Eva Meyer de Stadelhofen

Eva Meyer de Stadelhofen | GirlCode

Eva Meyer de Stadelhofen

Computer geek and human rights activist, Eva is the founder of GirlCode, an international nonprofit and network who aims to reduce the gender gap in the STEM industry by teaching girls of age 8-17 how to code.

To do this, GirlCode offers weekly coding lessons in its clubs and in its workshops, as well as a mentorship program where girls are put in contact with entrepreneurs, scientists, and all-around girl bosses so that they can be inspired and find their STEM superstar.
Founded in 2017, GirlCode currently has 304 active clubs in 25 different countries, therefore impacting 81'345 girls as of September 2019.

Thanks to her work with GirlCode, Eva has recently been chosen by Global Changemakers and the Thomas Reuters Foundation to attend their summits as one of the best entrepreneurs worldwide.

Hannah Hellis

Hannah Hellis | Morgan Stanley

Hannah Hellis

It keeps surprising me that I work in Technology as I never really expected to.

I left school after my A-Levels with really no idea what I wanted to do so started working for the government where I stayed for 14 years (including a three year career break to live in Canada). I joined at an administrative grade gradually moving up and towards operational analyst roles where I stayed for the remainder of my time in government. Each of the operational roles were heavily reliant on technology and the impact it could have, both good and bad.

One of my final roles in government was a job that I loved and hated in equal measure. I was asked to work independently on a project where the requirements were exponentially more challenging and the technical aspects far, far outside anything I had come across before. I loved the challenge but I hated it too! I loved that I was learning about a topic and a technology I wouldn't even have considered delving into before but I hated the struggle around getting to the information I needed and how hard it was to make progress. During my two years on the project I did make progress and I learnt so much about myself; my resiliency, my abilities and my tenacity and I finally felt like I could officially consider myself a woman in tech.

A family move to Glasgow triggered a career change in August 2018 when I took an opportunity in Morgan Stanley's Technology division. My first project focussed on successfully moving data used globally across technology into a tooling solution which would allow integration with various other central technology projects. From here I moved on to focus more specifically on the tooling solutions for my department and the improvements that could be made more strategically, including redesigns of relevant solutions. During this focus on tooling I accidentally fell into agile where I am now focusing most of my time, learning as much as I can and sharing and implementing as I go.

During the last 3 years I have also been heavily involved in Women In Technology committees, first in government and now in Morgan Stanley where I currently co-chair the recruitment and retention strand of our WIT committee. My main focus in WIT is to empower, lift and engage the women I work with and meet and encourage men to take part and help in the journey of women in tech. Over the last year I have lead a number of initiatives to support WIT such as a panel series focusing on promotion, establishing coaching circles and encouraging male engagement.

Grace Jansen

Grace Jansen | IBM

Grace Jansen

I jumped straight into the deep end with my career at IBM.

Joining the company 18 months ago, I had come straight from a Biology degree at the University of Exeter. Despite the fact that I had limited programming experience and no formal computer science education, I took the challenge head on and immediately got stuck in, learning and improving upon these skills. As a Developer Advocate, I programme demos and proof of concept applications to show to clients and developers, I write blogs, guides and tutorials, and I present at conferences internationally. Despite the steep learning curve, I have progressed quickly, building several new demos and am now presenting my work on an international scale. Using my unusual educational background for this field, I have found ways to simplify and demonstrate emerging software architecture styles using biological analogies.

Thanks to my increasing eminence, through the conferences and regular presentations I give, I was sought out by an external consultant to co-author an O’Reilly book together on Reactive as a subject matter expert. In between conferences, this is what I am currently focusing on.

With IBM’s support, I have been able to put my presenting skills to good use in pursuing my passion to inspire more young women to consider technical careers. I regularly present at both primary and secondary schools, as well as volunteering at and organising science and engineering events for children. I love being a positive role model for diversity within my industry and am already mentoring several new graduates at IBM.

I am also an active member of IBM’s patenting community and, through my proactive engagement, I have already been awarded a Senior Inventor title. The Senior Inventor Scheme acknowledges inventors who have both a strong record of personal inventing but crucially also make an active contribution to the inventing community and act as ambassadors for the generation of new patents and IP (intellectual property) in IBM. Through this role, I help drive innovation within my organisation, and encourage others to participate in this process and to publish or patent their own innovative ideas.

Gjeta Gjyshinca

Gjeta Gjyshinca | Morgan Stanley

Gjeta Gjyshinca

Gjeta joined Morgan Stanley as a technology graduate in 2016.

She has since been working on a platform that automatically parallelises user code, moving concurrency and execution concerns out of the type system and into the runtime itself. She works on the most difficult parts of this complex programming framework, which supports the work of 500 application developers (who in turn support most of the firm’s fixed income business).

