languages. She is a Project Management Professional (PMP) and also has an MSP certification. To her, project management is a set of tools to help people get things done more efficiently and deliver higher value with less stress.
With over 20 years experience in digital marketing and innovation, James has spent the past 4 years championing the development of immersive technology solutions at Imagination. By focusing on solutions that have a meaningful impact, Imagination has delivered ground-breaking immersive technology projects for clients including Major League Baseball, Shell, JLR, Telstra and Ford. Key to this success has been ensuring that the huge potential of immersive technology is used appropriately, as James firmly believes that the time for gimmicky VR and AR initiatives is over. It's clear that as business leaders gain a better understanding of the potential benefits immersive technology can and should deliver, this in turn is driving greater scrutiny and the need for quantifiable results.
James has written a number of articles and spoken at conferences on the subject of Immersive Technology.
Pam founded Thrive Partners in 2015, after 25 years of executive coaching and Lean management consulting. Her vision was to democratise coaching and mentoring, and bring real time insights to boards so they can make their businesses immediately better. She believes that we have a responsibility to listen and learn from all the daily conversations that take place, and use this careful listening to make changes to make people's work and personal lives happier, healthier, easier and more productive. Pam is a single mum with two beautiful kids.
Wendy has over 17 years commercial experience as CFO and COO in both WPP and Omnicom Group creative agencies and 10 years coaching experience. As a senior leader she has embraced coaching methodologies and actively got them into the fabric of the business. This has enabled positive changing behaviours across the business leading to a more collaborative, transparent and a people centric approach. It has also been integral to overall business planning, change management, employee engagement, commercial negotiations and learning and development. Wendy is a co-founder at Thrive Partners.
Jacqueline is an author, speaker and mentor working nationally and internationally to empower organisations to better understand generational diversity. As a speaker, she delivers customised, captivating, authentic and direct professional insights surrounding a variety of topics around diversity and the workplace. With a motivational, honest and ‘to the point' approach, Jacqueline speaks authentically from over a decade of professional experience in Government. She has qualifications in psychology, trauma, social sciences and art therapy. Specialising in Millennial issues, her book '#WTF is happening with my life? A guide to getting your sh*t together' provides clear-cut guidance for Millennial women on how to shift perspective, become empowered and change their lives.
Lisa Forte has worked in UK Counter Terrorism Intelligence and then in one of the UK Police Cyber Crime Units. She went on to found her own company, Red Goat Cyber Security. Lisa understands what hackers are after and how far they will go to get it, Red Goat Cyber Security was founded to mimic the techniques used by attackers to protect businesses of all shapes and sizes.
Darya Yegorina is a serial entrepreneur, CEO of CleverBooks and other ventures in multiple industries. Apart from being an entrepreneur, she has a massive professional experience from start-ups to multinational corporations. Darya's current focus is on emerging technologies for education where she has the mission to deliver the most innovative Augmented Reality technology to schools around the world and to create equal access to technology for kids globally. She is a professional speaker on a global scale representing women in tech and inspiring new entrepreneurs.
Jenny Stanley, Founder and MD of Appetite Creative Solutions and Women's networking group, FemmeNiche. Since starting the multi-award winning Appetite in 2014, it's been her mission advance creative technology in advertising. Jenny has worked for Microsoft, established the European arm of Oddcast, regenerated Eyewonder's UK office and creative team, and launched the Adform's Brand Solutions business globally, she boasts awards for work with Nokia, Walkers, and Dubai Glow Park. Jenny judges the IAB Creative and #DoDifferent Awards and leads seminars, lectures, and IAB training on Creative technology. All this while jet-setting between Appetite's offices in Madrid, London, and Dubai.
Sharon Conheady is the director of cyber security consultancy, First Defence Information Security, and a founding member of the Risk Avengers, a collaboration with industry peers in the fraud prevention and cyber security. She specialises in social engineering, security awareness and penetration testing. Sharon is a regular speaker at security events around the world. She is also a member of the Regional Review Board for Blackhat Europe. She is the author of Social Engineering in IT Security: Tools, Tactics, and Techniques published by McGraw-Hill.
Chelsea works tirelessly to achieve gender equality within the tech sector. She is the co-founder of Liverpool Girl Geeks and InnovateHer; pioneering organisations with a mission to tackle the gender imbalance within the digital and tech sector through education and campaigning. Working with young women aged 11-17, InnovateHer uses schools based programmes and industry role models to reverse gender inequality, improve digital skills and invest in the future of our young people.
Jo works tirelessly to achieve gender equality within the tech sector. She is the co-founder of Liverpool Girl Geeks and InnovateHer; pioneering organisations with a mission to tackle the gender imbalance within the digital and tech sector through education and campaigning. Working with young women aged 11-17, InnovateHer uses schools based programmes and industry role models to reverse gender inequality, improve digital skills and invest in the future of our young people.
