Conference Speakers

SPEAKERS

Adrian Joseph, Partner in EY’s data and analytics team within the financial services advisory business

Adrian

Adrian has over ten year’s digital and analytics experience.  Before joining EY earlier this year, Adrian worked at Google in a range of leadership roles, most latterly as EMEA Head of Services for Google’s Enterprise analytics and measurement solutions. He has also been a Principal Consultant at A.T Kearney where he worked for six years. 
 

Adrian was appointed Chair of the Race Equality Board, the race campaign of Business in the Community, a charity which stands for responsible business and strives to ensure that all ethnic groups are appropriately reflected in the UK workforce.  He held this position until October 2016. In 2014 he was appointed to the main Board of Business in the Community, whose president is the Prince of Wales, and became a Trustee of the Powerlist Foundation, a charity which helps non-privileged young people.
 

Adrian is also a Non-Executive Director to the Government (Home Office), appointed in September 2015. He has been a judge for the Black British Business Awards and Rare Rising Stars on multiple occasions, and has ranked in the top 10 of the UK Black Powerlist in recent years.
 

In June 2016 Adrian was awarded an honorary doctorate in Business by the University of Plymouth for his achievements in business and charitable work. Adrian also holds an Econometrics degree and an MBA with distinction. He is married with three children and enjoys cycling (completed the 320 kilometre London to Paris in 24 hours), fine wine and Formula 1 racing.

Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, Founder of STEMettes

Anne-Marie Imafidon-Founder of STEMettesAnne-Marie Imafidon has always been interested in business, Maths and technology. Her rather unique set of achievements include passing two GCSEs aged ten (Mathematics & ICT), holding the current world record for the youngest girl ever to pass A-level computing (aged 11), a Guardian ‘Top 10 women in tech you need to know’ and being one of the youngest to be awarded a Masters’ degree in Mathematics and Computer Science by the University of Oxford, aged 20. She was also named the UK IT Industry & British Computer Society’s Young IT Professional of the Year in 2013, Red Magazine’s ‘Woman to Watch’ 2014, won a Points of Light award from the UK Prime Minister in October 2014 and was named the 29th Most Influential woman in IT in 2015. Anne-Marie has also been listed as one of Management Today’s 35 Under 35 and was on the Timewise List of 50 Power Part Timers.

Anne-Marie is Head Stemette and Co-Founder of Stemettes – an award-winning social enterprise inspiring the next generation of females into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics roles via a series of events and opportunities. In three years 7,000 girls across the UK, Ireland and Europe have had attended Stemette experiences. As part of the initiative she has also Co-Founded Outbox Incubator: the worlds first tech incubator for teenage girls. She sits on the boards of Redfield Asset Management, Urban Development Music Foundation and Inspirational YOU. She has previously worked at Goldman Sachs, Hewlett-Packard, Deutsche Bank and Lehman Brothers.

Ayman Assaf CIO, Compliance, Regulatory, Risk and Finance: BP Supply & Trading

BPAyman is an inspirational leader with extensive experience leading IT organisations and major transformation programs. In his current role, Ayman is accountable for all technology aspects for Compliance, Regulatory, Risk and Finance at BP trading.

A technology evangelist through innovation and fostering of methods like Agile and DevOps, and fast adoption of emerging technologies like Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and BlockChain.

Ayman has a BSc in Electrical & Computer Engineering and Post Graduate studies in Organisational Behaviour. His career background is in Investment Banking and Energy Trading & Operations sectors.

Ayman is the first male winner of the ‘Inspiration of the Year’ category at the 2015 FDM Everywoman Technology Awards for his proactive changes to drive gender balance and attract female talent into the technology field.

Carole Layzell, Digital Eagle and Proactive Engagement Director at Barclays

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Carole Layzell, Digital Eagle & Proactive Engagement Director, is responsible for transforming customer and colleague experience in today’s digital age. She is leading two key strategies: the Digital Eagle programme and Proactive Engagement.

The Digital Eagles are our most proactive and engaged colleagues, we provide them with the knowledge and skills to help society move forward in the digital age. They run tea & teach sessions to help the older generations get to grips with ever-changing technologies, code playground sessions to start children on their digital journeys and digital safety sessions to help our digitally savvy and digital natives learn how to keep themselves safe in a world of cybercrime.

