SPEAKERS

Ahnjili ZhuParris
Data Scientist
Center for Human Drug Research

Biography

Ahnjili is a clinical data scientist based in the Netherlands. Her PhD currently focuses on building algorithms that can detect and monitor mental and physical illnesses based on data sourced from smartphone and wearables.

In her spare time, she explores the use of human-machine interactions to produce generative art and writes about AI and cultural theory.

www.artificialnouveau.com

 

Alisa Cohn
CEO
Alisa Cohn & Associates, Inc.

Biography

CEO and C-suite executive coach Alisa Cohn helps leaders make permanent positive shifts in their behaviors and results. She specializes in the areas of: Strategic relationship building; Power, Influence & Charisma; & Executive Presence.

She was named one of the Top 100 Leadership Speakers by Inc and was selected in the first cohort of the Marshall Goldsmith 100 Coaches, a gathering of the world’s top executive coaches. She was named the #1 Startup Coach in the World at the Thinkers50 Marshall Goldsmith Leading Global Coaches Awards and a top 30 Global Guru.

Anna Derinova-Hartmann
Head of Charter Tech Business 
FlixMobility Tech GmbH

Biography

Anna is currently leading FlixBus Charter Tech business.

She holds multiple masters degrees from SSU and CEU with subjects such as Linguistics, International Relations and Political Studies, and European Studies. She is passionate about people and trying to stand up against social inequality. In her teams, she promotes a culture of tolerance, understanding, and direct communication, while in her free time she is volunteering to mentor refugees, contribute to #techforgood and social business agenda. 

Currently, she is mentoring and coaching several startups and experts, matching them with potential partners, contributing to business and social impact agenda (WirvsVirus, EUvsVirus, GlobalHack etc).

Anna Jakielaszek
Diversity & Inclusion Consultant
SeeBeMean

Biography

Anna is a founder of See Be Mean- a D&I consultancy built on the experience of developing inclusive managers and workplaces. Her background includes a decade of working in HR for various organisations, including well known and respected UK tech brands.

With a Master in Sociology, she uses her analytical and observation skills to help others gain new perspectives and transform them into change practices. Anna brings additional insight with her own personal experience of being a woman in tech, a mother, a Polish immigrant in the UK, and someone with a quite recent ADHD diagnosis.

Ashanti Bentil-Dhue
Trainer & Facilitator
100 White Allies

Biography

Ashanti Bentil-Dhue is a speaker, diversity expert and researcher. She is co-founder of Diversity Ally, the first HR, Training & Search partner dedicated to creating a diverse and inclusive culture in the global events industry and co-founder of the global network, Black In Events. She also spearheaded the only research in the UK exclusively focused on how organisations can invest in black millennials and generation Z females within the corporate structure.

In June 2020, she co created the UK’s first nationwide anti-racism and allyship project for white women who want to be allies. The mission is to empower as many white women as possible to become anti-racist changemakers and allies in their personal and professional capacities.

Atena Hensch
Diversity & Inclusion Consultant
Hensch Consulting

Biography

Atena Hensch has 17 years of experience of working with Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) globally. She worked in Oceania, Europe and the Middle East with numerous organisations and leaders. Her expertise and approach is grounded in intersectionality, informed by her academic studies, her personal life experience as an Iranian, New Zealander and Swiss woman, living in a variety of cultural environments.

As a certified trainer and presenter on D&I, she also spoke at several conferences and other events. She holds an MPA in Global Diversity Governance from Coventry University, UK, and an Undergraduate degree in Management from Victoria University, Australia.

Barjis Chohan
Director
The Barjis Initiative

Biography

Barjis Chohan is the head of Barjis; a multi-cultural Fashion & lifestyle brand. Barjis has been in business for 20 years and is a Professional speaker and Social entrepreneur.

In 2018, Barjis launched her social enterprise; The Barjis Initiative. TBI’s mission is to empower marginalised communities in the UK, starting from grassroot levels with creativity and leadership workshops.

While working in Fashion, Barjis discovered the lack of diversity in the industry. She hopes through TBI, she can open up opportunities for underrepresented communities including tackling issues of race, ageism and elitism at senior leadership positions.

Caroline Lair
Founder
The Good AI

Biography

Caroline Lair is the founder of The Good AI, a go-to online resource aiming to help companies, policymakers, scholars and aspiring students to harness the power of Artificial Intelligence for good and build responsible technologies. 

