Oishi Deb

Oishi Deb | Rolls Royce

Oishi is working at Rolls-Royce (RR) in the Control System department. Oishi’s current role is in Software Verification where she works in Hardware Software Integration (HSI) Test. Oishi previously completed a placement at Rolls-Royce working in software design for safety-critical software for aircraft’s engine control system.

Furthermore, she has been highly involved in promoting Engineering to the younger generation and dedicates a lot of her personal time towards STEM-volunteering. Oishi is a member of the Rolls-Royce STEM group and has volunteered and organised several activities to promote engineering. Oishi’s volunteering activities includes mentoring, judging UK Space Design regional competition, speaking at schools, volunteering at Maker’s-Fair & Big-Bang fair among others. She has received recognition twice from Rolls-Royce for STEM volunteering work.

Oishi graduated with BEng Software and Electronics Engineering with Industry degree from the University of Leicester. Oishi received the President and Vice Chancellor Student of the Year Award 2017. Oishi was shortlisted for the UK Telegraph STEM award 2017 in the power system category sponsored by Rolls-Royce. Oishi received the Achievement Award – Undergraduate Grant 2016 from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and also the recipient of the UK Naval Engineering Science and Technology scholarship award 2016.

Prior to joining Rolls-Royce, Oishi was the chair of the ‘Women in Computer Science Leicester (WCSL)’ group at the University of Leicester from 2016-17. As the university is championing the UN’s goal of gender diversity through the HeforShe campaign, Oishi’s work as the chair contributed to the university’s objective of gender diversity. Apart from being the chair, she was also selected as a member of the Athena Swan Committee for the Informatics Department. For all the contributions Oishi had made, she was a finalist for the Frank May volunteer of the year award 2017.


Briony Goldsack

Briony Goldsack | Credit Suisse

I first realised that I could code for a living during my AS-Levels when my class attended a STEM event about the possible applications of mathematics, science and engineering in an increasingly technical world. At this event I was introduced to Computer Science as a degree and programming, something that I already knew that I enjoyed, as a profession! And that’s where my career in technology began. I graduated from Imperial College London in 2015 with a First in my Computing MEng and joined the graduate program at Credit Suisse that same year. As an Application Developer at Credit Suisse, I spent my first year as a Java developer within Equity Derivatives gaining exposure to the world of banking and the commercial applications of my degree. In August 2016, I joined the Equity Risk department as a Clojure developer on a project to deliver a novel and intuitive way for traders to view and manage their risk. Having never heard the of the programming language, “Clojure”, prior to this role, this was an exciting opportunity to challenge myself and learn something new and I haven’t looked back since. Post completing the graduate program in July 2017, I am now the product owner of the risk viewer and line manager to four external contractors across two Clojure projects.


Sarah Rench

Sarah Rench | EY

Sarah currently leads a global EY team to implement and deliver advanced analytics, robotics and AI systems for global financial services including banking, wealth management and insurance. Previously she worked for IPsoft leading a global team to deliver a cognitive virtual agent product, called Amelia, across various industries in EMEA and Latin America.

Sarah has now worked in the IT sector in various roles, from software engineering to management, with broad experience in mobile app development, CRM systems, CMS, virtual agents and big data technology. She is ‘technology agonistic’ enabling her to use whatever technology needed to ensure the best results and business value creation for her clients. She is currently studying a part-time Executive MBA at Cass Business School, focusing on Artificial Intelligence. Previously she studied Anthropology and African Studies followed by a Masters in Computer Science at the University of Birmingham, demonstrating it's never too late to get into STEM. She's given a TedX on 'Magic and the Machine: Cards Tricks, Artificial and Emotional Intelligence' and presented at events like Girls in STEM, Thompson Reuters and the BBC's: Diversity, Inclusion and Tech Trends.

Sarah is on the Board for a non-profit women in tech community, DevelopHer, that helps women in STEM through coaching, mentoring and coding events. She is the Executive Board Member for Cass Global Women’s Leaders Programme, which helps women get sponsorship to do MBAs and achieve their full potential. Also she is part of the EY Women in Technology Network which run 'TechBootcamps' for men and women at EY to get into coding. Through these various networks, Sarah helps facilitates events in diversity, inclusion and technology to enable networking, driving collaboration and positive changes in our society. Sarah was the winner of the TechWomen50 Award 2017.