The Proactive Engagement initiative looks to put the onus back on the bank and react to potential customer problems before they happen. It also increases transparency and empathy – we don’t wait for the customer to come for us if something goes wrong – we get in touch and let them know what we’re doing to fix it.

Carole has 29 years’ experience in retail banking and customer experience, she’s passionate about increasing brand reputation and customer loyalty through proactive colleague and customer engagement.

Claire Cockerton, CEO and Founder of Plexal

Claire Cockerton is Founder & CEO of Plexal, Europe’s largest innovation ecosystem based at Here East on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. She is a specialist in tech clusters, innovation services and startup eco-systems. She founded ENTIQ, an innovation advisory and delivery firm, responsible for running world-leading innovation programmes for companies such as EY, Euroclear, Dassault Systemes and many more. ENTIQ also designed and delivered Cognicity, a smart city technology pilot programme in Canary Wharf which resulted in job creation, investment, awards, international exposure and client contracts for the participating SMEs.

Claire was founding director and CEO of Innovate Finance (IF), a City of London and Canary Wharf Group-backed movement for a more diverse, resilient, accessible and consumer-centric financial services sector. An Imperial College MBA alumna, specialising in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Design, her distinguished thesis explored incubators, tech transfer and accelerator models from around the world. Prior to coming to the UK in 2009, Claire founded, grew and sold Aesthetic Earthworks, a multi-million dollar sustainable architecture firm which pioneered environmentally friendly property development and care, based in Toronto, Canada. Claire is an active member of the Guild of Entrepreneurs, The Mayor of London’s Tech Ambassador Group, Tech London Advocates, Women in Tech and is a fellow at the Royal Society of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

Deborah O'Neill, Partner at Oliver Wyman Labs

deborah-oneil-featuredIn her time at global management consultancy Oliver Wyman, Deborah has supported some of the world’s biggest financial institutions and developed a passion around user centricity for business reporting. She recently co-authored an article for the Harvard Business Review entitled “Using Data to Strengthen Your Connections to Customers” and is an alum of Imperial College, London.

Deborah is also engaged in mentoring the next generation of tech experts and is using her role a senior team member in Oliver Wyman Labs to help support the female talent pipeline. The Labs division is focused on making sense of tetrabytes of business data, unearthing the hidden knowledge it contains, and reinventing corporate decision making.

Diana Kennedy VP, Strategy, Architecture and Planning, IT&S at BP

BPDiana has been with BP for 6 years, firstly leading the Strategy and Architecture function for the Enterprise Systems group, and latterly for the Upstream Business.  In addition, Diana led the Information and Big Data Agenda for the BP until February 2017 when she was appointed Vice President, Strategy, Architecture and Planning for BP.

Prior to BP, Diana was Head of Architecture for British Gas, part of the Centrica group, where she led the solutions team for the retail transformation of British Gas. Diana started her career in consulting, firstly with Boston Consulting Group and subsequently PwC, where she held senior design and architecture roles, predominantly in the financial services and insurance sector.

Diana holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering, a post-graduate degree in Computer Science and an MBA. She has three young children and enjoys competing for Great Britain in Masters Athletics in her spare time.

Elin Pellas, Consultant, RPA at EY

Elin

Elin joined EY as a Consultant in 2017 and is working on a large Intelligent Automation project in Scotland, based in our Edinburgh office. Elin holds a Master’s in Economics, specialisation Applied Economic Analysis, from Stockholm School of Economics.

Prior to joining EY, Elin worked for a large spirits manufacturer in Stockholm, supporting on a project implementing a new ERP system. Elin’s key skills include research, data analysis, and problem solving. She is also highly proficient in Stata and MATLAB, and has experience of developing automation solutions with Blue Prism and KNIME Analytics Platform.

Elin has also acted as board member for UN Women Stockholm and wrote her Master’s thesis on the topic of female participation in tech, titled “Participation in the Digital Transformation: The Case of Women and IT Majors in Sweden.”

Francine Stevens, Innovation Programme Manager at Plexal

Francine’s global experience spans almost 20 years with a variety of roles in enterprise telecommunications and technology, focussed on driving growth and added value for customers. Bringing together her experience across the various functions of the business to foster and enable innovation she is continually refining the Innovation practices using lean and agile methodologies, developing tools and approaches to support a culture of change and transformation.

