Before taking on her current role as Enterprise Solutions GM Luciana was the General Western Europe (GWE) General Manager for the Personal and Printing Systems Organization (PPS) in HP.
Previous to that role Luciana was the Vice President of the Global Customer Support Services Organization for PPS in HP responsible for driving a customer- focused trade services strategy, increase revenue and margin and increase services penetration rate for the overall PPS portfolio. Before the PPS integration Luciana was the VP and GM of the Channel Sales Organization (CSO) for HP’s Personal Systems Group (PSG) in APJ (Asia Pacific and Japan). During that time she also covered two General Manager Positions in India and China for PSG. Luciana has held other leadership roles such as Chief of staff of the PSG EMEA, VP of Marketing for PSG EMEA, Director of Distribution Development and Sales, Partner Business Director for Ingram Micro, Channel Marketing Director and Channel Operations Manager. Luciana has a degree in economics from the Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. - Current, VP & GM of EMEA Enterprise Solutions.
Lesley Slaton Brown is the Chief Diversity Officer at HP Inc. With over 20 years of experience in the technology industry, Lesley has a unique ability to align and build strategy across organizations and drive business outcomes within corporations, start-ups and non-profits. Coupling her global marketing, branding, communications and diversity and inclusion experience, with a deep passion for social entrepreneur and leadership development. Most recently, Lesley served as the Principal Investigator for the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME), “Go West” Computing Project. This project focused on broadening representation of women and minorities in computing education and careers.
Lesley was awarded the 2016 Woman of the Year in Technology by Silicon Valley’s Chapter of National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., in addition to the 2016 Multicultural Leadership Award by the National Diversity Council. She was twice recognized by Black Enterprise as a Top Executive in Marketing and Advertising, Savoy Magazine as a Top Influential Woman in Corporate America and was featured in Diversity Journal’s Leaders Publication. Lesley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with an emphasis in Marketing from Boise State University. She was a NCAA Scholarship recipient where she lettered in Women’s Basketball. Lesley lives in Morgan Hill, CA, and works at HP Inc. headquarters in Palo Alto, CA.
Ineke has joined Fujitsu in 2015 as Head of Managed Infrastructure Services in The Netherlands. Since July 2016 she is responsible for the full Customer Service Management delivery organisation; providing services to all IT-Services and Application customers for Fujitsu in The Netherlands. In addition she was recently appointed to also lead the Portuguese and Turkish Customer Service Management practice for Fujitsu.
Ineke’s leadership career spans over 2 decades in which she has held a variety of roles from managing large field operations to CIO of a Dutch-based Water company. Ineke is passionate about adding value to our customers with technology and the quality of service she and her teams provide. She strongly focusses on co-creation; building new futures with and for Fujitsu’s customers.
Sharon Ellerker is HP’s VP and Regional Head of HR for EMEA, based out of the Bracknell office in the UK.
Sharon joined HP in May 2009 as the Employee Relations Director for EMEA and moved into the role of HR Director for the UK and Ireland in March 2010. In June 2014, she became Global VP HR for HP’s Enterprise Solutions Sales & Business Operations teams before moving into her current role in August 2015. Throughout her career, Sharon has always been a strong advocate for Diversity and Inclusion. In her current HR role, and as a member of the regional leadership team, she actively promotes equality for all HP employees in EMEA.
Ernst Naezer is an experienced speaker, who brings in creativity and originality on a broad range of topics. He is not shy of large and small audiences. He is a software engineer turned architect turned designer turned good thinker. And loves technology that makes a difference in society, business and organizations. He has been involved with different technologies at ING and has participated in this journey as a trainer, designer and engineer. In his current role, he shapes API Thinking. He truly believes that mixing people from different backgrounds is what creates progress. And loves his coffee black, tasting like blueberry, in double shots.
Jitka leads Cognizant’s Digital Business in Benelux. Her experience in leadership roles in ICT is exceptional. She contributed to driving exceptional revenue growth, building successful teams and supporting customers with their digital challenges. She gained her knowledge in leading positions within VMware, Microsoft, Capgemini, Logica and IBM Netherlands. As a strong leader in complex, continuous changing and multi-cultural environment she stands for resilience, decisiveness and smart teamwork.
Claire Bramley is the Regional Head of Finance for EMEA based in Geneva. In this role she partners with the President of HP EMEA to develop and implement the regional strategy and oversee the financial operations, planning and performance management of the region. In addition she provides guidance and oversight of EMEA Finance people programs including development, talent management and employee engagement.
Claire joined HP in January 2007 as the Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) Director for PSG EMEA based in the UK then relocated to Geneva as the Finance Director supporting the sales force and end to end financial processes for the Channel, including Retail & Telco’s, and for Corporate, Enterprise & Public Sector. Claire has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting & Financial Management from Loughborough University in the UK and is a Chartered Accountant.