She’s also the co-founder of Women in AI, an international community of 4000+ members, working toward a gender-inclusive AI.  

She’s a regular speaker and adviser on AI ethics topics for the European Commission and Parliament among others. She was ranked « Top 50 Women Pioneers in Tech in France » in 2018.

Caroline Lawson
Field CTO, SE Manager – Northern Europe
SailPoint

Biography

Caroline is an experienced Identity Strategist and Field CTO with many years consulting and delivery involvement, focussing on large scale Security and IGA platforms within the financial sector. She has sat in the position of the customer for many years leading programmes of work, as well as in leadership positions across the Security Vendor landscape. Caroline graduated from the University of Southampton with a degree in Modern languages, speaking fluent German, Swedish and Dutch and is based in Oxfordshire. 

Charly Sturm
Manager of Digital Transformation
DIPLAN

Biography

Caroline (Charly) Sturm is a forward-thinking economist and digital strategist working in the field of digital business models and information communication technologies. She has previously worked as an IT consultant and academic, researching the phenomena of changing decision-making within disruptive business concepts like blockchain and the sharing economy.

Today, she helps to transform the construction and real estate industry by shaping its digital transformation from planning to production. This includes the latest technology like automated planning algorithms, machine learning, or virtual and augmented reality, up to processes and tools for BIM, prefabrication, and supply chain management. 

Cherron Inko-Tariah
Founder & Consultant
The Power of Staff Networks

Biography

Cherron is a former civil servant and has undertaken leadership roles in various policy and strategic positions across Whitehall, including working with Ministers and Permanent Secretaries. 

In 2012, Cherron left the Civil Service to follow her passion; staff networks.  After publishing her book: The Incredible Power of Staff Networks, Cherron founded The Power of Staff Networks consultancy.

She is passionate about staff networks and the positive impact these can have on the individual and the organisation. That is why Cherron founded the National Day for Staff Networks – the first of its kind celebrating the added value of networks.

Daniel Winterstein
Chief Technical Officer
Good-Loop

Biography

Co-founder and CTO of Good-Loop — delivering ethical and effective advertising. Daniel Winterstein is an entrepreneur, an AI consultant, and a recovering academic. After studying mathematics at Cambridge University, he did a PhD in AI at Edinburgh University. As a mathematician-for-hire and product designer, he’s worked with everyone from Harrods, to the Ministry of Defence. He now leads development at Good-Loop. He specialises in user profiling, mucking around with software — and applying these skills to business problems. His favourite colour is blue, and his favourite amphibian is the European common frog.

https://good-loop.com/ 

Elliot Gold
Co-Founder
Work.Life

Biography

Elliot is Co-Founder at Work.Life, started in 2015 to provide workspace for our 3,000 members to enjoy productive and happy work lives. A regular commentator on flex workspace.

With 2 previous start-ups and jobs in 6 countries over the past decade, he has seen the best and the worst in workplace culture and engagement.

https://work.life/ 

Euan Crosby
Global Lead Business Talent Acquisition Manager
Signavio

Biography

Euan is a senior talent acquisition manager and advisor, focused on scaling high growth businesses globally. Euan has experience in designing and implementing initiatives across topics such as talent branding, recruitment process design, standardising assessment techniques, diversity and inclusion, and the digitisation of recruitment. 

Hanne Horvath
Co-Founder & VP Business Development
HelloBetter

Henriette Jareklew
Digital Leader & Digital Expert
LKF

Biography

Henriette is Digital Leader and Head of Innovation at the real estate company LKF in Lund, Sweden. She has over 20 years of experience in digitalization, digital transformation and innovation.

Henriette has previously worked as a digital expert and CIO/CDO both in the private business and the public sector. She is also an appreciated lecturer and has written articles in industry magazines. She is very good at inspiring people to understand and join the digital journey!

Focus areas: digital tools and digital services, business development, change management, digital transformation and innovation. Deep knowledge in smart homes, smart city, urban development, IoT and AI.

Jeremie Warner
Director and Founder
Power a Life

Biography

Jeremie is the founder of Power a Life, a buy to give business specialising in impactful corporate gifts. For each cobranded power bank sold, Power a Life gifts a free solar light to a child in a Developing Country who currently lives off grid and in total darkness once the sun goes down.

A massive advocate for children’s empowerment, Jeremie has spent many months living off grid in the communities the company works to experience the challenges faced on the ground first hand and design the best solutions to these huge development challenges.

