A range of exciting industry speakers to discuss topics on Diversity & Inclusion, Leadership, Development and Entrepreneurship. Speakers will be annouced as we approach the conference, so make sure to check our website and social media so you do not miss the announcements.
Previous event speakers include Dierdre Miche OBE, CEO of OGUK, Colette Cohen OBE, CEO at Net Zero and June Sarpong, Director of Creative Diversity at the BBC, amongst others.
Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE is a prodigy in every sense of the word.
Aged 11, she was the youngest girl ever to pass A-level Computing and was just 20 years old when she received her Master’s Degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Oxford.
In 2013, Anne-Marie co-founded Stemettes, an award-winning social initiative dedicated to inspiring and promoting the next generation of young women in the STEM sectors. Since its inception 8 years ago, it has exposed more than 50,000 girls across Europe to her vision for a more diverse and balanced science and tech community.
A recognized and respected thought-leader, Anne-Marie is the temporary Arithmetician on Channel 4’s Countdown, the world’s longest-running game show, and hosts the highly popular Women Tech Charge podcast.
Her first book She’s In CTRL is to be published by Transworld in June 2022.
Anne-Marie has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from the Open University, Glasgow Caledonian University, Kent University, Bristol University, and Coventry University as well as an Honorary Fellowship at Keble College, Oxford & Visiting Professorship at Sunderland University.
In 2017, she was awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours for services to young women and STEM sectors.
Dr. Shini Somara turns cutting-edge science into heartfelt and informative television. Her award-winning work can be seen on a variety of television networks including BBC World News, BBC America, BBC, Sky and Discovery, and PBS Digital Studios. Shini is now based in London. Before then, Shini hosted TechKnow for Al Jazeera America from Los Angeles.
Dr. Shini Somara is a Mechanical Engineer & Fluid Dynamicist turned TV presenter, the author of six Children’s STEM books, Podcaster, TEDx Speaker, and Mentor to MEng/PhDs at Imperial College in London. Shini is passionate about making science & technology accessible to all.
Shini began her career as a mechanical engineer at Brunel University (London), completing a Bachelor of Engineering (BEng(Hons)), followed by an Engineering Doctorate (EngD). She specialised in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), where computer simulations are used to ‘visualise’ how gases and liquids flow. CFD enables engineers to understand how air flows over aircraft wings, Formula1 cars, and within high-rise buildings.
Shini hosted the hugely popular Crash Course: Physics (2016) and Crash Course: Engineering (2018) for PBS Digital, which has had 51 million views across all episodes. She is passionate about providing STEM education for all, because ‘knowledge is empowering’.
Concerned with diversity, inclusivity, and the lack of women in STEM subjects, Shini has also launched a weekly podcast called Innervation (formerly known as Scilence). Her podcasts feature many inspiring and aspirational female scientists, who have been willing to share their own experiences with her.
Shini Somara is also an Imperial College London Mentor.
Shini became a published children’s book author in 2020, launching her first series with Hachette for 6-8-year-olds. The titles are A Engineer, Scientist, Coder, and Mathematician Like Me.
Dr. Nira Chamberlain will become President of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications in January 2020 and in 2018 was the Winner of the Big Internet Math Off title – World’s Most Interesting Mathematician.
Dr. Nira Chamberlain was the highest new entrant in the 2018 PowerList at Number 5. Hence, he holds the title of the 5th Most Influential Black Person in the UK. This is the first time a mathematician has made it into the Top 100 Britain’s most influential people of African and African-Caribbean heritage. He also made the list in 2019.
Dr Nira is also listed by the Science Council as ‘one of the UK’s top 100 Scientist‘. Furthermore in 2015, Nira became the first Black mathematician to join the exclusive list of distinguished living British mathematicians who feature in the biographical reference book Who’s Who.
Nira has been described by Loughborough University as one of its Greatest Scientific Minds (Alumni magazine Issue 29 summer 2014 page 8); he is a Chartered Scientist, Chartered Mathematician, as well as a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA). Furthermore, Nira Chamberlain is one of the few British Mathematicians to feature in the Encyclopedia of Mathematics & Society. The encyclopedia highlights two of Nira’s mathematical models and their impact on the field of naval engineering.
Nira has over 25 years of experience at writing mathematical models/simulation algorithms that solve complex industrial problems. Nira Chamberlain developed mathematical solutions within industries such as the defence, aerospace, automotive and energy sectors. This has included periods in France, the Netherlands, Germany and Israel. During his career he has chaired and organized a mini-symposium at an international mathematical modelling conference.
Nira was selected as one of the BBC’s Expert Voices as well as this is one of the speakers for the Charity – Speakers for Schools.
Nira most notables talks are:
• The Black Heroes of Mathematics ( The Royal Society).
• The mathematics that can stop an AI Apocalypse (The Maxwell Society).
Alex is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the IMechE with over 15 years’ experience of working in Industry. She is the Founder and CEO of Stemazing– a social enterprise dedicated to inspiration and inclusion in STEM. Alex is passionate about supporting women in STEM to shine as confident, visible role models and inspire our future generations of innovators and problem-solvers. She is also a Visiting Professor with the Royal Academy of Engineering at Brunel University London. Alex won the We Are The City Champions Award in 2020 for her work to champion diversity and inclusion in STEM, and Stemazing won the Diversity Impact Award at the RAC awards in 2021.
Yewande is a chartered engineer, innovator and speaker. Her engineering experience includes the design and construction, innovation and manufacture of buildings and systems in the built environment. She has worked on projects in the UK, Africa, the Middle East and East Asia and has been named the UK Young Woman Engineer of the Year by the Institution of Engineering & Technology. She has also been awarded the Exceptional Achiever Award from the Association for BAME Engineers and the Association of Consultancy and Engineering, U.K. (ACE). She is a Visiting Professor at the University of Westminster. She is passionate about STEM communication and has presented Engineering programmes for Television. In the 2020 New Year Honours list, Yewande was awarded an MBE for services to engineering innovation and diversity in STEM.
