Lisa Rajan

Lisa Rajan | Tara Binns Books

Lisa Rajan
I write and publish books that show a little girl doing different jobs, so show boys and girls that anyone can be anything. I choose male-dominated Tech and STEM jobs (engineer, doctor, astronaut, scientist for starters) to normalise these jobs for women and encourage girls to be ambitious in these fields. After graduating in Biotechnology I did an MSc in Science Communication, and have had careers in scientific publishing and medical writing. When my daughter was born, I wanted to read her books with a strong female lead character who tackled STEM jobs and showed resilience, analytical skills, courage, inquisitiveness, resourcefulness and imagination. When I couldn't find them I wrote and published the books myself. I visit primary schools to read to the children, raise aspiration and introduce the idea of Tech and STEM careers. I use my books to break gender stereotypes and encourage girls to see a career in Tech or Sciences as desirable, so that in the future there is gender balance in the tech industries and the industry benefits from the creativity, talent and ideas of more girls. Two of my books were nominated for the prestigious 2016 Carnegie Medal and my mission to 'give little girls big ideas' has been featured in The Sun newspaper. Harper Collins support my ambition to get more girls into Tech and STEM and are planning to publish my books in their Big Cat reading scheme next year. I'm not strictly a Woman in Tech, but I am doing everything I can to encourage the women of the future to go into tech so that we are no longer a minority and more girls can contribute to the most innovative and exciting industry to be in.

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Anisha Osman Britton

Anisah Osman Britton | 23 Code Street

Anisha Osman Britton

Anisah Osman Britton decided she wasn’t going to try for a place at Oxbridge (oxford/Cambridge), and instead was going to intern at businesses around the world with the goal of doing something "businessy".

Since then, she has been part of the tech scene for 5 years which began with her starting a company at 19. This was a student freelance company called Pocketmuni that won her the title of Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the IPA and took her to number 10 as part of the Start Up Games in 2012. This is when she began teaching herself how to code. After losing her developer, she understood the importance of understanding the possibilities, your IP, and being able to have conversations within the tech scene at an appropriate level.

She then went on to work for The Bakery, an open innovation accelerator, working with some of the best and upcoming start ups and the world's biggest brands. After seeing the inequality, lack of diversity and need to have more women have a technical understanding, Anisah founded 23 Code Street.

23 Code Street is a coding school for women based in London. For every paying student in the UK, they teach digital skills to a woman in the slums of Mumbai.

Anisah believes diversity breeds inclusive and accessible innovation. With a workforce that represents our society, we will build for everyone.

She is a big believer that learning how to code doesn’t mean you have to, or want to, become a developer and that we need to educate on the opportunities and possibilities that tech skills bring in other industries and jobs.

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Christina Maddy

Christina Maddy | Nomura

Christina Maddy

I joined Nomura on the Graduate scheme in 2014 as a Business Analyst and Scrum Master, after graduating from Loughborough University with a 2.1 in Information Technology Management for Business. Soon after joining, I was leading the delivery of a key, regulatory system to control and report on access to production systems. This role gave me exposure to internal and external auditors, as I had to present and meet with them regularly, and also all areas of technology.

I have since led the delivery of other projects such as a tool to consolidate all of your outstanding tasks (from timesheets to access approvals) into a single pane of glass view, and most recently Symphony, a cloud based communication and content sharing platform.

I have championed and applied Agile processes across all of the platforms and systems mentioned, either by acting as the BA/Scrum Master myself or by training and mentoring other members of the organisation to fulfil these roles, and I am now managing a small team of business analysts within my division, which is a new and exciting challenge, and together we are working to implement agile processes and a continuous delivery strategy against other teams in our division, to ensure we, as an organisation, are working as efficiently as possible.

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Kamila Piorowska

Kamila Piorowska | Barclays

Kamila Piorowska

How you could describe me…

Agile Coach with financial industry experience specialiasing with technology transofrmations. Very passionate about leaning software delivery model and transformational changes to deliver the highest value to the customer. Comfortable coaching distributed agile teams, C Level managers, multimillion programmes, IT and business. Experience with scaled agile, enterprise transformation and Community of Practice.

What others say about me....

“Kamila is one of the strongest Agile coaches I have been fortunate to work with. Possessing good knowledge of Agile theory, Kamila has consistently demonstrated a firm understanding of Agile principles and mind-set, by taking a pragmatic approach (based on unique team/programme/ organisational constraints) to Agile transformation.”
(Ade, Agile Coach)

What I say about myself….

