Didem Un Ates

Didem Un Ates | Microsoft

Didem Un Ates

Following her Electrical Engineering and Management studies at the University of Pennsylvania, Didem started her career with management consulting at CapGemini and Motorola.

After graduating from Columbia Business School (CBS) in 2005, Didem continued her career at Greenwich Consulting (now part of EY) and British Telecom in London, UK.

Her passion for technology led her to join Microsoft’s Information & Content Experiences Group where she and her team signed c. 1,500 partnerships across 60 markets. She held other business development and partner management roles as part of Microsoft Accelerators and the Business AI teams. In her current role, Didem is focusing on scaling Microsoft’s SaaS AI solutions such as Dynamics Customer Service Insights and Virtual Agent.

Didem has 20+ years of multinational leadership experience in business development, management consulting, and product management in executing international roll outs, implementing new market entries, and building new revenue streams from disruptive technologies in EMEA, APAC, and LatAm.

Diversity, Inclusion, and Responsible AI efforts:

As part of her Diversity & Inclusion related social impact work, Didem organizes global ‘Girls and Women in AI’ hackathons and bootcamps to increase female participation in AI/ML technology sector:

  • Girls in STEM AI Bootcamp – Athens, Aug 27-31st.
  • ‘Girls in AI’ Global Hackathon – London, Oct 13-14th.
  • ‘Teens in AI’ NASA Global Space Hackathon – London, Oct 20-21st
  • Code:First Girls Conference 2018 – ‘Women in AI’ talk, London, Nov 10th.
  • MSFT DigiGirlz UK – Reading, UK Nov 20th
  • TEDx Shoreditch ‘Women in Technology/ AI’ Event in May ‘19
  • ‘AI & Careers’ Sessions at Schools

Didem is currently a member of Cloud & AI Women in Business Applications (WiBA) Leadership Board and Women@MSFT UK.
Externally, she is a member of the Women in AI network.

Blogs:

She has also written numerous blogs on Diversity & Inclusion in Tech and Women & AI:

  • Reflections on a Rigorous Year in AI
  • Mindful Optimism for Women in Life 3.0
  • Grace Hopper, Burning Man, and Choices
  • Diversity & Inclusion – Call to All Princesses and Princes

Training & Awards:

  • Didem is currently pursuing the ‘Microsoft Professional Programme for AI’ and has been awarded with Women in Advertising and Communications’ (WACL) Future Leader Award in 2019 for her work in inspiring female high school students to embrace and to join AI/ ML sector.
  • Previously, her MBA was sponsored by her employer, Motorola Ltd.
  • She has numerous other awards, scholarships, and sponsorships that can be viewed on her LinkedIn profile.

Sue McLean

Sue McLean | Baker McKenzie

Sue McLean

Sue has specialised advising on technology projects for almost 20 years.

She advises clients (both customers and vendors) on a wide range of technology matters, including outsourcing, cloud, digital transformation, technology procurement, development and licensing, m/e-commerce, AI, blockchain and data privacy. Sue also advises on the commercial, technology and intellectual property aspects of M&A transactions and joint ventures. Her clients include some of the world's best known tech companies and multinational corporations. She also enjoys working with emerging and growth companies. Sue was named TMT lawyer of the year at the Euromoney Women in Business Law Awards 2019. Sue is also a trustee of the Society for Computers and Law


Sian Allsopp

Sian Allsopp | Morgan Stanley

Sian Allsopp

Siân Allsopp joined Morgan Stanley’s Core Enterprise Technology and Services division based out of London in November 2015, and is currently running Global Technology Disaster Recovery and Tech Business Continuity Planning along with Global Infrastructure Change Management.

Prior to this Siân performed a variety of technology roles at JPMorgan over eight years, most recently as Global Head of Change Management for the Corporate and Investment Bank division.  Other roles included managing Front Office trading platform and Middle Office processing systems support as EMEA Equities Cash Production Manager and performing generalist global Service Management positions for Equities Cash and Derivatives.

Computer Science modules taken during her History degree at the University of Leicester, led to Siân’s first role managing all things computer related for a small Public Affairs and Relations recruitment consultancy, and initiated a career in technology.  She then spent eight years with PricewaterhouseCoopers in technology roles aligned to the Recruitment and HR division, before moving into the internal IT division.

In 2019 Siân won the National Women in Technology ‘Advocate of the Year’ award in recognition of her efforts to correct imbalances in both the pipeline and workplace.  She has been a senior female panellist at  Blackrock ‘IT’s not just for Boys’ and also at ‘Driving Innovation through Diversity’ hosted by  Amazon/AT Kearny’s for International Women’s Day.

Siân co-chairs the Morgan Stanley London Computing at Schools Committee, has acted as a Dragon for the Apps for Good annual awards, and sits on the Steering Group of the ‘Tech She Can’ Charter which is a commitment by over 100 firms to work together to increase the number of women in technology in the UK.

She is Morgan Stanley’s Graduate Recruitment Diversity Lead for the London offices and has co-sponsored the annual Spring Insight London programme since 2017, helping to drive campus hiring numbers to gender parity for Summer and Spring interns.  She lives in Radlett, north west of London with her husband and rescue cat.