Rini is an Information Security Expert at ABN AMRO who began her career in Cyber Security. She holds 5 years of experience with knowledge and skills in the industry that includes investigating and handling Cyber security incidents such as credential thefts, malware infections, data leakage, denial of service attacks and many more on daily basis. Having a passion for defensive security, she is responsible for building ideas for detection and defensive mechanisms for highly sophisticated attack techniques that are currently emerging in the field. She is a team player and loves sharing the knowledge. Currently involved in technologies such as cloud computing at ABN for implementing security controls. She spends time hacking in her lab to learn and develop skills to defend better. Rini loves travelling to explore new places, photography and plays soccer occasionally.
Pascale has 25 years experience in innovation, strategy and diversity. In 2011, together with 5 colleagues, Pascale founded ‘StrongHer’, the employee network changing the way we look at talent, irrespective of gender. This network has grown in 50+ countries, gathering 1500 members, including 22% men, and been recognized in 2014 by ITU and UN Women as a winner of the 2014 GEM-TECH Global Achiever Award; and by UNESCO with a MoU to promote gender diversity through partnerships with universities, social networks, and corporations. Pascale is a keen blogger and believer in diversity and inclusion as a business imperative and strategic challenge.
Andrea is a lead data scientist and analytics expert at the world´s leading logistics company Deutsche Post DHL Group. She has 10+ years’ experience applying advanced data mining, predictive analytics and machine learning methods to real-world problems across multiple domains including medicine, finance and logistics. Andrea holds a Ph.D. in data analytics and combines extensive experience in quantitative research with a proven leadership record in managing data science projects and teams. In her current role, she delivers powerful and interpretable machine learning solutions to solve complex business problems and contributes to a data-driven strategy of Deutsche Post DHL Group.
Meike Muckenhaupt-Greenaway is a Senior Solution Architect at adidas, based in the company’s headquarters in Germany. As part of the IT Omnichannel Payments team she designs and implements online, mobile and in-store payment solutions across the globe. Prior to joining adidas, Meike spent 10 years as a Software Engineer for a global cloud-based eCommerce software company, where she focused on payment gateway integrations, REST API development, reverse logistics and automation of business processes. Meike enjoys gymnastics, cycling and skiing. She is married and has 2 kids.
As the former Senior Marketing Director for EMEA and LATM, Talent Solutions, Laurence Bret-Stern has seven years of fuelling growth at LinkedIn under her belt, where she successfully launched the company’s French office and served on the EMEA Leadership Board.
In 2017, she joined the leading sales Customer Relationship Management (CRM) platform Pipedrive as its Chief Revenue Officer. Since then, Laurence has poured her energy into boosting the growth, value creation and branding efforts of her new company leading a global team from London. In Amsterdam, she will offer tactical knowledge on the journey of moving upmarket with Pipedrive.
Linh Bergen-Peters brings more than 20 years of marketing experience to her role as Chief Marketing Officer at Spotcap. As CMO, Linh is responsible for Spotcap’s multinational marketing strategy and the global marketing team. Linh has worked for leading technology companies across Europe, building and marketing high-tech brands. Before joining Spotcap, she held senior roles at HID Global, AMD and Hewlett Packard. Linh is fluent in four languages and holds a masters degree in management from ESSEC Business School in France.
A passionate technology enthusiast with over 15 years’ experience in building software and overseeing high-level global technology projects in companies ranging from small start-ups to large corporations. Background and interests in Banking, E-commerce, Mobile and Blockchain technologies.
As an ex-software developer, Annikki loves to tackle complex technical problems alongside talented engineers and scientists every day. Annikki is also the founder of Future Female, a platform and a network to connect and inspire women in tech and a kick-starter for new Googles and Amazons.
Leitha Matz is COO/co-founder of Zuper, the first mobile financial coach in Germany and Austria (getzuper.com). With 20+ years of building IT and eCommerce teams, she's solved problems for companies ranging from FedEx (international logistics) to FreshDirect (online grocery, $600 MM rev/yr) and is a frequent international speaker on topics ranging from FinTech gamification and financial health to data management, remote work and startup management.
Leitha also co-founded "Mind The Gap," a non-profit group promoting women's financial equality and is an EU tech ecosystem connector and a mentor/judge for startup organisations, including the METRO Accelerators by Techstars.
Nha-Lan transformed a traditional 19-year-old organisation from a boutique consultancy into a company that is regarded as a valued strategic partner to many large organisations across different industries. Under her leadership, the impact of GLO Integration’s work has grown beyond solely successfully delivering technical IT projects also to define and execute their integration and API strategies to drive digital transformation.
Nha-Lan has a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a master's degree in Supply Chain Management. Before starting her career at GLO Integration, she successfully founded and sold a fashion webshop and worked as a freelance project manager at The Modefabriek. She began her career at GLO Integration as a trainee four years ago, during which she followed an extensive technical training program and wrote her master's thesis researching the maturity of Service-oriented Architectures of large organisations in The Netherlands.
Rhiannon Payne is the Founder and CEO of Sea Foam Media, a boutique Blockchain, ICO, and STO agency based in San Francisco with a globally distributed team.
Rhiannon started Sea Foam working as an independent ICO consultant and whitepaper author and has since expanded the company to encompass end-to-end services for prospective ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings) and STOs (Security Token Offerings). She currently serves as an advisor for three Blockchain projects and has worked with over fifteen.
