Rajesh Agrawal

Deputy Mayor of London for Business

Rajesh Agrawal

Deputy Mayor of London for Business

Rajesh Agrawal is the Deputy Mayor of London for Business. Born in India, Rajesh moved to London in 2001. As an entrepreneur he founded RationalFX in 2005, and Xendpay in 2014, both companies utilising technology to reduce the cost of international money transfer for businesses and individuals. 

Rajesh is passionate about promoting entrepreneurship and creating opportunities for young people. He was appointed Chair of Oxfam’s Enterprise Development Programme in 2015 and has been a Patron of the Prince’s Trust for many years.

As Deputy Mayor Rajesh aims to be a strong voice for London’s business community, protecting jobs and growth, and ensuring that the capital remains the most open and attractive place to do business in the world.

David McQueen

MD @ Narratively Ltd

David McQueen

MD @ Narratively Ltd

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 a 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.

Jacky Wright

Chief Digital and Information Officer @ HMRC

Jacky Wright

Chief Digital and Information Officer @ HMRC

As HMRC’s Chief Digital and Information Officer, Jacky is responsible for all of the technology powering one of the biggest digitally-enabled transformations anywhere in Europe. Her teams run the IT and telephony that allows HMRC to manage 2.3 billion transactions and collect more than half a trillion pounds a year in revenue to fund UK Plc.

Jacky joined HMRC in October 2017 from a private sector background. She is well known in the industry as a senior executive who is a transformational global leader and innovative technologist. She is passionate about the impact innovation can have in truly transforming services for people and businesses in a positive way.

Jacky is also proud to represent women and BAME in technology. She was recently recognised as one of the UK’s most influential black people in the 2018 Powerlist.

Daryn Edgar

VP, Digital Advisory, EMEA @ SAP

Daryn Edgar

VP, Digital Advisory, EMEA @ SAP

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.

Amy Lynch

Head of Diversity & Inclusion, UK @ ThoughtWorks

Amy Lynch

Head of Diversity & Inclusion, UK @ ThoughtWorks

Amy has been working with technology teams and organisations for over a decade, with a background spanning recruitment, sales and marketing. Passionate about equality and tackling injustice, she is currently heading up diversity & inclusion for ThoughtWorks, a global technology consultancy, working to make the tech industry a safer, more welcoming place for all. She is a keen photographer, enjoys travel and is an active member of the tech communities across Manchester & London. Twitter: @Amy_Lynch

Shaheen Sayed

Head of Health & Public Services Business, UK & Ireland @ Accenture

Shaheen Sayed

Head of Health & Public Services Business, UK & Ireland @ Accenture

Shaheen El-Sayed is Head of Accenture's Health & Public Services Business in the UK and Ireland. Responsible for providing transformational solutions to the public sector using new platforms and ways of thinking. Shaheen holds significant experience from her twenty-year career at Accenture where she has led complex technology and business transformation programmes for clients across the public and private sector, both in the UK and globally. As a ‘’hands on’’ practitioner, she has driven some of the most complex implementations in Justice, Health; Rural Affairs and Capital Markets. Most recently, she has been working as an advisor to senior Financial Services clients at the forefront of their digital transformation and driving first-in-kind innovation from inception to execution.

Shaheen is a respected adviser on inclusive business cultures and is a recognised thought leader on human capital and the evolution of talent in the digital age. She was recently included in the Top 100 influential Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Global leaders by the Financial Times and Empower. She is a passionate campaigner for Inclusion & Diversity in the City, with a specific focus on Social Mobility and Race.

Shaheen is a member of The Prince’s Trust Business in the Communities (BITC) Race Leadership team.

Steven Cox

Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion Ambassador @ Fujitsu

Steven Cox

Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion Ambassador @ Fujitsu

Steven has held a range of strategic roles in Fujitsu, until recently being responsible for its UK Public Sector and Transport business. It’s his passion for diversity and inclusion however which led him to his current position.

