Anastasia Perysinakis | MEng Chemical Engineering Student, Queen’s University

Anastasia PerysinakisCurrently studying MEng Chemical Engineering at Queen’s University, Anastasia has featured live on BBC Inside Business, the Irish News and has been invited to share a coveted space at Barclays Eagle Labs to work on her social care focused SaaS start-up inspired by her experience as an economic migrant with a disabled brother.

She has secured £10,000 in pre-seed Venture Capital funding as well as two government partnerships, and has been profiled by Belfast City Council as a young leader in business.

While on placement year at Jaguar Land Rover, she was selected for the Manufacturing Strategy Team in the Business Excellence function. Her role involves working alongside executive leadership on implementing lean problem solving frameworks in root-cause analysing complex systemic issues, and delivering a cultural and material restructuring of the company across the UK and EU manufacturing plants. She also works with the Build to Sequence corporate scorecard team to deliver against and report build scheduling metrics to the Board of Management, while working on improvement projects throughout various manufacturing functions.

At university, she was the President of the Consulting Society as well as Head of Client Projects (NI) of the Irish Student Consulting Group specialising in tech consulting, President of Enactus NI, a Local Councillor for the International Exchange for Students with Technical Experience (IAESTE), and a technical designer at Engineers Without Borders. Within these roles, she has managed to apply technological advances to humanitarian aid problems, facilitate cultural exchange between women in tech globally, and develop strategic partnerships with top tech consulting firms.

She has been invited to consult on the Greek Government’s European Central Bank spending strategy regarding a novel social care problem, and works as a strategic advisor to a notable humanitarian aid NGO in Greece with a focus on helping children who are refugees of war. Within this role, she focuses on developing WiFi access initiatives through global Telcos to enable remote STEM and coding teaching to young people who have been displaced from formal technical education.

In recognition of her work and contribution to applying technology to social causes, she was named the Institute of Mechanical Engineers ‘Young Member Visionary’ 2020 from over 65,000 eligible young members, and a selective Environmental Leadership Award from her university. She has also accepted an invitation by McKinsey & Company to attend their competitive Women In Operations Insight Programme.