Rhiannon has been passionate about amplifying women’s voices since the age of 20 when she started an online magazine with original content written by and for women. Today, her team at Sea Foam Media is comprised of over 50% women.
Evita has a heart for driving change and putting people in the center of that change. Before joining IBM as Chief Marketing Officer for the Benelux market, she has had several international management functions at Philips Electronics with fifteen years of experience in Business Innovation, Strategy, Global Product marketing and Regional marketing & sales. Next to the opportunities that Digital Transformation brings to businesses, Evita is highly interested in the impact it has on society and how it serves as a driver of the dialogue around Diversity and Inclusion. As a Board member of the Museum Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder, she also supports the societal dialogue around Tolerance and Diversity.
Evita Stoop holds a Master of Science degree from Delft University of Technology and a MBA from London Business School.
Maria Gomez is the Head of Technology at ThoughtWorks Spain. She has been a software developer and architect for more than 10 years. She has worked with many different technologies and domains, which has helped her advise stakeholders to make the right technology decisions. She joined ThoughtWorks in London in 2012 and has led teams in the United Kingdom, India, Germany, USA, Ecuador, and Spain.
She is also a speaker and an advocate for diversity and inclusion in the IT industry.
Amanda is a technical leader at ASOS.com, passionate about all things inclusion. Amanda is personally driven by developing technical teams as well as empowering them to develop themselves. She strongly believes in challenging the status quo when it comes to the representation of women and minorities within technology and has previously lead Engineering teams across the globe in Canada, America and Ireland both in large scale corporations and smaller start-ups.
With a career spanning multiple decades, roles, organizations, and countries from her home country of Canada then UK, Norway and currently Germany, Joanne has experienced many challenges and rewards on route. Through creative problem solving and inspiring leadership, she commits to delivering beyond expectation by finding the right solution, at the right time with maximum efficiency. In her current role as Global Head of IT within Siemens PD Solutions, she ensures maximum value add in E2E service delivery to 4000 employees in 40 countries.
Flavia Sequeira is an experienced speaker, who brings in creativity and originality on a broad range of topics. She is not shy of large and small audiences. She is a software engineer turned architect turned designer turned good thinker. And loves technology that makes a difference in society, business and organizations. She has been involved with different technologies at ING and has participated in this journey as a trainer, designer and engineer. In her current role, she shapes API Thinking. She truly believes that mixing people from different backgrounds is what creates progress. And loves her brows filled in and arched.
Ralitsa Angelova leads Google's efforts to improve Maps quality using deep learning and other machine intelligence techniques. Dr. Ing. Angelova currently leads a team of 12 software engineers. Her prior projects at Google include novel machine learning approaches to improve the quality of Google's Knowledge Graph, and work in video ads quality. Prior to joining Google, she was a research associate at the Max Planck Institute in Saarbruecken, Germany, where her work focused on machine learning to discover patterns in social networks. She serves at ACM-W Europe and strongly supports full engagement of women in all aspects of the computing field.
Meera Rao is a senior principal consultant and the director of the secure development practice within the Synopsys Software Integrity Group. She focuses on helping her clients establish and enhance their DevSecOps and CI/CD lifecycles by integrating a broad range of security related activities. She has over 23 years of experience in software development organizations and has overseen and performed secure code reviews, static analysis implementations, architectural risk analyses, secure design reviews, and threat models of systems built from a few thousand lines of code to systems containing tens of millions of lines of code.
With over 20 years in Financial Services, and one of a small number of women in leadership within Financial Tech today, Cecilia is an advocate for not only women in FinTech, but also for women aspiring to leadership anywhere.
Cecilia was led to Wall Street by a chance careers day visit to Wall Street that her friend persuaded her to join. 20 years later, she is now a tech
Cecilia’s experience as an African-American woman within the financial markets has inspired her to become an advocate for not only women in FinTech, but also diversity and equality of opportunities. Cecilia is dedicated
Robin Goldstein, a Principal Engineering Manager at Microsoft, is the first woman to serve in that role at the Paris-based Microsoft Engineering Center. A product engineering leader since joining the Redmond, Washington-based company in 1996, Robin is known for building strong teams and partnerships and for project and technology versatility. She has worked on a variety of features, services, and platform capabilities across MSN, Mobile and Windows and currently leads a group of engineers and program managers building media apps and services for consumers on Windows 10 devices and Xbox.
Robin holds a Masters Degree in Electronic Music from Mills College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the University of California in San Diego. Robin and her husband are proud to have raised two daughters and a Microsoft career in parallel and embraced the opportunity to live and work in France in 2015.
Alina is a Security Software Engineer at Yelp London where she contributes to building secure infrastructure. She is leading the Awesome Women In Engineering (AWE) Group at Yelp in the UK. She was born in Romania where she finished her studies with a masters degree in Networks Security from Politehnica University of Bucharest before moving to London in 2015. Outside work Alina loves travelling, playing tennis and enjoys listening to classical music.
Natasa Jovanovic is a product leader passionate about building products that have a positive impact on people’s lives on a large scale. In her 16-year career in tech, Natasa has held various positions in the fields of Software engineering, User Experience Design and Product Management. She is currently working as a Senior Product Manager in TomTom, responsible for TomTom Navigation User Interface, the product used by millions of users out there.
