Ramneek Ahluwalia | City, University of London

Ramneek is a third-year Electrical engineering student at City University of London.

As an aspiring Design Engineer in the tech industry, problem solving, leadership and creativity are some of the core skills Ramneek brings to the table. Ramneek is the winner of the Samsung Solve for tomorrow competition 2022. She has also been a part of a number of STEM engagement organisations including In2ScienceUK, where she spent her summer supporting the Cardiovascular Team at University college London and Great Ormond Street Hospital. Ramneek is an Accessibility Consultant within the Stemettes Youth Board. She is also an active advocate for inclusion and diversity within the STEM community; she is a Student Voice Volunteer, at the Thomas Pocklington Trust, an ambassador for the SUCCESS charity and has written an article with the Institute of Physics sharing her story as part of their 'Limitless' campaign.

Sabreen Anwar | Lloyds Banking Group

I started my career in a Retail branch as a Customer Advisor before moving into a Banking Advisor role.

I made the move to Retail Testing where I helped deliver some very interesting projects such as implementing Wi-Fi into branches. I have carried out various roles in a variety of teams including Cyber Security and Cloud.

Recently I have completed the Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship in Software Engineering which provided me with a vast amount of new skills and knowledge helping me secure multiple promotions.

In addition to my day to day role I am a Mental Health Ambassador, I reverse mentor senior leaders in the bank and I am a huge Advocate for helping others get into education or onto the career ladder.

I am passionate about promoting careers in Technology and my aim is to empower more Asian females into the Technology field. Conscious that in certain communities females don't have the opportunity to study further or work, my aim is to change the mindset and help others get into education or onto the career ladder.

Magdalene Amegashitsi | Avanade

When I started my career, I never would have imagined working in Tech and enjoying it this much!

I did my first Degree in French and Spanish and went on to complete a master’s degree in Economics in 2008.

I took on my first graduate job as a Data Processing Project Coordinator in the Market Research Industry. This involved engaging with the technical team offshore to deliver Client Reports for Market Research Studies. I stayed in the Market Research Industry for nearly 8 years working in other roles first as a Pricing and Feasibility Manager and as a Client Operations Specialist.

My career in Technology began after reading an article about data science and its high prospects. I went on to explore courses available and upskilled after which I joined Anthony Nolan Charity as Insight Manager. There, I led on the production and dissemination of strategic insights and recommendations to improve overall supporter engagement Among other res, I also nurtured a data-driven, segmented approach to the way we engage with supporters.

In 2017, I joined Avanade as a Data Science Consultant and have had the pleasure of consulting to FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 Companies. I have led and delivered on major transformation programmes that involved using advanced modelling techniques such as statistical modelling methods, machine learning, time series and optimization to solve business problems. I have also been pivotal in the delivery and value realization of global Data Platforms and delivered on major Data Strategy engagements to help transform client’s data space.

I led the setup of the Women’s Employee Network (EN) in UK and Ireland back in 2019 and have since been leading a growing team of circa one hundred active members within the Employee Network to deliver against impactful initiatives in line with the groups vision of empowering women and our mission of fostering community within the Business.

Genevieve Allcroft | Deloitte

Genny started her career as an Indirect Tax specialist and rapidly rose to Associate Director at Deloitte.

However, she wanted to be more mentally challenged in her day to day role and secured a secondment into Deloitte’s Tax Technology team as a developer. With no experience in the field, Genny started the long journey to becoming an exceptional developer through a combination of self study, formal courses and on the job training.

Now, she is the Lead Developer on Deloitte’s new solution for valuing intangible assets, supporting the growth of juniors in her team. She is also the team’s lead on early talent programs. This role has allowed Genny to show her true leadership qualities as she has designed new programmes for both our Summer Student and Graduate joiners from pair programming through to bowling! She acts as mentor and coach to all of the juniors and has transformed the early years experience in Tax Technology.

Genny is very aware of the journey she has decided to undertake and shares her experiences, not only with her own team as part of the Women In Tax Ventures network, but also through blogging about what she has learnt and how she has put that into practice. Through her blog she has built her own network, as well as the profile of Deloitte Tax Technology and has encouraged others to similar engage and share their stories.

Genny is a role model within the team and a fantastic success story for continually challenging yourself to take on new challenges and never accept ‘good enough’.

