Karen Thomson

Karen Thomson | Fujitsu

Karen Thomson

I started my career in tech 5 years ago after graduating from University of Manchester with a BA Hons in Russian Studies.

The biggest thing that my degree taught me was that you are much more capable than you give yourself credit for. At the start of my course I could not speak a word of Russian, at the end of it I was fluent in Russia and had lived in Russia for a year. I took that approach to working in tech - I started in the technical talent team concentrating on getting more senior women in senior technical positions, from this I did various roles, and I’m now the diversity and inclusion lead for the UK in a tech organisation. I have been in this role for 3 years.


Uxia Gonzalez Figueroa

Uxia Gonzalez Figueroa | Fujitsu

Uxia Gonzalez Figueroa

Having lived and studied in a small city in the northwest of Spain, I was always interested in STEM.

I studied MSc. Telecommunications Engineering at the University of Vigo (Spain), doing my major in Signal Processing and minors in Electronics and Telematics. My grades and family economic situation earned me a scholarship to do my Master Thesis at the University of Applied Sciences of Darmstadt (Germany).

Having finished my degree, I joined Hewlett Packard as a graduate in September 2011 in the Business development team, helping to shape opportunities with high contract value for HP’s Enterprise Services division. During this period, I shadowed different roles in a bid team mainly focusing on ITO Solutioning for large deals in Spain & Portugal.

Early in 2013, I moved to the UK to take up a place in the EMEA Strategic Sales Operations team. This team managed and reported on deals worth >$50m in the Sales Pipeline, interlocking with Finance and Sub-Region teams to manage the sales forecast, measuring business performance, deal governance, reporting, information analysis and actions plans.

After almost a year in the Sales Operations team, I requested a transfer to the Solution Lead team in UK, as I saw this role more suited to my skills and the career path I wanted to follow. In this team, I started to engage mainly in small (<$10m) Cloud deals with a very limited team, where I had to cover multiple technical areas and represent them in front of the customer. At the end of 2016, due to a re-organization of the solutioning roles, I requested a move to the Workplace & Mobility team as I felt a more technical role and deeper knowledge of a different offering would assist with my development.

I worked as a Workplace & Mobility Tower Lead until joining Fujitsu as a Lead Deal Architect (LDA) in November 2018. Since then I have worked in multiple engagements with different customers in different sectors, leading large teams.

In addition to my daily work, I co-created the Women’s PreSales Network that aims to share experiences and ideas, and support each other. During 2020, I achieved the status of Fujitsu Distinguished Engineer, as a personal recognition of outstanding technical performance across the company; being recognised as North-Western Europe (NWE) Region Top Performer due to my work during Fiscal Year 19. And, I am a STEM Ambassador, looking to promote technical careers amongst young women.


Reena Chawla

Reena Chawla | Fujitsu

Reena Chawla

I don’t come from a traditional tech background but I have developed my enthusiasm from working in different parts of the tech industry for 15 years.

I initially started in European Technology Recruitment and then forged a successful career in Public Sector Sales for Fujitsu UK.

I am currently the UK Framework Lead - Public Sector within Fujitsu and I have also been selected to be the Co-Chair of the Cultural Diversity Network for the UK. This is a voluntary position and I work very closely with other networks such as Women In Business, LGBT–Shine and Seed–Disability to ensure that we create and inspire an inclusive environment for everyone.

I am dedicated to making a change for the betterment of all genders, races and backgrounds within all areas of tech and beyond.


Reena Chawla

Reena Chawla | Fujitsu

I previously spent 14 years in IT Recruitment across Europe and placing candidates into Technology companies up to "C" level. Earlier this year I made the move within Fujitsu from an Internal Recruiter role to Public Sector sales. In my current role I have to examine opportunities and build technical teams of people with the organisation that can deliver on client outcomes with the Fujitsu service portfolio. I was also selected as the Co-Chair of The Cultural Diversity Network. Fujitsu has four networks and the role of the Co-Chair is to raise awareness of Cultural Diversity issues internally and externally, this is a voluntary position. I feel over the years I have learnt a lot within the technology market and seen companies grow from IPO's to Multi-nationals. I feel very lucky to be part of a Technology company that allows you to be who you are and does everything to ensure personal growth.