She has recently been appointed the UK’s Innovation agency (Innovate UK) Ambassador for Clean Growth and Infrastructure.
Carol Stewart is the founder of Abounding Solutions and author of Quietly Visible: Leading With Influence and Impact as an Introverted Woman (listed as one of the 10 best self-development books written by women to read during lockdown by (BeYourOwn). She is an Executive, Career and Leadership Coach, specialising in introverted women who are senior leaders. Carol coaches women to lead with confidence, influence, and impact. She also delivers workshops, webinars, and talks on career development, personal development, and leadership development to organisations who want to develop their talent.
She has been the featured expert in Women and Home magazine, Good Housekeeping magazine, the Telegraph, and other media publications. She is a LinkedIn Top Voice UK, 4 years running, and has received awards for her work developing women leaders, including a We Are The City Rising Star Champion Award, and was named as one of Britain’s Top 50 Business Advisers.
Carol hosts the Quietly Visible podcast, is a semi regular columnist for the Sheffield Telegraph, and a TEDx speaker. She gives her time to causes that support the next generation, and that advocate social justice, and gender and racial equality.
Further details can be found at https://aboundingsolutions.com
Ngunan is an experienced journalist, broadcaster and project manager with expertise gained across a wide range of BBC platforms, her work as an international multimedia trainer has taken her across Africa and Asia training journalist from Ethiopia to Bangladesh.
Ngunan currently produces and presents BBC Radio Merseyside’s popular ‘Upfront‘ show,an African Caribbean magazine show which celebrates 40 years in 2022. As an entrepreneur and community leader, Ngunan has developed and lead initiatives aimed at promoting diversity in the media.
She is also the founder and CEO of iWoman Media ltd and iWoman Academy CIC (www.iwoman.co.uk) – a peer to peer organisation set up by women to empower, entertain, explore and inspire women around the world.
Ngunan currently sits on several boards across various sectors (Arts, Religion and Technology) and is currently working on local, national, and international innovative projects that address diversity, equity and inclusion.
And when she’s not busy planning world domination, she is a single mum to a beautiful Black young boy, who reminds her why she does what she does.
Bosun Tijani is the co-founder and Chief Executive of Co-Creation Hub (CcHUB); a
pan-Africa innovation enabler that works at the forefront of accelerating the application of
innovation and social capital for a better society. ‘Bosun is an innovation expert on a
mission to drive the application of science and technology for enterprise and economic
prosperity across Africa. He has been celebrated as the leader and initiator of the Yaba
‘Bosun is passionate about creating and leading platforms that have provided aspiring
innovators the visibility and credibility they need to prototype, build and scale digital
innovations across Africa. This has been acknowledged locally and globally with
accolades including his inclusion in the list of 100 Most Influential People on the continent
by New Africa Magazine. Under his leadership, CcHUB has driven the growth of social
innovation and technology across Africa through support to ground-breaking initiatives
and businesses including Lifebank, BudgIT, Taeillo, Drugstoc, CcHUB Growth Capital, the
CcHUB Design Lab (Rwanda) and the recent acquisition of Africa’s first known tech hub,
Prior to CcHUB, he honed his depth of experience by designing and managing profitable
business models for high-end enterprise solutions working with the International Trade
Centre (UNCTAD/WTO) and Hewlett Packard (Switzerland) on projects supporting African
SMEs to leverage technology to grow their businesses. As European Innovation Manager
at PERA; He led the networking and coordination of the largest European Innovation
Agencies with the goal of standardising approaches to knowledge commercialisation
‘Bosun Tijani holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and a diploma in computer science
from University of Jos (Nigeria), a masters’ degree in information systems and
management from Warwick University and currently concluding a up a doctoral degree
programme in innovation systems at the University of Leicester (United Kingdom). He is a
Desmond Tutu fellow and a fellow of the Centre for Democracy and Rule of Law at the
prestigious Stanford University. He is happily married with two children.
Mark Martin aka @Urban_Teacher is recognised around the world for his insight and passion for education and technology. He is a British teacher, educational technology evangelist and founder of UK Black Tech. He was awarded an MBE in the 2019 Birthday Honours. In 2018 Martin was awarded the Diversity Champion Award at the London Tech Week TechXLR8 Awards and in 2019 was honoured by the Mayor of London for his efforts to make technology more diverse.
He has taught ICT for over 10 years and has become an expert in helping teachers and schools use technology to improve teaching and learning. Mark is an international speaker travelling to different countries inspiring educators to become better facilitators. Also, Mark is actively involved in the UK tech sector, supporting tech companies and promoting cultural diversity within organisations.
Myrtle Dawes is Solution Centre Director at the Net Zero Technology Centre where she leads the development of technology for net zero in the energy sector. A Chartered Chemical Engineer, Myrtle is an established leader with extensive experience in the energy sector both in the UK and overseas. Respected as a prominent voice on the energy transition, she began her career 30 years ago as an offshore engineer for BP, before delivering on leadership roles in engineering, project management, technology and digital transformation. Myrtle’s passion for innovation and technology galvanises her colleagues, government and industry to take action and push boundaries.
In 2017, Myrtle received recognition for her contribution to business, having featured in Breaking the Glass Ceiling and being selected as one of 100 Women to Watch in the Cranfield FTSE Board Report 2017. In 2021 she was recognised by TE:100 as one of the Women of the Energy Transition.
Myrtle holds a Masters in Chemical Engineering and Chemical Technology from Imperial College. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers, Fellow of the Energy Institute, Fellow of the Forward Institute and Honorary Fellow of the Association of Project Managers. She is anon-executive board member of the Centre for Process Innovation, a member of the Board of Governors at University of Lincoln and sits on the Technology Leadership Board.
Myrtle has two children and in her spare time studies mathematics, is a keen cat lover, and gamer.
Ortis Deley is in his ninth year of hosting Channel 5’s very popular The Gadget Show. As well as appearing on our screens weekly on The Gadget Show, Ortis has co-hosted the sell-out live version of the show on numerous occasions at Birmingham’s NEC, performing to over 75,000 guests at the 5-day event.
