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.


Alicia Carolina Beylan Navarette

Alicia Carolina Beylan Navarrete | Deliveroo

Alicia Carolina Beylan Navarette

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.


Sylwia Jablonska Bond

Sylwia Jablonska Bond | Barclays

Sylwia Jablonska Bond

Sylwia started her career in technology within Financial Services at Accenture and Capco consulting.

She moved into industry in 2011 to work in Foreign Exchange IT for Barclays Investment Bank, where she is currently working as a Programme Manager responsible for a portfolio of initiatives across FX and Emerging Markets, ranging from Product Rollout to revenue-opportunity client technology solutions.

Sylwia always sets high standards for her work and throughout her career has led a number of diverse project teams delivering pioneering and regulatory change across technology and business in Wealth Management and Global Markets.

She has a seamless ability to work across the wide organisation and experience hierarchy with ease, and is equally at home briefing the Business Head about the programme plans as she is discussing technical solutions with quantitative developers or working to support a new graduate in their development.

In every project, she takes the lead in training and developing colleagues around the globe. She coaches and mentors those with less experience and does not shy away from difficult and contentious decisions by always balancing the needs of the organisation and colleagues. As a leader, she forges teams through consensus building, understanding and an industrious tenacity to get the job done. This creates tempo in her projects leading to timely delivery.

She is a go-to person for technology engagements in her area and is often asked for advice by her colleagues and peers. She also holds a Certificate in Agile leadership from Scrum Alliance.

Sylwia has been actively involved in diversity and community projects since the beginning of her career, specifically supporting the younger generation:

• Organiser and curator of TEDxShoreditch 2019, managing a team of 5 volunteers, and an expected audience of 100 and 8 speakers.
• Mentoring for the Microsoft Girls in AI Hackathons
• Mentoring young people through Young Enterprise Charity
• Barclays Women in Technology committee, with specific focus on Learning, Coaching (previously held a position of Learning and Coaching Lead for WiT)
• Running mock interview and coaching sessions for interns at Barclays
• Organising charity bake sales and Christmas hamper drives for various charities (in 2018 the proceeds from her MiFID II Bake-off sale was in the top 1% of the monthly donations for the Great Ormond Street Hospital)
• Markets Change Execution Continuous Improvement Working Group Content Creator
• Royal Ocean Racing Club Fastnet race Competitor as part of the Barclays team
• Barclays Fencing Club Club Captain (led team to victory in London’s Corporate Decathlon)
• Alto singer in the Barclays Choir, Canary Wharf Choir and City Music Services Chorale, taking part in charity concerts
• An active member of the City of London Lime Street and Cornhill Ward Club
• Sylwia supports the arts back home in Poland by sponsoring music album recordings for up-and-coming local artists


Zara Powell

Zara Powell | Zone

Zara Powell

I am a Delivery Lead at Zone. Having studied International Business with Spanish, I began my career in technology in 2014 and developed a passion for agile ways of working.

As a certified agile leader and LeSS practitioner, I have experience delivering complex technical projects for a broad range of verticals, specialising in digital transformation and change management, leading teams for the likes of Peabody Trust, Catalyst Housing, Electrolux, the John Lewis Partnership and Barratt Homes.

I have been fortunate to have had exposure to a range of different technology projects including having worked with mobile app teams, infrastructure, data & BI, helping to deliver programmes of work but also supporting the teams in any way possible including post-deployment testing, data inputting, systems configurations, delivering training to users and providing first line support.

I am a regular speaker at events including being invited to be the guest speaker for the University of Plymouth at the prestigious International Business annual dinner, talking to 200 under-graduates about my journey as a woman in tech and learnings and challenges to date, as well as having the privilege of being invited to be the first speaker at Zone’s Women in tech, talk series.

Championing diversity in the workplace is hugely important to me, I support diversity through mentoring across the agency, having set up an agile community to share my knowledge and experience more broadly as well as helping the growth of female colleagues, with the result being 2 recent promotions in the last 12 months.