Innovation and creativity are at the core of technology, in order to be truly innovative we need diverse perspectives, experiences, cultures and background all contributing to the technological ways of the world.

In this session, Hannah will be exploring the impact of lack of representation, intersectionality and the importance of black and ethnically diverse role models in technology. Black professionals occupy only 3.7% in technical roles at the large tech companies, despite making up 13% of the overall labour force. Why is this? Where are the sponsors? What more needs to be done to drive equity across technology? In this session, Hannah will be sharing her thoughts on what more we can do to drive higher representation of race in technology.

About the speaker

Hannah AwonugaHannah Awonuga is a Global Director leading the DEI Colleague Engagement strategy as Head of DEI Colleague Engagement at Barclays Bank. In her role, she is responsible for global strategic oversight of DEI campaigns, communications, the global employee resource group strategy and responsible for the banks global socioeconomic agenda. Hannah a strong leadership background with over 10years leadership experiences managing remote and diverse teams across the organisation.

Hannah has been working for Barclays since she was 17yrs old and for the past 17yrs has spent time in the Retail bank, business and corporate bank before transitioning into Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in 2019. Hannah has been named an inspirational D&I leader by esteemed professional body D&I leader’s inspirational leaders 2021 list and received an We are the city 2021 rising star award in the banking and capital category.

Hannah is an award winning DEI speaker who actively uses her voice to speak on DEI issues around Gender, race and ethnicity, social mobility and generations in the workplace. She has recently been appointed as a Non- executive director for the UK government membership body Progress Together which has been set up to increase socioeconomic diversity at senior leadership level across the UK financial services. She is also a foundation school governor at a Catholic secondary college in south London.