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Karen Darke
Owner
Inspire & Impact

Biography

Karen could be described as a modern-day ‘Alchemist’: an adventurer, athlete, speaker and author, Karen’s purpose is about inspiring and impacting. Karen started out as a geologist researching gold in the Bolivian Andes, but a life-changing accident that left her paralysed led her away from being a ‘rock-doctor’ to winning Paralympic gold in Rio 2016.  Her Quest 79: Find Your Inner Gold project has Karen cycling 7 continents in 9 iconic rides, raising £79K for Spinal Injuries and encouraging people to step out of their comfort zones and discover passion, purpose or ability: their ‘inner gold’.

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Kath Moore
CIO Utilities, Automation & Innovation
HSBC

Biography

Kath Moore is the Head of Business Optimisation Solutions, part of Wealth and Personal Banking Technology, HSBC.  She leads a team of around 800 designers and engineers, in 12 countries, delivering Intelligent Automation and Communication solutions to customers across the globe. 

She has 30 years experience in the Financial Services Industry across Technology and Operations and is a passionate advocate for Diversity in Technology and an active mentor of new female talent. She feeds her “inner geek” with an interest in the use of Artificial Intelligence to improve customer experience.

Lily Wong
VP, Digital Transformation
Bayer

Biography

Lily Wong for over a decade has been in professional services at Accenture and IBM driving digital transformation and innovation for global B2B & B2C consumer-centric and health care organizations. In April 2020 she has been appointed as Digital IT Lead for Research & Development (R&D) Regulatory Medical Safety Compliance (RMSC) and Global Head of the integrated ’Product and Pipeline Platform’ in Bayer Consumer Health. She is responsible to set the digital ambition for R&D / RMSC  and deliver end-to-end technology solutions. Lily holds a degree in Supply Chain Management from Lehigh University, USA.

 

Manuella Cunha Brito
Co-Founder & CEO
Good Tech Lab

Biography

Manuella is co-founder and COO of Good Tech Lab. She is driven by the mission of reversing climate change while reducing inequalities. She co-authored “The Frontiers of Impact Tech” and mapped 500+ innovations tackling the UN SDGs.

Previously, she managed multiple projects in the Social Innovation sector, from pop-up incubators to international events. She advises startups, big companies and nonprofits on how to harness technology to secure a better future for humanity.

Manuella holds a Master’s degree in International Development from SciencesPo Paris.

https://www.goodtechlab.io/ 

Maxine Nwaneri
Founder
The Future is Greater

Biography

Maxine Nwaneri is an executive coach, consultant, & speaker passionate about helping women thrive in their lives and careers, and helping companies retain, develop, and advance top female talent. 

She has helped clients on 5 continents achieve extraordinary results, using tips, tools and techniques developed from over two decades of dedication to radical development and transformation. 

Prior to setting up her practice, Maxine obtained her MBA from Cambridge University, and acquired over 15 years’ experience in the Technology and Financial services industries.   Her work has been featured on several stages, and publications internationally including HuffPost, Success Magazine, and Thrive Global.  

Mercedes Pantoja
Head of Technology & Architecture – Digital
LATAM Airlines

Biography

Mercedes is the Head of Technology and Architecture in LATAM Digital, with more than 20 years experience in the digital transformation of companies. Global expert as a consultant, EA, technology strategist, and leader in the development of sustainable digital products to achieve the simplification and digitization of business processes. Proven value in restructuring organizations to achieve transformation goals with a positive impact in the customer journey experience.

Momo Bertrand
Digital Media Officer
United Nations

Biography

Momo is currently a Digital Media Officer at ITCILO, a United Nations (UN) agency in Italy, where he creates innovative online communication strategies to support UN initiatives around the world. 

Before joining the UN, he worked in digital marketing in Africa and North America, and obtained MA in Social Innovation from USD California. He has given three valedictorian speeches, written a novel on peace and a poetry book. He was born and raised in Cameroon, Central Africa, and currently lives in Turin, Italy.

Navo Wickramanayake
Co-Founder & Director
The Better Tomorrow Movement

Biography

Currently working as a Technology Consulting Analyst at Accenture in the Netherlands after the completion of her Msc. in Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence, Navo is interested in youth capacity building and representation for women in tech. She is the Co-Founder of the Better Tomorrow Movement, an award-winning social startup that helps young people start and scale social impact projects across 50+ countries. 