Now as Fujitsu’s ambassador for Diversity & Inclusion, Steven is identifying best practice and incorporating it into Fujitsu’s global approach for workplace inclusion and workforce diversity. Steven is also identifying the ways in which technology such as machine learning and artificial intelligence can enable inclusive workplaces and workforce diversity.

As a champion for diversity and inclusion, Steven has helped embed a more inclusive culture in the UK company, and he is the executive sponsor of Shine, Fujitsu’s LGBT+ and ally networking group. He has been on the Financial Times top 100, and The Times top 50, LGBT executives in business lists.

Steven can be found on LinkedIn (StevenAJCox) and Twitter (@StevenAJC).

Pamela Hutchinson

Head of Diversity and Inclusion EMEA @ Bloomberg

Pamela Hutchinson

Head of Diversity and Inclusion EMEA @ Bloomberg

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.

Stephen Koch

Managing Director, Corporate Technology @ J.P.Morgan

Stephen Koch

Managing Director, Corporate Technology @ J.P.Morgan

Stephen Koch is a Managing Director within the Corporate Technology team.  He is responsible for Wholesale loan allowance calculation and stress testing, firmwide balance sheet forecasting and stress testing and market risk stress testing. 

Stephen is a member of the EMEA diversity working group and the global diversity women’s pillar. He is also running a Women in Technology Allies group with Gary Ford.

Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, Stephen worked at Goldman Sachs for 16 years where he most recently ran the Global Market Risk Technology team based in New York. Stephen also worked for J.P. Morgan in 1993 before being outsourced to Andersen Consulting as part of the Pinnacle Alliance in 1996.  Stephen started his career at Andersen Consulting.

Alix Burge

CTIO IoT, Service and Digital @ Ventures at BT

Alix Burge

CTIO IoT, Service and Digital @ Ventures at BT

Alix Burge is Chief Technology and Information Officer for the Wholesale and Ventures division of BT with a specialised focus on strategy, IOT, digital and service. She is responsible for providing and delivering a common, customer centric technical strategy across the diverse portfolio of businesses, developing new propositions through innovation and transformation through technology.

Prior to her 4 years in BT, Alix has worked extensively across the telecoms sector, starting her career in Vodafone as a voice engineer before leaving to broaden her experience in other companies such as Ericsson and 3.  Alix, having led on two successful company mergers, is familiar with transformation challenges within large-scale organisations and is a keen advocate of cultural change.

 

Throughout her career, Alix has keenly promoted diversity and inclusion, and being a mum of two young girls, has a personal interest in gender diversity.  She works as a mentor both formally and informally within BT actively engaging with women in STEM organisations.

Farrah Qureshi

CEO @ Global Diversity Practice

Farrah Qureshi

CEO @ Global Diversity Practice

Farrah Qureshi is the CEO of Global Diversity Practice. She is globally recognised as one of the foremost experts on Diversity and Inclusion consultancy and training. Farrah has successfully delivered, designed, managed and resourced learning interventions for a variety of clients spanning an impressive portfolio of corporate and public sectors, nationally and internationally. Farrah was a pioneer in developing global diversity consulting and has worked in and delivered to clients and delegates in over 100 countries; her work has been experienced in over 150 countries worldwide. Farrah is a regular keynote speaker on D&I, Unconscious Bias and Inclusive Leadership, having headlined conferences for Walmart, Unilever and the World Bank. Farrah has over 25 years of experience in Diversity and Inclusion, aligning her outputs to Organisation Transformation, Leadership Behaviours, Cultural Change and Behavioural Economics combined with a strategic business focused approach. Farrah specialises in working at Board, CEO and Leadership levels.

Simone Satchell

Diversity and Inclusion Lead for Global Technology Infrastructure @ J.P.Morgan

Simone Satchell

Diversity and Inclusion Lead for Global Technology Infrastructure @ J.P.Morgan

Simone is the lead for Diversity and Inclusion for Global Technology Infrastructure within JPMorgan Chase.

Her role is to drive and shape the culture of the organisation to create an environment where people can thrive and succeed.

Simone’s career started at JPMorgan Chase 24 years ago during a Work Experience placement while attending her final year at College. 

