Rebecca Gray | Kaluza

Rebecca is a self confessed product geek, who is extremely passionate about inspiring and developing the next generation of awe inspiring world-class women product leaders.

She has experience across a range of industries including education, healthcare, financial services and energy. Her expertise lies in helping product leaders to craft and shape their vision and strategy around real user needs. She organises the vibrant Product Tank Bristol community where she’s passionate about sharing best product practices in an inclusive environment to raise the bar of product.


Gemma Salus-Robbins | PwC

Gemma started her career in IT Outsourcing where she landed slightly by accident having done a non-technical degree in European Studies and French at university.

Working with global teams to deliver IT services to a range of clients in multiple sectors, Gemma found her passion for high quality IT delivery and client relationship management. Working up from an outsourcing graduate scheme to being the EMEA Account Executive for a multi-tower outsourcing client enabled Gemma to obtain a wide ranging view of the technologies supporting businesses and to be at the forefront of business-led transformation as clients began embracing cloud technologies.

This focus on technology-enabled transformation continued as Gemma joined PwC where she has led a diverse portfolio of technology projects and programmes. Supporting clients to define and implement IT strategies and Operating Models, identifying opportunities for modernisation, consolidation and transformation of legacy estates, and embracing new areas of industry technology like digital rail signalling to help clients transform the world around us.


Dr Lopa Patel MBE

Dr Lopa Patel MBE | Diversity UK

Dr Lopa Patel MBE

Dr Lopa Patel MBE is an inspirational leader and successful Digital Entrepreneur, Non-Executive Chair, NED and Trustee.

The founder of two online media businesses and a data-driven marketing consultancy, Lopa is known for transforming businesses through technology. With strengths in governance and risk oversight Lopa is also the Founder and Chair of nationally recognised equality and inclusion charity, Diversity UK; a Trustee of The Science Museum Group (SMG); a Non-Executive Director of the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) and a Council Member of The Open University (OU).

Lopa is an elected Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and the Institute of Data & Marketing (IDM). She is an ambassador for entrepreneurship, innovation and technology and has been recognised with many accolades including an MBE for services to the creative industries in 2009; the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion in 2015 and an Honorary Doctorate by The Open University in 2017 in recognition of her efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in science and technology.


Isobel Anderson

Isobel Anderson | The Female DIY Musician

Isobel Anderson

Isobel Anderson is a musician, academic and founder of The Female DIY Musician (FDIYM), an online resource helping women learn vital recording and production skills.

In an industry where less than 5% of music producers are women, and female musicians make up just 20% of artists signed to record labels, many women are at an immediate disadvantage. This has, to date, significantly shaped who gets to make and share music, and the voices and stories music audiences get to hear.

With a DIY music career that has garnered Isobel’s self-produced music over 25 Million+ Spotify streams and a PhD in Sonic Arts, for the past few years Isobel has worked hard to empower other women to take ownership of their creative process and career trajectory through skills in music technology. Through her critically acclaimed, Lovie Award shortlisted podcast, Girls Twiddling Knobs, a 1.3K+ strong online community, a trail blazing online course, Home Recording Academy, with over 300 students enrolled, to date, and partnerships with organisations, such as The F List and The Musicians’ Union, Isobel’s and the FDIYM’s mission is to make music tech more inclusive and diverse.


Tommie Edwards

Tommie Edwards | Tedbree

Tommie Edwards

Tommie Edwards is the founder and Chief Executive of Tedbree, the company behind TedbreeHub, a project delivery platform for matching software developers, designers, and digital marketers to tech and marketing projects.

She is an award-winning serial Tech entrepreneur, a G20 delegate for the United Kingdom, an angel investor, an executive board member on multiple boards, and one of the Top 100 Most Influential Leaders in Tech UK by Financial Times Inclusive Boards.

Tommie started Tedbree after over 12 years of experience delivering digital transformation as a business analyst for Fortune 500 companies in the financial sector. She believes in the phrase, “Success isn’t just about what you accomplish in your life. It’s what you inspire others to do.”

Tommie frequently speaks on different international platforms about the effect of leveraging technology, the importance of collaboration, and the need for diversity in the global digital technology ecosystem.


Dan Zinkin

Dan Zinkin | J.P. Morgan

Dan Zinkin

A 22 year veteran of JPMorgan, Dan has worked in a number of roles across the Corporate & Investment Bank, bridging Operations, Strategic Projects, Business Management and, since 2010, Technology.

Dan leads technology for JPMorgan Global Investment Banking & Corporate Banking including our Digital Investment Banking strategy and core M&A, Capital Markets and Wholesale Payments Sales businesses.

In addition, Dan is broadly focused on the EMEA innovation agenda and connectivity with FinTech in the region. He spends time with clients sharing JPMorgan’s insights and activities across the fast-changing tech landscape. Dan is a passionate champion of diversity and philanthropy, bringing innovation to both areas at JPMorgan.

Dan’s most recent prior role was the EMEA lead for the Global Technology Strategy, Innovations & Partnerships team focused on developing IT strategy, innovation and emerging technology relationships aligned to the Corporate & Investment Bank and CRM strategy firmwide.