Natasa holds a PhD degree in Artificial Intelligence and Machine learning. She has
Diana Birsan is an Internal Security Developer at Shopify. Originally from a post production sound background, she slowly made her way into the Information Technology field working at a telecommunications company in Canada. In the past few years since joining Shopify, she has become focused on device and identity security as it fits in an open company culture. Over this past year her role has shifted more into researching motivation and behaviour and building engaging security awareness programs while maintaining openness and trust at Shopify.
Pooja Salpekar is a FullStack Engineer at Babbel. Pooja has been developing software in Ruby on Rails and Python-Django based web-apps throughout her career. She works with the platform team that ensures the core backend services are available and scalable. She also has experience working with startups and consulting services at ThoughtWorks.
Jessica Hofmann is the Founder of the Atos Blockchain Factory, a Blockchain delivery center. Originally a consultant, she takes great joy in adding value with Blockchain for customers across industries; as Founder of the Blockchain Factory she maximizes value for customers by providing a growth path into Blockchain, together with her expanding delivery team. She is keen to further progress the Blockchain technology and aims to mature value-adding business cases across industries, to ultimately achieve the maximum potential of this revolutionary technology. Off work, Jessica is passionate about travelling, reading and sports.
Gabrielle Davelaar is a Data Platform Solution Architect specialized in Artificial Intelligence solutions at Microsoft. Originally trained as a computational neuroscientist she now focuses on helping the top 15 Fortune 500 customers building trustworthy and scalable platforms able to create the next generation of A.I. applications. She loves teaching people and going in depth on the topic. However, knowing the feeling of being the only woman in the room, she recently started an initiative together with other women she met at Microsoft to create more female visibility within the field.
Iulia is a Data Engineer at Sixt as well as a PhD student in both Psychology and Artificial Intelligence. She also holds two masters degrees in artificial intelligence, one from the Politechnica University of Bucharest, and the other from Lumiere Lyon 2 University and Polytech Nantes.
In her current
Alexandra Lung is currently working as a Senior Product Manager at Pivotal Labs. With a background in both business & product and engineering, she has previously held positions in product management, marketing, communication and consulting in new business & product launch. Alexandra is passionate about building products that achieve true impact. She mentors teams in crafting user experiences that solve real user problems and in developing products that help the business grow exponentially.
Orit is an experienced software engineer who is passionate about open source and infrastructure with extensive experience with distributed systems and storage.
In her previous role at Red Hat she authored and co-maintained live migration for KVM/QEMU. Previously at IBM Research
Violeta currently works as a data scientist. She also holds a PhD degree from
She is proficient in various supervised and unsupervised techniques and for quite a number of years she has applied various regression and classification
Violeta can make her way around with SPSS and Eviews and is looking forward to expanding on these tools in the near future. As a personal achievement of which she is very
Erin is an Agile Consultant at PA Consulting. She started her career when she joined the John Lewis Partnership on the Technology Leadership Graduate Programme after graduating from the University of Warwick with a degree in Law and Sociology. Despite being what her friends playfully refer to as “cursed with technology”, she stumbled into a career in IT and was thrown into a world of infrastructure, integration and firewalls. Erin has found her niche as an Agile Coach, and is often branded as being an “early adopter”. Outside of work she mentors girls on confidence issues, and coaches public speaking.
A full-time student working as a data scientist Iulia’s used to being the youngest in the room, and often the only woman. So she made it her mission to show up in as many rooms as possible. Her belief is that visibility is the most empowering force to drive change; that listening to outspoken women in STEM and realizing that's who you can grow up to be is louder than any stereotype or preconception the world can throw at you. Her next challenge is Amsterdam: starting her data science master at UvA and taking on more business responsibilities, bringing her passion for tech innovation to her network.
Maria is Group Director, Data Organisation with a long background within Bisnode, as MD of Southern Markets for 15 years. Prior to Bisnode, Maria was one of the pioneers, digitizing financial media in and online advertising in Italy. She also mentors start-ups. Maria has a wide experience of how to manage transformation within a global company. With great interest in art, she combines leadership, finance and the love of data in her inspirational talks. Maria is a cosmopolite both in private and in business.
Originally from Hong Kong, Yenny moved to Pennsylvania in the US to study Computer Science at Swarthmore College. She attended the Grace Hopper Conference three times and she was a KPCB engineering fellow during her college years. After graduation, Yenny moved to Hamburg and joined Yelp as a full-stack software engineer. Yenny works on the Business National team, where she is scaling advertising tools and reporting for multi-location businesses. She is the co-lead of the Awesome Women in Engineering Group at Yelp in Germany. Outside of work, Yenny enjoys yelping for good food and painting.
Cosima is a Technical Evangelist and has been working as a consultant for almost two years. By being active in SharePoint and Workplace Collaboration projects she was able to acquire substantial knowledge about Nintex technologies, Office365 and Intelligence Process Automation solutions. Driven by these technologies she supports businesses to improve their processes and to find the best way to operate more
Her job allows her to merge her passion for technologies, process automation and networking with the IT community on a global scale. In her spare time, she likes to learn new languages or interact with people from different cultures to share experiences around the globe.
