Sema Yuce | Truth ISC Technology and Security Consultancy Ltd

Sema Yuce

I am an executive consultant who has experience over 20 years in management and consulting positions at corporate companies and finance, banking, insurance, education, industrials and retail sectors in information security, compliance, IT strategy and governance, risk management, business continuity, service delivery, infrastructure services, software development and project management fields.

I worked as a highly valued strategic partner for CxOs. I am a pro-active leader with hands-on experience with a focus on driving success.

After 19 years of experience in Turkey, I moved to the UK in 2017, founded my information security, governance, risk and compliance consultancy company and continue to work as the Director of my company and a management consultant who continuously learns and shares her knowledge and experience.

I actively hold CISM, CISA, ISO 27001 Lead Auditor, PMP, EU GDPR Foundation certifications.


Christine Lester

Christine Lester | J.P. Morgan

Christine Lester

A former sports events professional from Essex, Christine's route to a technology career has been anything but traditional!

Inspired to make a complete career 180 after attending several Women Who Code events in London, Christine took up a place on CodeClan's 16 week intensive software development bootcamp in Glasgow. Immersing herself in learning how to code in multiple different languages was challenging - especially considering that she broke her shoulder mere days before starting the course! - but rewarding, and upon graduating from CodeClan, she was recruited by JP Morgan and settled in to life in their Glasgow office.

Fifteen months into her technology career Christine is a well liked and respected member of her team, on which she is the only female, and she is quickly growing her professional network and becoming recognised for her work across the company.

Since starting with JP Morgan she has become a key member of the CodeClan Alumni - internally acting as a point of contact and leadership for anyone joining JPM from CodeClan, as well as forming Q&A panels, and meeting those already employed by JPM but whom are thinking of taking a place on a CodeClan course.
Christine is also becoming well known in the Glasgow office for her work - not just in her day to day role, but in her community engagement internally and externally and additional activities such as becoming a key member of a team driving an exciting partnership with a local institution.
In addition to this, Christine is a STEM Ambassador and takes her engagement with this role incredibly seriously, finding a real affinity for talking with and hopefully inspiring the next generation of tech talent - especially when it comes to getting more girls into technology.

For someone at the beginning of her career, Christine is making sure strides; determined to blaze a trail for career change technologists and women in technology everywhere.


Ramat Tejani

Ramat Tejani | Amazon Web Services

Ramat Tejani

Ramat is passionate about empowering individuals and businesses to tell stories that make a difference and inspire action.

Her experience across a variety of sectors including recruitment, charity, design and technology; has helped her developed a unique understanding of the best way to tell stories.

Ramat currently leads Amazon Web Services AWS GetIT programme, a social initiative designed to inspire more young people, in particular girls, to consider a career in technology. The programme also works to empower current female technology talent to use their voices as diversity advocates within the tech industry. Prior to joining AWS, Ramat worked as a Marketing Manager at the GSMA. Whilst there she on top of her day-to-day responsibilities she also led a team to support the ITU (a United Nations agency) in their International Girls in ICT Day initiative. Working in a trade association, Ramat saw an opportunity for the GSMA to lead by example and show the telecommunications industry how to encourage not just women but the next generation of young girls who have yet to consider ICT or who would like to have more exposure to it. In total, over 15 internal and external stakeholders worked on the day to impact the lives of 546 girls across 7 global sites. Earlier this year Ramat was shortlisted for the Women in Tech award for the e-skills initiative of the year award as recognition of her efforts.

Outside of her day job, Ramat is a keen advocate of women empowerment and is a freelance career coach. In this capacity, she uses her personal experiences to motivate and guide women through their career transitions and progressions. Ramat is also the founder of “The Inspiration Box”, a platform creating online and offline spaces that ignite curiosity within people and reminds individuals that the possibilities in life are endless.
In 2018, Ramat was named as a Future Leader by Women in Advertising and Communications London (WACL), an award recognising female pioneers in the marketing industry. In the same year, she was also awarded the WeAreTheCity Rising Star Award for PR, Marketing and Communication.

Ramat holds a BA (Hons) in International Business from the University of Hertfordshire and an MSc in Consultancy and Organisational Change from Birkbeck, University of London.

