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HOST: Viv Groskop

Comedian and Author

How to Own the Room

Viv Groskop is a writer, critic, broadcaster and stand-up comedian. She has presented Front Row and Saturday Review on BBC Radio 4, is a regular on BBC1's This Week and has hosted book tours for Graham Norton, Jo Brand and Jennifer Saunders. Groskop's books include The Anna Karenina Fix: Life Lessons from Russian Literature, and How to Own the Room: Women and the Art of Brilliant Speaking. She is currently writing a self-help memoir titled Au Revoir, Tristesse: Lessons in Happiness from French Literature due out in 2020.

HEADLINER: Anne-Marie Imafidon

Co-Founder

Stemettes

From child prodigy to MBE, Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon is Head Stemette and co-founder of Stemettes, the award-winning social enterprise inspiring the next generation of females into Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) roles via a series of impactful events and opportunities.

One of the youngest ever to be awarded a Masters' degree in Mathematics & Computer Science by the University of Oxford at age 20, Anne-Marie, unsurprisingly, continued to soar. In 2018 alone, she was listed among the top 50 women in tech in the world by Forbes, voted the 5th most influential woman in IT by Computer Weekly and was the recipient of the prestigious Barclays UK ‘Woman of the Year' award.

2017 saw her featured among the top 50 most inspiring women in tech by Inspiring Fifty (an accolade she received for a second time in 2018). In recognition of her significant influence and achievements, Anne-Marie was awarded an MBE in the 2017 New Year's Honours for services to young women and STEM sectors. In June of the same year she was also made an Honorary Fellow at Keble College, Oxford.

Not only a champion of getting women into STEM positions, Anne-Marie has previously worked with Goldman Sachs, Hewlett-Packard, Deutsche Bank and Lehman Brothers, amassing a wealth of experience. She is also a recognised thought-leader in the tech space, regularly appearing in the media as a talking head, and giving talks at tech giants such as SXSW and Founders Forum.

Gemma Carver

Director of Digital and Innovation

Pentland Brands

Gemma Carver is Director of Digital and Innovation at Pentland Brands. Gemma leads the digital, e-commerce and innovation output across a global portfolio of brands including Speedo, ellesse, Berghaus, Canterbury and Kickers.

With a background in data and CRM, she's built her expertise at businesses including eBay Enterprise, Bookatable, the Guardian and Auction Technology Group. A natural innovator and leader with over ten years' experience in the digital space, Gemma's mission at Pentland Brands is to mobilise digital and innovation tools, knowledge and expertise to transform how consumers connect with its brands worldwide.

Sabrina Castiglione

Chief Financial Officer

Tessian

Sabrina is Chief Financial Officer at Tessian, a London-based machine-learning cybersecurity company building Human Layer Security for email, where she serves as an all rounded problem solver. Since joining Tessian as its seventh team member in late 2016, and the first non-commercial, non-engineering hire, Sabrina has personally overseen the growth to 120 team members, and set up the Talent, People, Legal and Compliance, IT, Finance, and Logistics functions. Having spent 5 years working in actuarial and statistical fields, she brings financial modelling and risk projection expertise to Tessian. She currently focuses on overseeing Finance and Operations, ensuring Tessian is able to operate efficiently and strategically.

Sabrina is also the Chair of the WISE Campaign's Young Professionals' Board and attends the main board and strategy meetings of the WISE Campaign, a UK Members' Organisation focused on achieving gender equality in STEM fields. She is also a co-founding organiser of Women Empowering Diversity in Startups (WEDS), a network designed to help provide guidance for the specific diversity and inclusion challenges faced by startups.

Sabrina hails from Hertfordshire and graduated with a Masters in Chemistry from Imperial College London.

Andjela Djukanovic

Technology Risk Analyst

KPMG

Andjela has worked for KPMG within the Tech Risk sector for two years and three months following her university studies at the University of Bath. Her day to day job involves supporting external and internal audit clients, including the use of data analytics, as well as attestation over the use of technology at third parties. Andjela works on advising clients on how to control risks related to their information assets, either in IT management processes, business applications, infrastructure or projects. Technology Risk has given Andjela a platform from which to develop a broad-based understanding of the usage of technology to assist with the implementation and maintenance of a secure control environments across several clients and industries. This role has so far given Andjela a keen understanding of not only IT systems, but also the risks arising from the widespread usage of technology as a driver for business. Her degree background in Modern Languages and Politics has also allowed her to work internationally and expand her network more globally.