Raisa is a Creative Engineer at Google, building digital experiences to help users understand the brand. Born and raised in San Francisco, educated in Orange County, and employed in the Silicon Valley, she eventually decided it was time to get out of her California bubble and gain some international experience. Now into her third year in London, Raisa continues to grow more passionate about understanding Google's audiences in Europe, Middle East, and Africa, and how we can build accessible and performant websites for everyone.
Tatyana Mitkova is co-founder and CEO of ClaimCompass - a company that helps passengers get compensated when their flight is disrupted. During her studies in Berlin, Tatyana became involved with social entrepreneurship projects that sparked her passion for startups. Her company ClaimCompass is backed by Silicon Valley's 500 Startups, Social Capital and Hustle Fund and Tatyana herself was recently selected to be among Forbes Bulgaria's 30 under 30 and EY's Class of Entrepreneurial Winning Women 2017/18.
Head Consultancy and Web Technologies Competence Unit, Agile and Career Coach at Zuhlke Engineering UK. Born in Seattle Washington USA, 80’s model in Europe, fashion label owner, hotelier, Software Engineering education in the 90’s London, Agile evangelist and EcoWarrior.
Diana Asnani is a Cloud Service Manager at Atos, a leader in digital services. Her role is to influence enterprise customers adopt the cloud platform, support and provide seamless continuous support once in operations. Diana started her career as a network engineer after completing her BSc degree in Computer Science majoring in Computer Networks. She then made the leap from engineering to management after completing her MSc in Management of Technology in Information System at ESIEE Paris, France. She was shortlisted as one of the finalist from the Women in IT Awards 2017 organized by the business technology magazine, Information Age. This year she was shortlisted in the Future Stars of Tech Awards.
Specialized in UX strategy and anticipatory design. Always focused on bringing empathy, authenticity and a bit of fun to a product for the end user. Currently leading the UX team of Werkspot / Instapro in their international mission to help people improve their home by connecting them to the best service professionals in their field.
Marije Cornelissen is Executive Director of UN Women National
Aside from her tasks for UN Women, she works as
Susanne Birgersdotter, a Swedish self made entrepreneur and investor, shares her inspirational journey from designing her first app from her kitchen table to becoming a partner in the VC company, Milky Way Cap within 7 years. Susanne’s strong instincts and intuition has helped her grow her companies including designing a #1 ranked app and founding Igotcha, SthlmAppLab, SBDM. She is an active mentor/member on several boards, and a popular global speaker giving lectures and workshops on entrepreneurship and venture capital. Susanne was nominated for Sweden’s most powerful female founder in 2017 and 2018.
Johanna founded Delygate, a 2sided marketplace empowering women to delegate non-value add tasks to trusted service providers, in Switzerland in 2018. Her vision is to create a world where women don’t have to choose between their professional and personal roles. Prior to this, Johanna spent 12 years in finance, management consulting and business development working for companies like Siemens, Procter & Gamble or Horvath & Partners in Europe and in the US. She holds an MBA degree from NYU Stern School of Business. In her leisure time, she enjoys sports and sculpting.
Sylvia is currently the Director of IT in Emanuel School. She manages both the support and management Information teams. Prior to that, she was Director of IT Technical Services with NESCOT College in London. Sylvia has over 20 years working in the IT industry. In both posts she had the responsibility of managing all the IT Systems and infrastructure. She is an expert in networking, managing security operations and project management and she has a long track of successful implementation of projects. Sylvia is interested in cybersecurity and coaching. In her spare time, she enjoys playing chess, writing and travelling.
Esther works as a Solutions Architect at cognition IT, designing and implementing EUC solutions for both small-business and large enterprise infrastructures. She has actively shared her passion and knowledge with the IT community by presenting at local Microsoft and Citrix User Groups and international events, like E2EVC and Citrix Synergy. Esther is also actively involved in the myCUGC.org community as one of the founding leaders and mentors of the CUGC Women in Technology Mentorship Program.
Esther received the Citrix Technology Professional (CTP) award for the 4th time this year and is also awarded as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for Enterprise Mobility. You can read her blog posts at her website: http://www.virtues.it or follow her on Twitter: @virtues_IT.
Elham is a full-stack software engineer with 8 years + experience in small and large-sc
Gunay Kazimzade is working at the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society (the German Internet Institute) which is run by Technische Universität Berlin in cooperation with Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität
After Applied Mathematics and Computer Science degrees
Amanda is a Senior Customer Experience Manager for Roomi Ltd. Roomi is a peer-to-peer marketplace, making it safer and easier for people to search for room rentals, sublets, and roommates. Potential roommates can request to book a room online and securely pay the first month's rent upfront. Amanda has been with Roomi since 2016, first in the New York headquarter, and now in London, UK. She heads up the Customer Experience Department. She has a degree in Information Systems Management, and prior to Roomi she co-founded a health and wellness marketplace and worked at a Real Estate startup. Amanda is also an active member of Dreamers//Doers, a high impact members-only community for trailblazing women.