Ghela Boskovich, works with Streets Consulting and is Head of Fintech Partnerships at Rainmaking, home of StartupBootCamp

Ghela

Ghela is active in the fintech industry, having spent the last ten years focused on business development for core insurance and banking system solutions, the last half of which has centered on financial services pricing governance functionality. Ghela also founded FemTechGlobal to bridge the gender gap in fintech and the financial services industry and was named one of Brummell Magazine’s 2016 ‘30 Inspirational Women Innovators’, and included in Innovate Finance’s Women in Fintech Powerlist 2016. She is a regular contributor to fintech publications and discussions, specializing in dynamic pricing and customer centricity.

Holly Mesrobian, Director Software Engineering, Amazon Video

Amazon

Holly Mesrobian is Director of Engineering for Amazon Video, heading up Amazon’s London Development Centre. The Development Centre is a digital media design and engineering hub with a global remit to work on digital media products that will benefit Amazon customers all over the world. In her role Holly leads a team of hundreds of software development engineers, user-interface experts and graphic designers who are focused on developing interactive digital services supporting the growth of Amazon Instant Video for TVs, game consoles, smartphones and PCs. and exciting new technologies that support the growth of Amazon’s Prime Video service.

Holly has two masters degrees – one in Computer Science from the University of Washington and another in Software Engineering from Seattle University. She started her career in technology more than 20 years ago as a developer and since has held numerous technology leadership roles including General Manager of internet streaming company Real Networks’ Platform Engineering team and CTO of Cozi, a company offering mobile and digital family organising tools for families that was later acquired by Time Inc. She then joined Amazon in the U.S. as Director, Engineering for the retailers fast-growing fashion business before moving to the UK for her current role. Holly has been a long-time passionate advocate for women in technology, helping to inspire and encourage others to pursue careers in the field.

In Seattle she helped develop a curriculum for a non-profit organization called Ada which focused on moving women into careers in engineering. This commitment has continued in London where she recently spoke at Women of Silicon Roundabout on how to juggle a busy work and family life. Despite her demanding role Holly devotes time in her schedule to mentoring a number of colleagues across Amazon, both male and female. Her mentees include those in both senior roles and those in more junior positions, keen to emulate Holly’s success.

Holly lives with her husband, also a technologist, and four children in London. Outside of her busy work and family life Holly loves to run and has completed marathons in a number of cities including London, New York and Boston.

Ide Hughes, Chief Information Officer, Wealth & Investments and Private Bank & Overseas Services Technology at Barclays

Barclays

Ide joined Barclays in November 2012 as Managing Director and Global Head of Channels Technology for the Wealth and Investment Management division of Barclays. She was promoted to Chief Information Officer in December 2013. Ide is responsible for driving forward the definition and execution of Technology, in line with Wealth & Investments and Private Bank & Overseas Services Technology business strategies. Ide is the Technology lead on the Wealth Processing Transaction Cycle.

Prior to joining Barclays, Ide was Head of EMEA and Latin America Wealth Management Technology at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in London where she was responsible for the International Wealth Management platforms. Ide also spent ten years at Merrill Lynch, culminating in her role as Head of Global Prime Brokerage technology.

Ide holds a Bachelors Degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from University College Cork.

Ines Negrao, Manager, Advisory, RPA at EY

Ines

Ines Negrao is one of the Managers for Robotic Process Automation within EY’s Advisory services. Ines has built up reputable experience within EY and has been involved in many projects for RPA implementation, automation and business transformation. Ines also took on the role as Project Manager for the 2016 International Womens’ Day, this was an event organised by EY Women’s Network.

Ines has worked in both Europe and Latin America and trained in Blue Prism, Lean Six Sigma and Agile. She also studied in Portugal and has graduated with a Master’s in Business Administration from Catolica Business School.

Her key skills include Robotics process automation implementations, SSC/BPO/ERP transformation programmes, power and utilities industry expertise, business process improvement, stakeholder engagement and change management and she is also fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, English.

Jacqueline de Rojas, President techUK, NED Rightmove plc, Board Advisor Digital Leaders

DeRojas

An inspirational leader, Jacqueline is passionate about the UK, the technology industry and championing business.

Jacqueline’s techUK presidency focuses on the UK leveraging its digital opportunity and skills, and embracing diversity to help the UK’s technology industry to reach its potential. She believes that to achieve this all geographies and demographics across the UK must be included and we must strive to equip our country with the very best infrastructure and supportive business legislation possible. Above all, none of the above can be achieved unless the UK tech industry demonstrates that it is open for business to global markets.