Simone also plays a key role within the Global Woman’s pillar leading a program to support, retain and develop women across Global Technology.

Sue Baker OBE

Global Director @ Time to Change

Sue Baker OBE

Global Director @ Time to Change

Sue leads the Time to Change Global Programme, as well as supporting the England programme (the largest ever programme to end mental health stigma and discrimination in England *).

 

Her global role involves working with local community organisations and people with mental problems to address stigma, along with governments, policy makers, key influencers, and community groups across the Commonwealth, with funding from the UK Government.

 

Having set up the domestic Time to Change programme in 2007, Sue has led it for over ten years as the Director.  Within this timeframe there have been significant improvements at national levels in public attitudes and reductions in reported discrimination, evidenced by the highest level of academic evaluation.

 

Sue’s previous roles have involved Marketing Director for a leading mental health charity in New Zealand (the Mental Health Foundation) setting up marketing, campaigning and fundraising programmes and supporting the ‘Like Minds, Like Mine’ campaign to address the discrimination experienced by people with mental health problems.  Prior to that she worked for nine years as the first ever Head of Media Relations at Mind, in particular carrying out the UK’s first survey of the extent and impact of stigma in the mid 1990s.

 

* Time to Change is a partnership between leading mental health charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness.  Time to Change (England) is funded Comic Relief’s largest ever UK grant, The Department of Health and Social Care, and the Big Lottery Fund.

Sharon Conway

Business Management Operations Leader, Global Technology Services Division @ IBM

Sharon Conway

Business Management Operations Leader, Global Technology Services Division @ IBM

IBM is a globally integrated enterprise operating in over 170 countries, bringing innovative solutions to clients to help solve some of their toughest business challenges. In this globally diverse environment with over 400,000 employees Sharon is UK ambassador for Mental Health & Well-being, alongside her day job, she designs and drives initiatives and programmes to support employees working in a fast paced, dynamic and high performance culture. She works with a number of mental health organisations and was recently invited to 10 Downing Street to consult with the Government.

Gary Ford

Managing Director, Production Management @ J.P.Morgan

Gary Ford

Managing Director, Production Management @ J.P.Morgan

Gary Ford is a Managing Director within the CIB Production Management technology team and is responsible for managing a firm-wide strategic program of implementing a new Service Management capability across Global Technology.

 

Gary has held various Technology roles during his 24 years with J.P. Morgan, covering application development and production support across Front, Middle and Back Office facing applications.

 

Prior to joining the firm, Gary started his career as a graduate programmer at a UK based software house. He has 34 years’ experience within the industry.

 

Gary is part of the Bournemouth Hub Leadership Team and sponsors two sub-committees dealing with external relationships and internal communities which aim to develop strong employee engagements opportunities. He is also a member of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation’s UK Philanthropy committee. He has been the strategic sponsor for the bank’s relationship with Southampton University for many years and is a key member of Bournemouth’s Women in Technology chapter where he is developing a male allies group to promote gender diversity in Technology.

Jeff Seamster

Creative Director @ Criterion Games

Jeff Seamster

Creative Director @ Criterion Games

A native of New Orleans, Jeff’s work has been enjoyed by millions of players worldwide in some of the game industry’s most iconic franchises including BioShock, Battlefield, and Star Wars Battlefront. He now serves as Creative Director at Criterion Games where he builds diverse, inclusive teams to create games that bring people together and expand players’ perspectives.

His work has been recognised with multiple awards and nominations from BAFTA, Motion Picture Sound Editors, and the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. With a focus on narrative and storytelling, he is committed to a style of leadership and development that amplifies voices which often go unheard.

Natasha Sayce-Zelem

Head of Technology (Digital Service) @ Sky

Natasha Sayce-Zelem

Head of Technology (Digital Service) @ Sky

Named as one of the Top 100 women working in Technology right now, Natasha Sayce-Zelem is the Head of Technology at Sky across its extensive Digital Service estate.