Even before leaving university with an MBA in late 2003 Sonna Barry wanted to have a sales career. Achieving that goal was harder than she expected. Two years into her professional career Sonna managed to land her first sales job at a start-up (which were not y
Hazel is chairman of FirstCapital, an investment bank with offices in London, Dublin and Silicon Valley specialising in providing M&A and private equity advice to high growth European technology companies. Hazel is a member of the Governing Board of Innovate UK, the national innovation agency for the UK. She was previously on the Investment Advisory Panel of the North West
In 2016 Hazel won the RealBusiness/CBI First Woman in Finance Award, and in 2015 she was awarded the Women in Private Equity Award for Best Corporate Finance Advisor. Hazel was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours in 2017 for services to entrepreneurship and innovation.
Maryam Ramezani-Bartsch is an innovative leader in the field of advanced analytics, insight driven marketing and personalization. She drives for creating the new, encouraging women to speak up, challenging the status quo, and to play key roles in data & technology. Maryam helps companies on their digital transformation to be more data-driven and utilize Big data technologies to its full potential and drive business impact & innovation. She has years of experience in data science and intelligent marketing projects in leading organizations such as adidas, Xaxis GroupM, SAP, IBM research, and DePaul University. Maryam has a PhD in data mining from Karlsruhe University in Germany and currently leads advanced analytic team in adidas digital brand commerce.
Inecke is Director of Professional Services at Cognifide, the WPP digital technology consultancy. She leads a team of Consultants, Experience Analysts and Experience Architects, the biggest specialist team of its kind in London. Her background lies in advising large organisations in business process re-engineering, IT strategy, operating models, cost analysis and business change. She has worked with some of the world’s best known brands, such as Ford and Unilever.
Jil is the Strategy Consultant for the EMEA region at Optimizely, the world’s leading experience optimization platform. She helps leading brands such as the BBC, Renault and JustEat deliver personalized experiences to their customers and make the transition towards becoming data-driven rockstars. Furthermore, she facilitates the transformation of mindsets, drives the cultural shift of leadership and product teams, and encourages the replacement of digital guesswork with evidence-based optimization.
Jil is originally from Germany and holds a Master's from
Nhung is a Senior Consultant passionate about Marketing Technology working at Deloitte Digital. In her
Nhung is also known for her contribution to establish and expand the marketing technology practice across Deloitte North West Europe. Her professional experience as a woman with an Asian background working in consulting has inspired her to speak for not only women in technology, but also to foster inclusion and diversity. She is dedicated
Daria is a FinTech entrepreneur and CEO of Crassula. She has over 8 years experience in e-commerce and payments. Daria has been leading strategy and international business development for several payment companies, was responsible for signing international agreements with Paypal, IBM, Alipay, Riot Games and several other leading names.
Julia leads the European Solution Delivery and Testing Services operations of Applause, the leading crowd testing provider for digital products. She previously worked as a project portfolio manager and management consultant, among others at A.T. Kearney. She has led company-wide process and cost optimization projects and has extensive experience in applying lean methods beyond factory floors.
Minna Taylor is the Founder of Energize Your Voice, a NYC based communication consultancy. With an experiential approach, rooted in the principals of improv and performance, she and her team support organizations to explore their full potential in public speaking, brand storytelling, executive presence, and leadership communication. Notable clients include UBER, Red Bull, Citi, and E&Y. Minna earned her BFA from NYU Tisch and went on to earn her MFA in Performance with a concentration in speech and vocal production. Beginning her career as an accent reduction specialist, Minna went on to transfer her theatre training to developing an innovative approach for professional development.
Lilia Gorbachik is the Product Manager at Intermedia, business cloud applications and unified communications company with more than 110K businesses and 6500+ partners. Before Intermedia she spent more than 10 years in IT, working in different roles: QA, pre-sales, project manager etc. Lilia is passionate about helping others: coaching women who just started their career in IT, students who want to be a product manager.
Veronica is a strategic marketer with a passion for stories and startups. She started SPIN Ideas to help entrepreneurs create a solid and authentic marketing strategy based on their stories, and help them find their place in the market.
Cryptocurrency trader by night, software test specialist by day. This year my hobby became my work. I care deeply about software quality as well as innovation. I love innovative tech, such as Blockchain, and have been a Bitcoin enthusiast since 2012. Also a Litecoin miner, albeit briefly, and a software tester since 2008. Blockchains and their possibilities are so exciting! Everyone needs to know and I want to explain.
Aarti is a Software Engineer at Pivotal Labs, Berlin. Prior to this she has worked with ThoughtWorks and a startup too. In 8 years of her software development career she has been part of many different teams and enabled multiple clients to change the way they build software. She is mostly dancing or traveling when she's not working.
Jamesa is director of Cognizant’s Digital Strategy practise in the Nordics, and is responsible for teams in Sweden, Finland and the Baltics. She began her career as a ballet dancer, then decided to give strategy consulting a go with BCG, then took left turn into academia, then returned to consulting. She is passionate about understanding human behaviour and how we interact with systems, and works with clients across a range of issues from organisational change to human insights and product strategy. She is currently working with Cognizant global leadership to design a sponsorship programme to identify and develop the upcoming group of women leaders.