Ortis has also been part of Channel 5’s Police Interceptors team, presenting specials both alone and alongside Rick Edwards. He also contributed to Ancient Top 10 for the History Channel, a programme which looked at the origins of technology.
Ortis has an energetic and likeable way which has kept him working as a television presenter for over 20 years. Having started his career on Trouble TV as a main anchor Ortis then moved across to CBBC as the anchor on the very popular Short Change. Quite quickly becoming part of the CBBC family he went on to present Why 5, X-perimental, Making It, Xchange and Live & Kicking, all for CBBC.
The move away from children’s television was seamless for Ortis and began when he was asked to host a pilot for Tomorrow’s World on BBC One.
Ortis has appeared as a guest technology reporter on BBC One’s The One Show, BBC Breakfast News, Watchdog, The Saturday Show, The Alan Titchmarsh Show and Daybreak for ITV1; as well as a guest panelist on Never Mind the Buzzcocks for BBC 2 and Channel 5’s The Jeremy Vine Show.
Ortis’ love of science and technology began when he was a child who was very much into sci-fi and comic books. He is a self-confessed bonafide geek. Since the start of 2021, Ortis has been working closely with the Science Museum, to show that STEM is for everyone and to promote a healthy understanding around discrimination in tech. Most recently Ortis was honoured to be part of the judging panel for the 2021 Science Book Prize!
Ortis also has an honours degree in Pharmacy and is also a qualified personal trainer.
Acting is another skill of Ortis’ which is evident from his credits- he has acted in ITV’s series The Bill, Silent Witness and Doctors on BBC One, and several CBBC dramas. He had starred opposite Clive Owen & Jennifer Aniston in Derailed and Rafe Spall in cult flick Kidulthood.
As an accomplished corporate host, Ortis has worked with many brands and companies, including; Highways England, Optima, Tado, BT, Audi and GTR Network, to name a few.
Ortis has been a fan of everything whisky-related for a few years and has set up a group that collaborates with food/drinks events to bring a unique take on tasting experiences. Glassmates exists to educate people on what it is they are drinking and they give informative talks on whisky, rum, brandy cognac and cocktails.
Roni, is a Chartered Engineer, Chartered Geologist and SiLC (Specialist in Land Condition). A graduate of University of Portsmouth with a BEng(hons) in Engineering Geology and Geotechnics, she also holds a Masters’ (with distinction) in Environmental Management. She has worked on many major construction schemes, including the widening of the A406 and M25, as well as various buildings and structures across the UK. Roni is MD & Founder of Jomas Associates, an Engineering & Environmental Company serving the Construction industry since 2009. She is also Policy Chair for Construction for the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). She received the highly prestigious presidential invitation to Fellowship of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) in 2019, and was made Honorary Fellow of RIBA in 2020. Multi award winner, and dedicated mother to three boys, Roni is extremely passionate about gender diversity and social mobility, volunteering her time to mentor and coach others.
Carmen is the Founder and Managing Director of Kenroi Consulting. With nearly 30 years of experience in the field of diversity and inclusion, she has significant experience across a wide spectrum of diversity and inclusion, including strategic diversity management, training and development and consultancy.
Carmen is experienced at working within large complex organisations, ensuring that diversity and inclusion strategies are aligned to local, regional, national and global HR and business functions.
She supports organisations, across industries and sectors, to develop leadership around inclusion. She has supported a wide range of organisations, to design more inclusive workplace environments.
Carmen has supported a wide range of clients across industries, to design and develop and roll out, diversity and inclusion priorities. She takes a strategic approach to developing and cultivating a mindset for equity and belonging, within project deliverables.
Carmen is also a diversity and inclusion expert contributor on diversity and inclusion on Forbes.com
Hi I am Cath Strachan you may be interested in why my company is called Includes You, well it is simple I am passionate about inclusion, and want you to know that when we work together, I will have the same values and drive for you and your business success as you have.
My background is that I ran a very successful Executive Search Consultancy for over 25 years, and can identify with the ups and downs of running a business. I have worked with senior personnel in many sectors and given personal career and business coaching to many executives along the way, winning coach of the year in 2021.
Now, through Business Academy I can offer consultancies, and SMEs real practical help to fulfil the goals that inspired them to go it alone in the first place.
I have walked in your shoes, therefore I can show you how to focus on your business and eliminate the feast or famine cycle that some businesses fall into.
If Covid-19 has taught the business community anything it is to take nothing for granted, and to keep a steady flow of prospects in your pipeline.
I am fully focused on helping you understand your numbers, improve your profits, get your team contributing, fix your marketing by implementing a rhythmic acquisition of new customers resulting in the freedom you had expected when you went out on your own.
Amina is a Lecturer in Systems Engineering at the University of the West of England. Alongside Teaching & Research, Amina is the Aerospace Cluster Coordinator for Open days, Offer Holder days and Induction in addition to being a Business Liaison Associate for GKN Aerospace. She is a member of the Engineering, Modelling and Simulation Group under Intelligent System and Adaptive Control theme, an associate member with the Centre for Transport and Society and Bristol Robotics Lab Connected & Autonomous Vehicles theme.
Prior to joining UWE, Amina worked as a Research Engineer for an Automotive Consultancy for a few years where her focus was towards developing safe Autonomous Vehicles and Intelligent Transport Systems while completing her PhD at Loughborough University in the same area. She holds a BSc in Computer Science, an MSc in Networks Systems and Telecommunications from the University of Fez, Morocco, and an MRes in Computer Vision and Image Processing from the University of South Carolina, USA. Amina has worked on several Innovate-UK/ CCAV projects all under the umbrella of Intelligent Mobility and Modelling & Simulation for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles. Amina has also been serving as a reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems.