Prior to her presidency, Jacqueline held the role of deputy president techUK and board champion for women. She has used this role to leverage resources in the technology industry to support her manifesto to increase diversity of skills and talent in the tech industry. This has gathered increasing momentum through techUK’s Women in Tech Council, which continues to bring industry together to drive for inclusion, diversity & gender equality.

Jacqueline has been employed throughout her career by global blue-chip software companies to accelerate growth by pulling amazing teams together who can operate under pressure and extend their reach through smart partnerships.

Jacqueline is also: a Non-Executive Director of Rightmove plc, the UK’s number one property website, from 30 December 2016; was previously a Non-Executive Director at Home Retail Group plc; is a board advisor at Digital Leaders; and lends her support to everywoman and the technology group of the 30% Club.

Jacqueline is recognised as a leading figure in the UK’s tech industry. In 2016 she entered the @Computerweekly Hall of Fame as the most influential woman in UK IT; she was voted Computer Weekly’s Most Influential Woman in IT 2015; and was listed on Debretts 2016 500 People of Influence – Digital.

Jimmy Nilsson, Managing Director Global Security Services at Verizon

Verizon

As global leader of Verizon Cyber Defense practise within Global Security Services, Jimmy help organizations optimize security investments and reduce business risk by providing state of the art solution within Threat Management, Identity & Access Management, as well as Advance SOC services. In addition to arrange for delivery excellence, Jimmy also oversees next generation security services within Verizon.

Jimmy leads a total operation of more than 170 security consultants across 20+ countries, and with more than 500 ongoing Security Projects, including:

• Dedicated Advanced SOC services to utility providers and leading banks
• Design, Implementation & Integration of new Security Infrastructure Architectures to fortune 100 companies
• State sponsored Identity solution for citizens to enable online services
• Identity proofing service for leading bank
• Incident Response (CERT) service to leading manufacturing organizations

Prior to Verizon, Jimmy was Head of Global IT Security at a global technology company where he headed a Security Team responsible for global Operations of IT Security.

Jimmy also has a history within Swedish Defense as an Army officer where he helped introduce a new secure mobile communication system for national armed forces.

Julia Streets, Founder & CEO of Streets Consulting

Julia is CEO of Streets Consulting, the UK and US business development, marketing and communications FinTech consultancy. Prior to founding Streets Consulting in 2008, Julia was global head of communications at NYSE Technologies and European head of marketing and sales development at Instinet. In 2013, Brummell Magazine named Julia one of their 30 Inspirational Women on Boards and in 2014 one of their 30 Inspirational Women Entrepreneurs. Last year Innovate Finance listed Julia one of their 100 Women in FinTech and SWIFT named her one of their Power Women in FinTech. Julia is proud to serve as a trustee of the charity ‘Children in Crisis’ and is a Fellow of the British American Project.

Key Facilitator - Kate Russell, Journalist, Tech Reporter and Author, BBC CLICK

Kate RussellKate Russell (BBC Click) is a journalist, reporter, and author who has been writing about gaming, technology and the Internet since 1995. Best known for weekly appearances on the BBC’s technology programme she frequently appears on TV radio and in magazines as a technology expert, and also has regular columns in National Geographic Traveller and the BBC’s Focus magazines. She is the author of two books Working the Cloud, a guide to using the internet in business; and Elite: Mostly Harmless, Kate’s debut science fiction novel set in the gaming world of Elite, which achieved over 400 per cent of its funding goal on Kickstarter. In addition, Kate speaks regularly at technology events and conferences, and in schools and universities, inspiring the next generation of technologists. She is also very involved in UK and global policy meetings to help shape the way the internet is governed.

Lauren Riley, Entrepreneur, Qualified Solicitor and Founder of The Link App

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Lauren Riley is an entrepreneur, qualified solicitor, and the proud founder of The Link App. She developed the technology as a lawyer, for lawyers. Simply put, The Link App’s technology is redefining client communication in this industry. Lauren understands the day-to-day problems faced by law firms and their clients alike – particularly in today’s fast-paced world – and is passionate about solving them through the innovative use of technology.