Emma Dutton MBE

Managing Director

Applied Influence Group

Emma served as an Engineer Officer in the RAF before transitioning to the influence capability of Military Intelligence. Over five tours of Afghanistan, she was placed in leadership and governance roles, leading teams to collect life-saving information.

After a realisation that she was using the same influence skill set and methodology in her interactions with politicians and military commanders as she was with the Taliban, Emma co-founded the Applied Influence Group. She was honoured with an MBE in 2015 for her service in Afghanistan.

Julie Fedele

Founder

TwoFeetIn

Julie is a Principal Consultant at ThoughtWorks who specialises in Product Strategy and Advisory. For the past 15 year's she has helped healthcare, retail and telecommunication organisations create and deliver disruptive growth strategies grounded in customer needs. One of her passions is building highly collaborative purpose led teams to deliver new products and services to the market which make a meaningful difference to people, balanced with sustainable business returns.

Julie often speaks as a Thought Leader on corporate innovation, culture, and mindset with a focus on being purpose led and how this can make or break an organisations culture.

She is also the proud founder of a failed start up; 'Popping Up' whose purpose was to reinvigorate once vibrant community shopping districts with online retailers on a semi-permanent basis. This was a big learning curve for Julie and it enabled her to have a deeper understanding of the founders dilemma and the importance of cultivating an optimistic mindset. This has since led her to become an active mentor in the start-up community, especially those who focus on social/community innovation.

Sukhi Jutla

Co-Founder and COO

MarketOrders

Sukhi Jutla is an award-winning entrepreneur and author of 3 books. She is the co-founder of MarketOrders, an online B2B platform for the gold and diamond jewellery industry. Leading international speaker, influencer and thought leader in tech as well as a qualified IBM Blockchain Foundation Developer, she was recently named as one of the UK's top 100 Women in Tech.

In March 2019, Sukhi was chosen by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to be part of a new group of leading figures to help London's employers access the skills they need today and in the future. In April 2018, she made global headlines when she became the World's First #1 Bestselling ‘Blockchain' Author. Very involved in empowering women, especially in the Fintech industry, Sukhi spends a lot of her spare time sharing her personal experience as an entrepreneur and mentoring and supporting other women to find their career path.

Santa Keirane

Junior Risk Analyst

Financial Times

Santa is currently working as a Junior Risk Analyst with Financial Times.

She started working in the IT industry during the 2nd year of her undergraduate studies in Computer Science and Computer Control, obtaining experience in customer support and IT project management. After working for nearly 3 years in the industry she decided to continue her studies and specialise in Cyber Security.

Santa then graduated from University of Southampton and obtained a Master's degree in Cyber Security. Now she is part of the Cyber Security team, where she's working on identifying and addressing Cyber Security threats.

Rapid development of technologies on both attacker and defender's sides is what makes her job challenging, but at the same time - incredibly exciting, which is why she's so passionate about it. 

Tripta Kershaw

Head of Portfolio, Programmes and Project Delivery

Hermes

With over 9 years' experience delivering large scale complex business and IT transformations and 16 years delivering IT projects across a spectrum of industry sectors including logistics, central government, travel, retail, gaming and law and technology platforms Tripta Kershaw joined Hermes the second largest carrier in the UK in 2016 as Head of Project Delivery. 

Reporting to the CIO Tripta is responsible for the delivery of the 3 year business transformations in people and technology with a combined budgetary value of £140m.

At Hermes Tripta established the portfolio governance implementing frameworks to deliver the business transformation programmes including customer experience, replacement of legacy, delivery transformation and intelligent data.

As well as overseeing the portfolio in 2018 Tripta was instrumental in the launch of the Digital Futures transformation, a website and mobile app built on a technology platform designed with tools for complex digital needs and an enterprise cloud communication platform.

Transforming the customer experience the Digital Futures transformation has enabled Hermes to be a digital first company winning industry awards including 1st Place Category for Customer Experience Hermes Europe, Computing Digital Team of the Year Award 2018 and the Computing Women in IT Excellence Award 2018 for Outstanding Transformation.

Vanessa Lovatt

Founder

Time 4 Equality

Vanessa Lovatt founded Time 4 Equality to encourage more male leaders to share their thoughts and opinions on why driving gender equality in the workplace is vital to the future of work. Combined with strong female leadership voices, these powerful stories are encouraging more men and women to think about the story they are writing in their own business and how they can succeed in driving gender equality in the modern workplace. She is always keen to hear powerful stories of equality: hello@time4equality.co.uk.