I make teams happy. Dreadful faces, working long hours, high level of stress. This is what I have observed working in Investment Banks, Consultancies. Having Software Delivery background helped me to relate to their pain. But… is this what we want from life? Surely there must be more. Teams who I am coaching work less and deliver more. I use mindful coaching techniques and agile way of working to transform individuals as well as teams.

I have been recognised as a face of Agile cultural change at Barclays. Agile is a great example of stewardship in IT departments. It is an innovative approach towards software development emphasising self-empowered teams working together efficiently but in a sustainable way. I have run an Agile transformation in my own team and also trained over 1,000 Barclays IT employees.
Outside of Barclays I stand for Human values (IAHV)– I am an active volunteer of a large volunteer based organization – International Association for Human Values. I teach yoga, mindfulness and stress management .

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Nicole Melzack

Nicole Melzack | STFC RAL Space

Nicole Melzack

I completed my MEng in Space Systems Engineering in 2014 and joined STFC RAL Space as a Spacecraft Thermal Engineer. I became the thermal engineer on a calibration target for the Meteosat satellite programme. Developing novel computer modelling techniques for a new approach to temperature control (helium gas gap).

I have also been involved in assessing designs for the Satellite Testing Facilities at RAL Space, and supported the testing of the SPICE instrument, part of the Solar Orbiter spacecraft.

Working with a laser heterodyne radiometer developed at RAL Space, I have been part of adapting a lab based experiment for a CubeSat mission.

I have attended, and presented at a variety of conferences and workshops, including:

Tempmeko Conference in Zakapone, Poland, 2016
The International Conference on Environmental Systems (ICES), Charleston SC, 2017
The European Space Thermal Analysis Workshop, ESTEC, The Netherlands, 2016


Aisling O'Brien

Aisling O'Brien | Mastercard

Aisling O'Brien

An experienced digital payments professional with expertise in tokenization, APIs and digital wallets across the EMEA region. She has been instrumental in building relationship with major UK businesses with Mastercard’s API platform to execute hackathons to engage developer communities. Following this, she was chosen to take part in Mastercard’s early career talent rotation program, presenting her with an opportunity to spend 6 months working in South Africa to launch tokenization & Samsung pay; one of the biggest developments in the industry since chip and pin. Today, she is working to scale and commercializing Qkr! a digital wallet across EMEA.

With a passion for personal development, Aisling is the chairman of Mastercard’s Young Professionals group which works to advance personal development, be champions of tech and innovation, and be agents of change. She is also a part of the Mayor of London Digital pioneer group which is focused engaging with London’s future talent to build their digital and technology skills and she is a mentor in a female mentoring program which empowers undergraduates who are seeking a job in business to build their self-confidence and challenge them to discover their full potential.

 

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Diane Reddell

Diane Reddell | Department for Work and Pensions

Dianne Reddell
I started out in my career as systems tester as an intern with ITSA as part of my HND in business computing. Once I completed my degree I worked temporarily with EDS as a software tester. I had a small break from IT and then worked for Atos Origin as a graduate software tester where I helped train 10 other graduate testers. More recently I completed a 16 week software development course and I am now a junior software developer. I am also completing my second masters in Computing and IT by distance learning. In addition to this I am a participant in the Northern Voices programme to speak at technology events to encourage more women to join the technology community.

Sonal Shah

Sonal Shah | Barclays

Sonal Shah

Sonal changed careers into IT in 2001 by taking a year out to study for MSc in Computing & IT and has since worked in a range of IT, Change and digital security projects ranging from the public sector to BP in their companywide Digital Security programme up to present time at Barclays Investment Bank.

When starting out in Tech, her previous experience as an IT Trainer was used when teaching adults IT in evening classes from college beauty and sports students through to recent as a keen voluntary worker teaching OAPs in spare time in the local community centre to learn / coach on PC and iPads to become more ‘IT savvy’ right through to sharing tips through her blogs (see URLs published by a global author in her eZine and websites).  I enjoy sharing and encourage women into IT and to share my passion and knowledge.