Dayo Akinrinade | Wisdom

Dayo is the founder and CEO of Wisdom, a VC funded social audio app with the mission to democratise access to mentorship and create an open and diverse community centred on knowledge-sharing.

In less than a year, Wisdom has been featured as Apple’s App of the Day and appears in several of Apple’s curated lists including, the best apps for ‘Taking a Mental Break’ and ‘Best for Listening’.

Dayo began her career in tech as an IT Management Consultant at Accenture and Deloitte. Then, driven by the lack of diversity in London’s tech ecosystem, she joined the founding team of OneTech, London’s largest diversity in startups programme, backed by the JP Morgan Chase Foundation. Subsequently, after spotting a gap in the market, She went on to found her first startup Africlick, a cultural dating app targeting 1 billion Africans globally.

Dayo holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Manchester and a M.Sc. in Technology from University College London. She was listed in the Global Dating Insights Women In Dating Powerbook, celebrating the 20 most inspirational and influential women in the dating industry alongside the likes of Whitney Wolfe and was named in the Financial Times Top 100 Most Influential Ethnic Minority Leaders in Tech.

Catharine Arul Dass | UK Parliament

I am an architect at the United Kingdom (UK) Parliament, specialising in applying technology to digitalise conservation information for heritage buildings.

I am one of the few experts in this field and the first to introduce the heritage requirement for digital construction within the UK Parliament for building conservation.

In the past, I worked in different countries, including Malaysia, Scotland, and Dubai (UAE), before coming to the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), London, in 2013. MoJ was the first public client at that time to advance the use of tech for digital construction. I was a vital team member responsible for using tech to design and create a digital representation of building components with combining use of laser scanning technology to design buildings for MoJ in England and Wales.

Since coming to the UK, historic buildings have always drawn my attention. They tell stories of our cultural heritage, development, and progress dating back thousands of years. As an architect, it is my privilege and duty of care to make the right decisions to help conserve and protect our UNESCO World Heritage site for future generations.

I combine my passion for architecture and heritage with the knowledge and experience gained in digital construction to transpire innovative solutions for heritage and conservation at the Houses of Parliament (HoP). There is a gap between the people with knowledge of heritage and conservation versus the younger generation who exhale in using new technologies. I am using my passion and expertise to bridge this gap by introducing new tech requirements for capturing building conservation information within the Parliament.

I can proudly say that my pioneering work using tech to classify heritage assets working closely with National Building Standards (NBS) and BIM4Heritage group, has enabled the introduction of setting requirements for digital conservation requirements for heritage projects.

Farhannah Badruzaman | IBM

In 2020 I joined the IBM Consulting Graduate Programme, and I have grown my consulting, business and technical skills as well as engaging and learning about key IBM technologies like IBM Cloud and the IBM iX Experience Orchestrator.

In just under two years at IBM I have made an impact on a large public sector project helping to deliver key milestones with over 100 IBMers as well experiencing work on internal IBM proof of concepts.

I have risen to the challenge of growing Dev and Developer Skills and have also earned cloud qualifications in IBM Cloud and AWS Cloud. I believe in enabling others to also grow technical skills and I have held various technical learning sessions resulting in earning IBM's advanced badge 'IBM Recognised Teacher/Educator' in June.

Outside of project work, I am strong believer in creating a work environment that is a home. Most notably, I am IBM’s Graduate Community Lead. In 2021 I led the organisation for and then was the host for a virtual award night for over 150 people and in June 2022 I was part of the organisation & running of our the UK& Ireland graduate communities first in person event - 'Associates Festival'. The key objectives of were to provide up-skilling on subjects such as outward mindset, personal brand, eminence, commercial awareness, develop strong networks across practice groups and build technical/functional skills. The event was attended by 150 graduates and various sponsorship and leadership across the company.

Alongside running events, I believe that a big part of creating a safe work environment is to help enable voices. In March I ran an International Women's Day talk to roughly 120 IBMers about how we can all help 'Break The Bias'. I have earned the 'Be Equal Ally' IBM badge for demonstrating a level of learning, volunteer effort and advocacy representation to support IBM's diversity & inclusion priorities.

Claire Bailey | Barclays

At the age of 20, I became a lone parent to my eldest child and with just a few GCSEs to my name, I knew I needed to do something that would allow me to be self-sufficient and provide for my family long term.

I set my sights on a role in the local employment hub at that time – the Britannia Building society.