In the last year, Gjeta has presented the technology at Scala Exchange in London twice, and Scala Days in Berlin and New York. One of her current projects is to develop and deploy automated Profiler Guided Optimization across all grid applications. She has worked with officers across the infrastructure and application teams to make this possible. This project will result in millions of dollars per year in hardware cost savings.

Gjeta also makes a huge contribution to recruitment and volunteering. She was instrumental in expanding the Computing at Schools effort to cover Computer Science GCSE classes at seven local schools. Gjeta’s volunteering has gone far beyond Tower Hamlets – she has travelled to Ghana twice with a charity called Global Code to teach university students to program Raspberry Pis as part of a three week summer school.

Gjeta graduated from Bristol in 2015 with a First Class Masters in Maths & Computer Science. That summer, she worked briefly as a journalist in Kosovo, winning the United Nations Kosovo Team Journalism Poverty Prize for an investigative article into the state of social housing in Prishtina. She returned to the UK to join Rare, a diversity recruitment company, as a research analyst working on the Contextual Recruitment System (CRS). Her role focused on gathering and processing data to be used as input to the CRS, and analysing data on candidate applications and success rates from clients who had been using the system in its first year. She presented this research at Clifford Chance in London, demonstrating the positive impact that the technology had had on the success rates of disadvantaged candidates. When Rare was asked to build the CRS for an Australian firm, Allens, Gjeta led the research, and travelled to Sydney to launch the system itself and train senior recruiters in using the technology and interpreting the contextualised candidate information it could provide.

Gillian Armour

Gillian Armour | Liberty IT

Gillian Armour

I've been working in the IT industry for close to 20 years. I that time I've led the delivery of projects and programs across a range of industries: Telecoms, Fitness, Retail and for the past 8 years Insurance.

Every time I've switched industry, I've had to learn new business domains and terminology. That's definitely the part of my job that I love most - the continual learning. Although I'm in a leadership role, I try to find opportunities to keep things real. Whether that's attending Raspberry PI workshops with my daughter, or teaching myself Python and exploring the AWS offerings by building my own Alexa skills.

In my current role at Liberty IT, I'm leading a team of engineers as they transform from SysAdmin to Development roles. This has been a multi-year effort starting with a DevOps Academy which was followed up with stretch assignments supported by coaching and mentoring. My role in this has been to make sure there's a pipeline of challenging and engaging work for the teams to pick up, as well as to provide coaching through this transformation.

Ganna Pogrebna

Ganna Pogrebna | The Alan Turing Institute

Ganna Pogrebna

I am a Lead for Behavioural Data Science at the Alan Turing Institute, the National Centre of Excellence for Data Science.

I studied at the University of Missouri Kansas City (US) and the University of Innsbruck (Austria) and hold a Ph.D. degree. Before joining the Alan Turing Institute, I worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at Columbia University in New York (USA), the University of Bonn (Germany), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Germany), and the University of Innsbruck (Austria).

I also held positions of the Leverhulme Research Fellow, Research Assistant Professor, and Research Senior Lecturer at the University of Sheffield and worked as an Associate Professor of Decision Science and Service Systems at the Warwick Manufacturing Group (University of Warwick). In November 2017 I was awarded ESRC-Turing Fellowship by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Alan Turing Institute (Turing).

Together with Professor Karen Yeung and Professor Andrew Howes I lead Responsible AI Network at the University of Birmingham. I have made major contributions to the fields of cybersecurity (specifically, cybersecurity as a behavioural science) as well as behavioural data science.

Blending behavioural science, computer science, data analytics, engineering, and business model innovation, I help cities, businesses, charities, and individuals to better understand why they make decisions they make and how they can optimize their behaviour to achieve higher profit, better social outcomes, as well as flourish and bolster their well-being.

My recent projects focus on smart technological and social systems, cybersecurity, human-computer and human-data interactions and business models. I have published in major academic journals on these topics and wrote a book on cybersecurity as a behavioural science titled “Navigating New Cyber Risks” in 2019. My cybersecurity scale measuring human risk attitudes in cyberspace has received the British Academy of Management award in 2018.

Emma Lindley

Emma Lindley | Women In Identity

Emma Lindley

Over a career of 16 years Emma has been instrumental in shaping the UK digital identity industry.

She has held various roles, most recently as Head of Identity and Risk at Visa, previous board level roles at Confyrm, Innovate Identity and The Open Identity Exchange. Her work in the digital identity industry goes as far back as 2003 when she was working for GB Group PLC, where she took a leading part in the founding team developing their identity verification service URU (now known as ID3 Global), it was here (in 2005) that Emma worked alongside the DCMS helping them shape how they could implement age verification for the online gambling sector using technology, and significantly reduce the risk of harm coming to minors through exposure to online gambling.