Leila has a wealth of experience in bringing out the best in others; She inspires driven, motivated, career professionals to experience their infinite potential and limitless possibilities through exponential growth. Her career of 23+ years initially as a qualified accountant and latterly a successful sales executive within the Technology sector, coupled with qualifying as an accredited Master Coach, Mentor at the Professional Speakers Academy, and a Master Practitioner of NLP, enables Leila to focus on going beyond surface level coaching, drilling down to get to the root cause of any limitations, ensuring that her clients experience real and lasting transformation. Leila, The Authentic Leadership Coach™, shares her philosophies, learnings and system in her award winning book, “Success Redefined – How to leverage your natural talents to become limitless!”
Leila Singh FCCA is an Award-Winning Author, Accredited Coach & Speaker Trainer, International Speaker, and The Authentic Leadership Coach™.
Amanda May is a technical support manager at Rackspace. She creates high performing technical teams and has a great interest in getting more women into the technical workforce. Her expertise is in network security, compliance and cloud technologies and built her first working database at the age of 15, for a Harley Street consultant. She discovered her aptitude for technology at a young age and built further confidence in her abilities studying (BSc) Business Information Systems Management at University. Upon completion of her degree, she worked as Network Security Lead for Mercedes Benz, before taking on her current position for Rackspace.
Neon is founded and lead by award-winning design visionary Deepa Mann-Kler. Neon uses immersive technology to give people choice for their own health and wellbeing. Neon has developed BreatheVR an application for chronic pain and Whack A Mo an augmented reality game for children in hospital. Deepa directed and produced her first virtual reality experience “RETNE” at SxSW17 with 21,000 global downloads. Deepa has worked as a fulltime visual artist with a strong focus on public art installations and participated in Lumiere 2013 and 2016 in London. Deepa has eleven years experience working in equality and authored the first report into racism in Northern Ireland "Out Of The Shadows." Deepa has extensive non-executive director experience across the public and charity sectors in the UK.
Sophie is a reformed engineer who dreamt of pursuing a career in fixing problems in people, not machines. Since then she has led large recruitment projects with Ford, General Motors, IBM and most recently Revolut. Her bread and butter is aimed at defining a company's ultimate working culture during hyper growth stages at the same time championing diversity and equality in a future focused way. People are key, she recites.
Riham Satti is a TEDx speaker, multi-award winning business leader, and entrepreneur. Recognised by Forbes as 'Female Founder Taking the UK by Storm', Riham's main interests lie in leveraging technology to unleash human potential and human intelligence. She co-founded MeVitae in 2014 and now involved in several women in tech initiatives; founder of Linkedin's Women in Tech group and director of TechTonic Women. Riham holds two postgraduate degrees - Clinical Neuroscience from the University of Oxford and a Master of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering from Imperial College London. Her years of academic research includes publications in computational neuroscience, and thesis into the modelling and organisation of the human connectome.
Dr. Abi Giles-Haigh is the Head of Data Science at Caspian. She has over 8 years' experience working with data from database management, report writing and advanced analytics. Previously she lead the Data Analytics Team at the NHSBSA identifying savings and improving patient care. She is an Oracle Ace Associate, UKOUG Technical Speaker of the Year 2016, as well as a Nominated Digital Leader 100. Abi is a technical evangelist in the field of predictive analytics and data mining. She holds a PhD in Computational Modelling and a Bachelor of Science in Computing Science, from Newcastle University.
Davide is an Agile Project Manager and Coach at Zuhlke Engineering UK. He was born in Italy and has been working as Scrum Master and Agile Coach, Project Manager and Software Engineer in Sport and Finance industries. He is a huge supporter of agile methodologies and gamification.
Lauren is a service designer at the Ministry of Justice in the User Centred Policy Design team. At the moment she is working with the victims policy team to embed design thinking into their work from the outset. She has a masters in Service Design and has worked on projects with Sainsburys, TfL and Policy Lab. Lauren has a background in technology and advertising and held previous roles planning and buying digital media and working with AI-driven audience insights, measurement and targeting.
Akshi Federici has 10+ years of experience in business strategy, project & implementation management, analytics, operations, big data, and optimization. She founded ConsenSys Academy. Prior to ConsenSys, she has held leadership roles at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) with a focus on Financial Services, Conde Nast Publications, BlackRock Financial, the Clinton Foundation amongst other roles, and has an MBA from the Wharton School of Business, a Masters in Engineering Management from Dartmouth, and a B.Tech. in Computer Science & Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).