Alongside her current role, Amina is a keen volunteer, STEM Ambassador and provides mentorship to students from diverse backgrounds. She is a member of the Executive Board for the Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers (AFBE-UK), a member of the Women in Engineering Society (WES)and WES Midlands Cluster Coordinator, a member of the IET Education team, part of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering (QEPrize) Ambassador and a judge on the IMechE Formula 1 Student competition.
Amina also recently joined After-ai, a newly formed start-up as an advisory board looking at Explainable & Reliable AI.
MP, Newcastle Central and Shadow Minister for Innovation and Science
Chi Onwurah is a British Member of Parliament representing Newcastle upon Tyne
Central and is also the Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy. Prior to Chi’s election to
Parliament in May 2010 she worked as Head of Telecom’s Technology at the UK
regulator Ofcom focusing on the implications for competition and regulation of the
services and technologies associated with Next Generation Networks.
Prior to Ofcom, Chi was a Partner in Hammatan Ventures, a US technology consultancy,
developing the GSM markets in Nigeria and South Africa. Previously she was Director of
Market Development with Teligent, a Global Wireless Local Loop operator and Director
of Product Strategy at GTS. She has also worked for Cable & Wireless and Nortel as
Engineer, Project and Product Manager in the UK and France.
Chi is a Chartered Engineer with a BEng in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College
London and an MBA from Manchester Business School. She was born in Wallsend and
attended Kenton Comprehensive School in Newcastle, where she was elected the
schools MP in mock elections aged 17.
Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser is the Chief Executive of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and Regius Professor of Botany at the University of Cambridge.
UKRI brings together the UK’s Research Councils, Innovate UK and Research England, operating with a combined budget of more than £8bn per year.
Prior to this Ottoline Leyser was Director of the Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge, an interdisciplinary research institute combining computational modelling with molecular genetics and cell biology to elucidate the dynamical systems underpinning the control of plant growth and development. She has made important contributions to understanding the role of plant hormones in developmental plasticity, using the control of shoot branching in Arabidopsis as a model system.
Ottoline has a long-term interest in research culture and its effects on the quality and effectiveness of the research system. She chaired the Nuffield Council on Bioethics project examining these issues and has been actively engaged in work aimed at generating a more inclusive, creative and connected culture. She has worked extensively in science policy.
She is a Fellow of the Royal Society, a Member of the Leopoldina and EMBO, and an International Member of the US National Academy of Sciences. In 2017 she was appointed DBE for services to plant science, science in society and equality and diversity in science.
Professor David Mba is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research, Knowledge Exchange and Enterprise at the University of the Arts London (UAL).
Prior to joining UAL, he was Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research and Enterprise, at De Montfort University. Whilst at DMU he also held the post of Pro Vice Chancellor/Dean for the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Media. Other roles he has held include, Dean of Engineering at London South Bank University, and Associate Dean at Cranfield University’s School of Engineering.
David studied Aerospace Engineering (1st class honours) and completed a PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Cranfield University, for which he was awarded the Lord King Norton Gold medal for the most outstanding doctoral thesis.
He is a Principal fellow of the HEA and is strongly committed to social Justice. He is a trustee of the Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation, a member of Advance HE’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion strategic advisory group, a member of the advisory board of the Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers and more recently, a board member of the Hamilton Commission – set up to increase representation of Black people in UK motorsport.
Professor Mba’s research has been funded via numerous commercial, EU and EPSRC projects; he has published over 300 journal and conference papers.
Roy is a Royal Society of Edinburgh RSE – Unlocking Ambition Enterprise Fellow with technical, entrepreneur and intrapreneur skills working as a director of sales at TenzorGEO Ltd to provide micro seismic data acquisition and interpretation services to the oil and gas companies in the North sea aimed at maximising economic recovery in the UKCS.
Roy has over 10 years of experience in business, sales and entrepreneurship having started his own company in Nigeria and has co-founded 2 start-up companies in the UK. He has participated in various entrepreneurial workshops and accelerator programs across the UK where he won pitching competitions and grants for his business.
He is a Geologist with degrees in geology and mining, a master’s in environmental management and a doctorate in geology focused on reservoir characterisation for CO2 storage.
Roy has a passion for giving to others and is a committed member of the AFBE Scotland UK, where he volunteers his time and energy to help develop others contributing to leadership and STEM activities in Aberdeen.
Roy is happily married, and His hobbies include cooking, hunting, hiking and swimming.
Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu is a New York Attorney and Solicitor of England & Wales with broad expertise in the financial services industry, writer, public speaker and political commentator featured in mainstream and online media. A political & women’s rights activist, she has taught intersectional feminism to female refugees and asylum seekers; scrutinises government policies from a gender and diversity inclusion perspective; and coorganises women’s marches and social campaigns. She founded the Women in Leadership publication as a platform to drive positive change on topical issues that impact women globally through inspiring personal leadership journeys; and established She@LawTalks to promote women & BAME leadership in the legal profession through universities and secondary schools. An academic enthusiast, she has an Executive MBA (Cambridge); PhD (Birkbeck); LLM (London School of Economics & Political Science); MA (Westminster) and LLB Hons (Buckingham University).
Becky George-David is a seasoned professional with nearly a decade’s experience designing, building and operationalising digital products for the Financial Services sector, specifically within Investment Banking and Consumer Banking.She holds an MBA from Imperial College Business School, specializing in Strategy and a BSc in Computing from the University of East London.
She is an Executive Director, Product at JP Morgan Chase & Co. where she leads the discovery of customers needs and delivers delightful products that they love. She previously sat on the Technology Operating Committee as a trusted adviser to the CIO and CTO on Release Engineering and Change Strategy for Chase UK, JP Morgan’s first digital banking proposition outside of the US.
Becky is passionate about fostering diversity in the corporate world, and currently co-leads Career and Talent for JP Morgan’s Black Employee Network across the EMEA region, contributing her own quota to building a more inclusive workplace for other talents to thrive.
She is also very passionate about women development, co-created a community for Chase UK Women’s Network, and serves as a STEM ambassador, encouraging other women to explore careers in STEM.