Emma has led product, professional implementation services, sales and strategy teams in the identity industry, her persistent focus has been to ensure that systems built for identity are developed with humans in mind and that privacy and ethical boundaries were respected.

Currently Emma is an advisor and author on digital identity, and is also co-founder of Women in Identity a not for profit organisation focused on developing talent and diversity in the identity industry. Women In Identity aims to improve the diversity ratio in the identity industry through research, grassroots talent development, internships and network support of women, BAME, LGBTQ and other communities in the identity industry. This is in order to improve reduce potential bias and improve digital inclusion with identity products. Emma's role with Women In Identity is voluntary.

The Women In Identity vision is that digital identity products developed for everyone, should be developed by everyone.

Christina Connelly

Christina Connelly | DigitalBridge

Christina Connelly

When I was younger I was always drawing things, especially the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and as I grew up, doodling just became my thing.

In High School I knew I wanted to do something related to drawing, tech at this time hadn't really crossed my mind, nor was it a big deal back then really. It wasn't until I was in my last year of high school and they introduced computers. I taught myself Photoshop 6 (remember PS 6?!?) It was the clunkiest thing ever, but thats when I fell in love with Graphic Design and applied to college. I graduated in 2007 with a Higher National Diploma in Graphic Design and it took off from there.

I was a Graphic Designer for M&DS Theme Park in Scotland which began designing mostly print related stuff, and then the more digital stuff kicked in and I fell in love with Tech all over again. Learning about social media, responsive design and digital campaigns. I moved onto Hilton Worldwide where I became a Digital Designer. I was responsible for designing all the Hilton Hotels websites around the globe.

Then in 2012 I moved onto the BBC as a UX Designer. I began in BBC Education working on some amazing brands such as Bitesize. A few years later I was promoted to a Senior UX Designer and moved into CBBC and CBeebies, designing apps and games for kids all over the UK - We even have a few BAFTA wins and nominations - It was a dream. This was also when I started teaching at Universities, mentoring and managing and my thirst for mentoring grew I decided it was time to move on and here I am now, the Head of UX and Design at DigitalBridge, building my own department within the company with an amazing team behind me.

Christina Howell

Christina Howell | AND Digital

Christina Howell

My career in IT started when I joined Compaq Computers as a graduate.

Of an intake of 200 people that year, I was the only technical women. My first roles were varied, working as a Windows engineer, in networking and I even worked on the Blackberry solution at Vodafone. After a few in-house roles, I worked with different consultancies providing workflow solutions, launching new e-commerce platforms. I then progressed to a software house, developing their managed service offering from 2 to 65 clients worldwide, this is included building five international platforms which business critical infrastructure.

In May 2018, I joined AND Digital as Cloud Practice Lead in the North. The company size, capabilities and my team have grown substantially in this time. I’m proud to have built a reputation within the community in the North of providing high-quality solutions within Cloud, automation and DevOps. This year, I was invited to speak at the AWS Berlin Summit to speak about the work I’ve been leading at N Brown Group Plc.

My career has also been about automating as much as possible, building simple and elegant solutions to solve real world problems.

I’m proud to say my work has won a number of awards, most notably Tech. Award for Loyalty Initiative of the Year. This year I also made the longlist of ComputerWeekly’s Most Influential Woman in UK Technology 2019.

I’ve always been a technical person, and as I progress up the career ladder, I’ve found it hard to transition into a leadership position. I have focused on this for the last two years, developing my stakeholder and people management skills, which has really paid off, most noticeably in my appointment as a non-executive Director to the AND board for a period of year and foundation of a woman in tech group at AND. I always believe in giving back and I know how lucky I’ve been to have gotten this far.

Ellie Yell

Ellie Yell | Fledglink

Ellie Yell

Ellie has a background in Psychology and HR; gaining a Masters with Distinction in Occupational Psychology.

She spent her early career working within a global HR consultancy building up deep expertise in talent management, assessment, development, organisation design, reward and recruitment. Her clients included Vodafone, RBS and Barclays before she left to set up her own consultancy. Ellie is a role-model for the full-time working mother.

Whilst juggling a blended family of five children, she established DEMO:U; a business which provided immersive assessment and interview experiences for socially disadvantaged and minority individuals. As a result of the significant positive impact that these experiences had on young adults’ anxiety and confidence, Ellie wanted to find a way of creating a scalable solution to achieve two goals i) providing equal access to knowledge, role models and opportunities and ii) better preparing a generation for work. Fledglink is that solution. Ellie believes that being a psychologist instead of having a technical background is a strong advantage for Fledglink; which at its core is essentially all about people.