Imogen is the founder and CEO of Qudini, a retail technology company focused on customer experience and is listed as one to watch in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list of 2018. She is also a thought-leader on retail innovation and diversity in business. Imogen is just 29 years old and brings a fresh and dynamic presence to a stage. She is obsessed with innovation, retail and technology and speaks with passion, knowledge and humour. Having achieved great things from a young age, audiences find her inspiring as an entrepreneur and representative of the diversity in business and the technology industry.
Gareth has over a decade of front line policing leadership capability, leading specialist firearms, investigation and anti-corruption teams. His interest is in how rehumanising the workplace can provide greater levels of engagement and acceptance of others. He brings an authentic and human approach that allows clients to align decision making with their core values, and his strong and direct style of communication delivers accountability and clarity. Having lived and worked within cultures that view vulnerability and failure with negativity and fear, he works from a place of empathy, creating trusting relationships that empower his clients to challenge the status quo, step beyond their comfort zone, and grow to their full potential. Gareth regularly speaks at both public and private institutions to share the research of Brene Brown and inspire people to live more fulfilled, brave and authentic lives.
Bethan has over 10 years’ experience within the Finance and Hi-tech sectors, working for Autodesk, Prudential and Munich Re in regional and global leadership positions. Her most recent role involved leading Talent, Learning & Development across Europe & Africa with a focus on building a more inclusive, authentic, brave and collaborative culture. She co-founded the Bravest Path to bring a different approach to developing individuals and organisational cultures, making workplaces more human and humane. As a transformational coach Bethan focuses on helping women be bolder, self- compassionate and authentic, and regularly partners with boards and senior teams designing and facilitating programs to deliver sustainable behavioural and cultural change.
Imogen is a serial-entrepreneur who started out as a tailor. Through her own businesses and a stint at one of the UK’s top creative agencies, she has worked with businesses of all shapes and sizes - from charities and small, independent businesses to Disney, National Grid and Royal Mail.
Jared has over a decade of experience leading marketing, innovation and strategy for some of Britain’s most iconic brands. He was responsible for ‘The Future of News’ transformation programme at News UK; leading innovation strategy at BT and leading BT’s marketing innovation through the Vendee Globe and Olympic Games.
Priya is a developer with a Bachelors in Computer Science. She started her career in India and then moved to UK, Germany and France taking up projects in various domains including Telecom, Railways, Banking, OS Internals, Virtualization. As a graduate she was a die-hard Linux fan; keen on low level programming, hacking etc. Over recent years, she moved across various operating systems and currently doing research on Microsoft technologies. Her R&D work is in the niche technologies like Containerization, Virtualization, Cloud Computing, Security. She is passionate about innovating solutions, developing prototypes for new ideas, giving presentations and writing blogs on her vision for future tech.
Throughout her career, McCallum has been known for leading creative, production and technical talent on features like Blade Runner 2049 and Wonder Woman, as well as her work on the Oscar-winners The Jungle Book and Gravity. A specialist in VFX management, McCallum oversees all aspects of production along with driving operations and strategy. A 15-year VFX veteran, McCallum was most recently head of production at MPC Film for 6 years, and prior to that was at London’s Framestore and Prime Focus World. Lauren is committed to increasing the number of women in technical and creatives roles in VFX.
Audrey is currently a DFX supervisor at MPC, where she recently completed work on “Alien: covenant” and “Passengers.” Prior to joining MPC in 2011, she worked as a generalist TD and supervisor at BUF Compagnie, Paris. Over the last decade, Audrey has contributed to movies such as "Avatar", "Thor", "Prometheus", “Maleficent" and 2017 Academy award winning "The Jungle Book”, for which she was the overall digital sets supervisor. She is currently working on Jon Favreau's latest project, "The Lion King".
Lia‘s goal in life is to transform the way we connect with each other by unleashing our full potential as human beings. Lia is currently passionately supporting female founders & senior female professionals around the world to reach their potential through understanding themselves, their strengths and their limitless possibilities. Lia is advising on strategy, funding and team development as an international business coach. After managing multimillion dollar projects, Lia entered the entrepreneurial world that changed her life in a way that she had never imagined. She is destined to fight injustice in the workplace; this being one of the main reasons that she is currently establishing a technological company to fight sexual harassment.
Christine Flounders is Regional Manager for Engineering at Bloomberg L.P in London, responsible for a team of more than 850 technologists working to architect, build and deploy software, digital platforms and mobile applications for Bloomberg customers in financial services. She also leads Bloomberg Engineering's Training and Agile groups globally. Flounders
Jarvis currently leads Nike’s diversity and inclusion recruitment strategy as the Director, Diversity Sourcing and Programs. In this role, he partners with teams throughout the Talent Acquisition organization to develop diverse candidate pipelines that align to the company’s strategic objectives. Additionally, he consults with business segments and employs innovative search strategies and in-market campaigns to locate top diverse talent.
He graduated from Rice University in Houston, TX where he studied