Nicola joined Draper Esprit in 2017. Before joining the company, Nicola was co-founder and CEO of the online retailer, Covetique, sold to ASOS plc. Nicola spent 5 years as a venture capital investor with Balderton Capital and media-consultancy Ravensbeck, focussing on early-stage technology and media investments. Nicola started her career as an investment banking analyst in the technology team of Jefferies International in London. Nicola has been a start-up mentor on the Enterprise Ireland Retailer Ready programme. She graduated from University College Dublin with a BComm in International Business & French.
Laura has worked in marketing, as a TV script-writer and a digital copywriter, to eventually go back to her first love: design. In 2014 she founded the Madrid chapter of the international event Ladies that UX aimed at empowering design women around the world. After 8 years as a UX designer, she is now a product manager at Tuenti, part of the Spanish telco company Telefónica. There, she worked in the development of chatbots targeted mainly to customer support and conversion.
Evelien Acun-Roos is an experienced Agile Coach at Xebia and Professional Scrum Trainer at Scrum.org. Her passion with Agile centers on the teams and individuals within them. She loves to get teams up and running and help them continuously improve. She has helped many teams to become more Agile (like ING, Rabobank, Vrije UniversiteitAmsterdam, APG, Philips, VodafoneZiggo). Evelien loves to give Professional Scrum Trainings. Her training courses are filled with brain based learning activities. In her classes she lets the learner learn instead of the teacher teach. Evelien was born in Zoetermeer, living in Helmond with her husband and 3 kids.
Mariana has developed her own teaching and learning system ( Top Level Thinking) based on inspiration for motivation, high potential personal development, learning the easy way, short time results achievement and a special knowledge selection in the area of foreign languages and digital learning. Top Level Thinking is also the main base for developing lots of other studying areas and a fundamental for developing the latest science and technology education STEALM (Science – Technology – Engineering – Arts - Languages – Mathematics). She is a founder of STEALM Academy for innovative and developmental studying and thinking.
Born in Yugoslavia, from 2008 she lived in Prague where she was building her career in tech and 3 years ago she moved to London. Andrea today develops high performing apps using React & Mobx. She is an accessibility evangelist, with strong beliefs that information and technology should be available for everyone. Andrea’s next goal is to start up a tech bootcamp that would teach woman, people with disabilities, and other minority groups to build tech products.
Elena is a Team Lead of a Data Science team in Booking.com working on the personalization of user experience on the website. Together with her team she builds machine learning models to identify user intent and to provide relevant information to the user based on it. Before joining Booking.com Elena did her PhD in Machine Learning in the Radboud University in the Netherlands.
Nora is the global marketing manager at OnRobot and responsible for the company’s whole communication and marketing strategy. OnRobot’s headquarter is located in Denmark, Odense, and has regional offices in Germany, China, U.S., Malaysia, and Hungary. The company’s aim is to build a world-leading organization in development and production of end-of-arm tooling for collaborative and light-weight industrial robots. One of the biggest challenges Nora faces is to educate the market about the latest industrial tech trends.
Valeria Pagano started a career as Sales Manager almost 20 years ago as pure causality. During the years she learned the art of selling and spread this passion through Social Media. Since 2011 she focused on E-commerce and Affiliate marketing, always as Sales Manager. In early 2017 she began her “career” as speaker and moderators during internationals online marketing summits in Sitges, Wicklow and Amsterdam. Moreover in her spare time she consults and motivates young women entrepreneurs to jump out their comfort zone and learn to sell their products.
Maria is a coach and community builder for global hackathon specialists BeMyApp - helping teams solve real-world problems in 48 hours for companies such as LVMH, Intel and Mercedes-Benz.
Formerly a marketeer (Gaming, NGOs and FMCG), Maria cut her teeth in Blockchain, VRAR, and AI tech, organising virtual conferences for developers. Passionate about fast, open innovation, discovering cool digital tools and APIs, Maria’s current focus is connecting developer communities with unique opportunities in the commercial sector.
Outside of work Maria spends her time exploring forests, improving her DJ skills, dancing at live music events, and playing football with her kids.
Gabrielle is a Data Scientist at Boost.rs, a startup focusing on people professional development. In this role, Gabrielle is responsible for building and maintaining a world-class database of jobs and skills across 27 major industries. In addition, she develops algorithms to recommend meaningful career paths to the Boost.rs users and help them progress in their careers.
Prior to her startup experience, Gabrielle was a medical researcher in the field of brain imaging. She holds a PhD degree from the Paris-Saclay University and an engineering degree from ESPCI ParisTech.
Sundas is a software Engineer and Microsoft Certified Web Application Developer. She started my career with a US Based digital marketing firm serving celebrities, doctors and spas to improve their digital presence. With growing tech trends in healthcare industry, specially fem tech, she got attracted towards working with Natural Cycles.
Working with all the departments, Sundas uses her programming skills to provide smart, high end and modern tech solutions for innovating and maintaining Natural Cycles' web presence. She is very passionate about learning the latest web trends, front end technologies and how technology in general do more good than harm. Finding out ways to use technology to do good in society, is how she spend her weekends.