Vanessa also work in the B2B Media sector specialising in commercial conferencing, digital community building and content creation and syndication. During her career she has become competent in a significant range of subject matters including digital transformation, machine learning and robotics, outsourcing, customer experience and process excellence. Vanessa is a passionate advocate and promotor of flexible working, an Accredited Customer Experience ProfessionalTM and holds a BSc Physiology from the University of Bristol.

Fiona Macaulay

Global Senior Director IT Delivery

Mars

Fiona is an experienced CIO and Business Transformation Leader, delivering sustainable Business value and improved Customer experience through Digital & IT solutions. She has worked internationally, living in the US and Asia where she learnt the power of diverse teams. She has had a wide and varied career initially joining BP as a Graduate in Geology. She has successfully delivered across many sectors from Trading to Retail at BP, Publishing at Elsevier, Telecommunications at Vodafone, in Utilities as CIO for Thames Water and presently leading Global IT Delivery at Mars enabling Mars's Digital Transformation.

A leader with a passion for people, she actively develops capability and talent across her teams in technology and leadership. She is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and is a member of BCS Women Committee where she actively supports and encourages more women to have a successful and lasting career in Technology.

Diane Mullenex

Global Head of Telecom, Gaming and Gambling Practices

Pinsent Masons

Diane is a dual-qualified French lawyer and UK Solicitor, heading Pinsent Masons' Global Telecommunications practice.

She specialises in and has extensive experience advising a wide range of clients in telecommunications, technology and other highly regulated industries on complex multi‚Äźdiscipline, cross border matters.

Diane relies on her experience in several jurisdictions around the world and has also invested her time and efforts in contributing to industry development and in sharing her knowledge in various conferences and publications. In particular,

  • she is the ex-chair of the International Bar Association communications law committee;
  • she was awarded for her work in Information Technology Law and Technology Law by 'The Best Lawyers in France' 2020 edition.;
  • she is regularly called upon to speak at conferences and events organised by the IBA and industry conferences in Europe and the Middle East;
  • she is the editor of PLC's Communications: Regulation and Outsourcing Global Guide (2016). This is the "go-to" publication for those in the telecoms industry.

 

Kike Oniwinde

Founder and CEO

BYP Network

Kike Oniwinde is the founder and CEO of BYP Network, a platform that connects black young professionals with each other and corporations. She has an economics degree from the University of Nottingham and a Msc in Management from the University of Florida, where she gained a full Track and Field Scholarship. The idea of BYP Network came after Kike studied abroad and met talented black students who she didn't know existed. Once back in London, the lack of diversity in the workplace coupled with low opportunities to meet others in the city; prompted the idea.

In 2018, Kike was named as a Sky Woman in Technology Scholar, F-Factor Winner, New Entrepreneurs Foundation Winner and named in the Maserati top 100! She was invited to Paris on a business trade mission with London Mayor, Sadiq Khan; won a STEM Trailblazer Batons Award at Houses of Parliament and was invited to meet ex-CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt. Kike is one of the top 100 UK BAME leaders in tech, Forbes 30 under 30 and a World Economic Forum Global Shaper.

Anisah Osman Britton

Founder

23 Code Street

Anisah Osman Britton is the founder of the trailblazing London based coding school, 23 Code Street. It is a school for all women and non-binary people. For every paying student on their courses, they fund digital skills training for a woman in the slums of Mumbai.

Anisah is also the Director of Backstage Capital's London arm, Backstage London. Alongside her team, she set up the first accelerator for Backstage outside of the US which funds underrepresented founders, namely women and non-binary people, people of colour, and those who identify as LGBTQ+. 

Matthew Postgate

Chief Technology and Product Officer

BBC Design and Engineering

As Chief Technology and Product Officer, Matthew Postgate is responsible for the corporation's Technology & Systems.

Prior to his current role within the organisation Matthew was Controller, Research & Development. He was part of the management team that launched BBC iPlayer and was in charge of BBC mobile where he was responsible for building the corporation's world leading mobile services.

Before joining the BBC, Matthew worked as a telecommunication consultant, was the director of an internet infrastructure start-up and worked at a digital strategy agency for clients including the Royal Mail, BT, Lloyds TSB, Visa and Qinetiq.

Sofy Richards

Senior Digital Manager

Previously EE/BT

Sofy is a creative problem solver and leader who firmly believes successful businesses are all about the people. Sofy focuses on building and leading teams of collaborative, empowered people who are accountable, able to take risks, and learn from their mistakes. She has worked in both the public and private sectors, most recently as "Problem Solver in Chief" for the Managing Director of EE/BT Consumer Digital where she led the creation of their multi-brand Digital strategy.