Lauren graduated from Lancaster University with an Honours Degree in Law in 2006 and completed her Post-Graduate Diploma in Law from the College of Law, Manchester, achieving a distinction. Lauren’s appearance on The BBC’s The Apprentice in 2014 was an opportunity not only to get backing for her business idea, The Link App but to discuss her belief that women can have it all-a successful career without compromising things they hold dear. Lauren is also a prominent blogger and more recently vlogger too. Her blogs appear on www.laurenriley.co.uk and the Huffington Post. Since her venture into technology Lauren has become known for her business endeavours there and in 2016 has been ranked in the top ten LinkedIn profiles in technology out of their 20 million UK users.

Lovely Bimalraj, Senior Engagement Manager (Insights & Data) at Capgemini

Capgemini

Lovely has over 20 years of global industry experience primarily working within the Business Intelligence, Data Transformation and Insights space. She is a Senior Engagement Manager within Capgemini UK PLC. In this role, she has delivered a variety of programmes including several multi-year global transformation programmes. She was responsible for managing globally distributed, multicultural and heterogeneous teams. Over the course of last 12 years, Lovely has been recognised as the thought leader within Capgemini with a reputation of consistently excelling in the setting up and running of BI Development Centres to manage and deliver a broad spectrum of BI and Analytics projects.

Lovely graduated in Production Engineering from the University of Mumbai and back then belonged to a cohort of 4% of female graduates. Her career in technology commenced as a developer in the National Stock Exchange of India. She then progressed through performing various roles, gaining hands on experience on a variety of tools, delivering locally and globally before picking up Engagement Management as a career.

As a senior member within Capgemini, she mentors female talent both in the technical and programme management space. She is a firm believer of equality and welcomes every prospect to promote equal opportunity in education and employment.

Malvina Josephidou, Software Engineer at Bloomberg

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Malvina Josephidou is a software engineer at the News Search Experience team at Bloomberg where she works on improving search relevance using machine learning.

Previous to this she completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge in applied statistics and bioinformatics.

Marija Butkovic, Co-Founder of Women of Wearables

Kate RussellMarija Butkovic is a business, PR and marketing consultant and startup mentor who has worked across a range of projects in different industry sectors, including legal, journalism, IoT, tech and fashion.

She is a co-founder of Kisha Smart Umbrella – a wearable tech startup behind the world’s smartest fashion tech umbrella, and Women of Wearables. As PR strategist and journalist Marija has worked with and been profiled by some of the world’s leading tech and business magazines and portals (Wired UK, TechCrunch, VentureBeat, Huffington Post, Financial Times, Forbes, Business Insider, London Evening Standard, etc.). She is member of Tech London Advocates – an organisation aiming to support technology startups in finding new investment, new talent and achieving high growth and Women Techmakers – Google’s global program providing visibility, community and resources for women in technology.

Prior to working in the tech industry, Marija was a corporate lawyer and consultant for legal trade journals. She holds a Master of Laws degree (Faculty of Law, University of Rijeka, Croatia) and was also awarded a diploma from the Startup Institute in London.

Michelle Hua, Co-Founder of Women of Wearables

Kate RussellMichelle Hua is a public speaker, writer, Founder & CEO of Made With Glove Ltd, a UK wearable tech start-up designing fashionable heated gloves for women based in Manchester. She is also the co-founder of Women of Wearables, an organisation that supports, inspires and connects women in wearable tech, fashion tech, the IoT and AR/VR through events and wearable tech workshops in Manchester and London. Michelle delivers the WoW wearable tech workshops with Rachael Yeung. In 2014 Michelle led Made with Glove to being in the Top 150 Most Influential Brands in Wearable Tech and in 2015, received the highly commended blogger award at the UK Blog Awards in London for her Wearable Tech Fashion blog series. In 2016 Michelle was the recipient of the UK TechNation Exceptional Talent Visa for her significant entrepreneurial contributions in the digital technology sector and her work in promoting, mentoring and supporting Women in Tech.

Michelle worked as a commercial solicitor in private practice, in- house and the Western Australian Government in Australia and New Zealand for eight years prior to starting her wearable technology company. Michelle holds Bachelor degrees in Commerce (Curtin University) and Laws (Murdoch University) from Perth, Western Australia.

Mivy James, National Security Head of Consulting for BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

BAESystems

Mivy James is the National Security Head of Consulting for BAE Systems Applied Intelligence. She is an Enterprise Architect with over 20 years’ of experience having started her career as a programmer after graduating in Computer Science & Maths.

She helps UK National Security and Defence clients with their large digital transformation programmes providing technical and systems engineering advice. In 2016 Mivy founded BAE Systems’ first gender balance network which now has over 160 members world wide, she is a passionate advocate for STEM and believes role models are vital to change the ratio.