Becky loves being invited to events where she gets to share valuable insights from her years of hands-on experience as an engineer and business leader and was most recently invited by the Oxford Women in Leadership Alliance, to discuss “Thriving at the workplace – the role of mentors”.
She enjoys traveling and exploring new places too.
Ina Colombo is a chartered mechanical engineer with a doctorate in mechanical engineering. Ina currently works as a research fellow in sustainable refrigeration energy at London South Bank University (LSBU). She is the Deputy Director at the International Institute for Refrigeration (IIFR) in Paris.
As Head of Research and Engagement, Ina provides strategic advise on how to enhance the profile of the organisation and engage current and prospective members.
Ina is in charge of the dissemination of activities? outcomes for publication purposes. In her spare time Ina enjoys travel, going to the gym and attending networking events.
Dr Nike Folayan is Chartered Electronics Engineer with a doctorate in Electronics engineering focusing on electromagnetic bandgap antennas for mobile applications.
Nike is currently Associate Director and the Technical Discipline Leader for Communications and Control within WSP, an engineering consultancy where she leads a team of telecommunications engineers in the UK and India working on a variety of projects within the transport industry including railways and the highways projects in the UK, Australia, South America, Middle East and Africa. She is also a Technical Blogger on SMART technology systems. Nike is chair and Co-founder of AFBE-UK a not for profit organisation AFBE-UK promotes higher achievements in education and engineering particularly among people from black and minority ethnicity (BME) backgrounds.
Nike was featured in Britain?s 100 most influential people of African and Caribbean heritage 2012 Powerlist. In 2019 Nike was named in the Financial Times published 100 most influential women in engineering. She is also a Trustee at the Engineering Development Trust (EDT). She is also on various Diversity steering groups including the Science Council and Transport for London amongst others. She was recently a judge at the IET Young Woman of the Year 2019 Award. She is a fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
Ollie Folayan is visiting professor at the School of Science and Engineering, the University of Dundee, and Head of Process at Engineering consultancy, Optimus Plus Aberdeen. He is the co-founder of AFBE -UK.
Ollie graduated with a BEng in Chemical Process Engineering with Fuel Technology from the University of Sheffield in 1999 and then earned a Doctorate (PhD) in Fuels and Combustion from the University of Leeds in 2002 authoring five international publications in the field of combustion and engineering. To date, Ollie has worked on Major CAPEX Front End Engineering Design, Detailed Design and commissioning Projects.
In 2018 Ollie Folayan was accepted into the Fellowship of the Institution of Chemical Engineers.
Ollie has championed successful outreach programmes such as Making Engineering Hot, NextGen (Scotland), Transition, and Real Projects and has co-authored three publications on the influence of role models in the transition from academic study to the workplace and on the sustainability of the engineering profession in the UK. Ollie has chaired a number of annual seminars featuring key industry leaders and politicians and is a regular speaker at events on varied engineering topics. Ollie was a member of the All Energy Diversity and Inclusion task group setup in 2019 by Oil and Gas UK
Ollie has been a judge of the Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards (2020 & 2021), the Offshore Achievement Awards (2019), the Association for Consultancy and Engineering Awards (2021), and the Oil and Gas UK Awards (2020, 2021)
Ollie was a finalist in the Mentor of the Year Category at the OGUK Awards in 2021 and a finalist in the Diversity Hero at the Herald Awards in 2021. Ollie was awarded the Diversity and Inclusion Award by the Institution of Chemical Engineering (IChemE) in 2021
George is Co-Founder of Motivez, One Young World Ambassador and Royal Academy of Engineering Scholar.
As a recent graduate of mechanical engineering with programming at University College London (UCL), George is passionate about building products that improve lives and communities.
Over the past five years, George has worked across engineering, technology, consulting, and finance with firms such as Google, Rolls-Royce, J.P Morgan, and BCG.
In 2015, George co-founded Motivez, the UK’s 1st mobile app connecting young people to personalised opportunities.
Motivez is an award-winning venture comprised of five young professionals who have raised over five figures in seed funding and work closely with local government.
As a diversity champion, George leads the #AB1Million campaign, raising £1 million for the Amos Bursary to ensure talented men of African and Caribbean descent have the opportunity to excel in education and beyond.
In 2020, George was selected to join the Board of The Hamilton Commission, a research project that will work to identify the key barriers to recruitment and progression of Black people in UK motorsport.
Harriet Green is currently Executive Chair and Founding Trustee for the impact start-up, Mission Beyond. Harriet is on the Advisory Council for King’s College London Business School and an Ambassador for Every Child Needs a Mentor.
She is a global executive with extensive, multi-channel business leadership experience, having lived and worked on four continents, and provides business coaching globally.
Harriet Green is the former Chair & CEO, Asia Pacific at IBM. While in Singapore she also sat on the Singapore Economic Development Board for 2 years. She was CEO of both Thomas Cook Group plc and the leading high service technology distributor Premier Farnell plc.
Harriet was awarded an OBE in 2010 for services to industry, named one of Fortune’s most powerful women internationally in 2019 and recognised by LinkedIn as an Influencer and Top Voice in 2019 and 2020.
Izzy Obeng is an entrepreneur and business coach. She is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Foundervine and sits as a Non-Executive Director for Traverse (Office for Public Management) and as a Non-Executive Director for Capital Enterprise. At Foundervine, Izzy leads a consultancy for creating systemic change in entrepreneurship. Foundervine has launched accelerators in the UK that support early-stage companies, providing entrepreneurs from under-represented communities with mentorship, training, and access to capital. By 2022, Foundervine had helped over 5,000 leaders build new skills, and supported over 300 businesses to scale and raise new capital. 7 out of 10 businesses are led by women.
In 2021, Izzy joined the Hamilton Commission, a commission appointed by seven-time world champion Sir Lewis Hamilton to increase the representation of Black people in U.K. motorsport. She currently acts as an Advisor to Lloyds Banking Group and is a member of the Race Equality Commission. Izzy has been featured in the BBC, The Telegraph, The Times, The Guardian, and in 2020 was named by Forbes as one of 25 leading Black British business people to watch.