Sofy is passionate about using technology to deliver amazing customer experiences and recently won Computing's "Future CIO of the Year" award at the 2018 Women in IT Excellence awards.

She loves to explore new places, experience different cultures, and push her boundaries - be it swimming (without a wetsuit) in a frozen lake in -33 degrees centigrade, zip lining down a mountain to try and conquer her vertigo, or learning Arabic.

Angelique Vu

Software Engineer and Co-Chair

Financial Times Women UK

Angelique is a software engineer, specialising in publishing and content management systems for newsrooms. She's worked at the heart of leading news publishers for over 10 years. Previously Angelique was an art director for several years with the Australian Financial Review in Sydney, then 7 years ago, decided to move to London to take up a role as a software engineer with the Financial Times.

She was completely new to the tech industry and was surprised at the lack of women in the department. Angelique became passionate about diversity and encouraging more women into STEM areas. She founded FT Women UK at the Financial Times in June 2017 and am currently co-chair, and prior to this founded and co-chaired Women in Learning and Leadership UK at Pearson in November 2014. 

FRINGE EVENT HOST: Lucia Adams

Co-Founder

10 Digital Ladies

Lucia is a consultant and coach who has been helping businesses transform for pretty much all of her career: from those first tentative steps ‘online' 20 years ago, to big, bold strategy pivots - making lasting change happen is at the core of what she does. As a co-founder of 10 Digital Ladies she supports women in digital pursue their version of success. 10 Digital Ladies is a networking group of over 2,000 highly engaged members. They run monthly events and an annual awards; this year they plan to publish a second book exploring how organisations can 'hack' their culture to be more inclusive and they are also looking for a partner to launch a mentoring platform.

FRINGE EVENT HOST: Mikaela Jackson

Founder

She Almighty

Mikaela Jackson is a personal performance coach and the founder of She Almighty which provides career, business, life coaching services and events for women.

FRINGE EVENT HOST: Karen Walker

Yoga Instructor

Yoga Session

Karen will be running our yoga session during the event. 

Lead Mentors

Lizzy Arnold

Transformation Consultant and Business Disruptor

Caneka

Lizzy Arnold works with ambitious and visionary leaders who are tackling the challenges of the digital age head-on. She has that special talent of teaching leaders at all levels to disrupt without alienating the rest of the workforce.

Lizzy challenges her clients' industrial age processes and helps them transform disengaged employees into dynamic, engaged and high performing teams by applying methods such as agile, deep work and futurist thinking.

Over the last 15 years, she has worked in 50+ workplaces and delivered major change initiatives to a range of clients including EE, Tesco.com, Virgin Media, Department for Transport, Marks and Spencer, Transport for London and BT.

In the press: Forbes, Psychologies Life Labs, London Tech Week, The Agile Roundabout

Areas of expertise:

  • Consulting (IT, Digital, Agile, business and culture transformations)
  • Work of the future (roles, key skills, ways of working, leading knowledge workers, the changing role of technology in business)
  • Creating high performing agile teams and organisations
  • Personal productivity, balance, high performance and creating a career you love

Joanne Goodall

Senior Manager Prepare and Capabilities

National Crime Agency

Joanne has 25 years of experience in LE and has spent the past 13 years in the cyber arena. In her current role of Senior Manager Prepare and Capabilities at the National Crime Agency she has a variety of responsibilities. These include: project management office (managing the National Cyber-Security Programme budget and projects for Team Cyber UK), horizon scanning and preparing TCUK to respond to future attacks (including liaison with HMG to inform as to the suitability of current legislation and to build resilience to attacks), cyber-skills and development team, HR responsibilities, and exercise testing and debriefing team.

Prior to this Joanne was a Senior Investigating Officer responsible for the delivery of Project Vulcanalia, a strategy designed to holistically tackle the threat of DDoS. This involved the international coordination of the take down of ‘stresser' sites, which provided a rich intelligence pool of both high and low-end offenders. The headline of this piece was the global takedown of ‘Webstresser', which reduced the threat of DDoS across Europe by 60%. 

Andrew Isenman

Head of DevOps

Heathrow Airport

Andrew Isenman is Head of DevOps at Heathrow Airport. Previously he led Heathrow's Innovation Department, where he steered the delivery - amongst other innovations - of a number of award-winning enterprise mobile apps. Andrew has a deep understanding of aviation as well as the challenges faced by IT teams to deliver solutions in highly-regulated environments.