Over the next 4 years, I attended evening classes to obtain an HNC, followed by a degree in Computing at my local university. After graduating with a 1st Class BSc (Hons), I was lucky enough to land an entry-level developer role at Britannia just weeks before the great recession of 2007.

Over the next few years, I created shell scripts and supported the overnight batch process. I also became an expert in the administration of their ETL system. When a new project came along to upgrade this system, I transitioned into an Infrastructure Designer role specialising in Application Upgrades.

In 2013 I found myself misplaced, with my role moving to Manchester. As a lone parent, I couldn’t justify the 3-hour round trip to the city centre, so I took a role at Barclays as a Solutions Integrator within Middleware. Over the next 5 years, I took on several Technical Operations roles within Middleware, leading Global Infrastructure teams to support internal clients to resolve issues and provide innovative solutions to customers.

In late 2021, I returned from extended parental leave (3 children in 2 years) and within 3 months was promoted to Vice-President and took over the full-time position of Middleware Product Manager. My current role is very varied, and no two days are the same. Some days my focus will be on pricing to ensure our internal customers are accurately billed for the products they utilise. On other days I might focus on educating customers on our technology roadmap to ensure there is clarity on the future direction of our products. I love my role and it gives me the immense pleasure to oversee the whole Product development life cycle, ensuring the customer is at the heart of all our decisions.

More recently I have followed my passion to support colleague development and alongside my role as Product Manager. A review of internal Mentoring initiatives found that methods to allocate matches were tedious and not sustainable in the long term. Spotting a gap, I led a team of early career colleagues to develop an application which facilitated the ‘finding a mentor match’ process. The application allows mentees to search mentors’ profiles based on their knowledge, skills, and expertise. It also supports group mentoring and simplifies the reverse mentoring process allowing senior leaders stay connected with the issues at a grassroots level.

Sandhya Bakshi | Avanade

I have over 19 years of experience in IT consulting across domains and industries.

My expertise is using Data & AI to help organisations achieve business outcomes as part of their digital journeys. I am currently AI & IoT Solution Architect in Avanade's Azure Centre of Excellence and also leading Avanade's conversational AI platform, along with leading Avanade's healthcare plays on Data & AI front. I am passionate about working on cutting edge technologies that focuses on innovation and making a genuine human impact. Recently I am involved in working on Metaverse PoV and how it can help our clients, in not only increasing their revenue but also giving great experience to their end customers.

I am currently based out of London but have had a truly global career having lived and worked in the US, Canada, India and UK. This has helped me gain leadership skills and experience across different Data & AI dimensions. I started my career as .Net and SQL developer and then moved to delivering complex solutions for multiple clients using various technologies (like SharePoint, RPA, Chatbots, Cognitive Services, AI, IoT etc.) and also sold innovative solutions to many global big clients. I have led and grown offshore teams with multiple technology towers, sold deals as big as 25M+ as Data & AI Solution Architect, built multiple market facing assets/offerings, delivered trainings/bootcamps on leading technologies and supported the growth of Avanade's Data & AI business.

Kanika Bandanwal | ATOS IT Services UK LTD

I started my career in North Africa as an oilfield services engineer which was a technical engineering role exploring for quantity and quality of hydrocarbons following surface explorations.

To complement my engineering experience and background, I completed an MBA (Strategy & Finance) from Wharton Business School and took on a consulting role as a supply chain and operations consultant.

I had always been interested in the role new technologies can play for businesses, and my stint in the UK allowed me to explore different dimensions of technology led consulting. I led an Oracle procurement transformation program rolling out a Source to Pay ERP that was 18 months behind plan and my team and I delivered the first on time release for the UK. Following that project, I expanded my Source to Pay ERP tech exposure to another market leading product before switching teams and careers to Intelligent Automation.

Over the last 5 years, I have designed and delivered several automation engagements from strategy and implementation to fully managed robotics services. I have also worked on researching, designing and leading technical teams to develop automation products and services of the future. One such product looked at leveraging data science to combine process mining and task mining data sets to create an end-to-end view of a business process. I led another engagement that explored setting up cloud native automation solutions to allow clients to fast-track automation platform set up and an on-demand services model. I led the market research, design and development for both products and secured £300k+ in internal VC funding to develop the same. Currently I am a Principal Consultant with Atos IT Services and I manage the automation team and portfolio.