SPEAKERS

Ruchi Aggarwal
TEDx Speaker, Director Business Development
University of Lincoln

Biography

Ruchi is a business professional with over 2 decades of multi-industry, cross cultural experience across UK and India. She has worked in diverse industries like Sports, Telecom and IT @ Microsoft – before joining the University of Lincoln, where she is an Associate Professor and Director Business Development at the Lincoln International Business School.  

Ruchi manages business relationships in Greater Lincolnshire, across the UK and even internationally. She is additionally the Regional International lead for India, building key partnerships across nations. She and her team have received many awards for their work at the University, which span innovations with local businesses, the Military and International partnerships.

As an additional interest, Ruchi is a keen speaker on Diversity and inclusion, with a focus on Inspiring Women leaders. She is currently authoring her first book on Women Leadership which focuses on taking charge and ‘Getting off the Sticky Floor’.  

 Connect: www.linkedin.com/in/ruchispeak

Kathy Baxter
Principal Architect, Ethical AI Practice
Salesforce

Biography

As a Principal Architect of Ethical AI Practice at Salesforce, Kathy develops research-informed best practice to educate Salesforce employees, customers, and the industry on the development of responsible AI. She collaborates and partners with external AI and ethics experts to continuously evolve Salesforce policies, practices, and products. Prior to Salesforce, she worked at Google, eBay, and Oracle in User Experience Research. She received her MS in Engineering Psychology and BS in Applied Psychology from the Georgia Institute of Technology. The second edition of her book, “Understanding your users,” was published in May 2015. You can read about her current research at einstein.ai/ethics.

Joel Blake OBE
Founder and CEO
The GFA Exchange

Biography

Joel is a multi-award-winning businessman and public speaker specialising in inclusive business growth.

Joel is the Founder & CEO of www.gfaexchange.com an award-winning FinTech portfolio risk management solution for the financial services sector.

Previously, he was the Executive for Access to Finance and Growing Business (GBSLEP) and  former National Diversity Advisor for Golf. He also advises professional service firms and public sector bodies on inclusive business support strategy.

Joel is also the President of the Commonwealth Chamber of Commerce, a Fellow of the National Centre for Entrepreneurs and a Non-Executive Director of two organisations.

He was awarded an OBE in 2016 for Services to Business Support and Enterprise.

Louise Brown
Digital Services and Diversity Lead
Heathrow

Biography

Louise Brown heads up the Digital Services team at Heathrow Airport, responsible for deploying digital transformation technologies, tools and processes needed to advance Heathrow as a digital leader in the aviation industry. Louise is passionate about Diversity and Inclusion and digital literacy and the connection between them. Louise has a background in leading complex business change programmes as well as building and launching products whilst at Vodafone and BT.

Louise is married with two children, she enjoys cooking, reading and will be regularly seen running around Berkshire.

Fiona Daniel
CEO and Founder
FD2i

Biography

Fiona is an HR qualified diversity and inclusion leader and D&I company award winner with over 15 years’ expe-rience of leading and growing the global diversity & inclusion agenda for one of the largest banking and financial service organisations in the world, including leading the UK as the Head of Diversity and Inclusion.
She is passionate about people and inclusion and works tirelessly for the implementation of a holistic strategic approach which underpins all aspects of people decisions in business. She is an awards judge, speaker, panelist, thought leader, mentor and career coach.

Fiona has been named as one of the most influential D&I Leaders of 2020 in the Hive Learning List and one of the Top 50 Must Follow Black Female Entrepreneurs, Influencers and Speakers in 2020.
She is a proud carer and the founder of FD2i a diversity and inclusion practice focused on driving action which aspires to move companies from diversity to inclusion. Fiona partners with many organisations as a consultant and Associate spreading her expertise and knowledge.

Fiona is a Non-Executive Director, a company member of the UN Women National Committee UK chaired by Baroness Sandhip Verma, sits on an advisory board, and is a Women on Boards Ambassador & Consultant.

Jasmine Dhiman
Managing Director, Technology Sustainability Lead
Accenture UKI

Biography

Information coming soon.

Jessica Figueras
Vice Chair of Trustees
UK Cyber Security Council

Biography

Jessica is a tech strategist specialising in government, policy and regulation, and
civil society. She currently advises start-up and scale-up founders on growth strategy, with areas of focus including cyber security and digital trust, government and corporate transparency, and undertakes tech futures research for the UK government.