Tarun Samtani

Global Data Protection Officer

Boden

Tarun Samtani is the Group Data Protection Officer for Boden Group. Boden is a British clothing multi-channel retailer selling online, by mail order and with a high street presence. Boden sells in several markets across UK, Europe, US, Asia and Australia. Tarun holds over 20+ years of experience across various sectors like telecommunications, ISP's, financial services, gambling, retail and most recently pharmaceuticals. Tarun has worked across UK, Europe, Asia & Middle East on different assignments.

He has a wealth of experience in cyber security and data privacy and is passionate about securing business information landscape. During the course of his career Tarun has been involved in the strategy & planning, design, architecture and implementation of a significant number of information security programmes.

His specialisations include strategic board advisory, building roadmaps planning through delivery of security / privacy programmes including Building a security aware culture, Data Security, GDPR and Data loss prevention. 

Gillian Holloway

Director of Operations EMEA

Insight UK

Gill Holloway has been in the IT industry for 30 years and at Insight for 23 of those. Currently Insight's Director of Operations for EMEA, Gill is responsible for over 200 team-mates in 8 countries covering purchasing, product data management, facilities, warehouse, logistics, integration, software contract management, sales and marketing operations.

With critical focus areas for the coming years of Automation Everywhere, Sales Enablement and Client Experience, Gill is motivated by driving a Next Generation working environment for team-mates that gives them, our clients and our partners confidence in who we are, what we do and how we do it.

One critical unique with Gill in her current role is that of her years within Insight 22 of them were as a sales-person, manager or director. Having led 4 sales divisions in this time, her breadth of understanding of our clients, how to engage and how to deliver are second to none.

Advisory Board

Nic Bellingham

Head of IT Infrastructure and Operations

Met Office

Nic joined the Met Office as a graduate in 1992 with a degree in Maths and Computer Science. After spending her first three months working in the personnel department and the next nine months on maternity leave, she then returned to work part time. From that point in her career Nic has worked in a range of IT-focused roles, from developing mainframe and PC applications to supporting the Met Office's public website. About seven years ago, by which point Nic was working full time, she moved into an IT Service Management role. This proved to be a fantastic opportunity, enabling her to gain valuable experience of working with external suppliers, of producing and managing budgets, and of decision making in fast-moving situations. It gave her the experience she needed to take the next step, into the role of Deputy Head of IT Infrastructure and Operations with day-to-day responsibility for all of the Met Office's IT services.

Two years ago Nic took the next step up into the role of Head of IT Infrastructure and Operations. Here she lead the delivery of the Met Office IT estate and associated services. In April 2019 she began a two year secondment, working as the Supercomputing Technology Lead in the Programme that will implement the Met Office's next supercomputing capability. 

Gaynor Collins-Punter

IT Director

NHS Health Research Authority

Gaynor has worked with the NHS Health Research Authority since January 2015. Her role is pivotal in the complex landscape of health research regulation, hence partnerships with other organisations such as the NIHR and MHRA are of prime importance. Gaynor is amidst the digital transformation of one of the Authority's key regulatory systems, the Integrated Research Application System (IRAS) and new Agile ways of working are fundamental to the success of this programme, which also seeks to address Brexit requirements. Gaynor has previously worked in social care within a Local Government setting, having been instrumental in setting up the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) with Nottinghamshire County Council.

Daniel Cuthbert

Global Head of Security Research

Banco Santander

Daniel Cuthbert is the Global Head of Security Research for Banco Santander. With a career spanning over 20 years on both the offensive and defensive side, he's seen the evolution of hacking from a small groups of curious minds to organized criminal networks and nation state we see today. He is the original co-author of the OWASP Testing Guide, released in 2003 and now the co-author of the OWASP Application Security Verification Standard (ASVS).

Neil Sinclair

National Cyber Lead

Police Digital Security Centre

Neil Sinclair is Chief Operating Officer for the Police Digital Security Centre, a joint venture between the Mayor of London, the Metropolitan Police Service and the City of London Police. Its role is to help businesses to grow and innovate through operating in a secure digital environment. The Centre offers tailored staff training and education programmes, security assessment and digital footprint assessments.

Neil comes from a Counter Terrorism background, having been a senior accredited financial investigator with the National Terrorist Financial Investigation Unit and the Financial Intelligence Lead for Government Agencies.