John Amaechi OBE is a respected organisational psychologist, best-selling New York Times author, sought after public speaker, executive coach and CEO of APS Intelligence Ltd. He is a non-executive director of a £2.4bn healthcare organisation, in addition to being a board advisor for several FTSE100 organisations in the financial, legal and professional services, technology, publishing, engineering and retail sectors. In 2019, John was recognised as one of HR’s most influential thinkers by HR Magazine. John is the first Briton to have a career in the NBA.
John is a Chartered Scientist, a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health. He is a Research Fellow at the University of East London and his research interests are effective, inclusive leadership, building high-performing teams and organisational design that maximises productivity and human thriving in readiness for the future world of work.
Julianna is a System Safety Interface Engineer at HS2 and an Executive Committee member of Young Rail Professionals. As a railway engineer, she enjoys working on the biggest projects in Europe, such as HS2, Crossrail, and electrifying Brunel’s Great Western Railway. She also delivers an annual lecture on the Institution of Railway Operators MBA course on “Re-framing and Unlocking Diversity in the Rail Industry”. Young Rail Professionals is a volunteer, not for profit organisation which provides professional development, networking, and outreach for young people in the rail industry and for students who might be inspired to join the industry. Julianna has supported AFBE-UK in the past with the Transition programme and she is honoured to support AFBE-UK today as your host.
Global Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Harbour Energy
Business Leader with over 20 years’ experience of delivering value in private and public sector organisations.
She has worked in a variety of senior leadership roles in the Civil Service, Oil and Gas, and Aviation sectors.
Inaugural Board member of British Heart Foundation Charity in North East Scotland and recently (October 2019) appointed by OGUK as a member of the Diversity & Inclusion Task Group.
She’s a 2019 winner of Press & Journal and Energy Voice UK Oil & Gas Gold Awards in the “Above and Beyond” category.
Her areas of expertise include strategy development and delivery, Senior stakeholder management, Economic/commercial evaluations, Mentoring and professional development, Contract management and execution.
Mavis is passionate about improving wellbeing and inclusion within workplaces. An avid hill worker, Mavis also enjoys sailing, photography and travelling.
Noah is currently a graduate engineer at WSP. Noah studied mechanical engineering and graduated from the University of Leicester where he achieved a 2:1. Noah is currently working within the Systems Engineering team within WSP’s Railway division where he has worked on notable projects such as HS2 and Crossrail. Before Noah was accepted onto WSP?s graduate scheme he attended multiple transition events which gave him the skills and confidence to successfully acquire a graduate engineering role at WSP
Safia Barikzai joined London South Bank University as a Senior Lecturer in 2007. She is now an Associate Professor. She was a PRECIOUS Awards 2016 finalist in the ‘Outstanding Woman in STEM’ category.
She has taught on and led a number of different teaching modules, and was recently appointed the post of Business IT Pathway Leader. Safia serves as the Informatics Placement coordinator and is actively looking for placement links with potential employers.
Safia was a Lecturer in Computing at the University of Wollongong from July 2002 to March 2005. She was course coordinator for a Masters programme, which was taught offshore in Hong Kong and included an Industry component. She was also responsible for managing the postgraduate dissertations, working with link tutors in Hong Kong to ensure successful completion of the dissertations. She was a member of the School’s Education Committee and participated in new course development. Safia completed the required teaching and learning certification whilst at Wollongong.
Shereen is Founder + Managing Director of HR, anti-racism and racial equity advisory firm, HR rewired and Chair of the African Diaspora Economic Inclusion Foundation which supports Black female entrepreneurs. With two decades of international HR leadership experience, Shereen has become the go to voice for household brands and international corporations who want to dismantle systemic racism across their workplace cultures and wider ecosystems. As a sought-after speaker and advisor, Shereen’s story has been featured in Forbes, she’s been recognised as one of LinkedIn’s Top Voices in 2020 and 2022, and is the winner of HR Most Influential Thinker 2021.
Shereen also hosts Advancing Racial Equity 4.0 (the podcast), is the Founder of Advancing Racial Equity: Moving Beyond The Conversations (the conference) and via HR rewired TV, is a vlogger to the tune of over 300 videos and 30 live broadcasts dedicated to sharing insights about what it takes to build anti-racist and equitable cultures where everyone can thrive.
A supporter of the Sustainable Development Goals – 17 Goals to transform our world, adopted by the United Nations Member States in 2015, Shereen is focused on driving sustainable economic growth and providing equitable employment opportunities for all.
Prior to founding HR rewired in 2019, Shereen embarked on an MP Leadership Scheme with the House of Commons and Operation Black Vote, and as a trustee and director, Shereen has occupied previous roles for Kent & Medway Economic Partnership Board, Trustee to Endeavour Mat and Women’s Aid (Bexley) and was former Vice Chair of the Black Business Association with the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
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For some, world-wide touring and critically acclaimed albums would be satisfaction enough.
Not for YolanDa Brown who has garnered praise for her delicious fusion of reggae, jazz and soul.
YolanDa has worked with The Temptations, Diana Krall, Billy Ocean and features on Jools Holland’s new album.
She is currently composing music for the iconic Sesame Street and an animated series called Bea’s Block due for release in 2023.
A champion for the importance of music education, YolanDa is chair of Youth Music (one of the largest music education charities in the UK) and an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust and London Music Fund. She graduated with a first class degree in Operations management from the University of Kent, followed by 2 Masters Degrees and studied a PhD for four years, before taking a hiatus from her thesis to pursue her music career. Brown was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Arts by the University of East London.
In 2018 along with philanthropist James JP Drake, she launched the “Drake YolanDa Award” offering grants for emerging musicians. November 2020 saw YolanDa roll out her bespoke online music lesson plans for teachers, parents and pupils nationwide as she continues to promote music education in primary schools. Together with Sony Music UK’s Magic Star, kids creative-media agency SUPER and one of the world’s largest provider of online education resources, Twinkl. Launched on The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show, an estimated 30 000 children have now used the resources.