To find out more about Ramat's work on The Inspiration Box visit: https://www.theinspirationbox.com/


Yemi Oluseun

Yemi Oluseun | Barclays

Yemi Oluseun

Yemi is an award-winning project/programme manager; she most recently delivered the key parts of the Brexit programme and the Ring Fenced Bank project at Barclays.

She recently spoke at the Computing Cloud and Infrastructure conference. She is listed on the 2019 UK Top 100 Computing Weekly Most Influential Women in Technology.

She is passionate about change and people – she is a coach and a business mentor on the Prince’s Trust Next Step Programme – where she helps young entrepreneurs get their business ready for seed funding. Yemi also serves on the Outward Housing and Bournemouth University Boards.

She holds an MBA, First Class and Distinction Degrees in Computer Science. She co-led the winning team in the 2018 Barclays Social Fintech Innovation hackathon.


Sara Al Wajih

Sara Al Wajih | BBC

Sara Al Wajih

A multilingual, digitally native, versatile and creative multi-media video editor, digital video journalist and producer with an award winning background of (digital) documentaries.

Track record of initiative and achievement-seeking out diverse stories and project, expanding job description boundaries. Years of experience in working with different services and languages such as BBC News & Current Affairs, Victoria Derbyshire, Newsnight, Digital Video, BBC Stories, BBC Arabic, Africa 2020 and Documentaries.

Understanding the important of keeping up to date with technology, I have always been keen to still be a step ahead of technology and cultural change in order to maintain at the top with a track record of award nominations. Devised strategies and workflows internally, to allow a collaboration from different departments and services from TV to digital - online and mobile.

Also have been selected to be one of sixteen women selected for the prestigious BBC News & Current Affairs Women In Tech Programme sponsored by the Development Director.

Coming from a BAME background, it humbled me to realise how privileged I was in the UK, whilst my family are in a war torn country, Yemen, struggling to survive but still determined to get an education and career. I put my knowledge and love of technology to devise a way of helping others that needed help through an app. I was determined to revolutionise the mentoring process by developing an app that helps connect users all over the world. I was particularly focusing on females from war torn countries and from stricter backgrounds that may not be able to connect outside, so building a mentoring and skill sharing app seems ideal.


Sahydi Garcia

Sahydi Garcia | Morgan Stanley

Sahydi Garcia

Sahydi Garcia is a Vice President of Morgan Stanley in Enterprise Technology and Services based in London.

Sahydi joined the Firm in 2004 as an Associate in Reengineering and Expense Management based in New York, serving in a number of roles within Corporate Services. Prior to that, Sahydi started her career at Avaya in Basking Ridge, NJ from 2000 until 2004 as an Associate Client Executive in IBM Global Alliances. While she has been with the Firm for nearly 15 years, Sahydi briefly worked for risk management software company, Digital Sandbox in Washington, DC from 2009 to 2010 as a Sales Associate. She returned to the Firm in 2011 to End User Technology as an IT Service Delivery Manager and eventually transitioned to a role in project management/business analysis. She was named Vice President in January 2016 and later that year Sahydi accepted a mobility opportunity to Glasgow, where she became a founding member of the Morgan Stanley Women in Technology group. There, she led the Recruitment, Retention & Progression working group. Sahydi is passionate about creating a diverse and inclusive working environment, seeking to recruit and retain more women into Technology. In addition to her job duties, Sahydi mentors others through various programs including the Mobility Advisor Program, Morgan Stanley Mentoring Program, and Career Ready Program. She challenges colleagues and mentees to take an active role and participate in programs to accelerate their careers and drive personal and professional growth.

Sahydi and her family emigrated from their native country of Cuba in 1980 to the United States through the Mariel Boatlift. Raised in New Jersey, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in English from Rutgers University. Most recently, Sahydi has relocated to London. She currently resides in Greenwich and is happily unmarried and childless.


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Alicia Carolina Beylan Navarrete | Deliveroo

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I’m a graduate of Computer Science with Robotics from King’s College London.

I’ve been a backend software engineer at Deliveroo for 1 year and recently got awarded an exceptional talent visa sponsored by TechNation. I’m part of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on AI where we get to discuss important topics such as ethics, education, health, privacy and others and how they will be impacted by AI.

During my time at university I was the president of KCL Tech Society, one of the biggest tech societies in the UK where my main focus was to teach people from different backgrounds how to code by having weekly workshops where we taught them android, ios and web, to encourage everyone regardless of their level of experience to learn something new and practice new skills by organising hackathons and hack days. On top of this, we also ran and I mentored in the Code First Girls beginners workshops with the objective of teaching female and non-binary folks how to code.