She is also a Queen’s Young Leaders award runner-up, one of TNW’s top 500 young people in the Dutch digital space in 2019, and is an alumnus of the prestigious Leading Change bespoke leadership program at the University of Cambridge.

 

Dr Nerina Ramlakhan
Author
Fast Asleep Wide Awake

Biography

Dr Nerina Ramlakhan has worked as a professional physiologist and sleep therapist for 25 years. She worked for a decade conducting sleep and wellness programmes at Nightingale Hospital in London, coaches on burnout prevention at Ashridge Business School and is the original founder of BUPA’s Corporate Wellbeing Solutions. Nerina works with individuals as well as numerous corporate clients from various industries including sport.

Nerina is author of Tired But Wired (Souvenir Press, 2010), Fast Asleep, Wide Awake (Thorsons, 2016), and The Little Book of Sleep: The Art of Natural Sleep (Gaia, 2018).

http://www.drnerinamuses.com/ 

 

Nis Arend
Founder
The Top 1%

Biography

Nis Arend is the go-to-expert who’s firm trains the top 1% to be more successful – fast.  

After cutting her teeth in Private Banking at Barclays Wealth, her latest venture is the Top 1% Club; a power-network of elite performers helping smart, driven individuals who are already in, or aspire to be in, the top 1% of their industry. 

Her events, workshops and retreats help driven professionals master mindset, elevate performance and solve problems creatively. 

Known for her speed in achieving results, clients appreciate her keen intellect, direct fluff-free style, no-nonsense approach and deep understanding of human nature. 

A global thought leader, she’s career confidence coach to one of the UK’s biggest magazine groups; hailed by the IOD as “country’s most inspirational enterprising and influential women leaders” and named one of the UK’s “Top 100 Most Influential People” by the market leader. 

Her style is inspirational, thought-provoking and energising. 

“…One week with Nis was a game changer responsible for bringing in $15m of net new money so far…”

Rikia Birindelli-Fayne
Director, Corporate Engagement, EMEA
Catalyst Inc.

Biography

As a Director in Catalyst’s Europe office, Rikia Birindelli-Fayne works with leading global organisations to create more diverse, inclusive, and flexible workplaces. Furthermore, she is a member of the Catalyst Awards Evaluation Committee and frequent facilitator and speaker on a range of topics including mentoring and sponsorship, emotional tax, unconscious bias, and inclusive leadership.

Prior to joining Catalyst, Rikia spent six years of her career working in the UK education sector carrying out projects related to additional educational needs and disabilities, community identity, and diversity and inclusion, giving her great insight on how organizations can practically build an inclusive culture.

Sarah Burnett
Founding Partner, Head of Technology Immersion & Insights
Emergence Partners Ltd

Biography

Sarah Burnett is founding Partner, Head of Technology Immersion and Market Insights at Emergence Partners. She is a renowned industry analyst who advises enterprise clients on automation technologies, sourcing, competitive strategies and market trends. She also helps technology companies successfully formulate their product innovation and go to market strategies for growth.

Sarah is a strong advocate for women and diversity and serves as Chair of BCS Women, the women’s group of the British Chartered Institute for IT, and founder of AI Accelerator, a programme of free AI events, seminars and webcasts by experts, to inform and educate participants.

Seyi Akiwowo
Founder
Glitch

Biography

Seyi Akiwowo, is the Founder and Executive Director of Glitch, a small charity dedicated to ending online abuse and championing digital citizenship. Glitch was founded shortly after Seyi, then politician, faced horrendous online abuse and violence. Using her lived experience and valued expertise, Seyi travels the globe developing practical solutions with Governments, NGOs, UN Human Rights Council and tech companies to protect our online public spaces from hate and abuse.

Seyi is Amnesty International’s Human Rights Defender and many of her achievements have been captured in books and international reports. In 2019 alone, Seyi was Digital Leader of the Year and Marie Claire Future Shaper.

Trisha de Borchgrave
Senior Associate
Global Women Leaders Strategic Philanthropy

Biography

Trisha de Borchgrave is a freelance writer based in London. She writes on current affairs and culture and her work has been widely published by online and print publications, including HuffPost, Chatham House’s “The World Today”, Vogue UK, Tortoise Media, Arab News, ABS Spain, The World Weekly and The Big Smoke Australia. She is a senior associate at Global Women Leaders Strategic Philanthropy and regularly chairs panel discussions on philanthropy, entrepreneurship, the development and humanitarian sectors, digital, gender and art.

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