Anahita Mahmoudi

Anahita Mahmoudi | Capgemini

Anahita Mahmoudi

In 2012, Anahita started her career as an application consultant in Sogeti UK – Part of Capgemini, with a drive for design and innovation in the technology sector.

Anahita had shown exceptional performance in delivering Sogeti's client engagements, and a strong contribution to internal company operations. Her approach to technology, customers and services had been perceived as a compelling combination during her time in Sogeti which made her the fastest promoted graduate to the role of Managing Consultant. She is now a digital consultant in Capgemini UK where she uses innovation to embrace change in the workplace and life. As a Digital Consultant for Capgemini, she mediates across client teams and people, who have conflicting information and opinions, to gain successful and positive outcomes for the client and Capgemini.

During her time in Capgemini, Anahita has created a training roadmap for junior talents within Digital Customer Experience, providing a viable route for advancement, particularly for women in a traditionally male-dominated environment. She also promotes cultural transformation using modern training and coaching methods.

Anahita discovered leadership at an early stage in her career, when she was involved in a youth leadership programme at St.Ethelburga Reconciliation and Peace, aiming to make an impact in the society which later on inspired her to start her coaching career as a young professional. In 2014, she was elected as the young talent of Sogeti Group in the UK and led a youth leadership initiative called ‘Meet The Future’, which was a calling for young employees from different backgrounds and roles to get involved in the company’s mission and introduce a new idea of leadership. In 2016, she was involved in The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme, helping exceptional young people who want to transform lives. Her ethos and approach considers the potential and energy of the younger generations as they lead us in the transition from the present time to a new future world.

Anahita supports Capgemini recent partnership with Code Your Future, a not-for-profit developer course to create a Digital Academy, providing digital skills training and employment opportunities to refugees and others from disadvantaged backgrounds. Prior to joining this project, Anahita had co-founded Change the Future, a volunteer campaign to leverage technology to help educate displaced children in refugee camps.

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Why addressing ethical questions in AI will benefit organisations | Capgemini

capgemini featuredOrganisations must adopt ethics in AI to win the public’s trust and loyalty.

Artificial intelligence may radically change the world we live in, but it is the ethics behind it that will determine what that world will look like. Consumers seem to know or sense this, and increasingly demand ethical behavior from AI systems of organisations they interact with. But are organisations prepared to answer the call?

Every wave of technology development raises its own set of ethical questions, from unintended and harmful consequences for users to concerns about technologies being weaponized. The pace of technological advancement tends to outstrip the pace of regulatory and ethical frameworks – a position that AI finds itself in today. AI has unleashed a range of ethical questions, from concerns over autonomous vehicles to what constitutes end-user consent.

To probe these issues, Capgemini have conducted a comprehensive survey of both business executives and individuals to understand ethics and the transparency of AI-enabled interactions and what organizations are doing to address any concerns. Capgemini surveyed 1,580 executives in 510 organizations and over 4,400 consumers across countries such as the US, UK, China, Germany, and France.


Shana Dacres

Shana Dacres | Capgemini

Shana Dacres

I have never been scared of the sign ‘not for girls’ (whether literal or subliminal). From a young age I have been interested in technology and despite things not always going right, being constantly mistaken for a ‘hair and beauty girl’, and being the only BAME (and female) when starting my graduate career, I love and embrace all the challenges working in technology brings.

From being introduced to a computer in primary school, to now developing and deliver applications for critical systems, working in technology is something which continues to excite me.
I studied ICT at GCSE, enjoyed it so much I chose it at A Levels and then went on to pursue a First Class degree in Computer Science.

I started my career in Cyber Security, developing and testing applications in C++, C# and Python. I then joined Capgemini as a Software Engineer Lead helping to develop and deliver solutions in Java to a range of customers.

Today, I am working on a project to help deliver government critical systems as a technical architect. In spare time I like to read thrillers, explore different cultures and indulge in a lot of desserts!

Fiona Loftus

Fiona Loftus | Capgemini

Fiona Loftus

My Technology career began in 1999 as a multi-platform Oracle and Informix Database Administrator Modern Apprentice. I spent the next 12 years gaining a deep understanding of end to end enterprise system design, a leading hand in complex implementations and the ever developing features of a constantly evolving technology landscape. I also manged to squeeze in obtaining a 1st Class B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Information Systems. I have been at the heart of creating, supporting and improving a number of key government systems and critical business events.

As I naturally began to view technology from a strategic viewpoint my career progressed to that of a Solution Architect. This has seen me take on a wide variety of roles including responsibility for re-platforming a multi-component key system responsible for Self-Assessment tax collection, introducing inter-data centre WAN optimization infrastructure and the decommissioning and consolidation of IT systems within several data centres.

Over my career I have been involved in a wide range of technologies including Oracle RDBMS versions 7 through to 12c, PL/SQL, SQL, WebLogic, Informix IDS, SAS Enterprise product suite, Bae NetReveal & Visualiser, Cloudera Hadoop, Pentaho, Flume, AWS…the list is always evolving.

Currently I am situated within the Data & Analytics Tower as the lead of a security related programme of work, ensuring that the sensitive data owned by my client is only utilised for its intended purposes. This role requires me to work closely with varying stakeholders and lead a diverse team of engineers from multiple suppliers to deliver a system suitable for the complex use case at hand.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my career to date and take great pride that I work in the ever changing, ever challenging and ever rewarding tech industry.