Maggie Semple Fashion Magazine recently approached Sonal to blog for them on Tech. She is also an active committee member of WIN The Gender Network at Barclays where she volunteers and organises many tech/non tech based voluntary activities and give support outside the demanding day job such as last year developed the WIN internal website pages for the committee for wider internal network coverage, active member of Women in IT where she helps and mentors younger people school ages to encourage females into Tech, mentor females, a cyber champion at work and has held voluntary events to share security knowledge and staying safe, also having gone into schools to share and speak re tech, assist in IT and CV help and to encourage interest for females to join the tech sector.

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Arfah Farooq

Arfah Farooq | Muslamic Makers

Arfah Farooq

I am a collaborator who loves bashing and connecting random ideas to create one big vision that will impact the world in a positive way. Since my school days I’ve always been involved in something “extra” from school council to community projects to becoming a London 2012 Gamesmaker and then sat on the Youth Board for the London Development Corporation.

I was on the first pilot youth coaching programme run by Spark+Mettle that led me to co-found Discoverables a website that helps young people find and develop their key skills and strengths. Co-founding the platform has led me to secure investment from Big issue invest and Wayra UnLtd where I started my #startupkid journey and worked on on a product called Up: a skills development and feedback tool for businesses and youth organisations.

The startup didn’t quite work out but your learn from your failures. I then joined Makers Academy a 12 week coding bootcamp and worked there as a marketeer for over 2 years getting more people from diverse backgrounds into coding. I achieved a 51% female cohort (smashing the 13% industry average).

While working at Makers Academy I become even more passionate about other forms of Diversity. With a friend I co-founded Muslamic Makers a community which aims to encourage and provide confidence for Muslims to seek a career in Tech. This involves networking with existing Muslim entrepreneurs and leaders, and providing a platform for them to share their experiences with young muslims who aspire to work in the sector. I’m also 2017 fellow of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and has been awarded a prestigious fellowship exploring Muslim Women in Technology in USA, UAE and Pakistan.

Right now i’m currently on my fellowship and working freelance for Detective Dot as a marketing consultant. Detective Dot is all about inspiring kids into coding through storytelling.


Hemna Juneja

Hemna Juneja | Perform

Hemna Juneja

Hemna Juneja, Head of Application Support, an ITIL certified performance oriented leader with a proven track record of 13+ years in the IT industry in AD/ASM (Application Development/Support/Management) portfolios, specifically in 24x7 Global Application Support environments.With a First Class University Degree in Computer Science,

She has risen to management levels starting as a technocrat in a Software Development environment – with past 10+ years managing similar teams in Application Development & Production Support.

With a First Class University Degree in Computer Science, She is a technocrat in a Software Development environment primarily in .NET (VB) and then moving on to Java development building various softwares ranging from recruitment applications to product development using core Java and J2EE web application technologies.

A calculated risk-taker with deep tech industry knowledge primarily in the digital sports media domain, she has championed the application support arena, with demonstrable Experience in Process Implementation & Management of Application Support Services globally using ‘’Follow The Sun’’ model.

Throughout her last 7 years tenure with Perform , she has been pivotal in setting up the 24x7 application support function of a team of 25-30 technical engineers from scratch in India and UK , and ensuring providing 1st class world service to the customers. Her length and breadth of expertise lies in supporting and monitoring various complex distributed architectures including latest technologies like LAMP, Tomcats, NGINX , Rabbit MQ, ELK , New Relic , Application Performance monitoring , Capacity Management , Release Management to name a few.

She has truly been a techno management leader who can be rightly said to be a jack and master of all web application technologies with strong experience in technical support. She is the "Go to "person in Perform and standout skills are her strong leadership skills, immense technical knowledge and ability to work within complex often difficult environments. She is able to converse on all levels, building and maintaining strong relationships with technical and operational areas.

Embracing the core values of integrity, innovation, honesty , commitment, dedication , Hemna has built a reputation and has proven to be a leader in Perform, thereby consistently being ranked as performer of the month at the current organisation,

She has demonstrated expertise in Proactive Capacity & Availability management for performance & resilience fro application portfolios in perform thereby increasing the client satisfaction

Her expertise lies in Critical Incident and Problem Management. She holds Professional qualifications on ITIL capability certificate in operational support and analysis

Hemna holds a first class MCA(Masters of Computer Application ) degree in Computer Science from GGSPIU university in India . She is a former IT Professional who has got the experience of working in big multinational companies like Sapient , Xansa Steria and startups like Right Angle Technologies in the capacities of a software developer and she has made her way up the ladder from the ground up.