Jane Frankland
Managing Director – UKI Applied Cybersecurity Services
Accenture

Biography

Jane Frankland is an award-winning entrepreneur, bestselling author and executive. Having spent over 23-years in cybersecurity, she’s been named as the third most influential person in UK cyber and a world authority on how to attract and retain women in male-dominated industries. Today she’s working to make the world safer, happier and more prosperous through her own women’s mentoring company, and as a Managing Director of Accenture’s UKI’s Applied Cybersecurity Services. She’s a popular keynote speaker and regularly shares her expertise in the media, for example the BBC, The Guardian, The Times and The Financial Times.

Barbara Gottardi
CIO
Vanguard Europe

Biography

Barbara Gottardi was recently appointed as Chief Information Officer for Europe at Vanguard.

Previously at HSBC where she spent 16 years where she has held a number of senior leadership roles in different areas during her 16 years, including Investment Banking, Asset Management and, for the last several years, Retail Banking & Wealth Management. She also spent 2 years in the Legal department as Chief Risk Admin officer.

In her most recent role, Barbara was the CIO for Retail Business Banking and Channels where she had responsibility for leading the global contact centre, self-service estate (including ATM) and CRM/frontline tooling teams.

Fiona Hathorn
CEO
Women on Boards UK 

Biography

Fiona is the CEO of Women on Boards UK, an Advisory Board Member to Spktral (a technology company that helps organisations simplify the gender pay gap reporting process), advisor to Peel Hunt (mid-cap stockbroker) and Chair of Hanx‘s Nominations Committee (FMCG start-up). She is an expert in the areas of Governance, Regulation and Talent Management who has sat on both marketing and audit & finance committees. Fiona is also a Patron of Fight for Sight (a medical research charity) and was formerly a director for Hill Samuel Asset Management.

She has advised the board of the Thai Euro Fund and is a Judge for the Non Executive Director Awards, sponsored by The Sunday Times. In 2020 Fiona joined King’s College London’s ‘Global Institute for Women’s Leadership‘ Advisory Board. 

Karen Huish
Head of Retail Banking – UKI
Google Cloud 

Biography

Karen recently joined Google Cloud to lead the Retail Banking team in the UKI.  She has over 20 years financial services experience having joined Google from Accenture where she held a leadership role working with a number of banks to support their transformation ambitions. Prior to this, she spent 10 years at SAP leading the team to shape solutions to deliver business-critical change and IT projects for UK financial institutions.  Whilst at Accenture, Karen also led the Inclusion and Diversity programme and is passionate about the benefits of creating an environment where everyone feels they can contribute without fear.  Outside of work, she has two daughters, a golden retriever and a desire to do more running.

Gavin Laybourne
CIO Automation, Global Operations
Maersk

Biography

Information coming soon.

Satya Mishra
Vice President and Business Unit Head – BFSI
Tata Consultancy Services 

Biography

Satya Mishra is Vice President and Business Unit Head at Tata Consultancy Services. He manages the portfolio of Banking and Financial Services customers in the UK. Satya has extensive experience in business consulting and his passion for customer success has led to several strategic Growth & Transformation initiatives. He has a keen interest in technology and innovation leading to greater future.

Satya is passionate about Corporate Social Responsibility and a strong advocate of Diversity & Inclusion at the workplace – and is involved with various TCS initiatives to drive this.

Kathleen Moore
CIO Automation, Global Operations
HSBC

Biography

Kath Moore is Strategic Projects Director – Data and Architecture at HSBC.  She was previously Chief Information Officer, Business Optimisation Solutions, within the Wealth and Personal Banking Team in HSBC. She led a team of around 800 designers and engineers, in 12 countries, delivering Intelligent Automation and Communication solutions to customers across the globe. Kath has 30 years’ experience in the Financial Services Industry across Technology and Operations and describes her experience as quill pen to robot.

She is a passionate advocate for Diversity in Technology and an active mentor of new female talent. She feeds her “inner geek” with an active interest in the application of Artificial Intelligence to improve customer experience and is still seeking a bot that can manage wardrobe effectively.