In her spare time she is also an Apprentice at the Magic circle (Official Magician’s society), helps mentor men and women who want to get into coding and give startups and entrepreneurs IT and business coaching.


Harshitha Shivakumar

Harshitha Shivakumar | IBM

I am an MEng Computer Science and Software Engineering student at the University of Birmingham, who is predicting First class honors and will be graduating in 2019. I am currently doing a placement year at IBM as a Cognos Technical Support Analyst. As a Technical Support Analyst, my job involves providing remote technical and software application support to IBM's Cognos Analytics customers. This involves gathering troubleshooting information from customers, isolating the root cause of their issue, creating complex customer test environments, logging bugs in the product and contributing technical content to the Customer Support Knowledge Base. Being an international student, my experience thus far has enriched me with great adaptability and problem-solving skills. I have always had a deep passion and interest for technology since my childhood. I started programming at a very young age and took great interest in STEM subjects right from school, which has given me a very strong technical background. I have also been awarded the Proficiency prize for academic excellence every year at school for my outstanding academic achievements. I have also worked as a Marketing Executive at SB Enterprises, India for almost a year. As a Marketing Executive, my job role involved formulating effective marketing strategies to promote the company’s products to a diverse set of audience. This gave me first-hand experience in interacting with clients and understanding their needs, thereby enriching my communication skills immensely. My work as a Marketing Executive resulted in a great increase in sales of the product I was responsible for and was well appreciated by the team. I was also offered an extension of the internship for the forthcoming year as a recognition of my exceptional work.


Joanna Crew

Joanna Crew | Barclays

Prior to joining Barclays, politics was my passion: I spent 8 month working for my local MP in Westminster, and also a summer working for a US Congressman in Washington D.C. Following this I spent a year living in Russia, in Siberia and Moscow, as part of my Politics and Russian degree at Durham. All of these were hugely formative experiences, not simply in developing my taste for a challenge and being out of my comfort zone (which definitely happened a lot!) but also in realising my passions for social issues, in particular gender equality.

I started my formal career on the Barclays Operations Graduate Scheme in 2012, and was last year promoted to VP after 4 and a half years with the Bank. During this time I have held a variety of roles across the back office, including as a HR Chief of Staff and for the last two years I have been focusing on Tech and Non-Tech Change in Barclays International. I have recently been assigned to the Barclays Brexit Programme, which I see as a perfect example of the union of personal interest and career opportunity.

Working at a large organisation has allowed me to indulge my personal driver for regular change while also building a network and developing depth in my experience; it has also allowed me to explore both internally and externally the role I can play in championing gender equality. I am the Co-Chair of the Develop and Promote Committee for Win, the Barclays Gender Network, and have had the opportunity to lend my project management skills and also fundraising efforts for charities externally, raising over £22,000 to date.


Tanja Lichtensteiger

Tanja Lichtensteiger | Leeds Beckett University

I started coding when I was 8 years old, built and programmed robots when I was 11 years old and took my first steps in the professional world at 17 years old when I started an apprenticeship, working in the IT department of the largest supermarket chain in Switzerland. The apprenticeship was an amazing experience gaining skills on the job, but I had to overcome racism and sexism, which were an obstacle while being the only female and non-white person in a department of 120. I passed my 3 year apprenticeship with flying colours, which also launched my career in technology. I worked as a developer, systems analyst and senior analyst, working my way up.

My career spans 17 years in technology. My current role is Business Systems Development Manager at Leeds Beckett University. These days I spend less time working with code and more time leading the teams and making decisions. I remove blockers that keep our developers from achieving our strategic goals, while providing tools, support and whatever they need to accomplish the job. I try to find ways of improving our way of working, which then improves the quality of our software products, which is used by both staff and students.


Nicky Zachariou

Nicky Zachariou | Government Digital Service

Nicky Zachariou is a mathematician by training and a data scientist by practice. She has an MSci in Mathematics, a PhD in Physics from Imperial College London and her research focussed on a complexity and networks science approach to the sustainability of socio-economic systems. As a recovering network scientist, she sees connections everywhere and believes that this knowledge can be applied to everyday interactions across government and everyday life. She believes that networks science can help you be more successful in your career and personal life as she she explains in her recent TEDxWhitehallWomen talk.