Sky is one of The Times Top 50 employers for women, with an award winning ‘Women in Leadership’ programme and a number of external free initiatives to encourage more women to get into a Tech career.

Natasha speaks and writes nationally to inspire more women to consider side-stepping into a Tech career using existing transferrable skills and reinforcing how important it is to focus on the creativity aspects of a Tech career, especially in encouraging more diversity into the sector.

Outside of Sky, Natasha is the Festival Director of the Science/Technology strand at the Leeds International Festival. For the second year running, over 67% of her festival speakers are female.

She founded the ‘Empowering Women with Tech and Science’. Over 300 people attended the National conference featuring talks from Lauren Laverne, Dr Sue Black OBE, Anne Marie Imafidon MBE and Debbie Wosskow OBE. Natasha also founded the Leeds ‘Ladies of Code’ meetup and is on the Industrial Advisory Board for the University of Leeds School of Computing.

Pips Bunce

Director / Head of Global Markets Technology Core Engineering Integration Components @ Credit Suisse

Pips Bunce

Director / Head of Global Markets Technology Core Engineering Integration Components @ Credit Suisse

Along with her role as Director and head of Global Markets Technology Core Engineering Integration Components, Pips is co-chair of the firm’s LGBT Ally Program and a member of Credit Suisse's EMEA LGBT committee (which both aim to encourage an inclusive work culture where all are encouraged to bring their whole self to work and to promote authenticity in the workplace regardless of gender identity, gender expression or sexuality.) 

Pips identifies as gender fluid and has always been open and out both personally and professionally - she typically spends half of the week as Phil and the other half as Pippa both at home and at work. Pips has been happily married to her wife for over 22 years and they have been blessed with 2 children who are now 20 and 17, all of whom embrace whatever opportunities possible to help promote the acceptance and celebration of diversity and inclusion in all aspects of life.

Prior to Credit Suisse, Pips was an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs for 5 years, worked at UBS for 2 years, IT consultancies for 3 years and a technical officer at British Telecom research for 7 years.

Pips was awarded 4th position in the prestigious Financial Times and OUTstanding LGBT and Ally Executive leader list, featured in the Financial Times Top 50 Women awards list and shortlisted for the top 10 Inspirational leader category as part of the British LGBT Awards.

Vicky Schildkamp

Chief of Staff @ Automation Logic

Vicky Schildkamp

Chief of Staff @ Automation Logic

Vicky is Chief of Staff at Automation Logic.  Since joining in 2016 she has supported the founders in preparing the business to scale at speed by encouraging an environment that attracts, develops and retains the best engineering and operational talent around, including founding AL's exceptional DevOps Graduate Academy.  A highly experienced HR and Talent Management professional, Vicky has worked in the tech sector for 19 years supporting tech start-ups like Pure360 email marketing and giants such as Google.

Dion McKenzie

Co-founder @ Colorintech.org

Dion McKenzie

Co-founder @ Colorintech.org

Dion is founder and executive chair of Colorintech.org, a nonprofit he set up in 2015 to make the UK’s tech industry more inclusive and transparent. Having spent most of his career in Silicon Valley, Dion is an active investor and has advised many SaaS startups looking to expand internationally. Dion is also the Chief Revenue Officer for Hatch, a challenger bank that’s built for the self employed.

Ashleigh Ainsley

Co-Founder @ olorintech.org

Ashleigh Ainsley

Co-Founder @ olorintech.org

Ashleigh is a tech evangelist hailing from London. Having started his career at Google, Ashleigh has worked advising a number of firms on digital strategy and tech enablement. Having helped scale London start up Qubit, Ashleigh now a consultant at KPMG giving him a breath of experience across organisations of all sizes.

Outside of the professional sphere, Ashleigh was one of a handful of Black Caribbean students to attend Oxford University and has worked with a number of organisations in conjunction with charity, Business in the community, advising on issues of discrimination, exclusion and inclusive diversity practices.

Most recently as cofounder of colorintech.org, Ashleigh is working to develop partnerships to improve diversity within the tech community in the UK.

