Qun Yang

Qun Yang | Biorbyt Ltd

Qun Yang

Qun is a Cambridge-based female entrepreneur and studied for MPhil in Therapeutic Sciences at Queens’ College, University of Cambridge.

Qun had an established career in finance and banking before co-founding Biorbyt Ltd. She started her professional career as an auditor with Deloitte and then worked for Goldman Sachs and later Deutsche Bank. Qun is a qualified chartered accountant and a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). She is also a holder of other prestigious qualifications, including Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Financial Risk Manager (FRM).

Witnessing the challenge to purchase good quality reagents by her friends working in academia, Qun decided to create a global platform to support the life sciences communities and to enable them to purchase affordable and reliable reagents for their research. Combining her knowledge of life sciences with her training in accounting and finance, she co-founded Biorbyt Ltd, which specialises in designing and manufacturing research use antibodies, proteins and other reagents. Biorbyt Ltd received the Queen's Award for International Trade this year to recognise its success in the global market.

Qun leads by example and founded the UK Chinese Women Connect Association to support Chinese women in the UK.


Susan McDonald

Susan McDonald | Deloitte Monitor

Susan McDonald

Susan is an award-winning Electrical and Mechanical Engineer with over 10 years’ experience in designing and overseeing major capital programmes in the power, utilities and renewables sector.

Susan joined Deloitte in 2016, after six years at National Grid, an international electricity and gas utility company. Amongst her responsibilities, Susan led on the coordination of 12 of the UK's Offshore Wind Projects.

Susan applies her industry experience and insights to help energy clients shape their net zero strategies, transform their business and steer them through the energy transition, catalysed by data, technology and innovation.


Sarah McCarthy

Sarah McCarthy | Mitie

Sarah McCarthy

I have worked for Mitie for 11 years and the last 7 of those years has been working in the analytics department.

Prior to this, I studied art & photography, which gives me a unique perspective when bringing data to life through narration and visualisations. I combined my business understanding and technical skills with my passion for people to create a vision for our customers and my team.

My technical leadership begins with what many would see as a non-technical quality -- empathy. I believe that technical leadership is rooted in the desire to develop a deep understanding of a customer's business problem. That understanding then needs to translate into a vision for a technical solution. And is underpinned by genuinely caring about solving the problem.


Jenita Treacy

Jenita Treacy | Transport for London

Jenita Treacy

I'm Jenita Treacy and I've been working in technology and data over the past 20 years, building data analytical systems and capabilities for organisations including the Metropolitan Police where I spent the first 10 years of my career – a job I applied for while at my 1st year of university and took on full time with my studies because I was fascinated with using data to prevent crime starting as an analyst and leaving as an IT Manager, followed by similar data management and data strategy roles in the charity and public sector.

Over the past 3 years I have been at Transport for London (TfL) as a Data & Analytics Product Manager, and it is by far the most challenging but most enjoyable role yet, as I am combining all the experience I have to date with the freedom to be innovative and creative, working alongside a prototype team to iteratively develop a series of products which can detect, intervene and prevent fare evasion across the complex TfL network. I work with stakeholders across many departments, all with varying priorities, user abilities and requirements and I work with them to understand their needs, identify gaps, bed in more efficient processes, and create a culture of data-led decision making.


Sharon Li

Sharon Li | Barclays

Sharon Li

Sharon is the Innovation Mindset Lead in Barclays Chief Technology Office and has been leading the strategic transformations through empowering and inspiring leaders and colleagues across the organisation.

She provides innovation advices to senior leaders across Barclays to solve their business challenges and empowers their leadership team and colleagues with Innovation platform, intrapreneurship programmes, processes and techniques. She also works closely with Fintechs and Tech startups and successfully delivered many innovative solutions to Barclays and their customers and clients. During the pandemic, she led the external Fintech engagement programme of Fintech Pledge for Barclays to drive efficient and effective collaboration between Barclays and Fintechs and successfully delivered the Fintech Pledge Principals by bring Fintechs and internal stakeholders along on journey with her. Prior to this, Sharon was a Senior Programme Manager for Material Models Programme and she worked with a large group of stakeholders across Business, Data sourcing, Model developers and Technology team to enhance Barclays modelling capabilities across the end to end model management lifecycle.

Sharon joined Barclays 8 years ago and has previous work experiences in startups in the UK and Asia. She is also a qualified Chartered Global Management Accountant. Throughout her career, Sharon has been a strong advocate for Diversity and Inclusion. Combining her innovation knowledge, she can bring together an in-depth understanding of custom centric propositions and solutions alongside diversity and inclusion. As the CTO D&I lead, she established CTO D&I strategies and workstreams with CTO leadership team and actively leads a varies of initiatives including hosting Barclays Chief Technology Office spotlight sessions in the EMEA Grace Hopper Conference.


Folakemi Fapohunda

Folakemi Fapohunda | Deutsche Bank

Folakemi Fapohunda

Folakemi started her career in 2008 as a Software Engineer and has built her career with 12 years experience from Investment banking, Technology and public sectors leading a number of global high profile critical transformation, business driven projects and regulatory initiatives across Equities, Credit Risk, Reference Data and Cash & Securities, Payments and infrastructure in the UK.

She is a Product Delivery Lead at Deutsche Bank AG London aligned to Client Connectivity and Digital Channels. She has a proven track record in leading global cross-functional product and Agile team environments with demonstrated history of being results-oriented within financial services (Corporate Bank, Equities, Asset Management, Fixed Income, Market Reference Data, Payments, Cash & Securities, Credit Risk), FinTech, technology and public sector with primary focus on technology, real time low latency processing platforms, big data, cloud data platforms, data analytics and machine learning including successfully leading product vision, driving critical business, regulatory, infrastructure, digital initiatives and transformations projects and interacting with C suite/ExCo level stakeholders. Key SME on big bankwide global regulatory programmes including MIFID, Dodd Frank, Volcker, FATCA, Basel II, BCBS239, OTC Derivatives Clearing. Key SME on 14+ critical low latency high frequency front-office business applications in the last 7 years. She has managed and mentored global software developments teams in countries such as UK, India, US, Germany, Romania, Ukraine.