After a Master’s programme in Methodology and Statistics, I was not able to choose between business and research. I started working as a Data Scientist, later changing to the position of Data & Analytics Developer. At the same time, I registered as an external PhD candidate to perform research in the field of missing data methods at Utrecht University, in particular the evaluation of those methods. The result is that I now work with SQL Server Management Studio, BI tooling and .CSS files during 4 days of the week, and with Python and R on 2 other days of the week. Busy, but fun!
PharmAccess is an NGO that aims to enhance access to healthcare in Sub-Saharan Africa towards Universal Health coverage (UHC). With a Ph.D. in Neuroscience and a background in healthcare, Teresa strives to unravel actionable insights from the patients journeys in order to optimise outcomes and quality of care for all the main stakeholders: providers, patients, and donors. Teresa tries to leverage her years of academic experience and her current knowledge of business models to bridge the gap between research and its real-world application.
Teresa is doing a joint presentation with Wendy van Thiel, Product Manager @ Off.Grid:Electric.
As a Product Manager, Wendy manages cross-functional software products to deliver the best value for the company’s dream: to bring solar energy to off-grid and other underserved markets. In this role, she combines two of her prior experiences. Firstly, she utilizes her years of experiences in agile software development for the utility industry. Secondly, she brings market learnings from her role as a data analyst at PharmAccess, where she analysed the impact of digital interventions on Kenyan Healthcare.
Marlene joined LinkedIn in 2012 as one of their first consultants and now works as a Team Lead. She is responsible for the growth of digital media and new products into the enterprise businesses and to bring digital transformation to her clients.
Before joining LinkedIn she worked at IBM and also for brand/research agencies. She has been a public speaker at the CHRO Forum EMEA, Talent Connect London, Talent Connect Las Vegas, HR Vision Event and together with Heineken at the World Employer Brand Event.
In 2018 she joined the Microsoft Academy for Women and successfully graduated as a data scientist.
Her passion is to drive change for a gender balanced leadership in the next generation, which she does as a board member of Professional Women’s Network (PWN) Amsterdam and Women@LinkedIn.
Olga provides customer service, quality control, research support and analysis of business education data, with a focus on the EMEA business education environments. Her background is in project management and non-profit work, specifically in non-formal education, peacebuilding and human rights. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at Saint-Petersburg State University (Russia) and Bard College (USA), MA in Political Science at Central European University (Hungary) and Research Master’s in Public Administration at Leiden University (Netherlands).
After nearly 17 years at one of the world’s largest IT companies, Sara decided to leave to pursue her dream to influence the IT industry to become more diverse and inclusive with a particular focus on gender equality. She now runs her own company and supports organisations to create more inclusive recruitment and workplace practices. One of her passions is to talk about how companies need to re-think their inclusion and diversity practices to increase the pace of change, with a focus on innovation as a driving force.
In addition to her extensive and international experience from IT, she has held several positions on the boards of the Professional Women’s Network Stockholm and the Red Cross. She also led Cisco’s women’s network in Sweden. She is one of the coordinators of #teknisktfel (#technicalerror), the tech industry’s #metoo movement in Sweden.
Kiana joined Balderton as a Head of Talent in 2017. She previously spent 11 years in Silicon Valley as an entrepreneur, marketer, and executive recruiter working with early-stage companies backed by NEA, Sequoia, USV, Index, Greylock, and Andreessen Horowitz. While in college, Kiana started her first company, Beanstr, a sentiment analysis based review aggregator for restaurants. She then went on to work as a marketing consultant before starting her second company HomeSuite which recently raised a Series C led by GV. Through these experiences she discovered a passion for helping entrepreneurs solve people challenges of hypergrowth. In her current position, Kiana works with Balderton portfolio companies on how to hire, develop, and retain the best talent in Europe.
Kiana has BA in Political Science from UC Berkeley and an MBA from Stanford Business School. Before moving to London, she lived in ten cities across Asia, North America, and Europe.
Christina Bechhold Russ is a Principal at Samsung NEXT Ventures, based in London, focused on early stage investments in software and services particularly in mobility, consumer and IoT. Christina is also the co-founder and Managing Director of Empire Angels, a New York based angel group of young professionals investing in early stage technology startups, with a focus on supporting young entrepreneurs. She is also a Regular Contributor for the Wall Street Journal on startups and small business, a mentor for Startup Sesame and Venture for America and a member of VFA’s Rise Committee focused on increasing diversity in entrepreneurship. Christina is a sought-after speaker and panelist at events in the U.S., Europe and Asia, a TEDx speaker and was recognised by the New York Business Journal as a 2016 Woman of Influence.
A passionate marketing generalist and a creative mind with over 8-year experience in the field. Lily’s running a B2B marketing practice focused on mid level and enterprise businesses at CoreValue, a US-based software and technology company, and is a marketing advisor to startups. She is a repetitive speaker at digitally-related events and contributes to the community of #WomenInTech in her region while mentoring younger generation.
Lily has an expertise in Healthcare and Pharmatech industries. Meanwhile, she is interested in enterprise automation solutions for sales and marketing, such as Salesforce.com and Marketing Cloud.