James Saxton

Technology Director for Customer Experience @ ASOS

James Saxton

Technology Director for Customer Experience @ ASOS

James Saxton is the Technology Director for Customer Experience at ASOS, the global fashion destination for 20-somethings. James is responsible for delivering the technology behind ASOS’s customer experience and engagement activities.

Prior to joining ASOS, James held senior technology positions across both start-up and FTSE 100 businesses, including M&S. He began his career with Accenture, the global management consultancy.

A Classics graduate of the University of Manchester, James hails from Essex but now lives in Bath with his wife Rebecca and their two children. James enjoys the outdoor life, modern art and travel.

Chantelle Edwards

Associate Business Analyst @ ASOS

Chantelle Edwards

Associate Business Analyst @ ASOS

Chantelle is a Web Analyst working on the ASOS Checkout systems. Chantelle has spent two years working on the delivery of new payment methods, owning translation processes and assisting in large scale website replatforms. One of her highlights is being apart of the BA community, a place where other analysts can ‘Lunch and Learn’ and attend the latest events related to their work area. 

Chantelle is a psychology graduate which prompts her interest in Why people do those things and Why that way. This assists her in the discovery and maintenance of customer journeys so that 20-somethings have a frictionless experience right up to the moment they place their ASOS order. 

As a female in Tech, Chantelle is an advocate for non-traditional routes into the workplace and has introduced a new project called “Let’s Talk”.  The monthly sessions aim to get other females in tech together so they can catch up, upskill and share experiences.

Juliet Eccleston

CEO @ AnyGood?

Juliet Eccleston

CEO @ AnyGood?

Juliet is CEO and co-founder of AnyGood?, a network where professionals recommend professionals for roles. AnyGood? launched in 2017 and has attracted interest from large corporates as well as small to medium sized businesses who are looking for new ways to find great people. AnyGood? successfully raised initial seed funding via it’s members and are set for significant growth in 2018. 

Juliet’s personal commitment to create a level playing field for candidates has influenced the proposition design. This includes a proactively curated network, to ensure a good representation of society and as a result greater diversity of recommended candidates.

Prior to AnyGood?, Juliet delivered large scale change programmes for over 20 years within Financial Services, Retail and Government. Juliet has held senior Programme roles at Egg, BBC, Sainsbury’s, Legal & General, Fidelity Investments & Britannia Building Society amongst others.

Rachel Buck

Managing Director @ J.P.Morgan

Rachel Buck

Managing Director @ J.P.Morgan

Rachel leads Organization Development for Global Technology Infrastructure at JPMorgan Chase.

 

Her role as a change agent is to enable leaders and teams in the organization to drive Transformation.

 

Rachel also plays a key role advising on Diversity and Inclusion programs across Global Technology.  She leads the global retention program for our female top talent, defining strategies to ensure we have diversity of thought in the organization.

Kiri O’Brien

Co-Founder @ Druthers Search

Kiri O’Brien

Co-Founder @ Druthers Search

Kiri has extensive experience within the recruitment industry and has worked closely with hundreds of Tech and HR leaders globally to build teams across a number of specialisms. She is Co-Founder of Druthers Search which was founded with the mission to help businesses attract and retain top diverse talent. She and Druthers are hugely passionate about making a positive difference in Tech through the everyday championing of diversity and inclusion as an absolute imperative for any business.

Alasdair James Scott

Director, Client Success @ NCLUSION

Alasdair James Scott

Director, Client Success @ NCLUSION

Alasdair has a set of core beliefs that have influenced and shaped his work in developing fair, equitable and inclusive organisational cultures for everyone. These are…

  • to guarantee that anyone of any persuasion, preference or characteristic has a fair shot at life and work

  • to educate others in a better way of “being” at work; being more objective, more thoughtful of different perspectives and more aware of their prejudices

  • to evolve inclusive workplace cultures through the application of science and objectivity

  • to be a bold but human voice for those who need it and to those who need to hear it

These beliefs have formed a common thread across Alasdair’s roles as a Business Psychologist, Consultant and D&I professional. Through his work Alasdair has designed and delivered a number of innovative, scientific and process driven interventions, transforming the talent conversation across the public and private sectors.