Simon Ratcliffe
Board Advisor, Non-Exec CIO, Principal Consultant
Ensono

Biography

An established thought leader and innovator, Simon served as a Virtual CIO, CIO Advisor and Leadership Mentor for a wide variety of organisations before joining Ensono as Principal Consultant. He is an IT evangelist capable of promoting the value of IT within organisations by developing a single strategic vision that unites business and the IT department. Simon originally trained as a psychologist specialising in organisational change and still adopts the mantra that change is driven by people, process and technology … in that order.

Connect: linkedin.com/in/itevangelism @ITEvangelism

Preeti Sinha
Executive Secretary
United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)

Biography

Ms. Preeti Sinha Executive Secretary of the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) Ms. Sinha is a globally experienced investment and development banker with a 30-year track record associated with raising and managing institutional public and private development capital. She served as CEO & President of FFD Financing for Development LLC, a specialist development finance firm focused on financing the UN SDGs. Ms. SinhaÕs role as CEO and President was built upon her experience as a pioneering Global Leadership Fellow at the World Economic Forum, on the Financing for Development Initiative, with the UN FFD Office. Ms. Sinha managed the YES Global Institute, a practicing private sector think-tank for socio-economic development in New Delhi, building the impact investment ecosystem in India.

She also served in senior resource mobilization roles at the African Development Bank including managing its ADF-13 Replenishment raising US$ 7.3 billion from 27 donor countries. Previously, she was an investment banker at HSBC, Rabobank, Lehman Brothers and JP Morgan in London, Hong Kong, Mumbai and New York. Ms. Sinha graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Executive Education program in Public Financial Management. She also holds a Masters in Global Leadership from the World Economic Forum and a Masters in Public and Private Management (MPPM)/MBA from the Yale School of Management (SOM). Ms. Sinha graduated from Dartmouth College with Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Computer Science.

Jennifer Stanzl
Head of Talent Management UK&I
Tata Consultancy Services 

Biography

Jennifer heads the talent & diversity agenda for TCS UK & Ireland with 18K employees from 46 countries. She believes in creating an organisational culture of belonging that enables all individuals to flourish.
Jennifer holds an MSc from LSE in Social Psychology and a Practitioner Diploma from Academy of Executive Coaching. She has expertise in cross-cultural teamwork, talent development, gender intelligence and cultivating belonging at scale.

Jennifer is determined to shift the dial on gender equity and co-founded the TCS Good Growth community of 180 women entrepreneurs. She was awarded a prestigious position in the 2019 OUTstanding 50 Executive Ally list.
She lives in London with her multi-cultural family and loves traveling & running. 

Ramat Tejani
Founder and Chief Encouragement Officer
The Inspiration Box

Biography

Ramat is a multi-award winning woman in tech who also proudly has the title of Chief Encouragement Officer at The Inspiration Box. Through The Inspiration Box, she is creating spaces and products to ignite curiosity. By exploring the idea of intentional personal development, Ramat is encouraging people to keep on growing through the both good and the bad times that life will inevitably throw at us. She calls herself a realistic optimist and uses confidence coaching to act as a pocket cheerleader for her clients whatever stage of life they may be at. 

Ramat holds a BA (Hons) in International Business from the University of Hertfordshire and an MSc in Consultancy and Organisational Change from Birkbeck, University of London. 

To find out more about Ramat’s work visit: https://www.theinspirationbox.com/

Deborah Williams
Founder
The Women’s Association

Biography

Georgina Owens has held global leadership roles in large organisations across multiple sectors.  She has a reputation for tackling large scale challenges and being capable of making intelligent sense out of chaotic and poorly managed IT capabilities.   She is at home working in a fast-paced environment dealing with uncertainty, ambiguity and constant change and manages to navigate her teams through transformation to deliver simplicity, excellence and best in class at the end of the journey. 

Now SVP IT at DAZN, the sports media company who are leading the world in the battle to be the best broadcast and OTT company in sports services as well as media and content solutions unique in the digital sports market. She is an active networker and participates and contributes to many tech leadership and diversity events and she has become a sought after contributor and public speaker on transformation and technology leadership. 

Across her career, Georgina has taken leadership roles in transforming teams and tackling large-scale challenges across multiple industry sectors.  She is now taking on board level roles providing Digital Transformation advice and guidance. It is her personality, experience and independent approach that gains her the respect of company executives and allows her to facilitate in a challenging but collegiate atmosphere. She is able to influence and guide an executive team providing strategic insight with strong commercial instincts combined with an entrepreneurial mindset and all delivered with a dynamic and high energy approach.