Krystina Pearson-Rampeearee

Krystina Pearson-Rampeearee | BAE Systems

Krystina Pearson-Rampeearee

My name is Krystina and I am a Chartered Engineer in Liverpool working as a Senior Flight Systems Engineer. I studied Aerospace Systems Engineering at university, after being inspired by an airshow when I was in school, and became the first engineer in my family.

As a Senior Flight Systems Engineer, I am involved in the whole life of equipment within a system; from development, to going on aircraft, to support once in service. My role is a collaborative, multidisciplinary role and I enjoy all the different aspects I get to be involved in. Since returning from maternity leave in 2019, I have been working in the Future Combat Air System team on a next generation fast jet, the Tempest project, researching technologies for the future.

I volunteer as a STEM Ambassador and mentor and also set up my own business, AviateHer, selling accessories to promote diversity in STEM. As there was a lack of visible females when I was studying and early on in my career, I am passionate about encouraging and inspiring more young girls to consider STEM careers and push past those gender stereotypes!


Jo Higgens

Jo Higgens | BT

Jo Higgens

I started thinking about what I wanted to be/do when I was as young as 12.

I had a vision of going to sea as an Engineer or a Radio Operator as my Grandad was in the Merchant Navy and told me I could achieve anything, I loved the sea and I thought why not! I applied at a Marine College in Liverpool where I was accepted as one of the only two women to apply. Three years later I emerged with my qualifications, which by todays standards are old fashioned, but have stood me in good stead all my career. I also won the coveted prize of the Best Morse Code Operator in the North West of England of which I am still very proud as no other woman had ever won it and no other woman has won it since(although Morse Code is now not used)

I then started to apply for jobs and was excepted for 4 different positions. One of which was with Government Communications Headquarters in Cheltenham, this is where my career in Engineering really started in 1983 at the age of 19. The position with GCHQ was for an Engineer/Radio Operator role. I was the only woman in my class in Bletchley, this threw up extra challenges for me which I had to work through and emerge successful. I did 9 months of concentrated training as a civilian alongside ex Army/Navy and RAF, to get me ready for my future with GCHQ. The following 19 years saw me through 2 tours abroad, 2 UK postings, where my primary job was to keep the UK troops safe during the cold war and then through the war on terrorism. I am proud to say I have a personal letter from our Prime Minister at the time 'John Major' to thank me for saving many lives through the work I did.

I left GCHQ in 2001 to join Orange as a Signalling Engineer, and worked my way up over the years to become a Principal Network Architect, I am now working for BT, who bought EE a few years back. In total I have now done 20 years this month in the Mobile Network Technology space, again a space with only a few women, of which I am actively trying to change from within. I am part of the Diversity and Inclusiveness team in BT where I represent the 'Gender Equality' area. Compared to 30 years ago it is a lot better and we are moving in the right direction, but there is still a lot of work to be done, I am passionate about bringing more women into Engineering as it has been the best career I could have ever hoped for and I would like to see other women benefit like I have.

I have to say, my career has been rich and fulfilling. I have been given the space to thrive and evolve, and I have been given the free rein and trust from my Leadership Teams through the years, to work, lead and see through to delivery cutting edge technologies, and set the architectural strategy for each for Orange/EE and BT, i.e. 3G, 4G and 5G. I work with Products/Consumer/Enterprise and Global to inform them of what the technology will look like and how it will benefit them and their customers. I also Mentor young Engineers and try and pass my knowledge and love of my career to them, this is also fulfilling especially when they themselves move through the company to be successful.

To wrap up I am still enjoying my life in Engineering even 35 years later. I have watched Technology and Communications evolve from Landline Phones to Mobile Phones, from no computers to computers and onwards into Artificial Intelligence and Machine to Machine Internet of Things, and still it will keep evolving which is very exciting, my next stop, well it could be 6G or who knows 7G , the world is my oyster :-)


Holly Smith

Holly Smith | Databricks

Holly Smith

Holly Smith has over a decade of experience working with Data & AI teams in a variety of capacities from individual contributors all the way up to leadership.

She has spent the last two years at Databricks working with many multi national companies as they embark on their journey to develop their data maturity. Prior to that she worked at Lloyds Banking Group in numerous data roles; Lead Data Scientist, Digital Analytics Manager, Credit Risk & Fraud Analyst. She also works with the non profits Datakind UK, Tech Talent Charter and Women in Data to advise on data strategy and operations.


Victoria Riess

Victoria Riess | University of Cambridge

Victoria Riess

I am a Manager in the technology industry and have over eleven years of experience in general management, digital strategy consulting, and corporate strategy on digital transformation.

I delivered strategy consulting projects across the EMEA region in over five tech industries (e.g., IT and fintech, intelligent transportation, automotive, non-profit, medical technology). I have experience in business strategy, digital transformation, Cloud DevOps Engineering, data science, and general management.

I make an exceptional impact within and shape my organisation with the scoping of my organisation’s strategic approach on digital transformation. I mentor, coach team members through my ability to inspire and motivate the next generation of leaders. I lead the tech agenda and grow into different roles that have not even been invented yet, incl. the initiation of a freemium insurance business development project. I act as a public speaker about fintech, blockchain, and cryptocurrency, with passion for cybersecurity.