Jenny Fallover

London City Director @ Lesbians Who Tech

Jenny Fallover

London City Director @ Lesbians Who Tech

Jenny has over 20 years’ experience in technology and currently works as a delivery lead at Thomson Reuters. She is also a London City Director for Lesbians Who Tech, Co-Chair for the Gay Women’s Network, author at Gay Star News, an expert for Apps for Good and mentor for Coder Dojo. More recently she joined the steering committee for a new magazine for emerging female writers, Salome. Jenny was featured in the Brummel Top 30 Ones to Watch List in 2016 and was awarded LGBT Role Model of the Year in Jan 2017 by Stonewall. More recently she was a TechWomen50 award winner.

Raj Ramanandi

Founding Partner @ FriendlyFires

Raj Ramanandi

Founding Partner @ FriendlyFires

The first decade of Raj's career involved 4 startups, 1 IPO, 1 large exit (£100m+), 1 cash-cow (digital marketing agency) and awards for Owner of Fastest Growing Companies & Young Business Leader.

Since then he has invested in 50+ early stage tech startups and was listed in The Maserati 100 for Britain's most successful entrepreneurs actively supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Raj has consulted for corporations in their innovation efforts: assisting large banks, insurance companies & airlines, amongst others, on how to onboard new culture, technology and startups, including setting up an HR Tech Incubator in London. Most recently, Raj is a Founding Partner at FriendlyFires: an innovation agency focused on social impact challenges including Diversity & Inclusion, and a Co-Founder of inChorus.

Diana Biggs

Head of Digital Innovation @ HSBC

Diana Biggs

Head of Digital Innovation @ HSBC

Diana Biggs is Head of Digital Innovation for HSBC Retail Banking and Wealth Management, UK & Europe, where she leads on business model innovation, focused on areas including open banking, digital identity, fintech partnerships and robo-advisory. 

Diana, recently named as one of the top 25 fintech influencers in the UK by City AM and one of Innovate Finance’s Women in Fintech 2016 Power List, is an Advisor for University College London’s Centre for Blockchain Technologies and a 2016/2017 Fellow with Anthemis Group. She serves as a mentor for accelerator and angel groups with a focus on empowering women in technology and the use of emerging technologies for social good, including Katapult, Angel Academe and Gaza Sky Geeks.  

Previously, Biggs was Founder of blockchain startup Proof of Purpose, Vice President of Growth and Partnerships for Uphold.com, and Chief Strategy Officer for e-commerce platform Soko. Earlier in her career, Biggs spent five years as a Management Consultant with Oliver Wyman Financial Services advising financial institutions across Europe, Africa, Asia and North America on growth and strategy.

Akash Bhalla

Director of Engineering @ Carwow

Akash Bhalla

Director of Engineering @ Carwow

Akash started his career as a software developer in 2007, and over the past decade has been fortunate to work with various teams around the globe in organisations of varying size. From helping 2 person startups in Chicago, to time spent working with UNICEF in Uganda, to working as a coach and trainer in Bangalore.  

Since returning to London, he’s had an opportunity to try and focus his skills on attempting to solve some of the non-technical problems surrounding technical teams. As Director of Engineering he is focussed on building an inclusive and rewarding culture whilst meeting the needs of a scaling business and organisation.

Radha Narayan

Product Operations Manager @ Google

Radha Narayan

Product Operations Manager @ Google

Radha Narayan joined Google as a software engineer in 2005 from Cornell University, where she received a B.S. in Computer Science and a B.A. in Philosophy. She has been involved in several projects including the redesign of Google Maps, the infrastructure behind Google Search, and now works on improving the health of Android devices. She has moved across a few roles including program management and people management. She is one of the people behind Google's first Pride easter eggs, and runs a scholarship at her alma mater for women in engineering. She grew up in Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Canada, and is a published author of short fiction. Her first novel comes out in May 2018.