An entrepreneur too, YolanDa launched the “London Saxophone Festival” in 2018, currently in its third edition. YolanDa has been invited to sit on panels for the PRS Foundation, The IVORs and delivered Keynotes for Music Mark, ABRSM and music hubs across the country. In 2021, she was invited by the Government and Department for Education to sit on the advisory board of the National Plan for Music Education. YolanDa released a book “The ABC’s of music” with Hal Leonard and also released four play along books showcasing black composers with Faber Music in 2021.
She is a broadcaster working across TV and Radio, including her eponymous series for CBeebies, “YolanDa’s Band Jam”, which recently won the Royal Television Society Awards as Best Children’s Programme. She presented the Ella and Dizzy Centenary for BBCProms, Gospel Choir of the Year and BBC Young Jazz Musician of the year. YolanDa has also appeared on TV shows including Celebrity Mastermind, Sunday Brunch, House of Games, The Hitlist, Celebrity Antiques Roadtrip and loads more. On BBC Radio 4, she co presents Loose Ends with Clive Anderson and covers for Trevor Nelson and Vanessa Feltz on BBC Radio 2 and presents “YolanDa Brown on Saturday” on Jazz FM.
YolanDa loves to drive fast cars around race tracks in her spare time and can even rattle off a Rubik’s Cube in around five minutes (on a good day).
A real renaissance woman, set to reach new heights.
Janice is the Director of People, Culture, and Diversity of an independent UK energy company, EnQuest PLC., and has a passion for creating engaged, and inclusive working environments, which result in enhancing organisational performance. Janice has held human resources positions in a variety of sectors including energy, retail, leisure, and transportation. Janice holds a Masters of Law in Employment Law and Practice, a Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality Management, and is a Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Mum to a six year old son, Janice also enjoys spending quality time at home with her family.
Lazarus Fiberesima has been teaching in inner-city London schools for the past twenty-one years. He is passionate about assisting young people to make informed career choices, more especially in a STEM-related career. He has worked with numerous organizations to actualise this and has successfully supported many young people in securing apprenticeships with many global engineering firms. He currently works as the Head of Sixth Form at Southbank UTC, Brixton.
Shrouk El-Attar is a revered Queer Engineer, belly dancer, and refugee who has solidified prominence within her sector with passionate activism. Named as one of the 100 Most Influential Women in The World in 2018 by the BBC, Shrouk passionately advocates for LGBT+ rights and shares her personal experience of being a Queer Arab. Now booked as an LGBT speaker for events, Shrouk shares her inspirational life story with audiences and raises awareness of the discrimination that LGBT+ people continue to face.
Currently a Senior Electronics Engineer for Emm Technology, Shrouk’s journey to the sector was not easy. A refugee, upon their arrival in the country, Shrouk was not allowed to attend university in the UK. Shrouk’s passionate advocacy for equality gained human rights lawyers, enabling refugees to access education in the UK. After gaining an MEng in Electrical & Electronics Engineering, Shrouk began their career as a Medical Engineering Researcher for Cardiff University, before acting as an Engineering Instructor for National Instruments. Other engineering roles have included being an IoT Application Engineer for Intel Corporation and an Optical Network Development Engineer for Fujitsu Global.
Other prominent roles have included being the Vice President of Engineers Without Borders UK, Director of Diversity for the Electrical & Electronic Engineering Society, Lead System Engineer for Phytoponics, Electronic Engineer for Renishaw, Electronics Engineer for Elvie and voluntary work on the Covid-19 ventilators. Outside of engineering roles, Shrouk also founded the Shrouk El-Attar Trust, a charity dedicated to the support of the LGBT+ community in Egypt. Also outside of engineering, Shrouk is a talented belly dancer and performs in a beard-wearing drag persona as a form of protest and activism.
Today, Shrouk is booked as a speaker and has almost a decade of experience addressing large audiences. Speaking on topics of LGBT+ rights, diversity in STEM, engineering and refugees, Shrouk has addressed the Houses of Parliament on multiple occasions, advocating for MP support of human rights. They have also been invited to deliver the TEDx talk Re-Thinking Gender and Sexuality, and spoken at events alongside pivotal figures such as Malala Yousafzai and Nicola Sturgeon. Highly passionate about engineering, Shrouk empowers diversity in STEM and hopes that it will solve some of the greatest challenges that pose humanity. When looking for a diverse, passionate and thought-provoking speaker, don’t hesitate in booking Shrouk El-Attar today!
Mark Esho graduated from De Montfort University in 1994 after obtaining an MBA in Business Administration. Though a Masters degree is a notable achievement for most people, for Mark this marked the culmination of years of hard work battling against the many obstacles that got in his way.
When Mark was five years old, he went from a happy, carefree child to becoming paralysed overnight. He had contracted the poliovirus, which by that point should have been eradicated from the UK. He was initially given a 10% chance of survival but not only did he survive – he thrived.
Mark has overcome what others might perceive as insurmountable obstacles to become the man he is today. His positive, can-do mindset has meant that not only did he finish his studies and graduate from De Montfort, but he went on to become the Founder of several successful businesses – Easy Internet Services, a digital marketing agency, Easy Internet Solutions, a web hosting company, Dreme, a property investment company and in 2019 Access Rating a Community Interest Company (C.I.C). In February 2022, Mark launched The Circle Foundation. A brand new project supporting disabled entrepreneurs wanting to start up in business.
In 2018 Mark’s autobiography, I Can. I Will. became a number one bestseller on Amazon. He was highly commended in the IoD Director of the Year (SME) 2016, in 2019 winner of the IoD Director of the Year (East Midlands) and East Midlands Leadership Awards Winner. Mark was honoured by the Queen in 2022 with an MBE for services to business.
He now spends his time running his foundation and public speaking at events.
Mark will teach you that it doesn’t matter what obstacles life throws at you – it’s how you respond that counts!
Link to Wikipedia profile – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Esho
Steven Rossiter is an experienced technology executive, entrepreneur, and angel investor.