Hayley Hinds

Hayley Hinds | Capgemini

Hayley Hinds

As a child I was always interested in technology. Throughout school and college I enjoyed problem solving and computer programming. I learnt a lot of my skills from my Dad, building and fixing computers.

My IT career started at University, as part of my placement year my role was an IT Technician at a Grammar School. I worked alongside a colleague who had travelled the world doing various computing jobs. His experience and knowledge enabled me to gain hands on skills which I could never have achieved from a text book. This was such a valuable experience it enabled me to discover my own leadership style and aspirations.

As part of my University dissertation, my placement inspired me to create an interactive e-learning website for school children. E-learning was not considered mainstream at the time. My website was created to provide an engaging platform to allow children to interact with school from home. My research and unique design was taken to a school in India to trial. Through delivering this piece of work I was able to achieve a First Class Honor's degree in Computer science.

Following this I started at Capgemini as a Test Analyst. I quickly identified my career progression as a Lead Tester. I wanted to be at the fore front of decision making and leadership.

After establishing myself as a Lead Tester, I then started to look at leadership opportunities while still maintaining my technical skillset. I found that I was about to achieve this in a Scrum Master role. I love being able to use my technical abilities to help lead and facilitate a team, whilst still being able to advise and mentor on technical aspects of the role.


Gayathri Thiyagarajan

Gayathri Thiyagarajan | Capgemini

Gayathri Thiyagarajan

My professional life kicked off when I graduated from one of India's prestigious educational institutions with a degree in Electronics Engineering. I started as a Java developer for a global technology company in India for 2 years before moving to the UK in 2007. UK Tech experience started with a SaaS company as a lead Java developer for 4 years before I was joined Capgemini.

In Capgemini, I have worked for a number of global organisations in retail, infrastructure and government industries.My responsibility is to help these clients realise their IT strategy through Software developed with very high quality keeping in mind some of the key aspects expected in a software such as scalability, performance and usability.I am responsible for designing by breaking down the problem domain, delivering softwares in an Agile way using a number of cutting edge technologies such as Java, MongoDB, Microservices, Event sourcing etc. As part of my job I work very closely with a number of stakeholders - Business Architects, Business Analysts, Technical Architects, Project & Engagement Mangers etc.

Outside of my project work, I am heavily into in learning new technologies and languages such as Scala, Machine Learning having just completed an online course on Coursera which includes a certificate from prestigious Stanford University. I have contributed to many Open Source projects and I am a key contributor within Capgemini to a lot of innovation projects involving IoT and ChatBots.

Outside work, I am a regular speaker at Devoxx which is an annual technology conference. I have submitted many proposals for talks to conferences around the globe such as Javazone in Norway, Devoxx Belgium and US.

I am one of the key contributor to Capgemini Engineering Blog.

During my professional career, I have received many awards and accolades acknowledging my achievements. This has led to me being part of Capgemini's Future Leaders Program which I am currently pursuing.

When my daughter was born and I found myself like many other women in a situation where I have to balance work and family life while doing justice to both. 5 years on, I am proud to say that I have managed to do justice to both.


TechFuture Women’s Network launched to find female mentor and role models in IT

Charity Apps for Good, employer organisation the Tech Partnership, and the consultancy and service provider Capgemini have joined forces to launch the TechFuture Women’s Network.

Tech Partnership is a network of employers that aims to create the skills needed to grow the global digital economy. Founding members include Cisco, BT, Capgemini, Tata Consultancy Services, Telefonica/O2, Accenture, Hewlett-Packard (HP), IBM and National Grid.

The TechFuture Women’s Network aims to address the gender imbalance within the technology sector, through a network of role models and mentors.

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Women of all levels, working within digital and technology, are being encouraged to sign up for the network to join a community of individuals who are promoting technology in schools. The community aims to change the way young people learn about technology and to highlight the range of careers on offer to them.

As part of the TechFuture Women’s Network members will be encouraged to join the Apps for Good Expert Community, which shares its skills and knowledge with enthusiastic student teams as they develop ideas for apps for the annual Apps for Good Awards.

Members will also have the opportunity to mentor young women as part of TechFuture Girls clubs, which run after school and at lunchtime for girls aged 10-14.

TechFuture Girls clubs offers activities, games and projects designed to build on girls’ skills and confidence in technology. Mentors are invited to visit the clubs, to support the girls with new perspectives on leaning.

Michelle Perkins, Director, Schools Outreach Programme at Capgemini, said: “If we’re to attract talented young people into tech careers, we need to start early, so working with school age children is vital.

“We know that nothing is more powerful for young people than seeing real-life success – people who are clearly having enjoyable and worthwhile careers – so we hope that female tech specialists will jump at the chance to act as role models. Both boys and girls need to hear and be influenced by women already working in the industry.”

Debbie Forster, co-CEO of Apps for Good, said: “School students really value their interaction with business people, and the positive modelling they provide adds an extra dimension to the Apps for Good programme. We’re delighted to be working with Capgemini, and the other employers of the Tech Partnership, to encourage mentors to join us in schools.”