Paul Lamb

Technical Director @ Starkey Hearing Technologies

Paul Lamb

Technical Director @ Starkey Hearing Technologies

Paul Lamb has worked with Starkey Hearing Technologies for 30 years holding the position of Technical Director.  

Paul is responsible for overseeing the education and training initiatives for the Starkey brand both in the UK and Europe. He joined the company in 1987 and gained invaluable experience working across manufacturing, product development, sales and technical support. 

Paul leads the Professional Services group at Starkey UK to create and deliver development skills and education in audiology and products for all customer groups. His team also work in product release testing, planning and release to the market in both the UK and Europe.

Externally Paul lectures on audiology and hearing aid technology for many university programmes.

Paul is a registered hearing aid dispenser and registered with the HCPC and also a member of BSHAA.

Rosie Turner

Partner @ FriendlyFires

Rosie Turner

Partner @ FriendlyFires

Rosie graduated from Oxford University and began working in corporate innovation, assisting large companies in the design & delivery of  their innovation strategy and facilitating corporate-startup collaborations. Rosie has subsequently applied this experience in the social impact space, coordinating social innovation progammes at Impact Hub and Rainmaker Foundation.

Since then, Rosie has worked at a global HR technology company that supports 70% of Fortune 1000 and over 100,000 small businesses with technology to improve workplace culture and employee engagement. This led Rosie to a focus on Diversity & Inclusion and to founding inChorus in 2017 - a solution helping companies to build a culture of inclusion. Most recently, Rosie is a Partner at FriendlyFires: an innovation agency focused on social impact challenges, including Diversity & Inclusion, where she continues to work on inChorus with her Co-Founders.

Benedicta Banga

Founder @ Leadher Initiative

Benedicta Banga

Founder @ Leadher Initiative

Benedicta Banga is a 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 career. She has coached and mentored hundreds of ambitious career women and has worked with a number of pretigious 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.

Diane Lightfoot

CEO @ Business Disability Forum

Diane Lightfoot

CEO @ Business Disability Forum

Diane joined Business Disability Forum as Chief Executive Officer in February 2017 after moving from her former role as Director of Policy and Communications for United Response, a leading national disability charity. During her 13 years at United Response, Diane led and developed the charity’s campaigning, public affairs and lobbying activity, with a particular focus on promoting employment for disabled people. She subsequently took on the strategic leadership of the organisation’s employment services as a whole and is passionate about the role that good work has in transforming people’s lives.

 

Diane meets regularly with Business Disability Forum Partners and Members and also works closely with Government to help shape disability employment policy. She is a member of the Department of Work and Pensions’ Disability Confident Professional Advisers Group and the Disability Expert Advisory Panel for the Civil Service.

Raashi Sikka

Diversity and Inclusion Lead EMEA @ Uber

Raashi Sikka

Diversity and Inclusion Lead EMEA @ Uber

Raashi leads Diversity & Inclusion for Uber across Europe, Middle East and Africa and is based in Amsterdam. 

She is originally from India, but has been a bit of a nomad all her life, starting from the very young age when her parents decided to move across continents. This led to her studying in 10 different schools and being extremely passionate about traveling

Raashi started her career in the Television Industry in India where she worked at a News Channel before making her mark as an Executive Producer for non-fiction shows. 

She joined Uber in 2013 in New Delhi to help launch and build the brand in the city. She then made her way to Amsterdam 3 years ago to join the EMEA Recruiting Team where she worked on a number of projects ranging from Employer Branding and building the Campus Recruiting program for the region.

Paul Bepey

Assistive Technology Lead @ BBC

Paul Bepey

Assistive Technology Lead @ BBC

Paul Bepey is himself registered blind and has a huge interest in Assistive Technology both inside and outside of the workplace.

As BBC Assistive Technology Lead, Paul heads up the Staff Facing Accessibility Team and the plan, setup and execution the BBC's strategic objectives with regards to Assistive Technology (AT).