During the weekends I travel across Europe supporting and mentoring student hackathons where I get to teach and support students in learning new technologies and building projects from scratch providing them with the resources they need. Because of my involvement in the student tech community in the UK, I got made one of the Code First Girls Ones to Watch 2018.

At work, I've been involved in all the onboarding process, especially for recent grads where I've been giving workshops of GitHub and Git at Deliveroo where we teach the basic concepts and more specifically, the workflow that we have at the company.

In 2019 I got shortlisted as one of the Rising Stars in Technology for the We Are The City Awards.


Malika Malik

Malika Malik | KPMG

Malika Malik

I like to solve problems.

Throughout my career, I have been driven by my intellectual curiosity to find answers to the most pressing questions. With my refined skill set, I bring customer-centric mindfulness that enables firms to innovate and thrive. This is what I’ve done for my clients. My intellectual curiosity also drives me to be a lifelong learner. In 2018, I earned my Master’s degree in Data science from London School of Economics, with an undergraduate degree in Statistics.

Outside of work, I am a member of All Party Parliamentary Group of AI, focused to examine the myriad issues raised by the growth in adoption of artificial intelligence and autonomous systems such as changes to the workforce, ethical and legal implications, trust and transparency, and data governance amongst others.


Soraya Weill

Soraya Weill | Oliver Wyman

Soraya Weill

Soraya is a senior consultant at Oliver Wyman. On every project, she focuses on achieving the best client impact while creating an open environment for her team.

She is thrilled to be able to promote inclusion & diversity both at work and outside of work.

Soraya’s academic background include a B.A. in Philosophy and Psychology; as well as a Masters in Psychological research from the University of Oxford. During university, Soraya showed a keen interest in technology and computer science selecting lectures in Statistical Theory, Algorithms, and Python programming. Soraya’s professional project experience has spanned multiple industries all the while retaining a strong focus on digital, technology & analytics as well as organisational effectiveness.

At Oliver Wyman Soraya has embraced her role as an I&D champion. She co-leads external engagement for WOW, the Woman of Oliver Wyman network, as well as co-leads EMPOWERED UK, Oliver Wyman’s network for racial ethnic & cultural diversity. Outside of her professional role, Soraya is an advocate for young women. She is the founder of a network of 400+ female university students. This network organizes cv workshops, case interview preparation and networking events to help female students gain employment in the professional services industry.

Soraya has recently taken on a new challenge; she has been developing her own charity leveraging new technology and advanced analytics to provide faster streamlined support for homeless Londoners.


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Monique Ho | BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

Monique is motivated by a personal vision of helping to steer organisations' strategies and their implementation to build a happier, more effective workplace and to make people's lives better.

She has been an advocate of providing equal exposure of STEM to female, ethical minority and financially disadvantaged students since an undergraduate at Imperial College London.

Graduated with a biochemistry degree, Monique joined BAE Systems Applied Intelligence as a Cyber Security consultant. She upskilled her technical competencies rapidly on the job. She helped clients with network data analysis and information assurance, protecting them from cyber-attacks.

Monique then became a Business Analyst on various flagship programmes for telco and Central Government clients. She worked closely with the business and developers to establish data warehouse, web application and bespoke biometrics applications.

In 2018, Monique joined Futures, the innovation branch of BAEAI, as a Venture Lead. She performed market research and validation to develop new lines of business for the organisation. Later in the year, she embraced the lead role of Innovation Exchange, BAEAI’s in-house idea crowdsourcing programme. She made excellent use of digital and physical channels, transforming the way colleagues collaborate globally to develop ideas. She drove a 4-fold increase in colleague engagement on the programme in the first 4 months.

Monique now helps clients with their cyber-security strategies and target operating models.
Monique looks after people. She is a well-respected employee representative to provide consulting to senior management. She also leads initiatives to support business analyst colleagues on their career journeys.
Monique supports the next generation to get involved in the innovation space by mentoring in entrepreneurship competitions regularly. Monique enjoys exchanging insights and good practice. She keeps up with trends and speaks at public events, contributing to the thought leadership in intrapreneurship programmes, global community engagement, and diversity & inclusion.