In 2014 Steven founded AgileTek Engineering with a mission to bring the latest advances in cloud computing and data science to the offshore energy industry. In addition to growing the core engineering consulting business, he led the development of a cloud-based simulation data management platform.
AgileTek was awarded the Best Small Company prize at the SubseaUK industry awards in 2018 in recognition of its drive to recruit the best young engineering talent into the industry. Steven was also instrumental in developing the Engineer the Future scheme at AgileTek which offered summer placements to engineering undergraduates from under-represented backgrounds. The scheme pays placement students the London Living Wage to ensure it is accessible to as many people as possible.
AgileTek became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tekmar Group plc when it floated on the London Stock Exchange in 2018. Soon after, Steven was appointed Chief Technology Officer at Tekmar Group and worked on a wide range of technology-led initiatives including digitisation of manufacturing processes, assessment of potential M&A and group-wide information systems.
He now acts as an independent consultant and serves on the board of EngineeringUK as a trustee helping the organisation achieve its goal of getting more young people and especially those from under-represented groups interested in engineering and technology careers.
Shaun joined the Royal Air Force (RAF) in 1987 as an Apprentice Technician and was later selected to become a commissioned Engineering Officer. His early years were spent leading teams in engineering workshops and as a Junior Engineering Officer on a fast-jet squadron. Subsequently, he led a specialist team that designed aircraft modifications for trials and urgent requirements.
On promotion to Squadron Leader, he commanded the RAF’s training squadron for airframes technicians, before a period deployed overseas on operations. Back in the UK, he served as the Senior Engineering Officer on a trials unit, leading engineers who maintained and modified Harrier, Jaguar, Tornado GR4, and Tornado F3 aircraft. An office-based role followed, as the Personal Staff Officer supporting a senior RAF commander.
As a Wing Commander, he deployed overseas and led engineering, logistics, and administration teams supporting Harrier and C130 operations. After completing a period of further education with the United States Air Force, he was assigned as an exchange officer to United States Cyber Command. As the Deputy Future Operations Director, he led teams planning and conducting cyberspace operations for the United States Department of Defence. Returning to the UK in 2013, he commanded the Typhoon and Tornado Engineering and Logistics Wing at RAF Lossiemouth, comprising over 700 personnel, supporting operations overseas and 24/7 UK and Baltic Air Defence.
Promoted to Group Captain in 2015, Shaun served as the Chief Air Engineer for Military Flying Training, Air Cadet gliding, and the Red Arrows. He was deployed to Baghdad for most of 2018, assisting the Iraqi military in their information campaign to counter Da’esh’s influence in Iraq and Syria. In early 2019 he assumed command of the RAF base at High Wycombe, before promotion to Air Commodore in 2020. In his current role, he is responsible for all RAF Engineering and Logistics policy, strategy, and capability. Shaun was made a CBE in HM The Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2019.
Passionate about growing and supporting the best possible talent in the RAF, he has served as the Deputy Advocate for personnel from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic backgrounds since 2019, and has recently become the RAF’s Advocate.
Ibim is a trained Geoscientist, Commercial & Contract Negotiator, and Stakeholder Manager. Having worked in multidisciplinary teams on several projects, onshore and offshore within the Energy sector, he has developed solid leadership capabilities and a profound commitment to personal growth. He is a strong advocate for team culture, vertical and horizontal communication as well as collaboration across functions. ‘Ibim’s commitment to personal growth reflects in his executive certifications from Yale School of Management, The Said Business School, University of Oxford, and Harvard Business School.
‘Ibim sits on different boards including the executive board of the Association for Black Minority Ethnic Engineers (AFBE-UK) and the advisory board of Design Week Lagos where he creates innovative solutions for stakeholder engagements. As the mentoring lead for AFBE-UK Scotland, he helped set up the first formal mentoring program which is now well subscribed. He also leads the AFBE-UK Transition team and is involved in leading a team of engineers and C-suite leaders from different multinationals in organizing career events around the UK. These earned him the 2021 AFBE-UK Member of the Year Award.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Geophysics from the University of Port Harcourt and an MSc in Integrated Petroleum Geoscience from the University of Aberdeen. He is a recipient of the University of Aberdeen and Principal’s Excellence Awards, the TotalEnergies Postgraduate Scholarship, and the Shell International Postgraduate scholarship.
Outside of work, he is passionate about giving back to the community, coaching and mentoring young students in discovering their purpose in life. ‘Ibim loves playing and watching football, traveling, and experiencing new and diverse cultures.
Sibeso is a Strategic Digital Leader skilled in Financial Technology (Fintech), Financial Crime Compliance & Financial Markets and she has closely worked alongside senior management in the Banking Industry for the last 6years. Sibeso is a licensed Investment Advisor by the Securities Exchange Commission of Zambia and holds professional certifications in ACI for Financial Markets and KNIME for Data Analytics/Machine Learning.
Sibeso holds a BSc Economics degree from Punjab, India and continues identify as an academic recognised as a 2021 Chevening Scholar and notably Zambia’s 1st Female Mansion House Scholar and she is currently studying towards an MSc in Finance & Financial Technology at the Henley Business School, University of Reading. As a Fintech Influencer, Corporate Master of Programs and an avid Philanthropist, Sibeso is passionate about people and impact hence she voluntarily dedicates her time and efforts to initiatives that drive women/children empowerment, diversity and inclusion.
Responsible for looking after the capability of people, processes and tools in Mechanical Engineering across the UK with a short and long term view. Arvind started his career as a Graduate Industrial Engineering in the Industrial Engineering Group (IEG), Basildon. During his time at University, he had spent my Summers at Leonardo working in Machine Components Centre and the Mechanical Design Office. Upon completion of his Graduate training, Arvind changed roles and became the New Product Introduction (NPI) Engineer for IEG, Basildon. He continued progressing in this role to level of Principal Engineer until 2019 when he transitioned to his new role as UK Industrial Capability Manager for Mechanical Engineering.