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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.

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+. 

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.

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%. 

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.

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.

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

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. 

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.

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.

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.