As the co-founder of DataBeers London, she loves bringing data enthusiasts together from industry, government, academia and the arts to share stories. She helps break down the barriers between previously siloed industries through fun, beer and storytelling, with data as a universal language.

Nicky has been working in Government since 2014 and is determined to help government get better at understanding patterns in data and being more innovative at using cutting edge technologies. Her superpower is explaining complex technical topics to non-specialists to show the value of data science and its application to real world problems. She’s currently leading the data science work on GOV.UK and using artificial intelligence, deep learning and network science to make GOV.UK better for its users.


Desy Kristianti

Desy Kristianti | Deloitte

Desy Kristianti is an Analyst in Technology Consulting at Deloitte. Having worked there for 1.5 years, her work thus far has been technically focused in areas such as DevOps, Enterprise Integrations and Web Development. She has delivered multiple digital transformation programmes for private sector clients, implementing technical solutions and utilising new technologies.

Previously, Desy interned at a startup as a front-end developer, owning 1 of the 3 key offerings of the web app. She also assisted the Founder in brainstorming, refining and prioritising requirements, designing the solution while applying Gamification concepts. Her love for programming as well as designing a product led her to her career in tech consulting.

Moreover, Desy believes in making an impact in the community and inspiring others. She is a City Leader at Women Who Code Belfast, and a Co-Founder and VP Events at Women of Indonesia (WIN) Career Network. Gender diversity is her passion and she enjoys organising various events from coding tutorials to talks and panel discussions.


Seren Davies

Seren Davies | Elsevier

Seren is a Software Engineer who is passionate about making the web accessible to people with all sorts of abilities, as a Dyslexic herself she understands how frustrating it can be to use.

She recently graduated with a BSc in Software Engineering from Oxford Brookes and is a member of the team working on Elsevier’s ecommerce site.

At the age of 20, Seren gave her first conference talk. ‘Death to Icon Fonts’ explored the problems that a popular web development technique caused for people who have dyslexia and led to several large internet sites changing their approach to a more dyslexic friendly one. She has since given other talks highlighting techniques websites use that are unfriendly to people with accessibility needs and offering advice on how to improve them.

Seren has written for a few projects such as an article on icon fonts for Net Magazine and automated accessibility testing for 24 Ways.


Xiao-Si Selina Wang

Xiao-Si Selina Wang | BT

Selina is a promising technologist and research scientist with a track record of delivering innovative technologies and research findings with high impacts and addressing real world problems. She is very self-motivated and thrives when facing challenges.

Before joining BT, Selina worked for 10 years as a Data Scientist & Mathematician in world-top academic research institutions including University of Oxford and LSHTM on national and global scale projects, as well as in the software development industry. She has a list of high-impact scientific publications in population health with more than 1400 citations worldwide and she has a winning machine learning model in one of ITU’s standardisation competitions, outperforming several global tech companies and resulting in a patent filed in both US and Europe.

After joining BT’s cyber security research practice in December 2016, she quickly discovered and established new research directions in tackling malware epidemics. She now leads the Malware Analytics & Propagation Research within BT’s Research & Innovation Headquarter and is gradually establishing herself as the thought leader in this area internally and externally. She has established several projects including applying AI & machine learning technologies and transferring population health knowledge to prevent malware attacks.

Within only a year at BT, Selina has discovered new and in-depth malware threat knowledge and subsequently proposed transformation solutions or guidance to improve BT’s anti-malware operation, for which she received BT R&I’s End of Year Recognition. She also proves to be a great inventor. It only took her five months from identifying a malware research theme to submitting her first malware invention to the patent attorney. Currently she has three patents being filed and more inventions in the pipeline. Last but not least, she works with large organisations from different EU countries on a European Commission funded project on cyber information sharing and she leads the engagement of BT business lines on that project.

Selina has a Bachelor’s degree in Automation and Control Engineering, and MSc and PhD in applied mathematics and statistics.