Outside of JPMorgan, Dan was a co-founder of SimGuard, a (failed) mobile tech startup in the first dotcom phase ('98-'01).
Dan received a B.A. in International History & Politics from the University of Leeds, England.


Rav Bumbra

Rav Bumbra | Structur3dpeople

Rav Bumbra

Rav entered into a tech career by chance and spent 15 wonderful years working as a consultant selling IT services and solutions to the public and private sectors.

Craving for a better work life balance and eager to spend more time with her children, Rav decided to change her career in her early 40’s. Her move into tech recruitment, ignited her passion to support more women into the technology industry. In 2016, Rav courageously embarked on her entrepreneurial journey and set up Structur3dpeople, a tech business to help organisations attract, recruit and retain diverse talent. In 2018, Rav developed and launched Cajigo, a mobile learning platform that provides support to empower girls and women into technology fields, by building skills and knowledge through relateable role models and a community of mentors.


Mivy James

Mivy James | BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

Mivy James

I started my career as an IT professional whilst studying computer science & maths at university having landed summer jobs as a coder.

Over 25 years in the tech industry i have incrementally transitioned from being an analyst / programmer through a system design / architecture / team leading career path to become a technical strategy advisor to large government IT programmes. I have been Head of Consulting at BAE Systems since 2014 and have recently reinvented myself to be Digital Transformation Director. I am responsible for over 150 tech consultants and advise government CTOs and their teams on their digital transformation.

I am the founder and chair of my company's gender balance network and partner with government departments on their gender balance initiatives.

I regularly speak at technical conferences both as a key note speaker and panelist. Most recently I chaired the opening day of a large virtual conference. I am particularly proud that i took this multi-day event with 50+ speakers from being an all-male line up to having multiple female contributors each day by challenging the organisers and raising the issue with a senior male ally who was also speaking at the event.


Didem Un Ates

Didem Un Ates | Microsoft

Didem Un Ates

Following her Electrical Engineering and Management studies at the University of Pennsylvania, Didem started her career with management consulting at CapGemini and Motorola.

After graduating from Columbia Business School (CBS) in 2005, Didem continued her career at Greenwich Consulting (now part of EY) and British Telecom in London, UK.

Her passion for technology led her to join Microsoft’s Information & Content Experiences Group where she and her team signed c. 1,500 partnerships across 60 markets. She held other business development and partner management roles as part of Microsoft Accelerators and the Business AI teams. In her current role, Didem is focusing on scaling Microsoft’s SaaS AI solutions such as Dynamics Customer Service Insights and Virtual Agent.

Didem has 20+ years of multinational leadership experience in business development, management consulting, and product management in executing international roll outs, implementing new market entries, and building new revenue streams from disruptive technologies in EMEA, APAC, and LatAm.

Diversity, Inclusion, and Responsible AI efforts:

As part of her Diversity & Inclusion related social impact work, Didem organizes global ‘Girls and Women in AI’ hackathons and bootcamps to increase female participation in AI/ML technology sector:

  • Girls in STEM AI Bootcamp – Athens, Aug 27-31st.
  • ‘Girls in AI’ Global Hackathon – London, Oct 13-14th.
  • ‘Teens in AI’ NASA Global Space Hackathon – London, Oct 20-21st
  • Code:First Girls Conference 2018 – ‘Women in AI’ talk, London, Nov 10th.
  • MSFT DigiGirlz UK – Reading, UK Nov 20th
  • TEDx Shoreditch ‘Women in Technology/ AI’ Event in May ‘19
  • ‘AI & Careers’ Sessions at Schools

Didem is currently a member of Cloud & AI Women in Business Applications (WiBA) Leadership Board and [email protected] UK.
Externally, she is a member of the Women in AI network.

Blogs:

She has also written numerous blogs on Diversity & Inclusion in Tech and Women & AI:

  • Reflections on a Rigorous Year in AI
  • Mindful Optimism for Women in Life 3.0
  • Grace Hopper, Burning Man, and Choices
  • Diversity & Inclusion – Call to All Princesses and Princes

Training & Awards:

  • Didem is currently pursuing the ‘Microsoft Professional Programme for AI’ and has been awarded with Women in Advertising and Communications’ (WACL) Future Leader Award in 2019 for her work in inspiring female high school students to embrace and to join AI/ ML sector.
  • Previously, her MBA was sponsored by her employer, Motorola Ltd.
  • She has numerous other awards, scholarships, and sponsorships that can be viewed on her LinkedIn profile.

Sue McLean

Sue McLean | Baker McKenzie

Sue McLean

Sue has specialised advising on technology projects for almost 20 years.

She advises clients (both customers and vendors) on a wide range of technology matters, including outsourcing, cloud, digital transformation, technology procurement, development and licensing, m/e-commerce, AI, blockchain and data privacy. Sue also advises on the commercial, technology and intellectual property aspects of M&A transactions and joint ventures. Her clients include some of the world's best known tech companies and multinational corporations. She also enjoys working with emerging and growth companies. Sue was named TMT lawyer of the year at the Euromoney Women in Business Law Awards 2019. Sue is also a trustee of the Society for Computers and Law