She recently published an article on gender stereotyping and how this influences girls to move away from STEM subjects as they progress through school. Mivy was a finalist in the 2017 Everywoman Women in Technology Awards.

Monique Breen IT Director, International Gas, Structured Products and Treasury: BP Supply & Trading

BPMonique joined BP in 2005 following an extensive consultancy career in business change and technology at Sapient, PA Consulting and Logica CMG working with clients primarily in the financial services sector including Citibank, Thomson Reuters, International Petroleum Exchange and the London Clearing House.

She is currently the IT Director International Gas, Structured Products and Treasury. In this role, she is accountable for all aspects of systems delivery and operations for the European Gas and Power, global LNG trading activities within BP’s trading organization and Group Treasury.

Monique has a strong track record of building and leading diverse teams to deliver global, Supply & Trading system solutions that have enabled benefits in the Physical Oil Operations,Credit Risk, Asset Optimization and Know-Your-Customer business areas.

Monique graduated from The University of Manchester with Master and Bachelor degrees in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. She lives in London with her husband Ben and two daughters.

Nina Rush, Technology Transformation Leader for PwC’s UKIT

PwC

Nina is the Technology Transformation Leader for PwC’s UKIT, heading up the Artificial Intelligence and Automation initiatives internally at PwC. Alongside her day job she works closely with PwC’s Women in Technology initiative. Nina’s career started at PwC straight after her A levels where she qualified as an accountant by the time she was 22, working in departments from Audit, to Transactional Services and a two year secondment to Lehman Brothers.

During her time working as a finance manager for a FTSE 250 company Nina implemented the group consolidation system and this was where her passion for technology was uncovered. A move into the technology department saw her working closely with the Chief Information Officer (CIO) on strategic initiatives. These included running a project to support the democratisation of data within the company, utilising a West-Coast start up venture, a Salesforce implementation and Cloud ERP assessment. Nina re-joined PwC in 2016 and is a huge advocate in supporting the Women in Technology initiative both at PwC and for girls who are just starting to consider their future career options.

Saray Cruz, Ecosystems & Alliances Global Programme Lead at Deloitte UK

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Saray started her career with an IT company. After a couple of years, Saray chose to diversify her experience and worked across renewable energy, the public sector and banking. Although she enjoyed each of those jobs in different ways, she found herself drawn back to technology. Clearly onto a winner, Saray has developed her career to become a Technology transformation specialist.

Passionate about the application of technology innovation and women’s role in technology, Saray sits on the leadership team of Deloitte’s Women in Technology network and has authored a number of articles on gender equality. Over the last few years she has held roles driving Deloitte’s innovation pipeline and is currently working with the leadership team and alliance partners to establish and leverage the power of collaboration to create the next wave of technology ecosystems.

Dr Sue Black OBE, Author of Saving Bletchley Park and Government Digital Services Advisor

Dr Sue Black left home and school at 16, married at 20 and had three children by the age of 23. A single parent at 25 she went to university, gained a degree in computing then a PhD in software engineering. She set up the UK’s first online network for women in tech BCSWomen and led the campaign to save Bletchley Park.

Sue is now a Social Entrepreneur, Writer and Public Speaker who has won numerous awards including being one of the “50 most inspiring women in European tech’. Her current startup #techmums teaches mums tech skills enabling them to become tech savvy. Sue now has four children and has recently become a grandmother. Her first book Saving Bletchley Park is published by Unbound.

Tunji Akintokun, Director at Cisco Systems

Tunji

Tunji is a Director at Cisco covering mid-market customers and partnership for Africa. Based in London he has held several leadership positions across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Russia and CIS during his 17 year career at the company. Passionate about diversity in the workplace and encouraging more diverse talent in pursuing careers in Science and Technology, Tunji sits on several boards and councils including the education charity Teach First, the women’s council of techUK, which represents over 900 companies, Grant Thornton (Vibrant Economy Commissioner) and Raise Tech (co-chair) a professional network for people of colour in the UK tech sector.

He is the founder of the award winning social enterprise “Your Future, Your Ambition” which aims to inspire, excite and engage diverse talent in pursuing careers in Science & Technology (STEM). Tunji holds an MSc in Software Engineering from London Southbank University and completed his executive education at both Wharton and Stanford Business schools.

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