Paul's team work with a range of projects to ensure that where possible, any staff facing technology is accessible at launch, and are compatible with the various Assistive Technology apps the BBC deploy throughout the organisation. He also ensures that the end to end processes around AT work for both existing and new staff coming into the organisation.

Elspeth Coates

Connector @ Makers Academy

Elspeth Coates

Connector @ Makers Academy

Elspeth is a leading Connector at Makers Academy, Europe's most competitive software engineering training course. Her mission is to link our cohorts to London’s top technology companies and global brands such as Deloitte Digital, Deliveroo and Thoughtworks. Through specific measures, Makers is committed to diversifying the future of the technology industry: so far, over 35% of our graduates have been women (two times higher than industry average). Elspeth advises the nation's leading brands on building inclusive recruitment channels, creating appealing company culture, and spotting top tech talent.

Nicole Pretorius

Co-Founder @ SheCanCode

Nicole Pretorius

Co-Founder @ SheCanCode

Born and raised in South Africa, educated at St. Andrews University in Scotland and currently working in London’s tech industry. Nicole is passionate about social justice and technology, and as the cofounder and former leader of SheCanCode, Nicole is on a mission to bridge the digital skills gap by empowering more women to enter and remain in the tech industry.

Robin Christopherson MBE

Head of Digital Inclusion @ AbilityNet

Robin Christopherson MBE

Head of Digital Inclusion @ AbilityNet

Widely recognised as a leading expert on accessibility and digital inclusion, Robin Christopherson of leading UK tech charity AbilityNet will explore the 'mental 180' we all need to undergo when it comes to considering accessibility in this mobile-first world.

Robin is a regular inspirational speaker at a wide range of events in Europe and the US, raising awareness of the power and potential of technology to transform people's lives. His work was recently recognised with the award of an MBE in the 2017 Queen's new-year honour’s list for services to digital inclusion.

Ebi Osuobeni

Founder @ Oscillate Tech TV

Ebi Osuobeni

Founder @ Oscillate Tech TV

Ebi Osuobeni is a 25 year old filmmaker from Cambridge. A Journalism graduate and Alumni of University of the Arts London, Ebi started making short documentaries in 2016 highlighting Black Business owners and Creatives in the UK. 

In 2017 she created Oscillate Tech Tv - a web series showcasing the best in Technology and Innovation by Black people working in the British tech industry.

Tunji Akintokun MBE

Senior Vice President @ NSC Global

Tunji Akintokun MBE

Senior Vice President @ NSC Global

Tunji is a multi-award-winning leader and Senior Vice President of sales at NSC Global, a professional and managed services organisation operating in over 100 countries. He previously held several senior leadership positions at tech giant Cisco during his 18-year career at the company.

Passionate about diversity in the workplace, science & technology (STEM) and social mobility, Tunji resides on the boards and councils of several organisations including Grant Thornton, techUK, Teach First and Regital.

Irene Papantoniou

Head of Marketing @ JamieAi

Irene Papantoniou

Head of Marketing @ JamieAi

Before joining JamieAi as Head of Marketing, Irene worked as a marketer in the field of IT software, product data management and B2C Loyalty Platforms for entertainment companies across various continents. Irene received her B.A. in Drama and Theatre studies from Royal Holloway University of London. 

To contribute towards inclusive cultures within the tech industry, she concluded her certification in dramatherapy to help cherish the benefits of experiential teamwork. She aspires to promote the corporate benefits of spotting diverse talent, and fostering an unbiased yet inclusive recruitment channel. 

Marissa Ellis

Founder @ Diversily

Marissa Ellis

Founder @ Diversily

Marissa Ellis is a strategy consultant, business advisor and the founder of Diversily. From blue chip companies, to start ups to accelerators, Marissa is an experienced and well respected leader in the tech world. Digital innovation, service design and business intelligence are a few of her areas of expertise. A lightbulb moment at the end of 2017 made her realise that the lack of diversity in the sector was far from acceptable and that she was personally going to step up and do her bit to drive change. She created The Diversity Canvas to help engage more people in the  diversity conversation to drive forward meaningful progress.